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  1. Who’s Bill Gates?

    • LOL: James Speaks
    • Replies: @tyrone
    Why he's that friendly ,kind (and real smart!) man trying to help negro children to better themselves and save africa from malaria
    , @Jus' Sayin'...

    "Who’s Bill Gates?"
     
    It would appear, based on this video, that he's the cyborg prototype for the pompous and boring uncle that everyone seems to have. The one who gets a place at the dinner table on mportant holidays and other family celebrations. There, he proceeds to monopolize the conversation and bore all those present with a droning description of his collection of laundry lint, or whatever.

    This video should be marketed to insomniacs as a sure cure soporific.

    , @Olorin
    The man largely responsible for this:

    https://www.unz.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/worlds-most-important-graph-2017-f.png

    But who thinks of himself as this:

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fvDQr7jAj1Q/UrCdMQc18TI/AAAAAAAAA_U/j5O4EjSqBaI/s1600/Christmas-Vacation-Clark-Griswold-Lights.jpg

  2. Okayyyy…. I guess if you are Master of the Universe, you can get somebody to put this together for you!

    Seriously, I urge everyone to read Carreyrou’s Bad Blood: it reads like a novel, it is well-researched, and, I am afraid, it is terrifyingly revealing of the state of our country today. (I have a close relative with extensive experience in the medical-lab industry: I’m told that what Carreyrou reports is just the tip of the iceberg.)

    However, I had Harari’s book out for quite a while from the library, but could never motivate myself to read it all the way through: it seems rather superficial to me.

    • Replies: @Peter Johnson
    Yuval Noah Harari is often thoughtful and wise. Although working in a different genre, his writing style reminds me of Isaac Bashevis Singer. Gates has it right, recommending him. Books one and three, not two (skip Homo Deus IMHO).
    , @Whitney
    I didn't watch that video mostly just because I hate watching videos but I did buy Bad Blood because of your review. It is a really interesting story isn't it. I'm looking forward to reading the book
    , @slumber_j
    Yeah, Bad Blood is very good.
  3. Not weird, but that is an interesting video.

    • Replies: @Bweemer

    Not weird, but that is an interesting video.
     
    Yes. It’s not weird. It’s interesting...

    IF YOU'RE THE ADDAMS FAMILY!!

    You see, if you have someone's picture, who bilked innocent people out of millions, and put medical patients at risk for a writhing death, while LYING about it the entire time until the Feds arrive to shut her down, and she’s probably going to do hard time in Federal Prison, you USUALLY don’t incorporate her picture as a invitingly contemplative front yard CHRISTMAS ornament, you FREAK!

    Jesus!!
  4. Mister Rogers for adults.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Mr. Rogers - Yes! I was thinking the same thing.
  5. @PhysicistDave
    Okayyyy.... I guess if you are Master of the Universe, you can get somebody to put this together for you!

    Seriously, I urge everyone to read Carreyrou's Bad Blood: it reads like a novel, it is well-researched, and, I am afraid, it is terrifyingly revealing of the state of our country today. (I have a close relative with extensive experience in the medical-lab industry: I'm told that what Carreyrou reports is just the tip of the iceberg.)

    However, I had Harari's book out for quite a while from the library, but could never motivate myself to read it all the way through: it seems rather superficial to me.

    Yuval Noah Harari is often thoughtful and wise. Although working in a different genre, his writing style reminds me of Isaac Bashevis Singer. Gates has it right, recommending him. Books one and three, not two (skip Homo Deus IMHO).

  6. It’s not weird at all. It’s like your dad enjoying wine in his applesauce (if I recall your vignette about your late father correctly). It’s Bill Gates not having any goal other than sharing some part of himself with others. (Okay, I phrased that badly, but you know what I mean.) It’s like Seinfeld’s small time comedians in cars getting coffee.

    These guys are just relaxing and having lazy fun, not going for anything amazing, just enjoying themselves. I like that in my billionaires.

    • Agree: sayless
  7. Wesley Snipes take note, this is how tax evasion is done. .

  8. LOL! How come if you’re a billionaire weird-ass, like Bill, you’re just known as a billionaire. And if you’re a weird-ass with a net worth down amid the ground clutter, you’re just a weird-ass. There ain’t no social justice, let me tell ya’.

  9. I suppose that when your entire working life you were ridiculously over-praised for being a genius it does go to one’s head. A bit of humility would go a long way for him. Probably an impossibility however when he’s surrounded 24/7 by people kissing his ass..

    • Replies: @donut
    " Probably an impossibility however when he’s surrounded 24/7 by people kissing his ass."

    Maybe Steve could give him some tips on how to deal with that in a level headed way . Steve ?
  10. I like the Travis Bickle sinister eye expressions from the rear view mirror. Way to channel your inner Scorsese Bill!

  11. It is striking that as Bill Gates has aged over the decades, the tone of his voice and the inflections in his speech have stayed pretty much the same-they’re those of a sincere 20 year old undergrad.

    But he looks somewhat older than his age, 63.

    • Replies: @Sean
    He looks like a Norman Rockwell, no detail is too small. Paul Allen knew what Gates was sincere about.
    , @Jack D
    He should have taken elocution lessons from Elizabeth Holmes. Then he could have been a real success.
    , @sayless
    Gates looks better than Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg looks like a gigantic little boy.
  12. @PiltdownMan
    It is striking that as Bill Gates has aged over the decades, the tone of his voice and the inflections in his speech have stayed pretty much the same-they’re those of a sincere 20 year old undergrad.

    But he looks somewhat older than his age, 63.

    He looks like a Norman Rockwell, no detail is too small. Paul Allen knew what Gates was sincere about.

  13. Glad he didn’t read a David Irving book.

  14. anon[393] • Disclaimer says:

    Ok home school in idaho is now a thing to escape from? I find it to be the most beautiful place on the planet with the nicest people i have ever met that do have a healthy scepticism of the state its a non partisan skepticism that may vote republican but with while holding their noses.The most interesting thing i have noticed in my 32 yearss there is no one want to leave the economy is tough, life revolves around winters and no one want to leave wryly calling it poverty with a view they try to figure out how to stay

    notice though she was abused by this “home schooling” it didnt stop her from being a cambridge PHD this isnt uncommon home schooled kids always surpass their schooled peers when the re enter the sytem

    • Agree: Desiderius
    • Replies: @Barnard
    We are frequently given sob story anecdotes for why public education is so valuable and why schools need even more of our money. The Westover family makes a good counter anecdote for what a waste of time and money public education has become. If Tara Westover was given such a poor education and still managed to enter BYU at 16 years old and earn a PHD it truly is all in your genes. How despicable do you have to be to attempt to gain wealth and fame by publicly trashing your unusual family in a book?
    , @donut
    Yeah , well somebody else noticed too :

    Idaho enriched :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mafFjkrK80o

    Mud slides are no longer just a Ca. phenomena .
  15. This is pretty much proof that success in America is largely if not entirely a random walk process.

    • Replies: @Intelligent Dasein
    Gates comes across as not a very profound thinker and not at all a great man in the sense of having a tragic destiny or uncommon passion. He seems like a ordinary guy with a view of the world no deeper than an insurance salesman from Sioux Falls who does not even feel the need to deviate from the conventional wisdom.
  16. @PiltdownMan
    It is striking that as Bill Gates has aged over the decades, the tone of his voice and the inflections in his speech have stayed pretty much the same-they’re those of a sincere 20 year old undergrad.

    But he looks somewhat older than his age, 63.

    He should have taken elocution lessons from Elizabeth Holmes. Then he could have been a real success.

  17. Gates recommended her book and seems surprised that someone homeschooled and from Idaho met any kind of educational standard.

    She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, https://tarawestover.com/book

    In the video and elsewhere she says she passed the ACT but gave no details.

    How I Escaped From a Survivalist Family
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLTMiXphDkc&feature=youtu.be

    Westover probably exaggerated her tale of family woe to sell books and impress her New York City friends. From her description and some online searches, I do not consider her family to be ‘survivalist’.

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

  18. So he starts out with snide comments about Tara Westover. Oh gosh, she grew up in IDAHO and was HOME SCHOOLED yet she’s still a good writer! Thanks Bill, you pompous jerk.

    Then we get the nod to globalism: problems can’t be solved by one country!

    Some gibberish about meditating. Some obvious, trite comments about autonomous weapons.

    And then the Theranos book, about Elizabeth Holmes who was “young and energetic” (that’s not what he wants to say).

    Bill, Bill, Bill. All the money you spent on this little “vanity project” (to cop an MSM talking point about The Wall) that COULD have been spent on buying textbooks for Dreamers, or some other virtue signalling pointless gesture. But then, you’ve already spent billions of dollars on virtue signalling pointless gestures (and many overtly harmful ones), so what’s a few more hundred grand on a recording of you babbling about books?

    Shame shame shame.

    • Agree: Daniel H
  19. Bill Gates twenty years ago America’s most hated man…… today America’s grandpa……. image consultants,what can’t they do.

  20. Conservatives defending an oligarch that pisses on them

    Findom

    • Agree: Anon1
    • Replies: @Vinteuil
    Yeah - what's up with Laura Ingraham & (I'm sorry to say) Mark Steyn siding with the crony capitalists against the little people in this sad case?
    , @Anon
    The enemy of my enemy...
    , @Autochthon
    Laura Ingraham's net worth is some forty-five million dollars; Mark Steyn's is estimated at six million.

    You really aren't very perspicacious to ask such questions.
    , @Forbes
    Yeah, that's right! The job creator is the bad guy.

    While the airhead commie politician is the good guy. She protested state and local lawful provisions not under federal purview/jurisdiction, and not in her district. She wanted more graft and pay-offs for cronies and special interests.

    It's almost as if your "oligarch" and the commie politician deserve one another. Meanwhile, the jobs go somewhere else. Sounds like the definition of a Pyrrhic victory.

    And media dolts can't get enough of their "It girl."
    , @Hibernian
    Between Jeff Bezos and AOC, why can't they both lose?
  21. @Anon1
    Who's Bill Gates?

    Why he’s that friendly ,kind (and real smart!) man trying to help negro children to better themselves and save africa from malaria

  22. Is that a Jeep Wagoneer? One of the few cars I wish I had owned. LL Bean’s go to back ground car in their 60’s print ads.

