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  • Here's my review of the late Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff in the Rice U. Thresher, October 11, 1979 (p. 8): Tom Wolfe climbs the invisible ziggurat The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe Because American novelists haven't exactly lit up the sky since World War II, journalists have elbowed their way into the literary spotlight. The...
  • I think the most impressive feature of this piece is the mature reportorial and prose skill of the recently teen-aged Steve Sailer.

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  • Thanks for posting that review Steve, it itself was a great read!

    I wonder if hanging out with the car customizers (The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby) inspiered Wolfe’s attire? He typically looked ready dressed to slip into a wild custom.

    “These young men died like flies trying to prove they possessed the “ineffable quality” that Wolfe somewhat lamely calls the Right Stuff.”

    Love it, likely the last 2 words Wolfe will be associated with as awarness of him fades into history.

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    The real Right Stuffian among pilots was not Yeager, who was very good and was at the right place at the right time; it was Bob Hoover, who was the unchallenged master. Hoover could have done anything Yeager did, but Yeager couldn’t have flown the Hoover routine with an Aero Commander...and Hoover did it two hundred times. No one else has done it since.

    #198, Bob Hoovers dead-stick Aero Commander routine was the most impressive bit of flying I had seen as a young man: lucky enough to witness it twice. The performance at Moffett Field stays with me. (~A decade later, watching Delmar Benjamin’s routine in the Gee Bee R2 he built was right up there.)

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    I saw this great flying routine after Bob had been "Hoovered" by the FAA Medical office on some whim, and been kept out of flying for a year or two (or more). He had gotten it back. Do you remember that? It was almost like the book Catch-22.

    "Your medical has been revoked because you are too old and crazy."
    "What? Did you see me cut both engines, do the inside loop, deadstick it in, and roll to the ramp?"
    "Yeah, you've got to be crazy to do that. We're revoking your medical because you are too crazy to fly."
    "Who's gonna fly in the Reno Air show?"
    "Only sane people who've got their medicals."
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  • In my continuing attempt to cover the Jordan Peterson Phenomenon without sitting through dozens of hours of videos, here's an appreciative article in Esquire by Wesley Yang: Yang is a fairly sizable journalistic talent whose career was sidetracked in recent years by some personal problems, which he says Peterson's lectures helped him get over. Much...
  • @27 year old
    Jordan Peterson seems like a gateway drug to me. Peterson-ism is not great but it beats the hell out of bugman-ism and nihilism as far as I can tell.

    And you could say he is better for White young men than a lot of "hardcore alt right". "Clean up your room" is much more useful advice than "wake up normies to the JQ!!" He's done a hell of a lot more for lost Whites than say Paul Nehlen.

    I also think the fixation with him being on some UN panel is way off. Sorry he's not a loser shitposting in his pajamas all the time and people out in the real world respect him and value his input? If you want to win, you need people like this.

    I'm curious to see where he goes and how this plays out.

    And you could say he is better for White young men than a lot of “hardcore alt right”. “Clean up your room” is much more useful advice than “wake up normies to the JQ!!” He’s done a hell of a lot more for lost Whites than say Paul Nehlen.

    The problem with many ideologues – be they Randians, traditional conservatives, alt-right, white nationalists, whatever – is that they see their ideas as ends in themselves. In reality, PEOPLE are the ends, or more accurately the betterment of people should be the ends. Ideas are good to the extent their adoption helps people achieve their higher aims in life, both material and transcendental.

    The part of the interview I found notable was this:

    The local librarian, who was married to the head of the NDP, Canada’s social-democratic party, identified Peterson as a young man of promise and gave him a schooling in the great books. He spent his youth as a committed socialist before growing disillusioned with the character of his fellow travelers, whom he came to regard as motivated by resentment. At the same time, he met some conservative small-business owners who earned his grudging admiration. “It produced a fair bit of cognitive dissonance for me,” he says. “Because ostensibly, I didn’t admire the conservative ethos. But I certainly admired the people.”

    At the end of the day, if you want to convince others and set them on the right path, you have to be a model, an admirable model at that. The reason conservatism went badly wrong in the last 30 years was that it became dominated by those who gave intellectual license to plunder the commonwealth. Its leaders were corrupted by wealth and status (and briefly, power) rather than being paragons of virtue. How many conservative thought leaders had their own house in order?

    I see something similar in the nascent, so-called, alt-right movement, which is currently powered by resentment (understandable resentment, but still resentment). A politics of resentment is initially potent, but is bound to end in tears for all involved, because it is ultimately destructive (and frequently self-destructive) rather than constructive.

    What we need today are leaders of a political movement who are self-sacrificing and noble, courageous people who do not shy away from a fight that needs to be fought, but who are also capable of rallying people to build something better and more morally uplifting for their own individual selves and for the society at large.

    At the end of the day, winning politics – and winning political ideas – in the long run is one which helps a broad segment of the population and enhances social cohesion and consensus. That might not be an initially appealing message for angry young women (be they white or something else), but it is what is needed.

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    "What we need today are leaders of a political movement who are self-sacrificing and noble, courageous people who do not shy away from a fight that needs to be fought, but who are also capable of rallying people to build something better and more morally uplifting for their own individual selves and for the society at large."

    If only Steve Sailer had people skills..
    , @Peter Johnson
    Interesting comment.

    How about the "HBD movement" by which I mean social scientists, genetic scientists, interested non-specialists, etc. who can see the evidence for human biodiversity and fight against the mainstream media's censorship and propaganda campaign against HBD realities. Does that work as a potentially successful movement as you have outlined the requirements for such? It takes away the alt-right resentment but has a lot of the same content.
    , @Svigor

    I see something similar in the nascent, so-called, alt-right movement, which is currently powered by resentment (understandable resentment, but still resentment). A politics of resentment is initially potent, but is bound to end in tears for all involved, because it is ultimately destructive (and frequently self-destructive) rather than constructive.
     
    It's working for the Jews, no?
    , @Seth Largo
    Here here.
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  • @Warner
    Steve, you are correct in everything you analyze regarding Jordan Peterson. But I would also recommend biting the bullet and setting aside 3 or 4 hours, maybe over a couple days to watch some videos. If you want recommendations, let me know. I'm leading a JP discussion group in NYC. We watch 5-20 minute clips and discuss. The group has grown 5x since we added his videos.

    My recommendation would be to watch the older vids; lectures from his classes, prior to his post “courtesy titles” fame. In general they are both entertaining & informative. His Dwayne Schneider (Pat Harrington, Jr.) look in these early vids seems more genuine Jordan than his current look; which he almost had to adopt given his new influence/audience. He hasn’t quite yet mastered that “wise old sage” look that I think he’s after?
    Viewing a few of his more recent, exhausting, diatribes; I’m left with no doubt he is of superior intellect and is passionate about his message. He may be another flash in the pan, having no affect other than to torpedo his own career; but he’s worth a look.

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  • The New York Times gets around to pointing out something I used to talk about a lot: "Affordable Housing Policy" in 21st Century America typically doesn't mean policies that increase the overall supply of housing, thus moderating housing costs for most buyers and renters. Instead, it often means increasing costs of new development by reserving...
  • @Anon 2
    "Then California gets by with fewer people"

    It's not going to happen. Nothing indicates that California's
    population explosion will end anytime soon, not as long as California is
    the entry point for millions from Asia and Latin America.

    What's the end game here? California's population increasing to 50, 60, 100
    million from the current 40, and stealing most of the congressional seats from
    the Midwest and the Northeast (whose number has not increased in over
    a century - 435 since 1913!)?

    1850: 92,597
    1860: 379,994, a 410 percent increase over 1850
    1900: 1,485,053
    1930: 5,677,251
    1950: 10,586,223
    1970: 19,953,134
    1990: 29,760,021
    2000: 33,871,648
    2009: 38,292,687
    2015: 38,715,000
    2017: 39,536,653

    Anon 2, maybe CA growth will continue at a brisk rate, but I’m just not as sure about it as I used to be. The rate has certainly slowed since the time of my youth decades ago in the mid 60′s thru 70′s. I do agree it should not be long, I would guess by ~2040, that the “white” percentage of the population will dip below 30%. The average age of whites in CA is now older than the average age of a Japanese. A not an insignificant fraction of retirees head out of state.

    The replacement crop of politicians coming into office this year are truly frightening compared with the comparatively moderate current cabal headed by Jerry Brown. Their “solutions” may put a serious hurt on CA’s future.

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  • In other genetics news that I don't really have an opinion upon, from The Guardian: Scientists to grow 'mini-brains' using Neanderthal DNA Geneticists hope comparing prehistoric and modern biology will help them understand what makes humans unique Hannah Devlin in Leipzig @hannahdev Fri 11 May 2018 09.42 EDT Last modified on Fri 11 May 2018...
  • @DFH
    Unsurprising that a clearly mental father with recurrent dreams about cannibalising his cousin should also produce a crazy daughter. She might just seem off because of the heavy medication she's been on since her preteen years though.

    I’ve read the account of the dream you mention by Jordan Peterson in his book Maps of the Mind which was in fact a nightmare, and there’s nothing “mental” about it.
    Why is so much hate directed to Jordan Peterson? I understand Vox Day doesn’t agree with Peterson on Jewish IQ and related questions, but what about Vox Day’s old motto: No Enemies to the Right?
    As far as I can tell, Peterson is not a liberal but lives in the world’s most liberal country, Canada, where his ideas could land him in jail any day.

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    Why is so much hate directed to Jordan Peterson?
     
    Cowardly charlatan who's proud of his attempts to destroy nationalist, pro-white movements.

    I’ve read the account of the dream you mention by Jordan Peterson in his book Maps of the Mind which was in fact a nightmare, and there’s nothing “mental” about it.
     
    He clearly has a lot of screws loose, which, while not really his fault, doesn't really reccomend him as someone whose worldview and advice should be adopted.

    As far as I can tell, Peterson is not a liberal but
     
    He self-describes as a liberal
    , @J.Ross
    VD has no enemies to his right. JP sees everyone to his own right as subhuman. JP is being set up by the mighty Wurlitzer as "our leader," specifically to rein in certain concerns. JP only sounds lile a reasonable guy because he hangs out with Bolsheviki.
    Give credit where it is due, reject imposed leadership.
    Richard Spencer made an admirable nine-box infographic broadly and briefly laying out the concerns of the dissident right.
    Good job, Richard! Now beat it.
    Jordan Petersen has a great set of Jungian lectures free on YouTube and stood up ineffectively to an over-reaching government.
    Good job, Jordan! Now take the crown off and fetch me a Moosehead.
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  • Stay with the one drop rule. One drop Neanderthal, your just another Neanderthal; no government dictated special preferences for you.

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  • Tully stars Charlize Theron as a 41-year-old mom having her third child with her suburban nice guy husband, played by Mark Duplass. It's from the team of screenwriter Diablo Cody (a ridiculous stripper name) and director Jason Reitman, who made the surprisingly insightful Juno in 2007. When Cody won the Best Screenwriting Oscar for her...
  • @Anonymous
    Motorcycle clubs of the one percenter, three piece patch type have been around in their present form since about the end of WWII and there is an elaborate set of medieval style customs, courtesies and protocols involved, enforced by the credible threat of violence on all sides. All the major clubs require you to own and regularly ride a large displacement heavy motorcycle-in the US that means a Harley Davidson in practice. (In the US, some clubs' charters specify it has to be a H-D, but officially a prewar or 1950s Indian or other US made heavy bike would theoretically be ok with some. However, antique bikes break down all the time and a late model HD is the only rule meeting bike that would keep up. Evan Shovelheads today are rare as a member's primary bike. While antique American bike marques are respected, the modern Polaris made Victorys and Indians, eh, not so much.) Participation in runs and club rides is mandatory. Many members work on their own bikes and rebuild and customize them. In that respect they are motorcycle clubs.


    What gets them into trouble is not the motorcycle per se in most cases. The clubs as clubs do not deal drugs, run prostitution and gambling rings, sell illegal firearms and stolen merchandise, etc, but in most some of the members do. They do get in fights with other clubs and occasionally beat up or kill individuals that get in trouble with them for perceived disrespect or aggression.

    Motorcyclists who want to ride as a club but not be "outlaw bikers" can be in what are called "riding clubs", as opposed to "motorcycle clubs". These differentiate themselves by several changes in style and substance and are mostly left alone by the MCs so long as they do so.

    #427 (Ford, or Chevy?), you’re correct about the mandated motorcycles. Sonny Barger has an interesting take (an excerpt from one of his books included in his wiki page).

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonny_Barger

    A cousin was an “associate” of Bargers until somewhere around Y2K, though the cousin was never really an outlaw (no prison time). The cousin, now totally straight and narrow, is what I guess I’d term a “town elder” in a smaller Nor Cal city.

    If you have MC club interest, and can stomach it thru the more intense bits, you may want to watch the series Sons of Anarchy.

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  • A big story about a half decade ago was that cities were growing faster in population than suburbs for the first time in roughly ever. Many thinkpieces were devoted to this trend, one in which thinkpiece writers of course tend to be overrepresented. (My contribution was that double-paned windows, better earplugs, and air-conditioning have made...
  • @Anon
    From about 1950 to 1990 Beverly Hills had a pretty high rate of store robberies burglaries and muggings because right across Robertson Blvd was a nasty black neighborhood. There were some horrible store robberies where the blacks just walked in and started shooting. One murder victim was the 86 year old grandfather who just came in a few hours a week

    Then some Hispanics and a lot of Chabad Haredim settled east of Robertson and BH is now very very safe because the blacks were forced out.

    I know Hispanic men don’t tolerate criminal blacks. I’m pretty sure the Chabads had some sort of quiet private security force to protect their east of Robertson neighborhood during the transition from partly black to totally Chabad

    For the rest of West Los Angeles Robertson to the ocean safety depended very much on freeway off ramps. Criminals aren’t stupid enough to think they can get away on city buses.

    So the blacks would drive up from Compton and Inglewood, get off the freeway drive around till they spotted a victim rob rape whatever and get right back on the freeway.

    We now have a wonderful Hispanic and White perimeter defense . The blacks moved somewhere

    The criminals who use public transit, its more impulse crime. They don’t take a bus purposely to a White neighborhood to prey on us. But if they are in a bus or waiting for a bus they often attack when the opportunity rises.
    It’s not city or suburb, public transit or no transit freeway off ramps or not
    It’s blacks and nothing but blacks.

    Except in the old confederate states where many carry, the laws are strictly enforced and Whites are not submissive to blacks and the liberals who love them.

    #257, I think you’re correct here, hispanic tends to trump African American. I run a drive by thru EPA at least once every 5 years. Long gone is the day of a dealer stationed on every street corner; the closest city with that parade still on is across the bay in Oakland, but it’s slowly coming to a close there too.

    From wiki:

    43% of East Palo Alto’s residents were African Americans in 1990,[7] which was the result of redlining practices and racial deed restrictions in Palo Alto.[8] Latinos now constitute about 65% of the total population, while the proportion of African Americans has decreased to about 15%. A small minority of Pacific Islanders also reside in East Palo Alto, most of Tongan, Samoan and Indo-Fijian origin.[citation needed]. East Palo Alto has the largest concentration of Pacific Islanders of any American city or town outside Hawaii.[citation needed].

