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    So I know everyone is in a GET HYPE mood for this, fueled by loony interpretations ranging from THE RESISTANCE's idea that Trump is going there to receive his annual performance review from DARK LORD OF THE KREMLIN, to Trump having chosen Helsinki specifically for Finland's symbolic value as having played a role in the...
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    Ukraine is becoming stronger day by day
     
    It is surviving, but it is still worse off than before Maidan. And it has no realistic path to EU (or Nato). Maidan happened to make things better, to eliminate corruption, to get legal rights in EU, to increase living standards. None of that has happened, as with the previous failed Orange Revolution 10 years earlier.

    Unless a miracle happens, or Europeans wake up one day and decide to send real aid to Ukraine, open their borders to trade, spend $50-100 billion in assistance (as in Poland). Unless that happens Ukraine will stay as it is today, slowly simmering with a bad economy, dropping population, low-level civil war, corruption and an unhappy population. It will explode again, as it did before, and what is it going to be this time? Even more fanatically 'pro-West', what are they going to do, tattoo Juncker's face on their money? This is a cul-de-sac, all Russia has to do is wait. And by 2020 the transit fees will go close to zero. There is no deal there, Ukrainians need to fix this themselves.

    Poland wasn’t an oligarch controlled state. So EU transfers did some good.

    Ukraine’s is almost a failed state. The EU won’t give them more than a bare minimum to stave off collapse.

    They need to de-oligarchize. That won’t be easy, but it is a problem they can solve without depending on outsiders.

    At the moment, there seems to be no real effort to do this.

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  • From my 2014 Taki's Magazine column on soccer: Sorry, We Invented That Too by Steve Sailer July 02, 2014 Soccer, while traditionally lacking in highbrow accoutrements like sophisticated statistics (although those are improving) or literature (the most memorable English-language book on the game is American writer Bill Buford’s memoir of English soccer hooliganism, Among the...
  • Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch is pretty good.

    It’s set in the ’88-’89 season of the English First Division – one of the last seasons before pay TV money, middle class fans and a tsunami of foreign players, transformed the sport.

    In the last game of the season, Arsenal had to beat the league leaders, Liverpool, by 2 clear goals to win the championship on goal difference. This is how the game ended (spoiler alert)

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  • For some reason, I'm reminded of this:
  • The actual balloon was rather less impressive than the CGI mock-up which was used to raise the £30,000 it cost.

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  • Can the Ukrainians really be trusted? Andreev, E. et al (2013) - Comparing alcohol mortality in Tsarist and contemporary Russia: is the current situation historically unique? This is the question that arose on finding that paper. Probably not! Anyhow, AP, you're welcome to this latest nugget of Ukrotriumphalism. Fig. 1. The rate of sudden male...
  • @Swedish Family

    Yes, it’s called “more recent adoption of agriculture” and “not enough time for evolved defenses to alcoholism to spread in the gene pool.” (Agriculture = the appearance of alcohol.)
     
    That could be it, but before we look to genetics for an answer, we would do well, I think, to rule out any possible sociocultural factors.

    There is, for instance, Martin Amis' argument that English tourists (and football fans) visiting the European mainland overdrink as an act of defiance to a continental refinement that they feel they can never aspire to. This reasoning could be equally applied to Swedes, who are infamous for being bashful and taciturn when sober, only to turn into that very opposite as they get merrier.

    Anothing thing I have been wondering about is if protestantism/orthodoxy vs. catholicism might have something to do with it. 19th century Swedish literature is full of drunk priests (and drunk churchgoers -- Sunday was binge day), but I somehow suspect catholic priests (and congregations) were more temperate.

    In Britain, Irish Roman Catholic priests have a reputation for hard drinking:

    http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2014/08/25/why-are-so-many-priests-alcoholics/

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    In Britain, Irish Roman Catholic priests have a reputation for hard drinking:
     
    This is not a unique feature
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  • I’ve hung out with poet Hai-Dang Phan in quite a few places. Since our first meeting in Certaldo, Italy in 2003, we’ve downed a few pints together in New York, Washington, Milwaukee, Iowa, Illinois, Philadelphia, Hanoi, Saigon and Vung Tau. This week, Hai-Dang flew down from Boston, and with his rented car, we spent two...
  • @utu
    Well, it wouldn’t be possible for the wider society to emulate either group. - Actually there were times when everybody was a farmer so we can all go back to Amish model and let the Hassidim sell us diamonds and ecstasy.

    In that sense they are parasitic, or, perhaps, symbiotic. - Can you make up your mind which is it? This Kant's 2nd categorical imperative issue. Everybody can be a farmer but not everybody can be diamond and ecstasy dealer.

    Everyone was a farmer, but everyone was not a pacifist.

    The Amish survive only because they are protected by others.

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    The Amish survive only because they are protected by others.
     
    As are you, nicht wahr?
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  • @utu

    Unfortunately, they are kind of parasitic – their lifestyle is only possible because the “English” took the land, and now protect them from those who would do them harm.
     
    Are Hasidic Jews less parasitic?

    Whats is the definition of a parasite? You are better off if you get rid of it. Which one you want to get rid of first?

    Well, it wouldn’t be possible for the wider society to emulate either group. In that sense they are parasitic, or, perhaps, symbiotic.

    However, neither group is significant enough, in the West, to be a problem. Although the Israelis will have to do something about their Haredi problem, sooner or later.

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    See your point, but would actual Americans be better off or worse off if there were ten million more Amish? Easy answer.
    , @utu
    Well, it wouldn’t be possible for the wider society to emulate either group. - Actually there were times when everybody was a farmer so we can all go back to Amish model and let the Hassidim sell us diamonds and ecstasy.

    In that sense they are parasitic, or, perhaps, symbiotic. - Can you make up your mind which is it? This Kant's 2nd categorical imperative issue. Everybody can be a farmer but not everybody can be diamond and ecstasy dealer.
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  • "15,000 African refugees could be resettled in Stavropol," read the Komsomolskaya Pravda headline, as displayed on Kholmogorov's latest post to appear on my Facebook feed. So this is the terminal stage of Putinism, I thought. Infinity Refugees. It is as if the kremlins looked at what is happening in the US and Western Europe and...
  • Sounds like a good idea. They could be like Volga Germans. I have heard that lots of Koreans have also taken up farming in European Russia.

    It will be interesting to see if the Boers can handle the climate. I know a couple of Saffas who skipped out of England after their first winter. Western Australia seems to be their preferred destination.

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  • I’ve hung out with poet Hai-Dang Phan in quite a few places. Since our first meeting in Certaldo, Italy in 2003, we’ve downed a few pints together in New York, Washington, Milwaukee, Iowa, Illinois, Philadelphia, Hanoi, Saigon and Vung Tau. This week, Hai-Dang flew down from Boston, and with his rented car, we spent two...
  • @SolontoCroesus
    There are Mennonite communities in many pockets of western Pennsylvania. They're just as industrious as the Amish, maybe a bit more modern -- a Mennonite "quilt" shop in nearby Hagerstown, MD specializes in quilting machines that start in the five digits. Area "English" flock to the shop to learn how to use the machines to make all manner of colorful and intriguing but basically useless wall hangings.

    Has anyone studied youngsters in Amish/Mennonite communities for effects of being born and raised in closed groups? Some of the young Mennonites I've encountered seemed dull; they work hard, but I would be concerned about their ability to adapt if/once their surrounding adult community departed or collapsed.

    The Amish have a tradition called Rumspringa, where kids live out in the world for a while before committing to an Amish life.

    Channel 4, in the UK, did a documentary where they brought some Amish kids to the UK. They were actually rather impressive.

    In one episode, the yuppies they were staying with mentioned that they wanted to build a garden shed, but had no idea how to do it. A couple of Amish lads knocked one together in a jiffy, and then expressed surprise that English adults could be like helpless children.

    There has probably been a “boiling off” effect on their genetics, as people with lower agreeableness have left the community.

    All in all, they are a decent bunch.

    Unfortunately, they are kind of parasitic – their lifestyle is only possible because the “English” took the land, and now protect them from those who would do them harm.

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    Unfortunately, they are kind of parasitic – their lifestyle is only possible because the “English” took the land, and now protect them from those who would do them harm.
     
    Are Hasidic Jews less parasitic?

    Whats is the definition of a parasite? You are better off if you get rid of it. Which one you want to get rid of first?

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  • My apologies, it was all my fault. So long as I was castigating the Russian team, it kept winning. But today I got too clever by half and jinxed it all. This implicitly assumed Russia would beat Croatia and thus nullified my previous prediction: Go frogs, go waffles, go whatever it is that Croatians eat....
  • @utu
    Never on World Cup?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_match_fixing_incidents
    2008 The Fix: Book by Declan Hill alleges that in the 2006 World Cup, the group game between Ghana and Italy, the round-of-16 game between Ghana and Brazil, and the Italy-Ukraine quarter-final were all fixed by Asian gambling syndicates to whom the final scores were known in advance.[10]

    https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/sports/soccer/fixed-matches-cast-shadow-over-world-cup.html

    https://www.firstpost.com/sports/fifa-world-cup-2018-match-fixing-a-big-concern-for-authorities-monitoring-systems-in-place-for-suspicious-activities-4401325.html

    https://www.apnews.com/c17741b0cf414b64b16b74314f17f3ae/FIFA-bans-coach-for-2-years-in-World-Cup-match-fixing-case

    There was a notorious case in 1974? where Germany and Austria colluded to draw a match in the group stage. They just passed the ball around aimlessly for 90 minutes.

    Then there are a lot of rumours about the DGSE spiking Ronaldo with some psychotropic drug the day before the 1998 final.

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    There was a notorious case in 1974? where Germany and Austria colluded to draw a match in the group stage. They just passed the ball around aimlessly for 90 minutes.

    It was in 1982, but it was a bit more complicated. In those days, the final matches of the group stage were not played simultaneously, so that Germany and Austria knew the situation before the match (Algeria and Chile having played the day before). Germany, having lost to Algeria (in one of the greatest shocks in World Cup history), had to win against Austria to qualify. Austria, which had already won twice, would qualify so long as it did not lose to Germany by more than 2 goals.

    Germany scored after 10 minutes, so that at that stage both teams would qualify if there was no further scoring. Which is what happened, with the final 80 minutes being a total farce. The local Spanish newspaper reported the match in the "crime" section.

    As a result, beginning with the Euro 1984 the 2 final matches in the group stage are always played simultaneously.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disgrace_of_Gij%C3%B3n
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  • Meanwhile, the British government used the cover of the World Cup to announce what amounts to a capitulation on Brexit.

    Our only hope now is that the EU will demand Unconditional Surrender and we then get a no deal Brexit.

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  • Wiltshire pair 'poisoned by nerve agent' Alexander Mercouris has written at length about the outsized impact of British individuals, especially in the intelligence services, on pushing the Russiagate conspiracy theory to annul Trump's stated desire for rapprochement with Russia. With the Trump-Putin summit in Finland coming up on July 16, the timing is certainly impeccable....
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    Being seriously ill is the best way to lose weight, lost a lot myself when up picked up that nasty flu in China.
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  • Koreatown, west of Downtown Los Angeles on Wilshire Blvd., is a vastly prosperous highrise district. (Koreans were the favorite tenants of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. While the glamorous Lakers usually had Jack Nicholson in their first row of courtside seats, Clipper games usually featured courtside a lot of Big Renters from Pusan...
  • “without evil white males to gum up the harmony of the Coalition of the Fringes, amity and cooperation will no doubt prevail”

    Maybe not:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandarin_Chinese_profanity#Against_South_Asians

    And that is just Mandarin. There are quite a few Cantonese and Hokkien words used in Hong Kong and Malaya – IIRC “mo la” and “klang”.

    Back in the early days of blogging there was a trollish site created by some Indian American dude with tables of stereotypes of Asian nationalities. The comment threads were hilarious. For example, he excluded Vietnamese, or Philippinos from the table of “are often doctors”, resulting in a massive flame war with 100s of comments. On the other hand he included them in the table “have small penises”, which produced no outrage at all.

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  • A strong dam may hold back an immense quantity of water, but once it breaks the resulting flood may sweep aside everything in its path. I had spent nearly my entire life never doubting that a lone gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald killed President John F. Kennedy nor that a different lone gunman took the...
  • “trying to unseat a Guatemalan leader on behalf of supposed American national interests”

    It was on behalf of United Fruit, aka Chiquita Brands, in which the Dulles brothers were substantial shareholders.

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  • From The Atlantic: A suggestion for The Atlantic's editor Jeffrey Goldberg: You got your hands on a grand old brand name -- the founders of The Atlantic Monthly included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Greenlea
  • Their articles have become more delusional since they stopped allowing comments.

