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European Union officials are trying to bribe Turkey’s prime minister into cutting down on the outflow of Muslims from Turkey to the EU. From The Telegraph, here’s the latest carrot they are considering:

In a boost to Mr Erdogan ahead of Turkish parliamentary elections next month, Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the European Council, said he was “strongly in favour” of speeding up a deal that will allow Turkey’s 75 million people to travel to Europe without visas.

Sources said the visas were “linked” to Turkey controlling its borders.

Title reference.



2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 was awarded with one half jointly to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites and the other half to Youyou Tu for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria.

Those are good things to come up with novel therapies against.

From AP:

Nobel Prize-winner Satoshi Omura has revealed that the key to developing ivermectin was found on a golf course.

Omura and William Campbell on Monday were announced as winners of the Nobel Prize in medicine for developing the drug that has helped lower the incidence of river blindness and lymphatic filariasis, two diseases caused by parasitic worms.

Omura said the key substance was taken from a microbe contained in the soil sample at a golf course near Tokyo. He says he always carries a plastic bag in his wallet so he can collect soil sample any time.

Asked if he likes to play golf, he grinned, and said “yes.”

Any bets on just how bad the Nobel Peace Prize is going to be this year?


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From NumbersUSA.

Commenter Lot says:

Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield is the favorite to become the next House speaker. He is an amnesty advocate. This is important, because right now, today, the majority in the House, 60+ votes in the Senate, and the President all support amnesty. The only reason that it didn’t pass is the “Hastert Rule” that says the Speaker does not bring to vote bills that don’t have a majority of Republicans in support, even if it has the support of the majority of the whole House.

It isn’t a hard and fast rule though. …

Importantly, however, [Boehner] DID NOT do this with amnesty.

I.e., Boehner kept the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bottled up in the House by not calling it up for a vote, where it likely would have passed.

… Jason Chaffetz of Utah, who beat an amnesty supporter in a Republican primary (Chris Cannon), is running against McCarthy. …

McCarthy is quite near the single worst House Republican on immigration. In fact, he scores worse than many California Democrat congressmen.

As we’ve seen with Merkel’s Boner, eternal vigilance is the price of keeping your country. One bigshot can make one seemingly technical change and set off a flash mob Camp of the Saints. Or set you on a drip drip drip erosion. Or both.


From Reuters today:

Germany now expects up to 1.5 million migrants in 2015: newspaper

BERLIN (Reuters) – German authorities expect up to 1.5 million asylum seekers to arrive in Germany this year, the Bild daily said in a report to be published on Monday, up from a previous estimate of 800,000 to 1 million. …

“Migratory pressures will increase further. We now expect seven to ten thousand illegal border crossings every day in the fourth quarter,” Bild cited the report as saying.

… The authorities’ report also cited concerns that those who are granted asylum will bring their families over to Germany too, Bild said.

Given family structures in the Middle East, this would mean each individual from that region who is granted asylum bringing an average of four to eight family members over to Germany in due course, Bild quoted the report as saying.

Not everybody is going to get legal asylum, of course. The Germans have already been kicking out some of the Balkan Muslims they can get to confess to not being Arabs. So you can’t just multiply 1.5 million by 5 to 9 people, which would of course be 7.5 to 13.5 million people. That’s probably too high … in this wave.

In the long run, well, either the German government will smarten up and learn how to use basic arithmetic before announcing its immigration policies, or it won’t. In the 21st Century, self-destructive stupidity is always an option.

Here’s the original in Bild in German. And not behind a paywall: Die Welt.

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Criminal masterminds are rarer in real life than in movies like Michael Mann’s 1981 film Thief, in which James Caan plays an ultra-competent Chicago burglar always lit by the glow of neon off rain-slicked streets. If you are that prudent, thorough, and organized maybe you should get a job where they don’t put you in prison when you mess up, such as, say, directing movies about criminal masterminds. For example, Mann’s recent cyber-criminal movie Black Hat was a bigger net loss than just about any real life heist, but he’s still a free man.

Marginal Revolution reports on a study of thieves (or at least of thieves uncautious enough to admit they had been thieves to the National Longitudinal Study of Youth), which reveals that crime doesn’t pay.

But occasionally somebody makes a living at stealing valuable objects. I recall decades ago in Chicago seeing on the local news a bunch of suburban police chiefs crowing that they had finally caught the a prolific silverware thief, who I found a few days later was the brother of a very bright friend of mine. I’ve finally tracked down a news account after all these years, and my memory of the story wasn’t too far off. (I’ll XXX out the Flatware Burglar’s name due to my friend sharing it. And it’s a common name.)

318 Suburban Thefts Linked To City Man

October 30, 1994 |

By Lou Carlozo, Tribune Staff Writer.

To the scores of North Shore residents who have agonized over their stolen silverware and tea services, take heart-and call Evanston police.

Police have arrested a suspect in heists by the “flatware burglar” and have seized thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, dinnerware and decorative items stashed in his North Side residence.

Investigators have linked XXX to 318 burglaries over a two-year period in Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Kenilworth and Glencoe, Evanston Police Chief Gerald Cooper said Saturday.

In all, XXX may have been responsible for more than 1,000 home burglaries in the North Shore area, Cooper said.

“He boasted to us that he committed some 5,000 burglaries” over two decades, Cooper said. “There’s a little bit of (exaggeration) in that, but he’s done a substantial amount.”

Evanston Police Sgt. Chuck Wernick alleged that XXX was by far the most prolific home burglar he has encountered in 23 years of police work.

“Very clever, very catlike would be the best way to describe him,” Wernick said.

“Once we knew where he was,” Wernick said, “he was just as difficult to track down. He was just a shadow.” XXX’s total alleged take is believed to be in the “hundreds of thousands of dollars,” including $30,000 in merchandise taken from one night of activity in Wilmette, Wernick said.

XXX was arrested with the help of a task force made up of more than a dozen officers from the four suburbs that had been investigating the thefts over the past four months, Cooper said.


