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It turns out that Shakespeare was brown, as were almost all his characters, except that Iago and Bottom were orange like Donald Trump after a fresh spray tan.

 
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  1. Ah, mystery solved then; he was a black Jew.

    As was Caesar and Brutus by the looks of it. Looks like genetic low IQ is the real cause of the failure of the Republic.

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    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    Fool.

    She was a black transgender Jewess.

    , @Anonymous

    Ah, mystery solved then; he was a black Jew.
     
    Ashkenazi Jews descended from ancient Turkey: New research

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/most-jews-descended-ancient-turkey-new-study-2107639949#.dpuf
    , @Jefferson
    "Ah, mystery solved then; he was a black Jew"

    According to many iSteve readers, White Jews do not exist. So if White Jews do not exist, Black Jews even more so do not exist.
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  2. Bill P says:

    Am I the only one who sees Hamilton and its associated reinterpretation of history as “whiteface?”.

    We really have been reduced to that in our own country.

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    • Replies: @AndrewR
    Only you notice stuff like this
    , @iSteveFan
    Bill, blackface was a way for whites to make fun of blacks. Whiteface, as you put it, appears to be a way for nonwhites to appropriate the achievements of whites as their own.
  3. AndrewR says:
    @Bill P
    Am I the only one who sees Hamilton and its associated reinterpretation of history as "whiteface?".

    We really have been reduced to that in our own country.

    Only you notice stuff like this

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  4. Well the skull is white.

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    • Replies: @Connecticut Famer
    Ahh, but Yorick was dead. Which would make him--a Dead White Male?
  5. iSteveFan says:
    @Bill P
    Am I the only one who sees Hamilton and its associated reinterpretation of history as "whiteface?".

    We really have been reduced to that in our own country.

    Bill, blackface was a way for whites to make fun of blacks. Whiteface, as you put it, appears to be a way for nonwhites to appropriate the achievements of whites as their own.

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    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Bill, blackface was a way for whites to make fun of blacks. Whiteface, as you put it, appears to be a way for nonwhites to appropriate the achievements of whites as their own."

    When some Blacks racially claim Italians, Abraham Lincoln, Babe Ruth, Elvis Presley, and Ludwig Van Beethoven as one of their own, that is culture theft.

    , @Bill P

    Bill, blackface was a way for whites to make fun of blacks.
     
    Tell that to Al Jolson.
    , @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    Way wait. Are you saying that Babe Ruth wasn't black? If Babe Ruth wasn't black, then what was he?
  6. Jefferson says:

    “It turns out that Shakespeare was brown”

    William Shakespeare was an Englishman, but he looks like an Egyptian in that Google drawing. He looks like ambiguous racial mystery meat.

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    • Replies: @anon
    That doodle will be shown to most of the world. It would be offensive to depict Shakespeare as he actually looked, white, so they made him have the global average skin tone.

    But i also think that google hires a lot of smart kids straight out of college who have been inculcated with this cultural marxist clap-trap. They think they're doing god's work by making Shakespeare brown.
  7. Tiny Duck says:

    The truth is that white “culture” is nothing more than bits stolen from Cultures of Color. As an example Shakespeare stole his plays from an Arab. The “appropriation” you guys complain of is nothing more than nature righting itself

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    • Replies: @Pat Hannagan
    Were the Sumerians White? If not, here's my thanks for inventing beer, and appreciation for letting us steal it and make it even better:

    A hymn to Ninkasi: translation

    1-4Given birth by the flowing water ......, tenderly cared for by Ninhursaja! Ninkasi, given birth by the flowing water ......, tenderly cared for by Ninhursaja!

    5-8Having founded your town upon wax, she completed its great walls for you. Ninkasi, having founded your town upon wax, she completed its great walls for you.

    9-12Your father is Enki, the lord Nudimmud, and your mother is Ninti, the queen of the abzu. Ninkasi, your father is Enki, the lord Nudimmud, and your mother is Ninti, the queen of the abzu.

    13-16It is you who handle the ...... and dough with a big shovel, mixing, in a pit, the beerbread with sweet aromatics. Ninkasi, it is you who handle the ...... and dough with a big shovel, mixing, in a pit, the beerbread with sweet aromatics.

    17-20It is you who bake the beerbread in the big oven, and put in order the piles of hulled grain. Ninkasi, it is you who bake the beerbread in the big oven, and put in order the piles of hulled grain.

    21-24It is you who water the earth-covered malt; the noble dogs guard it even from the potentates (?). Ninkasi, it is you who water the earth-covered malt; the noble dogs guard it even from the potentates (?).

    25-28It is you who soak the malt in a jar; the waves rise, the waves fall. Ninkasi, it is you who soak the malt in a jar; the waves rise, the waves fall.

    29-32It is you who spread the cooked mash on large reed mats; coolness overcomes ....... Ninkasi, it is you who spread the cooked mash on large reed mats; coolness overcomes .......

    33-36It is you who hold with both hands the great sweetwort, brewing it with honey and wine. Ninkasi, it is you who hold with both hands the great sweetwort, brewing it with honey and wine.

    37-401 line damaged
    You ...... the sweetwort to the vessel. Ninkasi, ....... You ...... the sweetwort to the vessel.

    41-44You place the fermenting vat, which makes a pleasant sound, appropriately on top of a large collector vat. Ninkasi, you place the fermenting vat, which makes a pleasant sound, appropriately on top of a large collector vat.

    45-48It is you who pour out the filtered beer of the collector vat; it is like the onrush of the Tigris and the Euphrates. Ninkasi, it is you who pour out the filtered beer of the collector vat; it is like the onrush of the Tigris and the Euphrates.
    , @Buffalo Joe
    Goldie, Damn, we white folks hate when we are caught stealing the culture of others, and what where those "bits "again?
  8. Thursday says:

    Salon really wants you to know that Shakespeare wasn’t a conservative:

    http://www.salon.com/2016/04/17/shakespeare_wasnt_a_conservative_stop_using_his_plays_to_justify_ruthless_agendas/

    I remember reading Richard II and thinking that Shakespeare seems to be taking all this king as embodiment of his people stuff awfully seriously. Furthermore, there was no hint of modernist political analysis of the Machiavellian or Hobbesian type that eventually led to liberalism.

    Of course, Salon et al. really can’t conceive of a conservative except on the model of the modern Republican party. Of course, Shakespeare would have despised Bush or Cheney or anyone of their ilk.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Is there any evidence of liberalism in Shakespeare?
    , @MC
    The modern approach is to assume that any references in classic works to out-of-date ideas like nobility or divine providence or chauvinistic nationalism were just thrown in ironically, or as crowd-pleasing nonsense.

    For example, I was taught in high school that Machiavelli's "The Prince" and Thomas More's "Utopia" were obviously satire (because who could possibly believe all those crazy ideas?). But then I read both as an adult, and discovered that Machiavelli was certainly not kidding, and More was not obviously joking in "Utopia."

    [I don't dispute your point that Machiavelli was a step toward liberalism, but so was the American founding, and both are now completely out of step with the zeitgeist]

  9. Jefferson says:
    @iSteveFan
    Bill, blackface was a way for whites to make fun of blacks. Whiteface, as you put it, appears to be a way for nonwhites to appropriate the achievements of whites as their own.

    “Bill, blackface was a way for whites to make fun of blacks. Whiteface, as you put it, appears to be a way for nonwhites to appropriate the achievements of whites as their own.”

    When some Blacks racially claim Italians, Abraham Lincoln, Babe Ruth, Elvis Presley, and Ludwig Van Beethoven as one of their own, that is culture theft.

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  10. @Tiny Duck
    The truth is that white "culture" is nothing more than bits stolen from Cultures of Color. As an example Shakespeare stole his plays from an Arab. The "appropriation" you guys complain of is nothing more than nature righting itself

    Were the Sumerians White? If not, here’s my thanks for inventing beer, and appreciation for letting us steal it and make it even better:

    A hymn to Ninkasi: translation

    1-4Given birth by the flowing water ……, tenderly cared for by Ninhursaja! Ninkasi, given birth by the flowing water ……, tenderly cared for by Ninhursaja!

    5-8Having founded your town upon wax, she completed its great walls for you. Ninkasi, having founded your town upon wax, she completed its great walls for you.

    9-12Your father is Enki, the lord Nudimmud, and your mother is Ninti, the queen of the abzu. Ninkasi, your father is Enki, the lord Nudimmud, and your mother is Ninti, the queen of the abzu.

    13-16It is you who handle the …… and dough with a big shovel, mixing, in a pit, the beerbread with sweet aromatics. Ninkasi, it is you who handle the …… and dough with a big shovel, mixing, in a pit, the beerbread with sweet aromatics.

    17-20It is you who bake the beerbread in the big oven, and put in order the piles of hulled grain. Ninkasi, it is you who bake the beerbread in the big oven, and put in order the piles of hulled grain.

    21-24It is you who water the earth-covered malt; the noble dogs guard it even from the potentates (?). Ninkasi, it is you who water the earth-covered malt; the noble dogs guard it even from the potentates (?).

    25-28It is you who soak the malt in a jar; the waves rise, the waves fall. Ninkasi, it is you who soak the malt in a jar; the waves rise, the waves fall.

    29-32It is you who spread the cooked mash on large reed mats; coolness overcomes ……. Ninkasi, it is you who spread the cooked mash on large reed mats; coolness overcomes …….

    33-36It is you who hold with both hands the great sweetwort, brewing it with honey and wine. Ninkasi, it is you who hold with both hands the great sweetwort, brewing it with honey and wine.

    37-401 line damaged
    You …… the sweetwort to the vessel. Ninkasi, ……. You …… the sweetwort to the vessel.

    41-44You place the fermenting vat, which makes a pleasant sound, appropriately on top of a large collector vat. Ninkasi, you place the fermenting vat, which makes a pleasant sound, appropriately on top of a large collector vat.

    45-48It is you who pour out the filtered beer of the collector vat; it is like the onrush of the Tigris and the Euphrates. Ninkasi, it is you who pour out the filtered beer of the collector vat; it is like the onrush of the Tigris and the Euphrates.

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    • Replies: @Ivy
    Ninkasi Brewing makes some tasty beers! Thanks for the added info about the word.
  11. anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Jefferson
    "It turns out that Shakespeare was brown"

    William Shakespeare was an Englishman, but he looks like an Egyptian in that Google drawing. He looks like ambiguous racial mystery meat.

    That doodle will be shown to most of the world. It would be offensive to depict Shakespeare as he actually looked, white, so they made him have the global average skin tone.

    But i also think that google hires a lot of smart kids straight out of college who have been inculcated with this cultural marxist clap-trap. They think they’re doing god’s work by making Shakespeare brown.

