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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...
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    Shoparations

    It’s called undocumented shopping.

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    A worker gets killed or harmed by a shoplifter the best their corporate bosses will do is send some flowers to the funeral. It’s not worth it from the employee standpoint. From the corporations stand point who needs a Sharpton protest and the media calling them racist for a week? Best let them take it. Besides with facial recognition software they’ll soon be able to capture the culprits later it merely ban them from the store going forward.

    I’ve mentioned before my friend who manages an Old Navy store in Citrus Heights, CA. Rampant theft and they always call the cops. The thief is long gone by the time the cops get there, but the profile is taken, often there’s good pictures and a report is filed. These people wind up getting caught eventually. She says they’re either Russian or black.

    I’m waiting for the day when all our stores have armed guards out front, like in parts of NYC. Lovely.

    We were just visiting in Israel. There were armed guards everywhere, in hotels, in stores. Before entering a grocery store, my friend had her purse searched. They’re dealing with terrorists, but it could be the same in CA with so many thieves.

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  • There is a small subset of the black population that will steal anything not tied down. It doesn’t matter if they want it or not, or if it has any value at all. Even down to nickels in a fountain. They reason, “Hey, if it’s available I should take it before someone else does.” I’ve seen it happen several times. And there’s nobody who’s more frustrated and pissed off about it than other blacks themselves. But they don’t get heard; only loud-mouthed leftists who hate authority get a microphone.

    Petty theft isn’t petty to the people being robbed. They need that old bike or the crummy chair on their front porch. Getting their cars broken into is expensive to get fixed. Taking food or drinks from a convenience store cuts directly into the tiny profits earned.

    Finally, when the petty theft is prosecuted for teens, the scare can do them a world of good. I saw this with a 13 year old friend who got caught stealing a dried sausage from a store. What was it worth? 5 bucks? But they called the cops and the cop drove him home to his parents where he underwent extreme mortification. He wound up doing some community service and had no record against him, but boy did he learn a hard lesson. He told me later that, while he had to learn a few other things the hard way, he never stole so much as ink in a pen after that.

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  • From the NYT Opinion columns: Uh, let me guess ... Trump's immigration policies remind Paul, a retired Princeton professor, of ... how hard the Princeton Admissions department works to keep out undocumented admittees, turning away 95% of applicants, many of whom have dreamt desperately of going to Princeton? That when you come right down to...
  • @istevefan
    I have to admire the other side in how quickly and effortlessly they can mobilize to focus on a single target, in this case the migrants at the border. Every major news outlet is covering this and the coverage is so intensive and provocative that lunatics like Peter Fonda are a couple of steps away from becoming the next John Wilkes Booth. Just like the 5 Dallas cops were cut down by the BLM rhetoric, someone is going to get it before this issue goes away.

    Now as to speculation about why they have chosen this issue.

    1) They want to distract from any positive coverage of the North Korean summit

    2) They want to distract from the IG report which is much more damning than the executive summary would suggest

    3) They are trying to gin up racial hatred of whites ahead of the midterms like they did with BLM.

    4) They really do feel their plans to demographically neuter whites might be in jeopardy if border enforcement is allowed.

    5) other suggestions....

    Read the comments on the WaPo article referenced earlier (#14). Those people do not care about immigrants, legal or illegal, they just hate YOU and the America they think you represent. Very illuminating.

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  • I'm hoping that Katherine J. Wu is trolling Vox with what could be a parody, but ... For example, in The Lion King, Whoopi Goldberg is the alpha female while Cheech Marin and Jim Cummings are her sidekicks. I'm sure that's not a coincidence (seriously, scr
  • @Steve Sailer
    Was England conquered by Spain in 1588?

    Protestant beats Catholic.

    Francis Drake gets the glory on that, BTW.

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  • While this may sound like somebody is trolling iSteve with the perfect parody, this article is actually from the Seattle Times last month: Cougar-attack victim S.J. Brooks was leader for inclusivity in bike community Originally published May 24, 2018 at 1:39 pm Updated June 4, 2018 at 5:31 pm Seattle's cycling community took to social...
  • Dykes on bikes dates to the 1970′s. I don’t know how old you are Ty, but these crazies have been around much longer than most people think.

    https://www.dykesonbikes.org/history

    My dad’s buddy was making jokes about them when they first showed up in SF Gay parades.

    Anybody have a good inside history of those parades? Like who financed and organized them?

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  • There has been a big campaign in recent decades to promote cycling on city streets, which is a little odd because there haven't been many improvements in bicycle safety since I got flattened by a car while riding home from school in 1972. A modern car might have 100 safety improvements over the car that...
  • @Dreadnought
    I've been a transportation engineer/planner at a regional government body for over 30 years. For the last 20 years or more, the cyclists have punched way, way, way above their weight in terms of getting funding for their pet projects (which basically consist of making automobile travel less efficient, as much as making their own travel easier.) They are very organized and incredibly persistent, and make allies in my business in order to get what they want.

    Another example of how a tiny but determined vocal minority gets what it wants because no one else cares enough to stop them (although in many cases they complain afterwards-the average person doesn't have the time or inclination to get involved in the process, leaving the playing field to the activists, unfortunately).

    They are also expert at manipulating Google's search results so that if you search for a common transportation planning concept or term you will in many cases be directed to one of the cycling activist websites, where a pro-cycling spin is promulgated.

    They also use a favorite tactic of SWJ types-Orwellian language control. Terms like "road diet" and "complete streets" (basically euphemisms for making motor vehicle travel more difficult)-have gone from being fringe terms to lingua franca in my profession in the last 20 years.

    I always get a kick when I see 2nd amendment types comment about some sort of terrorist attack conducted with a motor vehicle by saying "what, are you gonna ban cars too, ha ha?". Little do they realize that, in fact, that banning private motor vehicles (or at least greatly reducing access to them) is certainly on the SJW agenda.

    One of the major trade publications in my field, ITE Journal, has over the last 5 years or so, mutated from being a standard type of civil engineering journal with various scholarly articles regarding safety and efficiency to being an SJW-mouthpiece constantly concerned with "equity", to the exclusion of anything else. For me, it goes right in the wastebasket now.

    Liberals have been anti-car since at least the 70′s. I don’t see any evidence that they’re doing anything other than making car-owning more expensive. For instance, do any of these bike-riders NOT own a car? Nope, they drive when it makes sense, which is likely most of the time. Or they pay someone else to drive them around.

    When it comes to trade magazines, they’ve all been taken over by feminists and environmentalists. That’s what’s recommended to them by the business consultants. Even check out Costco’s monthly mag. It’s all about the latest equity, sustainability, green, fair, blah, blah, blah. Yeah, like they’re about anything but making money. I notice their big Organic push is withering away.

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  • since when did biking or bike-riding become cycling? that sounds too close to recycling or the air-conditioner rationing during summer.

    I used to BIKE to work and loved it. I own a BIKE, not a cycle. That comes every month.

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  • @Percy Gryce
    One of Norm's greatest bits:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX_gUQeZcB8

    It would be funny if it weren’t so gross.

    Actually I was just wondering about this whole “pride” approach. Why be proud if it’s innate? I’m not proud of being female or pale skinned, that’s just the way God made me. There’s no achievement or accomplishment involved in just being who you were made to be. Is there secretly some sort of effort put into homosexuality or perhaps a new mental state, like nirvana or hallucinations?

    Something tells me that PRIDE is really there to cover up SHAME.

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    Pride is one of the Deadly Sins. It's easy to see why.
    , @Svigor
    So, no national pride, civic pride, allowed? No pride in one's family or parents? Etc? Think it through.
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  • From the New York Times: What happens after 8th grade that makes boys and girls more different? Puberty. The biggest male>female gap in math is in the small Montgomery Township, NJ. ... In the Montgomery Township district in New Jersey, for example, the median household income is $180,000 and the students are about 60 percent...
  • @Colin Wright
    '...Moreover, as Joe Schmoe pointed out Debbie Dog-lover might actually be happier doing something else with her passion and smarts. Maybe have a few kids, then start a non-profit animal welfare organization.

    One thing I know for certain, calling women dumb and incompetent, wildly exaggerating our intellectual deficits to men, is not going to achieve the desired results. We are White women. If you tell us we can’t do something, what do you think we’re going to do? Lol!'

    You're touching on some points that have interested me lately.

    It seems to me that for at least the last two centuries, Western society has been floundering to come up with a truly satisfactory role -- or set of roles -- for women. First there was the chaste guardian of domestic virtues, then the love siren, then the perfectly identical counterpart to man in all respects.

    None of it has really worked. Men and women are different, and without demanding that women be kept barefoot and pregnant, I think this needs to be acknowledged somehow in our values and expectations.

    What works in my family and in my extended family is husband and wife working in the same business together. That way there’s coordination on all the home-life details. Mom can still be a homemaker, but also a necessary part of the money-making. The kids get working at a young age too.

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    What works in my family and in my extended family is husband and wife working in the same business together. That way there’s coordination on all the home-life details. Mom can still be a homemaker, but also a necessary part of the money-making. The kids get working at a young age too.
     
    I wonder what divorce statistics look like when husband and wife run a business together. I wouldn't be at all surprised if they were lower.
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  • In the second half of the 20th Century, New York City experimented with taking progressivism seriously for a relatively brief period of time, with catastrophic results. But New Yorkers tend to be smart, pushy, and self-interested -- as exemplified by a certain New York native in the news fairly frequently these days. So, New York...
  • @Buffalo Joe
    You know if you mix just a little bit of shit into your stew, it is still shitty tasting. How are we going to succeed and proceed as a country if we don't care about improving the education of our children. It seems that success in school is unfair to those who don't excel. Next year my son will spend $25K to put his two daughters in private schools, and that includes scholarship aid. Public education in this country is a criminal enterprise, where teachers and administrators are not held accountable for the failure of their students.

    Homeschooling is much cheaper than 25k. Maybe you could help out your grandkids and teach them a couple days a week.

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  • From the New York Times: Ron Unz pointed out a number of years ago that Harvard et al's flat percentage of Asian students at a time when the number of Asians was soaring, as were Asian test scores, suggested discrimin
  • @Canadian Observer
    A lot of Canada's Anglo-Jock class went to Harvard and other New England colleges on hockey scholarships.

    It’s just such nuggets of world knowledge that keep me slogging through the comments here.

    “Canada’s Anglo-Jock class”.

    Who knew this existed?

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  • @JohnnyWalker123
    An elite-level university degree often leads a toward lucrative job in finance, consulting, law, corporate strategy, business development, venture capital, media, political operations, or corporate management. Many of those cool jobs are actually closed off to you unles you have a degree from an elite institution.

    This is why Asians (as well as Jews, Blacks, and everybody else) want their kids to get into an Ivy League university. If the proportion of Whites fell to 0%, the average Asian wouldn't care much. The average Asian wants to be in Harvard not because it has lots of Whites, but because it'll open a door to a very lucrative career in Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. Then, hopefully, he can make Partner at Goldman, after which he'll buy a huge condo in Manhattan and an Aston Martin.

    If Asians and Jews wanted to be around Whites, they'd send their kids to places like the University of Wyoming. They're not lookin to be around Whites, they're looking to make money.

    I believe most of the Ivy League universities are about 20% White gentile these days. Has this made them less desirable places to attend university? Are Jews fleeing Harvard for Texas A&M?

    I get the sense that the Chinese and the Indians will go wherever they can make money and exercise power. They don’t really care about racial discrimination or the plights of minorities, especially American blacks.

    Haven’t these groups spread all over Asia, SE Asia, the Philippines, Indonesia, up into Russia, South Africa, etc? They will and are spreading all over the West now because there’s money to be made and power to be accumulated. They have the energy and the smarts to do it and I doubt the West has the will to stop them.

    If it’s Jews vs. Chinese/Indians I’m not sure I could predict the winner. Be very careful, Harvard.

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  • From the Phoenix New Times: Arizona Legislator: 'There Aren't Enough White Kids to Go Around' in State Schools ANTONIA NOORI FARZAN | JUNE 13, 2018 | 11:33AM Update, June 14: After the publication of this story, Governor Doug Ducey, Arizona Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Lines, and Arizona Chamber of Commerce CEO Glenn Hamer released statements...
  • @Ed
    Went to a Wal-Mart in suburban VA recently, I don’t think I heard an American accent from an adult and lots of colorful traditional outfits.

