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    From the New York Times: MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ Winners for 2015 Are Announced By ROBIN POGREBIN SEPT. 29, 2015 ... Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of the best-selling nonfiction book “Between the World and Me,” was at home in his Paris apartment when the call came. “I wished I could be cool,”** Mr. Coates said in a...
  • @Honorary Thief
    Is nudism still a thing or was it a passing fad of the sixties generation?

    Is nudism still a thing or was it a passing fad of the sixties generation?

    Sixties? More like the Fifties, and late Forties. And decades earlier in Germany, its birthplace.

    There was a British play, Barely Proper, about an English boy’s fear of meeting his German fiancée’s arch-naturist parents. Occasionally it’s put on at camps today.

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  • @Peter Johnson
    This is an attempt to stifle HBD-realism by providing "evidence" that there is no leftward shift in the IQ bell curve of blacks relative to Europeans and East Asians. It could backfire -- many people will think "Ta Nehisi Coates is being called a genius - his writing isn't even reasonably intelligent!" and that could create backlash of reality-checking. It seems a bit ridiculous. What will the typical hard-working, underpaid New York Times reporter, or similar intellectual working stiff, think of this? They might think, what makes this clown an acknowledged genius and "me" (say this "me" is a typical, bright and hard-working, media type) an overlooked worker-bee? Oh yes, his skin color. Hmmm. It could lead to some healthy cynicism about the standard anti-HBD propaganda line.

    It’s simple.They will all think :”I am NOT gonna be the first guy to stop applauding…”! Women in media will not have this problem;they will read TC with tears rolling down their cheeks–they will actually buy it,LOL!

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  • @Truth
    Speaking of Occam, you guy's favorite excuse might need to be retired...

    http://www.rawstory.com/2015/09/white-man-trying-to-buy-gun-shoots-self-in-penis-blames-it-on-a-black-guy/

    A)Come come Truth,do you really blame him for playing the black guy did it card? B) The big question:Is “it” gonna be ok?

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  • @Anonymous
    About John Novembre's research (from the David Geffen School of Medicine website)

    "My research lies at the interface of population genetics and computational statistics. Specifically, projects focus on developing and evaluating statistical methods for analyzing genomic-scale population genetic data. Much of this work investigates human evolutionary history using data from emerging genotyping and sequencing technologies, although other projects address evolutionary genetic questions in non-human, non-model organisms. One central area of current interest is in computational methods to study relatedness among populations and the applications these methods have for detecting natural selection, genome-wide association mapping, understanding population history, personal ancestry inference in humans, and conservation genetics. Most broadly, I am interested in how to decipher patterns of observed genetic variation to understand evolutionary, genomic, and ecological processes."

    http://people.healthsciences.ucla.edu/institution/personnel?personnel_id=1931515

    Razib Khan has a post up today on MacArthur grant winner John Novembre’s research.

    http://www.unz.com/gnxp/genetic-map-of-europe-wins-a-macarthur-grant/

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  • @Truth
    Speaking of Occam, you guy's favorite excuse might need to be retired...

    http://www.rawstory.com/2015/09/white-man-trying-to-buy-gun-shoots-self-in-penis-blames-it-on-a-black-guy/

    In South Dakota, your crotch is far more likely to be hit by an arrow from an Indian than by a bullet from a brutha. No one could take the guy’s story seriously.

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  • @Unladen Swallow
    A few years ago, a leading young organic chemist won one, and first rate hard scientists have won them over the years, ( There is always a handful of good science ones annually ) but the non-STEM winners are pure nonsensical post modern types of "scholars" and "community activists" and they constitute 70-80 percent of the winners in a typical year. I rather think they keep the scientists and mathematicians around because it has a halo effect over all the politically correct crap ones.

    A few years ago, a leading young organic chemist won one, and first rate hard scientists have won them over the years, ( There is always a handful of good science ones annually ) but the non-STEM winners are pure nonsensical post modern types of “scholars” and “community activists” and they constitute 70-80 percent of the winners in a typical year. I rather think they keep the scientists and mathematicians around because it has a halo effect over all the politically correct crap ones.

    This reminds me of another award they give out in Scandinavia, I forget the name, but some connection with dynamite…

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  • @Olorin
    Debasing the currency of evolutionary excellence is a full time job, Joe. Everywhere you look, there are bests and brightests and most beautifuls, all needing to be taken down a peg to inflict the elites' global/pomo culture and idolatry of the dark mob.

    Olorin, very nicely stated.

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  • @The most deplorable one
    Being There?

    I think that was one of Peter Seller's best roles.

    Curiously, both Chauncy and Forrest Gump were fundamentally good people.

    I think that was one of Peter Seller’s best roles.

    Thanks everyone, and thanks Fourth doorman for the link. Interesting that I couldn’t remember the exact movie or the actor, but still mentioned Inspector Clouseau. The connection was almost there. Of course, Sellers is very good at that character type.

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  • @Jus' Sayin'...
    As another commenter noted, a diminishing minority are awarded in the hard sciences. I would add that even these awards tend to go to scientists working in PC areas. Their science is good but there is a vanishingly small probability they would have won their MacArthur Grants had their research not supported some direction of thought favored by the bien pensant.

    Underground thought criminal Steven Pinker’s wife (Rebecca Goldstein )is a past recipient.

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  • @Truth
    Speaking of Occam, you guy's favorite excuse might need to be retired...

    http://www.rawstory.com/2015/09/white-man-trying-to-buy-gun-shoots-self-in-penis-blames-it-on-a-black-guy/

    C’mon Troofie, you’re getting tedious. If HBDers buy the Talented Tenth of bros, they also have to buy the untalented percentage of whites. Five minutes on public transportation hammers that home.

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  • @Reg Cæsar

    The MacArthur grants were set up by John D MacArthur…
     
    MacArthur was a nudist, or so I was told by another nudist.

    So in a real sense the man was unsuitable. Don't know if there's enough material to weave this into a thread, though.

    Is nudism still a thing or was it a passing fad of the sixties generation?

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    Is nudism still a thing or was it a passing fad of the sixties generation?

     

    Sixties? More like the Fifties, and late Forties. And decades earlier in Germany, its birthplace.

    There was a British play, Barely Proper, about an English boy's fear of meeting his German fiancée's arch-naturist parents. Occasionally it's put on at camps today.
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  • @Ed
    Another possibility is that he'll realize that overseas many people view African-Americans as brown white people.

    I have a Nigerian friend that does business in Paris. He'd say in the nightclubs he'd tell girls he's from Nigeria they'd quickly lose interest. When he told them he was American they were interested.

    I think Coates, if he is being honest, will discover a whole different viewpoint on race. Also his son is getting close to adulthood. I'm detecting there maybe some issues there or more apt 'regressing to the mean' issues. Paris might be a way to slyly get him away from some bad influences.

    I think Coates, if he is being honest, will discover a whole different viewpoint on race.

    Yeah, I think you may be right about that. Simon Kuper, in his Lunch w/ the FT interview with Coates, starts by saying that Paris “has a problem with segregation” and that blacks in high-end restaurants are scarce, so he knew the black guy putting his coat over the chair was Coates. But then Coates says he’s been to the restaurant 10 times, loves it, etc., has a pleasant conversation with the waitress…

    If you read between the lines, what’s not said there is pretty interesting.

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  • @Uncle Tom Shales
    Really looking forward to TNC on the Wheaties box

    Really looking forward to TNC on the Wheaties box

    But not, absolutely not, in ESPN‘s Body Issue!

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  • @Jim Don Bob
    The MacArthur grants were set up by John D MacArthur who made his fortune in the insurance business; he owned Bankers Life and Casualty Company. Like most foundations, it has drifted leftward since its inception.

    The MacArthur grants were set up by John D MacArthur…

    MacArthur was a nudist, or so I was told by another nudist.

    So in a real sense the man was unsuitable. Don’t know if there’s enough material to weave this into a thread, though.

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  • @thinkingabout it
    If the bulk of the "geniuses" are anything to go by, the hard science winners are probably also PC or connected in some way. It is nearly impossible for nonspecialists to judge how good a certain scientist's work really is - reading up a summary on a webpage tells you NOTHING about how they stack up against others in their field.

    The MacArthur awards, in the public's eye, are the second most prestigious multidisciplinary award program after the Nobels. The masses are going to think these morons, puppeteers, black bodies and transvestites are the at the acme of today's civilization.

    I'm wondering why they haven't had a year yet where they awarded all the Nobels to women and blacks. It surely isn't too far away in the future. We may have to start relying on head to head competition like the International olympiads to ascertain intelligence. And real-world things like whose algorithm works best in making money on the stock market - not many strong independent women or black bodies gonna crack that code, let me assure you.

