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Here’s a more than subliminally phallic commercial put out by the UN Migration Agency instructing Europeans that they must open wide for African mass immigration.

Lie back and think of England and it won’t hurt that bad. Just close your eyes and tell yourself: “It’s INEVITABLE. NECESSARY. DESIRABLE.” And maybe you’ll start to like it. Remember, it’s not rape if we can make you too ashamed to say: “No.”

 

From the NYT:

Supreme Court to Hear Travel Ban Case
By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and ADAM LIPTAK JUNE 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for President Trump to prohibit the entry of some people into the United States from countries he deems dangerous, but the justices imposed strict limits on Mr. Trump’s travel ban while the court examines the scope of presidential power over the border.

Mr. Trump quickly hailed the court’s decision to hear arguments on the travel ban cases in October, saying — in a formal White House statement, not a tweet — that the court’s decision to temporarily lift some of the legal roadblocks to his ban was a “clear victory” for national security.

As we all know, the Zeroth Amendment was carved into the living body of the Constitution by Founding Father Emma Lazarus, superseding all lesser liberties granted to individual American citizens in the Bill of Rights, such as the First Amendment. Thus the Zeroth Amendment: Any and all huddled masses, the more wretched the better, get to immigrate to America from anywhere anytime they feel like it. And if you don’t like it, you’d better shut your racist trap if you know what’s good for you.

But in precisely which of the Constitution’s penumbras and/or emanations the Zeroth Amendment actually resides is a matter of some uncertainty.

 

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Clearly, the Japanese should instead have chosen mass immigration so that they could continue to live in 640 sq. ft. per family of four instead of 1400 sq. ft. per family of four.

Seriously, here’s an interesting thread on the successes of Japanese housing policy.

Here in America, we constantly hear about how awful the Japanese economy is, but that’s largely because it hasn’t done much of anything for Wall Street since the giant Bubble popped around 1990. But, the Japanese economy has been fairly successful for the Japanese.

 

nigeria and bangladesh un population 2017

The moderating trajectory of Bangladesh’s population growth shows that there is a reasonable hope that the African population bomb can be defused.

According to the UN Population Division, back in 1950, what are now the countries of Bangladesh (blue line above) and Nigeria (red) were host to 37 million people each.

(How accurate are the UN’s historical population data? Who knows … But, to their credit, they took the hit to their egos a half decade ago of revealing that they had discovered that they had badly underestimated Africa’s rate of population growth by trusting the lackadaisical official statistics of African governments.)

Nigeria and Bangladesh are geographically similar: well-watered lowland areas where multiple large rivers deposit rich soils that support a relatively high density of farmers. If climate change really does lead to the oceans rising, both countries are vulnerable, although Bangladesh is in the path of cyclones, such as the cataclysmic one that hit in 1970 and led to George Harrison’s famous 1971 Concert for Bangladesh and encouraged East Pakistan to declare its independence from West Pakistan in 1971.

Of course, Asian farmers are traditionally far more efficient than African farmers: Nigeria has more than six times the area of Bangladesh despite a similar population. (In general, Africa countries are huge. The Mercator projection used in flat maps understates how much land Africans have compared to Europeans.)

But Bangladesh grew faster in population than Nigeria during the Green Revolution era, peaking at a 16% higher population over Nigeria in 1970. But by 2007 Nigeria had caught up and by 2017 Nigeria had 26 million more people.

According to the UN’s projections, Bangladesh is expected to peak at 203 million in 2058 when Nigeria is at 476 million. By 2100, Bangladesh will be down to 174 million (compared to 165 million in 2017), while Nigeria will be at … 794 million and rising almost six million per year.

Obviously, there isn’t likely to be 794 million people in 2100 living in a polity known as Nigeria. All sorts of things are likely to happen over the next 83 years. But these projections serve a useful purpose in alerting us to the locomotive headed our ways.

Why does Bangladesh’s future look less outlandish than Nigeria’s? Because Bangladesh has done the hard work of lowering its total fertility rate (2.17 babies per woman in 2014) down to about the replacement level. Due to Demographic Momentum, Bangladesh’s population is expected to keep growing into the late 2050s, but a slowing growth rate appears to be baked in by now.

In contrast, Nigeria was still at 5.65 babies per woman in 2014, which means that another generation of rapid population growth is, barring catastrophe, almost inevitable.

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The world has the right to demand of Nigeria and the other several dozen sub-Saharan countries that they make the same sacrifices as Bangladesh.

Unfortunately, due to the Sacred Cow status of blacks in the 21st Century’s moral economy, many non-blacks are terrified to give due emphasis to this enormous threat to the world.

However, there is one half-black who, having enjoyed eight years as the world’s biggest Sacred Cow, could in between his rounds of golf and collecting his huge payoffs from corporate America, could make this his special issue: it’s not racist to encourage blacks to get their population growth under control.

Would that fit into your schedule, Mr. Obama?

 

Angola, the old Portuguese colony in southwestern Africa, is an interesting test case of whether money can slow the sub-Saharan population juggernaut, because oil-rich Angola had plenty of money from the end of its civil war in 2002 until the oil price drop a couple of years ago.

