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    The New York Times Upshot section has a number of graphs showing various team sports leagues and the native countries of their players over time. For example, 75-80% of players in the English soccer league were from England or Wales (gray section of graph), and most of the rest from other parts of the British...
  • Don’t know about this myself. At least regarding professional sports I think free agency has been the bigger issue. When Joe Montana came to the 49ers as a rookie it was easy to build a legend around him. It was more between the fans and their collective experience than his relationship to the fans. I am sure the people in NE feel the same about Tom Brady despite him growing up in the Bay Area. The Bay Area loves Steph Curry and Buster Posey.

    Regarding international players once they become common from a country it gets boring but some players for me were fascinating like Ichiro in MLB and Petrovic in the NBA. I’m interested in this new Japanese kid going to the Angeles too. It is all about the novelty.

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  • The flame-like tree and yellow stars from Van Gogh’s Starry Night burn on B.B.’s right shoulder. Blonde, slim and 33, she bartends at Friendly Lounge twice a week. She calls everyone “darling,” as in, “Are you good, darling? You need another one?” When B.B. told me she had lived in the Tenderloin, had drifted much,...
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    "We’re white trash. I’m third generation American Irish, you know. When we came to this country, we were trash. We’re still trash now".

    Either she is ignorant of Irish people who fled Potato Famine (1845-51) history or she is another 'White trash'.

    Irish people are far better than other White immigrants - in the US and Canada. Kennedy 'royal' family is Irish. More than 80% of Ontario police force is WASP.

    However, according to ADL survey, people of Ireland hate Israel and support Palestinians. For example in 2012, former newspaper editor Vincent Browne, the host of Ireland’s top television political talk show, ‘Tonight with Vincent Browne’, on TV3 has called Israel “a cancer in foreign affairs”. After the remark, Vincent said that his criticism of Israel doesn’t mean he hates the Jewish people....

    https://rehmat1.com/2012/10/29/irish-tv-host-israel-is-a-cancer-in-foreign-affairs/

    “Irish people are far better than other White immigrants – in the US and Canada. Kennedy ‘royal’ family is Irish. More than 80% of Ontario police force is WASP.”

    The Kennedy clan affected an upper class WASP identity and had some WASP envy going on. This is more like the exception that proves the rule.

    I grew up in an urban Irish American family and we are good people but don’t rewrite history

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    Everyone should be proud of his/her national history as long as he/she doesn't put down people from other nations.

    How many Irish people know that Pakistan was the visit nation to recognize Ireland?

    Irish though mostly Christians - have a gay Hindu Dr. Leo Varadkar as country's health minister.

    Rep. Peter Thomas King, a former leader IRA terrorist militia is now Israel's anti-Muslim propagandist.

    https://rehmat1.com/2015/06/02/ireland-hindu-gay-minister-overjoyed/
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  • @Clyde
    Her mind is still intact......fairly smart girl.

    Well there is no indication that she does drugs or drinks too much so that helps

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  • We are constantly lectured by unpaid interns at online magazines about just how virulently sexist and racist America was until, well, some dim point in the distant past before they started paying attention, such as 2005. In reality, a lot of attitudes changed quickly and fairly smoothly a long time ago due to the Sixties...
  • When we talk about interracial marriage in American I am reminded of the determination of the original Siamese Twins Chang and Eng

    This would actually make for a really weird movie.

    Determined to live as normal a life they could, Chang and Eng settled on their small plantation and bought slaves to do the work they could not do themselves.[7] Using their adopted name “Bunker”, they married local women on April 13, 1843. Chang wed Adelaide Yates (1823-1917), while Eng married her sister, Sarah Anne (1822-1892). The twins also became naturalized American citizens.[8]

    The couples shared a bed built for four in their Traphill home. Chang and Adelaide would become the parents of eleven children. Eng and Sarah had ten. After a number of years, the sisters began to dislike each other[9] and separate households were set up west of Mount Airy, North Carolina in the town of White Plains. The brothers would alternately spend three days at each home. During the American Civil War, Chang’s son Christopher and Eng’s son Stephen both served in the Confederate army. The twins lost most of their money with the defeat of the Confederacy and became very bitter.

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    Sounds natural for a Tim Burton movie.
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  • @Triumph104
    California's anti-miscegenation law prevented whites from marrying "Negroes, mulattoes, Mongolians, and Malays". The law was overturned based on a suit from a white Mexican American woman who wanted to marry a black American man.

    In her epic book, On Gold Mountain, Lisa See details how California's law affected her family. Her Chinese great-grandfather and her white great-grandmother had a "contract marriage" drawn up by a lawyer. See's mixed-race grandfather and his three brothers had to go to Mexico to marry their white wives. If I recall correctly, in the 1800s only 10% of Chinese immigrants to the US were women, with many being prostitutes.

    http://www.mixedheritagecenter.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1418

    There was a interesting time in CA history where Indian Sikhs immigrated to agricultural areas in the Central Valley (and were successful) but were “non-white” so were not allowed to bring in wives. They ended up marrying Mexican women who were “white” by law. Apparently nobody really cared though because miscegenation laws were technically broken with these unions

    Anyone who thinks this was only a white black issue before WW2 does not know West Coast History. Miscegenation laws and racial covenants on housing titles were just as focused on Japanese, Chinese and Filipinos. By law Mexicans were considered white no matter how mestizo.

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    Anyone who thinks this was only a white black issue before WW2 does not know West Coast History. Miscegenation laws and racial covenants on housing titles were just as focused on Japanese, Chinese and Filipinos.
     
    Anti-Asian discrimination was widespread in other areas of California life as well.
    Here's an editorial from the Oct. 16, 1944, Los Angeles Examiner that pretty much lays out how the Japanese were viewed in California at that time:
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  • This is the top story at NYTimes.com right now. The New York Times is shocked, shocked to learn that Trump once lost a lot of money. Of course, Trump's financial mistakes in the late 1980s were also top stories in the New York Times over 25 years ago. Trump's troubles were not exactly secret. Indeed,...
  • @iSteveFan
    Obviously they have a string of follow on stories from this weekend's tax exclusive. But don't they run the risk of making Trump look good? I mean if he really was on his knees, if he lost almost a billion dollars, how in the heck did he get to where he is today? Even if you don't like him you would have to admit what he has done in 21 years is very impressive.

    Mike Cernovich thinks Trump himself leaked the tax information.

    Trump couldn’t release all of his tax returns at once.

    Most Americans don’t know much about tax law, which is a problem for entrepreneurs like Trump. Tax law advantages those who create jobs by giving us access to all sorts of tax deductions. Many entrepreneurs have trouble getting a home mortgage because our income tax returns reveal little personal income.

    Also, Trump had the huge loss from 1995 to “carry forward” to other years. (Under tax law, you can use a loss from a prior year to reduce your personal income in subsequent years.)

    If Trump had released all of his tax returns at once, the 1995 carry forward loss would have been lost. Now everyone knows about the loss.
     

    this explains a lot of why the guy has sold everything steaks and water to Trump fraud University and the apprentice. He needs ordinary income streams that he keeps tax free to off set operating loses he took on his taxes

    The idea that he is a great business man seems ludicrous.

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    Yep I wish I was a terrible business man like Trump. What kind of loser makes only $4billion in real estate during the largest bull market ever?

    /sarc off

    If you wind up with a billion dollars we can assume that you're rational, calm, introspective, and can function as the commander in chief at least as well as a community organizer from Chicago.
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  • We are constantly lectured by unpaid interns at online magazines about just how virulently sexist and racist America was until, well, some dim point in the distant past before they started paying attention, such as 2005. In reality, a lot of attitudes changed quickly and fairly smoothly a long time ago due to the Sixties...
  • @Whiskey
    Recent DNA analysis on the Melenguens (sp?) shows that they are descended from Black men and White women in the late 1600s. So this has been going on for a long time. Indeed the Black male pairing at a time when White men had a huge women shortage and even the lowest woman could easily snare a higher status man, shows where the arrow of desire goes.

    By contrast there is almost no White male and Black female pairing, even at upper class levels. Almost no White man can find someone like Michelle Obama attractive.

    In the inter-racial marriage stakes, White men come out the losers at least on the lower levels of society.

    Lower class white men the losers? Not so long as there are Asian women around

    The losers are Black women and Asian men in the aggregate but I like to think there is someone for everyone

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    Don't get in the way of Whiskey's bizarre fantasies
    , @Twinkie

    The losers are Black women and Asian men in the aggregate but I like to think there is someone for everyone
     
    This trope about Asian men has been beaten to death, but the numbers are quite different for *American-born* Asian males. They intermarry with white females at high rates (though at varying rates depending on ethnicity, i.e. Indians and Vietnamese at much lower rates than Koreans).

    Traditionally "the losers" were immigrant (Asian) males who had low status/low acculturation than immigrant females and therefore had greater difficulty attracting native-born partners. But due to increased immigration levels, immigrant Asian males can now find plenty of immigrant Asian females. Good for them, but bad for assimilation.

    Any way one cuts the data, Asians in America - both males and females - have the highest rates of marriage and the lowest rates of divorce, so it makes no sense to compare Asian men to black women who have low rates of marriage, high rates of divorce, and high rates of out-of-wedlock birth.
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  • didn’t see anyone mention this. In CA the miscegenation law was struck down based on a Mexican American (white in CA since early state days) barred from marrying an African American

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

    My mom (half Mexican) has no real identity of being non white but rather just an insecurity of being lower class and not mainstream growing up.

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  • From the Washington Post: Donald Trump’s flip-flop on Angela Merkel is mind-boggling By Aaron Blake September 29 at 10:27 PM Forty-six days ago, Donald Trump reached beyond America's borders for a bogeywoman to compare Hillary Clinton to: German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “In short, Hillary Clinton wants to be America’s Angela Merkel, and you know what...
  • @Leftist conservative
    to all those comments here saying that trump policy is better than clinton policy, but that trump would not a good president because of his personality, I refer you to ann coulter's statement that trump is a once in a millennium candidate...why? because he has the economic freedom to say things about immigration and political correctness that other gop candidates will not say....why is trump the only major candidate to say these things? Because he does not need the money of deep pocket donors...the big donors will not fund a politician who obviously will not bend the knee on immigration and political correctness...

    restated, we will not get a gop candidate in 2020 or 2024 or in the future who will say what trump says about immigration and PC. If they did say those things, they would not get big donations.

    Trump is not self funding. His campaign is mostly supported by small campaign
    donations. So I don’t see why a less ignorant and slightly more inclusive candidate could not run on similar issues. Obviously he has tapped into something but at the same time it is a democracy after all and he needs to broaden that appeal a bit.

    Real question I wonder is can the GOP survive as a populist party? Trump is left of Clinton when it comes to trade and he does not seem like much on constitutionalism and maybe likes big government

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    Were any of the 15 or 20 other Republican candidates "less ignorant and slightly more inclusive" than Trump? It doesn't matter because none of them got the nomination. We can dream of better candidates but our options now are Trump and Hillary. That's it. There are no other choices.

    If you support Hillary, fine. But don't fool yourself into thinking that you can rationally oppose both open borders and Trump. If Hillary is elected, non-white immigrants/"refugees" will continue to pour in. They and their descendants, who will be citizens by virtue of being born on U.S. soil, will vote overwhelmingly against your better than Trump candidate of the future. How likely is the candidate that you hope for going to win in four or eight years when the demographics of this country will be even more favorable to the democrats?
    , @guest
    The above poster would be more accurate to say Trump is a once in a lifetime candidate because he's independently wealthy AND he generates oodles of free press. Being ignorant and exclusive drives the press nuts, they talk about you thinking it'll sink you, and oops, you just got your message out for free. You can proceed to thumb your nose at the donor class, the party leadership, etc.