    East Palo Alto has seen a dramatic drop in violent crime in the last 20 years, and has seen a 97.6% reduction in murders from 1992 to 2017.

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  • We landed in darkness. The last time I was in Narita was 18 years earlier. With a six-hour layover, I inexplicably didn’t leave the airport. “Can I possibly die without at least a glimpse of Japan?” I’d ask myself, cringing. Finally, I was there. My first impressions were the generous legroom on the train to...
  • Linh Dinh, interesting read, thank you.

    My father owned a Japanese restaurant in Santa Clara, CA. Its cooks were Mexicans and Vietnamese, however, with only one Japanese ever employed, right at the beginning, to teach the rest the basics, then he was, ah, fired.

    I have dined at that Kobes a few times, having lived in the city of Santa Clara from age 2 weeks thru midlife. I have to confess though that most of the Sushi I consummed was from Kazoo, in San Jose’s Japan Town, a couple of miles SE of Kobes. Kazoo actually employeed a honest to goodness Japanese chef, who intersetingly enough went by the english name Tomasson. A little unustul; he would stop by the house every few years to drop off a card or small gift, exchange a few words, then depart. When he died a couple of years ago, his daughter sent a note. The new chef “looks” Japanese to my eyes.

    Among Kobe’s decorations was a Turkish serving plate, bought at a flea market.

    “This is clearly not Japanese, dad.” “It’s close enough. No one will know.” To be so slapdash and careless is typically Vietnamese, I’m sorry to say.

    My maternal great-grandfather, Ngo Thuc Dinh, was one of the top officials in the pro-Japanese Vietnamese government of World War II.

    You’re lucky I think, got a good portion of you mothers-grandfathers genes.

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  • iSteve commenter anon writes: If this training day is going to consist of speeches and hectoring from “civil rights leaders of color” then it’s going to be a complete waste of time. What the employees need is a clear explanation of the rules that they are supposed to follow and some specific examples and role-playing...
  • @Anonymous
    That's for the "executive" membership level. You can get a regular membership for $55 annually.

    #622, you’re correct on that pricing. But with that Executive card comes a 2% discount/rebate on purchases. I come out at least a little ahead of “free” Costco membership each year. While I find Costco prices on average to be roughly similar to those of other stores; for me it’s just easier to buy in bulk, less often. Never encountered a single panhandler inside a Costco nor its parking lots.

    Tasters Choice instant, red container, is the coffee I drink most often. Purchased @ Costco. Unfortunately I lack fortitude as a parent: my young daughter is in possession of a well worn Starbucks debit card.

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

    Reader 2, sounds good to me. Perhaps using a prepaid/debit card for entry, similar to what banks employ at ATM lobbies, is the future. Business may even be better with the added perceived exclusivity? I have no problem with separate and unequal, which is simply a matter in fact.

    Heck, access card entry may even be good for the future of McDonalds?

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  • Ross Douthat writes in the New York Times: Liberalism’s Golden Dream By Ross Douthat Opinion Columnist April 25, 2018 ... But by coincidence I was in California while I read the Golden State essays, wandering around in Greater Los Angeles with my family, and in the annoying way of pundit-travelers let me make some observations...
  • @Dave Pinsen
    Shangri La might be overstating it. Even during the dot-com bubble there were plenty of homeless beggars. There seem to be more now though.

    Dave, there are manyfold more homeless in California now. The passage of SB-649 in ’13 threw raw fuel on the embers. The”treatment centers” opened up, and the best of the best started poring in from all over the US West. Once you’ve had a taste of that high homeless life in CA, there’s little incentive to leave: ever.

    http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB649

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  • We are often told that "races" do not exist because Reasons. But lots of things are hard to pin down precisely. For example, "extended families" clearly exist, but how far do they extend? For instance, consider the famous Kennedy family. Are the siblings shown above, Patrick & Katherine Schwarzenegger, members of the Kennedy family? They...
  • Hard to say if they’re real Kennedys or not at this point in their lives. But later if through their ineptitude/indifference they, or people with them, are tragically gone too soon; we’ll have better evidence.

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    We'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
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  • Ross Douthat writes in the New York Times: Liberalism’s Golden Dream By Ross Douthat Opinion Columnist April 25, 2018 ... But by coincidence I was in California while I read the Golden State essays, wandering around in Greater Los Angeles with my family, and in the annoying way of pundit-travelers let me make some observations...
  • @Clifford Brown

    But the state’s larger exile population does present a problem for the “make America California” project, because while you can displace Republican-leaning voters from one state, you can’t do the same for the country as a whole.
     
    How clueless can you get? The same demographic shifts that happened to California are happening throughout the country, just at a faster pace! California is only ahead of the curve by 30 years. The problem for the rest of the country is that inland states will not have Silicon Valley or a Hollywood engorged on global monopoly profits to prop up their impoverished populations. The rest of America will be Fresno and Bakersfield, but without the tax base of a Santa Monica and Palo Alto to offset some of the pain.

    Trump is America's Governor Pete Wilson and like Governor Pete Wilson, the judiciary, the media and government bureaucracy will thwart his attempts to slow the radical transformation.

    Texas will be Blue in a decade. The Dems know this, and surely even Douthat know this. Once California and Texas are permanently Democrat, well...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX-YfuVQmX8

    Clifford, I could not agree with you more. California’s state government “income” (tax) comes from a very small slice of a single percent of its population. The local governments derived from what is nearly universally thought to be unsustainable real estate values (a “middle income” home anywhere in the SF bay area, CA, bought today will carry with it a yearly property tax assessment of $20K).

    A partial reason companies locate in California is that the moderate weather typically allows uninterrupted 365 business operation. Localities that force even a 1 or 2 day a year interruption can significantly impact the bottom line: often enough to outweigh the delta of the aggregated California higher cost. A nasty shakeup, especially a series of them, mighty change those calculations?

    From a post to my daughters 6th grade parents chat group (~70% of her classmates parents are East Indian.):

    see last paragraph

    New Delhi: In yet another shocking incident of racial abuse, a woman was attacked at Milpitas in California (United States of America) on Sunday while she was standing on the guest parking spot on the road across her upper-level apartment. The incident, which took place at 1540 hours (local time), left the Indian neighbours in complete shock. As they rushed to save the lady, identified as 33-year-old Sharda KS, they also were assaulted too. According to Samrat Nandi, an IT engineer with Zensar Technologies, a white male, who was naked waist-up, tried to park his car where Sharda was standing. Suddenly, he started hurling racial abuses at the lady.

    Sharda rushed for help while calling out her husband’s name. Hearing her voice, Samrat and his wife Monima (who stay on the lower level) and a family friend Aniruddha Mondal immediately came outside. While Samrat dialled 911, the white male continued to hurl expletives and was “almost about to hit” Sharda and her husband who was trying to protect her. Meanwhile, the man grabbed Aniruddha and punched him in the face, leaving him profusely bleeding. As per Samrat, another “Hispanic-appearance male joined the fight along with the white man.”

    Soon, a white lady too joined the scuffle and started abusing. She held Monima and shouted: “We are white, what are you going to do b***h.” The scuffle was finally sorted when a neighbour (white mixed race male) intervened. The trio left the scene while continuing to hurl racial abuses towards the Indian group.

    While the group was helping Aniruddha as he was bleeding profusely, the white shirtless man came back again, grabbed Monima and slapped her on the face. The man then got into a black Nissan Altima car (Registration number – 8CQW497) parked near Nandi’s rented apartment and fled. The Hispanic man and the white lady rushed inside an apartment in the same community. At around 4:00 pm, the US police recorded the victims’ statements.

    Samrat has alleged that the entire incident was recorded by a white lady whom the group does not know. He claimed that she provided the video to police. However, police officials told the complainants that the video was shaky and did not let them see it when they demanded. Albeit police told them later that they have identified the Hispanic man, who is a resident of the same community where the incident took place, and the lady who assaulted them, yet they refused to divulge their details.

    The Indian group, another victim of hateful harassment since Donald Trump was elected president, has contacted the Consulate General of India in this regard and are awaiting justice.

    http://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/we-are-white-what-are-you-going-to-do-bh-indian-woman-attacked-in-california/221111

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    Lol, so why was Shwarma blocking the guest parking spot in the first place?
    , @Pericles

    A partial reason companies locate in California is that the moderate weather typically allows uninterrupted 365 business operation. Localities that force even a 1 or 2 day a year interruption can significantly impact the bottom line

     

    Is this really the case? Is the cost increase of operating in California just 1/252 (or 1/365)?

    I suppose I shouldn't mention the time I visited Silicon Valley and there was torrential rain and no electricity for two days while staying in my El Camino Real hotel. Bummer, man. It was a while ago though.

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  • Anonymous[196] • Disclaimer says:

    I would add to the that list, and put him at the top, Michael Savage from San Francisco! As Trump said, he wouldn’t have won the election if not for Savage. Savage has a big audience and was a big promoter of Trump and is constantly talking how beautiful California (especially, San Francisco) is and how it’s being destroyed and turned into a third-world cesspool due to liberal politics and illegal immigration. Borders, language, culture.

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/apr/24/inside-the-beltway-michael-savage-goes-to-washingt/

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    I have listened to Michael Savage for years, and while sometimes he can be a complete screwball, he is the most outrageously funny person on radio with a savage wit and a clear-eyed (tragic) explanation for the "toileting" of CA.
    , @dwb
    Agree completely.

    Savage is a nut, but he often mixes in some real insights and always mixes in plenty of laughs.

    I have been listening to him, on and off, for more than 20 years, since his afternoon show on the local station here (KSFO).
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  • From the Los Angeles Times: California plan linking new housing to public transit rejected by state lawmakers By LIAM DILLON APR 17, 2018 | 6:40 PM | SACRAMENTO A robust effort to attack California's housing shortage was rejected Tuesday by a state legislative panel at the Capitol, felled in part by opponents who argued that...
  • @Prof. Woland
    A major consideration if we ever do the killer remodel / addition will be where to live while they are doing it. The logical way would be to buy or rent a Winnebago / trailer and live in the back yard. we know there is clean water hook up and electricity and we could use the shitter in the house. In the Bay Area were be live, it costs probably $5,000 per mo to rent so that could easily save $30 - 60K or the cost of a couple of new bathrooms or possibly one kitchen if we did it on the cheap.

    The problem is that our city will not allow that. They know that if it were allowed, there would be 5 generation families living in houses build for 2 or people would be renting out their property like trailer parks.

    Professor, maybe your city is covered under this:

    Since 1986, California has had a granny flat law in place. Granny flat refers to a second-unit residential dwelling. Known as Government Code Section 65852.2 Second Unit Law, the statute is designed to provide affordable housing in population-dense areas, ease rental housing deficits, increase the property tax base, and allow for additional income to homeowners

    You could throw up a Home Depot special for a few thousand: later rent it out to your ex brother in law once the main house in finished.

    From CBS this morning. A bit NIMBY, justifiable IMO. The guy near the end an indicator of why we may be doomed: though my wife and 12 yr old daughter chastised me for noticing.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/video/battle-over-noise-and-parking-fines-for-lake-tahoe-rentals/

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  • @German_Reader2
    Great post,
    I am always amazed about the values progressives will decide are not important anymore, if their sacred goal of diversity is threatened.
    I'll just add just some of the points you have missed.

    It's also negative for
    -religious freedom (think about Muslims moving into a country)
    -good governance (corruption is very prevalent in most other countries)
    -an efficient police/adminstration etc.
    -public safety
    -public health (think about the Ebola crisis for instance)
    -animal welfare
    -the quality of more or less ANY public good (public transit, public schools, public parks, public festivals, ...)
    -and social capital in general (as per Robert Putnam)

    If someone else also has some suggestions about progressive values that are impossible to maintain with mass-immigration, particularly from the Thirld World, feel free to add to this list.

    There are some uniquely conservative values, that are imcompatible with mass immigration in the long run. I have not mentioned them in the previous post, since they are at odds with progressive values.

    In my opinion, mass immigration is fundamentally bad for conservatives, because it is incompatible with
    -a limited government (at least as long as the whole country is as broke as Detroit is now)
    -free speech
    -the concept of “personal responsability”

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  • @res
    Thanks for the earthquake map thought. There is a recent map linked here: https://la.curbed.com/2018/3/28/17174106/los-angeles-earthquake-fault-liquefaction-hazard-zone
    The map itself is at https://maps.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/EQZApp/app/
    It looks like the focus is on SF and LA. The map goes down to the parcel level. Legend is available by clicking on the leftmost button at the upper right. It is annoying that they lump parcels not in a zone OR not evaluated together. I don't know if not evaluated means likely to be low risk or not.

    Here is their take on the San Fernando Valley. Any thoughts on how that matches with your dad's analysis?

    https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/vnZ-EC76xi-QKG6ozg4IOqlGMJo=/0x0:1165x609/1120x0/filters:focal(0x0:1165x609):format(webp)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/10546639/Screen_Shot_2018_03_28_at_2.09.17_PM.png

    Res, thanks for that map. I feel so fortunate & relieved that there’s a house between mine and the edge of a fault zone. And I’ll miss the slide by about a block.

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  • From the Washington Post: When you use the phrase "white spaces," aren't you supposed to also say "black bodies?" By Karen Attiah Karen Attiah is The Post’s global opinions editor. ... What the Starbucks incident has in common with the lynchings of the past — as well as the police brutality and mass incarceration of...
  • “In December 2017, the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley and Latino Decisions fielded a statewide public opinion poll to better understand the interaction of Californian’s intergroup and identity perceptions with their attitudes towards several policy goals, social values, and responses to messages based on a strategic narrative.”

    The poll revealed that Californians have views that may seem contradictory, including the fact that nearly half those surveyed support a so-called “Muslim ban”. Punishing immigrants is still popular: 59% said increasing deportations is important. About half the respondents agreed with an individualistic boot-straps narrative about African Americans, saying that Black people need to “try harder”.

    https://haasinstitute.berkeley.edu/california-survey-othering-and-belonging

    Perhaps support for the Zeroth amendment is weakening? California, so it can’t be “whites” only expressing these evils; they don’t have the #’s (~38%), even if they had the inclination or fortitude.

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    I like to look for the tiny cogwheels in such publications:

    "Punishing immigrants is still popular: 59% said increasing deportations is important."

    Don't be a punisher, you 59%er!
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  • From the Los Angeles Times: San Diego is, at the moment, the largest city in
  • @unit472
    I had the TV on yesterday and an ad for Southern New Hampshire University came on. Its president was hawking his on line degree program and made this claim.

    "While talent is distributed equally everywhere opportunity is not"

    Of course neither statement is true. Talent and opportunity are, to use an old vogue word, synergistic.

    There isn't a lot of talent in Laurel Fork, Virginia or Bombay Beach, California and there is even less opportunity. OTOH, Arlington, Va. and Newport, Ca. have lots of talent and opportunity.

    I realize SNHU's president is hustling for student loan money to keep his academic swindle going but does he really believe his own words?

