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  1. I’m 100% on Watson’s side when it comes to race and IQ and freedom of expression, but, yikes, that portrait needed to go. It makes the Obama presidential portrait look dignified.

    • LOL: bomag
    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
    Dracula?
    , @sayless
    Agree, the portrait’s pretty bad. But still, what cravens.

    Obama’s was more painterly, however it did look as if it should have been called, POTUS relieves himself amid the poison ivy.

    No less than he deserved. Plus there’s the lively little sperm on his left temple which is a signature of the artist’s work.

    The lab has disgraced itself.

    Eventually one prominent institution will take a position and stick to it. That’ll be the harbinger of spring.
    , @fish


    …..but, yikes, that portrait needed to go.

     

    Looks like your grandfather very late in life waiting to head to 3:30 dinner after playing just five on the front nine!
    , @J1234
    It's better than Michelle's portrait, though. Yeah, I know, not by much.
  2. It won’t happen in his lifetime, but Watson will be vindicated, and the Amy Harmons rememberd as fleas and lice.

    • Agree: Hail
    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
    ...by the Chinese masters of the globe.
  3. The whole thing with Sally Hemings — whether you believe it or not — probably bought Jefferson some time from the PC mobs. But it won’t last forever…

    • Replies: @OFWHAP
    No, it just means he raped his 1/4 black slave because slaves can't be expected to fully consent.
    , @Clyde
    Thomas Jefferson with his run of his female slaves as the Harvey Weinstein of his times. All consensual as the women sleep "upward" for their betterment.
    , @Stan d Mute

    The whole thing with Sally Hemings — whether you believe it or not — probably bought Jefferson some time from the PC mobs.
     
    Conversely, if true, it informs me to want to erase TJ from history for bestiality.

    What exactly is it with smart guys gone so disgustingly demented anyway? https://www.foxnews.com/us/attorney-uses-stuffed-animal-in-case-against-msu-physicist-charged-with-bestiality
    , @Barnard
    Are you serious? They call Jefferson a rapist and are going after him even harder for this issue alone. The evidence he fathered Sally Hemings children is weak also. I would recommend Framing A Legend by Andrew Holowchak if you want to read about it.
    , @Hail

    Sally Hemings — whether you believe it or not — probably bought Jefferson some time from the PC mobs
     
    Wasn't it shown the father was most likely some other male Jefferson relative, not future President Thomas Jefferson himself?
  4. Just a picture, Dr. Watson. Nothin’ at all. Your accomplishments were not in vain.

  5. Time to get out the airbrushes . . .

    • Replies: @Anon
    It would be an interesting art project to make photos where people are airbrushed into photos of Stalin, rather than the reverse. Charlie Chaplin, H.L. Mencken, Richard Hauptmann, Margaret Mitchell, Mordecai Ham, the possibilities are endless.
    , @byrresheim
    Comparing Dr. Watson to the poisonous dwarf seems a tad unfriendly.

    The man airbrushed out was en especially cruel and prolific murderer.
    , @Reg Cæsar
    Uncle Joe was a pederast? Just where is that left arm?
    , @David In TN
    Many years ago I read an editorial wondering why everybody has heard of characters like Himmler and Heydrich but no one has heard of Yezhov, except for those who read specialist literature on the "Great Terror."
  6. Is she a true believer or just a person in need of paycheck?

    • Replies: @Clyde

    Is she a true believer or just a person in need of paycheck?
     
    Upton Sinclair
    “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
    , @El Dato
    She likes it.

    [insert Reservoir Dogs torture scene here with "Stuck in the Middle with You" playing]
    , @ben tillman
    No one is more of a true believer than she is, which happily coincides with her ethnopolitical agenda. "Paycheck" is nowhere to be found on the list of her motivations.
  7. Anon[172] • Disclaimer says:

    Comfort is the guy who wrote the Nature review of Plomin’s book, trashing it for all the usual politically correct reasons.

    Comfort himself seems to have washed out of science, getting an M.S. in neurobiology, but getting his Ph.D. in history. The masters degree is usually a feeder program to the school’s Ph.D. for STEM subjects, so it’s kind of a hint that something may have gone wrong if there is no corresponding Ph.D.

    Comfort is one of those fringe personalities around the genetics field who, because it is not his central specialization, feels free to trash its obvious and inevitable trajectory on political grounds, a sort of modern Stephen Jay Gould. Real researchers in the field just try to keep their heads down and not comment on things like group differences.

    Comfort’s ex-wife, on the other had, is a real scientist who won a Nobel Prize. Comfort was not in any photos of the announcements, although his kids were, so they were probably separated by then, and divorced later. Nathaniel then went through a midlife crisis in which he got all pierced and guaged and tatted up.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Comfort’s ex-wife, on the other had, is a real scientist who won a Nobel Prize.

    There aren't too many guys whose ex-wives have won a hard science Nobel.

    , @gabriel alberton
    Good catch. It's funny... unless I'm missing something, they divorced soon after Greider won the Nobel, and a few years later, there's this: Is the Nobel Prize Still Important?

    It's most likely just a coincidence. It's still amusing in a small way.

    (Note each of their Wikipedia articles give a different year for when they got married)
    , @Spaulding Smails
    That strikes me as kind of a back-asswards way to go about a midlife crisis. Aren’t you supposed to go out and date (ideally much younger) women who are pierced, gauged, and tatted up instead of, you know, doing that to yourself?
    , @BogMaster
    Alas, I've been on the edge of social circles with both Harmon and Comfort. They're both good illustrations of how divorce can leave these hidden and not-so-hidden wounds. The process is terrible for kids too.
  8. Man, does she suck. She is approaching evil super villain status.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    Has anyone investigated whether or not Harmon has ties to Cold Spring Harbor people? Maybe this is all about setting up Watson so CSH could cut him loose.
    , @sayless
    Yes, Amy is a ruthless child.
  9. Somebody’s anagram is “horny mama”

    • LOL: ben tillman
  10. @Hypnotoad666
    Time to get out the airbrushes . . . https://media.newyorker.com/photos/5b4cba859316e42b3123fb1b/16:9/w_1200,h_630,c_limit/Gessen-PB-PromoSocial2.jpg

    It would be an interesting art project to make photos where people are airbrushed into photos of Stalin, rather than the reverse. Charlie Chaplin, H.L. Mencken, Richard Hauptmann, Margaret Mitchell, Mordecai Ham, the possibilities are endless.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon

    It would be an interesting art project to make photos where people are airbrushed into photos of Stalin, rather than the reverse. Charlie Chaplin, H.L. Mencken, Richard Hauptmann, Margaret Mitchell, Mordecai Ham, the possibilities are endless.
     
    I would suggest: Joseph E. Davies, Howard Koch, Harry Dexter White, Alger Hiss, Dalton Trumbo, and Ed Asner.

    These are all people who should have felt Stalin's warm embrace.
    , @Old Palo Altan
    Rather like the much more laborious process which produced the etching purportedly showing Hitler and Lenin playing chess together in Vienna in 1909.
  11. Amy Harmon is to James Watson as Fotios (Freddy) Geas is to Whitey Bulger.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/31/us/who-killed-whitey-bulger.html

  12. Man, I can’t even muster up a joke. This is beyond parody. Is she that much of an airhead, or that much of a shamelessly mercenary assassin for the PC cause? Nothing she has done in life reveals great intelligence, but it’s hard to believe she’s gotten this far if she’s actually that stupid.

    • Replies: @lavoisier

    Nothing she has done in life reveals great intelligence, but it’s hard to believe she’s gotten this far if she’s actually that stupid.
     
    Actually, being intelligent, and honest, does not help one's career aspirations if one intends to write for the New York Times.
  13. @Anon
    Comfort is the guy who wrote the Nature review of Plomin's book, trashing it for all the usual politically correct reasons.

    Comfort himself seems to have washed out of science, getting an M.S. in neurobiology, but getting his Ph.D. in history. The masters degree is usually a feeder program to the school's Ph.D. for STEM subjects, so it's kind of a hint that something may have gone wrong if there is no corresponding Ph.D.

    Comfort is one of those fringe personalities around the genetics field who, because it is not his central specialization, feels free to trash its obvious and inevitable trajectory on political grounds, a sort of modern Stephen Jay Gould. Real researchers in the field just try to keep their heads down and not comment on things like group differences.

    Comfort's ex-wife, on the other had, is a real scientist who won a Nobel Prize. Comfort was not in any photos of the announcements, although his kids were, so they were probably separated by then, and divorced later. Nathaniel then went through a midlife crisis in which he got all pierced and guaged and tatted up.

    Comfort’s ex-wife, on the other had, is a real scientist who won a Nobel Prize.

    There aren’t too many guys whose ex-wives have won a hard science Nobel.

    • Replies: @lavoisier
    No. But it is an interesting piece of history. Particularly the estrangement part from his more successful partner.

    And it may explain his transition to the dark side and becoming an enemy of science and reason.

    He may be a bit like Faust--selling his soul in the hope to win the love of a woman.
  14. We could only wish for the Enclave to show up.

    • LOL: jim jones
  15. Amy Harmon is a modern day Lysenko:

    From 1934 to 1940, under Lysenko’s admonitions and with Stalin’s approval, many geneticists were executed (including Isaak Agol, Solomon Levit, Grigorii Levitskii, Georgii Karpechenko and Georgii Nadson) or sent to labor camps. The famous Soviet geneticist and president of the Agriculture Academy, Nikolai Vavilov, was arrested in 1940 and died in prison in 1943.[16] Hermann Joseph Muller (and his teachings about genetics) was criticized as a bourgeois, capitalist, imperialist, and promoting fascism so he left the USSR, to return to the US via Republican Spain. In 1948, genetics was officially declared “a bourgeois pseudoscience”;[17] all geneticists were fired from their jobs (some were also arrested), and all genetic research was discontinued.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysenkoism

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
    Agree. Just as in the 21st century we have an English language Wikipedia entry for 20th century Lysenkoism, which we can read and laugh up our sleeves about how Soviet politics trumped science and doomed the Soviet Union, a 22nd century Mandarin Wikipedia will have an entry for 21st century Harmonism, which they will read and laugh up their sleeves about how Western politics trumped science and doomed the West.
    , @Anonymous
    Amy Harmon is Jewish, is she not? When are you and other Jews going to start calling out this kind of bad behavior?
    , @lavoisier
    Lysenko was at least a lying scientist, like Stephen Jay Gould.

    Amy Harmon is just a liar.
  16. It would be an interesting art project to make photos where people are airbrushed into photos of Stalin, rather than the reverse.

    • Agree: Lot
  17. This is all much ado about nothing. Amy Harmon doesn’t matter, James Watson doesn’t matter, even Steve doesn’t matter. The proof is in the goddamn pudding. Now get baking. The true work is being done in black ops labs around the world, no doubt. So at the end of the day, who will care how dumb blacks or whites are when the supermen finally walk amongst us again.

    • Replies: @Romanian
    Again?
    , @Ancient Briton
    Tidy up your saying: The proof [test] of the pudding is in the eating.
  18. Anon[368] • Disclaimer says:

    I’m with the school that Amy Harmon is not, long-term, likely to be an important person in this. Those replies on Twitter were intriguing for whatever limited glimpse they offer into minds of people on her “beat.” A lot of these are button-down corporate liberal types who might agree with her mostly in political-partisan terms; but to a man they seem to get really ticked off when being misquoted or rhetorically twisted to advance unconservative (scientifically speaking) statements about psychometrics and genetics. Scientists have access to blogs, too. If she isn’t careful they’ll just refuse to deal with her, except for the most advocacy-obsessed among them.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    "97% of geneticists believe intelligence is uniheritable, except for Ashkenazi Jews."
    , @Pericles

    If she isn’t careful they’ll just refuse to deal with her, except for the most advocacy-obsessed among them.

     

    So the worst thing that happens to Harmon is she might have to change departments within the NYT? Heavy, man.
    , @Prester John
    Who the hell is Amy Harmon anyway? According to Wiki she got her ticket in something called "American Studies" which, I presume, is a gateway to hardcore genetics research. Puh-leez, the Gray Hag could at least have hired somebody with a degree in one of the STEM subjects. I mean--"American Studies"??????
  19. @e
    Is she a true believer or just a person in need of paycheck?

    Is she a true believer or just a person in need of paycheck?

    Upton Sinclair
    “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

  20. @Impolitic
    I'm 100% on Watson's side when it comes to race and IQ and freedom of expression, but, yikes, that portrait needed to go. It makes the Obama presidential portrait look dignified.

    Dracula?

  21. razing the Jefferson Memorial

    The Jefferson Memorial is small potatoes compared to the plans these people have.

  22. @Mr. Blank
    The whole thing with Sally Hemings — whether you believe it or not — probably bought Jefferson some time from the PC mobs. But it won’t last forever...

    No, it just means he raped his 1/4 black slave because slaves can’t be expected to fully consent.

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
    You know this is just another leftist lie, right?

    https://vdare.com/articles/abolishing-america-contd-the-jefferson-antimyth-debunked
  23. I just don’t get it. She’s that excited because:

    Watson says he thinks the evidence points to an IQ gap.

    She found other scientists to say, not that he is incorrect, but that they don’t think there is enough evidence to support him.

    Case closed!!! The problem is if there is not enough evidence to support one thing, it’s opposite doesn’t have enough either. How does she not see this obvious logical problem?

    Despite her twitter protestations that this is totally not like Galileo, it’s almost exactly like Galileo.

    “You don’t have enough proof to support it! Why? Because we don’t think so!”

    • Replies: @lavoisier

    Despite her twitter protestations that this is totally not like Galileo, it’s almost exactly like Galileo.
     
    Much worse than Galileo. His evidence was limited to a few observations by a handful of scientists.

    In contrast, there is overwhelming evidence today that genetics influences IQ and that various human populations are not genetically identical.

    To deny this reality is to be far more ignorant and orthodox than any Pope uttering pronouncements Ex-Cathedra.

    People like Amy Harmon have no excuse to being so ignorant and dishonest.

    She is just another dishonest scumbag populating the journalistic core of our mass media.

  24. @Anon
    It would be an interesting art project to make photos where people are airbrushed into photos of Stalin, rather than the reverse. Charlie Chaplin, H.L. Mencken, Richard Hauptmann, Margaret Mitchell, Mordecai Ham, the possibilities are endless.

    It would be an interesting art project to make photos where people are airbrushed into photos of Stalin, rather than the reverse. Charlie Chaplin, H.L. Mencken, Richard Hauptmann, Margaret Mitchell, Mordecai Ham, the possibilities are endless.

    I would suggest: Joseph E. Davies, Howard Koch, Harry Dexter White, Alger Hiss, Dalton Trumbo, and Ed Asner.

    These are all people who should have felt Stalin’s warm embrace.

    • Agree: Svigor
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    You left out the greatest of them all, Franklin Roosevelt.

    Joe would be pushing him!

    , @Stephen Paul Foster
    "I would suggest: Joseph E. Davies, Howard Koch, Harry Dexter White, Alger Hiss, Dalton Trumbo, and Ed Asner."

    Plus Paul Robeson and Angela Davis. I

    In the early 1950s, thanks to Joe McCarthy, we were able to blackball and fire communist actors and professors. By 2009 they were awarded sinecures in the Obama administration and cable news talking head jobs (Van Jones--Green Jobs and CNN). Maybe that's the reason they call themselves "progressives."

    http://fosterspeak.blogspot.com/2017/04/isit-possible-to-shame-whoever-is.html
  25. @Anon
    I'm with the school that Amy Harmon is not, long-term, likely to be an important person in this. Those replies on Twitter were intriguing for whatever limited glimpse they offer into minds of people on her "beat." A lot of these are button-down corporate liberal types who might agree with her mostly in political-partisan terms; but to a man they seem to get really ticked off when being misquoted or rhetorically twisted to advance unconservative (scientifically speaking) statements about psychometrics and genetics. Scientists have access to blogs, too. If she isn't careful they'll just refuse to deal with her, except for the most advocacy-obsessed among them.

    “97% of geneticists believe intelligence is uniheritable, except for Ashkenazi Jews.”

    • Replies: @El Dato
    Then Fox Mulder discovers that Ashkenazi Jews have actually Jehovian DNA.
  26. @Anonymous
    It won't happen in his lifetime, but Watson will be vindicated, and the Amy Harmons rememberd as fleas and lice.

    …by the Chinese masters of the globe.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    Decayusawatch (aka RT) reports:

    https://www.rt.com/usa/449927-duke-university-prof-chinese-students/

    A Duke University professor has stepped down, after an email in which she warned Chinese students to speak English on campus or face “unintended consequences” went viral.
     
    But she was just being kind and warning the students against the consequences of not practicing adequate mimickry:

    The director of the biostatistic graduate program, Dr. Megan Neely, wrote that two faculty members had told her about a group of Chinese students who were speaking Chinese “VERY LOUDLY” in study and lounge areas on campus.

    The faculty members, Neely explained, took note of the students’ names, “so they could remember them if the students ever interviewed for an internship or asked to work with them for a master’s project.” Presumably, the faculty members would shoot down their applications.

     

    Doesn't matter, out she goes.

    Those East Asians are where the money is:

    Outrage is common currency on university campuses, but this particular case could hurt Duke financially. Chinese students make up the largest group of international students with 1,324 on campus in 2017, and the university opened a campus in Kunshan, China last fall. As of Sunday, the hashtag ‘Duke University bans speaking Chinese’ was read almost seven million times on Chinese social network Weibo, the South China Morning Post reported.