    • Replies: @mmack
    Yessir, that is a Jeep Wagoneer, and from a Bing/Google search and a look at the grille it appears to be a 1980-something or later Grand Wagoneer.

    Others on this thread will discuss Mr. Gates views on books. I’m stunned they found an AMC/Chrysler product that hadn’t turned to a pile of ferric oxide. Perhaps it’s CGI over a 2019 Land Cruiser.
  23. Seriously wierd indeed, yet somehow charmingly eccentric, I’ll have to see if he has more of those. At least it is a better use of his money than trying to “close the performance gap” or save Africa, which are the equivalent of trying to drain the ocean.

    • Replies: @Calvin X Hobbes

    At least it is a better use of his money than trying to “close the performance gap” or save Africa, which are the equivalent of trying to drain the ocean.
     
    He's fighting diseases in Africa. He'd be doing everyone a favor, including Africans, if he'd try to get them to reduce their fertility.
    , @AnotherDad

    Seriously wierd indeed, yet somehow charmingly eccentric, I’ll have to see if he has more of those. At least it is a better use of his money than trying to “close the performance gap” or save Africa, which are the equivalent of trying to drain the ocean.
     
    Yeah, for a guy with a high profile and boatload of cash, Gates really hasn't done anything interesting--made any difference. Maybe his support for malaria research will yield something there?

    If i had Gates money and proflie i'd have done a few useful things:

    1) Pushed HBD thinking mainstream. He could have done this with a techie and "equal access" spin. "We need to think about ways to address unequal access to the genetic variations that supercharge success." That sort of stuff. Lots of talk about how these variant work to make some people rich, but poor need access to them. This naturally flows thought into who has and doesn't have these variants.

    2) Spent some cash to buy up a small college--or start from scratch--and build an explicitly "Western Civ" university, explicitly HBD or evolutionary biology aware and part of the core curriculum. Awareness that all human society is a product of a long history of gene-culture co-evolution part of the core knowledge of the university--including understanding of why all civilization requires patriarchy.

    Western Civ U. would be open to all--no sense courting trouble--but explicitly anti-PC, anti-minoritarian. No affirmative action. No black students association, Asian students association, no homo stuff of any kind.

    Also the university would have an explicitly pro-marriage culture. Promoting traditional, level-headed, socialization with the opposite sex for purposes of finding a compatible spouse. (Mixers, social, recreational and academic clubs, compatible dating apps, etc.) Against drunkeness, hookups, casual sex. High social status and support for couples getting married--maybe a free campus 1st class wedding venue?--and denigration of female careerism.

    The sort of place normal white people would be comfortable sending their kids without worrying about them getting PC anti-white brainwashing. Basically the sort of place i would have liked to send my kids.

    3) Develop and promote a huge set of competency\certification exams, allowing people to demonstrate their level of proficiency in basic academic\white-collar skills as well as subject knowledge\competence without attending college. I.e deprecating the need for a lot of kids to go to college and take on college debt just to demonstrate suitability for white collar work. Also helps keep teenage\HS kids motivated by providing a path toward adult life they can jump on immediately and pursue themselves.

    Then develop--or purchase\organize--lots of on-line training material made free to help students learn and prepare themselves for certifications. And not only provide results, but allow companies\government to use these on-line certification tests themselves as hiring screens.

    This would be absolutely huge--breaking through cost and access barriers, destroying all sorts of parasitic employment and rent-seeking in the college sector and shrinking its footprint--especially helpful shriking its ideological indoctrination--on society.

    ~~
    In contrast Gates has pissed away billions and had essentially no-impact on the world.
  24. OT:
    Just heard that the new Samsung phone is only 16 bucks less than two grand.

  25. Bill Gates is well-intentioned enough. He’s got his money; he gets to play.

    It’s not like those literally evil Zionist billionaires: Sheldon Adelson, Haim Saban, Paul Singer… Those guys are a plague.

  26. @Alfa158
    Seriously wierd indeed, yet somehow charmingly eccentric, I’ll have to see if he has more of those. At least it is a better use of his money than trying to “close the performance gap” or save Africa, which are the equivalent of trying to drain the ocean.

    At least it is a better use of his money than trying to “close the performance gap” or save Africa, which are the equivalent of trying to drain the ocean.

    He’s fighting diseases in Africa. He’d be doing everyone a favor, including Africans, if he’d try to get them to reduce their fertility.

    • Replies: @Trevor H.
    Exactly. Instead, he's doing his level best to facilitate the demographic nightmare of the century. Not incidentally entailing the final destruction of the remaining white countries of the world. This, we call "virtue".
    , @Anon
    Bill and Melinda did try to reduce fertility by “educating” African women so they would choose non existent career over children.
    , @Mr. Anon

    He’s fighting diseases in Africa. He’d be doing everyone a favor, including Africans, if he’d try to get them to reduce their fertility.
     
    He is doing that too:

    https://philanthropynewsdigest.org/news/gates-foundation-commits-375-million-for-family-planning-through-2020
  27. This video, with the calming music and the pleasant Christmas light drive-through reminds me of that section of pharmaceutical ads when they cut away from the main action to spend 20 seconds listing possible side effects.

    Despite the substantial amount of money Gates spent to create that whole setting, what he had to say about the books was not particularly interesting. I note he took a swipe at home-schooling, as if it’s remarkable that someone educated that way would go on to academic success. Sounds like the guy who wants to totally reform America’s public education system hasn’t actually been paying attention to the reality.

    • Replies: @danand
    Study: Multi-Year Gates Experiment to Improve Teacher Effectiveness Spent $575 Million, Didn’t Make an Impact

    Harry, I took Bill’s homeschool “bit” differently. He came about as close as he dare in pointing out that grade school teachers matter little, other maybe for some motivation/model/encouragement effects, on how well a child performs “scholastically”. He’s no dummy (though maybe a bit buffoon); he knows things such as editing out CCR5 is where it’s at.
  28. @anonymous
    Mister Rogers for adults.

    Mr. Rogers – Yes! I was thinking the same thing.

  29. Smollett marathon.

    • Replies: @donut
    Tim Pool's universe came into existence with his first thought and extends no further back . Andrew Anglin over at TheDailyStormer ( whom our virginal host won't post a link to ) follows him and thinks he recognizes a kindred soul aborning and still thinks he'll come around .
  30. Anyone notice the license plate flip at the end? The final plate shown before blast-off is Kenton County, Kentucky. Which happens to be the home of Covington Catholic High School. What a weird coincidence

  31. Well I spend my time at the bottom of a wishing well
    And I can hear my dreams singing clear as a bell
    I used to know where they ended and the world began
    But now it’s getting hard to tell
    I could be just around the corner from heaven or a mile from hell

    Jackson Brown / The Road and the Sky / Late For the Sky

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Jackson Brown
     
    Browne. Clyde Jackson Browne. The silent E is just an affectation, but one from many generations past.

    Nathaniel Weyl and Stefan Possony's research in the 1960s revealed that names with such flourishes-- Browne, Clarke, Smythe, etc-- were more likely to be found in Who's Who, proportionately, to the plainer versions of the names.
  32. PewDiePie is doing book reviews, too. He sounds smarter than Bill Gates, and he has better taste in lit.

    • Replies: @Charles Pewitt
    Rupert Murdoch and the Wall Street Journal attacked PewDiePie because PewDiePie had tens of millions of people watching his videos.

    The owners and controllers of the corporate propaganda apparatus don't want no competition.

    https://twitter.com/WSJ/status/832487047457681408
  33. Bill Gates and Donald Trump are evil baby boomer treasonites who push nation-wrecking mass legal immigration and amnesty for illegal alien invaders.

    Bill Gates is a money-grubbing globalizer rat who wants to destroy the cultural cohesion of European Christian nations by swamping them with Third Worlders.

    Bill Gates uses the H-1B visa scam to lower wages for American STEM workers and to replace American STEM workers. Trump wants to massively increase the numbers of foreigners pouring into the USA by means of the anti-American H-1B visa scam.

    This billionaire shyster boy bastard Bill Gates poses in some kind of baby boomer nostalgia picture with a smug smile on his filthy globalizer mug, and it is infuriating.

    Bill Gates and Donald Trump are treasonous baby boomer rats who use their wealth and power to push mass legal immigration and amnesty for illegal alien invaders.

    Tweet from 2014:

  34. OT, Steve, but whatever happened to “they”, that not very wise Latinx charged with killing his white SJW student friend?

  35. @PhysicistDave
    Okayyyy.... I guess if you are Master of the Universe, you can get somebody to put this together for you!

    Seriously, I urge everyone to read Carreyrou's Bad Blood: it reads like a novel, it is well-researched, and, I am afraid, it is terrifyingly revealing of the state of our country today. (I have a close relative with extensive experience in the medical-lab industry: I'm told that what Carreyrou reports is just the tip of the iceberg.)

    However, I had Harari's book out for quite a while from the library, but could never motivate myself to read it all the way through: it seems rather superficial to me.

    I didn’t watch that video mostly just because I hate watching videos but I did buy Bad Blood because of your review. It is a really interesting story isn’t it. I’m looking forward to reading the book

  36. The Wall Street Journal regularly does a column like this for other movers and shakers. As do other papers, I presume. Gates just put a cute little Christmas spin on his.

    Is he pronouncing these authors’ names right? That’s a beef of mine with a lot of otherwise intelligent YouTube informational videos. No, I don’t expect a perfect rendition in the author’s native dialect; that’s equally annoying in the other direction. Just a comfortable English pronunciation, and the stress on the proper syllable. Do a little homework.

    The wood paneling is a nice nostalgic touch, as is the light jazz soundtrack. Those used to be quite common around 1970. My favorite, often heard behind educational TV montages and local ads, was Dick Hyman’s “The Legend of Johnny Pot”.

  37. @Dieter Kief
    Well I spend my time at the bottom of a wishing well
    And I can hear my dreams singing clear as a bell
    I used to know where they ended and the world began
    But now it's getting hard to tell
    I could be just around the corner from heaven or a mile from hell

    Jackson Brown / The Road and the Sky / Late For the Sky

    Jackson Brown

    Browne. Clyde Jackson Browne. The silent E is just an affectation, but one from many generations past.