In my continuing coverage of how the Gulf Arabs want to help out with the current Muslim Migrant Crisis but pesky, unexpected bills in Beverly Hills have left them totally tapped out until the end of the month, here’s an informative article from The Hollywood Reporter:


One Saudi bought a $27 million estate by helicopter without walking inside, while the Peninsula hotel offers Muslim prayer rugs; those are just two examples of how the super-rich Saudis and Chinese are changing the culture and consumer habits of the Golden Triangle, with 63 percent of spending now coming from international travelers


“I’ll take that one,” said a Saudi Arabian royal, pointing down from a helicopter while with his realtor on an aerial tour over Beverly Hills’ tony Trousdale Estates. He was picking out a massive 11,000-square-foot estate (complete with pool, picturesque views and two acres of property) — before stepping one foot inside the off-market listing, which was then home to Mary Hart and Burt Sugarman. Instead, according to property records, he paid north of $27 million from the sky to get the couple, who had lived there 25 years, to move out in three weeks so he and his family could celebrate Ramadan in their new digs (once owned by Elizabeth Taylor), says a source close to the owners.

… Welcome to the new Beverly Hills, where an influx of chopper-chartering, cash-flashing, uber-monied visitors from Saudi Arabia and China are making a huge splash while stuffing the coffers of real estate agents, restaurants, hotels and luxury retail outposts. These MMTs (Major Moneyed Tourists) are the new wave of Golden Triangle VIPs, supplanting the Japanese and Russians who had been pervasive spenders in the 90210 for years. …

Foreign cash is pocketed in all corners of Los Angeles, but perhaps no industry is counting its blessings more than the real estate business. And those who toil in the mega-mansions trenches confirm that they’ve seen a sharp rise in buyers from China and Saudi Arabia. … Realtors say the majority — if not all — of these types of deals are cash transactions, because of the extreme wealth of buyers and the difficulty foreigners have in obtaining loans from local lending institutions.

Madison Hildebrand of the Malibu office of Partners Trust Brokerage says the largest sale of his career came courtesy of a Saudi buyer who snapped up a Beverly Hills estate for $20 million. “Most often, they are looking for a compound where they can maintain their culture by having their family live in the ancillary houses on the property so that everyone can have enough space,” he says, adding that they even use their own butlers. …

… “When the Chinese travel, almost 60 percent of their activity is around shopping, a purely emotionally based decision,” he says. “Rodeo Drive represents that emotional connection to the American Dream.” Saudi Arabians “watch movies and TV all the time and love the life and style of California, from Malibu surfers to casual clothing to Hollywood. It’s very intriguing to them,” adds Sama Eyewear designer/honcho Sheila Vance.

… Speaking of the city, says Nissenbaum: “Beverly Hills has done a great job of creating a safe environment — safety is at the forefront of your mind if you’re a sheikh from Saudi or a tycoon from China.” Retailer Cameron Silver notes the resulting influx and laughs: “My Saudi friends complain that there were too many other Saudis in town.”

After years of young Middle Easterners summering in Knightsbridge with their Ferraris, Bugatis and Aventadors (amassing $30,000 in parking fines in 2013 alone), Arab supercar owners now are bringing their drives to Beverly Hills. Videographer and exotic car enthusiast Drake Mumford, who tracks their movements on his YouTube channel, explains that “until a couple of years ago, the main destinations were London, Paris, Cannes and Monaco. But over time, residents started getting annoyed with their driving habits, which caused police to check for paperwork and impound cars that are missing insurance or registration documents.” The hassles, says Mumford, made L.A., despite the logistics — it can cost $35,000 each way to ship a car by air from the Middle East — an attractive alternative.

The summer of 2012, Mumford says, was L.A.’s first “Arab supercar summer — most of the cool cars in Beverly Hills had Arab plates.” …

But not everybody is loading freight-sized shipping containers packed with high-end cars. Some visitors rent upon arrival, says a local luxury-car dealer. “Have we had as many as 25 cars out to one individual family and the entourage with them? Yeah,” the source tells THR, adding that the tab for such a fleet can run in the six figures. “There are a lot of things associated with that price — you add on drivers and security and bulletproof cars and armored plating.” Summarizes the source: “They come here and they spend like drunken sailors, God bless them.”

In other Hollywood Hills news, The Vineyard Beverly Hills, a 157-acre piece of undeveloped property just south of Mulholland Drive and just west of the nice little Franklin Canyon lake where I go hiking, is available for a billion dollars.

The sister of the Shah of Iran bought the ridgetop in 1977 to build a getaway palace for the Shah. Then Merv Griffin owned it and wanted to build a house on it bigger than Aaron Spelling’s 56,000 sq ft manse using the money he made, in part, by being chintzy with Jeopardy! contestants (like me). But Merv got outsmarted by Donald Trump in a deal and sold the land to the HerbalLife multilevel marketing supersalesman guy Mark R. Hughes. But in 2000 at age 44, Hughes suffered Non-HerbalDeath, leaving the land in trust to his small child. The head trustee and some random hustler from Georgia (the state, not the country, surprisingly enough) have been trying to, more or less, steal it from Hughes’ heir for most of the century. Lately it appears to be nominally in the hands of a Cuban racketeer who did three years in prison for ripping off H.U.D. by getting $60 million in fraudulent affordable housing mortgage loans for minorities like in that Sopranos episode. But the Cuban ex-con claims to be representing undisclosed Big Money in the Middle East, so I guess it’s legit.

Screenshot 2015-10-04 15.37.42Now, the Cuban conman says he’s not going to sell the land for a billion dollars, he’s just going to continue to rent it out to Rihanna and Charlize Theron to hold parties on it.

Granted, there are no vineyards on The Vineyard Beverly Hills (that’s just grass), and it’s not actually in Beverly Hills. And only about 60 acres are level enough to be traversed without you being roped up and on belay. And it’s surrounded by dense greaswood brush that hasn’t burned since maybe 1961, so it’s due.

But it’s only minutes from all major helipads in the area, so if you are, say, constantly being sued at the Van Nuys courthouse, it’s conveniently located. (By car, it’s kind of a slog to get to and from, and as to walking to the corner market — huh, you didn’t fleece all those suckers back in the Old Country to walk anywhere, did you?)

And it has nice views. Of course, you can get pretty much the same views by going for a hike in the area for free. And the views in Los Angeles are kind of pedestrian, but billionaires these days seem to be crazy for views (e.g., all the high rise construction near Central Park in Manhattan). But that’s not really the point, the point is that Big Money in the Middle East would really like to help with the Syrian Refugee Crisis, but keeping the good people of Beverly Hills solvent has to come first.