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    • Replies: @AndrewR
    Perhaps you've heard of a tan
    , @Jefferson
    "That doodle will be shown to most of the world. It would be offensive to depict Shakespeare as he actually looked, white, so they made him have the global average skin tone.

    But i also think that google hires a lot of smart kids straight out of college who have been inculcated with this cultural marxist clap-trap. They think they’re doing god’s work by making Shakespeare brown."

    If Hildabeast becomes POTUS, will Google doodle darken her skin to celebrate the first woman president?

    It would be appropriate because Hildabeast represents the Browning of America with her pro-open borders policy.

    , @Forbes

    They think they’re doing god’s work by making Shakespeare brown.
     
    That's their truth, and they're sticking to it...
  12. Bill P says:
    @AndrewR
    Only you notice stuff like this

    Well, I did ask.

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    • Replies: @AndrewR
    I apologize. I meant to direct that comment to Steve. I would never have noticed the colors or read so much into them.

    To answer your question, no you're not. It's getting intolerable.
  13. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Shakespeare was Dravidian.

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    • Replies: @George
    No but I bet the illustrators Google hired were.
    , @george
    King Lear is looking rather Hindu.
  14. Bill P says:
    @iSteveFan
    Bill, blackface was a way for whites to make fun of blacks. Whiteface, as you put it, appears to be a way for nonwhites to appropriate the achievements of whites as their own.

    Bill, blackface was a way for whites to make fun of blacks.

    Tell that to Al Jolson.

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  15. vinteuil says:

    OK, so, it’s…

    top row, left to right: Julius Caesar, Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest, Macbeth.

    bottom row, left to right: Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    have I got that right?

    Julius Caesar & Hamlet are, indeed, strangely brown.

    Otherwise, I don’t see much to complain about.

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  16. @Thursday
    Salon really wants you to know that Shakespeare wasn't a conservative:
    http://www.salon.com/2016/04/17/shakespeare_wasnt_a_conservative_stop_using_his_plays_to_justify_ruthless_agendas/

    I remember reading Richard II and thinking that Shakespeare seems to be taking all this king as embodiment of his people stuff awfully seriously. Furthermore, there was no hint of modernist political analysis of the Machiavellian or Hobbesian type that eventually led to liberalism.

    Of course, Salon et al. really can't conceive of a conservative except on the model of the modern Republican party. Of course, Shakespeare would have despised Bush or Cheney or anyone of their ilk.

    Is there any evidence of liberalism in Shakespeare?

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    • Replies: @Richard
    Is there any evidence of point of view in Shakespeare? That used to be understood as one of the keys to Shakespeare's greatness, that he possessed an objectivity so expansive that he could present characters with radically different values and goals with such persuasion that it has bedeviled commentators ever since to try to figure out where Shakespeare himself stood. John Keats called it "negative capability."

    But objectivity isn't in fashion nowadays.

    , @Thursday
    He thought lower class people were fully human and often treated his lower class characters with a lot of sympathy. According to Salon, that's liberal.
    , @syonredux

    Is there any evidence of liberalism in Shakespeare?
     
    Frankly, I'm not really comfortable using terms like "liberal" and "conservative" in a pre-French Revolutionary context
  17. donut says:

    Why does this song stir my sorry black soul :

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    • Replies: @donut
    Sentimental nonsense worthy of Life Time TV .
    , @Trelane
    Why does this song stir my sorry black soul

    Because you never heard anything like this before:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b43BAQFDOcM&feature=player_detailpage
  18. AndrewR says:
    @Bill P
    Well, I did ask.

    I apologize. I meant to direct that comment to Steve. I would never have noticed the colors or read so much into them.

    To answer your question, no you’re not. It’s getting intolerable.

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  19. AndrewR says:
    @anon
    That doodle will be shown to most of the world. It would be offensive to depict Shakespeare as he actually looked, white, so they made him have the global average skin tone.

    But i also think that google hires a lot of smart kids straight out of college who have been inculcated with this cultural marxist clap-trap. They think they're doing god's work by making Shakespeare brown.

    Perhaps you’ve heard of a tan

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    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Perhaps you’ve heard of a tan"

    England does not have a Mediterranean climate, desert climate, or tropical climate and tanning salons did not exist back than.

    , @anon
    A tan...in England...before global warming?

    That's absurd. Most POMs return to England from Australia fully red. They don't tan.

    , @Buffalo Joe
    AndrewR, Of course he was tan. As a successful playwright he could afford to travel extensively and take cruises.
    , @Hippopotamusdrome
    The craze for tanning amongst 1600 London's upper class bald men is captured in this painting:

    Elizabeth I, Procession Portrait
  20. Noah172 says:

    Shakespeare looks like WEB DuBois (with more hair).

    Juliet is Mexican.

    Julius Caesar reminds me of former Congressman Major Owens of Brooklyn (very dark, white hair on sides, shiny bald pate).

    The masts on the ship look like the three crosses of Calvary. Naughty Google!

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    • Replies: @Formerly CARealist
    And the three witches remind me of that joke with the drawing of three klansmen looking down a man-hole.

    wowza. So much un-PCness in one sentence.
  21. donut says:
    @donut
    Why does this song stir my sorry black soul :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5bKtRU0Q6c

    Sentimental nonsense worthy of Life Time TV .

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  22. Jefferson says:
    @anon
    That doodle will be shown to most of the world. It would be offensive to depict Shakespeare as he actually looked, white, so they made him have the global average skin tone.

    But i also think that google hires a lot of smart kids straight out of college who have been inculcated with this cultural marxist clap-trap. They think they're doing god's work by making Shakespeare brown.

    “That doodle will be shown to most of the world. It would be offensive to depict Shakespeare as he actually looked, white, so they made him have the global average skin tone.

    But i also think that google hires a lot of smart kids straight out of college who have been inculcated with this cultural marxist clap-trap. They think they’re doing god’s work by making Shakespeare brown.”

    If Hildabeast becomes POTUS, will Google doodle darken her skin to celebrate the first woman president?

    It would be appropriate because Hildabeast represents the Browning of America with her pro-open borders policy.

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  23. So if we concede Jesus was black does that mean Google won’t pretend they don’t know it’s Christmas.

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    • Replies: @iSteveFan
    That's a good point. If Jesus were declared black, he'd become the most important person in the world to the SJWs.
  24. Ivy says:
    @Pat Hannagan
    Were the Sumerians White? If not, here's my thanks for inventing beer, and appreciation for letting us steal it and make it even better:

    A hymn to Ninkasi: translation

    1-4Given birth by the flowing water ......, tenderly cared for by Ninhursaja! Ninkasi, given birth by the flowing water ......, tenderly cared for by Ninhursaja!

    5-8Having founded your town upon wax, she completed its great walls for you. Ninkasi, having founded your town upon wax, she completed its great walls for you.

    9-12Your father is Enki, the lord Nudimmud, and your mother is Ninti, the queen of the abzu. Ninkasi, your father is Enki, the lord Nudimmud, and your mother is Ninti, the queen of the abzu.

    13-16It is you who handle the ...... and dough with a big shovel, mixing, in a pit, the beerbread with sweet aromatics. Ninkasi, it is you who handle the ...... and dough with a big shovel, mixing, in a pit, the beerbread with sweet aromatics.

    17-20It is you who bake the beerbread in the big oven, and put in order the piles of hulled grain. Ninkasi, it is you who bake the beerbread in the big oven, and put in order the piles of hulled grain.

    21-24It is you who water the earth-covered malt; the noble dogs guard it even from the potentates (?). Ninkasi, it is you who water the earth-covered malt; the noble dogs guard it even from the potentates (?).

    25-28It is you who soak the malt in a jar; the waves rise, the waves fall. Ninkasi, it is you who soak the malt in a jar; the waves rise, the waves fall.

    29-32It is you who spread the cooked mash on large reed mats; coolness overcomes ....... Ninkasi, it is you who spread the cooked mash on large reed mats; coolness overcomes .......

    33-36It is you who hold with both hands the great sweetwort, brewing it with honey and wine. Ninkasi, it is you who hold with both hands the great sweetwort, brewing it with honey and wine.

    37-401 line damaged
    You ...... the sweetwort to the vessel. Ninkasi, ....... You ...... the sweetwort to the vessel.

    41-44You place the fermenting vat, which makes a pleasant sound, appropriately on top of a large collector vat. Ninkasi, you place the fermenting vat, which makes a pleasant sound, appropriately on top of a large collector vat.

    45-48It is you who pour out the filtered beer of the collector vat; it is like the onrush of the Tigris and the Euphrates. Ninkasi, it is you who pour out the filtered beer of the collector vat; it is like the onrush of the Tigris and the Euphrates.

    Ninkasi Brewing makes some tasty beers! Thanks for the added info about the word.

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  25. Richard says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Is there any evidence of liberalism in Shakespeare?

    Is there any evidence of point of view in Shakespeare? That used to be understood as one of the keys to Shakespeare’s greatness, that he possessed an objectivity so expansive that he could present characters with radically different values and goals with such persuasion that it has bedeviled commentators ever since to try to figure out where Shakespeare himself stood. John Keats called it “negative capability.”

    But objectivity isn’t in fashion nowadays.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    But there are points of view that just don't show up in Shakespeare -- negative "negative capability."

    Shakespeare is still quoted a lot these days, but how often is he quoted to support some SJW viewpoint? Not often.

    , @guest
    That's a part of greatness, but there also needs be moral perspective, if only of the "what fools these mortals be" variety. People don't come to Shakespeare to see a morality play, but they also don't come for disentanglable ambiguity, either. Life is ambiguous enough. They want to pass judgement. It's one of the main points of dramatic art.
  26. Jefferson says:
    @AndrewR
    Perhaps you've heard of a tan

    “Perhaps you’ve heard of a tan”

    England does not have a Mediterranean climate, desert climate, or tropical climate and tanning salons did not exist back than.

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  27. @Pat Hannagan
    Ah, mystery solved then; he was a black Jew.

    As was Caesar and Brutus by the looks of it. Looks like genetic low IQ is the real cause of the failure of the Republic.

    Fool.

    She was a black transgender Jewess.

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  28. anon says: • Disclaimer
    @AndrewR
    Perhaps you've heard of a tan

    A tan…in England…before global warming?

    That’s absurd. Most POMs return to England from Australia fully red. They don’t tan.