    Nathaniel Weyl and Stefan Possony’s research in the 1960s revealed that names with such flourishes– Browne, Clarke, Smythe, etc– were more likely to be found in Who’s Who, proportionately, to the plainer versions of the names.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    Jackson Browne - born near Heidelberg, just like me, hehe. I just read his name about a hundred times in Barney Hoskyns dusty "Hotel California" - with clouds of all kinds of angel dust sailing through it.

    Hoskyns - that's an interesting name, too, isn't it?

    What's your Clyde remark about?

  38. @Harry Baldwin
    This video, with the calming music and the pleasant Christmas light drive-through reminds me of that section of pharmaceutical ads when they cut away from the main action to spend 20 seconds listing possible side effects.

    Despite the substantial amount of money Gates spent to create that whole setting, what he had to say about the books was not particularly interesting. I note he took a swipe at home-schooling, as if it's remarkable that someone educated that way would go on to academic success. Sounds like the guy who wants to totally reform America's public education system hasn't actually been paying attention to the reality.

    Study: Multi-Year Gates Experiment to Improve Teacher Effectiveness Spent $575 Million, Didn’t Make an Impact

    Harry, I took Bill’s homeschool “bit” differently. He came about as close as he dare in pointing out that grade school teachers matter little, other maybe for some motivation/model/encouragement effects, on how well a child performs “scholastically”. He’s no dummy (though maybe a bit buffoon); he knows things such as editing out CCR5 is where it’s at.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Danand, paying teachers more improves nothing except their pay check. If spending more on public education meant the best results then NYS students would be the best in the USA, and they are not. Gates fell for the teachers' constant plea...Give us more money.
  39. I can imagine his kids finding those props in the attic and wondering why Dad has such weird Christmas decorations. Like, is that a light-up syringe? And what’s with the chalk drawing of a blonde lady? Ol’ Pops must have run out of normal things to spend his money on.

  40. Bill Gates and Jared Kushner push nation-wrecking mass legal immigration and amnesty for illegal alien invaders.

  41. https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books/Seveneves

    So when a friend recommended Neal Stephenson’s most recent novel, Seveneves, I thought I would give it a try. I had read one of Stephenson’s earlier books, Snow Crash, and thought this new one would be a good way to get back into sci-fi. I’m really glad I did, because Seveneves is a thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable book.

    Neal, who lives in Seattle, was nice enough to meet up so we could talk about his work—and he patiently helped make this virtual-reality film of our conversation. It’s the first of a series of VR movies I’ll be releasing on TGN.

  42. @Alfa158
    Seriously wierd indeed, yet somehow charmingly eccentric, I’ll have to see if he has more of those. At least it is a better use of his money than trying to “close the performance gap” or save Africa, which are the equivalent of trying to drain the ocean.

    Seriously wierd indeed, yet somehow charmingly eccentric, I’ll have to see if he has more of those. At least it is a better use of his money than trying to “close the performance gap” or save Africa, which are the equivalent of trying to drain the ocean.

    Yeah, for a guy with a high profile and boatload of cash, Gates really hasn’t done anything interesting–made any difference. Maybe his support for malaria research will yield something there?

    If i had Gates money and proflie i’d have done a few useful things:

    1) Pushed HBD thinking mainstream. He could have done this with a techie and “equal access” spin. “We need to think about ways to address unequal access to the genetic variations that supercharge success.” That sort of stuff. Lots of talk about how these variant work to make some people rich, but poor need access to them. This naturally flows thought into who has and doesn’t have these variants.

    2) Spent some cash to buy up a small college–or start from scratch–and build an explicitly “Western Civ” university, explicitly HBD or evolutionary biology aware and part of the core curriculum. Awareness that all human society is a product of a long history of gene-culture co-evolution part of the core knowledge of the university–including understanding of why all civilization requires patriarchy.

    Western Civ U. would be open to all–no sense courting trouble–but explicitly anti-PC, anti-minoritarian. No affirmative action. No black students association, Asian students association, no homo stuff of any kind.

    Also the university would have an explicitly pro-marriage culture. Promoting traditional, level-headed, socialization with the opposite sex for purposes of finding a compatible spouse. (Mixers, social, recreational and academic clubs, compatible dating apps, etc.) Against drunkeness, hookups, casual sex. High social status and support for couples getting married–maybe a free campus 1st class wedding venue?–and denigration of female careerism.

    The sort of place normal white people would be comfortable sending their kids without worrying about them getting PC anti-white brainwashing. Basically the sort of place i would have liked to send my kids.

    3) Develop and promote a huge set of competency\certification exams, allowing people to demonstrate their level of proficiency in basic academic\white-collar skills as well as subject knowledge\competence without attending college. I.e deprecating the need for a lot of kids to go to college and take on college debt just to demonstrate suitability for white collar work. Also helps keep teenage\HS kids motivated by providing a path toward adult life they can jump on immediately and pursue themselves.

    Then develop–or purchase\organize–lots of on-line training material made free to help students learn and prepare themselves for certifications. And not only provide results, but allow companies\government to use these on-line certification tests themselves as hiring screens.

    This would be absolutely huge–breaking through cost and access barriers, destroying all sorts of parasitic employment and rent-seeking in the college sector and shrinking its footprint–especially helpful shriking its ideological indoctrination–on society.

    ~~
    In contrast Gates has pissed away billions and had essentially no-impact on the world.

    • Agree: BB753
    • Replies: @Fabian Forge
    Not so sure Gates' spending has had no impact. His Foundation's work in Africa had surely contributed to Sailer's World's Most Important Graph.
    , @Bill Jones
    Someone's doing the college thing.

    https://www.thalesacademy.org/about/founder

    He started a k-12 school ten years ago and is starting a four year college (done in 3) named for Thales of Miletus and based on the Socratic method- overtly pro Western-Civ., Tom Woods has an interview of him


    https://tomwoods.com/ep-835-entrepreneur-starts-network-of-private-schools-outperforms-underspends-public-schools/

    , @MarkinLA
    Yes, open up that institution. The media going ape-s**t and all the whining and crying outside the grounds at all the "racists". Just the TV rights would make it self sufficient.
    , @Buffalo Joe
    Another, If I had Gates' money I'd buy a Ferrari. Boatloads of money haven't improved most things. Think "The Great Society" and trillions. "Pink Ribbon" fundraisers and Billions.
    , @donut
    His work in Africa will just contribute to the amount of suffering in the world . Is he a genius ? I don't know but I suspect if he was he wouldn't be so impressed with himself . I think his time would have been better spent mastering and translating cuneiform clay tablets from Sumer .

    As has Dr . Finkel ( Dr. Finkel LOL)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVmsfL5LG90

    I think Dr. Finkel has let youtube celebrity go to his head .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZskjLq040I

    BTW Tom Scot has a pretty good youtube channel for a soybitch .
  43. My wife read the “Educated” book for her book club. Some of the things in there didn’t ring true. Some basic online searching reveals that all but one of her large Mormom family obtained graduate degrees: most in technical fields.
    If being raised with minimal technology in the woods and not going to school (in the book and also a wild exaggeration) produces these kinds of results then maybe everyone should do it!

  44. OT but it’s like a mix of iSteve themes past and present. Hot noose from … Oroville Dam!

    https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article225634065.html

    Lawsuit claims corruption, racism, sexual harassment contributed to Oroville Dam crisis

    … Hopkins’ allegation (that a deaf woman was assigned to listen for sounds indicating hollows under the spillway – YAA) isn’t the only alarming charge found in a lawsuit stemming from the crisis at the nation’s tallest dam, which began two years ago Thursday when a large crater formed in the spillway, eventually leading to the evacuation of 188,000 people.

    The suit before Sacramento Superior Court Judge James McFetridge has ballooned to include allegations that dam officials stole equipment, cooked financial books to conceal wrongdoing, destroyed evidence and fostered a toxic culture of sexual and racial harassment that included slurs and nooses hung where a black worker would find them.

    State attorneys deny those allegations in court documents, calling them “salacious” and irrelevant to the allegations at the heart of the suit: whether Department of Water Resources’ negligence caused the Oroville Dam’s spillway to fail. The suit was filed by lawyers representing the city of Oroville and dozens of farmers, businesses and others seeking hundreds of millions in damages.

    Surely any worker spotting a noose would take a snap with his cellphone?

    • Replies: @Charles Pewitt
    The fill under the Oroville Dam concrete spillway was loose garbage and old beer cans and used oil filters and other debris, that's why the concrete got compromised by the pressurized water and gave way. Same with the WASPs who went belly up and lost control of the American Empire.

    They should have blasted the rock on the slope till they got solid rock and then planted some foundation piers in the rock and used concrete to make the underlay for the spillway.

    It's like when residential housing developers used to bury stumps and crud in the ground that would eventually rot and cause the ground surface to sink.

    The Oroville Dam opened in 1968, they probably had garbage from California towns dumped onto the slope and slopped some cement on top. Probably find old newspapers and old furniture and other junk from the 1950s and 1960s in there.
  45. @Reg Cæsar

    Jackson Brown
     
    Browne. Clyde Jackson Browne. The silent E is just an affectation, but one from many generations past.

    Nathaniel Weyl and Stefan Possony's research in the 1960s revealed that names with such flourishes-- Browne, Clarke, Smythe, etc-- were more likely to be found in Who's Who, proportionately, to the plainer versions of the names.

    Jackson Browne – born near Heidelberg, just like me, hehe. I just read his name about a hundred times in Barney Hoskyns dusty “Hotel California” – with clouds of all kinds of angel dust sailing through it.

    Hoskyns – that’s an interesting name, too, isn’t it?

    What’s your Clyde remark about?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    What’s your Clyde remark about?
     
    He's Clyde Jackson Browne, son of Clyde Jack Browne. Isn't that cute? Grandpa was also Clyde:

    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/88978011/clyde-nelson-browne

    Hoskyns – that’s an interesting name, too, isn’t it?
     
    It looks like a fussy variation of Hoskins, which itself looks like a patronymic, but seems to mean "seller of hose", i.e., stockings.

    I'm more taken by Barney. That, like Clyde, has become somewhat of a comic name for someone uncool. Apparently, it has less of that effect in Britain.

    Young Clydes and Barneys-- "young" meaning younger than 75-- are few and far between in America. Most would be Juniors or IIIs.