It often seemed like much of Portugal had moved to Luanda, Angola to build highrise apartments for the better-connected Angolans. From the NYT:

Angola’s Corrupt Building Boom: ‘Like Opening a Window and Throwing Out Money’

By NORIMITSU ONISHI JUNE 24, 2017

When the war ended, Angola enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Its production of oil was set to swell and prices would remain high for years. Unlike many other African nations emerging from war, Angola had more than enough money to rebuild, on its own terms, a landscape destroyed by conflict.

The skyline of the capital, Luanda, was quickly reshaped with skyscrapers. Gigantic satellite towns, the likes of which had never been seen in Africa, mushroomed in the outskirts of Luanda. New roads and railways stretched into the interior.

But Angola’s reconstruction and oil boom also presented the politically connected — those with “relatives in the kitchen,” as Angolans say — with a golden opportunity for self-enrichment. In an economy driven by President José Eduardo dos Santos, his inner circle of family and allies have amassed extraordinary wealth.

The president’s eldest daughter, Isabel dos Santos, has become Africa’s first female billionaire, according to Forbes Magazine, which estimates her wealth at $3.3 billion.

Isabel is sort of the mirror image of Obama, born of another Cold War boondoggle. Her Russian mom met her African dad when he got a free college education in the Soviet Union. She’s done even better for herself, net worth-wise, than Obama has.

Expatriate workers can often be seen performing tasks that locals would undertake elsewhere in Africa. On a main road in Luanda, half a dozen Portuguese workers were painting lane lines on a recent afternoon.

Screenshot 2017-06-25 22.39.30Anyway, you would think that all the construction and urbanization would have driven down Angola’s total fertility rate, right?

And it has come down … relative to Niger’s.

But it’s still over six babies per woman.

So the UN’s population prospect for Angola is another sci-fi absurdity:

portugal and angola un population 2017

 

From Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook account:

Mark Zuckerberg at Wilton Candy Kitchen.
June 23 at 4:38pm · Wilton, IA ·

I’m visiting small towns in Iowa, and just stopped in Wilton, population 2,800.

Iowa happens to be where the first caucus of the 2020 Presidential primary campaign is scheduled.

In the last generation, there has been a real divergence between opportunity available in small towns and big cities.

I’ve seen many struggling small towns this year, but I’ve also seen small towns like Wilton that are growing.

Research on economic mobility shows that your ability and willingness to move for better opportunity often determines whether your quality of life will be better than your parents’. In many places, people are less likely to move, and that contributes to less upwards economic mobility. However, in many places in Iowa and across the Midwest, people are raised with values that lead them to be more likely to move to other places for college or jobs, and therefore have greater upwards mobility. (If you’re interested in reading more, I suggest starting with Raj Chetty’s research here: http://www.equality-of-opportunity.org )

Last year, economist Raj Chetty advised sure-winners Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton, so how can Zuckerberg lose?

Meanwhile, here’s a big article in the Toronto Globe & Mail offering a Chetty-style analysis of Canada.

A tale of two Canadas: Where you grew up affects your income in adulthood

A big-data picture of Canada reveals that the place you grew up determines your financial future. An analysis of millions of Canadians’ income data shows a country of opportunity, with most children out-earning their parents – but also a country pocked with mobility traps, where moving up the income ladder is far from certain

BY DOUG SAUNDERS AND TOM CARDOSO
PUBLISHED ON JUNE 23, 2017

Since I don’t know any more about Canada than Chetty knows about America, I won’t comment. But if anybody is seriously interested in how Chetty or his imitators could get more value from all the confidential 1040 data the IRS has dumped on him, here’s my 2015 critique in Taki’s Magazine of the three remaining big flaws in his methodology: “Moneyball for Real Estate.”

 

Europe and Nigeria UN population 2017

 

From The Guardian:

Why have four children when you could have seven? Family planning in Niger

With the world’s highest birthrate, Niger’s population is set to double in 17 years. NGOs are providing contraception, but what if women want more babies?

Jill Filipovic

Wednesday 15 March 2017 11.21 EDT Last modified on Friday 23 June 2017 13.24 EDT

Roukaya Hamani has an in-law problem. Her husband’s parents want more grandbabies, but she doesn’t want any more children right now. She’s already given birth four times; one of the babies died, and so now she has three, ages seven, five, and 16 months. She’s 18 years old.

“I just pray to God to bless those three babies I have,” she says. The local health centre in her village of Darey Maliki offered her free contraception, which they get partly from the NGO Pathfinder, but Hamani declined. “Maybe [my in-laws] would tell my husband to marry another woman to have more babies,” she says. “If they want me to have another pregnancy, I can do it just for them to feel happy.”

… More than half of girls don’t complete primary school, and fewer than one in 10 attend secondary school – as a result, less than a quarter of women here are literate. Women have an average of more than seven children apiece, the highest in the world. And they face a one-in-23 chance of dying from pregnancy or childbirth.