    In my WalMart it’s tattoos everywhere and an extra 80 lbs on every body. Really, sometimes you can count on one hand the number of people who aren’t obese and don’t have tattoos.

    If you’re in the commentariat here and are neither obese (I don’t mean you’re perfect) nor have a tattoo, please raise your hand. You are a small minority in modern America.

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  • From the New York Times: What happens after 8th grade that makes boys and girls more different? Puberty. The biggest male>female gap in math is in the small Montgomery Township, NJ. ... In the Montgomery Township district in New Jersey, for example, the median household income is $180,000 and the students are about 60 percent...
  • @Calvin X Hobbes

    Does that article ever get around to mentioning that the average sixth grader in Cupertino is about 12 years ahead of the average Detroit sixth grader, in math?
     
    Slight exaggeration. Nationally, the average black 12th grader (which presumably excludes all the blacks who have dropped out before 12th grade) is academically at the level of the average white 7th grader. (Steve has a couple of articles in which he quotes the NO EXCUSES book by the Thernstroms to that effect, but it seems that Google chooses not to find those articles anymore.)

    Detroit students are worse than American black students, on average, and Cupertino students are better than American white students, on average. My guess is that the average 12th grader in Detroit is academically at about the level of the average 3rd grader in Cupertino.

    Is it fair to use the average Detroit student? I say we only use students who are actually trying in these studies. That would exclude probably 75% of the Detroit students and 25% of the Cupertino students. Those kids who actively don’t care about school should be sectioned off in the stats so that we can focus resources on the ones who will really benefit from instruction.

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  • From the Phoenix New Times: Arizona Legislator: 'There Aren't Enough White Kids to Go Around' in State Schools ANTONIA NOORI FARZAN | JUNE 13, 2018 | 11:33AM Update, June 14: After the publication of this story, Governor Doug Ducey, Arizona Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Lines, and Arizona Chamber of Commerce CEO Glenn Hamer released statements...
  • @JohnnyWalker123
    Even "White suburbs" of Phoenix (like Mesa and Scottsdale) are full of Mexicans. You'll see this especially among the younger demographic.

    There's actually not much racial tension in the Phoenix metro area, but the demographic changes are utterly jaw dropping.

    The situation in the Las Vegas metro area is even more extreme.

    Phoenix and Vegas are basically, in many respects, just extensions of SoCal.

    Not to mention that lots of the white kids are in private schools or homeschooling. I have tons of relatives in Phoenix area, and they all homeschool.

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  • @Dave Pinsen
    Somewhat related, FT Property had a feature on Laird Hamilton last week, where he mentioned suffering racism as a white, blond guy growing up in Hawaii.

    https://twitter.com/ftproperty/status/1005094868878872577?s=21

    Laird Hamilton IS surfing. Is there anybody else any lay person could name associated with the sport? The Big Kahuna maybe?

    When we visited HI a few years ago there were lots of surfers, but they weren’t sun-bleached blonds. They were Pacific Islanders with wetsuits. Still lots of fun to watch, but there’s no eye candy to lure in the women. Sorry PI guys, I don’t mean to insult you, but the standard of male beauty leaves you on the fringes, regardless of your abs.

    There’s plenty of surfers along the CA coast and we saw them in Maine(!) in late May. That was interesting. But those places are cold and wetsuits are necessary. HI is the only state with big waves that’s warm enough to have the bodies on display. And that state is running out of white people.

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    Yeah, this guy.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_Slater
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  • From my new book review in Taki's Magazine: Blood Simple by Steve Sailer June 13, 2018 Once the reelected Obama administration gave the okay for the diversity industry to begin shaking down Silicon Valley like it does everybody else, we began to read over and over that the reason there are few female tech founders...
  • @Forbes
    Well, most any young woman who's not fat, these days. The number of young female blimps walking around is astounding.

    Just to cheer you up, I was at my kid’s swim lessons the other day and watched the young water polo team practicing. Water polo is quite a big deal here. Anyway, the kids all lined up along the edge and about 90% of them were fat, mostly boys but a few girls too. Is that a new ideal body type for this sport? I was appalled at the children of the middle class all needing to lose 50 lbs when they’re only 11 or 12.

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  • From The Tablet: Lehmann, editor of Quillette, finds the to-do over cultural appropriation to be fairly baffling. But I think it's more understandable as resentment that you don't get a check in the mail for use of your group's intellectual property rights. Congress treats the heirs of individual creators very nicely: while F. Scott Fitzgerald's...
  • @syonredux

    But it’s not good. It gets assigned because it’s American.
     
    No, Gatsby's quite good. I don't think that it equals Faulkner's* best work (Absalom, Absalom! , The Sound and the Fury, Light in August, A I lay Dying), but it definitely stands as one of the best Anglophone novels of the interwar period.


    *And his stuff is too difficult for the average reader, rendering him less useful for classroom purposes.

    So you actually enjoy Faulkner. Ack. I see we wouldn’t agree on too many books.

    I enjoyed both A Tale of Two Cities and War and Peace, so i can read long books. They just have to make some sense most of the time. Faulkner reads like he’s on acid or something.

    Once, a friend from India got really drunk on cheap beer and went on long ramble about Indian history, his family, philosophy, religion, geography… it was a real tour de force. I thought later that I should have recorded it, transcribed it, and published a great novel.

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    So you actually enjoy Faulkner. Ack. I see we wouldn’t agree on too many books.
     
    Dunno. My taste in literature is quite catholic.

    I enjoyed both A Tale of Two Cities and War and Peace, so i can read long books.
     
    I like both of those....although my favorite Dickens novel is David Copperfield....and Tolstoy is the kind of author that I don't go back to very often....

    Once, a friend from India got really drunk on cheap beer and went on long ramble about Indian history, his family, philosophy, religion, geography… it was a real tour de force. I thought later that I should have recorded it, transcribed it, and published a great novel.

     

    Yeah, Faulkner has a tendency to ramble on and on. That's one of the reasons why the gulf between his failures (A Fable is surely one of the worst books ever written by a legitimately great writer) and his successes (Absalom, Absalom! yawns so wide.
    , @Anonymous
    Indians (feather) and alcohol is a dangerous combination. Indians (dot) and alcohol can be funny as hell.
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  • @Anonymous
    Arthur Miller’s oeuvre goes public domain in 2095.All his children and likely his grandchildren will be dead, but their kids will have mailbox money.

    It’s nuts.

    who on earth is reading Arthur Miller? He’s boring and tendentious.

    I’ll also say the same thing about The Great Gatsby. It’s only assigned because it’s short, like The Crucible.

    I think I’m finally to the age where I can say what I actually think about “great” literature. Lots of it ain’t so great.

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    I think I’m finally to the age where I can say what I actually think about “great” literature. Lots of it ain’t so great.
     
    That's rarely the point though. We read the stuff because everyone else did, and because doing so likely influenced their thoughts.

    Obviously not as big of a deal now, since there is so much content that no one south of von Neumann (brainwise) could synthesize it all, but for a long time you could become a fully educated man of our culture by reading what we've come to think of as the canon.

    , @AnotherDad
    Agreed. Miller--your "boring and tendentious" nailed it.

    I think "The Great Gatsby" has some merit and is certainly much better than anything Miller ever wrote, but i sure didn't like it in high school and wouldn't bother reading it.

    There is better 19th century American literature. I enjoyed Melville. But like a lot of older guys i simply don't have a lot of interest in fiction anymore. There is more interesting stuff to read where i actually learn stuff about the actually existing world.
    , @syonredux

    I’ll also say the same thing about The Great Gatsby. It’s only assigned because it’s short, like The Crucible.
     
    Nah. Gatsby gets assigned because it's both short and good. For teaching purposes, that's the perfect combo. If you assign, say, Middlemarch or Moby-Dick, you know that most of the students won't read the whole thing.
    , @The Last Real Calvinist
    I'm in complete agreement on Miller; it's he who should have been the neon sign designer, because that's about how subtle his works are.

    But Gatsby is good. I just reread it, since Daughter C is studying it in school. It's ideal for beginning literary analysis, since there's quite a bit going on thematically, and the characters comprise a nice mix, with some traceable character arcs. There are also some very well-written passages.

    Fitzgerald may have been a bit of a waste, but he was not a hack.

    I'm so glad (as is Daughter C) that her school is teaching Gatsby, which is one of the two novel options for the big high school exit exam in English lit here in Hong Kong. The alternative: To Kill a Mockingbird, of course.
    , @peterike
    “ It’s only assigned because it’s short, like The Crucible.”

    The Crucible gets assigned because it’s a pro-Comminist propaganda screed written by a Jew. It’s also dreadful, like all Arthur Miller’s work. Another vastly overrated Jewish writer.
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  • A giant article in The Atlantic compiles every imaginable cliche about why Baltimore being the way it is is Your Fault. In The Atlantic, the problems of inner city blacks are always due to "segregation;" the implied solution is always for the government to subsidize sending them to to remote white suburbs and towns, coincidentally...
  • @eah

    I wonder how Jerusalem (I was just visiting) fits into this graph. I saw some apartment prices posted and they were outrageous. And, kids were everywhere.

    People who want and make babies know how to make it work. Too many millenials neither want nor are even in a position to make babies, i.e. married.

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    I wonder how Jerusalem (I was just visiting) fits into this graph.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DfWStKvV4AAKUWX.jpg
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  • From the Washington Post opinion section: "Seen in this indisputably true context, it seems logical to hate men" -- Take that, Aristotle, Boole, and Frege! Your male logic is, like, over.
  • @Rosie

    A woman’s sole purpose in existence is creating and nurturing babies. Without this function, a woman is an utterly pathetic man who doesn’t even have a penis and can’t pee standing up.
     
    I hope I don't get banned for this, but on behalf of all normal women hoping for better relations between men and women, Fuck you!

    Be cool, Rosie. Mr. d Mute has already outed himself as a fierce atheist. That’s the real source of his antipathy for other human beings. Don’t take him personally since he can mean nothing personally.

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  • C'mon, ACLU, think big! Instead of just funding more Starbucks-style Diversity Sensitivity Training, we need legislation making it illegal for whites to call the cops on blacks. Let's dream of a future for our grandchildren like this: We could call it The Above-the-Law Law. Here would be a good spokesman for the Above-the-Law Law: Bob...
  • @NickG

    I was also stopped and frisked in Spain simply for being a young man walking around at night. Annoying but nothing to throw a tantrum over.
     
    That happened to me perhaps half a dozen times in the UK in my late teens - I'm a 1960 born white, RP speaking, Englishman - and it even happened in daylight.

    It happened to me a few times as a young, white female. I think cops figure if someone is out late at night there might be mischief afoot.

    Sorry young black guys, you’re not as special as you think. Lots of us get harassed by authority figures when the circumstances are not in our favor. Try being the adult in charge and having to decide whether to act on your suspicions.

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  • From the New York Times: A Girl’s Killing Shakes Germany’s Migration Debate The body of a 14-year-old girl was found buried by rail tracks near Wiesbaden in southwestern Germany. By Katrin Bennhold June 8, 2018 It was a gruesome murder: A 14-year-old girl was raped and strangled, her body buried under brushwood in a secluded...
  • @The Last Real Calvinist

    Reminds me of a comment someone made on this blog: “You sow the wind you reap the whirlwind.” But, I’m not saying that. Of course.

     

    That warning is from Hosea 8:7; it's a prophecy against the people of Israel when they broke their covenant with Yahweh. Didn't know the Almighty was posting here, but He's definitely on-topic.

    NT application of the principle:

    Galatians 6:7-8

    Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

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  • As we all know, in America we need more immigrants to bring us vibrant restaurant cuisine. In France, where they have pretty good restaurants, they need immigrants to win the World Cup. The NYT reports: In the United States, blacks do well athletically but poorly economically because they live in the inner city instead of...
  • @Stan d Mute
    OT - another iStevey piece:

    The overall homicide arrest rate in the 50 cities is 49 percent, but in these areas of impunity, police make arrests less than 33 percent of the time. Despite a nationwide drop in violence to historic lows, 34 of the 50 cities have a lower homicide arrest rate now than a decade ago.

    Some cities, such as Baltimore and Chicago, solve so few homicides that vast areas stretching for miles experience hundreds of homicides with virtually no arrests.
     
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/investigations/where-murders-go-unsolved/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.13867b6b96d2

    More evidence that nobody really cares about gang homicide victims. I mean, apart from the few family members directly involved, the rest of us realize that these punks largely have it comin’. Why should the police waste time and resources on murders that just clear out a piece of the criminal population?

