From the New York Times:
From Reductress, a feministized women’s magazine:
7 Beach Reads That Just Happen To Be The Books Jack Liked On Facebook
Issue 28.5 – Living – Jul 29, 2016 By: Jessye McGarry
There’s nothing better than sitting on a beach with the sand between your toes, a cocktail in your hand, and a great book in your lap that Jack happened to like on Facebook. Yes, that Jack! Wow, once you read all of these books and bring them up in conversation with him, he’ll be like, “Wow, we have so much in common. I should definitely date her!” What a crazy coincidence his faves are on this list!
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
This Vonnegut book is an American classic and a Jack classic. Wow! After you read this, you can be all “Vonnegut’s a great satirist—oh, you’ve read Vonnegut, Jack? I had literally no idea that you were a fan! I just started reading the book because of a list!” …
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Did Jack read this book, or did he just like it on Facebook? Who cares! It’s going on the list anyway, which should actually prove that this list has very little to do with Jack. But now, if he ever brings it up, you can talk about it and he’ll be amazed you have so many similar interests! …
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Maybe Jack put this in his favorite books when he was 17 and first got a Facebook, but that doesn’t actually matter since it’s our recommendation for the current summer! Nothing like having a relaxing day at the beach reading Fight Club!
Beach reads make you feel happy, and so does talking to Jack—not that that’s even the point of this list because it’s not!!
Along similar lines, there’s the Netflix musical sitcom Crazy Ex-Girlfriend:
Here’s a tribute to West Covina, CA:
(although the show appears to actually be filmed in my neighborhood, so if you want to know where I live looks like, it looks like West Covina on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend):
As we’ve seen from recent murder statistics, BLM activism closely correlates with subsequent increases in the number of homicides.
Never mind the dead bodies, however, because the Southern Poverty Law Center is here to define from first principles how BLM can’t be a hate group despite all the murders that happen in its wake:
July 19, 2016
Each year, the Southern Poverty Law Center, of which I am the president, compiles and publishes a census of domestic hate groups.
Our list, which is cited extensively by journalists, academics and government officials alike, provides an important barometer—not the only one, of course—to help us understand the state of hate and extremism in America.
In recent weeks, we’ve received a number of requests to name Black Lives Matter a hate group, particularly in the wake of the murders of eight police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge. Numerous conservative commentators have joined the chorus. There is even a Change.org petition calling for the hate group label.
In our view, these critics fundamentally misunderstand the nature of hate groups and the BLM movement.
Generally speaking, hate groups are, by our definition, those that vilify entire groups of people based on immutable characteristics such as race or ethnicity. Federal law takes a similar approach. …
Many of its harshest critics claim that Black Lives Matter’s very name is anti-white, hence the oft-repeated rejoinder “all lives matter.” This notion misses the point entirely. Black lives matter because they have been marginalized throughout our country’s history and because white lives have always mattered more in our society. As BLM puts it, the movement stands for “the simple proposition that ‘black lives also matter.’”
The backlash to BLM, in some ways, reflects a broad sense of unease among white people who worry about the cultural changes in the country and feel they are falling behind in a country that is rapidly growing more diverse in a globalizing world. We consistently see this phenomenon in surveys showing that large numbers of white people believe racial discrimination against them is as pervasive, or more so, than it is against African Americans.
Black Lives Matter is not a hate group. But the perception that it is racist illustrates the problem. …
If you weren’t so
hateful hate-filled, why would BLM hate you so much?
What’s on your mind?
I recently congratulated Chancellor Merkel on Germany having gone a full 36 hours without furious Muslims trying to kill anybody. But now from The Express:
A GERMAN doctor feared he was moments from death after a man went berserk in a hospital screaming “Allahu Akbar” and threatening to behead him.
By REBECCA FLOOD
PUBLISHED: 05:18, Thu, Jul 28, 2016 | UPDATED: 07:28, Thu, Jul 28, 2016
Dr Attila Tan [sounds Turkish, right? Hungarian?], from Bonn, had just returned to work after a holiday when he was set upon by the crazed father of a 19-year-old he treated.