    With international grad students paying $32,000 per semester in tuition and fees alone, the loss of these students would hit Duke’s pockets hard.
     
  27. That portrait looks like a bad Lucian Freud, almost as unflattering as his portrait of her majesty the queen (lower case intentional – she doesn’t deserve captalization for what she’s permitted on her watch)

    Watson does seem to have elderly Tourette’s judging from his quotes savaging just about everyone he can think of.

    I am amused by AH’s bucket of shit metaphor, it reminds me of a line from Liam Neeson’s 1995 film Rob Roy:
    (Argyll speaking to Montrose): ” you are the shite, … and the flies upon it” – very apt in this case.

  28. @Jack D
    Amy Harmon is a modern day Lysenko:

    From 1934 to 1940, under Lysenko's admonitions and with Stalin's approval, many geneticists were executed (including Isaak Agol, Solomon Levit, Grigorii Levitskii, Georgii Karpechenko and Georgii Nadson) or sent to labor camps. The famous Soviet geneticist and president of the Agriculture Academy, Nikolai Vavilov, was arrested in 1940 and died in prison in 1943.[16] Hermann Joseph Muller (and his teachings about genetics) was criticized as a bourgeois, capitalist, imperialist, and promoting fascism so he left the USSR, to return to the US via Republican Spain. In 1948, genetics was officially declared "a bourgeois pseudoscience";[17] all geneticists were fired from their jobs (some were also arrested), and all genetic research was discontinued.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysenkoism

    Agree. Just as in the 21st century we have an English language Wikipedia entry for 20th century Lysenkoism, which we can read and laugh up our sleeves about how Soviet politics trumped science and doomed the Soviet Union, a 22nd century Mandarin Wikipedia will have an entry for 21st century Harmonism, which they will read and laugh up their sleeves about how Western politics trumped science and doomed the West.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    One reason the Soviet Union lasted as long as it did was that Stalin's terror really did motivate people. Millions of talented individuals such as Vavilov were destroyed, but the ones that remained alive redoubled their efforts in order to achieve results DESPITE the prevailing ideology, because failure meant death. This was one reason why Stalin was able to defeat Germany despite having purged many of his best generals, scientists, etc. In some cases the purged scientists were deemed too valuable to execute or be sent to the gold mines - instead they were forced to continue doing their scientific work, but from behind bars in a sort of schizophrenic compromise. On the one hand, you were a saboteur and a traitor but on the other hand you had to keep doing your work because you were too valuable to kill. There was a whole system of prison - labs which were called sharashkas. Not just scientists but prominent authors, etc. were sent to them such as Solzhenitsyn.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharashka#Notable_sharashka_inmates

    You'll notice that in the current #MeToo environment, purged individuals are not allowed to work anymore in any capacity. I propose a system of American sharshakas where purged individuals could continue to work productively in their fields from behind bars, so as not to wasted their heretofore undeniable talents. You could visit the prison and see shows put on by Harvey Weinstein, dine with cuisine by Mario Batali, hear lectures by Watson and so on. It would be a big money maker for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  29. @Almost Missouri
    ...by the Chinese masters of the globe.

    Decayusawatch (aka RT) reports:

    https://www.rt.com/usa/449927-duke-university-prof-chinese-students/

    A Duke University professor has stepped down, after an email in which she warned Chinese students to speak English on campus or face “unintended consequences” went viral.

    But she was just being kind and warning the students against the consequences of not practicing adequate mimickry:

    The director of the biostatistic graduate program, Dr. Megan Neely, wrote that two faculty members had told her about a group of Chinese students who were speaking Chinese “VERY LOUDLY” in study and lounge areas on campus.

    The faculty members, Neely explained, took note of the students’ names, “so they could remember them if the students ever interviewed for an internship or asked to work with them for a master’s project.” Presumably, the faculty members would shoot down their applications.

    Doesn’t matter, out she goes.

    Those East Asians are where the money is:

    Outrage is common currency on university campuses, but this particular case could hurt Duke financially. Chinese students make up the largest group of international students with 1,324 on campus in 2017, and the university opened a campus in Kunshan, China last fall. As of Sunday, the hashtag ‘Duke University bans speaking Chinese’ was read almost seven million times on Chinese social network Weibo, the South China Morning Post reported.

    With international grad students paying $32,000 per semester in tuition and fees alone, the loss of these students would hit Duke’s pockets hard.

    • Replies: @Clyde
    I read about this previously.
    +
    As always, follow the money. In today's money grubbing American universities and their foreign students.
    , @Escher
    Almost no grad student pays full fees. They all get research or teaching assistantships. The poor undergraduates pay the price by dealing with TAs who can barely speak English.
  30. @Redneck farmer
    "97% of geneticists believe intelligence is uniheritable, except for Ashkenazi Jews."

    Then Fox Mulder discovers that Ashkenazi Jews have actually Jehovian DNA.

    • Replies: @BenKenobi
    I want to believe.
  31. @e
    Is she a true believer or just a person in need of paycheck?

    She likes it.

    [insert Reservoir Dogs torture scene here with “Stuck in the Middle with You” playing]

  32. @OFWHAP
    No, it just means he raped his 1/4 black slave because slaves can't be expected to fully consent.
  33. @El Dato
    Decayusawatch (aka RT) reports:

    https://www.rt.com/usa/449927-duke-university-prof-chinese-students/

    A Duke University professor has stepped down, after an email in which she warned Chinese students to speak English on campus or face “unintended consequences” went viral.
     
    But she was just being kind and warning the students against the consequences of not practicing adequate mimickry:

    The director of the biostatistic graduate program, Dr. Megan Neely, wrote that two faculty members had told her about a group of Chinese students who were speaking Chinese “VERY LOUDLY” in study and lounge areas on campus.

    The faculty members, Neely explained, took note of the students’ names, “so they could remember them if the students ever interviewed for an internship or asked to work with them for a master’s project.” Presumably, the faculty members would shoot down their applications.

     

    Doesn't matter, out she goes.

    Those East Asians are where the money is:

    Outrage is common currency on university campuses, but this particular case could hurt Duke financially. Chinese students make up the largest group of international students with 1,324 on campus in 2017, and the university opened a campus in Kunshan, China last fall. As of Sunday, the hashtag ‘Duke University bans speaking Chinese’ was read almost seven million times on Chinese social network Weibo, the South China Morning Post reported.

    With international grad students paying $32,000 per semester in tuition and fees alone, the loss of these students would hit Duke’s pockets hard.
     

    I read about this previously.
    +
    As always, follow the money. In today’s money grubbing American universities and their foreign students.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Indeed, follow the money. As Peak Stupidity discusssed in Chinese Students at the American Universities they pretty much own most grad schools nowadays, especially at the more middle-level State Universities. You don't tell the owners to SHUSH UP!
  34. @Mr. Blank
    The whole thing with Sally Hemings — whether you believe it or not — probably bought Jefferson some time from the PC mobs. But it won’t last forever...

    Thomas Jefferson with his run of his female slaves as the Harvey Weinstein of his times. All consensual as the women sleep “upward” for their betterment.

    • Replies: @Jack Hanson
    Sally spoke French and travelled to Paris with Jefferson, and was apparently quite the looker.

    I doubt that its hard for women to desire a polyglot, polymath cavalier responsible for founding his country. This in contrast to a man who jerked off in potted plants.

    If you can't see the difference, stop typing.

  35. @El Dato
    Decayusawatch (aka RT) reports:

    https://www.rt.com/usa/449927-duke-university-prof-chinese-students/

    A Duke University professor has stepped down, after an email in which she warned Chinese students to speak English on campus or face “unintended consequences” went viral.
     
    But she was just being kind and warning the students against the consequences of not practicing adequate mimickry:

    The director of the biostatistic graduate program, Dr. Megan Neely, wrote that two faculty members had told her about a group of Chinese students who were speaking Chinese “VERY LOUDLY” in study and lounge areas on campus.

    The faculty members, Neely explained, took note of the students’ names, “so they could remember them if the students ever interviewed for an internship or asked to work with them for a master’s project.” Presumably, the faculty members would shoot down their applications.

     

    Doesn't matter, out she goes.

    Those East Asians are where the money is:

    Outrage is common currency on university campuses, but this particular case could hurt Duke financially. Chinese students make up the largest group of international students with 1,324 on campus in 2017, and the university opened a campus in Kunshan, China last fall. As of Sunday, the hashtag ‘Duke University bans speaking Chinese’ was read almost seven million times on Chinese social network Weibo, the South China Morning Post reported.

    With international grad students paying $32,000 per semester in tuition and fees alone, the loss of these students would hit Duke’s pockets hard.
     

    Almost no grad student pays full fees. They all get research or teaching assistantships. The poor undergraduates pay the price by dealing with TAs who can barely speak English.

  36. @Clyde
    Thomas Jefferson with his run of his female slaves as the Harvey Weinstein of his times. All consensual as the women sleep "upward" for their betterment.

    Sally spoke French and travelled to Paris with Jefferson, and was apparently quite the looker.

    I doubt that its hard for women to desire a polyglot, polymath cavalier responsible for founding his country. This in contrast to a man who jerked off in potted plants.

    If you can’t see the difference, stop typing.

    • Replies: @Clyde
    That's nothing. The other day I read about a rock star who was high and inebriated and fell backward into the large potted plants. Took place at a restaurant.
  37. Steve, the themes in Fallout New Vegas are probably right up your alley. Much more so than Fallout 3.

    • Replies: @Romanian
    Why is that? I played both and I would think that Fallout 3 fit iSteve better.
  38. @Jack D
    Amy Harmon is a modern day Lysenko:

    From 1934 to 1940, under Lysenko's admonitions and with Stalin's approval, many geneticists were executed (including Isaak Agol, Solomon Levit, Grigorii Levitskii, Georgii Karpechenko and Georgii Nadson) or sent to labor camps. The famous Soviet geneticist and president of the Agriculture Academy, Nikolai Vavilov, was arrested in 1940 and died in prison in 1943.[16] Hermann Joseph Muller (and his teachings about genetics) was criticized as a bourgeois, capitalist, imperialist, and promoting fascism so he left the USSR, to return to the US via Republican Spain. In 1948, genetics was officially declared "a bourgeois pseudoscience";[17] all geneticists were fired from their jobs (some were also arrested), and all genetic research was discontinued.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysenkoism

    Amy Harmon is Jewish, is she not? When are you and other Jews going to start calling out this kind of bad behavior?

    • Replies: @Hail
    She is not only Jewish, she is self-congratulatingly Jewish in ethnic terms (comm-128).

    See also Amy Harmon bio synopsis (comment-20); her ex life partner and daughter-daddy is a Jewish man also out of the second promised land, New York City.

    Plea to Amy Harmon:


    Take your Jewish identity and hold it firm, Amy, but why lead a highbrow pitchfork mob against us White Christians all the time? Give us a break.
     
    , @Svigor
    Never. Not qua Jews, anyway. Tribe first, everyone else a distant second.
  39. @Hypnotoad666
    Time to get out the airbrushes . . . https://media.newyorker.com/photos/5b4cba859316e42b3123fb1b/16:9/w_1200,h_630,c_limit/Gessen-PB-PromoSocial2.jpg

    Comparing Dr. Watson to the poisonous dwarf seems a tad unfriendly.

    The man airbrushed out was en especially cruel and prolific murderer.

  40. @Jack Hanson
    Sally spoke French and travelled to Paris with Jefferson, and was apparently quite the looker.

    I doubt that its hard for women to desire a polyglot, polymath cavalier responsible for founding his country. This in contrast to a man who jerked off in potted plants.

    If you can't see the difference, stop typing.

    That’s nothing. The other day I read about a rock star who was high and inebriated and fell backward into the large potted plants. Took place at a restaurant.

  41. @Hypnotoad666
    Time to get out the airbrushes . . . https://media.newyorker.com/photos/5b4cba859316e42b3123fb1b/16:9/w_1200,h_630,c_limit/Gessen-PB-PromoSocial2.jpg

    Uncle Joe was a pederast? Just where is that left arm?

  42. @Mr. Blank
    The whole thing with Sally Hemings — whether you believe it or not — probably bought Jefferson some time from the PC mobs. But it won’t last forever...

    The whole thing with Sally Hemings — whether you believe it or not — probably bought Jefferson some time from the PC mobs.

    Conversely, if true, it informs me to want to erase TJ from history for bestiality.

    What exactly is it with smart guys gone so disgustingly demented anyway? https://www.foxnews.com/us/attorney-uses-stuffed-animal-in-case-against-msu-physicist-charged-with-bestiality

    • Troll: AndrewR
    • Replies: @AndrewR
    What is it with an idiot troll like you being allowed to post here
    , @Reg Cæsar

    What exactly is it with smart guys gone so disgustingly demented anyway?
     
    http://wojdylosocialmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/IMG_2996-e1430077105743-225x300.jpg


    The biographer who exposed Eric Gill's incest, zoöphilia, fellatio, etc, to the world said his perversions were driven by the same hyperactive curiosity that made him such a formidable designer.


    https://www.counterpointla.com/pictures/49440.jpg?v=1529895445

  43. @Mr. Anon

    It would be an interesting art project to make photos where people are airbrushed into photos of Stalin, rather than the reverse. Charlie Chaplin, H.L. Mencken, Richard Hauptmann, Margaret Mitchell, Mordecai Ham, the possibilities are endless.
     
    I would suggest: Joseph E. Davies, Howard Koch, Harry Dexter White, Alger Hiss, Dalton Trumbo, and Ed Asner.

    These are all people who should have felt Stalin's warm embrace.

    You left out the greatest of them all, Franklin Roosevelt.

    Joe would be pushing him!

  44. @Clyde
    I read about this previously.
    +
    As always, follow the money. In today's money grubbing American universities and their foreign students.

    Indeed, follow the money. As Peak Stupidity discusssed in Chinese Students at the American Universities they pretty much own most grad schools nowadays, especially at the more middle-level State Universities. You don’t tell the owners to SHUSH UP!

    • Replies: @Clyde
    https://www.peakstupidity.com/index.php?post=53
    The West Lake running dog who is behind this Han slanderous blog must be stopped by our best Kung Fu fighters! Put his head on a pike!
  45. The difference between the Amy Harmons and the Joe Stalins (or his underlings mentioned here) is that the Amy Harmons of America currently have no actual secret police with arms to come get people in the middle of the night and no gulags arrranged to send them to. I think the situation today, as John Derbyshire put very well toward the beginning of his latest post here, The de-Rehabilitation of Charles Murray In the Age of Trump, is more akin to the Chinese Cultural Revolution 1.0 from’66 to ’75.

    In the beginning, at least, of the Chinese CR, children were encouraged to rat out their parents for incorrect thoughts, or for being Capitalist Roaders (these people REALLY, REALLY need to spring for the cash for better translators!). That’s kind of how it stands today. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see elementary school teachers joining the bandwagon to get certified letters sent to parents when their kids say some of those darndest things that may happen to implicate their parents for racist, homophobic, or any other un-PC thoughts.

    That all being said, if Americans don’t push back now, against unarmed people like Amy Harmon, how long will they let this go?

    • Replies: @Hail

    the Amy Harmons of America currently have no actual secret police
     
    They did have have the keystone police chief of Charlottesville, Virginia. I don't guess that counts as being secret.

    (Note that Charlottesville's Clown-Mayor Michael Signer and black-and-white-and-red-all-over journalistic thug Amy Harmon have something in common. A common origin, if you will.)

  46. @No guac for me, please
    This is all much ado about nothing. Amy Harmon doesn’t matter, James Watson doesn’t matter, even Steve doesn’t matter. The proof is in the goddamn pudding. Now get baking. The true work is being done in black ops labs around the world, no doubt. So at the end of the day, who will care how dumb blacks or whites are when the supermen finally walk amongst us again.

    Again?

  47. @Mr. Anon

    It would be an interesting art project to make photos where people are airbrushed into photos of Stalin, rather than the reverse. Charlie Chaplin, H.L. Mencken, Richard Hauptmann, Margaret Mitchell, Mordecai Ham, the possibilities are endless.
     
    I would suggest: Joseph E. Davies, Howard Koch, Harry Dexter White, Alger Hiss, Dalton Trumbo, and Ed Asner.

    These are all people who should have felt Stalin's warm embrace.

    “I would suggest: Joseph E. Davies, Howard Koch, Harry Dexter White, Alger Hiss, Dalton Trumbo, and Ed Asner.”

    Plus Paul Robeson and Angela Davis. I

    In the early 1950s, thanks to Joe McCarthy, we were able to blackball and fire communist actors and professors. By 2009 they were awarded sinecures in the Obama administration and cable news talking head jobs (Van Jones–Green Jobs and CNN). Maybe that’s the reason they call themselves “progressives.”

    http://fosterspeak.blogspot.com/2017/04/isit-possible-to-shame-whoever-is.html

  48. @Jack Hanson
    Steve, the themes in Fallout New Vegas are probably right up your alley. Much more so than Fallout 3.

    Why is that? I played both and I would think that Fallout 3 fit iSteve better.

    • Replies: @Jack Hanson
    Fallout 3 was an alright game, but it was very limited as a Fallout game with only one ending.