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    Every place that does not allow comments eventually come unhinged.
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  • To Bill Gates' credit, he periodically announces that some education reform fad boondoggle he has credulously financed has failed empirically. For example, in the 2000s he dropped a huge amount of money on "small learning communities," but then in 2009 came the news: And now, from Education Week: So good for Bill for hiring RAND...
  • @jim jones
    I believe he still posts on the Steve Hsu blog. Anyways here is a video of Japanese kids cleaning their own classroom - no janitor required for these little dynamos:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLo0phnh-kA

    And the lesson sticks:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-44492611

    “World Cup: Japan fans impress by cleaning up stadium”

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  • Freedom of movement is the founding value of the European Union. The “four freedoms” are inscribed in the binding EU treaties and directives: free movement of goods, services, capital and persons (labor) among the Member States. Of course, the key freedom here is that of capital, the indispensable condition of neoliberal globalization. It enables international...
  • @German_reader

    The conflict over immigration affects even the relatively new leftist party, Die Linke
     
    Well, in some ways it's a pretty old party, being in direct succession (via the intermediate PDS) to the East German SED. For me they're still the Mauermörderpartei.
    Anyway, Wagenknecht is heavily attacked and denounced even for her quite tame criticism of Merkel's open borders idiocy, and the recent party congress of the LINKE adopted such lunatic positions as global right to free migration and a popular-front style effort against "fascism". The idea that the German left could drop its committment to destroying the German nation is fantasy. Hopefully the commie trash will be punished at upcoming state elections in 2019 and lose much of its support in the former East Germany to the patriotic AfD.

    A “Mauermörderpartei” is exactly what Germany needs right now.

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  • From the Los Angeles Times: Petty theft is up to $50 in Texas. So basically shoplifting has been effectively legalized in Austin. While Austin is among the country’s first so-called freedom cities, it’s part of a wider movement around decriminalizing low-level offenses and decreasing arrests. According to Local Progress, a national network of progressive city...
  • So Sailer’s joke about “undocumented shopping” is now a real thing.

    This is just too funny.

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  • About a decade ago, I got a Netflix subscription and was amazed that the Internet now provided immediate access to so many thousands of movies on my own computer screen. But after a week or two of heavy use and the creation of a long watch-list of prospective films I'd always wanted to see, my...
  • If it was a conspiracy, who did it and why?

    Kennedy was a Cold Warrior. The “missile gap” was a major theme of his campaign. The Cuban Missile Crisis happened on his watch. So, the theory that “Cold War hawks offed him” seems dubious.

    ISTR reading that LBJ was convinced that Castro got JFK before JFK got him. But Castro wouldn’t be able to orchestrate a deep state cover up.

    The FBI is the key to this. It’s hard to see how any conspiracy is possible without them. So, another theory is J Edgar arranged it because RFK was about to fire him. This really seems far-fetched. Hoover was retired a few years later anyway.

    If the US deep state were going to kill a president, I would have thought that FDR would be the one.

    The other possibility is the reverse of Oliver Stone’s theory – it wasn’t Cold Warriors, but rather that the deep state had been terrified by the Missile Crisis and concluded that JFK had to go. Or maybe it was Hoover, but he did it because the Kennedys were in cahoots with the mob (Joseph Kennedy made his money as a booze merchant during prohibition).

    If it was the deep state, one has to admire their OpSec. This was a baroque plot involving flaky characters like Oswald and Ruby, and yet nothing significant leaked.

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  • Alert reader David Pinsen sends along this screenshot from the free wifi at a P.F. Chang's restaurant: So now we know which Chang was referred to by Gov. Jeb Bush when he presented Marco Rubio with a sword in 2006 and told him to use it to "Unleash Chang!" Jeb explained to the Florida legislature:...
  • @Anatoly Karlin
    Does this block apply to just Steve's blog, or Unz Review as a whole?

    ... certain comment threads at Slate Star Codex & Shtetl Optimized were listed as blocked for the same reason.
     
    lolwat?

    I thought the Volokh Conspiracy ban was even more egregious.
    It’s just commentary on American legal matters.

    The only explanation I can think of is that there are banning pages with “conspiracy” in the title. This is very much like the early days of web filters 20 years ago, when, for example, websites about the NE England town of Scunthorpe found themselves being blocked.

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    Jimmy, that "Scunthorpe" example shows less sophistication, but also much less evil compared to what's going on these days.
    , @Jenner Ickham Errican
    Horp? Disgusting!
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  • Here is how the cliodynamician Peter Turchin, in his book War and Peace and War (which I reviewed here), describes the outcomes of different pit-fight scenarios between the Romans and the Gauls: Upon inquiry, it emerged that this assessment wasn't backed up by statistical evidence: Even so, the stereotype that Northerners are stronger than Southerners...
  • @Guy Lombardo
    Who said ancient Romans were the same as modern Italians?

    A lot of them are described as blue eyed, light haired.

    Reconstruction of Lucius Sulla

    http://www.luciuscorneliussylla.fr/image/fondsylla.png

    More likely, modern Italians are more similar to the ancient, pre-Indo European Etruscans, rather than the lighter, probably more northerly shifted Romans of the martial and ruling classes.

    We have genomes from ancient Rome.

    ISTR Razib Khan(?) blogging about this. The upshot was that modern Italians from Lazio are pretty much identical to ancient Romans.

    All the mass immigration from the Empire seems to have had little effect. The reason being that the city was a population sink.

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    No, there has never been any DNA taken from actual iron age romans of his kind. The Italians were unaffected by migrations from Arab countries, that is a fact. However, Italians may be descended from different tribes than the Romans, who are likely to have more northerly and ultimately intrusive origins as compared with the pre-indo european population (etruscans).
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  • Alert reader David Pinsen sends along this screenshot from the free wifi at a P.F. Chang's restaurant: So now we know which Chang was referred to by Gov. Jeb Bush when he presented Marco Rubio with a sword in 2006 and told him to use it to "Unleash Chang!" Jeb explained to the Florida legislature:...
  • You can use a vpn, or just use the Puffin browser app to get past these restrictions.

    Also, it might be worth complaining. Although, who to isn’t clear in this instance.

    I did that when my mobile phone operator, in the UK, labelled b3ta.com an “adult” site and blocked it. I told them it was actually a very juvenile site, and they have since unblocked it (I don’t know if my email was the reason).

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    Complaining unlikely useful. PF Chang is owned by
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centerbridge_Partners

    The firm [2] was founded in 2005 by Jeffrey Aronson and Mark Gallogly. Aronson had previously been the head of distressed securities and had founded the leveraged loan business at Angelo, Gordon & Co., which he had joined in 1989 from L.F. Rothschild & Co. Gallogly was formerly a senior managing director and head of private equity investments at the Blackstone Group from 2003 until his departure. At Blackstone, Gallogly was heavily involved in the firm's investments in New Skies Satellites and Sirius Satellite Radio among others and had joined the firm in 1989 from Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, where he worked in acquisition finance.
     

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

    Aronson began his career as a securities attorney with the law firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. Later, he served as a Senior Corporate Counsel at L.F. Rothschild.[3]

    Aronson and his wife, Shari Aronson, run the Jeffrey H. and Shari L. Aronson Family Foundation, focusing on education and Jewish causes.[7] In 2015, the Foundation committed $10 million to create an international studies center at Johns Hopkins University called the Aronson Center for International Studies.[8]

    The Aronson Family Foundation has supported early education efforts through Teach for America, Breakthrough Collaborative, Harlem RBI, the Fund for Public Schools, Harlem Village Academies, and Bottom Line. The Foundation has also supported numerous education institutions including New York University, Lehigh University, the University of Pittsburgh, Bankstreet College of Education, and Williams College.[7]

    The Aronsons have funded Jewish organizations including the Jewish Museum, the Birthright Israel Foundation, UJA Federation, and the Jewish Community Center of Mid-Westchester. In addition to education and Jewish causes, the Aronsons focus their philanthropy in health and environmental areas.[7]
     

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

    Mark Gallogly (January 18, 1957) is a managing principal, and was a founder, of the New York City based private investment firm Centerbridge Partners. He served as a Senior Managing Director of the Blackstone Group from May 1989 to September 2005.[1]

    He was a member of President Barack Obama's President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.[2] He also serves on the advisory council of the Hamilton Project, an economic policy group at the Brookings Institution, the Columbia Business School board of overseers and the board of directors of the Dana Corporation.
     

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

    The Blackstone Group L.P. is an American multinational private equity, alternative asset management and financial services firm based in New York City. As the largest alternative investment firm in the world,[2] Blackstone specializes in private equity, credit and hedge fund investment strategies.[3] As of December 31, 2017, Blackstone had $434 billion under management.[4]

    Blackstone's private equity business has been one of the largest investors in leveraged buyouts in the last decade, while its real estate business has actively acquired commercial real estate. Since its inception, Blackstone has invested in such notable companies as Hilton Worldwide, Merlin Entertainments Group, Performance Food Group, Equity Office Properties, Republic Services, AlliedBarton, United Biscuits, Freescale Semiconductor, Vivint,[5] and Travelport.[6]

    Blackstone was founded in 1985 as a mergers and acquisitions boutique by Peter G. Peterson and Stephen A. Schwarzman, who had previously worked together at Lehman Brothers, Kuhn, Loeb Inc.. Blackstone has become one of the world's largest private equity investment firms.[2] In 2007, Blackstone became a public company via a $4 billion initial public offering to become one of the first major private equity firms to list shares in its management company on the public stock market.[7] Blackstone is headquartered at 345 Park Avenue in Manhattan, New York City, with eight additional offices in the United States, as well as offices in Bhubaneswar, London, Paris, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Madrid, Mumbai, and Dubai.[8]

    ...Blackstone acquired the mortgage for 7 World Trade Center in October 2000 from the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association.[74]

     

    And so ends this round of Meet Your Censors.
    , @Anon

    I told them it was actually a very juvenile site,
     
    That's what I said about a blocked shotacon site...
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  • ... not much. The Daily Mail newspaper had a reporter get a job as a maid at the Turin hotel where the annual secret Bilderberg conference was held. This is a center-right meeting for Deep State celebrities (e.g., Henry Kissinger, has been attending off and on since 1957; he was there in a wheel chair...
  • Paul Dacre, the long time editor of the Daily Mail, has been retired by the owner, Lord Rothermere.

    He is to be replaced by the pro-EU editor of the Mail on Sunday, who has been told to “detoxify the brand”.

    I’m guessing that things like advertiser boycotts, and Jimmy Wales banning DM references in Wikipedia, finally got to Rothermere.

    It will be interesting to see where this goes.

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    interesting because it had more hits and click throughs than the NYT.
    , @byrresheim

    Jimmy Wales banning DM references in Wikipedia
     
    high time to do something about this ex-pornographer and his strange quasi-monopoly.

    With wikipedia, nobody even pretends that it's a market driven company, they just copy what they can without getting sued and undercut the traditional publishing houses by giving it away for free.

    , @Them Guys
    Folks can all relax and know that due to jewish control of Ink & paper producer Co.'s, and jewish control of major ad revenues for newspapers globally....This is what always keeps jewish owned and controlled, with jew writers, editors, opinion writers, newspapers globally always telling 100% factual truths.....Especially when newspapers report on issues regarding Israel the jewish state, or any and all other issues jewish.


    And that's where every Talmudvision aka TV, aka, electronic rabbi in homes, news shows all get their infos from....So we know now that tv news also can be relied upon for truth and facts always.


    Man, I could be a public school teacher eh!
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  • Here is how the cliodynamician Peter Turchin, in his book War and Peace and War (which I reviewed here), describes the outcomes of different pit-fight scenarios between the Romans and the Gauls: Upon inquiry, it emerged that this assessment wasn't backed up by statistical evidence: Even so, the stereotype that Northerners are stronger than Southerners...
  • @Dmitry
    Does 'grip strength' (which measures just a function of the hand) have a strong relation to actual individual strength in other areas (in terms of weight lifting or other strength talent)?

    Isn't it possible that the genetic or environmental basis for hand strength will be different to those of a different muscle group (for example, differences in shoulder strength or thigh strength could have a different genetic and environmental basis, and be stronger in different nationalities than others)

    Also aren't grip muscles one of the attributes most susceptible to environment factors (the reason weight-lifting as a training, exists).


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    Is there a strong relation between weight lifting talent and individual fighting without weapons.

    E.g. Andrey Drachev, World Weightlifting Champion is easily killed when he was tricked into a street fight with a small but more skilled Muslim guy in Khabarovsk last year.*


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    3.

    Romans, even if individually, would be fighting with weapons.

