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I was wondering whether Amy Harmon’s article in the NYT about how scientists are too reluctant to debunk “race realism” because reasons TBA was an epic troll job or sincere. Now, in the NYT Insider section, she says it was heartfelt, or headfelt. She did it For The Children:

‘Could Somebody Please Debunk This?’: Writing About Science When Even the Scientists Are Nervous

Milk has become a symbol for white supremacists who repurpose genetic research, because of a genetic trait known to be more common in white adults than others: the ability to digest lactose.

By Amy Harmon
Oct. 18, 2018

Times Insider delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how news, features and opinion come together at The New York Times.

… But the story of how he struggled last spring to find sources to refute the claims of white classmates that people of European descent had evolved to be intellectually superior to Africans is the reason I persevered in the assignment, even when I felt as if my head were going to explode.

Italics and bold mine.

… Yet all of them [scientists] agree that there is no evidence that any differences which may be found will line up with the prejudices of white supremacists.

As I struggled to write my article, I began, sort of, to feel their pain.

It was hard. It did almost make my head explode.

Women writers in the NYT lately appear to be in severe physical danger of self-combustion. Perhaps tomorrow we will read:

“Upon reading the President’s latest tweet, my head erupted into a 2000 degree magnesium fire that the FDNY could not put out,

but simply had to establish a perimeter around Park Slope for the 17 hours it took my brain to burn out.”

 
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  1. Anonymous[159] • Disclaimer says:

    I myself find that I struggle to the point of migraine insanity when I try to refute the speciesist idea that horses can outrun goats. After much deliberation and consumption of excessive Advil I have come to the conclusion that maybe trying to justify my poorly thought out idea is the problem.

  2. Dings says:

    Amy not handling cognitive dissonance too well. I wonder whether she has a future at the NYT. If she were ideologically fortified she wouldn’t even feel that pain.

  3. BenKenobi says:

    Upending society so negro school children don’t suffer a single moment of self-doubt: it’s a good thing.

    • Replies: @L Woods
    , @Anonymous
  4. She just had to find a way to use epicycles to explain Jupiter’s moons, for the children, in a way that children could understand, but she couldn’t, and that almost made her head explode.

  5. Beckys (and Bekahs) continue to get incoherently called out.

    From the Boston Globe:

    White feminism isn’t feminism. And we don’t forgive you

  6. MEH 0910 says:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/18/insider/science-genetics-white-supremacy.html

    N. had vowed to take up the subject for a persuasive speech assignment in his Rhetoric class. Googling for information that would help him, however, yielded a slew of blogs and videos arguing the other side. “There’s only one scientific response for every hundred videos or so,” he told me when we spoke on the phone.

    “Could somebody please debunk this blog post, if it can be debunked?” he finally posted on the Reddit forum r/badscience. “It’s convincing me of things I really don’t want to be convinced of.”

    I was introduced to N. by Kevin Bird, a white graduate student at Michigan State University who had answered N.’s Reddit query, and others that had been flooding that forum about claims of racial differences that invoke the jargon and scientific papers of modern genetic research.

    I had misgivings about simply reporting on the rise of a kind of repackaged scientific racism, which I had been tracking as a national correspondent who writes about science. Under the coded term “race realism,” it implied, falsely, that science had found a genetic basis for racial differences in traits like intelligence and behavior. Why draw attention to it?

    But a series of Twitter posts from Mr. Bird late last year crystallized a question that had been on my mind. Unlike in the case of climate change, vaccines or other areas of science where scientists routinely seek to correct public misconceptions, those who study how the world’s major population groups vary genetically were largely absent from these forums. Nor was there an obvious place for someone like N. to turn for basic, up-to-date facts on human genetic diversity.

    “Right now the propaganda being generated from misrepresented population genetic studies is far outpacing the modest attempts of scientists to publicly engage with the topic,” Mr. Bird had tweeted. “Why,” he asked in another tweet, “are scientists dropping the ball?”

  7. MEH 0910 says:
    @MEH 0910
    • Replies: @candid_observer
  8. “And they have increasingly powerful tools to try to detect how natural selection may have acted differently on the genes that contribute to assorted traits in various populations. What’s more, some believe substantial differences will be found. Others think it may not be feasible to ever entirely disentangle an immutable genetic contribution to a behavior from its specific cultural and environmental influences. Yet all of them agree that there is no evidence that any differences which may be found will line up with the prejudices of white supremacists.”

    This is the purest form of the “evolution stops at the neck up” sophistry you can hope to see. Why don’t these cat lady Science writers ever try to reassure Ashkenazi Jewish children who grow up idolizing Lebron James that there is no way that Science will ever validate the racist idea that little Jewish kids are bad at basketball? It would be eminently reasonable for black supremacists to have that stereotype, and anyone who has played a pickup game in an inner city or watched White Men Can’t Jump is aware of the broad belief in this discriminatory idea. When will Science stand up and declare that people of all ancestries, be they Eskimo, Dinka, Mbuti Pygmy or Bantu, are equally genetically endowed with the ability to slam dunk a basketball?

    • Replies: @isteve_reader
    , @Mr. Anon
  9. Reports of spontaneous human combustion have a centuries-long history. The most famous example is fictional, that of Krook, from Charles Dickens’ Bleak House.

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


    credit: tvtropes.org

    • Replies: @njguy73
    , @Achmed E. Newman
  10. It has certainly been a boon to Steve Sailer’s imaginative mind to make fun of the female ululating swoon emanating from the globalizer gal Democrat Party writers and squawkers.

    The gal’s asinine swoons make it easy for guys like Sailer to portray these distaff dingbats as ridiculous buffoons.

    I must remind you people that these mentally deranged broads are extremely dangerous, and it might not do to merely make fun of them.

    The corporate propaganda apparatus has saturated the public airwaves and newspapers with female wackos who are a clear and present threat to the safety and security of the United States of America.

    Richard Wagner, while drinking milk, wrote a bit about these kinds of grotesque female ghouls who rob the recently departed corpses of warriors fallen in battle. They are a fearsome force of supernatural destruction and grief and wanton thievery.

    God help Us All!

  11. George says:

    “people of European descent had evolved to be intellectually superior to Africans”

    Assuming you go with the evolution argument full bore, evolution is still ongoing, then so is devolution, not to mention Gouldian punctuated evolution might be possible.

    Declining birth rates in Europe might mean some sort of devolutionary process is underway in the White homeland which will lead to lower IQs especially at the far right end of the bell curve. The lack of a vigorous response by Europe to all the fires set on their borders from 2001 and on seems to show something deeper is causing the ‘malaise’ in Europe, possibly some sort of biological process years in the making or even some sort of long-term cyclical process. It might be just plain greed and laziness that is afflicting Europe but at the root, I wonder if there is an actual biological evolutionary process.

    Polygamy in Africa might not be a problem for Africans it might be the solution. What if South African Pres Jacob Zuma is significantly smarter than typical Africans and even Europeans, and the many women he married are also significantly smarter that typical Africans and even Europeans. Polygamy might be the driver of punctuated evolution and the savior of Africa.

    So White people, don’t count on evolution to save you.

    Back to the Black kid in the story, he should tell his white ‘colleagues’, past performance is no guarantee of future performance, Nyah!

  12. @MEH 0910

    “Why,” he asked in another tweet, “are scientists dropping the ball?”

    In her mind, this is the problem. Of course, the science on her side. It’s just that scientists aren’t skilled enough at communication and journalists aren’t skilled enough in the science to explain the science to laypeople.

    It simply never dawns on her that the science is on the side of race realists, nor that the scientists are keeping quiet because they don’t want the angry mob showing up at their doors.

    In fairness to her, this situation probably is extremely frustrating. Everything in her world – friends, bosses, government officials, the media, academia, etc. – says that these race realists are both wrong and evil. Yet, no one is countering them with the “facts.”

    It’s basically as though Hitler was arguing that the earth was flat and no one would step up to prove this evil man wrong.

    • Agree: bomag
    • Replies: @Svigor
  13. Clyde says:
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    https://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/jenee-osterheldt/article212741334.html

    More from your black racist author. And by black I mean very little black as in maybe 1/4, but she is going to parley this into Pokemon points the best she can.

    This is drearily stupid material, yet the journo world (such that it is) is overflowing with such ax grinding dunces.

  14. I take it drinking milk has become a dog whistle for white supremacy.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  15. Whiskey says: • Website

    Nice White ladies. Enemy of Western Civilization.

  16. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    And white feminists respond, “Thank you xir, may I have another!”

    The pimp hand of the Marginalized (sic) is strong.

    • Replies: @Rosie
  17. dr kill says:
    @Clyde

    My compliments; axe-grinding dunce is a term so cogent, so perfect I feel it is unable to be improved. Well done Sir.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  18. but simply had to establish a perimeter around Park Slope for the 17 hours it took my brain to burn out.

    Dude, with a brain that size 17 seconds would be pushing it.

  19. Danindc says:
    @Clyde

    Job at kc star at 22. Way to cash in on affirmative action Jenae…,I loved this pic

    The thought bubble over her editor’s head “so many corrections…good riddance.”

    • Replies: @Clyde
    , @a boy and his dog
  20. OT: It’s cliché, but, man, do we ever live in an Owellian world.

    From the Harvard/Asian discrimination drama.

    But William Lee, Harvard’s lawyer and a member of its governing board, denied the allegation of discrimination and said race can only help the potential student because the school “never considers an applicant’s race to be a negative.”

    There you have it. Harvard doesn’t discriminate against Asians. It just helps blacks and Hispanics. Nobody’s getting their score docked, but some kids are getting a boost. See, only positive, no negative.

    The coconuts on these guys!

  21. Danindc says:

    Another laugh out loud moment from Sailer…magnesium fire…perimeter around park slope. So good.

  22. Tyrion 2 says:

    Just tell N. to study hard and beat those pesky white students on the SAT.

    Not that he must to get into a better university. After all, he is offered a many hundred point advantage due to the colour of his skin. A transparent form of discrimination normally justified by the defamatory allegation of a giant, nefarious scheme by white people who supposedly hate black people.

    Still, it would surely do more for him and his sense of self-worth than wholly identifying his own value with the purported average IQ of those who share his race.

  23. @Citizen of a Silly Country

    Sorry, but the hits keep coming on this story.

    It turns out that Harvard has to discriminate against Asians to benefit blacks because of . . . wait for it . . . White racism. These guys really don’t have a very big play book, do they.

    Harvard rolled out a couple of turncoat Asian students to suppor their side and here’s what one said:

    Two Asian-American students supporting Harvard argued the case is about affirmative action and white supremacy . . .

    Another senior student supporting the school, Sally Chen, who is Chinese-American, said she couldn’t talk about her life experience without talking about the racism she’s experienced.

    “Who benefits from not being able to talk about their race in the admissions process are people who feel they have not experienced racism,” Chen told the Guardian, “And for the most part, those are white applicants.”

    While I still feel that talk of some Balkans-like civil war is childish and almost impossibly unlikely, I have to say that people like Sally seem determined to see if they can make it a reality. Why would I ever want to live in a country where people like Sally lord over me. My people built this country. She enjoys the benefit of that labor, yet she hates me and wants my people destroyed.

  24. Could I be this out of touch? No, its every piece of data on earth that is wrong.

  25. Tess The Milkmaid Says It’s Okay To be White And Drink Milk

    Tess The Milkmaid Says Don’t Forget The Cheese And Ice Cream!

    Tess The Milkmaid Agrees With Jared Taylor: The SCIENCE Is On Our Side!

    Tess The Milkmaid Says Whitey Is A Wonderful Color

    Whitey Row Your Boat Ashore, While Drinking Milk, Hallelujah!

  26. Yes, N., there is a Santa Claus.

  27. @Anonymous

    Correct. And I need heroin every time I realize my Border Collie is way more intelligent than my Labrador Retriever. Such a hate-fact. Drove me to addiction.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  28. songbird says:

    These people would take an axe to a dairy cow. They are the Molly Hatchets of milk.

  29. njguy73 says:
    @PiltdownMan

    Just like at the jazz-blues…or was it a blues-jazz festival? Anyway, it was at the Isle of Lucy. All that was left was a little green globule. It happens to dozens of people a year. It’s just not widely reported.

  30. Anonymous[159] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dings

    Exactly. It’s evil cis het white men enabled by the evil orange man Drumpf. That’s really all you ever need know about any ‘social justice’ issues these days.

  31. notanon says:

    sheep dogs proved intelligence was hereditary 10,000 years ago.

    in the long run children from currently low average IQ populations have the most to gain from the truth as if the media told the truth women from those groups would almost immediately start to make slightly different reproductive decisions (have more kids with men from the right-side of their group’s bell curve) and as a result their group’s average IQ would start to increase nine months later.

    the media have lied about this for 60 years cos they (or their owners) want a population of 85 IQ slave cattle.

  32. Jefferson says:
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    According to The Left no Becky can ever be a true feminist like pro-sharia law Linda Sarsour. A Muslim woman is the gold standard of feminism according to The Left. The same Linda Sarsour who sides with her fellow Muslim Keith Ellison over BelieveAllWomen.

  33. anonymous[365] • Disclaimer says:

    The angry female writer has become quite the staple. They’re trying to out-angry the black writers. This will be hard to top for the next group to come along, perhaps raging commie sub-continentals. Of course, one thing to ask is since these angry people usually don’t own these media platforms then who is it behind the scenes that give them this generous exposure? White guys in suits? This particular case is notably dumb but anything can be turned into a stage for attention-whoring virtue signaling types who want to demonstrate that they are the angriest of the angry.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
  34. jim jones says:

    You can have my cheese when you rip it from my cold, dead hands

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  35. Tiny Duck says:

    White supremacists might lack empathy, compassion and open-mindedness, but they’re getting enough calcium.

    Colbert DESTROYS white supremacy

    A group of shirtless men drinking white liquid…

    I wish all those white supremascists chugging milk while shirt-less could just come to terms with their sexuality, instead of blaming people of color.

    whites have neanderthal DNA. Neanderthals were basically just a different type of human that sometimes bred with real humans which led to some people having neanderthal dna

  36. bomag says:
    @MEH 0910

    Unlike in the case of climate change, vaccines or other areas of science where scientists routinely seek to correct public misconceptions…

    IOW, beatings must commence until good thoughts are thought by all.