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  29. MC says:
    @Thursday
    Salon really wants you to know that Shakespeare wasn't a conservative:
    http://www.salon.com/2016/04/17/shakespeare_wasnt_a_conservative_stop_using_his_plays_to_justify_ruthless_agendas/

    I remember reading Richard II and thinking that Shakespeare seems to be taking all this king as embodiment of his people stuff awfully seriously. Furthermore, there was no hint of modernist political analysis of the Machiavellian or Hobbesian type that eventually led to liberalism.

    Of course, Salon et al. really can't conceive of a conservative except on the model of the modern Republican party. Of course, Shakespeare would have despised Bush or Cheney or anyone of their ilk.

    The modern approach is to assume that any references in classic works to out-of-date ideas like nobility or divine providence or chauvinistic nationalism were just thrown in ironically, or as crowd-pleasing nonsense.

    For example, I was taught in high school that Machiavelli’s “The Prince” and Thomas More’s “Utopia” were obviously satire (because who could possibly believe all those crazy ideas?). But then I read both as an adult, and discovered that Machiavelli was certainly not kidding, and More was not obviously joking in “Utopia.”

    [I don't dispute your point that Machiavelli was a step toward liberalism, but so was the American founding, and both are now completely out of step with the zeitgeist]

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  30. Trelane says:
    @donut
    Why does this song stir my sorry black soul :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5bKtRU0Q6c

    Why does this song stir my sorry black soul

    Because you never heard anything like this before:

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    • Replies: @donut
    ... This is stirring music :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGbxrNqK4-4

    Even somewhere in my black poisoned soul I am stirred by this . As I am by Sailer's rabbit and his heroic stand . More man than he or me .
  31. Thursday says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Is there any evidence of liberalism in Shakespeare?

    He thought lower class people were fully human and often treated his lower class characters with a lot of sympathy. According to Salon, that’s liberal.

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  32. @Richard
    Is there any evidence of point of view in Shakespeare? That used to be understood as one of the keys to Shakespeare's greatness, that he possessed an objectivity so expansive that he could present characters with radically different values and goals with such persuasion that it has bedeviled commentators ever since to try to figure out where Shakespeare himself stood. John Keats called it "negative capability."

    But objectivity isn't in fashion nowadays.

    But there are points of view that just don’t show up in Shakespeare — negative “negative capability.”

    Shakespeare is still quoted a lot these days, but how often is he quoted to support some SJW viewpoint? Not often.

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    • Replies: @syonredux

    But there are points of view that just don’t show up in Shakespeare — negative “negative capability.”

    Shakespeare is still quoted a lot these days, but how often is he quoted to support some SJW viewpoint? Not often.
     
    You can find concern for the poor in Shakespeare:

    Were I in England now, as once I was, and had but this fish painted, not a holiday fool there but would give a piece of silver. There would this monster make a man. Any strange beast there makes a man. When they will not give a doit to relieve a lame beggar, they will lay out ten to see a dead Indian.
     
    Tempest (2.2)

    Poor naked wretches, whereso'er you are,
    That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm,
    How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides,
    Your looped and windowed raggedness, defend you
    From seasons such as these? Oh, I have ta'en
    Too little care of this! Take physic, pomp.
    Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel,
    That thou mayst shake the superflux to them
    And show the heavens more just.
     
    Lear, 3.4.1831-39

    But SJWs don't really concern themselves about the poor these days.That's old-school Liberalism.
  33. syonredux says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Is there any evidence of liberalism in Shakespeare?

    Is there any evidence of liberalism in Shakespeare?

    Frankly, I’m not really comfortable using terms like “liberal” and “conservative” in a pre-French Revolutionary context

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  34. syonredux says:
    @Steve Sailer
    But there are points of view that just don't show up in Shakespeare -- negative "negative capability."

    Shakespeare is still quoted a lot these days, but how often is he quoted to support some SJW viewpoint? Not often.

    But there are points of view that just don’t show up in Shakespeare — negative “negative capability.”

    Shakespeare is still quoted a lot these days, but how often is he quoted to support some SJW viewpoint? Not often.

    You can find concern for the poor in Shakespeare:

    Were I in England now, as once I was, and had but this fish painted, not a holiday fool there but would give a piece of silver. There would this monster make a man. Any strange beast there makes a man. When they will not give a doit to relieve a lame beggar, they will lay out ten to see a dead Indian.

    Tempest (2.2)

    Poor naked wretches, whereso’er you are,
    That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm,
    How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides,
    Your looped and windowed raggedness, defend you
    From seasons such as these? Oh, I have ta’en
    Too little care of this! Take physic, pomp.
    Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel,
    That thou mayst shake the superflux to them
    And show the heavens more just.

    Lear, 3.4.1831-39

    But SJWs don’t really concern themselves about the poor these days.That’s old-school Liberalism.

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    • Replies: @iSteveFan

    But SJWs don’t really concern themselves about the poor these days.That’s old-school Liberalism.
     
    You got that right. If anything SJWs hate poor people. Ask a white liberal why she chooses to live in a heavily white area and she will quickly tell you that it has nothing to do with not wanting to live with minorities. Rather she will tell you that she doesn't want to live among poor people.
    , @Jefferson
    "But SJWs don’t really concern themselves about the poor these days.That’s old-school Liberalism."

    If Social Justice Warriors concerned themselves about the poor, none of them would be supporting Hildabeast who is The Bitch Of Wall Street. She has her head so far up Wall Street's ass.
  35. Davis Brooks, who can’t stand to let EJ Dionne do all the virtue signalling on “All Things Considered,” LOVES, LOVES, LOVES “Hamilton” and Harriet Tubman on the $20.

    BROOKS: Well, you know, first of all, I think the decision is a magnificent one. In the first case, we get to keep Alexander Hamilton, who was, A, one of the founders of our political economy – B, we don’t have any Latino hip-hop artist on the currency, so it’s good to have one of those. And second, that – she is a heroic figure. I mean, she risked life and limb for – to free slaves. And so, you know, I think she completely deserves to be there. A case could be made, if you were a populist, for Andrew Jackson, and I think that case is being made. But it’s not a good case, given the way he treated the Native Americans.

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    • Replies: @Jim Sweeney
    As I recall, some 600,000 white males lost life and limb to free those slaves and receive zero historical honor for their sacrifice, especially from the SJW and minority ingrates. We whites did for them what they refused or failed to do for themselves. And we're still doing it out of Christian charity. It is time to stop and let them sink or swim on their own. 150+ years is enough.
    , @Anonymous
    I'm getting to the point where I practically cringe every time I see or hear David Brooks, or for that matter even think of him. Has anyone else found him increasingly unbearable?
  36. iSteveFan says:
    @syonredux

    But there are points of view that just don’t show up in Shakespeare — negative “negative capability.”

    Shakespeare is still quoted a lot these days, but how often is he quoted to support some SJW viewpoint? Not often.
     
    You can find concern for the poor in Shakespeare:

    Were I in England now, as once I was, and had but this fish painted, not a holiday fool there but would give a piece of silver. There would this monster make a man. Any strange beast there makes a man. When they will not give a doit to relieve a lame beggar, they will lay out ten to see a dead Indian.
     
    Tempest (2.2)

    Poor naked wretches, whereso'er you are,
    That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm,
    How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides,
    Your looped and windowed raggedness, defend you
    From seasons such as these? Oh, I have ta'en
    Too little care of this! Take physic, pomp.
    Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel,
    That thou mayst shake the superflux to them
    And show the heavens more just.
     
    Lear, 3.4.1831-39

    But SJWs don't really concern themselves about the poor these days.That's old-school Liberalism.

    But SJWs don’t really concern themselves about the poor these days.That’s old-school Liberalism.

    You got that right. If anything SJWs hate poor people. Ask a white liberal why she chooses to live in a heavily white area and she will quickly tell you that it has nothing to do with not wanting to live with minorities. Rather she will tell you that she doesn’t want to live among poor people.

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    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "You got that right. If anything SJWs hate poor people. Ask a white liberal why she chooses to live in a heavily white area and she will quickly tell you that it has nothing to do with not wanting to live with minorities. Rather she will tell you that she doesn’t want to live among poor people."

    Isn't poor a social construct just like gender and race?
    , @ScarletNumber
    I doubt an SJW would actually say that. Their stock answer is "the schools".
  37. iSteveFan says:
    @Sam Haysom
    So if we concede Jesus was black does that mean Google won't pretend they don't know it's Christmas.

    That’s a good point. If Jesus were declared black, he’d become the most important person in the world to the SJWs.

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  38. @Noah172
    Shakespeare looks like WEB DuBois (with more hair).

    Juliet is Mexican.

    Julius Caesar reminds me of former Congressman Major Owens of Brooklyn (very dark, white hair on sides, shiny bald pate).

    The masts on the ship look like the three crosses of Calvary. Naughty Google!

    And the three witches remind me of that joke with the drawing of three klansmen looking down a man-hole.

    wowza. So much un-PCness in one sentence.

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  39. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    There weren’t any white people back then. White is a modern social construct of the KKK, because evil.

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  40. guest says:
    @Richard
    Is there any evidence of point of view in Shakespeare? That used to be understood as one of the keys to Shakespeare's greatness, that he possessed an objectivity so expansive that he could present characters with radically different values and goals with such persuasion that it has bedeviled commentators ever since to try to figure out where Shakespeare himself stood. John Keats called it "negative capability."

    But objectivity isn't in fashion nowadays.

    That’s a part of greatness, but there also needs be moral perspective, if only of the “what fools these mortals be” variety. People don’t come to Shakespeare to see a morality play, but they also don’t come for disentanglable ambiguity, either. Life is ambiguous enough. They want to pass judgement. It’s one of the main points of dramatic art.

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    • Replies: @Richard
    You're talking about audience response. It's much more challenging, though, to carve out what Shakespeare himself thought about the actions he was depicting. "What fools these mortals be" for example is spoken by a trickster fairy who professes a love of chaos and confusion ("those things do best please me / That befall preposterously"), a sentiment that conflicts with ideas expressed elsewhere in the plays. Is that character functioning as Shakespeare's mouthpiece? I think commentators would find that dubious. If we look to find the man in the works, then Shakespeare is among the most mysterious authors; you can read Dickens, Dryden, Tolstoy, Milton and countless others and have a strong sense of their political and social views. Shakespeare frustrates description.
  41. Whiskey says: • Website

    Shakespeare is totally pre-Modern. His plays point out the necessity of a good monarch, as opposed to a bad one, but assume that monarchy is the natural state of affairs for a people. Shakespeare does affirm a social hierarchy, but one with natural responsibilities of rulers and nobles and even better off common folk. The tragedy being when the nobility runs off the rails with greed, lust, desire for power, etc. Typical human failings. Encapsulated inside greatness.