    So the direct relation to grip strength would only be in relation to their grip of the sword.

    (Other things like aggression, speed, mental attributes and skill would be more relevant to combat with a weapon, than without a weapon).

    Isn't the distinction with Roman from Northern people they genocided, that they were not individual fighters, but organized and group fighters.

    If Romans would lose in one-to-one, it is not because physical weakness (probably they were often better fed and stronger than the enemy, as they had more organized supplies), but because Romans had no individual fighting skill or experience.


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

    The Romans kept their discipline in battle when things got tough. That’s what made them superior (at least that’s what I conclude from Caesar, Tacitus and Suetonius).

    It’s a bit like African football teams – they can be physically imposing (although I notice that the Nigerians seem to be smaller than in the 90s). And when the game is going well they can play good football. But when they fall behind, they lose their shape. They chase the game and make bad mistakes.

    A good European, or South American, side will grind them down.

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    Who said ancient Romans were the same as modern Italians?

    A lot of them are described as blue eyed, light haired.

    Reconstruction of Lucius Sulla

    http://www.luciuscorneliussylla.fr/image/fondsylla.png

    More likely, modern Italians are more similar to the ancient, pre-Indo European Etruscans, rather than the lighter, probably more northerly shifted Romans of the martial and ruling classes.

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  • Untold billions of dollars spent on new football stadiums. Lavish spending on football players. The hiring of some of Europe's most expensive and prestigious coaches. Results? Russia is 45th in the football Elo rankings Russia is 70th in the FIFA rankings The Russian team has never been weaker in its entire history. My guess is...
  • The good Soviet sides of the 80s were dominated by Ukranians, and Dynamo Kiev was the most successful club side.

    But is Ukraine all that different in climate from European Russia?

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  • Transylvanian Morning. I have been unable to follow most of the last week's comments, and probably won't catch up. But FWIW, I enjoyed the gearhead debates at Thorfinnsson's Take on Tesla, the Dmitry vs. Polish Perspective debate on who was or was not in Israel, and reiner Tor's instructions on cold showers. Now that I...
  • I happened to be in Lisbon on the day of Alvaro Cunhal’s funeral.

    There must have been, at least, a few hundred thousand people lining the route. The city was covered in red flags.

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  • I'm very pleased to announce that our selection of HTML Books now contains works by renowned World War II historian David Irving, including his magisterial Hitler's War, named by famed military historian Sir John Keegan as one of the most crucial volumes for properly understanding that conflict. [articlelink][title]Hitler's War[/title][byline]David Irving • 1991 • 397,000 Words[/byline][/articlelink]...
  • @Anon

    The Red Army was a different beast from the Tsar’s army: it was much more literate
     
    Imperial army was, basically, a school for conscripts - those illiterate were able to read after service. On the contrary, Red Army conscripts were already literate because of universal free 7-year education. In Imperial Russia, literacy level was higher than in contemporary countriest of the West, with illiterate women, men unfit for service, and non-serving minorities.

    industrialized technical economy
     
    Also disputable. Imperial Russia built its own battleships, invented gas mask, radio, assault rifle and heavy bomber (Sikorsky planes).

    In reality, times and rules of war have changed and we cannot judge, what entity performed better. On one side, Imperial Russia could not effectively advance to Berlin. It was in someway dependent on supply of many war materiel as well as USSR. The second front and allied air raids were also of some help for moving towards the end of the war.

    highly anti-Russian to the last man, might have been very useful in crushing Communism like a bug-to say nothing of all the Ukrainians and Balts who had little love for anything Russian
     
    This is plain propaganda.

    Polish Underground became the fiercest resistance movement
     
    And above the ground Poles reported Jews to Gestapo to get the spoils and settle in their empty houses. Polish Underground is yet another fairy-tale, akin to Glorious French La Resistance. In Belarussia, there were partisans, that signifantly hindered German plans. Nothing of that scale was in Poland or France, or other parts of occupied Europe (except Serbia).

    The Red Army faced almost the entire German army.
    In World War I, most of German army was in France and Belgium.

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  • “By contrast, Irving, being an impecunious historian, was forced to defend himself without benefit of legal counsel”

    Irving was the one who sued. Lipstadt was the defendant.

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  • From Sky News: The Ocean's 8 marketing staff really deserves kudos for going above and beyond the call of duty to make this promotional tie-in happen.
  • @Buffalo Joe
    Buzz, waiting for Victoria's Secret to offer a line of lingerie aimed at Muslim women.

    High end lingerie has a huge market in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf – hijab in the street, haram in the sheets.

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    Most of it is probably worn by the "men" or by boys who dance for them.
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  • EDIT: There has been a rather significant correction to this piece. My preliminary take: Babchenko struck a deal with the SBU. He participates in this stunt – makes SBU and Lutsenko look competent – possibly gets money, and certainly publicity, for make benefit of his Yandex Koshelek – SBU gets to roll up a few...
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  • OT – Israel and Russia have reached an agreement allowing the SAA to retake the areas adjoining the occupied Golan.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/29/russia-israel-agree-deal-hold-back-iranian-militias-assad-prepares/

    So, once again, the DC think-tankers have been made to look like idiots.

    The Russians have restored a sovereign Syria in all the areas that really matter. The Yanks are left doing a bit of minor looting of oil in the eastern desert, and their presence there has screwed-up their relationship with Turkey, and left them with the responsibility of handling a brewing PKK vs Arab tribes war.

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    If true, that's pretty great, hopefully this means direct conflict between Israel and Iran over Syria becomes less likely.
    Russia's role in Syria is quite impressively constructive so far.
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  • In the Journal of Economic Literature, Duke U. economist Timur Kuran writes: Journal of Economic Literature, vol. 56 (2018), in press. Islam and Economic Performance: Historical and Contemporary Links Timur Kuran* Abstract. This essay critically evaluates the analytic literature concerned with causal connections between Islam and economic performance. It focuses on works since 1997, when...
  • @Steve Sailer
    My impression is that Turkey has more of a (small) intellectual elite than Mexico does.

    Turkey has a smart fraction. I’ve met quite a few Turks in the tech industry. They tend to come from European Turkey.

    They have suffered demographic inundation by Anatolian peasants.

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    Most Turks from European Turkey have Greek or other Balkan roots, not that they'd ever admit it of course.

    Even some "Anatolian peasants" retain pre-Islamic traditions, such as the festival of Hıdırellez, which 'coincidentally' happens to fall on Saint George's day.
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  • @HA
    It’s hard to see how that would not have had a chilling effect on free inquiry and the willingness of people to publish novel ideas.

    It doesn't seem to have affected Lemaitre much when it came to his novel idea. And if I recall correctly, it took four whole years -- that's right, four whole years -- after the Galileo affair before astronomers were allowed to resume heliocentrist calculations (though they were limited as to claiming it as absolute fact, they had no restrictions on noting that it made for a simpler set of calculations). If the chilling effect is anything more noteworthy, it's likewise "hard to see" why you wouldn't actually cite specific examples of it, instead of being reduced to arguing it should exist somehow. For example, if the fervid astronomical activity outlined in the link I provided ground to a halt after Galileo's condemnation, then go ahead and provide evidence, and moreover, try and disentangle it from the hardline views on biblical inerrancy that were also coming to the fore from outside the Vatican (i.e. Geneva and Wittenberg) and any chilling effect that may have had. Good luck with that.

    Given that the Black Legend rehashes that Jack D and others like him enjoy disseminating can be dismissed, even by fairer-minded atheists like Tim O'Neill, to be little more than a blatant smear job, that's not asking for too much.

    “though they were limited as to claiming it as absolute fact”

    That is a chilling effect. And, of course, the way these things work is that people censor themselves. Why risk publishing something that *may* arouse the ire of the church?

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    That is a chilling effect.
     
    Well, it isn't actually, or wasn't historically. There is no reason to think the trial of Galileo had much effect on anyone else. Heck, it didn't even have much on him.
    , @HA
    That is a chilling effect.

    No, with the benefit of historical hindsight, it's more what you might call a fine spring breeze. If you want a genuine chilling effect, consider the beheading that Lavoisier received under the glorious, progressive, and enlightened forces of the French Revolution. Or else the trial and tribulations of John Scopes -- note the Catholic church sat that one out. Or else, consider the opponents of Lysenko:


    Soviet scientists who refused to renounce genetics were dismissed from their posts and left destitute. Hundreds if not thousands of others were imprisoned. Several were sentenced to death as enemies of the state, including the botanist Nikolai Vavilov.
     
    Now THAT's some downright frosty chilling right there.

    Why risk publishing something that *may* arouse the ire of the church?

    As anyone with brains enough to work a telescope knows (assuming he's not blinkered by Black Legend nonsense), it wasn't the published science that got Galileo into trouble. It was casting his benefactor and supporter as the voice of stupidity (lit. "Simplicio) in his dialogues. And again, let's look at some of the details of what exactly this ire entails:


    After a period with the friendly Archbishop Piccolomini in Siena, [it's not known whether Galileo ever saw the inside of prison cell at any point], Galileo was allowed to return to his villa at Arcetri near Florence, where he spent the rest of his life under house arrest. He continued his work on mechanics, and in 1638, he published a scientific book in Holland. His standing would remain questioned at every turn... an Inquisitor... compelled the author of a book printed at Florence to change the words "most distinguished Galileo" to "Galileo, man of noted name." However, partially in tribute to Galileo, at Arcetri the first academy devoted to the new experimental science, The Accademia del Cimento was formed, which is where Francesco Redi performed controlled experiments and many other important advancements were made which would eventually help usher in The Age of Enlightenment.
     
    If possibly getting demoted from "most distinguished" to "man of noted name" (who considers to receive accolades) is enough to scare you off from pursuing science, maybe Harry Potter fanfiction is a better fit for you than physics (but even in that case, you'd do well to avoid casting your benefactor as the imbecile and main villain).

    What did Galileo in was not relaxing and recuperating in Siena (in this place), and it likely wasn't house arrest in this place, either. Actually, it was blindness caused by staring at the sun too long, at which point he was cared for by his daughter, a nun. Now, I'm not saying, with the benefit of hindsight, that the Catholic Church should have condemned the man, but given the legions of people who have suffered genuine horror at the hands of the idiots among the Catholic Church (something no serious person denies), I only wish that they, too, could have been treated as Galileo was.

    I realize Jack D likes to work through his issues with rabbis of yesteryear who chose to shut themselves and their fellows Jews off from worldly learning by projecting his accusations onto the Catholic Church, which I take it is some kind of corollary to one of Sailer's theses, but he needs to find a more honest way of working through his issues and his neuroses. You too need a better approach to history than rehashing what O'Neill refers to as "Stupidest Thing on the Internet Ever". I'll admit that is indeed a tendentious quotation, but at least O'Neill knows his history.
     
     

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  • @HA
    The Church was able to stand in the way of progress temporarily as for example in the case of Galileo...


    Yawn... We have to deal with THIS again?

    In fact, many of Galileo’s staunchest champions and defenders were churchmen and many of his attackers were fellow scientists….The Church was also quite open to the ideas of Copernicus. Copernicus himself was aware that there were several strong objections to his model…and hesitated publishing… But he was strongly encouraged by Bishop Giese of Culm… Initial objections to [Galileo’s] telescopic observations were overturned when Jesuit astronomers …made their own telescopes and repeated his results…. by 1616 there were no less than seven competing cosmological models under discussion in scientific circles and, as some of the leading scholars of the day, churchmen were in the thick of these debates…but the science of the day tended to continue to favour geocentrism. Galileo’s position was actually in a minority amongst the scientists of the time and this was well understood by scientifically-literate churchmen.
     

    But wait, you say. Did not Galileo “prove” heliocentrism by way of those images he saw in his telescope, only to be thwarted by the incessantly progress-thwarting Church you speak of?

    Nope. That won't wash either:


    As Galileo and all other astronomers of the time knew, there were several serious objections to heliocentrism which were, at that stage, hard to definitively dismiss. The lack of an observable stellar parallax was one and several problems involving the inertia caused by a revolving earth were another. Both were the reasons the ancient Greeks had rejected heliocentrism in the first place and neither were conclusively solved until long after Galileo’s death [the parallax issue wasn’t definitely answered until 1838].
     
    For someone so evidently eager to correct the many misconceptions people have regarding Jews, you might do well to first stop shoveling crackpot lies and pseudohistory in the matter of Christianity.


    https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-most-misunderstood-historical-event/answer/Tim-ONeill-1

    But Galileo was tried and forced to recant by the Roman Cathololic authorities.

    It’s hard to see how that would not have had a chilling effect on free inquiry and the willingness of people to publish novel ideas.