    At least back in the day you would see some guy getting feted, would know for sure that it was all a result of his uncle being the king, and would just get on with life. Now we have to put up with these disgusting specimens being called geniuses, in what is ostensibly the most meritocratic nation on earth.

    At least back in the day you would see some guy getting feted, would know for sure that it was all a result of his uncle being the king, and would just get on with life. Now we have to put up with these disgusting specimens being called geniuses…

    Getting fetid, you might say. The homophones are getting thick.

    Actually, the NYT’s spelling of Coates’s pharaonic name was phonetically correct. In the future, they should spell it out in glyphs.

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  • @femtoaggression

    "Ta-Nehisi Coates [...] was at home in his Paris apartment when the call came."
     
    Isn't Paris insufferably white? What's wrong with Lagos?

    What’s wrong with Lagos?

    My kids leave them lying around on the floor, and I step on them and cut my bare feet. That’s what’s wrong with them. Mega Bloks are softer, and bigger and thus easier to see and avoid.

    Oops… I think I assumed a misspelling where there was none.

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  • If the bulk of the “geniuses” are anything to go by, the hard science winners are probably also PC or connected in some way. It is nearly impossible for nonspecialists to judge how good a certain scientist’s work really is – reading up a summary on a webpage tells you NOTHING about how they stack up against others in their field.

    The MacArthur awards, in the public’s eye, are the second most prestigious multidisciplinary award program after the Nobels. The masses are going to think these morons, puppeteers, black bodies and transvestites are the at the acme of today’s civilization.

    I’m wondering why they haven’t had a year yet where they awarded all the Nobels to women and blacks. It surely isn’t too far away in the future. We may have to start relying on head to head competition like the International olympiads to ascertain intelligence. And real-world things like whose algorithm works best in making money on the stock market – not many strong independent women or black bodies gonna crack that code, let me assure you.

    At least back in the day you would see some guy getting feted, would know for sure that it was all a result of his uncle being the king, and would just get on with life. Now we have to put up with these disgusting specimens being called geniuses, in what is ostensibly the most meritocratic nation on earth.

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    At least back in the day you would see some guy getting feted, would know for sure that it was all a result of his uncle being the king, and would just get on with life. Now we have to put up with these disgusting specimens being called geniuses…
     
    Getting fetid, you might say. The homophones are getting thick.

    Actually, the NYT's spelling of Coates's pharaonic name was phonetically correct. In the future, they should spell it out in glyphs.

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    About John Novembre’s research (from the David Geffen School of Medicine website)

    “My research lies at the interface of population genetics and computational statistics. Specifically, projects focus on developing and evaluating statistical methods for analyzing genomic-scale population genetic data. Much of this work investigates human evolutionary history using data from emerging genotyping and sequencing technologies, although other projects address evolutionary genetic questions in non-human, non-model organisms. One central area of current interest is in computational methods to study relatedness among populations and the applications these methods have for detecting natural selection, genome-wide association mapping, understanding population history, personal ancestry inference in humans, and conservation genetics. Most broadly, I am interested in how to decipher patterns of observed genetic variation to understand evolutionary, genomic, and ecological processes.

    http://people.healthsciences.ucla.edu/institution/personnel?personnel_id=1931515

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    Razib Khan has a post up today on MacArthur grant winner John Novembre's research.

    http://www.unz.com/gnxp/genetic-map-of-europe-wins-a-macarthur-grant/
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  • “John Novembre, 37, Chicago: “Computational biologist shedding new light on the links between geography and genomic diversity and producing a more finely grained picture of human evolutionary history.“”

    This winner’s research could be interesting. I haven’t looked up anything about it yet.

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  • @Anon
    http://m.oudaily.com/news/ou-president-david-boren-says-changing-the-word-sooner-unlikely/article_cceb6668-6635-11e5-a43a-6b2022e9ca09.html


    Onion cannot top this.

    I’ve been wondering when Tennessee (both state and UT football) will be ordered to “change the word Volunteer.”

    After all, it dates back to Tennesseans volunteering to fight “Natives” and Mexicans.

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  • @BubbaJoe
    This was true in the past, but not so recently. Of the 24, only 6 are from hard sciences (stem cell research, neuroscience, computational biology, computer science, inorganic chemistry, and chemistry). Last year's winners were pretty similar. Lots of crappy NY artsy types make up the rest. I see an historian and a classicist. Granted, these weren't meant to be exclusively for hard science acheivements. But, the mediocrity of the artsy winners stands out like a fart in an elevator.

    A few years ago, a leading young organic chemist won one, and first rate hard scientists have won them over the years, ( There is always a handful of good science ones annually ) but the non-STEM winners are pure nonsensical post modern types of “scholars” and “community activists” and they constitute 70-80 percent of the winners in a typical year. I rather think they keep the scientists and mathematicians around because it has a halo effect over all the politically correct crap ones.

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    A few years ago, a leading young organic chemist won one, and first rate hard scientists have won them over the years, ( There is always a handful of good science ones annually ) but the non-STEM winners are pure nonsensical post modern types of “scholars” and “community activists” and they constitute 70-80 percent of the winners in a typical year. I rather think they keep the scientists and mathematicians around because it has a halo effect over all the politically correct crap ones.
     
    This reminds me of another award they give out in Scandinavia, I forget the name, but some connection with dynamite…
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  • @Anonymous
    "Not the case. Several large foundations–e.g., the Rosenwald Fund and the John M. Olin Foundation–with nonleftist missions have spent down and gone out of business rather than risk a leftward drift."

    Is that really true? If so, it's kind of impressive and sad at the same time.

    Bradley Foundation spent down and went out of business, I believe.

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  • @Percy Gryce

    No. All of the Foundations were collectivist from the start, all that’s happened is that they pretend less now.
     
    Not the case. Several large foundations--e.g., the Rosenwald Fund and the John M. Olin Foundation--with nonleftist missions have spent down and gone out of business rather than risk a leftward drift.

    “Not the case. Several large foundations–e.g., the Rosenwald Fund and the John M. Olin Foundation–with nonleftist missions have spent down and gone out of business rather than risk a leftward drift.”

    Is that really true? If so, it’s kind of impressive and sad at the same time.

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    Bradley Foundation spent down and went out of business, I believe.
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  • @AnotherDad
    > Isn’t Paris insufferably white?

    Uh ... no. Just in Paris a few days ago and sure the nice areas are still mostly white. But even in the tourist sections you're continually accosted by annoying Africans pitching their Eiffel Tower knick-knacks and other kitsch in the typically annoying African manner. Popped onto the metro at the Trocadero Thursday afternoon to head back to our hotel (near the opera) and at first glance we could have been getting on the Lake-Dan Ryan south of downtown ... then in a few seconds realized half the brown was actually brown not black. But suffice it to say you didn't think "France".

    Wasn't out on the streets anywhere in the suburbs, but AnotherMom wanted to ride airport bus rather than do the RER line change at Gare du Nord, so saw a bit from the highway. Graffiti *everywhere*, saw several sections of highway with incredible trash--just crap everywhere including bags of garbage.

    I confess Paris--sitting in a cafe, sipping a glass of wine, puffing on a cigarette--isn't really my thing. I find enjoyment, beauty, relaxation say looking out over a mountain lake surrounded by peaks--dodging crowds of folks on the sidewalk are what i want to vacation away from. (There's a reason i'm here in the PNW.) But for what it is, i suppose Paris is pretty nice. (Another Mom seemed to like going out to the boulangerie across the street in the morning to grab a big, pretty cheap chocolate studded roll.) And clearly there's a fair number of people who like what it offers and think it's the height of something or another.

    So why the French have decided to throw that away and turn the joint into an ugly islamified 3rd world slum ... a pretty darn perplexing question.

    The French claim to love being French, but what they've done seems to suggest ... they don't really care. And as much as it's not my thing ... i find it all rather sad.

    And clearly there’s a fair number of people who like what it offers and think it’s the height of something or another.

    Civilization?

    I knew many, many Americans with attitude in Paris. They instinctively realize the French dress better, aren’t so fat, eat and drink better, are more polite, have more style, and in general make Americans feel dull. Rather similar to non-whites like Coates – but not so vicious – envy towards a superior group. Don’t look back, my friend, lowest common denominator coming up behind you.

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  • Could we rename this to the St Augustine Awareness Award?

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  • @Buffalo Joe
    So what, ugly girls win beauty contests, a blind boy is granted a place on a football team and of course Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize before he even took a dump in the White House. The MacArthur awards are now just another Affirmative Action Award. Check out some recent Pulitzer prize winners for affirmation.

    Debasing the currency of evolutionary excellence is a full time job, Joe. Everywhere you look, there are bests and brightests and most beautifuls, all needing to be taken down a peg to inflict the elites’ global/pomo culture and idolatry of the dark mob.