On Friday, a hawk swooped down into my backyard and decapitated a crow, which is pretty intense. This was only a midsized hawk, no more than twice as big as the crow. The raptor came back a few hours later looking for his prey, which had been buried.

I threw a piece of fruit at the hawk and yelled and he flew off, but I’m worried he might come back. My pet rabbit who has lived in the backyard for the last decade is not small, but a hawk who kills a crow might go for a rabbit, too.

Any suggestions on how to keep a hawk away?

I was reminded of this new article in the New York Times:

Crows May Learn Lessons from Death

… The presence of a dead crow could tell other crows that a particular place is dangerous and should be visited only with caution. The loud calls the birds make could be a way to share information with the rest of their group.

“Work like this helps to remind us of the cognitive complexity that exists in animals other than humans,” said Teresa Iglesias, an evolutionary biologist affiliated with Australian National University who was not involved in the study.

That’s not to say every animal pays attention to its dead, however. In fact, the club is fairly exclusive, including species such as chimpanzees, elephants, dolphins and relatives of crows known as scrub jays.

“It’s pretty consistently animals that live in social groups and are known for having more advanced cognitive skills,” said Ms. Swift. “It’s amazing to think a crow — a bird — is doing something like this that so few other animals are doing that we know.”

The ideal way to combat the hawk menace to my rabbit would be to alert the crow community so that they would mob the hawk whenever he came into the neighborhood. Every spring there are incidents of multiple crows ganging up on solitary hawks in turf battles (and, in turn, of smaller mockingbirds trying to drive off crows).

For example, there was a huge red-tailed hawk that almost caught my rabbit a decade ago. The last time I ever saw that hawk in my neighborhood, it was flying along under attack from a half-dozen crows, very much like a bomber over Germany in 1943. The crows appear to have driven this huge predator away for good.

The 100 or so neighborhood crows seem to get together late every afternoon in a single tree and squawk for about an hour as if they were gossipping.

But how do you get in touch with them?

One possibility: Leaving the dead crow sitting out might have attracted other crows’ attention, but it would also bring back the hawk, and I don’t want a dead animal rotting in my backyard. So the headless crow is buried and will stay buried.


From the Los Angeles Times:

The economy of Beverly Hills needs those misbehaving Saudi princes and Porsches

A Saudi prince accused of a sex crime was arrested near his mansion in Beverly Glen, authorities said.

Martha Groves, Joseph Serna and Alice Walton

In Beverly Hills and surrounding upscale hamlets, the talk at social gatherings this month has centered on indications of wealthy Arab visitors behaving badly.

Earlier this month, a man driving a Qatar sheik’s rare, million-dollar-plus Ferrari LaFerrari raced a Porsche 911 GT3 through a quiet Beverly Hills neighborhood, ignoring stop signs and passing slower vehicles as horrified residents looked on. A member of the country’s ruling family, the sheik first claimed diplomatic immunity, then skipped town — with his costly vehicles.

Then on Wednesday, a Saudi prince was arrested at his rented estate in Beverly Glen and booked on suspicion of having forced a female worker to perform oral sex on him. He was freed on $300,000 bail.

Jimmy Delshad, former mayor of Beverly Hills, says his friends are asking: “Who the hell do they think they are, coming here and behaving like that?”

But Delshad, who emigrated in 1959 from Iran, is also quick to point out that these incidents are anomalies and that the strength of his city’s economy increasingly relies on the largesse of these elite Arab visitors.

They’re certainly spending with abandon — renting lavish beach pads for $100,000 a month and buying furnished penthouse condos along the Wilshire Corridor for their children at UCLA and USC, according to real estate brokers. …

Visitors from the Middle East — particularly Saudi Arabia — have long boosted the bottom lines of luxury boutiques and hotels in Beverly Hills, said Julie Wagner, chief executive of the city’s Conference and Visitors Bureau. In recent years, Beverly Hills has also seen tremendous growth in tourists from the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar, who find Arabic-speaking staff members to serve them in upscale shops.

More women accuse Saudi prince after his arrest on sex crime charge, LAPD says

Emirates and Etihad airlines have direct flights to Los Angeles from Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and Qatar Airways plans to begin service in January.

Middle Easterners, Wagner said, spend the most on Beverly Hills-area hotels among international travelers, and they are second to Chinese visitors in retail spending. Muslim women in head scarves dine in large numbers at the high-end Ivy restaurant and Urth Caffe, two popular people-watching spots.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills on Santa Monica Boulevard is one of many opulent hotels offering amenities such as prayer rugs, arrows pointing toward Mecca and pillowcases monogrammed in Arabic. “We have had repeat guests that have come to visit us year after year,” said Offer Nissenbaum, the hotel’s managing director.

On Saturday afternoon, tourists from the Middle East and around the world strolled up and down Rodeo.

Afnan Alghamdi of Saudi Arabia said Beverly Hills’ “international reputation” is a big draw.

“Many people come here to see the companies,” referring to the high-end clothing designers.

Alghamdi and her family were in town for a vacation before she continues her graduate studies in English up in Fresno.

Fresno Pride

I wonder if, after their Rodeo Drive stopover, Fresno will live up to the Alghamdi family’s expectations of the California Dream?

They stopped at the Rolex store and were headed next to Gucci.

“I like the designer,” she said before her voice was drowned out by the sounds of a black and yellow Lamborghini and two red Ferraris racing up the street and screeching to a halt at a red light. The commotion drew a large crowd, with most people trying to take pictures of the luxury vehicles with their iPhones.

Abdul Alaradh and a friend stopped on the iconic street on the second day of their trip from Kuwait. The fashionable men matched dress shirts and loafers with a Louis Vuitton bracelet and belt.

“Nice weather, nice people,” Alaradh said of why he chose to visit Beverly Hills. “I feel happy here.”

It would be nice if the Gulf Arabs could help out their fellow Muslim Arabs fleeing to Europe, but, morally, saving the economy of Beverly Hills must remain their highest priority.


… she ought to donate the money to rape crisis hotline charities in Hamburg and Malmo.