    I did meet a man approaching 40 with "Barney" on his name tag last year, which was surprising. But it turned out to be short for his surname, his given name actually being Robert. And there is a Clyde coming up to kindergarten age somewhere in our county, because he was at my son's local track-and-field camp last summer.
  46. @AnotherDad

    Seriously wierd indeed, yet somehow charmingly eccentric, I’ll have to see if he has more of those. At least it is a better use of his money than trying to “close the performance gap” or save Africa, which are the equivalent of trying to drain the ocean.
     
    Yeah, for a guy with a high profile and boatload of cash, Gates really hasn't done anything interesting--made any difference. Maybe his support for malaria research will yield something there?

    If i had Gates money and proflie i'd have done a few useful things:

    1) Pushed HBD thinking mainstream. He could have done this with a techie and "equal access" spin. "We need to think about ways to address unequal access to the genetic variations that supercharge success." That sort of stuff. Lots of talk about how these variant work to make some people rich, but poor need access to them. This naturally flows thought into who has and doesn't have these variants.

    2) Spent some cash to buy up a small college--or start from scratch--and build an explicitly "Western Civ" university, explicitly HBD or evolutionary biology aware and part of the core curriculum. Awareness that all human society is a product of a long history of gene-culture co-evolution part of the core knowledge of the university--including understanding of why all civilization requires patriarchy.

    Western Civ U. would be open to all--no sense courting trouble--but explicitly anti-PC, anti-minoritarian. No affirmative action. No black students association, Asian students association, no homo stuff of any kind.

    Also the university would have an explicitly pro-marriage culture. Promoting traditional, level-headed, socialization with the opposite sex for purposes of finding a compatible spouse. (Mixers, social, recreational and academic clubs, compatible dating apps, etc.) Against drunkeness, hookups, casual sex. High social status and support for couples getting married--maybe a free campus 1st class wedding venue?--and denigration of female careerism.

    The sort of place normal white people would be comfortable sending their kids without worrying about them getting PC anti-white brainwashing. Basically the sort of place i would have liked to send my kids.

    3) Develop and promote a huge set of competency\certification exams, allowing people to demonstrate their level of proficiency in basic academic\white-collar skills as well as subject knowledge\competence without attending college. I.e deprecating the need for a lot of kids to go to college and take on college debt just to demonstrate suitability for white collar work. Also helps keep teenage\HS kids motivated by providing a path toward adult life they can jump on immediately and pursue themselves.

    Then develop--or purchase\organize--lots of on-line training material made free to help students learn and prepare themselves for certifications. And not only provide results, but allow companies\government to use these on-line certification tests themselves as hiring screens.

    This would be absolutely huge--breaking through cost and access barriers, destroying all sorts of parasitic employment and rent-seeking in the college sector and shrinking its footprint--especially helpful shriking its ideological indoctrination--on society.

    ~~
    In contrast Gates has pissed away billions and had essentially no-impact on the world.

    Not so sure Gates’ spending has had no impact. His Foundation’s work in Africa had surely contributed to Sailer’s World’s Most Important Graph.

    • Agree: MEH 0910
  47. @AnotherDad

    Seriously wierd indeed, yet somehow charmingly eccentric, I’ll have to see if he has more of those. At least it is a better use of his money than trying to “close the performance gap” or save Africa, which are the equivalent of trying to drain the ocean.
     
    Yeah, for a guy with a high profile and boatload of cash, Gates really hasn't done anything interesting--made any difference. Maybe his support for malaria research will yield something there?

    If i had Gates money and proflie i'd have done a few useful things:

    1) Pushed HBD thinking mainstream. He could have done this with a techie and "equal access" spin. "We need to think about ways to address unequal access to the genetic variations that supercharge success." That sort of stuff. Lots of talk about how these variant work to make some people rich, but poor need access to them. This naturally flows thought into who has and doesn't have these variants.

    2) Spent some cash to buy up a small college--or start from scratch--and build an explicitly "Western Civ" university, explicitly HBD or evolutionary biology aware and part of the core curriculum. Awareness that all human society is a product of a long history of gene-culture co-evolution part of the core knowledge of the university--including understanding of why all civilization requires patriarchy.

    Western Civ U. would be open to all--no sense courting trouble--but explicitly anti-PC, anti-minoritarian. No affirmative action. No black students association, Asian students association, no homo stuff of any kind.

    Also the university would have an explicitly pro-marriage culture. Promoting traditional, level-headed, socialization with the opposite sex for purposes of finding a compatible spouse. (Mixers, social, recreational and academic clubs, compatible dating apps, etc.) Against drunkeness, hookups, casual sex. High social status and support for couples getting married--maybe a free campus 1st class wedding venue?--and denigration of female careerism.

    The sort of place normal white people would be comfortable sending their kids without worrying about them getting PC anti-white brainwashing. Basically the sort of place i would have liked to send my kids.

    3) Develop and promote a huge set of competency\certification exams, allowing people to demonstrate their level of proficiency in basic academic\white-collar skills as well as subject knowledge\competence without attending college. I.e deprecating the need for a lot of kids to go to college and take on college debt just to demonstrate suitability for white collar work. Also helps keep teenage\HS kids motivated by providing a path toward adult life they can jump on immediately and pursue themselves.

    Then develop--or purchase\organize--lots of on-line training material made free to help students learn and prepare themselves for certifications. And not only provide results, but allow companies\government to use these on-line certification tests themselves as hiring screens.

    This would be absolutely huge--breaking through cost and access barriers, destroying all sorts of parasitic employment and rent-seeking in the college sector and shrinking its footprint--especially helpful shriking its ideological indoctrination--on society.

    ~~
    In contrast Gates has pissed away billions and had essentially no-impact on the world.

    Someone’s doing the college thing.

    https://www.thalesacademy.org/about/founder

    He started a k-12 school ten years ago and is starting a four year college (done in 3) named for Thales of Miletus and based on the Socratic method- overtly pro Western-Civ., Tom Woods has an interview of him

    https://tomwoods.com/ep-835-entrepreneur-starts-network-of-private-schools-outperforms-underspends-public-schools/

  48. @Buffalo Joe
    Is that a Jeep Wagoneer? One of the few cars I wish I had owned. LL Bean's go to back ground car in their 60's print ads.

    Yessir, that is a Jeep Wagoneer, and from a Bing/Google search and a look at the grille it appears to be a 1980-something or later Grand Wagoneer.

    Others on this thread will discuss Mr. Gates views on books. I’m stunned they found an AMC/Chrysler product that hadn’t turned to a pile of ferric oxide. Perhaps it’s CGI over a 2019 Land Cruiser.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    mmack, years ago I was introduced to a member of one of Buffalo's richest families. Sort of eccentric, but a nice guy. All he drove was Jeep Waggoneers. He had the money to find them and restore them. My only Jeep, a jacked up 1994 Wrangler, had more rust than metal. There are catalog companies that sell every Jeep body part imaginable, including fiberglass bodies called tubs.
  49. Anonymous[388] • Disclaimer says:

    I was hoping Gates would say Holmes’ biggest problem was deciding to start a medical tech company in a field where there is scrutiny and oversight rather than picking traditional tech where you can make bullshit promises and oversell your product and never face any consequences or a reduction in VC money.

  50. In this video Bill Gates looks like an extra driving around the set of Gremlins.

  51. @AnotherDad

    Seriously wierd indeed, yet somehow charmingly eccentric, I’ll have to see if he has more of those. At least it is a better use of his money than trying to “close the performance gap” or save Africa, which are the equivalent of trying to drain the ocean.
     
    Yeah, for a guy with a high profile and boatload of cash, Gates really hasn't done anything interesting--made any difference. Maybe his support for malaria research will yield something there?

    If i had Gates money and proflie i'd have done a few useful things:

    1) Pushed HBD thinking mainstream. He could have done this with a techie and "equal access" spin. "We need to think about ways to address unequal access to the genetic variations that supercharge success." That sort of stuff. Lots of talk about how these variant work to make some people rich, but poor need access to them. This naturally flows thought into who has and doesn't have these variants.

    2) Spent some cash to buy up a small college--or start from scratch--and build an explicitly "Western Civ" university, explicitly HBD or evolutionary biology aware and part of the core curriculum. Awareness that all human society is a product of a long history of gene-culture co-evolution part of the core knowledge of the university--including understanding of why all civilization requires patriarchy.

    Western Civ U. would be open to all--no sense courting trouble--but explicitly anti-PC, anti-minoritarian. No affirmative action. No black students association, Asian students association, no homo stuff of any kind.

    Also the university would have an explicitly pro-marriage culture. Promoting traditional, level-headed, socialization with the opposite sex for purposes of finding a compatible spouse. (Mixers, social, recreational and academic clubs, compatible dating apps, etc.) Against drunkeness, hookups, casual sex. High social status and support for couples getting married--maybe a free campus 1st class wedding venue?--and denigration of female careerism.

    The sort of place normal white people would be comfortable sending their kids without worrying about them getting PC anti-white brainwashing. Basically the sort of place i would have liked to send my kids.

    3) Develop and promote a huge set of competency\certification exams, allowing people to demonstrate their level of proficiency in basic academic\white-collar skills as well as subject knowledge\competence without attending college. I.e deprecating the need for a lot of kids to go to college and take on college debt just to demonstrate suitability for white collar work. Also helps keep teenage\HS kids motivated by providing a path toward adult life they can jump on immediately and pursue themselves.

    Then develop--or purchase\organize--lots of on-line training material made free to help students learn and prepare themselves for certifications. And not only provide results, but allow companies\government to use these on-line certification tests themselves as hiring screens.

    This would be absolutely huge--breaking through cost and access barriers, destroying all sorts of parasitic employment and rent-seeking in the college sector and shrinking its footprint--especially helpful shriking its ideological indoctrination--on society.

    ~~
    In contrast Gates has pissed away billions and had essentially no-impact on the world.

    Yes, open up that institution. The media going ape-s**t and all the whining and crying outside the grounds at all the “racists”. Just the TV rights would make it self sufficient.

  52. @Anon1
    Who's Bill Gates?

    “Who’s Bill Gates?”

    It would appear, based on this video, that he’s the cyborg prototype for the pompous and boring uncle that everyone seems to have. The one who gets a place at the dinner table on mportant holidays and other family celebrations. There, he proceeds to monopolize the conversation and bore all those present with a droning description of his collection of laundry lint, or whatever.