    It'd be possible to do the same by being clever and through grassroots support, I suppose, but it'd be far more difficult.
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  • From the New York Times: Unlike the presidential candidates, Bobby Abreu appears to be maintaining a dignified silence, so far. The real policy question here, of course, is what kind of vetting are immigrants given before they are handed citizenship and the vote? Commenter ATX Hipster says: You’re right Trump should be hammering his issues...
  • @Johnnywalker123
    Trump is now behind 4 percent nationally. Hopefully the VP debate can reverse the momentum.

    “Hopefully the VP debate can reverse the momentum.”

    LOL. Has that ever happened in history? Does anyone care?

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    Actually a lot of people care. Not enamored with Trump but knowing that the criminal Clinton has vowed to unleash the third world on our borders is enough to be NeverHillary. The old criminal is too weak, hopefully, to get her agenda passed , or like so many other things she has said, she has no intention of doing them.

    Whatever poll is being referred to is within the margin of error.
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  • the whole thing seems like an elaborate trap including the obvious questionable past of this Machado. They knew this would be like crack for Trump and he would not be able to help but debase himself

    They should lay another few traps with little business men he stiffed who actually may have done questionable work to get him in the mud again

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    the whole thing seems like an elaborate trap including the obvious questionable past of this Machado. They knew this would be like crack for Trump and he would not be able to help but debase himself
     
    Yes, and Trump stupidly blundered right into it. No wonder Hillary was so arrogant and giddy. She had Trump stumbling around like a punch-drunk. He fell for every trap she set for him.

    Remember, folks, we here are all for Trump not because he's the best man to take on Hillary and the Dems, but because he's all we've got. The Republican cucks sold us out like the Judases they are long ago. Trump may be 100% right on the issues, but he's still basically a carnival barker, and he's up against professional liars who have made careers out of lying, manipulating, cheating, and trapping their enemies. They're GOOD at it. Hillary was slicker than wet dogshit during the debate, and except for the "I'll release my tax returns when you release your 33,000 deleted e-mails" Trump looked awful. That was the one solid punch he landed all night, and it wasn't enough.

    I pray to God he wins... but as an unbiased observer I would counsel that your keep your powder dry, you're gonna NEED it (literally, because Hillary WILL ban your guns).
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  • From the Washington Post: Donald Trump’s flip-flop on Angela Merkel is mind-boggling By Aaron Blake September 29 at 10:27 PM Forty-six days ago, Donald Trump reached beyond America's borders for a bogeywoman to compare Hillary Clinton to: German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “In short, Hillary Clinton wants to be America’s Angela Merkel, and you know what...
  • @AnotherDad

    You want to win there, you need to find someone as personally boring as Charles Grassley, but younger and better looking, who has shown himself to be active patriot.
     
    Lot, i think you're off here--only half right.

    Agreed that there are aspects of Trump's brash personality and background that are a bit of turnoff for the more staid midwesterners. I think they are actually even more a turnoff for the oh-so-"virtuous" college educated voters.

    But Chuck Grassley boring? Not at all. A huge--*huge*--part of Trump's appeal is precisely that he's not boring and says attention grabbing non-PC truths. That appeal is there to midwesterners as well (though not to the same extent as the rednecks). I think what Trump overestimates is how much people are there at those rallies for "Trump" and "i'm a winner" shtick vs. how much for "non-PC" and "bashing the corrupt establishment".

    What's needed is a daring, non-PC, fighting, bashing and *articulate* candidate. Combative is fine:
    "Let's be frank ... Hillary Clinton hates you. She hates Americans. Hillary thinks if there's anyone, anywhere in the world who can do your job say 90% as well for less money ... then they should have it... as long as they'll vote for Hillary."


    Trump's three problems:
    1) his gauche huckster background and egotistical persona do turn off a good number of people
    2) his egotism and taking-everything-personally has him wasting huge about time on personal stuff--aggravating problem #1--and makes him easy to bait and lead off into the weeds;
    3) he's only so-so at being an articulate spokesman for nationalism; he's reasonably good and passionate about specific stuff (e.g. Carrier moving to Mexico) but he's really mediocre about making a clear logical case for his correct policies

    The result of 2+3 is that he actually lost a debate Monday to Hillary Clinton who is the most corrupt and vulnerable candidate either major party has put forward since i was born. And in the process i think he probably lost the election, though he still has a shot.

    I agree with your list but the one other fact is he is fairly ignorant generally. His knowledge is very shallow especially regarding foreign affairs. For anyone who does not hate Hillary Clinton it is hard to compare the two. One is snug but full of knowledge and the other is a bloviating wind bag

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  • @candid_observer
    Trump thought that

    1 Merkel had been a very good leader
    2 Merkel made a disastrous mistake on immigration

    I've thought of as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
    But I can't think that.
    No, I can't think that.

    But Merkel=EU=free trade=open borders for labor

    Trump saying Merkel is just incoherent. This is winging it

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  • @Dave Pinsen
    Trump is both a) a proud (part) German-American and b) not particularly well-read. So perhaps it's not a coincidence that he's said his favorite book is Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet On The Western Front (I'm guessing he was assigned read it in high school, like I was) and his favorite foreign leader was Merkel. Both seemed like safe, non-stupid answers.

    Trump may not have heard of Viktor Orban, but there is another foreign leader who's known for being strong on borders, and Trump just met with him recently: Benjamin Netanyahu. If Trump had thought to say Netanyahu, he could have launched right into a discussion of Israel's border fence and how it stopped 99% of Israel's illegal immigration and tie it in to his proposed wall. A missed opportunity.

    Netanyahu and exactly what you mention would have been an excellent response for Trump.

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  • @Diversity Heretic
    I wish personally that Donald Trump had named Victor Orban as the world leader that he admired most. But it's not a flip-flop or inconsistent to say that one might admire a leader or a person in general, but contend that a particular policy call (Merkel's Boner) was a huge mistake. Sometimes even leaders themselves admit this. Ulysses Grant, generally regarded as a highly competent military commander, admitted in his memoirs that the 1864 attack at Cold Harbor, Virginia was a poor decision on his part. Merkel herself seems to be ambivalent about her own decision and the German people are definitely showing their dissatisfaction at the polls. But the MSM have simply abandoned even the pretense of objectivity and are now doing everything in their power to get Hillary Clinton elected. It's sickening.

    It seems more likely he is ignorant, could not say Putin (which is also ignorance) and Merkel was the only person he could think of.

    His two biggest issues are immigration and protectionism and he admires Merkel?

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    No. It isn't likely that he is ignorant. He's implementing a strategy.
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  • From The Hollywood Reporter: Ooh, now that's some expert professional comedy there. How much of "comedy" these days is really just Status Anxiety Therapy?
  • @anonypotamus.
    It is time to admit that Samantha Bee and these other under 50 comics are just not funny.
    I get more laughs and wit by reading the iSteve commenters. Sam Kinison, crazy and funny. These jerkoffs, tedious.

    Funny under 50

    Dave Chappelle (been in the audience in small club where he did three + hours effortlessly). Show was wildly funny

    Louie CK

    Zack Galafanakas

    Kumail Nanjani (saw this guy in a club very funny)

    Paul F Tompkins

    Key and Peele show (underrated, funny not really a “black” show)

    Aziz ( although oddly I don’t like his show)

    Mike Birbiglia

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    John Mulaney's last Netflix special is pretty solid.
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  • Carl Zimmer links to a subway-style map of human origins according to an Estonian team of geneticists. Papuans are New Guineans. Note, while this kind of thing is getting more definitive, it's still subject to change. The latest reports disagree at the margins. Zimmer writes in the NYT: Examining their data separately, all three groups...
  • @eD
    This could well be the incorrect conclusion, but what I got from the chart is that the difference between the peoples living before Columbus south of the Sahara in Africa and just about everybody else is the lack of the Neanderthal genes for the Africans.

    This is both interesting and important without being hugely important. We are not sure what the effect of having Neanderthal genes are. Nor do all European and Asian peoples have them. And roughly half of the descendants of slaves taken by Africa have European ancestry anyway. But the Neanderthal admixture is something to look at. My guess is what is labelled as autism spectrum tendencies in personalities is genetic and that is the neanderthal inheritance surfacing.

    This is not true. All Eurasians have Neanderthal admixture

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  • From The Hollywood Reporter: Ooh, now that's some expert professional comedy there. How much of "comedy" these days is really just Status Anxiety Therapy?
  • @Desiderius

    I wonder if part of Trevor Noah’s problem has been that he’s too young and fresh faced to emulate Stewart’s archiness and contempt laden mugging. You can’t just make fun of the right you need to make it clear that you are condescending towards them too.
     
    True, but Stewart had a secret sauce none of his successors will ever come close to having: he made his chops making fun of himself on the old Jon Stewart Show on MTV.

    Noah’s biggest problem is he is a sanctimonious foreigner from a far worse country

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  • A fascinating thing is how much the 2016 debate over immigration is hinging on the issue of whether or not the American public has a right to set immigration policy, with Trump being widely denounced for taking the extremist stance that American citizens should get a say in who immigrates. For example, from CNN here's...
  • If we were selecting immigrants based on skill I suspect most would be from South Asia and China in my experience. If based on skill and ethnic background there might not be much immigration.

    I work for a large international company with many Europeans but I don’t get the feeling many of them are interested in being citizens. These people get the right to work where they want and don’t benefit from citizenship.

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  • @Romanian
    I agree with you, but you are talking about post-immigration merit. Dying for the US, serving in high status jobs etc. But this is what liberals say will happen to the third world tide, just as it happened to previous immigration waves after some growing pains. And if they don't succeed, it's because you and your community were filthy racists. We have to talk about pre-immigration merit. And the best argument here is that the distance in skills and educational achievement, as well as overall country achievement levels, between Americans and immigrants were not that high 100-150 years ago. Everybody was poorer and less educated back then. And Italian, German immigrants etc were coming from what were already the most successful high cultures on Earth. Ireland was not that far off either (isle of saints and sages and all that), for the day, and prior Irish diasporas in the UK had shown their cultural chops. But the distance today between the US and Somalia and the US and Yemen is enormous.

    Ok how about the distance between Mexicans today vs the distance then between mainstream Americans and the masses of Sicilians and Southern Italians?

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    Was Sicily next door to the US and intent on keeping its far flung children attached to the motherland?
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  • @Bill P

    “Is he talking about choosing people base on merit? Not of my poor Irish labor ancestors would have made it.”
     
    My one poor Irish immigrant ancestor became postmaster in Virginia City Nevada back when that was a fairly high status job. I resent the implication that Irish immigrants couldn't have passed a merit test. Check the ethnicity of US Medal of Honor recipients. Irish Americans are overrepresented by an order of magnitude, and isn't sacrifice for one's country one of the highest forms of merit?

    Yes in hindsight few are making an anti-Irish argument

    You are really missing the point

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  • @Das
    Trump has caused everyone to openly state a lot of their unspoken assumptions about immigration. It's fascinating stuff.

    A lot of Americans are guilty about shutting the door to poor, uneducated immigrants because they feel like that's what their immigrant ancestors were like. From what I can tell, all my immigrant ancestors were fairly well-off petite bourgeoisie types, so I've never felt that sort of guilt.

    Maybe part of this is that people are basing their impressions of their immigrant ancestors based on movies and TV, and don't realize that by 1880s standards, immigrants from Europe to the United States were pretty well-educated and pretty well-off materially.