The most striking statistic in human biodiversity studies was, to the best of my knowledge, first pointed out by Runner’s World editor Amby Burfoot in an article in the spring of 1992. He noted that in both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, all eight finalists each time in the men’s 100 meter sprints were black. When you considered that people of substantial sub-Saharan descent only make up a modest fraction of the world’s population, then 16 out of 16 was extraordinary.

Typically, over 64 sprinters enter the Olympic 100m dash, from a huge range of countries around the world. To make it to the finals, you have to survive the octofinals, quarterfinals, and semifinals. So just making the Olympic finals is a major career accomplishment.

Astonishingly, however, the same thing has happened six more Olympics in a row since Burfoot’s observation, for a running total of 64 blacks out of the last 64 finalists.

You can see this stat for yourself in motion: for the record, here are videos of the last eight Olympics’ mens’ 100 meter finals.

1984 Olympics, Los Angeles

1988 Olympics, Seoul

1992 Olympics, Barcelona

1996 Olympics, Atlanta (only 7 men actually finished the 1996 final because 1992 gold medalist Linford Christie was disqualified for false starting).

2000 Olympics, Sydney

2004 Olympics, Athens

2008 Olympics, Beijing

2012 Olympics, London

[I don't know why the 2008 and 2012 videos didn't embed and instead just show up as clickable links.]

This statistic is so unbelievably extreme that it must have multiple causes. Innate racial genetic differences in sprinting speed along don’t seem adequate.

This amazing racial disparity wasn’t always so clear. For example, here is video of the 1960 Olympics final (there were only six finalists back then), in which the 3 white guys in the field swept the medals:

(By the way, the American 1960 silver medalist Dave Sime is the grandfather of Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, who is averaging 111 yards rushing per game so far this season. Christian’s father Ed McCaffrey was a Pro Bowl receiver in the NFL.)

One interesting theory that has been put forward by a commenter (unfortunately, I have forgotten his monicker) is that perhaps men of West African descent tend to respond more strongly to performance-enhancing drugs than do men of other races?

I don’t know how to test that theory, but it doesn’t sound implausible, either. This hypothesized interaction effect of nature and nurture might help explain why sports has become so much more segregated by position than anybody in, say, 1970 expected.


As we all know liberal-progressive ideology is strongly pro-Science! Except when it’s not …

From the Washington Post’s social science blog, Monkey Cage:

Born that way? ‘Scientific’ racism is creeping back into our thinking. Here’s what to watch out for.

By W. Carson Byrd and Matthew W. Hughey September 28

This month, Jennifer Cramblett lost her “wrongful birth” lawsuit, which centered on a troubling ideology that has been creeping into mainstream discussions in ways not seen in decades. Cramblett claimed that the sperm used to inseminate her came from the wrong donor, leading to a biracial child, which she had not wanted. Her lawsuit claimed that this mix-up in the lab caused her and her family personal injuries of various kinds.

This lawsuit was shadowed by a troubling logic: the idea that race is a biological reality with particular traits and behaviors that can be avoided through proper breeding practices. In doing so, Cramblett’s claims echoed arguments made in a darker era of global history of “scientific” racism.

Volkswagen’s lawyers ought to study this precedent so they can better craft their defense against customer lawsuits. Maybe something along the lines of: “The concepts of ‘emissions’ and ‘defeat devices’ are just social constructs. So, nyah-nyah-nyah.” Or “Well, sure, car buyers of America, we failed to deliver to you what we told you you were paying for, but … considering America’s long history of racism, how do you know you weren’t just only getting what you deserve? Huh? Huh?”

Here’s how the argument goes. Some people are born with outstanding talents, easily mastering basketball, mathematics, languages or piano, if given the right environment in which to grow. What biologist or social scientist could argue with that? But alongside that genetic understanding, an old and pernicious assumption has crept back into the American conversation, in which aptitudes are supposedly inherited by race: certain peoples are thought to have rhythm, or intellect, or speed or charm. That’s a fast track toward the old 19th- and early 20th-century problem of “scientific” racism. …

In the recent issue of the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, we invited experts in anthropology, evolutionary biology, government, law, medicine, public policy and sociology to examine the return of racial essentialism and biological determinism. Those are separate but related. Racial essentialism is the concept that people of different racial and ethnic groups possess specific traits and behaviors unique to their group. Biological determinism is the belief that race is a genetic reality that regulates how we behave.

Two of the studies included in the volume look at how misguided beliefs in genetically distinct races with differing capabilities underlie our everyday conversations about race and inequality.

The first study, “A Level Playing Field? Media Constructions of Athletics, Genetics, and Race,” examines news media coverage implying that genetic differences lead particular racial groups to succeed more often at sports, and focuses on how that belief shows up within journalism. Collaborating with University of Connecticut doctoral student Devon Goss, Matthew W. Hughey researched nearly 24,000 English-language newspaper articles across the globe from 2003-2014. Among the articles that discussed race, genetics and athletics, Hughey and Goss found that nearly 55 percent of these media narratives uncritically parroted and perpetuated the belief that African-descended groups excel in athletics, such as sprinting, because of genetic racial differences — despite the research debunking that belief.

For instance, in the wake of the 2012 Olympics, nearly one-third of the news articles that evoked race, genetics and athletics posited that African American and West Indian sprinters are fastest because they descend from testosterone-heavy ancestors who survived the brutal conditions of transatlantic slave trade—a belief that found resonance and widespread acceptance in a BBC-produced documentary entitled, “Survival of the Fastest.” But there is no gene or allele for “speed,” and no direct link between testosterone and speed (while sprinters may have high testosterone, not all high-testosterone people can sprint).


… Recent controversies illustrate how such beliefs about race, difference and inequality can influence discussions of societal development and policies. A highly-praised volume by journalist Nicholas Wade, “A Troublesome Inheritance,” posited that recent genetic and genomic research suggests that Africa’s underdevelopment was a result of genetic inferiority of the communities on the continent, eschewing the devastating effects of colonialism.

Former Heritage Foundation policy analyst Jason Richwine’s highly criticized immigration reform approach, a proposal based on his doctoral research, used deterministic beliefs that IQ scores could select who could immigrate to the United States, and framed Latino immigrants as permanently less intelligent than whites. …

W. Carson Byrd is assistant professor of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville. Matthew W. Hughey is associate professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut.