    Shakespeare’s villains have their own nobility about them, even as they horrid things. Richard III, MacBeth, etc. Its just, not enough nobility in the first place.

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    • Replies: @vinteuil
    Whiskey gets this one right, I think.

    If there's any political philosophy to be extracted from Shakespeare's plays (especially the histories) it's that:

    (1) The people owe loyalty to the maintenance of the legitimate authority.

    (2) The legitimate authority owes loyalty to the well-being of the people.

    (3) Any failure of either party to this bargain to keep faith with the other leads to disaster.

    I think these three points are as relevant in the USA today as they were in Elizabethan England.
  42. guest says:

    Looks to me like they were going for an Ancient Greek black figure vase motif for most of them, which would explain the blackness. It wouldn’t explain Shakespeare, who is brown for no reason.

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  43. Svigor says:

    I don’t know about Shakespeare, but I’m pretty sure Einstein was black.

    Davis Brooks, who can’t stand to let EJ Dionne do all the virtue signalling on “All Things Considered,” LOVES, LOVES, LOVES “Hamilton” and Harriet Tubman on the $20.

    I heard that segment live. I was embarrassed for Brooks, who managed to put no daylight between himself and Dionne, and looked like the world’s biggest cuck. They were just two Democrat Jews being interviewed.

    You can’t give your political process over to a hostile outgroup and expect it to end well.

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  44. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    I would much rather they retcon important historical figures to be non-white than they retcon historical non-white figures to be important.

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  45. donut says:
    @Trelane
    Why does this song stir my sorry black soul

    Because you never heard anything like this before:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b43BAQFDOcM&feature=player_detailpage

    … This is stirring music :

    Even somewhere in my black poisoned soul I am stirred by this . As I am by Sailer’s rabbit and his heroic stand . More man than he or me .

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    • Replies: @donut
    While as a rule I don't have much or any respect for most American actors Jeff Bridges is one who's amazing potential has been wasted . What a tragedy that this magnificent talent has been wasted on the cesspool of the the Hollywood dreck .
    , @donut
    Go little Blackie !
    , @Former Darfur
    It's common to hear of Emmylou Harris, "She is a wonderful person but I can stand listening to her 1)only in small doses 2)not at all..."

    Others think she is simply the finest female country singer of her generation, or ever.

    I think that's even more true of Iris DeMent. She can be by turns really funny and charming or really, really annoying. Something about her makes people unhinged sometimes. I have heard people involved in country music become downright unhinged when her name comes up.

    One example of DeMent Derangement Syndrome:
    http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Evils%20in%20America/CCM/iris_dement.htm
  46. I always kind of thought(or at least hoped) that people were overreacting in pointing the “sinisterness” of some of these doodles, though the Easter absence was deafening.

    But this? This is just absurd!

    Can you imagine if there was some well known African folk tales, or something, and a company depicted the characters of those folk tales as Europeans? The howls would never end.

    The mind boggles at this. What were they thinking? Oh yeah, we’ll just make Hamlet black, and all the other characters too. Nobody will notice, it will just be subtle propaganda…

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  47. donut says:
    @donut
    ... This is stirring music :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGbxrNqK4-4

    Even somewhere in my black poisoned soul I am stirred by this . As I am by Sailer's rabbit and his heroic stand . More man than he or me .

    While as a rule I don’t have much or any respect for most American actors Jeff Bridges is one who’s amazing potential has been wasted . What a tragedy that this magnificent talent has been wasted on the cesspool of the the Hollywood dreck .

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  48. Jezter says:

    You should all stop using Google and supporting this nonsense. Duckduckgo.com is an excellent search engine—as good as, or better than Google, it doesn’t track you like Google does, and I have yet to see stupid doodles like Google has.

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    • Replies: @Rankle
    I tried Duckduckgo because I dislike Google knowing everything I do online, but unfortunately it's not even remotely as good as Google. Google almost always has the page I wanted at the top of the search results, whereas that's often not the case with Duckduckgo. When I had Duckduckgo as the default search engine, I often had to go to Google to find what I was after.
    , @anon
    I'll give it a try and as i've come to hate google's political games.
  49. Rankle says:

    In this Guardian piece on Shakespeare, Cleopatra, a Greek from a highly inbred Greek family, looks sort of like a brown Elizabeth Taylor. Othello is the same color. Afrocentric rewriting of history and fiction seems to be the new normal.

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    • Replies: @Expletive Deleted
    Greeks are brownish, compared to native Brits (just about everyone on the planet is, for that matter, including all those swarthy Germans and Swedes). And always have been, except when we painted ourselves blue (Smurf-envy, probably).
    There are no authenticated pics of Billy S., so The Goog is Making Shit Up; par for the course, among activists. There is the faintest possibility that the minstrelshow-like depiction of his characters is a cackhanded attempt to express the writer's universal, global, humanistic appeal. But I doubt it. That would be .. subtle. And we can't have that, doubleplusungood for the Party.
  50. Rankle says:
    @Jezter
    You should all stop using Google and supporting this nonsense. Duckduckgo.com is an excellent search engine—as good as, or better than Google, it doesn't track you like Google does, and I have yet to see stupid doodles like Google has.

    I tried Duckduckgo because I dislike Google knowing everything I do online, but unfortunately it’s not even remotely as good as Google. Google almost always has the page I wanted at the top of the search results, whereas that’s often not the case with Duckduckgo. When I had Duckduckgo as the default search engine, I often had to go to Google to find what I was after.

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    • Replies: @Jezter
    That's funny. My experience with duckduckgo and google has been the opposite--I usually get worse results from Google.

    Duckduckgo gives you a lot more fine grained control over searches. It's internet search for power users. For example, Google takes liberties with your search results and includes pages that ommit some of your search terms—it thinks it knows better than you what you meant to search for. The problem is, for me at least, google does a terrible job of guessing and usually returns a lot of irrelevant results. It can be difficult or impossible to force Google to only include results that contain all of your search terms.

    With DDG, you can just put a plus sign in front of any term you want to force DDG to include. I usually know what it is I'm searching for, and this DDG feature saves me A LOT of time in finding what I'm looking for.

  51. Jefferson says:
    @iSteveFan

    But SJWs don’t really concern themselves about the poor these days.That’s old-school Liberalism.
     
    You got that right. If anything SJWs hate poor people. Ask a white liberal why she chooses to live in a heavily white area and she will quickly tell you that it has nothing to do with not wanting to live with minorities. Rather she will tell you that she doesn't want to live among poor people.

    “You got that right. If anything SJWs hate poor people. Ask a white liberal why she chooses to live in a heavily white area and she will quickly tell you that it has nothing to do with not wanting to live with minorities. Rather she will tell you that she doesn’t want to live among poor people.”

    Isn’t poor a social construct just like gender and race?

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  52. Jefferson says:
    @syonredux

    But there are points of view that just don’t show up in Shakespeare — negative “negative capability.”

    Shakespeare is still quoted a lot these days, but how often is he quoted to support some SJW viewpoint? Not often.
     
    You can find concern for the poor in Shakespeare:

    Were I in England now, as once I was, and had but this fish painted, not a holiday fool there but would give a piece of silver. There would this monster make a man. Any strange beast there makes a man. When they will not give a doit to relieve a lame beggar, they will lay out ten to see a dead Indian.
     
    Tempest (2.2)

    Poor naked wretches, whereso'er you are,
    That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm,
    How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides,
    Your looped and windowed raggedness, defend you
    From seasons such as these? Oh, I have ta'en
    Too little care of this! Take physic, pomp.
    Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel,
    That thou mayst shake the superflux to them
    And show the heavens more just.
     
    Lear, 3.4.1831-39

    But SJWs don't really concern themselves about the poor these days.That's old-school Liberalism.

    “But SJWs don’t really concern themselves about the poor these days.That’s old-school Liberalism.”

    If Social Justice Warriors concerned themselves about the poor, none of them would be supporting Hildabeast who is The Bitch Of Wall Street. She has her head so far up Wall Street’s ass.

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    • Replies: @SFG
    You forgot to end the simile. How about 'she's cleaning the posterior surface of their incisors'?
  53. Richard S says:

    What I like is the subtlety of the propaganda ;)

    They used to preach hatred for the Dead White Men who were the only ones in history who did anything worthwhile. But in the absence of achievements by other breeds, they’ve now taken to put our ancestors in blackface. Nice.

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    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "What I like is the subtlety of the propaganda ;)

    They used to preach hatred for the Dead White Men who were the only ones in history who did anything worthwhile. But in the absence of achievements by other breeds, they’ve now taken to put our ancestors in blackface. Nice."

    In William Shakespeare's case it's Brownface, not Blackface. In that Google doodle he is not so dark that he can pass for a Zimbabwean.
  54. Richard says:
    @guest
    That's a part of greatness, but there also needs be moral perspective, if only of the "what fools these mortals be" variety. People don't come to Shakespeare to see a morality play, but they also don't come for disentanglable ambiguity, either. Life is ambiguous enough. They want to pass judgement. It's one of the main points of dramatic art.

    You’re talking about audience response. It’s much more challenging, though, to carve out what Shakespeare himself thought about the actions he was depicting. “What fools these mortals be” for example is spoken by a trickster fairy who professes a love of chaos and confusion (“those things do best please me / That befall preposterously”), a sentiment that conflicts with ideas expressed elsewhere in the plays. Is that character functioning as Shakespeare’s mouthpiece? I think commentators would find that dubious. If we look to find the man in the works, then Shakespeare is among the most mysterious authors; you can read Dickens, Dryden, Tolstoy, Milton and countless others and have a strong sense of their political and social views. Shakespeare frustrates description.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Indeed. There's not much positive evidence for what Shakespeare positively believed.

    But, how much evidence is there for Shakespeare being a humorless Social Justice Warrior?

    , @Jus' Sayin'...
    "What fools these mortals be." is a quote from the Stoic philosopher Seneca. Shakespeare may just have been showing off his classical knowledge. On the other hand, putting the words in Puck's mouth, may have been a subtle form of irony.

    Back then many English probably still regarded faeries with the same superstitious respect/dread as Irish country folk in remote parts of the gaelteacht still hold for the aos sidhe, e.g., consider the representation of Faerie in "Tam Linn" or "Thomas the Rhymer". The novel, "Jonathan Strange and Mister Norell" is a good introduction to what Fairie, i.e., Oberon, Titania, Puck et al., once meant to Shakespeare's audiences. Jack Vance's Lyonesse trilogy also has a good depiction of Faerie.