    It’s a terrible way for a society to react, but I doubt it’s ever been different. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

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  • @songbird
    Anyone seen the rainbow colors on some of the teams' jersey numbers? It is truly bizarre to see a global homosexual sign marked on national uniforms, and in a men's sport.

    There was a rainbow flag flying next to the American flag and MA flag at the Boston airport last week. Is it always there?

    Must be one queer airport.

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    Probably for "Pride month."
    , @sayless
    There's a rainbow flag displayed on the concourse in Penn Station too.
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  • iSteve commenter Doug offers a novel political strategy suggestion: What's the political effect of more marijuana smoking?
  • @Jim Christian

    Little petty ways we annoyed each other that added up, but often could have been avoided if taxes were lower and we had a bigger house.
     
    Please, at least don't bullshit yourself. You two kids needed a change. Even Billy Joel got sick of screwing Christie Brinkley.

    Bucket of cold water poured over the head, running down the face, running down on Aaron’s beard.

    I don’t mean Lot necessarily, I mean the whole of human existence: Don’t BS yourself.

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  • I’ve never known a voting Republican who smoked pot.

    Of the pot smokers I’ve known, all were left-wing Democrats or in a twilight zone. Or both.

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    I’ve never known a voting Republican who smoked pot.
     
    I have known some... but I guess you could say they were "conservative libertarians who voted Republican rather than for nanny-state Democrats," as opposed to "Republicans."
    , @Brutusale
    Yes you do.
    , @AndrewR
    I almost voted for Trump [ended up not voting] and I smoke cannabis a few times a year. Does that count?

    A good friend of mine has been a diehard Republican drone his entire adult life. As in: uncritically parroting the GOP talking points du jour. He is a big Trump fan. He's also been a major pothead since high school. The funny thing is when Massachusetts had a proposal to legalize cannabis a couple years ago, he voted no because he didn't want his young son to grow up thinking it's ok to smoke weed. You can't make this stuff up...
    , @Jay Fink
    I know a woman whose two favorite things in the world are Donald Trump and smoking weed. She is Iranian and has fake boobs...the biggest I have seen. So you just never know.
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  • In my Taki's Magazine review of Carl Zimmer's new book on heredity, She Has Her Mother's Laugh, I trot out my dusty old casino analogy response to Richard Lewontin's famous 85-15 argument about why race more or less doesn't exist genetically: Durant, who scored 43 in game 3, isn't as spindly as he used to...
  • @Anonymouse
    Someone brought a bottle of Two-buck Chuck over to our house one time. It was raw and sour, barely fit to cook with.

    It tastes really good if you drink it straight from the bottle, wrapped in a paper bag, while sitting on a log down by the river. Every swig will delight you even more than the last.

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  • @Neoconned
    Speaking of the NBA finals I knew back when the season started itbqould be GSW vs C. Cavs....and then I knew GSW QOULD WIN Simply put because the Cavs are a 1 man team with a bunch ofnbenchers backing him up....

    It's funny here at work because all the black guys sit around watching the playoffs pretending thisnteamn or that 1 will win....

    The GSW are the equivalent of what would have happened had Shaq and say Shawn Kemp joined the Jordan Bulls team. It would have been a super team and most broad based fans wouldve abansones the sport because wtf is the point of watching what is essentially Team USA at the Olympics beating some shit talking = college punks......whats the point watching the NBA when you already know who's going to win

    Because watching Kevin Durant sink turn around jumpers with 60%+ accuracy is a sight to behold.

    Lebron James muscling through the lane for layups isn’t exciting to me. Stephen Curry jacking up prayers from half court is only fun when they go in. But Durant is unbelievably good at hitting whatever shot he wants whenever his team needs it, game after game. And he’s been that way his entire career.

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    Durant only joined the GSW because he wanted a ring or two before he aged out and he realized his team up with Westbrook wasn't doing shit in OKC.

    he also smartly knew Silver and the other Jewish NBA bigwigs wouldn't allow BOTH HE AND LEBRON to join the GSW as it literally would destroy the NBA brand and figured once LEBRON gave Cleveland a title or 2 he's try out with GSW to get 1 to 3 more rings before he goes off into retirement at 40.....
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  • From WNYC, a public radio station in New York: There's nothing more wrong that trying to learn facts about immigrants. As everybody know, they are sacred. They are here to save our souls. To ask questions about which immigrants we should let in and which ones we should keep out is evil. You never saw...
  • @The Last Real Calvinist

    As everybody know, they are sacred. They are here to save our souls.

     

    You're getting close, Steve. Immigrants are sacred not because they save us, but because their presence gives us the chance to show how we can save them.

    We are the agents; they are helpless and can do nothing without our grace.

    Pride, not guilt, lies at the root of this worldview.

    Ye shall be as gods…

    Funny how I find myself remembering that verse nearly every day. Yes, and sometimes it applies to me.

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  • The New York Times asks for volunteers for a Struggle Session: Back in the 1990s, I was watching "Sex and the City" with my wife. I said, "That redhead actress playing Miranda, Cynthia Nixon, is obviously a lesbian." My wife said she hadn't noticed anything. I replied, "I can just tell." A number of years...
  • @Almost Missouri
    I saw about 15 minutes of an episode once. The Sarah Jessica Parker character gets into some kind of social/sexual jam that leaves her pumped and dumped but cash positive, and so she wonders whether she is a whore or just a slut, which struck me as probably emblematic of the entire series.

    BTW, Kim Cattrall, who as I understand it, played the self-confident (if aging) slut in the series, now seems to agree with you.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kim-cattrall-i-was-never-friends-with-sex-and-the-city-cast-mates/


    The actress also blamed the show, which ran from 1998 to 2004, as the reason she did not have children. She said she decided not to undergo fertility treatments in part because of the show's demanding schedule and her 19-hour work days.
     
    So in other words, not only did she forego family for carouseling, she forewent the fertility treatments that were supposed to remedy her foregoing. Now she's resentful.

    Shocking, I know.

    #Metoo, when it comes to Sex in the City. I couldn’t make it through an entire episode it was so banal and debauched.

    The lead character was sleeping with some candidate and he wanted her to urinate on him. Seriously, this was the plot. another character had a boyfriend she didn’t respect, and the final one had a fling with someone she just met. Since this was the only show I’d seen, it stuck in my head all these years. I can stereotype the whole 6 years of the show based on the 20 minutes I watched and probably be pretty accurate.

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  • In my continuing attempt to cover the Jordan Peterson Phenomenon without sitting through dozens of hours of videos, here's an appreciative article in Esquire by Wesley Yang: Yang is a fairly sizable journalistic talent whose career was sidetracked in recent years by some personal problems, which he says Peterson's lectures helped him get over. Much...
  • @PhysicistDave
    Mr. Anon wrote:

    East Asians often seem more enthusiastic about preserving western classical music too.
     
    In 2010, we visited China: we were told by our tour guide that if a Chinese child was not studying (Western) classical piano, it was proof that the family was too poor to afford it.

    We've also heard from people in the piano industry that China is now keeping the world piano industry afloat.

    It's nice to know that Bach, Beethoven, and Debussy still live, even if with a Chinese accent!

    China also manufactures a lot of the pianos. They’re making nearly all the cellos; I just bought one. This is not necessarily a bad thing. The prices for good instruments are outrageous, so used and made-in-China is a decent alternative for people with normal incomes.

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  • From Journal of Human Resources: The Value of Smarter Teachers: International Evidence on Teacher Cognitive Skills and Student Performance* Eric A. Hanushek, Marc Piopiunik, Simon Wiederhold March 20, 2018 Abstract International differences in teacher quality are commonly hypothesized to be a key determinant of the large international student performance gaps, but lack of consistent quality...
  • @Almost Missouri

    "variations in teacher cognitive skills are significantly [inversely] related to differences in women’s access to high-skill occupations outside teaching"
     
    From the paper:

    "Greater shares of women working in high-skill occupations outside of teaching are significantly related to lower cognitive-skill levels of teachers."
     
    So to save the schoolchildren, the Great and the Good will start advocating for women to leave the boardroom and return to the classroom and their age-old occupation of minding the children, right?

    Right?

    The late justice Scalia said this in an interview, that in the old days when teaching was one of the few professions really open to women, students benefited from having the women teaching them who these days would be investment bankers or lawyers.

    contrary to what ER (whose perspective I appreciate) says above, how could having smarter teachers NOT be helpful to students? Even if they just challenge the brighter students and bring them into positions of leadership or tutoring. As a kid I could tell when I had a duller teacher by the fact that he really couldn’t answer a question in depth. He could repeat what was in the textbook, but that was about it.

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  • From a blog called Everything Studies: The Nerd as the Norm: ... Using the implied definition in “Field Guide”, here’s a cluster of psychological traits that in my mind make up the nerd pattern: an interest in things and ideas over people a concern for correctness over social harmony a preference for routine and predictability...
  • Nobody is going to say that the opposite of a NERD is a DREN?

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  • The New York Times gets around to pointing out something I used to talk about a lot: "Affordable Housing Policy" in 21st Century America typically doesn't mean policies that increase the overall supply of housing, thus moderating housing costs for most buyers and renters. Instead, it often means increasing costs of new development by reserving...
  • @anon
    There’s an election coming up. Nothing but millionaire and billionaire California democrats on TV promising more welfare to illegal immigrants. More free health care. On and on

    So you noticed that too? I wonder how Democrats can listen to the same smarmy, corrupt, filthy-rich con artists blather about this group and that program, year after year, and still buy into any of it. Good old Diane Feinstein. Going for a 5th Senate term at 85. Check out her website and look at her priorities:

    https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/

    She’s against assault weapons and in favor of illegals. She opposes Republicans and breast cancer (they’re secretly the same thing, don’t you know). Nothing about the economy, or jobs, or morality, or Americans, or freedom, or law and order.

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  • @Kevin O'Keeffe
    "The involuntary homeless tend to be individuals who have repeatedly burned everybody who was kind enough to lend them a couch to sleep on."

    Bingo. That description fits one or two of the guys I grew up with, alas. I have a spare bedroom in my house, and I'd love to be able to help some homeless dude out with it. But I don't want my house thrashed, and my possessions ripped off, so....

    I’ve related several instances in these homeless threads about the people I’ve dealt with over the years. Bottom line: they’re just not willing or capable of conforming to even the minimal demands of life. The few who really are a tiny bit together will get themselves out of the gutter, and no program will help them until they decide to do it.

    Well here’s the latest anecdote. The neighbor kid 20-something who was living in his car has now been thrown in jail. Turns out he was stealing from his mom and selling her stuff on the internet. The cops take that sort of crime rather seriously, apparently. His drug use and vagrancy didn’t bother them until he showed up in the black market selling stolen goods. The dad is so embarrassed for his son that he only speaks in guarded phrases. I got the straight story from the dad’s illegal renter who had his own car ransacked, likely by one of the son’s scummy friends lurking around.

    And here we thought we’d bought into a good neighborhood. In CA, I guess you have to spend closer to a million to get away from low-class renters.

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  • From the New York Times, another #MeToo moment: Leaving aside the #MeToo stuff, what's interesting to me with my fascination with dogs that don't bark is that, apparently, nobody had thought there was anything in this talented Dominican-born novelist's outspoken anti-whiteness that ought to at least raise questions about his racial biases (such as his...
  • @Steve Sailer
    "Were the white freedom riders disproportionately Anglo-Saxon or Irish Catholic? Or were they disproportionately Jewish?"

    In 1860, Abolitionists were overwhelmingly WASP, with Irish Catholics and Jews likely being underrepresented.

    Wait, the white freedom riders of the 60′s were communists, weren’t they? The abolitionists of the 19th century were Methodists and other Christians trying to earn their salvation.

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  • From the New York Times: "We don’t often think of it as a big deal or as particularly newsworthy:" Other than all the national news coverage. Back in April, I looked out the window one evening and there were four LAPD squad SUVs blocking the street in front of my house. It turned out that...
  • @Dave Pinsen
    Black people would be better off, like most people would be, by being friendly, polite, and considerate as a default. They’d get better service, be more likely to be hired, less likely to be arrested, etc. In short, their lives would be better. But the media creates a vicious cycle by hyping these man-bites-dog stories of innocent blacks getting the cops called on them, which increases black hostility, which leads to more calls to the cops, and so on.