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    He was mainly prosecuted because he was rude and confrontational, and was subject to house arrest- an extremely lenient punishment in those days
    , @HA
    It’s hard to see how that would not have had a chilling effect on free inquiry and the willingness of people to publish novel ideas.

    It doesn't seem to have affected Lemaitre much when it came to his novel idea. And if I recall correctly, it took four whole years -- that's right, four whole years -- after the Galileo affair before astronomers were allowed to resume heliocentrist calculations (though they were limited as to claiming it as absolute fact, they had no restrictions on noting that it made for a simpler set of calculations). If the chilling effect is anything more noteworthy, it's likewise "hard to see" why you wouldn't actually cite specific examples of it, instead of being reduced to arguing it should exist somehow. For example, if the fervid astronomical activity outlined in the link I provided ground to a halt after Galileo's condemnation, then go ahead and provide evidence, and moreover, try and disentangle it from the hardline views on biblical inerrancy that were also coming to the fore from outside the Vatican (i.e. Geneva and Wittenberg) and any chilling effect that may have had. Good luck with that.

    Given that the Black Legend rehashes that Jack D and others like him enjoy disseminating can be dismissed, even by fairer-minded atheists like Tim O'Neill, to be little more than a blatant smear job, that's not asking for too much.

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  • Cousin marriage is a big factor. Repeated over generations, the consanguinity approaches that of half siblings.

    It depresses IQ a lot – I have seen estimates ranging from 5 to 20 points.

    And, of course, it engenders clannishness.

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  • So Tommy Robinson is getting sent to prison for 13 months for standing outside a courtroom where a grooming case trial is proceeding and talking about said grooming case. Or, more specifically, breaking the conditions of a suspended sentence, which he had in turn gotten for reporting on another grooming case, which barred him from...
  • @Anonymous
    The "judge" in the case,

    Denise Marson, QC
     
    is - not surprisingly - an ambitious woman QC ("Queen's Counsel," i.e. senior court attorney).

    QCs are sometimes allowed to preside over trials on a probationary period to show that they have what it takes to become one of Her Majesty's judges: i.e., unprincipled submissiveness to political masters and PC fashions du jour, agility in the art of corrupt expediency arrayed in mellifluous rhetoric, and utter lack of principle.

    Family or sexual connections to senior office holders are indispensable at the higher reaches of the judiciary.

    The other "judge" involved in the current phase of the Tommy Robinson persecution is:


    "Her Honour [sic] Judge Heather Norton"
     
    Surprisingly (not), another judgette.

    Connoisseurs of 20th century tyrannies will be familiar with the archetype of the vicious, hyper-loyal female functionary, typically at the lower reaches of the hierarchy.

    Typically, these WOMEN commissars avenge their under-endowment in the looks department by vicious thoroughness in persecuting "enemies of the revolution/the people/the working class" etc.

    The tweeter was mistaken. The judge in the case is actually Geoffrey Marson QC.

    Probably a relative – Marson is not a particularly common surname.

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    The judge in the case is actually Geoffrey Marson QC.
     
    Same difference.

    Another brown-nosing QC (senior attorney) trying to "earn" a judgeship by doing the bidding of his masters, the law and principles be damned.

    Before she was found "reliable" enough to be a judge, Heather Norton once prosecuted "Boy George" and saw fit to crack a somewhat lame joke at his expense.

    http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/lawyer-heather-norton-who-prosec-a65294/

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  • Broke: Russians downed MH17 so Russia must pay reparations, withdraw from the Ukraine, Putler must go to the Hague. Woke: Muh Ukrainian false flag. *scribbles 5,000 words on obscure alt media webzine that no-one will read* Bespoke: Russians downed MH17 and Russia must face up to it like a civilized, Western country (i.e. no apologies,...
  • @Philip Owen
    Not according to Girkin.

    It was at lowish altitude. The Ukranians’s said it was hit by two MANPADS :

    http://news.liga.net/incidents/news/samolet_nad_slavyanskom_terroristy_podbili_iz_pzrk_seleznev

    And there was video footage:

    https://theaviationist.com/2014/06/06/an-30-shot-down-by-manpads/

    If Strelkov claimed otherwise, he was probably just trying to deter Ukrainian avaiation operating over the DNR.

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    http://armamentresearch.com/Uploads/Research%20Report%20No.%203%20-%20Raising%20Red%20Flags.pdf

    Quite a few were shotdown around 10k feet which is beyind the capabilities of MANPADS, but the rebels had documented access to medium range SAM systems. See page 75.

    Again I am at a loss as to why the Russians would supply a BUK system give it is very bulkly, lacks deniability and was not needed.
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  • Because we seem to be drifting in the direction of public life being dominated from day to day by whatever actresses are complaining about currently, I tried looking up the Greek word for "rule by actresses." But Google only had a single listing in the entire history of the Internet: So, Rule by Actresses appears...
  • It’s odd the phrase hasn’t been used.

    Actual Rule by Actress has happened in Argentina and India. Also, Nana Miskouri and Glenda Jackson have both been government ministers.

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  • Broke: Russians downed MH17 so Russia must pay reparations, withdraw from the Ukraine, Putler must go to the Hague. Woke: Muh Ukrainian false flag. *scribbles 5,000 words on obscure alt media webzine that no-one will read* Bespoke: Russians downed MH17 and Russia must face up to it like a civilized, Western country (i.e. no apologies,...
  • @Philip Owen
    Well, the insurgents shot down an Antonov with a Buk two days before shooting down MH17. However, why they thought a plane at 30,000 ft was part of any war effort is part of their incompetence. It is normal practice for civilian airliners to fly (high) over 3rd worldish war zones.

    They used a MANPAD to down the Antonov.

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    Not according to Girkin.
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  • @El Dato
    There were Orion and a Mercury satellite systems in geostationary orbit which would certainly have captured the the relevant radar emissions

    That's 30'000km away and you have the whole disk of the Earth to filter through. Not optically, but in radio frequencies. This doesn't sound very likely to be possible.

    They have high gain antennas, enhanced by synthetic aperture. ELINT and SIGINT are core functions of these systems.

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  • The latest statement from the investigators is “trust us we know”.

    This is laughable. Their previous report was amateurish. Clearly, the Dutch are not interested in establishing what happened.

    As I have mentioned before, the easiest way to settle this is via ELINT intercepts of the BUK radars.

    There were Orion and a Mercury satellite systems in geostationary orbit which would certainly have captured the the relevant radar emissions, as well as USA-184 in HEO which would very likely have done so. There may also have been airborne and maritime ELINT/ESM systems in range.

    Once you have an intercept, it’s a simple matter of finding the associated BUK system in the Electronic Order of Battle database. Was that system Russian, or Ukrainian?

    There are good reasons to suppose that it was neither the Russians nor the DNR forces. The latter would not have the training required, and the former would have a functioning EFF.

    In the absence of solid evidence, the best candidate is the Ukrainian army (if only on the basis of cui bono?) – with the US being, at least, accomplices after the fact.

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    There were Orion and a Mercury satellite systems in geostationary orbit which would certainly have captured the the relevant radar emissions

    That's 30'000km away and you have the whole disk of the Earth to filter through. Not optically, but in radio frequencies. This doesn't sound very likely to be possible.
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  • Mankind’s IQ is 84-88. Becker May 2018 update. Belorussia has long been a blank spot on the world IQ maps (and when it was not so, its results were based on the average of Ukraine, Russia, and Lithuania's scores). However, in David Becker's latest world IQ update, there finally appeared a concrete estimate of Belorussian...
  • OT Colonel Cassad has an interesting article on the closure of the 290 year old publishing house, associated with the Russian Academy of Science, Nauka.

    It seems that this is the result of typical post-Soviet shinanigans, involving shell companies etc, plus a rather odd decision by the Academy that publishing journals is not a core competency.

    I guess this is another example of Putin’s indifference to Russian science.

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  • There are some puzzlers in that map.

    Do you really think that Iraqis are brighter, on average, than Iranians? Or that Syrians have sub-Saharan IQ?

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    Lynn's data contains lot of errors but the altrighters blindly believe him
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  • A PR release via News Wise: In other words, a PR writeup of a paper from David Reich's high tech graverobbing factory at Harvard. Newswise — The first whole-genome analyses of ancient human DNA from Southeast Asia reveal that there were at least three major waves of human migration into the region over the last...
  • South East Asia has/had huge, almost impenetrable, jungles where hunter gathers could survive.

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  • From The Guardian: What do you say to a four-year-old white supremacist? Race issues A child’s uncensored racist commentary is a harsh reminder that while society has moved forward, the book on discrimination isn’t closed yet Lamees El-sadek Thu 17 May 2018 06.00 EDT Last modified on Thu 17 May 2018 14.13 EDT ‘The issue...
  • In England, the kid might have been arrested for hate speech.

    That is only a slight exaggeration. There is a “hate crimes” officer in Brighton whose twitter was briefly the funniest thing on the internet:

    https://web.archive.org/web/20170812015148/https:/twitter.com/SgtPeterAllan

    He used to tweet stuff like this, in all seriousness:

    Peter Allan‏Verified account @SgtPeterAllan Aug 8

    6/5/17 #Transphobic #hate 8 #BurgessHill – Non-crime hate incident – Name calling between children. Under Investigation
    968 replies 215 retweets 114 likes

    He was finally told to delete his twitter when he hit the headlines for warning a supermarket that labelling an aisle “Feminine Hygiene Products” was transphobic.

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    We're dangerously close to that level of insanity here. England is where we might be had we gotten 8 years of Hillary.
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  • The ISIR July 2017 meeting in Montreal seems a long time ago, and that feeling is entirely explicable by it being 10 months since I heard the lecture in question. I was chairing the session, which normally diminishes attention to the actual content, but this talk was the exception. It came up with a counter-intuitive...
  • @hyperbola
    A sample size of a few hundred means that this "study" is highly unreliable. Especially if we consider all the other "influences" which are claimed to contribute to intelligence. It seems telling that no statistics are given in any of the excerpts above and suspicious that "important results were obtained already in 1988" when sample size was probably a few tens. There are also clear inconsistencies in the above:

    For example, two different cognitive tests were used in order to measure intelligence, i.e., BOMAT and PMAT24. Both of them are culture-fair matrix-reasoning instruments capable of assessing the construct of fluid intelligence. Nevertheless, both tests tend to produce different results when testing individuals from high-IQ ranges.
     
    In other words, the tests of IQ are inconsistent with each other, but the correlation with neuron density is preserved - a clear indication of serious problems.

    Seems more over estimation by psychologists. Striking that it also seems to contradict the recent claims about high IQ/youth fostering the learning of language. So children who learn languages (and many other things) rapidly do so because their intelligence is impaired by incomplete pruning of neurons!

    Language acquisition in infants is a special case, and not strongly related to general intelligence. That’s why it is almost impossible to acquire a native accent after childhood – Kissinger has been in America since he was 15 and still sounds German.

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    I believe Kissinger’s accent was carefully cultivated to make him distinctive or something. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had an acting coach to keep his accent intact all those years.
    , @hyperbola
    I chose to use acquisition of language as an example only because an equally specious article on language appeared here on unz recently. If one looks at the actual data (Fig. 2), the so-called correlations can only be regarded as highly misleading.
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  • A recent talking point for why it's okay to cast black actors as ancient Greeks in BBC series about the Trojan War is that it's anthropologically no further off than casting English actors. But do Brits really look all that different from Greeks? I'm reminded of this 2016 article in the Guardian by the fine...
  • Bowie was a pretty limited actor.

    Casting him as the alien in “The Man Who Fell to Earth” worked, but he was embarrassingly bad in the Japanese POW drama “Merry Christmas, Mister Lawrence” (playing a character based on Lawrence van der Post).

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    Bowie was pretty funny as Andy Warhol in the Basquiat biopic, but that's about it.
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  • From The Forward: Is Jordan Peterson Enabling Jew Hatred? Ari Feldman May 11, 2018 Wikimedia/Forward Montage... Jordan Peterson is a public intellectual adored by neo-Nazis, white supremacists and conspiracy theorists. ... Part of why people on the far right like Peterson is because he is not afraid to talk about the Jews, and he has...
  • @AndrewR
    Bad for whom?

    Bad for nearly everyone, including most Jews – something that people like Stephen Miller can see.

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  • It’s interesting that simultaneous hit pieces appeared in Vox and the Graun, filing people like Jordan Peterson, Brett Weinstein, Alex Jones and Richard Spencer into one category of deplorables.