    This video should be marketed to insomniacs as a sure cure soporific.

  53. @bob sykes
    This is pretty much proof that success in America is largely if not entirely a random walk process.

    Gates comes across as not a very profound thinker and not at all a great man in the sense of having a tragic destiny or uncommon passion. He seems like a ordinary guy with a view of the world no deeper than an insurance salesman from Sioux Falls who does not even feel the need to deviate from the conventional wisdom.

  54. @EliteCommInc.
    Not weird, but that is an interesting video.

    Not weird, but that is an interesting video.

    Yes. It’s not weird. It’s interesting…

    IF YOU’RE THE ADDAMS FAMILY!!

    You see, if you have someone’s picture, who bilked innocent people out of millions, and put medical patients at risk for a writhing death, while LYING about it the entire time until the Feds arrive to shut her down, and she’s probably going to do hard time in Federal Prison, you USUALLY don’t incorporate her picture as a invitingly contemplative front yard CHRISTMAS ornament, you FREAK!

    Jesus!!

  55. gates is pretty much irrelevant by this point, the only thing matters about him now is what his wife will do with his money. look out below. it could get bad. the melinda gates foundation could be screwing america for a century. not that it will matter soon.

    anybody know if he’s giving a lot of it to his kids? or is he going the warren buffett route?

  56. @Anon1
    Who's Bill Gates?

    The man largely responsible for this:

    But who thinks of himself as this:

  57. Jared talks the talk, Stephen walks the walk:

  58. @anon
    Ok home school in idaho is now a thing to escape from? I find it to be the most beautiful place on the planet with the nicest people i have ever met that do have a healthy scepticism of the state its a non partisan skepticism that may vote republican but with while holding their noses.The most interesting thing i have noticed in my 32 yearss there is no one want to leave the economy is tough, life revolves around winters and no one want to leave wryly calling it poverty with a view they try to figure out how to stay

    notice though she was abused by this "home schooling" it didnt stop her from being a cambridge PHD this isnt uncommon home schooled kids always surpass their schooled peers when the re enter the sytem

    We are frequently given sob story anecdotes for why public education is so valuable and why schools need even more of our money. The Westover family makes a good counter anecdote for what a waste of time and money public education has become. If Tara Westover was given such a poor education and still managed to enter BYU at 16 years old and earn a PHD it truly is all in your genes. How despicable do you have to be to attempt to gain wealth and fame by publicly trashing your unusual family in a book?

  59. @Dieter Kief
    Jackson Browne - born near Heidelberg, just like me, hehe. I just read his name about a hundred times in Barney Hoskyns dusty "Hotel California" - with clouds of all kinds of angel dust sailing through it.

    Hoskyns - that's an interesting name, too, isn't it?

    What's your Clyde remark about?

    What’s your Clyde remark about?

    He’s Clyde Jackson Browne, son of Clyde Jack Browne. Isn’t that cute? Grandpa was also Clyde:

    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/88978011/clyde-nelson-browne

    Hoskyns – that’s an interesting name, too, isn’t it?

    It looks like a fussy variation of Hoskins, which itself looks like a patronymic, but seems to mean “seller of hose”, i.e., stockings.

    I’m more taken by Barney. That, like Clyde, has become somewhat of a comic name for someone uncool. Apparently, it has less of that effect in Britain.

    Young Clydes and Barneys– “young” meaning younger than 75– are few and far between in America. Most would be Juniors or IIIs.

    I did meet a man approaching 40 with “Barney” on his name tag last year, which was surprising. But it turned out to be short for his surname, his given name actually being Robert. And there is a Clyde coming up to kindergarten age somewhere in our county, because he was at my son’s local track-and-field camp last summer.

  60. Bill Gates Reviews “Bad Blood”

    Speaking of bad blood, don’t have 18 kids with your second cousin:

  61. It’s amusing that a guy who (I presume) flies in a private jet, reads what he’d be picking up if he browsed airport bookstores.

    Maybe if he’d stayed at Harvard for all four years, he would have ended up more high-brow, like Jeff Bezos who stuck around through graduation at Princeton.

    • Replies: @Barnard
    Great point, looking at past book recommendations from him, they are similar to this list. Phil Knight's memoir, plus books by David Brooks and Doris Kearns Goodwin are on past lists. Gates is also letting a bot fill the comment section on his blog post for this topic with spam. This from the guy who said he could end spam email.

    https://www.gatesnotes.com/About-Bill-Gates/Best-Books-2018
    , @Vinteuil

    It’s amusing that a guy who (I presume) flies in a private jet, reads what he’d be picking up if he browsed airport bookstores.
     
    All too true.

    Gates, Bezos - humanity is perpetually ruled by the most appalling vulgarians.
    , @David
    Listening only to audiobooks is limiting.
    , @PiltdownMan

    Maybe if he’d stayed at Harvard for all four years, he would have ended up more high-brow, like Jeff Bezos who stuck around through graduation at Princeton.
     
    What is it about Jeff Bezos that indicates that he is a high-brow kind of guy?
    , @Hibernian
    I think Gates was only a few credits short of graduation.
  62. @danand
    Study: Multi-Year Gates Experiment to Improve Teacher Effectiveness Spent $575 Million, Didn’t Make an Impact

    Harry, I took Bill’s homeschool “bit” differently. He came about as close as he dare in pointing out that grade school teachers matter little, other maybe for some motivation/model/encouragement effects, on how well a child performs “scholastically”. He’s no dummy (though maybe a bit buffoon); he knows things such as editing out CCR5 is where it’s at.

    Danand, paying teachers more improves nothing except their pay check. If spending more on public education meant the best results then NYS students would be the best in the USA, and they are not. Gates fell for the teachers’ constant plea…Give us more money.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    The best (the only ) way to improve the schools is to improve the quality of the students. No matter how much you pay the teachers, they can't make sow's ears into silk purses. All the talk about "improving the schools" is really a disguised discussion about race. "Schools that need improvement" is just a codeword for minority schools. Since the % of white students goes down every year, school performance is going to keep declining even if we paid the teachers like they were Wall Street bankers.
  63. Didn’t Gates force disastrous Common Core on the country, all so teaching and testing could be computerized so he could rake in even more $? He can FOAD and stuff his stupid videos where the sun doesn’t shine.

  64. @AnotherDad

    Seriously wierd indeed, yet somehow charmingly eccentric, I’ll have to see if he has more of those. At least it is a better use of his money than trying to “close the performance gap” or save Africa, which are the equivalent of trying to drain the ocean.
     
    Yeah, for a guy with a high profile and boatload of cash, Gates really hasn't done anything interesting--made any difference. Maybe his support for malaria research will yield something there?

    If i had Gates money and proflie i'd have done a few useful things:

    1) Pushed HBD thinking mainstream. He could have done this with a techie and "equal access" spin. "We need to think about ways to address unequal access to the genetic variations that supercharge success." That sort of stuff. Lots of talk about how these variant work to make some people rich, but poor need access to them. This naturally flows thought into who has and doesn't have these variants.

    2) Spent some cash to buy up a small college--or start from scratch--and build an explicitly "Western Civ" university, explicitly HBD or evolutionary biology aware and part of the core curriculum. Awareness that all human society is a product of a long history of gene-culture co-evolution part of the core knowledge of the university--including understanding of why all civilization requires patriarchy.

    Western Civ U. would be open to all--no sense courting trouble--but explicitly anti-PC, anti-minoritarian. No affirmative action. No black students association, Asian students association, no homo stuff of any kind.

    Also the university would have an explicitly pro-marriage culture. Promoting traditional, level-headed, socialization with the opposite sex for purposes of finding a compatible spouse. (Mixers, social, recreational and academic clubs, compatible dating apps, etc.) Against drunkeness, hookups, casual sex. High social status and support for couples getting married--maybe a free campus 1st class wedding venue?--and denigration of female careerism.

    The sort of place normal white people would be comfortable sending their kids without worrying about them getting PC anti-white brainwashing. Basically the sort of place i would have liked to send my kids.

    3) Develop and promote a huge set of competency\certification exams, allowing people to demonstrate their level of proficiency in basic academic\white-collar skills as well as subject knowledge\competence without attending college. I.e deprecating the need for a lot of kids to go to college and take on college debt just to demonstrate suitability for white collar work. Also helps keep teenage\HS kids motivated by providing a path toward adult life they can jump on immediately and pursue themselves.

    Then develop--or purchase\organize--lots of on-line training material made free to help students learn and prepare themselves for certifications. And not only provide results, but allow companies\government to use these on-line certification tests themselves as hiring screens.

    This would be absolutely huge--breaking through cost and access barriers, destroying all sorts of parasitic employment and rent-seeking in the college sector and shrinking its footprint--especially helpful shriking its ideological indoctrination--on society.

    ~~
    In contrast Gates has pissed away billions and had essentially no-impact on the world.

    Another, If I had Gates’ money I’d buy a Ferrari. Boatloads of money haven’t improved most things. Think “The Great Society” and trillions. “Pink Ribbon” fundraisers and Billions.

  65. @mmack
    Yessir, that is a Jeep Wagoneer, and from a Bing/Google search and a look at the grille it appears to be a 1980-something or later Grand Wagoneer.

    Others on this thread will discuss Mr. Gates views on books. I’m stunned they found an AMC/Chrysler product that hadn’t turned to a pile of ferric oxide. Perhaps it’s CGI over a 2019 Land Cruiser.

    mmack, years ago I was introduced to a member of one of Buffalo’s richest families. Sort of eccentric, but a nice guy. All he drove was Jeep Waggoneers. He had the money to find them and restore them. My only Jeep, a jacked up 1994 Wrangler, had more rust than metal. There are catalog companies that sell every Jeep body part imaginable, including fiberglass bodies called tubs.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    Buffalo is rust country for cars. It's unbelievable when you go out West and see cars that would have crumbled into dust decades ago in the Rust Belt and the bodies are in perfect condition. (OTOH, the sun eats the interiors so you can't win).
    , @Harry Baldwin
    Driving a really old Jeep Wagoneer or better yet International Harvester Travelall is a status symbol among long-time residents of Martha's Vineyard. It's the vehicle you leave at your home on the island.
  66. @Stan d Mute
    I suppose that when your entire working life you were ridiculously over-praised for being a genius it does go to one’s head. A bit of humility would go a long way for him. Probably an impossibility however when he’s surrounded 24/7 by people kissing his ass..

