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From the New York Times:

How Many Americans Would Pass an Immigration Test Endorsed by Trump?
By QUOCTRUNG BUI AUG. 23, 2017

President Trump this month endorsed legislation that would effectively cut immigration to the United States by half. The bill, known as the Raise Act, would sharply reduce the share of people admitted through family ties and create a skills-based system that scores applicants on factors including age, education, income, job prospects and proficiency in English.

The Senate sponsors of the bill say their system, modeled on merit systems used by Canada and Australia, would make the United States more competitive.

This raises the question: How well would Americans do if put to this merit-based test? Ernie Tedeschi, an economist, calculated that about 2 percent of American citizens 18 or older would rack up the 30 points needed to be considered for a visa.

Unfortunately, the investment bonus points are pretty easy to attain, so 2% is an underestimate.

But, 2% sounds like a good goal.

This article is supposed to be shocking to everybody who believes in the Zeroth Amendment, but virtually nobody does, at least they don’t dare articulate it.

Personally, I took Canada’s immigration test back in 2001 and flunked:

Canada doesn’t want me

Monday, 3 September 2001 14:09 (ET)
By STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

LOS ANGELES (UPI) — Canada doesn’t want me. I just found out that, if necessary, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police would bar me from immigrating into Canada. Why?

Because I’m just not good enough to be a Canadian.

With possible immigration reform much in the news in America, I decided to research Canada’s system for choosing immigrants. Perhaps America could learn something from its northern neighbor.

The Canadian government has a voracious appetite for new immigrants. The ruling Liberals intend to boost the legal immigration rate to 1 percent of the population annually, about three times the American rate. Despite that, I discovered, its official position is that the people currently living in Canada would find my joining them to be less of a blessing than a curse.

In 15 minutes, on the government’s “self-assessment worksheet” at Web site cic.gc.ca, I was able to learn that Canada’s considered judgment of me is, “Don’t call us, we’ll call you.”

On this nine-question test, a would-be immigrant to Canada must score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 to qualify to be interviewed by a visa officer.

It’s not that I particularly want to become a Canadian. I’m a loyal American, born and bred. I’ve only spent about six days in Canada in my life. From what I saw (mostly the insides of Holiday Inn Crowne Plazas), Canada seemed to be a fine country; one blessed with Holiday Inn Crowne Plazas every bit as nice as those in my native land. Still, I couldn’t resist the challenge. Was I man enough to be a Canadian?

I sat down to take the test. First, I found, you get 8 points just for having a pulse. “Hey, how hard can this be?” I said to my wife.

Then the test inquired into a series of important facts about oneself.

How old are you? I’m 42, which won me the maximum of 10 points for being in my immigrating prime. But not for long. I’ll soon enter a rapid decline. By age 49, I’ll get zero points.

 

 

How much schooling have you had? High school dropouts get zero; high school graduates, five; college grads 15; advanced degree holders 16.

Those two long years I spent getting an MBA have finally paid off! Chalk up 16 more points for me.

I’m rolling now, with a running total of 34 points.

Can you speak English and/or French fluently? I get nine points for English, but what about snagging those additional six for French? Perhaps they’d be a good sport and give me a few points just for trying to parlez la (le?) Francais? No. As anyone who has attempted to speak French has learned the hard way, trying isn’t good enough. You have to be able to “comprehend and communicate effectively on a range of general topics” — and that’s just to score three points.

So, I’m at 43 points by now.

Do you have a close relative in Canada? That’s worth five points. No. My wife helpfully pointed out that one of her Italian great-uncles stayed in Canada for a few months before he could arrange to sneak into the United States. I appreciated her suggestion, but didn’t think that would count.

Maybe I could talk one of my uncles into moving to Canada ahead of me. But what if he couldn’t qualify unless I moved to Canada ahead of him?

Thinking about this made my head hurt, so I moved on to the occupation questions.

Do you have a guaranteed job arranged in Canada? No. The closest I could come to that is to point out that last year I had a part-time job in Canada. Oddly enough, while I was living in Chicago, I was actually hired as a columnist by one of Toronto’s biggest newspapers, even though I haven’t been to Canada since 1994.