    FONV had four different endings, each with a rather hefty dose of philosophical bent, and the numerous side quests that made you go "Hmmm." Honest Hearts alone had more quotables in Joshua Graham than FO3, imho.

    I thought FONV was a more serious story versus FO3 which was Brotherhood of Good Guys versus Nazis with Plasma Guns.
  49. As a lay person to this debate. I find her obsession with Watson unhealthy. Her tweets don’t even generate much engagement. She seems to be the only one that cares about defrocking Watson in every sphere of public life.

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    As a lay person to this debate. I find her obsession with Watson unhealthy. Her tweets don’t even generate much engagement. She seems to be the only one that cares about defrocking Watson in every sphere of public life.
     
    Maybe they don't teach about Watson in schools anymore.
  50. @Anon
    I'm with the school that Amy Harmon is not, long-term, likely to be an important person in this. Those replies on Twitter were intriguing for whatever limited glimpse they offer into minds of people on her "beat." A lot of these are button-down corporate liberal types who might agree with her mostly in political-partisan terms; but to a man they seem to get really ticked off when being misquoted or rhetorically twisted to advance unconservative (scientifically speaking) statements about psychometrics and genetics. Scientists have access to blogs, too. If she isn't careful they'll just refuse to deal with her, except for the most advocacy-obsessed among them.

    If she isn’t careful they’ll just refuse to deal with her, except for the most advocacy-obsessed among them.

    So the worst thing that happens to Harmon is she might have to change departments within the NYT? Heavy, man.

  51. It is the same thing – done for the same reason – as destroying a Robert E. Lee statue.

    Stalin did massively brutal, horrible, things that made no sense in terms requiring to be done to win or complete or maintain that leftist revolution. They were meant to terrify people so deeply and widely that people would, as Orwell grasped, train themselves to avoid crimethink and then facecrime. Stalin and hisn Party would strike anywhere just to destroy and make the point they had the power and would do it for fun.

    Terror leads people to imprison themselves fully inside totalitarianism.

    Moslems understand and practice the same thing, in primitive form, you might say.

  52. I think a more apt comparison is the Bonfire of the vanities, which took place in Florence a generation before Galileo. A monk got it in his head to burn a bunch of objects that could cause sin, like mirrors, Combs, fancy clothes and paintings. Burned a bunch of old masters paintings.

    • Replies: @Unladen Swallow
    Girolamo Savonarola, the original SJW.
  53. @Joe, Averaged
    Man, does she suck. She is approaching evil super villain status.

    Has anyone investigated whether or not Harmon has ties to Cold Spring Harbor people? Maybe this is all about setting up Watson so CSH could cut him loose.

  54. Should the portrait of Watson been taken down? No.

    Do most white normies even know who is Amy Harmon? No.

    Does her values generally represent normies? Does she speak for them? No.

    Does the Alt Right like to project such “prominent authors” as being representative of white normies? Indeed.

    Do white normies, especially men, know who is Angie Harmon? Probably.

    http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Angie+Harmon/People+StyleWatch+Hosts+Night+Red+Carpet+Style/R0bmC1-drKx

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    Does her values generally represent normies? Does she speak for them? No.

    Does the Alt Right like to project such “prominent authors” as being representative of white normies? Indeed.
     
    Normies are rather quickly brought around to adopt the viewpoints of the New York Times.
  55. @Anon
    Comfort is the guy who wrote the Nature review of Plomin's book, trashing it for all the usual politically correct reasons.

    Comfort himself seems to have washed out of science, getting an M.S. in neurobiology, but getting his Ph.D. in history. The masters degree is usually a feeder program to the school's Ph.D. for STEM subjects, so it's kind of a hint that something may have gone wrong if there is no corresponding Ph.D.

    Comfort is one of those fringe personalities around the genetics field who, because it is not his central specialization, feels free to trash its obvious and inevitable trajectory on political grounds, a sort of modern Stephen Jay Gould. Real researchers in the field just try to keep their heads down and not comment on things like group differences.

    Comfort's ex-wife, on the other had, is a real scientist who won a Nobel Prize. Comfort was not in any photos of the announcements, although his kids were, so they were probably separated by then, and divorced later. Nathaniel then went through a midlife crisis in which he got all pierced and guaged and tatted up.

    Good catch. It’s funny… unless I’m missing something, they divorced soon after Greider won the Nobel, and a few years later, there’s this: Is the Nobel Prize Still Important?

    It’s most likely just a coincidence. It’s still amusing in a small way.

    (Note each of their Wikipedia articles give a different year for when they got married)

  56. @Mr. Blank
    The whole thing with Sally Hemings — whether you believe it or not — probably bought Jefferson some time from the PC mobs. But it won’t last forever...

    Are you serious? They call Jefferson a rapist and are going after him even harder for this issue alone. The evidence he fathered Sally Hemings children is weak also. I would recommend Framing A Legend by Andrew Holowchak if you want to read about it.

  57. @Mr. Blank
    The whole thing with Sally Hemings — whether you believe it or not — probably bought Jefferson some time from the PC mobs. But it won’t last forever...

    Sally Hemings — whether you believe it or not — probably bought Jefferson some time from the PC mobs

    Wasn’t it shown the father was most likely some other male Jefferson relative, not future President Thomas Jefferson himself?

    • Replies: @Svigor
    IIRC, Jefferson's "slow" nephew was fond of partying late into the night with TJ's slaves.
    , @Jack D
    No it wasn't. We really don't know the truth and probably never will, but the timing of all of Sally Hemings's pregnancies coincides with periods when Jefferson was resident at Monticello. Now that DNA evidence points to the Hemings family having Jefferson ancestors, there is an effort to throw shade on this finding by saying it could have been some other Jefferson relative but Occam's Butterknife points to Jefferson being the father. The Hemings kids got special treatment (trained in trades and house work, not field work) and were allowed to "escape" to the North as soon as they came of age (because Jefferson was so deep in debt, he didn't have the right to just free them). It's doubtful Jefferson would have done this for his nephew's bastards. After Jefferson's death, some of the Hemings kids gave very frank accounts of their childhood and pointed (fondly) to Jefferson having been their father. They could have been lying but their accounts seem pretty plausible. The defenses of Jefferson seem based on character - he had such a fine character that he could never have done such a thing. People do things that are out of character all the time, especially behind closed doors. The evidence for both views is on line - feel free to draw your own conclusions but you can't just say "the nephew done it", or rather you can, but it's pretty weak sauce. The people saying this are the same people who (before the DNA evidence) denied that there was any familial relationship at all.

    The Hemings family branch in which Jefferson DNA was found had been living as white since before the Civil War. Some of the Hemings kids were so white (probably 7/8 white) that they "passed" once they moved North, changed their surname to Jefferson, married white and all their later ancestors identified as white people.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wayles_Jefferson
  58. @Anonymous
    Amy Harmon is Jewish, is she not? When are you and other Jews going to start calling out this kind of bad behavior?

    She is not only Jewish, she is self-congratulatingly Jewish in ethnic terms (comm-128).

    See also Amy Harmon bio synopsis (comment-20); her ex life partner and daughter-daddy is a Jewish man also out of the second promised land, New York City.

    Plea to Amy Harmon:

    Take your Jewish identity and hold it firm, Amy, but why lead a highbrow pitchfork mob against us White Christians all the time? Give us a break.

  59. White people are at it again, erasing PoC from science. Typical, just typical.

  60. @Anon
    Comfort is the guy who wrote the Nature review of Plomin's book, trashing it for all the usual politically correct reasons.

    Comfort himself seems to have washed out of science, getting an M.S. in neurobiology, but getting his Ph.D. in history. The masters degree is usually a feeder program to the school's Ph.D. for STEM subjects, so it's kind of a hint that something may have gone wrong if there is no corresponding Ph.D.

    Comfort is one of those fringe personalities around the genetics field who, because it is not his central specialization, feels free to trash its obvious and inevitable trajectory on political grounds, a sort of modern Stephen Jay Gould. Real researchers in the field just try to keep their heads down and not comment on things like group differences.

    Comfort's ex-wife, on the other had, is a real scientist who won a Nobel Prize. Comfort was not in any photos of the announcements, although his kids were, so they were probably separated by then, and divorced later. Nathaniel then went through a midlife crisis in which he got all pierced and guaged and tatted up.

    That strikes me as kind of a back-asswards way to go about a midlife crisis. Aren’t you supposed to go out and date (ideally much younger) women who are pierced, gauged, and tatted up instead of, you know, doing that to yourself?

  61. @Hail

    Sally Hemings — whether you believe it or not — probably bought Jefferson some time from the PC mobs
     
    Wasn't it shown the father was most likely some other male Jefferson relative, not future President Thomas Jefferson himself?

    IIRC, Jefferson’s “slow” nephew was fond of partying late into the night with TJ’s slaves.

  62. @Anonymous
    Amy Harmon is Jewish, is she not? When are you and other Jews going to start calling out this kind of bad behavior?

    Never. Not qua Jews, anyway. Tribe first, everyone else a distant second.

  63. @El Dato
    Then Fox Mulder discovers that Ashkenazi Jews have actually Jehovian DNA.

    I want to believe.

  64. @Ed
    As a lay person to this debate. I find her obsession with Watson unhealthy. Her tweets don’t even generate much engagement. She seems to be the only one that cares about defrocking Watson in every sphere of public life.

    As a lay person to this debate. I find her obsession with Watson unhealthy. Her tweets don’t even generate much engagement. She seems to be the only one that cares about defrocking Watson in every sphere of public life.

    Maybe they don’t teach about Watson in schools anymore.

  65. @Corvinus
    Should the portrait of Watson been taken down? No.

    Do most white normies even know who is Amy Harmon? No.

    Does her values generally represent normies? Does she speak for them? No.

    Does the Alt Right like to project such "prominent authors" as being representative of white normies? Indeed.

    Do white normies, especially men, know who is Angie Harmon? Probably.

    http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Angie+Harmon/People+StyleWatch+Hosts+Night+Red+Carpet+Style/R0bmC1-drKx

    Does her values generally represent normies? Does she speak for them? No.

    Does the Alt Right like to project such “prominent authors” as being representative of white normies? Indeed.

    Normies are rather quickly brought around to adopt the viewpoints of the New York Times.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    "Normies are rather quickly brought around to adopt the viewpoints of the New York Times."

    Some normies, assuredly. Others, not so much.
  66. @No guac for me, please
    This is all much ado about nothing. Amy Harmon doesn’t matter, James Watson doesn’t matter, even Steve doesn’t matter. The proof is in the goddamn pudding. Now get baking. The true work is being done in black ops labs around the world, no doubt. So at the end of the day, who will care how dumb blacks or whites are when the supermen finally walk amongst us again.

    Tidy up your saying: The proof [test] of the pudding is in the eating.

  67. @Almost Missouri
    Agree. Just as in the 21st century we have an English language Wikipedia entry for 20th century Lysenkoism, which we can read and laugh up our sleeves about how Soviet politics trumped science and doomed the Soviet Union, a 22nd century Mandarin Wikipedia will have an entry for 21st century Harmonism, which they will read and laugh up their sleeves about how Western politics trumped science and doomed the West.

    One reason the Soviet Union lasted as long as it did was that Stalin’s terror really did motivate people. Millions of talented individuals such as Vavilov were destroyed, but the ones that remained alive redoubled their efforts in order to achieve results DESPITE the prevailing ideology, because failure meant death. This was one reason why Stalin was able to defeat Germany despite having purged many of his best generals, scientists, etc. In some cases the purged scientists were deemed too valuable to execute or be sent to the gold mines – instead they were forced to continue doing their scientific work, but from behind bars in a sort of schizophrenic compromise. On the one hand, you were a saboteur and a traitor but on the other hand you had to keep doing your work because you were too valuable to kill. There was a whole system of prison – labs which were called sharashkas. Not just scientists but prominent authors, etc. were sent to them such as Solzhenitsyn.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharashka#Notable_sharashka_inmates

    You’ll notice that in the current #MeToo environment, purged individuals are not allowed to work anymore in any capacity. I propose a system of American sharshakas where purged individuals could continue to work productively in their fields from behind bars, so as not to wasted their heretofore undeniable talents. You could visit the prison and see shows put on by Harvey Weinstein, dine with cuisine by Mario Batali, hear lectures by Watson and so on. It would be a big money maker for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

    • Replies: @inertial
    This is a really whacked out version of history. Do you really think it's possible to maintain a system, any system, for decades by threatening to kill everyone?
    , @J.Ross
    I don't think this case can be made (brutality --> productivity). Scientists are naturally industrious and almost certainly would have been more productive without a gun to their head. Beria's own analysis was that the captive labor system, physically and intellectually, was so wasteful it should be abandoned. Perfectly intelligent people are always so willing to say out loud that if you shoot somebody's son in front of him and then anally rape him in front of his coworkers, he will not give up on his work, he will not consider revenge, he will become inexplicably loyal to you. No, the prison labs were not some TED talk worthy triumph of type-X management. They were the best the Soviets, not the scientists, could do, the freest the State would allow suspected regime enemies to be. And what happened? As science became more complex and more important, scientists became more free, culminating in the permitted dissent of Sakharov.
    , @Anonymous
    Yes, but someone somewhere could have put a bullet in Stalin's head. No one did.

    They had gun control, yes, but many Russians still had guns and many could use them. You can't have a war like WWII without guns floating around.
    , @Svigor

    This was one reason why Stalin was able to defeat Germany despite having purged many of his best generals, scientists, etc.
     
    One far behind the huge Allied (and Soviet) advantage in men and materiel.
  68. @Hodag
    I think a more apt comparison is the Bonfire of the vanities, which took place in Florence a generation before Galileo. A monk got it in his head to burn a bunch of objects that could cause sin, like mirrors, Combs, fancy clothes and paintings. Burned a bunch of old masters paintings.

    Girolamo Savonarola, the original SJW.

  69. @Jack D
    One reason the Soviet Union lasted as long as it did was that Stalin's terror really did motivate people. Millions of talented individuals such as Vavilov were destroyed, but the ones that remained alive redoubled their efforts in order to achieve results DESPITE the prevailing ideology, because failure meant death. This was one reason why Stalin was able to defeat Germany despite having purged many of his best generals, scientists, etc. In some cases the purged scientists were deemed too valuable to execute or be sent to the gold mines - instead they were forced to continue doing their scientific work, but from behind bars in a sort of schizophrenic compromise. On the one hand, you were a saboteur and a traitor but on the other hand you had to keep doing your work because you were too valuable to kill. There was a whole system of prison - labs which were called sharashkas. Not just scientists but prominent authors, etc. were sent to them such as Solzhenitsyn.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharashka#Notable_sharashka_inmates

    You'll notice that in the current #MeToo environment, purged individuals are not allowed to work anymore in any capacity. I propose a system of American sharshakas where purged individuals could continue to work productively in their fields from behind bars, so as not to wasted their heretofore undeniable talents. You could visit the prison and see shows put on by Harvey Weinstein, dine with cuisine by Mario Batali, hear lectures by Watson and so on. It would be a big money maker for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

    This is a really whacked out version of history. Do you really think it’s possible to maintain a system, any system, for decades by threatening to kill everyone?

  70. @Hail

    Sally Hemings — whether you believe it or not — probably bought Jefferson some time from the PC mobs
     
    Wasn't it shown the father was most likely some other male Jefferson relative, not future President Thomas Jefferson himself?

    No it wasn’t. We really don’t know the truth and probably never will, but the timing of all of Sally Hemings’s pregnancies coincides with periods when Jefferson was resident at Monticello. Now that DNA evidence points to the Hemings family having Jefferson ancestors, there is an effort to throw shade on this finding by saying it could have been some other Jefferson relative but Occam’s Butterknife points to Jefferson being the father. The Hemings kids got special treatment (trained in trades and house work, not field work) and were allowed to “escape” to the North as soon as they came of age (because Jefferson was so deep in debt, he didn’t have the right to just free them). It’s doubtful Jefferson would have done this for his nephew’s bastards. After Jefferson’s death, some of the Hemings kids gave very frank accounts of their childhood and pointed (fondly) to Jefferson having been their father. They could have been lying but their accounts seem pretty plausible. The defenses of Jefferson seem based on character – he had such a fine character that he could never have done such a thing. People do things that are out of character all the time, especially behind closed doors. The evidence for both views is on line – feel free to draw your own conclusions but you can’t just say “the nephew done it”, or rather you can, but it’s pretty weak sauce. The people saying this are the same people who (before the DNA evidence) denied that there was any familial relationship at all.