The whole thing (there’s much more) is quite an enjoyable read in a fish-in-a-barrel sort of way.


I wasn’t all that aware that Newsweek is back in business, but here is a cover story from Newsweek:

As Wealth Inequality Soars, One City Shows the Way

iSteve readers probably won’t have too much trouble guessing which state America’s most egalitarian city is in, although the city name is more obscure.

I have to confess to having barely heard of the place over the years.

I flew over it at night recently and was surprised by how many square miles of lights there are. My first assumption was it had to be its more famous urban neighbor 35 miles to the south.

I really liked the 2011 book Homesickness: An American History by Susan J. Matt, a professor at Weber State in this town, but I recall being unsure where in this famously egalitarian state this city is.

In a cover story that cites Raj Chetty frequently, Newsweek writes:

Today, Ogden [in Utah], with a population of roughly 86,000, boasts a distinction that has put it on the national radar: At a time when the United States—along with much of the rest of the world—is grappling with the pernicious effects of ever-widening wealth inequality, Ogden has become an unlikely beacon of egalitarianism. The city, together with its neighboring communities, has the narrowest wealth gap among America’s largest metropolitan statistical areas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s five-year American Community Survey. …

For the purposes of this article, Newsweek looked at the latest wealth data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s five-year American Community Survey for major metro areas with surrounding communities of at least 300,000 residents. The widest wealth gap in America, according to that data, can be found in three Connecticut cities: Bridgeport, Stamford and Norwalk—known as American hedge fund country for the crush of millionaires and billionaires settled in their environs, many of whom work in nearby Greenwich. Second place for widest wealth gap was Naples, Florida, which included the upscale Immokalee-Marco Island. The third covered the combined area of New York City plus Newark and Jersey City, New Jersey.

The most unequal places tend to be either Rio Grande Valley combinations of First World and Third World lifestyles, or highly diverse places where some people can get extremely rich, such as New York, Miami, and Los Angeles.

In contrast, the most equal places tend to be where there aren’t that many poor people, but it’s hard to get rich, and even the local rich don’t stick around. (You might think that Honolulu would accumulate rich people, but it doesn’t seem to work that way.)

Reading the Newsweek article, which attempts to portray Ogden as a happening opportunity for gentrification (the Golden Spike and all that), it’s a little hard to keep in mind that what the statistics are actually talking about is the sprawling Ogden-Clearfield metropolitan statistical area. This exurban sprawl has a population of 550,000, but it’s hard to find other Census statistics about it.

The city of Ogden, which Newsweek focuses upon, has a population of 84,000, with most of its statistics below the Utah average: home ownership is 55% compared to 70% in Utah as a whole, and the median home price $131k v. $212k for Utah’s average. The median household income is about 70% of the state’s. The poverty rate is almost twice as high. So Ogden is kind of dire, but the other 5/6ths of the MSA are affordable family formationville.

The next biggest towns in the MSA are Layton, the poetically-named Bountiful, and Roy.

The majority of the population in the MSA is Davis County (biggest town is Layton), which is more prosperous than the city of Ogden: the average home price is $223,000, the poverty rate is low, and the median income is $10k over Utah as a whole.

Davis County is basically the northern suburbs of Salt Lake City (e.g., Layton is 24 miles north of downtown SLC, while Bountiful is only a 12 mile commute), while Weber County is basically the northern exurbs of SLC (Ogden is 38 miles north of downtown).

I finally found the 2010 Census statistics for the entire MSA: Ogden-Clearfield is 83% white, 12% Hispanic, 2% Asian, 1% black, 0% American Indian.

So Ogden-Clearfield’s secret sauce is diversity!

No, actually it’s white people, Mormons, and affordable family formation.

In Chetty’s data, Salt Lake City always did well. And, this MSA is basically about white flight from Salt Lake City.

You know, when you put it that way, things suddenly become a little clearer.

But Newsweek doesn’t quite get it:

Ogden does not simply have the narrowest wealth gap; this middle-class oasis also offers many residents higher wages and a lower cost of living than the national average, with some of the lowest unemployment and best job growth numbers in the country. It’s the type of place most Americans had assumed disappeared in a cloud of cynicism somewhere between Studio 54 and Reaganomics.

Well, okay, except that Mormons tend to try to mold their communities to be like 1950s America. Back in 2008 I wrote:

The mainstream Mormon organization in Utah today seem more like a mutual self-help society, sort of a private enterprise Sweden. If you agree to play by their rules, follow their cultural norms, and pay a lot of taxes, excuse me, donations, they’ll round down some of the sharp, competitive corners of modern life for you. The intense and expensive efforts modern Americans make to “insulate, insulate, insulate” their families (as Sherman McCoy’s best friend tells him people who want to raise children in Manhattan must do) are sort of taken care of for you by the Mormon church.

Of course, that’s why Mormons are so Republican — they’ve built themselves a private welfare state, without most of the moral hazard that goes with government welfare states.

Davis County voted for Romney over Obama 80-18, while the more urban / multicultural / college county of Weber County voted for Romney only 72-26.

Not surprisingly, Ogden-Clearfield has the second biggest gender gap in the country for income, behind only culturally similar Provo-Orem:


Watching Sir Ridley Scott’s The Martian, I got to thinking about how Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, and Chiwetel Ejiofor are, like a lot of other actors over the years, starting to get typecast in science fiction movies. It’s a lucrative rut to get stuck in — Will Smith famously commissioned his staff to research what the most profitable movies are, and they reported back that sci-fi movies were the best bet — but it can be an ironic golden ghetto.

The fine 1990s parody of the Star Trek phenomenon, Galaxy Quest, had a lot of fun with how random casting events set extremely actorly actors on the bumpy path to sci-fi stardom. For example, the 1984 sci-fi cult film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai appears to have launched John Lithgow and Jeff Goldblum into being regulars in sci-fi films, even though I doubt they have much more than a professional interest in the genre.

Actors tend to be extreme People Persons, while sci-fi tends to attract readers at the other end of the spectrum. For example, the highly cultured Sir Alec Guinness famously hated Star Wars.

