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Investigating the right tail of wealth: Education, cognitive ability, giving, network power, gender, ethnicity, leadership, and other characteristics

Jonathan Wai, Talent IdentificationProgram,DukeUniversity

David Lincoln, Wealth-X

Accepted 4 November 2015

The extent to which people in the right tail of wealth are highly educated and cognitively able was examined in a sample of 18,245 ultra high net worth (UHNW) individuals with net worth’s of USD $30 million plus. How education and ability related to religion, ethnicity, political affiliation, relationship status, country, industry, leadership, gender, net worth, giving, and network power was assessed. And whether gender, religion, ethnicity, or network power differences existed in the right tail of wealth was examined. Overall, these people were highly educated and cognitively able, and smarter (more educated) people were wealthier, gave more, and had more powerful social networks (but when controlling for multiple confounds the association between education/ ability and wealth was found to be quite small). Females were underrepresented, and female CEOs needed to be more select to reach the top of a company. Males and billionaires gave the most, but females and UHNW individuals gave more of what they had. U.S. Blacks and self-made females had the highest network power. U.S. Blacks and Caucasians were similarly educated and cognitively able. Democrats had a higher education and cognitive ability level than Republicans. Married people dominated and were the most educated and cognitively able, but least likely to have inherited their money and give. The finance, banking, investment, and internet sectors dominated. Jewish individuals were overrepresented by a factor of about 234. Today, the typical UHNW individual profile includes U.S. married (Christian and Jewish) men who are largely Chairman and CEO, Republican, and earned their money in finance, banking and investments. This study provides evidence for the clustering of brains, wealth and power, and suggests that elite education may matter in the trajectory of developing expertise in wealth and power generation.

The jaw-dropping sentence “Jewish individuals were overrepresented by a factor of about 234″ among individuals with a net worth of $30 million or higher is relative to the whole world’s population, where Jews make up roughly 1/500th of the world, not the U.S. population where they make up roughly 1/50th.

A very large fraction of the database of individuals with net worths of at least $30 million in this list of 18,245 are unidentified as to religion (10,365 globally). Among religions, identified Christians (including Catholics but not the 25 Mormons) are #1 globally at 1753 individuals around the world, identified Jews are #2 at 1690 individuals, and Muslims are #3 at 1302. Hindus are 4th at 401 and Buddhists 5th at 142.

In the U.S. subset, unknowns are most prevalent at 4,680. Among identified religions, Jews are #1 at 1278, followed by Christians (including Catholics) at 1196, with Hindus at 55 and Muslims at 51.

 
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  1. Steve, the link seems to be to Jonathan Wai’s CV.

    Midway down in his selected articles there’s a link to a similarly titled paper that’s actually on the PsychologyToday site, but has the Intelligence article as a pdf:

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/sites/default/files/WaiLincoln_RightTailofWealth.pdf

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    • Replies: @ic1000
    > The extent to which people in the right tail of wealth are highly educated and cognitively able was examined in a sample of 18,245 UHNW individuals with net worth’s of USD $30 million plus.

    What the authors find is going to be massively influenced by where this sample of 18,245 people comes from. "Hey, UHNWi's, go to this website and reveal everything about your finances and demographics -- you'll be entered in our sweepstakes for a $25 gift certificate at Golden Corral!"

    The PDF linked by AnotherDad clarifies:

    The data for this study was drawn from the Wealth-X database (Wealth-X and UBS, 2013, 2014; Morrison, Lincoln, Kinnard, & Ng, 2013), which included individuals who had a net worth of USD $30 million or higher and systematic education (undergraduate and/or graduate school) and baseline demographic data. This resulted in a total sample of 18,245 people (Male = 16,430, Female = 1,772, Unknown = 43; Average age = 60.76).
     
    The website for the Wealth-X company:

    Wealth-X’s team of global research professionals is responsible for the creation and maintenance of our preeminent database of hand-curated UHNW dossiers. The team is comprised of over 130 specialists located around the world who are trained in searching the public domain and using open-source intelligence to gather all available information on an individual and ensure accuracy.
     
    And Fortune (via Wikipedia) adds:

    The platform’s database so far includes more than 100,000 profiles spanning the globe, each representing a net worth believed to be more than $30 million, based on publicly available information. This collection represents a half or less of the world’s total of such individuals.
     
    So the numerator is 18,245, the denominator is between 100,000 and 200,000, and the method of selection is apparently unstated.
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  2. I consider myself to be cognitively gifted. (Not in the absolute sense, but compared to most of my fellow humans.) But–story of my life–i’m underperforming. I don’t have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress–twice. Nope.

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    ===> I don’t have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress–twice. Nope.

    Check the sofa cushions.
    , @J.Ross
    It terrifies me but should terrify everyone that, once AI and big data have enough popular credibility, the elite will try to claim they have a new level of perfection in efficiency evaluation, and will use that to fire everybody. People will accept it because it's coming from an infallible machine. And nobody is really working as hard as they think or as hard as they want their boss to think.
    , @Eustace Tilley (not)
    Diversity's welcome at unz:
    The gifted as well as the dunce.
    Now, if you were "gifted"
    You needn't have lifted
    Your "matress" to check more than once.
    , @PiltdownMan

    I don’t have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress–twice. Nope.
     
    Lol!

    But seriously, I've always wondered if cognitively gifted folks are probably over-represented in the left tail of wealth, too. I'm old enough to have seen the life arcs of many people whom I knew to have been seriously bright, when I was in college. A number of them are now in their seventh decade, and significantly less materially well off than I really would have expected them to be, back when I was younger.

    , @Father O'Hara
    Perhaps your mattress is the problem: You spend too much time on it!
    , @TheJester
    I once ran across an article on the self-styled geniuses who claim an association with Mensa. Many are financially poor and they cannot seem to handle the practical details of life such as managing a career or a checkbook. Mensa or not, I've known many bright people who fall into this "failure to function" category. I'll throw a number of my university professors into this bag. One can be bright, eccentric, weird, irrational, and ineffective ... and often no one at the university will notice as long as you are politically correct.

    I've crossed paths with large numbers of senior and C-level managers in corporations. They cannot afford to be eccentric, weird, irrational, and ineffective. The monthly and quarterly profit reports would unmask them. A substandard performance might not be their fault. However, if they don't make their numbers, they're gone. It's a hard and tenuous life. This is understood by all concerned.

    I've also crossed paths with a number of wealthy people. I'll dismiss those who inherited their wealth. The self-made people seemed to have three characteristics: (1) a viable business model, (2) a singular focus, and (3) a manic obsession for hard work.

    I, fortunately, have none of these traits. I never made senior manager and I'm not wealthy. I decided that life as a mid-level operations manager was my sweet spot in life whether in the military, government, or corporations. It was a good life. Some people think I'm extremely bright; my mother thought I was mentally retarded. Does it matter?

    The best advice I've ever heard is, "Be careful about what you want in life ... you just might get it."
    , @europeasant
    "I don’t have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress–twice. Nope"

    Sometimes people hide their money in coffee cans buried in the back yard. My father often hid his extra cash in the various nooks and crannies of his workshop.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    I don’t have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress–twice. Nope.
     
    Look at the bright side. You don't have 30 million bed bugs there, either.
    , @Malcolm X-Lax
    Don't you watch TV? All the money's in pillows these days.
    , @JackOH
    Those high-IQ moneybags high-fiving each other in the right tail interest me a lot less than the beaten-down high-IQ salary- and wage-earners getting shoved into the left tail by primal economic and political forces. Hell is when the inner man is forced to be at odds with the outer man. I mean America's deracinated and increasingly proletarianized managerial, technical, and professional folks. Thanks, AD.
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  3. @AnotherDad
    I consider myself to be cognitively gifted. (Not in the absolute sense, but compared to most of my fellow humans.) But--story of my life--i'm underperforming. I don't have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress--twice. Nope.

    ===> I don’t have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress–twice. Nope.

    Check the sofa cushions.

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    • Replies: @unit472
    It was maybe 30 years ago when the SF Chronicle columnist Herb Caen cited a survey of the then nascent Silicon Valley elite to determine what they considered to be an adequate 'fortune'. $7 million ( in let's say 1990 dollars) was the answer. Adjusted for inflation ( and Palo Alto housing prices) that might be around $15-20 million today so the UHNW individual with a vast fortune is likely to be the person who managed to get the top job at a large company , had access to large amounts of Other People's Money to which he could take a percentage or owned some patent or royalty that poured money.

    Less eompetitive people might well decide that once you've made enough to be secure and do what you want there is no need to aspire to more. I quit at just over $1 million but I was 58 and had a pension.

    , @anonymous
    Open up the ceiling. Ya never know.
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  4. Whenever I think about the Jews in American society, and their interplay with the nationalist right, I always feel like Golem approaching Frodo, at the start of THE TWO TOWERS.

    “We’ll be’s nice to you, if you be’s nice to us….”

    It’s kinda tough for them to trust us.

    Mutual interest, however, is not the worst basis for – dare I dream? – a partnership.

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  5. “smarter (more educated) people were …”: well, at least they defined what they meant, though why would you bother with “smarter” when all you mean is “more educated”? I find the notion that education can be measured along one dimension pretty odd but there we are.

    It’s a pity they don’t have IQs for them. Maybe they should have consulted one of those charlatans who work out (i.e. make up) the IQs of historical figures.

    “female CEOs needed to be more select to reach the top of a company”: what the devil does that mean?Once again I am at a disadvantage in having English as my mother tongue.

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  6. There was a meme warning people not to use the phrase “the one percent” because “forty percent of the one percent are Jewish.” You still see the phrase used here and there by Bernie types or in red-meat-for-the-base speeches.

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  7. Tangential, but aren’t there more than 18,245 people on earth worth over $30M? I would have guessed over 50k.

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    • Replies: @Lagertha
    haha, it is kinda' funny that millionaires are starting to become class conscious: What? you just have 10 mil? - chump change..."let me introduce you to my accountant..."
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  8. Surveys of wealth fail because of tax evasion, wealth hiding etc. If you lived in China and had millions would you report it President Xi?

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    • Replies: @Lagertha
    shhhhhhh! how do you think most of the .1% survive and put food on the table?
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  9. “Females were underrepresented…..Married people dominated…”

    Presumably the married males were married to females? My point being, it’s not, OMG, poor women are living in shacks and hovels. Women benefit when men are rich, as the Gabor sisters can testify.

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    • Replies: @Anon7
    haha (as my daughter would say) you need to google the list of the wealthiest women in the world. I gave up checking at maybe number 20 or so, but all these women got their money by being the wife, the daughter, the granddaughter, the grandniece, etc. of extraordinary men.
    , @MBlanc46
    Could have testified. Those lovely ladies have all shuffled off into the next world.
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  10. @AnotherDad
    I consider myself to be cognitively gifted. (Not in the absolute sense, but compared to most of my fellow humans.) But--story of my life--i'm underperforming. I don't have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress--twice. Nope.

    It terrifies me but should terrify everyone that, once AI and big data have enough popular credibility, the elite will try to claim they have a new level of perfection in efficiency evaluation, and will use that to fire everybody. People will accept it because it’s coming from an infallible machine. And nobody is really working as hard as they think or as hard as they want their boss to think.

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  11. The jaw-dropping sentence “Jewish individuals were overrepresented by a factor of about 234″ among individuals with a net worth of $30 million or higher is relative to the whole world’s population, where Jews make up roughly 1/500th of the world, not the U.S. population where they make up roughly 1/50th.

    But does that make it less amazing? Non-Jewish whites also would be substantially over-represented (though not as much as Jews) when you include the entire world’s population, which includes Africans, Mestizos and other low-IQ peoples.

    This whole study seems to be mostly a confirmation of IQ/first movers. Smarter peoples have a lot more UNHW as do peoples who were the orginators of the Industrial Revolution. What else would someone expect?

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    But does that make it less amazing? Non-Jewish whites also would be substantially over-represented (though not as much as Jews) when you include the entire world’s population, which includes Africans, Mestizos and other low-IQ peoples.