    Thing is, the few encounters that I have with black are all friendly and polite. The media and a few bad actors create all this blown-up crapola for their own notoriety.

    Starbucks is overpriced and overrated anyway. The last time I was in one… about 3 months ago… there were a couple of homeless people sitting outside smoking butts they picked up off the ground. Gross. I offered one my unfinished coffee just to see if he’d drink it. He declined. I guess he had some standards still functioning.

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    Thing is, the few encounters that I have with blacks are all friendly and polite.

    Living in a city that is about 35% black, this is my experience as well. Most of the really obnoxious blacks I encounter are on television or YouTube and writing opinion pieces for the NY Times or Slate. In real life, I don't run into these people.

    , @Dave Pinsen
    I held the door for a black neighbor earlier today and she politely thanked me. So, I'm aware that there are plenty of black people who are perfectly pleasant. But I suspect the recent run-ins with the police (like in the Starbucks in Philly) happen to those who aren't.
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  • From Slate: Jeff Sessions Is Scapegoating the ACLU for Chicago’s Murder Rate Spike By JOHN RAPPAPORT MAY 11, 20184:45 PM In 2016, the number of homicides in Chicago jumped by 58 percent year over year. Why? Most social scientists have struggled to reach any firm conclusions. But in a speech on Tuesday in Gatlinburg, Tennessee,...
  • @petit bourgeois
    Stop and Frisk requires a 4th Amendment Terry standard: A police officer has to have a reasonable belief that a suspect is "armed and dangerous." How this is carried out on the street has always been a mystery to me.

    I though it was Stop, Question, and Frisk. The stop occurs because they have already committed a low-level crime, like jumping a turnstile. Question comes next, and then the frisking. I remember reading about this in Giuliani’s NYC time when the cops would stop each jumper, or spray painter, or truant, and then find outstanding warrants, weapons, etc. To me that sounds like excellent policing, not unconstitutional.

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

    The SC has interpreted that to mean law enforcement has legitimate needs to do warrantless searches in certain circumstances… like when a crime has just been committed. Of course it can be outrageous, but that’s a price we pay to live in a modern city.

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    You used to be able to get on a commercial airplane without you or your luggage being warrantlessly searched. You didn’t need ID either just a ticket. Why isn’t the media pushing for searchless flying?
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  • Tully stars Charlize Theron as a 41-year-old mom having her third child with her suburban nice guy husband, played by Mark Duplass. It's from the team of screenwriter Diablo Cody (a ridiculous stripper name) and director Jason Reitman, who made the surprisingly insightful Juno in 2007. When Cody won the Best Screenwriting Oscar for her...
  • @Bel Riose
    You are correct. Statistically women file something like 70% + of all divorces.

    What I’ve read is that women initiate 2/3 of all divorces, but that prior to the no-fault divorce era, they initiated closer to 100% of divorces. so what’s changed is that men sometimes start the process now whereas they wouldn’t dare in the old days.

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  • A big story about a half decade ago was that cities were growing faster in population than suburbs for the first time in roughly ever. Many thinkpieces were devoted to this trend, one in which thinkpiece writers of course tend to be overrepresented. (My contribution was that double-paned windows, better earplugs, and air-conditioning have made...
  • @TWS
    No, no, no, do not go to Boise Idaho sucks. Washington sucks, Oregon sucks. Nobody should go to the Pacific Northwest ever. In fact, Montana and Utah are sketchy too. Better to go to rural California. That's where you should all go and if you came from California, you have to go back.

    Rural CA is really nice, except for the pot growers. If the various gov’t levels opened up some more space for development you’d see zillions of homes around Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen.

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  • @Anonymous
    Chicago and Houston have radically different histories. Very different white tribes in Houston than in Chicago. Whites invented the cities and set up the civic rules/culture. Blacks take cues from the local white culture. Steve discusses this dynamic in Let The Good Times Roll Louisiana.

    Chicago has a long history of extreme/chronic white corruption. This stuff matters.

    Yeah, Chicago had the Italian mobsters, Houston didn’t.

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    The Irish took over Chicago/Illinois politics to an unbelievable extent. The names Madigan and Daley (the most powerful political families in Illinois) are merely illustrative of a much larger trend. For example, the Cook County Circuit Court roster reads like the County of Cork phone book. The corruption in Illinois is so pervasive and embedded, it can really be hard to believe.

    So the Irish took over the government and the Italians (Sicilians really) took over the black and gray markets in Chicago/ greater Illinois, with disastrous results.
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  • Tully stars Charlize Theron as a 41-year-old mom having her third child with her suburban nice guy husband, played by Mark Duplass. It's from the team of screenwriter Diablo Cody (a ridiculous stripper name) and director Jason Reitman, who made the surprisingly insightful Juno in 2007. When Cody won the Best Screenwriting Oscar for her...
  • @Daniel Chieh
    Still inferior to pre-1960 TFR of 4 in urban Quebec. As for eugenics, it is incorrect to merely tie it to income level. Aging rate of childbearing(especially in women, but not exclusively so) substantially increases rate of birth defects; we consider the major ones, but there are also much of what is "nonsymptomic" such as increased levels of bilirubin levels which have been associated in the long run with decreased executive functioning levels.

    I scanned the wiki on the Quiet Revolution… very interesting. Basically, did people leave the religion of the RCC for the religion of the state? Similar to Europe I guess. Worshiping the state makes you have a lot fewer babies.

    https://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/hlth85b-eng.htm

    The only province in Canada having replacement-level babies is Nunavut. Why do you suppose that is?

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    I scanned the wiki on the Quiet Revolution… very interesting. Basically, did people leave the religion of the RCC for the religion of the state?
     
    One thing which was interesting is that in my interviewees is that they often objected - harshly - to the expression "Quiet Revolution." Evidently it was neither all that quiet nor all that nonviolent, and in 1960s style, involved both politically motivated murders and bombings. At least both the communists and the nationalists then were more interesting. And I suppose you didn't have a kind of powerful state.

    And its all brushed down now under the notion of a quiet, fairly happy change. Hah.

    Something that disturbs me is that notion that history is actually being vanished like that and entire events will be forgotten and remembered only in the most liberal-friendly manner.

    The only province in Canada having replacement-level babies is Nunavut. Why do you suppose that is?

     

    Maybe someday, when I don't have a day job, I can interview more people outside of French Canada :(
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  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • @syonredux

    Note how the father’s race is listed as “African.” I wonder what they would have put down for Zidane…..

    There is both Middle Eastern North African (MENA) and Sub Saharan African racial categories.

    Zidane would be labeled MENA, and as such Caucasian.
     

    Obama's document didn't didn't say Sub-Saharan African. It just said African. Was there a separate African category in the '60s?

    Mixed race people would likely be placed into a single racial category based on their predominate ancestry.

    There is no AA honor system.
     

    Sure there is. I know an Italian guy with an ambiguous name (can be either Spanish or Italian). He put down Hispanic on his college applications. He even got an affirmative action scholarship....

    Another “I know a guy” story, but this is honestly true. I knew a kid named Rich Williams who got into Harvard in the mid-90′s as an Hispanic. Now he was a sharp cookie and from a wealthy family, but he had his dad’s name and a completely Mexican mother.

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    Now he was a sharp cookie and from a wealthy family, but he had his dad’s name and a completely Mexican mother.
     
    George P Bush.

    If you prefer Incan to Aztec, George Zimmerman.
    , @ScarletNumber
    Using that same logic, the greatest Latino baseball player of all time is Ted Williams.
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  • @Hapalong Cassidy
    This article doesn’t touch on the much bigger can of worms, which is who qualifies as Hispanic. There are potentially a lot of people out there with darker skin who while not looking black, could lie and say they are Hispanic. A lot of Middle-Easterners, South Asians, and even Filipinos could pass as Hispanic. Filipinos in particular often have names that sound Spanish. I once dated a girl who was half white and half South Asian. She was often confused for Hispanic, and while she had a very Anglo-sounding name, her mother had a surname which sounded close to Spanish (she was one of those Indian Catholics who had a Portuguese surname). At any rate, it would seem that as long as one passes the sight test, and maybe stays away from a political career, it would be easy to pass for Hispanic and not have anyone feel the need to dig through your ancestry to prove otherwise.

    I know a guy who could be Hispanic, Arabic, Indian, Native American, any type of South American, Italian… you get the idea. His name is “Art.” Is that helpful?

    He says he’s Russian and his actual name is Artyom. He laughs that people can’t place him in any category and he milks it for all it’s worth.

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  • From the New York Times: I have to confess that I'm not familiar with the work of most of these people, except for the older ones like Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Christina Hoff Sommers who I am familiar with from the old days of text, and I have read most of Douglas Murray's book The...
  • @Anon
    In truth, the battle for the Christian family (lifelong, one man one woman, fertile) is the one essential battle today. Jewish question almost a decoy.

    Peterson bases it on man’s basic liberty (tho in a legal/muddled fashion because he is not a philosopher after all), which is the right approach.

    We were created free, to think, to affirm or reject, to construct or self-destruct. No getting away from that truth.

    It’s a real simple formula:

    Marriage=sex=children.

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  • @J.Ross
    Peterson completely gave up ("I can't do it") at an event when somebody self-identifying as a Jew offered him a copy of Solzhenitsyn's Two Hundred Years Together. He's nobody special, he got caught up in this by being a normal liberal in a time of Bolsheviks, and now he's clinging to the life-raft of acceptable opinion.

    He’s basically a social conservative dwelling in a world of extreme social liberals. He advocates for life long marriage and children, abandoning porn, staying sober, working hard at something you’re good at, saving, telling the truth, helping others, Christianity-lite, eating less, getting off meds if you can, and much more. This is the heart of conservatism, the restraining of the appetites and the impulses to made profitable long-term decisions. Asking him to issue forth on Jewish IQ and such is ridiculous. He’s doing all the good he can with what he’s got available to him.

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    What’s wrong with taking medicine?

    Unless conservatives want to go back to when people died at 50 instead of 80. Or died of sepsis after minor wounds became infected.

    The son of Calvin Coolidge died because he got a blister on his foot. The blister became infected and he died of sepsis Had penicillin or sulfa been available he would have lived.

    Or became addicted to opium because there was no aspirin or ibuprofen to deal with pain.

    Or the tens of thousands of babies who died every year due to dehydration caused by diarrhea. Then a pediatrician invented pepto bismol and viola!! Those tens of thousands of babies survived diarrhea.

    Go ahead conservatives, eschew medicine, don’t fill your prescriptions and watch yourselves and your children die.

    For some reason kids are prone to earaches. Don’t give them the antibiotics prescribed and live with them crying in pain for a couple weeks till “ the body’s natural healing processes heals the infection”
    , @Ian M.
    I think I agree. I know very little about Peterson, except that he's a psychologist, that he got into hot water for the whole tranny pronoun thing, and that since then he's somehow become a sensation over the last few months.

    But why would we expect someone like that to know anything about Jewish IQ, let alone discuss it?

    Or did he bring the topic up himself?
    , @Anon
    In truth, the battle for the Christian family (lifelong, one man one woman, fertile) is the one essential battle today. Jewish question almost a decoy.

    Peterson bases it on man’s basic liberty (tho in a legal/muddled fashion because he is not a philosopher after all), which is the right approach.

    We were created free, to think, to affirm or reject, to construct or self-destruct. No getting away from that truth.
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  • My experience was that I enjoyed Spanish Class in second and third grade, but then I didn't take Spanish again until 9th and 10th grade, by which point I'd forgotten what little Spanish I'd learned as a child and had somehow developed a hopelessly extreme americano accent: I sounded like W.C. Fields trying to speak...
  • @anon
    Learning a foreign language is a total waste of time, it should not be a required subject in HS and should only be optional to those who are truly interested in learning another language and culture. We now have real time translation software that are increasingly improving, meanwhile, English has become the de facto lingua franca of the world. All over Europe from Spain to Prague everyone speaks English. Why? Because England once ruled over 25% of the world's land mass and introduced this language to the world, then America came to power and Americans steadfastly refused to speak anything other than English, and voila! English became the language of commerce, science and power the world over.

    The only language we should be teaching our kids in school other than English is programming language, C#, Javascript, HTML etc. pick one. Many college grads today continue to read and write poorly. All that time spent on learning a foreign language could be much better spent improving their English language skills or learning other more important subjects like math, science, social studies.