In contrast, movie directors of science fiction films often love science fiction. For example, Jerry Pournelle has told me about what a pleasure it was for Larry Niven and him to have to spend a contractually obligated week with James Cameron discussing one of their sci-fi novels that the director of The Terminator had bought an option upon. If you are a sci-fi author, what could be more fun than Cameron questioning you about every detail of your vision?

That raises the question of which movie stars actually are sci-fi fans.

Possibilities include Scientology members like Tom Cruise and John Travolta. On the other hand, Scientology isn’t very good science fiction, as Travolta discovered upon releasing Battlefield Earth. Cruise has made some solid sci-fi movies in recent years, so perhaps his taste in science fiction is improving?

Arnold Schwarzenegger might be another candidate, since he’s kind of a science project himself. Still, while Schwarzenegger is a man of multiple interests, I haven’t heard that much direct evidence that he has more than a professional interest in sci-fi.

If you go back far enough into the history of movies, there weren’t very many science fiction movies due to special effects being primitive and thus unpopular.

One old time Hollywood actor who I suspect would have benefited from the opportunity of being typecast in sci-fi films was Ronald Reagan.

In his last box-office hit, Bedtime for Bonzo, he played an idealistic scientist who argues the case for liberal behaviorism against his department chairman’s outdated eugenicist beliefs.

As his children have complained, Reagan was, to a remarkable extent for a movie star, not a People Person. He was more interested in big picture principles rather than the individuals around him.

Reagan famously lost out to Humphrey Bogart for the starring roles in Casablanca and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, but you can hardly blame the moguls: Bogart was one of the greatest movie stars of all time, while Reagan wasn’t.

On the other hand, the then barely-existent sci-fi genre might have been ideal for Reagan’s sincerity and fluency.

In a 1987 speech to the United Nations, Reagan said:

Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world. And yet, I ask you, is not an alien force already among us? What could be more alien to the universal aspirations of our peoples than war and the threat of war?

This was not a passing fancy of Reagan’s. The President used to freak out his less imaginative National Security Advisor, Colin Powell, by discoursing on how Cold War differences would vanish if flying saucers attacked.

This passage is only remembered today by UFO conspiracy theorists, who celebrate it as the moment in which a President let slip what’s really preserved in Area 51. But my vague impression is that it offers a fair amount of insight into Reagan’s personality.

Thus, it’s hardly surprising that in 1983 Reagan made his strategically important “Star Wars” speech advocating roughly what sci-fi authors Niven, Pournelle, Robert Heinlein, Poul Anderson (along with science heavyweights Freeman Dyson, Marvin Minsky, and John McCarthy) had been plotting for a couple of years. (The Soviets took it quite seriously, suggesting they too maybe had sci-fi fans at the top of the ladder.)


That’s just what a respectable country does: it drops bombs on the Middle East. So if the Russians are bombing some country in the the Middle East, then they must be, when you stop and think about it, okay after all. I mean, bombing isn’t like being against gay marriage.


Matt Damon plays a NASA astronaut stranded on Mars in Sir Ridley Scott’s faithful adaptation of the ultra-hard sci-fi novel originally self-published in 2011 by Andy Weir. A lot of the Thursday night audience had clearly read The Martian (e.g., they were laughing at punchlines before they were fully delivered) and were very happy that the movie version doesn’t add any social awareness, cultural sophistication, or psychological complexity.

The Martian is a book by a STEM guy for STEM guys, and the ones in the opening night audience loved it. It is a series of technical problems that the hero (and, eventually, the rest of the world) must figure out solutions for or he will die. For example, he’s left behind on Mars with freeze-dried rations for six astronauts for 68 days, but it would take four years to get a rescue mission there. There’s a lot of arithmetic in the movie.

The amateur author explained in the afterword to his novel that he hit upon a formula for his story: every solution the hero comes up with causes another problem for which he must come up with another solution, which in turns causes yet another problem, etc. Some of the appeal of the book comes in looking back and seeing that, yes, this simple (but brilliant) formula carries Weir past all sorts of challenges that would stump a more experienced author.

The competent movie screenplay by Drew Goddard is a little less explicitly formulaic, which actually diminishes the naive charm, but it’s close enough. Even the scene that looks like it was glommed on to the movie to lure in the massive Chinese movie audience is directly from the book.

I would have liked to have seen a fix in the screenplay for the main plot weakness in the book — the windstorm on Mars that sets in motion the hero being marooned (how much damage can wind do on Mars?). But it looks dramatic onscreen, and if you come in knowing that the first 5 minutes are kind of dumb, you won’t be disappointed.

On the other hand, the technical details come at you pretty fast for people who haven’t read the book. Aaron Sorkin would have written more redundancy into the screenplay, the way he kept Moneyball and The Social Network comprehensible. For example, the acronym “MAV” is used throughout the movie. I presume early on it was explained once in the movie that MAV stands for “Mars Ascent Vehicle,” the get-away rocket, but I missed it in the movie. Also, while the book comes up with a plausible-sounding suggestion for why there’s an unused MAV sitting around on the surface of Mars 3200 km away, the movie skimps on the background.

Like a lot of sci-fi movies, this one is cast using numerous previous actors who have previously played in sci-fi movies, such as Damon and Jessica Chastain from last year’s Interstellar. Damon is a professional movie star and delivers a professional movie star performance as Mark Watney, the infinitely resourceful (if not particularly sensitive) Robinson Crusoe.

Science fiction fans don’t necessarily like daring casting — if they liked, say, Sigourney Weaver, Jeff Goldblum, or John Lithgow in the last sci-fi movie they saw, they are okay with them in the next sci-fi movie. That leads to weird path dependencies where certain stars become stuck in sci-fi movies. (Trying to think of something sciencey to say when promoting sci-fi movies she’s in has been one of the banes of the career of Weaver, a Stanford English major; that and getting stuck on the bench behind Meryl Streep at the Yale School of Drama.)

In a movie stocked with guileless characters who are all just trying to do their jobs as best they can, the most interesting supporting role and the best supporting performance is Jeff Daniels as the cold-blooded politician heading NASA. This is pretty much the same role as Daniels’ Man from the Future in Looper a few years back, and Daniels nails it.