    The Hemings family branch in which Jefferson DNA was found had been living as white since before the Civil War. Some of the Hemings kids were so white (probably 7/8 white) that they “passed” once they moved North, changed their surname to Jefferson, married white and all their later ancestors identified as white people.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wayles_Jefferson

    • Agree: Johann Ricke, MEH 0910
    • Replies: @MEH 0910
    Excerpted from Albion's Seed by David Hackett Fischer:

    Virginia Sex Ways: Male Predators and Female Breeders
    ......
    A multiple standard of sexual behavior (not merely a double standard) appeared not only in the laws of Virginia but also in its customs. Women, especially gentlewomen, were held to the strictest standards of sexual virtue. Men, especially gentlemen, were encouraged by the customs of the country to maintain a predatory attitude toward women. A famous example was the secret diary of William Byrd II, an exceptionally full and graphic record of one planter’s very active sex life. In its attitude toward sex, this work was very different from any diary that was kept in Puritan New England. William Byrd was a sexual predator. Promiscuous activity was a continuing part of his mature life, and in some periods an obsession. With very mixed success, he attempted to seduce relatives, neighbors, casual acquaintances, strangers, prostitutes, the wives of his best friends, and servants both black and white, on whom he often forced himself, much against their wishes.
    ......
    Sexual predators such as William Byrd have existed in every society. But some cultures more than others have tended to encourage their activities, and even to condone them. This was the case in tidewater Virginia, with its strong ideas of male supremacy and masculine assertiveness. William Byrd’s behavior differed only in degree from Thomas Jefferson’s relentless pursuit of Mrs. Walker, or George Washington’s clumsy flirtation with Mrs. Fairfax. These men represented the best of their culture; the sexual activities of other planters made even William Byrd appear a model of restraint. An old tidewater folk saying in Prince George’s County, Maryland, defined a virgin as a girl who could run faster than her uncle.

    The sexual predators of Virginia found many opportunities among indentured servant girls during the seventeenth century. The journal of John Harrower described free and easy fornication with female servants in Virginia. Exceptionally high rates of prenuptial pregnancy and illegitimacy among English female immigrants to Virginia was in part due to this cause. There is evidence in the records that some masters deliberately impregnated their servants as a way of extending their indentures.

    In the eighteenth century, race slavery created other opportunities for planter predators, some of whom started at an early age to exercise a droit du seigneur over women in the slave quarters.
     
    , @Clyde
    Makes sense... a simple run down of the Thomas Jefferson-Sally Hemmings link. Hennnings family too.
    , @Svigor

    Now that DNA evidence points to the Hemings family having Jefferson ancestors, there is an effort to throw shade on this finding by saying it could have been some other Jefferson relative but Occam’s Butterknife points to Jefferson being the father. The Hemings kids got special treatment (trained in trades and house work, not field work) and were allowed to “escape” to the North as soon as they came of age (because Jefferson was so deep in debt, he didn’t have the right to just free them). It’s doubtful Jefferson would have done this for his nephew’s bastards. After Jefferson’s death, some of the Hemings kids gave very frank accounts of their childhood and pointed (fondly) to Jefferson having been their father. They could have been lying but their accounts seem pretty plausible. The defenses of Jefferson seem based on character – he had such a fine character that he could never have done such a thing. People do things that are out of character all the time, especially behind closed doors. The evidence for both views is on line – feel free to draw your own conclusions but you can’t just say “the nephew done it”, or rather you can, but it’s pretty weak sauce. The people saying this are the same people who (before the DNA evidence) denied that there was any familial relationship at all.
     
    Special treatment is consistent with any Jefferson sire, as is escape. TJ was the Big Man so his freed mulatto slaves were highly motivated to claim him, and not his idiot nephew, as their father.

    It’s doubtful Jefferson would have done this for his nephew’s bastards.
     
    No it isn't.
  71. @Anon
    It would be an interesting art project to make photos where people are airbrushed into photos of Stalin, rather than the reverse. Charlie Chaplin, H.L. Mencken, Richard Hauptmann, Margaret Mitchell, Mordecai Ham, the possibilities are endless.

    Rather like the much more laborious process which produced the etching purportedly showing Hitler and Lenin playing chess together in Vienna in 1909.

  72. @Impolitic
    I'm 100% on Watson's side when it comes to race and IQ and freedom of expression, but, yikes, that portrait needed to go. It makes the Obama presidential portrait look dignified.

    Agree, the portrait’s pretty bad. But still, what cravens.

    Obama’s was more painterly, however it did look as if it should have been called, POTUS relieves himself amid the poison ivy.

    No less than he deserved. Plus there’s the lively little sperm on his left temple which is a signature of the artist’s work.

    The lab has disgraced itself.

    Eventually one prominent institution will take a position and stick to it. That’ll be the harbinger of spring.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Obama’s was more painterly, however it did look as if it should have been called, POTUS relieves himself amid the poison ivy.

    No less than he deserved. Plus there’s the lively little sperm on his left temple which is a signature of the artist’s work.
     
    Is Larry Sinclair hidden in there somewhere?
  73. @Jack D
    One reason the Soviet Union lasted as long as it did was that Stalin's terror really did motivate people. Millions of talented individuals such as Vavilov were destroyed, but the ones that remained alive redoubled their efforts in order to achieve results DESPITE the prevailing ideology, because failure meant death. This was one reason why Stalin was able to defeat Germany despite having purged many of his best generals, scientists, etc. In some cases the purged scientists were deemed too valuable to execute or be sent to the gold mines - instead they were forced to continue doing their scientific work, but from behind bars in a sort of schizophrenic compromise. On the one hand, you were a saboteur and a traitor but on the other hand you had to keep doing your work because you were too valuable to kill. There was a whole system of prison - labs which were called sharashkas. Not just scientists but prominent authors, etc. were sent to them such as Solzhenitsyn.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharashka#Notable_sharashka_inmates

    You'll notice that in the current #MeToo environment, purged individuals are not allowed to work anymore in any capacity. I propose a system of American sharshakas where purged individuals could continue to work productively in their fields from behind bars, so as not to wasted their heretofore undeniable talents. You could visit the prison and see shows put on by Harvey Weinstein, dine with cuisine by Mario Batali, hear lectures by Watson and so on. It would be a big money maker for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

    I don’t think this case can be made (brutality –> productivity). Scientists are naturally industrious and almost certainly would have been more productive without a gun to their head. Beria’s own analysis was that the captive labor system, physically and intellectually, was so wasteful it should be abandoned. Perfectly intelligent people are always so willing to say out loud that if you shoot somebody’s son in front of him and then anally rape him in front of his coworkers, he will not give up on his work, he will not consider revenge, he will become inexplicably loyal to you. No, the prison labs were not some TED talk worthy triumph of type-X management. They were the best the Soviets, not the scientists, could do, the freest the State would allow suspected regime enemies to be. And what happened? As science became more complex and more important, scientists became more free, culminating in the permitted dissent of Sakharov.

  74. @Joe, Averaged
    Man, does she suck. She is approaching evil super villain status.

    Yes, Amy is a ruthless child.

  75. @Achmed E. Newman
    The difference between the Amy Harmons and the Joe Stalins (or his underlings mentioned here) is that the Amy Harmons of America currently have no actual secret police with arms to come get people in the middle of the night and no gulags arrranged to send them to. I think the situation today, as John Derbyshire put very well toward the beginning of his latest post here, The de-Rehabilitation of Charles Murray In the Age of Trump, is more akin to the Chinese Cultural Revolution 1.0 from'66 to '75.

    In the beginning, at least, of the Chinese CR, children were encouraged to rat out their parents for incorrect thoughts, or for being Capitalist Roaders (these people REALLY, REALLY need to spring for the cash for better translators!). That's kind of how it stands today. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see elementary school teachers joining the bandwagon to get certified letters sent to parents when their kids say some of those darndest things that may happen to implicate their parents for racist, homophobic, or any other un-PC thoughts.

    That all being said, if Americans don't push back now, against unarmed people like Amy Harmon, how long will they let this go?

    the Amy Harmons of America currently have no actual secret police

    They did have have the keystone police chief of Charlottesville, Virginia. I don’t guess that counts as being secret.

    (Note that Charlottesville’s Clown-Mayor Michael Signer and black-and-white-and-red-all-over journalistic thug Amy Harmon have something in common. A common origin, if you will.)

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    You went into jail in the summer. It is fall now. You will have stories to cover--Iraqi elections and suicide bombers, biological threats and the Iranian nuclear program. Out west, where you vacation, the aspens will already be turning. They turn in clusters, because their roots connect them. Come back to work--to life.

    --Scooter Libby to Judith Miller
     
    , @J.Ross
    Plus the ADL, the SPLC, and journalists and volunteer social media monitors, plus the new censorship initiatives from Youtube, Facebook and Microsoft. You are being watched as thoroughly or more as any citizen of a totalitarian state.
  76. @Jack D
    No it wasn't. We really don't know the truth and probably never will, but the timing of all of Sally Hemings's pregnancies coincides with periods when Jefferson was resident at Monticello. Now that DNA evidence points to the Hemings family having Jefferson ancestors, there is an effort to throw shade on this finding by saying it could have been some other Jefferson relative but Occam's Butterknife points to Jefferson being the father. The Hemings kids got special treatment (trained in trades and house work, not field work) and were allowed to "escape" to the North as soon as they came of age (because Jefferson was so deep in debt, he didn't have the right to just free them). It's doubtful Jefferson would have done this for his nephew's bastards. After Jefferson's death, some of the Hemings kids gave very frank accounts of their childhood and pointed (fondly) to Jefferson having been their father. They could have been lying but their accounts seem pretty plausible. The defenses of Jefferson seem based on character - he had such a fine character that he could never have done such a thing. People do things that are out of character all the time, especially behind closed doors. The evidence for both views is on line - feel free to draw your own conclusions but you can't just say "the nephew done it", or rather you can, but it's pretty weak sauce. The people saying this are the same people who (before the DNA evidence) denied that there was any familial relationship at all.

    The Hemings family branch in which Jefferson DNA was found had been living as white since before the Civil War. Some of the Hemings kids were so white (probably 7/8 white) that they "passed" once they moved North, changed their surname to Jefferson, married white and all their later ancestors identified as white people.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wayles_Jefferson

    Excerpted from Albion’s Seed by David Hackett Fischer:

    Virginia Sex Ways: Male Predators and Female Breeders
    ……
    A multiple standard of sexual behavior (not merely a double standard) appeared not only in the laws of Virginia but also in its customs. Women, especially gentlewomen, were held to the strictest standards of sexual virtue. Men, especially gentlemen, were encouraged by the customs of the country to maintain a predatory attitude toward women. A famous example was the secret diary of William Byrd II, an exceptionally full and graphic record of one planter’s very active sex life. In its attitude toward sex, this work was very different from any diary that was kept in Puritan New England. William Byrd was a sexual predator. Promiscuous activity was a continuing part of his mature life, and in some periods an obsession. With very mixed success, he attempted to seduce relatives, neighbors, casual acquaintances, strangers, prostitutes, the wives of his best friends, and servants both black and white, on whom he often forced himself, much against their wishes.
    ……
    Sexual predators such as William Byrd have existed in every society. But some cultures more than others have tended to encourage their activities, and even to condone them. This was the case in tidewater Virginia, with its strong ideas of male supremacy and masculine assertiveness. William Byrd’s behavior differed only in degree from Thomas Jefferson’s relentless pursuit of Mrs. Walker, or George Washington’s clumsy flirtation with Mrs. Fairfax. These men represented the best of their culture; the sexual activities of other planters made even William Byrd appear a model of restraint. An old tidewater folk saying in Prince George’s County, Maryland, defined a virgin as a girl who could run faster than her uncle.

    The sexual predators of Virginia found many opportunities among indentured servant girls during the seventeenth century. The journal of John Harrower described free and easy fornication with female servants in Virginia. Exceptionally high rates of prenuptial pregnancy and illegitimacy among English female immigrants to Virginia was in part due to this cause. There is evidence in the records that some masters deliberately impregnated their servants as a way of extending their indentures.

    In the eighteenth century, race slavery created other opportunities for planter predators, some of whom started at an early age to exercise a droit du seigneur over women in the slave quarters.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    I was under the impression that everyone was all Puritanical and uptight back then...

    ...after reading passages like:

    … About eight I went to Mrs. Smith’s where I met Molly and had some oysters for supper and about eleven we went to bed and I rogered her twice …
     
    and:

    … about seven I went to Mrs. FitzHerbert’s where I ate some boiled pork and drank some ale. About nine I walked away and picked up a girl whom I carried to the bagnio and rogered her twice very well.
     
    and:

    ...went with Lord Orrery to Mrs B-r-t-n where we found two chambermaids that my Lord had ordered to be got for us and I rogered one of them and about 9 o’clock returned again to Will’s where Betty S-t-r-d called on me in a coach and I went with her to a bagnio and rogered her twice, for which God forgive me …
     
    I can only say, Those Freaks Were There to Party:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVb6kq_94dU
    , @Svigor
    So, what you're saying is, all the Jefferson males were fornicating with Sally on the regular (or at least, we'd be stupid to rule any of them out), and without more precise DNA info, we'll never know who provided the strongest swimmers (do we even know if all the kids had the same father?).

    An old tidewater folk saying in Prince George’s County, Maryland, defined a virgin as a girl who could run faster than her uncle.
     
    Are we talking Virginia Prots, or Maryland Catholics? 'Cuz PG Co. was the latter.
    , @vinteuil
    People have long been telling me I should read Albion's Seed - if only I'd known it contained such racy stuff!

    It would be interesting to know where the women were happier, on the whole (NPI) - amongst the Cavaliers of The Tidewater or the Puritans of New England?
    , @Reg Cæsar

    With very mixed success, he attempted to seduce relatives, neighbors, casual acquaintances, strangers, prostitutes, the wives of his best friends, and servants both black and white, on whom he often forced himself, much against their wishes...

    The sexual predators of Virginia found many opportunities among indentured servant girls during the seventeenth century...

    In the eighteenth century, race slavery created other opportunities for planter predators, some of whom started at an early age to exercise a droit du seigneur over women in the slave quarters.

     

    In other words, they celebrated diversity. So that's where it all started!
  77. Anonymous[204] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hail

    the Amy Harmons of America currently have no actual secret police
     
    They did have have the keystone police chief of Charlottesville, Virginia. I don't guess that counts as being secret.

    (Note that Charlottesville's Clown-Mayor Michael Signer and black-and-white-and-red-all-over journalistic thug Amy Harmon have something in common. A common origin, if you will.)

    You went into jail in the summer. It is fall now. You will have stories to cover–Iraqi elections and suicide bombers, biological threats and the Iranian nuclear program. Out west, where you vacation, the aspens will already be turning. They turn in clusters, because their roots connect them. Come back to work–to life.

    –Scooter Libby to Judith Miller

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
  78. @Steve Sailer
    Comfort’s ex-wife, on the other had, is a real scientist who won a Nobel Prize.

    There aren't too many guys whose ex-wives have won a hard science Nobel.

    No. But it is an interesting piece of history. Particularly the estrangement part from his more successful partner.

    And it may explain his transition to the dark side and becoming an enemy of science and reason.

    He may be a bit like Faust–selling his soul in the hope to win the love of a woman.

  79. @Stan d Mute

    The whole thing with Sally Hemings — whether you believe it or not — probably bought Jefferson some time from the PC mobs.
     
    Conversely, if true, it informs me to want to erase TJ from history for bestiality.

    What exactly is it with smart guys gone so disgustingly demented anyway? https://www.foxnews.com/us/attorney-uses-stuffed-animal-in-case-against-msu-physicist-charged-with-bestiality

    What is it with an idiot troll like you being allowed to post here

  80. @JimDandy
    Man, I can't even muster up a joke. This is beyond parody. Is she that much of an airhead, or that much of a shamelessly mercenary assassin for the PC cause? Nothing she has done in life reveals great intelligence, but it's hard to believe she's gotten this far if she's actually that stupid.

    Nothing she has done in life reveals great intelligence, but it’s hard to believe she’s gotten this far if she’s actually that stupid.

    Actually, being intelligent, and honest, does not help one’s career aspirations if one intends to write for the New York Times.

  81. @Jack D
    Amy Harmon is a modern day Lysenko:

    From 1934 to 1940, under Lysenko's admonitions and with Stalin's approval, many geneticists were executed (including Isaak Agol, Solomon Levit, Grigorii Levitskii, Georgii Karpechenko and Georgii Nadson) or sent to labor camps. The famous Soviet geneticist and president of the Agriculture Academy, Nikolai Vavilov, was arrested in 1940 and died in prison in 1943.[16] Hermann Joseph Muller (and his teachings about genetics) was criticized as a bourgeois, capitalist, imperialist, and promoting fascism so he left the USSR, to return to the US via Republican Spain. In 1948, genetics was officially declared "a bourgeois pseudoscience";[17] all geneticists were fired from their jobs (some were also arrested), and all genetic research was discontinued.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysenkoism

    Lysenko was at least a lying scientist, like Stephen Jay Gould.

    Amy Harmon is just a liar.

  82. @Anon
    I'm with the school that Amy Harmon is not, long-term, likely to be an important person in this. Those replies on Twitter were intriguing for whatever limited glimpse they offer into minds of people on her "beat." A lot of these are button-down corporate liberal types who might agree with her mostly in political-partisan terms; but to a man they seem to get really ticked off when being misquoted or rhetorically twisted to advance unconservative (scientifically speaking) statements about psychometrics and genetics. Scientists have access to blogs, too. If she isn't careful they'll just refuse to deal with her, except for the most advocacy-obsessed among them.

    Who the hell is Amy Harmon anyway? According to Wiki she got her ticket in something called “American Studies” which, I presume, is a gateway to hardcore genetics research. Puh-leez, the Gray Hag could at least have hired somebody with a degree in one of the STEM subjects. I mean–“American Studies”??????

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    According to Wiki she got her ticket in something called “American Studies”
     
    There are true disciplines. Then there are "studies".