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  • @Veracitor
    The MacArthur Foundation exemplifies Robert Conquest's Second Law of Politics. Still, I think a "Genius" award for Ta-Nehisi Coates' is likely the second-worst example of affirmative action I have ever heard of (after Barack Obama's election). It is obviously intended, as Theodore Dalrymple explains, not to persuade or inform, but to humiliate everyone who is now supposed to acknowledge Coates as a "genius." Coates may be a nice guy in person, he is no doubt sincerely dedicated to the craft of writing, but he is manifestly incompetent. He doesn't write well enough to earn a "B" in a college-track high-school writing class. The MacArthur Foundation is not just subsidizing Coates' racist maunderings, not just telling everyone that skin color is far more important than performance, but pushing the faces of far better American writers by the tens of thousands into the dirt and sneering at all those, still bucking for a job like the one Coates so unjustly enjoys, who grovel and beg for more.

    Coates’s elevation to Black Shakespeare–er, I mean even better than Shakespeare, coz his stuff was HARD for an IQ 70-85 person to read–has another agenda.

    It’s designed to convince the dolts of the world that they’re real smart. Remember, the bulk of the black population worldwide has IQs between 55 and 90.

    Coates’s elevation is one act of many designed to slap an ochlocratic governor on the genius of people who reside in the actual top 5-10% of human IQ and potential, redefining the very term “genius” to mean “mass” and “elite approved.”

    Centers of global financial power cannot keep the pyramid going by relying on the genuine best and brightest. They need mass labor and consumer markets wherever they can find them. Did you miss the spate of articles in the past few years about how Nigeria is going to supply “the labor force of the future”?

    Believe me, at the foundation funding level these stratagems have been thought out 50 years ahead. After all, foundations and their ruling families protect their wealth via the mechanisms of global financial power. They plug rootless postmodernism because that is the basis of their plans. Packing up and leaving on a moment’s notice to get a cheaper labor force and more tractable consumer base.

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  • @AnotherDad

    Steve, you can’t really improve on Occam’s Butterknife. Keep using that one. You’ve invented Coke II with this new “Arkham’s Rubberroom”thing.
     
    Well said--heartily agree.

    "Occam's Butterknife" is cute, clever, memorable and does--or capable of--doing serious political work in mocking the conventional wisdom.

    All this rubber room stuff is unclear, a stretch and will just leave even intelligent people going "huh". Waste of iSteve talent.

    “Arkham’s rubber room” is as valid an “alt right” signalling phrase as “black bodies” is for the pomoaners.

    The butterknife one works well in other discursive company.

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  • @Bill Jones
    "Like most foundations, it has drifted leftward since its inception."

    No. All of the Foundations were collectivist from the start, all that's happened is that they pretend less now.

    Back in 1954 Congress looked at them.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_Select_Committee_to_Investigate_Tax-Exempt_Foundations_and_Comparable_Organizations


    Read the Dodd Report to the Cox/Reese Committee.

    No. All of the Foundations were collectivist from the start, all that’s happened is that they pretend less now.

    Not the case. Several large foundations–e.g., the Rosenwald Fund and the John M. Olin Foundation–with nonleftist missions have spent down and gone out of business rather than risk a leftward drift.

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    "Not the case. Several large foundations–e.g., the Rosenwald Fund and the John M. Olin Foundation–with nonleftist missions have spent down and gone out of business rather than risk a leftward drift."

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  • @SPMoore8
    I don't think TNC has won the Pulitzer yet for "Between the World and Me"; but I think it's coming.

    I wouldn't entirely blow off the possibility of a TNC Nobel for Literature, either.I mean, for the Columbus Quadricentenary in 1992 they awarded the Peace Prize to Rigoberta Menchu.

    The thing about Nobels is that they are highly political, nowhere more so than in literature and peace, but they all are, really. This is not to deprecate the important discoveries in the "hard" fields. It's just that the process is heavily lobbied and the committees are always trying to make broad statements about the world and civilization, and that guides the picks.

    Precisely for this reason I expect the Nobels this year to go to any Syrians, Libyans, Afghans, or refugee advocates that they can find.

    The MacArthurs are also heavily political. In fact looking over the list it's clear that they are trying for a mix sort of like TIME magazine lists of most important Americans; there are clear diversity quotas. As their website has it, "Committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world." (Note that "verdant" is a double counter for both "vibrant" and "environmentally aware"; note also the color codes, but I don't know why "just" is orange.)

    I'm happy for TNC as an individual. The $625 K comes out to about $10 K gross per month, which means that after taxes it comes out to about $7 K per month, which actually isn't that much in most coastal urban environments. In short, it really isn't "quit your day job" money, unless you are already planning on retiring. The smart thing to do is to invest it for Samori's college education. Or other remedial purposes that I'm just not mean enough to suggest.

    “Verdant” has been redefined to mean “black”?

    Whew, I got out of the Environmental Movement not two decades too soon. Here I thought it was about population ecology and thermodynamics and such sciencey stuff warning us that the mass breeding of r-populations will lead us all in massively dysgenic directions.

    I have of course since then learned that John Muir is an irrelevant old white man and racist, who didn’t own slaves but would have if he had been born in another time and place. So I’m just not keeping up with the Green and Black Times.

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  • @Veracitor
    The MacArthur Foundation exemplifies Robert Conquest's Second Law of Politics. Still, I think a "Genius" award for Ta-Nehisi Coates' is likely the second-worst example of affirmative action I have ever heard of (after Barack Obama's election). It is obviously intended, as Theodore Dalrymple explains, not to persuade or inform, but to humiliate everyone who is now supposed to acknowledge Coates as a "genius." Coates may be a nice guy in person, he is no doubt sincerely dedicated to the craft of writing, but he is manifestly incompetent. He doesn't write well enough to earn a "B" in a college-track high-school writing class. The MacArthur Foundation is not just subsidizing Coates' racist maunderings, not just telling everyone that skin color is far more important than performance, but pushing the faces of far better American writers by the tens of thousands into the dirt and sneering at all those, still bucking for a job like the one Coates so unjustly enjoys, who grovel and beg for more.

    “Still, I think a “Genius” award for Ta-Nehisi Coates’ is likely the second-worst example of affirmative action I have ever heard of (after Barack Obama’s election). ”

    -I’d call it at least third- there’s Obama’s nobel prize chosen before he ever did anything. That may even be the ultimate.

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  • @Mike Sylwester
    Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for being a Negro.

    Which led a wag of my acquaintance, who made your observation in 2008, to note that this was definitive evidence that the Peace Prize was just half a Nobel.

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  • @iSteveFan

    He could conceivably pull in $1M+ a year for years.
     
    I guess he is going to get his reparations after all.

    I’m guessing 40 acres in DC or NYC is a lot more than his reparations checks, so he can keep complaining.

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  • So let me get this straight- its wrong to call a trannie, someone who thinks he’s a woman, but someone who is actually white (i.e- overwhelmingly European ancestry), is someone who thinks he’s white? And TNC gets a genius grant for this? Major sign of the times.

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  • @Honesthughgrant
    It'd be nice to know who makes the MacArthur Grants, because he/she must have a sense of humor.

    TNC wins "Genius award" - the jokes write themselves.

    The MacArthur Foundation.

    Taking the g out of genius.

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  • […] Novice Comic Book Scribe Ta-Nehisi Coates Wins MacArthur Genius Grant for Inventing Replacement for Occam’s Razor http://www.unz.com/isteve/novice-comic-book-writer-ta-nehisi-coates-wins-macarthur-genius-grant-for-… […]

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  • @Veracitor
    The MacArthur Foundation exemplifies Robert Conquest's Second Law of Politics. Still, I think a "Genius" award for Ta-Nehisi Coates' is likely the second-worst example of affirmative action I have ever heard of (after Barack Obama's election). It is obviously intended, as Theodore Dalrymple explains, not to persuade or inform, but to humiliate everyone who is now supposed to acknowledge Coates as a "genius." Coates may be a nice guy in person, he is no doubt sincerely dedicated to the craft of writing, but he is manifestly incompetent. He doesn't write well enough to earn a "B" in a college-track high-school writing class. The MacArthur Foundation is not just subsidizing Coates' racist maunderings, not just telling everyone that skin color is far more important than performance, but pushing the faces of far better American writers by the tens of thousands into the dirt and sneering at all those, still bucking for a job like the one Coates so unjustly enjoys, who grovel and beg for more.

    That sums up my view of Coates exactly: He’s mainly useful as a tool to humiliate the right people, because it is so obvious he is where he is as a result of his skin color. He’s a good writer, but not exceptionally so; anybody who’s ever taught a college course knows there are thousands upon thousands of boring white guys out there who are just as gifted. None of them have book contracts or plum magazine jobs.