    It smells of a JournoList-style coordinated attempt to create a framing narrative.

    https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2018/5/10/17338290/intellectual-dark-web-rogan-peterson-harris-times-weiss

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/shortcuts/2018/may/09/the-ntellectual-dark-web-the-supposed-thinking-wing-of-the-alt-right

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    One possible account is that it's MSM facing an existential threat from alternative media and converging on desperate measures to shut the threat down.

    None of these guys are fringe - they are the mainstream that the MSM wants locked out of the conversation because their revenue streams and Twitter can't coexist with complexity of that kind.
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  • @Larry, San Francisco
    I introduced my 90 year old Bernie loving, Yiddishe mama to JP last year. She loves him and has listened to hours of his lectures and nagged me to get his book. When I told her that the left hate him she couldn't believe she told me "He is just makes so much sense".
    Everyone knows Jews are over represented. There are two theories. The Theory 1 (popular to many on this blog) the Jewish Conspiracy drives everything. Theory 2 that Jews are on average smarter and we should be grateful to have smart people around. JP swinging people who might be sympathetic to Theory 1 to Theory 2 is bad for the Jews how?
    This just shows how awful and stupid the left is. What is the appropriate place for young men in society? Their answer is that young men should STFU and step aside. Obviously that only builds resentment on young men whose backgrounds are middle or working class. JP says clean your room (i,e. get you sh-t together) and find the hardest worthwhile thing to do and then try to do it. I guess for many on the left it would be better if young men followed Richard Spencer and became Nazis instead because that would justify violent repression against them.

    Not many here would deny the higher Jewish IQ.

    The question is what effect does it have?

    Lots of Jewish mathematicians and physicists etc – good.

    Jewish ethnic hostility to Anglos driving the anti-white narrative in the media and academe – bad.

    Israel lobby – bad.

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    What kept European Jews in check during the Middle Ages and Renaissance? Christendom.

    What had changed between then and the 19th century, when Jews()especially in England, Prussia and France) revealed that they had amassed power 10 times their actual numbers? The Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the other phases of war against Christendom.

    Who truly won the Reformation? Jews and Judaizing heretics such as the Anglo-Saxon Puritans.

    Who won from the intellectual, social, and cultural revolution that was the Enlightenment? Jews and the Deist and pantheist and agnostic post-Christians, the vast majority of whom, like Oliver Cromwell and almost all other Anglo-Saxon Puritan leaders, despised the vast majority of white Gentiles and at least in theory adored Jews.
    , @AndrewR
    Bad for whom?
    , @Anonymous
    Whether it's good or bad for Jews depends on how one looks at it, or more to the point, which Jews look at it. If your primary goal as a Jew is to be affluent, comfortable and safe, anti-white activity by Jews is not a positive because it will provoke an unpleasant and maybe dangerous reaction. If your goal as a Jewish leader is ethnic cohesion, discipline and toughness of your on group, and you realize that a healthy herd needs to have the stragglers picked off once in a while, then you want Jews to be hated openly and even have a pogrom or whatnot once in a while. To that end, you probably figure that that Hitler guy went too far and killed too many, but you also figure that because of Hitler there is Israel today, so he's a mixed enemy, unlike Jesus who was the real bastard. (In more ways than one, so sayeth the Talmud.) But he serves as a convenient totem of scapegoating so you have to curse him all the louder in public.
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  • I first encountered Trotskyists in Minnesota half a century ago during the movement against the Vietnam War. I appreciated their skill in organizing anti-war demonstrations and their courage in daring to call themselves “communists” in the United States of America – a profession of faith that did not groom them for the successful careers enjoyed...
  • A well known saying in left wing activist circles in the UK was “Never trust a Trot.”

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=Pg2np37JNEg

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  • Here's a story from across the pond, a story about negrolatry. Don't reach for your dictionary; I just made that word up. And yes, to you pedants: I mixed Latin and Greek together. So sue me. You get the idea, anyway. Here I'm working the late Larry Auster's theme that to guilty white liberals, blacks...
  • @res
    Thanks. From my reading that was full of political doubletalk. I think this is the most relevant part:

    On corruption, Ellison finds that specific allegations of corruption were made against 1 of the officers who had worked on the investigation of Stephen Lawrence’s murder, Detective Sergeant John Davidson. The allegations were made by a police officer to his superiors but were not brought to the attention of Macpherson. Ellison finds that this lack of disclosure was a “significant failure” by the Metropolitan Police.

    Ellison has looked at the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s 2006 report into these allegations, as well as the Metropolitan Police‟s own review in 2012. He finds both investigations were inadequate.

    Ellison also finds the MPS’s record-keeping on its own investigations into police corruption a cause of real concern. Key evidence was the subject of mass shredding in 2003. And a hard drive containing some of the relevant data was only discovered in November 2013 after more than a year of the MPS searching for it. As a result of this, Ellison has serious concerns that further relevant material which would show corruption has not been revealed because it cannot be found or has been destroyed.
     
    But as far as I can tell it does not detail the specific forms corruption took in this case. And in particular it says nothing about David or Clifford Norris by name. Does anyone have a reference which clearly substantiates any of the points below?

    One of the killers, David Norris, was the nephew of a South London gangster, Clifford Norris.
    At least one of the senior detectives working on the case was on Clifford Norris's payroll. He was in a good position to make evidence go away. For example, the suspects were allowed to destroy the clothes they were wearing on the night of the murder.

    An interesting thing was that, during the subsequent public enquiry, both the Met and the anti-racist campaigners, conspired to keep this angle out of the report.
     

    A lot of the investigative reporting on the corruption in the Greenwich CID was done by the Private Eye bi-weekly magazine in the mid to late ’90s.

    The Eye didn’t have much of a web presence then (or even now). The BBC picked up some of the stories.

    The ranking detective in the initial investigation of the murder was filmed (by Scotland Yard’s anti-corruption unit) receiving large brown envelopes from cronies of Cllifford Norris.

    This never came to court. The detective refused to answer questions, ran out the clock and retired to Spain.

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    Wouldn't it be helpful to supply the name of this detective?
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  • One trend I've been noticing lately is the ever-growing percentage of Professional Diversity Scolds who are from upper crust immigrant backgrounds from the more verbally facile countries, such as India. I would guess that the number of South Asians who got paid last year for berating white Americans in the American media outnumbered Mexican-Americans, despite...
  • “Even Apu’s last name — Nahasapeemapetilon — is presented in a way that invites mockery”

    Have Slovakian(?) Americans complained about South Park’s Diane Choksondik?

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  • Andrew Sullivan writes in New York Magazine: Will There Always Be an England? Andrew Sullivan April 27, 2018 8:43 am ... London is close to unrecognizable from the city I knew as a teen. Its skyline has a touch of Dubai to it, the wealth is tangible, even obscene, the prices absurd, the energy young...
  • @Tyrion 2

    Even so, I couldn’t help but notice how disconnected everyone is from each other there. This lack of social cohesion is probably one reason why some people visiting London feel uneasy and unsafe.
     
    Yes.

    London is now a collection of colonies from around the world. There's Bethnal Green which is for Bangladeshi ex-kulaks. There's Kensington for French hyper-liberal capitalists. There's Southall for ex-provincial Indian ex-professional classes.

    Fortunately for London, the colonisers are all above average for where they came from.

    Unfortunately for the world, many still aren't star citizens.

    Most unfortunately for Londoners, the colonisers are also most often hostile, oblivious or exceptionally entitled. This does not strong social capital make. The white English people are the glue that holds it together as London tends to attract the in-migration of all of Britain's talented young. This is where money and social status are. Nonetheless there's less and less glue every year.

    For the moment, the combination of lashings of money and the political dampener of being part of a still somewhat coherent great nation - Britain - keeps things working. I suppose it is a bit like California but colder, wetter and more bewildering.

    Rather funnily, Pakistanis are chasing the Indians out of Southall.

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  • @Clifford Brown
    Once mundane, Matthew Yglesias is making increasing aggressive statements. I think all of the anonymous vitriolic harassment on the Twitter platform has spooked the blue-checked mark crowd. They are seeing nazism even in the likes of Andrew Sullivan It is another example of the radicalization caused by social media. Establishment Liberals, like Yglesias, are adopting a hyper radical form of neoliberalism in response. Basically, open borders before the Nazi horde (led by Andrew Sullivan, apparently) seize The Tower.

    Sully used to have rather a high opinion of Yglesias. He even named one of his awards after him:

    http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/awards/mmxiv/yglesias-award/

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  • Here's a story from across the pond, a story about negrolatry. Don't reach for your dictionary; I just made that word up. And yes, to you pedants: I mixed Latin and Greek together. So sue me. You get the idea, anyway. Here I'm working the late Larry Auster's theme that to guilty white liberals, blacks...
  • One of the killers, David Norris, was the nephew of a South London gangster, Clifford Norris.

    At least one of the senior detectives working on the case was on Clifford Norris’s payroll. He was in a good position to make evidence go away. For example, the suspects were allowed to destroy the clothes they were wearing on the night of the murder.

    An interesting thing was that, during the subsequent public enquiry, both the Met and the anti-racist campaigners, conspired to keep this angle out of the report.

    Both sides preferred “institutional racism” to be highlighted and good old police corruption to be downplayed.

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    • Replies: @James N. Kennett
    Your comment is so important that it should be repeated in full:

    One of the killers, David Norris, was the nephew of a South London gangster, Clifford Norris.

    At least one of the senior detectives working on the case was on Clifford Norris’s payroll. He was in a good position to make evidence go away. For example, the suspects were allowed to destroy the clothes they were wearing on the night of the murder.
     

    The policemen guarding one suspect's house allowed his associate to leave with a bin bag full of clothes.

    An interesting thing was that, during the subsequent public enquiry, both the Met and the anti-racist campaigners, conspired to keep this angle out of the report.

    Both sides preferred “institutional racism” to be highlighted and good old police corruption to be downplayed.

     

    Even those of us who disagree with the narrative are suckered into opposing negrolatry instead of looking deeper.
    , @res
    Do you have any supporting references? If true this would be a good thing to emphasize when talking about this case.
    , @Henry's Cat

    For example, the suspects were allowed to destroy the clothes they were wearing on the night of the murder.
     
    And how, pray tell, do you or more importantly the police know which clothes were worn? How long did it take for the police to identify the suspects? Instead of Clifford Norris going to all the trouble of leaning on this detective to compromise the investigation enough to hold off on a police raid, wouldn't it have just been easier to tell his son and friends to get rid of the clothes pronto (assuming they hadn't so already)?

    There's not the slightest positive evidence that the investigation was compromised by this or any other association.
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  • From NPR: When Caste Discrimination Comes To The United States April 25, 20184:00 PM ET SONIA PAUL At over three thousand years old, caste hierarchy is one of the oldest forms of social stratification in the world: the community you're born into in places like India, Pakistan and Nepal has designated where you can work,...
  • @songbird
    Pervades all religions of South Asia? Well, that is an odd phrase. I though Islam, Sikhism, and Christianity were all without castes. Maybe, that is just the sort of thing a Hindu nationalist says, when trying to make the Atlantic into the West Indian Ocean.

    I’m pretty sure that the Jat Sikhs and Untouchable Sikhs in West London have different temples.

    Also, ISTR a few years back, that the two got into a fight in Vienna, of all places – Sikh style with ceremonial swords.

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    I’m pretty sure that the Jat Sikhs and Untouchable Sikhs in West London have different temples
     
    Meet George Jat Sikh...
    His boy Elroy...
    Daughter Judy...
    Jane, his wife...

    Sorry, couldn't resist that.

    Considering how subcontinental New Jersey is becoming, how long before their football team is known as the New York Jats? Sharing a temple with the New York Jains.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyinD6ZDqeg

    , @songbird
    That's very interesting.

    I heard that once upon a time in America there were different ethnic communities associated with Catholic churches. For instance, French vs. Irish. It supposedly wasn't safe to go to the wrong place, but I don't know if I really buy it.

    I wonder if the different Sikhs look different, or speak a different language, or something.
    , @Bliss
    Jat Sikhs vs Dalit Sikhs = Sudras vs Chandalas = Low Caste vs Outcaste = Non-Aryan vs Non-Aryan

    Sikhism is supposed to be an egalitarian religion but clearly the sikhs are not practicing what their gurus taught. Because of the strong hold of the casteist culture of India, created by brahmins ages ago. It is a wonder that low caste sudras who are the majority of hindus don’t revolt against brahminism which is the longest running scam in the history of mankind.

    Actually, the caste system could make sense if it was based on merit not birth. India could learn the stupidity of hereditarianism from Chinese Confucianism and the European Enlightenment which it inspired, which in turn led to the founding of the American and French Republics.
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  • From NPR: In other words, colleges that go "test optional" aren't all that ultra-competitive. Harvard and Stanford want test scores. Now, an example from George Washington U., a private college with an amazing location practically right next to the White House. George Washington U's big strategic brainstorm in recent years was to always try to...
  • ISTR reading that Kuchner’s dad agreed an installment plan for his “donation”, and then welched on the deal when Jared graduated.