    Not even on the radar that science might not support her politics.

    Echoes of Jared Diamond: when his New Guinea friend asked him why the West had more cargo, Jared never considered answering in terms of invention and problem solving; he went to great lengths to answer in terms of geography so as to not hurt any feelings.

  37. It’s basically as though Hitler was arguing that the earth was flat and no one would step up to prove this evil man wrong.

    Hitler is her* (anti-)Christ. Instead of asking what Jesus would do then doing that she asks what Hitler would do and does the opposite. He’s her moral compass.

    * – and of course that of post-Christian culture, which is why she gets published in the paper of record. Not the Left, the whole thing.

    • Agree: Tyrion 2
  38. Japanese businessmen are said to distrust a fellow Japanese person that they haven’t gone drinking with. The Nips might feel that the Romans had a good idea with that bit about there being truth in booze or something.

    Perhaps White Core Americans can begin using the milk challenge to determine who shall and shall NOT be allowed to be involved in banking, finance, the media, academia, the legal system or any other area where a HOSTILE might do harm to the European Christian ancestral core of the United States.

    Beware The Burpers!

    None But Milk Drinkers On Guard Tonight

    Milk Is Delicious — If They Don’t Drink It, Don’t Trust Them!

  39. Here’s an entertaining Twitter exchange between John Hawks and the morally preening hypocrite Rasmus Nielsen:

    Love the sarcasm.

    • Replies: @dr kill
  40. The false premise causing much of her intense psychic pain is (as Moldbug noted) that IQ is directly proportional to a person’s value as a human being. This is both morally false (categorical imperative) and false even in utilitarian terms, as one can see by considering how many clever sillies/idiots are now ensconced in our ruling class.

    Female Askenazi are uniquely susceptible to this false belief as holding to it tenaciously over the centuries is what made Ashkenazis what they are today.

    Of course by judging an individual on the basis of a group characteristic she’s also displaying garden variety prejudice which is supposed to be a big no-no of her (and our!) worldview.

  41. @MEH 0910

    The problem is made even bigger when some prominent science personalities repeat in part some of the faulty arguments and reasoning about biological races (e.g. Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins, Jerry Coyne) stemming from clumsy word usage and their ideological commitments.

    I don’t see this passage in the article currently. Was it edited out, or is this from some other source?

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
  42. Yet all of them agree that there is no evidence that any differences which may be found will line up with the prejudices of white supremacists.

    Well, since East Asians do somewhat better than whites on IQ tests, these differences already don’t line up with the prejudices of white supremacists.

    • Agree: Travis
    • Replies: @larry lurker
  43. Well, since East Asians do somewhat better than whites on IQ tests, these differences already don’t line up with the prejudices of white supremacists.

    Jared Taylor speaks Japanese and he says that, on average, some Asians might have higher IQs than some Whites. That sentence is awkward, not fixable, though.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  44. L Woods says:
    @BenKenobi

    Of course, to accomplish this, they keep down the actually capable (ie cishet white males) via the very same mechanisms of relentless psychological abuse and non-level structural playing fields from which they claim to be shielding the Worthy Diverse. Funny how that works.

  45. ChrisZ says:

    Steve’s recent observation about the weird competition among feminist writers—each trying to outdo the other by using violent language to describe her mental/spiritual state—is funny, but it may be no joke. I’m not sure there isn’t a pathetic, lemming-like suicide cascade in the offing.

    Talking to left-liberal acquaintances, I can really sense the tension they’re living with. A seed of doubt—many seeds, more likely—has been germinating regarding matters about which they were once supremely confident. You see its result in these “exploding head” editorials, in the insistence on pacifying phrases like “settled science” (TM), and in Mrs. Klinton’s assertion that people who simply disagree with her are “trying to destroy everything we hold dear.”

    It’s as if they just have to destroy something: if not the country, then themselves. In their passive-aggressive way, as a last resort they will try to effect the former via the latter.

  46. @Dings

    Amy Harmon claims not to be Jewish so I wouldn’t expect her to be at NYT too long regardless of her handling of her cognitive dissonance.

  47. Ultimately, the “debunking” of racial IQ (and other) differences always comes down to the same technique: just set an impossibly high standard of proof and then claim the proponents haven’t negated every conceivable doubt or speculative counter-explanation.

    Refusing to be persuaded by evidence is, of course, not “debunking.”

    Meanwhile, the NYT has no problem peppering every other article with “studies show . . . ” claims based on the weakest and most non-replicable junk science imaginable. They still cite studies on “stereotype threat” as if it’s a thing.

    • Replies: @notanon
  48. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    My brother found that the Harvard feminists were often very condescendingly racist. Saw feminism as white women saving the world from the White Male Patriarchy.

    Women’s organizations were often racist, and civil rights organizations were often misogynistic. Not just Stokely Charmichael. A Native American feminist told me she was harassed by Indian men who were active in Indian movements.

    So how did Wilma Mankiller make it? She was the protege of arch-Republican Ross Swimmer, who was Cherokee Chief and later head of the BIA under Reagan.

  49. What she’s really complaining about is that the left hasn’t managed to capture molecular biology quite as thoroughly as it’s captured “climate science”, most of the social sciences and the humanities.

    • Troll: Paleo Liberal
  50. Anon[170] • Disclaimer says:

    Science says blacks are dumber than whites. In the world around you, you see blacks struggling with academic subjects, representing only a tiny amount of college students, and even then having a high flunk out rate. This is despite the fact that huge amounts of time and money have been spent over the last 50 years to uplift blacks and improve their education, and that scholarships for them are available everywhere.

    When both the science and empirical reality say the same thing, then it’s time for liberals to admit that blacks are just plain dumber than whites.

    • Replies: @Amasius
    , @Anon
  51. Svigor says:

    Race realism is for the children. The white children. The ones the J-Left intends to falsely accuse of a litany of crimes (white privilege, systemic white racism, breaking blacks, etc.) from the moment they’re born.

    This is what happens when you falsely accuse someone of causing your disability; his defense lawyers look into your disability and reveal to the world that it’s inborn. If you’re sensitive about that fact, don’t falsely accuse someone of causing your disability, because disclosing its true cause becomes the moral duty of every decent person the moment you make the accusation.

  52. But the story of how he struggled last spring to find sources to refute the claims of white classmates that people of European descent had evolved to be intellectually superior to Africans is the reason I persevered in the assignment,

    This points to how establishment media/academia works. It is about giving someone who wants to “refute” Wrongthink prestigious sources to quote when they write a paper for school. See, someone at the New York Times tells us that race realism is bunk! This writer feels that people like Pinker have an obligation to skew the way they talk about such research so it matches up with Enlightened Thinking on the topic. When they drop the ball, journalists at the NY Times have to step up and give people material to cite saying all the right things.

    • Replies: @ATBOTL
  53. L Woods says:
    @Whiskey

    Women are the eternal enemies of any civilization, in a general sense. No need to make it personal – it’s what they do.

    • Agree: BB753
  54. L Woods says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    People are far too preoccupied with their make work “jobs” and posting angrily on social media to actually go outside and shoot at each other. Interracial conflict is our present and future, but it’ll be of the cold sort that lays in the gray area between peace and war. That’s certainly not to trivialize it – it’s deadly serious, with or without bullets and blood.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  55. Svigor says:

    But the story of how he struggled last spring to find sources to refute the claims of white classmates that people of European descent had evolved to be intellectually superior to Africans is the reason I persevered in the assignment, even when I felt as if my head were going to explode.

    There were no such claims. She made that part up.

    As I struggled to write my article, I began, sort of, to feel their pain. With each sentence, I was striving not to give credence to racist ideas, not to misrepresent the science that exists and not to overrepresent how much science actually does exist — while trying also to write in a way that a nonscientist, like N., could understand.

    It was hard. It did almost make my head explode.

    TL;DR version; explaining complex subjects in a way that a child can understand is a hallmark of intelligence, and Harmon isn’t very bright.

    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
  56. Svigor says:
    @MEH 0910

    https://www.reddit.com/r/badscience/comments/87nhay/could_somebody_please_debunk_this_blog_post_if_it/

    The experts are absent from the discussion because it’s a losing proposition. Race realists are right, race obscurantists are wrong. The best the experts can hope for is to “blind with science,” i.e., spout a bunch of scientific jargon and claim that it proves race obscurantism. Meanwhile, the race realist will be talking in plain language that NPCs can actually understand, while deconstructing the expert’s claims and ignoring his jargon.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Anon
  57. Svigor says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    This has all been the case for many years; it’s certainly been the case for the 15+ years I’ve been interested. The difference now is that there are so many race realists evangelizing that it’s become difficult to ignore them.

  58. Svigor says:
    @Whiskey

    Hitler and the NSDAP weren’t the problem. It was Nice German Ladies. They were really running the show.

    Eliminating all the grunts while ignoring the leadership is definitely the strategy oligarchs, eminences grise, and tyrants prefer their enemies to follow.

    But congrats, your twist adds “super gay” to “toadying.”

    • Replies: @L Woods
  59. Sure I’m not going to read this shit— can anyone tell me what comfort Amy was able to offer poor N. in the end? No Tiny Duck jokes please

  60. Harmon should have realized that all these thoughts were supposed to stay on the inside, not be spoken out loud. In her complete naivete and stupidity, she’s given away the game.

  61. @George

    What if South African Pres Jacob Zuma is significantly smarter than typical Africans and even Europeans, and the many women he married are also significantly smarter that typical Africans

    The experiment has already been done. Selection for polygnyous Big Men selects for polygynous Big Man characteristics. This was the finding of Butovskaya et al. (2015) in their study of two peoples in Tanzania: the largely monogamous Hadza (hunter-gatherers) and the highly polygynous Datoga (pastoralists).

    In hunter-gatherer societies, such as the monogamous Hadza of Tanzania (Africa), men invest more in offspring than in small-scale pastoralist societies, such as the polygynous Datoga of Tanzania [12-14]. Polygyny and between-group aggression redirect men’s efforts from childcare toward investment in male-male relationships and the pursuit of additional mates[15]. When men participate in childcare, their testosterone (T) level decreases [15-18]. Muller et al.[19] found that, among the monogamous, high paternally investing Hadza, T levels were lower for fathers than for non-fathers. This effect was not observed among the polygynous, low paternally investing Datoga.

    At the androgen receptor gene, the authors found fewer CAG repeats in the Datoga than in the Hadza (a smaller number of CAG repeat clusters is more effective in transmitting the testosterone signal). The number of repeats was also more variable in the Datoga. The Datoga’s higher and more variable polygyny rates thus seem to correlate with higher and more variable levels of testosterone.

    The authors also wished to see whether these differing levels of testosterone correlate with differing levels of aggressiveness. To this end, they interviewed the Hadza and Datoga participants:

    They were asked to provide information including their age, sex, marital status, number of children, ethnicity and aggression history (especially fights with other tribal members). All questions were read aloud in one-to-one dialogues and further explanations were provided, if necessary. Self-reported aggression was assessed with the Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire (BPAQ;[48]). The BPAQ includes 29 statements, grouped into four subscales—physical aggression (9 items), verbal aggression (5 items), anger (7 items), and hostility (8 items)—answered on aLikert scale anchored by 1 (extremely uncharacteristic of me) and 5 (extremely characteristic of me).

    Total aggression was found to correlate negatively with CAG repeat number. Age group did not predict aggression.

    Finally, the authors suggest that Datoga men, with their higher polygyny rate and fiercer competition for access to women, have undergone greater sexual selection. They have thus become bigger and more masculine than Hadza men. Although this selection pressure also exists among the Hadza, the driving force of sexual selection has been weaker because Hadza men are more monogamous and less sexually competitive:

    Our findings are in concordance with other research, demonstrating that even among the relatively egalitarian Hadza there is selection pressure in favor of more masculine men [59-62]. At the same time, preference for more masculine partners, with greater height and body size, is culturally variable and influenced by the degree of polygyny, local ecology, and other economic and social factors [59-62]. Many Datoga women commented that they would like to avoid taller and larger men as marriage partners, as they may be dangerously violent [44,62]. Only 2% of Hadza women listed large body size as an attractive mate characteristic[63]. Hadza marriages in which the wife is taller than the husband are common, and as frequent as would be expected by chance[64].

    This is consistent with what we see in nonhuman polygynous species. Successful males tend to be the ones that are better not only at attracting the opposite sex but also at fighting off rivals. They thus become bigger, tougher, and meaner.

    Reference

    Butovskaya M.L., O.E. Lazebny, V.A. Vasilyev, D.A. Dronova, D.V. Karelin, A.Z.P. Mabulla, et al. (2015). Androgen receptor gene polymorphism, aggression, and reproduction in Tanzanian foragers and pastoralists. PLoS ONE 10(8): e0136208.

    See also:

    http://www.unz.com/pfrost/polygyny-makes-men-bigger-tougher-and-meaner/

  62. @415 reasons

    Dear 415,
    I love your example. Actually I was a 5’6″ kid from Jewish roots who could really jump and play basketball when I was young. But following your reasoning, I made a home movie of my daughter at 2 years old playing basketball, or more, my training her to play. I called it “A Father’s Dream.” My dream was not only that she could play basketball, but that she would be a “big man in the NBA like Shaq.” I riffed the film Ratatouille; if a rat could be a great chef, a little French girl (we live in France) could be a big man in the NBA. One of these days I must post this on Youtube. It includes a Rocky like scene where I feed her raw eggs in her bottle. It was all to make fun of this craziness, that is getting much worse in the 8 years since my home movie.
    Cheers

  63. Anonymous[101] • Disclaimer says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    Part of it is the effect of echo-chambering. This lawyer has probably never been in a situation where the majority of people present didn’t fundamentally agree with him. So transparently (to us) logically impossible statements like “We never use race as a negative in parceling our our limited admissions slots to favored groups” never really get challenged, and are enough to mollify the occasionally slightly skeptical listener in Cambridge.