    There's so much going on in Shakespeare that I'm always awestruck by this Englishman's genius. the like of which has never been rivaled. Every time I dip into his work I see and learn something new.
    , @guest
    I agree with you on the inscrutability of Shakespeare's private thoughts. The idea of his greatness lying in objectivity is what I was disagreeing with. It's part of his greatness, no doubt, and why he's able to write characters so well. Characters who all sound alike is endlessly irksome to me, and though there is a definable Shakespearean style, or several styles (his verse and prose are different, at least), he doesn't have everyone talking in a Shakespearean version of Mamet-speak.

    However, we don't want him to be objective because we want to pass judgement, as I said. And that may be the audience's business, but if a writer isn't interested in audience response he can't be a great artist. We want to know Macbeth is supposed to be a villain. While you can't tell based on the play not being on his side that Shakespeare was a legitimist, for instance, the fact remains that the play is not objective about Macbeth's moral status.

  55. @Richard
    You're talking about audience response. It's much more challenging, though, to carve out what Shakespeare himself thought about the actions he was depicting. "What fools these mortals be" for example is spoken by a trickster fairy who professes a love of chaos and confusion ("those things do best please me / That befall preposterously"), a sentiment that conflicts with ideas expressed elsewhere in the plays. Is that character functioning as Shakespeare's mouthpiece? I think commentators would find that dubious. If we look to find the man in the works, then Shakespeare is among the most mysterious authors; you can read Dickens, Dryden, Tolstoy, Milton and countless others and have a strong sense of their political and social views. Shakespeare frustrates description.

    Indeed. There’s not much positive evidence for what Shakespeare positively believed.

    But, how much evidence is there for Shakespeare being a humorless Social Justice Warrior?

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    • Replies: @27 year old
    Shakespeare was brilliant and SJWs are also brilliant so therefore
    , @Thursday
    This standard is a little too much. There are plenty of authors in the canon where one can see some proto-liberal sympathies, but they aren't proto-SJWs either. I was going to mention Moliere, who is a clear example of that from not too long after Shakespeare's time.

    ----

    All this brings me back to the distinction that liberals are often very good at comedy, in the sense of works that gently poke fun at our common foibles, but terrible at satire, where conservatives dominate. Moliere was a comedian in that sense.

    , @anon
    Shakes didn't need to give Kate lots of time to make her case before concluding in the way his audience would accept. To me he's both very political and very practical. He makes a political point first and then backs off and panders to the audience at the end to stay popular.

    Dramatic version of good cop, bad cop.
  56. @Steve Sailer
    Indeed. There's not much positive evidence for what Shakespeare positively believed.

    But, how much evidence is there for Shakespeare being a humorless Social Justice Warrior?

    Shakespeare was brilliant and SJWs are also brilliant so therefore

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  57. donut says:
    @donut
    ... This is stirring music :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGbxrNqK4-4

    Even somewhere in my black poisoned soul I am stirred by this . As I am by Sailer's rabbit and his heroic stand . More man than he or me .

    Go little Blackie !

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  58. Jezter says:
    @Rankle
    I tried Duckduckgo because I dislike Google knowing everything I do online, but unfortunately it's not even remotely as good as Google. Google almost always has the page I wanted at the top of the search results, whereas that's often not the case with Duckduckgo. When I had Duckduckgo as the default search engine, I often had to go to Google to find what I was after.

    That’s funny. My experience with duckduckgo and google has been the opposite–I usually get worse results from Google.

    Duckduckgo gives you a lot more fine grained control over searches. It’s internet search for power users. For example, Google takes liberties with your search results and includes pages that ommit some of your search terms—it thinks it knows better than you what you meant to search for. The problem is, for me at least, google does a terrible job of guessing and usually returns a lot of irrelevant results. It can be difficult or impossible to force Google to only include results that contain all of your search terms.

    With DDG, you can just put a plus sign in front of any term you want to force DDG to include. I usually know what it is I’m searching for, and this DDG feature saves me A LOT of time in finding what I’m looking for.

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    • Replies: @Jus' Sayin'...
    My sister, a reference librarian, convinced me to make DuckDuckGo my initial search engine. It is much better than Google in many ways, particularly in that it does not seem to have hidden political agenda affecting either its search results or its simple, unchanging and un-irritating logo.
    , @Rankle
    Yeah, my experience is different. One Google option I find very useful is the possibility to search by the date when the page was published. Duckduckgo doesn't have that option, or at least didn't have when I tried it. Google used to have that + function, too, but it was removed for some reason. I haven't missed it though.
  59. SFG says:
    @Jefferson
    "But SJWs don’t really concern themselves about the poor these days.That’s old-school Liberalism."

    If Social Justice Warriors concerned themselves about the poor, none of them would be supporting Hildabeast who is The Bitch Of Wall Street. She has her head so far up Wall Street's ass.

    You forgot to end the simile. How about ‘she’s cleaning the posterior surface of their incisors’?

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  60. SFG says:

    It’s been 400 years, the guy’s politics aren’t going to map onto our own. People have a hard time with that though.

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  61. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Pat Hannagan
    Ah, mystery solved then; he was a black Jew.

    As was Caesar and Brutus by the looks of it. Looks like genetic low IQ is the real cause of the failure of the Republic.

    Ah, mystery solved then; he was a black Jew.

    Ashkenazi Jews descended from ancient Turkey: New research

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/most-jews-descended-ancient-turkey-new-study-2107639949#.dpuf

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    • Replies: @syonredux

    Ah, mystery solved then; he was a black Jew.

    Ashkenazi Jews descended from ancient Turkey: New research

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/most-jews-descended-ancient-turkey-new-study-2107639949#.dpuf
     
    Cochran thinks that it's crap:

    That’s all wrong.
     
    https://westhunt.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/metamorphosis/#comments
  62. I almost feel gauche pointing this out, but the way they made Juliette pretty much the only White-appearing person in the dramatic collage, and then showed her hauling up a black-as-coal Romeo, this is like some over-the-top neo-Nazi propaganda about how degenerate contemporary culture is. Apparently, there is no limit to the level of propagandizing to which these people will stoop. You’d think this would just plain embarrass them, and that they’d worry it was, well, kinda dumb, but no. Apparently nothing embarrasses them, and we are to be spared nothing.

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    • Replies: @Forbes
    Shame is absent in 'modern' sensibilities.
    , @anon
    They're insane with hate and paranoia - ironic given the pro-immigration propaganda.
  63. @Tiny Duck
    The truth is that white "culture" is nothing more than bits stolen from Cultures of Color. As an example Shakespeare stole his plays from an Arab. The "appropriation" you guys complain of is nothing more than nature righting itself

    Goldie, Damn, we white folks hate when we are caught stealing the culture of others, and what where those “bits “again?

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  64. Priss Factor [AKA "Polly Perkins"] says:

    If identity is all about ‘culture’,

    then

    if you learn about black American history, read black literature, eat ham hocks with greens, and sing black gospel…

    does that mean you are black American? You adopted the culture and may even know more about black american culture/history than most black americans do.

    If culture is all that counts, a Swedish-American who knows a lot about Richard Wright and blues music is more ‘black’ than a black American whose ancestors were slaves but who knows little of black american musical tradition and literature(and doesn’t like soul food). Who believes this?

    Well, they say is a black African goes to France and reads some Racine and eats croissant, he’s French.

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  65. @AndrewR
    Perhaps you've heard of a tan

    AndrewR, Of course he was tan. As a successful playwright he could afford to travel extensively and take cruises.

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    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "AndrewR, Of course he was tan. As a successful playwright he could afford to travel extensively and take cruises."

    What percentage of the English population do you think can tan as well as the average Sicilian?
  66. @Richard
    You're talking about audience response. It's much more challenging, though, to carve out what Shakespeare himself thought about the actions he was depicting. "What fools these mortals be" for example is spoken by a trickster fairy who professes a love of chaos and confusion ("those things do best please me / That befall preposterously"), a sentiment that conflicts with ideas expressed elsewhere in the plays. Is that character functioning as Shakespeare's mouthpiece? I think commentators would find that dubious. If we look to find the man in the works, then Shakespeare is among the most mysterious authors; you can read Dickens, Dryden, Tolstoy, Milton and countless others and have a strong sense of their political and social views. Shakespeare frustrates description.

    “What fools these mortals be.” is a quote from the Stoic philosopher Seneca. Shakespeare may just have been showing off his classical knowledge. On the other hand, putting the words in Puck’s mouth, may have been a subtle form of irony.

    Back then many English probably still regarded faeries with the same superstitious respect/dread as Irish country folk in remote parts of the gaelteacht still hold for the aos sidhe, e.g., consider the representation of Faerie in “Tam Linn” or “Thomas the Rhymer”. The novel, “Jonathan Strange and Mister Norell” is a good introduction to what Fairie, i.e., Oberon, Titania, Puck et al., once meant to Shakespeare’s audiences. Jack Vance’s Lyonesse trilogy also has a good depiction of Faerie.

    There’s so much going on in Shakespeare that I’m always awestruck by this Englishman’s genius. the like of which has never been rivaled. Every time I dip into his work I see and learn something new.

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  67. @Jezter
    That's funny. My experience with duckduckgo and google has been the opposite--I usually get worse results from Google.

    Duckduckgo gives you a lot more fine grained control over searches. It's internet search for power users. For example, Google takes liberties with your search results and includes pages that ommit some of your search terms—it thinks it knows better than you what you meant to search for. The problem is, for me at least, google does a terrible job of guessing and usually returns a lot of irrelevant results. It can be difficult or impossible to force Google to only include results that contain all of your search terms.

    With DDG, you can just put a plus sign in front of any term you want to force DDG to include. I usually know what it is I'm searching for, and this DDG feature saves me A LOT of time in finding what I'm looking for.

    My sister, a reference librarian, convinced me to make DuckDuckGo my initial search engine. It is much better than Google in many ways, particularly in that it does not seem to have hidden political agenda affecting either its search results or its simple, unchanging and un-irritating logo.

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  68. Jack D says:

    Shakespeare may have been a brownish fellow but people who shit in the open are pure white redheads:

    http://blogs.worldbank.org/category/tags/world-toilet-day

    This cartoon illustrates that (white) people who build outhouses have (redheaded white) children who grow taller than those who don’t. Because we all know that the problem of shitting in the open occurs mainly in white societies.

    All of this color switching is totally intentional – you are not suppose to think in “stereotypes”, even though the reason stereotypes resonate to begin with is because they are largely true.

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    "This cartoon illustrates that (white) people who build outhouses have (redheaded white) children who grow taller than those who don’t. Because we all know that the problem of shitting in the open occurs mainly in white societies."