    So, overall, he only paid a small multiple of tuition.

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    Harvard got what they deserved.
    , @Joe Walker
    ISTR reading that Kuchner’s dad agreed an installment plan for his “donation”, and then welched on the deal when Jared graduated.

    Since the Kushners are Jewish and not Welsh, it would be more correct to say that he jewished on the deal.
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  • Here's a pretty funny story from biologist Jerry Coyne's blog about affirmative action in Brazil. Around the turn of the century, Brazil introduced racial affirmative action and, not surprisingly, that has led to countless brouhahas over who should qualify for what preference. Brazil's nonstop history of Elizabeth Warren-type controversies over affirmative action brings up the...
  • In South Africa, the test to distinguish between Europeans and Cape Coloureds was the “pencil test” – was the hair curly enough to hold a pencil.

    And that was a really high stakes test.

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    No perms in the 80’s then?
    , @syonredux

    In South Africa, the test to distinguish between Europeans and Cape Coloureds was the “pencil test” – was the hair curly enough to hold a pencil.
     
    I think that you mean "kinky enough."

    I remember hearing about that test in High School. We tried it out. Not even the curliest-haired White kid in school could do it; the pencil always dropped.
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  • The US Government claims that 100% of the 100 plus cruise missiles launched by the coalition it heads reached their targets on Syrian government chemical warfare connected sites. The Syrian and Russian governments state that 75% of these missiles did not reach their targets. Who should we believe? The extreme nature of the US claim...
  • I think you mean 77th Brigade (a propaganda and psi ops unit).

    The 77th Regiment were the East Middlesex – and were disbanded in 1881.

    BTW, the 77th Brigade takes its number from the Chindits – Orde Wingate’s Indian Army special operations unit, who carried out deep penetration raids against the Japanese in Burma.

    Wingate was a rather fanatical Zionist and helped set-up the Haganah, the precedecessors of the IDF.

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    You are correct. 77th Brigade, Denison Barracks Berkshire.
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  • That is one ugly mutt. Can you guess which two breeds dominate her ancestry according to dog genome researchers running the MuttMix survey at the Broad Institute? They've scanned 400 mutts' genomes. Okay ... She's about half Siberian husky, half Dalmatian, and I'm guessing, all trouble, with the neuroticism of a Dalmatian and the workaholism...
  • @Cloudbuster
    Dalmations: more engineered, extremely overbred/inbred. Dalmations haven't been serious working dogs for at least a hundred years, probably more.
    Huskies: less engineered, fairly close to their wolf roots, at least among actual working sled dogs. The puppy mills churning out family pets do some terrible stuff to any breed that gets popular.

    Labradors seem to be OK (apart from their tendency to get fat).

    Show-bred German Shepherds/Alsations are hopeless – hip dysplasia and a lot of other problems.

    Weimaraners have a tendency to die painful deaths due to their stomachs knotting. Bulldogs can barely breathe.

    All in all, dog shows and breed standards have been a disaster.

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  • A panel discussion Monday afternoon at Harvard on a topic I went over in Taki's Magazine three weeks ago:
  • @Anonymous
    On a slightly related note, it has been revealed that the father of one Jeremy Meeks was himself a convicted criminal - a murderer who literally tortured a young woman to death, (even hardened criminals look down on his sort).

    For the uninitiated, Jeremy Meeks, an American mulatto, who has been dubbed the 'world's best looking criminal' is currently 'in a relationship' with Chloe Green, the daughter of one Philip Green. Philip Green a British billionaire businessman of the Hebrew persuasion, and renowned and reviled in the UK for his shady (to say the least) business dealings is a leading member of Britain's Jewish laity.

    In a long running story which is god's gift to the Daily Mail, the dark side of Jeremy Meeks is laid bare. From a horrid, trashy family, Meeks's father is quite literally a monster. A truly horrible despicable monster. His mom's side of the family are pure trash.

    Of course, it goes without saying that Sir Philip, (for that's what he is), must be appalled and thoroughly disappointed. Not only is his precious daughter's paramour a gentile, but a black gentile to boot. The family in which he will likely be united in blood is just about as vile and worthless as could be imagined.

    It is in this light that endogamy which so characterises India must be seen.
    In short, one at least knows what one is marrying into.

    Green asset stripped the high strret chain BHS – selling and leasing-back the stores, raiding the pension fund and finally selling it to a complete novice for £1.

    The chain went bust a year later and people who had worked there for decades will lose a big chunk of their pensions.

    He isn’t quite as bad as Meek’s dad, but Meek’s mum is a lightweight criminal compared to Philip Green.

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  • From the Jewish Telegraph Agency: Women’s March leader Tamika Mallory attacks Starbucks for including ADL in bias trainings April 18, 2018 11:00am (JTA) — A Women’s March leader mired in controversy because of her association with the virulently anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has attacked Starbucks for including the Anti-Defamation League among its...
  • ADL is the Starbucks of the racial grievance industry (or, maybe, SPLC is *$, and ADL is Dunkin Ds).

    And in this case, they are clearly taking revenue from Black owned, mom & pop, Implicit Bias training vendors. That must be a microaggression, or Jewsplaining, or some such.

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  • @Steve Sailer
    But Spike was a genuinely talented auteur in a culture that desperately wants to have one to celebrate.

    Malcolm X was supposed to be Spike's magnum opus, a 100 million dollar box office movie that would win lots of Oscars. He had a major movie star in Denzel Washington who looked exactly like Malcolm. The stars seemed to be in alignment.

    Spike put on the most spectacular one man press promotion for a movie I've ever seen. Spike was supposed to move up to massive status in American culture ...

    But he couldn't get as big of a budget as he wanted for Malcolm X and the Oscar recognition was skimpy. His career ever since has been hit and miss. Give him a do over on his casting the Turturro Brothers as greedy Jewish exploiters of black musical talent in Mo' Better Blues and a lot of things might have been different for Spike's career.

    Spike Lee is a real talent, but when he was at his best he knew how to work with small budgets, and how to smuggle difficult topics into entertaining packages.

    For example, Jungle Fever was marketed as film about interracial relationships, but is really about the crack epidemic in Black urban communities.

    At his best, he casts a critical eye on every group. That’s why X was a weak film IMHO, and a bigger budget wouldn’t have fixed that.

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  • From the Los Angeles Times: San Diego is, at the moment, the largest city in
  • @William Badwhite

    Jamaica has sky high crime rates, Trinidad slightly less so, and then you have the “Smallies” – Barbados, Bahamas, Bremuda, Grenada, Antigua etc which have relatively low crime rates.

    Maybe it has something to do with the plantation economies on the big islands. Or, perhaps, small, less complex, societies are just better for Blacks.
     
    The local blacks on Antigua and St. Lucia (among others) are quite religious and based only on personal experience, quite nice. In the Bahamas they are that way in some of the outer and more remote islands, but in Nassau and Freeport they are violent and crime-prone. I've been to outdoor festival/parties on St. Lucia where I'm one of 3-4 whites and never felt remotely unsafe. Do that in Jamaica and you're in a survival situation.

    Why on some islands they've given up religion and on others they still have it I can't say. Maybe it is cities that are bad for blacks?

    So Nassau is violent these days? What would Sheriff John Stone have to say about that?

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    Man, I really like the obscure musical references (if I get 'em.)

    This is way different than the Beach Boy's version, but just as good!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md09xy8ffX8
    , @William Badwhite
    Yes unfortunately.

    Just a blurb from the State Dept's view on the subject: "The government has not made public comprehensive updated national crime statistics since July 2013. However, the murder rate increased by 22 percent in 2015. Police recorded 149 murders in 2015, up from 122 in 2014. For the fifth consecutive year, the murder count surpassed 100 (in 2010, there were 94 murders).

    2015 was the most deadly year in Bahamian history. The Bahamas sustained remarkably high levels of violent armed crimes in 2015. The Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) continued administering policing methods, which included indiscriminate armed-checkpoints and a robust crime reduction plan in tourist areas.

    https://www.osac.gov/pages/ContentReportDetails.aspx?cid=19192
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  • @Sunbeam
    Then there is Haiti and Jamaica.

    The founding event that created Barbados isn't much different than that of Haiti, yet the two islands are vastly different. Along with the life results of both groups' members that find their way to the US.

    Some people might invoke French vs. English colonialism. Dunno. Not going to wiki it, but my memory indicates that while Haiti was a French colony, both Jamaica and Barbados were British possessions.

    As an aside, I've met people from Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Cuba, Virgin Islands, etc. in the US.

    But not a single Bermudan to my recollection. Do they ever leave? Is there an economic reason most decades for them to want to?

    It isn’t as simple as British v French.

    Jamaica has sky high crime rates, Trinidad slightly less so, and then you have the “Smallies” – Barbados, Bahamas, Bremuda, Grenada, Antigua etc which have relatively low crime rates.

    Maybe it has something to do with the plantation economies on the big islands. Or, perhaps, small, less complex, societies are just better for Blacks.

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    jimmyriddle,

    Many things about Jamaica (especially its high crime rates) can be explained by the fact that it was the slave ships' last stop where their most incorrigible consignments were deposited.

    , @William Badwhite

    Jamaica has sky high crime rates, Trinidad slightly less so, and then you have the “Smallies” – Barbados, Bahamas, Bremuda, Grenada, Antigua etc which have relatively low crime rates.

    Maybe it has something to do with the plantation economies on the big islands. Or, perhaps, small, less complex, societies are just better for Blacks.
     
    The local blacks on Antigua and St. Lucia (among others) are quite religious and based only on personal experience, quite nice. In the Bahamas they are that way in some of the outer and more remote islands, but in Nassau and Freeport they are violent and crime-prone. I've been to outdoor festival/parties on St. Lucia where I'm one of 3-4 whites and never felt remotely unsafe. Do that in Jamaica and you're in a survival situation.

    Why on some islands they've given up religion and on others they still have it I can't say. Maybe it is cities that are bad for blacks?
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  • @TheBoom
    "In general, blacks tend to do better...without too many other blacks around."

    A consistent reason why blacks do better in evil white countries than their own just Wakanda's

    IMHO they do best in small Caribbean islands – Bermuda, Barbados etc

    These places are socially conservative, religious, with no large cities and do not have much racial resentment against Whites.

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    • Replies: @Sunbeam
    Then there is Haiti and Jamaica.

    The founding event that created Barbados isn't much different than that of Haiti, yet the two islands are vastly different. Along with the life results of both groups' members that find their way to the US.

    Some people might invoke French vs. English colonialism. Dunno. Not going to wiki it, but my memory indicates that while Haiti was a French colony, both Jamaica and Barbados were British possessions.

    As an aside, I've met people from Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Cuba, Virgin Islands, etc. in the US.

    But not a single Bermudan to my recollection. Do they ever leave? Is there an economic reason most decades for them to want to?
    , @Pericles
    Though the Caribbean should of course be given back to the original inhabitants.
    , @TheJester

    These places are socially conservative, religious, with no large cities and do not have much racial resentment against Whites.
     
    My wife and I took a tour of the Grand Bahama Island as part of an ocean cruise. The tour guide was a young black woman, perhaps the most impressive tour guide we have ever seen.

    What impressed us was her absolute lack of invective against white people. In fact, she spent considerable time on the stories of the American investors who made Freeport and the island what they are today ... and the jobs, housing, and improved way of life that resulted from their efforts.

    What? White men somewhere at some time actually did something that blacks appreciate?
    , @Medvedev
    1. Small island nations serve as tax heavens for big corporations and rich people
    2. Large number of American and non-American tourists per capita, since the population is small.

    Just one example: "Having no corporate income tax, Bermuda is a popular tax avoidance location. Google, for example, is known to have shifted over $10 billion in revenue to its Bermuda subsidiary utilising the "Double Irish" and "Dutch Sandwich" tax avoidance strategies, reducing its 2011 tax liability by $2 billion."
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  • Not such a fine sight to see: * One of my commenters has mentioned how his hometown, Prescott, AZ, has recently filled up with drug treatment clinics and their clients. Prescott in central Arizona is at a mile-high elevation, so it has particularly nice weather. Now the NYT has the full story: City of Addict...
  • @Ron Unz
    I've never taken an Economics class in my life, but doesn't the work of a drug addiction clinic count toward the GDP?

    So the more drug addicts America has, the higher our GDP numbers and the stronger our economy and per capita income looks in international rankings compared with its Chinese and Russian competitors...