But Hamani is unusual in that three babies are enough for her. Despite having the highest fertility rate in the world, women and men alike in Niger say they want more children than they actually have – women want an average of nine, while men say they want 11.

Birth rates as high as Niger’s contribute to rapid population growth. The country’s population exploded from 3.5 million people in 1960 to nearly 20 million today, with half of the current population under the age of 15.

It long seemed like the rest of the world could safely ignore Niger because it was a lightly populated backwater. But the UN’s 2017 forecasts figure its population will hit 64 million by 2050 and 192 million by 2100, which means that the world will be flooded with surplus Nigeriens if efforts aren’t increased.

The overwhelming majority – 80% of Nigeriens – live in poverty. The landlocked nation is largely desert, less than 20% of the land is arable, and that number is shrinking due to climate change. At current growth rates, the population is set to double in 17 years. This, experts say, drives poverty, famine, political instability, and violence.

And immigration.

To combat the health issues that come with high birth rates as well as the burden many young and out-of-work people place on a fragile economy and vulnerable security situation, the Nigerien government has turned to the solution: modern contraception. What they haven’t figured out, though, is how to get women to use it.

“This is a time bomb, because all the Sahel is in this situation, and especially with climate change, the food supply will be less abundant than before,” says John May, a visiting scholar at the Population Reference Bureau. “It’s a huge crisis.” …

Many working in development say that to prevent a series of catastrophes – environmental, economic, security – women in Niger need to have smaller families. But unless women want their families to be smaller, there’s no reason to think the fertility rate will decrease anytime soon.

It’s important to understand a point emphasized by John Reader in his book Africa: Biography of a Continent. Africans were traditionally not up against a Malthusian ceiling caused by a shortage of land per capita for growing food. In other parts of the world, people were in danger of starving at the end of a long winter, but in Africa death tended to come from tropical diseases, such as falciparum malaria and sleeping sickness, often carried by flying insects. There wasn’t a lot you could do to protect your family from the main causes of death, so the main strategy was to have a bigger family.

Also, humans in Africa were in more serious competition for food and land with native beasts, such as hungry, hungry hippos and giant elephants, a herd of whom could consume a small village’s crops in a day. Humans and wildlife had co-evolved in Africa, so they were wise to our tricks. We couldn’t get the drop on them and wipe them out like we did in the New World. So it helped to have more people to scare off the animals.

Finally, women did most of the agricultural work, so influential men didn’t see much downside in fathering more children.

So, African cultures evolved to seem to the rest of the world kind of sex-obsessed. In the temperate world, up near Malthusian limits, reproduction was a fraught decision. So we have a lot of culture and literature devoted to people obsessing over making the right romantic choice at the right time.

But in Africa making as many babies as possible was the only obvious way to survive.

Now, it’s hardly impossible for Africans to change their culture, the way most other countries have changed culturally to prevent population from soaring endlessly into disaster. But it’s going to take a big effort on the part of Africans and non-African elites to get the world out of the jam threatened by African fertility. Most of all, it’s going to take honesty, which is rare and expensive these days.

 

Back in May, iSteve reported on the biggest story in Hate Crime History since Matthew Yglesias got all worked up over the Greenwich Village Nazi Party drawing cactus-like swastikas inside the locked Women’s Dorm at the New School for Social Research:

The Capitol Hill KKK Hangs Noose at African American Museum on Mall

Now the New York Times as finally caught up to this major news. From the op-ed page:

A Noose at the Smithsonian Brings History Back to Life
By LONNIE G. BUNCH III JUNE 23, 2017

The person who recently left a noose at the National Museum of African American History and Culture clearly intended to intimidate, by deploying one of the most feared symbols in American racial history.

It’s actually not.

Instead, the vandal unintentionally offered a contemporary reminder of one theme of the black experience in America: We continue to believe in the potential of a country that has not always believed in us, and we do this against incredible odds.

The noose — the second of three left on the National Mall in recent weeks — was found late in May in an exhibition that chronicles America’s evolution from the era of Jim Crow through the civil rights movement. Visitors discovered it on the floor in front of a display of artifacts from the Ku Klux Klan, as well as objects belonging to African-American soldiers who fought during World War I. Though these soldiers fought for democracy abroad, they found little when they returned home.

That display, like the museum as a whole, powerfully juxtaposes two visions of America: one shaped by racism, violence and terror, and one shaped by a belief in an America where freedom and fairness reign. I see the nooses as evidence that those visions continue to battle in 2017 and that the struggle for the soul of America continues to this very day.

The people responsible knew that their acts would not be taken lightly.

Indeed.

A noose is a symbol of the racial violence and terror that African-Americans have confronted throughout American history and of the intensity of resistance we’ve faced to any measure of racial equality.

As far as I can tell, the idea that a noose is the equivalent of a burning cross was more or less invented in 2007 during the Jena Fiasco led by the Reverends Jesse and Al. Six black star high school football players in a small town in Louisiana had long been running amok, aided by the usual white male power structure that excuses the violence of strong fast black jocks as long as they score touchdowns. But when the Jena Six beat a white youth into unconsciousness and then continued to put the boot in while he lay inert, they finally were facing some serious jail time.