    There isn’t a lot of talent in Laurel Fork, Virginia or Bombay Beach, California

    Unit472, Bex the Cat-Herder seems to agree with you concerning the California resort town Bombay Beach.

    I know nothing of this cat herders shtick, but @ ~6:15 she tosses in a deadpan “prediction”. Images of old postcards from the area, end of clip, are fun.

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  • @Ivy

    It seems impossible to spend $200,000,000.00 in twenty years with nothing to show for it in the end, but Mr. Iverson appears to have figured out just how to do it.

     

    Iverson might have gotten some inspiration from Mr. Can't Touch This (MC Hammer) who blew $40 million, back when that was a lot of money, on an ungrateful entourage. Once Hammer's money was gone, so were they. Nothin' says baller like splashin' out for random people. Renting accolades seems like a sad way to go through life, so maybe they should see a shrink, too.

    Joe Montana had a more practical approach. He said that some good advice was to keep family away from the money, as they came out of the woodwork to ask. That seemed to work well for him.

    “He was just nice kid who worked his way up and thought he could help others,” Ball said. “He hired 200 people from his Oakland community, and it backfired on him.”

    Ivy, I remember that well. MC had to to sell his beautiful house on hill back the ‘97; kind of a big deal around here at the time. He moved inland 50 miles over to the central valley (Tracy) post bankruptcy. His new place was much less opulant, but still somewhat a showplace. He paid $600K for it, his spec built home had sold for ~$5M. I drove by his new place once, all the cars were gone, the house looked unfurnished, but the large pool reflected a nice blue.

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  • Another way of saying “wealth” is “greedy cheap ass white guys hoarding their money”. “Wealth” doesn’t really exist in black societies because the function of money, as they understand it, is to spend it. Someone gives you $100, you spend $100. When you spend money it brings you joy and stuff – beer, grillz, cognac, etc. If you let it sit in a bank account it is just a bunch of dead numbers.

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    There is an expression my grandparents used which describes that situation exactly. Of course, we can't use that expression . . . but it's still true.
    , @Joe Magarac
    African-American affluence. ;)
    , @gunner29

    When you spend money it brings you joy and stuff – beer, grillz, cognac, etc. If you let it sit in a bank account it is just a bunch of dead numbers.
     
    It's more a function of time horizons; negros can comprehend next week, maybe. So the idea of having a rainy day fund that you use to pay for the unexpected car repair or medical expenses isn't something the negro can understand.

    As opposed to the white guys that have plans for next week, next month, next year, a five year, and probably a 50 year to get them thru retirement. It's deferred gratification, one of the surest markers to somebody that is going to be part of the solution, instead of part of the problem...most of the Chinese, Koreans, and Japs would fit it as well. Rest of asia, not so much.

    Somebody posted last week that negros tend not to save money because there are public programs that are limited to only dirt poor buggers. Have a couple of thousand in the bank and you forgo getting 10 times that from whitey.

    The leftys are going to use the negros as shock troops in the coming race/ideology war, so no way are they going to pull the plug on what keeps them on the plantation....
    , @Harry Baldwin
    As Omar on The Wire put it, “Man, money ain't got no owners, only spenders.”
    , @Obsessive Contrarian
    Hoarding and investing their money in products and services they think will pay off.

    Chris Rock had a good routine about this. Rich is when you collect a big pay check. (Think athletes.) Wealth is when you own the team.
    , @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    Another way of saying “wealth” is “greedy cheap ass white guys hoarding their money”. “Wealth” doesn’t really exist in black societies because the function of money, as they understand it, is to spend it. Someone gives you $100, you spend $100. When you spend money it brings you joy and stuff – beer, grillz, cognac, etc. If you let it sit in a bank account it is just a bunch of dead numbers.
     
    Joy and stuff for sure, but you're neglecting that profligate spending is a marker of status to the negro.

    One recent story that stands out to me is the habits of Allen Iverson, who earned over $200,000,000.00 during his NBA career but is currently broke. It is reported that Iverson didn't travel with a suitcase of clothes and sundries - in each stop on a road trip he'd buy a new wardrobe for his stay in that City, and then just leave the clothes and the rest behind in the hotel room when the team moved on.

    It seems impossible to spend $200,000,000.00 in twenty years with nothing to show for it in the end, but Mr. Iverson appears to have figured out just how to do it.
    , @bomag

    “greedy cheap ass white guys hoarding their money”
     
    Somebody's got to own the real estate; rental property; factories; rolling stock; businesses; ...
    , @Autochthon
    May I observe that this attitude is even more common and stronger in females as a group than it is in Negroes.
    , @It's All Ball Bearings
    They subscribe to the idea of the present value of money.
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  • On this 50th anniversary of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, there are countless articles in outlets like The New Yorker and The New York Times asking, in effect: Fifty years after the Fair Housing Act, why are so many African Americans still stuck in economically hopeless, job-deprived slums, such as, say, Brooklyn, Washington DC, the...
  • @Mishra
    Former attorney Elizabeth Beckman Schaaf is no fool. And no stranger to the 'cultural' replacement of American Negroes with Third-World Immigrants. It ought to be a conflict, you ought to have to choose sides. But when your people control the Narrative, all things are possible.

    Annie Campbell Washington, Oakland City Council member, just announced she will not run for reelection. Too much corruption, says she. While being interviewed in her office, the camera man chooses a angle, looks intentional on his part to my eyes, which exposes what I would think a certain to be triggering image.

    The link is to the local CBS news affiliate:

    http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2018/04/12/frustrated-oakland-city-councilwoman-wont-run-for-re-election/amp/

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    And....I just happened across this little gem....

    https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-Mayor-Schaaf-slams-Councilwoman-Brooks-as-12833380.php

    Now that's privilege. All around. Almost any place else, Schaaf would be condemned for racism.

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  • @ben tillman

    Is that what Ken Starr did to Bill Clinton? Yes. And it was wrong then just as it is wrong now.
     
    Actually, that's incorrect. What Mueller's doing is much more wrong then what Ken Starr did because it is clearly illegal.

    In reaction to the Starr episode, Congress changed the law to clarify that it is illegal to do what Starr did and Mueller is doing.

    But the reason for fear of blacks was that they would produce a rise in crime. And they did. I don’t see the importance of you distinction.

    Ben I think the hair splitting may be important? For one is evilly racist, the other benignly statistical.

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    But the two are equally statistically justified.
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  • @Macumazahn
    "Oakland is a great location in the Bay Area."
    Indeed it is. I lived there for years, on Jackson Street, just a couple of blocks from Lake Merritt. Everything about the place was very nice, except the neighbors. Especially unpleasant were those who were housed across the street in the Hill Castle Apartments. It was always fun to leave for work in the morning and have to slip past the blacks who were already out on the stoop with 40's in hand. After all, Colt 45 came recommended by Billy Dee Williams - "It works every time."

    Macumazahn, you took flight out of there too soon. Now there’s a Whole Foods Market a couple blocks (walking distance?) North of where you lived, just off Harrison St. Missed out.

    Speaking of Oakland, their Mayor, Libby Schaaf, is pretty wiley. Declaring her city the ultimate sanctuary (proactively giving a heads up, maybe better said, “heads down”, that ICE was preparing a raid) for those she hopes will be the cities African American replacement/displacement population was wickedly crafty. She probably thought if it worked for East Palo Alto across the bay, it’ll work for us over here too.

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    I see what you mean. I took a tour of my old haunts today using Google "street view" and it's readily apparent that the area is gentrifying. Even my onetime home, the Statler Apartments on Jackson St, appears to have been reborn as the Jackson Street Apartments. The Hill Castle Apartment Hotel is still across the street, but maybe it's no longer public housing.
    Sadly, I just couldn't endure. The neighborhood was sketchy when I moved there, but when the gang graffiti began to appear in the hallways of the Statler rather than just on the outside walls, I knew it was time to get out of Dodge.
    What's more, Holmes Books had closed. That site is only now being redeveloped as the Oakland Center for Graffiti, or something. At least De Lauer's was/is still there on Broadway.
    , @Mishra
    Former attorney Elizabeth Beckman Schaaf is no fool. And no stranger to the 'cultural' replacement of American Negroes with Third-World Immigrants. It ought to be a conflict, you ought to have to choose sides. But when your people control the Narrative, all things are possible.
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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...
  • @danand

    Thursday Peña Nieto urged Trump not to unload on the Mexicans his “frustration over matters of internal politics” of his country.
     
    As Pena says, come on Trump; stop unloading on Mexicans, leave the unloading to Mexico.

    https://gbdyag.ch.files.1drv.com/y4mbhMFqZR7Evcd1Be3y3qa7MYGBmsm6IqzH1LClzv7lRWqLPqEIYClvjebXsi1a-i5lUGp_V0ZOzfUGTjLRAxvdHzceA8voJvJU4HCJ0ibYLztE4McTxN-ZGgvl751XUgsuu0g0izl8eXePEoeTF8S1PxBlM60xz__-2_xgoq76AmoEx3zVsvDbb5sKId01kcEkjy3Nj5qB5YtsePwfv1NDA?width=791&height=1024&cropmode=none

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  • Is it okay to ask, "Is it okay to be white?"? Asking for a friend ...
  • Is it okay to ask, “Is it okay to be white?”?

    No, but to be a very light skinned other is golden.

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  • From the New York Times: I'd have much more to say on this fascinating question, except I'm going to bed right now.
  • Damn, I guess it’s time to go to bed. But my guess is, like nearly everything else, it’s a genetic predisposition.

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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...
  • @WowJustWow
    OT: NYT admitting something we've known for a long time, although I don't expect their columnists will stop repeating the tired old 71-cents-on-the-dollar figure: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/09/upshot/the-10-year-baby-window-that-is-the-key-to-the-womens-pay-gap.html

    although I don’t expect their columnists will stop repeating the tired old 71-cents-on-the-dollar figure:

    In California that ratio is currently 88 cents woman: 1 dollar man. In CA women out earn men up to age 31 or 32. At some point, with just a little stronger affirmative push, women should begin to out earn men outright.

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  • Thursday Peña Nieto urged Trump not to unload on the Mexicans his “frustration over matters of internal politics” of his country.

    As Pena says, come on Trump; stop unloading on Mexicans, leave the unloading to Mexico.

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  • Here are incarceration rates by race per 1,000 people from well-known California counties, the 14 biggest counties, plus a selection of smaller ones (such as Marin and Kings at opposite ends of the social scale). These counties account for 33 million of California's population of 38 million. First, here are the counties in order of...
  • Meanwhile, Japan has missed out on the wonderful benefits of multicultural diversity, and has a violent crime rate that is 1/148th of the US rate. Yes, you read that correctly, one one-hundred and forty-eighth the US rate. That type of safe environment is one of the nice things that we in the West have sacrificed for the wonderful benefits of multicultural diversity:

    http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/compare/Japan/United-States/Crime

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  • From the Los Angeles Times: Rights of the dead and the living clash when scientists extract DNA from human remains By CHIP COLWELL | ASSOCIATED PRESS | APR 06, 2018 | 4:30 AM Chip Colwell, University of Colorado Denver ... As an archaeologist, I share in the excitement around how technology and techniques to study...
  • Hamilton has numerous living descendants: here are a dozen posing with Lin-Manuel Miranda:

    No need to dig, at least in Hamiltons case; I’m sure all these good people will spit voluntarily.

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  • Here are incarceration rates by race per 1,000 people from well-known California counties, the 14 biggest counties, plus a selection of smaller ones (such as Marin and Kings at opposite ends of the social scale). These counties account for 33 million of California's population of 38 million. First, here are the counties in order of...
  • @Vinteuil
    RKU: one of the main problems with unlimited Hispanic immigration into the US is that they've got a seemingly perpetual over-supply of guys in their prime crime years. Why are you always trying to minimize this problem?

    Vinteuil, don’t have any data on crime years; but the supply does seem to be large. The children from 2011 should just about be ready to start their adult lives/careers:

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  • From the New York Times: Asian-Americans Suing Harvard Say Admissions Files Show Discrimination By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS APRIL 4, 2018 A group that is suing Harvard University is demanding that it publicly release admissions data on hundreds of thousands of applicants, saying the records show a pattern of discrimination against Asian-Americans going back decades. The group...
  • @sabril
    Ivy League schools still maintain quotas against Jews. The way it's done these days is through geographic diversity. So that smart accomplished kids from North Jersey; Long Island; and Westchester are competing with each other for admissions slots. The path is much easier if you are from Montana.

    The net effect of such a policy is to limit Jewish enrollment since American Jews are heavily concentrated in and around a few large cities, especially in the Northeast.

    To answer your other question, Leftist professors --Jewish or not -- generally side against Israel. Even in Israel, Leftist professors are anti-Israel.

    Not technically an Ivy, but Stanford, at least on and around 1980, admitted a minimum of 2 freshman every year from each US state.

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    So they can mate like on Noah's Ark.
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  • In the near future, there will be more news coming out about genetics and correlates of IQ. So this might be a good time for me to ask some really dumb questions about the genetic causes of variance in IQ using my favorite cognitive tool of weird/homey analogies. Consider the stereotypical reputations of three vehicles...
  • When it comes down to is that children tend to converge to their adult potential. This is true whether you’re talking about IQ, height or personality. You can give a little boost at an early age, say by loading junior up with protein smoothies to make him taller or sending him to after-school tutoring to boost his test scores. But all that’s going to do is make him reach long-run maturity levels sooner, it’s not actually going to elevate long-run maturity levels.

    Thanks Doug, what you wrote here, a least in my opinion, is one of the most realist, sane, & concise statements I’ve read in all the comments on this site.

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  • From The Atlantic: I blame Trump.
  • @Anon
    Consider how cheap it would have been for Lincoln to mandate the evacuation of former slaves to Liberia after the civil war, compared to the cost of keeping them and their tens of millions of descendants in the United States. Catastrophic mistake.

    Anon, as you say, way too late for any kind of mandate. Instead, offer anyone born in the USA, irrespective of race, maybe $100,000 to permanently give up citizenship and all rights of re-entry if they’ll initially become a citizen of any number of the poorest of the worlds countries; including Liberia.

    These new citizens bring with them modest wealth, which would certainly be of some benefit to their new home/host country. The US would benefit over the long run; reduced assistance payments, incarceration costs, social disruption, …

    Heck maybe it would even help a few of those that take advantage of the offer? Give them a fresh start and certainly over time, a new outlook.

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    danand, I will guarantee that the exit check for $100K will be scammed by "Travel Agents" helping the check bearers with their departure plans.
    , @epebble
    That is a good suggestion. Even better would be to get the government out of paying money and have the market establish the price. That way, someone who values citizenship more can get it while those who may benefit from funds can enjoy their wealth in a less expensive market. Government should be involved to verify undesirables don't get in but beyond that it should be free. This is also a good immigration policy since there won't be pressure on population.
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  • iSteve commenter Duke of Qin writes: Steve Sailer writes in his new Taki's Magazine column: The Indian moviegoing masses seem to share the pro-Aryan prejudices of the old Northern European philosophers, with most Bollywood stars drawn from the fairer and taller Northern Indians with more steppe descent. Steve, you are certainly not aware of this...
  • @Whitehall
    I'm involved with two Asian women at the moment.