    I think various famous economists have similarly pointed out that huge natural disasters or gigantic waves of arson fires are also big boosts to the GDP...

    Also, divorce.

    Anything that leads to money changing hands is good for GDP.

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  • From the Washington Post: Heck, why not give African-Americans a monopoly on legal marijuana retailing, the way American Indians get casinos? What's the worst that could happen? Black retailers would be inefficient, open only for short hours, and charge high prices? Sure, Korean go-getters straight off the plane from Pusan would no doubt do a...
  • @Jack Hanson
    I guess we are gonna ignore a trans vegan Iranian leftist shooting up Youtube HQ and Trump sending the NG to the border to build deportation courts in order to rehash BLACK BODIES and RAJ CHETTY for the umpteenth time.

    Was she trans? She was a pretty lousy shot which suggests she was a real woman.

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    Oh, that was a cold shot, man. (It makes total sense though, something a good reporter would have picked up on, if there were one ... a good reporter, that is.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAPo0EMfdLw
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  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • @MG
    The Chinese may have a higher opinion of labor than Indians, but the Chinese aren’t exactly known for quality workmanship. High quality mechanical work has been the preserve of the white Western nations and the Japanese.

    China is climbing the value chain. Give it time.

    Japan was once known as a manufacturer of cheap, shoddy, goods.

    There is an incident in John Gunther’s Inside Asia (written a few years before the war) where, as a joke, he considered presenting a Japanese minister with a Japanese-made one dollar wristwatch that he had bought in the US. Luckily, he ran the plan past his local guide, who warned him that, if he did this, the man who introduced Gunther to the minister would have to commit suicide because of the embarrassment his guest had caused.

    BTW, in 19th century Britain, Germany also had a reputation for making shoddy goods that undercut British manufacturers. That is why Parliament passed the Merchandise Mark Act mandating “Made in Germany” labels. Within a few years, of course, these had become a mark of good quality.

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    Europe was once very filthy, too, with abysmal civic cleanliness.

    I have my doubt about China or India - great manufacturing and processes is as much about a mindset & discipline as it is about technology know how. Neither of these cultures display these as strengths.
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  • @Steve Sailer
    I have a theory about India that's kind of like my Dirt Gap theory about American cities, which is that because India is shaped like an upside down pyramid, southern Indians live closer to the shore and thus are more exposed to the outside world, while, say, the 200 million residents of Uttar Pradesh on the Ganges live deep inland and thus miss out on exposure to outside ideas.

    The north was under Muslim rule for much longer. Islam is a hell of a drug.

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  • From the New York Times: Netanyahu’s Reversal on Migrants Shows Influence of Hard-Line Allies By ISABEL KERSHNER APRIL 3, 2018 JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has backed down under pressure before, but rarely in such a spectacular fashion as he did on Tuesday when he reneged on a deal with the United Nations to...
  • It was a stupid idea. It would incentivise another wave of migrants, by broadcasting that Israel was a roundabout way of makimg it into the West.

    The Australians have a proven method – assylum in a middle income country (PNG). That stopped the boats.

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  • One of the booming industries in Southern California at the moment is providing drug addiction clinics in the sunshine for junkies from the Midwest. But when their insurance runs out and they still love drugs, do they go home to cold Ohio? Often they get a tent and join a homeless encampment. Asian immigrants in...
  • The Labour MP for Bradford West actually posted this tribute to Winnie Mandela:

    https://order-order.com/2018/04/03/naz-shah-deletes-unfortunate-winnie-tribute/

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    Necklaces...such fine jewelry...coming soon to a 'hood near you...
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  • The Harker School in San Jose is one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious private prep schools. Tuition is $45,877. Wikipedia reports: Thus, it's interesting to note a few facts about the future leaders of Silicon Valley currently enrolled at Harker: Assuming that Asians are not People of Color (raising the question of What color are...
  • @JohnnyWalker123
    Exactly.

    That's why I've always been critical of "HBD."

    Culture, parents, and other environmental factors are often vastly more important than raw genetics.

    When a supposedly "81 IQ" country like India can produce immigrants who are 70x more likely (per capita) to make a prestigious list of science contest finalists, you really have to start to question whether the standard "HBD literature" (such as Charles Murray's "Bell Curve" and Phillip Rushton's "R-K Theory") really makes any sense. It seems like the "HBD community" propagates a lot of nonsense, then complains how "liberal bias" has resulted in their "brilliance" being ignored.

    Human achievement is highly influenced by environmental factors. When you compare two groups of people, environmental differences are often far more determinative than genetic differences.

    It's nonsensical to think that Indian-Americans are 70x more likely to have elite-level science abilities. It's nonsensical to think that life achievement is mostly a function of IQ. It's nonsensical to think that parents and home environment are not hugely important.

    1/ If you take 81 IQ Indian peasants to the First World, their kids will have near South European IQ

    2/ Indian immigrants to the US are not 81 IQ peasants; a lot of them are H1B engineers.

    3/ India probably has high mean IQ endogamous sub-populations

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  • From the New York Times opinion section: Bruce Jenner presumably shot himself up with powerful artificial male hormones between finishing 10th in the Olympic decathlon in 1972 when he weighed 180 pounds and winning the gold and setting the world record in 1976 at a weight of 220 pounds, launching him onto his current career...
  • “compared gender dysphoria to a human choosing to identify as a chimpanzee”

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=YitdaY1Eam4

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  • @Arclight
    I think that in a generation, the use of 'gender confirmation surgery' and massive doses of hormones on children that exhibit symptoms of dysphoria will be regarded as an enormous and unethical mistake. Until then, it's best to ignore this kind of thing while the evidence piles up that these treatments do nothing to improve the mental health of the subjects and in many cases are cause more suffering as the regret kicks in.

    As for Bruce, he doesn't seem bothered by jokes at his expense, to his credit.

    The case of Ken Zucker shows that trans activists now run the show.

    He collected hard data suggesting that nearly all kids grow out of dysphoria and mostly end up as homosexual adults.

    The data didn’t stop his clinic being closed.

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  • One of the more significant results of the election was that Putin got 92.2% in Crimea and 90.2% in Sevastopol. Moreover, these results were entirely fair. Here are the relevant graphs from Sergey Shpilkin, who approximates electoral fraud by the extent to which the vote for Putin becomes disproportional relative to the rest of the...
  • @Art Deco
    The Falklands consists of a four-digit population of Scots which the Argentine military attempted to kidnap and subjugate. The Crimea consists of a seven-digit population with some degree of ethnic variegation and with no antecedent consensus on who the ultimate authority should be. Margins of 10-1 and greater are unremarkable in one circumstance, not in the other.

    A 99.9% result in a population of 30,000 is as remarkable as a 90% vote in a population of 2 million. And the population of Gib is pretty diverse as well.

    When it comes to the National Question, near unanimous votes are not unusual. In Northern Ireland, 90% of Catholics vote Nationalist and Protestants vote Unionist. Ditto in the referendums that triggered the break-up of Yugoslavia.

    Opinion polls and the referendum show 90%+support for reunification in Crimea and that vote went to Putin. Simples.

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    Again, the Crimea wasn't voting on a national question, it was choosing between a menu of Russian politicians. I think Yavlinksy was talking up another referendum, but that's it. There is no analogue to Unionist v. Sinn Fein in the Crimea (and, while we're at it, there are several unionist and several nationalist parties in Ulster, as well as a temporizer party).

    Gibraltar may be 'ethnically diverse', but it has owed allegiance to the British crown for 300 years. There was no movement in the territory for Spanish sovereignty. The whole mess was driven by Spanish pride and Spanish effrontery. Ditto the Falklands. The stated position of Spain and Argentina in both controversies is that the preferences of the locals do not matter at all. That guarantees a big screw-you vote.

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  • @Art Deco
    1. Gibraltar has a population of 29,000, not 2 million

    2. The question at hand there was whether or not to turn the territory over to Spain, not which politician among a group of 7 to whom to hand off the presidency.

    3. The other fellow quotes me Roosevelt's margin in Mississippi in 1944. The question at hand is not whether something is possible, but whether it's credible in a given context. Voting among whites in the Deep South was an identity affirmation and you see those sorts of margins in that case. It's an identity affirmation among blacks nowadays (which it was not in 1955, go figure). What 'identity' are you affirming by voting for Putin over Grudenin or Putin over Zhirinovsky? Given that the population of Crimea had several communal components in 2014, is it really credible you run up identity affirmations with that ratio of one to the other?

    In Crimea, this election was largely seen as a referendum on reunification, and Putin was rewarded for making it happen.

    If an election had taken place in the Falkland Islands in 1983 (they don’t actually vote in UK elections) then the Tories would have won close to 100% of the vote (they do actually have a Thatcher Day holiday).

    So, the reult in Crimea seems to be credible.

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    It will be dismissed by Art Deco because the Falkland Islands have a small population.
    , @Art Deco
    The Falklands consists of a four-digit population of Scots which the Argentine military attempted to kidnap and subjugate. The Crimea consists of a seven-digit population with some degree of ethnic variegation and with no antecedent consensus on who the ultimate authority should be. Margins of 10-1 and greater are unremarkable in one circumstance, not in the other.
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  • @Art Deco
    It's your contention that a 91-9 margin (i.e 10-1) is kosher even though the population which was neither Ukrainian nor Russian stood at 18% 'ere the annexation. That aside, 10-1 margins in favor of a particular political course of action are certainly unusual in countries where electoral institutions are well established (and where they aren't, while we're at it). You see them among certain population subsets where communal identity matters a great deal. Is that the case with Putin v. Grudninin v. Zhirinovksy v. etc?

    Not always.

    In Gibraltar, the vote to remain British was north of 99.9% (IIRC there were 10 votes against).

    And in the Brexit referendum Gib voted 96% for Remain.

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    1. Gibraltar has a population of 29,000, not 2 million

    2. The question at hand there was whether or not to turn the territory over to Spain, not which politician among a group of 7 to whom to hand off the presidency.

    3. The other fellow quotes me Roosevelt's margin in Mississippi in 1944. The question at hand is not whether something is possible, but whether it's credible in a given context. Voting among whites in the Deep South was an identity affirmation and you see those sorts of margins in that case. It's an identity affirmation among blacks nowadays (which it was not in 1955, go figure). What 'identity' are you affirming by voting for Putin over Grudenin or Putin over Zhirinovsky? Given that the population of Crimea had several communal components in 2014, is it really credible you run up identity affirmations with that ratio of one to the other?
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  • New data from Stanford economist Raj Chetty. (Here's my 2015 analysis of some of his old work.) From the New York Times' Upshot section: Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys By EMILY BADGER, CLAIRE CAIN MILLER, ADAM PEARCE and KEVIN QUEALY MARCH 19, 2018 Black boys raised in America, even in...
  • “The disparities that remain also can’t be explained by differences in cognitive ability .. If such inherent differences existed by race, “you’ve got to explain to me why these putative ability differences aren’t handicapping women””

    Well, why not collect the IQ data?

    This is a pretty weak argument.

    1/ Family income is likely to be determined by the man in a lot of cases (women marry up and that might still hold somewhat for middle class Black women).

    2/ Black women get a double dose of affirmative action. If you need to make a diversity hire you will always hire a Black woman over a Black man.

    3/ Is the gender gap in education worse for middle class Blacks than middle class Whites? There is probay some SAT or NAEP data out there.

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  • From Wired: But, of course, Wired didn't ask Ms. Wojcicki about her central role in getting James Damore fired. Why not? Well, would you want to get the head censor of the video monopoly mad at you if you put videos on Youtube?
  • Wired published one of the first (maybe the first) MSM report on the Damore memo.

    They printed the memo, but removed all of the sources, and then criticised Damore for not citing sources.

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  • So it looks like the British reaction to The Skripal Affair is assuming very serious proportions, especially with the most recent allegations that the nerve agent in question was Novichok. (Incidentally, it is a gas so potent - an order of magnitude more so than VX - that carpet bombing a middle-sized city with it...
  • Boycotting the world cup will save us the embarrassment of being knocked out by Pitcairn Island.

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    They were knocked out by Iceland in the last European Championship. Iceland are in this year's World Cup, so there is a chance they might do it again. You're being a bit harsh on the England players. Pitcairn Island has about 200 people. Iceland has at least 300,00 people-about the same size as Plymouth !
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  • Since nobody knows anything, as Alexander Mercouris points out, I haven't bothered following this closely. Still, I suppose it's big enough that I should post something about it. This comment from for-the-record seems not entirely implausible: What seems eminently clear is that whoever did it knew that this would be attributed to the Russians, and...
  • One interesting thing is that Skripal was living openly, in a house that was bought under his real name.