The teenager, who had previously fractured his leg, came back to the German hospital on Monday complaining of the treatment he had received.
He demanded further medical care from Dr Tan, complaining about pain he said he was suffering from.
Dr Tan, a 54-year-old surgeon, said: “The patient came in around 10am, he was accompanied by his girlfriend who wore a veil.
“He was radiating aggression that only intensified when I treated him. …
The irate teen stormed out of the office shouting insults, only to return with his 45-year-old father and younger brother, 15.
The dad brought with him a 30cm ‘Rambo’ knife.
Dr Tan’s wife, 54, who works at the hospital reception, screamed for help when she saw the blade.
In surgery when the trio burst in, the medic rushed towards the front desk and met the knife-wielding attacker head on.
While trying to hold him down, Dr Tan recalled: “The father screamed at me: ‘apologise to my son, go down on your knees and kiss his hand’.
“The younger son then grabbed me from behind and tried to push me down.”
He said it felt like the attacker was getting ready to behead him.
The doctor’s loyal wife was beaten as she tried to help her husband and suffered a heart attack during the ordeal and had to be rushed to receive medical treatment.
Dr Tan said: “She just wanted to protect me. The way he hit her, it hurts so much.”
The remaining staff and patients barricaded themselves in a visiting room and called the police.
An employee said: “The father came in saying ‘where is that son of a bitch? I will kill him’.
“Then they screamed Allahu Akbar three times, in that moment I thought it was all over.
“I thought he had killed Dr Tan and his wife.”
Police rushed to the scene and arrested the 19-year-old and his girlfriend. …
Also from today’s Express:
A GROUP of Muslim men stormed an outdoor nudist swimming pool in Germany shouting “Allahu Akbar” threatening to “eradicate” women for insulting them with their bare bodies.
By TOM PARFITT & MONIKA PALLENBERG
PUBLISHED: 03:25, Thu, Jul 28, 2016 | UPDATED: 08:09, Thu, Jul 28, 2016
President Obama commented:
Hillary knows we can insist on a lawful and orderly immigration system while still seeing striving students and their toiling parents as loving families, not criminals or rapists; families that came here for the same reasons our forebears came – to work, and study, and make a better life, in a place where we can talk and worship and love as we please. She knows their dream is quintessentially American, and the American Dream is something no wall will ever contain.
After all, the right of any Muslim hothead to move to America is in the Zeroth Amendment to the Constitution. Screaming “Allahu Akbar” is who we are.
As I pointed out in VDARE five years ago, Israel’s Jews, with the backing of Israel’s government and media, have largely won the battle of the cradle against the Palestinians. From the NYT op-ed page:
Israel’s Looming Demographic Crisis
By ALON TAL JULY 25, 2016
TEL AVIV — On Israel’s Independence Day this year, newspaper headlines noted that the country’s population had grown by a factor of 10 during the country’s 68 years. Once a sparsely settled land of about 800,000 people, Israel today is home to 8.5 million.
Regrettably, the news media’s celebration was misguided. Given that Israel has the highest birthrate in the developed world, those who care about its future should realize that demographic growth is no longer a blessing but a threat to the quality of life in the Jewish state.
For a quarter-century, I have worked hard to protect Israel’s environment: organizing demonstrations, writing legislation, even suing polluters. Eventually, it dawned on me that while local environmentalists might enjoy isolated victories, our efforts may be futile in the long run — because we’re addressing only symptoms, not causes.
Israel’s environmental problems are largely a function of a rapid increase in population.
Israel and Southern California are fairly similar in terrain and climate. It used to be highly fashionable to say this about Southern California’s problems, way back when SoCal population growth was due to Americans moving to Southern California and having children. But when immigration took over, it stopped being respectable to talk about population size.
The country will never be able to control greenhouse gases, maintain even minimal levels in our rivers and streams or protect our fragile habitats if this demographic growth continues at such an astonishing rate. With urban development taking over about five square miles of open space every five years, Israel’s wildlife is in steep decline. Species from gazelles and hedgehogs to bats and hyenas are endangered.