    Linguistic unity is essential to nation building. All the newcomers need to learn English. Bi-lingual education is wrong headed and a waste of resources, it needs to go die.

    learning French and German will help you with English. I’m told Latin does the same thing, but I never studied it.

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  • From the New York Times: Donald Glover is a slender guy who would have been considered muscular until celebrities got their hands on ste
  • @Reg Cæsar

    Growing up in the Boston area 1950-60′s we called it “tonic”.

     

    Yes, that's why "soda" shows up weaker around the Hub. They're certainly not saying "pop" or "Coke"!
    But, sadly, this is dying out. Josh Katz reports that among the younger set "tonic" is down under 10%.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CtmyEh6WgAAU3_j.jpg:large

    Same with "phosphate" in San Francisco.

    Let’s all hope and pray that those awful drinks die out and nobody will refer to them at all.

    Liquid sugar that goes right to your mid-section and never leaves. Never mind your poor pancreas.

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    Liquid sugar that goes right to your mid-section and never leaves. Never mind your poor pancreas.
     
    Don’t forget good ol' beer. One glass equals simple calorie load of 5 slices of bread. Heads right to the belly. That’s why your plumber looks so strange.
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  • @AnotherGuessModel
    People like Pinker are always pushing back against the strawman that behavior is entirely genetically determined. Our assorted genetic predispositions and "triggers" do not cancel out the human ability make free choices; it's just that those choices are constrained by innate parameters. An obesogenic environment is not easy to combat; it's hardly easy even if you don't appear to have a natural tendency towards overweight or obesity. But with the exception of very ill outliers, we do have a heck of a lot more agency over our weight than many other aspects of our health, for self-evident reasons.

    Nobody wants to be fat.
     
    I agree that the obesity epidemic is often dealt with insensitive and ultimately ineffectual approaches, but this statement is as contrived as "People don't need to be told they're fat. They already know." It's proven that many people have poor awareness that they (or their children) are even overweight in the first place, much less what the health risks are. People are also peculiar creatures, and like to be many things that are stigmatized or otherwise bad for them. And then there are those who just don't care, for various psychological reasons, or because they are surrounded by so many other overweight/obese people that it's normalized and not socially detrimental.

    Obesogenic environment.

    Good term. Basically it means that fattening food is everywhere and seems to be plenty of people’s driving motivation for the day. What’s for lunch? Where are we going for dinner? When’s dessert?!

    Last night I was at a kids event where they were serving dinner. Calories, fat, junk, more calories, more sugar. A good percentage of the kids are already overweight and here the dinner on offer was an excellent representation of the problem.

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  • As we all know, race doesn't exist. Except DNA companies will tell you your racial ancestry to three decimal points. In the New York Times, Amanda Hess attempts to square this circle via the use of scare quotes: Warning: before clicking on the link to the NYT, be aware that the illustration drawn up for...
  • @Anon
    Abraham Lincoln was robbed and severely beaten by a gang of blacks when he was young.

    They liked him for a while after the war. Now they hate him as just another evil racist White man

    He was? Do you have a reference for that?

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  • For an explanation of concentric loyalties vs. leapfrogging loyalties, see here.
  • @black sea
    I think you're onto to something with this post.

    One thing I would add is that women -- I believe -- HATE, HATE, HATE having to pressure their long-term boyfriends into an engagement. I think you don't hear too much about this in the media, or for that matter in male/female conversation, because women aren't really supposed to particularly want to get married (media) and women find it pretty humiliating to acknowledge that they have to push hard on the marriage front just to get a ring (male/female conversation).

    Contemporary delusions aside, women know that men have a roving eye, and want to feel that of all the competition available, her man has chosen her as by far the most desirable, and that with some luck he'll continue to see her that way as the years go by.

    Under current conventions, however, men and women can remain in a relationship of somewhat ambiguous status for years (are we just having fun, are we a couple, are we living together, are we moving toward marriage, are we ever going to have kids?). Many men are perfectly OK with this.

    They've never fantasized about being married, or speculated as to the type of woman that they would want to marry, and this relationship holding pattern provides them with some sexual and personal companionship, while still allowing them other options without the mess of divorce. In my experience, men just don't plan their lives around marriage to nearly the extent that women do.

    For this reason among others, a woman often has a powerful but not much acknowledged desire to be swept off her feet by someone who, it seems, finally recognizes her for the once-in-a-lifetime catch that she may not really believe she is, but that she really wants to believe he thinks she is.

    As is so often the case with topics discussed on this site, a large part of the problem is that our society has chosen to prioritize what a cadre of social theory experts believe should be the proper form of human nature over what human nature observably is.

    Good encapsulation of what I just observed with a woman at my gym. They shacked up for years, while apparently she wanted to be married the whole time. He finally proposes and she has this huge wedding. When she tells me all this she’s beaming like a 19 year old virgin…. she’s in her late 30′s.

    I don’t get the shacking up thing. If that’s the right person, why not get married? If it’s not the right person, how will living together make it any better?

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  • From Observer: 7 Pieces of Shoe Advice for Men From 434 Single Women By Tucker Max and Geoffrey Miller • 09/15/15 1:57pm Tucker Max and Geoffrey Miller are the authors of Mate: Become the Man Women Want Single women are really judgmental. And they need to be. They don’t have all the time in the...
  • @Steve Sailer
    Unless you are Michael Jordan.

    Michael Jordan looked great on the basketball court… without earrings. Otherwise he looked as silly with them as any two-bit 15 year old does now.

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  • @E. Rekshun
    Black Men are renowned for their impeccable fashion sense.

    Black men used to wear one earring. Then about, say, the mid-90s, black men started wearing an earring in both ears. Former 60 Minutes correspondent, Ed Bradley, looked quite silly when he started wearing an earring in his 60s. Earrings on men is very feminine and looks ridiculous.

    Oh my is this true. NO earrings, boys. No necklaces either.

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    Oh my is this true. NO earrings, boys. No necklaces either.

     

    Especially the South African kind, which tend to be fatal.

    http://praag.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/necklace_killing.jpg

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pnw4I-7V8V8/UAlY0l7WzgI/AAAAAAAAAmA/3E_NKFK_K4E/s1600/Necklacing.jpg

    Though not always.

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  • Unlike American Indian author Sherman Alexie who got MeTooed awhile ago but comes across, at least on the page, like a decent guy, Dominican-American Person of Color writer superstar Junot Diaz comes across as a hate-filled jerk in his prose. But mostly he's confined his hate writing toward the Current Year's designated hate objects, white...
  • @Jack D
    We really have the worst intellectual class in modern history. SAD.

    Since he used the word "RAPE" and she had just been "raped" (I'll bet she wasn't) he was evil. I've seen 8 year olds who operate on a more nuanced and abstract level of thinking. She says "personal narrative is important" when she means herself. She is just a giant bundle of personal narrative with nothing else going. Me, me, me.

    https://media2.fdncms.com/indyweek/imager/emerging-author-playwright-and-actor-monica-byrne/u/magnum/2482780/005_indy_monica_byrne_dla.jpg

    Kind of a Lena Dunham body double.

    She looks great. Did anybody look up the female distance swimmers that were discussed in earlier threads? This is the body type that the elite one has.

    Chunky women of America, you should be competing in long-distance, cold water swimming.
    Sarah Thomas swimming the length of Lake Champlain:

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  • From Observer: 7 Pieces of Shoe Advice for Men From 434 Single Women By Tucker Max and Geoffrey Miller • 09/15/15 1:57pm Tucker Max and Geoffrey Miller are the authors of Mate: Become the Man Women Want Single women are really judgmental. And they need to be. They don’t have all the time in the...
  • @Tyrion 2
    To a substantial extent clothes are about what is underneath. That is, do they fit well and, of course, are they clean.

    Shoes and watches are beautiful items in and of themselves. They are thus the easiest way to improve how you carry yourself. Nor do quality shoes and watches have to be expensive. $100 will do and what you buy with it will last a lot longer than the obnoxious branded t-shirt which will quickly stretch out of shape.

    Actually, the easiest way to improve how you carry yourself is your posture. We can add "don't slouch" to the "wear decent shoes", "wear clean fitted clothes", "don't be a creep" list of the should be obvious.

    I was always more attracted to a man with a watch than without one. It’s a nice accessory and says that he’s aware of the time. He has responsibilities and appointments and deadlines to keep tabs on. But the watch shouldn’t be gaudy or trendy, which is distasteful, rather just a little gleam of polished metal.

    Those new plastic fit watches, or whatever, are totally ugly. I can’t imagine men find them appealing on women either. I hope they get mocked in future years the way parachute pants do now.

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  • @Hunsdon
    I came here to say that, but Mr. Anon beat me to it.

    I’m afraid too many of these poor men that the Pao person despises are Indians. Is it okay to insult Indians? They’re supposed to remain chaste until marriage, and there aren’t anywhere near enough Indian women around for them to marry. Even in India. There was just a long article published in a major rag about the sex imbalance in China and India. All these guys in their 20′s and 30′s who can’t even find a date, let alone a wife. Pao should be looking to help them.

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    They’re supposed to remain chaste until marriage, and there aren’t anywhere near enough Indian women around for them to marry. Even in India.
     
    This is why MGtopia is a logical impossibility. The kinds of misogynistic culture the MGTOW promote eventually leads to female infanticide, once again leaving them without mates.
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  • @julius caesar
    Does Ms. Pao want the world to return to 50s when men with families were considered more responsible and given preference over unmarried men?

    sounds good to me.

    Also men with neat clothing, short hair, and clean-shaven. No walking tattoo parlors or jewelry stores.

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  • @Marty T
    There certainly is an opportunity for a "conservative" option if 4-H counts. I can't imagine this won't kill the scouts. They look like a laughing stock. No kid wants to be a laughing stock.

    No kid wants to be a laughing stock.

    Yep, and they’re tarnishing the accomplishments of boys and men going all the way back in history. Being an Eagle Scout used to mean you were a man’s man, a leader, a pillar of society. Now it’s just as likely to mean you’re gay. Nice going libs!

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  • @sabril

    If your actual object is applause or compelling the obeisance of others, such a constructive live-and-let-live thing just will not do
     
    Yes, I think it's worth keeping in mind that Leftism doesn't have a long term goal, it's just the net result of individuals jockeying for social status; trying to appear morally and intellectually superior.

    As such, there is no possibility of appeasement, compromise, "live and let live" or anything like that.

    I was just thinking the other day about the discussions I had in the 80′s about the coming out of homosexuals in society. Back then, and earlier, the argument was that the self-destructive behavior of these guys was due to society repressing them. They had to be furtive and seclude themselves in the closet. If they could be open and have their freedom then they would all begin to behave themselves and be fulfilled and happy people.

    Well how did that work out?!? Promptly, there were huge death numbers from a new disease and now we have continuing STD epidemics all spreading through MSM.

    All the wonderful results promised from the latest left-wing social idea never seem to pan out, do they.

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    All the wonderful results promised from the latest left-wing social idea never seem to pan out, do they.
     
    Yep. If it really is necessary to break a few eggs to make an omelette, how come we break a bunch of eggs and then never even see the omelette, much less get to eat it?
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  • @scumbag billy
    Opportunity for a new organization for straight-Christian-boys and straight-Christian- scoutmasters only to emerge. An org that emphasized camping, survival-skills, first aid, knowledge of flora and fauna of the North American outdoors, real Biblical History, and maybe some hunting and fishing.

    Vox Day is right, the Right will have to build associations and entities for itself. The left is effective at converging neutral organizations.

    Stockade for boys.

    http://csbministries.org/stockade/

    My sons thrived in this. The leaders are mostly grandpas with tons of insight and and skills to impart. Plus there’s plenty of discipline.

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  • From the NYT: Is Stacey Abrams Assembling a New Democratic Majority? By Aimee Allison Ms. Allison is president of Democracy in Color and the author of the forthcoming “She the People.” April 30, 2018 When early voting begins today in the Georgia primary campaign for governor, Stacey Abrams, the former minority leader of the Georgia...
  • @Anon
    I've seen that sort of behavior in black kids, and it's absolutely appalling. I don't wonder that blacks sometimes beat the heck out of their kids. The problem is a higher and higher concentration of sociopathy creeping up in every generation of blacks, plus low social IQ, plus a powerful dose of hyperactivity. In Africa, out-of-control, stupid and destructive black kids would have been eaten by lions or crocodiles and weeded out of the population, but here they're raised and protected by welfare. It's that type of kid who becomes a super predator.