    And that would normally be fine — learning “just because I’m talented, it doesn’t make me particularly special” is an important part of becoming a mature adult. But the elevation of Coates is transparently a piece of Leftist theater. The fact that he’s good, but not exceptional, is part of the “joke,” so to speak; it wouldn’t work if he were truly a formidable writer. The whole point is that the thousands of good-but-not-great white guys out there are supposed to look at Coates and understand, “that would be me, if I were black.” It’s some sort of perverse payback for segregation, when truly talented blacks had to suffer the indignity of watching less-qualified colleagues get ahead just because they were white. (You can see this sort of burning resentment in the writings of W.E.B. Dubois.)

    A previous commenter noted that Obama benefits from a similar dynamic, but unlike Coates, he seems to be have figured out the game a loooooong time ago. Coates clearly isn’t in on the joke.

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  • This is a case where ‘genius grant’ should definitely be in quotes.
    About as deserved as Obama’s Noble Prize.

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  • @Jim Don Bob
    The MacArthur grants were set up by John D MacArthur who made his fortune in the insurance business; he owned Bankers Life and Casualty Company. Like most foundations, it has drifted leftward since its inception.

    One of the main reasons why getting rid of the estate tax would be a good thing. I would much rather the children of Bill Gates and Sheldon Adelson just blow the money on yachts and private islands than see it go to SJW led tax exempt foundations.

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  • @TB2
    Nonsense, he can spend his time stirring up hate so that more native French people will get raped, maimed, and mugged. Hell, that's his full time job, here or there. That's what the Atlantic and the MacArthur Foundation pay him for. He's a professional white-hating racist, and, like many of such, a rich one. It's a growth industry. That also helps explain why he's in Paris instead of Lagos - there's much less work in his chosen field in Lagos.

    Another possibility is that he’ll realize that overseas many people view African-Americans as brown white people.

    I have a Nigerian friend that does business in Paris. He’d say in the nightclubs he’d tell girls he’s from Nigeria they’d quickly lose interest. When he told them he was American they were interested.

    I think Coates, if he is being honest, will discover a whole different viewpoint on race. Also his son is getting close to adulthood. I’m detecting there maybe some issues there or more apt ‘regressing to the mean’ issues. Paris might be a way to slyly get him away from some bad influences.

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    I think Coates, if he is being honest, will discover a whole different viewpoint on race.
     
    Yeah, I think you may be right about that. Simon Kuper, in his Lunch w/ the FT interview with Coates, starts by saying that Paris "has a problem with segregation" and that blacks in high-end restaurants are scarce, so he knew the black guy putting his coat over the chair was Coates. But then Coates says he's been to the restaurant 10 times, loves it, etc., has a pleasant conversation with the waitress...

    If you read between the lines, what's not said there is pretty interesting.
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  • I don’t see how TNC is a dummy: he’s laughing all the way to the bank, and meanwhile apparently living in a place where he doesn’t have to deal with the consequences of his ‘ideas’. Consider the possibility that he’s simply writing for the ‘hurt me, Ta’ whites who eat up his stuff, and to nobody else. His vagueness leaves a lot of room for this crowd to insert their prejudices. His hilariously purple writing hints to them at intellectuality, when in fact its bad writing.

    Kind of the way, say, Thomas Kincaide paints for a certain audience (and turns off other audiences), perhaps Ta is doing the same in the writing world.

    If he were writing specifically for the audience who reads and buys him (as opposed to trying to be a public intellectual who influences stuff) what would he do differently than he does now? Just about nothing.

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  • @femtoaggression

    "Ta-Nehisi Coates [...] was at home in his Paris apartment when the call came."
     
    Isn't Paris insufferably white? What's wrong with Lagos?

    No white guilt in Lagos.

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  • Priss Factor [AKA "skiapolemistis"] says:

    http://www.cherwell.org/news/world/2015/09/08/hundreds-attend-refugees-welcome-in-oxford-rally

    head hurts.

    PS. Did many on the Liberal side seem ‘rightist’ during the Cold War cuz they opposed communism and USSR? Once commie threat was gone, there was no longer any need for them to side with Conservatives. Their true colors showed.
    Anti-communism during the Cold War may have made many Libs just seem ‘conservative’ cuz of shared enemy.

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  • He could conceivably pull in $1M+ a year for years.

    I guess he is going to get his reparations after all.

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    I'm guessing 40 acres in DC or NYC is a lot more than his reparations checks, so he can keep complaining.
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    I've been wondering when Tennessee (both state and UT football) will be ordered to "change the word Volunteer."

    After all, it dates back to Tennesseans volunteering to fight "Natives" and Mexicans.
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  • So what, ugly girls win beauty contests, a blind boy is granted a place on a football team and of course Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize before he even took a dump in the White House. The MacArthur awards are now just another Affirmative Action Award. Check out some recent Pulitzer prize winners for affirmation.

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    • Replies: @Olorin
    Debasing the currency of evolutionary excellence is a full time job, Joe. Everywhere you look, there are bests and brightests and most beautifuls, all needing to be taken down a peg to inflict the elites' global/pomo culture and idolatry of the dark mob.
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  • @Dave Pinsen
    Lots of good noms. His Lunch with the FT interview was at his new favorite restaurant, Glou. Lunch for two: €100. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/be0a6d8c-610e-11e5-9846-de406ccb37f2.html

    Coates is raking in the dough. His publisher printed out 175k books during its first run. The list price is $24. So he ‘s grossing around $400-500k minimum off the book.

    The book is destined to be a must read on college campuses indefinitely. It’s small and not terribly long just perfect to add to the syllabi of low demanding race study courses. Due to his profile among white American elites there will also be translated copies in Spanish, French & German. This grant is just gravy. I wonder if he’ll even bother with the Atlantic moving forward?

    He could conceivably pull in $1M+ a year for years.

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  • @anonymous
    The average person out there probably thinks the award means that the person really is a genius. My internet service provider's home page carried the story and had the list of winners but only one photo to head it up; of course they chose the black person's picture. He's a heavily promoted, artificially created celebrity who'll probably be around for years to come as the designated black spokesperson. Behind him are the various whites who actually helped create him by pushing him upwards and putting money into his bank account. These foundations all seem to get taken over by left-wingers eventually. American public life is truly the pits.

    O’Sullivan’s Law: Any institution that is not explicitly right wing will eventually become left wing. The MacArthur’s who funded the foundation were pretty much Goldwater Republicans politically. Henry Ford was somewhere to the right of that and look at the Ford foundation today.
    All charities, think tanks, Human Resources departments etc are staffed by liberal arts majors who come out of school indoctrinated to the left and find these types of organizations as nice places where they can fit in, make a very nice living and steer it. That is pretty much where all those OWS and SJWs end up after they graduate. They get into some odd niches. One of the throw away weekly papers in my neighborhood is hilarious; it alternates surfing and volleyball competition coverage with editorial content which is slightly to the left of Leon Trotsky.
    Exaggerating slightly:
    P.1 news story; “Local favorites Madison Clark and Mindy Bowers pulled off a come from behind win in this weekends Budweiser V-ball tournament.”
    P.2 : “City Council rejects oil drilling plan, dealing another blow to the Wall Street Plutocrats and their ravening horde of running dogs and jackals who feast off the life blood of the Proletariat.”

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  • @femtoaggression

    "Ta-Nehisi Coates [...] was at home in his Paris apartment when the call came."
     
    Isn't Paris insufferably white? What's wrong with Lagos?

    > Isn’t Paris insufferably white?

    Uh … no. Just in Paris a few days ago and sure the nice areas are still mostly white. But even in the tourist sections you’re continually accosted by annoying Africans pitching their Eiffel Tower knick-knacks and other kitsch in the typically annoying African manner. Popped onto the metro at the Trocadero Thursday afternoon to head back to our hotel (near the opera) and at first glance we could have been getting on the Lake-Dan Ryan south of downtown … then in a few seconds realized half the brown was actually brown not black. But suffice it to say you didn’t think “France”.

    Wasn’t out on the streets anywhere in the suburbs, but AnotherMom wanted to ride airport bus rather than do the RER line change at Gare du Nord, so saw a bit from the highway. Graffiti *everywhere*, saw several sections of highway with incredible trash–just crap everywhere including bags of garbage.

    I confess Paris–sitting in a cafe, sipping a glass of wine, puffing on a cigarette–isn’t really my thing. I find enjoyment, beauty, relaxation say looking out over a mountain lake surrounded by peaks–dodging crowds of folks on the sidewalk are what i want to vacation away from. (There’s a reason i’m here in the PNW.) But for what it is, i suppose Paris is pretty nice. (Another Mom seemed to like going out to the boulangerie across the street in the morning to grab a big, pretty cheap chocolate studded roll.) And clearly there’s a fair number of people who like what it offers and think it’s the height of something or another.

    So why the French have decided to throw that away and turn the joint into an ugly islamified 3rd world slum … a pretty darn perplexing question.