People also pay a steep price for surging population density. Israel’s schools, highways and courts are among the most crowded in the Western world. The relentless congestion heightens collective and individual anxiety. Housing shortages and soaring prices are a national affliction, all fueled by ever-growing demand.
… Unfortunately, things are set to get worse. Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics projects that by 2059 the population will have doubled to 15 million, and possibly more than 20 million, which would make Israel’s population density far in excess of today’s most crowded countries, like Japan or the Netherlands. …
In a country that argues over everything else, overpopulation, it seems, is one issue we never want to address. There are two reasons for this taboo: First, the loss of six million Jews in the Holocaust made pro-natal policies axiomatic in the young state of Israel. Second, Palestinian authorities have, historically, promoted a high birthrate among the Arab population as a way of undermining the Jewish state by demographic means. Thus, both Arabs and Jews considered having large families a patriotic duty.
Neither reason is valid today: The global total of Jews, which had fallen to 11 million in 1945, has rebounded to pre-World War II levels. There are currently about 17 million people in the world who identify as Jewish. This number is destined to grow much higher, thanks mainly to Israel’s population trend.
At the same time, a demographic transition has occurred among Arab Israelis. As Arab women came to enjoy more equal status and independence over the past decade, fertility plummeted from an average of six children per family to about four today. This fall seems likely to continue. Since 2002, the Arab birthrate has stabilized at about 40,000 per year. The number of Jewish babies, however, steadily rises.
The demographic “war” is over: The number of Arab Israelis will not overtake the number of Jews. It is time, instead, to talk about living together sustainably.
But, of course, not yet time to talk about taking in Muslim refugees and African immigrants.
For Israel’s first four decades, the major engine of population growth was immigration. But the large Jewish communities in the diaspora that once faced persecution and economic distress have already moved, and migrations to Israel have tapered off over the last decade. Today, the number of people moving to Israel roughly equals the number leaving. This is terrific news. It means that Israel can maintain its open-door policy for Jews everywhere — so central to the country’s raison d’être — and still enjoy sustainable population levels.
It is Israel’s high fertility rate — 50 percent higher than most other Western countries — that puts it on an unsustainable course. This didn’t happen naturally; it is the result of decades of government programs that encouraged large families and created obstacles to abortion. …
Alon Tal, a professor at Ben-Gurion University, is the author of “The Land Is Full: Addressing Overpopulation in Israel.”
Funny how different countries have different problems.
We often hear that science has proved that race does not exist. But I alway ask, Don’t the same arguments about blurry boundaries and the like also apply to the proposition that species does not exist? Then I cite confusing cases regarding species that have big money implications under the Endangered Species Act. Are dogs, coyotes, and wolves one species or separate species? What about red wolves?
In the NYT, Carl Zimmer brings us up to date on the latest findings regarding my go-to example:
DNA Study Reveals the One and Only Wolf Species in North America
MATTER JULY 27, 2016
The first large study of North American wolf genomes has found that there is only one species on the continent: the gray wolf. Two other purported species, the Eastern wolf and the red wolf, are mixes of gray wolf and coyote DNA, the scientists behind the study concluded.
The finding, announced Wednesday, highlights the shortcomings of laws intended to protect endangered species, as such laws lag far behind scientific research into the evolution of species.
The gray wolf and red wolf were listed as endangered in the lower 48 states under the Endangered Species Act in the 1970s and remain protected today, to the periodic consternation of ranchers and agricultural interests.
In 2013, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service recognized the Eastern wolf as a separate species, which led officials to recommend delisting the gray wolf. Conservationists won a lawsuit that forced the agency to abandon the plan.
The new finding sharpens a scientific question at the heart of that debate: How should the Endangered Species Act address threatened animals that are hybrids? …
Those efforts were possible because of the Endangered Species Act, established in 1973. The law led to a recovery program for a species known as the red wolf, or Canis rufus, believed to have originally lived in the Southeast. The last red wolves were removed from the wild in 1980, and captive-bred animals were released into the wild beginning in 1987.