Unfortunately, I was fired almost immediately, probably because my awareness of Canadian culture was limited to knowing that it is intensely beaver-centric and that Wayne Gretzky is (was?) a hockey player.

How much formal education or training does your occupation require? To be frank, I’ve never noticed that journalism requires any. As irascible basketball coach Bobby Knight likes to point out to reporters, “Everybody learns to write by the second grade, but then most of us move on to other things.”

Yet, somebody has apparently hoodwinked the trusting Canadian authorities into awarding journalists 15 out of 18 points, the same as they give computer systems analysts and tree-service technicians.

Does Canada need more workers in your field? As a journalist, I only scored three out of 10. It would appear that Canada is quite capable of producing an ample supply of native know-it-alls and doesn’t need much help from abroad. Importing additional journalists is officially deemed less important to Canada’s well being than bringing in more blacksmiths (5 points), not to mention extra clinical perfusionists (10 points).

Whatever it is that clinical perfusionists do, Canada can’t seem to get enough of it. I tried to assure the authorities that if they admitted me — while I wouldn’t actually know how to clinically perfuse anybody (anything?) — I would definitely write hard-hitting editorials deploring the clinical perfusion shortage and demanding that Steps Must Be Taken. But there was no place on the form to indicate that.

Finally, how much work experience do you have in your trade? One year would get me two points; four or more years, eight. Unfortunately, I’ve only been a full-time journalist for 10 months. So, zero for me.

That didn’t seem fatal, since I already had 61 points. That exceeded (if barely) the minimum of 60 required to make it to the interview round.

Then I read the fine print. “If you do not [have at least one year's experience], your application will be refused…”

“That’s ageist discrimination against people who didn’t know until they were 41 years old what they wanted to do when they grew up,” I raged.

My wife, a much-in-demand computer programmer, commiserated with me. Yet, she also seemed to be quietly gloating over her impressive score of 69. Or, perhaps, she was planning a better life for herself in Canada without her husband, that loser.

Groucho Marx said he’d never want to join a club that would have him. And, in a way, my rejection has made me appreciate the Canadian immigration system more. In contrast, the United States has no point system for choosing from among the millions of applications it gets from would-be immigrants each year.

This fundamental difference between the two countries’ immigration systems grows out of a philosophical disagreement over what the purpose of immigration should be. To a significantly greater extent than the United States, Canada tries to choose those applicants who possess the “human capital” to most benefit Canada as a whole.

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Elinor Caplan explained, “Independent skilled immigrants (the largest single class of those admitted to Canada) are selected on the basis of their potential contribution to Canada’s economic and social well-being.”

Choosing immigrants wisely can make a big difference in the quality of life of current citizens. Support for the Canadian approach was uncovered by a National Academy of Sciences study of immigrants to America. It found that immigrants with below a high school education cost the country $90,000 net over their lifetimes, while those with the equivalent of a high school education cost the United States $30,000, but immigrants with a college education or more brought a net benefit to the nation of $100,000.

In contrast, the American government’s philosophy of immigration — to the extent that it actually has one — appears to be based far more on emotion than analysis.

James W. Ziglar, the Bush administration’s new head of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, testified to the Senate in July that his “philosophy” was that America should continue to be “a magnet for the tired, the poor, the homeless, the tempest-tossed, the wretched refuse of teeming shores, and the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

While noble sounding, the American government’s refusal to adopt a point system or other pragmatic method for finding immigrants who would most benefit the public interest has meant that private interests do most of the choosing. Each year, the largest group of immigrants is allowed into America primarily because of nepotism. Under the massive “family reunification” system, their qualification is essentially that they are the relatives of permanent residents or citizens (usually immigrants themselves).

The next largest class of immigrants is those whom private employers sponsor because they can make a profit off their labor.