    This is just wrong

    Masses of poor Italians, Jews, Slavs were immigrating at this time and the Irish never stopped. On the west coast there was a not insignificant number of Chinese and Japanese

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  • Rhetorical momentum is a massive force for stupidity in our world. Diminishing returns set in rapidly on any policy, but the natural psychology is instead to Double Dumb Down on here-to-fore successful demagogic gambits. For example, from the Los Angeles Times: Those evil bastards don't believe in the Zeroth Amendment to the Bill of Rights,...
  • This rings very false to me as a descendent of these Ellis Island proles

    Look at the last names in Congress and among our presidents and the heads of industry

    Show us the proof of these assertions

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    This rings very false to me as a descendent of these Ellis Island proles

    Look at the last names in Congress and among our presidents and the heads of industry


    Are you familiar with the Supreme Court?
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  • From the New York Times: Well, that's because there weren't that many medals for women. Nowadays, they've not only added reasonable events for women like the 1500 meter run, but sad, freak show events like women's boxing. That's because Communist countries like winning medals so they search out the easiest medals to win, which are...
  • @granesperanzablanco
    I have a 4 year old girl who I would consider very competitive. I see her seeking attention and validation by organizing other kids into games where she is in charge or on top. I could see this being directed into dance or gymnastics but it is not direct competition but more complex and social peeking order stuff.

    Anyone who has been around young boys and girls at this age at least realizes boys are really slower to develop and the girls can start getting nasty around 3

    Sorry to finish the thought I see girls organizing games and dancing and while not directly competing they are actually competing but also building alliances and leaving others out. It gets mean young

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  • I have a 4 year old girl who I would consider very competitive. I see her seeking attention and validation by organizing other kids into games where she is in charge or on top. I could see this being directed into dance or gymnastics but it is not direct competition but more complex and social peeking order stuff.

    Anyone who has been around young boys and girls at this age at least realizes boys are really slower to develop and the girls can start getting nasty around 3

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    Sorry to finish the thought I see girls organizing games and dancing and while not directly competing they are actually competing but also building alliances and leaving others out. It gets mean young
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  • Q. Are you surprised that Trump's appeal does not seem to be working in California, where his warnings about immigration and terror (San Bernardino!) have the most readily available examples? A. Over the last 30 years, the Trump brand of nouveau riche opulence has appealed to rappers, NBA stars, immigrants, and Mexican oligarchs, but it...
  • Your view of CA is from the perspective of mostly Southern CA which had a different white demographic history than the Bay Area (although I don’t doubt what you note for the state at large is likely true)

    When did white working class people in CA start voting GOP? At least in the Bay Area among those I grew up with, all are mildly socially conservative Catholic white Democrats and likely and pro-union

    It would be interesting if there hadn’t been as much displacement in CA would these white working class people be Trump supporters now? I can say at least among the oldsters like my father and uncles and their buddies not much. Among the younger generations I would say maybe as some I know are still Democrats, some apathetic and others moved to Sacramento

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  • The U.S. women upset the Jamaicans in the 4 x 100 meter sprint relay tonight. One of the things you notice about African-American sprinters is that they tend to look like they are very African by ancestry, more so than the average African-American, even though track and field is traditionally something of a Talented Tenth...
  • Japanese 4×100 relay team 12.5% black Jamacian

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  • Jon Entine argues: Razib at the Unz Review responds: Khan goes on to argue: One peculiar thing population genetics teaches us that non-adaptive traits are more heritable. This is due to the fact that selection tends to remove variation, selecting for fitter individuals. Humans are good runners, there are entire evolutionary theories based around our...
  • @candid_observer
    I don't really get why Razib takes the view he does here. He seems to suggest that running speed is just a neutral trait with respect to selection. I can see the point that it may not be so much selected for among, say, civilized populations. But I don't see why it wouldn't be selected for amongst hunter-gatherers, especially those who engage in regular warfare against neighboring tribes -- which virtually all of them do.

    In Pinker's book Better Angels of Our Nature, he presents convincing evidence as to just how warlike such tribes are: on average, roughly 15% of them are killed by homicide. That creates a great opportunity for rather massive selection for the trait "good-at-surviving-warfare", and over many thousands of generations. It's hard to see why, in primitive societies with primitive weapons, speed wouldn't be well correlated with such survival, whether it be involved in offense or defense.

    Of course the Olympics rewards the outliers. But the mean is surely driven by the sorts of considerations I've mentioned.

    I think that is the point though. You really notice only at the tail of the distribution. On the spectrum there is not a big difference between fit white and West African decended runners.

    At least where I grew up there where plenty of very fast white boys, some of whom competed against kids from all black schools in HS track and football and went on to play college sports. The differences only become more apparent at the elite college levels IMO. Even at the elite levels white people are not way behind actually when you think of this in terms of ability and not a competition

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    I think that is the point though. You really notice only at the tail of the distribution.
     
    No, there's a huge difference in the middle. It's about like intelligence. Maybe 15% of Whites are at the Black median.
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  • A recent article on Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight.com site finds that the single favorite event at the Olympics among the public (at least among people reachable through 538's social media) is track and field's 100 meter dash. That seems right to me: over the decades, I've probably written about the 1988 Ben Johnson vs. Carl Lewis...
  • Just watched the 800m prime time reply which actually seems a distance where white people and Kenyans are competitive against each other

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    The 800m is a fun race. It has strategy and diversity.

    My vague impression is that whites are fairly consistently good at all distances, but the 800m is one where no other group is overwhelming, the way Bantus dominate sprinting, Kenyans middle distances, and Ethiopians long distances.

    At 800m you see lots of Kenyans of course, but a few West Africans, and whites.

    The other distance with lots of racial diversity is the marathon, although that's partly because it's too punishing of a distance. If you are an Ethiopian distance superstar, you run 5000m and 10000m because you can do one every Sunday while you can only run a marathon a few times per year.

    , @Steve Sailer
    The 800m is a fun race. It has strategy and diversity.

    My vague impression is that whites are fairly consistently good at all distances, but the 800m is one where no other group is overwhelming, the way Bantus dominate sprinting, Kenyans middle distances, and Ethiopians long distances.

    At 800m you see lots of Kenyans of course, but a few West Africans, and whites.

    The other distance with lots of racial diversity is the marathon, although that's partly because it's too punishing of a distance. If you are an Ethiopian distance superstar, you run 5000m and 10000m because you can do one every Sunday while you can only run a marathon a few times per year.

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  • From the New York Daily News: There's no word yet on how this is Donald Trump's fault, but sources say they're working on it. If you are interested in What's the Matter with Wisconsin, see my 2015 post:
  • @Broski

    Status quo isn’t so bad for me
     
    It's not so bad for most of us. We're just not totally self-centered and care about our less fortunate countrymen.

    We just have differing opinions but I care as well. Mine is a Trump does not understand the constitution and would be ineffectual at best and it could be much worse.

    Clinton is the same old

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    And Hillary understands the Constitution? In what way? Ineffectual compared to what we have now is a good thing.
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  • @Jefferson
    "Actually more white than blacks in Oakland and black population is also declining"

    Blacks still outnumber Whites by 3 percentage points in Oakland.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakland,_California#Race_and_ethnicity

    Check 2016

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  • Black cop shoots armed black criminal, black rioters burn down part of Milwaukee. If this isn't the right moment for Hillary to criticize her base, will anything ever be?
  • @wren
    Milwaukee sheriff talking with Don Lemon a few weeks ago:

    http://youtu.be/QRen8nI8_aM

    Interesting press conference the sheriff is giving right now

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  • From the New York Daily News: There's no word yet on how this is Donald Trump's fault, but sources say they're working on it. If you are interested in What's the Matter with Wisconsin, see my 2015 post:
  • @Jefferson
    "This is as cynical as I can make myself go, but I honestly wonder if in her presidency she’ll let one or two Fergusons go on for political symbolism and venting out: clamp down if anything significant breaks out in DCs and San Francisco-level places, but let a politically unimportant nowheresville like Dayton Ohio roast for a few days."

    A Milwaukee type racial riot could never occur in San Francisco because this city is now down to only 5 percent Black, a historic low for this city.
    http://www.city-data.com/city/San-Francisco-California.html

    You are mistaking San Francisco for Oakland, where Blacks are the racial plurality.

    Milwaukee type racial riots are a common occurrence in Oakland.

    The only way I could see San Francisco getting Milwaukee style racial riots is if the Mexicans/Central Americans here start behaving like African Americans everytime one of their own is killed by a police officer.

    Actually more white than blacks in Oakland and black population is also declining

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    "Actually more white than blacks in Oakland and black population is also declining"

    Blacks still outnumber Whites by 3 percentage points in Oakland.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakland,_California#Race_and_ethnicity
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  • @eah
    https://twitter.com/ramzpaul/status/758300946497572864

    I’m just an average middle class person with a stable career who can’t fathom a president trump being good for stability

    That’s all.

    Why can’t the GOP run someone credible who is not a huckster or religious wacko like Cruz? Lots of us out there are moderates

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    Lots of us out there are moderates
     
    If you are a moderate then moderates are ignorant.

    Ahhh, you are one of those moderate Muslims. Makes sense now. Step away from the goat!
    , @anon
    Well, Mitt Romney is probably the least hucksterish, least wacko person to ever run. Did you vote for him? I bet you didn't. I bet the media managed to scare you away from voting for him because they told you he was going to take away your birth control and give you cancer.

    Let's not pretend there's any more to it than that, OK?

    , @Jack Hanson
    Not sure if this is sarcasm or you are being serious, seeing as how Cruz was running for President of Jesus Land and Outlying Social Strivers.
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  • @Grumpy
    How long will the status quo last if Hillary makes appointments to the Supreme Court?

    I assume status quo continues. the point of the Trump phenomena is rejecting the status quo. Every aggrieved white person is projecting all their hopes on this grifter like character.

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    Every aggrieved white person is projecting all their hopes on this grifter like character.
     
    So, a very successful business man with a history of kindness to people in trouble is a grifter now.
    , @ben tillman

    I assume status quo continues. the point of the Trump phenomena is rejecting the status quo. Every aggrieved white person is projecting all their hopes on this grifter like character.
     
    We KNOW that the other candidate will sell/destroy our children's inheritance. A vote for her is a vote for national destruction. Is that a feature rather than a bug for you?
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  • @rod1963
    You mean a globalist who supports open borders.

    You know it's really amusing, Trump talks like most New Yorkers or Jersey guys, direct and no bullshit. Yet many many, especially educated ones get the vapors over such talk.

    Really tells me a lot of white men have put their cajones in a lock box and buried them.

    I grew up in a white ethnic type family and grew up with a lot. Great people, very clannish, but don’t prefer someone like this as president.

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  • From the New York Daily News: Queens imam and his assistant shot to death by gunman in attack local Muslims blame on Donald Trump: 'His drama has created Islamophobia' Updated: Saturday, August 13, 2016, 11:27 PM A lone gunman executed a revered Queens imam and his friend as the pair walked home from Saturday prayers,...
  • @eah
    tall and Hispanic

    A "tall" Hispanic -- tall enough to be described as such -- would be a bit unusual:

    Averages vary by racial and ethnic groups. For example, the average adult non-Hispanic white male is 5 feet 9.8 inches tall and the average adult non-Hispanic black male is 5 feet 9.5 inches tall. The average height of adult Hispanic males is 5 feet 7.1 inches. Among adult Mexican American males -- who are also included in the category of Hispanic -- the average height is 5 feet 6.9 inches.

    Not all Hispanics are mestizos especially in NYC with so many Dominicans and Ricans

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  • From the New York Daily News: There's no word yet on how this is Donald Trump's fault, but sources say they're working on it. If you are interested in What's the Matter with Wisconsin, see my 2015 post:
  • @Jefferson
    "Trump is so mean though that nice white ladies are just too offended to vote for him."