The gray wolf, or Canis lupus, once ranged from the Rockies to New England. In 1978, the Fish and Wildlife Service declared it to be threatened in the lower 48 states.
In 2000, some scientists began to argue that the eastern population of gray wolves was in fact a separate species, which they called Canis lycaon. The Fish and Wildlife Service recognized that species in 2013, and officials argued that the gray wolf, now deemed to be limited to the western United States, was doing well enough to be taken off the list.
The new analysis, published in the journal Science Advances, paints a profoundly different portrait of the American wolf.
Bridgett M. vonHoldt of Princeton University and her colleagues sequenced the genomes of 12 gray wolves, six Eastern wolves, three red wolves and three coyotes, as well as the genomes of dogs and wolves from Asia.
Dr. vonHoldt and her colleagues found no evidence that red wolves or Eastern wolves belonged to distinct lineages of their own. Instead, they seem to be populations of gray wolves, sharing many of the same genes.
What really sets Eastern wolves and red wolves apart, the researchers found, is a large amount of coyote DNA in their genomes.
The new study revealed that coyotes and North American wolves shared a remarkably recent common ancestor. Scientists had previously estimated their ancestor lived a million years ago, but the new study put the figure at just 50,000 years ago.
“I could not have put money on it being so recent,” Dr. vonHoldt said.
That ancestor gave rise to two species — the predecessor of today’s gray wolves and that of today’s coyotes — somewhere in Eurasia. Dr. vonHoldt said that the two species then migrated into North America.
… Some wolf experts were startled by the finding and said it would require further support.
Linda Y. Rutledge, an expert on Eastern wolves, questioned whether the new study was sufficient to reject them as a separate species. …
Yet the Endangered Species Act offers no guidance about what to do with hybrid animals.
I don’t have strong opinions on how the Endangered Species Act should be applied. There usually are good arguments for both splitting and lumping.
I just think that being aware of the complexities involving species would make us more hesitant to buy into the conventional wisdom cliches about race not existing.
From the New York Times:
The Opinion Pages | OP-ED COLUMNIST
No one need ask me anymore about how to heal the racial divide in America. No one need inquire about the path forward beyond racial strife. You will not be put at ease by my response.
James Baldwin once said, “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious, is to be in a rage almost all the time.” Well, I am now incandescent with rage and at my wits’ end about how to responsibly aim it and morally marshal it.
I am at the screaming place.
Following three acquittals of officers in the death of Freddie Gray — which was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner! — Baltimore prosecutors on Wednesday dropped all remaining charges against the other officers awaiting trial.
Black district attorney, black mayor, black judge, black cops, black corpse, black rioters, black Attorney General, black President … white people to blame.
Dr. Sidney Schaefer: These guns. Karate. Why?
Wynn Quantrill: The right wing extremists. Disarm them and us liberals will disarm.
This segment from the 1967 spy satire The President’s Analyst is pretty much what life in the Entertainment Industry Suburbs of Los Angeles has been like since the Watts Riots of 1965: guns, martial arts training, and repeated assurances that it’s all necessary due to those Dangerous Right Wing Extremists.
From UPI, April 1 [no joke], 2006:
NEW YORK, April 1 (UPI) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says golf fairways would suffer if illegal immigrants were returned to their native country.
“You and I are beneficiaries of these jobs,” Bloomberg told his WABC-AM radio co-host, John Gambling. “You and I both play golf; who takes care of the greens and the fairways in your golf course?”
However, Robert Heaney, general manager of Deepdale Golf Club — a Long Island course where Bloomberg often plays — told The New York Daily News that no illegal immigrants work at the club.
Deepdale is “maybe the most reclusive club in America,” and it “hosts maybe ten rounds per day,” according to golf course architect Tom Doak in his indispensable Confidential Guide to Golf Courses. Thank God that billionaires like Bloomberg don’t have to choose between paying groundskeepers a little more or putting up with fluffy lies in the fairway that make it harder to draw a 3-iron shot into Deepdale’s notoriously rigorous 15th green.