    The Korean is 5'10. Her grandfather was a refugee from the North during the war, settling near Seoul.

    The Chinese girl is 5'6" and from Manchuria, three hours east of Beijing.

    Neither is shrewish.

    Just two data points that support Steve's observations.

    at the moment

    Which one of you is doing the typing?

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  • In the near future, there will be more news coming out about genetics and correlates of IQ. So this might be a good time for me to ask some really dumb questions about the genetic causes of variance in IQ using my favorite cognitive tool of weird/homey analogies. Consider the stereotypical reputations of three vehicles...
  • @Marty
    Interesting that that insufferably smug limey chose an '89 to illustrate supposed American cars of the '70's. Incidentally, almost every morning in Marin I see a guy who looks a lot like Doc Brown, driving around in one of his three Edsel convertibles- white, black or light blue.

    Marty, Marin!, you’re one lucky bast..d, living the dream.

    I’m a bit mystified though, not one of Doc Browns Edsel convertibles is red w/white interior?

    Vacuum cleaners; I’ve had to go full cold turkey. In my attempt to abstain I settled on the no frills, just works, standard – Oreck XL, Endurolife belt. I bought 50 bags, in an attempt to squelch the impulse to venture.

    As for Jaguars, you’ve got to be a moron to own one; unless you just like admiring it taking up space in the garage. (Total coincidence, I replaced the radiator in mine just yesterday, seemed fine, drove around the block – drip, drip, drip…)

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    The new replacement radiators for Jaguars are of course made by the same manufacturer that makes them for everything else, and even the OEM was, at least in the old days, the most reliable part of the car. The V12 had an oil/coolant intercooler and that caused trouble once in a while.

    The old radiator shops could fix any radiator but the EPA killed most of them so we just buy new ones from the suppliers, at least they are now cheaper than in the old days.

    Really, the only bad thing about Jags in the old days was the Lucas electrics, the Borg Warner automatic transmission, and the general lackadaisacal attitude of the assemblers. Once you had them sorted they were no worse than a lot of other cars. The carbureted emission control years had the godawful Strombergs, but you could convert to SUs and they were better, somewhat. The last few years of the XJ six they started having more head warping and head gasket issues, for whatever reason. Poor tooling?

    Sadly, the junkyards have crushed out the majority of the 87-back XJ saloons and even the ajayjay era cars (XJ40s), meaning that if you wanted to build a T-bucket with a Jag rear end they are getting very scarce. It isn't a T bucket without a Jag rear and a beer keg for a gas tank, you know.
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  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • Due to censorship and language barriers, Chinese individuals aren’t well represented in English-language cyberspace. Yet in real life, the Chinese build things, such as bridges that don’t fall down, and they make stuff, employing tens of millions of proletarians in their factories.

    Even simplified mandarin is close to order of magnitude more frustrating than the English language for exactness and efficiency. English speakers/writers have relatively minor “there: their” or “by/buy” inefficiencies retarding them a little. Chinese have to get the tone just right, the characters exactly so, and the order spot on; lest the necessary exactness is lost.
    Chinese while speaking often have to repeat what they are attempting convey 12 times over to ensure understanding. Choosing/descriminating the characters to convey precise intent can be mind numbing.
    I’d liken that inefficiencies affect as similar to the hypothesis that Mediterranean peoples, over the course of their adaptive evolution, have had to prioritize more of their “DNA’s energies” towards disease fighting capability, over advanced thinking capacity development. Too much wasted energy. They’ve done it once with simplified Mandarin, maybe the Chinese will adapt a language more efficient than English.

    Reich doesn’t yet have much ancient DNA from China (the Chinese government tries to limit high-tech grave-robbing to Chinese researchers), but the basics are evident.

    Even the living Chinese don’t get tested, ergo a limited database to draw and interpret from. 23&me has collected very little DNA from Chinese, ~1/4% of their clients. Why get tested, when you know who you are?

    But over the past 5,000 years or so, the two original groups have largely merged genetically into one Han race, so only a north-south cline is left.

    I think this is one of the reasons Chinese may be a little less concerned about passing on their individual genes than the Indians are. Combine that with “fewer religious obstacles”, for my lack of a better term, and Chinese will be much more open to DNA manipulation; which will give them first jump. I would guess at least a generations head start?

    India is the land of diversity, which is another word for inequality. India is kind of a subcontinental-scale version of a Democratic-ruled American city, such as Baltimore, where world-class talent such as Johns Hopkins resides side by side with intractable social problems.

    And soon enough those lower Indian casts will start to demand social justice and equality.

    India puts much of its effort into higher education, while allowing its mass schooling to be awful. Two Indian states tried the PISA test in 2009 and both scored at sub-Saharan levels, with the northern state doing even worse than the southern state. In math, Indian eighth graders performed at the level of South Korean third graders.

    Not unlike California’s dismal results, 3rd worst state in the nation for averaged testing performance.

    And the Indians tend to be more verbally agile than the Chinese and more adept at the kind of high-level abstract thinking required by modern computer science, law, and soft major academia. Thousands of years of Brahmin speculations didn’t do much for India’s prosperity, but somehow have prepared Indians to make fortunes in 21st-century America.

    Dropped into a society with high enough trust, average intellect, and resources, that bred in superiority is released. You’d expect results on par the other groups that historically followed similar paths/strategies. It’s analogous to letting a Ferrari out on the track. A Kia’s not a Ferrari; but you’d never know it by their performance while stuck in the stop & go on the freeway.

    The shorter, darker people of the South seem to be pulling ahead. The parts of India that are doing best today, such as, in their ideologically different ways, capitalist Bangalore and leftist Kerala, tend to be in the more Dravidian, less Aryan south.

    Bangalore’s current population is ~12M. In 1950, it was but 746,000. There has been a hugh shift in demographics of the city, smart people followed India’s government investments to the South, it’s much more “Aryan” now.

    Obviously the USA has been gifted so far with its good enough/right kind of genetics, combined with excellent natural resources. But as poster CCZ brought up on another thread which referenced “IQ and The Wealth of Nations by Richard Lynn and Tatu Vanhanen”, once/if the USA’s National IQ tumbles much below ~95, it will only be a matter of time…until China becomes the worlds leading nation: for whatever that status will be worth?

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  • From West Hunter: In 2006, Hawks and Cochran had published "Dynamics of Adaptive Introgression from Archaic to Modern Humans" (PDF) We had concluded that the “scientific consensus” was based on nothing and put no stock in it. We had predicted that such admixture would be found, and that sometimes Neanderthal alleles would have conferred selective...
  • Let me make sure I have this straight; everyone but sub-Saharans are Labradoodles?

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    > Let me make sure I have this straight; everyone but sub-Saharans are Labradoodles?

    Yes. If the Labradoodles in question are >90% ancestral AMHs ("anatomically modern humans") and 1%-4% Neanderthals.

    On the other hand, some of these Labradoodles also have a few percent Denisovan ancestry. As Greg Cochran points out, Tibetans' adaptations to life at high altitude originated from that source.

    Razib Khan has recently blogged about an upcoming paper with evidence that Labradors (Sub-Saharan Africans) have their own complex ancestry. Interbreeding of AMHs with other human lineages, with those lineages contributing similar small fractions of modern SSA ancestry.
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  • From MIT Technology Review: DNA tests for IQ are coming, but it might not be smart to take one Scientists have linked hundreds of genes to intelligence. One psychologist says it’s time to test school kids. by Antonio Regalado April 2, 2018 Ready for a world in which a $50 DNA test can predict your...
  • @Buzz Mohawk
    In the 1960s, they were giving IQ tests to 3rd graders. Unfortunately they often advised parents not to tell their gifted kids how smart they were. Some of those kids were just left to drift among the same classes as everyone else their age. Wasted talent and mediocre educations were the result -- that plus a lifetime of frustration and resentment among those who discovered later in life just how poorly they had been cultivated.

    If you're not going to properly track the smart kids, what's the point of finding out their IQ?

    There will be all kinds of social-political pressure not to "segregate" the gifted in the United States. There has always been a pressure toward the average here, unlike in some parts of Europe, where students were steered into appropriate middle or high schools according to their academic potential. That is practically verboten here.

    Buzz Mohawk, you are correct. Parents were indeed asked not to reveal the results to their children, at least in California. This may have been in part at the request of Stanford U, who was responsable for the program. They may have been making an attempt at a “blind” control study?

    California public grade school students were administered the Stanford Achievement Tests, or what were stamped the California Test of Basic Skills (CTBS) in the 70’s thru 80’s. I think administration became more sporadic after that, in reaction to criticism and lawsuits.

    I would think 23&me could get there hands on all that data, if they haven’t already (I’d bet they have). I think Antonio mentions in his article that 23&me has already computed/estimated their clients IQ’s based on their individual DNA, but have decided not to release it, yet.

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  • One of the booming industries in Southern California at the moment is providing drug addiction clinics in the sunshine for junkies from the Midwest. But when their insurance runs out and they still love drugs, do they go home to cold Ohio? Often they get a tent and join a homeless encampment. Asian immigrants in...
  • @Ed
    Good for them. More people need to take their example. Let the libs in the media call you racist or whatever. If the government is attacking your livelihood and peace to promote some social engineering scheme, speak up.

    Good for them. More people need to take their example. Let the libs in the media call you racist or whatever. If the government is attacking your livelihood and peace to promote some social engineering scheme, speak up.

    Ed, I agree with you wholeheartedly; more people need to follow their example.

    Whatever happened to vagrancy enforcement in California? And when did it become legal to stand in center of the street, occasionally wondering out into the roadway at ones whim/pleasure?

    The number of aggressive homeless in the SF Bay Area has been rapidly increasing over the ~last half decade. The unpleasantness is just the start, blocking traffic – annoying, and the petty crime about the worst of it. I guess a little similar to the gypsies of Europe, perhaps less generational, more situational?

    Most of these aggressive homeless are to my dismay, white. Long ago, when the numbers were less numerous, I’d give a buck or two. Those days are long gone; I don’t want to give them any encouragement to continue with their, what now seems to have become an acceptable, chosen lifestyle.

    Just as an aside, I worked alongside several previously homeless whom a production manager had hired off the street (the only people she could get locally to work for $10Hr). This worked out fine; some staying almost 2yrs. But eventually, to a person, they all went back to the streets.

    Off that rant and back to the subject at hand. California is rolling out a new, relatively explicit, “reproductive education curriculum. There is included material that makes me blush, I can only imagine the teachers thoughts at having to present it. Anyway a group of parents got together with the last to weeks and put a dead stop to the new materials implementation in our district. The parents that organized the effort, and who put in all the time to “get the job done”, are East Indian; I was but a follower, lending modest support.

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  • From the Harvard Crimson: But that's boy history. Harvard offers no similarly broad course and no Cold War survey course. Instead, we have “Cold War in the Global South.” Mean
  • Totally off topic. YouTube headquarters shooter is a “white” women wearing a headscarf.

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    Her name is Nasim Aghdam. Nasim is ultimately Arabic but in this transliteration it seems to be a common Persian name. Aghdam is a region of Azerbaijan - apparently there are 15 to 17 million "Iranian Azerbaijanis" living in Iran.

    A commenter on one of her YouTube videos writes:


    Thats turkish but with a veeeeery strange accent. Know it because i am a kurd from turkey.
     
    Azerbaijani is a Turkic language. Her website links to both YouTube Farsi and YouTube Turkish, so yeah, she's likely Iranian Azerbaijani.
    , @Dave from Oz
    @Danand "YouTube headquarters shooter is a “white” women wearing a headscarf."

    Nasim Aghdam. Not exactly an "Elizabeth Winchester" type of name, eh?

    "A regular YouTuber with her own channel and 5,000 subscribers, she described herself as an animal rights activist and vegan bodybuilder. She is understood to have been angry at recent changes on the platform that affected how much money she received. In a video posted in January 2017, she said YouTube "discriminated and filtered" her content, NBC reports."

    LOL. Once again, a liberal actually does what all the conservatives have been threatening to do.
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  • From the Washington Monthly:
  • You’d think 20 years of seeing it with her own eyes would have made Nancy at least a little more realist?

    For over 20 years, Nancy was the executive director of a nonprofit organization whose mission focused on juvenile crime prevention.

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    For over 20 years, Nancy was the executive director of a nonprofit organization whose mission focused on juvenile crime prevention.
     
    As the executive director, perhaps she had a policy of "never bring me bad news, because bad news is racist."
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  • MIT Tech Review via Drudge

    DNA tests for IQ are coming, but it might not be smart to take one

    Scientists have linked hundreds of genes to intelligence. One psychologist says it’s time to test school kids.

    https://www.technologyreview.com/s/610339/dna-tests-for-iq-are-coming-but-it-might-not-be-smart-to-take-one/#comments

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  • Australia tries hard to keep out illegal immigrants and selects legal immigrants based on a points system. This has been good for native Australian blue collar workers who are some of the most prosperous working class people in the world, due to the low supply of workers and the high demand from China for raw...
  • @PhysicistDave
    As someone who did extremely well on standardized tests myself, it has taken me a long time to see what's wrong with them.

    I suppose the biggest problem is "teaching to the test." I did not know anyone (this was back in the early '70s) who did any prep for PSAT, SAT, etc. except for reading the little booklet the ETS sent out to everyone. We did what we did in school, independent reading, etc. and that determined how we did on the test.

    But, of course, any test can be taught, and once people pursue that route, the test measures not how smart you are or how much you know but how diligent you were in prepping for this particular test.

    Having worked in engineering, I would rather have as a colleague some person who was obsessed with being a "ham radio" guy than someone who aced a bunch of tests.

    "Credentialism" is not working out well.

    Having worked in engineering, I would rather have as a colleague some person who was obsessed with being a “ham radio” guy than someone who aced a bunch of tests.

    PhysicistDave, what was with that ham radio obsession in 80′s. You weren’t a real engineer if you weren’t deep into it. The weekend trips to hilltops were near mandatory. I was over visiting a guy, Stuart Biggs (who made a name for himself @ Cisco, but unfortunately left this world prematurely), and his rig blew my mind, and probably a fuse or two too. Ham radio speak to engineers was kind of like what the knowing nod is to African Americans.

    I would guess now engineering status is based on how complex the smart home function you can muster from an Arduino Nano?

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  • @Empty Vessel
    Greetings from Australia. My (white) family had exposure to James Ruse, and it was overall a good experience. The Chinese tended to be a bit insular (FOB, fresh off the boat, was the terminology for recent arrivals), but the Indians, Sri Lankans and the like were very easy to get on with. At a private school with more moneyed Chinese, mainly from Hong Kong, they are more outgoing in our experience.

    In Sydney now, go to any hospital or deal with a large law firm, you are meeting a lot of the children of the migrants described above, peers of my children, and a very impressive cohort of young people they are too. High achievers, serious work ethic, good manners, good morals, etc. From my perspective as a well off Australian we've done pretty well out of this. From lower down the ladder it might not look as good. High immigration figures prominently in the debate about housing cost, it's a bit nuts when the average Sydney or Melbourne worker can't afford the average Sydney or Melbourne house.