Yet, probably nothing illustrates America’s refusal to choose rationally than the little-known “Diversity Lottery.” Each year, the U.S. State Department randomly picks 55,000 lucky visa winners from 10 million applicants. This enormous number of applicants comes just from countries that don’t rank in the top 15 in providing immigrants to America. The goal of the program is to increase America’s ethnic diversity.

Yet, we could both bolster diversity and simultaneously benefit the American public directly simply by skimming from each nation’s applicants only the most promising. Instead, the government just relies on blind luck in picking immigrants.

The late congresswoman, Rep. Barbara Jordan, D-Texas, said that it is “both a right and a responsibility of a democratic society to manage immigration so that it serves the national interest.” Canada seems to agree. The United States, however, seems to think that the distinguished stateswoman’s philosophy is discriminatory. Yet, if the government refuses to select among applicants, somebody still has to do the job. There are tens of millions more applicants each year than there are openings. Not surprisingly, special interests will be only too happy to continue to choose immigrants for us.

 

I was one of the few critics to be less than utterly awestruck by psychologist Daniel Kahneman’s 2011 bestseller Thinking Fast and Slow.

Lately, the chapter in Thinking Fast and Slow on “priming” has come in for severe criticism as celebrated priming experiments, such as how if you show college students word scrambles that include a lot of words about the elderly, they will then walk slower (or maybe faster), have often failed to replicate.

The Replicability-Index blog has a lengthy takedown of the priming chapter in Kahneman’s book:

Reconstruction of a Train Wreck: How Priming Research Went off the Rails
February 2, 2017

Authors: Ulrich Schimmack, Moritz Heene, and Kamini Kesavan

Kahneman replied in the comments:

Daniel Kahneman February 14, 2017 at 8:37 pm
From Daniel Kahneman

I accept the basic conclusions of this blog. …

What the blog gets absolutely right is that I placed too much faith in underpowered studies. As pointed out in the blog, and earlier by Andrew Gelman, there is a special irony in my mistake because the first paper that Amos Tversky and I published was about the belief in the “law of small numbers,” which allows researchers to trust the results of underpowered studies with unreasonably small samples. …

My position when I wrote “Thinking, Fast and Slow” was that if a large body of evidence published in reputable journals supports an initially implausible conclusion, then scientific norms require us to believe that conclusion. …

I knew, of course, that the results of priming studies were based on small samples, that the effect sizes were perhaps implausibly large, and that no single study was conclusive on its own.What impressed me was the unanimity and coherence of the results reported by many laboratories. I concluded that priming effects are easy for skilled experimenters to induce, and that they are robust.

However, I now understand that my reasoning was flawed and that I should have known better. Unanimity of underpowered studies provides compelling evidence for the existence of a severe file-drawer problem (and/or p-hacking). The argument is inescapable: Studies that are underpowered for the detection of plausible effects must occasionally return non-significant results even when the research hypothesis is true – the absence of these results is evidence that something is amiss in the published record. …

I still believe that actions can be primed, sometimes even by stimuli of which the person is unaware. There is adequate evidence for all the building blocks: semantic priming, significant processing of stimuli that are not consciously perceived, and ideo-motor activation. I see no reason to draw a sharp line between the priming of thoughts and the priming of actions. …

Think of “priming” as a euphemism for “manipulability.” Is it plausible that college students could be manipulable?

Yes. Definitely yes.

Rock stars, for example, are, more or less, experts at manipulating college students.

Is it plausible that people are consistently, endlessly manipulable in important ways by simple minded tricks repeated over and over?

Maybe, maybe not. And certainly less as time goes by.

For ten years, for instance, Jerry Lewis could manipulate America into howling with laughter. For the next fifty years, not so much.

Further, some people are better than other people at manipulating, and who primes whom is highly variable.

My guess is that manipulation is very real, but also expensive and hard to do, especially over time. There’s always a manipulation arms race going on.

Scams get tired, so you need new scams.