Hopefully, Daniels will finally get an Oscar nomination. He was good in good movies like Terms of Endearment and The Purple Rose of Cairo over 30 years ago, and was great in The Squid and the Whale and, yes, Dumb and Dumber. Jeff Bridges was finally awarded a sort of retroactive Oscar for The Big Lebowski a few years, and it’s about time for the other blond Jeff to get some Oscar recognition.

This on-the-nose casting might suggest that the 77-year-old Sir Ridley, who has made a number of ambitious but shaggy movies in recent years such as Robin Hood and Prometheus, was playing it safe in The Martian. But straightforward is good when you have a property like The Martian.

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September 2015 was a record-setting month for the iSteve blog at, with new monthly highs in unique visits and comments. I’d like to thank all my old and new readers.

Versus September 2014, last month’s pageviews were up 45%, comments up 48%, and unique visits up 57%. Pageviews for iSteve are currently running at an 8-digit annualized rate.

Unfortunately, I also have to thank the Chancellor of Germany for committing Merkel’s Boner, which got September off to a huge start. (As I predicted, I kind of burned out after that first week of September due to exhaustion.)

Overall, pageviews were the highest since, I believe, Ron made an improvement in the mobile version so that you can use it more like the web version, and thus it no longer mandates a separate pageview to see each post.

There were 2 or 3 posts that went viral in a modest way — e.g., for a couple of days I was huge in Poland for my graphs of the U.N. Population Prospects — but viral hits added only a few percentage points to the monthly totals. In general, my stuff is remarkably anti-viral, so the growth in traffic numbers reflects little in the way of flukes, and more in the grinding business of expanding audience size and involvement through good blogging.

I wish there was an easier way for me to expand my audience, but I guess the nature of my brain is fundamentally anti-fashion, so I’m always going to be paddling against the current.


Individuals respond to incentives, so it’s not surprising to observe today’s ongoing Flight From White.

This is in contrast to the Flight Toward White in the mid-20th Century. For example, the Census Bureau didn’t separately count Hispanics / Latinos / Mexicans in the 1950 and 1960 Censuses in response to the League of United Latin American Citizens’ contention that it would be better for them to just be officially classified as white.

Now, of course, the Census Bureau laboriously classifies Hispanics as its own Ethnicity. (Nobody else gets an Ethnicity, just Hispanics.) This 1970-2010 Census ploy allows Latinos to get the benefits of affirmative action while also allowing individuals to assert their racial whiteness (because that means a lot to many Hispanics). In the future, it would not be surprising if the Census Bureau promotes Hispanics to their own race.

Other groups want in on the action, too. For example, Arab-American pressure groups are pushing the Census Bureau to count “Middle Eastern / North African” individuals separately from whites on the 2020 Census.

And now, from an op-ed in the Washington Post:

Jews in America struggled for decades to become white. Now we must give up whiteness to fight racism.
Let’s teach our children that we are, in fact, not white, but simply Jewish.

By Gil Steinlauf September 22
Gil Steinlauf is the senior rabbi at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C.

Steinlauf is a not uninfluential rabbi from a mid-range point on the spectrum. He’s in charge of the top Conservative synagogue in Washington D.C., with a congregation heavy on pro-Israel liberals and neoconservatives. This appears to be a moderately important synagogue: it was Yitzhak Rabin’s temple when he was Israeli ambassador to Washington and Irving Kristol is buried in its cemetery. Here’s a 2014 article in The Atlantic by the Atlantic’s well-known ethnocentrist correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg:

When Your Rabbi Comes Out as Gay
Or, we live in remarkable times


A few days ago, I posted a piece about my rabbi, Gil Steinlauf, the senior rabbi of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., the largest Conservative movement-affiliated synagogue in the nation’s capital. The post concerned an excellent Rosh Hashanah sermon he had delivered about Israel and Hamas.

It turns out that there was a lot more on Rabbi Steinlauf’s mind during the High Holidays than just the Middle East. This afternoon, he e-mailed his thousands of congregants to announce that he and his wife, Batya, a respected rabbi in her own right, were getting divorced, because he has come to the realization that he is gay.

There is sadness here, of course, because Gil and Batya have had, in many ways, a good, even model, marriage (their three children are testament to this), but there is also relief, and anxiety, and most of all a leap into the unknown.

Rabbi Steinlauf’s op-ed goes on:

At the start of a new year, Jews in America should consider their place in our country’s racist social constructs.

Adapted from a Rosh Hashanah sermon delivered at Adas Israel Congregation.

This summer, I had a conversation with a young woman about her Jewish identity. She told me how she grew up in a family that was very involved in her synagogue. She went to Jewish day school. She had been to Israel multiple times. But she felt very far from her Jewishness. She simply couldn’t find the relevance of Judaism as she was making her way on her own in the world. I asked her what she did feel passionate about. She told me she has been reading and thinking a lot about racial justice. What moved her was the #BlackLivesMatter movement — how, in light of Ferguson, Charleston and seemingly endless incidents of injustice against black people in our society, she felt a need to grapple with the racism that is so pervasive in this country and how it affects her identity.

“As a white woman,” she said, “as the product of so much white privilege, it makes me all the more angry to see how other white people so blindly and carelessly feed into the racial climate of our society.” “So the fact that you are white makes this issue all the more painful, all the more personal for you?” I asked. “Yes,” she said.

I certainly identified with her angst. I find the reality of American racism unbearable: the legacy of slavery; the institutional discrimination that is so pervasive; the scourge of mass incarceration of black Americans, with its collateral damage on families; the ongoing blight of housing segregation; the role of law enforcement in furthering racist systems and hierarchies; all this, and so much more. My answer to her, and my answer for all American Jews during these Days of Awe, is that finding our true Jewish identity can begin by questioning our whiteness.

In a flawed and racist society, we Jewish Americans are prospering, reaching the top echelons of privilege and power. With racism and injustice entrenched year after year, generation after generation, we must now ask ourselves: What role do we play in that injustice now that most of us live as white people in America? We must cease to consider ourselves to be part of the social construct of whiteness, despite all the white privilege that America affords us, privilege that eluded many of our parents and grandparents. Starting in this new year of 5776, we must teach our children that we are, in fact, not white, but simply Jewish.