    Especially White societies with a high percentage of gingers. So shitting in the open is more of a problem in Scotland, than it is in say Serbia.
  69. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    What seems odd to me about the Google doodle is that the Othello character, who actually is supposed to be black, looks quite odd to me. In fact he looks somewhat like a hairy version of one of the creepy goons from the cartoon “Popeye”.

    http://popeye.wikia.com/wiki/Alice_the_Goon

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  70. @Rankle
    In this Guardian piece on Shakespeare, Cleopatra, a Greek from a highly inbred Greek family, looks sort of like a brown Elizabeth Taylor. Othello is the same color. Afrocentric rewriting of history and fiction seems to be the new normal.

    Greeks are brownish, compared to native Brits (just about everyone on the planet is, for that matter, including all those swarthy Germans and Swedes). And always have been, except when we painted ourselves blue (Smurf-envy, probably).
    There are no authenticated pics of Billy S., so The Goog is Making Shit Up; par for the course, among activists. There is the faintest possibility that the minstrelshow-like depiction of his characters is a cackhanded attempt to express the writer’s universal, global, humanistic appeal. But I doubt it. That would be .. subtle. And we can’t have that, doubleplusungood for the Party.

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    The difference is the skin tone between the white and brown characters in that Guardian article is larger than what is found between European ethnicities. Brits aren't that fair, especially not the more Celtic types. The fairest people in the world are found around the Eastern Baltic Sea (Finns, Balts, Northern Russians).
    , @ReaderfromGreece
    You're being way too charitable the Guardian. Othello and Cleopatra are depicted with the same skintone, and Afrocentrists have long claimed Cleopatra as their own. Just you wait for the angry backlash if a white actress is cast as Cleopatra in a future movie or tv show. A tiny peek of what is to come:

    http://rollingout.com/2014/06/03/black-twitter-blasts-angelina-jolie-portraying-egypts-queen-cleopatra-upcoming-film/

    If you can handle the stupid, don't miss the comment section but for one or two brave dissenters. All of this is widely taught in Critical Race Studies and African Studies departments, by the way.
  71. Jefferson says:
    @Buffalo Joe
    AndrewR, Of course he was tan. As a successful playwright he could afford to travel extensively and take cruises.

    “AndrewR, Of course he was tan. As a successful playwright he could afford to travel extensively and take cruises.”

    What percentage of the English population do you think can tan as well as the average Sicilian?

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  72. Jefferson says:
    @Jack D
    Shakespeare may have been a brownish fellow but people who shit in the open are pure white redheads:

    http://blogs.worldbank.org/category/tags/world-toilet-day

    This cartoon illustrates that (white) people who build outhouses have (redheaded white) children who grow taller than those who don't. Because we all know that the problem of shitting in the open occurs mainly in white societies.

    All of this color switching is totally intentional - you are not suppose to think in "stereotypes", even though the reason stereotypes resonate to begin with is because they are largely true.

    “This cartoon illustrates that (white) people who build outhouses have (redheaded white) children who grow taller than those who don’t. Because we all know that the problem of shitting in the open occurs mainly in white societies.”

    Especially White societies with a high percentage of gingers. So shitting in the open is more of a problem in Scotland, than it is in say Serbia.

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    The kilt and plaid are very practical garments. There's a reason 'going commando' in their traditional garb is required of 'True Scotsmen'.
  73. Rankle says:
    @Jezter
    That's funny. My experience with duckduckgo and google has been the opposite--I usually get worse results from Google.

    Duckduckgo gives you a lot more fine grained control over searches. It's internet search for power users. For example, Google takes liberties with your search results and includes pages that ommit some of your search terms—it thinks it knows better than you what you meant to search for. The problem is, for me at least, google does a terrible job of guessing and usually returns a lot of irrelevant results. It can be difficult or impossible to force Google to only include results that contain all of your search terms.

    With DDG, you can just put a plus sign in front of any term you want to force DDG to include. I usually know what it is I'm searching for, and this DDG feature saves me A LOT of time in finding what I'm looking for.

    Yeah, my experience is different. One Google option I find very useful is the possibility to search by the date when the page was published. Duckduckgo doesn’t have that option, or at least didn’t have when I tried it. Google used to have that + function, too, but it was removed for some reason. I haven’t missed it though.

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  74. Rankle says:
    @Expletive Deleted
    Greeks are brownish, compared to native Brits (just about everyone on the planet is, for that matter, including all those swarthy Germans and Swedes). And always have been, except when we painted ourselves blue (Smurf-envy, probably).
    There are no authenticated pics of Billy S., so The Goog is Making Shit Up; par for the course, among activists. There is the faintest possibility that the minstrelshow-like depiction of his characters is a cackhanded attempt to express the writer's universal, global, humanistic appeal. But I doubt it. That would be .. subtle. And we can't have that, doubleplusungood for the Party.

    The difference is the skin tone between the white and brown characters in that Guardian article is larger than what is found between European ethnicities. Brits aren’t that fair, especially not the more Celtic types. The fairest people in the world are found around the Eastern Baltic Sea (Finns, Balts, Northern Russians).

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  75. Jefferson says:
    @Richard S
    What I like is the subtlety of the propaganda ;)

    They used to preach hatred for the Dead White Men who were the only ones in history who did anything worthwhile. But in the absence of achievements by other breeds, they've now taken to put our ancestors in blackface. Nice.

    “What I like is the subtlety of the propaganda ;)

    They used to preach hatred for the Dead White Men who were the only ones in history who did anything worthwhile. But in the absence of achievements by other breeds, they’ve now taken to put our ancestors in blackface. Nice.”

    In William Shakespeare’s case it’s Brownface, not Blackface. In that Google doodle he is not so dark that he can pass for a Zimbabwean.

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  76. @Jefferson
    "This cartoon illustrates that (white) people who build outhouses have (redheaded white) children who grow taller than those who don’t. Because we all know that the problem of shitting in the open occurs mainly in white societies."

    Especially White societies with a high percentage of gingers. So shitting in the open is more of a problem in Scotland, than it is in say Serbia.

    The kilt and plaid are very practical garments. There’s a reason ‘going commando’ in their traditional garb is required of ‘True Scotsmen’.

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  77. Now now, Steve. Don’t have a knee-jerk reaction the way I did about Prince. It’s embarrassing. (I really was wrong and I feel stupid.)

    Peachy-colored people are getting plenty of exposure…

    …And when they get too much exposure, they turn brown.

    Didn’t you know Shakespeare was non-white? You know, like Alexander Hamilton.

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  78. vinteuil says:
    @Whiskey
    Shakespeare is totally pre-Modern. His plays point out the necessity of a good monarch, as opposed to a bad one, but assume that monarchy is the natural state of affairs for a people. Shakespeare does affirm a social hierarchy, but one with natural responsibilities of rulers and nobles and even better off common folk. The tragedy being when the nobility runs off the rails with greed, lust, desire for power, etc. Typical human failings. Encapsulated inside greatness.

    Shakespeare's villains have their own nobility about them, even as they horrid things. Richard III, MacBeth, etc. Its just, not enough nobility in the first place.

    Whiskey gets this one right, I think.

    If there’s any political philosophy to be extracted from Shakespeare’s plays (especially the histories) it’s that:

    (1) The people owe loyalty to the maintenance of the legitimate authority.

    (2) The legitimate authority owes loyalty to the well-being of the people.

    (3) Any failure of either party to this bargain to keep faith with the other leads to disaster.

    I think these three points are as relevant in the USA today as they were in Elizabethan England.

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  79. Forbes says:
    @anon
    That doodle will be shown to most of the world. It would be offensive to depict Shakespeare as he actually looked, white, so they made him have the global average skin tone.

    But i also think that google hires a lot of smart kids straight out of college who have been inculcated with this cultural marxist clap-trap. They think they're doing god's work by making Shakespeare brown.

    They think they’re doing god’s work by making Shakespeare brown.

    That’s their truth, and they’re sticking to it…

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  80. Thursday says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Indeed. There's not much positive evidence for what Shakespeare positively believed.

    But, how much evidence is there for Shakespeare being a humorless Social Justice Warrior?

    This standard is a little too much. There are plenty of authors in the canon where one can see some proto-liberal sympathies, but they aren’t proto-SJWs either. I was going to mention Moliere, who is a clear example of that from not too long after Shakespeare’s time.

    —-

    All this brings me back to the distinction that liberals are often very good at comedy, in the sense of works that gently poke fun at our common foibles, but terrible at satire, where conservatives dominate. Moliere was a comedian in that sense.

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  81. guest says:
    @Richard
    You're talking about audience response. It's much more challenging, though, to carve out what Shakespeare himself thought about the actions he was depicting. "What fools these mortals be" for example is spoken by a trickster fairy who professes a love of chaos and confusion ("those things do best please me / That befall preposterously"), a sentiment that conflicts with ideas expressed elsewhere in the plays. Is that character functioning as Shakespeare's mouthpiece? I think commentators would find that dubious. If we look to find the man in the works, then Shakespeare is among the most mysterious authors; you can read Dickens, Dryden, Tolstoy, Milton and countless others and have a strong sense of their political and social views. Shakespeare frustrates description.

    I agree with you on the inscrutability of Shakespeare’s private thoughts. The idea of his greatness lying in objectivity is what I was disagreeing with. It’s part of his greatness, no doubt, and why he’s able to write characters so well. Characters who all sound alike is endlessly irksome to me, and though there is a definable Shakespearean style, or several styles (his verse and prose are different, at least), he doesn’t have everyone talking in a Shakespearean version of Mamet-speak.

    However, we don’t want him to be objective because we want to pass judgement, as I said. And that may be the audience’s business, but if a writer isn’t interested in audience response he can’t be a great artist. We want to know Macbeth is supposed to be a villain. While you can’t tell based on the play not being on his side that Shakespeare was a legitimist, for instance, the fact remains that the play is not objective about Macbeth’s moral status.

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    • Replies: @Richard
    Objectivity is not synonymous with a lack of values. Shakespeare's inscrutability has more to do with what might be loosely called higher culture; for example, we know all about Milton's views on divorce or Dryden's on some of the sectarian quarrels of the late 17th century. But it's never been a mystery where Shakespeare stood on the more archetypal stuff, like murder or betrayal. This is weak at drawing distinctions though, since just about every writer is against murder.
  82. Forbes says:
    @Kevin O'Keeffe
    I almost feel gauche pointing this out, but the way they made Juliette pretty much the only White-appearing person in the dramatic collage, and then showed her hauling up a black-as-coal Romeo, this is like some over-the-top neo-Nazi propaganda about how degenerate contemporary culture is. Apparently, there is no limit to the level of propagandizing to which these people will stoop. You'd think this would just plain embarrass them, and that they'd worry it was, well, kinda dumb, but no. Apparently nothing embarrasses them, and we are to be spared nothing.