    ” Probably an impossibility however when he’s surrounded 24/7 by people kissing his ass.”

    Maybe Steve could give him some tips on how to deal with that in a level headed way . Steve ?

  67. @YetAnotherAnon
    OT but it's like a mix of iSteve themes past and present. Hot noose from ... Oroville Dam!

    https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article225634065.html

    Lawsuit claims corruption, racism, sexual harassment contributed to Oroville Dam crisis

    ... Hopkins’ allegation (that a deaf woman was assigned to listen for sounds indicating hollows under the spillway - YAA) isn’t the only alarming charge found in a lawsuit stemming from the crisis at the nation’s tallest dam, which began two years ago Thursday when a large crater formed in the spillway, eventually leading to the evacuation of 188,000 people.

    The suit before Sacramento Superior Court Judge James McFetridge has ballooned to include allegations that dam officials stole equipment, cooked financial books to conceal wrongdoing, destroyed evidence and fostered a toxic culture of sexual and racial harassment that included slurs and nooses hung where a black worker would find them.

    State attorneys deny those allegations in court documents, calling them “salacious” and irrelevant to the allegations at the heart of the suit: whether Department of Water Resources’ negligence caused the Oroville Dam’s spillway to fail. The suit was filed by lawyers representing the city of Oroville and dozens of farmers, businesses and others seeking hundreds of millions in damages.
     
    Surely any worker spotting a noose would take a snap with his cellphone?

    The fill under the Oroville Dam concrete spillway was loose garbage and old beer cans and used oil filters and other debris, that’s why the concrete got compromised by the pressurized water and gave way. Same with the WASPs who went belly up and lost control of the American Empire.

    They should have blasted the rock on the slope till they got solid rock and then planted some foundation piers in the rock and used concrete to make the underlay for the spillway.

    It’s like when residential housing developers used to bury stumps and crud in the ground that would eventually rot and cause the ground surface to sink.

    The Oroville Dam opened in 1968, they probably had garbage from California towns dumped onto the slope and slopped some cement on top. Probably find old newspapers and old furniture and other junk from the 1950s and 1960s in there.

  68. @International Jew
    It's amusing that a guy who (I presume) flies in a private jet, reads what he'd be picking up if he browsed airport bookstores.

    Maybe if he'd stayed at Harvard for all four years, he would have ended up more high-brow, like Jeff Bezos who stuck around through graduation at Princeton.

    Great point, looking at past book recommendations from him, they are similar to this list. Phil Knight’s memoir, plus books by David Brooks and Doris Kearns Goodwin are on past lists. Gates is also letting a bot fill the comment section on his blog post for this topic with spam. This from the guy who said he could end spam email.

    https://www.gatesnotes.com/About-Bill-Gates/Best-Books-2018

  69. @JimB
    PewDiePie is doing book reviews, too. He sounds smarter than Bill Gates, and he has better taste in lit.

    https://youtu.be/794Bpp8M1pE

    Rupert Murdoch and the Wall Street Journal attacked PewDiePie because PewDiePie had tens of millions of people watching his videos.

    The owners and controllers of the corporate propaganda apparatus don’t want no competition.

  70. @anon
    Ok home school in idaho is now a thing to escape from? I find it to be the most beautiful place on the planet with the nicest people i have ever met that do have a healthy scepticism of the state its a non partisan skepticism that may vote republican but with while holding their noses.The most interesting thing i have noticed in my 32 yearss there is no one want to leave the economy is tough, life revolves around winters and no one want to leave wryly calling it poverty with a view they try to figure out how to stay

    notice though she was abused by this "home schooling" it didnt stop her from being a cambridge PHD this isnt uncommon home schooled kids always surpass their schooled peers when the re enter the sytem

    Yeah , well somebody else noticed too :

    Idaho enriched :

    Mud slides are no longer just a Ca. phenomena .

  71. Also OT – this could mean Mexicans rotting in the fields if it catches on

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/national/wp/2019/02/17/feature/inside-the-race-to-replace-farmworkers-with-robots

    Growers say it is getting harder to hire enough people to harvest crops before they rot.
    Fewer seasonal laborers are coming from Mexico, the biggest supplier of U.S. farmworkers. Fewer Americans want to bend over all day in a field, farmers say, even when offered higher wages, free housing and recruitment bonuses.

    The number of agricultural employees in the United States is expected to stay flat over the next seven years, according to the latest projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As “productivity-enhancing technologies” mature in the realm of mechanization, farms will require fewer people, even as demand for crops grow, the government researchers wrote.

    Manufacturing underwent a similar evolution. U.S. factories have increased output over the past two decades with a smaller workforce, thanks to machines that improve efficiency.

    One Harv is programmed to do the work of 30 people. The machine hovers over a dozen rows of plants at the same time, picking five strawberries every second and covering eight acres a day.

    That potential is increasingly attractive to growers, who say the Trump administration’s tighter immigration policies are squeezing off the supply of seasonal workers, as well as undocumented labor.

    Approximately half of the country’s 850,000 farmworkers are not in the United States legally, according to 2016 data from the Department of Labor, the most recent available.

    Agricultural analysts say the labor shortage is already forcing up wages.

    I picked strawberries as a teenager in a pre-diverse UK. Happy days.

  72. @Anonymous
    Conservatives defending an oligarch that pisses on them

    https://twitter.com/IngrahamAngle/status/1098244684571381761

    Findom

    Yeah – what’s up with Laura Ingraham & (I’m sorry to say) Mark Steyn siding with the crony capitalists against the little people in this sad case?

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon

    Yeah – what’s up with Laura Ingraham & (I’m sorry to say) Mark Steyn siding with the crony capitalists against the little people in this sad case?
     
    I don't understand why Amazon backed out of the deal. So AOC opposed it. So? How many divisions does she have? I imagine that the Big A could relatively easily ram through their wishes on the matter. Did they do it just to spite her and discredit her brand of socialism with voters?
  73. @Calvin X Hobbes

    At least it is a better use of his money than trying to “close the performance gap” or save Africa, which are the equivalent of trying to drain the ocean.
     
    He's fighting diseases in Africa. He'd be doing everyone a favor, including Africans, if he'd try to get them to reduce their fertility.

    Exactly. Instead, he’s doing his level best to facilitate the demographic nightmare of the century. Not incidentally entailing the final destruction of the remaining white countries of the world. This, we call “virtue”.

  74. Well, it drives like Woody Allene, quacks like Woody Allen, looks like Woody Allen – it must be some kind of Tiny Duck….with a lot of money and time to kill.

  75. Question :
    What do you do with your ego-trippin’ props – such as a giant blood-dripping, neon-light syringe – once when you turn on, tune in, and finally drop out that Xmasedelic Tree to your house?

  76. Wow imagine someone homeschooled going on to do a PhD !! Crazy talk.

    But thank God she managed to escape Idaho, that notorious slum.

    Seriously, why are Americans always moving about like gypsies and bragging about where on the pecking order of cities they end up in

  77. @AnotherDad

    Seriously wierd indeed, yet somehow charmingly eccentric, I’ll have to see if he has more of those. At least it is a better use of his money than trying to “close the performance gap” or save Africa, which are the equivalent of trying to drain the ocean.
     
    Yeah, for a guy with a high profile and boatload of cash, Gates really hasn't done anything interesting--made any difference. Maybe his support for malaria research will yield something there?

    If i had Gates money and proflie i'd have done a few useful things:

    1) Pushed HBD thinking mainstream. He could have done this with a techie and "equal access" spin. "We need to think about ways to address unequal access to the genetic variations that supercharge success." That sort of stuff. Lots of talk about how these variant work to make some people rich, but poor need access to them. This naturally flows thought into who has and doesn't have these variants.

    2) Spent some cash to buy up a small college--or start from scratch--and build an explicitly "Western Civ" university, explicitly HBD or evolutionary biology aware and part of the core curriculum. Awareness that all human society is a product of a long history of gene-culture co-evolution part of the core knowledge of the university--including understanding of why all civilization requires patriarchy.

    Western Civ U. would be open to all--no sense courting trouble--but explicitly anti-PC, anti-minoritarian. No affirmative action. No black students association, Asian students association, no homo stuff of any kind.

    Also the university would have an explicitly pro-marriage culture. Promoting traditional, level-headed, socialization with the opposite sex for purposes of finding a compatible spouse. (Mixers, social, recreational and academic clubs, compatible dating apps, etc.) Against drunkeness, hookups, casual sex. High social status and support for couples getting married--maybe a free campus 1st class wedding venue?--and denigration of female careerism.

    The sort of place normal white people would be comfortable sending their kids without worrying about them getting PC anti-white brainwashing. Basically the sort of place i would have liked to send my kids.

    3) Develop and promote a huge set of competency\certification exams, allowing people to demonstrate their level of proficiency in basic academic\white-collar skills as well as subject knowledge\competence without attending college. I.e deprecating the need for a lot of kids to go to college and take on college debt just to demonstrate suitability for white collar work. Also helps keep teenage\HS kids motivated by providing a path toward adult life they can jump on immediately and pursue themselves.

    Then develop--or purchase\organize--lots of on-line training material made free to help students learn and prepare themselves for certifications. And not only provide results, but allow companies\government to use these on-line certification tests themselves as hiring screens.

    This would be absolutely huge--breaking through cost and access barriers, destroying all sorts of parasitic employment and rent-seeking in the college sector and shrinking its footprint--especially helpful shriking its ideological indoctrination--on society.

    ~~
    In contrast Gates has pissed away billions and had essentially no-impact on the world.

    His work in Africa will just contribute to the amount of suffering in the world . Is he a genius ? I don’t know but I suspect if he was he wouldn’t be so impressed with himself . I think his time would have been better spent mastering and translating cuneiform clay tablets from Sumer .

    As has Dr . Finkel ( Dr. Finkel LOL)

    I think Dr. Finkel has let youtube celebrity go to his head .

    BTW Tom Scot has a pretty good youtube channel for a soybitch .

  78. @International Jew
    It's amusing that a guy who (I presume) flies in a private jet, reads what he'd be picking up if he browsed airport bookstores.