    The French claim to love being French, but what they’ve done seems to suggest … they don’t really care. And as much as it’s not my thing … i find it all rather sad.

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    And clearly there’s a fair number of people who like what it offers and think it’s the height of something or another.
     
    Civilization?

    I knew many, many Americans with attitude in Paris. They instinctively realize the French dress better, aren't so fat, eat and drink better, are more polite, have more style, and in general make Americans feel dull. Rather similar to non-whites like Coates - but not so vicious - envy towards a superior group. Don't look back, my friend, lowest common denominator coming up behind you.
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  • @Anonymous
    Yes, people still read Solzhenitsyn, but the former Soviet Union is still a corrupt police state in which thugs like Putin rule over and steal from everyone else. Not much has changed. Freedom did not win in Russia.

    “Yes, people still read Solzhenitsyn, but the former Soviet Union is still a corrupt police state in which thugs like Putin rule over and steal from everyone else. Not much has changed. Freedom did not win in Russia.”

    Seeing as how the USA is governed by a kleptocracy consisting largely of traitors, along with a healthy sprinkling of pedophiles & assorted moral degenerate riffraff, I think its a little funny for one of us to be criticizing the Russian regime. Yeah, its a long way from perfect. Has freedom prevailed here in the USA of late, and I somehow missed it?

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  • The MacArthur Foundation exemplifies Robert Conquest’s Second Law of Politics. Still, I think a “Genius” award for Ta-Nehisi Coates’ is likely the second-worst example of affirmative action I have ever heard of (after Barack Obama’s election). It is obviously intended, as Theodore Dalrymple explains, not to persuade or inform, but to humiliate everyone who is now supposed to acknowledge Coates as a “genius.” Coates may be a nice guy in person, he is no doubt sincerely dedicated to the craft of writing, but he is manifestly incompetent. He doesn’t write well enough to earn a “B” in a college-track high-school writing class. The MacArthur Foundation is not just subsidizing Coates’ racist maunderings, not just telling everyone that skin color is far more important than performance, but pushing the faces of far better American writers by the tens of thousands into the dirt and sneering at all those, still bucking for a job like the one Coates so unjustly enjoys, who grovel and beg for more.

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    • Replies: @Mr. Blank
    That sums up my view of Coates exactly: He's mainly useful as a tool to humiliate the right people, because it is so obvious he is where he is as a result of his skin color. He's a good writer, but not exceptionally so; anybody who's ever taught a college course knows there are thousands upon thousands of boring white guys out there who are just as gifted. None of them have book contracts or plum magazine jobs.

    And that would normally be fine — learning "just because I'm talented, it doesn't make me particularly special" is an important part of becoming a mature adult. But the elevation of Coates is transparently a piece of Leftist theater. The fact that he's good, but not exceptional, is part of the "joke," so to speak; it wouldn't work if he were truly a formidable writer. The whole point is that the thousands of good-but-not-great white guys out there are supposed to look at Coates and understand, "that would be me, if I were black." It's some sort of perverse payback for segregation, when truly talented blacks had to suffer the indignity of watching less-qualified colleagues get ahead just because they were white. (You can see this sort of burning resentment in the writings of W.E.B. Dubois.)

    A previous commenter noted that Obama benefits from a similar dynamic, but unlike Coates, he seems to be have figured out the game a loooooong time ago. Coates clearly isn't in on the joke.
    , @Doorway
    "Still, I think a “Genius” award for Ta-Nehisi Coates’ is likely the second-worst example of affirmative action I have ever heard of (after Barack Obama’s election). "

    -I'd call it at least third- there's Obama's nobel prize chosen before he ever did anything. That may even be the ultimate.
    , @Olorin
    Coates's elevation to Black Shakespeare--er, I mean even better than Shakespeare, coz his stuff was HARD for an IQ 70-85 person to read--has another agenda.

    It's designed to convince the dolts of the world that they're real smart. Remember, the bulk of the black population worldwide has IQs between 55 and 90.

    Coates's elevation is one act of many designed to slap an ochlocratic governor on the genius of people who reside in the actual top 5-10% of human IQ and potential, redefining the very term "genius" to mean "mass" and "elite approved."

    Centers of global financial power cannot keep the pyramid going by relying on the genuine best and brightest. They need mass labor and consumer markets wherever they can find them. Did you miss the spate of articles in the past few years about how Nigeria is going to supply "the labor force of the future"?

    Believe me, at the foundation funding level these stratagems have been thought out 50 years ahead. After all, foundations and their ruling families protect their wealth via the mechanisms of global financial power. They plug rootless postmodernism because that is the basis of their plans. Packing up and leaving on a moment's notice to get a cheaper labor force and more tractable consumer base.

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  • @Anonymous
    Steve, you can't really improve on Occam's Butterknife. Keep using that one. You've invented Coke II with this new "Arkham's Rubberroom"thing.

    Steve, you can’t really improve on Occam’s Butterknife. Keep using that one. You’ve invented Coke II with this new “Arkham’s Rubberroom”thing.

    Well said–heartily agree.

    “Occam’s Butterknife” is cute, clever, memorable and does–or capable of–doing serious political work in mocking the conventional wisdom.

    All this rubber room stuff is unclear, a stretch and will just leave even intelligent people going “huh”. Waste of iSteve talent.

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    "Arkham's rubber room" is as valid an "alt right" signalling phrase as "black bodies" is for the pomoaners.

    The butterknife one works well in other discursive company.

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  • @Steve Sailer
    Not to mention the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.

    Perhaps TNC will be elected a fellow of both the Royal Society and the British Academy.

    But he’s given away the game–it’s the reason he’s in Paris–he really wants to be made one of les immortels of the Académie française.

    Hey, if Caligula could name his horse as a consul . . . .

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  • @Jim Don Bob
    The MacArthur grants were set up by John D MacArthur who made his fortune in the insurance business; he owned Bankers Life and Casualty Company. Like most foundations, it has drifted leftward since its inception.

    “Like most foundations, it has drifted leftward since its inception.”

    No. All of the Foundations were collectivist from the start, all that’s happened is that they pretend less now.

    Back in 1954 Congress looked at them.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_Select_Committee_to_Investigate_Tax-Exempt_Foundations_and_Comparable_Organizations

    Read the Dodd Report to the Cox/Reese Committee.

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    No. All of the Foundations were collectivist from the start, all that’s happened is that they pretend less now.
     
    Not the case. Several large foundations--e.g., the Rosenwald Fund and the John M. Olin Foundation--with nonleftist missions have spent down and gone out of business rather than risk a leftward drift.
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  • He’s being laden with awards and accolades purely because he attracts the right type of enemies: i.e. the badwhites like Sailer.

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  • War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Great Battle for Blair Mountain"] says:

    Coates was annointed by the MEGA-CEO WHITE MALES who own every US labor market to demonize The Historic Native Born White American Working Class. This is the input to the program. The output:wage slave labor markets for Whitey. This is what its all about. The algorithm is implemented in the language of the blessings of diversity and White racial guilt. The homo Pope gave his blessing to this program a few days ago.

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  • @Big Bill
    Somebody said TNC already moved to Paris. I guess he got the word early.

    Going full Hemingway ... or Josephine Baker, or Jerry Lewis, I'm not sure which.

    He'll be back. Not much going on in Paris for an American colored kid to do. Wear a beret? Drink absinthe? Show the Arab boys how to rap the American way?

    Nonsense, he can spend his time stirring up hate so that more native French people will get raped, maimed, and mugged. Hell, that’s his full time job, here or there. That’s what the Atlantic and the MacArthur Foundation pay him for. He’s a professional white-hating racist, and, like many of such, a rich one. It’s a growth industry. That also helps explain why he’s in Paris instead of Lagos – there’s much less work in his chosen field in Lagos.

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    Another possibility is that he'll realize that overseas many people view African-Americans as brown white people.

    I have a Nigerian friend that does business in Paris. He'd say in the nightclubs he'd tell girls he's from Nigeria they'd quickly lose interest. When he told them he was American they were interested.

    I think Coates, if he is being honest, will discover a whole different viewpoint on race. Also his son is getting close to adulthood. I'm detecting there maybe some issues there or more apt 'regressing to the mean' issues. Paris might be a way to slyly get him away from some bad influences.
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  • @Jus' Sayin'...
    As another commenter noted, a diminishing minority are awarded in the hard sciences. I would add that even these awards tend to go to scientists working in PC areas. Their science is good but there is a vanishingly small probability they would have won their MacArthur Grants had their research not supported some direction of thought favored by the bien pensant.

    Agreed. The “big data” is a good example—excellent research, done at the right time.

    Also, it’s not a “hard science”, but here’s the reaction today of other economists on the very first economist to win this award:

    http://www.econjobrumors.com/topic/who-is-heidi-williams-the-only-mcarthur-genius-in-economics

    Again, nicely done research but hardly the most challenging topic in economics.