    He may be in for a surprise when 5 justices on the SCOTUS are not in his echo chamber.

    • Replies: @Big Bill
  64. Anonymous[226] • Disclaimer says:

    Pretty sure the milk thing was just a joke initially but like Pepe, the libs went all paranoid over it and turned it into “like literally the greatest terror ever!” So basically still a joke but an even better one. But the question is whether the liberal insanity will abate after midterms to mysteriously arise just in time for 2020 elections.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    , @Anonymouse
  65. MEH 0910 says:
    @candid_observer

    I don’t see this passage in the article currently. Was it edited out, or is this from some other source?

    It’s from a couple of Kevin Bird tweets in a thread (one of which is linked-to in the Amy Harmon piece) that the Unz Review made a hash of when I posted them in my comment:

    https://twitter.com/itsbirdemic/status/946803591297236992

    https://twitter.com/itsbirdemic/status/946803594765971457

  66. Mr. Anon says:
    @415 reasons

    What’s more, some believe substantial differences will be found. Others think it may not be feasible to ever entirely disentangle an immutable genetic contribution to a behavior from its specific cultural and environmental influences. Yet all of them agree that there is no evidence that any differences which may be found will line up with the prejudices of white supremacists.

    Or in other words: Scientists are unaware of what differences might exist and what mechanisms might account for them, but they are sure that whatever they might find, it will prove “white supremacists” to be poo-poo heads.

  67. Up until now, it was possible for people to discreetly ignore the topic of differing mean intelligence between the races. After all, that “inconvenient” book The Bell Curve came out in the 90s and it made no real impact on the discourse. Our media elites just ignored it. Ironically, what might permit the truth to finally will out is the modern Left’s absolute adoration of Identity politics and its monomania about race, and specifically what they see as their duty to go the extra “maternal” mile to prop up any black person anywhere no matter the situation (the worse the behavior, the better: see the Starbucks loiterers or Serena Williams).

    People like this lady just can’t resist virtue signaling anti-racism, it is her life affirming creed. And so in order to virtue signal, this formerly taboo topic is now brought center stage. I expect all kinds of op-eds down the line informing the public on the “troubling” findings of genetic research as it unfolds. Articles that unwittingly reveal all kinds of facts no one was ever exposed to before. Things that make a rational person go “hmm?” My hope is that drip by drip the leftists are inadvertently priming the public for reality to be stated openly. Heck their obnoxious behavior already is doing the job! 75% of people now openly state they hate political correctness. Another positive development. And I believe that so much data will be coming down the pike it will be impossible to ignore.

  68. Thea says:
    @George

    Higher IQ is not necessarily the same as superiority. Likewise Higher melanin.

    In some cases too many IQ points have a lot of undesired baggage. Just Like having high melanin in Sweden.

  69. @International Jew

    That’s not a complaint, it is a threat.

  70. Jim Given says:

    Interesting . . . . I would have thought it would be the Haters (in this case, the White Supremacists) who were in great danger of spontaneous combustion, caused (presumably) by the violent discharge of a large supply of negative emotion.

    I’m not sure if there is a proper technical term for this type of spontaneous combustion, caused by extreme rage. I’ve only ever seen documented cases in the 1950′s style cartoon shows, like, e.g., Tom and Jerry.
    It needs a medical acronym. Try: Spontaneous Combustion as Outlet for Furious Frustration (SCOFF).

    • LOL: jim jones
  71. Mr. Anon says:
    @Desiderius

    The false premise causing much of her intense psychic pain is (as Moldbug noted) that IQ is directly proportional to a person’s value as a human being. This is both morally false (categorical imperative) and false even in utilitarian terms, as one can see by considering how many clever sillies/idiots are now ensconced in our ruling class.

    Quite true. Liberals clearly think that intelligence is an important trait; that’s why they’re so keen on labeling their opponents as stupid. They seem to act as if they believe that, if they came to accept the view that intelligence is largely heritable, they would have to go full-on Hendrik Verwoerd – that they would have no other choice. Their passion for justice would become a passion for injustice.

    Prince Feisal: With Major Lawrence, mercy is a passion. With me, it is merely good manners. You may judge which motive is the more reliable.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056172/quotes

  72. If even a tenth as much time and energy were spent on attempting to come to terms with average differences between groups as is spent on denying its reality, we might find a way out of our societal moral panic.

    But where are the moral philosophers, social scientists, and cultural and political pundits who will engage this task?

    Rather than preparing us for the melancholy truth, all of our “intellectuals” are in effect working as hard as they can to leave us as exposed and vulnerable to it as is possible.

    Cowardice and wishful thinking is all we ever see.

    I’m sure it’s going to work out just great.

    • Replies: @Pericles
    , @Desiderius
  73. IHTG says:

    https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/10/18/h-1b-spouses-work-ban-rule-coming-next-month-feds-say/

    H-1B spouses’ work-ban rule coming next month, feds say

    Time appears nearly up for an estimated 100,000 foreign citizens working in the U.S. under a special authorization for spouses of foreign workers here on the controversial H-1B visa. The federal government, which has been promising since late 2017 to ban these H-4 visa holders from working, has just put out a notice that the new rule will be issued sometime next month.

    • Replies: @Big Bill
  74. Clyde says:
    @Danindc

    Good luck to her in the AA sweepstakes, but she has such a scarce quantum of African heritage that she dropped easily decoded phrases, such as that hip hop informed her younger years.

    • Replies: @anon
  75. Anonymous[264] • Disclaimer says:

    But the story of how he struggled last spring to find sources to refute the claims of white classmates that people of European descent had evolved to be intellectually superior to Africans is the reason I persevered in the assignment, even when I felt as if my head were going to explode.

    The recent articles by women journalists about their anger and emotionalism seem to play into the stereotype of women as having a tendency to be hysterical. You would think women would have an interest in not lending credence to this idea.

    From a 2013 Huffington Post article on female hysteria:

    Hysteria was the first mental disorder attributed to women (and only women) — a catch-all for symptoms including, but by no means limited to: nervousness, hallucinations, emotional outbursts and various urges of the sexual variety (more on that below). …

    Thomas Sydenham was an influential British physician who lived from the mid- to late-1600s, and clearly thought that crazy ladies were wandering around everywhere. …

    It’s easy to laugh-off female hysteria as preposterous and antiquated pseudo-science, but the fact is, the American Psychiatric Association didn’t drop the term until the early 1950s. … Sadly, we’re still feeling the impact of this highly-entrenched medical diagnosis today. The “crazy” and “hysterical” labels are hard ones for women to completely shake.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/21/female-hysteria_n_4298060.html

    • Replies: @ben tillman
  76. Clyde says:
    @Clyde

    ooops….parlay not parley……

  77. Veracitor says:

    One must suspect that the explosive shattering Amy Harmon’s head is cognitive dissonance.

    Eleven years ago Harmon got her own DNA tested and published her thoughts about what she learned in a New York Times article:

    And although there is great controversy [vide infra, --Ed.] about the role that genes play in shaping intelligence, it was hard to resist looking up the SNPs that have been linked — however tenuously — to I.Q. Three went in my favor, three against. But I found hope in a study that appeared last week describing a SNP strongly linked with an increase in the I.Q. of breast-fed babies.

    Babies with the CC or CG form of the SNP apparently benefit from a fatty acid found only in breast milk, while those with the GG form do not. My CC genotype meant that I had been eligible for the 6-point I.Q. boost when my mother breast-fed me. And because, by the laws of genetics, my daughter had to have inherited one of my C’s, she, too, would see the benefit of my having nursed her. Now where did I put those preschool applications?

    Harmon wrote that mere days after the great scientist James D. Watson was defenstrated [iSteve link] for implying that genetic variants driving IQ were not equally-distributed by race.

    Eleven years of rapid progress in DNA analysis, exactly as Watson predicted, have identified even more genetic variations associated with IQ (and with other traits, of course). Those variations are not evenly distributed by race. The scientists Harmon interviews know that, but they don’t want to speak about it lest they suffer the fate of Watson.

    Harmon has faith that there are no racial differences in genes for IQ even as she believes there are individual differences. She wishes everyone would believe as she does, so she wishes scientists would validate her beliefs. She has great regard for scientists.

    In 2008 she wrote about the heroic scientists and teachers who vanquished the creationists who opposed the teaching of evolution in public schools and defeated their rearguard action to give creationism equal billing under the label of “intelligent design”:

    “Faith is not based on science,” Mr. Campbell said. “And science is not based on faith. I don’t expect you to ‘believe’ the scientific explanation of evolution that we’re going to talk about over the next few weeks.”

    “But I do,” he added, “expect you to understand it.”

    Today the shoe is on the other foot, and it pinches horribly.

    While discussing her own DNA test results in 2007, Harmon wrote:

    I had refused to drink milk growing up. Now, it turns out my DNA is devoid of the mutation that eases the digestion of milk after infancy, which became common in Europeans after the domestication of cows.

    Perhaps Harmon’s aversion to milk gives her a subconscious dislike of those who drink it with gusto. Maybe if she let science (lactase pills) help her enjoy milk, she could then let science help her understand the world around her more deeply.

  78. Anonymous[234] • Disclaimer says:
    @BenKenobi

    But realistically, how many black kids feel angst in their guts — not occasional, universal “I wish I were smarter/richer/taller” melancholy — about some poindexter’s abstract of distributions of SAT scores?

    I rather think most blacks measure themselves against blacks. i.e. like the way every other race behaves. This “stereotype threat” insecurity is a modern neurosis primarily arising from biracial parentage. In the Jared Taylor vs. Derbyshire debate this was the one solid point the former made. Mixed-race kids *can* be encouraged to feel bad about not fitting into either group easily. The flip side is the mentally healthy ones learn how to fit into either group.

  79. @Anonymous

    “Myth busted: People smell as well as dogs.” Kathy Sheridan Yahoo News. 5/11/17

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/myth-busted-people-smell-well-dogs-193357687.html

    “Miami (AFP) – People’s sense of smell is just as sharp as those of rats and dogs, a US researcher said Thursday, calling for an end to a century-old “myth” to the contrary. Rutgers University neuroscientist John McGann reviewed research and historical writings he says led to the misconception that human sense of smell is inferior, according to the report in the journal Science….”

    Science is helping explode not just racist myths, but also speciesist myths. (Thanks, Anon 159, for helping with the spelling.) Apparently, human’s sense of smell is just as acute as that of dogs. I plan to go down to the local DEA office and apply for a job as a drug-sniffing dog.

    I identify as a beagle.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
  80. @George

    It does make one wonder if too much intelligence becomes dysgenic at some point. Specifically, this seems related to feminism in the West somehow. You have a situation where high IQ women are being disincentivized to breed, yet no one seems to think this worth noticing. The failure of feminism to make peace with motherhood does seem to be one root of our problems. But perhaps feminism is merely a symptom of the overarching disease : egalitarianism itself. Equality to some extent is a very good thing. But it could be that if left unchecked it will consume a society with its own mediocrity as everything becomes blandly equal, uninspired, and not worth defending. At which point borders are no longer defended either (can’t discriminate!) and then natural processes of the decline speed up their course.

    • Replies: @unpc downunder
  81. @MEH 0910

    [N.]: “Could somebody please debunk this blog post, if it can be debunked?” he finally posted on the Reddit forum r/badscience. “It’s convincing me of things I really don’t want to be convinced of.”

    This Black kid has a better attitude towards knowledge than all the Beckys of NYT combined.

  82. Mr. Anon says:
    @Anonymous

    Pretty sure the milk thing was just a joke initially but like Pepe, the libs went all paranoid over it and turned it into “like literally the greatest terror ever!” So basically still a joke but an even better one. But the question is whether the liberal insanity will abate after midterms to mysteriously arise just in time for 2020 elections.

    I think they did the same thing with the “OK” sign. Media types bought it. The 4-chan-alt-right certainly knows how to troll them.

    By the way, there is a better and longer pedigree for the “OK” sign being a satanic symbol than it being a white supremacist thing.

  83. @Desiderius

    Already spent my hourly agree, but I agree.

  84. L Woods says:
    @Desiderius

    As a high-iq idiot and all around chronic underperformer, I endorse this post.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  85. gunner29 says:

    Facts on the ground; other than some contact with the Chinese 1000 or so years ago, the sub-Saharan negros had no contact with whites until about 500 years ago. They were a stone age people, no metal working. No written language, math was their 10 fingers, no wheels on anything, only small villages scattered thru the land, never developed large cities.

    They were about 10,000 years behind whites and northern asians as to development of modern abilities.

    I was reading about a white guy that was trying to produce a dictionary of Swahili or some other negro language. He was frustrated as to how words that are common in other parts of the world, didn’t exist in Africa. He gave the example of the word ‘higher’.

    He was standing under a coconut tree and was trying to learn the word they had for going higher up the tree to get more coconuts. The locals couldn’t come up with a word with the concept of going higher up the tree. Just didn’t exist in their world.

    In the benign climate of the tropics and sub-tropics, the environment wasn’t testing them to develop technologies to stay alive half the year like up north. They were successfully living there, and had for a half million years, +or – whatever interval the scientists are currently using for when modern humans evolved.

    The leftys always ignore little facts like these…..

  86. GW says:

    From the esteemed minds of The NY Times comment section:

    Cathie W
    San DiegoOct. 18
    “As someone whose DNA makes me as white as the milk I can’t drink, I have a question. If living in a cold climate made my European ancestors so smart, why didn’t they then migrate to a better climate?”

    Lol. You mean they didn’t develop ships and discover navigation techniques that allowed them to circumnavigate the globe and set up colonies in places as far apart as the Americas, India, Africa, and Australia?

    Europeans are the only race of people who actually did migrate to better climates. What an own goal.

  87. JimB says:

    Hey, Amy. Way to convince readers you aren’t an over emotional female who gets the vapors whenever somebody offends your sensibilities.

  88. bomag says:
    @George

    Polygamy might be the driver of punctuated evolution and the savior of Africa.

    Well, they’ve had quite a while to work at it, and never advanced much beyond mud huts. I don’t expect much more to come. The high intelligence from those out-of-Africa is spectacularly rare from what we know of life this last four billion years.