    Never the twain shall meet.
    , @Dtbb
    Wasn't that what Tom Wolfe's degree was?
  83. @Achmed E. Newman
    Indeed, follow the money. As Peak Stupidity discusssed in Chinese Students at the American Universities they pretty much own most grad schools nowadays, especially at the more middle-level State Universities. You don't tell the owners to SHUSH UP!

    https://www.peakstupidity.com/index.php?post=53
    The West Lake running dog who is behind this Han slanderous blog must be stopped by our best Kung Fu fighters! Put his head on a pike!

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    I'm glad you liked the post and understood this nefarious plot, Clyde! Unfortunately, most American DIYers are falling for this (fortunately) Cheap China-made hooks, lines, and sinkers. (Sinkers are pretty hard to f__k up though, so you gotta give 'em credit there.)
  84. @Jack D
    No it wasn't. We really don't know the truth and probably never will, but the timing of all of Sally Hemings's pregnancies coincides with periods when Jefferson was resident at Monticello. Now that DNA evidence points to the Hemings family having Jefferson ancestors, there is an effort to throw shade on this finding by saying it could have been some other Jefferson relative but Occam's Butterknife points to Jefferson being the father. The Hemings kids got special treatment (trained in trades and house work, not field work) and were allowed to "escape" to the North as soon as they came of age (because Jefferson was so deep in debt, he didn't have the right to just free them). It's doubtful Jefferson would have done this for his nephew's bastards. After Jefferson's death, some of the Hemings kids gave very frank accounts of their childhood and pointed (fondly) to Jefferson having been their father. They could have been lying but their accounts seem pretty plausible. The defenses of Jefferson seem based on character - he had such a fine character that he could never have done such a thing. People do things that are out of character all the time, especially behind closed doors. The evidence for both views is on line - feel free to draw your own conclusions but you can't just say "the nephew done it", or rather you can, but it's pretty weak sauce. The people saying this are the same people who (before the DNA evidence) denied that there was any familial relationship at all.

    The Hemings family branch in which Jefferson DNA was found had been living as white since before the Civil War. Some of the Hemings kids were so white (probably 7/8 white) that they "passed" once they moved North, changed their surname to Jefferson, married white and all their later ancestors identified as white people.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wayles_Jefferson

    Makes sense… a simple run down of the Thomas Jefferson-Sally Hemmings link. Hennnings family too.

  85. @e
    Is she a true believer or just a person in need of paycheck?

    No one is more of a true believer than she is, which happily coincides with her ethnopolitical agenda. “Paycheck” is nowhere to be found on the list of her motivations.

  86. @Joe, Averaged
    I just don't get it. She's that excited because:

    Watson says he thinks the evidence points to an IQ gap.

    She found other scientists to say, not that he is incorrect, but that they don't think there is enough evidence to support him.

    Case closed!!! The problem is if there is not enough evidence to support one thing, it's opposite doesn't have enough either. How does she not see this obvious logical problem?

    Despite her twitter protestations that this is totally not like Galileo, it's almost exactly like Galileo.

    "You don't have enough proof to support it! Why? Because we don't think so!"

    Despite her twitter protestations that this is totally not like Galileo, it’s almost exactly like Galileo.

    Much worse than Galileo. His evidence was limited to a few observations by a handful of scientists.

    In contrast, there is overwhelming evidence today that genetics influences IQ and that various human populations are not genetically identical.

    To deny this reality is to be far more ignorant and orthodox than any Pope uttering pronouncements Ex-Cathedra.

    People like Amy Harmon have no excuse to being so ignorant and dishonest.

    She is just another dishonest scumbag populating the journalistic core of our mass media.

  87. @Hail

    the Amy Harmons of America currently have no actual secret police
     
    They did have have the keystone police chief of Charlottesville, Virginia. I don't guess that counts as being secret.

    (Note that Charlottesville's Clown-Mayor Michael Signer and black-and-white-and-red-all-over journalistic thug Amy Harmon have something in common. A common origin, if you will.)

    Plus the ADL, the SPLC, and journalists and volunteer social media monitors, plus the new censorship initiatives from Youtube, Facebook and Microsoft. You are being watched as thoroughly or more as any citizen of a totalitarian state.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    I agree, Mr. Ross, that the current surveillance state is the stuff of the E. German Stasi's wettest dreams, but there's still no force behind it. It's better to fight all this before the latter is put into place.
  88. @Prester John
    Who the hell is Amy Harmon anyway? According to Wiki she got her ticket in something called "American Studies" which, I presume, is a gateway to hardcore genetics research. Puh-leez, the Gray Hag could at least have hired somebody with a degree in one of the STEM subjects. I mean--"American Studies"??????

    According to Wiki she got her ticket in something called “American Studies”

    There are true disciplines. Then there are “studies”.

    Never the twain shall meet.

  89. @Stan d Mute

    The whole thing with Sally Hemings — whether you believe it or not — probably bought Jefferson some time from the PC mobs.
     
    Conversely, if true, it informs me to want to erase TJ from history for bestiality.

    What exactly is it with smart guys gone so disgustingly demented anyway? https://www.foxnews.com/us/attorney-uses-stuffed-animal-in-case-against-msu-physicist-charged-with-bestiality

    What exactly is it with smart guys gone so disgustingly demented anyway?

    The biographer who exposed Eric Gill’s incest, zoöphilia, fellatio, etc, to the world said his perversions were driven by the same hyperactive curiosity that made him such a formidable designer.

  90. @Jack D
    One reason the Soviet Union lasted as long as it did was that Stalin's terror really did motivate people. Millions of talented individuals such as Vavilov were destroyed, but the ones that remained alive redoubled their efforts in order to achieve results DESPITE the prevailing ideology, because failure meant death. This was one reason why Stalin was able to defeat Germany despite having purged many of his best generals, scientists, etc. In some cases the purged scientists were deemed too valuable to execute or be sent to the gold mines - instead they were forced to continue doing their scientific work, but from behind bars in a sort of schizophrenic compromise. On the one hand, you were a saboteur and a traitor but on the other hand you had to keep doing your work because you were too valuable to kill. There was a whole system of prison - labs which were called sharashkas. Not just scientists but prominent authors, etc. were sent to them such as Solzhenitsyn.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharashka#Notable_sharashka_inmates

    You'll notice that in the current #MeToo environment, purged individuals are not allowed to work anymore in any capacity. I propose a system of American sharshakas where purged individuals could continue to work productively in their fields from behind bars, so as not to wasted their heretofore undeniable talents. You could visit the prison and see shows put on by Harvey Weinstein, dine with cuisine by Mario Batali, hear lectures by Watson and so on. It would be a big money maker for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

    Yes, but someone somewhere could have put a bullet in Stalin’s head. No one did.

    They had gun control, yes, but many Russians still had guns and many could use them. You can’t have a war like WWII without guns floating around.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    They had gun control, yes, but many Russians still had guns and many could use them. You can’t have a war like WWII without guns floating around.
     
    A Slovak once told me a farmer, I think in the Ukraine, kept the eastern equivalent of a howitzer hidden in a barn for decades. I'd love to confirm this story.
  91. @Prester John
    Who the hell is Amy Harmon anyway? According to Wiki she got her ticket in something called "American Studies" which, I presume, is a gateway to hardcore genetics research. Puh-leez, the Gray Hag could at least have hired somebody with a degree in one of the STEM subjects. I mean--"American Studies"??????

    Wasn’t that what Tom Wolfe’s degree was?

  92. @Impolitic
    I'm 100% on Watson's side when it comes to race and IQ and freedom of expression, but, yikes, that portrait needed to go. It makes the Obama presidential portrait look dignified.

    …..but, yikes, that portrait needed to go.

    Looks like your grandfather very late in life waiting to head to 3:30 dinner after playing just five on the front nine!

  93. @Romanian
    Why is that? I played both and I would think that Fallout 3 fit iSteve better.

    Fallout 3 was an alright game, but it was very limited as a Fallout game with only one ending.

    FONV had four different endings, each with a rather hefty dose of philosophical bent, and the numerous side quests that made you go “Hmmm.” Honest Hearts alone had more quotables in Joshua Graham than FO3, imho.

    I thought FONV was a more serious story versus FO3 which was Brotherhood of Good Guys versus Nazis with Plasma Guns.

    • Replies: @Romanian

    I thought FONV was a more serious story versus FO3 which was Brotherhood of Good Guys versus Nazis with Plasma Guns.
     
    Exactly - Hollywood Nazis who are the remnant of the US government hiding out on an oil platform ready to take back the land and cleanse it of the impure. With a racist AI leading them!

    And they whitewashed the Brotherhood of Steel by making the East Coast chapter the liberal version of militarists/authority figures, with butt kicking babes and them sacrificing their lives to save the wretched and diverse refuse of the Capital Wasteland.
  94. One of Harmon’s Twits:

    Despite the vast, observable environmental differences (schools, wealth, racism) black & white Americans face, there’s no shortage of people conjuring a genetic basis for IQ differences. The problem w/Watson is he’s a science icon and people take his speculation seriously.

    I was listening to one of Cochran’s podcasts and he was making fun of Reich for being too agnostic about drawing conclusions until we have dispositive genetic evidence. In reality, it will mostly just confirm what we already know from simple observation. You can wait for a genetics paper to come out proving Pygmies are short. Or you can just look at them.

    Sorry, Amy. Black people aren’t secretly way smarter than what we observe. It’s wishful thinking. Amy assumes coincidentally equal average intelligence as her null hypothesis (even though there’s no evolutionary reason to assume this). She then rejects the observational data to the contrary by making excuses for the low performance. She says a genetic difference hasn’t been definitively proven yet, though something tells me she doesn’t want any studies done that would settle the matter.

    Amy’s argument is unfalsifiable. Hey, Amy. Suppose, purely hypothetically, that there was a race with a true average IQ of 85. Do you really think their neighborhoods and schools will be just as nice as those of a higher IQ race? How many (outside) resources would you have to pour into a low IQ community to equalize the environments? She uses an impossible premise (equal environments) as an out to say we therefore can’t draw any conclusions. Unless the low IQ group has exceptional performance (lol) we can’t say they’re low IQ.

    • Agree: vinteuil
  95. @MEH 0910
    Excerpted from Albion's Seed by David Hackett Fischer:

    Virginia Sex Ways: Male Predators and Female Breeders
    ......
    A multiple standard of sexual behavior (not merely a double standard) appeared not only in the laws of Virginia but also in its customs. Women, especially gentlewomen, were held to the strictest standards of sexual virtue. Men, especially gentlemen, were encouraged by the customs of the country to maintain a predatory attitude toward women. A famous example was the secret diary of William Byrd II, an exceptionally full and graphic record of one planter’s very active sex life. In its attitude toward sex, this work was very different from any diary that was kept in Puritan New England. William Byrd was a sexual predator. Promiscuous activity was a continuing part of his mature life, and in some periods an obsession. With very mixed success, he attempted to seduce relatives, neighbors, casual acquaintances, strangers, prostitutes, the wives of his best friends, and servants both black and white, on whom he often forced himself, much against their wishes.
    ......
    Sexual predators such as William Byrd have existed in every society. But some cultures more than others have tended to encourage their activities, and even to condone them. This was the case in tidewater Virginia, with its strong ideas of male supremacy and masculine assertiveness. William Byrd’s behavior differed only in degree from Thomas Jefferson’s relentless pursuit of Mrs. Walker, or George Washington’s clumsy flirtation with Mrs. Fairfax. These men represented the best of their culture; the sexual activities of other planters made even William Byrd appear a model of restraint. An old tidewater folk saying in Prince George’s County, Maryland, defined a virgin as a girl who could run faster than her uncle.

    The sexual predators of Virginia found many opportunities among indentured servant girls during the seventeenth century. The journal of John Harrower described free and easy fornication with female servants in Virginia. Exceptionally high rates of prenuptial pregnancy and illegitimacy among English female immigrants to Virginia was in part due to this cause. There is evidence in the records that some masters deliberately impregnated their servants as a way of extending their indentures.

    In the eighteenth century, race slavery created other opportunities for planter predators, some of whom started at an early age to exercise a droit du seigneur over women in the slave quarters.
     

    I was under the impression that everyone was all Puritanical and uptight back then…

    …after reading passages like:

    … About eight I went to Mrs. Smith’s where I met Molly and had some oysters for supper and about eleven we went to bed and I rogered her twice …

    and:

    … about seven I went to Mrs. FitzHerbert’s where I ate some boiled pork and drank some ale. About nine I walked away and picked up a girl whom I carried to the bagnio and rogered her twice very well.

    and:

    …went with Lord Orrery to Mrs B-r-t-n where we found two chambermaids that my Lord had ordered to be got for us and I rogered one of them and about 9 o’clock returned again to Will’s where Betty S-t-r-d called on me in a coach and I went with her to a bagnio and rogered her twice, for which God forgive me …

    I can only say, Those Freaks Were There to Party:

    • Replies: @MEH 0910

    I was under the impression that everyone was all Puritanical and uptight back then...

     

    Massachusetts Sex Ways: Puritan Ideas of Flesh and the Spirit

    Delaware Sex Ways: “Not to Go into Her but for Propagation”

    Backcountry Sex Ways: The Border Celebration of Sensuality

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albion%27s_Seed#Four_folkways

    The four migrations are discussed in the four main chapters of the book:

    East Anglia and the Netherlands to Massachusetts
    The Exodus of the English Puritans (Pilgrims and Puritans influenced the Northeastern United States' corporate and educational culture)[3]

    The South of England to Virginia
    The Cavaliers and Indentured Servants (Gentry influenced the Southern United States' plantation culture)[4]

    North Midlands to the Delaware Valley
    The Friends' Migration (Quakers influenced the Middle Atlantic and Midwestern United States' industrial culture)[5]

    Borderlands to the Backcountry
    The Flight from North Britain (Scotch-Irish and border English influenced the Western United States' ranch culture and the Southern United States' common agrarian culture)[6]
     
    , @Corn
    Mrs. FitzHerbert’s girl was lucky! Rogered just not twice but very well!
  96. @Anonymous

    Does her values generally represent normies? Does she speak for them? No.

    Does the Alt Right like to project such “prominent authors” as being representative of white normies? Indeed.
     
    Normies are rather quickly brought around to adopt the viewpoints of the New York Times.

    “Normies are rather quickly brought around to adopt the viewpoints of the New York Times.”

    Some normies, assuredly. Others, not so much.

  97. @The Wild Geese Howard
    I was under the impression that everyone was all Puritanical and uptight back then...

    ...after reading passages like:

    … About eight I went to Mrs. Smith’s where I met Molly and had some oysters for supper and about eleven we went to bed and I rogered her twice …
     
    and:

    … about seven I went to Mrs. FitzHerbert’s where I ate some boiled pork and drank some ale. About nine I walked away and picked up a girl whom I carried to the bagnio and rogered her twice very well.
     
    and:

    ...went with Lord Orrery to Mrs B-r-t-n where we found two chambermaids that my Lord had ordered to be got for us and I rogered one of them and about 9 o’clock returned again to Will’s where Betty S-t-r-d called on me in a coach and I went with her to a bagnio and rogered her twice, for which God forgive me …
     
    I can only say, Those Freaks Were There to Party:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVb6kq_94dU

    I was under the impression that everyone was all Puritanical and uptight back then…

    Massachusetts Sex Ways: Puritan Ideas of Flesh and the Spirit

    Delaware Sex Ways: “Not to Go into Her but for Propagation”

    Backcountry Sex Ways: The Border Celebration of Sensuality

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albion%27s_Seed#Four_folkways

    The four migrations are discussed in the four main chapters of the book:

    East Anglia and the Netherlands to Massachusetts
    The Exodus of the English Puritans (Pilgrims and Puritans influenced the Northeastern United States’ corporate and educational culture)[3]

    The South of England to Virginia
    The Cavaliers and Indentured Servants (Gentry influenced the Southern United States’ plantation culture)[4]

    North Midlands to the Delaware Valley
    The Friends’ Migration (Quakers influenced the Middle Atlantic and Midwestern United States’ industrial culture)[5]

    Borderlands to the Backcountry
    The Flight from North Britain (Scotch-Irish and border English influenced the Western United States’ ranch culture and the Southern United States’ common agrarian culture)[6]

  98. @Hypnotoad666
    Time to get out the airbrushes . . . https://media.newyorker.com/photos/5b4cba859316e42b3123fb1b/16:9/w_1200,h_630,c_limit/Gessen-PB-PromoSocial2.jpg

    Many years ago I read an editorial wondering why everybody has heard of characters like Himmler and Heydrich but no one has heard of Yezhov, except for those who read specialist literature on the “Great Terror.”

  99. @Clyde
    https://www.peakstupidity.com/index.php?post=53
    The West Lake running dog who is behind this Han slanderous blog must be stopped by our best Kung Fu fighters! Put his head on a pike!

    I’m glad you liked the post and understood this nefarious plot, Clyde! Unfortunately, most American DIYers are falling for this (fortunately) Cheap China-made hooks, lines, and sinkers. (Sinkers are pretty hard to f__k up though, so you gotta give ’em credit there.)

    • Replies: @Clyde
    Harbor Freight death count>>>
    -Heat gun burnt up on second use
    -drill electric cord frayed and broke off at the handle...... was kinda fixable....but will shock you from --time to time so don't use while up on a ladder....if you know what I mean.
    =titanium tipped drill bits rust after first use.