    I helped out with a summer camp program at a local church and there were a few black kids. One boy, who was not bratty per se, just had more energy and need to move than any of the other wild boys. Instead of making him sit and sing songs, I allowed him to repeatedly jump off a wall and climb back up. He just wasn’t capable of sitting and conforming. The other boys seemed to recognize this and weren’t terribly distracted by him. In a classroom setting? No way. He’d have to be put in a gym or something and allowed to run laps while you discussed grammar or history.

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  • iSteve commenter anon writes: If this training day is going to consist of speeches and hectoring from “civil rights leaders of color” then it’s going to be a complete waste of time. What the employees need is a clear explanation of the rules that they are supposed to follow and some specific examples and role-playing...
  • @Farenheit
    I’d like to see someone, perhaps Trump, call out Starbucks for their contribution to the nation’s obesity epidemic and ask them if they’d be more willing to use their corporate heft to take on that issue rather than this phony “racism” issue.
    It’s one thing to virtue signal on a topic that has no long term impact on your business, and doesn’t exist, quit another to deal with a real problem, with real measurable metrics, that your business practices are contributing to.

    Remember homemade coffee? It has zero calories, other than the little bit of milk and sugar you add. Lots cheaper, too.

    Boycott Starbucks! it’s fattening, expensive, and left-wing. The triple crown.

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  • @Wilkey
    "Sounds like a disparate impact lawsuit in the making."

    No. A family member who lives in a city in the South once told me that you can tell when the food stamp cards have been replenished by how busy it is at Sam's Club or Costco or whatever. So people on food stamps have no problem getting memberships to these places.

    The effect of a members only setup is that it keeps out the people who wander in with no intention of paying for anything. Plus they check your cart against your receipt when you leave. Combine that with the size of most of the items they're selling, which don't easily fit inside a pocker or underneath a jacket and Costco must have by far the lowest shoplifting rates in the business.

    My local WalMart is starting to check receipts at the door. I talked to one manager there and he said the theft is so bad it would blow your mind. Let’s hope the checking puts a dent in that.

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  • From Raw Story: From the New York Post: Middle School 245 is a half block from the American Museum of Natural History on Manhattan's Upper West Side. That
  • @Excal
    That demise may be a blessing in disguise. In most places in the United States, Catholic schools are now no better than the public schools, and very often, they're even worse.

    Just what we need: a lot of smart, well-behaved, non-believing, left-wing Catholics running around.

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    Just what we need: a lot of smart, well-behaved, non-believing, left-wing Catholics running around.
     
    You needn't worry too much. The products of these schools are rarely Catholic -- the schools themselves see to that. And there aren't "a lot" -- American liberal Catholics have few children, and the big traditionalist families keep their broods far, far away.

    Only illegals and, sometimes, rich foreign students (mostly Chinese) keep these schools alive. The rest are closing.
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  • @Perspective
    Inviting Jordan Peterson on as a guest really rattled their cage.

    Did you watch any of that? All Bill Maher does is insult people, scoff at Trump, and say f—. Why would anybody think that’s funny? He’s not even funny-looking; he’s just plain ugly.

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    He is very ugly. And getting uglier as he ages.
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  • @Corn
    I wouldn’t be surprised if in the next decade a few blue states outright ban homeschooling, as some European nations have already done.

    Over lots of dead bodies. There was just a rather mild regulatory bill before the CA Assembly… well, mild as the authors saw it… and the homeschoolers went ballistic. They deluged the Assembly with calls and letters and then on the day of the committee hearing, they lined the halls of the capitol. Guess what? The authors wouldn’t support their own bill. AB 2756.

    there was another bad homeschooling bill that went down earlier in the week, too. AB2926.

    Restricting homeschooling isn’t worth it for the left. It brings down way too much heat. And, I suspect, plenty of them have relatives that do it. Heck, there’s legislators that homeschool their own kids.

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  • From Footwear News: At least six Nike higher-ups left hurriedly after a #MeToo scandal. As everyone knows, People of Color never get handsy around women. Especially black men who love basketball. They are just morally superior, that's all.
  • @Rosie

    There may be rare exceptions to this but not many.
     
    Evidence? I rather doubt that women are particularly deficient in management ability. There's a reason they're called "Mom and Pop" stores rather than just "Pop" stores. I don't see any reason why scale would make any difference in terms of women's competence, though certainly it makes a huge difference in women's interest in these roles.

    Men are certainly more ambitious and expansive in their outlook, but then that is how we got into this mess, isn't it? The male drive to expand and penetrate is arguably the single most important causal force behind globalism.

    “Men are certainly more ambitious and expansive in their outlook, but then that is how we got into this mess, isn’t it? The male drive to expand and penetrate is arguably the single most important causal force behind globalism.”

    Pretty interesting comment there. Really, feminists should be against globalism, since ambitious males just can’t help themselves.

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    Pretty interesting comment there. Really, feminists should be against globalism,
     
    Organized feminism is bankrolled by international financial interests, i.e. Globalists. "Feminist" leaders are bought and paid for shills. They no more represent White women than the Congresswhores represent the American public at large.

    Remember, in Georgia, working-class (not brainwashed) White women voted 70% for Trump. The longer the MGTOW misogynists (Devlin, Black Pigeon, Heartiste) go without addressing the implications of the 2016 vote, the more I suspect they are not just wrong, but rather liars and subversives.

    since ambitious males just can’t help themselves.
     
    True. They see big $$$ signs and just can't resist that cheap labor.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/01/pro-mass-immigration-billionaire-koch-brothers-commit-to-opposing-trumps-effort-to-end-chain-migration/
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  • When you make up a list of individuals who have spread the most unhappiness throughout the world, the top ten might include Tamerlane, Hitler, Genghis Khan, Stalin, and, of course, campfire song composer Stephen Foster. The statue of Stephen "Oh, Susanna" Foster was hauled away today in Pittsburgh. Who will they come for in the...
  • @The Big Red Scary
    I see what you are getting at with Horton Hatches an Egg, and also the Lorax. Could you elaborate on Horton Hears a Who?

    A person’s a person, no matter how small.

    Pro-life.

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    Hmm. OK. Maybe. It made me think of "If the world is against the truth, then Athanasius is against the world." But I'm a weirdo.
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  • From the Journal of Expertise: Expertise in Journalism: Factors Shaping a Cognitive and Culturally Elite Profession Jonathan Wai and Kaja Perina Geisinger Health System, Case Western Reserve University, Psychology Today Correspondence: Jonathan Wai, [email protected] Abstract What qualities are important in the development of journalism expertise? And how can the study of elite journalists shed light...
  • @Peter Akuleyev
    You’re describing an older generation of liberals, the ones who were part of the great hiving-off that took place from small towns and who moved to big cities up until around the 1970s.

    Well, it certainly continued well into the early 1990s, because I am mostly talking about Generation X liberals. The liberals I know who are around my age have certainly spent a lot of time with blacks and Latinos. Wiggers and white kids playing reggae were also symptoms of my generation.

    You may be right that millennial liberals are more sheltered, but on the other hand millennials seem to be the most liberal generation yet, and millennials are growing up in a country that is far less white than the country I grew up in.

    Millenials have been raised in a filthy, disrespectful culture. Conservatism is something they actually have to discover on their own because nothing of it was taught to them at any point. You mean you don’t have to get divorced? Sobriety? clean language? Thrift? Honesty in relationships? Integrity?

    Oh, that we would emphasize these traits and teach and model them to our youth. But too much of popular culture laughs at this and produces the shallow, tattooed, barely-employed, foul-mouthed, overweight, STD-ridden millenials that can hardly find a reason to live. No wonder Jordan Peterson is such a popular personality these days. He’s the first guy in a while to give people some confidence in stuff that matters.

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  • @Ian M.
    Ridiculous that being a journalist at the NYT and the WSJ is considered prestigious and thus attractive to bright people from elite schools.

    The news is just gossip, and it's still gossip even when it's done by Harvard-educated journalists.

    It would be a better world if the papers were written by dumb people.

    You mean we need more yellow journalism:

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

    Mr. Pulitzer, referenced in an earlier post. Trouble is, if it’s gossip in the local news, how is it not gossip in the “important” sections?

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    I'd say I want journalism to be regarded by society with supercilious contempt, perceived as being fit only for simpletons and lowlifes.

    The way that tabloids in the grocery store checkout lane are regarded today.
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  • From the New York Times: Now that the New York Times has shone the spotlight on the whiteness of the Fortune 500 names, I am looking forward to the NYT's followup on the Forbes 400 of the Jewishness of the first and/or last names of America's billionaires. They are going to do that analysis, right?
  • @Escher
    Yup. Haven’t met too many Jews named just “John” and none named “James”.

    Do Jesus’s disciples count? They’ve been famous for a loooong time. They might still be influencing people even today.

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  • From the New York Times: Maybe what usually holds back regular women from landing the much sought-after superior man (e.g., Mr Darcy) is that, just as with women, there are a lot more regular men? Young women's lives are dominated by intra-sexual competition with other young women to capture the affections of a decent or...
  • @Kylie
    Same here. I have a Facebook friend who's a lesbian and very fond of and friendly toward her men friends.

    She never makes the awful cutesy remarks about women or the hateful remarks about men that so many lesbians seem to revel in. It's very refreshing.

    Plenty of lesbians want to BE men. They’re level-headed enough to know that that’s not really possible, but they identify with male interests and activities in a way normal women find mystifying.

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  • @Jack D

    In fact, much of the dominant ideology was made up by lesbians to ensnare more feminine (and thus more desirable) young women for homosexual exploitation.
     
    Either that or the leading feminists had extreme "daddy issues" and/or were schizophrenic. Every time I read the story of Shulamith Firestone, lying alone and dead in her apartment until the stench alerted the neighbors, it makes me wonder how any woman could take her as a role model for anything.

    From The Dialectic of Sex, via Wikipedia:

    [T]he end goal of feminist revolution must be, unlike that of the first feminist movement, not just the elimination of male privilege but of the sex distinction itself: genital differences between human beings would no longer matter culturally.[16]

    Too bad she didn’t live to see the trans phenomenon in all its most modern glory.

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  • I saw Don Giovanni tonight at the Pacific Opera Project. It got me thinking about how long Mozart has until they come for him too as part of #MeToo. On the one hand, he's Mozart. On the other hand, have you ever paid attention to his operas? Beethoven, for example, was scandalized by Mozart's and...
  • @Harry Baldwin
    Maybe, but if there were no women, men would probably still be living in grass huts too. What's wrong with living in a grass hut, anyway? It's the woman telling her man that she wants something better--and she always wants something better--that forces him to provide it for her.

    Take it from a guy who's been married a long time.

    True dat. My husband would still be living with his parents making 30k a year. As it is, we live in a large home, filled with kids, and he owns a successful business.

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  • @Crawfurdmuir

    Neither Mozart nor Beethoven were particularly nice guys. They may have been geniuses, but they left no progeny.
     
    Not so. Wolfgang and Constanze Mozart had six children, two of whom survived to adulthood - Karl Thomas (d. 1858) and Franz Xaver (d. 1844). Neither had issue.

    oops, I stand corrected. I even clicked through to the baptismal certificates for his son, Karl Thomas.

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  • From the Daily Beast: ... At a sold out fundraising dinner for gay Wall Streeters in the lavish Old Stock Exchange building in the heart of Wall Street. Barbra Streisand sang an updated version of "Send in the Clowns" with lyrics addressing what Hillary seemed to see as the most burning issue of the campaign:...
  • @El Dato
    After closure, Elmwood Café owner says worker co-op, nonprofit could take over

    [Elmwood owner Michael Pearce] said those efforts had “included hosting a community forum, development of an implicit bias employee training curriculum, and the hiring of an outside expert to train our employees.”

     

    The commissars will do an audit later...

    in the midst of the national conversation about the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks.

     

    Those national conversations are fantastic.

    Opinion: Whatever the reason it closed, the Elmwood Café missed a real opportunity to be a force for change in Berkeley

    W. Kamau Bell, who lives in Berkeley, is a sociopolitical comedian and the host and executive producer of the Emmy Award winning docu-series "United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell," premiering Sunday April 29, 10:15 p.m. on CNN.