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  • @femtoaggression

    "Ta-Nehisi Coates [...] was at home in his Paris apartment when the call came."
     
    Isn't Paris insufferably white? What's wrong with Lagos?

    Why would a tick attach itself to a geranium?

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  • @candid_observer
    Every year, the Macarthur awards are the worst of the worst in going full PC.
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    TNC will win a third Nobel for Physics: after all, he’s the world’s leading expert on black bodies
     
    Bodies is obviously a popular word for pomo signaling. Other MacArthur winners had the word "body" in her/his resume https://www.macfound.org/fellows/936/ and https://www.macfound.org/fellows/935/

    That second link goes to a choreographer. She is using the word body legitimately.

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  • @Honesthughgrant
    It'd be nice to know who makes the MacArthur Grants, because he/she must have a sense of humor.

    TNC wins "Genius award" - the jokes write themselves.

    The MacArthur grants were set up by John D MacArthur who made his fortune in the insurance business; he owned Bankers Life and Casualty Company. Like most foundations, it has drifted leftward since its inception.

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    "Like most foundations, it has drifted leftward since its inception."

    No. All of the Foundations were collectivist from the start, all that's happened is that they pretend less now.

    Back in 1954 Congress looked at them.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_Select_Committee_to_Investigate_Tax-Exempt_Foundations_and_Comparable_Organizations


    Read the Dodd Report to the Cox/Reese Committee.

    , @Honorary Thief
    One of the main reasons why getting rid of the estate tax would be a good thing. I would much rather the children of Bill Gates and Sheldon Adelson just blow the money on yachts and private islands than see it go to SJW led tax exempt foundations.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    The MacArthur grants were set up by John D MacArthur…
     
    MacArthur was a nudist, or so I was told by another nudist.

    So in a real sense the man was unsuitable. Don't know if there's enough material to weave this into a thread, though.
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  • Really looking forward to TNC on the Wheaties box

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    Really looking forward to TNC on the Wheaties box
     
    But not, absolutely not, in ESPN's Body Issue!
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  • @Frank Deschamps
    This is really kind of insulting. I suppose one should take it in jest. But all these pseudo-courageous pseudo-achievers - Sarkeesian, Mattress Girl, Faux-Bomb Boy, Bruce Jenner, etc - are getting real social and monetary rewards for their mischief from the highest levels of society. And the rest of us hide behind virtual burqas or run little websites on the margins of society.

    Well, I have faith the truth will triumph in the end. Brezhnev got a lot of medals in his day too, but today people still read Solzhenitsyn.

    Society reverts to the mean. A small handful of people read Solzhenitzyn—most people read nothing at all.

    Black fellows with funny names make good celebrities as long as they don’t wave guns or curse too much. People like them; they’re good examples. It makes everyone feel good to publicly reward them. Don’t be a spoilsport.

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  • @timothy
    Half of the grants, typically, are scientists. Many of them are geniuses.

    As another commenter noted, a diminishing minority are awarded in the hard sciences. I would add that even these awards tend to go to scientists working in PC areas. Their science is good but there is a vanishingly small probability they would have won their MacArthur Grants had their research not supported some direction of thought favored by the bien pensant.

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    Agreed. The "big data" is a good example—excellent research, done at the right time.

    Also, it's not a "hard science", but here's the reaction today of other economists on the very first economist to win this award:
    http://www.econjobrumors.com/topic/who-is-heidi-williams-the-only-mcarthur-genius-in-economics
    Again, nicely done research but hardly the most challenging topic in economics.
    , @kaganovitch
    Underground thought criminal Steven Pinker's wife (Rebecca Goldstein )is a past recipient.
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  • @iffen
    One should look to see where this TNC phenomenon goes. He obviously has the complete support of the establishment and they are in control of the culture and the media. I have not read any of his books, only some of his articles. He feels confident enough to take on past black leaders like Malcolm X and W. E. B. Du Bois, not to mention current ones like President Obama.

    In my opinion, he views reparations as recompense for the crime of slavery, as a kind of wehrgeld. He intimates that this should not be a one-time payment, but rather a continuing series of payments. In none of the articles that I have read does he say that in return for these payments blacks will be expected to amend their “disparate” behaviors and conform to broader societal norms. In fact, he maintains that the abnormal and criminal behaviors were identified first by looking at black society and then defining said behaviors as criminal or pathological.

    He also seems to be moving toward the acceptance of a matriarchal culture for American blacks. If this is his eventual point of view, he would be joining those HBD people who think that the nuclear family is just too heavy of a lift for American blacks. If blacks truly cannot make the nuclear family work, then he and those HBD people that agree should try to figure out how to strengthen the matriarchal culture so as to lessen the detrimental effects on black males when they are thrown into competition against the larger society.

    In my opinion, he views reparations as recompense for the crime of slavery, as a kind of wehrgeld.

    Rather a kind of danegeld.

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  • Lol, there’s a difference between winning something and being awarded something. The difference is that winning is objective and awarding is subjective. A soccer player wins the Golden Boot by scoring the most goals; but is awarded the Golden Ball by receiving the most votes.
    Not sure if Ta-Hyphen has ever won anything. But he sure has received many awards. He is a useful tool, like Obama. Where Obama is a face for the cameras, Ta-Hyphen is signature for the rags. Of the two, Obama seems to be the one who actually understands what’s going on.

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  • @yaqub the mad scientist
    What will the typical hard-working, underpaid New York Times reporter, or similar intellectual working stiff, think of this? They might think, what makes this clown an acknowledged genius and “me” (say this “me” is a typical, bright and hard-working, media type) an overlooked worker-bee?

    There's a writer named Tom Wolfe who has made a career of providing play by play accounts of first person internal monologuing like this, complete with the intellectual gymnastics involved in searching for an answer to such tortured questioning.

    That suit of his guarantees that he will always stand out.

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  • @Borachio
    Did you look at the other winners on the list? It's hilarious. "Physics Today" described it with thinly-veiled sarcasm as "delightfully diverse."

    It's got black bodies, a puppeteer, a Rachel Maddow-lookalike painter (it's not stated if she's officially "transgender" but it's probably in the works), a playwright who focuses on the problems of Official Victims, and plenty of other people whose qualifications on paper are obscure but whose actual qualifications are both obvious and unrelated to anything resembling genius.

    The list also has a few people who do substantive work on real things. Presumably, it includes them just to provide cover for the affirmative-action hires.

    Correction: It wasn’t Physics Today that made the comment about the list being “delightfully diverse.” Physics Today reposted an article that made the comment.

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  • @J1234
    What's that old movie about the no talent half-wit who becomes more and more famous and adored merely through odd circumstance? I can't remember the title. Not Forrest Gump.

    Of course, since Mr. Coates lives in Paris, Inspector Clouseau also comes to mind. :)

    Being There starring Peter Sellers.

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  • Did you look at the other winners on the list? It’s hilarious. “Physics Today” described it with thinly-veiled sarcasm as “delightfully diverse.”

    It’s got black bodies, a puppeteer, a Rachel Maddow-lookalike painter (it’s not stated if she’s officially “transgender” but it’s probably in the works), a playwright who focuses on the problems of Official Victims, and plenty of other people whose qualifications on paper are obscure but whose actual qualifications are both obvious and unrelated to anything resembling genius.

    The list also has a few people who do substantive work on real things. Presumably, it includes them just to provide cover for the affirmative-action hires.

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    Correction: It wasn't Physics Today that made the comment about the list being "delightfully diverse." Physics Today reposted an article that made the comment.
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  • The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @J1234
    What's that old movie about the no talent half-wit who becomes more and more famous and adored merely through odd circumstance? I can't remember the title. Not Forrest Gump.

    Of course, since Mr. Coates lives in Paris, Inspector Clouseau also comes to mind. :)

    Being There?

    I think that was one of Peter Seller’s best roles.

    Curiously, both Chauncy and Forrest Gump were fundamentally good people.

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    I think that was one of Peter Seller’s best roles.
     
    Thanks everyone, and thanks Fourth doorman for the link. Interesting that I couldn't remember the exact movie or the actor, but still mentioned Inspector Clouseau. The connection was almost there. Of course, Sellers is very good at that character type.
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  • @J1234
    What's that old movie about the no talent half-wit who becomes more and more famous and adored merely through odd circumstance? I can't remember the title. Not Forrest Gump.

    Of course, since Mr. Coates lives in Paris, Inspector Clouseau also comes to mind. :)

    Being There. Book by Jerzy Kozlinski and movie with Peter Sellers.

    Chauncy Gardener was the “protagonist” such as he was.

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  • @Steve Sailer
    Not to mention the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.

    Best in Show at Westminster Kennel Club.