At that point the national news media started spreading the story that the white kids in the high school deserved it because they were racists. The evidence? The student body had put on a Cowboy-themed social event including, along with many other movie Western tropes, nooses on the Ol’ Hangin’ Tree. Therefore, three months later, six black football stars were entitled to pummel one unconscious white kid.

So, what does it mean to have found three nooses on Smithsonian grounds in 2017? A noose inside a Missouri high school? A noose on the campus of Duke University? Another at American University?

That Hate Hoaxes are a thing?

As a historian, who also happens to be old enough to remember “Whites Only” signs on motels and restaurants that trumpeted the power of laws enforcing segregation, I posit that it means we must lay to rest any notion that racism is not still the great divide. …

The answer is that discrimination is not confined to the past. …

I see the nooses in the same way. They are living history. Viewed through this lens, they are no less a part of the story the museum tells than the Klan robes, the slave shackles small enough to fit a child, the stretch of rope used to lynch a Maryland man in 1931 or the coffin used to bury the brutally murdered Emmett Till.

If you want to know how African-Americans continue to persevere and fight for a better America in the face of this type of hatred, you need only visit the museum, where the noose has been removed but the rest of the remarkable story of our commitment to overcome remains. Anyone who experiences the National Museum of African American History and Culture should leave with that realization, as well as the understanding that this story is continuing. The cowardly act of leaving a symbol of hate in the midst of a tribute to our survival conveyed that message as well as any exhibit ever could.

Lonnie G. Bunch III, a historian, author, curator and educator, is the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

So, Lonnie, how is the police investigation coming? You are the curator of a $540 million edifice that opened in 2016, so clearly you must have video cameras everywhere. LeBron James gave you $2.5 million that you could have used on cameras (although, come to think of it, LeBron seems a little under-cameraed himself). It should be simple to catch the malefactor, right? But it’s been over three weeks …

Thanks to commenter Mr. Anon for the title.

 
• Tags: Fake News, Fake Noose 

UN population Niger Iran 2017

I don’t do much with Facebook, but I guess I have it set up to automatically post my Tweets. Yesterday, after I tweeted a graph comparing the UN’s population forecasts for four African and four European countries, somebody asked me if the country that is expected to reach 192 million by the end of century is famously overpopulated Nigeria. I replied that Nigeria didn’t fit on my graph, so I showed instead little-known Niger.

Today, Facebook told me:

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In the above graph, I’m comparing Niger to Iran. You can see a steep increase in Iranian population after the mullahs took over in the late 1970s and pushed the pedal to the metal on fertility. But you can then see the Iranian theocrats’ change of heart in the early 1990s when they realized that Iran was overpopulated enough already and so they started encouraging more sustainable family sizes in their country.

In other words, Iran shows that it is possible for prudent leadership to moderate population growth to a responsible level

But you can also see that it will likely take about 60 years from this point of wising up on fertility for Iran’s population to stop growing due to the phenomenon of demographic momentum.

In contrast, once empty Niger in the impoverished southern Sahara is starting to fill up with what bodes to be an enormous number of people, some of whom are headed for Europe already, with virtually nobody trying to pump the brakes. Practically nobody in the West is even asking Niger to show some responsibility.

But don’t discuss UN forecasts of Niger’s population growth on Facebook. That violates community standards.

Facebook may not believe that anybody could possibly be interested in Niger, but, as Trotsky would say, the upcoming 192,000,000 Nigeriens are, like war, interested in you.

 

From the top right of NYTimes.com:

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Honorary Nonwhite

Much as Alexander Hamilton has been turned into an Honorary Nonwhite in service to The Narrative, Officer Jeronimo Yanez has become, like George Zimmerman, a Dishonorary White.

Dishonorary White

By the way, what are the odds that this incompetent Latino got hired by the police department for affirmative action reasons?

 

2017 un population 8 countries

Here are the 2017 population estimates by the United Nations for four famous European countries — the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy — and four obscure African countries — Congo, Tanzania, Uganda, and Niger.

According to the UN’s Population Division, these little known countries will come to dwarf Europe’s traditional Great P Screenshot 2017-06-24 23.35.21owers in numbers by the second half of the 21st Century. (The UN demographers assume only modest migration flows.)

Keep in mind that the UN’s forecast of 192 million people in 2100 in Niger is not for Nigeria.

I couldn’t adroitly fit Nigeria’s expected 794 million on the graph, so I left it off.

Instead I went with the much less well known country of Niger, Nigeria’s northern neighbor on the southern fringe of the Sahara.

Of course, it is extremely unlikely that 192 million people will be living in Niger in 83 years.

One possibility is that the people of Niger will choose to limit their fertility.

Screenshot 2017-06-24 23.44.21As of 2014, Niger’s total fertility rate was 7.6 babies per woman. As far as anybody can tell (and African vital statistics are not hugely reliable), this rate has not changed much for several generations, even as most of the non-African world has moved toward more sustainable levels of fertility.