    The selection pressure for high intelligence is pretty feeble.

  89. Pericles says:
    @candid_observer

    I think it will come to a point where the facts of HBD can’t be denied. However, somewhere near that time, the new facts will be used to continue the same old policies. Just wait for the left to hone their arguments appropriately.

    • Agree: Desiderius
  90. @Peter Frost

    It would be interesting to see if this finding extends to shifting cultivationists like those in PNG since there seems to be evidence for the ‘big men’ syndrome there.

    However, it might be affected by their propensity to keep large herds of pigs, something it seems has only been possible for the last few hundred years (since the introduction of sweet potatoes.)

  91. @Anonymous

    Milk is better to drink with tuna fish salad than beer. Why is that?

  92. @Peter Frost

    It seems our society is now much more polygynous than it used to be, what with birth control allowing women to play the field for so long.

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
    , @Anonymused
  93. Kylie says:

    Includes the obligatory mention of the historic event that happened only yesterday, the lynching of Emmett Till.

    • Replies: @D. K.
  94. notanon says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    set an impossibly high standard of proof

    that level of proof possibly already exists

    iirc the giant GWAS studies into educational attainment have publicly claimed to have identified something like 20% or so of the relevant genes for IQ but if those studies included all racial/ethnic groups then given that different populations are likely to have some different IQ genes then the percentage within each population is likely to be far higher.

    (say there were three genes for IQ A, B and C and one population only had A and B and another had A and C then if you studied both populations *together* only the A gene would show up whereas if you tested each population separately you’d get two separate perfect correlations, one with A plus B and one with A plus C)

  95. @Mr. Anon

    Thank you for writing that Mr. Anon. I did ctrl-F for “differences which may be found”, so I wouldn’t spout off a repetitive comment, since I haven’t read them yet. This is getting pretty far away from science now, and into religion or doctrinology for these writers.

    They are sure that what they find will support their (due to cowardice) and her (due to stupidity) thesis, but they just haven’t gone through the slight formality of doing the science yet. We’re just pretty sure, so, we’ll publish our findings now, rather than wait until the pixel prices go up.

    No more differences will turn up that will prove us wrong. Why bother to use up all that taxpayer money on more work? Let’s call it a day.

  96. Whiskey says: • Website

    Follow up, what is to be done? We need a mass effort to silence and intimidate Nice White ladies into shutting up and to destroy the media and social media by heavy government regulation to the point where it resembles the Cuban postal service.

    Without the female mob Chucky Schemer is just a cheap laughable hustler. Without his family Manson was just a crazy junkie. Without his followers Pablo Escobar was just a cheap thug. Without nice White ladies Hillary or Kamala or Spartacus are just cheap pantsuits.

    Let’s regulate Twitter Facebook and the media to the point that they all resemble a Soviet farm report. And Nice White ladies are shamed as crazy cat lady groupies.

  97. Anon7 says:

    I know just how Amy feels. I’ve been trying to figure out how to explain to my son that his dream of becoming an NFL cornerback is not realistic in a way that doesn’t describe white people as inferior. He’s also been adjusting to the fact that all of his friends in the math club are Asian.

    I just hope I don’t get that exploding head feeling, that’s all I’d need.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  98. @gunner29

    Iron working has been practiced in sub-Saharan Africa since 1000 B.C., you clod. It was part of what enabled the Bantu expansion across west and Southern Africa.

    Axum in the Ethiopian highlands had its own written language (Ge’ez), monumental architecture that included castles and rock cut churches, coinage for both local and international trade, and intermittent contact with the Byzantine empire it considered an ally. They even launched punitive campaigns across the Red Sea to the Arabian peninsula.

  99. backup says:

    So strange how “White Supremacists” are actually using scientific research to prove their point when science has basically proved race doesn’t exist.

  100. … Yet all of them [scientists] agree that there is no evidence that any differences which may be found will line up with the prejudices of white supremacists.

    I’m sure the reporter talked to a handful of sympathetic scientists and the best quote she could extract was something like “until further research is completed it would be premature to assume what the data might reveal about the relationship between African-American IQ and polygenetic scores.”

    This obviously wouldn’t do for her purposes. So she had to feed these comments through the NYT’s patented PC weasel-worder. The output is a statement that there is currently “no evidence” as to the outcome of studies that haven’t been undertaken yet.

    But the point is to get the “no evidence” money-phrase in print. Now the black kid doing his book report (or anybody else on the Internet) can cite to the NYT as an authoritative source for the proposition that there is “no evidence” of genetic racial differences and thus the idea has been “debunked.”

  101. @MEH 0910

    and others that had been flooding that forum about claims of racial differences that invoke the jargon and scientific papers of modern genetic research.

    Steve, I implore you to start using this phrase. We non-scientists (I’m not gonna mention engineers) should not be INVOKING THE JARGON! Unless we have been duly ordained in the Church of Science, we are not to INVOKE THE JARGON – any of it. That means scientific notation, averages, medians, graphs, data and shit – ANY OF IT, PEOPLE.

    They used to lock people up in the Tower of London for INVOKING THE JARGON*. We should be glad it’s just a non-violent felony, sometimes only a misdemeanor in these Free United States. You’ve got your INVOKING 1, your INCITEMENT TO INVOKE, and then your misdemeanor crimes. Often upon a citation for misdemeanor INVOKING, one may get off with just a slap on the wrist, by a PhD Scientist, and 4 points on his driver’s license.

    * Hell, there’s a guy still up there, far as I know. He may be technically deceased due to medical facts, but I don’t want to call it, as, then I’d be INVOKING THE JARGON.

  102. @GW

    Also the tropics were killing zones of disease until the bad people discovered antibiotics and anti-malarial drugs.

  103. L Woods says:
    @Svigor

    I think the GWOT has demonstrated that ‘decapitation’ doesn’t actually work very well as a strategy; it does nothing to address the root causes of the phenomenon. Feminism is closer to the root than the particular band of parasitic oligarchs currently skimming off the top. Feminism may itself be merely a symptom a deeper trends of cyclical societal decay, but that’s another matter and not one we can do much about, I fear.

    • Replies: @Svigor
  104. @gunner29

    Wow. Those folks dumb. Even Tarzan know what “higher” mean.

    Tarzan go up tree, get coconut, go down tree, eat coconut. Then Tarzan go look for Jane to make babies.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  105. @PiltdownMan

    You guys joke around all you want, but even soft tissue can do damage when flying at the supersonic speed generated by an exploding head. Yeah, just get some NY Times-Journalist-tissue shot into your nose and mouth sometimes, and see how well you can reason the next morning. A couple of scientists have found that stupidity is quite contagious, and there’s no point waiting around for more evidence. We’re sure we know what we’d find.

  106. @Whiskey

    At least for 10% of the time, they are the enemies of all of us.

    • Replies: @Rosie
  107. D. K. says:
    @Kylie

    Emmett Till was not lynched; he was murdered by an aggrieved husband and his half-brother.

    Emmett Till’s father, Louis, was not lynched, either; he was hanged by the neck until dead, by order of a court martial of the United States Army, for murdering an Italian woman, and raping two others.

    ***

    “[A] lynching was a killing committed outside of the law, by a group [generally taken to mean three or more persons], done under the pretext of service to justice, race, or tradition.”

    ***

    https://lynchingsitesmem.org/lynching/definition

    • Replies: @Kylie
    , @Elsewhere
  108. istevefan says:
    @GW

    Europeans are the only race of people who actually did migrate to better climates.

    Does Europe really have that harsh of a climate? NW Europe has a milder climate than many parts of North America where the summers are much hotter and the winters more severe. Large parts of Australia also have harsher climatic conditions as well. Nevertheless Europeans made a success in those places too.

    • Replies: @Joe Schmoe
    , @notanon
  109. ATBOTL says:
    @Anonymous IV

    Exactly. The entire anti-white effort over the last one hundred years or so has worked like this. Find a source that sounds prestigious, like Columbia professor Franz Boas, promote that source relentlessly to give it an untouchable aura, then bounce the source around in the media echo chamber endlessly to establish the narrative.

    We are really seeing the mechanics of how this all works better than ever since Trump. Because the system failed, those who support it have to discuss how to fix it, which necessitates revealing operational details that the brains on their side would prefer remain invisible.

    Look at what is going on in the UK with the usual suspects ganging up on Jeremy Corbyn. You see the same tactic of creating an “authority” out of nothing(some holocaust awareness group no one ever heard of before) and then demanding that Corbyn submit to it’s arbitrary, politically motivated dictates. When Corbyn resists, he is accused of hurting the feelings of the people issuing the dictates. It’s a very illuminating spectacle. Look into it if you haven’t. It is what will happen here if the populist left takes power in the Democratic Party.

  110. Jack D says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    I was told that there would be no math.

    • LOL: bomag
    • Replies: @pyrrhus
  111. pyrrhus says:
    @Dings

    Women should be banned from journalism, because it all turns out to be about their feelz…

    • Agree: AndrewR
  112. pyrrhus says:
    @Jack D

    Exactly the words heard from a female biology grad student I know…”no math” is the key to many wondrous achievements…

  113. @candid_observer

    But where are the moral philosophers, social scientists, and cultural and political pundits who will engage this task?

    Crowded out along the way from K-professional influence. Ostensibly to clear the way for the marginalized, often enough to preserve illegitimate power and wealth.

  114. Jack D says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    As unbelievable as that sounds, that’s the entire intellectual justification for AFFIRMATIVE action. Get it – it’s “positive” discrimination, not like old fashioned racist kind of “negative” discrimination. It’s not like we are taking off 100 points from the SAT score of every white and 200 points off of every Asian kid. No, not at all, even though it might seem that way if you compare the scores of applicants across races. We just treat being black as a little “plus factor” like being on the marching band or student counsel. We just give them a little leg up in order to create a diverse class. Nothing wrong with that – the Supreme Court has so ruled. It’s not as if the # of seats at Harvard is limited and this is a zero sum game.

    The question is whether the proponents really KNOW that they are being totally dishonest and are just trying to pull the wool over the judges’ eyes or whether they are really that dumb themselves? William Lee sounds like a total Uncle Tom (what is the Chinese version of Uncle Tom?) but no dummy.

  115. Amasius says:
    @Anon

    Ibn Khaldun was noticing six+ centuries ago:

    We have seen that Negroes are in general characterized by levity, excitability, and great emotionalism. They are found eager to dance whenever they hear a melody. They are everywhere described as stupid.

    Maghrebi Arab White supremacy.

  116. @L Woods

    Yeah well welcome to the club, bub. My underachievement was a team effort in which I more than pulled my weight.

  117. Kylie says:
    @D. K.

    Try telling that to the left.

    • Replies: @D. K.
  118. J.Ross says: • Website

    OT Consigning all alternative media to the flames

    http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/images/publications/Sovereign_Challenge_Report_091718_web.pdf

    https://web.archive.org/web/20181015034247/http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/images/publications/Sovereign_Challenge_Report_091718_web.pdf

    Anon said:
    The deep state is deeply concerned about uncontrolled media and is working on censorship. Their biggest concern is not “disinformation”, but rather “post-truth”. Disinformation would be an incorrect fact, but post-truth would be a rejection of a subjective truth. The real issue is not what you read, but what you think.

    They view fact checking and online banning as bandaids. Fact checking will refute unauthorized talking points without explicitly repeating them (strawmanning) to ensure that you don’t hear it from them too. Banning will be sold as purging fake accounts. All of that is reactive though. Their main goal is a proactive propaganda service to get out ahead of “fake news”.

    From the paper:
    The ascendancy of disinformation and its political ramifications could also arise as a result of a paradigm shift we are experiencing but have simply not yet adapted to. In his book,The Signal and the Noise, Nate Silver argues that the disruption we are currently experiencing is no different from the “information overload” experienced after the creation of the printing press is 1440. Silver argues that the sudden accessibility of large quantities of information can overwhelm society. He argues that too much useless and poor-quality information results in increased isolation and polarization driving people to down select—that is, actively reducing the number of choices they consider—to limited sources of information and simplified narratives that fit our preconceived biases.

    As professional curators and gatekeepers dwindle and are replaced by self-appointed and unaccountable ones, individuals are forced to assess information in ways for which they are not trained.

    In many cases, these group have directly contributed to the erosion of established facts in pursuit of their beliefs, such as with the many “truthers,” “chemtrailers,” “anti-vaxxers” and other conspiracy theorists who believe that commonly held facts are inherent lies. These issues are often underpinned by pseudo-science and selective research as well as the misinterpretation of publicly available information, which has been taken out of context. Often, the concepts are given greater credibility and publicity through endorsement by high profile public figures.

    While “fact” and “truth” are often considered synonymous, they actually have very different meanings in this discussion. The commonly held definition of “facts” are that they objectively exist in reality, regardless of belief, culture, or other consideration. They cannot be logically disputed. “Truth” on the other hand is made up of facts, but can be tempered by beliefs and interpretation. As such, two people can draw two different “truths” from the same set of facts.

    This means they should consider disabling commentary systems—the function of allowing the general public to leave comments beneath a particular media item—and be careful to refer to the spreading of false information and providing a fact-based correction without explicitly repeating the false message itself.

  119. @Jack D

    It’s not as if the # of seats at Harvard is limited and this is a zero sum game.

    Uh, there’s nothing that says they have to be limited. There is of course someone(s), but once again we are so excruciatingly courteous as to allow them to hide in the passive voice.

  120. @Jack D

    what is the Chinese version of Uncle Tom?

    Uncle Tong?

  121. keypusher says:

    But another reason some scientists avoid engaging on this topic, I came to understand, was that they do not have definitive answers about whether there are average differences in biological traits across populations. And they have increasingly powerful tools to try to detect how natural selection may have acted differently on the genes that contribute to assorted traits in various populations.

    Well yeah, that’s why N’s having such a hard time. Next paragraph (numbering mine).

    “(1) What’s more, some believe substantial differences will be found.”