    Our refugee intake, in contrast, have not done very well, we have problems there. High unemployment, crime, jihadi syndrome, all the usual.

    We have bipartisan support for policies that are relatively intolerant of illegal arrivals. It's not perfect but it's not the shambles we see elsewhere. Pro "refugee" virtue signallers are noisy, dominate the media, but in the minority when it comes to votes.

    It's a big experiment though. There are plenty of precedents where an economically dominant minority has suffered horrible persecution if envy and hatred sets in. Fingers crossed.

    Pro “refugee” virtue signallers are noisy, dominate the media, but in the minority when it comes to votes.

    Empty Vessel, my wife visited your country ~3 weeks back on business. She had opportunity to visit the both the cities of Sydney & Melbourne. Her instant observations were of the generally very nice attire worn out in public, and that most of the young were Chinese.

    She sent this photo while she was there; I cant recall if it was Sydney or Melbourne, perhaps you know the building?

    https://imgur.com/a/8HV8U

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  • The Harker School in San Jose is one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious private prep schools. Tuition is $45,877. Wikipedia reports: Thus, it's interesting to note a few facts about the future leaders of Silicon Valley currently enrolled at Harker: Assuming that Asians are not People of Color (raising the question of What color are...
  • @Triumph104
    Priscilla Chan, Mark Zuckerberg's wife, taught 4th grade at the Harker School before she entered medical school. In 2016, she delivered the commencement address for her former students. Her teaching stint was reasons (excuses?) Zuckerberg used for donating $100 million to Newark public schools.

    To address a few comments already made:

    Priscilla Chan's family is ethnic Chinese from Vietnam. According to Wikipedia, in 2013, 11.5% of the Vietnamese boat people in the US were Hoa (ethnic Chinese).

    The linked article says that many Silicon Valley engineers send their children to Harker. In a decade, 66 students were semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search with three finalists in 2015.

    The lack of Hispanic diversity at Harker makes it more difficult for qualified Asian and white students from the school to get accepted into a top 20 college. (Ivy League feeder schools on the East Coast talk non-stop about their diversity and actively recruit NAMs.) I guess the Harker parents are ok with that. Two of the 2016 graduates were going to attend Chapman University and Butler (pharmacy).

    https://www.mercurynews.com/2016/05/19/priscilla-chan-encourages-harker-students-to-focus-on-the-change-you-want-to-see-in-the-world/

    Triumph104,

    I grew up near the original/main Harker campus, and still drive by occasionally. It’s kind of unbelievable to me that the school has remained in that same location; as it’s adjacent to one of the Bay Areas busiest freeways. The noise is bad enough, but the air must have been not so great until vehicle emissions began their decline in the 80′s. When this freeway campus was converted to a high school, they cut down much of the old foliage (a lot of Cypress trees if I remember correctly), to make room for the athletic field. The sound wall’s a little higher, but that’s still got to be a relatively noisy situation?

    The only kid I personally had interaction with who was a graduate from Harker, Randy Gutiérrez (deceased a few years ago at ~50YOA), I met as a freshmen in high school. He carried a an heir of refinement lacking a bit in the rest of us. I think Harker was in good part a finishing school during his time there, a little less narrowly focused on academic performance; as it has to be now.

    Lets hope the Zuckerbergs continue to give their fortune to ed-u-moe-cay-shun intuitions, and do not divert too much to politicians, where it could have serious impact.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/10/16/what-did-zuckerbergs-100-million-buy-newark-bit-progress/769536001/

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    A lot of successful private high schools are very near freeways. Apparently, being a convenient commute for distant parents outweighs the noise and (declining) pollution. My old high school Notre Dame in Sherman Oaks, CA is about a long block north of the Woodman exit of the 101 (which is probably the ideal distance from a freeway), while it's rival St. Francis in La Canada has the 210 practically in its lap. But the 210 through the mountain makes St. Francis a distant but easy commute from the upscale exurb of Santa Clarita.
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  • @JohnnyWalker123
    Let's say you subdivided America's 5-million Indian subcontinentals into 2 equal-sized groups. Both groups were identical with respect to all traits (income, education, personality, culture). One group was taught to be "pro-HBD," while the other group was taught to be "anti-HBD."

    The "Pro-HBD" group were then forced to read the literature of Rushton, Lynn, and Charles Murray. The "anti-HBD" group were forced to read the standard NY Times articles on IQ and genetics.

    The "pro-HBD" group were made to understand that India has a mean IQ Of 81 and, therefore, there were hardly any smart Indians. They were also made to understand that due to "regression to the mean," even smart Indians were likely to have stupid children. In addition to that, they were made to understand that parenting and home environment are relatively unimportant. Meanwhile, the "anti-HBD" were made to understand that they could do anything they wanted to as long as they "set their mind to it."

    Which group do you predict would do better at academics, Spelling Bees, science competitions, and economic advancement?

    Based on the above question, what do you conclude about the importance of culture?

    Those Indian kids are lucky their parents never read the "Bell Curve" or anything Rushton wrote. If the parents read that literature and took it seriously, those Indian kids probably would've never been encouraged to enter any type of science competition.

    JohnnyWalker123, my thought is that the Brahmins & Kshatriyas, the two casts from which most Indians who make it to the US come, fully embrace HBD. In my experience there is no other group of people insistent on letting you know they are the racial superiors of their home country. My nearly daily interactions with them have left me no doubt they are generally very bright individuals: they would fully understand regression to the mean within their own genetic grouping. I have to applaud their grasp on reality.

    Now that I give it a second, my guess is you’re pulling an April Fools prank here?

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  • Here's the Open Letter from the soft science academics responding to ancient DNA expert David Reich that the New York Times wouldn't print. So it wound up in Buzzfeed: The signatories tend to be people whom I've had fun at the expense of in the past. For example, Alan Goodman, former president of the American...
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  • As you may recall, I closely covered the recent whoop-tee-doo in Palo Alto that led to stripping the name of the Terman Middle School, the public middle school with the highest standardized test scores in California. The school had been named for Lewis Terman, the father of standardized testing in America, and his son Fred...
  • @Arclight
    Not related, but I enjoyed this story and the willingness of these guys to go against the grain: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/31/us/compton-cowboys-horseback-riding-african-americans.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=photo-spot-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

    It’s their school now, let them name it whatever they want:

    Terman Middle
    655 Arastradero Road
    Palo Alto, CA 94306

    Student Ethnicity:
    Asian 37.06%
    White 36.5%
    Hispanic or Latino 13.99%
    Two or More Races 9.23%
    African American 1.54%
    Filipino 1.54%
    American Indian or Alaska Native 0.14%

    http://school-ratings.com/ratingsDetails.php?cds=43696416118707

    Arclight

    Those guys are great, I’ve seen them out riding. They are featureed in a commercial that is currently running on over the air TV out here.

    A related article:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/28/arts/design/mohamed-bourouissa-urban-cowboys.html

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  • In the New York Times, a write-up of last year's Raj Chetty database about differing life trajectories of students at different colleges: The Ivy League Students Least Likely to Get Married By KEVIN CAREY MARCH 29, 2018 Kevin Carey directs the education policy program at New America. You can follow him on Twitter at @kevincarey1....
  • @SimpleSong
    Ain't that the truth. What amazes me is that parents obsess over every little aspect of their child's life from ages 0-5, thinking that if they choose the wrong baby formula or use subpar flashcards the kid is doomed. When in fact as long as you don't do anything crazy it doesn't make much difference either way. On the other hand parents make a huge difference between ages 16-26 which are make or break years for getting your life started. At which point lots of parents, particularly gentiles, take a hands-off approach. My parents basically told me I was on my own at 17; while my life turned out basically OK after about 15 extremely lean years, I could have accomplished much more with it. Now I look back and think, what a stereotypical goy thing to do.

    I suppose in the pre modern era when the biggest threat to life was infectious disease in early childhood this attitude made sense but now the critical years for parenting are early adulthood.

    Sabril

    On the other hand parents make a huge difference between ages 16-26 which are make or break years for getting your life started. At which point lots of parents, particularly gentiles, take a hands-off approach. My parents basically told me I was on my own at 17; while my life turned out basically OK after about 15 extremely lean years, I could have accomplished much more with it. Now I look back and think, what a stereotypical goy thing to do.

    I have observed that situation quite often with “WASP” parents. I don’t think it comes from of any sort from malicious intent, it’s just what they know?

    As you infer, I think one of the better uses of family resources teenagers parents can make is to transfer their children to a very good private school for grades 11 & 12; when it matters most. They’ll gain exposer to, and associate with, a better element: cherry is that their diplomas will bear a better stamp.

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  • From The Guardian: My knowledge of baseball players suggests that may not be wholly true. Cesar Chavez was fiercely opposed to illegal immigration, led protests at the border against illegal immigrants, and had his brother organize a goon squad to beat up undocumented migrants. Earlier this month, the Pittsburgh Pirates president, Frank Coonelly, spoke at...
  • Somewhat OT – The wall needs to be built. Don’t fall for the BS that Mexican emigration is down. Need proof. This is from buzzfeed from earlier today.

    Istevefan, that ship has been sailing and is well on its way to final port:

    http://www.dof.ca.gov/Reports/Demographic_Reports/American_Community_Survey/documents/2011ACS_1year_Rpt_CA.pdf

    1st page, bottom row, of the report strikingly lays out the approaching racial demographics for California, which will eventually spread, or better said migrate, throughout the rest of the good ‘ol USA.

    I wonder how many would, similar to my thoughts, not mind added another $1.3T (only an ~6% increase) to the deficit to build that big, beautiful wall. To my mind it’s the symbolism, much more so than the actual barrier, that’s of value.

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  • In the New York Times, a write-up of last year's Raj Chetty database about differing life trajectories of students at different colleges: The Ivy League Students Least Likely to Get Married By KEVIN CAREY MARCH 29, 2018 Kevin Carey directs the education policy program at New America. You can follow him on Twitter at @kevincarey1....
  • Wendy Wang seems to have it down:

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-sequence-is-the-secret-to-success-1522189894

    One of my favorite You Tube vids. Notice near the end of the clip that the “least” successful of the group, is in one sense at least, the most successful.

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    that's lovely, thanks for sharing!
    , @anon
    The conventional wisdom then was better than the conventional wisdom today. This clip takes a practical, straightforward view of life. Today all you get is ranting about injustice. When I was younger I would have smirked and laughed at this clip. Now I'd say it gives pretty good advice.
    , @Dan Hayes
    danand:

    Wendy Wang reports on her rules for success.

    Wendi Deng Murdoch has an alternative pathway for success.
    , @Almost Missouri
    We hardly talk about social class anymore, particularly in the dispassionate and nonjudgmental way of this mid-century modern edu-film. Rants about "the 1%" is about the sum total of class discussion nowadays.

    A few years back I went out with a daughter of the upper class. I asked her about a certain working class beau and why she hadn't reciprocated his interest in her. "Not my social class," she said with an offhandedness that shocked me for being so unusual nowadays, but I also found her candor refreshing.

    The question occasionally comes up in this comment section of what is the purpose of the immigration deluge flooding out civilization? One thing it has done is end class-talk. Everything is race/ethnicity now, either explicitly or implicitly. And rightly so, since--as Steve's many analyses show--without normalizing for race, the old fashioned class-based sociology just doesn't work.

    Finally: Wendy Wang. [Not a subscriber, so couldn't read full article.] She is right about the "school, work, marry, have children" sequence for lower-middle and above class people, but she misses that for "poor" people, her advice doesn't usually work, which explains why "we fail to convey this message to poor young people". Most of the people she refers to as "poor" are also cognitively poor, so studying won't actually help their prospects, if they even have the self-discipline and interest to do it in the first place. Meanwhile, generous welfare, gangsta "culture" and mass immigration have so obliterated the lower end of the work market that any citizen spending time down there is reducing his/her mating prospects rather than enhancing them. It's not that the "message" is failing to be "conveyed", Wendy, it's that by abandoning the lower class to the dole, gutter culture and third-world competition, the message is now false for them and they can see that perfectly well with their own eyes. But don't feel bad. It will be false for us soon too.

    , @ic1000
    You linked to a YouTube 15-minute short film, that was shot in 1957 to supplement a sociology textbook.

    It is fantastic.

    The old-fashioned Marxist perspective of the narrator is poignant. Even though his analysis is sophomoric and smug, he manages to notice a lot. I doubt that he could have imagined that the class struggles of his time would seem like a golden era, in retrospect. What would xe would have made of the Idiocracy-style Pokemon-points identity politics that dominates his field today?
    , @AndrewR
    One wishes the narrator had pointed out that vertical mobility also includes downward mobility. This may seem obvious to some, but other people do seem to have a [somewhat false] sense that, if you're born in the upper class then you'll die in the upper class. Although I do acknowledge that my UMC background has equipped me with certain tastes, habits and knowledge that could come in handy if I ever ended up dead-broke. Class is certainly about more than income, wealth and occupation.
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  • Some of #MeToo seems to be women wanting everybody to talk about how their personal hotness made important guys do sleazeball stuff: "Let's all talk about how I was so sexy that Mr. Big couldn't resist potentially screwing up his career over me."
  • @gp
    Where are the actresses and celebrities who _did_ sleep their way to the top? Has a single one stepped forward yet?

    Some woman with the self-confidence to say "Yes, I got a lot of good parts with sexual favors, I enjoyed the sex thoroughly, and by the way, I'm an excellent actress too. Anybody who doesn't like it can pound sand." Why aren't any of them _truly_ brave enough to own it?

    What movie was it with Stanwyck proudly sleeping her way to the top? Like that character.

    Gp, I seem remember Barbara Walters more or less conveying over the years that was the route she took?

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    BaBa WahWah even went to the dark side with my former senator.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/barbara-walters-affair-married-senator-edward-brooke-article-1.331164

    Some journalists like to get in-depth with their subjects...

    , @Almost Missouri
    Wait, Barbara Walters is attractive to powerful men with options?!?

    Do they find speech impediments irresistably sexy?

    Sheesh. This alone condemns 20th century civilization...
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  • From the New York Times opinion section: Bruce Jenner presumably shot himself up with powerful artificial male hormones between finishing 10th in the Olympic decathlon in 1972 when he weighed 180 pounds and winning the gold and setting the world record in 1976 at a weight of 220 pounds, launching him onto his current career...
  • What’s always puzzled me about Jenner is his high interest in activities or hobbies that are almost exclusively limited to male participants. Radio Control toys, motorcycle collecting; these are not things women are drawn to: some reluctantly participate, the way a man might try crochet, to appease an opposite sex partner.

    BTW – here is a link to some free crochet patterns:

    http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns

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    What’s always puzzled me about Jenner is his high interest in activities or hobbies that are almost exclusively limited to male participants.
     
    Look up autogynephilia and Ray Blanchard.
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  • @snorlax
    OT: Remember Devonte Hart? He, his 5 other black adopted siblings, and his two white lesbian mothers, are all dead in an apparent murder-suicide.

    Snorlax, I’m familiar with the lookout spot the SUV launched into the water from, beautiful view. Been following this story, as it’s local, since the incident on Monday: coverage just seemed a bit off from the start. The neighbors are now saying the kids were rarely seen during daylight.