    This whole study seems to be mostly a confirmation of IQ/first movers. Smarter peoples have a lot more UNHW as do peoples who were the orginators of the Industrial Revolution
     
    Don't be silly. When members of the in-group get rich, it's because they add value. When members of the out-group get rich, it's because they lie and cheat and steal from members of the in-group.

    But seriously, the anti-Semites who post here are fundamentally no different from the SJWs who whine incessantly about "cultural misappropriation."
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  12. OT: the indictment: https://dlbjbjzgnk95t.cloudfront.net/1013000/1013537/internet_research_agency_indictment.pdf

    My personal favorites from the “overt acts” section (paras 59-84) include:

    –sending enough money via interstate wires to pay for a cage large enough to hold someone dressed up as Hillary Clinton (para 77)

    –recruting, and later paying, someone to dress up as HRC and (I assume) get in the cage (para 72). (The indictment doesn’t say what the person was paid, but we can infer that it was less than one meeelion dollars.)

    –Creating a Facebook ad that was clicked on by no fewer than 8,300 Floridians (para 71).

    There is some entertaining Boris-and-Natasha-style English in the conspirators’ communications with what the indictment calls real U.S. persons (“We clearly understand that the elections winner will be predestined by purple states” (para 70)).

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  13. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/russian-troll-farm-13-suspects-indicted-for-interference-in-us-election/ar-BBJdZRt?OCID=ansmsnnews11

    BOOM goes the dynamite

    This is it, the beginning, the snowball that will roll down hill and crush the resurgence of white supremacy currently strangling humanity

    We have SOLID PROOF of collusion with the Russians to help Trump steal the election.

    Hopefully twitter and other social media sites will work with the authorities to shut down hate groups and misinformation “free speech” sites like this one

    THIS IS IT. ITS OVER FOR YOU RACISTS

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    • LOL: Coemgen
    • Replies: @Joe, Averaged
    Wait, do you think you’re NOT a racist????
    , @Tim Howells

    We have SOLID PROOF of collusion with the Russians to help Trump steal the election.
     
    Ummm ... Actually the announcement explicitly states that there is no evidence of collusion. This is just the internet trolling operation that they have been talking about for a long time, with the trolls sometimes favoring Clinton and sometimes Trump. Easy to believe that it's true. Of course both the Americans and Israelis have openly boasted of such operations themselves. For all I know you could be a sock-puppet!
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  14. Muslims in 3rd place with 1302? Are we talking Saudi Royal family and the like?

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    • Replies: @J.Ross
    There's a ton of extremely wealthy Muslims (they tend to hyper-concentrate wealth) and we don't normally think of them because there's a lot of extremely poor Muslims. Not just the Saudis but all of the Gulf States, several Indonesians, the sultan of Brunei, sundry Iranians and Lebanese whose success is actually semi-meritocratic, and then there's Central Asia, including the habitually overlooked formerly-Soviet 'stans: that's 1302 easily.
    , @JW
    There's some high net worth Russian Muslims and a number of Turkish and Iranian ones. But I assume it's mostly Saudi oil money.
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  15. cognitively able

    smart, intelligent, sly, clever, sharp, witty, keen

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  16. @AnotherDad
    Steve, the link seems to be to Jonathan Wai's CV.

    Midway down in his selected articles there's a link to a similarly titled paper that's actually on the PsychologyToday site, but has the Intelligence article as a pdf:

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/sites/default/files/WaiLincoln_RightTailofWealth.pdf

    > The extent to which people in the right tail of wealth are highly educated and cognitively able was examined in a sample of 18,245 UHNW individuals with net worth’s of USD $30 million plus.

    What the authors find is going to be massively influenced by where this sample of 18,245 people comes from. “Hey, UHNWi’s, go to this website and reveal everything about your finances and demographics — you’ll be entered in our sweepstakes for a $25 gift certificate at Golden Corral!”

    The PDF linked by AnotherDad clarifies:

    The data for this study was drawn from the Wealth-X database (Wealth-X and UBS, 2013, 2014; Morrison, Lincoln, Kinnard, & Ng, 2013), which included individuals who had a net worth of USD $30 million or higher and systematic education (undergraduate and/or graduate school) and baseline demographic data. This resulted in a total sample of 18,245 people (Male = 16,430, Female = 1,772, Unknown = 43; Average age = 60.76).

    The website for the Wealth-X company:

    Wealth-X’s team of global research professionals is responsible for the creation and maintenance of our preeminent database of hand-curated UHNW dossiers. The team is comprised of over 130 specialists located around the world who are trained in searching the public domain and using open-source intelligence to gather all available information on an individual and ensure accuracy.

    And Fortune (via Wikipedia) adds:

    The platform’s database so far includes more than 100,000 profiles spanning the globe, each representing a net worth believed to be more than $30 million, based on publicly available information. This collection represents a half or less of the world’s total of such individuals.

    So the numerator is 18,245, the denominator is between 100,000 and 200,000, and the method of selection is apparently unstated.

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    Plus, they don't have data on half of the wealthiest people in the world, they have speculation, guess, public information, incomplete unverifiable junk and, I would bet, lots of extrapolation.

    I suspect that when your earnings get to mid six figures and your assets get to low 7 figures you stop answering questions on applications with anything more than "greater than x". Your credit card will have no greater borrowing power if you report income of over $500,00 or $6.125 million a year.

    Lots of rich people are that way because they do not spend foolishly on status items, address, consumption goods, etc and lots of conspicuous spenders have debt equal to assets.
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  17. OT Let Boers Return to Europe
    I have signed and have personally started several online petitions to ease immigration processes for Afrikaners and none of them went anywhere. This one looks like it will reach its signature goal within the evening. Now, to be clear, there is no way in hell that Drunk Claude Juncker will allow one Afrikaner foot to touch European soil as step toward residency, but it demonstrates the growth of popular consciousness, and maybe with enough of that there will eventually be change.

    https://www.change.org/p/jean-claude-juncker-allow-all-white-south-africans-the-right-to-return-to-europe/

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    • Agree: Lot
    • Replies: @Lurker
    I've posted links to your petition in a few places.
    , @Anonymous
    Afrikaners don't want to go to Europe. If they move it will be to another part of SA, probably Natal or the Cape.
    , @Anonymous
    Weird how they let Black Africans in by the million yet White Africans are anathema.
    Sorry to state the obvious, but it's amazing.
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  18. Watch out Steve, the War on Noticing has you in its crosshairs.

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  19. @Luke Lea
    Muslims in 3rd place with 1302? Are we talking Saudi Royal family and the like?

    There’s a ton of extremely wealthy Muslims (they tend to hyper-concentrate wealth) and we don’t normally think of them because there’s a lot of extremely poor Muslims. Not just the Saudis but all of the Gulf States, several Indonesians, the sultan of Brunei, sundry Iranians and Lebanese whose success is actually semi-meritocratic, and then there’s Central Asia, including the habitually overlooked formerly-Soviet ‘stans: that’s 1302 easily.

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    • Replies: @Escher
    Almost all ultra wealthy Indonesians are of Chinese (non Muslim) ethnicity.
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  20. @AnotherDad
    I consider myself to be cognitively gifted. (Not in the absolute sense, but compared to most of my fellow humans.) But--story of my life--i'm underperforming. I don't have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress--twice. Nope.

    Diversity’s welcome at unz:
    The gifted as well as the dunce.
    Now, if you were “gifted”
    You needn’t have lifted
    Your “matress” to check more than once.

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    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
    You are the wind beneath my wings. Did you know that?

    This guy on unz was in despair
    He felt he was not getting his share
    On his mattress espied
    he had been twice denied
    Neither money nor love was found there!
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  21. The actual top wealthiest people, actually families, in the world go to considerable effort to keep their data out of publicly available databases.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Does anybody have the names of billionaires who aren't in the Forbes 400 list?

    A few years ago there were reports of a guy who had been overlooked: his wholesale grocery business based in New Hampshire was worth somewhere between $2 billion and $10 billion but nobody noticed him until a few years ago when he started writing big checks to charities. (Professionals in the fundraising business are always on the lookout for rich people.)

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  22. OT Apparently Russians are allowed to vote again at Rotten Tomatoes
    Audience score is now 75% (to 97% Critic)
    Russian electioneers predict 60% by Sunday and then poor second-week sales.
    Breaking, as I type I have just verified it is now seventy-four percent! Clearly we are dealing with Stakhanovites!

    https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/black_panther_2018/

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  23. @ic1000
    > The extent to which people in the right tail of wealth are highly educated and cognitively able was examined in a sample of 18,245 UHNW individuals with net worth’s of USD $30 million plus.

    What the authors find is going to be massively influenced by where this sample of 18,245 people comes from. "Hey, UHNWi's, go to this website and reveal everything about your finances and demographics -- you'll be entered in our sweepstakes for a $25 gift certificate at Golden Corral!"

    The PDF linked by AnotherDad clarifies:

    The data for this study was drawn from the Wealth-X database (Wealth-X and UBS, 2013, 2014; Morrison, Lincoln, Kinnard, & Ng, 2013), which included individuals who had a net worth of USD $30 million or higher and systematic education (undergraduate and/or graduate school) and baseline demographic data. This resulted in a total sample of 18,245 people (Male = 16,430, Female = 1,772, Unknown = 43; Average age = 60.76).
     
    The website for the Wealth-X company:

    Wealth-X’s team of global research professionals is responsible for the creation and maintenance of our preeminent database of hand-curated UHNW dossiers. The team is comprised of over 130 specialists located around the world who are trained in searching the public domain and using open-source intelligence to gather all available information on an individual and ensure accuracy.
     
    And Fortune (via Wikipedia) adds:

    The platform’s database so far includes more than 100,000 profiles spanning the globe, each representing a net worth believed to be more than $30 million, based on publicly available information. This collection represents a half or less of the world’s total of such individuals.
     
    So the numerator is 18,245, the denominator is between 100,000 and 200,000, and the method of selection is apparently unstated.

    Plus, they don’t have data on half of the wealthiest people in the world, they have speculation, guess, public information, incomplete unverifiable junk and, I would bet, lots of extrapolation.

    I suspect that when your earnings get to mid six figures and your assets get to low 7 figures you stop answering questions on applications with anything more than “greater than x”. Your credit card will have no greater borrowing power if you report income of over $500,00 or $6.125 million a year.

    Lots of rich people are that way because they do not spend foolishly on status items, address, consumption goods, etc and lots of conspicuous spenders have debt equal to assets.

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  24. @AnotherDad
    I consider myself to be cognitively gifted. (Not in the absolute sense, but compared to most of my fellow humans.) But--story of my life--i'm underperforming. I don't have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress--twice. Nope.

    I don’t have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress–twice. Nope.

    Lol!

    But seriously, I’ve always wondered if cognitively gifted folks are probably over-represented in the left tail of wealth, too. I’m old enough to have seen the life arcs of many people whom I knew to have been seriously bright, when I was in college. A number of them are now in their seventh decade, and significantly less materially well off than I really would have expected them to be, back when I was younger.

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    • Agree: TTSSYF
    • Replies: @Inquiring Mind
    Lol? There is nothing funny at all about a "matress" -- isn't that one of those aging women of whom is alleged that Donald Trump's lawyers are paying off? I hear that they now have a lot of money, if you look.
    , @Chris Marsk

    A number of them are now in their seventh decade, and significantly less materially well off than I really would have expected them to be
     
    I think you'd want to know both their IQ test results and the results of a 5-factor personality test. 5-factor is the only other psychometric tool besides IQ that has any verified reliability. Somebody's probably done it, but you could probably come up with a composite score of these two tests that would correlate more strongly with eventual SES than IQ alone. And you'd want to look at life satisfaction. Some personalities are less interested in material wealth. But outside of the wealthy and the happy, the rest are intelligent failures.
    , @Anonymous
    The ranks of MENSA are filled with "truck drivers, waitresses, and Sealy Posturepedic mattress queens", as one commenter noted a long time ago.
    , @sb
    Yes a lot of very bright people are pretty poor
    I put it down to not playing by the rules or rather not being able to distinguish which rules it is sensible to follow and which rules to ignore.
    Then again maybe if that is the case then maybe they weren't so bright after all
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  25. OT Several refugee resettlement centers closing

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/16/report-more-than-20-refugee-resettlement-offices-to-close-nationwide/l

    More than 20 refugee resettlement offices across the United States will close as President Trump’s administration cuts down on the costly, taxpayer-funded process of mass relocating foreign refugees across the country.