    A simple Land Registry search would have revealed his address – rather odd, considering that several close relatives are reported to have died in dodgy circumstances.

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    A simple Land Registry search would have revealed his address

    Even easier than this it seems, ukphonebook.com tells us that he lives in Salisbury SP2 and for £5 apparently you can get the full address + "social media profiles".

    https://www.ukphonebook.com/telephone_directory/search?type=person&skipintro=&captcha_key=&class_code=&name=skripal&class_text=&location=Salisbury&street=
    , @animalogic
    (As usual) "rather odd" seems fairly appropriate.
    See (http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48973.htm) for some interesting "facts".
    Skripal was involved with Sharpe & that whole grotty "dossier" affair ?
    Skripal was convicted of treason in Russia, then quickly pardoned by the State & put on the Spies to be exchanged List ?
    Skripal was visiting the Russian embassy in London roughly once a month ?
    The British produce the SAME nerve agent, oddly enough, at Porton Downs very close to Salsbury.
    His daughter remains a resident of Russia.
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  • From the Washington Post: The public didn't think much of it either upon its theatrical release in 1998: It opened soft and didn't particularly show legs, winding up with $17 million in North America, the equivalent of $34 million today. That's not terrible, but nobody much noticed the movie until it started showing up on...
  • @European-American
    Somewhat related:

    Have women created any cults?

    They certainly follow cults, sometimes long after most men have left them.

    But creating cults... It seems like a stubbornly dumb thing only men would do. No offense intended to any men who might be among the readers of iSteve. Some of my best friends are cults.

    Mary Baker Eddy started Christian Science – relatively harmless as cults go, give or take the odd follower who needlessly bleeds to death.

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  • @Steve Sailer
    The Harry Potter films went over to a mostly female audience by the end. Of course, they were hugely popular at the time of release so it would be hard to call them cult classics.

    The Big Lebowski may not really be a good example of a cult classic either since it appears to be broadly popular among, say, white men age 35 to 60. It was really only overlooked for a year or two. I didn't bother seeing it when it came out, but then saw it on TV about a year later and thought it was hilarious. About the fourth time I saw it I started getting tired of it, but I get bored easily. And it holds up extremely well on Youtube clips, which is a culturally important medium today.

    For example, the most recent Coen Brothers movie "Hail, Caesar!" didn't really have much momentum as a 2 hour long movie in the theater. But as a collection of Youtube clips it works very well. It's kind of a greatest hits collection of fun stuff for different movie stars to goof on.

    Most of the Harry Potter films were written by Steve Kloves, who also wrote, and directed, The Fabulous Baker Boys, which is a good candidate for a female oriented cult classic.

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  • Jill Abramson, former Executive Editor of the New York Times, explains in The Guardian: Note: Surfing Obama Doll may not be the precise doll carried by Ms. Abramson. She may actually carry the Obama Bobblehead Ukulele Doll. Or the graying
  • OT – another story to file under #winning

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/10/america-asylum-seeker-refugees-human-rights

    And BTL:

    CommunityMod
    Comments on this thread were opened in error. Our apologies.

    Lol.

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  • Our resident Kholmogorov translator Fluctuarius Argenteus further develops his Russoshoe Theory: Some examples: A - Soviet nationalists/Prokhanov Unz.com columnists: Israel Shamir, Martyanov B - This blog's erstwhile commenter Lazy Glossophiliac Most Russian neo-Stalinists, Eurasianists The Saker (with caveats) The Spencerian Alt Right (esp. Nina Kouprianova) Tankies C - Mainstream Russian nationalists inc. Fluctuarius,
  • “Tankie” in a British context is a member of th CPGB, or fellow traveller, who supported the USSR/Warsaw Pact interventions in Hungary and Czechoslovakia.

    They might have paid lip service to de-Stalinisation, but I would mostly put them in A.

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    I thought I was getting on a bit. Hungary?
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  • Domodedovo is a great airport. Rationally organized. A surprisingly good Indian restaurant (Paprika). Giant portraits of Great Leader Zhirik. What more do you need? Here's what you don't need: Belgians and 2 cm of snow. Brussels Airlines was too cheap to even shill out for separate room, instead packing all the stranded passengers in a...
  • @reiner Tor
    “At the moment, I don’t much like being Hungarian. In recent years I’ve started feeling that my nationality resembles a nasty skin disease that I want to scrub off. When I’m abroad, I hide my accent and I call myself a “world citizen”. I’ve vowed never to have a Hungarian boyfriend, or even to settle down in my own country. I hate the fact that much of the world now believes Hungarians to be intolerant and longing for authoritarianism.”

    This is the Champions League of SJWism! With such quality liberalism, I’m now really proud to be a Hungarian! Have Slovaks or Romanians ever had such SJWs? I bet no! We are the best!

    “I’ve vowed never to have a Hungarian boyfriend, or even to settle down in my own country”.

    Orban is #Winning

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  • Here is a vaguely on-topic joke, from the colonial era:

    A Congolese visits Belgium and takes a train to Brussels.
    After a while he asks a fellow passenger: “Where is the jungle”?.
    The passenger replies: “In Belgium, there is no jungle”.
    The Congolese looks puzzled and asks: “But then where do the Flemish live”?

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  • @Thorfinnsson
    I've read King Leopold's ghost. My hot SJW sophomore english teacher gave me her dog eared copy to read.

    I'm quite skeptical of its claims. Ten million dead? In a colony with no more than a few thousand whites with no infrastructure of any kind? Even the Germans only managed six million.

    Many of the claims read like abolitionist torture porn, and made by the same kinds of people. This part of the general genre of equating European colonialism with the Holocaust. Another example is the book Late Victorian Holocausts.

    Let's not forget that the author Adam Hochschild is a mischling.

    Sir Roger Casement’s report on the Congo Free State was pretty damning, and it was certainly believed by well informed people at the time, including colonial administrators.

    BTW Hochschild’s title comes from a spectacularly non-PC poem by Vachel Lindsay:

    Listen to the yell of Leopold’s ghost
    Burning in Hell for his hand-maimed host.
    Hear how the demons chuckle and yell
    Cutting his hands off, down in Hell.

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    I'm not disputing that atrocities took place and were widespread, just the ten million figure (and some of the torture porn).

    The atrocities were the sort of thing that nobody would've cared about in the 17th century or earlier, but unfortunately pathological altruism was invented in the 18th century.

    In fact we can date the invention of pathological altruism exactly. In 1688 four Quakers signed an antislavery petition in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Thus was germinated the seed that threatens to annihilate us.
    , @Lemurmaniac
    This is why I think the psychological reasoning behind Holocaust denialism (defined as contending the Germans did not kill millions of Jews) is misguided. If the Shoah didn't actually happen, the left would have simply moved on to make other atrocities front and central like the Belgian hi-jinks in the Congo. The only solution is a mental strengthening like Bowden proposed in Credo. We have to 'step over the prospect of being sorry.'


    https://www.counter-currents.com/2012/05/credo-a-nietzschean-testament/

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  • @Jenner Ickham Errican
    Funny stuff at the end of the article:

    As soon as Defend Boyle Heights arrived at Dry River, the chanting began.

    “Hey, hey, ho, ho! These gentrifiers have got to go!”

    Suddenly a metal construction sign smashed into the façade of the taproom; shards of concrete flew through the front door. Inside, patrons who had been enjoying their snifters of Lady Roja beneath windows “adorned with local succulents” scrambled as chaos overtook “the rich sounds of eccentric grooves” that had been playing on the brewery’s “vintage stereo system.” (The descriptions come from Dry River’s website.) For a moment, Dry River’s “iconic, apocalyptic, barn door” slid shut, but then brewmaster Naga Reshi emerged to calm the crowd.

    “Get the f*** out of Boyle Heights, you hipster!” shouted a man in a red L.A. Tenants Union sweatshirt. “Pack your s*** and get the f*** out!”

    Reshi smiled serenely and pressed his palms together in a “namaste” pose.

    “Get the f*** out!” the activists screamed.
     

    “Reshi smiled serenely and pressed his palms together in a “namaste” pose.”

    Hilarious. That reads like a passage from Evelyn Waugh.

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  • @Buzz Mohawk
    If only their ancestors had used this strategy when the conquistadores arrived...

    Then again, Cortés wasn't a gay hipster operating an art gallery in Tenochtitlan.

    He was an artisanal Indian fighter, who curated genocide.

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  • “I can’t help but hope that your 60-minute bike ride is a total disaster and that everyone who eats your artisanal treats pukes immediately,”

    Lol.

    It’s hard to entirely dislike these guys. On the other hand, even hipster wankers have constitutional rights.

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  • This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of Michael Young’s book The Rise of the Meritocracy. You can read the book online here. It takes the form of a long (170 pages) essay supposed to be written by a British sociologist of the year 2033. He reviews the previous century of social developments...
  • Koko Kalambay Kayibi is an associate professor at the University of Hull (where Philip Larkin was a librarian), according to:

    https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Koko_Kayibi

    But there is no mention of him on the hull.ac.uk site –

    http://www.hull.ac.uk/Faculties/fse/staff/school-of-mathematics-and-physical-sciences-staff.aspx

    Also, British universities don’t have associate professors, unless this is another recent import from the US.

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  • Convenient summary h/t Ivan Vladimirov. Ireland and Iceland look to be in the best shape. While Ireland is one of Europe's most religious countries, Iceland is one of the least ("0% of Icelanders aged 25 or younger believe world was created by God"). Adjusting for fertility non-EU immigrants also substantially smooths - indeed, probably almost...
  • So, it looks like North Africans have a far higher TFR in France than at home (where they are mostly at around replacement levels).

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    Better benefits and/or income opportunities. TFR of Poles in western Europe is also higher than in Poland itself.
    , @Erik Sieven
    I guess North Africans also don't have a TFR of 3.3. This high immigrant TFR is much likely due to Subsaharan Africans in France.
    , @notanon
    also age profile

    immigrants are often disproportionately peak fertile years
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  • South Africa's clownish Zulu president Jacob Zuma has been pushed out of office by his African National Congress, purportedly on charges of corruption for feathering his kraal, and replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa, a former labor leader whose net worth is said to be $450 million. Zuma had recently brought international opprobrium down on his head...
  • #WhiteMonopolyCapitalism was dreamed up by the London PR firm Bell Pottinger, whose founder Tim “flasher” Bell, was Maggie Thatcher’s PR guru.

    They also wangled a cool half $billion from the US occupation authorities in Iraq.

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  • Back in the day, a lot of conspiracy theories in SA centred on the Broederbond – the Afrikaner equivalent of freemasonary.

    They turned out to be a paper tiger.

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  • Huh ... The average British person's DNA is now 40% non-European? Who knew? So in a little while, the average British person's DNA will be 51% non-European ... ergo Brexit is good? I'm a little baffled by the logic of post-Cheddar Man British genomic spin. Alastair Campbell, by the way, is likely the inspiration for...
  • The most “European” parts of England are East Anglia and Lincolnshire – where there seems to have been a total population replacement of Celts by Angles.

    There is an East/West cline in “British” ancestry.

    Funnily enough the “European” East of England voted heavily for Brexit. Very “British” places in Wales, Cornwall, Cumbria etc also voted for Brexit though.

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  • Looking at the repeated elements in the leaves, they might have some tiny variation, which would imply, I think, that they were handpainted on top of a Photoshop mocked up image.
  • Since this is his official portrait, it will presumably be the used in the various Barack Obama high schools, government buildings etc.

    That’s a rather funny self-inflicted wound.

    This is the portrait that hangs in the main entrance of my old school:

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    Beautiful! And just do a search for "Queen Elizabeth II portrait" and you'll see a huge number of them, all in the classical European style.

    My favourite is this one:

    https://www.vinciata.net/_Media/queen_elizabeth-4.jpeg
    , @guest
    From her victory over Napoleon at Waterloo?
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  • I pointed out a long time ago that public schools go through a regular cycle in which science-denialist Social Justice Warriors decide that "tracking" students into different classes or schools by academic aptitude is racist because of the inevitable racial gaps, so they abolish the programs, only to have the teachers who actually care about...
  • @Ed
    In America, Bangladeshis doo quite well, in the UK my understanding is that they’re more pedestrian. Probably due to more of an immigration filter to come to the USA than UK.

    UK Bangladeshis nearly all come from Sylhet which is the West Virginia of Bangladesh.

    On the plus side they don’t go in for cousin marriage. Bangladeshis used to be pretty much the worst performing immigrant group in the UK, but they have now overtaken Pakistanis in educational outcomes.

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    That might have something to do with Bangladeshi's being more concentrated in Greater London than Pakistanis are.
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