    But I have bought good items there so am not boycotting. Northern tool is further away so I don't get there as often. Bought a nice garden wagon there.
    , @Clyde
    https://www.peakstupidity.com/index.php?post=809
    iSteve is also a peak stupidity blog. Stupidity in all its lefty manifestations, except global warming. Too boring for Steve.
  100. @J.Ross
    Plus the ADL, the SPLC, and journalists and volunteer social media monitors, plus the new censorship initiatives from Youtube, Facebook and Microsoft. You are being watched as thoroughly or more as any citizen of a totalitarian state.

    I agree, Mr. Ross, that the current surveillance state is the stuff of the E. German Stasi’s wettest dreams, but there’s still no force behind it. It’s better to fight all this before the latter is put into place.

  101. @Achmed E. Newman
    I'm glad you liked the post and understood this nefarious plot, Clyde! Unfortunately, most American DIYers are falling for this (fortunately) Cheap China-made hooks, lines, and sinkers. (Sinkers are pretty hard to f__k up though, so you gotta give 'em credit there.)

    Harbor Freight death count>>>
    -Heat gun burnt up on second use
    -drill electric cord frayed and broke off at the handle…… was kinda fixable….but will shock you from –time to time so don’t use while up on a ladder….if you know what I mean.
    =titanium tipped drill bits rust after first use.

    But I have bought good items there so am not boycotting. Northern tool is further away so I don’t get there as often. Bought a nice garden wagon there.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Heat gun burnt up on second use
    -drill electric cord frayed and broke off at the handle…… was kinda fixable….but will shock you from –time to time so don’t use while up on a ladder….if you know what I mean.
    =titanium tipped drill bits rust after first use.

     
    Too obvious to be a nefarious plan? Haha, to me the brilliance would be not trying to kill Americans with the cheap tools, but wasting so much of their time, that they will completely miss the takeover of the country!

    For guys, going into Harbor Freight must be very much like going shopping on Rodeo Drive for women (see our host's Arizona Senator SEXY-AZ post). I can not pass up some small hand tools, flashlights, cheap power tools, maybe an air compressor once in a while, etc.. This is why it is important for me NEVER to go in there!

    I really would pay twice as much for tools and other items, if I knew they would last, but for most items, there is NO CHOICE now. I mean, no choice for the picking of some well-known American brand, that is. Among the Cheap China-made crap, some stuff may be better than others (you'd think it'd be hard to screw up a screwdriver, but get on a certain job, and they'll surprise you). However, I sure don't know how to tell, at least on the small stuff. My car mechanic friend can eyeball stuff and know where it'll go wrong , if it's anything with lots of parts, like the belt sander.

    BTW, Clyde, you might enjoy my story about trying to return a $10 tire-repair kit to Harbor Freight with the surprise ending!

  102. @Anon
    Comfort is the guy who wrote the Nature review of Plomin's book, trashing it for all the usual politically correct reasons.

    Comfort himself seems to have washed out of science, getting an M.S. in neurobiology, but getting his Ph.D. in history. The masters degree is usually a feeder program to the school's Ph.D. for STEM subjects, so it's kind of a hint that something may have gone wrong if there is no corresponding Ph.D.

    Comfort is one of those fringe personalities around the genetics field who, because it is not his central specialization, feels free to trash its obvious and inevitable trajectory on political grounds, a sort of modern Stephen Jay Gould. Real researchers in the field just try to keep their heads down and not comment on things like group differences.

    Comfort's ex-wife, on the other had, is a real scientist who won a Nobel Prize. Comfort was not in any photos of the announcements, although his kids were, so they were probably separated by then, and divorced later. Nathaniel then went through a midlife crisis in which he got all pierced and guaged and tatted up.

    Alas, I’ve been on the edge of social circles with both Harmon and Comfort. They’re both good illustrations of how divorce can leave these hidden and not-so-hidden wounds. The process is terrible for kids too.

  103. @The Wild Geese Howard
    I was under the impression that everyone was all Puritanical and uptight back then...

    ...after reading passages like:

    … About eight I went to Mrs. Smith’s where I met Molly and had some oysters for supper and about eleven we went to bed and I rogered her twice …
     
    and:

    … about seven I went to Mrs. FitzHerbert’s where I ate some boiled pork and drank some ale. About nine I walked away and picked up a girl whom I carried to the bagnio and rogered her twice very well.
     
    and:

    ...went with Lord Orrery to Mrs B-r-t-n where we found two chambermaids that my Lord had ordered to be got for us and I rogered one of them and about 9 o’clock returned again to Will’s where Betty S-t-r-d called on me in a coach and I went with her to a bagnio and rogered her twice, for which God forgive me …
     
    I can only say, Those Freaks Were There to Party:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVb6kq_94dU

    Mrs. FitzHerbert’s girl was lucky! Rogered just not twice but very well!

  104. @Clyde
    Harbor Freight death count>>>
    -Heat gun burnt up on second use
    -drill electric cord frayed and broke off at the handle...... was kinda fixable....but will shock you from --time to time so don't use while up on a ladder....if you know what I mean.
    =titanium tipped drill bits rust after first use.

    But I have bought good items there so am not boycotting. Northern tool is further away so I don't get there as often. Bought a nice garden wagon there.

    Heat gun burnt up on second use
    -drill electric cord frayed and broke off at the handle…… was kinda fixable….but will shock you from –time to time so don’t use while up on a ladder….if you know what I mean.
    =titanium tipped drill bits rust after first use.

    Too obvious to be a nefarious plan? Haha, to me the brilliance would be not trying to kill Americans with the cheap tools, but wasting so much of their time, that they will completely miss the takeover of the country!

    For guys, going into Harbor Freight must be very much like going shopping on Rodeo Drive for women (see our host’s Arizona Senator SEXY-AZ post). I can not pass up some small hand tools, flashlights, cheap power tools, maybe an air compressor once in a while, etc.. This is why it is important for me NEVER to go in there!

    I really would pay twice as much for tools and other items, if I knew they would last, but for most items, there is NO CHOICE now. I mean, no choice for the picking of some well-known American brand, that is. Among the Cheap China-made crap, some stuff may be better than others (you’d think it’d be hard to screw up a screwdriver, but get on a certain job, and they’ll surprise you). However, I sure don’t know how to tell, at least on the small stuff. My car mechanic friend can eyeball stuff and know where it’ll go wrong , if it’s anything with lots of parts, like the belt sander.

    BTW, Clyde, you might enjoy my story about trying to return a $10 tire-repair kit to Harbor Freight with the surprise ending!

    • Replies: @Jack D
    There is a You Tube channel (probably more than 1) where some guy tears apart power tools and such to show where the Chinese cheat on the quality of various items - the motor and bearings and the gears and the chuck and the switches and so on. Basically on everything. The old maxim is "you get what you pay for" and to some extent that is true in that the high end Milwaukee (as opposed to low end Pittsburgh - you need a score card) and DeWalt stuff is somewhat better. But, those mfrs. are starting to degrade the quality of their own products (while not cutting the price) so in some cases you are paying a lot more but only getting a little more in terms of the physical product rather than just the famous name.

    Similar to the other thread where Twinkie tells me I should buy 1 high quality $300 Japanese knife instead of 10 $30 Swiss knives made from softer steel, whether it is really stupid to buy the Harbor Freight item depends in part on how you are going to use it. If you are a pro and are going to use that drill 8 hours/day every day then the Harbor Freight drill is probably not going to last a week for you and you are going to save money (and time which is also money) by buying the Milwaukee in the 1st place instead of buying 3 Harbor Freight drills and THEN the Milwaukee , but if you are a homeowner that drives a screw now and then, the Harbor Freight drill might be "good enough", especially at 1/1oth the price. The cheap stuff and the good stuff each have their place, but obviously they are never going to give you champagne for beer prices even if it looks like it is in a champagne bottle.
    , @Clyde
    I liked how you eventually did get a free new tire repair kit. I have used those things. It helps to have air compressor at home. You can use that tire fix'um tool with shredded bicycle inner tube strips and a hot glue gun...or shoo-goo, yes I have some.

    H-Freight can be an intoxicating shopping experience for guys. All depends on how many beers you had before you went in. Have not been there for months. I might get there this Saturday with my free battery, free tarp, free screw driver set coupons. I am trying to think of what tool I actually need...probably nothing.

    But it pays to idly stock up on X, to even double down on back up tools. A set of H Freight drill bits were in my house when I really needed them and time was of the essence

  105. @Jack D
    One reason the Soviet Union lasted as long as it did was that Stalin's terror really did motivate people. Millions of talented individuals such as Vavilov were destroyed, but the ones that remained alive redoubled their efforts in order to achieve results DESPITE the prevailing ideology, because failure meant death. This was one reason why Stalin was able to defeat Germany despite having purged many of his best generals, scientists, etc. In some cases the purged scientists were deemed too valuable to execute or be sent to the gold mines - instead they were forced to continue doing their scientific work, but from behind bars in a sort of schizophrenic compromise. On the one hand, you were a saboteur and a traitor but on the other hand you had to keep doing your work because you were too valuable to kill. There was a whole system of prison - labs which were called sharashkas. Not just scientists but prominent authors, etc. were sent to them such as Solzhenitsyn.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharashka#Notable_sharashka_inmates

    You'll notice that in the current #MeToo environment, purged individuals are not allowed to work anymore in any capacity. I propose a system of American sharshakas where purged individuals could continue to work productively in their fields from behind bars, so as not to wasted their heretofore undeniable talents. You could visit the prison and see shows put on by Harvey Weinstein, dine with cuisine by Mario Batali, hear lectures by Watson and so on. It would be a big money maker for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

    This was one reason why Stalin was able to defeat Germany despite having purged many of his best generals, scientists, etc.

    One far behind the huge Allied (and Soviet) advantage in men and materiel.

  106. @Jack D
    No it wasn't. We really don't know the truth and probably never will, but the timing of all of Sally Hemings's pregnancies coincides with periods when Jefferson was resident at Monticello. Now that DNA evidence points to the Hemings family having Jefferson ancestors, there is an effort to throw shade on this finding by saying it could have been some other Jefferson relative but Occam's Butterknife points to Jefferson being the father. The Hemings kids got special treatment (trained in trades and house work, not field work) and were allowed to "escape" to the North as soon as they came of age (because Jefferson was so deep in debt, he didn't have the right to just free them). It's doubtful Jefferson would have done this for his nephew's bastards. After Jefferson's death, some of the Hemings kids gave very frank accounts of their childhood and pointed (fondly) to Jefferson having been their father. They could have been lying but their accounts seem pretty plausible. The defenses of Jefferson seem based on character - he had such a fine character that he could never have done such a thing. People do things that are out of character all the time, especially behind closed doors. The evidence for both views is on line - feel free to draw your own conclusions but you can't just say "the nephew done it", or rather you can, but it's pretty weak sauce. The people saying this are the same people who (before the DNA evidence) denied that there was any familial relationship at all.

    The Hemings family branch in which Jefferson DNA was found had been living as white since before the Civil War. Some of the Hemings kids were so white (probably 7/8 white) that they "passed" once they moved North, changed their surname to Jefferson, married white and all their later ancestors identified as white people.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wayles_Jefferson

    Now that DNA evidence points to the Hemings family having Jefferson ancestors, there is an effort to throw shade on this finding by saying it could have been some other Jefferson relative but Occam’s Butterknife points to Jefferson being the father. The Hemings kids got special treatment (trained in trades and house work, not field work) and were allowed to “escape” to the North as soon as they came of age (because Jefferson was so deep in debt, he didn’t have the right to just free them). It’s doubtful Jefferson would have done this for his nephew’s bastards. After Jefferson’s death, some of the Hemings kids gave very frank accounts of their childhood and pointed (fondly) to Jefferson having been their father. They could have been lying but their accounts seem pretty plausible. The defenses of Jefferson seem based on character – he had such a fine character that he could never have done such a thing. People do things that are out of character all the time, especially behind closed doors. The evidence for both views is on line – feel free to draw your own conclusions but you can’t just say “the nephew done it”, or rather you can, but it’s pretty weak sauce. The people saying this are the same people who (before the DNA evidence) denied that there was any familial relationship at all.

    Special treatment is consistent with any Jefferson sire, as is escape. TJ was the Big Man so his freed mulatto slaves were highly motivated to claim him, and not his idiot nephew, as their father.

    It’s doubtful Jefferson would have done this for his nephew’s bastards.

    No it isn’t.

  107. @MEH 0910
    Excerpted from Albion's Seed by David Hackett Fischer:

    Virginia Sex Ways: Male Predators and Female Breeders
    ......
    A multiple standard of sexual behavior (not merely a double standard) appeared not only in the laws of Virginia but also in its customs. Women, especially gentlewomen, were held to the strictest standards of sexual virtue. Men, especially gentlemen, were encouraged by the customs of the country to maintain a predatory attitude toward women. A famous example was the secret diary of William Byrd II, an exceptionally full and graphic record of one planter’s very active sex life. In its attitude toward sex, this work was very different from any diary that was kept in Puritan New England. William Byrd was a sexual predator. Promiscuous activity was a continuing part of his mature life, and in some periods an obsession. With very mixed success, he attempted to seduce relatives, neighbors, casual acquaintances, strangers, prostitutes, the wives of his best friends, and servants both black and white, on whom he often forced himself, much against their wishes.
    ......
    Sexual predators such as William Byrd have existed in every society. But some cultures more than others have tended to encourage their activities, and even to condone them. This was the case in tidewater Virginia, with its strong ideas of male supremacy and masculine assertiveness. William Byrd’s behavior differed only in degree from Thomas Jefferson’s relentless pursuit of Mrs. Walker, or George Washington’s clumsy flirtation with Mrs. Fairfax. These men represented the best of their culture; the sexual activities of other planters made even William Byrd appear a model of restraint. An old tidewater folk saying in Prince George’s County, Maryland, defined a virgin as a girl who could run faster than her uncle.

    The sexual predators of Virginia found many opportunities among indentured servant girls during the seventeenth century. The journal of John Harrower described free and easy fornication with female servants in Virginia. Exceptionally high rates of prenuptial pregnancy and illegitimacy among English female immigrants to Virginia was in part due to this cause. There is evidence in the records that some masters deliberately impregnated their servants as a way of extending their indentures.

    In the eighteenth century, race slavery created other opportunities for planter predators, some of whom started at an early age to exercise a droit du seigneur over women in the slave quarters.
     

    So, what you’re saying is, all the Jefferson males were fornicating with Sally on the regular (or at least, we’d be stupid to rule any of them out), and without more precise DNA info, we’ll never know who provided the strongest swimmers (do we even know if all the kids had the same father?).

    An old tidewater folk saying in Prince George’s County, Maryland, defined a virgin as a girl who could run faster than her uncle.

    Are we talking Virginia Prots, or Maryland Catholics? ‘Cuz PG Co. was the latter.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    do we even know if all the kids had the same father?

    When they tried to test one of the branches of the Hemings family that had not crossed the color line and had stayed black, they found no Jefferson DNA. However, it's not clear when this happened. It's quite possible that there was a "failure of paternity" much further down the line (0r at the very beginning) - in any generation, the father of the current Mrs. Hemings's children might not have been the current Mr. Hemings. There have been maybe 10 generations now so 10 chances for failure and we don't know when the chain was broken.

    It's also interesting that some of the Hemings children were so white that they passed no problem and others were known in their communities as mulattoes and never crossed the color line. If I had to guess, some but not all of the Hemings kids were TJ's. But it's just a guess - because of the way DNA gets shuffled, some mixed race kids look more like (white) dad and some take after mom and look more black even if their parents are the same (keep in mind that Sally herself was probably 3/4 white and the 1/2 sister or cousin of Jefferson's late wife).
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Are we talking Virginia Prots, or Maryland Catholics? ‘Cuz PG Co. was the latter.
     
    Not for very long. They were chased out to Kentucky.
  108. @Achmed E. Newman

    Heat gun burnt up on second use
    -drill electric cord frayed and broke off at the handle…… was kinda fixable….but will shock you from –time to time so don’t use while up on a ladder….if you know what I mean.
    =titanium tipped drill bits rust after first use.

     
    Too obvious to be a nefarious plan? Haha, to me the brilliance would be not trying to kill Americans with the cheap tools, but wasting so much of their time, that they will completely miss the takeover of the country!

    For guys, going into Harbor Freight must be very much like going shopping on Rodeo Drive for women (see our host's Arizona Senator SEXY-AZ post). I can not pass up some small hand tools, flashlights, cheap power tools, maybe an air compressor once in a while, etc.. This is why it is important for me NEVER to go in there!

    I really would pay twice as much for tools and other items, if I knew they would last, but for most items, there is NO CHOICE now. I mean, no choice for the picking of some well-known American brand, that is. Among the Cheap China-made crap, some stuff may be better than others (you'd think it'd be hard to screw up a screwdriver, but get on a certain job, and they'll surprise you). However, I sure don't know how to tell, at least on the small stuff. My car mechanic friend can eyeball stuff and know where it'll go wrong , if it's anything with lots of parts, like the belt sander.

    BTW, Clyde, you might enjoy my story about trying to return a $10 tire-repair kit to Harbor Freight with the surprise ending!