    An exclusive Reuters report reveals that more than 20 refugee resettlement offices, supported by the federally-funded nine voluntary agencies (VOLAGs), will close, and more than 40 resettlement offices across the U.S. will cut back on their services.

    Currently, there are 324 refugee resettlement offices nationwide, but Trump’s State Department told Reuters that all of the offices are no longer necessary because the administration has cut down on the number of foreign refugees being resettled throughout the U.S.

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    Thanks. Though that's a tiny drop in the bucket, it's also the best news I've read all week.
    , @carol
    Ho boy, was THAT link wrong...lol..
    , @bomag

    Currently, there are 324 refugee resettlement offices nationwide...
     
    How evil manifests itself. Looks like each Democrat and Cuckservative in the House got an office in their district: pork and voters rolled into one package, what's not to like?
    , @Lurker
    First they came for the VOLAGs . . .
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  26. Sort of OT but can you believe the media fell for another “jaw dropping” quote about the school shooter, that was said by the white supremacy leader in Florida, that there were a lot of Jews at the school “that might have been messing with him” … so they weren’t suspicious about the notion that there was a gang of Jewish kids picking on him!

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  27. @PiltdownMan

    I don’t have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress–twice. Nope.
     
    Lol!

    But seriously, I've always wondered if cognitively gifted folks are probably over-represented in the left tail of wealth, too. I'm old enough to have seen the life arcs of many people whom I knew to have been seriously bright, when I was in college. A number of them are now in their seventh decade, and significantly less materially well off than I really would have expected them to be, back when I was younger.

    Lol? There is nothing funny at all about a “matress” — isn’t that one of those aging women of whom is alleged that Donald Trump’s lawyers are paying off? I hear that they now have a lot of money, if you look.

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  28. It would be interesting to see a study that compares credit scores to IQ. That might require a Raj Chetty level of invasion of privacy, but the IRS didn’t seem to mind.

    Raj should contact Experian, Transunion and Equifax. Then go somewhere to get everyone’s IQ scores, or SATs or ACTs or….

    Has there been any analysis like that?

    One can size up someone’s general brightness by having a conversation with him. Then one can read his credit report. That gives a general idea, but it would be nice to see the correlation in greater focus.

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    I thought the IRS put that data together before Chetty thought of something to do with it?
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  29. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    OT:
    I am seeing blatantly false reports all over the internet regarding this, but the NLRB posted an advice memo regarding James Damore’s NLRB complaint: https://www.nlrb.gov/case/32-CA-205351. Click “Advice Response Memo”. (You can find it posted elsewhere too, but this seems the original source.)

    Two comments:
    1) It is astounding (at least to anyone who ever trusted the “media”) just how false many of the headlines around the internet are. They are claiming that the NLRB “rejected” Damore’s complaint, and many of the headlines use overblown language suggesting that Damore’s entire “case” against Google has been destroyed. A simple reading of the memo reveals that it is simply an advice memo to a regional office, and seems to have no standing. What seems to have subsequently happened is that Damore himself withdrew the NLRB complaint in order to focus on his lawsuit. (I haven’t found any site providing direct evidence of this, however.) It seems a simple fact that the NLRB did not reject Damore’s complaint at all.

    2) The reasoning in the memo is farcical. I do not say this lightly. The crux of the memo is a comparison of Damore’s “objectionable” actions with actions in three other NLRB cases, in which employer action was held to be justified. Read it for yourself.

    There is simply no way that Google itself will make such absurd arguments in court. Or will they? Who knows? I wouldn’t want to be the lawyer making them in public. I don’t see how Google can win without going full gangster or full SJW (or both).

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    what scares Google hierarchy is: their employees are smarter and have even higher IQ's they. the master race of the 90's, early 2000's, have - also, the fact that they (the old people) got all rich and showy ( so, showed off it) was not good...or mistype; god...not had no freaking idea how to set up a company...forget corporation. Google employees will eat the executives at Google in my lifetime...well, hopefully, not actually, eat!

    Viking rule: you work - you get something.

    , @prusmc
    I don't follow this at all. Isn't the NLRB involved in facilitating the establishment of labor unions in particular industries or firms? Was Demore attempting to form a union at google? In other cases the NLRB looks into whether an employee has been mistreated by the union or because he is in or favors forming an organization for collective bargaining.
    Someone please inform me what is it about this case that would cause it to be sent to the NLRB? It seems that any attorney recommending that Demore pursue his action to the Board is simply taking his money. He has a meritious claim ( IMHO) against the monopoly employer but going to NLRB is wasting time and financial resources.
    I
    , @CCZ
    National Labor Relations Board associate general counsel Jayme Sophir concluded that Google did not break US employment laws when it fired Damore last year and that his writing the memo would not be protected under the National Labor Relations Act.

    "Once [Damore's] memorandum was shared publicly, at least two female engineering candidates withdrew from consideration and explicitly named the memo as their reason for doing so," the lawyer advised.

    "Thus, while much of the Charging Party’s memorandum was likely protected, the statements regarding biological differences between the sexes were so harmful, discriminatory, and disruptive as to be unprotected."
     
    Following the release of the NLRB memo, a number of scientists expressed alarm at the justifications provided within the memo, which appeared to relegate the discussion of sex differences outside the realm of constitutionally protected speech.

    An excellent examination of these events is at:

    http://quillette.com/2018/02/17/thinking-critically-social-justice/

    Let that sink in, a federal government agency attorney concluded that "statements regarding biological differences between the sexes are so harmful, discriminatory, and disruptive as to be unprotected” comments in a workplace. How long before SJWs apply that to “hate speech” advocacy??
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  30. @PiltdownMan

    I don’t have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress–twice. Nope.
     
    Lol!

    But seriously, I've always wondered if cognitively gifted folks are probably over-represented in the left tail of wealth, too. I'm old enough to have seen the life arcs of many people whom I knew to have been seriously bright, when I was in college. A number of them are now in their seventh decade, and significantly less materially well off than I really would have expected them to be, back when I was younger.

    A number of them are now in their seventh decade, and significantly less materially well off than I really would have expected them to be

    I think you’d want to know both their IQ test results and the results of a 5-factor personality test. 5-factor is the only other psychometric tool besides IQ that has any verified reliability. Somebody’s probably done it, but you could probably come up with a composite score of these two tests that would correlate more strongly with eventual SES than IQ alone. And you’d want to look at life satisfaction. Some personalities are less interested in material wealth. But outside of the wealthy and the happy, the rest are intelligent failures.

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  31. @Luke Lea
    Muslims in 3rd place with 1302? Are we talking Saudi Royal family and the like?

    There’s some high net worth Russian Muslims and a number of Turkish and Iranian ones. But I assume it’s mostly Saudi oil money.

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  32. The poverty of Jews worldwide is all the proof anyone needs to support foreign aid to Israel. And Jewish poverty worldwide is the reason Anglosphere Evangelicals donate tens of millions of dollars per year to various Jewish charities, to help the poor Jews.

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    Jewish poverty worldwide
     
    "For just 12 cents a day you can help feed and educate children just like young Avraham here."
    , @Dmitry

    And Jewish poverty worldwide is the reason Anglosphere Evangelicals donate tens of millions of dollars per year to various Jewish charities, to help the poor Jews.
     
    Well in the Middle East, a lot of them are appearing to live in very poor circumstances, and the Evangelicals see that with their own eyes (as they mostly go on holiday to Israel - most of the tourists in Israel are Christian pilgrims). My friend and his girlfriend I recently visited in Israel are living in a block in Bat Yam, which looks worse than most Brazilian favelas (it literally makes slums in Saratov look like Paris). And this is a recently qualified doctor. The poverty appearance is starting to look a bit misleading though, the moment you see vast numbers of shiny new skyscrapers are currently being constructed at the speed of a Chinese development city a several hundred metres away.
    , @Escher
    The entire state of Israel is directly subsidized by American taxpayers, evangelical or otherwise.
    , @songbird
    I don't know if you have ever seen those TV commercials. They have ones which for like $50 you can send a box filled with kosher food, including special Jewish unleavened bread to the poor, old Jews of Israel.

    Guessing they are targeted to naive Evangelicals, but they are pretty funny.
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  33. @Buzz Mohawk
    It would be interesting to see a study that compares credit scores to IQ. That might require a Raj Chetty level of invasion of privacy, but the IRS didn't seem to mind.

    Raj should contact Experian, Transunion and Equifax. Then go somewhere to get everyone's IQ scores, or SATs or ACTs or....

    Has there been any analysis like that?

    One can size up someone's general brightness by having a conversation with him. Then one can read his credit report. That gives a general idea, but it would be nice to see the correlation in greater focus.

    I thought the IRS put that data together before Chetty thought of something to do with it?

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  34. There’s no crime happening! Well, there’s a reasonable amount, but only in certain areas! Only happening to certain people! And then a French diplomatic consul in Brazil gets raped.

    http://boards.4chan.org/pol/thread/160790525

    https://noticias.uol.com.br/internacional/ultimas-noticias/2018/02/16/consulesa-francesa-e-estuprada-durante-carnaval-em-casa-no-litoral-do-rn.htm

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  35. I’m waiting for tiny duck to comment. He is smart.

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  36. @PiltdownMan

    I don’t have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress–twice. Nope.
     
    Lol!

    But seriously, I've always wondered if cognitively gifted folks are probably over-represented in the left tail of wealth, too. I'm old enough to have seen the life arcs of many people whom I knew to have been seriously bright, when I was in college. A number of them are now in their seventh decade, and significantly less materially well off than I really would have expected them to be, back when I was younger.

    The ranks of MENSA are filled with “truck drivers, waitresses, and Sealy Posturepedic mattress queens”, as one commenter noted a long time ago.

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    We can only interpret it as intentional hostility that you left authentic jazz men off of your list. Or perhaps you're very new around here.
    , @Felix M
    "The ranks of MENSA are filled with “truck drivers, waitresses, Sealy Posturepedic mattress queens”.

    I used to go to MENSA meetings. Everyone was middle class, no truck drivers. The most interesting guy was a professor of linguistics.

    MENSA being what it is, someone has presumably posted data on this. For starters, about 35% of US Mensans have college degrees: http://mwm.us.mensa.org/http://mwm.us.mensa.org/faq/people.html/people.html

    But, hey, facts are boring ...
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  37. @Tiny Duck
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/russian-troll-farm-13-suspects-indicted-for-interference-in-us-election/ar-BBJdZRt?OCID=ansmsnnews11

    BOOM goes the dynamite

    This is it, the beginning, the snowball that will roll down hill and crush the resurgence of white supremacy currently strangling humanity

    We have SOLID PROOF of collusion with the Russians to help Trump steal the election.

    Hopefully twitter and other social media sites will work with the authorities to shut down hate groups and misinformation "free speech" sites like this one

    THIS IS IT. ITS OVER FOR YOU RACISTS

    Wait, do you think you’re NOT a racist????

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  38. This was a major duh. Like, we all knew this in 1985, hello.

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  39. @Whiskey
    Surveys of wealth fail because of tax evasion, wealth hiding etc. If you lived in China and had millions would you report it President Xi?

    shhhhhhh! how do you think most of the .1% survive and put food on the table?

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  40. @AndrewR
    Tangential, but aren't there more than 18,245 people on earth worth over $30M? I would have guessed over 50k.

    haha, it is kinda’ funny that millionaires are starting to become class conscious: What? you just have 10 mil? – chump change…”let me introduce you to my accountant…”

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  41. @Anonymous
    OT:
    I am seeing blatantly false reports all over the internet regarding this, but the NLRB posted an advice memo regarding James Damore's NLRB complaint: https://www.nlrb.gov/case/32-CA-205351. Click "Advice Response Memo". (You can find it posted elsewhere too, but this seems the original source.)