For example, here’s an article from some site called The Outline about some other site called Mic:

For about five years, Mic.com was a place where readers could go to get moral clarity. In the Mic universe, heroes fought for equality against villains who tried to take it away. Every day, there was someone, like plus-size model Ashley Graham, to cheer for, and someone else, like manspreaders, to excoriate. Kim Kardashian annihilated slut shamers, George Takei clapped back at transphobes. “In a Single Tweet, One Man Beautifully Destroys the Hypocrisy of Anti-Muslim Bigotry.” “This Brave Woman’s Horrifying Photo Has Become a Viral Rallying Cry Against Sexual Harassment.” “Young Conservative Tries to Mansplain Hijab in Viral Olympic Photo, Gets It All Wrong.” “The Problematic Disney Body Image Trend We’re Not Talking About.” “The Very Problematic Reason This Woman Is Taking a Stand Against Leggings.” …

The success of personal, identity-driven essays like “5 Powerful Reasons I’m a (Male) Feminist,” “An Open Letter to the Pope From a Gay Man,” and “An Open Letter to Abercrombie and Fitch from a Formerly Homeless Kid” inspired Mic to launch an “Identities” section in October 2013 “dedicated to examining the intersections of sexuality, gender, class and race in politics and culture for the millennial generation.” These stories got traction on Facebook, so Mic replicated them, attracting more social justice readers as well as more social justice writers, who then wrote more social justice stories. “Mic realized earlier than most places that they could commodify people’s feelings about race and gender,” was the view of one early staffer who has since left.

But now readers have started to get tired of this kind of priming, so Mic is pivoting to some other kind of priming.

 

The Washington Post supplies some much-needed Perspective:

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Lee & Lee: Ice People, both of them

From CNN:

By Roxanne Jones

Updated 5:56 PM ET, Wed August 23, 2017

Roxanne Jones, a founding editor of ESPN Magazine and former vice president at ESPN, has worked as a producer, reporter and editor at the New York Daily News and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Jones is co-author of “Say it Loud: An Illustrated History of the Black Athlete.” She talks politics, sports and culture weekly on Philadelphia’s 900AM-WURD. The views expressed here are solely hers.

(CNN) In the testosterone-laced world of sports, sometimes your name means everything. … Truth is, not even the glorious game of football can keep America’s toxic culture of bigotry, hate and violence at bay. …

It seems unreasonable, ignorant and downright ridiculous to associate his name in any way with the Confederate general. Still, nothing we’ve witnessed in Charlottesville, or since, has been reasonable or intelligent. …

Others insist these monuments, of which there are dozens across the nation, are a symbol of Southern pride, an important part of American history.

Lee: Not an Ice Person (Mrs. Lee we’re not so sure about)

Right. If that were the case, wouldn’t we also have numerous statues of Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey or Harriet Tubman and countless others who fought for freedom and equality standing proudly outside government buildings, dotting college campuses?

Blacks aren’t really into putting up statues, they are more into getting things renamed after their heroes. It’s easier. For example, there are or were Malcolm X colleges or schools in Chicago, Newark, Berkeley, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Detroit. Harriet Tubman schools are all over the place.

While this national conversation continues, ESPN decided to avoid evoking the chaos during a live broadcast. …

Good call. Life is crazy enough already.

Robert Lee = Name is too triggering.

Barack Hussein Obama = Name is another reason to vote for him.

 

From the New York Times:

Spanish Thrives in the U.S. Despite an English-Only Drive
Leer en español
By SIMON ROMERO AUG. 23, 2017

… Linguists trace some of the coveted vibrancy that Spanish now enjoys to decisions made well before Spain began colonizing the New World in 1492.

As the Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes explained in “The Buried Mirror,” his book about the Hispanic world, the 13th-century Spanish king Alfonso X assembled a cosmopolitan brain trust of Jewish intellectuals, Arab translators and Christian troubadours, who promoted Spanish as a language of knowledge at a time when Latin and Arabic still held prestige on the Iberian Peninsula.

So Spanish isn’t anti-Semitic, it’s vibrantly diverse and diversely vibrant.