    I wonder if the BLM protests will initiate in Oregon or California? I’ll participate if it’s not too far.

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  • From Breitbart: Attorneys for Noor Salman, the wife of Pulse nightclub killer Omar Mateen, moved to dismiss the charges or declare a mistrial on Sunday night after the prosecution revealed on Saturday that Mateen’s father, Seddique Mateen, worked as an FBI informant from 2005 through the summer of 2016. According to defense lawyers, Assistant U.S....
  • “And if their sons flip out and murder Americans in an Islamist terror attack, well, that’s going to require some big budget boosts for all the agencies concerned that will drive Beltway real estate prices even higher.”

    Steve is right. No getting around it or wishing it just weren’t so: It always comes down to simply following the money.

    “money is not everything but it ranks right up there with oxygen”
    ― Zig Ziglar

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  • From Stanford's Public Policy Program: Why Is San Francisco the State’s Worst County for Black Student Achievement? OCT 27 2017 CALMATTERS ... Across the district, 19 percent of them [San Francisco public school black students] passed the state test in reading, compared to 31 percent of black students statewide. The result: San Francisco, a progressive...
  • “Even as the gulf between California’s black and white students endures, some school districts have managed to chip away at it. Washington Unified in Fresno is one of them. The small district serving about 3,000 mostly poor kids shrunk the gap between its African-American students and white children across the state by 17 percentage points in reading and 8 percentage points in math.”

    I guess they didn’t bother to check the stats for Washington Unified in Fresno. Nearly all (I’m exaggerating a little; 13% pass the English exam at this, one of the better schools of that district) the students fail stadardized testing there.

    http://school-ratings.com/school_details/10767781038306.html

    My favorite qoute from the article, though there are many that promote a good chuckle:

    Nine out of 10 black students at the school had failed reading and math exams.

    “Really? That’s surprising,” said parent Ashley Wysinger, 31, when a reporter shared the results with her afterward.

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    Thanks for tracking down the real numbers .. this is a standard PC trick to deflect from HBD conclusions "... there is a mythical school that we heard about out there where they eliminated the black-white performance differential by using better teaching methods, hence the test gap cannot be attributed to HBD," and then it turns out to be noisy bluster and the evidence does not exist or is wildly exaggerated. Feminists used to try the same trick "... there is a society out there on an island in the south Pacific where women fight the wars while men raise the children ... it is a small island so we do not have photos." The trick does not work so well nowadays with the internet and camera phones, but it was all the rage in the 60s and 70s.

    You should send the Stanford Policy Centre a revision request -- they might do it if you explain it clearly and politely. It would make a nice addendum to the paper!!

    , @Scott66
    Maybe Ashley Wysinger, 31, said; "Really? That's surprising?"
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  • The word "mugging" has various meanings, but the one that soared in usage from the mid-1960s to the late 1970s was pedestrians being robbed by threat or act of violence. Comedians joked nervously about getting mugged in Central Park all the time on talk shows in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was largely...
  • @Clyde
    MORE....
    Look who the most effective criminals in Europe are. They are high T males who immigrate from the Balkans, Why they even engage in bold heists (even during daylight hours) which I rarely hear about anymore in the US. European Muslims and Balkan men grow up in families and communities that are high T oriented. The femme slant of US society is to make boys less high spirited, less rambunctious, less bold and innovative. Criminals and muggers need these traits. Boys are taught to be like girls, meaning more cooperative, empathetic, more agreeable. "More sharing".....see how often the word share is used compared to 40 years ago? All the time!

    Plastics touching food and drink are a low-T factor in America. Especially ingested during a boys formative years. Plastics with their estrogen mimicking chemicals. This covers all boys growing up in America, not just your potential muggers. Low T means less mugging in Central Park and elsewhere.

    Ritalin?

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  • From SlateStarCodex back in 2015: Stanford economist Chetty appears in 2018 to be trying to undermine my five year old criticism that he's mostly just observing regression toward the mean ... but without actually uttering the phrase regression toward the mean so that his more naive readers don't learn about this critique. As far as...
  • @TheMediumIsTheMassage
    How many affluent black women end up marrying white or heavily white Hispanic men, stalling the regression towards the black mean for their children? Could that account for Chetty's point?

    And how black are these descendants. How much more African are they than Elizebeth Warren is Native American?

    I also wonder what effect, if any, our first black presidents Welfare Reform Act, a.k.a. Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, had on women’s work patterns? My recollection was that, at least in part, the reform was meant to discourage single women from serially having additional children, allowing extended benefit eligibility?

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  • The word "mugging" has various meanings, but the one that soared in usage from the mid-1960s to the late 1970s was pedestrians being robbed by threat or act of violence. Comedians joked nervously about getting mugged in Central Park all the time on talk shows in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was largely...
  • “Video game and social media addiction in young men.”

    Video game addiction has been a godsend for keeping those that would otherwise be out on the streets occupied.

    There has been a sharp increase in low level crime occurring in California. I would have to assume it’s nearly all a result of govenor Jerry Browns desire for social justice. He was after-all mayor of Oakland between govenorships.

    “The Governor signed the following bills in Oct 2017:

    • AB 529 (Stone) requires the sealing of juvenile records when a petition is dismissed.
    • AB 1308 (Stone) expands the youth offender parole process for persons sentenced to lengthy prison terms for crimes committed before age 23 to include those 25 or younger.
    • AB 1448 (Weber) allows the Board of Parole hearings to consider the possibility of granting parole to an elderly prisoner who has served at least 25 years in prison. A signing message can be found here.
    • SB 180 (Mitchell) repeals the three-year sentence enhancement for certain prior drug convictions that are added to any new conviction.
    • SB 190 (Mitchell) ends the assessment of fees on families of youth in the juvenile justice system.
    • SB 312 (Skinner) authorizes courts to seal juvenile records for certain offenses.
    • SB 393 (Lara) authorizes record sealing and removes barriers to employment for those arrested but never convicted of a crime.
    • SB 394 (Lara) ensures compliance with U.S. Supreme Court decisions by allowing children sentenced to life without the possibility of parole to be eligible for a parole hearing after 25 years.
    • SB 395 (Lara) requires children aged 15 years or younger to consult with an attorney before waiving their rights and before a custodial interrogation.
    • SB 620 (Bradford) restores judicial discretion regarding the imposition of firearm enhancements. Judges retain full authority to impose such sentencing enhancements.
    • SB 625 (Atkins) creates an honorable discharge program for youth who successfully complete probation after release from the Department of Juvenile Justice.”

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    SB 393 (Lara) authorizes record sealing and removes barriers to employment for those arrested but never convicted of a crime.
     
    You read that before including in a list of implied inexcusables? Sounds like Ed Meese's notorious bull about suspects and guilt, until the hot seat found him.
    , @Autochthon
    AB 529 & SB 393 have nothing to do with criminals. They rightly enforce an innocent person's prerogative to be free of stigma and prejudice based upon the actions of cops who think they are Harry Callahan. There's a sick predilection anymore in society at large, and amongst Steve's commentariat, to equate an arrest with a conviction; the whole point of due process is ensure the separation of the executive from the judiciary. I suppose too many people have been watching too many films and programmes about the put-upon police who cannot pin the wrap on the certain criminal who gets off on a technicality. That's all baloney. As it is, it is increasingly all too easy to convict people for even bullshit offenses. It's relatively easy for competent prosecutors to convict true criminals, never mind the in terroram effect of so-called plea bargains. In an age where every time one farts and coughs it goes into one's permanent record, and people are being blacklisted from employment for smoking a bit of weed when they were teenagers or affiliating with this or that unapproved political or social view – how is Brendan Eich these days, anyhow? – it is entirely appropriate one should not suffer being labeled some kind of criminal based upon the decisions of John McClane: an arrest means nothing whatsoever about a man's guilt or innocence of a crime. I fervently wish an encounter with an asshole cop, and soon, upon those who believe otherwise.

    Likewise, children (like adults) have every right to the advice of counsel, and their presumed inability to so much as sign a note for a used car or purchase a can of beer should certainly suggest they may be also incompetent to make decisions about whether to waive this right.

    The other stuff is more appropriately criticized, as it mostly seems to be about coddling duly convicted criminals.
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  • From the New York Times: Here's Razib's early reaction to Reich's book. Greg Cochran is doing a fundraiser at West Hunter to pay him to review "Who We Are" in depth. In 1942, the anthropologist Ashley Montagu published “Man’s Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race,” an influential book that argued that race is a...
  • Humans not so much, but for dogs it’s 100% it’s genetic.

    From the New York Times Barry Diller interview posted on Drudge.

    “His dogs are jumping up on our chairs. He has three Jack Russell terriers cloned from his late, beloved dog Shannon, a Gaelic orphan he found wandering many years ago on a back road in Ireland.
    For about $100,000, a South Korean firm “reincarnated” Shannon in three pups: Tess, short for test tube, and DiNA, a play on DNA, who live in Beverly Hills; and Evita, who lives in Cloudwalk, the Connecticut home of Mr. Diller and Ms. von Furstenberg.
    “These dogs, they’re the soul of Shannon,” he says. “Diane was horrified that I was doing this but she’s switched now to say, ‘Thank God you did.’”
    Mr. Diller has started a trend in Hollywood, inspiring his friend Barbra Streisand, desolate over the loss of her Coton de Tulear, Samantha, to clone her.”

    Just what we need, even more Irish! (Just a little kidding, even though Irish tend to be open border, as least far as the USA is concerned, fanatics.)

    I guess there’s hope, if you want to call it that. Barry’s wife went from being horrified to thanking God!

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  • Here's a brand new academic paper that makes the same point I immediately made back in 2013 when the New York Times first trumpeted Raj Chetty's map of where there is high upward mobility of income: it didn't look like a map of respectable regional attributes, such as a lack of Sprawl. Instead, it looked...
  • @Almost Missouri

    "Another way of looking at this is that we switched to a much more national economy and culture, with the result that blacks in poor places (or places with previously more discrimination) did better over the last 30 years and blacks in richer places (or places with previously less discrimination against blacks) did worse. "
     
    Couldn't it also be kinda the reverse: that the economy became more globalized, specialized and demanding rarefied skills? In other words, as the whites and Asians in California in your graph became higher earning, the local blacks were left further behind, while down home in Georgia things hadn't changed much.

    Almost Missouri,

    My eyes tell me that it’s not just “the local blacks were left further behind”; it’s just about everyone of near average “skills” (intellect) or less in California. ~80% of the kids I grew up with in 70′s no longer live in California, and most often that’s not by preference. I would guess most children of immigrants, more so of those from that land South of California, will eventually find themselves following a similar pattern of out migration? A gift to the rest of the country (JK, I’m well aware of the love a lot of the nation has for the California diaspora).

    On those occasions when someone asks for my thoughts (rare) on where a good place to reside in CA might be, I send them to this site in response. I think it may give an indication, if nothing else, of future demographics for various areas within the state?

    http://school-ratings.com/index.html

    The data used for that site is pulled from here:

    https://caaspp.cde.ca.gov/

    It’s interesting, at least to me, what is most determinative in how a school (not really the school, but the students; I don’t think most teachers are any more magical than the dirt under their feet is) performs.

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  • In Vox, there's an article about the Amy Wax Brouhaha at Penn Law School that is amusing even by 2018 standards for Guilt-by-Association: And, after a slow start, we're off to the races: Amy Wax ~ Jason Richwine ~ Richard Spencer ~ Charles Murray ~ John Derbyshire.
  • @The Anti-Gnostic
    OK. Next question: are there buyers for all this amount, every auction? Otherwise, I assume the Fed is always the buyer of last resort.

    Anti-Gnostic, the Fed “buys” as much paper as is necessary to keep the interest rate close to its chosen/stated target (I think set @ ~1.75% currently?). If outside buyers, a combination of institutional & retail, won’t buy near that rate, the Fed steps in to buy until demand (those buyers)return, and resume purchases near the targeted rate. The Fed gets an opportunity to sell, from its balance, when there are too many buyers for the treasuries offered at a given auction.

    Of course by Fed buying, I mean just adding it to their balance sheet, not actually acquiring funds from somewhere, other than etherland, to purchase those treasuries. So far this system has worked out fine; the Fed has been able to reduce their balance without too much trouble when everyone from fund managers to foreign governments get “spooked”, and decide it’s best to shift more of their loot back into US treasuries.

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  • @Rosie

    Male engineers and scientists are generally far less charming and attractive to females than are male lawyers; not many women go that route for a man, and even if they did, they’d have to stay afloat in the school and profession until they married off, and that is harder for females in technology that it is for females in law, as being charming and attractive has value for law, but not so much technology, and technology is harder for females in any event.
     
    There is a very serious danger of these men marrying Asian classmates. White advocates need to think carefully about whether they really want White women out of STEM programs. As a matter of fact, it's probably time for White advocates to start concentrating on White advocacy again.

    Perhaps a “remedy” is for white men to move away from STEM? If they have the intellect for STEM, they likely have the metal horsepower required to work at things that would make them more appealing to the women they want.

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    I don't think they have trouble with girls because they're in STEM. I think their trouble with girls and their career choice have a common cause. IOW it may be that whatever makes them good at STEM detracts from their social competence due to some sort of cognitive tradeoff.

    It makes next to no sense that women would dislike engineers just because they're engineers.
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  • In America, American white men are now widely known to be the essence of evil, but in much of the world, they seem pretty cool. From the Wall Street Journal: The U.S. had a color line while Brazil had a color continuum, so most American individuals who self-identify as (non-Hispanic) white are extremely white. In...
  • @Jack D
    They don't care that "Othello" is a cashier? Aren't there any Aryan looking doctors or lawyers or college profs who they can get instead? Nobel Prize winner sperm should be as valuable as champion bull sperm.

    “Nobel Prize winner sperm should be as valuable as champion bull sperm.”

    I think the marketplace puts a much greater value on say, a Keven Federlines?

    But I would think once genetic engineering reaches maturity, blond, blue, w/better than average disposition & intellect, will see a significant percentange born uptick.

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  • From the new paper by Chetty and Hendren: There's a lot of sleight of hand going on here that has successfully confused many people, such as the four reporters who wrote this up in the New York Times. In the
  • @Mishra
    Well, you're talking about small amounts of money and I'm talking about large amounts of emotion. I've no idea how much money these women were expecting but I do know of the rage they feel when they learn that their man has been lying to them, cheating on them, being a 'playa' and so on.

    Whether the discoveries happen while the woman is pregnant or after her child is born, the pain is real and can last a very long time--long after the man is gone.

    But there's this reminder or two he's left behind, who, as time goes by, begins to look like him, talk like him, and--unfortunately--act like him.

    I think many, if not most, American black (but not limited to) mothers actually take some pride in their boys having the ability to attain the high status of “being a ‘playa’”. That’s what makes for a real man. Icing is that that player has the ability to shower “gifts” around, but it’s not mandatory, or even the priority.

    As for black women doing well it may be as simple as who would you rather hire, when you’re legislatively “forced” to make hiring decisions. It’s kind of a lesser of evils choice, and as fewer and fewer jobs require brute force & physical risk taking, that choice becomes easier. Just think of it in terms of prioritizing which unknown stranger, based on race, gender, or religious persuasion you’d want coming into your home to measure the drapes?