It’s important to note that the phenomenon of demographic momentum means that even if Niger’s total fertility rate fell to the replacement rate tomorrow, it’s population would continue to grow up into, perhaps, the early 2060s.

Another possibility is that the people of the region will limit their population through resource wars or disease or starvation.

A third possibility is that vast numbers of people in Niger will move to other places, such as Europe.

One thing to keep in mind is that Europeans, unlike Americans during the Great Migration from the South to Northern cities in the postwar era, do not have a frontier tradition. Americans upped stakes and headed for the new frontier in the suburbs, abandoning America’s cities to the newcomers and, often, ruin.

The Great Migration from the South destroyed the city of Detroit, but the metropolis of Detroit survived because Angl0-Americans are pretty good at heading for unsettled territory, like Tom and Huck at the end of Huckleberry Finn and rebuilding. (In contrast, the Central Europeans of Pittsburgh hunkered down in their city and appeared to have come out the other end of the wringer largely intact.)

Europeans, however, don’t have that kind of tradition of moving on. They like their cities. They’ve been living in them for hundreds of years.

Moreover, the American resettlement to the suburbs was facilitated by 29 cents per gallon gasoline.

How this will all work out is not something that Europe’s political elites want to discuss with their voters.

Since the future of the world will be heavily influenced by the huge number of Sahelians headed our way, here’s the opening of John Updike’s 1978 novel The Coup, in which he describes a fictionalized Sahelian country much like Niger. Keep in mind, however, that the population of Niger in 1978 was 5.7 million. Today it is 21.5 million. In another 39 years, the span of time since Updike’s novel, it is expected to grow to 81.4 million. The Coup begins with the Col. Gadaffi-like Col. Ellellou writing his memoirs in a Nabokovian-Updikean prose style:

My country of Kush, landlocked between the mongrelized, neo-capitalist puppet states of Zanj and Sahel, is small for Africa, though larger than any two nations of Europe. Its northern half is Saharan; in the south, forming the one boundary not drawn by a Frenchman’s ruler, a single river flows, the Grionde, making possible a meagre settled agriculture. Peanuts constitute the principal export crop: the doughty legumes are shelled by the ton and crushed by village women in immemorial mortars or else by antiquated presses manufactured in Lyons; then the barrelled oil is caravanned by camelback and treacherous truck to Dakar, where it is shipped to Marseilles to become the basis of heavily perfumed and erotically contoured soaps designed not for my naturally fragrant and affectionate countrymen but for the antiseptic lavatories of America — America, that fountainhead of obscenity and glut. Our peanut oil travels westward the same distance as eastward our ancestors plodded, their neck-shackles chafing down to the jugular, in the care of Arab traders, to find from the flesh-markets of Zanzibar eventual lodging in the harems and palace guards of Persia and Chinese Turkestan. Thus Kush spreads its transparent wings across the world. The ocean of desert between the northern border and the Mediterranean littoral once knew a trickling traffic in salt for gold, weight for weight; now this void is disturbed only by Swedish playboys fleeing cold boredom in Volvos that soon forfeit their seven coats of paint to the rasp of sand and the roar of their engines to the omnivorous howl of the harmattan. They are skeletons before their batteries die. Would that Allah had so disposed of all infidel intruders!

To the south, beyond the Grionde, there is forest, nakedness, animals, fever, chaos. It bears no looking into. Whenever a Kushite ventures into this region, he is stricken with mal à l’estomac.

Kush is a land of delicate, delectable emptiness, …

In area Kush measures 126,912,180 hectares. The population density comes to .03 per hectare. In the vast north it is virtually immeasurable. The distant glimpsed figure blends with the land as the blue hawk blends with the sky. There are twenty-two miles of railroad and one hundred seven of paved highway. Our national airline, Air Kush, consists of two Boeing 727′s, stunning as they glitter above the also glittering tin shacks by the airfield. … The natives extract ingenious benefits from the baobab tree, weaving mats from its fibrous heart, ropes from its inner bark, brewing porridge and glue and a diaphoretic for dysentery from the pulp of its fruit, turning the elongated shells into water scoops, sucking the acidic and refreshing seeds, and even boiling the leaves, in desperate times, into a kind of spinach. When are times not desperate? Goats eat the little baobab trees, so there are only old giants. The herds of livestock maintained by the tribes of pastoral nomads have been dreadfully depleted by the drought. The last elephant north of the Grionde gave up its life and its ivory in 1959, with a bellow that still reverberates. “The toubabs took the big ears with them,” is the popular saying. Both Sahel and Zanj possess quantities of bauxite, manganese, and other exploitable minerals, but aside from a streak of sulphur high in the Bulub Mountains the only known mineral deposit in Kush is the laterite that renders great tracts of earth unarable, (I am copying these facts from an old Statesman’s Year-Book, freely, here where I sit in sight of the sea, so some of them may be obsolete.) In the north there were once cities of salt populated by slaves, who bred and worshipped and died amid the incessant cruel glisten; these mining settlements, supervised by the blue-clad Tuareg, are mere memories now.