But Spanish is also good because it’s not diverse. It’s centrally organized by the King of Spain:

Alfonso and his savants forged Spanish into an exceptionally well-organized language … Even today, Spanish remains mutually intelligible around the world to a remarkable degree, with someone, say, from the Patagonian Steppe in Argentina able to hold a conversation with a visitor from Equatorial Guinea, one of Africa’s largest oil exporters.

Equatorial Guinea, the land of the future …

 
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Today, the ACLU tweeted a photo of a toddler wearing a “Free Speech” onesie:

Screenshot 2017-08-23 16.03.19

and then the world came crashing down on their heads.

The ACLU has been fading relative to the SPLC for a long time. That’s because the SPLC is an overt hate group that sees virtually everything through the Who? Whom? lens. In contrast, the old-fashioned ACLU actually sometimes supports objective principles such as free speech.

In contrast, this is the future that SPLC donors seem to want:

Screenshot 2017-08-23 17.20.37

Well, at least we stamped on the face of white supremacy and male chauvinism …

 

From MSN, an account of the mounting pressure to tear down memorials to the notorious Confederate generals Christopher Columbus and Ulysses S. Grant:

A Whole New World: Columbus Statue Could Be Considered for Removal

Daniella Silva
46 mins ago

As the violence in Charlottesville has reignited a national debate over monuments dedicated to Confederate-era and other controversial figures, New York City is conducting its own review over “symbols of hate” and possibly taking aim at Christopher Columbus.

New York City Mayor Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a 90-day review by a commission of all “symbols of hate” on city property in the wake of violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that was protesting the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

The move has opened questions about a variety of monuments in the city, including a 76-foot statue of Christopher Columbus in the heart of Manhattan’s Columbus Circle.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said on Monday she thought Columbus’ history and treatment of indigenous people in Caribbean “has to be looked at.”

“I will wait for the commission, as I said Christopher Columbus is a controversial figure to many of us particularly in the Caribbean and I think that that has to be looked at, when you have to look at history we have to look at it thoroughly and clearly,” she said.

“I know some people may take offense to that but for many of us that come from the Caribbean islands, we see him as a controversial figure,” she added.

Melissa Mark-Viverito is ethnically a Conquistador-American.

… [Mayor] De Blasio was also asked Tuesday if the tomb of Ulysses S. Grant in the city should also be considered for removal, over claims of anti-Semitism for an order he gave during the American Civil War expelling Jewish people from the area of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Grant later apologized for the order.

The mayor said he was not “familiar with that history” but, “we don’t tolerate anti-Semitism in New York City.”

“We have to look at each one of these cases. We’ll have a commission that does that,” he added.

While Grant’s memorial is in a city park, it is also a national monument and thus it was unclear what authority the city would have over changes to it.

Screenshot 2017-08-23 15.02.25Also there is that colossal statue of Grant in front of the U.S. Capitol.

It’s gotta go too.

All of these monuments of Confederate generals have to go.

Even if, technically speaking, they weren’t Confederates.

The point is, they were in America doing big things before Melissa Mark-Viverito’s ancestors were in America.

So they give her bad feelz.

And don’t forget to chop down the 267-foot-tall General Grant sequoia tree in King’s Canyon National Park.

It’s unofficial name is “The Nation’s Christmas Tree,” which sounds anti-Semitic, just like Grant.

Think of the children!

Better yet, nuke it from orbit.

It’s the only way to be sure.

By the way, if you have any portraits of Ulysses S. Grant in your wallet, radiating Evil Spirit Rays, I’d be happy to take them off your hands for proper disposal as part of my iSteve August fundraiser.

Also, Benjamin Franklin wrote an anti-immigration screed that inspired Charles Darwin, so having his picture in your pocket is bad juju too. And don’t get me started on Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, and Jackson.

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“Allah-Las,” the name of a rock group from Los Angeles, is presumably a pun on “La-La-Las,” which would be a good (if slightly on the nose) name for a rock band from La La Land.

But, contra Dave Barry, it’s not 1965 anymore when Dave was in Federal Duck, and hence there are phrases that are not good names for rock bands.