    “(2) Others think it may not be feasible to ever entirely disentangle an immutable genetic contribution to a behavior from its specific cultural and environmental influences. ”

    “(3) Yet all of them agree that there is no evidence that any differences which may be found will line up with the prejudices of white supremacists.”

    #1 and #3 cannot be reconciled.

  122. Elsewhere says:
    @D. K.

    I think it is defined as a lynching because the killers were acquitted, which suggests community support for the killing.

    • Replies: @D. K.
  123. Big Bill says:
    @Anonymous

    I believe the Harvard “plus factor” language is a nod to Powell’s opinion in Bakke (1978?), which was similarly bogus. I wouldn’t count on the USSC being smarter now than it was in Bakke’s day.

    In Bakke the USSC explicitly blessed Harvard’s systemic goal of plus factors to get a wide variety of students with a wide variety of experiences, to talk about a wide variety of things (diversity of opinion) and thereby become well and broadly educated.

    They could stick with their rationale from 40 years ago.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  124. Big Bill says:
    @IHTG

    Wonderful news! Our company has been filling up with these broads over the last ten years.

  125. Yappee says:

    “sheep dogs proved intelligence was hereditary 10,000 years ago.”

    A friend asked me to “dog-sit” his Border Collie for a couple of days. I had no idea what I was in for. This dog would respond to commands without a second of hesitation, even if one command directly contradicted the one before it. I was awestruck with the dogs precision.

    I could tell her, “go get the ball,” throw the ball a hundred yards, and she’d go into a sprint for it. After around 40 yards, I’d call her to come back to me, and she’d turn on a dime, and sprint back as if the ball run had never happened. Then, halfway to me, I’d say, “go get the ball,” and she’d turn tail and sprint back to get the ball, and run back to drop it at my feet. Never missed a beat.

    Repeatedly.

    Try doing that with a “normal” dog. Most dogs would turn into a pile of confusion, or at best hesitate. This dog followed every command she understood with Navy Seal precision.

    The problem with owning such beast in a typical suburban, and especially urban setting, is the dog MUST have “something to do” during its waking hours or the dog will be miserable, as will the owner.
    In my house, she would constantly check each room of the house all fricking day. I couldnt make her stop for very long.

    The dog was wicked smart, but without things to do, or puzzles to solve, they can become a bit wretched. Never buy one unless you have time, and intend to fully incorporate that dog and it’s needs into your life. They don’t have a lot of needs, but not fulfilling the needs they have will lead to bad outcomes.

    Oh, and intelligence is heritable. It’s been proven long ago that you can breed for it. I’d love to drop a border collie into the author’s life, show her what one is capable of, compared to her beagle, and watch the magnesium fireworks commence.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @notanon
  126. D. K. says:
    @Kylie

    I have. The thing of it is, facts remain facts, whether one accepts them as such or not. In the words of the late Ronald Wilson Reagan: “Facts are stupid things.”

    • Replies: @Kylie
    , @Achmed E. Newman
  127. J.Ross says: • Website
    @gunner29

    Northwest sub-Saharans had metal working almost as good as ancient Celts, and had invented a unique process for managing ventilation in a furnace. One of the African groups that greeted Portuguese visitors wore scale armor shirts and rode horses.
    The guy you’re describing was a philosophy professor who gave a talk on African languages at an AmRen meetup; there is probably still a bad but serviceable VHS-based copy of his talk on YouTube.

    • Replies: @Peripatetic commenter
  128. Sean says:

    THE heart of revolutionary faith, like any faith, is fire: ordinary material transformed into extraordinary form, quantities of warmth suddenly changing the quality of substance. If we do not know what fire is, we know what it does. It burns. It destroys life; but it also supports it as a source of heat, light, and—above all—fascination. Man, who works with fire as homo faber, also seems foredoomed in his freedom to play with it as homo ludens.

    Our particular chapter in history unfolds at a time of physical transformation in Europe that was almost as momentous as the first discovery of fire must have been in the mists of antiquity. The industrial revolution was permitting men to leash fire to machines—and to unleash fire power on each other—with a force undreamed of in earlier ages. In the midst of those fires appeared the more elusive flame that Dostoevsky described in the most searching work of fiction ever written about the revolutionary movement: The Possessed.

    He depicted a stagnant (tranquil?) provincial town that was suddenly inspired (infected?) by new ideas. Shortly after a turbulent literary evening, a mysterious fire broke out; and a local official shouted out into the nocturnal confusion: “The fire is in the minds of men …”

  129. Big Bill says:
    @Jack D

    The Bakke expectation was that bunches of diverse folks living together and going to class together would be better educated.

    This sort of “racism” was given a special pass due to the special job of colleges to educate students.

    The Bakke court refused to let colleges discriminate based on the goal of (for example) making more black doctors to presumably serve black communities.

    The Bakke court had this image of Professors saying, “Gee, Biff, that’s an interesting take on tax carry-over basis. Laquisha, based on your experiences and perspective as a black single mom, what is your take?”

    Back in the early 90′s when servers were wide open, I navigated to hulaw1.edu and … umm … browsed around a bit.

    I found a report by an outside firm (McKinsey?) explaining to HLS why it’s black students were so pissed off. They were hired to contact the students anonymously and get them to talk.

    One big black complaint was that HLS professors did exactly what Bakke wanted. According to the report, black kids hated being “noticed” and called on as unofficial representatives of their race. My guess is they just wanted to get through their classes each day, then leave and go hang out with their black friends … who dressed, acted, thought, joked, and danced like them. From their perspective it wasn’t their job to uplift dumbass white folks.

  130. @Danindc

    She’s thinking, “We laid off everyone else in the newsroom why is this dope still around?”

    • Agree: Danindc
  131. Jack D says:
    @gunner29

    Actually parts of sub-Saharan African had reached the Iron Age a long time ago. Progress on other fronts was very uneven, but iron was produced in sub-Saharan Africa in significant quantities long before contact with Western civilization. Their civilization was certainly primitive in many respects by Western standards but it just so happens that iron making was one skill that they did master.

  132. @gunner29

    Not true. There’s reliable evidence that Sub-Saharan Africans did metalworking before c. 1500 and probably before significant contact with any non-African people, although much later than Europeans and Asians. By 1500, they certainly were in their Iron Age. It seems to be true they had only rudimentary writing systems around that time, and adopted scripts foreign to them (like the Arabic one). Their math skills were also indeed apparently very primitive.

    It’s fine, I think, not liking Sub-Saharan Africans or wanting to live with them. It’s true that, compared to Europeans, Sub-Saharan Africans were and are primitive, and we can debate how much. But Stone Age by 1500? No metalworking? Nonsense. A quick search can prove you wrong.

    Edit: Jack D above already said it better.

  133. Anon[121] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Science says blacks are dumber than whites.

    Jews need blacks. If blacks didn’t exist in the US, the obvious reality would be Jews are on the top and have most power and privilege. Whites would notice this. Asians would notice this. Hispanics would notice this. And etc. Sure, Jews can try to guilt-bait others with Shoah talk, but that only goes so far.

    So, Jews need to ‘ennoble’ their power and privilege by associating themselves with blacks. As blacks fail in many areas, they count as ‘marginalized’, ‘neglected’, ‘disenfranchised’, or whatever.
    Without blacks, Jewish success seems like superduper success. But with black, Jewish success seems like compassionate success. You see, Jewish power cares soooooooooooooooo much about the Noble Negroes and grants them special AA at Harvard, the smokescreen behind which Jews use the system to admit more of their own.

    Without Jim, Huck was just another white goofing around. But Huck’s relation with Jim ennobled him, much more than Tom. Jews have a Huck-and-Jim thing going with Negroes in the current narrative.

    I guess this is why they are upset with Trump using Kanye as his Jim. “Look, I saved a Negro from the Democratic Plantation.”

    • Replies: @gunner29
  134. @L Woods

    You are on to part of it, I think, Mr. Woods. I don’t think it is any kind of planned-out deal mind you,, but it just seems like the Cold Civil War time will allow the remaining people who really remember freedom and lack of Orwellian stuff to get too old to fight anything physically.

    The kids growing up don’t know any better. Many, and that includes lots of writers on other areas of unz.com here too, wouldn’t know freedom if it came up and bit them on the ass. I mean, they can’t imagine what it means to not have a big Feral Gov’t, Big-Biz, Big-Ed, etc. knowing everything they are up to except for their inner thinking (for now). They cannot imagine being left alone to do what they please.

    Until that time, there are still 10′s of millions of Americans who still remember. I hate to say it, but the faster they push this stuff, the better in the long run, as some Americans will decide we’d better nip this in the bud, or at least take down the tree before the roots ruin the foundation, while we still have a good running Stihl chainsaw.

    • Replies: @L Woods
  135. “he struggled last spring to find sources to refute the claims of white classmates that people of European descent had evolved to be intellectually superior to Africans”

    I can’t find sources which refute claims that people of Ashkenazi descent evolved to be intellectually superior to Europeans, either.

    The good news is that I don’t feel my entire sense of self-worth is bound up in that difference.

    The bad news is I won’t find a sympathetic NYT journalist to feel my notional pain for me.

  136. @GW

    Cathie W
    San DiegoOct. 18
    “As someone whose DNA makes me as white as the milk I can’t drink, I have a question. If living in a cold climate made my European ancestors so smart, why didn’t they then migrate to a better climate?”

    She wrote this from San Diego? Checkmate, deplorable European ancestors!

    • Replies: @Warner
  137. @Citizen of a Silly Country

    Yep, while I was a short hiatus from commenting here (a month back or so), I read one of your comments that really hit home. I’ve got no idea under which post, but the French-Canadian young guy wrote back to you and vice versa, if that rings a bell. I really felt like writing in, but I had vowed to not comment as much (didn’t take!) This stuff is getting real. I’ve not been to the prepper sites in a while, but you’ll read the same kind of thing quite often there (ZH used to have commenters like you).

    Your handle is more appropriate than ever, Citizen of a Silly Country. When things get silly, (reaching Peak Stupidity, in my parlance), I feel that we should just get the hell out. These are not my people, and the more that are involved – say 1/2 the country – and with most of the other half letting it happen, why should we save anything or anybody?

    Other times, I remember the Founders. Their struggle was quite different. They put more on the line (lives, fortunes, sacred honor) earlier, but things weren’t as complicated either.

  138. Kylie says:
    @D. K.

    Totally agree. Unfortunately the left has very effectively kept the focus on feelz at the expense of facts.

    To clarify, my initial post in this thread was written as a leftist would write it, hence my use of the word “lynching” to describe the killing of Emmett Till.

    To further clarify, my use of the word “killing” rather than “murder” was also deliberate.

  139. @George

    “evolution is still ongoing”

    The story of the Irish Travellers is instructive. Around 400 years ago they (if the geneticists and historians are correct) didn’t exhibit group differences which made them stand out from the rest of the native Irish population. 400 years later the picture is very different.

    Now it could be that natural selection has rewarded the most violent, meanest s-o-b-in-the-valley travellers with more children and so the travellers have gradually separated out – or it could be that the settled community have become a lot less violent over the centuries (as appears to have happened in England between 1550 and 1950) while the travellers still have a 1550 mindset because the selection forces operating on the settled population didn’t operate on them.

    Or it could be a mixture of the two. Either way, in 400 years, not a long time, we’ve seen two very different communities emerge from one.

  140. @International Jew

    Quite true, IJ. I would like to use the phrase “cornering the market”. They’ve got the Global Climate Disruption(TM) market cornered, almost like the Texan Hunt brothers with silver in 1980 or so. For molecular biology, they’ve still got quite a few obstinate scientist holdouts who JUST DON”T UNDERSTAND TODAY’S MARKET!

  141. Steve, it’s 2230 ZULU time, dude! Can you do a little moderation, or are you out for a nice dinner with the Missus?

  142. @Steve in Greensboro

    “Myth busted: People smell as well as dogs.”

    Obviously, this myth has been holding me back. I demand Affirmative Action in police hiring so that I can become a drug sniffing luggage inspector. I dream of running along lines of luggage in Miami airport using my God-given olfactory equality to detect the faintest traces of marijuana, cocaine, heroin.

    Species equality now!

    #K9man
    #BecauseScience

  143. I had to help my kid do a book report on killer whales. I’m struggling to find sources to refute the claims that not all orcas eat fish. That some orcas may have regionally evolved to eat different food sources. Apparently mammal-hunting orcas have a genetic variation that helps them store vital nutrients between meals. Which seems to make them superior to other orcas, as there able to go longer between meals.

    It was hard. It did almost make my head explode.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/31/secrets-of-killer-whale-evolution-revealed-by-genetic-study-orcas

  144. @istevefan

    Europe’s climate is mild given its latitude.

    Røst Norway at 54 degrees N is the most northerly locale with (technically speaking) no winter with all the usual winter months average temps above freezing.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%B8st#Climate

    Compare to Petropavlosk Kamchatka a little south at 53 degrees N and is also on the coast. It has six months with average temps below zero, aka winter months.

    • Replies: @Joe Schmoe
  145. @Svigor

    That’s an excellent analogy (2nd paragraph), Svigor. I may use that and hope you don’t mind.

    • Replies: @Svigor
  146. @Joe Schmoe

    Sorry, Røst is actually about 800 miles further north than I said. It is 67 degrees N.

    Moscow is at 55 degrees N. latitude.

    That’s right. 800 miles north of Moscow and no winter.

  147. @Yappee

    But, really, which is the smarter dog: the border collie relentlessly executing your pointless commands, or the beagle who lies down and takes a nap?

    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
  148. There may be something to keeping children ignorant of certain things

  149. George says:
    @Peter Frost

    Hunter gather societies might select for brawn, violent aggressiveness, but Jacob Zuma did not win his wives by dueling, he won them by outsmarting political opponents. I was thinking the early Mormons seemed to do well with polygamy.

    • Replies: @Peter Frost
  150. dr kill says:
    @candid_observer

    This is what how they think they are going to reach the public? I find this sentence entertaining, confusing but entertaining.

  151. @Charles Pewitt

    C’mon C. P.