But even memory thins in this land, which suggests, on the map, an angular skull whose cranium is the empty desert. Along the lower irregular line of the jaw, carved by the wandering brown river, there was a king, the Lord of Wanjiji, whose physical body was a facet of God so radiant that a curtain of gold flakes protected the eyes of those entertained in audience from his glory; and this king, restored to the throne as a constitutional monarch in the wake of the loi-cadre of 1956 and compelled to abdicate after the revolution of 1968, has been all but forgotten. Conquerors and governments pass before the people as dim rumors, as entertainment in a hospital ward. Truly, mercy is interwoven with misery in the world wherever we glance.

Among the natural resources of Kush perhaps should be listed our diseases-an ample treasury which includes, besides famine and its edema and kwashiorkor, malaria, typhus, yellow fever, sleeping sickness, leprosy, bilharziasis, onchocerciasis, measles, and yaws. As these are combatted by the genius of science, human life itself becomes a disease of the overworked, eroded earth. The average life expectancy in Kush is thirty-seven years, the per capita gross national product $79, the literacy rate 6%.

The official currency is the lu. The flag is a plain green field. The form of government is a constitutional monarchy with the constitution suspended and the monarch deposed. An eleven-man Supreme Counseil Revolutionnaire et Militaire pour l’Emergence serves as the executive arm of the government and also functions as its legislature. The pure and final socialism envisioned by Marx, the theocratic populism of Islam’s periodic reform movements: these transcendent models guide the council in all decisions. SCRME’S chairman, and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Minister of National Defense, and President of Kush was (is, the Statesman’s Year-Book has it) Colonel Hakim Felix Ellellou–that is to say, myself.

The main change since 1978, besides the quadrupling of the population, is that everybody has a smartphone and Facebook to ogle their second cousins’ show-off photos of how awesome their lives in Europe are compared to back home in Kush.

 

More on the travails of the U. of Missouri following its BLM temper tantrum during the Black Fall of 2015:

Mizzou to rent out unoccupied dorm rooms amid falling enrollment, budget cuts
BY MATT CAMPBELL
mcampbell@kcstar.com

Now anyone can have that college dorm experience for just $120 a night.

The University of Missouri will rent out empty rooms this fall for home football weekends and other events at the Columbia campus. …

The offer comes in the context of falling enrollment and budget cuts. Freshman enrollment dropped 23 percent in 2016 and, as of early May, it was down another 16 percent. Earlier this month, UM System President Mun Choi announced $101 million in budget cuts at Mizzou’s four campuses, resulting in the loss of 474 jobs.

“We have taken seven residence halls off-line temporarily due to the drop in enrollment,” Christian Basi, director of the university News Bureau, said Thursday. …

The university will use 12 residence halls for student housing this fall. Of the seven off-line halls, Excellence and Discovery Halls will be offered for weekend rental. … Basi said he is not aware of any other schools offering dorm rentals.

 

From the NYT:

Nabra Hassanen and the Lost Innocence of Ramadan IHOP Nights
By SAHAR HABIB GHAZI JUNE 24, 2017

I can’t recall a Ramadan in America during my teens and 20s when I didn’t meet my Muslims friends at IHOP at 3 a.m. …

Lots of Muslims get fat during the Ramadan fast month because of the unhealthy behavior it encourages, like binge eating at IHOP at 3 am.

According to the police, Darwin Martinez Torres had a dispute with one of the teenagers whom Ms. Hassanen was walking with on their way back from suhoor at IHOP around 4 a.m. Mr. Torres then followed the group, first in his car and then on foot, striking Ms. Hassanen with a metal baseball bat and taking her with him when he left the scene. An hour later, he was arrested. The young woman’s lifeless body was found in a nearby pond. …

But whether her killer’s actions are officially characterized as “road rage” or ever described as a “hate crime” won’t change the fact that Muslim spaces — the religious ones and the ones we’ve created — are increasingly under attack. And visibly Muslim women, especially Muslim women of color, are the most vulnerable.

Here’s the most popular comment on this op-ed from an NYT reader:

I’m going to lay the blame at the feet of our cruel, narcissistic president. He started this: his campaign launched on a barrage of demagoguery against Mexicans, and later amped up to the “Muslim Ban.”

After his election, the Times started tracking weekly Hate Crimes, which I’d dutifully read because I felt they weren’t getting the publicity they deserved. The rise of hate crimes against Muslims and anyone who resembled them–including Sikhs and other Indians–was noteworthy, as was the rise of anti-Semitism.

This young woman didn’t deserve to die any more than anyone does, particularly while observing a religious holiday. But somehow in the past 2 years, because of a candidate who exploited voters’ most vile instincts, it’s become permissible to spew venom, or even attack people based on their ethnicity and their religion.

Under Trump, we’re becoming a meaner, cruel, more selfish nation.

What goes unmentioned in this op-ed, even though this news article appeared four days ago in the NYT:

Man Charged With Killing Muslim Teenager Entered United States Illegally, Authorities Say
By MATTHEW HAAG JUNE 20, 2017

A 22-year-old man accused of killing a Muslim teenager with a baseball bat in Virginia on Sunday is an undocumented immigrant who entered the United States illegally, federal authorities said on Tuesday.