From The Guardian:

Allah-Las gig cancelled in Rotterdam due to terror threat

Concert by US rock band called off after tipoff from Spanish police, while vehicle containing gas bottles is found near venue

Wednesday 23 August 2017 16.20 EDT

A concert in Rotterdam by the US rock group Allah-Las has been cancelled because of a terror threat, police said.

… A statement from the Dutch city’s mayor said the concert had been cancelled after a warning from Spanish police. He said a small bus “with Spanish licence plates and gas bottles” had been found near the venue. …

In an interview with the Guardian last year, band members said they had chosen the word Allah, Arabic for God, because they were seeking a “holy sounding” name and had not realised it might cause offence.

“We get emails from Muslims, here in the US and around the world, saying they’re offended, but that absolutely wasn’t our intention,” said the lead singer, Miles Michaud. “We email back and explain why we chose the name, and mainly they understand.”

Unfortunately, you can’t just mollify some of the Muslims, you have to mollify all of the Muslims. Nassim Nicholas Taleb explains how it works in:

The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dictatorship of the Small Minority

Here’s one of the band’s videos, which is pretty cool knock-off of, say, The Animals in 1966:

 

From my new column in Taki’s Magazine:

War of the Classes

by Steve Sailer

August 23, 2017

Francis Fukuyama hypothesized the ending of history, but he failed to foresee the increasingly popular practice of the mending of history to delegitimize the right of the politically weak to their pride and property.

Rewriting the past to help disinherit the powerless by demeaning their ancestors is an ancient practice currently growing in popularity. …

Silicon Valley monopolists are currently on the warpath against those who speak up for national solidarity. Those blessed with an abundance of private wealth are paying to demonize those whose main asset is their American nationality. Those with all the money in the world want to debauch the scarcity value of American citizenship in order to get even richer. And they don’t take kindly to dissent. …

This is class war disguised as race war.

Read the whole thing there.

 

A tweet three days ago from a female student at historically black Howard University:

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And from the Washington Post today, a thinkpiece by a WaPo staffer:

The teenagers who wore MAGA hats to Howard aren’t martyrs for free speech
By Molly Roberts August 22 at 1:42 PM

Two teenage girls who wore “Make America Great Again” hats to Howard University last weekend are making a play to become the latest countrywide crusaders for free speech. Good luck with that.

The Pennsylvania high school students, who stopped by the historically black university for a bite to eat during a school trip to Washington, strolled into Howard’s campus dining hall Saturday decked out in pro-presidential apparel they had purchased the day before. It did not go over well.

“We were not even through the front door to get through the cafeteria, and a man, a black man, walked … through and took my friend Sarah’s hat right off her head,” one told Buzzfeed on Monday. Another man, she said, cursed at her. …

The Twitter account for Howard’s dining hall was more forthright: “We will take any action necessary to ensure that HU students feel safe& comfortable in our dining spaces. The group is no longer on campus.” …

As stifling to debate as the “safe space” argument can be at schools across the country, Howard is one of the few examples of the term at its purest and most persuasive. “Safety” as many students today use the word has little to do with physical harm and more to do with emotional discomfort. Safety at Howard, from its founding, has meant, well, safety.

… It was about the history of an institution that has always been a place where black students could say what they believed without fear of racist reprisal. On Saturday, that’s exactly what they did.

As many Howard students have already asked about their young visitors, what else did they expect?

Is this brouhaha really about the insensitivity of wearing Trump hats? Or is it about the insensitivity of wearing blonde hair that’s about 8 times longer than their shorts on the black coeds’ home turf?

For the term “Becky” see here.

Commenter Alec Leamas explains:

Some people are just Extra-Citizens with superior rights. Such as the right to snatch a hat from your head because they don’t like what it says.

Look Steve, our country has a long and sad history of white teenage girls killing black men in broad daylight. You need to get #woke.

 

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Here’s a table of mean percentiles on postgrad tests by race/ethnicity relative to the white distribution of scores.

By definition, whites average at the 50th percentile of the white distribution. In contrast, the black mean score on, say, the GMAT (for MBA programs) would fall at the 13th percentile among whites.