    So, I categorically reject the assertion that is in today’s Berkeleyside article, and in numerous media outlets that covered the closing of the Elmwood Café, that the racism that my wife, my baby daughter, and I experienced at the Elmwood Café is just something that I am “claiming” occurred. The racism has been admitted to, proven, discussed, and finally — and most troublingly — ignored by the Elmwood Café. For more than three years

    So I shed no tears — nor do I hold a celebration — at the closing of the Elmwood Café. I’m more bummed about Jeremy’s and the frozen yogurt shop. Jeremy’s had some good clothing deals. And my kids love frozen yogurt. If anything, I hope Mrs. Dalloway’s bookstore, which shares a wall with the old Elmwood Café, can expand into it. Because while I don’t know if the world needs another coffee shop, I’m always happy to see big independent bookstores.
     
    Unless they carry racist books, I imagine.

    At community forum in Berkeley, W. Kamau Bell and Elmwood Café launch ‘implicit bias’ training initiative

    The comedian, who is African-American, made public on his blog how he was asked to leave the café on College Avenue while he was talking to his wife and her friends, who are all white, at an outdoor table.

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    Novella Coleman said the law does a poor job of dealing with racism. “One of huge failures of the law is that it doesn’t recognize implicit bias,” she said. “The law requires that you prove [an act of racism] is intentional. The law doesn’t recognize that biases are harbored without people knowing about them. People see themselves as progressive but they still buy into those racial biases and situations can trigger them.” She said that if employee accused of racism can provide a race-neutral explanation for their act, “then the law is good with that.”
     
    Badthink should carry fines or prison time.

    During the evening’s discussion about implicit bias Bell spoke about how he himself had had “homophobia in him” before he moved to the Bay Area but that it was “worked out of him.”

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    At the forum, an audience member asked Bell, via a written question, what made him so sure the Jan. 26 incident was a racially motivated act, and not one directed at the homeless population that is to be found around the café. Bell responded: “So what if I was homeless? Even if I’m homeless I’m a black homeless person — you can’t take that part away from me.”
     
    Just say that you are waiting for the Jewish Businessman.

    Dear old Berkeley. Sounds like it hasn’t changed a bit from the 80′s… or maybe the 50′s…

    the homeless were a gigantic problem for businesses always. They want to use the bathroom, they want to sit in the restaurant/cafe and buy nothing. They’re filthy, crazy, high, fetid, and they have loads of crap with them. Plus, they have more rights than normal people who want to either buy food or sell it in hygienic peace. No amount of money could induce me to open a business in a location where law and order are not maintained, and Berkeley is the pinnacle of that.

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  • I saw Don Giovanni tonight at the Pacific Opera Project. It got me thinking about how long Mozart has until they come for him too as part of #MeToo. On the one hand, he's Mozart. On the other hand, have you ever paid attention to his operas? Beethoven, for example, was scandalized by Mozart's and...
  • Cosi fan tutte, feminine.

    Neither Mozart nor Beethoven were particularly nice guys. They may have been geniuses, but they left no progeny.

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    Neither Mozart nor Beethoven were particularly nice guys. They may have been geniuses, but they left no progeny.
     
    Not so. Wolfgang and Constanze Mozart had six children, two of whom survived to adulthood - Karl Thomas (d. 1858) and Franz Xaver (d. 1844). Neither had issue.
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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...
  • @PiltdownMan
    Starbucks is a huge buyer of coffee beans in bulk, from a variety of sources, in a variety of types, the better to minimize cost of goods.

    It over-roasts its coffee to cover up the significant differences in flavor between bean types, and has successfully trained its clientele's palates to accept that as being the "Starbucks flavor" for coffee.

    AFAIK. Might be apocryphal.

    Sounds plausible. I’ve always found their coffee to be gross. Not to mention expensive and fattening.

    People get hooked on the oddest stuff. Beer is now inching up to $10/six pack and it’s all this craft baloney. It’s just more calories and bitterness and marketing. Wine tasting is all over CA like an insect invasion and the more expensive the better. Pot, of course, is going to eclipse them all in sales (if not in respectability, but hey, what do I know?) and it ain’t going to be cheap.

    It’s like people just can’t help themselves from blowing money on stuff that tastes bad and alters the mind.

    We should do a contest here: who can go the longest drinking only tap water? Can you last 1 day, 1 week? And can you be honest?

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    https://youtu.be/BwH__x6jV6A
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    We should do a contest here: who can go the longest drinking only tap water? Can you last 1 day, 1 week? And can you be honest?
     
    I won already. I go for weeks or months drinking nothing else. Been drinking a beer now and then lately, though.
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  • Department of Mom Couldn't You Have Named Your Book Something Else? For Me? For Once? My wife is reading it and says it's quite good. But this helps explain why the younger Reich doesn't want to touch the whole Jewish thing in his DNA research: He feels free to shine the harsh light of DNA...
  • @PiltdownMan
    1 Samuel 18:25

    And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David, The king desireth not any dowry, but an hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the king's enemies. But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.

    Do you think David brought just little pieces of skin? Somehow I doubt there was that much precision in the process of acquiring them.

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    In the Joseph Heller novel God Knows, Saul comes up with this expecting David to think it's impossible and give up, but David conceives of a team-based approach (one guy for each leg, etc), and so Saul says, no, I'm euphemistically telling you to kill them, I don't want you bringing me a bag of pieces of genitalia.
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    I understand he was speaking broadly.
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  • And an oldie but goodie:
  • @TelfoedJohn
    Ashkenazi Jews have slightly lower spatial IQ than whites, and higher verbal. Spatial skills are a more masculine trait, and verbal a more feminine trait. Which might explain some cultural developments over the last few decades. Otto Weininger covered this in Sex And Character: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_and_Character

    What happens with this IQ profile is that you are verbally dextrous, but you don't necessarily understand the real world. A battle of words without a foundation in the real world.

    Did you read the book? It sounds pretty weird, but maybe you could do a decent review.

    BTW, if you can put together a verbally dexterous person with a hands-on inventor, you can make a nice business success story. Every nerdy engineer genius needs his mouthpiece to sell the invention to everybody.

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    Yes, Levantine Steve Jobs and inventive Steve Wozniak. I’ve always thought an advantage Jobs had was having biological parents - mercantile and intellectual, as well as his adoptive parents - mechanically minded and pragmatic. In a sense he had an ideal set of four parents. Perhaps our own Steve here has the similar advantages.
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  • From the Los Angeles Times: California plan linking new housing to public transit rejected by state lawmakers By LIAM DILLON APR 17, 2018 | 6:40 PM | SACRAMENTO A robust effort to attack California's housing shortage was rejected Tuesday by a state legislative panel at the Capitol, felled in part by opponents who argued that...
  • @Anonymous
    There are already Roomba like robotic lawn mowers.

    Robots and automation aren't going to cut the wealthy's demand for service labor. The wealthy like having human meat to boss around. Having human meat to boss around is a good in and of itself to the wealthy, in addition to providing some actual service. Do you think that once robot lawnmowers are ubiquitous, the wealthy are going to fire Jose the lawn guy and take the robot lawnmower out for a spin each week by themselves? No, of course not. They're still going to want Jose interfacing between themselves and the robot, taking it out for a spin, overseeing it, maintaining it, fixing it or replacing parts when it's broken, etc.

    The way to cut down on demand for service labor is to reduce wealth concentration hence the wealthy and have a middle class, high human capital society where the average man is too skilled and economically independent and thus expensive to be hired to do menial work for the wealthy.

    Instead of robots I was kinda hoping American teenagers and younger could start to get some work experience doing yard work.

    the earlier comment about the banning of lawns, or the restriction of watering is likely more salient. Also, the newer homes have almost no yards to care for. Everybody’s inside on the computer or phone rather than outside enjoying CA’s constantly nice weather.

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  • @Daniel Chieh
    I find them all mentally ill and would significantly like my world not to contain them. This has become increasingly more difficult with the promotion of their dysfunction.

    It’s a trend. In the recent past, a confused person would just be a masculine woman or an effeminate man and would be accepted on those terms. Now, we can go all the way and feel really special about it. I’m really a man! I’m really a woman! it’s the ultimate in defining your own reality and having everyone else play along. Of course, gay marriage is the same game. We’re all playing along and pretending that two women are “married” rather than just roommates, or two men are “married” rather than horny and perverted.

    It degrades us all and makes our own culture and society seem filthy and ridiculous. When I look at history and see things like Elizabethan collars and high heels for men I shake my head and wonder. But when I see the past with slavery and child sacrifice, I think I’m getting closer to what the modern West is becoming.

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  • @Malcolm X-Lax
    When's the last time you've seen a white, non-jewish male portray a doctor in a television commercial? I specify non-jewish because the idea of the jewish doctor is one of the stereotypes the media wants to perpetuate.

    Are Jewish men still going to medical school? I only ask because I hope my kids will have access to them as doctors in the future. My niece, who is in PA school, tells me it’s mostly women (white and all Asians) and Hispanic men in her classes.

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    I've worked with quite a few Hispanic and Asian PA's. Very few Hispanic doctors, though. And I don't see too many younger Jewish doctors in So Cal. I don't think I've ever worked with a Jewish PA, either. It's difficult to imagine a Jewish mother at the beach proudly screaming, "Help! Help! My son the Physician's Assistant is drowning!"
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  • From the Los Angeles Times: San Diego is, at the moment, the largest city in
  • @Pericles
    Though the Caribbean should of course be given back to the original inhabitants.

    Aren’t they all dead? Like almost 500 years back? I guess the mosquitoes could be given sovereignty.

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  • Is there a sense in which South Asians, with their obsession with caste, value diversity for the sake of diversity more than do Europeans? There's a sense in which "Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains," "All men are created equal" or "Workers of the world, unite!" are extremely European ideas. Down...
  • @Anonymous
    It all depends on who is at the top - or bottom - of the pecking order.

    Let's just say that in the UK, Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims - all sworn enemies, put aside their differences under the 'Asian' label in order to lobby against the white man.
    Similarly do Sri Lankans, Dravidians, Pakistanis and north Indians.

    Curiously, several Dalits who have emigrated to the UK - yes, they too have come - have used the UK's drastic 'anti discrimination laws' to prosecute higher caste Indians whom they allege to have discriminated against them in the workplace.
    Apparently, the Dalits thought that they could 'pass' as generic brown skinned Indians in the UK, but 'caste will out' and the higher castes soon discovered them - Indians know a myriad of subtle clues and differences completely lost to whites - and started to 'pull rank' and woorse.

    Yes, the left’s structures meant to punish white men often backfire the worst on women and other colors.

    When I worked for the state of CA, we had only one firing for sexual harassment: a woman. A friend currently works for the state (FTB) and oversees all the harassment complaints. Guess which group is the worst? That’s right, women. Turns out females don’t mind a comment from a man so much, but when some weird lesbian says something… well, time to file a complaint.

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  • From the New York Times editorial board: It's a white house surrounded by white picket fences. And it has a red roof to show it's been redlined. And then everybody realized that FDR's redlining had been irrational so black neighborhoods boomed in value as the whole world woke up from their racist miasma and realized...
  • @Art Deco
    He might not be.

    Thomas Sowell once wrote a column about a random letter he'd received from a young woman which posed a question about his experiences as a college student ca. 1955 given the racial climate at the time. Her remarks indicated his experience must have been harrowing. His open reply was that the only racial slurs he could recall hearing at the University of Chicago at that time were the ones he uttered himself. He said the racial climate actually was disagreeable at Cornell when he had a position there ca. 1970. He offered that the source of the trouble was the mollycoddling of blacks by Cornell's administration, which induced bad behavior by clients on the one hand and bad behavior by irritated people in the surrounding matrix in response.

    My mom attended UT Austin in 1955. There were no blacks as undergrads, but they were allowed in as grad students. In one chemistry class a female black grad student sat across from her and asked if they could be lab partners. My mom, from CA, said that was just fine. The black girl was relieved because, she said, the other white Texans in the class wouldn’t want to be her partner.

    I find that story pretty funny since as a chemistry student myself in the 80′s, I don’t remember a single black female student in any of my classes… for all four years. There was one black guy, but he was majoring in biology and only took one semester of Chem 1. The 1950′s in all its segregation did better than the 80′s with all its affirmative action.

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  • @Kylie
    As someone with years of experience dealing with Section 8, I can say you really can't guess the race of Section 8 vermin by how disgustingly and thoroughly they trash a Section 8 rental property. With rare exceptions, they're all scum. I could tell you stories--!

    almost no renters care about the space they’re in. Commercial renters, yes, because they’re using the place to make money. But residential renters, nope.