    Two comments:
    1) It is astounding (at least to anyone who ever trusted the "media") just how false many of the headlines around the internet are. They are claiming that the NLRB "rejected" Damore's complaint, and many of the headlines use overblown language suggesting that Damore's entire "case" against Google has been destroyed. A simple reading of the memo reveals that it is simply an advice memo to a regional office, and seems to have no standing. What seems to have subsequently happened is that Damore himself withdrew the NLRB complaint in order to focus on his lawsuit. (I haven't found any site providing direct evidence of this, however.) It seems a simple fact that the NLRB did not reject Damore's complaint at all.

    2) The reasoning in the memo is farcical. I do not say this lightly. The crux of the memo is a comparison of Damore's "objectionable" actions with actions in three other NLRB cases, in which employer action was held to be justified. Read it for yourself.

    There is simply no way that Google itself will make such absurd arguments in court. Or will they? Who knows? I wouldn't want to be the lawyer making them in public. I don't see how Google can win without going full gangster or full SJW (or both).

    what scares Google hierarchy is: their employees are smarter and have even higher IQ’s they. the master race of the 90′s, early 2000′s, have – also, the fact that they (the old people) got all rich and showy ( so, showed off it) was not good…or mistype; god…not had no freaking idea how to set up a company…forget corporation. Google employees will eat the executives at Google in my lifetime…well, hopefully, not actually, eat!

    Viking rule: you work – you get something.

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  42. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    O/T: Will this cause Matt Yglesias shine a spotlight on “jewish Hispanics”?

    During one of the anti-Semitic rants in the chat, Cruz spoke of his birth mother, saying, “My real mom was a Jew. I am glad I never met her.”

    https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/02/16/us/exclusive-school-shooter-instagram-group/index.html

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  43. @J.Ross
    OT Several refugee resettlement centers closing
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/16/report-more-than-20-refugee-resettlement-offices-to-close-nationwide/l

    More than 20 refugee resettlement offices across the United States will close as President Trump’s administration cuts down on the costly, taxpayer-funded process of mass relocating foreign refugees across the country.

    An exclusive Reuters report reveals that more than 20 refugee resettlement offices, supported by the federally-funded nine voluntary agencies (VOLAGs), will close, and more than 40 resettlement offices across the U.S. will cut back on their services.

    Currently, there are 324 refugee resettlement offices nationwide, but Trump’s State Department told Reuters that all of the offices are no longer necessary because the administration has cut down on the number of foreign refugees being resettled throughout the U.S.

    Thanks. Though that’s a tiny drop in the bucket, it’s also the best news I’ve read all week.

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  44. @Anonymous
    The ranks of MENSA are filled with "truck drivers, waitresses, and Sealy Posturepedic mattress queens", as one commenter noted a long time ago.

    We can only interpret it as intentional hostility that you left authentic jazz men off of your list. Or perhaps you’re very new around here.

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  45. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    ’13′ Russians. Oooooh, unlucky number.

    The real scandal is big media, deep state, democratic party, and etc all colluded to derail Trump, and this conspiracy goes on.

    Also, globalists are the real enemies. They have no national or patriotic loyalty to the US. They serve the globalist elites who reside in Elysium world.

    Also, I find it funny that these globalists bitch about foreign interference. They say we should have open borders and give up nationalism as an outdated idea. OK, then let’s have open intelligence and open elections. IF any bunch of illegals can invade and be called ‘dreamers’, then russian trolls should be called dream-staters who should be accepted into deep state.

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  46. @Anonymous
    ===> I don’t have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress–twice. Nope.

    Check the sofa cushions.

    It was maybe 30 years ago when the SF Chronicle columnist Herb Caen cited a survey of the then nascent Silicon Valley elite to determine what they considered to be an adequate ‘fortune’. $7 million ( in let’s say 1990 dollars) was the answer. Adjusted for inflation ( and Palo Alto housing prices) that might be around $15-20 million today so the UHNW individual with a vast fortune is likely to be the person who managed to get the top job at a large company , had access to large amounts of Other People’s Money to which he could take a percentage or owned some patent or royalty that poured money.

    Less eompetitive people might well decide that once you’ve made enough to be secure and do what you want there is no need to aspire to more. I quit at just over $1 million but I was 58 and had a pension.

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    Ah, Herb Caen. I haven't thought about him in years but at the time I thought about him every day. Everybody did. Part of it was that The San Francisco Chronicle was such a lousy newspaper. Everyone read his column because no one bothered with reading the editorial page.

    Caen was known to everyone including the police. I know this because one night I was driving home to my apartment on Russian Hill and I was rear ended (mildly) while stopped at a stop sign. I was completely innocent and the guy who hit me was completely and irrefutably at fault.

    Unfortunately he was some kind of big wig in the SF police department. Several street cops drove up and I knew I was in trouble when all of them saluted this guy and said 'sir' a lot.

    So the guy who ran into me was let go and I was arrested. It seems I had an overdue parking ticket from a year ago in Daly City (a nearby suburb) . That's how I ended up staying most of the night at the police station. The cops wouldn't take a check or a credit card and I didn't have enough cash on me. I was truly stuck.

    Then I hit on the solution. I made the preposterous claim that I was Herb Caen's nephew and if not immediately released everyone would read about this whole embarrassing incident tomorrow morning in my uncle's column.

    Never doubt the power of the press. I was let go and spent the rest of the night at home in my own bed. Thanks, Herb.
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  47. @AnotherDad
    I consider myself to be cognitively gifted. (Not in the absolute sense, but compared to most of my fellow humans.) But--story of my life--i'm underperforming. I don't have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress--twice. Nope.

    Perhaps your mattress is the problem: You spend too much time on it!

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  48. I don’t know why people waste so much time, all over the world: Vikings set the precedence. Nordic people are the most intelligent, and physically, the most proficient – they had the greatest drive: take over shit (how is this different today?) . Yeah, said it. and, in the Middle Ages, Vikings and the Northern People ruled…took over England, France, Spain was afraid of them. Spend a weekend at your estate in the country, reading about my people.

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    And yet, this Nordic master race has turned into what is perhaps the most neutered group of people in all of Christendom. In Sweden you have Africans and Muslims throwing their weight around like they own the place, raping your women, etc. The “superior” Nordic man watches all this and does nothing.
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  49. How does the Jewish percentage of high-net-worth individuals compare to the Jewish percentage of individuals attaining high scientific achievement measures? Nobel prizes might not be a good measure since it is a more select measure, but top professorships in science at top institutions? That would indicate whether this high-net-worth effect is due to one factor (IQ distributions) or two factors (IQ distributions and the distribution of business acumen).

    So, for example, we know that low African-American wealth levels are caused by at least two factors: differences in the distribution of intelligence, and in the distribution of savings propensity.

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    http://www.vdare.com/articles/lynn-on-the-jews-yes-it-s-intelligence-but-there-s-something-else-too
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  50. @Eustace Tilley (not)
    Diversity's welcome at unz:
    The gifted as well as the dunce.
    Now, if you were "gifted"
    You needn't have lifted
    Your "matress" to check more than once.

    You are the wind beneath my wings. Did you know that?

    This guy on unz was in despair
    He felt he was not getting his share
    On his mattress espied
    he had been twice denied
    Neither money nor love was found there!

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwdMAYGYVG0
    , @Father O'Hara
    LOL. (Been there.)
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  51. @PiltdownMan

    I don’t have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress–twice. Nope.
     
    Lol!

    But seriously, I've always wondered if cognitively gifted folks are probably over-represented in the left tail of wealth, too. I'm old enough to have seen the life arcs of many people whom I knew to have been seriously bright, when I was in college. A number of them are now in their seventh decade, and significantly less materially well off than I really would have expected them to be, back when I was younger.

    Yes a lot of very bright people are pretty poor
    I put it down to not playing by the rules or rather not being able to distinguish which rules it is sensible to follow and which rules to ignore.
    Then again maybe if that is the case then maybe they weren’t so bright after all

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  52. @Peter Johnson
    How does the Jewish percentage of high-net-worth individuals compare to the Jewish percentage of individuals attaining high scientific achievement measures? Nobel prizes might not be a good measure since it is a more select measure, but top professorships in science at top institutions? That would indicate whether this high-net-worth effect is due to one factor (IQ distributions) or two factors (IQ distributions and the distribution of business acumen).

    So, for example, we know that low African-American wealth levels are caused by at least two factors: differences in the distribution of intelligence, and in the distribution of savings propensity.

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    I am really motivated to understand the jewish wealth conundrum having myself an Ashkenazi Jewish mother and father. The only Ashkenazi jew I have ever known who made serious money was not exceptionally bright, far from it. The smartest jew I ever knew was a Sephardic jew, American born, descended from Spanish jews who fled to Istanboul way back (Seth Benardete).

    As for making money, isn't that a conscious choice to go that route? That takes a lack of imagination, so those jews can't be the smartest ones, just sly and hard, like the likes of Redstone, Carl Icahn, Soros, and countless others.

    As for jewish brains like Einstein, Freud, von Neumann, and others, evidently they are super smart, eerily smart. Wouldn't that be a genetic inheritance plus hard work? But that doesn't explain anything, it's just hand waving. And some of them are funny like Groucho Marx.
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  53. @Tiny Duck
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/russian-troll-farm-13-suspects-indicted-for-interference-in-us-election/ar-BBJdZRt?OCID=ansmsnnews11

    BOOM goes the dynamite

    This is it, the beginning, the snowball that will roll down hill and crush the resurgence of white supremacy currently strangling humanity

    We have SOLID PROOF of collusion with the Russians to help Trump steal the election.

    Hopefully twitter and other social media sites will work with the authorities to shut down hate groups and misinformation "free speech" sites like this one

    THIS IS IT. ITS OVER FOR YOU RACISTS

    We have SOLID PROOF of collusion with the Russians to help Trump steal the election.

    Ummm … Actually the announcement explicitly states that there is no evidence of collusion. This is just the internet trolling operation that they have been talking about for a long time, with the trolls sometimes favoring Clinton and sometimes Trump. Easy to believe that it’s true. Of course both the Americans and Israelis have openly boasted of such operations themselves. For all I know you could be a sock-puppet!

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    Tim Howells wrote to Tiny Duck:

    For all I know you could be a sock-puppet!
     
    Could be??????

    You actually have any reasonable doubt?
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  54. @Jake
    The poverty of Jews worldwide is all the proof anyone needs to support foreign aid to Israel. And Jewish poverty worldwide is the reason Anglosphere Evangelicals donate tens of millions of dollars per year to various Jewish charities, to help the poor Jews.

    Jewish poverty worldwide

    “For just 12 cents a day you can help feed and educate children just like young Avraham here.”

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    Actually, exactly that kind of preposterous whining is a thing where the the Jews. You see, rich Jews (and after all, there are no few of them) just don't have enough money to help poor Jews, so that is your responsibility. The phenomenon is similar to the one whereby Muslim refugees from war in Syria cannot possibly be taken in by Muslims in peaceful places like Saudi Arabia and Turkey, or even Malaysia – nope, their housing is a job for Christians. (Nevermind whose job it is – Russians and Americans, apparently – to fight and win the wars these refugees – the overwhelmingly majority of whom are young, able-bodied males – are bravelt fleeing because...well...because wars are scary and white women are pretty, I guess...or... something....

    Please give today, won't you?
    , @Buzz Mohawk
    We see real commercials like that on TV here in the NYC orbit. I think they are aimed mostly at fellow Jews.

    That's fine.

    What would happen if somebody aired the same kind of thing asking for donations to help white Americans, if they said it the same way?

    "Won't you send your donation to help the white people of West Virginia in their struggle to make ends meet?"

    or

    "Mike needs your help. He was made to train the H-1B Indian engineer who replaced him. Now Mike can't find a job. Will you help Mike feed his kids and pay his mortgage? Mike and his children will be hungry and homeless if no one helps."

    There's a really big market there. A smart fundraiser could take a big cut and get rich -- if he survived the backlash.
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  55. @Tim Howells

    We have SOLID PROOF of collusion with the Russians to help Trump steal the election.
     
    Ummm ... Actually the announcement explicitly states that there is no evidence of collusion. This is just the internet trolling operation that they have been talking about for a long time, with the trolls sometimes favoring Clinton and sometimes Trump. Easy to believe that it's true. Of course both the Americans and Israelis have openly boasted of such operations themselves. For all I know you could be a sock-puppet!