    I’m sure you know damn well the ultimate artistic representation of “Ride of the Valkyries” is the pinnacle of masculine behavior: male warriors flying in (MAN-made) war machines to annihilate the enemy . . . (even if the “enemy” turned out to be villages of ordinary peasants, the vast majority of whom just wanted to be left alone.)

    (Robert DuVall was never better than in this role as Colonel Kilgore.)

    • Replies: @George Taylor
  152. anon[402] • Disclaimer says:
    @Clyde

    >she has such a scarce quantum of African heritage

    Eh, she’s what they used to call yellow. Probably has frizzy hair and her facial features evince black ancestry. It’s not exactly an Elizabeth Warren scenario.

    • Replies: @Lowe
  153. @J.Ross

    You’re good at making assertions. Not so good at providing evidence (like a link).

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  154. …the NYFD could not put out.

    I think you just put out the FDNY.

  155. MEH 0910 says:

    Kevin Bird includes a picture of a Steve tweet in there:

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
  156. Anonymous[527] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    The blatantly false and totally unfair idea that insects are smaller than whales has been keeping me up at night in abject rage, my head on the verge of exploding. Why can’t we recognize that size doesn’t exist but while it’s totally a social construct it still serves use to recognize that whales are like totally hitler racist for hoarding their size and all the benefits that come with it which they owe to insects for their size privilege.

  157. Last year, it was all head-scratching. Now it’s full-on explosion. What changed?

    Was everyone ignoring the scratching?

  158. J.Ross says: • Website

    OT Did you ever sign a petition in college, then forget about it, or otherwise mellow or change your position? And then years later you can’t get a job or enter a country because of something you did as a teenager but do not necessarily still believe in.
    Well, you know who’s always saying We Must Never Forget …

    https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/revealed-canary-mission-blacklist-is-secretly-bankrolled-by-major-jewish-federation-1.6528545

    CanaryMission.org

    Advice: do not search your own name directly uness you want it added by these self-contained-KGB-creeps.

    Canary Mission documents people and groups that promote hatred of the USA, Israel and Jews on North American college campuses. Canary Mission investigates hatred across the entire political spectrum, including the far right, far left and anti-Israel activists.

    Every individual and organization has been carefully researched and sourced. If you appreciate the work of Canary Mission, please help us continue to expose hatred by alerting us to anti-Semitic activity on your college campus, or by donating.

  159. @Joe Schmoe

    There’s definitely something and it strongly indicates a male-biased founder’s effect.

    https://www.livescience.com/62754-warring-clans-caused-population-bottleneck.html

    Modern men’s genes suggest that something peculiar happened 5,000 to 7,000 years ago: Most of the male population across Asia, Europe and Africa seems to have died off, leaving behind just one man for every 17 women.

    People were still living in small clans doing small-scale farming 5,000 to 7,000 years ago, a time right before people moved into larger societies and built large cities. It was a “transition between early farming using stone tools and later farming in societies using metal tools,” Tyler-Smith told Live Science.

    But after this bottleneck, “you see the start of societal organizations and the shift from small-scale societies to having cities and organizations of people into groups that are not so intent on maintaining the Y chromosome lineage,” Feldman said. During this time, the male population bounced back, he added.

  160. Anonymous[594] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon7

    White kid? Tough [email protected], no Pokémon points for you. Here, have some opiates….

    • Replies: @Anon7
  161. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Peripatetic commenter

    You’re right, I just made all of that up so I could sound like a Wakandan on a racist non-anonymous milk-connoisseur discussion forum.
    It is my long term aspiration to displace the Birds. It is my suspicion that that is where the white women are at.
    There never was an AmRen meeting with poor video quality that thousands of people have downloaded and watched. There never was a widely described and illustrated meeting between European explorers and Africans who had a kind of primitive metal armor, who learned about horses from Arabs, who themselves were never in Africa. They were in China. The hardest part was making thousands of African sculptures out of metal and then planting them in museums and private collections around the world. Oh, and Somalis are Bantus because, after all, Somalia is right there inside Zambia.

  162. @Paul Jolliffe

    (Robert DuVall was never better than in this role as Colonel Kilgore.)

    He was perfectly cast for some of the best lines (in my opinion) ever written for a movie. Kudo’s to John Milius for writing them.

  163. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Clyde

    Along with several other dumb squacks, Osterheldt is a prime reason no one even in cuckservative Johnson County reads the useless Kansas City Star any more.

    In better times the paper had slightly more respect. Slightly:

  164. Anon[395] • Disclaimer says:

    Trailers rusting before reaching the trailer park

    With new enforcement priorities under the Trump administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are taking aim at employers that knowingly hire unauthorized immigrants. The most recent — and largest — bust happened at a trailer manufacturing plant in northeast Texas.
    Business had been booming at Load Trail LLC, about two hours northeast of Dallas, as customers bought the black trailers to haul hay bales, topsoil, construction refuse and oilfield equipment. Then came the ICE raid in late August.
    Inside Load Trail’s huge production building, welders turn raw steel into trailers, amid cacophonous clanging and showers of sparks. It’s brutish labor — cut the heavy black metal, lug it into place, arc-weld it, repeat — but the production floor is nearly half-empty because of an acute shortage of welders.

    http://news.wfsu.org/post/after-ice-raid-shortage-welders-tigertown-texas

    Hiebert says they hire whoever walks in the door, and they pay decent wages — $20 to $25 an hour. Still, they’ve always had a hard time finding welders.

    Does anyone actually verify these claims? Were they really paying the illegals the same amount?

    And back at Tigertown, some trailer manufacturers say that if they can’t find enough welders, they would consider moving their entire operations to Mexico.

    How about Appalachia?

  165. @Svigor

    Svigor wrote:

    NYT>: But the story of how he struggled last spring to find sources to refute the claims of white classmates that people of European descent had evolved to be intellectually superior to Africans is the reason I persevered in the assignment, even when I felt as if my head were going to explode.

    Sviogor>: There were no such claims. She made that part up.

    I had the same thought — I doubt his white classmates were reckless enough to openly make such claims. Perhaps they pointed to some online discussions and asked him for his thoughts, or perhaps he ran across such online discussions himself.

    I’m inclined to respect the kid, however. Sounds as if he actually cares about things like reasons and evidence.

    (For the record: my own view is that possible genetic differences in IQ between races is an open scientific question. The evidence will come in soon enough. And whatever the evidence, it cannot change the fact that there are some very, very smart people in all races — among blacks, for example, Thomas Sowell, John McWhorter, and Clarence Thomas.)

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
  166. L Woods says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I agree, but I’m not optimistic. It’s most acutely demonstrated in South Africa: the white veterans that could have triumphed in a civil war in the face of superior enemy numbers are now old and even less numerous.

  167. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Stan Adams

    You bring up an important fork which I wish the discussion had pursued. I am convinced that part of European historical happiness depended on the development of lower class people. The craftsman doing increasingly complex craft work was inevitably learning concepts like degree, precision, compatibility, etc, which a peasant or a member of a less civilized tribe doesn’t have to worry about. At the same time our craftsman is could be a Protestant and highly literate for the time, which only helps. This practical conceptualization would enable philosophical triumphs.
    When we look at much of the modern developing world, we generally see people intensely interested in material and technological progress, and much less interested in philosophical and legal innovations. There was a recent example in the Kenyan woman who said, let the Chinese build us a high-speed railway but keep their work ethic to themselves.

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
  168. Warner says:
    @gabriel alberton

    If living in a cold climate made my European ancestors so smart, why didn’t they then migrate to a better climate?

    Either:

    Racist Africans and Arabs kept them out of warmer climes.

    Or

    They were smarter to live there and not end up with the kinds of civilizations warm weather produced.

  169. With new enforcement priorities under the Trump administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are taking aim at employers that knowingly hire unauthorized immigrants.

    Why can’t they call them the illegal aliens they are?

    What they do is like calling robbers unauthorized shoppers.

  170. Olorin says:

    Fahrenheit, centigrade, or Kelvin?

  171. @J.Ross

    Are you talking about the Nok culture?

    • Replies: @Henry's Cat
  172. @J.Ross

    BTW, that was a pretty awesome reply.

  173. @J.Ross

    Tarzan amazed you gleaned that from his comment.

    The Kenyan woman is a spoiled child: “Give us all the goodies we demand, but don’t expect us to lift a finger!”

    Evidently there is no connection between effort and accomplishment. Whites and Asians don’t move mountains by working harder, longer, and smarter; they just use the magic that they stole from Wakanda.

    As always, the producers are suckered and guilt-tripped into supporting the parasites.

    It’s not only blacks, of course. White women can be just as bad.

    A woman I know – a stay-at-home mother – used to complain that a) her husband worked too many hours and b) her husband didn’t make enough money. She didn’t seem to understand that he was only working so much to try to keep up with her profligate spending. She didn’t appreciate any of his sacrifices; she simply demanded that he shower her with constant attention, unyielding affection, *and* expensive material goods. But she offered little in return. She made no effort to maintain either her physique or her feminine mystique. Within a year of the wedding, she had ballooned into a bloated, shrieking harpy.

    His reward after a decade of marriage to this shrew? A nasty divorce.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  174. @J.Ross

    You are still not providing evidence.

    I am aware of the arguments about diffusion vs African Origins for Iron Smelting.

    The biggest problem for those who argue for African Origins is the lack of precursors.

    You don’t go iron and steel without going through copper and bronze technologies.

  175. notanon says:
    @Yappee

    The dog was wicked smart, but without things to do, or puzzles to solve, they can become a bit wretched. Never buy one unless you have time, and intend to fully incorporate that dog and it’s needs into your life.

    good point

  176. @Steve Sailer

    Border Collies are total NPCs.

    • Replies: @notanon
  177. notanon says:
    @gunner29

    the sub-Saharan negros had no contact with whites until about 500 years ago

    some parts of Africa had outside contacts a lot earlier: Nubia with Ancient Egypt, West Africa possibly (probably imo) with Phoenicians/Carthage, Zimbabwe also possibly (probably imo) Phoenician and Axum (modern Ethiopia (ish) which was colonized by people from modern Yemen before they revolted and expelled them.

    so your main point is correct in that the knowledge of iron working came from outside but you’re missing a bunch of those external contacts.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  178. Update: I’ve received a very polite email from the high school student who was mentioned by name in this NYT article to the effect that he would prefer that his name not automatically come up in this context on his Google Permanent Record.

    He is quite right, and I should have avoided quoting his name in this blog post. I have a general policy that adults who choose to enter themselves In The Arena of public opinion are fair game for comment, but high school students are not. I forgot to apply it in this case for which I apologize.

    So, I’ve edited your comments to replace his name with an initial. Please don’t use his specific name in further comments or, say, mention it on Twitter in this context.

  179. D. K. says:
    @Elsewhere

    Then I guess that Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman both were lynched by O.J. Simpson, too!?!?!

  180. notanon says:
    @istevefan

    Does Europe really have that harsh of a climate?

    not now, however it did when the brains were evolving though (ice age)

  181. @notanon

    There is a question whether the real barrier was the Sahara or the rain forest. In Updike’s The Coup, the Sahelian dictator says that south of his country is forest and fever and it bears no looking into.

    • Replies: @notanon
  182. notanon says:
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    all dogs are NPCs however border collies are capable of running an advanced companion AI due to selective breeding

    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
  183. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Charles Pewitt

    There are such things as “white supremacists” but they are rare. White separatists, white nationalists, people who want the white race to survive-these however are growing constituencies.

  184. notanon says:
    @Steve Sailer

    yes – waterborne outside contacts would have been much easier for those reasons hence Nubia (Nile), Axum (sea) and Zimbabwe (if correct also by sea) and (imo) Phoenician contacts along the west coast – with Central Africa away from the coasts lagging behind.

  185. @Steve Sailer

    I ain’t finna say shit I ain’t no snitch got dayum wat u take me fo dawg

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  186. Anon7 says:
    @Anonymous

    That’s exactly what I think happened to millions of young men. Made the scapegoats for generations of imaginary white privilege, they were told to take one for the team, but were not told that being white and male, they weren’t on the team.

  187. @notanon

    Some companions are more fun to tease than others.

  188. notanon says:

    OT but what’s the bet half the plastic mountain being dumped into the sea by China/India is actually western waste that is supposedly being recycled but is in fact being shipped to China to dump in the sea.

  189. eah says:

    I wonder why?

    • Replies: @eah
  190. eah says:
    @eah

  191. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    LOL!

    Someone’s been studying his ebonics.

  192. Rosie says:
    @Desiderius

    And white feminists respond, “Thank you xir, may I have another!”

    If in fact they respond that way, then it’s rather silly to call them “feminists,” isn’t it?

    • Replies: @Rosie
  193. @Anonymous

    Hysteria was the first mental disorder attributed to women (and only women) — a catch-all for symptoms including, but by no means limited to: nervousness, hallucinations, emotional outbursts and various urges of the sexual variety (more on that below). …

    Naturally. Only women have a hystera (uterus).

  194. eah says:

    Perhaps the link to populations is a little less tenuous, and that’s what matters — she’s a ‘feels’ activist with a liberal arts education who writes fiction and masquerades as a reporter about science.

  195. gunner29 says:
    @Anon

    Jews need to ‘ennoble’ their power and privilege by associating themselves with blacks. As blacks fail in many areas, they count as ‘marginalized’, ‘neglected’, ‘disenfranchised’, or whatever.

    50 years ago, it seemed the (((scotch-irish))) would advocate for non discrimination laws regarding negros and then quietly add themselves to the protected class.

    Remember when Steve had his own site and you had to use scotch-irish instead of the j-word? Why was that?

  196. Jack D says:
    @Big Bill

    And yet Justice O’Connor mumbled something about there being a 25 year “sell by” date on AA. Not clear why we wouldn’t need to be “diverse” forever but I guess she figured the gap would SURELY be closed in 25 years from 2003 when she wrote, in Grutter v. Bollinger.