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  • @J1234
    What's that old movie about the no talent half-wit who becomes more and more famous and adored merely through odd circumstance? I can't remember the title. Not Forrest Gump.

    Of course, since Mr. Coates lives in Paris, Inspector Clouseau also comes to mind. :)

    Being There – Peter Sellars

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  • @Steve Sailer
    Not to mention the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.

    I don’t think TNC has won the Pulitzer yet for “Between the World and Me”; but I think it’s coming.

    I wouldn’t entirely blow off the possibility of a TNC Nobel for Literature, either.I mean, for the Columbus Quadricentenary in 1992 they awarded the Peace Prize to Rigoberta Menchu.

    The thing about Nobels is that they are highly political, nowhere more so than in literature and peace, but they all are, really. This is not to deprecate the important discoveries in the “hard” fields. It’s just that the process is heavily lobbied and the committees are always trying to make broad statements about the world and civilization, and that guides the picks.

    Precisely for this reason I expect the Nobels this year to go to any Syrians, Libyans, Afghans, or refugee advocates that they can find.

    The MacArthurs are also heavily political. In fact looking over the list it’s clear that they are trying for a mix sort of like TIME magazine lists of most important Americans; there are clear diversity quotas. As their website has it, “Committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world.” (Note that “verdant” is a double counter for both “vibrant” and “environmentally aware”; note also the color codes, but I don’t know why “just” is orange.)

    I’m happy for TNC as an individual. The $625 K comes out to about $10 K gross per month, which means that after taxes it comes out to about $7 K per month, which actually isn’t that much in most coastal urban environments. In short, it really isn’t “quit your day job” money, unless you are already planning on retiring. The smart thing to do is to invest it for Samori’s college education. Or other remedial purposes that I’m just not mean enough to suggest.

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    • Replies: @Olorin
    "Verdant" has been redefined to mean "black"?

    Whew, I got out of the Environmental Movement not two decades too soon. Here I thought it was about population ecology and thermodynamics and such sciencey stuff warning us that the mass breeding of r-populations will lead us all in massively dysgenic directions.

    I have of course since then learned that John Muir is an irrelevant old white man and racist, who didn't own slaves but would have if he had been born in another time and place. So I'm just not keeping up with the Green and Black Times.
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  • @femtoaggression

    "Ta-Nehisi Coates [...] was at home in his Paris apartment when the call came."
     
    Isn't Paris insufferably white? What's wrong with Lagos?

    “Isn’t Paris insufferably white? What’s wrong with Lagos?”

    For that matter, what’s wrong with one of the most famous places in the world…Ferguson?

    As one of the spiritual heads of #BlackLivesMatter, why isn’t TNC doing his part by residing among those lives that matter? Certainly the Eye of Soros would take good care of him there.

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  • What’s that old movie about the no talent half-wit who becomes more and more famous and adored merely through odd circumstance? I can’t remember the title. Not Forrest Gump.

    Of course, since Mr. Coates lives in Paris, Inspector Clouseau also comes to mind. :)

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    • Replies: @oldfarmerbrown
    Being There - Peter Sellars
    , @hodag
    Being There. Book by Jerzy Kozlinski and movie with Peter Sellers.

    Chauncy Gardener was the "protagonist" such as he was.
    , @The most deplorable one
    Being There?

    I think that was one of Peter Seller's best roles.

    Curiously, both Chauncy and Forrest Gump were fundamentally good people.
    , @Alfa158
    Being There starring Peter Sellers.
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  • One should look to see where this TNC phenomenon goes. He obviously has the complete support of the establishment and they are in control of the culture and the media. I have not read any of his books, only some of his articles. He feels confident enough to take on past black leaders like Malcolm X and W. E. B. Du Bois, not to mention current ones like President Obama.

    In my opinion, he views reparations as recompense for the crime of slavery, as a kind of wehrgeld. He intimates that this should not be a one-time payment, but rather a continuing series of payments. In none of the articles that I have read does he say that in return for these payments blacks will be expected to amend their “disparate” behaviors and conform to broader societal norms. In fact, he maintains that the abnormal and criminal behaviors were identified first by looking at black society and then defining said behaviors as criminal or pathological.

    He also seems to be moving toward the acceptance of a matriarchal culture for American blacks. If this is his eventual point of view, he would be joining those HBD people who think that the nuclear family is just too heavy of a lift for American blacks. If blacks truly cannot make the nuclear family work, then he and those HBD people that agree should try to figure out how to strengthen the matriarchal culture so as to lessen the detrimental effects on black males when they are thrown into competition against the larger society.

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    In my opinion, he views reparations as recompense for the crime of slavery, as a kind of wehrgeld.

    Rather a kind of danegeld.
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  • @Steve Sailer
    Don't overlook the possibility of the Heisman Trophy and the Congressional Medal of Honor.

    Not to mention the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.

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    • Replies: @SPMoore8
    I don't think TNC has won the Pulitzer yet for "Between the World and Me"; but I think it's coming.

    I wouldn't entirely blow off the possibility of a TNC Nobel for Literature, either.I mean, for the Columbus Quadricentenary in 1992 they awarded the Peace Prize to Rigoberta Menchu.

    The thing about Nobels is that they are highly political, nowhere more so than in literature and peace, but they all are, really. This is not to deprecate the important discoveries in the "hard" fields. It's just that the process is heavily lobbied and the committees are always trying to make broad statements about the world and civilization, and that guides the picks.

    Precisely for this reason I expect the Nobels this year to go to any Syrians, Libyans, Afghans, or refugee advocates that they can find.

    The MacArthurs are also heavily political. In fact looking over the list it's clear that they are trying for a mix sort of like TIME magazine lists of most important Americans; there are clear diversity quotas. As their website has it, "Committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world." (Note that "verdant" is a double counter for both "vibrant" and "environmentally aware"; note also the color codes, but I don't know why "just" is orange.)

    I'm happy for TNC as an individual. The $625 K comes out to about $10 K gross per month, which means that after taxes it comes out to about $7 K per month, which actually isn't that much in most coastal urban environments. In short, it really isn't "quit your day job" money, unless you are already planning on retiring. The smart thing to do is to invest it for Samori's college education. Or other remedial purposes that I'm just not mean enough to suggest.
    , @hodag
    Best in Show at Westminster Kennel Club.
    , @Percy Gryce
    Perhaps TNC will be elected a fellow of both the Royal Society and the British Academy.

    But he's given away the game--it's the reason he's in Paris--he really wants to be made one of les immortels of the Académie française.

    Hey, if Caligula could name his horse as a consul . . . .
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  • @Anonymous
    How many different combinations of awards are possible for "Between the World & Me?" (Is in Paris in hopes of netting some Michelin stars?) If he records the audio book it should be a shoo-in for a Grammy; obviously the film version will need to get at least a Best Adapted Screenplay, a Golden Bear, Nickelodeon Teens Choice, two thumbs up and Un Prix de Un Certain Regard. Merely to create a nominee that isn't Taylor Swift or Beyonce couldn't he also work in the acceptance of an MTV moon man? On another note I saw in NBC's new "Blacklist" knock-off with Wesley Snipes that "Occam" is the name of the mysterious probabilistic holding company who's sending the hero on a high-risk counterterrorism mission each week (suffice to say much of the show's premise is in direct conflict with Occam's razor)

    Don’t overlook the possibility of the Heisman Trophy and the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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    Not to mention the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.
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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    How many different combinations of awards are possible for “Between the World & Me?” (Is in Paris in hopes of netting some Michelin stars?) If he records the audio book it should be a shoo-in for a Grammy; obviously the film version will need to get at least a Best Adapted Screenplay, a Golden Bear, Nickelodeon Teens Choice, two thumbs up and Un Prix de Un Certain Regard. Merely to create a nominee that isn’t Taylor Swift or Beyonce couldn’t he also work in the acceptance of an MTV moon man? On another note I saw in NBC’s new “Blacklist” knock-off with Wesley Snipes that “Occam” is the name of the mysterious probabilistic holding company who’s sending the hero on a high-risk counterterrorism mission each week (suffice to say much of the show’s premise is in direct conflict with Occam’s razor)

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    Don't overlook the possibility of the Heisman Trophy and the Congressional Medal of Honor.
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  • @Anonym
    Stop giving them ideas!

    Everyone reads and appropriates your work sans attribution for different reasons. The left notes and then mainstreams the concepts you notice as onionesque. Just as Brooks and Douthat read you for material. Trump's people read you for campaign ideas - kind of like their open source Karl Rove. And Soros's minions probably read you for yet another purpose.

    Steve Sailer: open source Karl Rove

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  • @Honesthughgrant
    It'd be nice to know who makes the MacArthur Grants, because he/she must have a sense of humor.

    TNC wins "Genius award" - the jokes write themselves.