    Plenty of White men are also too offended to vote for Donald Trump. Hildabeast has support from 34 percent of White males with a college degree and 25 percent of White males without a college degree.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-polls-2016-8

    Most Americans personally know at least 1 White male who plans to vote for Hildabeast.

    Most Americans do not personally know a single Nonwhite person who plans to vote for Donald Trump.

    I have a cousin who is a White male who plans to vote for Hildabeast. He is a high school social studies teacher.

    I’m a white (mostly) male voting for Hillary. If the GOP had nominated someone less repugnant than Trump or Cruz I would have voted GOP

    Status quo isn’t so bad for me

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    You mean a globalist who supports open borders.

    You know it's really amusing, Trump talks like most New Yorkers or Jersey guys, direct and no bullshit. Yet many many, especially educated ones get the vapors over such talk.

    Really tells me a lot of white men have put their cajones in a lock box and buried them.

    , @Grumpy
    How long will the status quo last if Hillary makes appointments to the Supreme Court?
    , @eah
    https://twitter.com/ramzpaul/status/758300946497572864
    , @HEL

    I’m a white (mostly) male voting for Hillary
     
    .

    Mostly male? Which way are you transitioning, to male or from male?
    , @Broski

    Status quo isn’t so bad for me
     
    It's not so bad for most of us. We're just not totally self-centered and care about our less fortunate countrymen.
    , @Forbes

    Status quo isn’t so bad for me
     
    So how's the weekend release program working out for you...
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  • From the BBC: Isn't Dutee Chand sort of a boy-on-the-inside, like Caster Semenya? Is Dutee really a good example? I think Bangladesh is worse. One interesting aspect is that Indians are enamored of some aspects of their British colonial heritage, such as P.G. Wodehouse comic novels, but not Britain's sporting tradition. In the past, you'd...
  • @Clement Pulaski
    I always wondered if it had something to do with centuries of vegetarianism.

    Doesn’t really explain it since more Indians eat meat than don’t and the vegetarians there eat heavy ghee laden food and cheese and yogurt.

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  • From the New York Times: I can't even. Wow. Just. Wow. Trump's Anti-American Hate Rhetoric is obviously modeled on Nazi documents like this one: We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure...
  • @No_0ne
    Perhaps because you central city types managed to relocate a lot of your violent crime to their areas via Section 8? Naw, couldn't be that. It's not as if Ferguson was 90+% White, with low crime, just 3 decades ago, or anything...

    By the way, why is it that none of you leftists are complaining about the ethnic cleansing of Blacks from San Francisco? 13% in the 80s, 6% now. Sounds like a serious loss of valuable diversity. Don't you think an emergency Section 8 program is indicated? I'd even be willing to sacrifice some of the priceless diversity of my own city to help out those (obviously ignorant and bigoted) San Franciscans. Who could do more than that?

    we are still waiting for the final report

    http://sfmohcd.org/african-american-out-migration

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  • Been busy with work. Lots of data coming in. Will be good to turn around some science. But I'm eating OK. Location matters.... Here's a FB post from a researcher on Eran Elhaik's weird results which regularly make press. I've started ignoring Elhaik's stuff because it's also so crazy. I'll try to monitor the open...
  • Have a choice yet for best brisket in Austin?

    I tried La Barbecue when I was last there and enjoyed the meat and whole experience but have no real reference point.

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    mostly i went to *stubbs*
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  • Being as I am a curmudgeon, and delight in human folly and thoughts of huge asteroids, tsunamis, incurable plagues, continent-shattering volcanoes, and the Hillary administration, I follow the advance of robots with hope. They may finally end civilization as we know it. Currently they spread like kudzu. Herewith a few notes from my favorite technical...
  • @Chris Mallory
    I was talking with my 10 year old daughter about this, discussing robots in fast food restaurants. After some thought, her comment was "But daddy, if robots do all the jobs, where will people work?" If only our politicians were as smart as 4th graders.

    Not quite robots but payment kiosks with only a cook/servers have been common in Japan for years at ramen and curry shops

    Interestingly the new cafeteria my large company just built has 7 food stations with kiosks for payment and no cashiers or cash

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  • From the NYT: Spurs’ Tim Duncan Retires After 19 N.B.A. Seasons and 5 Titles By VICTOR MATHER JULY 11, 2016 After 19 years and five championships with the San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan announced Monday morning that he would retire at age 40. Duncan was an elite player on an excellent Spurs team for his...
  • @ben tillman

    What’s the deal with Austin? Does it have Portland-style restrictions on housing expansion?
     
    There are physical constraints (hills and a lake) on the west side, which is where the expensive houses are.

    They are starting to build up in Austin it seems. I was there a few months ago after 12 years and much had changed.

    Also, it might just be me getting older but there seem a convergence of “hipster” culture centered around food and craft cocktails where Portland=SF=Austin. That was disappointing as I recalled Austin being so different from SF when I was younger

    We did get out to a bar in east Austin where a retro soul band was playing and locals were two stepping and really into it which was a lot of fun and not something I see much in CA.

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  • There have been some media "explainers" about how genetics can't speak to Elizabeth Warren's Native American heritage. This is a complicated issue, and not all the assertions in the media pieces I've seen are wrong, but a lot of the details are very confused or wrong. In sum, this is very bad journalism from people...
  • @Karl Zimmerman
    I have to say I've never understood why Elizabeth Warren has been singled out in this whole discussion. Semi-mythical Cherokee ancestry is a common folkway throughout portions of the South, both among whites and blacks. Johnny Cash famously believed he was partially Cherokee until he became famous enough that someone did his full genealogy and found no evidence, which he was hugely disappointed about. Considering he released an entire album in 1964 dedicated to the plight of Native Americans, his mythical Cherokee identity was far more important to his self-conception than it appears to have been for Elizabeth Warren.

    I know Razib is aware of this, but I have heard that while Native Americans in the U.S. will not consent to collective genetic sampling, individuals with Native American ancestry do of course enroll on consumer genomic sites like 23andme. Purportedly many Cherokee - not even mythical ones, but those who are registered tribe members - actually don't have detectable levels of Native American ancestry.

    On the other hand, despite having no myths in my family of Native American ancestry, 23andme finds I have a very small amount (0.1%) of Native American ancestry - basically a small chunk on chromosome 2. I'd just chalk it up as nothing, but I share it with my mother, but not my maternal grandmother, meaning it must have come from my maternal grandfather. This is interesting because his grandmother's family was basically the only branch of my ancestry which appears to have been in the U.S. since before the Revolutionary War. Hence it's actually plausible it's something more than mere noise, though of course it's so far removed that there's not even a trace of family legend.

    I believe she is singled out because there is at least a suggestion she benefited (or at least tried to) from purported mystery NA ancestry.

    On the social construct discussion I have visible NA ancestry. It is suggested on 23andme it is up to 15%. But I’m pretty much just white with some Tejano Mexican heritage.

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  • A strikingly recurrent pattern is just how low-brow and schmaltzy is Establishment discussion of immigration policy. Here's the umpteenth example, from The Atlantic: A Note About Trumpism, From the Real America by James Fallows For the past week my wife Deb and I have been in western Kansas — Dodge City mainly, also Garden City,...
  • @Anonymous
    It's a political problem, because old people vote and a population that is stagnant or shrinking not due to famine, war, or disease, which tends to kill off old people, will have an increasing proportion of old people who will not be willing to accept elderly poverty or to off themselves. Until a few generations ago, this wouldn't have been a problem as rural, elderly poverty was the norm and expected and there was no real retirement - people just worked on the farm until they died.

    One possible solution would be to export old people rather than import immigrants to maintain population growth:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/germany-exports-senior-citizens-2012-12?op=1

    Or to have younger family members take care of their elderly relatives rather than import immigrants and have immigrant taxes and/or lower wage cost support seniors - but that would be essentially an indirect tax on the younger family members as well as lower seniors' standard of living as grandpas get shunted off into attics and the like and thus be politically unpopular.

    I hope they export me to Thailand or Panama and not Angola when the time comes

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  • Later tonight or early Wednesday morning, Taki's Magazine should have up my new column on the enormous frontlash against Donald Trump's suggestion that the slaughter of gay Latinos by a Muslim terrorist has implications for restructuring American immigration policy. I go on to point out an optimistic if forgotten historical example of murderous immigrant terrorism...
  • @countenance
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacco_and_Vanzetti

    Led to immigration restriction acts in 1921 and 1924.

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

    An earlier example of immigrant anarchists

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  • From the NYT: The 6'3" Golden State Warrior guard can shoot accurately from further out in 3-point range than anybody before him in the game. And he doesn't need to be open or to set up to be accurate. He just flicks in 27 footers the way others toss up 17 footers. Has he developed...
  • @Steve Sailer
    Curry's speed of release of the basketball is like Dan Marino's throwing a football: Marino would be standing there and suddenly his left arm would come straight up to his helmet and the ball would rocket 40 yards downfield. I don't think Marino has been all that influential on how quarterback is played simply because nobody can imitate him. You could tell your son to study Peyton Manning to figure out all his many tricks for maximizing his output from his physical abilities, but you couldn't tell him to release the ball like Marino.

    It is a different style with almost perfect form and a very high release but Klay Thompson has a very quick release as well. So would say it might be faster than Curry’s but it is more traditional shot

    Curry’s preternatural release happens off the dribble going left and right and sometime over a person much taller right in his face. He seems to be able to shoot without even seeing the basket and sometimes with incredible range

    It is not an exaggeration to say they are the best shooting backcourt ever and when it is all said and done may be #1 and #2 ever

    There may never be anyone else who does it like Curry but there will be many more who will make a lot of 3s in their own way. Larry Bird has the gift like Curry but was not allowed to shoot so many 3′s. He would be a ridiculous in today’s game

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  • @MQ
    This Finals series is showing how Curry would not have been quite the same player against the physical defenses of different basketball eras. Still a superb player, but not at that all-time great level he appears to be in today's game -- given that he is pretty much an average defender he needs to be absolutely transcendent on the offensive end to merit that label.

    Re Kareem, he is obviously quite intelligent. Although basketball has its share of high-talent low-IQ stars (Shawn Kemp, Antoine Walker) a lot of the very best basketball players are noticeably intelligent. Magic Johnson built himself a small business empire. Michael Jordan is doing OK running a team. Lebron James has managed his business career extraordinarily well (on the path to becoming a billionaire) and has even leveraged his stardom into a successful sports management business featuring his high school buddies -- something I thought would be a disaster but has been shrewdly done. David Robinson has a BA in mathematics and has been very successful in his post-basketball career. etc.

    Curry is hurt and can’t go left like usual

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    Yeah, he must be hurt because the Warriors lost Game 5. Apparently he wasn't hurt when he scored 38 points in their Game 4 victory, or 36 points in Game 7 of the OKC series.

    He doesn't look hurt, the other team is defending him. But always has to be an excuse when the Warriors lose.
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  • From my new Taki's Magazine column: Read the whole thing there. P.S.: Footage of pre-Kamala California Democratic Party leaders in their primes: By the way, did Jefferson Airplane/Starship ever have another go
  • @Jefferson
    Who is Kamala Harris? An attractive Mixed Race woman. I know she married a White guy.

    If they had kids together, they would be passable as White.

    After all Susan Rice has kids who can pass for White and Susan is darker than Kamala.
    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lho596OWiE1qhg866o1_500.jpg

    I can confirm that I have seen Kamila around town and even in her 40′s she is very attractive. I think Willie Brown used to date her.

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  • @Judah Benjamin Hur
    Let's be honest, Trump University was really questionable. Instead of talking about the embarrassing specifics of the operation, we're talking about the judge's ethnic background. Another brilliant move by The Donald.