    There is a You Tube channel (probably more than 1) where some guy tears apart power tools and such to show where the Chinese cheat on the quality of various items – the motor and bearings and the gears and the chuck and the switches and so on. Basically on everything. The old maxim is “you get what you pay for” and to some extent that is true in that the high end Milwaukee (as opposed to low end Pittsburgh – you need a score card) and DeWalt stuff is somewhat better. But, those mfrs. are starting to degrade the quality of their own products (while not cutting the price) so in some cases you are paying a lot more but only getting a little more in terms of the physical product rather than just the famous name.

    Similar to the other thread where Twinkie tells me I should buy 1 high quality $300 Japanese knife instead of 10 $30 Swiss knives made from softer steel, whether it is really stupid to buy the Harbor Freight item depends in part on how you are going to use it. If you are a pro and are going to use that drill 8 hours/day every day then the Harbor Freight drill is probably not going to last a week for you and you are going to save money (and time which is also money) by buying the Milwaukee in the 1st place instead of buying 3 Harbor Freight drills and THEN the Milwaukee , but if you are a homeowner that drives a screw now and then, the Harbor Freight drill might be “good enough”, especially at 1/1oth the price. The cheap stuff and the good stuff each have their place, but obviously they are never going to give you champagne for beer prices even if it looks like it is in a champagne bottle.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    It's sometimes the design for low quality (done in the US in the past, but more and more will be in China in the future), and partly, as you wrote, corrupt purchasing agents, technicians/engineers/etc. at the other end substituting in cheaper parts.

    I got done writing already, in that last comment, that it's not often possible to get a (supposedly) good tool, even if you are quite willing to pay for one. There are not good brands of those tire-fix kits, that I know of - and if your spent a coupla hours finding one, that was out there, some stuff (the glue in there, that you don't absolutely need) will have a shelf life.

    On the durable goods, per your 2nd paragraph:

    a) As I wrote in my blog post (the original one Clyde replied to), the Chinese have been using these rust-belt American names, but much of it is the same crap.

    b) Even if you really don't mind a tool lasting only, say 10 or 20 uses. you have no idea when it will break. It happens in the middle of a job, of course, and if you are a DIYer, you will be inclined to fix the broken tool, especially if you think you can do it at home and save an hour or more trip to get another one (keep in mind hardware stores are getting fewer and farther between). Oftentimes, a tool that you are using to fix the first tool will break during that process.

    Hey, if this was planned, maybe they really deserve to take over!

    Here's my funny one, Jack, but it does have a point.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    But, those mfrs. are starting to degrade the quality of their own products (while not cutting the price) so in some cases you are paying a lot more but only getting a little more in terms of the physical product rather than just the famous name.
     
    James Dale Davidson covered this very phenomenon in The Squeeze 39 years ago.

    I've learned that Harbor Freight is the place to go if you need to get something to use only once. Might as well save money, and hope it won't break right out of the box.

    Still, if you're stuck at a particular price point, it's worth finding out which competitor is the "least worst". I'd never heard of WEN, and haven't seen the brand in any stores, but a number of reviews say it's by far the best bet for a scroll saw if you only have $100 available.
  109. @Svigor
    So, what you're saying is, all the Jefferson males were fornicating with Sally on the regular (or at least, we'd be stupid to rule any of them out), and without more precise DNA info, we'll never know who provided the strongest swimmers (do we even know if all the kids had the same father?).

    An old tidewater folk saying in Prince George’s County, Maryland, defined a virgin as a girl who could run faster than her uncle.
     
    Are we talking Virginia Prots, or Maryland Catholics? 'Cuz PG Co. was the latter.

    do we even know if all the kids had the same father?

    When they tried to test one of the branches of the Hemings family that had not crossed the color line and had stayed black, they found no Jefferson DNA. However, it’s not clear when this happened. It’s quite possible that there was a “failure of paternity” much further down the line (0r at the very beginning) – in any generation, the father of the current Mrs. Hemings’s children might not have been the current Mr. Hemings. There have been maybe 10 generations now so 10 chances for failure and we don’t know when the chain was broken.

    It’s also interesting that some of the Hemings children were so white that they passed no problem and others were known in their communities as mulattoes and never crossed the color line. If I had to guess, some but not all of the Hemings kids were TJ’s. But it’s just a guess – because of the way DNA gets shuffled, some mixed race kids look more like (white) dad and some take after mom and look more black even if their parents are the same (keep in mind that Sally herself was probably 3/4 white and the 1/2 sister or cousin of Jefferson’s late wife).

  110. @Jack D
    There is a You Tube channel (probably more than 1) where some guy tears apart power tools and such to show where the Chinese cheat on the quality of various items - the motor and bearings and the gears and the chuck and the switches and so on. Basically on everything. The old maxim is "you get what you pay for" and to some extent that is true in that the high end Milwaukee (as opposed to low end Pittsburgh - you need a score card) and DeWalt stuff is somewhat better. But, those mfrs. are starting to degrade the quality of their own products (while not cutting the price) so in some cases you are paying a lot more but only getting a little more in terms of the physical product rather than just the famous name.

    Similar to the other thread where Twinkie tells me I should buy 1 high quality $300 Japanese knife instead of 10 $30 Swiss knives made from softer steel, whether it is really stupid to buy the Harbor Freight item depends in part on how you are going to use it. If you are a pro and are going to use that drill 8 hours/day every day then the Harbor Freight drill is probably not going to last a week for you and you are going to save money (and time which is also money) by buying the Milwaukee in the 1st place instead of buying 3 Harbor Freight drills and THEN the Milwaukee , but if you are a homeowner that drives a screw now and then, the Harbor Freight drill might be "good enough", especially at 1/1oth the price. The cheap stuff and the good stuff each have their place, but obviously they are never going to give you champagne for beer prices even if it looks like it is in a champagne bottle.

    It’s sometimes the design for low quality (done in the US in the past, but more and more will be in China in the future), and partly, as you wrote, corrupt purchasing agents, technicians/engineers/etc. at the other end substituting in cheaper parts.

    I got done writing already, in that last comment, that it’s not often possible to get a (supposedly) good tool, even if you are quite willing to pay for one. There are not good brands of those tire-fix kits, that I know of – and if your spent a coupla hours finding one, that was out there, some stuff (the glue in there, that you don’t absolutely need) will have a shelf life.

    On the durable goods, per your 2nd paragraph:

    a) As I wrote in my blog post (the original one Clyde replied to), the Chinese have been using these rust-belt American names, but much of it is the same crap.

    b) Even if you really don’t mind a tool lasting only, say 10 or 20 uses. you have no idea when it will break. It happens in the middle of a job, of course, and if you are a DIYer, you will be inclined to fix the broken tool, especially if you think you can do it at home and save an hour or more trip to get another one (keep in mind hardware stores are getting fewer and farther between). Oftentimes, a tool that you are using to fix the first tool will break during that process.

    Hey, if this was planned, maybe they really deserve to take over!

    Here‘s my funny one, Jack, but it does have a point.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    There are not good brands of those tire-fix kits, that I know of

    Sure there are, but you might never get your money back if you spent $50 on a kit with a metal handle which you might not ever use:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0080IJYVK/ref=psdc_15706711_t2_B001DIECCK

    Or else you could buy the $15 Chinese copy, which despite looking identical (patent on the American one is expired) might be made of some kind of really soft metal or poorly welded.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002I52RG0/ref=psdc_15706711_t1_B001DIECCK

    Or else the American one is now made in the same factory and your extra $35 buys you the name on box and nothing else. Hit or miss. Rotsa ruck navigating the global suppry chain. The house always wins.

    For really simple stuff like this, the Chinese stuff is getting better and I would bet on the $15 kit based on the Amazon reviews.

  111. @Impolitic
    I'm 100% on Watson's side when it comes to race and IQ and freedom of expression, but, yikes, that portrait needed to go. It makes the Obama presidential portrait look dignified.

    It’s better than Michelle’s portrait, though. Yeah, I know, not by much.

  112. @sayless
    Agree, the portrait’s pretty bad. But still, what cravens.

    Obama’s was more painterly, however it did look as if it should have been called, POTUS relieves himself amid the poison ivy.

    No less than he deserved. Plus there’s the lively little sperm on his left temple which is a signature of the artist’s work.

    The lab has disgraced itself.

    Eventually one prominent institution will take a position and stick to it. That’ll be the harbinger of spring.

    Obama’s was more painterly, however it did look as if it should have been called, POTUS relieves himself amid the poison ivy.

    No less than he deserved. Plus there’s the lively little sperm on his left temple which is a signature of the artist’s work.

    Is Larry Sinclair hidden in there somewhere?

  113. @Anonymous
    Yes, but someone somewhere could have put a bullet in Stalin's head. No one did.

    They had gun control, yes, but many Russians still had guns and many could use them. You can't have a war like WWII without guns floating around.

    They had gun control, yes, but many Russians still had guns and many could use them. You can’t have a war like WWII without guns floating around.

    A Slovak once told me a farmer, I think in the Ukraine, kept the eastern equivalent of a howitzer hidden in a barn for decades. I’d love to confirm this story.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    There are two blogs and several /k/ threads of people who go out to battlefields in Russia and its satellites. Some find massively rusty (and occasionally still functional) weapons, and one handles human remains, giving burials and if possible contacting families. There was a Ukrainian guy who "explored" abandoned underground sites but somebody told him to "get out of here." I have heard it confided that lots of rural Slavs as far west as Czechia have an undocumented weapon for increasingly relevant security reasons, and many people in that region are hunters.
    Russia has always had extreme difficulties with policing its vast territory. I have heard but cannot substantiate that in both Ukraine and the Baltics there were wild guerrilla movements after WWII, living in the woods. It's not as crazy as it sounds. Late in the Soviet period people exploring or settling Siberia would stumble across unknown and self-sufficient colonies, whose inhabitants hadn't heard there'd been a revolution. During the revolution there was a peasant who wrote to Moscow pointing out that he didn't really need the central government for anything, so could they please just stop the government and leave it stopped?
  114. @Jack D
    There is a You Tube channel (probably more than 1) where some guy tears apart power tools and such to show where the Chinese cheat on the quality of various items - the motor and bearings and the gears and the chuck and the switches and so on. Basically on everything. The old maxim is "you get what you pay for" and to some extent that is true in that the high end Milwaukee (as opposed to low end Pittsburgh - you need a score card) and DeWalt stuff is somewhat better. But, those mfrs. are starting to degrade the quality of their own products (while not cutting the price) so in some cases you are paying a lot more but only getting a little more in terms of the physical product rather than just the famous name.

    Similar to the other thread where Twinkie tells me I should buy 1 high quality $300 Japanese knife instead of 10 $30 Swiss knives made from softer steel, whether it is really stupid to buy the Harbor Freight item depends in part on how you are going to use it. If you are a pro and are going to use that drill 8 hours/day every day then the Harbor Freight drill is probably not going to last a week for you and you are going to save money (and time which is also money) by buying the Milwaukee in the 1st place instead of buying 3 Harbor Freight drills and THEN the Milwaukee , but if you are a homeowner that drives a screw now and then, the Harbor Freight drill might be "good enough", especially at 1/1oth the price. The cheap stuff and the good stuff each have their place, but obviously they are never going to give you champagne for beer prices even if it looks like it is in a champagne bottle.

    But, those mfrs. are starting to degrade the quality of their own products (while not cutting the price) so in some cases you are paying a lot more but only getting a little more in terms of the physical product rather than just the famous name.

    James Dale Davidson covered this very phenomenon in The Squeeze 39 years ago.

    I’ve learned that Harbor Freight is the place to go if you need to get something to use only once. Might as well save money, and hope it won’t break right out of the box.

    Still, if you’re stuck at a particular price point, it’s worth finding out which competitor is the “least worst”. I’d never heard of WEN, and haven’t seen the brand in any stores, but a number of reviews say it’s by far the best bet for a scroll saw if you only have $100 available.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    I bought a 1994-made Ryobi small band saw at a yard sale only 3 or 4 years back, probably for the price of a new one at Harbor Freight. This one was American-made, and I'd trust that 25 year old model more than a new one. That's what I think of quality nowadays.
  115. @Svigor
    So, what you're saying is, all the Jefferson males were fornicating with Sally on the regular (or at least, we'd be stupid to rule any of them out), and without more precise DNA info, we'll never know who provided the strongest swimmers (do we even know if all the kids had the same father?).

    An old tidewater folk saying in Prince George’s County, Maryland, defined a virgin as a girl who could run faster than her uncle.
     
    Are we talking Virginia Prots, or Maryland Catholics? 'Cuz PG Co. was the latter.

    Are we talking Virginia Prots, or Maryland Catholics? ‘Cuz PG Co. was the latter.

    Not for very long. They were chased out to Kentucky.

  116. @MEH 0910
    Excerpted from Albion's Seed by David Hackett Fischer:

    Virginia Sex Ways: Male Predators and Female Breeders
    ......
    A multiple standard of sexual behavior (not merely a double standard) appeared not only in the laws of Virginia but also in its customs. Women, especially gentlewomen, were held to the strictest standards of sexual virtue. Men, especially gentlemen, were encouraged by the customs of the country to maintain a predatory attitude toward women. A famous example was the secret diary of William Byrd II, an exceptionally full and graphic record of one planter’s very active sex life. In its attitude toward sex, this work was very different from any diary that was kept in Puritan New England. William Byrd was a sexual predator. Promiscuous activity was a continuing part of his mature life, and in some periods an obsession. With very mixed success, he attempted to seduce relatives, neighbors, casual acquaintances, strangers, prostitutes, the wives of his best friends, and servants both black and white, on whom he often forced himself, much against their wishes.
    ......
    Sexual predators such as William Byrd have existed in every society. But some cultures more than others have tended to encourage their activities, and even to condone them. This was the case in tidewater Virginia, with its strong ideas of male supremacy and masculine assertiveness. William Byrd’s behavior differed only in degree from Thomas Jefferson’s relentless pursuit of Mrs. Walker, or George Washington’s clumsy flirtation with Mrs. Fairfax. These men represented the best of their culture; the sexual activities of other planters made even William Byrd appear a model of restraint. An old tidewater folk saying in Prince George’s County, Maryland, defined a virgin as a girl who could run faster than her uncle.

    The sexual predators of Virginia found many opportunities among indentured servant girls during the seventeenth century. The journal of John Harrower described free and easy fornication with female servants in Virginia. Exceptionally high rates of prenuptial pregnancy and illegitimacy among English female immigrants to Virginia was in part due to this cause. There is evidence in the records that some masters deliberately impregnated their servants as a way of extending their indentures.

    In the eighteenth century, race slavery created other opportunities for planter predators, some of whom started at an early age to exercise a droit du seigneur over women in the slave quarters.
     

    People have long been telling me I should read Albion’s Seed – if only I’d known it contained such racy stuff!

    It would be interesting to know where the women were happier, on the whole (NPI) – amongst the Cavaliers of The Tidewater or the Puritans of New England?

    • Replies: @MEH 0910

    People have long been telling me I should read Albion’s Seed
     
    Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America

    It would be interesting to know where the women were happier, on the whole (NPI) – amongst the Cavaliers of The Tidewater or the Puritans of New England?
     
    Massachusetts Gender Ways: The Puritan Idea of a Covenant Between Unequals

    Virginia Gender Ways: True-born Englishmen and Spirited “She-Britons”
  117. @vinteuil
    People have long been telling me I should read Albion's Seed - if only I'd known it contained such racy stuff!

    It would be interesting to know where the women were happier, on the whole (NPI) - amongst the Cavaliers of The Tidewater or the Puritans of New England?

    People have long been telling me I should read Albion’s Seed

    Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America

    It would be interesting to know where the women were happier, on the whole (NPI) – amongst the Cavaliers of The Tidewater or the Puritans of New England?

    Massachusetts Gender Ways: The Puritan Idea of a Covenant Between Unequals

    Virginia Gender Ways: True-born Englishmen and Spirited “She-Britons”

  118. @Achmed E. Newman
    It's sometimes the design for low quality (done in the US in the past, but more and more will be in China in the future), and partly, as you wrote, corrupt purchasing agents, technicians/engineers/etc. at the other end substituting in cheaper parts.

    I got done writing already, in that last comment, that it's not often possible to get a (supposedly) good tool, even if you are quite willing to pay for one. There are not good brands of those tire-fix kits, that I know of - and if your spent a coupla hours finding one, that was out there, some stuff (the glue in there, that you don't absolutely need) will have a shelf life.

    On the durable goods, per your 2nd paragraph:

    a) As I wrote in my blog post (the original one Clyde replied to), the Chinese have been using these rust-belt American names, but much of it is the same crap.

    b) Even if you really don't mind a tool lasting only, say 10 or 20 uses. you have no idea when it will break. It happens in the middle of a job, of course, and if you are a DIYer, you will be inclined to fix the broken tool, especially if you think you can do it at home and save an hour or more trip to get another one (keep in mind hardware stores are getting fewer and farther between). Oftentimes, a tool that you are using to fix the first tool will break during that process.

    Hey, if this was planned, maybe they really deserve to take over!

    Here's my funny one, Jack, but it does have a point.

    There are not good brands of those tire-fix kits, that I know of

    Sure there are, but you might never get your money back if you spent $50 on a kit with a metal handle which you might not ever use:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0080IJYVK/ref=psdc_15706711_t2_B001DIECCK

    Or else you could buy the $15 Chinese copy, which despite looking identical (patent on the American one is expired) might be made of some kind of really soft metal or poorly welded.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002I52RG0/ref=psdc_15706711_t1_B001DIECCK

    Or else the American one is now made in the same factory and your extra $35 buys you the name on box and nothing else. Hit or miss. Rotsa ruck navigating the global suppry chain. The house always wins.