    Tim Howells wrote to Tiny Duck:

    For all I know you could be a sock-puppet!

    Could be??????

    You actually have any reasonable doubt?

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  56. @AnotherDad
    I consider myself to be cognitively gifted. (Not in the absolute sense, but compared to most of my fellow humans.) But--story of my life--i'm underperforming. I don't have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress--twice. Nope.

    I once ran across an article on the self-styled geniuses who claim an association with Mensa. Many are financially poor and they cannot seem to handle the practical details of life such as managing a career or a checkbook. Mensa or not, I’ve known many bright people who fall into this “failure to function” category. I’ll throw a number of my university professors into this bag. One can be bright, eccentric, weird, irrational, and ineffective … and often no one at the university will notice as long as you are politically correct.

    I’ve crossed paths with large numbers of senior and C-level managers in corporations. They cannot afford to be eccentric, weird, irrational, and ineffective. The monthly and quarterly profit reports would unmask them. A substandard performance might not be their fault. However, if they don’t make their numbers, they’re gone. It’s a hard and tenuous life. This is understood by all concerned.

    I’ve also crossed paths with a number of wealthy people. I’ll dismiss those who inherited their wealth. The self-made people seemed to have three characteristics: (1) a viable business model, (2) a singular focus, and (3) a manic obsession for hard work.

    I, fortunately, have none of these traits. I never made senior manager and I’m not wealthy. I decided that life as a mid-level operations manager was my sweet spot in life whether in the military, government, or corporations. It was a good life. Some people think I’m extremely bright; my mother thought I was mentally retarded. Does it matter?

    The best advice I’ve ever heard is, “Be careful about what you want in life … you just might get it.”

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    "The self-made people seemed to have three characteristics: (1) a viable business model, (2) a singular focus, and (3) a manic obsession for hard work."

    I like what Heinlein said "Big money isn't hard to come by. All it costs is a lifetime of devotion."

    Or, as I've commented elsewhere, a fortuitous marriage or birth.
    , @anonymous
    Great minds think alike.

    Amen, bro. Good advice
    , @The Anti-Gnostic
    I've met a few top-tier executives. One habit they all shared was pulling future tasks forward. They'd see see if a meeting could be handled by a phone call or delegation to someone else, then pull something else forward in place of the meeting, continually, every day.

    They also made decisions quickly on limited information. I'd prepare a report that could easily occupy an hour of discussion, and after 5 minutes somebody barks out an order, there's a couple of questions, and everybody starts leaving. Of course, I also noticed a habit of throwing a curveball on some minute detail, which is why I was always prepared to talk for an hour on anything that could come up. But they'd sit there for a few minutes letting the big picture gel in their galaxy-brains, get to that one thing that had been bugging them, and promptly wrap things up.
    , @International Jew
    There are few things more pathetic than associating with Mensa.
    , @Proton Gakhe

    I once ran across an article on the self-styled geniuses who claim an association with Mensa. Many are financially poor and they cannot seem to handle the practical details of life such as managing a career or a checkbook. Mensa or not, I’ve known many bright people who fall into this “failure to function” category. I’ll throw a number of my university professors into this bag. One can be bright, eccentric, weird, irrational, and ineffective … and often no one at the university will notice as long as you are politically correct.
     
    In other words, conformity pays.

    I’ve crossed paths with large numbers of senior and C-level managers in corporations. They cannot afford to be eccentric, weird, irrational, and ineffective.
     
    And "autistic".

    The monthly and quarterly profit reports would unmask them. A substandard performance might not be their fault. However, if they don’t make their numbers, they’re gone. It’s a hard and tenuous life. This is understood by all concerned.
     
    In other words, conformity pays, (along with a decent work ethic, good luck, and an ability to pimp your product) Even in the arts. Forget about "thinking outside the box". That works maybe one in a million times.

    The self-made people seemed to have three characteristics: (1) a viable business model, (2) a singular focus, and (3) a manic obsession for hard work.
     
    OTOH, "autism" can be an advantage for the self-made, particularly on points 2 and 3. Point 1 is the real stumbling block for "autists". That, and knowing what the normal hordes are willing to buy...
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  57. @Obsessive Contrarian
    "Females were underrepresented.....Married people dominated..."

    Presumably the married males were married to females? My point being, it's not, OMG, poor women are living in shacks and hovels. Women benefit when men are rich, as the Gabor sisters can testify.

    haha (as my daughter would say) you need to google the list of the wealthiest women in the world. I gave up checking at maybe number 20 or so, but all these women got their money by being the wife, the daughter, the granddaughter, the grandniece, etc. of extraordinary men.

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  58. @TheJester
    I once ran across an article on the self-styled geniuses who claim an association with Mensa. Many are financially poor and they cannot seem to handle the practical details of life such as managing a career or a checkbook. Mensa or not, I've known many bright people who fall into this "failure to function" category. I'll throw a number of my university professors into this bag. One can be bright, eccentric, weird, irrational, and ineffective ... and often no one at the university will notice as long as you are politically correct.

    I've crossed paths with large numbers of senior and C-level managers in corporations. They cannot afford to be eccentric, weird, irrational, and ineffective. The monthly and quarterly profit reports would unmask them. A substandard performance might not be their fault. However, if they don't make their numbers, they're gone. It's a hard and tenuous life. This is understood by all concerned.

    I've also crossed paths with a number of wealthy people. I'll dismiss those who inherited their wealth. The self-made people seemed to have three characteristics: (1) a viable business model, (2) a singular focus, and (3) a manic obsession for hard work.

    I, fortunately, have none of these traits. I never made senior manager and I'm not wealthy. I decided that life as a mid-level operations manager was my sweet spot in life whether in the military, government, or corporations. It was a good life. Some people think I'm extremely bright; my mother thought I was mentally retarded. Does it matter?

    The best advice I've ever heard is, "Be careful about what you want in life ... you just might get it."

    “The self-made people seemed to have three characteristics: (1) a viable business model, (2) a singular focus, and (3) a manic obsession for hard work.”

    I like what Heinlein said “Big money isn’t hard to come by. All it costs is a lifetime of devotion.”

    Or, as I’ve commented elsewhere, a fortuitous marriage or birth.

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    Or, as I’ve commented elsewhere, a fortuitous marriage or birth.
     
    A lifetime of devotion, as Heinlein said, or as the saying goes: he married rich and he earned every penny.
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  59. One of the cleverest things that the Left has done is to track the smartest boys into academia, thus wasting their lives and their talents.

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    Not the white ones they haven't.
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  60. @Jake
    The poverty of Jews worldwide is all the proof anyone needs to support foreign aid to Israel. And Jewish poverty worldwide is the reason Anglosphere Evangelicals donate tens of millions of dollars per year to various Jewish charities, to help the poor Jews.

    And Jewish poverty worldwide is the reason Anglosphere Evangelicals donate tens of millions of dollars per year to various Jewish charities, to help the poor Jews.

    Well in the Middle East, a lot of them are appearing to live in very poor circumstances, and the Evangelicals see that with their own eyes (as they mostly go on holiday to Israel – most of the tourists in Israel are Christian pilgrims). My friend and his girlfriend I recently visited in Israel are living in a block in Bat Yam, which looks worse than most Brazilian favelas (it literally makes slums in Saratov look like Paris). And this is a recently qualified doctor. The poverty appearance is starting to look a bit misleading though, the moment you see vast numbers of shiny new skyscrapers are currently being constructed at the speed of a Chinese development city a several hundred metres away.

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    Dimitry,

    I know slums in Saratov. I am in the UK at the moment. Where are you?
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  61. “This study provides evidence for the clustering of brains, wealth and power, and suggests that elite education may matter in the trajectory of developing expertise in wealth and power generation.”

    Elite education opens the door to the connections that lead to amassing of wealth and power. I’ve met plenty of Ivy grads who were super-smart but less than successful because they were crappy networkers, and I’ve met plenty of dim Ivy grads who were super-successful and super-networkers and, yes, there are plenty of those who were in the intersection of smart and successful, but not so many as this passage implies.

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  62. @Anonymous
    ===> I don’t have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress–twice. Nope.

    Check the sofa cushions.

    Open up the ceiling. Ya never know.

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  63. @TheJester
    I once ran across an article on the self-styled geniuses who claim an association with Mensa. Many are financially poor and they cannot seem to handle the practical details of life such as managing a career or a checkbook. Mensa or not, I've known many bright people who fall into this "failure to function" category. I'll throw a number of my university professors into this bag. One can be bright, eccentric, weird, irrational, and ineffective ... and often no one at the university will notice as long as you are politically correct.

    I've crossed paths with large numbers of senior and C-level managers in corporations. They cannot afford to be eccentric, weird, irrational, and ineffective. The monthly and quarterly profit reports would unmask them. A substandard performance might not be their fault. However, if they don't make their numbers, they're gone. It's a hard and tenuous life. This is understood by all concerned.

    I've also crossed paths with a number of wealthy people. I'll dismiss those who inherited their wealth. The self-made people seemed to have three characteristics: (1) a viable business model, (2) a singular focus, and (3) a manic obsession for hard work.

    I, fortunately, have none of these traits. I never made senior manager and I'm not wealthy. I decided that life as a mid-level operations manager was my sweet spot in life whether in the military, government, or corporations. It was a good life. Some people think I'm extremely bright; my mother thought I was mentally retarded. Does it matter?

    The best advice I've ever heard is, "Be careful about what you want in life ... you just might get it."

    Great minds think alike.

    Amen, bro. Good advice

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  64. @Anonymous
    OT:
    I am seeing blatantly false reports all over the internet regarding this, but the NLRB posted an advice memo regarding James Damore's NLRB complaint: https://www.nlrb.gov/case/32-CA-205351. Click "Advice Response Memo". (You can find it posted elsewhere too, but this seems the original source.)

    Two comments:
    1) It is astounding (at least to anyone who ever trusted the "media") just how false many of the headlines around the internet are. They are claiming that the NLRB "rejected" Damore's complaint, and many of the headlines use overblown language suggesting that Damore's entire "case" against Google has been destroyed. A simple reading of the memo reveals that it is simply an advice memo to a regional office, and seems to have no standing. What seems to have subsequently happened is that Damore himself withdrew the NLRB complaint in order to focus on his lawsuit. (I haven't found any site providing direct evidence of this, however.) It seems a simple fact that the NLRB did not reject Damore's complaint at all.

    2) The reasoning in the memo is farcical. I do not say this lightly. The crux of the memo is a comparison of Damore's "objectionable" actions with actions in three other NLRB cases, in which employer action was held to be justified. Read it for yourself.

    There is simply no way that Google itself will make such absurd arguments in court. Or will they? Who knows? I wouldn't want to be the lawyer making them in public. I don't see how Google can win without going full gangster or full SJW (or both).

    I don’t follow this at all. Isn’t the NLRB involved in facilitating the establishment of labor unions in particular industries or firms? Was Demore attempting to form a union at google? In other cases the NLRB looks into whether an employee has been mistreated by the union or because he is in or favors forming an organization for collective bargaining.
    Someone please inform me what is it about this case that would cause it to be sent to the NLRB? It seems that any attorney recommending that Demore pursue his action to the Board is simply taking his money. He has a meritious claim ( IMHO) against the monopoly employer but going to NLRB is wasting time and financial resources.
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    The basis for Damore's NLRB complaint was that his "memo" was discussing workplace conditions (which it was), and employees are to some degree protected when they engage in collective action to improve workplace conditions. Also, I believe he filed the complaint just before he actually got fired, so that his firing might seem to be retaliation for the NLRB complaint, something that is also illegal. All things considered, I find the "labor" angle quite astute, and I expect that it will play a role in the trial, since California labor laws are even more protective of worker rights than federal laws are.
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  65. Consider the bell curve, with a mean of 100 and a sd of 15.
    A person with a 100 IQ can reasonably interact with people 2 sd on either side of him.
    70 ( mentally backwards ) to 130 ( mentally pretty sharp ) and that range encompasses approx. 96% of the total population.
    Now consider the person with a 130 IQ he can comfortably commune with people from 100 to 160IQ. Less than 50% of the population.
    If you have the great bad luck to have a 160 IQ who can you successfully communicate with?
    What % of the population has an IQ between 130 and 190 approximately 13 in 10,000.
    Really smart people have a very small amount of people who they can understand and who can understand them.
    Making money requires that somehow or other people are involved and if you can’t relate to the proper subset of people you don’t make oodles of mattress stuffing.