    The colour out of space…..Arkham,s revenge

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    The average person out there probably thinks the award means that the person really is a genius. My internet service provider’s home page carried the story and had the list of winners but only one photo to head it up; of course they chose the black person’s picture. He’s a heavily promoted, artificially created celebrity who’ll probably be around for years to come as the designated black spokesperson. Behind him are the various whites who actually helped create him by pushing him upwards and putting money into his bank account. These foundations all seem to get taken over by left-wingers eventually. American public life is truly the pits.

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    • Replies: @Alfa158
    O'Sullivan's Law: Any institution that is not explicitly right wing will eventually become left wing. The MacArthur's who funded the foundation were pretty much Goldwater Republicans politically. Henry Ford was somewhere to the right of that and look at the Ford foundation today.
    All charities, think tanks, Human Resources departments etc are staffed by liberal arts majors who come out of school indoctrinated to the left and find these types of organizations as nice places where they can fit in, make a very nice living and steer it. That is pretty much where all those OWS and SJWs end up after they graduate. They get into some odd niches. One of the throw away weekly papers in my neighborhood is hilarious; it alternates surfing and volleyball competition coverage with editorial content which is slightly to the left of Leon Trotsky.
    Exaggerating slightly:
    P.1 news story; "Local favorites Madison Clark and Mindy Bowers pulled off a come from behind win in this weekends Budweiser V-ball tournament."
    P.2 : "City Council rejects oil drilling plan, dealing another blow to the Wall Street Plutocrats and their ravening horde of running dogs and jackals who feast off the life blood of the Proletariat."
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  • @Frank Deschamps
    This is really kind of insulting. I suppose one should take it in jest. But all these pseudo-courageous pseudo-achievers - Sarkeesian, Mattress Girl, Faux-Bomb Boy, Bruce Jenner, etc - are getting real social and monetary rewards for their mischief from the highest levels of society. And the rest of us hide behind virtual burqas or run little websites on the margins of society.

    Well, I have faith the truth will triumph in the end. Brezhnev got a lot of medals in his day too, but today people still read Solzhenitsyn.

    Yes, people still read Solzhenitsyn, but the former Soviet Union is still a corrupt police state in which thugs like Putin rule over and steal from everyone else. Not much has changed. Freedom did not win in Russia.

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    "Yes, people still read Solzhenitsyn, but the former Soviet Union is still a corrupt police state in which thugs like Putin rule over and steal from everyone else. Not much has changed. Freedom did not win in Russia."

    Seeing as how the USA is governed by a kleptocracy consisting largely of traitors, along with a healthy sprinkling of pedophiles & assorted moral degenerate riffraff, I think its a little funny for one of us to be criticizing the Russian regime. Yeah, its a long way from perfect. Has freedom prevailed here in the USA of late, and I somehow missed it?
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  • @Steve Sailer
    "but today people still read Solzhenitsyn"

    But Solzhenitsyn couldn't find a New York publisher for his last book.

    Someone said in the 70s that Brezhnev would be remembered as a politician who lived in the time of Solzhenitsyn.

    TNC will be remembered, if at all, as a magazine writer who lived in the time of Sailer.

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  • @Steve Sailer
    TNC will win a third Nobel for Physics: after all, he's the world's leading expert on black bodies.

    TNC will win a third Nobel for Physics: after all, he’s the world’s leading expert on black bodies

    Bodies is obviously a popular word for pomo signaling. Other MacArthur winners had the word “body” in her/his resume https://www.macfound.org/fellows/936/ and https://www.macfound.org/fellows/935/

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    That second link goes to a choreographer. She is using the word body legitimately.
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  • @Dave Pinsen
    Is it too soon to start thinking about when Coates will win a Nobel? If not, will he win one for Literature, Peace, or both?

    TNC will win a third Nobel for Physics: after all, he’s the world’s leading expert on black bodies.

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    TNC will win a third Nobel for Physics: after all, he’s the world’s leading expert on black bodies
     
    Bodies is obviously a popular word for pomo signaling. Other MacArthur winners had the word "body" in her/his resume https://www.macfound.org/fellows/936/ and https://www.macfound.org/fellows/935/
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  • I took a look at this years MacArthur winners and at least one third are involved in the same rootless post modernism as Ti-Nisi-Coats. The award is 625,000 given to you over 5 years.
    Here is one winner:
    LaToya Ruby Frazier
    Photographer and Video Artist

    https://www.macfound.org/fellows/937/

    and

    https://www.macfound.org/fellows/938/

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  • @Truth
    Speaking of Occam, you guy's favorite excuse might need to be retired...

    http://www.rawstory.com/2015/09/white-man-trying-to-buy-gun-shoots-self-in-penis-blames-it-on-a-black-guy/

    C’mon Truth, we got a good thing going here making fun of Tab-Nehrudi. Don’t distract us with this inanity. Let us have this one and we’ll indulge your next “white man be stupid” link.

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  • @yaqub the mad scientist
    What will the typical hard-working, underpaid New York Times reporter, or similar intellectual working stiff, think of this? They might think, what makes this clown an acknowledged genius and “me” (say this “me” is a typical, bright and hard-working, media type) an overlooked worker-bee?

    There's a writer named Tom Wolfe who has made a career of providing play by play accounts of first person internal monologuing like this, complete with the intellectual gymnastics involved in searching for an answer to such tortured questioning.

    But who’d want to have Tom Wolfe’s career?

    Isn’t it better just to be one of the pack, never daring to stand out?

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  • More evidence that racism is acceptable and celebrated, provided it’s directed at the right target. I suspect that’s the message his white colleagues are absorbing right now.

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  • @Peter Johnson
    This is an attempt to stifle HBD-realism by providing "evidence" that there is no leftward shift in the IQ bell curve of blacks relative to Europeans and East Asians. It could backfire -- many people will think "Ta Nehisi Coates is being called a genius - his writing isn't even reasonably intelligent!" and that could create backlash of reality-checking. It seems a bit ridiculous. What will the typical hard-working, underpaid New York Times reporter, or similar intellectual working stiff, think of this? They might think, what makes this clown an acknowledged genius and "me" (say this "me" is a typical, bright and hard-working, media type) an overlooked worker-bee? Oh yes, his skin color. Hmmm. It could lead to some healthy cynicism about the standard anti-HBD propaganda line.

    What will the typical hard-working, underpaid New York Times reporter, or similar intellectual working stiff, think of this? They might think, what makes this clown an acknowledged genius and “me” (say this “me” is a typical, bright and hard-working, media type) an overlooked worker-bee?

    There’s a writer named Tom Wolfe who has made a career of providing play by play accounts of first person internal monologuing like this, complete with the intellectual gymnastics involved in searching for an answer to such tortured questioning.

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    But who'd want to have Tom Wolfe's career?

    Isn't it better just to be one of the pack, never daring to stand out?

    , @yaqub the mad scientist
    That suit of his guarantees that he will always stand out.
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  • @eah
    What the heck is Coates doing living in Paris?! Is he taken as some kind of nouveau American intellectual or something?

    He’s doing what he’s supposed to do-spend time amongst a culture he can’t penetrate, and describe it in as an alien civilization. Will eventually be the subject of a book. There will be two chapters about the horrible afro/muslim diaspora there, but most of it will be about himself.

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  • @Peter Johnson
    This is an attempt to stifle HBD-realism by providing "evidence" that there is no leftward shift in the IQ bell curve of blacks relative to Europeans and East Asians. It could backfire -- many people will think "Ta Nehisi Coates is being called a genius - his writing isn't even reasonably intelligent!" and that could create backlash of reality-checking. It seems a bit ridiculous. What will the typical hard-working, underpaid New York Times reporter, or similar intellectual working stiff, think of this? They might think, what makes this clown an acknowledged genius and "me" (say this "me" is a typical, bright and hard-working, media type) an overlooked worker-bee? Oh yes, his skin color. Hmmm. It could lead to some healthy cynicism about the standard anti-HBD propaganda line.

    Interesting point. If you are an intelligent white journalist, how do you not get the joke about TNC? But what if you do?

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  • @Steve Sailer
    "but today people still read Solzhenitsyn"

    But Solzhenitsyn couldn't find a New York publisher for his last book.

    In the interview at the link below, when Tom Sunić implied that 200 Years Together hadn’t been published in English due to its subject matter, F. Roger Devlin seemed to demur, noting that other Solzhenitsyn works have also been slow to be published, a fact he reiterates in the comments at the link:

    I am presently reading March 1917, Solzhenitsyn’s long novel about the revolution which overthrew the czar, in French translation. The slowness of English Solzhenitsyn translations to appear is a problem not limited to 200 Years Together.

    http://www.counter-currents.com/2015/07/the-importance-of-solzhenitsyn/

    Not that I am agreeing with him.

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  • @Steve Sailer
    My jokes are next week's news.

    History repeats itself. First as tragedy, second as Sailerism.

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