    Until you’ve been a landlord/landlady, you really don’t understand humanity.

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  • From the New York Times: Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis The answer to the disparity in death rates has everything to do with the lived experience of being a black woman in America. By LINDA VILLAROSA APRIL 11, 2018 When Simone Landrum felt tired and both nauseated and ravenous...
  • @Anthony Wayne
    IT’S SMOKING

    It’s all the factors that go into blacks’ lives being more chaotic and unhealthy.

    I’ve related part of this before, but we had a large, black, welfare family move into our suburban neighborhood. (remember, suburbia is supposed to increase the future generations earnings!) and they were calling the police on each other constantly. Over 25 times in two years, according to the cop. The older sisters would fight, physically, in the street. One of them got pregnant and the other sister kicked her in the stomach and chased her down the street. The cops came for that one, but nobody went to jail. As a family, they ate like crap, drank, smoked cigs and pot and got very little exercise. It was so pathetic it was almost funny; fortunately they didn’t last on our street.

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  • At the Los Angeles Times, Asian lady reporter Anh Do has figured out a pretty entertaining schtick: recording Asian NIMBYs in Irvine, CA (the upscale planned suburb near the beach that's home to UC Irvine) saying crass things about Southern California's growing infestation of bums and junkies that make the Asians sound slightly to the...
  • @Michelle
    Those pesky tiger moms and dads are trying to prevent their elementary school kids from learning about anal sex, too. The nerve. So intolerant!

    https://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/20/palo-alto-parents-join-fight-against-new-sex-ed-curriculum/

    Everybody agrees that we need to have sex ed in the schools, from that article. My question is: why? Why do 11 and 12 year olds need to have that information? Health discussions, yes, if they’re segregated by sex and parents are present in the room. But all this explicit junk about homos and weirdos, no way.

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  • From the New York Times: I'd have much more to say on this fascinating question, except I'm going to bed right now.
  • @Mishra
    More than half of architecture students though. However, many wash out of the profession due to the low pay / long hours deal. 50 years ago most bank tellers were white males.

    what’s a bank teller? Someone who tells you about banks?

    Honestly, I don’t go to the bank more than once a year. And every time I do go, there’s more security and less human warmth.

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  • On this 50th anniversary of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, there are countless articles in outlets like The New Yorker and The New York Times asking, in effect: Fifty years after the Fair Housing Act, why are so many African Americans still stuck in economically hopeless, job-deprived slums, such as, say, Brooklyn, Washington DC, the...
  • @Dr. X

    Why are African-Americans living in slums and urban hellholes in the first place?
     
    Cynthia Nixon says it's because of marijuana laws. She claims that marijuana is "effectively legal for white people" and we need to "legalize it for everyone else" and stop busting people of color who are unfairly getting arrested because racism.

    This is her campaign for governor of New York... seriously...

    https://www.democratandchronicle.com/videos/news/politics/albany/2018/04/11/cynthia-nixon-calls-legalizing-marijuana/50656700/

    wow, I thought the marijuana laws would have culpability because they aren’t enforced. Too many people are too stoned to work (I’m looking at you, neighbor… well, smelling too) or do any other productive activity.

    Have faith, however, now that states are legalizing and regulating, all those stoned people of color will have nice homes and get good jobs.

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  • At the Los Angeles Times, Asian lady reporter Anh Do has figured out a pretty entertaining schtick: recording Asian NIMBYs in Irvine, CA (the upscale planned suburb near the beach that's home to UC Irvine) saying crass things about Southern California's growing infestation of bums and junkies that make the Asians sound slightly to the...
  • @Jonathan Mason
    We have the same kind of problems here in Florida. A lot of human wreckage migrates south and ends up in the last state on the East Coast. Sometimes this is because parents whom they can sponge off have retired here, but often not.

    Being homeless in places where they have snow is not much fun, so not many will be migrating to Minnesota or Maine.


    Probably a lot of it has to do with lack of services for the mentally ill and former prisoners who have no place to live, sex offender laws that ban offenders from living practically anywhere, and the overall decline in living standards as a result of the decline of indigenous industry.

    If you drive around the center of Jacksonville, you would think that the city is populated entirely by hobos and homeless veterans damaged by the foreign wars that Trump pledged to stop, but this would be misleading, as on further examination it appears that the residents of the Salvation Army must vacate the building during the day time and are required to wander the streets talking to themselves and to the traffic lights and picking up cigarette butts.

    My observation has been: where there be nice weather, there be bums. CA, HI, FL, we are all destined to be the redoubt of the layabouts. Some of them make it down to Mexico and Caribbean islands where they take on a cultural eminence. This is one of those problems that can only wax or wane. Like, unmarried pregnancies, it will never go away.

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  • A Washington Post editorial: What could be better for the birthrate of American citizens than pounding down their wages and raising their rents through more immigration? If only fertility had stayed at Housing Bubble rates, Jeff Bezos could be employing lots of nine-year-old child labor in his Amazon warehouses (at least until Jeff's upcoming robot...
  • @Dr. Doom
    Jeff Bezos is the guy who made dot coms seem like it was a business model. With Enron Accounting using third party vendor sales and adding it to his bottom line, Amazon looks like its a big business and not a string of cheap warehouses with workers living on food stamps. Jeff Bezos is the Richest Man on Wall Street. His stock value is higher than all the Standard Oil Baby Bells put together. Its amazing what you can do with crooked accounting and stupid day traders nowadays.
    Bezos is putting his newfound stock wealth into new schemes. Like buying Whole Foods, that caters to Leftists that want local organic food, and turning it into a global shipping market that is going to be the Wal-Mart of food by mail. That kind of business acumen should be legendary. Like the Edsel, the Delorean, or anything Elon Musk is doing now.
    Elon Musk has just admitted that his electric battery operated car is going broke. He and Bezos are now competing for upper class twit of the year. Bezos is going to abandon US Mail and go completely to unmanned drones. With GPS and the reliability of unmanned vehicles, this should make the Titanic look like an episode of The Love Boat.

    Anybody here shop at Whole Foods? The last time I was in the one in Roseville, it was a ghost town. No store can survive so little traffic.

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  • From the New York Times: Pasadena City College, where my dad went, has a nice
  • @Intelligent Dasein

    If that’s your preferred aesthetic, then it is a reasonable bet that, if you read novels, you prefer Graham Greene to Evelyn Waugh.
     
    Do you really have nothing better to do than express an unsolicited opinion on my literary preferences? Honestly, why would you even write something like that? What purpose does it serve?

    I any case, you would lose that bet. I certainly prefer Waugh to Greene, although I'm not greatly enamored with either one of them. I think that Waugh's stories have a great deal of potential, but he doesn't get the best out of them. Now that you mention it, when you through in Orwell, Galsworthy, Milne, Wodehouse, etc., there is quite a long list of English authors from that time period who, while much beloved or their whimsies, are seriously overrated in terms of their artistry.

    Most British authors are depressing to read. Must be the lack of sunshine in their country.

    After I read Brideshead Revisited I wanted to kill myself. I could barely finish Brighton Rock because all the characters were so dismal.

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  • "Phoenicia" is a Greek-derived word for a Levantine culture of mercantile city-states, centered around modern Lebanon, and their far-flung colonies (most famously Carthage) who flourished after the Late Bronze Age Collapse of c. 1200 BC destroyed or weakened most of the empires of the ancient world. Eventually, empires returned and the fractious Phoenicians and their...
  • @Almost Missouri
    Interesting. But if "the 20th century arrived at the Goldilocks ideal of #2 for most nations", why did it turn so quickly into suicidal globalism/nihilism/postchristianism/etc.? Were the globalist propagandists just that good? Or is #2 nationalism somehow inherently unstable?

    Ireland might be illuminating here: a bloody 800 year struggle for #2 nationalism, then a few years after achieving the long-sought goal, they promptly forget their native culture give their country away to the worst foreigners they can find.

    Maybe Irish nationalism wasn’t really about Irish nationalism. Maybe it was just British hatred and included too many commies in its ranks.

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  • Instead, the YouTube shooter angered by Susan Wojcicki's underhanded censorship ploys turned out to be a refugee Iranian Baha'i immigrant vegan woman.
  • @gunner29

    Leyden and Texiera are correct in their conclusions, though they deny the anti-white population replacement that put the left in power in California.

    We will not vote our way out of this.
     
    When the democratic/voting process is rigged, like it is in Kali, there is no chance to change anything thru the process. Last time was probably when Arnold won, that was 15 years ago, and the white escape from Kali as well as all them illegals sneaking over the border....no hope.

    I saw today that Kali has issued over a million drivers licenses to illegals. Besides starting the legalization process, there's another angle.

    I was talking to a guy that had been sitting in traffic court, and listened when an illegal was testifying to the judge. After the judge determined he didn't have a drivers license, all the judge was obsessed with was the illegal getting one. My friend felt it had to do with the traffic laws only apply to licensed drivers, and without one, the court's hands were tied until he got one. So no big fine back to the court.

    Not sure about all this, but this was a pretty bright guy that was telling me....

    What is “Kali”?

    Sounds like an island in the south Pacific or an African potentate. Maybe a trendy new name for girls.

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    Methinks it's "Kalifornia".

    On the other hand it could be the Hindu goddess Kali the destroyer, with her necklace of skulls, sword in one hand, severed head in another, bowl of blood in a third (she has four arms or sometimes ten).

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  • From the Columbia University Spectator: Was she paying much attention before? Todd Gitlin, 75, was president of the leftist radical Students for a Democratic Society in 1964 and helped organize some of the first protests against the Vietnam War. Gitlin has published 16 books. “It is in fact true, a matter of his
  • @El Dato

    A term for consistently using negative words to describe an opponent’s work?
     
    Preloading?

    (apparently "preloading" means drinking ethanol before going to the party itself - the goal of this new tradition eludes me)

    It’s called Getting a Head Start. If you show up already somewhat smashed, then there’s no awkward phase of greetings, music selection, where’s the food, what are we drinking, etc. You just start talking and laughing and singing loudly. Loudly is key.

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  • Here are incarceration rates by race per 1,000 people from well-known California counties, the 14 biggest counties, plus a selection of smaller ones (such as Marin and Kings at opposite ends of the social scale). These counties account for 33 million of California's population of 38 million. First, here are the counties in order of...
  • @silviosilver
    It's encouraging to see the near-parity of white and hispanic crime rates in big counties like Riverside, San Bernardino and Sacramento. Given the size of these places, the reasons for the near-parity are unlikely to be that they lucked out and got the 'good hispanics' while other counties got the more criminal ones; there are likely environmental influences which could perhaps be identified and lessons that could be learned.

    It’s likely gangs. And don’t take the white/Hispanic thing too seriously. There’s so much crossover in those populations of the central valley that often one’s racial identity is just “oh, what the heck, yeah, I guess I’m Hispanic… or white.”

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  • @Hodag
    This is a California topic and I have a California question. How is Santa Clarita?

    I have literally never set foot in California. There is talk of a job out there.

    I have young kids. Is it a nice place for kids? Rustic Canyon is 45 minutes away, according to Google maps. How is the golf up there?

    I have a friend who lives in Castaic, which is right next door. Nice place and lots of Mexicans. As to the quality of life, that’s all up to you. Homeschool your kids and don’t try to drive south on the freeways. The traffic will take years off your life.

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  • From The Atlantic: I blame Trump.
  • @Dr. X

    Cities should be exploding—but they aren’t.
     
    What the hell do you call Ferguson and Baltimore? Negroes will riot again, sure as the sun rises in the East. Only a matter of time.

    Did you check out this incipient riot? I mean, it was hilarious, just a riot. And so well-spoken.

    Stephon Clark. May my children grow up to be just as saintly.

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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...
  • @Neoconned
    Yeah but at the end of the day regulation and containment is TRILLIONS CHEAPER than the failed Reagan drug war and the privatised prison Industry and the local fine racketeering small town police engage in while drugs remain illegal....most of the ppl who will overdose will od one way or the other....my mother's side of the family is full of druggers....trust me 90% or more of them can't or won't change....they love dope more than life

    “they love dope more than life”

    I know people like this too. wouldn’t it be better if they never got their hands on it in the first place? Maybe if our culture, more than our laws, told the truth about this demon instead of shrugging about it, we’d have fewer people destroying themselves. Also, people need to be encouraged to live FOR something, not just momentary pleasure.

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