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    You're right, which is why I've always observed that an IQ of 125 would be a blessing but 150 is a curse. There are a vanishingly-small number of circumstances in which the 150 confers an unalloyed advantage.
    , @Felix M
    CK argues "Really smart people have a very small amount of people who they can understand and who can understand them", concluding "Making money requires that somehow or other people are involved and if you can’t relate to the proper subset of people you don’t make oodles of mattress stuffing".

    The first stage for a genius to make lotsa money is to get a genius strategy. After that, you get lieutenants with a lowly 130 IQ to carry out the ground work.

    Of course, it can be difficult hiring lieutenants before you're generating enough income. But you can involve your relations and friends, or offer stock options.

    So why aren't more high IQ people rich? Because they'd rather think about other things. Things like the nature of reality, abstract math, why humans behave so weirdly ...
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  66. @J.Ross
    OT Several refugee resettlement centers closing
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/16/report-more-than-20-refugee-resettlement-offices-to-close-nationwide/l

    More than 20 refugee resettlement offices across the United States will close as President Trump’s administration cuts down on the costly, taxpayer-funded process of mass relocating foreign refugees across the country.

    An exclusive Reuters report reveals that more than 20 refugee resettlement offices, supported by the federally-funded nine voluntary agencies (VOLAGs), will close, and more than 40 resettlement offices across the U.S. will cut back on their services.

    Currently, there are 324 refugee resettlement offices nationwide, but Trump’s State Department told Reuters that all of the offices are no longer necessary because the administration has cut down on the number of foreign refugees being resettled throughout the U.S.

    Ho boy, was THAT link wrong…lol..

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    Not sure what happened there, I think that "l" on the end leads it to resolve it badly.
    Try this:
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/16/report-more-than-20-refugee-resettlement-offices-to-close-nationwide/
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  67. @J.Ross
    There's a ton of extremely wealthy Muslims (they tend to hyper-concentrate wealth) and we don't normally think of them because there's a lot of extremely poor Muslims. Not just the Saudis but all of the Gulf States, several Indonesians, the sultan of Brunei, sundry Iranians and Lebanese whose success is actually semi-meritocratic, and then there's Central Asia, including the habitually overlooked formerly-Soviet 'stans: that's 1302 easily.

    Almost all ultra wealthy Indonesians are of Chinese (non Muslim) ethnicity.

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    Then they're not Muslims and not what I was talking about. There is a very clear pattern in Muslim countries with the hyperconcentration of wealth in existing power structures. The major exceptions are Lebanon and Iran, although the pattern still shows up these, because Philistines and Parthians have had cultures that value intellect for millennia. Malaysia and Indonesia have ruling classes and actually still retain this old medieval-style system of hereditary noble ranks, you just never hear about it. That archipelago has had success from before white capitalism because of their own capitalism. With the ruling kleptocrats of two dozen Muslim countries plus some genuine meritocratically-tested geniuses you easily get 1302 Muslims.
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  68. @Jake
    The poverty of Jews worldwide is all the proof anyone needs to support foreign aid to Israel. And Jewish poverty worldwide is the reason Anglosphere Evangelicals donate tens of millions of dollars per year to various Jewish charities, to help the poor Jews.

    The entire state of Israel is directly subsidized by American taxpayers, evangelical or otherwise.

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  69. @unit472
    It was maybe 30 years ago when the SF Chronicle columnist Herb Caen cited a survey of the then nascent Silicon Valley elite to determine what they considered to be an adequate 'fortune'. $7 million ( in let's say 1990 dollars) was the answer. Adjusted for inflation ( and Palo Alto housing prices) that might be around $15-20 million today so the UHNW individual with a vast fortune is likely to be the person who managed to get the top job at a large company , had access to large amounts of Other People's Money to which he could take a percentage or owned some patent or royalty that poured money.

    Less eompetitive people might well decide that once you've made enough to be secure and do what you want there is no need to aspire to more. I quit at just over $1 million but I was 58 and had a pension.

    Ah, Herb Caen. I haven’t thought about him in years but at the time I thought about him every day. Everybody did. Part of it was that The San Francisco Chronicle was such a lousy newspaper. Everyone read his column because no one bothered with reading the editorial page.

    Caen was known to everyone including the police. I know this because one night I was driving home to my apartment on Russian Hill and I was rear ended (mildly) while stopped at a stop sign. I was completely innocent and the guy who hit me was completely and irrefutably at fault.

    Unfortunately he was some kind of big wig in the SF police department. Several street cops drove up and I knew I was in trouble when all of them saluted this guy and said ‘sir’ a lot.

    So the guy who ran into me was let go and I was arrested. It seems I had an overdue parking ticket from a year ago in Daly City (a nearby suburb) . That’s how I ended up staying most of the night at the police station. The cops wouldn’t take a check or a credit card and I didn’t have enough cash on me. I was truly stuck.

    Then I hit on the solution. I made the preposterous claim that I was Herb Caen’s nephew and if not immediately released everyone would read about this whole embarrassing incident tomorrow morning in my uncle’s column.

    Never doubt the power of the press. I was let go and spent the rest of the night at home in my own bed. Thanks, Herb.

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    I didn't realize the SFPD was so corrupt but I guess it's not too surprising.
    , @Steve Sailer
    Herb Caen was really famous for a local columnist, almost as famous as Mike Royko in Chicago.

    Caen did kind of a pointillistic column of gossip and offhand observations, six days per week, 25 or so items totaling a thousand words per day for roughly ever: 1938 to 1996, approximately. Something like 17 million words.

    , @Steve Sailer
    Herb Caen was really famous for a local columnist, almost as famous as Mike Royko in Chicago.

    Caen did kind of a pointillistic column of gossip and offhand observations, six days per week, 25 or so items totaling a thousand words per day for roughly ever: 1938 to 1996, approximately. Something like 17 million words.

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  70. @Anon

    Jewish poverty worldwide
     
    "For just 12 cents a day you can help feed and educate children just like young Avraham here."

    Actually, exactly that kind of preposterous whining is a thing where the the Jews. You see, rich Jews (and after all, there are no few of them) just don’t have enough money to help poor Jews, so that is your responsibility. The phenomenon is similar to the one whereby Muslim refugees from war in Syria cannot possibly be taken in by Muslims in peaceful places like Saudi Arabia and Turkey, or even Malaysia – nope, their housing is a job for Christians. (Nevermind whose job it is – Russians and Americans, apparently – to fight and win the wars these refugees – the overwhelmingly majority of whom are young, able-bodied males – are bravelt fleeing because…well…because wars are scary and white women are pretty, I guess…or… something….

    Please give today, won’t you?

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    Tongue-in-cheek aside, Poppy Bush's reticence with respect to the $10B loan guarantees to Israel (for housing Russian immigrants) was said to have been instrumental in the shift of support to Clinton in 1992. Poppy had asked that the guarantees be tied to a suspension of illegal settlement expansion in the Occupied Territories. Back here in the USA we call that a "third rail".
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  71. @Lagertha
    I don't know why people waste so much time, all over the world: Vikings set the precedence. Nordic people are the most intelligent, and physically, the most proficient - they had the greatest drive: take over shit (how is this different today?) . Yeah, said it. and, in the Middle Ages, Vikings and the Northern People ruled...took over England, France, Spain was afraid of them. Spend a weekend at your estate in the country, reading about my people.

    And yet, this Nordic master race has turned into what is perhaps the most neutered group of people in all of Christendom. In Sweden you have Africans and Muslims throwing their weight around like they own the place, raping your women, etc. The “superior” Nordic man watches all this and does nothing.

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    I agree - I have been here, now, gulp, 50 years...and I love the USA; best country. But, I still have one foot in the homeland (bc of the proverbial, extended family).

    Sweden has always been obnoxious and condescending towards Norway, Denmark, Iceland (don't even acknowledge, btw) and of course, the low-lives: Finland. Sweden sucks.

    As a Finn, we all know that Sweden is so over. Swedish truly rich, have their 2nd/3rd/4th homes in: Greece, Thailand, U.S. VI, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Panama, Spain, Portugal, Monaco,...Switzerland is kinda' obvious.

    And, FYI: there are Hate Crime rules in Sweden that prevent ethnically Swedish people to fight anything; at this point - it's a lost cause. Sweden is the first EU land to be a parallel culture: Muslim and ancient ethnics...I thought it would be France, but France has more Jews and Catholics...Lutherans are pussies, now, sad to say. I belonged to a Lutheran church all my life - my sons went thru Luther League....can anyone suggest something better than the bs (now, into multiculturalism..and settling all kinds of Muslims into every state, with the expectation that their congregation pay for these people) Lutheran church?

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  72. @Jake
    The poverty of Jews worldwide is all the proof anyone needs to support foreign aid to Israel. And Jewish poverty worldwide is the reason Anglosphere Evangelicals donate tens of millions of dollars per year to various Jewish charities, to help the poor Jews.

    I don’t know if you have ever seen those TV commercials. They have ones which for like $50 you can send a box filled with kosher food, including special Jewish unleavened bread to the poor, old Jews of Israel.

    Guessing they are targeted to naive Evangelicals, but they are pretty funny.

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    I see those ads occasionally at 2am. They have happy Christian ladies packing the boxes. Then we see these incredibly like 110 old crones with inch deep wrinkles and hunch backs wrapped in ragged shawls sort of crawling to pick up the boxes.
    They look more pathetic than a Dickens illustration. Must take hours to put on the old age make up.
    The narrator in his rich deep voice talks about how the old crones would starve without the boxes. They have special treats in the boxes for Passover and Hanukkah but not for other Jewish holidays because Passover and Hanukkah are the only Jewish holidays the idiot Evangelicals ever heard of.

    Apparently Israel has no food program, housing, pensions or medical care for its holicaust survivors
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  73. @Pat Boyle
    Ah, Herb Caen. I haven't thought about him in years but at the time I thought about him every day. Everybody did. Part of it was that The San Francisco Chronicle was such a lousy newspaper. Everyone read his column because no one bothered with reading the editorial page.

    Caen was known to everyone including the police. I know this because one night I was driving home to my apartment on Russian Hill and I was rear ended (mildly) while stopped at a stop sign. I was completely innocent and the guy who hit me was completely and irrefutably at fault.

    Unfortunately he was some kind of big wig in the SF police department. Several street cops drove up and I knew I was in trouble when all of them saluted this guy and said 'sir' a lot.

    So the guy who ran into me was let go and I was arrested. It seems I had an overdue parking ticket from a year ago in Daly City (a nearby suburb) . That's how I ended up staying most of the night at the police station. The cops wouldn't take a check or a credit card and I didn't have enough cash on me. I was truly stuck.

    Then I hit on the solution. I made the preposterous claim that I was Herb Caen's nephew and if not immediately released everyone would read about this whole embarrassing incident tomorrow morning in my uncle's column.

    Never doubt the power of the press. I was let go and spent the rest of the night at home in my own bed. Thanks, Herb.

    I didn’t realize the SFPD was so corrupt but I guess it’s not too surprising.

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    I don't even believe you said that. Dollars to Doughnuts the capt was drunk.
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  74. @AnotherDad
    I consider myself to be cognitively gifted. (Not in the absolute sense, but compared to most of my fellow humans.) But--story of my life--i'm underperforming. I don't have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress--twice. Nope.

    “I don’t have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress–twice. Nope”

    Sometimes people hide their money in coffee cans buried in the back yard. My father often hid his extra cash in the various nooks and crannies of his workshop.

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  75. @Anon

    Jewish poverty worldwide
     
    "For just 12 cents a day you can help feed and educate children just like young Avraham here."

    We see real commercials like that on TV here in the NYC orbit. I think they are aimed mostly at fellow Jews.

    That’s fine.

    What would happen if somebody aired the same kind of thing asking for donations to help white Americans, if they said it the same way?