    The only way Donald Trump can win is by being Donald Trump. So far, so good. He'll also need to pick a VP candidate that the establishment hates even more than him.

    Right people are projecting deep thoughts onto Donald Trump’s motives losing sight that we have a presidential candidate who ran a scam “university” and might just be one of the world’s best grifters. Everything is personal for Donald Trump and everything about Trump is about self-aggrandizement.

    I feel people here just want to turn back the clock so badly they are ignoring how bad this guy is. Donald Trump is nothing like a great man

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    Right people are projecting deep thoughts onto Donald Trump’s motives losing sight that we have a presidential candidate who ran a scam “university” and might just be one of the world’s best grifters. Everything is personal for Donald Trump and everything about Trump is about self-aggrandizement.

    I feel people here just want to turn back the clock so badly they are ignoring how bad this guy is. Donald Trump is nothing like a great man
     
    As it happens, the Clintons did the same thing, but more crookedly.
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  • The small NYT article on the violence by anti-Trump rioters against pro-Trump citizens in San Jose is bizarre: Okay, but now, we enter the Fifth Dimension of Narrative Land: While Mr. Trump has said he does not condone violence of any kind, his cam
  • @Jefferson
    When Donald Trump campaigned in Sacramento and Redding, there was not this high level of violent anarchy from the political Left that we saw in Anaheim, San Jose, Burlingame, and San Diego.

    I guess some parts of California still resemble 1st World levels of civilization.

    Classic Jefferson

    Redding CA = 1st world level of civilization and by implication Burlingame does not

    Have to be from CA to enjoy that one

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  • A reader whose father worked for decades as a waiter in New York City celebrity restaurants (like Toots Shor, 21, the Palm, etc.) said her father said the all time best customer -- biggest tipper, friendliest, funniest -- was Muhammad Ali. From my review of Michael Mann's 2001 movie Ali, a strange misfire despite having...
  • @Leftist conservative
    agreed--tyson in his prime would have thrashed ali in his prime

    Tyson not even a top 10 all time heavyweight

    Not the same as beating someone in prime but who did Tyson really beat? An old Larry Holmes?

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    Like Marciano, Tyson couldn't fight guys who weren't there. Not every great cat gets his great rat.
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  • If Ali had a low IQ then this seems to clearly demonstrate in an HBD sense blacks folk’s have something else that compensates to some extent. A white person with the same IQ could not riff like that. Rappers can be pretty clever with the phrases too. Mike Tyson seems to be kind of an idiot yet insightful at the same time. Low IQ whites are just dull. What is going on?

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    If he knew he could avoid the draft, maybe he flubbed the test intentionally.

    78 puts him in the mildly retarded category.

    , @Desiderius

    If Ali had a low IQ then this seems to clearly demonstrate in an HBD sense blacks folk’s have something else that compensates to some extent.
     
    No, the achievement gap is even wider than the IQ gap would predict, but part of that is the white overvaluing of abstraction and commensurate undervaluing of the traditionally masculine qualities exemplified by Ali. IQ measures the former and misses the latter.
    , @Hippopotamusdrome
    Well, whites have got Dr. Seuss.
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  • It only recently dawned on me that the U.S. involvement in the Italian War, first fighting the Italian army in North Africa and Sicily, and then fighting the Germans in Italy all the way up into 1945, made Italian mass culture extremely fashionable in the U.S. Here for example is a 1944 New York Times...
  • @Lurker
    In Finland it seemed to me that the pizza market had been cornered by Turks. Many shops selling pizza and kebab.

    The pizza and Kebob (actually usually pizza and shawarma) shops are all over Europe. In Switzerland where I go 3-4 times a year they are as common as burrito shops in California

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    Thanks - I've not really picked up on that (other than in Finland) I shall pay more attention next time I'm in mainland Europe. However, in the UK, Turkish kebab shops usually combine selling burgers, chips (fries), sometimes British fish & chips. But combine with pizza sales - never!
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  • This week, a 55-year-old tourist from Texas was killed when he fell onto the subway tracks at 13th Street Station. He and his wife had just visited the Liberty Bell. Going by the station the next day, I half expected to see some sort of memorial, but there were no flowers, cards or candles. I...
  • @Jon Halpenny
    I wish that guy the best.

    But I think he needs to find a different personal philosophy than Libertarianism. It's not working for him.

    It’s too bad he couldn’t write libertarian on his head when he ODs and the public safety folks couldn’t just let this loser exit the game

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  • From the Washington Post today: From the Washington Times in March 2012: Metro derailed by culture of complacence, incompetence, lack of diversity ‘Inept get promoted, … capable get buried’ By Luke Rosiak - The Washington Times - Monday, March 26, 2012 First of three parts Ninety-seven percent of the bus and train operators at the...
  • @AnotherDad

    Highways and cars are heavily subsidized by the government in the US.
     
    They are also taxed. Roads are paid for by the gas taxes you pay. In some states there are constitutional or legislative barriers that separate gas taxes\tolls and\or highway spending off into its own self-financing bucket. This system may break down with electric cars or huge other fuels (methanol economy) difficult to separate from other energy uses. But in general it's worked pretty well.

    Highways and cars are no subsidized anything like transit systems, which would be infeasible almost anywhere outside of NYC without huge general tax revenue infusions.

    ~
    The reason cars are wildly popular is not subsidy but utility. They are incredibly *convenient*. You go point-to-point *where* you want to go, *when* you want to go and with *whom* you want to go there. It's a faster less arduous version of how people (and animals) have travelled for ... ever. It's transit systems--and I support them in cities where they make sense--that are un-natural, being on someone's timetable, going not quite where you're going with a bunch of random strangers.

    BTW, that *whom* you want to go with looms larger and larger in a "diverse" society.

    It's the same old story we see time and time again. Liberals\lefties don't want to admit that most of the socially organized bennies they want--welfare, public-transit, public-schools, heck free society itself!--only works decently in a mono-cultural high-trust environment ... but they insist on jamming "diversity" down our throats ... turning it all to shit.

    Cars and highways have a great future in our coming divesitopia. Everyone--properly "encouraged"--will swear allegiance to how wonderful it all is ... provided they don't have to ride the bus.
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  • @Jack D
    Hmm, Switzerland and Japan vs. DC - I wonder what is different? Nothing comes to mind. I'm just drawing a blank here on any possible differences.

    The Japanese mass transit systems are largely in private hands:

    http://www.citylab.com/commute/2011/10/why-tokyos-privately-owned-rail-systems-work-so-well/389/

    In Tokyo there are several competing private rail companies - they all try to give the best service at the lowest cost in order to lure riders away from their competitors. Unbelievably, this works better than having the government run one big efficient rail system that has no wasteful duplication. Who could imagine that would happen? We should learn from the DC Metro and get rid of wasteful duplication in the airline and auto industries to start with so they too can reap the benefits of socialism.

    Many in Japan are public private as I understand the government to be heavily linked to corporations in Japan

    Also consider these are often also real estate development companies like our private rail systems used to be. Rail there supports the development as car ownership is expensive

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  • @Buzz Mohawk
    No. You're wrong. Practically every American owns and drives an automobile on our extensive network of roads. Therefore, every American pays for the roads they use. There is no mystery to this. No other people are more identified with the automobile and its freedoms than Americans. The world knows this.

    "Heavily subsidized"? That means we pay with our taxes. Guess what, genius: we all drive cars. So big deal. We ALL pay for what we ALL use. Wow. Imagine that. If this doesn't conform to your Marxist utopian idea of how humans should transport themselves...to bad.

    I think gas taxes pay for something like a 1/3 of the cost to maintain and build roads. having so much of roads and highways paid for with general fund taxes means we do not pay for the roads we use (and at least 10% do not drive and surely s0me don’t drive a lot). We should use more toll roads and with increasing fuel efficient cars look at taxing miles traveled rather than gas usage.

    Not to rile the crowd too much but cars do have a lot of negative externalities like accidents and pollution and do sort of crowd out other options like the walking which is pretty basic

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    AGREED. The gov arguably taxes us more to subsidize automobiles than to subsidize mass transit, and that is not sustainable if we want to have such a large population and not choke on the air.
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  • @jtgw
    You're joking, right? Highways and cars are heavily subsidized by the government in the US. The free market element lies in the fact that people operate their own vehicles, so aren't subject to government-mandated operation schedules, but if road users actually had to bear the costs of their road use, we might well see different usage patterns and quite possibly significant private demand for public transportation.

    All transportation and related infrastructure is highly subsidized and need be. Think highways, airports, rail, ports etc. In other countries the systems are run by technocrats. In the US all to often systems are run to enrich workers and are planned by political appointees and not engineers.

    Go to Switzerland or Japan and you will see what is possible.

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    Hmm, Switzerland and Japan vs. DC - I wonder what is different? Nothing comes to mind. I'm just drawing a blank here on any possible differences.

    The Japanese mass transit systems are largely in private hands:

    http://www.citylab.com/commute/2011/10/why-tokyos-privately-owned-rail-systems-work-so-well/389/

    In Tokyo there are several competing private rail companies - they all try to give the best service at the lowest cost in order to lure riders away from their competitors. Unbelievably, this works better than having the government run one big efficient rail system that has no wasteful duplication. Who could imagine that would happen? We should learn from the DC Metro and get rid of wasteful duplication in the airline and auto industries to start with so they too can reap the benefits of socialism.

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  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine about a huge new database of school achievement test scores that answers the old question: Is there any single place in America where blacks (0r Hispanics) outscore whites on cognitive tests? Crevasses in the Classroom by Steve Sailer May 04, 2016 Where are racial gaps in school test...
  • @Jack D
    In order to make sense of the gaps, you have to look at race AND social class. So in a place where you have high class whites and low class minorities you are going to have a large gap, in a place where you have low class whites and low class minorities you'll have a smaller gap. In a new city like Frisco where everyone is more or less middle class, the gap will be somewhere in between.

    The reason that Berkeley does even worse with black students than a place like Philadelphia is that they are trying to teach blacks in unstructured white liberal learning style. This doesn't even work that well for whites, but for blacks it is disastrous. I'm sure that they also put the blacks in the same classes as whites out of anti-racism so the black students are unable to keep up with the pace and fall hopelessly behind.

    Once they get to the high school level and the hormones kick in, Philadelphia schools are pretty rough places, but at the elementary school level they have made some progress by imposing structure on the kids, especially in the "charter schools". Most of the public schools require uniforms and they break the material down to a level that blacks can hope to understand, etc. The elementary schools at least are surprisingly orderly places. They are never going to turn out rocket scientists because of the raw material that they have to work with, but they do teach a certain basic level of literacy.

    I would assume Berkeley has the mini ghetto thing going on as well. Most neighborhood black people from Berkeley with anything going on likely would form their new families in outer suburbs. This is very extreme now in SF leaving behind the most dysfunctional in public housing and is starting to take hold in Oakland. People come back to the hood maybe for church.

    My experience is black folks love the big McMansions when they move up and not the Craftsman in a walkable pre War hood

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  • The Congo Dandies would be a good name for a roots rock group.
  • @Bill P

    I sometimes wish the American white working class developed a good fashion look. Not as over the top as this dandy stuff, but a “dressed up” style that was cool and sharp. Most lower class white men look really uncomfortable in suits.
     
    Ever done working class work? If so, you wouldn't wonder why these guys don't have much time for fashion.

    I'm not talking about white underclass work, but the kind that earns you a middle-class wage. The general style is a buzz cut, boots, sturdy pants and flannels. The boots are generally worth more than all the rest put together (if you can't stand or walk right, you can't work). That's because when you get called in at 4AM for a 12-14 hour day you don't have time to do much besides wash your face and throw on your work clothes, and at the end of the day you don't have the energy to go out and show off.