    • Replies: @Rosie
  197. Anon[246] • Disclaimer says:

    I’ve noticed (1) more articles on general HBD topics in media directed at a mainstream readerships, and (2) what can only be described as more detailed information and well-informed journalists writing them. By “well informed” I don’t mean to imply that their opinions are correct or that they support HBD in any way. Quite the opposite: They don’t give an inch from the politically correct party line. But they have obviously read up on the details of the HBD case and know most of the arguments. What this means is that more of the HBD case sneaks into their articles, only to be “debunked,” but readers do get to see to a certain extent both sides. And I think some of them will come to different conclusions than the writers. For instance “race is a social construct” versus “my lying eyes and my lived experience.” When a writer, in effect says, “The claim that blacks have lower IQs is false because race is socially constructed,” you’re going to have a few of the readers ask themselves, “Well maybe what they mean is just that comparing people who think they’re black have lower IQs than people who think they’re white, on average. And, if it even matters, people who think they’re black probably, on the whole, have a substantial African ancestry relative to people who think they’re white. And it’s these people who think they’re black who are getting favored for jobs and other social privileges these days, at my expense.”

  198. Rosie says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    At least for 10% of the time, they are the enemies of all of us.

    https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/genetic

    The fact that a woman is on her period when she voices a complaint about a man’s behavior has nothing whatsoever to do with the merits of her complaint. I have learned over the years of marriage that this elementary principle of logic escapes men most of the time.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  199. Rosie says:
    @Jack D

    And yet Justice O’Connor mumbled something about there being a 25 year “sell by” date on AA. Not clear why we wouldn’t need to be “diverse” forever but I guess she figured the gap would SURELY be closed in 25 years from 2003 when she wrote, in Grutter v. Bollinger.

    Weren’t they still going with the strictly remedial as opposed to “diversity” rationale for AA back then?

    • Replies: @Lowe
  200. Rosie says:
    @Rosie

    If in fact they respond that way, then it’s rather silly to call them “feminists,” isn’t it?

    To clarify: I think the term “feminist” is being used where “SJW” would be more appropriate. As I understand it, an SJW is a person who holds the approved, PC point of view on every issue. That is not really a person who holds any ideological principles at all, feminist or not.

    • Replies: @Svigor
  201. MBlanc46 says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    I’m returning the sentiment against Ms Chen.

  202. MBlanc46 says:
    @anonymous

    Some folks would say that the proper question is, “(((Who))) is it that is behind the scenes…?”

  203. Anon[105] • Disclaimer says:
    @Svigor

    The experts are absent from the discussion because it’s a losing proposition

    Most of the experts would rather just not have to make comments on the topic. It can only hurt them.

    A few experts will find that they can make a career out of being the politically correct debunker, but these guys generally tend to do their research in peripheral or related areas where they can debunk to their heart’s content without damaging the science in their core discipline.

    Those who do find themselves forced to comment, like David Reich, prefer to do it in writing, as in his book and his New York Times opinion piece, or via email if it cannot be avoided. You want time to carefully craft a noble sounding but meaningless statement, something that subtly changes the subject and then responds to that.

    I can imagine how horrified Reich was when the conference organizer asked him, “Hey David, will you chair a live discussion (we’ll put it on YouTube later) with audience Q to debunk all this race-intelligence crap?” Panic time. “Uh, no, I have have a … a … I have a hernia operation scheduled that day. Can’t make the conference at all, it turns out, pity, I hadn’t gotten around to cancelling yet, could you take care of it for me?, yeah, oh, sorry, someone’s on the other line.”

    My favorite line of the original article was this:

    There is no evidence, scientists stress, that environmental and cultural differences will not turn out to be the primary driver of behavioral differences between population groups.

    Notice these points:

    – “Scientists stress”: “Stress” is her characterization reflection her opinion, but the main point is that the scientists in question asked for anonymity, so she couldn’t use their names. In fact, they seem to have asked that direct quotes not be used, even if not attributed to them. They want no part of this.

    – “no evidence,” “will not turn out”: A double negative to hide the fact that this says “It may indeed turn out that” genetics is the primary driver, or that it’s environmental. Can’t definitely say at the moment. My guess? Scientists don’t guess, sorry”

    – “primary driver”: In effect, it may turn out that environment is the cause of 51 percent of the gap … (and genes account for 49 percent). And, by the way, researchers have been looking into that environmental and cultural stuff for half a century, and they sill haven’t quite nailed it down yet, but with all that prep work, real soon now …

  204. Anon[105] • Disclaimer says:
    @Svigor

    The experts are absent from the discussion because it’s a losing proposition

    Most of the experts would rather just not have to make comments on the topic. It can only hurt them.

    A few experts will find that they can make a career out of being the politically correct debunker, but these guys generally tend to do their research in peripheral or related areas where they can debunk to their heart’s content without damaging the science in their core discipline.

    Those who do find themselves forced to comment, like David Reich, prefer to do it in writing, as in his book and his New York Times opinion piece, or via email if it cannot be avoided. You want time to carefully craft a noble sounding but meaningless statement, something that subtly changes the subject and then responds to that.

    I can imagine how horrified Reich was when the conference organizer asked him, “Hey David, will you chair a live discussion (we’ll put it on YouTube later) with audience Q and A afterwards, to debunk all this race-intelligence crap?” Panic time. “Uh, no, I have have a … a … I have a hernia operation scheduled that day. Can’t make the conference at all, it turns out, pity, I hadn’t gotten around to cancelling yet, could you take care of it for me?, yeah, oh, sorry, someone’s on the other line.”

    My favorite line of the original article was this:

    There is no evidence, scientists stress, that environmental and cultural differences will not turn out to be the primary driver of behavioral differences between population groups.

    Notice these points:

    – “scientists stress”: “Stress” is her characterization, reflecting her opinion, but the main point is that the scientists in question asked for anonymity, so she couldn’t use their names. In fact, they seem to have asked that direct quotes not be used, even if not attributed to them. They want no part of this.

    – “no evidence,” “will not turn out”: A double negative to hide the fact that this says “It may indeed turn out that” genetics is the primary driver, or that it’s environmental. Can’t definitely say at the moment. My guess? Scientists don’t guess, sorry”

    – “primary driver”: In effect, it may turn out that environment is the cause of 51 percent of the gap … (and genes account for 49 percent). And, by the way, researchers have been looking into that environmental and cultural stuff for half a century, and they sill haven’t quite nailed it down yet, but with all that prep work, real soon now …

  205. @Rosie

    You musta not read the whole thing, Rosie. Upon coming out of it, she’ll admit she said a lot of BS. I’ll go with the material from 90% of the time. If not, I’d have to scoot. There’s no logic involved to begin with – that’s the problem!

    The only rational thing that explains it all, is that our moon takes ~28 days to revolve around us, and that the egg supply is continually decreasing, which is sad.

    • Replies: @Rosie
  206. Lowe says:
    @anon

    That woman is not even yellow. She’s something like a quarter African at most.

  207. @D. K.

    “Facts are stubborn things.”, right?

    • Replies: @D. K.
  208. @candid_observer

    A few years ago one of the most recommended user reviews on Amazon for The Bell Curve (probably since buried or removed) ended with something along the lines of: “Lastly, contrary to the claims of other reviewers, The Bell Curve does not say that Whites are superior. It says Asians are superior.”

  209. Lowe says:
    @Rosie

    No, the diversity rationale goes back to the Bakke decision in the late 70s. The value of diversity is the only legal basis for affirmative action, and always has been.

  210. Svigor says:
    @L Woods

    Apples and oranges. ISIS et al can replace their losses by promoting within the organization. They have plenty of demographic depth.

    Without the thin Jewish layer on top, the left would be much easier to deal with.

  211. @George

    Jacob Zuma did not win his wives by dueling

    Some might argue that dancing on a stage while singing “Dubul’ ibhunu” (“Shoot the Boer”) is violent behavior. In any case, the Big Man persona is more than simply acting violently in public. It’s also verbal bombast, ostentatiousness, lavish gift-giving, etc.

    Hunter gather societies might select for brawn, violent aggressiveness

    Most sub-Saharan Africans were not hunter-gatherers, certainly not the Bantu. Most of them were either horticulturalists or pastoralists. Hunter-gatherers like the Khoisans and Pygmies had lower incidences of polygyny, and a correspondingly lower level of male-male competition for mates. There was consequently less selection for larger body size and other signs of increased masculinization in men.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @George
  212. @Peter Frost

    “the Big Man persona is more than simply acting violently in public. It’s also verbal bombast, ostentatiousness, lavish gift-giving, etc.”

    “I am a river to my people!” — Anthony Quinn as Aouda in Lawrence of Arabia.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  213. @Perelandra

    Economic inequality in the West is increasing, not decreasing. Hence, its simplistic to say that we live in an egalitarian society.

    Over the last 50 years or so, feminism and anti-racism have become the most socially acceptable means to attack the free market economic system. Traditional left-wing tools like union militancy no longer have much sting (perhaps because there probably aren’t enough left-wing tough guys out there to intimidate employers). This is why feminists can make improbable claims in the MSM that women are discriminated against by employers and the business class says nothing about what is effectively a blatant attack on the integrity of free market capitalism.

    The left has discovered that educated upper class white people don’t like to be accused of sexism and racism, and the economic elites now make concessions to appease the left. However, this appeasement only goes so far. At the end of the day, the wealthy people at the top are still holding onto their wealth. They are only go to hand over so much money and power to squeaky SJWs who can’t back up their histrionics with organised violence.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @Jefferson
  214. When explaining race realism, NEVER bring up whites. Pretend they don’t exist. Only talk about the differences between Asians, Hispanics and Blacks. Bringing whites into it makes people short circuit.

  215. George says:
    @Peter Frost

    “Some might argue that dancing on a stage while singing “Dubul’ ibhunu” (“Shoot the Boer”) is violent behavior. ”

    He’s using brains not brawn. The question in my mind is if his dim supporters are actually polygamists or if they just aspire to be like the big man but will not to a great extent get their genes into the next generation. If they are not actually able to join the polygamist elite I think it supports my argument, if they are infact polygamists well … I don’t know.

    • Replies: @Peter Frost
  216. This milk thing: Is this this week’s version of the OK sign?

  217. Credit where credit’s due: Harmon’s hubby knows how to take a pretty picture. View looking ENE over Harlem from the Upper West Side.

    https://twitter.com/turnstyle/media

  218. Rosie says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    You musta not read the whole thing, Rosie. Upon coming out of it, she’ll admit she said a lot of BS. I’ll go with the material from 90% of the time. If not, I’d have to scoot. There’s no logic involved to begin with – that’s the problem!

    Yes, Achmed, I read the whole thing; I just think that particular claim is a load of BS.

    I’m quick to anger, but also very quick to forgive. My personality unfortunately tends to fit in quite nicely with the whole hysterical woman-on-her-period trope. Over the years, I have taken to reminding Mr. Rosie a day or two after any such “discussion” that the fact that I’m not mad anymore should in no way be taken to mean that the issue does not remain a matter of concern.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  219. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Viewing tip:

    Open pic in new tab, add the tag “:large” to end of address to see more detail. I had to leave it off because the large versions wouldn’t show in the comments.

    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
  220. @Jack D

    When people say iron age they think Roman Empire or ancient Greeks.

    At Isandlwana the Zulus fielded armies equipped with cowhide shields and while they had metal spearpoints, they also used wooden clubs. A far cry from a Greek hopolite with a bronze shield and helmet.

    Zulu weapons used in the slaughter of British troops at the infamous Battle of Isandlwana set to fetch £100,000 at auction

    The Zulu war shield, or ‘isihlangu’ … The primitive shield was made out of dried cow skin

    Hardwood ‘knobkerries’ or executioners’ weapons

  221. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    One more for the road. Saint John the Divine sunrise.

  222. @George

    The question in my mind is if his dim supporters are actually polygamists or if they just aspire to be like the big man but will not to a great extent get their genes into the next generation. If they are not actually able to join the polygamist elite I think it supports my argument, if they are infact polygamists well … I don’t know.

    In South Africa, most young black men (20-24 years old) are polygynous:

    Forty-eight percent of 15–19 year olds reported ever having had sex (vaginal or anal) in comparison with 89% of 20–24 year olds, with no significant differences by gender. Among those who reported ever having had sex, 73% of 15–19-year-old men compared with 90% of young women of the same age reported having had sex in the past 12 months (P < 0.001); close to 84% of sexually experienced 20–24 year olds reported having had sex in the past 12 months and there were no significant differences by gender. Among sexually experienced young people, nearly 25% of males and 45% of females reported having had one lifetime sexual partner.

    https://journals.lww.com/aidsonline/Fulltext/2005/09230/Young_people_s_sexual_health_in_South_Africa__HIV.12.aspx

    Will they get their genes into the next generation? No one really knows for sure (offspring die and cuckoldry happens). Most men don’t think much about that subject anyway, either in South Africa or elsewhere. Human behavior is not solely, or even mostly, the result of conscious reasoning.

    In traditional African society, young men had limited access to women. Marriageable women were generally taken by older men, and if you were single you basically had two choices:

    - having sneaky sex with a man’s wife
    - becoming a warrior and capturing a woman from another community.

    That was the kind of social environment that young African men had to cope with and adapt to. Their mental architecture today is a product of that environment.

    • Agree: BB753, NickG
    • Replies: @Desiderius
  223. MEH 0910 says:

    Next Amy Harmon piece:

    • Replies: @Svigor
  224. Svigor says:
    @Rosie

    That would pretty much define feminists out of existence.

    • Replies: @Rosie
  225. @Daniel Chieh

    Nok, nok….

    Who’s there?

    The Igbos.

  226. @PhysicistDave

    He was trying to refute the left-skewed distribution for blacks on IQ tests. It can’t be done, and it shows up on academic testing too. The realization that it can’t be done causes the Leftist cranium to explode as a defense mechanism against crimethink. Tragic!

    He was also probably engaged in typically straw-manning. Nobody argues “blacks are less intelligent than whites.” They argue that blacks, on average, are less intelligent than whites. Or if you like, that blacks, on average, score lower on IQ tests than whites.

    In other words, nobody argues that Edward Thomas, Ph.D. doesn’t exist, just that there are fewer Dr. Thomases than Physicist Daves.