    “Won’t you send your donation to help the white people of West Virginia in their struggle to make ends meet?”

    or

    “Mike needs your help. He was made to train the H-1B Indian engineer who replaced him. Now Mike can’t find a job. Will you help Mike feed his kids and pay his mortgage? Mike and his children will be hungry and homeless if no one helps.”

    There’s a really big market there. A smart fundraiser could take a big cut and get rich — if he survived the backlash.

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  76. @TheJester
    I once ran across an article on the self-styled geniuses who claim an association with Mensa. Many are financially poor and they cannot seem to handle the practical details of life such as managing a career or a checkbook. Mensa or not, I've known many bright people who fall into this "failure to function" category. I'll throw a number of my university professors into this bag. One can be bright, eccentric, weird, irrational, and ineffective ... and often no one at the university will notice as long as you are politically correct.

    I've crossed paths with large numbers of senior and C-level managers in corporations. They cannot afford to be eccentric, weird, irrational, and ineffective. The monthly and quarterly profit reports would unmask them. A substandard performance might not be their fault. However, if they don't make their numbers, they're gone. It's a hard and tenuous life. This is understood by all concerned.

    I've also crossed paths with a number of wealthy people. I'll dismiss those who inherited their wealth. The self-made people seemed to have three characteristics: (1) a viable business model, (2) a singular focus, and (3) a manic obsession for hard work.

    I, fortunately, have none of these traits. I never made senior manager and I'm not wealthy. I decided that life as a mid-level operations manager was my sweet spot in life whether in the military, government, or corporations. It was a good life. Some people think I'm extremely bright; my mother thought I was mentally retarded. Does it matter?

    The best advice I've ever heard is, "Be careful about what you want in life ... you just might get it."

    I’ve met a few top-tier executives. One habit they all shared was pulling future tasks forward. They’d see see if a meeting could be handled by a phone call or delegation to someone else, then pull something else forward in place of the meeting, continually, every day.

    They also made decisions quickly on limited information. I’d prepare a report that could easily occupy an hour of discussion, and after 5 minutes somebody barks out an order, there’s a couple of questions, and everybody starts leaving. Of course, I also noticed a habit of throwing a curveball on some minute detail, which is why I was always prepared to talk for an hour on anything that could come up. But they’d sit there for a few minutes letting the big picture gel in their galaxy-brains, get to that one thing that had been bugging them, and promptly wrap things up.

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    I’ve met a few top-tier executives. One habit they all shared was pulling future tasks forward. They’d see see if a meeting could be handled by a phone call or delegation to someone else, then pull something else forward in place of the meeting, continually, every day.

    Is what you are saying is that they are efficient? Could you give some examples of "pulling future tasks forward"?
    , @TheJester
    Leadership School ...

    I once worked for a VP. We had monthly program reviews ... all of the program managers in one room at the same time. The VP reviewed each of our programs on the big board for all to see. The VP always seemed to know more about our programs, their issues, and their financial and functional performance than we did.

    To the good, he never punished nor depreciated anyone in public. If a program was in trouble, he would politely ask another program manager to lend a hand to his associate to bring the latter's program back to par. The team got the message and worked together to bring the troubled program back from the brink.

    Indeed, there is a motive to stay on your tiptoes when your VP knows more about your program than you do. How is this possible? I've run into a number of these individuals in my life. They have a capability for noticing at a level that includes more data and more detail than the rest of us can handle.

    The best of the best: He was a WWII fighter ace (Mustangs over Germany) whose final kill was a Messerschmidt 262 jet. I was his aide in the mid-1970s. His weekly staff meetings were a work of art as he taught his junior officers how to think and how to notice. I suspect I know where he learned to notice. His unit suffered 30% casualties every time they flew.
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  77. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic
    I've met a few top-tier executives. One habit they all shared was pulling future tasks forward. They'd see see if a meeting could be handled by a phone call or delegation to someone else, then pull something else forward in place of the meeting, continually, every day.

    They also made decisions quickly on limited information. I'd prepare a report that could easily occupy an hour of discussion, and after 5 minutes somebody barks out an order, there's a couple of questions, and everybody starts leaving. Of course, I also noticed a habit of throwing a curveball on some minute detail, which is why I was always prepared to talk for an hour on anything that could come up. But they'd sit there for a few minutes letting the big picture gel in their galaxy-brains, get to that one thing that had been bugging them, and promptly wrap things up.

    I’ve met a few top-tier executives. One habit they all shared was pulling future tasks forward. They’d see see if a meeting could be handled by a phone call or delegation to someone else, then pull something else forward in place of the meeting, continually, every day.

    Is what you are saying is that they are efficient? Could you give some examples of “pulling future tasks forward”?

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    Is what you are saying is that they are efficient? Could you give some examples of “pulling future tasks forward”?
     
    In my case the idiots in the IT dept did a 100% upgrade on our mainframe; without having a tested, known good backup of the system. When they finished and ran it, they eventually figured out about 8% of the accounts had disappeared.

    So the plan was to fire the 350 IT morons and outsource. But the exec's had had a desire to 'right size' the company and get rid of 1/3, about 2400 employees for at least 7 years. So they pulled forward from just the IT 350 to do the whole thing in one mass blood bath....
    , @The Anti-Gnostic
    They've handled something with a phone call that previously had been allotted 30 minutes or more. They use the time to see if something else can be handled thst way. They don't go to meetings to get information; they've already done that even if nobody else has. They go to meetings to render a decision.
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  78. @J.Ross
    OT Several refugee resettlement centers closing
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/16/report-more-than-20-refugee-resettlement-offices-to-close-nationwide/l

    More than 20 refugee resettlement offices across the United States will close as President Trump’s administration cuts down on the costly, taxpayer-funded process of mass relocating foreign refugees across the country.

    An exclusive Reuters report reveals that more than 20 refugee resettlement offices, supported by the federally-funded nine voluntary agencies (VOLAGs), will close, and more than 40 resettlement offices across the U.S. will cut back on their services.

    Currently, there are 324 refugee resettlement offices nationwide, but Trump’s State Department told Reuters that all of the offices are no longer necessary because the administration has cut down on the number of foreign refugees being resettled throughout the U.S.

    Currently, there are 324 refugee resettlement offices nationwide…

    How evil manifests itself. Looks like each Democrat and Cuckservative in the House got an office in their district: pork and voters rolled into one package, what’s not to like?

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  79. @TheJester
    I once ran across an article on the self-styled geniuses who claim an association with Mensa. Many are financially poor and they cannot seem to handle the practical details of life such as managing a career or a checkbook. Mensa or not, I've known many bright people who fall into this "failure to function" category. I'll throw a number of my university professors into this bag. One can be bright, eccentric, weird, irrational, and ineffective ... and often no one at the university will notice as long as you are politically correct.

    I've crossed paths with large numbers of senior and C-level managers in corporations. They cannot afford to be eccentric, weird, irrational, and ineffective. The monthly and quarterly profit reports would unmask them. A substandard performance might not be their fault. However, if they don't make their numbers, they're gone. It's a hard and tenuous life. This is understood by all concerned.

    I've also crossed paths with a number of wealthy people. I'll dismiss those who inherited their wealth. The self-made people seemed to have three characteristics: (1) a viable business model, (2) a singular focus, and (3) a manic obsession for hard work.

    I, fortunately, have none of these traits. I never made senior manager and I'm not wealthy. I decided that life as a mid-level operations manager was my sweet spot in life whether in the military, government, or corporations. It was a good life. Some people think I'm extremely bright; my mother thought I was mentally retarded. Does it matter?

    The best advice I've ever heard is, "Be careful about what you want in life ... you just might get it."

    There are few things more pathetic than associating with Mensa.

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  80. So if we’re about half the high-net-worth people in the US, look at it this way: we’ve brought a lot of benefit. Yeah, some fraction of that is bandits and shysters, but in the US (still) the best way to become rich is to make something that people value.

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    Well people "value" things like opioids immensely. They go to great lengths to obtain them, and risk their lives to use them. Exploiting such "values" to become rich is not an indication of virtue.

    " The Secretive Family Making Billions From the Opioid Crisis

    You’re aware America is under siege, fighting an opioid crisis that has exploded into a public-health emergency. You’ve heard of OxyContin, the pain medication to which countless patients have become addicted. But do you know that the company that makes Oxy and reaps the billions of dollars in profits it generates is owned by one family?"

    https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a12775932/sackler-family-oxycontin/
    , @Anonymous
    According to the report, "The finance, banking, investment, and internet sectors dominated." I would not say that the finance, banking, and investment sectors have benefited the US over the past 2 generations. Probably the exact opposite.
    , @Anonymous
    So if we’re about half the high-net-worth people in the US, look at it this way: we’ve brought a lot of benefit.

    Or you've taken a lot of the benefit, by displacing natives from remunerative jobs and areas of business.
    , @Anonymous
    Discounted by all the wars and hostility in the Middle East in the past 70 years. And probably by at least half our annual military spending ($350 billion/year?).
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  81. Hits a number of iStevey themes — Jews, group solidarity, diversity, racial racketeering…

    https://www.jweekly.com/2018/02/16/making-jewish-community-safe-jews-color/

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    iStevey themes...
     
    "The rockets red glare; the bombs bursting in air:"

    We hadn’t even finished developing the ground rules when one of the guidelines — “assume good will” during the confab — fell flat as a black colleague very gently explained that black people in the United States have no reason to “assume the good will” of white people given the institutionalized racism that is endured on a daily and pervasive basis — Jewish community most definitely included.
    __________________________________________

    In retrospect, the gathering was such a gutsy thing for funders to initiate and for Jewish leaders of color to say “yes” to. And it proved to be a watershed collaboration moment for both the Jews of color and the Jewish philanthropic leaders — resulting in the nation’s first-ever philanthropic fund and grant activity expressly dedicated to responding to racial injustice through helping further establish, fortify and build-out the field for Jews of color.
     
    With the release of Black Panther, I thought we now had the baddest superhero of all time in the fore. But wait, coming soon, Jews of color!
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  82. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    “I’ve always wondered if cognitively gifted folks are probably over-represented in the left tail of wealth, too.”

    Might well be, while the richest might be cognitive-gifted, a lot of the cognitively-gifted might think there are other fish to fry than accumulating wealth.

    It took the human race 358 years to prove Fermat’s Last Theorem. No one is going to say that Andrew Wiles, who proved it, is cognitively-ungifted. But Andrew doesn’t seem to have been concentrating on money:

    “…He dedicated all of his research time to this problem for over six years in near-total secrecy, covering up his efforts by releasing prior work in small segments as separate papers and confiding only in his wife.”

    Other examples: Leibniz was obviously cognitively-gifted, but did not concentrate on money.

    What people think is important can obviously vary. Some smart people might be smart enough to realize that if they are rich they will probably always be too busy to spend the time to try to accomplish what they really think is important to the future of humanity (or just what they really want to do).

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  83. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer
    http://www.vdare.com/articles/lynn-on-the-jews-yes-it-s-intelligence-but-there-s-something-else-too

    I am really motivated to understand the jewish wealth conundrum having myself an Ashkenazi Jewish mother and father. The only Ashkenazi jew I have ever known who made serious money was not exceptionally bright, far from it. The smartest jew I ever knew was a Sephardic jew, American born, descended from Spanish jews who fled to Istanboul way back (Seth Benardete).

    As for making money, isn’t that a conscious choice to go that route? That takes a lack of imagination, so those jews can’t be the smartest ones, just sly and hard, like the likes of Redstone, Carl Icahn, Soros, and countless others.

    As for jewish brains like Einstein, Freud, von Neumann, and others, evidently they are super smart, eerily smart. Wouldn’t that be a genetic inheritance plus hard work? But that doesn’t explain anything, it’s just hand waving. And some of them are funny like Groucho Marx.

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    If someone's "really motivated" to understand Jewish exceptionalism, then what needs to be done is what Steven Pinker proposed: a cross-adoption study, like the Minnesota Twin Family Study. That study received criticism because while the researchers controlled for the parental environment, they couldn't control for the "racism" or "stereotype threat" of the wider social environment: media, classmates, school guidance counselors, etc.