    Shame is absent in ‘modern’ sensibilities.

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  83. @iSteveFan
    Bill, blackface was a way for whites to make fun of blacks. Whiteface, as you put it, appears to be a way for nonwhites to appropriate the achievements of whites as their own.

    Way wait. Are you saying that Babe Ruth wasn’t black? If Babe Ruth wasn’t black, then what was he?

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    "Way wait. Are you saying that Babe Ruth wasn’t black? If Babe Ruth wasn’t black, then what was he?"

    Babe Ruth was a German with a potato nose, like Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle.
  84. Thursday says:

    Cervantes’ politics are also interesting. Some people have been trying to make him out as some secret dissident against Spanish Catholicism and the Spanish monarchy. What I read is exactly what you would expect of a veteran of Lepanto: a highly patriotic Spaniard who is concerned about how to be a proper Christian gentleman.

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  85. syonredux says:
    @Anonymous

    Ah, mystery solved then; he was a black Jew.
     
    Ashkenazi Jews descended from ancient Turkey: New research

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/most-jews-descended-ancient-turkey-new-study-2107639949#.dpuf

    Ah, mystery solved then; he was a black Jew.

    Ashkenazi Jews descended from ancient Turkey: New research

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/most-jews-descended-ancient-turkey-new-study-2107639949#.dpuf

    Cochran thinks that it’s crap:

    That’s all wrong.

    https://westhunt.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/metamorphosis/#comments

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  86. Jefferson says:
    @Pat Hannagan
    Ah, mystery solved then; he was a black Jew.

    As was Caesar and Brutus by the looks of it. Looks like genetic low IQ is the real cause of the failure of the Republic.

    “Ah, mystery solved then; he was a black Jew”

    According to many iSteve readers, White Jews do not exist. So if White Jews do not exist, Black Jews even more so do not exist.

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  87. Jefferson says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    Way wait. Are you saying that Babe Ruth wasn't black? If Babe Ruth wasn't black, then what was he?

    “Way wait. Are you saying that Babe Ruth wasn’t black? If Babe Ruth wasn’t black, then what was he?”

    Babe Ruth was a German with a potato nose, like Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle.

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  88. @iSteveFan

    But SJWs don’t really concern themselves about the poor these days.That’s old-school Liberalism.
     
    You got that right. If anything SJWs hate poor people. Ask a white liberal why she chooses to live in a heavily white area and she will quickly tell you that it has nothing to do with not wanting to live with minorities. Rather she will tell you that she doesn't want to live among poor people.

    I doubt an SJW would actually say that. Their stock answer is “the schools”.

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    "The schools" are definitely one type of answer. But I have personally been told what I originally wrote on more than one occasion.
  89. @Expletive Deleted
    Greeks are brownish, compared to native Brits (just about everyone on the planet is, for that matter, including all those swarthy Germans and Swedes). And always have been, except when we painted ourselves blue (Smurf-envy, probably).
    There are no authenticated pics of Billy S., so The Goog is Making Shit Up; par for the course, among activists. There is the faintest possibility that the minstrelshow-like depiction of his characters is a cackhanded attempt to express the writer's universal, global, humanistic appeal. But I doubt it. That would be .. subtle. And we can't have that, doubleplusungood for the Party.

    You’re being way too charitable the Guardian. Othello and Cleopatra are depicted with the same skintone, and Afrocentrists have long claimed Cleopatra as their own. Just you wait for the angry backlash if a white actress is cast as Cleopatra in a future movie or tv show. A tiny peek of what is to come:

    http://rollingout.com/2014/06/03/black-twitter-blasts-angelina-jolie-portraying-egypts-queen-cleopatra-upcoming-film/

    If you can handle the stupid, don’t miss the comment section but for one or two brave dissenters. All of this is widely taught in Critical Race Studies and African Studies departments, by the way.

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  90. Jim Sweeney says: • Website

    …even now an old black ram is tupping your white ewe said Iago to Brabantio, Desdemona’s father. There w=has never been a mystery about Othello’s race. He was a black man.

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  91. Jim Sweeney says: • Website
    @Harry Baldwin
    Davis Brooks, who can't stand to let EJ Dionne do all the virtue signalling on "All Things Considered," LOVES, LOVES, LOVES "Hamilton" and Harriet Tubman on the $20.

    BROOKS: Well, you know, first of all, I think the decision is a magnificent one. In the first case, we get to keep Alexander Hamilton, who was, A, one of the founders of our political economy - B, we don't have any Latino hip-hop artist on the currency, so it's good to have one of those. And second, that - she is a heroic figure. I mean, she risked life and limb for - to free slaves. And so, you know, I think she completely deserves to be there. A case could be made, if you were a populist, for Andrew Jackson, and I think that case is being made. But it's not a good case, given the way he treated the Native Americans.
     

    As I recall, some 600,000 white males lost life and limb to free those slaves and receive zero historical honor for their sacrifice, especially from the SJW and minority ingrates. We whites did for them what they refused or failed to do for themselves. And we’re still doing it out of Christian charity. It is time to stop and let them sink or swim on their own. 150+ years is enough.

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    • Replies: @Jack D
    Only 360,000 died fighting to free the slaves - 260,000 died to KEEP them enslaved.
  92. @AndrewR
    Perhaps you've heard of a tan

    The craze for tanning amongst 1600 London’s upper class bald men is captured in this painting:

    Elizabeth I, Procession Portrait

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  93. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Ashkenazi Jews descended from ancient Turkey: New research

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/most-jews-descended-ancient-turkey-new-study-2107639949#.dpuf

    “Ashkenazi Jews descended from ancient Turkey: New research”, Middle East Eye, 22 April 2016:

    “…New research suggests Yiddish language has its origins in north-east Turkey…

    …Dr Eran Elhaik of the University of Sheffield used a computer modelling system to convert Ashkenazi Jewish DNA – the Jewish communities historically located in Europe – data into geographical information, which revealed that 90 percent of Ashkenazi Jews descend from the Greeks, Iranians and others who colonised northern Anatolia (now northern Turkey) more than 2,000 years ago before converting to Judaism.

    Dr Elhaik said he believed that that three still-surviving Turkish villages – Iskenaz, Eskenaz and Ashanaz – located in north-eastern Turkey made up part of the original Ashkenazi homeland and formed the nucleus that developed the modern Jewish language of Yiddish. …

    …The three villages all derive from the word “Ashkenaz”, which is the root of the word “Ashkenazi”…

    …Yiddish… Elhaik and others believe it was more likely developed in the 8th and 9th centuries CE, by Jewish merchants trading along the Silk Roads linking China and Europe…

    …”We conclude that AJs [Ashkenazic Jews] probably originated during the first millennium when Iranian Jews judaised Greco-Roman, Turk, Iranian, southern Caucasus, and Slavic populations inhabiting the lands of Ashkenaz in Turkey,”…”

    “Localizing Ashkenazic Jews to Primeval Villages in the Ancient Iranian Lands of Ashkenaz”,
    Ranajit Das, Paul Wexler, Mehdi Pirooznia, and Eran Elhaik, Genome Biol. Evol. 8(4):1132–1149. Accepted: February 29, 2016:

    “…the Geographic Population Structure analysis localized most AJs along major primeval trade routes in north eastern Turkey adjacent to primeval villages with names that may be derived from “Ashkenaz.” Iranian and mountain Jews were localized along trade routes on the Turkey’s eastern border. Loss of maternal haplogroups was evident in non-Yiddish speaking AJs. Our results suggest that AJs originated from a Slavo-Iranian confederation, which the Jews call “Ashkenazic” (i.e., “Scythian”), though these Jews probably spoke Persian and/or Ossete. This is compatible with linguistic evidence suggesting that Yiddish is a Slavic language created by Irano-Turko-Slavic Jewish merchants along the Silk Roads as a cryptic trade language, spoken only by its originators to gain an advantage in trade.”

    This work is out of this lab.

    Another interesting paper would seem to be “Geographic population structure analysis of worldwide human populations infers their biogeographical origins”, Nature Communications 2014. This paper has some 32 co-authors:

    “…Here we describe the Geographic Population Structure (GPS) algorithm and demonstrate its accuracy with three data sets using 40,000–130,000 SNPs. GPS placed 83% of worldwide individuals in their country of origin. Applied to over 200 Sardinian villagers, GPS placed a quarter of them in their villages and most of the rest within 50 km of their villages. GPS’s accuracy and power to infer the biogeography of worldwide individuals down to their country or, in some cases, village, of origin, underscores the promise of admixture-based methods for biogeography and has ramifications for genetic ancestry testing.”

    I suppose science marches on, though no doubt it’s going to take a lot of work before you can really be confident in something like this.

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    This is compatible with linguistic evidence suggesting that Yiddish is a Slavic language created by Irano-Turko-Slavic Jewish merchants.
     
    That's ridiculous. Yiddish is about 3/4 German.
  94. Jack D says:
    @Jim Sweeney
    As I recall, some 600,000 white males lost life and limb to free those slaves and receive zero historical honor for their sacrifice, especially from the SJW and minority ingrates. We whites did for them what they refused or failed to do for themselves. And we're still doing it out of Christian charity. It is time to stop and let them sink or swim on their own. 150+ years is enough.

    Only 360,000 died fighting to free the slaves – 260,000 died to KEEP them enslaved.

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    News flash, hotshot, the Civil War wasn't fought over slavery. I'm saying that as a technical Yankee, too.
  95. Jack D says:
    @anonymous
    Ashkenazi Jews descended from ancient Turkey: New research

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/most-jews-descended-ancient-turkey-new-study-2107639949#.dpuf

    "Ashkenazi Jews descended from ancient Turkey: New research", Middle East Eye, 22 April 2016:


    "...New research suggests Yiddish language has its origins in north-east Turkey...

    ...Dr Eran Elhaik of the University of Sheffield used a computer modelling system to convert Ashkenazi Jewish DNA - the Jewish communities historically located in Europe - data into geographical information, which revealed that 90 percent of Ashkenazi Jews descend from the Greeks, Iranians and others who colonised northern Anatolia (now northern Turkey) more than 2,000 years ago before converting to Judaism.

    Dr Elhaik said he believed that that three still-surviving Turkish villages – Iskenaz, Eskenaz and Ashanaz – located in north-eastern Turkey made up part of the original Ashkenazi homeland and formed the nucleus that developed the modern Jewish language of Yiddish. ...

    ...The three villages all derive from the word "Ashkenaz", which is the root of the word "Ashkenazi"...

    ...Yiddish... Elhaik and others believe it was more likely developed in the 8th and 9th centuries CE, by Jewish merchants trading along the Silk Roads linking China and Europe...