    The theory of multiple intelligences seems promising and maybe a way out of this zero-sum debate, but I don’t think there’s a lot being done with it. The same skewed distributions would show up in the different modalities and we’d still have the Leftist exploding head problem.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  227. we’d still have the Leftist exploding head problem.

    How’s that a problem?

  228. @The Anti-Gnostic

    The theory of multiple intelligences seems promising…

    Sure. Except for the lack of empirical evidence that multiple intelligences exist, it’s a great theory!

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
  229. notanon says:

    and maybe a way out of this zero-sum debate

    for that portion of left-liberals whose meat-robotics revolve around “doing the right thing” the moral response would be to tell the truth as this would lead to the problem fixing itself over time.

    (although it would take a few generations)

    nothing else is going to work so they should just bite the bullet and do it.

  230. @Steve Sailer

    The person to blame for this intrusion on the HS student’s privacy is Amy Harmon, of course.

    No doubt she got his permission upfront. But how would a HS student be able to understand in advance the effect of splashing his name around in a piece in the NY Times?

    But just one more broken egg for the likes of Amy Harmon.

  231. @unpc downunder

    If only the Tsar knew!

    They made that wealth attacking the free market system.

  232. Rosie says:
    @Svigor

    That would pretty much define feminists out of existence.

    Not at all. You make the mistake of assuming that the only feminists in existence are those allowed to get their hands on the megaphone.

    • Replies: @Svigor
  233. Stop your gendered attacks, Steve!!

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    , @Svigor
  234. @Mr. Anon

    We don’t know what genes cause some people to have iqs of 150 and others to have iqs of 70, but we are ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that the genes we haven’t identified are present in identical ratios throughout the world.

  235. @pseud handle

    She’s giving him due credit on one of his funnier lines, so I”ll give her that. Of course, we still need to be careful. At the right time of the month, the female hippocampus is like a detonator with often-times noisy electrical signals coming from below. Get a woman that’s had heart problems, being mis-treated by a single-payer-supported cardiologist, now the brain’s full of nitro, and you’ve got a real problem on your hands … and your shirt, pants, the walls …

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  236. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Stan Adams

    In the old days, men would sometimes vanish and start a new life somewhere under a different name in those circumstances, but that is much harder to do now.

    Occasionally someone pulls it off even today.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  237. @AngloBerserkerJew

    Border Collies are smarter than humans are, and they will let you know it.

  238. @Colin Wright

    How do they account for bagels with butter or cream cheese? Definitely Kosher.

  239. @Charles Pewitt

    Valkyries took the souls of great Warriors to Asgard or Valhalla. And that glorious music is nothing like the squalking of SJWs!

  240. Jefferson says:
    @unpc downunder

    “This is why feminists can make improbable claims in the MSM that women are discriminated against by employers”

    The Left like to say that businesses pay women less than men per hour. If that were true why don’t businesses only hire women or atleast mostly just hire women in order to save a lot of money and cut costs? If women tend to be cheap labor than the average Fortune 500 Company should have a staff that is atleast 90% women.

  241. Anon[649] • Disclaimer says:
    @gunner29

    It’s true, in Swahili there’s apparently no word for “higher”.


    [MORE]

    You have to say “more high” instead.

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
  242. Svigor says:
    @MEH 0910

    Step 1, refer to WNs as White Supremacists.
    Step 2, pretend WNs make genetic arguments about purity, when they don’t.
    ????
    Profit.

    Actually, the final step is WNs trying on “White Supremacy” for size, realizing it has a great ring; “thx Jews!”

    • Replies: @ben tillman
  243. Svigor says:
    @pseud handle

    She’s not very bright, so she has the arrow of causation reversed. First comes the shittiness. Then comes the observed correlation between shittiness and wymyndum.

  244. @D. K.

    Hey, nice link. D.K. I had an inkling of a memory about John Adams having defended British soldiers, but now read some truth about Crispus Attucks, not exactly the good guy there. Thanks.

  245. Svigor says:
    @Rosie

    Will file that next to “communism has never been tried” and “No True (((Scotsman))).”

    • Replies: @Rosie
  246. @Anonymous

    Occasionally someone pulls it off even today.

    We’ll never know, of course. If you happen to be one of them, more power to you.

    Here’s a song about it, speaking of people (at least this song) that NO ONE has heard about:

    The Wonderful Gerry Rafferty with his band at the time, The HumblebumsCoconut Tree:

    I live under the coconut tree.
    I lie in the sun, and I swim in the sea.
    I make my bed below the sky.
    I still watch the world just a passin’ me by.

    Hey hey, it’s good to be free,
    cause they’ll never ever find me ‘neath the coconut tree.

    I left home because of my nagging wife.
    Man, oh man, it was a terrible life.
    She took all my money and she left me with none,
    so I packed my bags and decided to run.

    My wife and family are looking for me,
    but they’ll never ever find me ‘neath the coconut tree.
    Hey hey, it’s good to be free,
    cause they’ll never ever find me ‘neath the coconut tree.

    I live under the coconut tree.
    I lie in the sun and I swim in the sea.
    I make my bed below the sky.
    I still watch the world just a passin’ me by.

    My wife and family are looking for me,
    but they’ll never ever find me ‘neath the coconut tree.

  247. @Rosie

    Maybe you don’t need to bring any matters of concern up at all. You’ve been married for a long time, right? See HERE.

    I live under the coconut tree.
    I lie in the sun, and I swim in the sea.
    I make my bed below the sky.
    I still watch the world just a passin’ me by.

    Hey hey, it’s good to be free,
    cause they’ll never ever find me ‘neath the coconut tree.

    I left home because of my nagging wife.
    Man, oh man, it was a terrible life.
    She took all my money and she left me with none,
    so I packed my bags and decided to run.

    My wife and family are looking for me
    But they’ll never ever find me ‘neath the coconut tree.
    Hey hey, it’s good to be free,
    cause they’ll never ever find me ‘neath the coconut tree.

    I live under the coconut tree
    I lie in the sun and I swim in the sea
    I make my bed below the sky
    I still watch the world just a passin’ me by.

    My wife and family are looking for me
    But they’ll never ever find me ‘neath the coconut tree.

    • Replies: @Rosie
  248. MEH 0910 says:
    @Steve Sailer

  249. @Anon

    The poor English linguist was suffering from Sapir-Whorf syndrome. Interesting.

    “More high” sounds weird in English, but it does make sense if you think about it. It’s as if a tribe’s word for hunger turned out to be something like foodneed or foodwant or foodlust. The word for thirst could be waterlust; for tiredness, sleeplust; for boredom, funlust.

    Sometimes I wonder about all of the kewl thoughts I’m missing out on because English doesn’t have the words for them. Some say that the meaning of life is 47, but what if it turns out to be ooga booga kooga looga dooga fooga natooga vooga wazooga?

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  250. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    They look like stills from an animated movie.

    Not to knock anyone’s sense of taste, but these heavily-Photoshopped pictures strike me as perfect exemplars of the liberal mindset. Unvarnished reality cannot be seen for what it truly is, with all of its blemishes and imperfections; it must be gussied up and prettified. The illusion is paramount.

    Of course, in some cases, “fake” pictures are more honest than “real” ones.

    When Conan O’Brien went to Haiti, he made sure that he was photographed in an idyllic-looking environment:

    The picture above is (allegedly) unretouched; the one below is not. Which one is more authentic?

  251. @Stan Adams

    Some say that the meaning of life is 47

    42, but don’t panic.

    what if it turns out to be ooga booga kooga looga dooga fooga natooga vooga wazooga?

  252. TheJester says:
    @Peter Frost

    Hello Peter, good to hear from you.

    Polygamy and the investment of “Big Men” in their offspring …

    I’m reminded of a story I heard years ago while working in the Middle East. A member of the Kuwaiti royal family was watching a school skit. He was especially interested in a young girl’s performance. He turned to an associate and asked, “Who’s that little girl?”

    The associate answered, “Your daughter!”

  253. El Dato says:
    @MEH 0910

    “Could somebody please debunk this blog post. It’s convincing me of things I really don’t want to be convinced of.”

    Big Scientist Is Debunking For You!

    There is a T-Shirt in there.

  254. Rosie says:
    @Svigor

    Will file that next to “communism has never been tried” and “No True (((Scotsman))).”

    Except that feminism has been tried. I call it Aryan feminism.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11914757/Racism-and-the-suffragettes-the-uncomfortable-truth.html

  255. Rosie says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Maybe you don’t need to bring any matters of concern up at all.

    I see what this is about.

    You’ve been married for a long time, right?

    Yes, and one of the things I have learned is that a household functions much better when people listen to each other.

    I left home because of my nagging wife.

    If you listen to your wife rather than tuning her out, you might find she has some useful information/suggestions to share, like don’t leave dishrags bunched up in the sink unless you want to buy a new garbage disposal, for example.

  256. @Stan Adams

    I’ll take #2, Stan, for the real truth.

    BTW, that floating pig, and really the entire picture, reminds me of a Pink Floyd album cover (maybe it was more like something by Supertramp – Crisis, what Crisis? from the 1970′s)

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
  257. @Rosie

    You don’t know the half of it. She uses the smoke alarm as the timer for anything she’s cooking on the stove! Haha, I love her, and she’s trustworthy, so I really doubt I’ll be the guy in the song. There’s always that option though, so tone it down.

  258. @MEH 0910

    Attention, Ladies and Gentlemen of Unz:

    Amy Hanson is in the building. I say again, Amy Hanson is in the building. Conduct yourselves with the utmost decorum.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  259. @MEH 0910

    Dear Editor—

    I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Could somebody please debunk this?

    Virginia O’Hanlon
    115 West Ninety Fifth Street

  260. @Rosie

    Oh, one more thing, Rosie. I don’t just buy stuff. I install, wire, plumb it. Whatever malfunctions or breaks is on me, the man. Believe me that I know how to take care of STUFF. The wife doesn’t, unfortunately, but I forgive that, as she ain’t ever gonna learn either (the ways it’s gone).

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  261. El Dato says:
    @Stan Adams

    The lower picture is why the INF treaty is being repudiated. We need to clean up!

  262. @Achmed E. Newman

    As I’ve said before, wise men keep chocolate in the house.

    • Replies: @notanon
  263. Veracitor says:
    @MEH 0910

    Hey, the “Yes, N, there is a Santa Claus” (link to original New York Sun piece) analogy is darned witty.

    It is NOT “online harassment” to discuss Amy Harmon’s news hook at iSteve. (Following N around the web, or sending email to N and people around N, or doxxing N– that sort of thing would be harassment.)

    Harmon exploited N’s naïveté first, thereby exposing N to the chuckles of the wise as well as the sometimes-excessive insults of the salt of the earth. She is not in the best position to carp about other people discussing N’s juvenile plaint, especially when her story reveals that N got their foolish notions by reading stories like hers. Now Harmon is trying to distract from her responsibility by accusing this website of a crime it did not commit. She, not we, should feel ashamed.

    • Agree: Desiderius, MEH 0910
  264. @Stan Adams

    these heavily-Photoshopped pictures

    True, Matthews definitely cranks the saturation and slaps on the HDR to the edge of excess (maybe too much on the second pic from top, and the pic below that one is garish yet the moment is serendipitous). Personally, it’s not how I’d choose to process images, but I like his eye and style nonetheless.

    They look like stills from an animated movie.

    You live near Miami, I believe?—Brickell Ave, the neon of Ocean Drive, heading west on MacArthur at sunset, midnight cloud cover glowing over downtown, etc. in real life has long looked like a CGI movie utopia—no Photoshop required. I heartily approve. Now do I want that Coruscant scheme imposed everywhere on the planet, or even all over Dade? No. But visually, it works for Miami. (Though density is probably getting too high …)

    Brickell to downtown to South Beach and back, 2011

    (Start at 1:40 — great shots heading into town)

    Bay and downtown, 2016

    … perfect exemplars of the liberal mindset. Unvarnished reality cannot be seen for what it truly is, with all of its blemishes and imperfections; it must be gussied up and prettified.

    You segue from aesthetics to liberal political deception; I understand the analogy but it’s a stretch regarding the photos I posted, which are hyperrealistic despite the coloration.

    Sticking with aesthetics—the typical liberal, or to be precise, SJW—mindset is anti-aesthetic: it promotes ugliness, both in the realm of human beauty and the culture at large. They risibly use the world “beautiful” in an attempt to browbeat the rest of us from being honest about what really is beautiful and what is not (e.g. Steve’s First Law of Female Journalism, Fat Acceptance/Body Positivity, etc.). If you want “unvarnished,” get a load of the ‘loud and proud’ at whatever grievance march pops up next in the news.

    The illusion is paramount. (…) When Conan O’Brien went to Haiti, he made sure that he was photographed in an idyllic-looking environment.

    That beach picture was a lame troll attempt; it basically backfired.

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
  265. @Jim Don Bob

    Yeah, its pretty much a dead end. Something more interesting are fragmenting intelligence along lines of executive control, working memory, etc.

  266. @Svigor

    Step 1, refer to WNs as White Supremacists.
    Step 2, pretend WNs make genetic arguments about purity, when they don’t.
    ????
    Profit.

    No kidding. Where does this stupid “racial purity” thing come from?

  267. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    I-95, on the other hand, looks like something out of a post-apocalyptic dystopia. It is, nevertheless, grimly fascinating in its own way. The tacky seagulls on the towering tan sound walls are a nice touch:

    But, yeah, you make some good points.

  268. @Achmed E. Newman

    Dear Prof. Dr. Harmon:

    Please return your student’s name to the story, because in this day of Social Media and Reality TV, any publicity will help his career.

  269. @Achmed E. Newman

    Does she know how to use corner braces? Any woman can learn that. I did, and it’s amazing how many ways they can be used!

  270. MEH 0910 says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Amy Harmon keeps trying to make it about the iSteve comment section, and not her naiveté in sending the poor kid on a snipe hunt.

  271. @Joe Schmoe

    The women that play the field for so long are not the mothers of our next generation. Among white Americans, we’re getting more monogamous and more sexually modest each generation as the promiscuous humans’ fertility rapidly approaches cat ladydom.

  272. MEH 0910 says:

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