The man, Darwin Martinez Torres, who was charged with murder in the death of Nabra Hassanen, 17, is believed to be from El Salvador, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman said.

Like I said, it’s Trump’s fault.

 

From NPR:

China’s Government Tightens Its Grip On Golf, Shuts Down Courses

June 23, 20175:00 AM ET
Heard on Morning Edition
ROB SCHMITZ

Thirty years after Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong labeled golf a sport for the bourgeois and banned it from his worker’s paradise, his successor gave the sport another try. …

At a stop in Seattle, President Carter introduced Deng to Robert Trent Jones Jr., the world’s top golf course architect.

Just ask RTJ Jr. and he’ll tell you.

… Architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. takes the closure of his first Chinese golf course in stride. He’s been designing courses for decades and he’s seen everything, including another communist government fearful of the sport’s reputation.

“When we were working in the Soviet Union, Alistair Cooke came to our aid when he pointed out to the people who were reviewing the fact that golf was a British rich man’s game, and he said, ‘Well did you know that both Karl Marx and Adam Smith both played golf?’ ” Jones remembers the iconic British journalist telling him and his Soviet partners. ” ‘When Karl Marx wrote Das Kapital in London, he’d go out in Hyde Park and go have a hit! We’re not sure about Adam Smith, but he was a Scot, so he must have.’ Once we explained that to the Russians, the ideological drape fell down and we moved forward.”

I couldn’t find any daguerrotypes of Marx golfing, but here are Castro and Che

Did Karl Marx really play golf? That might explain a lot.

But, is that true?

Indeed, English journalist and golf fanatic Alistair Cooke said he did, according to a 1988 article in an Australian newspaper, but I haven’t found out where Cooke got that idea.

It’s not impossible that Cooke (1908-2004) played golf with somebody who had played golf with Karl Marx. In the early 21st Century, Cooke liked to tell people he’d just been introduced to that you just shook the hand of a man who shook the hand of a man who shook the hand of Abraham Lincoln, and Lincoln died 18 years before Marx. (The intermediary between Cooke and Lincoln was Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. [1841-1935].)

Or it could be that Cooke just got it all wrong.

Commenter Mark Caplan points out that Cooke did have lunch with Groucho Marx at his Hillcrest golf club:

… we were lunching with him at the most luxurious of Jewish country clubs in Los Angeles.

When the menus were passed round I couldn’t help raising an eyebrow at what then seemed like outrageous prices and Groucho said, “Fear not, my friend, it’s only money. The initiation fee at this club is $10,000 and for that you don’t even get a dill pickle.”

When the meal was almost over and the waiter came to take the dessert order he stumbled several times over who was having what. Finally he said, “Four eclairs and four – no, no – four eclairs and two coffees, I think.”

And Groucho whipped in with, “Four eclairs and two coffees ago, our forefathers brought forth on this continent a nation dedica… Skip the rhetoric and bring the dessert.”

 

A recurrent theme at iSteve is that much of what seems like increasing lunacy among social grievance jihadis is really just dog-eat-dog competition for paid sinecures. That raises the possibility that SJWs could be put to use lowering immigration.

Send DeRay McKesson to America’s embassy in Lagos and everybody applying for a visa must sit through DeRay’s lecture about how your black body isn’t safe in America. DeRay gets compensated based on how many applicants withdraw their applications. If immigration from Nigeria declines overall, he gets a bonus.

Every would-be illegal alien who gets caught by the Border Patrol must sit through one entire semester of lectures by U. of Arizona gender studies faculty on on how America is teeming with microaggressions. The fewer who get apprehended in the future trying to get back in, the more the SJWs make. Granted, there would be reasonable challenges that this mandatory education requirement represents “cruel and unusual punishment” …

 

 

From Syracuse.com

Meet three of Syracuse’s new Uber drivers as app readies for arrival

Updated on June 3, 2017 at 2:46 PM Posted on June 2, 2017 at 9:30 AM

BY PATRICK LOHMANN plohmann@syracuse.com

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Uber and other ride-booking apps are stepping up their efforts to prepare Syracuse for their arrival in the next few weeks. … The apps could come Syracuse as early as June 29 if Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs a new bill fast-tracking the apps’ arrival. …

And three drivers, all of whom are professional drivers for medical or other private transportation, spoke briefly with Syracuse.com about why they signed up for the app and what they hope it will bring to Syracuse. …

Screenshot 2017-06-23 21.19.26Darnell Brandon

… He is a former Syracuse taxi driver and drives for a local medical transport company now. He said his strategy will be to drive around downtown on weekends in particular, where “you get those drunk people from Armory Square.”

He said one major appeal is being able to decide where to pick up passengers. He said he often felt unsafe going to rough neighborhoods when a taxi dispatcher sent him there.