    ..."We conclude that AJs [Ashkenazic Jews] probably originated during the first millennium when Iranian Jews judaised Greco-Roman, Turk, Iranian, southern Caucasus, and Slavic populations inhabiting the lands of Ashkenaz in Turkey,"..."

     

    "Localizing Ashkenazic Jews to Primeval Villages in the Ancient Iranian Lands of Ashkenaz",
    Ranajit Das, Paul Wexler, Mehdi Pirooznia, and Eran Elhaik, Genome Biol. Evol. 8(4):1132–1149. Accepted: February 29, 2016:


    "...the Geographic Population Structure analysis localized most AJs along major primeval trade routes in north eastern Turkey adjacent to primeval villages with names that may be derived from “Ashkenaz.” Iranian and mountain Jews were localized along trade routes on the Turkey’s eastern border. Loss of maternal haplogroups was evident in non-Yiddish speaking AJs. Our results suggest that AJs originated from a Slavo-Iranian confederation, which the Jews call “Ashkenazic” (i.e., “Scythian”), though these Jews probably spoke Persian and/or Ossete. This is compatible with linguistic evidence suggesting that Yiddish is a Slavic language created by Irano-Turko-Slavic Jewish merchants along the Silk Roads as a cryptic trade language, spoken only by its originators to gain an advantage in trade."

     

    This work is out of this lab.

    Another interesting paper would seem to be "Geographic population structure analysis of worldwide human populations infers their biogeographical origins", Nature Communications 2014. This paper has some 32 co-authors:


    "...Here we describe the Geographic Population Structure (GPS) algorithm and demonstrate its accuracy with three data sets using 40,000–130,000 SNPs. GPS placed 83% of worldwide individuals in their country of origin. Applied to over 200 Sardinian villagers, GPS placed a quarter of them in their villages and most of the rest within 50 km of their villages. GPS’s accuracy and power to infer the biogeography of worldwide individuals down to their country or, in some cases, village, of origin, underscores the promise of admixture-based methods for biogeography and has ramifications for genetic ancestry testing."

     

    I suppose science marches on, though no doubt it's going to take a lot of work before you can really be confident in something like this.

    This is compatible with linguistic evidence suggesting that Yiddish is a Slavic language created by Irano-Turko-Slavic Jewish merchants.

    That’s ridiculous. Yiddish is about 3/4 German.

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  96. @Jack D
    Only 360,000 died fighting to free the slaves - 260,000 died to KEEP them enslaved.

    News flash, hotshot, the Civil War wasn’t fought over slavery. I’m saying that as a technical Yankee, too.

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  97. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    This story has got a fair amount of press:

    “Scientists reveal Jewish history’s forgotten Turkish roots: Israeli-born geneticist believes the Turkish villages of Iskenaz, Eskenaz and Ashanaz were part of the original homeland for Ashkenazic Jews”, David Keys, Independent, 19 April 2016:

    “…Some analyses of Yiddish suggests that it was originally a Slavic language…

    …Dr Elhaik says it is the largest genomic study ever carried out on Ashkenazic Jews. …”

    “Yiddish may be a TURKISH dialect: DNA study suggests it was invented by Jews as they traded on the Silk Road”, Sarah Griffiths, 19 April 2016:

    “…researchers say the DNA of Yiddish speakers may have originated from four ancient villages in north-eastern Turkey.

    And they believe the Yiddish language was invented by Iranian and Ashkenazic Jews as they traded on the Silk Road, challenging the popular idea it is an old German dialect. …

    Scientists at the Universities of Sheffield and Tel Aviv used a tool dubbed the Geographic Population Structure (GPS) to convert DNA data into ancestral coordinates. …

    …Jewish traders who were plying the Silk Road moved goods from Asia to Europe wanted to keep their monopoly on trade.

    ‘They did this by inventing Yiddish…’ …

    …’Our findings are in agreement with an alternative theory that suggests Yiddish has Iranian, Turkish, and Slavic origins and explains why Yiddish contains 251 words for the terms “buy” and “sell”.

    ‘This is what we can expect from a language of experienced merchants.’…”

    I know nothing about Yiddish. Is this “251 words for buy and sell” true? Or is this like the Great Eskimo snow-words hoax?

    “DNA sat nav uncovers ancient Ashkenaz, predicts where Yiddish originated”, University of Sheffield, ScienceDaily, April 19, 2016:

    “Summary: The origin of Yiddish, the millennium old language of Ashkenazic Jews, is something which linguists have questioned for decades. Yiddish is thought to have been invented by Iranian and Ashkenazic Jews as they traded on the Silk Road. Now aGPS tool has pinpointed origin of Yiddish speakers. Findings provide opposing theory to the view that Yiddish is an old German dialect.”

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  98. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    The University of Sheffield press release about the paper on the locations of the origins of Yiddish has a map of where the towns they located (Iskenaz, Eskenaz, Ashanaz, and Ashkuz) were (or are).

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  99. Richard says:
    @guest
    I agree with you on the inscrutability of Shakespeare's private thoughts. The idea of his greatness lying in objectivity is what I was disagreeing with. It's part of his greatness, no doubt, and why he's able to write characters so well. Characters who all sound alike is endlessly irksome to me, and though there is a definable Shakespearean style, or several styles (his verse and prose are different, at least), he doesn't have everyone talking in a Shakespearean version of Mamet-speak.

    However, we don't want him to be objective because we want to pass judgement, as I said. And that may be the audience's business, but if a writer isn't interested in audience response he can't be a great artist. We want to know Macbeth is supposed to be a villain. While you can't tell based on the play not being on his side that Shakespeare was a legitimist, for instance, the fact remains that the play is not objective about Macbeth's moral status.

    Objectivity is not synonymous with a lack of values. Shakespeare’s inscrutability has more to do with what might be loosely called higher culture; for example, we know all about Milton’s views on divorce or Dryden’s on some of the sectarian quarrels of the late 17th century. But it’s never been a mystery where Shakespeare stood on the more archetypal stuff, like murder or betrayal. This is weak at drawing distinctions though, since just about every writer is against murder.

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  100. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Harry Baldwin
    Davis Brooks, who can't stand to let EJ Dionne do all the virtue signalling on "All Things Considered," LOVES, LOVES, LOVES "Hamilton" and Harriet Tubman on the $20.

    BROOKS: Well, you know, first of all, I think the decision is a magnificent one. In the first case, we get to keep Alexander Hamilton, who was, A, one of the founders of our political economy - B, we don't have any Latino hip-hop artist on the currency, so it's good to have one of those. And second, that - she is a heroic figure. I mean, she risked life and limb for - to free slaves. And so, you know, I think she completely deserves to be there. A case could be made, if you were a populist, for Andrew Jackson, and I think that case is being made. But it's not a good case, given the way he treated the Native Americans.
     

    I’m getting to the point where I practically cringe every time I see or hear David Brooks, or for that matter even think of him. Has anyone else found him increasingly unbearable?

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  101. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    “Iskenaz, Eskenaz, Ashanaz, and Ashkuz, Turkey”

    Interesting area. Lots of different people. Up until 1923 much of the area was Pontic Greek (descended from Ancient Greek):

    “Turkish mountains where they still speak Ancient Greek”, BBC, 18 February 2010:

    “…One of the great population movements of modern times was the “exchange of populations” that took place in 1923 between Turkey and Greece. …

    …foothills of the Pontic Alps near Trabzon in the far north-east of Turkey. …

    …Like many visitors, she is taking a pot of soil back with her so that she can give some of the earth of the Pontus to her parents. …

    …in 1923 …Christians were to leave Turkey and go west to Greece, some one and a half million of them.

    And around a million Muslims were sent east from Greece to Anatolia in Turkey

    …If you were Pontic and Muslim you could stay here, and a few did, so we went to look for them up in the mountains. …ancestors probably converted to Islam in the 17th or 18th Century for any number of pragmatic reasons.

    the real shock is in hearing the language because what I hear is ancient Greek.

    …Jason’s Argonauts would have been able to converse with these people. …

    …These people, in their bright headscarves and dark suits, are the descendents of ancient Greece living, right here in front of me, in their ancient language.”

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  102. iSteveFan says:
    @ScarletNumber
    I doubt an SJW would actually say that. Their stock answer is "the schools".

    “The schools” are definitely one type of answer. But I have personally been told what I originally wrote on more than one occasion.

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  103. anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Kevin O'Keeffe
    I almost feel gauche pointing this out, but the way they made Juliette pretty much the only White-appearing person in the dramatic collage, and then showed her hauling up a black-as-coal Romeo, this is like some over-the-top neo-Nazi propaganda about how degenerate contemporary culture is. Apparently, there is no limit to the level of propagandizing to which these people will stoop. You'd think this would just plain embarrass them, and that they'd worry it was, well, kinda dumb, but no. Apparently nothing embarrasses them, and we are to be spared nothing.

    They’re insane with hate and paranoia – ironic given the pro-immigration propaganda.

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  104. anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Steve Sailer
    Indeed. There's not much positive evidence for what Shakespeare positively believed.

    But, how much evidence is there for Shakespeare being a humorless Social Justice Warrior?

    Shakes didn’t need to give Kate lots of time to make her case before concluding in the way his audience would accept. To me he’s both very political and very practical. He makes a political point first and then backs off and panders to the audience at the end to stay popular.

    Dramatic version of good cop, bad cop.

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  105. anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Jezter
    You should all stop using Google and supporting this nonsense. Duckduckgo.com is an excellent search engine—as good as, or better than Google, it doesn't track you like Google does, and I have yet to see stupid doodles like Google has.

    I’ll give it a try and as i’ve come to hate google’s political games.

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  106. @donut
    ... This is stirring music :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGbxrNqK4-4

    Even somewhere in my black poisoned soul I am stirred by this . As I am by Sailer's rabbit and his heroic stand . More man than he or me .

    It’s common to hear of Emmylou Harris, “She is a wonderful person but I can stand listening to her 1)only in small doses 2)not at all…”

    Others think she is simply the finest female country singer of her generation, or ever.

    I think that’s even more true of Iris DeMent. She can be by turns really funny and charming or really, really annoying. Something about her makes people unhinged sometimes. I have heard people involved in country music become downright unhinged when her name comes up.

    One example of DeMent Derangement Syndrome:

    http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Evils%20in%20America/CCM/iris_dement.htm

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  107. donut says:

    This was the first and only song I heard of hers . I know what you mean about various artists and it may be true of her but this song is good and as she is an artist I suppose we should tolerate her rantings and while they mostly produce great volumes of shit they occasionally come up with a masterpiece if they keep at it .

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