    Personally, I think a lot of hard-working creative types would do well to imitate this. An impoverished writer doesn't look all that good with long greasy hair, delicate shoes and thin pants. He'd be better off dressing like a soldier or longshoreman.

    But go ahead and see if you can pull it off. Oscar Wilde was an exception to the rule, and I'm skeptical about the ability of your typical straight guy to live up to that standard. For the most part, dandies are worthless for making a living. All my friends gave that up when they got real jobs, including the IT guys (although fashion never came naturally to them in the first place).

    I’m sorry but how does this extend to church, social events, restaurants? I am from a blue collar family and I can tell you my grandfathers could work and knew how to dress appropriately for other life occasions. My father hardly does and the cousins who still work blue collar jobs are all sobs now. But I have to say most of the white collar people I work with are slobs in their own way now to do it is cultural

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  • @gruff
    I sometimes wish the American white working class developed a good fashion look. Not as over the top as this dandy stuff, but a "dressed up" style that was cool and sharp. Most lower class white men look really uncomfortable in suits.

    My grandmother recently passed away in her 90s and I was looking at old photos of my grandfather and her at parties and out and about in San Francisco. My grandfather was a teamster and I swear they looked like movie stars to me with the costume jewelry and fancy hats on my grandmother and the tailored suits and cigarette hanging out of my grandfathers mouth. Both looked classy, thoughtful and full of life.

    I contrast this with the appalling lack of taste and style I see around my white collar office today. Actually everywhere. And so many faties

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  • Something worth remembering when reading all the Hot Takes about Prince is that he had a sort of negative genius for trends. He was the anti-Bowie, the King of the Uncool. I was a fan from Prince's 1980 Dirty Mind album onward, but he was always kind of embarrassing. For example, in 1993 Prince had...
  • All opinions of the man aside one anomaly you can’t dispute is 35 years after he came out and decades since he put out a popular albumn the man had a huge and diverse fan base

    Just a few months ago he sold out a few threater shows in Oakland so fast you couldn’t get tickets unless you were in the know so he added one at Oakland Coliseum and sold that out too. With virtually no publicity.

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  • Click on "Watch on Youtube" to see the memorable 2007 Super Bowl halftime show in the purple rain. (Here's what I blogged at the time.) Culturally appropriating three songs in a row by white bands (Creedence, Dylan, Foo Fighters) was a subversive gesture by a man who believed that American music together was bigger and...
  • @Jack D
    Sorry, but I found him to be a 2nd rate Michael Jackson. Prince was not in his league.

    I seriously doubt Michael Jackson even wrote his own songs

    Prince could do it all from producing, arranging to playing every instrument and of course he was a great performer too

    I would have to say objectively MJ was not in Prince’s league

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    Michael was credited for writing, but I don't know if he wrote any on his own, or how much they were improved by others. He definitely wasn't a singer-songwriter like Prince.
    , @tanabear
    "I seriously doubt Michael Jackson even wrote his own songs."

    Michael Jackson wrote the two biggest songs on his Thriller album, Beat It and Billie Jean.
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  • @Grandpa Jack
    And of course, everyone's favorite half-blood Prince in DC had to chime in on this latest black event, so everyone would know he was black and relevant.

    Or maybe he was just a Prince fan. About the right age

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  • Best performer I ever saw without question. He was something else. Saw him in 2000 in a small club in SF.

    And Prince could bring out a cross section of fans like no other I have seen

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  • Los Angeles, with its lovely climate, offers perhaps the the largest single gentrification opportunity of the 21st Century. Boyle Heights, the old Jewish neighborhood just east of Downtown L.A. that was taken over by Mexicans about a century ago, would be an obvious candidate. But ethnic violence is always a temptation to fight back against...
  • “Oakland, CA, for example, has retarded gentrification via politicized black violence since the days of the Black Panthers”

    Oakland is gentrifying now very quickly

    http://www.governing.com/gov-data/oakland-gentrification-maps-demographic-data.html

    http://blog.sfgate.com/ontheblock/2015/12/21/oakland-ascends-to-nations-4th-most-expensive-rental-market/

    In addition to the white gentrification the poorer areas are becoming less black and more Asian and Hispanic. I think Oakland is one of the most diverse populations in the US

    West Oakland in particular is just a 12 minute BART ride to downtown SF. What it does not have going for it though is it largely industrial

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  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • @Paleo Retiree
    It's possible to greatly increase a city's density without destroying the city by building scads of awful skyscrapers. Paris, for example, is one of the densest of Western cities even though most of its buildings are only 5-7 stories high.

    http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=173200

    This is certainly true but not possible including a lot of parking too

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  • @jJay
    Like Times Square in NYC, it will take some time and money to rebrand the Tenderloin. Disney helped NYC scrub the Times Square clean and I suppose GoogleFacebook will do the same makeover for the Tenderloin.

    From Steve:

    As a conservative,

    Perhaps I haven't been paying full attention, but I don't recall Steve ever writing such an explicit statement about his own general political philosophy, not that it wasn't obvious. Bring back fly-on-the-wall Steve.

    I wouldn’t be so sure. This area would have gentrified 20 years ago if there was the will. SF has preserved many thousands of single residence occupancy rooms and houses homeless drug addicts in them. Additionally the area is full of building with old studios and other bum services.

    Otherwise right on Market is two subway lines and you can walk from there to downtown so the demand would be there

    Actually with higher rents SF is in a cycle of electing “progressives” again because a great deal of the city is in rent controlled apartments and in fear.

    It is a very weird place

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  • @The Last Real Calvinist

    We stayed for a few days in San Francisco on our family California trip back in ’04.
    ...
    Just fail to find it “wonderful”. What’s so great about it?
     
    We Calvinists were in SF just after this past Christmas, for the first time in quite a few years, and I was asking the same questions.

    My hypothesis is pretty simple: SF is one of the few American cities that's actually pretty -- its combination of hilly, penisular setting and Victorian architecture is pleasant -- and Americans are mostly starved for urban beauty. Not everyone cares about that kind of thing, but for those who do, and who would like to live in such an environment, it's pretty hard to find in the USA.

    Also, remember the raw power of status signalling: SF is one of the few places in the USA a virtuous, obedient SJW/SWPL can live and not be embarassed to admit it in front of their European cousins. NYC and Boston are also okay, but where else, really? Hollywood? Seattle and Portland? The latter two still scream 'provincial!' to me, in a way SF doesn't . . . .

    People should keep in mind it has really only gotten ridiculous in SF in the last 10 years. In 2006 in a lull my now wife and I rented a small two bedroom with parking in a very nice part of town for 1950/mo and when we moved out two years ago they got 4000 for it and who knows what today.

    Another aspect that brings people to SF is you can live in a busy city and be very close to beautiful outdoors areas. Lots of people I know are into mountain biking, surfing, hiking. A little further and you can go to Lake Tahoe and wine country. The local food is very high quality as well with lots of farms near by if that’s your thing.

    Other than the high cost of living and the bums it is a pretty nice place to live.

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  • @Jefferson
    "You mention blacks being scarce in SF, but when I went there a few years ago for about a week , I saw plenty around, just in the foul and dangerous part of the town, which I had to cross through each day going to my hotel. Maybe these numbers are only reflective of homeowners, not total population demographics?"

    The foul and dangerous parts of every big city is always the Blackest part of every big city. You stayed in the shitty part of San Francisco, so of course you saw a lot more Blacks.

    If you only hang out in the most high crime areas of L.A for example, you are going to have an extremely hard time believing Los Angeles is only 11 percent Black. You would think there is a serious undercount of Blacks in the city's census.

    Actually San Francisco is about the only city I can think of that has protected SROs and houses the formerly homeless and provides all of the services to them a few blocks from the shopping district. So yeh tourists in SF see some nasty stuff

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  • The real issue in the Bay Area is not really SF but that the Bay Area is politically very fractured and locals plan land use. There are many examples of heavy rail stations outside of SF next to strip malls.

    Add to that 10′s of thousands of very high paying jobs on a Peninsula being added over recent years and you have your million dollar ranchers (I know cause I live in one)

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  • “One obvious measure of how San Francisco’s restrictive policies have changed the population is how effective the progressive city has been at driving out its blacks”

    The city has been effective at driving out families, and working and middle class whites too. I think you want this conspiracy to be more true that it really is. Local people in SF can’t form families and they move to the exurbs.

    SF is growing as there is construction all over the place but household sizes are shrinking and the infrastructure in SF stinks so it is hard to imagine how much growth is possible to meet demand

    More than any other city I am aware of San Francisco has keep counterproductive policies alive like rent control and a prohibition on demolishing SROs for the very purpose of keeping poor people.

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  • Interesting piece in Nautilus, Why Revolutionaries Love Spicy Food: How the chili pepper got to China. As you may know there isn't any specific thing which is "Chinese food", anymore there is "Indian food", or "European food."* The article focuses on the emergence of Sichuan cuisine, which unlike Cantonese food, took to the arrival of...
  • @Jefferson
    "I’m tempted to advance “bread” as “European food”. They have bread in China… technically. It’s not so common for Chinese people to eat it, except to the extent that you consider dumpling and bun wrappings “bread”. A question I received several times while I was there was “why do foreigners complain so much about our bread? Isn’t bread bread?”

    How strong a signal of European culture is consumption of bread (loaf bread)?"

    Asian Mongoloids are not big consumers of milk and bread. But Asian Caucasoids like them. Jesus Christ loved to eat bread. If you use the extremely broad definition of Asian, than Bethlehem is part of Asia.

    Uighurs certainly enjoy their bread and bagels

    https://www.google.com/search?biw=1366&bih=657&noj=1&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=uyghur+bread&oq=uyghur+bread&gs_l=img.12..0j0i24.59393.61477.0.63032.9.9.0.0.0.0.78.617.9.9.0….0…1.1.64.img..0.6.423.rGY0BVlpXq0

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  • From USA Today: Here are the top 20 active pitchers in terms of career Wins Above Replacement. Keep in mind that #19 on this list, Johnny Cueto, isn't considered black (he's "Latin"), while #1 C.C. Sabathia is considered black. There have been black superstar pitchers from Latin America, such as Juan Marichal, Luis Tiant, Pedro...
  • @Anonymous
    Does Curry have long arms?

    I thought he'd be an example of the type of white player you've blogged about recently that doesn't pursue pro basketball these days, even though he's black. Curry is black, but he seems to be significantly white genetically, and his playing style is that of a highly skilled white player. His success seems to be due to his great shooting ability, skills, work ethic, and intelligence, rather than extreme physical abilities like most black players. Curry wasn't heavily recruited out of high school, and played college ball at the small liberal arts college of Davidson. Presumably having a former NBA player for a dad helped put him on the radar for the NBA despite playing for a small program in college and not being physically imposing.

    Leading the NCAA in scoring his junior year put him on the radar

    I understand Curry was still growing in college as was too small to attract interest from big programs

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  • According to a report by Merritt Clifton (via Rosalind Arden), pitbulls accounted for 295 of 593 human fatalities due to dogs between 1982-2014, although only making up 6.7% of dogs. But that's still the second most popular breed, behind only labrador mixes. My observation from walking down the sidewalk is that pitbulls are much more...
  • I also have mixed feelings about the breed because my parents adopted one from my sister’s idiot HS boyfriend who could not care for it.

    Without question the best damn dog I have ever been around. So smart, so gentle and a true companion. One quality of the bred is they relate very well to their human families.

    On the other hand I often don’t want to be around other people’s dogs in general but especially this bred often

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  • Petey from the Little Rascals was a Pit bull. To the last point in the article I believe the converse has already happened. The original breed was aggressive to animals but not humans and over time they have been bred bigger with defective temperaments and have idiot often abusive owners.