    For really simple stuff like this, the Chinese stuff is getting better and I would bet on the $15 kit based on the Amazon reviews.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    No, it did not break at any weld. What weld? The metal stripped out of the plastic handle. A good design would have more metal embedded in the plastic (like rebar) but probably a better formulation of plastic.

    Hit or miss. Rotsa ruck ...
     
    That's all I was trying to say. BTW, we've all had lots of cheap stuff break, but the purchase of a kid's glider ended up being a Q/A test - 0 out of a sample of 2 with no defects. The first had a bad switch. I took the 2nd out of the box before buying (Mom & Pop toy store, so nice guy who cared worked there) so I could check ITS switch, and put in my own batteries. Well, the 2nd one had no horizontal tail. Even though the guy said he doesn't take the loss, we combined 2 defective units into one good plane ... well, till the kid stepped on it a month later ...

    Actually, in this post, on the glider, I've got lots more discussion on why the products are often such garbage.
    , @Clyde

    For really simple stuff like this, the Chinese stuff is getting better and I would bet on the $15 kit based on the Amazon reviews.
     
    Read Amazon reviews then buy for less on eBay. How it has often worked out for me. I give great credit to Amazon and its hosting of reviews. They are the consumer reports of today. Of course you must read the tea leaves.
    Last week a friend was buying an all in one ink jet printer. He has consumer reports on line so we looked, he was entranced by their scoring. BUT I helped him eliminate a few highly ranked by looking at Amazon...ones that had.too much negative feedback.
    , @Clyde

    For really simple stuff like this, the Chinese stuff is getting better and I would bet on the $15 kit based on the Amazon reviews.
     
    I would bet on Walmart having communist tire flat repair for five dollah so pick a winner from the rack. Or find at Pep Boys too.
    Chi communist factories are pumping out all these items. Go by the item's photo image when comparing between what is at Harbor Freight, Walmart, Amazon, Ebay.
  119. @MEH 0910
    Excerpted from Albion's Seed by David Hackett Fischer:

    Virginia Sex Ways: Male Predators and Female Breeders
    ......
    A multiple standard of sexual behavior (not merely a double standard) appeared not only in the laws of Virginia but also in its customs. Women, especially gentlewomen, were held to the strictest standards of sexual virtue. Men, especially gentlemen, were encouraged by the customs of the country to maintain a predatory attitude toward women. A famous example was the secret diary of William Byrd II, an exceptionally full and graphic record of one planter’s very active sex life. In its attitude toward sex, this work was very different from any diary that was kept in Puritan New England. William Byrd was a sexual predator. Promiscuous activity was a continuing part of his mature life, and in some periods an obsession. With very mixed success, he attempted to seduce relatives, neighbors, casual acquaintances, strangers, prostitutes, the wives of his best friends, and servants both black and white, on whom he often forced himself, much against their wishes.
    ......
    Sexual predators such as William Byrd have existed in every society. But some cultures more than others have tended to encourage their activities, and even to condone them. This was the case in tidewater Virginia, with its strong ideas of male supremacy and masculine assertiveness. William Byrd’s behavior differed only in degree from Thomas Jefferson’s relentless pursuit of Mrs. Walker, or George Washington’s clumsy flirtation with Mrs. Fairfax. These men represented the best of their culture; the sexual activities of other planters made even William Byrd appear a model of restraint. An old tidewater folk saying in Prince George’s County, Maryland, defined a virgin as a girl who could run faster than her uncle.

    The sexual predators of Virginia found many opportunities among indentured servant girls during the seventeenth century. The journal of John Harrower described free and easy fornication with female servants in Virginia. Exceptionally high rates of prenuptial pregnancy and illegitimacy among English female immigrants to Virginia was in part due to this cause. There is evidence in the records that some masters deliberately impregnated their servants as a way of extending their indentures.

    In the eighteenth century, race slavery created other opportunities for planter predators, some of whom started at an early age to exercise a droit du seigneur over women in the slave quarters.
     

    With very mixed success, he attempted to seduce relatives, neighbors, casual acquaintances, strangers, prostitutes, the wives of his best friends, and servants both black and white, on whom he often forced himself, much against their wishes…

    The sexual predators of Virginia found many opportunities among indentured servant girls during the seventeenth century…

    In the eighteenth century, race slavery created other opportunities for planter predators, some of whom started at an early age to exercise a droit du seigneur over women in the slave quarters.

    In other words, they celebrated diversity. So that’s where it all started!

    • Agree: MEH 0910
  120. @Reg Cæsar

    They had gun control, yes, but many Russians still had guns and many could use them. You can’t have a war like WWII without guns floating around.
     
    A Slovak once told me a farmer, I think in the Ukraine, kept the eastern equivalent of a howitzer hidden in a barn for decades. I'd love to confirm this story.

    There are two blogs and several /k/ threads of people who go out to battlefields in Russia and its satellites. Some find massively rusty (and occasionally still functional) weapons, and one handles human remains, giving burials and if possible contacting families. There was a Ukrainian guy who “explored” abandoned underground sites but somebody told him to “get out of here.” I have heard it confided that lots of rural Slavs as far west as Czechia have an undocumented weapon for increasingly relevant security reasons, and many people in that region are hunters.
    Russia has always had extreme difficulties with policing its vast territory. I have heard but cannot substantiate that in both Ukraine and the Baltics there were wild guerrilla movements after WWII, living in the woods. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Late in the Soviet period people exploring or settling Siberia would stumble across unknown and self-sufficient colonies, whose inhabitants hadn’t heard there’d been a revolution. During the revolution there was a peasant who wrote to Moscow pointing out that he didn’t really need the central government for anything, so could they please just stop the government and leave it stopped?

  121. @Jack D
    There are not good brands of those tire-fix kits, that I know of

    Sure there are, but you might never get your money back if you spent $50 on a kit with a metal handle which you might not ever use:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0080IJYVK/ref=psdc_15706711_t2_B001DIECCK

    Or else you could buy the $15 Chinese copy, which despite looking identical (patent on the American one is expired) might be made of some kind of really soft metal or poorly welded.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002I52RG0/ref=psdc_15706711_t1_B001DIECCK

    Or else the American one is now made in the same factory and your extra $35 buys you the name on box and nothing else. Hit or miss. Rotsa ruck navigating the global suppry chain. The house always wins.

    For really simple stuff like this, the Chinese stuff is getting better and I would bet on the $15 kit based on the Amazon reviews.

    No, it did not break at any weld. What weld? The metal stripped out of the plastic handle. A good design would have more metal embedded in the plastic (like rebar) but probably a better formulation of plastic.

    Hit or miss. Rotsa ruck …

    That’s all I was trying to say. BTW, we’ve all had lots of cheap stuff break, but the purchase of a kid’s glider ended up being a Q/A test – 0 out of a sample of 2 with no defects. The first had a bad switch. I took the 2nd out of the box before buying (Mom & Pop toy store, so nice guy who cared worked there) so I could check ITS switch, and put in my own batteries. Well, the 2nd one had no horizontal tail. Even though the guy said he doesn’t take the loss, we combined 2 defective units into one good plane … well, till the kid stepped on it a month later …

    Actually, in this post, on the glider, I’ve got lots more discussion on why the products are often such garbage.

  122. @Reg Cæsar

    But, those mfrs. are starting to degrade the quality of their own products (while not cutting the price) so in some cases you are paying a lot more but only getting a little more in terms of the physical product rather than just the famous name.
     
    James Dale Davidson covered this very phenomenon in The Squeeze 39 years ago.

    I've learned that Harbor Freight is the place to go if you need to get something to use only once. Might as well save money, and hope it won't break right out of the box.

    Still, if you're stuck at a particular price point, it's worth finding out which competitor is the "least worst". I'd never heard of WEN, and haven't seen the brand in any stores, but a number of reviews say it's by far the best bet for a scroll saw if you only have $100 available.

    I bought a 1994-made Ryobi small band saw at a yard sale only 3 or 4 years back, probably for the price of a new one at Harbor Freight. This one was American-made, and I’d trust that 25 year old model more than a new one. That’s what I think of quality nowadays.

  123. • Replies: @MEH 0910
    https://twitter.com/familyunequal/status/1090422882004549637
    , @MEH 0910
    Amy Harmon Retweeted:
    https://twitter.com/DoctorZedd/status/1090598137775951873
  124. @MEH 0910
    https://twitter.com/horiMahato/status/1090420023330553856

    https://twitter.com/horiMahato/status/1090434022415712257

  125. @Achmed E. Newman

    Heat gun burnt up on second use
    -drill electric cord frayed and broke off at the handle…… was kinda fixable….but will shock you from –time to time so don’t use while up on a ladder….if you know what I mean.
    =titanium tipped drill bits rust after first use.

     
    Too obvious to be a nefarious plan? Haha, to me the brilliance would be not trying to kill Americans with the cheap tools, but wasting so much of their time, that they will completely miss the takeover of the country!

    For guys, going into Harbor Freight must be very much like going shopping on Rodeo Drive for women (see our host's Arizona Senator SEXY-AZ post). I can not pass up some small hand tools, flashlights, cheap power tools, maybe an air compressor once in a while, etc.. This is why it is important for me NEVER to go in there!

    I really would pay twice as much for tools and other items, if I knew they would last, but for most items, there is NO CHOICE now. I mean, no choice for the picking of some well-known American brand, that is. Among the Cheap China-made crap, some stuff may be better than others (you'd think it'd be hard to screw up a screwdriver, but get on a certain job, and they'll surprise you). However, I sure don't know how to tell, at least on the small stuff. My car mechanic friend can eyeball stuff and know where it'll go wrong , if it's anything with lots of parts, like the belt sander.

    BTW, Clyde, you might enjoy my story about trying to return a $10 tire-repair kit to Harbor Freight with the surprise ending!

    I liked how you eventually did get a free new tire repair kit. I have used those things. It helps to have air compressor at home. You can use that tire fix’um tool with shredded bicycle inner tube strips and a hot glue gun…or shoo-goo, yes I have some.

    H-Freight can be an intoxicating shopping experience for guys. All depends on how many beers you had before you went in. Have not been there for months. I might get there this Saturday with my free battery, free tarp, free screw driver set coupons. I am trying to think of what tool I actually need…probably nothing.

    But it pays to idly stock up on X, to even double down on back up tools. A set of H Freight drill bits were in my house when I really needed them and time was of the essence

  126. @Achmed E. Newman
    I'm glad you liked the post and understood this nefarious plot, Clyde! Unfortunately, most American DIYers are falling for this (fortunately) Cheap China-made hooks, lines, and sinkers. (Sinkers are pretty hard to f__k up though, so you gotta give 'em credit there.)

    https://www.peakstupidity.com/index.php?post=809
    iSteve is also a peak stupidity blog. Stupidity in all its lefty manifestations, except global warming. Too boring for Steve.

  127. @Jack D
    There are not good brands of those tire-fix kits, that I know of

    Sure there are, but you might never get your money back if you spent $50 on a kit with a metal handle which you might not ever use:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0080IJYVK/ref=psdc_15706711_t2_B001DIECCK

    Or else you could buy the $15 Chinese copy, which despite looking identical (patent on the American one is expired) might be made of some kind of really soft metal or poorly welded.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002I52RG0/ref=psdc_15706711_t1_B001DIECCK

    Or else the American one is now made in the same factory and your extra $35 buys you the name on box and nothing else. Hit or miss. Rotsa ruck navigating the global suppry chain. The house always wins.

    For really simple stuff like this, the Chinese stuff is getting better and I would bet on the $15 kit based on the Amazon reviews.

    For really simple stuff like this, the Chinese stuff is getting better and I would bet on the $15 kit based on the Amazon reviews.

    Read Amazon reviews then buy for less on eBay. How it has often worked out for me. I give great credit to Amazon and its hosting of reviews. They are the consumer reports of today. Of course you must read the tea leaves.
    Last week a friend was buying an all in one ink jet printer. He has consumer reports on line so we looked, he was entranced by their scoring. BUT I helped him eliminate a few highly ranked by looking at Amazon…ones that had.too much negative feedback.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    The really best deals are ordering stuff direct from China on ebay or Aliexpress, but the stuff sometimes takes a month to show up or sometimes never so no good if you have a flat tire right now.

    Due to quirks in the postal treaty they can sell stuff for less than it would cost a US seller just for postage. The cheapest Chinese items on ebay are $1 CANADIAN (they are priced in CAN $ but they will sell to the US) which comes out to 76 cents. 1st class US postage for a small packet is 70 cents.

    As far as I can glean, the way this works is that according to the postal treaty, postage gets shared between the sending country post office and the delivery country based on relative mileage. The sending country PO is responsible to get the item to the port of entry and then the delivery country takes it from there to your mailbox. The China PO has a deal with bulk shippers to discount from the list price if the PO doesn't have to do anything. The shipper stuffs a million little envelopes into a shipping container bound for the US. The USPS gets a few pennies for delivering from the port to you.
  128. @Jack D
    There are not good brands of those tire-fix kits, that I know of

    Sure there are, but you might never get your money back if you spent $50 on a kit with a metal handle which you might not ever use:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0080IJYVK/ref=psdc_15706711_t2_B001DIECCK

    Or else you could buy the $15 Chinese copy, which despite looking identical (patent on the American one is expired) might be made of some kind of really soft metal or poorly welded.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002I52RG0/ref=psdc_15706711_t1_B001DIECCK

    Or else the American one is now made in the same factory and your extra $35 buys you the name on box and nothing else. Hit or miss. Rotsa ruck navigating the global suppry chain. The house always wins.

    For really simple stuff like this, the Chinese stuff is getting better and I would bet on the $15 kit based on the Amazon reviews.

    For really simple stuff like this, the Chinese stuff is getting better and I would bet on the $15 kit based on the Amazon reviews.

    I would bet on Walmart having communist tire flat repair for five dollah so pick a winner from the rack. Or find at Pep Boys too.
    Chi communist factories are pumping out all these items. Go by the item’s photo image when comparing between what is at Harbor Freight, Walmart, Amazon, Ebay.

  129. @Jack Hanson
    Fallout 3 was an alright game, but it was very limited as a Fallout game with only one ending.

    FONV had four different endings, each with a rather hefty dose of philosophical bent, and the numerous side quests that made you go "Hmmm." Honest Hearts alone had more quotables in Joshua Graham than FO3, imho.

    I thought FONV was a more serious story versus FO3 which was Brotherhood of Good Guys versus Nazis with Plasma Guns.

    I thought FONV was a more serious story versus FO3 which was Brotherhood of Good Guys versus Nazis with Plasma Guns.

    Exactly – Hollywood Nazis who are the remnant of the US government hiding out on an oil platform ready to take back the land and cleanse it of the impure. With a racist AI leading them!

    And they whitewashed the Brotherhood of Steel by making the East Coast chapter the liberal version of militarists/authority figures, with butt kicking babes and them sacrificing their lives to save the wretched and diverse refuse of the Capital Wasteland.

  130. @MEH 0910
    https://twitter.com/horiMahato/status/1090420023330553856

    https://twitter.com/horiMahato/status/1090434022415712257

    Amy Harmon Retweeted:

  131. @Clyde

    For really simple stuff like this, the Chinese stuff is getting better and I would bet on the $15 kit based on the Amazon reviews.
     
    Read Amazon reviews then buy for less on eBay. How it has often worked out for me. I give great credit to Amazon and its hosting of reviews. They are the consumer reports of today. Of course you must read the tea leaves.
    Last week a friend was buying an all in one ink jet printer. He has consumer reports on line so we looked, he was entranced by their scoring. BUT I helped him eliminate a few highly ranked by looking at Amazon...ones that had.too much negative feedback.

    The really best deals are ordering stuff direct from China on ebay or Aliexpress, but the stuff sometimes takes a month to show up or sometimes never so no good if you have a flat tire right now.

    Due to quirks in the postal treaty they can sell stuff for less than it would cost a US seller just for postage. The cheapest Chinese items on ebay are $1 CANADIAN (they are priced in CAN $ but they will sell to the US) which comes out to 76 cents. 1st class US postage for a small packet is 70 cents.

    As far as I can glean, the way this works is that according to the postal treaty, postage gets shared between the sending country post office and the delivery country based on relative mileage. The sending country PO is responsible to get the item to the port of entry and then the delivery country takes it from there to your mailbox. The China PO has a deal with bulk shippers to discount from the list price if the PO doesn’t have to do anything. The shipper stuffs a million little envelopes into a shipping container bound for the US. The USPS gets a few pennies for delivering from the port to you.

  132. I am aware of the uneven postal treaty w China. It dates back to when China was poor and undeveloped so they got subsidized and still do. I have bought many items, mostly electronics and computer, direct from China via ebay. Only problem is there are no ratings so you can get duds. But it is fun and I have gotten great deals.

    I guess go to ebay Canada and look around for dollar items.
    Aliexpress is new to me. I will check it out.

    I am repeating myself but………. check out item’s image, specs, rating at Amazon then find same on ebay cheaper. Either in the US or China. I did this recently for a USB to SATA connector for an external ssd drive. Bought direct from China. And specs are often copy and pasted so you can see a match up going from Amazon to ebay.

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