    Maybe if he'd stayed at Harvard for all four years, he would have ended up more high-brow, like Jeff Bezos who stuck around through graduation at Princeton.

    It’s amusing that a guy who (I presume) flies in a private jet, reads what he’d be picking up if he browsed airport bookstores.

    All too true.

    Gates, Bezos – humanity is perpetually ruled by the most appalling vulgarians.

    • Replies: @BB753
    To make billions, being a vulgarian helps
    99 % of the time.
  79. Nothing said to me, “I absolutely need to see Hamilton!” more than when uber-cool Bill Gates named it’s soundtrack one of his “desert island disks.”

    Seriously, no wonder this country is doomed.

  80. @Anonymous
    Conservatives defending an oligarch that pisses on them

    https://twitter.com/IngrahamAngle/status/1098244684571381761

    Findom

    The enemy of my enemy…

  81. Anon[300] • Disclaimer says:

    Scott Adams: If you have an opinion, and Bill Gates has a different opinion… **chuckles** If you have an opinion, and Bill Gates has a different opinion… If you have an opinion, and Bill Gates has a different opinion… Then change your opinion! If I see Bill Gates has an opinion that differs from mine, then I think darn it, I need to change my opinion. He’s smarter than me. He’s more successful yada yada

    Really? Morals and perspective don’t enter into it at all? We have to automatically agree with Bill Gates because he’s Bill Gates? Also, get to the point Scott!

  82. @Calvin X Hobbes

    At least it is a better use of his money than trying to “close the performance gap” or save Africa, which are the equivalent of trying to drain the ocean.
     
    He's fighting diseases in Africa. He'd be doing everyone a favor, including Africans, if he'd try to get them to reduce their fertility.

    Bill and Melinda did try to reduce fertility by “educating” African women so they would choose non existent career over children.

  83. @Vinteuil
    Yeah - what's up with Laura Ingraham & (I'm sorry to say) Mark Steyn siding with the crony capitalists against the little people in this sad case?

    Yeah – what’s up with Laura Ingraham & (I’m sorry to say) Mark Steyn siding with the crony capitalists against the little people in this sad case?

    I don’t understand why Amazon backed out of the deal. So AOC opposed it. So? How many divisions does she have? I imagine that the Big A could relatively easily ram through their wishes on the matter. Did they do it just to spite her and discredit her brand of socialism with voters?

    • Replies: @Jack D
    Amazon said that they wanted to go where they were wanted. It make no sense for them to invest billions in a place where they are going to get nothing but hassles from the community, from the bureaucracy, etc. De Blasio and Cuomo assured them that they had it under control and that the fix was in but it wasn't - they could see the handwriting on the wall - a future of nothing but endless hassles. They woke up to the fact that NY politics is complicated and byzantine and even having both the mayor and the governor in your pocket was not enough. That the ground is shifting to the left and that both De Blasio and Cuomo are stale pale males who may not even be around that much longer. Occasional Cortex herself took the seat of a "powerful" white Congressman who had been around for decades as easily as if his seat was the wallet of a senior citizen walking home from cashing his social security check.

    Amazon is a fast moving company. If they need a permit for a new facility or to acquire more land and they are going to be tied up for 5 years with community lawsuits which generate daily stories in the nation's media capital about what an evil company they are, how they are displacing people of color, blah, blah, blah, they would rather go elsewhere. Who needs that kind of abuse? Amazon knew that the kind of young talent that they were trying to attract enjoys sophisticated big cities but NY is not the only city in America despite what NYers think.
    , @Bill P
    Amazon bailed because it was starting to look like they'd have to allow New York workers to unionize. That's what it was about, 100%. Amazon has been a notoriously union-hostile company from the beginning, and they aren't about to change that.

    AOC had nothing to do with it.
  84. @Anon
    Smollett marathon.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOJADzYAG5E

    Tim Pool’s universe came into existence with his first thought and extends no further back . Andrew Anglin over at TheDailyStormer ( whom our virginal host won’t post a link to ) follows him and thinks he recognizes a kindred soul aborning and still thinks he’ll come around .

  85. @Anonymous
    Conservatives defending an oligarch that pisses on them

    https://twitter.com/IngrahamAngle/status/1098244684571381761

    Findom

    Laura Ingraham’s net worth is some forty-five million dollars; Mark Steyn’s is estimated at six million.

    You really aren’t very perspicacious to ask such questions.

  86. @Buffalo Joe
    mmack, years ago I was introduced to a member of one of Buffalo's richest families. Sort of eccentric, but a nice guy. All he drove was Jeep Waggoneers. He had the money to find them and restore them. My only Jeep, a jacked up 1994 Wrangler, had more rust than metal. There are catalog companies that sell every Jeep body part imaginable, including fiberglass bodies called tubs.

    Buffalo is rust country for cars. It’s unbelievable when you go out West and see cars that would have crumbled into dust decades ago in the Rust Belt and the bodies are in perfect condition. (OTOH, the sun eats the interiors so you can’t win).

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Jack, Our streets are a chalky white with salt dust. When I go for a walk on a windy day I can taste the salt in the air.
  87. @Calvin X Hobbes

    At least it is a better use of his money than trying to “close the performance gap” or save Africa, which are the equivalent of trying to drain the ocean.
     
    He's fighting diseases in Africa. He'd be doing everyone a favor, including Africans, if he'd try to get them to reduce their fertility.

    He’s fighting diseases in Africa. He’d be doing everyone a favor, including Africans, if he’d try to get them to reduce their fertility.

    He is doing that too:

    https://philanthropynewsdigest.org/news/gates-foundation-commits-375-million-for-family-planning-through-2020

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    The notion that Bill Gates has a 4-D chess plan for diminishing the African population explosion is not too implausible.
  88. OT

    Jussie showed up for court with a lookalike, same basic features, same hair, same beard, same sunglasses.

    Has he not given up his dream of directing an action movie?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Jussie's defense will be, "Hey, it wasn't me, it was this guy right here who looks just like me."

    Actually, Jussie did just that when he got arrested for drunk driving in 2007: he gave his younger's brother's name to the cops.

    , @Steve Sailer
    Jussie's defense will be, "Hey, it wasn't me, it was this guy right here who looks just like me."

    Actually, Jussie did just that when he got arrested for drunk driving in 2007: he gave his younger's brother's name to the cops.

  89. @Buffalo Joe
    Danand, paying teachers more improves nothing except their pay check. If spending more on public education meant the best results then NYS students would be the best in the USA, and they are not. Gates fell for the teachers' constant plea...Give us more money.

    The best (the only ) way to improve the schools is to improve the quality of the students. No matter how much you pay the teachers, they can’t make sow’s ears into silk purses. All the talk about “improving the schools” is really a disguised discussion about race. “Schools that need improvement” is just a codeword for minority schools. Since the % of white students goes down every year, school performance is going to keep declining even if we paid the teachers like they were Wall Street bankers.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Jack, Good point. Thank you.
  90. @Mr. Anon

    Yeah – what’s up with Laura Ingraham & (I’m sorry to say) Mark Steyn siding with the crony capitalists against the little people in this sad case?
     
    I don't understand why Amazon backed out of the deal. So AOC opposed it. So? How many divisions does she have? I imagine that the Big A could relatively easily ram through their wishes on the matter. Did they do it just to spite her and discredit her brand of socialism with voters?

    Amazon said that they wanted to go where they were wanted. It make no sense for them to invest billions in a place where they are going to get nothing but hassles from the community, from the bureaucracy, etc. De Blasio and Cuomo assured them that they had it under control and that the fix was in but it wasn’t – they could see the handwriting on the wall – a future of nothing but endless hassles. They woke up to the fact that NY politics is complicated and byzantine and even having both the mayor and the governor in your pocket was not enough. That the ground is shifting to the left and that both De Blasio and Cuomo are stale pale males who may not even be around that much longer. Occasional Cortex herself took the seat of a “powerful” white Congressman who had been around for decades as easily as if his seat was the wallet of a senior citizen walking home from cashing his social security check.

    Amazon is a fast moving company. If they need a permit for a new facility or to acquire more land and they are going to be tied up for 5 years with community lawsuits which generate daily stories in the nation’s media capital about what an evil company they are, how they are displacing people of color, blah, blah, blah, they would rather go elsewhere. Who needs that kind of abuse? Amazon knew that the kind of young talent that they were trying to attract enjoys sophisticated big cities but NY is not the only city in America despite what NYers think.

    • Replies: @Johann Ricke

    They woke up to the fact that NY politics is complicated and byzantine and even having both the mayor and the governor in your pocket was not enough. That the ground is shifting to the left and that both De Blasio and Cuomo are stale pale males who may not even be around that much longer. Occasional Cortex herself took the seat of a “powerful” white Congressman who had been around for decades as easily as if his seat was the wallet of a senior citizen walking home from cashing his social security check.

    Amazon is a fast moving company. If they need a permit for a new facility or to acquire more land and they are going to be tied up for 5 years with community lawsuits which generate daily stories in the nation’s media capital about what an evil company they are, how they are displacing people of color, blah, blah, blah, they would rather go elsewhere.
     
    It amazes me that it took them so long to come to the realization that NYC is a snakepit for any kind of business, but an especially hazardous one for large corporations. That's why so many have left over the years - some incrementally and others all at once.
  91. Bill Gates on his voracious appetite to learn (starting at 6:15).

  92. @MichiganMom
    OT- and so it begins...

    https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612997/the-crispr-twins-had-their-brains-altered/

    I wonder if this was the real intent?!

    • Replies: @MichiganMom
    Right? It’s very convenient that the gene they modify for such a socially acceptable reason (HIV) just happens to also have an intelligence increasing effect. /sarc
  93. @PhysicistDave
    Okayyyy.... I guess if you are Master of the Universe, you can get somebody to put this together for you!

    Seriously, I urge everyone to read Carreyrou's Bad Blood: it reads like a novel, it is well-researched, and, I am afraid, it is terrifyingly revealing of the state of our country today. (I have a close relative with extensive experience in the medical-lab industry: I'm told that what Carreyrou reports is just the tip of the iceberg.)

    However, I had Harari's book out for quite a while from the library, but could never motivate myself to read it all the way through: it seems rather superficial to me.

    Yeah, Bad Blood is very good.