    I do believe these dogs were fairly common in the US before and were not particularly known for killing people

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  • It’s not right. I came into the Friendly Lounge at 11:45AM, parked my bony ass there for three hours, and saw nobody. In the 90’s, I heard an exasperated crack whore kvetch, “Don’t nobody want a blow job no more!” It’s gotten much worse. In 2016, it’s, “Can’t nobody afford a beer no more?” Tony...
  • @epebble
    Great story Linh! I recently started reading your stories and they are captivating. Robert sounds like a typical "low information" American that politicians talk about. He seems to worry that Trumps Great Wall will prevent all foreigners from coming; He probably doesn't realize it is only against illegal Mexicans. Legally, they can all come. Also, illegals can always come by air or ship! (as nearly half of them do now).

    I wonder why he quit his Wholefoods well paying job for a person of such not so special skills. Did he not think healthcare is very precious in these times and he has to be more careful?

    His attitude about having a child also appears a bit shallow. A bit "whatever" attitude. And hardly any regard to getting married before having a child. This all seems to fit well with the "Fishtown" stereotype of Charles Murray.

    One thing he surprised me about is that thing about Portland. I know we are permissive in the girlie business; but didn't know we are so unique!

    If you believe in a literal wall being built and Mexico paying for it you are the low information voter

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    Not at all; I am quite sure Trump is just dog whistling to ride the white peoples angst to nomination. I was commenting on Robert's ignorance about his worry that (even an imaginary) wall implies "no more Mexicans".
    , @iffen
    definition: low information voter

    Someone who does not vote the way that I think they should.
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  • A graph from FiveThirtyEight. The peak of old players in the 1940s and early 1950s was due to the draft taking away younger players like Willie Mays (although Ted Williams famously had to fly in the Korean War in his mid-30s). The 1981 anomaly was likely due to the strike reducing the sample size. The...
  • I didn’t follow the salary structures as much previously but young players are under team control for something like 6 years now. This coupled with escalating salaries for veteran free agents with maybe PED free declining performance may all contribute.

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  • The New York Times' "Upshot" section has a long-running arrangement with economist Raj Chetty (who recently moved from Harvard to Stanford) to publicize his research on a vast trove of otherwise confidential IRS 1040 data without emphasizing the politically incorrect implications of his research. Chetty has now posted a new paper on life expectancies by...
  • Don’t know about Alabama but being from CA it seems clear immigrants eat healthier diets than do native born poors.

    This is always noticeable when discussing “food deserts”

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  • Though no millennial metrosexual, I sleep next to my laptop, and this morning, an email came from a Japanese literary journal, Monkey, to ask me to name a short story I wish I had written. Editor Motoyuki Shibata also requested a one-hundred word explanation, which I promptly knocked out while sipping an Earl Grey at...
  • @JackOH
    "I guess I made it but at 65 (and medically retired for 3 years ) I feel broken. Those 60-100 hour work weeks were not worth it."

    There's a handful of talented, educated guys I know who could be said to have made it--maybe only in the sense they had enough time in with a stable employer to get a decent buy-out when the ax fell, or came into a relatively generous inheritance, or came into some other combo package of good fortune. I've already mentioned in previous comments other talented guys I know who've had their lives unraveled by "involuntary proletarianization".

    This must be such a regional issue. In the inner Bay Area around SF these same guys won the lottery with their million $$ rancher houses and fat pensions from trade unions or city governments (mostly police and Fire)

    My Dad and his buddies my uncles live large in retirement. Lots of European vacations and sunning at the pool at the ELKS club

    Younger generations who try to live this way do pretty well (still lots of work) but housing costs are tough now so commutes are long

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    Anecdotal evidence such as that doesn't really mean much in the larger picture or as a predictor of the future. Besides, as you noted, many of those who are "living large" do so at the expense of many others who have never lived large nor ever will.

    "Is it a simple form of madness to lose a hundred thousand sesterces, and not have a shirt to give to a shivering slave? Which of our grandfathers built such numbers of villas, or dined by himself off seven courses? Look now at the meagre dole set down upon the threshold for a toga-clad mob to scramble for!"

    Juvenal, SATIRE I, ~ 100AD

    DIFFICILE EST SATURAM NON SCRIBERE

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  • @Discard
    Post war suburbia was great. Every dad worked, moms stayed at home to care for their multiple children, and crime was so rare that TWO cops came to our house to take a report of $11 worth of stolen groceries, taken from an unlocked car. Camping, riding bicycles, playing baseball in the street, dogs in the back yard, milk delivery, the ice cream man and the bakery truck are not alienating.

    I am just making a comment on the spatial arrangement of post war suburbia.

    Everything you described my father experienced in 1950′s San Francisco so I think you have cause effect misunderstood here

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  • Commenter Andrew writes: ... 1) Trump won the Driftless area and the Canadian Shield. These are the agriculturally poor rural areas in the west and north of the state. Economically they are former mining and timber areas. They are essentially equivalent demographically and economically to places like western Massachusetts, West Virginia, upstate New York, northern...
  • @iSteveFan

    White people just don’t want to do it anymore
     
    Americans, not just white people, will literally do anything for money. People will make fools out of themselves, stay awake for hours on end, eat things that would make a billy goat puke, and have sex with anyone or thing if the money is right.

    If Wisconsin dairy farmers cannot find American workers then it probably has to do with the wages being offered.

    Here is the genius McCain telling us that Americans won't pick lettuce for $50/hour. If they or the dairy farmers were offering $50 per hour, they'd be stampeded by Americans willing to do the job.

    I am not a farmer but knew one growing up who explained the following and I have read it elsewhere repeatedly.

    Americans usually are inferior workers unconditioned to picking fruits and vegetables that still require humans labor. You have to consider the sort of American you would be getting perhaps coming off welfare and most likely not coming back to work after a few days of sucking

    I tend to believe this and also don’t see an problem matching eager Mexican workers in an organized way with farmers. That seems the least of our problems

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  • Though no millennial metrosexual, I sleep next to my laptop, and this morning, an email came from a Japanese literary journal, Monkey, to ask me to name a short story I wish I had written. Editor Motoyuki Shibata also requested a one-hundred word explanation, which I promptly knocked out while sipping an Earl Grey at...
  • @Johann
    Good read Linh, you really have the pulse of how the Americans transformed themselves into a Third World hell hole. I grew up in Philadelphia fifty years ago and I left it over thirty years ago. My poor immigrant father could always find a job in the booming factories of the time. He raised six children and even managed to buy a small row house in a blue collar neighborhood like Fishtown. It is funny how all the hipsters ,the neo Americans, are moving into those small row homes; oh I forgot the neo Americans call them town houses and paying hundreds of thousands for homes that sold for twenty thousand only twenty years ago.

    I don’t think it is that hard to understand. There is something alienating about post war suburbia that these kids grew up in and it comes down to supply and demand. It is pretty hard spatially to remake pre-war style neighborhoods now and many more people like prefer them.

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  • No presidential candidate should be taken seriously unless he or she addresses these basic concerns: 9/11 Since this is the pretext for our endless War on Terror, it should be examined thoroughly and publicly, with testimonies from pilots, architects, engineers, scientists and eye witnesses, including first responders. Like many Americans, I find the official explanation...
  • Very much like your postcard series and writing there but dislike this wingnut stuff and your polemic on why America sucks

    Please keep clearly labeling your posts so I know what to read

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  • To me 1984 is really insightful not for its depiction of totalitarianism, but the way in which modern American democratic politics cynically re-imagine the past. I have always been intrigued by George H. W. Bush (and more broadly the politicians within the family) shifting from a pro-choice supporter of planned parenthood sympathetic to population control,...
  • @Karl Zimmerman
    First, does Razib (or anyone else) know how Belgium got so many Moroccans to begin with? I know that France actually has a larger absolute number, but Belgium apparently has the highest percentage in Europe. Google is not being helpful here. I'm supposing it was some sort of guest-worker relationship going back decades, considering most under 30 have Belgian citizenship. But why did Belgium turn to Morocco rather than Turkey, as Germany did?

    Secondly, I've read a lot about urban planning since marrying my wife (who is an architect) and come to believe that while it started for well intentioned reasons (such as ensuring houses wouldn't be built next to a slaughterhouse) zoning as it's practiced within the U.S. has been a nearly unmitigated evil. All of the older, interesting urban neighborhoods (such as in San Francisco) look the way they do because they came into being before zoning applied straightjackets to neighborhood development. California's problems are deeper than merely zoning - Proposition 13 was probably one of the worst initiatives in U.S. history. But the Bay Area in particular would be so much better of a place if it wasn't normal for incumbent property owners to stop other people from doing what they wished with their own property.

    Regarding Trump, I will agree there is no way he will do as poorly as his current polling suggests. That said, given the demographics of the U.S. electorate, I do not see how it is possible he does significantly better than Romney did in 2012. Working-class whites who identify as Republican have real reasons to be dissatisfied with the bipartisan political consensus. That said, they don't come close to being a majority of the U.S. electorate.

    Spatially zoning or not, the interesting neighborhoods are scaled for people and not cars. Further cars allowed people to remove themselves and their familes from the cities like never possible before.

    Zoning is also now a form of collectivism where owners are able to band together to keep others out be restricting development of multi-family housing.

    Personally I am not sure that is the worst thing but it ossified areas like the Bay Area. I live on the SF Pennisula in an area where multfamily housing and better mass transit are highly in demand but the majority here don’t want it and with local land use control will avoid it.

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    I am of the belief that self-driving cars will change how U.S. cities are structured dramatically on the 10-30 year horizon. People who now own cars but seldom use them will switch to ride-sharing services, and many two-car families will reduce their car usage to one (you can always send the car back home for your spouse). At the same time, remote parking will become feasible, meaning there will be no real need for garages or even surface parking in business districts. Thus I think the future of U.S. cities will be more focused on people-focused streets again, and turn away from a car-focused life.

    One of the major issues with local zoning codes is that it's not even collectivism - it gets into the realm of, for lack of a better term, busybodyism. To give a local example here in Pittsburgh, there is block in a neighborhood on the North Side of town, close to a gentrified neighborhood, which has stood vacant for years due to various bad development deals. A new deal was hatched last year which could save the historic buildings on this block by incorporating them into a new, 82-unit apartment building. Zoning variances were needed to account for not following the height limits and parking minimums, but were granted with the support of the major community groups. But two homeowners (one of whom actually lives in NYC) were able to appeal the decision to a judge, who overturned the zoning board's variances. Thus it appears the project is dead and the buildings will be condemned. I've seen the same dynamic play out locally time and time again. A handful of people willing to hire a lawyer can block any development, regardless of what the majority thinks.

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  • @Zimriel
    A better reason for not building vertically in SF is that an earthquake might hit the Bay.

    (This is also a good reason for moving away from it.)

    Don’t know if you really believe this but this is a common subterfuge in SF why we just can’t built up.

    The area needs to build up but it also needs more and smarter investment in public transit to move people.

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  • Presumably, Hillary made some kind of deal with the Obama 2012 organization that did such a good job of turning out old black church ladies to vote for Obama's re-election; and in 2016 they're working their just-good-enough magic to get Hillary the nomination on the backs of the Tyler Perry movie fan vote. But in...
  • @Harry Baldwin
    Interesting that Obamas favorables have risen recently.

    The less people see of Obama, the more favorably they view him. He's been pushed off the front page by the campaign.

    True although Bush was very unpopular by the end of his 2nd term front page or not.