I created this table for my 2009 VDARE article, which includes much more on the sources, methodology, and interesting implications of the data.

Feel free to update it with the latest data using the links provided in my 8-year-old VDARE article.

 

From the New York Times:

Authorities believe the conspirators were building bombs to detonate in vans in a massive attack on targets in Barcelona, including the Sagrada Familia, the city’s most famous landmark, according to a U.S. security official who has read Spanish intelligence reports.

The vast church, likely the most famous building under construction in the world, is the masterpiece of Art Nouveau architect Antoni Guadi (1852-1926).

Although it long languished without funds to complete it over the last 135 years, it now gets 3 million visitors per year, which covers its construction budget.

Much of ISIS Era jihadi terrorism has taken place at tourist attractions. If you want a list of likely future targets, just Google Top European Tourist Attractions:

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Gaudi’s church is #3 after The Eiffel Tower and the Colosseum. I suspect, though, that St. Peter’s would be high on the terrorism target list.

 

Robert Lee

From Outkick the Coverage:

MSESPN Pulls Asian Announcer Named Robert Lee Off UVa Game To Avoid Offending Idiots

Posted on August 22, 2017 by Clay Travis – OKTC

In a story that seems made for The Onion, but is actually true, according to multiple Outkick fans inside ESPN. MSESPN decided to pull an Asian college football announcer named Robert Lee off the William and Mary at University of Virginia college football game because they were concerned that having an ASIAN FOOTBALL ANNOUNCER NAMED ROBERT LEE would be offensive to some viewers.

Did I mention that Robert Lee is Asian?

Is this even real life anymore? This might even be worse than MSESPN apologizing for the fantasy football slave draft a couple of weeks ago.

To avoid offending left wing idiots Robert Lee, the Asian college football announcer, not the Confederate General who died in 1870 and shares a name with him, was switched to the Youngstown State at Pittsburgh game and Dave Weekley will now call the William and Mary at University of Virginia game.

Unless someone tries to take down Dave Weekley statues between now and kickoff.

Update: ESPN has confirmed to USA Today that they switched Robert Lee off the Virginia game after Charlottesville.

Also, don’t forget the hub-bub in Los Angeles over USC’s mascot horse “Traveler” having a name that’s spelled almost the same as Robert E. Lee’s horse “Traveller.”

USC should invite Robert Lee to ride Traveler at the UCLA game in November.

Commenter Bubba suggests that for the sake of his career, Robert Lee should change his name to something less controversial, such as Robert Mugabe.

 

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Ben Kurtz writes about the push to lower standards on the California bar exam in the name of Diversity.

California has a relatively difficult bar exam to qualify to practice law in the Golden State.

And it has the usual racial gaps in achievement. (The data above comes from a California Bar PDF from February 2016. I had to rearrange it in Excel to make the numbers easier to understand at a glance.)

On the whole, blacks only pass it 2/5th as often as whites, Hispanics 2/3rds as often, and Asians 3/4th as often. The ratios for first time test-takers are a little more even, but since more nonwhites fail the test the first time and wind up retaking it, the total gaps are bigger than the first time ones.

There are three alternative policies in reaction to The Gaps:

- Don’t Do Anything. The system is working fine, producing the results that we more or less see everywhere else on most tests California has no shortage of lawyers. There are no cases rotting in the courts, so to continue to use an objective test to select better attorneys is a good idea.

- Impose Quotas: whites would need to score higher to pass than other groups.

- Lower Standards: Cut the cut score and call to the bar more semi-competent attorneys from each group, including whites.

The leaders of the California Bar Association want to Lower Standards, which would appear to be the worst of the three choices from a utilitarian standpoint.

Something that’s worth noting is that pros and cons of these three alternative policy responses to Gaps have been well understood by the tiny number of people who think hard and honestly about social policy for at least 45 years.