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  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: But now in 2018, Stanford economist Raj Chetty is more or less admitting he got it wrong: instead, race matters. ... Now that Chetty has race data, he admits that the real main reason behind America’s long-running social problems is mostly just what I’ve been telling him for...
  • @Anon
    "Republicans could probably be competitive in California if they dropped abortion and gun rights."

    Whites are now less than 50% of the p0pulation there and falling. I'm not sure if any policy change could now carry the state - and certainly not the legislature. Schwarzenegger was a social liberal and he won the state, as you say, but he was unpopular and probably wouldn't be able to repeat the feat again, even if he wanted to.

    Just a minor point, but we are @ ~39% (and falling) out here. And our politicians do not feel secure enough even @ that level. We must contine sanctuary/wide open borders until every state, county, and city official is a member of the good party and of a decent thinking race.

    As they say, as California goes; so goes the country (although I haven’t really heard that expesion for a while now?).

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  • Here the long-awaited results. Pretty much as expected, with no major surprises. About 2/3rds Black, 1/4 White, 1/12th Asian. The only unexpected things are in my Asian ancestry. Apparently, contrary to what I have been told, I have no South Asian ancestry. Also, of my East Asian ancestry, half appears to be Southeast Asian, rather...
  • Just a tidbit to add. My daughter sent saliva samples to both 23&me and Ancestry.com. The results, surprisingly, at least to me, where within .7% of each other.

    In addition, 23&me correctly suggested/identified many relatives out to third cousins.

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  • From Dave Barry's 1999 novel Big Trouble, here's a description of a Miami construction company named Penultimate: Penultimate was as good at municipal corruption as it was bad at actually building things. In political circles, it was well known that Penultimate could be absolutely relied upon to do the wrong thing. In South Florida, a...
  • @Stan Adams

    Do you remember the hilarious San Francisco newscast on the Oceana 777 that “landed” short at SFO with the fake fun Oriental names? That screw-up was blamed on an intern at the TV station. The intern, in-turn, stated that he had gotten wrong information from an intern at the FAA or NTSB. It’s interns all the way down.
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaOkTKfxu44

    My asian friends couldn’t contained their amusement over that broadcast. We routinely refer to it to this day with amusement. It was indeed blamed on an intern, but several people were held accountable, and lost their positions. The local anchors, Ms. Campbell’s, reputation never really recovered; she retired a year later.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2377570/KTVU-staff-members-fired-Asiana-racist-gaffe-including-producer-tweeted-moments-later-oh-s-.html

    “Wi tu lo” was my favorite, but others were most taken with “Sum Ting Wong”.

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  • Palo Alto, California has notoriously expensive housing. From Trulia: And a lot of these 2,000 square foot homes selling for $3 million in Palo Alto are 70-year old ranch houses. Here's a proposal: Make Stanford University build housing on its nearly 5,000 acres (about 7.5 square miles) of undeveloped land. It would still have over...
  • @anonymous
    I read somewhere not long ago that near Alamo Park in SanFran, tiny studio apartments were renting at around $5K --all to Silicon Valley types.

    What’s, for lack of a better term, ironic, about that is the early 70’s most bay area people preferred not to live in The City (SF proper). Home prices/rents in nearly all surrounding bay area cities were significantly higher than those in SF itself. The counter culture/hippies had kind of made it unfit for “straights”, as your upright citizens of the time were refered to as, to live there. A few blocks in the best parts the city maintained value, but most of the rest was not far from dirt cheap.

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  • @oddsbodkins
    Stanford could subdivide that land and issue 99-year leases, like the gentry do in England. They can attach whatever use restrictions they want to keep the wrong sort of people away. Would this swell their endowment past Harvard?

    Oddsbodkins, yes lease it they could, and in fact do! My understanding is that when Leland Stanford built the original railroad up the peninsula, part of the deal was that he was granted 10 miles of land on either side of the tracks. Much of that land has been retained, and is indeed out on 99 year lease. There remains a lot of undeveloped land in the area as a result. Just one of the reasons Palo Alto such an invitingly nice place.

    https://news.stanford.edu/news/2013/april/lease-holder-program-042513.html

    I am always amazed at the darth of multilevel buildings/parking structures in Northern CA. It has to be that the land is just not valuable enough yet to justify he cost? California still has lots of room for population expansion. To come anywhere near Japans, Chinas, Indias, etc. density levels the numbers would have to, at a minimum, triple from current. As I’m sure they will barring the unthinkable.

    An aside is a new neighbor who just moved his family in from Utah (he got a position with the Tesla car factory, which I think is soon to be closed). I stopped by when I caught eye of his RC aircraft collection on the driveway. It had come as a bit of a shock to him that all his new neighbors are either East Asian or Indian (he is renting from one). Poor guy must have wondered if he had inadvertantly signed on with the Mars program, not the ‘merican car building one?

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  • Random Critical Analysis points to UCLA Law professor Richard H. Sander's 2004 article in the Stanford Law Review, "A System Analysis of Affirmative Action in Law Schools." It features data from the Law School Admission Council's study of 27,000 law students who started in the fall of 1991. It's extremely relevant to this week's Amy...
  • @Steve Sailer
    Smart lawyers are like smart computer programmers: they cut down on the number of unintended screwups.

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

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

    “most of the work was the lawyers working out the exact wording to implement various if-then-else clauses”

    Seem like perfect tasks to be perform by AI. Shouldn’t humans instead be out on the golf course, or this time of year, out on the slopes?

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  • Palo Alto, California has notoriously expensive housing. From Trulia: And a lot of these 2,000 square foot homes selling for $3 million in Palo Alto are 70-year old ranch houses. Here's a proposal: Make Stanford University build housing on its nearly 5,000 acres (about 7.5 square miles) of undeveloped land. It would still have over...
  • @The Anti-Gnostic
    200 million was plenty of us.

    That does not look at all like Palo Alto to my eyes? My father, along with 3 of his workmates, bought a an 8 acre plot of land in Palo Alto in 1968. They each threw in ~$1K to make that purchase. Unfortunately they sold once their investment had tripled. The home he bought to house his family in, located in the near city of Santa Clara, set him back $29K that same year. That house last sold for $1.45M. Boggles the mind.

    More recently a coworker bought aparment units in San Jose over 2011/2012 (post 2008 financial crisis, condos & apartments forclosures led to a short lived glut). They averaged ~$150K – each unit. They are now all North of $600K.

    Golden State.

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    I read somewhere not long ago that near Alamo Park in SanFran, tiny studio apartments were renting at around $5K --all to Silicon Valley types.
    , @Old Palo Altan
    No, the photo is not of Palo Alto, which must stay as it is, however high housing prices must rise to keep it so.
    Perfection is never cheap, and never common.
    Let envious Southern Californians keep silent - and far away.
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  • From the Washington Post: The public didn't think much of it either upon its theatrical release in 1998: It opened soft and didn't particularly show legs, winding up with $17 million in North America, the equivalent of $34 million today. That's not terrible, but nobody much noticed the movie until it started showing up on...
  • @Busby
    Cult? Is it like the Supreme Court's definition of pornography?

    Astonishing nobody has mentioned the ultimate midnight movie, Rocky Horror Picture Show. Though it's probably less cultish when your prime fans are more inspired by the early bird special at Denny's.

    Princess Bride is eminently quotable. As is Monty Python and the Holy Grail, or Office Space. To me, The Big Lebowski, is more visual. Granted, there are some quotable lines. And quotability is not the key feature of a cult movie. It's a garnish.

    I'll also note that the audiences for Rocky Horror were typically 50/50 men and women and mostly couples.

    “I’ll also note that the audiences for Rocky Horror were typically 50/50 men and women and mostly couples.”

    Busby, yes I would agree that was ultimate late night date movie 35 years ago; the story beginning with a couple out on a late night. Both genders would often arrive at the theater costumed up and acting-playing out thier roles in the theater as the movie ran. The first of this particular behavior?

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  • From the Washington Post: Do you ever get the impression from reading the Washington Post that its owner Jeff Bezos's sympathies lie more with owners than with workers? I don't mean to imply that the World's Richest Man isn't wholly unbiased on the question of grinding the faces of workers, but, yeah, actually, I do...
  • @Steve Sailer
    I spent a month is a highly prosperous college town far from the Mexican border a few years ago and I was struck by how a couple of the employees I talked to at big box stores were obviously retarded people. When employers really have to, they'll reach pretty far down into the barrel for workers.

    But not if they don't have to.

    “As a corporation, Safeway now employs almost 10,000 people with disabilities in stores and the facilities to support them throughout America and Canada. Safeway hires people with a number of sensory, physical, and developmental disabilities through the CSAVR network of agencies in America.”

    Here in Californias bay area the Safeway grocery stores have employed Down Syndrome workers for at least the past four decades; good times or bad. Typically they function as baggers, takebacks, etc.

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  • As someone who’s been following HBD for the past 10 plus years or so, I’ve simultaneously been amused and enlightened by the passionate feelings the topic often engenders. The general conceit of the HBD crowd is that they possess deep insight into a body of scientific truth opening up new avenues of understanding entirely shut...
  • Yan, thanks for making the effort to generate and share this. I think most would agree that the “components that make up intellect” are widely divergent amongst groups and certainly individuals. But it’s a tough argument that in the aggregate, over the broad spectrum of peoples past and present, they are very far divorced. Even if they were, the historical evidence for specific area/realm intellect importance is limited (IE – does it matter in the wider whole that a group is more a little more gifted in one area, when a little lacking in others?). Overall balanced intellect, and the traits that tend to come with it; introspection, empathy, conscientiousness, … all mater.

    History suggests future. Charles Murrays The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950 & Francis Fukuyamas Trust are amongst the many condensations which make it plainly obvious that “the right stuff”, for lack of better termage, is what it takes to be most effectively dominant.

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  • The New York Times article on how wonderful these newly unveiled paintings are doesn't mention anything about the Extra Finger Mystery. It's not unknown for famous people to have six fingers. Comedian Drew Carey claims to have six toes on one foot, although he could be joking. The Scottish thinker Robert Chambers, whose 1844 book...
  • Those cannibis leaves aren’t represented very realistically.

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  • I pointed out a long time ago that public schools go through a regular cycle in which science-denialist Social Justice Warriors decide that "tracking" students into different classes or schools by academic aptitude is racist because of the inevitable racial gaps, so they abolish the programs, only to have the teachers who actually care about...
  • @jbwilson24
    "Be interesting to see what happens in Canada, New Zealand and Australia though"

    I can tell you what is happening in Canada. Complete asian dominance. Go to one of the world class STEM universities (UofT, UBC, McGill, Waterloo, etc) and you will see almost no whites in CS/EE/etc. None. Forget seeing a black or hispanic. It's Chineseville, albeit there is a growing contingent of Muslimas with hijabs. Those are probably diversity quota picks.

    Whites can only succeed at the weaker schools these days. I've been in classes with the asian superstudents. I've TAed them. I've taught them. They work like mad. Last time I was in Ontario I noticed asians in the computer science building at 3am, working away.

    Having said that, they cheat like mad. If they can study in groups and are forced to stay up until 3am to do the basic coursework, they picked the wrong field. You don't need that sort of effort to be competitive if you are smart.

    Asians use test prep centers, essay mills, tutors, etc etc... everything they can do to succeed. Almost no one else is competing very well right now. And the 'diversity' officers don't seem to have a problem with the gobsmacking lack of diversity.

    Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the Chinese/Korean dedication to hard work. They go a bit overboard, though.

    “They work like mad. Last time I was in Ontario I noticed asians in the computer science building at 3am, working away.”

    Seems a lot like one of the those qualities that are part of what leads to success – “Grit”.

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    Seems a lot like one of the those qualities that are part of what leads to success – “Grit”.
     
    Get with the program, it’s only grit and perseverance when white people do it. When East Asians do it, it’s grinding and gaming the system.
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  • Here's a piece by data analyst Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, whose 2017 book “Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are” was quite good. The Songs That Bind Seth Stephens-Davidowitz FEB. 10, 2018 ... Consider, for example, the song “Creep,” by Radiohead. This is the 164th most...
  • @Anon
    Compare 1965 to 2005. Shocking contrast.

    https://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/bg_hits/bg_hits_65.html

    https://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/bg_hits/bg_hits_2005.html

    Maybe a lot of talented people back then wanted to write songs.

    But now, most talented people want to run the business and just hire hacks or fall back on industry formula.

    So, if people like Phil Spector, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil were creating music back then, today they just want to run the industry and focus mainly on the money.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You%27ve_Lost_That_Lovin%27_Feelin%27

    “Maybe a lot of talented people back then wanted to write songs.”

    I had this same thought the other day as I was listening to “early 70’s music” delivered via an Alexa request. Could be a greater percentage the most talented of that time decided music was the highest calling? Towards the end of that decade the Bee Gees took over a big chunk of the industries song writing. I guess that may have actually coincided with music coming into its own as an industry?

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  • From Bloomberg: Women Once Ruled the Computer World. When Did Silicon Valley Become Brotopia? How the tech industry sabotaged itself and its own pipeline of talent. By February 1, 2018, 1:00 AM PST ...Today, according to a recent study published by Axios, even famously sexist Wall Street employs a higher percentage of women than tech.......
  • @Anonymous
    Women were prominent in early computing because they were recruited from the typing pool - operating a computer was seen as little different to operating a typewriter.

    Women were prominent in early computing because they were recruited from the typing pool – operating a computer was seen as little different to operating a typewriter.”

    This is spot on the money. 35 – 40 years ago my observation was that for every man that could type 50 or so WPM semi-accurately, there were at least a dozen women who could do so. Most men simply had limited experience with typing; 2 finger mode was the male norm then.

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  • In The Truth About Cars, Jack Baruth wrote last October: "There are only two American cars with any sales volume whatsoever in Europe — those cars being the Ford Mustang and the Tesla Model S. ... Tesla is a legitimate presence, doing about 15,000 sales per year in Britain and the Continent combined. In fact,...
  • @Anonymous
    I'm not a fan of Tesla. Regardless of where it's incorporated or has its factories - it just signed a big deal to open factories in China anyway - it's not an American company in spirit. The aesthetics of the cars aren't American. You look at a Tesla and there's absolutely nothing about it that says American car. I think the first Tesla designs were copies of Lotus, and the new ones are just vague Europeanish sedans. And no real American is going to name his cars "Tesla." Which makes sense since its founder didn't grow up in the US, but immigrated later in life and seems to have assimilated into the contemporary tech culture which is more cosmopolitan and pretty divorced from traditional American and American automotive culture. American cars have names like Pontiac, Plymouth, Studebaker, Nash, Packard, American Motors. An American boy who loves cars and grows up to start an electric car company would name his company Edison Motors.

    I'm not a fan of BMW, Mercedes, or the luxury Japanese brands. They all have this oleaginous, slimy appearance to their designs, especially Mercedes (think the oversized logo, weird proportions, etc). I like American cars (which are vastly underrated these days), the Japanese economy brands, and non-German European cars.