“(Driving a taxi) was dangerous because sometimes the dispatcher would send us to like the real bad neighborhoods. The dispatcher would just throw you in there, to the wolves,” he said. “With Uber I will decline it if they send me to a bad neighborhood.” …

Garron Murphy-Babson

Murphy-Babson is buying a new vehicle — probably a Toyota SUV — to drive for Uber. … He and his husband are trying to make enough money to move out of Syracuse to the suburbs. … He said he quit his job as a taxi driver because it was too dangerous. One factor was witnessing a homicide downtown on Thanksgiving, he said.

The reason for Uber’s vast success is because the taxi business got loaded with extra costs by public regulation. Owners of cabs got the number of cab medallions limited so that owning a car with a legal entitlement to carry passengers for money was worth a lot. And cab drivers got loaded with non-discrimination requirements, as the black and the gay former cabdrivers above complaining about the uncompensated risks they had to take to drive a cab.

Uber just decided that all those laws don’t apply to itself because it was a tech company.

Uber’s CEO, who had the kind of personality that would assume that he was above the law, was just forced out, so expect to see a long battle to load Uber up with the kind of costs that taxicab companies got stuck with.

 

From The Dallas Morning News:

White ex-employee at Infosys in Plano files suit, claims company favored workers from India

Infosys, the India-based information technology consulting firm with an office in Plano, is facing yet another reverse discrimination lawsuit asserting that it creates a hostile work environment for workers who are not from India or South Asia.

Erin Green,

A man, oddly enough

a former supervisor at Infosys, filed suit this week in the Eastern District of Texas in Sherman, alleging that he and black and white staffers on his team were denied raises and promotions, and that other “non-South Asian” workers were berated by South Asian company officials.

Green, of Frisco, is white and rose to the rank of “head of global immigration” while working in the company’s Plano office.

I, for one, welcome our new immigrant overlords. I’d like to remind them that as a trusted corporate executive, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground coding caves.

He was terminated in June of 2016, ostensibly for violating Infosys’ “code of conduct by using his work computer for personal use a number of years earlier.” …

Presumably, everybody can be fired for that.

“Infosys maintains [more than 20,000] employees working in the United States,” Green’s suit said. While less than 5 percent of the U. S. population is of the South Asian race and national origin, roughly 93 percent to 94 percent of Infosys’s United States workforce “is of the South Asian national origin, (primarily Indian).” …

“Infosys has gone to great lengths to obtain its primarily South Asian workforce in the U. S., in particular by utilizing professional H-1B and L-1 work visas to bring South Asians (primarily Indians) into the United States to work in information technology (“IT”) consulting roles,” according to the suit.

Data from a previous suit, referenced in Green’s suit, “illustrates the overwhelming dis-proportionate percentage of non-Asians being involuntarily terminated and not given promotions,” the suit said.

Green’s 22-page suit outlines the career path of an employee who rose rapidly while working for a white supervisor, and whose career tanked after he was assigned to a supervisor who was of “the South Asian race and Indian national origin.”

Whoever heard of South Asians pushing out everybody else in any American workplace?

 

From Slate:

Jeronimo Yanez

The Cloak of “Fear”

Police officers like the killer of Philando Castile have an unbeatable defense when their victims are black: They were scared.

By Jamelle Bouie

… Before the Civil War, Southern whites held a pathological fear of slave revolts, despite lauding slavery as a “positive good.” That fear led slaveholding states to create patrols, made up of white men in the community, who would enforce slave codes, with legal authority to capture runaways, interrogate enslaved people, and punish them if necessary. Scholars see these slave patrols as one forerunner to modern police departments, “the first uniquely American form of policing,” writes Katheryn Russell-Brown in The Color of Crime: Racial Hoaxes, White Fear, Black Protectionism, Police Harassment, and Other Macroaggressions.

White city dwellers “believed that African Americans were violent and deviant” and “sought various public policy measures to seal themselves off from them.” The first municipal segregation laws, passed in Baltimore to divide the city into rigid black and white sections, emerged during this period, and police in cities like Philadelphia were used more to control the presence of blacks in white areas than to attack crime and violence, leaving many black Americans in a still-common situation—overpoliced for minor crimes and underpoliced for major ones.

This is still true. Among white Americans there is a strong cognitive connection between black people and crime. …

These stops, as researchers Charles Epp, Steven Maynard-Moody, and Donald Haider-Markel describe in Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship, largely target black people, particularly those driving in white neighborhoods, representing the literal enforcement of boundaries.

Generations of black writers and observers have noted the fear and anxiety that defines white America’s relationship to its black counterpart and how that manifests in those people charged with policing the borders between the two worlds. “He has never, himself, done anything for which to be hated—which of us has?—and yet he is facing, daily and nightly, people who would gladly see him dead, and he knows it,” writes James Baldwin of the “white policeman” in the essay “Fifth Avenue, Uptown.”

… Your property, your livelihood—even your life—depended on the whims of whites. In little more than an instant, a mob might burn your home, destroy your business, or revel in a ritualistic murder. …

Emphasis mine.

Words not mentioned once in this article about the acquittal of Jeronimo Yanez: “Hispanic” or “Latino.”

P.S., W hat are the odds that Officer Yanez was an affirmative action hire?

 
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