But there is little evidence that, even after a couple of generations, this awareness of trade-offs has penetrated into the consciousness of run of the mill American elites, such as leaders of the California Bar Association. Instead, everybody seems to think of themselves as confronting a unique situation, or at least one that nobody has ever approached before from a standpoint of non-racist goodwill.

The intellectual impoverishment of our discourse and policy-making is evident in a society where everybody is walking on eggshells fearing to be identified as a Badthinker.

Here’s a video preview of the typical incremental white lawyer California is in line for:

 

What’s up?

 

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The South Yorkshire Police, having done such a bang-up job in Rotherham over the decades of protecting 13 year olds from gang rape, are out to catch the Real Bad Guys instead.

No-one should have to live with fear, anxiety, or consequences of being ‘different’.

 

From the Scottish Daily Record:

Barcelona killers’ monstrous ‘Mother of Satan’ bomb was meant for terrorist ‘spectacular’ at Gaudi’s world famous cathedral

Terror gang who mowed down innocents on Las Rambla had stockpile of explosives and gas canisters intended for attack on the historic Sagrada Familia church and the city port, packed with cruise ships.

BY CRAIG MCDONALD
06:00, 20 AUG 2017 UPDATED14:14, 20 AUG 2017

On the other hand, I haven’t heard much about this story. The New York Times hasn’t reported it, for example. So is it not true or just not news that fits?

The astonishing sand-drip castle Holy Family church has been under construction since 1882. Evelyn Waugh wrote in 1930:

I feel it would be a graceful action on the part of someone who was a little wrong in the head to pay for its completion.

It is said to be on track for completion in 2026, the centenary of Antoni Gaudi’s death, unless it becomes a sacrifice to our Cult of Diversity first.

 

The big push in England against anybody mentioning that the pimps raping underage English girls tend to be Pakistani Muslims was led by rising star MP from West Bradford Naz Shah. From The Guardian:

Naz Shah MP: ‘Muslims are not one-size-fits-all’

… ‘We’re not everything that you read in some papers. We’re very diverse’ … Naz Shah, Labour MP for Bradford West.

Decca Aitkenhead
Sunday 18 December 2016 0

I would be very surprised if anyone in Westminster knows more than Naz Shah about the challenges and rewards of integration.

From the Daily Mail, as excerpted by commenter Lot, who asks, “She really makes the case for more Pakistani immigrants, doesn’t she?”

When she was six years old, Miss Shah revealed, her father ran off with a neighbour’s daughter who had just turned 16.

At 12, she was sent to Pakistan where she was forced into an arranged marriage aged 15.

She returned to Britain three years later and separated from her husband.

Then there is Miss Shah’s mother, Zoora, a woman she describes as her ‘rock’, an almost saintly figure who, she says, was raped, beaten and pimped by an abusive partner for more than a decade.

Ground down by ‘helplessness and hopelessness’, according to her daughter, Zoora eventually snapped. In 1993, at Leeds Crown Court, she was convicted of murdering her married lover (a drug dealer called Mohammed Azam) by poisoning him at a family gathering — not, it emerged, because she was being abused, but out of sheer greed to steal his house.

Zoora Shah, the court heard, had already made several unsuccessful attempts to obtain the property, where she lived with the children but which was in Azam’s name, by forging legal documents.

Previously, she had even hired a hitman — with whom she was having an affair — to kill him.

Zoora, who chose not to give evidence, was jailed for life….

At 25, Miss Shah, who once worked in a laundry and a crisp factory, returned to college, enabling her to embark on a career as an NHS commissioner. After leaving the NHS, she set up an all-female gym in Bradford in 2012. Mother-of-two Salma Kokab, in her early 50s, worked under her.

Miss Kokab, who suffers a painful condition which causes arthritis, did not receive a penny in wages for five months. Eventually, she was forced to go to court and Miss Shah was ordered to pay her more than £27,000, including legal fees.

 

My interest in Afghanistan, with its strategic gravel deposits, has somewhat declined over the decades, so I haven’t checked out the details yet. It apparently involves crushing the Taliban into the dust beneath his chariot wheels (and/or letting them power-share).

 
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