    I believe some view Obama more favorably in contrast to this band of misfits running for president. History is not going to judge Obama nearly as harshly as the hysteria for the last 8 years.

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  • Oak Park, IL, nine miles west of Chicago's Loop, is one of America's most famous suburbs. Ernest Hemingway, who grew up there, called it a place of broad lawns and narrow minds. Frank Lloyd Wright spent the heart of his career in Oak Park, giving it the world's leading concentration of classic Prairie Style architecture....
  • @Steve Sailer
    Oak Park is 64% white, Austin across the street is 4% white.

    Topographically, they are identical: the Prairie School of Oak Park means flat.

    Obviously, Oak Park has a world famous housing stock with it 25 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, which probably played a role in persuading the authorities to allow Oak Park to do what it takes to hold back the tide of slumification. Having a bunch of poor blacks take over the world's biggest concentration of buildings by America's most famous architect would have been Taliban/ISIS level desecration. So, it didn't happen. And I think we should study how this sacrilege was averted.

    When I moved to Chicago in 1982, my dad wanted to see his old house in Oak Park. I had just read Theodore H. White's autobiography, which ends with a depressing visit to his old house in the Boston area in what's now a black slum. As we drove through the slums of Chicago's West Side, I kept trying to lower my father's expectations ... until we crossed the border into Oak Park and then arrived at Superior St., where dozens of European tourists were wearing headsets were taking architectural walking tours of his old neighborhood.

    But Austin's architectural stock wasn't at all bad:

    http://www.chicagodetours.com/schocking-austin-neighborhood-architecture/

    My point is that the ploys that Oak Park pulled to avoid Austin's fate deserve careful study, but it never seems to come up because they were illegal but also effective. Maybe it would make sense to adjust the laws to allow everybody to enjoy what Oak Park enjoyed?

    How could poor blacks ever afford to take over Oak Park? Was it not always middle to upper middle class? Was it much like the wealthier areas of north Chicago that also were never taken over?

    Just looking at Google images Austin’s looks to have inferior housing stock but maybe that is selective because of the current state

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  • Presumably, Hillary made some kind of deal with the Obama 2012 organization that did such a good job of turning out old black church ladies to vote for Obama's re-election; and in 2016 they're working their just-good-enough magic to get Hillary the nomination on the backs of the Tyler Perry movie fan vote. But in...
  • @SFG
    Lots of commenters on the left and alt-right have commented Sanders does better than Clinton against Trump, for different reasons.

    I thought recent national polls (for what they’re worth) recently showed Hillary destroying Trump. His unfavorables with women are really high

    Interesting that Obamas favorables have risen recently.

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    Interesting that Obamas favorables have risen recently.

    The less people see of Obama, the more favorably they view him. He's been pushed off the front page by the campaign.
    , @Anonymous
    I'd like to know what kind of effect the Sea Island meeting has had on Trump's candidacy. He doesn't seem to be doing as well since the meeting, and Ted Cruz seems to be doing better.
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  • @Dave Pinsen
    One of my correspondents on Twitter suggested current November match up polls might overstate Hillary's chances because the disillusionment / betrayal feelings of Bernie voters haven't kicked in yet. Wins like these are keeping their faint hopes alive. But what if a significant percentage of them stay home in November rather than voting for Hillary?

    Maybe a non-trivial number will even vote for Trump.

    The easy-on-the-eyes Congresswoman from Hawaii endorsed Bernie.

    https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/713870150357749760

    I can’t imagine there is a lot of betrayed feelings and I have to think Trump running will rally Dems to Hillary who might otherwise just not feel motivated to support her. The vast majority supporting Bernie Sanders I have to think find Trump repugnant as do a rather significant portion of Republicans.

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    It's easy to rile up Dems against some southern bible-thumper. Trump isn't that. Maybe some Bernie voters will wonder how likely it is that a guy whose been on the public eye for 35 years was secretly Hitler all that time.
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  • Oak Park, IL, nine miles west of Chicago's Loop, is one of America's most famous suburbs. Ernest Hemingway, who grew up there, called it a place of broad lawns and narrow minds. Frank Lloyd Wright spent the heart of his career in Oak Park, giving it the world's leading concentration of classic Prairie Style architecture....
  • @27 year old
    so, were the oak park residents of that time just smarter than every other neighborhood in the country?

    how come nobody else did this?

    also, changing federal law sounds hard, wouldn't it be better to think up ways that we can create/preserve white community that we can get away with as a matter of fact regardless of the law?

    so far white people have come up with:

    1. have a ton of money and price everyone else out
    2.


    obviously this strategy has limited applications

    This would actually be a really interesting urban studies project

    I personally think Oak Park is just an anomaly for various reasons. I think similar neighborhoods in Detroit may have turned mostly black and become blighted but not sure. Most similar areas in Chicago that were block busted were full of white ethnic proles I’d have to think.

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  • @anony-mouse
    Oak Park must have very small blocks because the 2010 census says its now over a fifth Black:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak_Park,_Illinois

    which is higher than the cities of Evanston, Des Plaines, and Oak Forest, (Oak Park is classified as a village) which didn't have a Black-a-Block system

    Maybe the Black-a-Block system slowed things down (at the most).

    Is it possible that Oak Park is just inherently nicer with better housing stock than Austin, Chicago? This desirability might explain the higher quality black residents. Plus it is a seperare town which likely has always meant better services.

    Are there any formerly inner ring suburbs of Chicago that once were upper middle class that became all black

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  • In 2006, when I first began researching deportations, George W. Bush was president and quietly building a deportation machine in the Department of Homeland Security. Outside of small activist circles, few Americans knew that deportations had been rising since 1996 due to legislation signed by President Bill Clinton. Nor could anyone then have imagined that...
  • @Avery
    {There is no way the average Dane, Austrian....}

    Are you serious ?
    Europe is being flooded by Muslims.
    Europeans have surrendered themselves to Islam and are committing slow motion suicide.
    As the other poster wrote: {At least the Aztecs streaming in are nominal Christians, hard-working and mostly demure, which you can’t say for Europe.}

    Nominal? The Mexicans in my town yesterday were dragging a cross around for a good Friday parade

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    [As the other poster wrote: {At least the Aztecs streaming in are nominal Christians, hard-working and mostly demure, which you can’t say for Europe.}]

    I was pasting what another poster wrote.
    Nevertheless, I agree with you: Mexicans and (Latin American) Hispanics are more Christian than Anglos here in US.

    Given the choice, I'd rather be overrun by Hispanic Christians, instead of Muslims.
    Nothing against Muslims: good people individually.
    But I have no desire to live in Islamistan.
    Here is one reason:

    [***Muslims in East London: Violence, Racism, Bigotry and Hooliganism***]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMZe5hXodQg

    Something like that cannot and will not happen if my entire state of California becomes Hispanic.
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  • In this century, the number of Chinese students in American colleges has skyrocketed. From the Wall Street Journal: And from The Atlantic: How Sophisticated Test Scams From China Are Making Their Way Into the U.S. Chinese students hire imposter
  • @anony-mouse
    1/ How can we be sure that Ted didn't get a substitute to serve in the military too (which was legal BTW during the Civil War https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrollment_Act )?

    2/ So:

    a) There's lots of test cheating in Asia and among Asians in the US

    and

    b) We can be absolutely certain that Asians have high IQ's because look how well they do on IQ and PISA tests. There's no other explanation.

    Well for b we can also look at their societies, how fast they are able to industrialize like South Korea and stuff like that which indirectly informs us

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  • One of the most common arguments for mass immigration is ethnic restaurants. Immigrants from Thailand, for example, introduced the now ubiquitous Thai restaurants. But, one thing that strikes me is that Thai restaurants haven't improved all that much since the 1980s, while Italian restaurants, despite not much immigration from Italy, have continued to improve. One...
  • @Peter Akuleyev
    I was in Budapest a few weeks ago and noticed a large number of ethnic restaurants. Including a lot of taquerias, an excellent cafe selling bagels, French restaurants, Sushi restaurants, etc. And of course Hungary does not have a lot of immigrants - most of these places are run by Hungarians who studied overseas, liked the food, and came back and opened a business. Somehow Hungary has managed to benefit from ethnic diversity without actually importing many ethnics.

    I have had “mexican” food in Budapest if you can call it that. But I guess in some ways that meal was more memorable for being weird than others there that were fine but forgettable. They got the margarita well enough though and it was trendy and full of young people and I was young so it was fun

    I ate “mexican” once in China too and it was kind of like a cross between fajitas, mu shu pork and those sizzling hot skillets

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  • @Anatoly Karlin
    The Devil's Advocate argument would be that to create a market for the high-end version of a national cuisine you first need a sufficiently large pool of people becoming acquainted with its standard, unadorned fare.

    Georgian (the country) cuisine is very good, a unique blend of Levantine and spicier flavors from Central Asia, but there will never be any top rate Georgian restaurants in the US simply because there aren't that many Georgians to kickstart it.

    Mostly agree but you never know

    We have Uighur and Hui Chinese restaurants now in SF. You certainly need some immigrants and maybe a critical mass of whites who like to eat unusual cuisines.

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/uyghur-taamliri-san-francisco

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  • From IEEE Spectrum: Awhile ago I brought up how Interstate 5 connecting Northern and Southern California includes a 206 mile stretch through the barely populated west side of California's Central Valley that wa
  • @Holden McGroin
    Pretty sure that's down to the drivers' union, not tech problems.

    At least with regard to mass transit system are driverless all over Asia

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    "At least with regard to mass transit system are driverless all over Asia"

    I used to have a t-shirt;" China Airlines, you've seen us drive, now watch us fly". Even my chink friends laughed....
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  • One of the most common arguments for mass immigration is ethnic restaurants. Immigrants from Thailand, for example, introduced the now ubiquitous Thai restaurants. But, one thing that strikes me is that Thai restaurants haven't improved all that much since the 1980s, while Italian restaurants, despite not much immigration from Italy, have continued to improve. One...
  • @M_Young
    "If there were more market demand for high-end Thai cuisine, you can be sure the industry would adapt. The reason there is a lot of mediocre Thai cuisine is because that’s what lots of consumers are happy with"

    Bad Thai drives out good. But even in high end Thai could exist with middle brow Thai, Sailer's argument is that mass immigration is not necessary for good "ethnic" cuisine, nor is it sufficient. I'd argue even further...one of the best burrito bar burritos I've had was near Fleet Street in London. The owner was a brit who had travelled in Mexico and the US extensively, the grill man was a red haired London Irish guy, and the girls doing the 'fixings' part of the bar were eastern european and South American. 'Now that we have the recipe' indeed!

    That said, I'm a big fan of 'inauthentic' "ethnic" restaurants. When I was a wee child, a lot of Chinese restaurants still sported 'Cantonese Cuisine' on the neon sign in front of the business. The menus started with pages of 'tropical' drinks, and then all the classic appetizers for a poo-poo platter. Delightfully inauthentic, but pretty good. And in a sense, really American. So to many of the Japanese-American favorites (teriyaki anything), and 'red sauce joints'.

    Likely travel to the U.S. little know fact that what you are thinking of as a burrito was invented in SF and is not eaten in Mexico. I’m sure the burrito in London is not good though

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  • I have to believe Thai food in Thai town is much better than the 1980s

    Much like Italian food Japanese food is way better and more authentic now and nuanced now. My suburb has so many Japanese restaurants there are ones that specialize in the Japanese version of Chinese food and the Japanese version of western food. We have Italian restaurants in SF now that only do food from Rome or Piedmont or Sardinia.

    I would argue that in big diverse cities all ethnic food is way better now because of immigration but also globalization and travel. Maybe disposable income in some areas has something to do with it too.

    Tangent but American food has gotten way better too wouldn’t you say?

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