    It's also not true that all of America's hopes rest on a not very American car company taking some market share in Europe away from a luxury market saturated with German cars, which wouldn't mean jack shit anyway. Classic American brands still do have value - see Buick's popularity in China for example. American brands can maintain and recover their value by becoming aspirational brands domestically through protectionist policies. Once they're aspirational brands at home again, then the rest of the world will follow and emulate.

    “Classic American brands still do have value – see Buick’s popularity in China for example.”

    That is indeed true. Cadillac sells more new cars in China than it does here in the USA.

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    The cars that they sell in China are mostly made in China. GM takes home a % of the profits (the China factories are all joint venture with locals) but the bulk of the money stays in China.
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  • @Spud Boy
    As someone who started reading Car and Driver at the age of 10, I'd consider myself a car guy. I've been loyal to BMW since I owned my first 328is coupe in 1997.

    Living in the Bay Area, you can't swing a dead cat around here without hitting a Tesla. Here's my list of things that would keep me from considering a Tesla:

    1. I like to drive. I don't want my car driving itself. Having to babysit the steering wheel, wondering if the system will continue working, is IMHO, worse than simply steering myself. I don't want to ride in a self-driving transportation pod. I want feel like I'm piloting something.

    2. I don't want to control the functions of my car with a giant iPad. The Model 3 is particularly egregious in this regard, and you can't angle the screen toward the driver.

    3. I don't want the functionality of my car dependent on Tesla software updates. Tesla just released a SW update for the Model 3 that enables FM radio operation. Really?

    4. Recharge time is too long. I can add 450 miles of range to my X5 in 3 minutes. EVs won't be able to accomplish that feat in our lifetimes.

    5. You can't convince me that having to tether your car to a charger every day or two is more convenient than getting gas every two weeks. Fuel stops are convenient anyway as I used the time to empty trash from my car, clean my windows, etc.

    6. Tesla interiors are not up to the standards of German ICE cars of similar price.

    7. Range drops by half in cold weather. And if you live where it's cold, the waste heat of an ICE comes in quite handy.

    8. People say EVs are cheaper to maintain. A Model S's annual recommended service cost is $600--not exactly cheap.

    9. EVs depreciate very quickly. That's because they have a $20,000 battery pack that's likely to need replacement in 10 to 15 years.

    I'm sure the instant rush of EV torque is addicting, but until some of the above limitations are overcome, I'm sticking with the good old fashioned ICE car.

    Spud Boy, you bring up many valid points that I’d like to comment on. Like you I am in Teslaville (I live within camera drone range of the Tesla factory) where they are near ubiquitous, along with your Nissan Leafs, Chevy Bolts & Volts (less popular now, maybe lost their rung on the virtue signaling/status ladder?), Fiat 500′s, … Surprisingly, at least to me given that there are only 3 places to fuel them in the Bay Area, a good number of the hydrogen powered twins, the Honda Clarity & Toyota Mirai, are running around too?

    I have mild fascination with Tesla, enhanced by that proximity to factory, saturation of the local streets with their cars, and wonderment at enterprises valuation. My phone is littered with pics I’ve taken of Tesla’s on their “test track”, loaded 18 wheel car haulers parked all over town with Model 3′s, their new massive storage lot full of inventory (I thought every one was presold?) …

    But on with the comments on your points:

    “1. I like to drive. I don’t want my car driving itself. Having to babysit the steering wheel, wondering if the system will continue working, is IMHO, worse than simply steering myself. I don’t want to ride in a self-driving transportation pod. I want feel like I’m piloting something.”

    Self direction (navigating your own vehicle) is ending. It will start with “downtown” areas, where only self guiding cars will be allowed for safety/congestion reasons. It will then of course spread to envelope at least all metropolitan regions, if not everywhere. Many advantages will ensue; fewer accidents, no stoplights/waiting (cars will interlace thru intersections), no police chases, tickets, driving under the influence, racing, honking, aggressive maneuvering, getting lost, … The elderly & disabled will have some mobility restored. And it with save an untold number of hours “wasted” driving/steering vehicles: time that could be better spent working, sleeping, getting high, …

    The authorities (government & commerce) will gain the ability to better direct our lives, sending us all exactly where “we” want/need to go! They already know where we all are (pinging cell phones).

     

    “4. Recharge time is too long. I can add 450 miles of range to my X5 in 3 minutes. EVs won’t be able to accomplish that feat in our lifetimes.”

    That’s true, but 15 minutes is doable, and that’s really not that long. With a little forethought, it’s a non-issue.

    “5. You can’t convince me that having to tether your car to a charger every day or two is more convenient than getting gas every two weeks. Fuel stops are convenient anyway as I used the time to empty trash from my car, clean my windows, etc.”

    It’s really convenient to be able to fuel/charge your car @ home or work. Once you get used to it, you begin to get that annoyed feeling @ the thought of having to pull into a gas station when that yellow dash light comes on. A bonus is one less “opportunity” to interact with ever increasing swarms of “homeless”.

     ”7. Range drops by half in cold weather. And if you live where it’s cold, the waste heat of an ICE comes in quite handy.”

    That’s true, hot engines can make for an invitingly warm interior. But it’s (very) nice to be able to sit in your EV running the “climate control” without the engine idling while waiting for you child to get out of class, for instance. You can also use your phone to direct preheat/cool of your car prior to use. EV’s have it all over ICE for temp comfort.

    “9. EVs depreciate very quickly. That’s because they have a $20,000 battery pack that’s likely to need replacement in 10 to 15 years.”

    That’s true, but in reality most cars are worth ~20%, or less, of their original cost 10 years out (point battery would need replacement). 20% might as well be 0.

    I say all of the above myself being an ICE car driver, collector, enthusiast, car show participant, self maintainer, restorer & all around in every way – ICE lover. But the future is not ICE, and certainly not self directed driving, at least not for the masses/transportation. Electric propulsion is here to stay, “engines” for ground based vehicles are going to be a part of the this worlds history.

    As to Tesla’s future:

    “Tesla met promises in first 10-year Master Plan; Musk to stay 10 more years!”

    Tesla the car company will most certainly end. If you can’t make money selling the premium cars (which is where car companies make their profits) you can’t make money. More Model 3′s just mean larger losses. Tesla’s future, and I’m guessing it will be a bright one, will be as the USA’s/worlds primary defense contractor. Tesla has a leg up in production race of the defensive, & offensive, “AI brained” killer robots/drones/plagues soon to come. The cars are now (original I think he really was a “car” guy) just part of Musk’s production learning curve in preparation for saving/destroying the world. I don’t believe he’s evil, or that he even wants it, it’s just his destiny.

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    A persuasive and comprehensive post. Thanks for contributing.
    , @Johnny Rico
    Hahahaaaaaa! Post of the day. Outstanding work. Thank you.

    Some of that might happen, but not soon. I get it. The future is over-rated, it's not what it used to be.
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  • From the Palm Springs Desert Sun: Problems such as having unbroken windows and both eyes. The Broken Windows theory of economic growth suggests that nothing will boost property values like golf balls no longer being blocked from smashing windows in this neighborhood.
  • @The preferred nomenclature is...
    I'm really curious where Mr. Sailer's esteemed readership (speaking of the majority of commenters) think this racial craziness will end.

    I'd very much enjoy reading everyone's predictions. After all, a new year is upon us making it the perfect time to wax all Nostradamus about the future.

    Thank you.

    https://isaac-newton.org/statement-on-the-date-2060/

    Newton said it would end in 2060, after the tribes have gathered.

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  • Last year I wrote up in Taki's Magazine a lengthy analysis of a database Stanford researchers had put together of all the school district average test scores by race in the country. Amusingly, the biggest white-black performance gap in the country was in the most liberal district, Berkeley. The Stanford people now have a new...
  • @Hodag
    I may be the only person in the iSteve o sphere that actually has children in the Chicago Public Schools. There has been some changes in Chicago that effect the public schools.

    There is a concerted effort to retain top 5% students and their high taxpaying families. There are three exclusive grade school levels: gifted,classical and magnet. You have to test into the gifted schools (Raven's). The cut off at the top school is 140. The magnet schools are by lottery and we won that one. The other kids on honor roll with mine are the children of doctors, lawyers and programmers.

    Second, demographics. Black people are moving out of Chicago and their schools are closing.

    Third, Rahm expanded the school day and the school year. 7 hour school day, school runs from Labor Day to mid-June.

    Fourth, a lot of the schools in bad neighborhoods we're closed and replaced by charters. This is here nor there but it may get low performing schools off the books.

    Fifth, the good public high schools outshine any public or private high school. A buddy is spending 60k a year at Ignatius for 2 kids now...crazy. The best Chicago high schools are better than the best in the suburbs.

    So I think this is it,we are keeping the best while trying to get rid of the worst. That makes the numbers look better. I am very pleased with my kids' school and that is echoed by almost everyone I know (but my friends are not representative of the city as a whole. The black community does not like what is going on).

    I think you have hit it. The school district my child attends, Fremont CA (11th on the list @ 5.6 yrs improvement) has managed this feat largely through student demographic replacement. White and Hispanic students have rapidly been replaced by Asian (Chinese, East Indian) students over ~ the last decade. It’s a bit of an odd sight to see the near uniformly caucasian school staff amongst the sea of Asian students.

    I get a little chuckle when other white parents tell me something on the order of “I wish the school would go a little eaiser” on the kids.

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  • Let us look into the abyss. It will do no good. First, another page in the sordid comic book of American race relations. In Beijing, three black basketball players from UCLA were arrested for shoplifting. They faced jail time. Ten years, actually. The theft was so stupid that it demands explanation. It was too stupid...
  • From Wiki – “Studies have found differences in the frequency distribution of variants of the MAOA (AKA warrior) gene between ethnic groups: of the participants, 59% of Black men, 54% of Chinese men, 56% of Maori men, and 34% of Caucasian men carried the 3R allele, while 5.5% of Black men, 0.1% of Caucasian men, and 0.00067% of Asian men carried the 2R allele.”

    Any real hope of a true remedy lies within genetic engineering. Retain the color, remove the violent impulse, and boost the intellect. Win, win, winning – happy rap for all.

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    The results of any study regarding the 2-repeat allele of the MAOA gene should be interpreted with caution in light of a number of limitations that need to be addressed in replication studies.

    First, the measures of psychopathic personality traits, ever arrested, and ever incarcerated were based on self reports, not official data. Although self-reports have been shown to be reliable and valid instruments for assessing antisocial phenotypes (Krueger et al., 1994; Sutton, 2010), it is possible that official crime data would have produced differing results.

    Second, the measures of criminal justice outcomes did not delineate between different types of offenders, such as violent predatory offenders versus non-violent property offenders. Perhaps the 2-repeat allele would have varying effects on different subcategories of offenders.

    Third, the sample analyzed in the current study is the same as the one analyzed in Guo et al.’s (2008) study. While some studies examined different outcome measures and focused only on African-American males, it is important that future studies estimate the association between the 2-repeat allele and antisocial phenotypes in other samples.

    Last, although the frequency of the 2-repeat allele is similar to prior research, only about 5% of the final analytical sample carried the 2-repeat allele. Future research needs to examine much larger samples in order to include more 2-repeat allele carriers.
    , @Sin City Milla
    Hoping for utopia via genetic engineering is like trying to persuade cats n dogs they will each be better off if they accept becoming like the other. I just can't see that happening absent force.
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  • The Jerry Sandusky sex scandal of 2011 remains one of the worst sex abuse cases involving a public figure. Sandusky was one of the top assistant coaches in college football history, the linebacker coach at Penn State, which came to be known as Linebacker U. He retired after a career at Penn State from 1969-1999...
  • @Steve Sailer
    Have any of the accused succeeded? Jeremy Piven denied everything vociferously, but it sounds like his show has been dropped, although I didn't hear that he was fired, just that his show was not renewed. That might make it easier for him to get more work in that there's nothing definitive against him.

    Sean Hannity seems to heve survived the accusation made by Debbie Schlussel; but he’s in almost a unique position to defend himself, given his platform.

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    Sean Hannity seems to heve survived the accusation made by Debbie Schlussel; b

    That might be because Schlussel's a crank who has burned her bridges to just about everyone over the years.
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  • It's widely asserted that blacks live in locations inconvenient to jobs, which sounds plausible until you look at a map. For example, Inglewood, CA is a municipality west of Los Angeles next door to LAX, which is the third busiest airport in America and a huge jobs generator. The climate in Inglewood is superb six...
  • @International Jew
    A million? I don't think you'll find anything in EPA for over $500k or so, and that'll be in the sliver of it that's west of the 101 and right up against San Francisquito Creek. (And on the first street across that creek is Mark Zuckerberg's house.)

    Just a minor superfluous point. The cheapest SFH in EPA is currently listed @ $735K. ~$1M is close to median there currently. EPA, once the murder Per capita honoree of CA, is rapidly turning brown.

    Another point of interest is that the SF Bay Area public schools “lucky enough” to fill with Asian (including East Indian) students move a point or two, year over year, from scoring a dismal 4 or 5 Great School ranking up to 9 or 10. Similar teachers, same facilities, and magic dirt.

    East San Jose’s “Escuela Popular Accelerated Family Learning School” scores @ 1, but surrounding houses are selling near $1M. Google bus will stop by to pick you up if your lucky enough to live in that hood.

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    • Replies: @International Jew
    Dang. I could swear I looked into those prices no more than three years ago.

    I'm looking at Zillow now...here's an EPA house for sale at $1.3 million (nice front-yard chainlink fence!). Last sold in 2010 for $350k. Ok, 2010 was still the early days of the recovery, but in July 2008 — before the crash — that house sold for $306k. For some reason, Zillow has zero price history on any of the other houses I've clicked on.

    All right, you win. This time ;)
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  • As iSteve readers know, we are big fans of Zimbabwe president-for-life Robert Mugabe's favorite sports coat. Because there appears to be a coup of some sort going on in Zimbabwe at the moment, we are taking the precaution of running a picture of the 93-year-old dictator's Mugabe Jacket one more time.
  • @Anonymous
    Of course the man is reviled here but he did a lot to help restore dignity to black Zimbabweans. When he took almost all the land from white land owners in a fast track land reform program from 2000-2008 and redistributed it to friends and the general black public, white nationalists laughed at what a catastrophe the economy had become. There was hyperinflation, production of tobacco which is the main export had crashed, a lot of farms were reportedly inactive. White nationalists and fellow travelers claimed that blacks couldn't even farm. It was a learning curve but now Zimbabwe is producing more tobacco than ever before. And it's being done by tens of of thousands of black farmers on the land once held by 3,000 white land owners.

    “By 2016 the economy had collapsed, nationwide protests took place throughout the country and the finance minister admitted “Right now we literally have nothing.” There was the introduction of bond notes to literally fight the biting cash crisi and liquidity crunch. Cash became scarce on the market in the year 2017.”

    The above is from Wiki. Maybe those ultra productive Zimbabwean farmers would do well to plant opium next crop?

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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:
  • Do me a favor, my people, and stick your suffering heritage up your suffering ass; I happen also to be a human being!”

    Philip Roth, Portnoy’s Complaint

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