The great blessing and promise of America to our ancestors was that it was a land of opportunity, where we are all recognized as equal, where nothing, not even the heavens, is beyond our reach. We all know that the saga of Jews in America is a stunning success story. Our success here is built on the efforts of the first generations of American Jews who struggled mightily to assimilate — to slough off the ways of the old country, to out-American the Americans. In many ways, today it’s difficult for us to appreciate how remarkable this success is.

Well into the 20th century, we Jews were barred from the whitest country clubs.

Have I ever mentioned that resenting that Great-Grandpa got blackballed out of joining some country club is like … a Thing?

We couldn’t buy houses in the whitest neighborhoods.

I grew up on the wrong side of the hills from a neighborhood called Beverly Hills, so I guess that gives me a bizarre, offbeat perspective on what America was like in the past because who else ever heard of a place called “Beverly Hills?”

Even today, some of us remember being called anti-Semitic names, having pennies thrown at us or being beaten up because we are Jewish. But that young woman I spoke with this summer, and most of her young adult Jewish peers today, can hardly fathom being singled out, being treated as “other,” because of their Jewishness. And the main reason why anti-Semitism is no longer mainstream in our society is because sometime in the last half century, we convinced America that we, too, are white.

Who can forget how Confederate Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin was unmasked as Jewish in 1863 and instantly sold into slavery? And of course there was that shocking incident in apartheid South Africa when it was discovered that the owners of the De Beers diamond monopoly weren’t white and had all their property confiscated. And there was the complete box office flop in 1927 of the first talkie, The Jazz Singer, because its star, Al Jolson, wasn’t white. Or remember how Queen Victoria told Benjamin Disraeli, “You’d be my favorite Prime Minister, except you aren’t white”?

All those years of singular focus on making it in America paid off!

These days, the country clubs and exclusive neighborhoods are as Jewish as they are WASPy.

Somebody alert Matthew Weiner!

… The brilliance of being Jewish, though, is that we stubbornly refuse to fit into any social construct of power or oppression. We are simply Ivri’im, people from “somewhere else,” people who struggle with God and justice, who demand that the rest of the world does, too, and see every human life as sacred because we are all in the image of God. And the truth is, we have never belonged to one race alone. The Torah tells us that we left Egypt with the “erev rav,” with a mixed multitude of peoples. Around the world there are Jews of color, Asian Jews, Jews of all kinds. The idea that Jews are white is not only ridiculous, it’s offensive to who we really are!


The insult “inbred” is of course a favorite among liberals, as is “anti-science.”

And yet, in this week’s Taki’s Magazine column, I attempt to call attention to what has been one of the most overlooked aspects of the ongoing Camp of the Saints: how the high inbreeding rates among Middle Easterners causes genetic and cultural damage to the host populations:

The past half century of history with Muslim immigration to Europe suggests that once these new settlers are legally documented and entitled to exploit the local taxpayers, they will come under tremendous pressure from their extended families to legally wed cousins from the old country to provide the clan with more entrée to Europe. …

It’s hard to explain the horrific phenomenon of gang rapes of underage English girls, of which Rotherham is the tip of the iceberg, without understanding the psychological impact of inbreeding among Muslim immigrants. It makes people who aren’t your close kin seem less related to you. Why? Because they are less related to you. Thus, victimizing the host population in the interests of your blood relations is only natural.

In the 20th Century, cousin marriage rates in Northern European countries tended to be quite small. For example, in Hungary, which was so vociferously denounced for its anti-European backwardness in attempting to follow European Union rules for the benefit of the Continent as a whole, less than one percent of marriages were traditionally between first or second cousins, according to A.H. Bittles’

In contrast, in many Muslim countries cousin marriage is stylish. Among the many studies summarized on, here are some relevant ones published after my 2003 article in The American Conservative, “Cousin Marriage Conundrum:”

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Family reunification policies benefiting migrants gives clans even bigger incentives to badger their younger members into cross-continental arranged cousin marriages. These huge numbers of young men pouring into Europe will usually be expected by their extended families to eventually send for blood relatives as brides.


Jacob Weisberg, former top editor of Slate, tweeted:


Here’s an excerpt from a new interview with 90-year-old novelist Jean Raspail. It appeared in French in Le Point and in English translation in Gallia Watch:

- Have you thought about a sequel to The Camp of the Saints?

- It is certain that there will be one, but not from me. Will it come out before the great collapse? I’m not sure.

- In your book you speak of the “ferocious” nature of the migrants. But we see today that those arriving from Syria or elsewhere don’t have a knife between their teeth…

- What’s happening today isn’t important, it’s anecdotal, for we are only at the beginning. Right now, the whole world is talking about this, there are thousands of specialists on the issue of migrants, it’s a chaos of commentary. Not one looks at the thirty-five years that lie ahead. The situation we are living through today is nothing compared to what awaits us in 2050. There will be nine billion people on the earth. Africa has gone from one hundred million to one billion inhabitants in a century, and perhaps twice that in 2050.

Here are the latest U.N. population forecasts for 2050 and 2100:

Will the world be livable? The overpopulation and the wars of religion will make the situation fragile. That’s when the invasion will occur, it is ineluctable. The migrants will come in great part from Africa, the Middle East and the borders of Asia…

- Should we fight the evil at the roots and bomb the strategic points of Daesh, as France has just done?

- It’s their problem not ours. It doesn’t concern us. What are we doing in this business? Why do we want to play a role? Let them cope! Years ago we got out of these regions? Why go back?

- And what do we do when Syria sends out orders to attack France?

- We block them. We prevent them from entering French territory. The politicians have no solution to this problem. It’s like the debt – we pass it on to our grandchildren. Our grandchildren will have to manage this problem of massive migration.

- The Catholic Church is not at all on this wave length. It is urging the faithful to show their generosity…

- I have written that Christian charity will suffer a bit when faced with the answers to the influx of migrants. It will have to steel itself and suppress compassion of all sorts. Otherwise, our countries will be submerged.

- Refuse everybody, including the Eastern Christians?

- Possibly. But they are closer to the Westerners through their religion. This is why many Frenchmen would like to accept them. France, this country with no religious belief, proves that the basis of Western civilization is a Christian basis. People, even if they don’t go to church anymore and or practice, react in accordance with this Christian basis.

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