  94. That was the second weirdest Christmas tree farm ever.

    Here is #1:

  95. @Anon
    OT

    Jussie showed up for court with a lookalike, same basic features, same hair, same beard, same sunglasses.

    https://youtu.be/u84Mt3n5AM4?t=973

    Has he not given up his dream of directing an action movie?

    Jussie’s defense will be, “Hey, it wasn’t me, it was this guy right here who looks just like me.”

    Actually, Jussie did just that when he got arrested for drunk driving in 2007: he gave his younger’s brother’s name to the cops.

  96. @Anon
    OT

    Jussie showed up for court with a lookalike, same basic features, same hair, same beard, same sunglasses.

    https://youtu.be/u84Mt3n5AM4?t=973

    Has he not given up his dream of directing an action movie?

    Jussie’s defense will be, “Hey, it wasn’t me, it was this guy right here who looks just like me.”

    Actually, Jussie did just that when he got arrested for drunk driving in 2007: he gave his younger’s brother’s name to the cops.

  97. He never says or recommends anything original. It’s always standard establishment material. I wonder if his mind is really this flat and boring.

  98. @International Jew
    It's amusing that a guy who (I presume) flies in a private jet, reads what he'd be picking up if he browsed airport bookstores.

    Maybe if he'd stayed at Harvard for all four years, he would have ended up more high-brow, like Jeff Bezos who stuck around through graduation at Princeton.

    Listening only to audiobooks is limiting.

  99. @Buffalo Joe
    mmack, years ago I was introduced to a member of one of Buffalo's richest families. Sort of eccentric, but a nice guy. All he drove was Jeep Waggoneers. He had the money to find them and restore them. My only Jeep, a jacked up 1994 Wrangler, had more rust than metal. There are catalog companies that sell every Jeep body part imaginable, including fiberglass bodies called tubs.

    Driving a really old Jeep Wagoneer or better yet International Harvester Travelall is a status symbol among long-time residents of Martha’s Vineyard. It’s the vehicle you leave at your home on the island.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Harry, years ago up in Northern Ontario people still drove WWII Jeeps.
  100. Wow… it looks like “If Michael Jackson or Elvis Presley were a nerd”. Neverland or Graceland peppered with iDeAs and tHeOrIeS.

  101. @Mr. Anon

    Yeah – what’s up with Laura Ingraham & (I’m sorry to say) Mark Steyn siding with the crony capitalists against the little people in this sad case?
     
    I don't understand why Amazon backed out of the deal. So AOC opposed it. So? How many divisions does she have? I imagine that the Big A could relatively easily ram through their wishes on the matter. Did they do it just to spite her and discredit her brand of socialism with voters?

    Amazon bailed because it was starting to look like they’d have to allow New York workers to unionize. That’s what it was about, 100%. Amazon has been a notoriously union-hostile company from the beginning, and they aren’t about to change that.

    AOC had nothing to do with it.

  102. @Anonymous
    Conservatives defending an oligarch that pisses on them

    https://twitter.com/IngrahamAngle/status/1098244684571381761

    Findom

    Yeah, that’s right! The job creator is the bad guy.

    While the airhead commie politician is the good guy. She protested state and local lawful provisions not under federal purview/jurisdiction, and not in her district. She wanted more graft and pay-offs for cronies and special interests.

    It’s almost as if your “oligarch” and the commie politician deserve one another. Meanwhile, the jobs go somewhere else. Sounds like the definition of a Pyrrhic victory.

    And media dolts can’t get enough of their “It girl.”

  103. Computer nerd in car talking books and not drinking coffee. Where’s Jerry?

  104. @Jack D
    Amazon said that they wanted to go where they were wanted. It make no sense for them to invest billions in a place where they are going to get nothing but hassles from the community, from the bureaucracy, etc. De Blasio and Cuomo assured them that they had it under control and that the fix was in but it wasn't - they could see the handwriting on the wall - a future of nothing but endless hassles. They woke up to the fact that NY politics is complicated and byzantine and even having both the mayor and the governor in your pocket was not enough. That the ground is shifting to the left and that both De Blasio and Cuomo are stale pale males who may not even be around that much longer. Occasional Cortex herself took the seat of a "powerful" white Congressman who had been around for decades as easily as if his seat was the wallet of a senior citizen walking home from cashing his social security check.

    Amazon is a fast moving company. If they need a permit for a new facility or to acquire more land and they are going to be tied up for 5 years with community lawsuits which generate daily stories in the nation's media capital about what an evil company they are, how they are displacing people of color, blah, blah, blah, they would rather go elsewhere. Who needs that kind of abuse? Amazon knew that the kind of young talent that they were trying to attract enjoys sophisticated big cities but NY is not the only city in America despite what NYers think.

    They woke up to the fact that NY politics is complicated and byzantine and even having both the mayor and the governor in your pocket was not enough. That the ground is shifting to the left and that both De Blasio and Cuomo are stale pale males who may not even be around that much longer. Occasional Cortex herself took the seat of a “powerful” white Congressman who had been around for decades as easily as if his seat was the wallet of a senior citizen walking home from cashing his social security check.

    Amazon is a fast moving company. If they need a permit for a new facility or to acquire more land and they are going to be tied up for 5 years with community lawsuits which generate daily stories in the nation’s media capital about what an evil company they are, how they are displacing people of color, blah, blah, blah, they would rather go elsewhere.

    It amazes me that it took them so long to come to the realization that NYC is a snakepit for any kind of business, but an especially hazardous one for large corporations. That’s why so many have left over the years – some incrementally and others all at once.

  105. @PiltdownMan
    It is striking that as Bill Gates has aged over the decades, the tone of his voice and the inflections in his speech have stayed pretty much the same-they’re those of a sincere 20 year old undergrad.

    But he looks somewhat older than his age, 63.

    Gates looks better than Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg looks like a gigantic little boy.

    • LOL: Harry Baldwin
  106. @Mr. Anon

    He’s fighting diseases in Africa. He’d be doing everyone a favor, including Africans, if he’d try to get them to reduce their fertility.
     
    He is doing that too:

    https://philanthropynewsdigest.org/news/gates-foundation-commits-375-million-for-family-planning-through-2020

    The notion that Bill Gates has a 4-D chess plan for diminishing the African population explosion is not too implausible.

    • Agree: PiltdownMan
    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Steve, banning DDT almost worked.
  107. @Jack D
    Buffalo is rust country for cars. It's unbelievable when you go out West and see cars that would have crumbled into dust decades ago in the Rust Belt and the bodies are in perfect condition. (OTOH, the sun eats the interiors so you can't win).

    Jack, Our streets are a chalky white with salt dust. When I go for a walk on a windy day I can taste the salt in the air.

  108. @Jack D
    The best (the only ) way to improve the schools is to improve the quality of the students. No matter how much you pay the teachers, they can't make sow's ears into silk purses. All the talk about "improving the schools" is really a disguised discussion about race. "Schools that need improvement" is just a codeword for minority schools. Since the % of white students goes down every year, school performance is going to keep declining even if we paid the teachers like they were Wall Street bankers.

    Jack, Good point. Thank you.

  109. @Harry Baldwin
    Driving a really old Jeep Wagoneer or better yet International Harvester Travelall is a status symbol among long-time residents of Martha's Vineyard. It's the vehicle you leave at your home on the island.

    Harry, years ago up in Northern Ontario people still drove WWII Jeeps.

  110. @Steve Sailer
    The notion that Bill Gates has a 4-D chess plan for diminishing the African population explosion is not too implausible.

    Steve, banning DDT almost worked.

  111. @International Jew
    It's amusing that a guy who (I presume) flies in a private jet, reads what he'd be picking up if he browsed airport bookstores.

    Maybe if he'd stayed at Harvard for all four years, he would have ended up more high-brow, like Jeff Bezos who stuck around through graduation at Princeton.

    Maybe if he’d stayed at Harvard for all four years, he would have ended up more high-brow, like Jeff Bezos who stuck around through graduation at Princeton.

    What is it about Jeff Bezos that indicates that he is a high-brow kind of guy?

    • Replies: @International Jew
    It's an impression I've formed from reading things I no longer clearly remember! So you forced me back to Google. But here's something right away that makes me think well of him already: https://www.inc.com/carmine-gallo/jeff-bezos-bans-powerpoint-in-meetings-his-replacement-is-brilliant.html
  112. @Anonymous
    Conservatives defending an oligarch that pisses on them

    https://twitter.com/IngrahamAngle/status/1098244684571381761

    Findom

    Between Jeff Bezos and AOC, why can’t they both lose?

    • Replies: @Anon
    If he was looking for women to screw, AOC would have been better than Senora Plastic Surgery.
  113. @International Jew
    It's amusing that a guy who (I presume) flies in a private jet, reads what he'd be picking up if he browsed airport bookstores.

    Maybe if he'd stayed at Harvard for all four years, he would have ended up more high-brow, like Jeff Bezos who stuck around through graduation at Princeton.

    I think Gates was only a few credits short of graduation.

  114. @PiltdownMan

    Maybe if he’d stayed at Harvard for all four years, he would have ended up more high-brow, like Jeff Bezos who stuck around through graduation at Princeton.
     
    What is it about Jeff Bezos that indicates that he is a high-brow kind of guy?

    It’s an impression I’ve formed from reading things I no longer clearly remember! So you forced me back to Google. But here’s something right away that makes me think well of him already: https://www.inc.com/carmine-gallo/jeff-bezos-bans-powerpoint-in-meetings-his-replacement-is-brilliant.html

  115. What’s weird is Bill getting a Woody with Melinda.

  116. @Hibernian
    Between Jeff Bezos and AOC, why can't they both lose?

    If he was looking for women to screw, AOC would have been better than Senora Plastic Surgery.

  117. @Mitchell Porter
    I wonder if this was the real intent?!

    Right? It’s very convenient that the gene they modify for such a socially acceptable reason (HIV) just happens to also have an intelligence increasing effect. /sarc

  118. @Vinteuil

    It’s amusing that a guy who (I presume) flies in a private jet, reads what he’d be picking up if he browsed airport bookstores.
     
    All too true.

    Gates, Bezos - humanity is perpetually ruled by the most appalling vulgarians.

    To make billions, being a vulgarian helps
    99 % of the time.

  119. You’d think this was a skit directed and partly acted by Woody Allen.

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