    This wouldn't be a problem with Jews, however, because they basically look white. If you blinded the adoptive-parents as to the background of the children and the purpose of the study, and, just in case, threw in some Armenians and Italians to throw off people's intuitions as to who the "Jews" are, the study would be beyond the criticisms raised for the Minnesota study. It would be pretty definitive.
    , @Alden
    I don’t know what Dr Fraud’s IQ was, but he didn’t make his money or fame from intelligence.
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  84. @The Anti-Gnostic
    I've met a few top-tier executives. One habit they all shared was pulling future tasks forward. They'd see see if a meeting could be handled by a phone call or delegation to someone else, then pull something else forward in place of the meeting, continually, every day.

    They also made decisions quickly on limited information. I'd prepare a report that could easily occupy an hour of discussion, and after 5 minutes somebody barks out an order, there's a couple of questions, and everybody starts leaving. Of course, I also noticed a habit of throwing a curveball on some minute detail, which is why I was always prepared to talk for an hour on anything that could come up. But they'd sit there for a few minutes letting the big picture gel in their galaxy-brains, get to that one thing that had been bugging them, and promptly wrap things up.

    Leadership School …

    I once worked for a VP. We had monthly program reviews … all of the program managers in one room at the same time. The VP reviewed each of our programs on the big board for all to see. The VP always seemed to know more about our programs, their issues, and their financial and functional performance than we did.

    To the good, he never punished nor depreciated anyone in public. If a program was in trouble, he would politely ask another program manager to lend a hand to his associate to bring the latter’s program back to par. The team got the message and worked together to bring the troubled program back from the brink.

    Indeed, there is a motive to stay on your tiptoes when your VP knows more about your program than you do. How is this possible? I’ve run into a number of these individuals in my life. They have a capability for noticing at a level that includes more data and more detail than the rest of us can handle.

    The best of the best: He was a WWII fighter ace (Mustangs over Germany) whose final kill was a Messerschmidt 262 jet. I was his aide in the mid-1970s. His weekly staff meetings were a work of art as he taught his junior officers how to think and how to notice. I suspect I know where he learned to notice. His unit suffered 30% casualties every time they flew.

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  85. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    I am really motivated to understand the jewish wealth conundrum having myself an Ashkenazi Jewish mother and father. The only Ashkenazi jew I have ever known who made serious money was not exceptionally bright, far from it. The smartest jew I ever knew was a Sephardic jew, American born, descended from Spanish jews who fled to Istanboul way back (Seth Benardete).

    As for making money, isn't that a conscious choice to go that route? That takes a lack of imagination, so those jews can't be the smartest ones, just sly and hard, like the likes of Redstone, Carl Icahn, Soros, and countless others.

    As for jewish brains like Einstein, Freud, von Neumann, and others, evidently they are super smart, eerily smart. Wouldn't that be a genetic inheritance plus hard work? But that doesn't explain anything, it's just hand waving. And some of them are funny like Groucho Marx.

    If someone’s “really motivated” to understand Jewish exceptionalism, then what needs to be done is what Steven Pinker proposed: a cross-adoption study, like the Minnesota Twin Family Study. That study received criticism because while the researchers controlled for the parental environment, they couldn’t control for the “racism” or “stereotype threat” of the wider social environment: media, classmates, school guidance counselors, etc.

    This wouldn’t be a problem with Jews, however, because they basically look white. If you blinded the adoptive-parents as to the background of the children and the purpose of the study, and, just in case, threw in some Armenians and Italians to throw off people’s intuitions as to who the “Jews” are, the study would be beyond the criticisms raised for the Minnesota study. It would be pretty definitive.

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  86. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @International Jew
    So if we're about half the high-net-worth people in the US, look at it this way: we've brought a lot of benefit. Yeah, some fraction of that is bandits and shysters, but in the US (still) the best way to become rich is to make something that people value.

    Well people “value” things like opioids immensely. They go to great lengths to obtain them, and risk their lives to use them. Exploiting such “values” to become rich is not an indication of virtue.

    ” The Secretive Family Making Billions From the Opioid Crisis

    You’re aware America is under siege, fighting an opioid crisis that has exploded into a public-health emergency. You’ve heard of OxyContin, the pain medication to which countless patients have become addicted. But do you know that the company that makes Oxy and reaps the billions of dollars in profits it generates is owned by one family?”

    https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a12775932/sackler-family-oxycontin/

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  87. @International Jew
    So if we're about half the high-net-worth people in the US, look at it this way: we've brought a lot of benefit. Yeah, some fraction of that is bandits and shysters, but in the US (still) the best way to become rich is to make something that people value.

    According to the report, “The finance, banking, investment, and internet sectors dominated.” I would not say that the finance, banking, and investment sectors have benefited the US over the past 2 generations. Probably the exact opposite.

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  88. @Escher
    Almost all ultra wealthy Indonesians are of Chinese (non Muslim) ethnicity.

    Then they’re not Muslims and not what I was talking about. There is a very clear pattern in Muslim countries with the hyperconcentration of wealth in existing power structures. The major exceptions are Lebanon and Iran, although the pattern still shows up these, because Philistines and Parthians have had cultures that value intellect for millennia. Malaysia and Indonesia have ruling classes and actually still retain this old medieval-style system of hereditary noble ranks, you just never hear about it. That archipelago has had success from before white capitalism because of their own capitalism. With the ruling kleptocrats of two dozen Muslim countries plus some genuine meritocratically-tested geniuses you easily get 1302 Muslims.

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  89. @carol
    Ho boy, was THAT link wrong...lol..

    Not sure what happened there, I think that “l” on the end leads it to resolve it badly.
    Try this:

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/16/report-more-than-20-refugee-resettlement-offices-to-close-nationwide/

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  90. @International Jew
    Hits a number of iStevey themes — Jews, group solidarity, diversity, racial racketeering...
    https://www.jweekly.com/2018/02/16/making-jewish-community-safe-jews-color/

    iStevey themes…

    “The rockets red glare; the bombs bursting in air:”

    We hadn’t even finished developing the ground rules when one of the guidelines — “assume good will” during the confab — fell flat as a black colleague very gently explained that black people in the United States have no reason to “assume the good will” of white people given the institutionalized racism that is endured on a daily and pervasive basis — Jewish community most definitely included.
    __________________________________________

    In retrospect, the gathering was such a gutsy thing for funders to initiate and for Jewish leaders of color to say “yes” to. And it proved to be a watershed collaboration moment for both the Jews of color and the Jewish philanthropic leaders — resulting in the nation’s first-ever philanthropic fund and grant activity expressly dedicated to responding to racial injustice through helping further establish, fortify and build-out the field for Jews of color.

    With the release of Black Panther, I thought we now had the baddest superhero of all time in the fore. But wait, coming soon, Jews of color!

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  91. @Dmitry

    And Jewish poverty worldwide is the reason Anglosphere Evangelicals donate tens of millions of dollars per year to various Jewish charities, to help the poor Jews.
     
    Well in the Middle East, a lot of them are appearing to live in very poor circumstances, and the Evangelicals see that with their own eyes (as they mostly go on holiday to Israel - most of the tourists in Israel are Christian pilgrims). My friend and his girlfriend I recently visited in Israel are living in a block in Bat Yam, which looks worse than most Brazilian favelas (it literally makes slums in Saratov look like Paris). And this is a recently qualified doctor. The poverty appearance is starting to look a bit misleading though, the moment you see vast numbers of shiny new skyscrapers are currently being constructed at the speed of a Chinese development city a several hundred metres away.

    Dimitry,

    I know slums in Saratov. I am in the UK at the moment. Where are you?

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  92. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @prusmc
    I don't follow this at all. Isn't the NLRB involved in facilitating the establishment of labor unions in particular industries or firms? Was Demore attempting to form a union at google? In other cases the NLRB looks into whether an employee has been mistreated by the union or because he is in or favors forming an organization for collective bargaining.
    Someone please inform me what is it about this case that would cause it to be sent to the NLRB? It seems that any attorney recommending that Demore pursue his action to the Board is simply taking his money. He has a meritious claim ( IMHO) against the monopoly employer but going to NLRB is wasting time and financial resources.
    I

    The basis for Damore’s NLRB complaint was that his “memo” was discussing workplace conditions (which it was), and employees are to some degree protected when they engage in collective action to improve workplace conditions. Also, I believe he filed the complaint just before he actually got fired, so that his firing might seem to be retaliation for the NLRB complaint, something that is also illegal. All things considered, I find the “labor” angle quite astute, and I expect that it will play a role in the trial, since California labor laws are even more protective of worker rights than federal laws are.

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    In all seriousness, I believe that all of your observations are astute; just as seriously, however, I've spent a lifetime watching virtually every law in the land bent sideways when an opportunity presents itself to crush the Proverbial White Male.

    And in this case, not only have we a white male, we have a white male qua white male, making his case on that ground. In California. Might as well ask an audience on Oprah to pass judgment on Richard Spencer.

    Doubtless things were very different a hundred years ago, but none of us were alive then. Only in MSM-land (where most people live) it's always 100 years ago. This has real effects--in places like courtrooms, even and particularly.

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  93. Democrats had a higher education and cognitive ability level than Republicans.

    Opportunism is correlated with IQ. Obviously.

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  94. @Anon7
    One of the cleverest things that the Left has done is to track the smartest boys into academia, thus wasting their lives and their talents.

    Not the white ones they haven’t.

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  95. @AnotherDad
    I consider myself to be cognitively gifted. (Not in the absolute sense, but compared to most of my fellow humans.) But--story of my life--i'm underperforming. I don't have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress--twice. Nope.

    I don’t have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress–twice. Nope.

    Look at the bright side. You don’t have 30 million bed bugs there, either.

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  96. Intelligence: “Investigating the Right Tail of Wealth”

    Wasn’t it the investigation of tails, left, right, and center, that got the #MeToo guys in hot water?

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    hahhaahhaahaahaaaa
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  97. @Father O'Hara
    You are the wind beneath my wings. Did you know that?

    This guy on unz was in despair
    He felt he was not getting his share
    On his mattress espied
    he had been twice denied
    Neither money nor love was found there!

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    I lived that!
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  98. @Anonymous
    I’ve met a few top-tier executives. One habit they all shared was pulling future tasks forward. They’d see see if a meeting could be handled by a phone call or delegation to someone else, then pull something else forward in place of the meeting, continually, every day.

    Is what you are saying is that they are efficient? Could you give some examples of "pulling future tasks forward"?

    Is what you are saying is that they are efficient? Could you give some examples of “pulling future tasks forward”?

    In my case the idiots in the IT dept did a 100% upgrade on our mainframe; without having a tested, known good backup of the system. When they finished and ran it, they eventually figured out about 8% of the accounts had disappeared.

    So the plan was to fire the 350 IT morons and outsource. But the exec’s had had a desire to ‘right size’ the company and get rid of 1/3, about 2400 employees for at least 7 years. So they pulled forward from just the IT 350 to do the whole thing in one mass blood bath….

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  99. @Mj
    And yet, this Nordic master race has turned into what is perhaps the most neutered group of people in all of Christendom. In Sweden you have Africans and Muslims throwing their weight around like they own the place, raping your women, etc. The “superior” Nordic man watches all this and does nothing.

    I agree – I have been here, now, gulp, 50 years…and I love the USA; best country. But, I still have one foot in the homeland (bc of the proverbial, extended family).

    Sweden has always been obnoxious and condescending towards Norway, Denmark, Iceland (don’t even acknowledge, btw) and of course, the low-lives: Finland. Sweden sucks.

    As a Finn, we all know that Sweden is so over. Swedish truly rich, have their 2nd/3rd/4th homes in: Greece, Thailand, U.S. VI, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Panama, Spain, Portugal, Monaco,…Switzerland is kinda’ obvious.

    And, FYI: there are Hate Crime rules in Sweden that prevent ethnically Swedish people to fight anything; at this point – it’s a lost cause. Sweden is the first EU land to be a parallel culture: Muslim and ancient ethnics…I thought it would be France, but France has more Jews and Catholics…Lutherans are pussies, now, sad to say. I belonged to a Lutheran church all my life – my sons went thru Luther League….can anyone suggest something better than the bs (now, into multiculturalism..and settling all kinds of Muslims into every state, with the expectation that their congregation pay for these people) Lutheran church?

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  100. @International Jew
    So if we're about half the high-net-worth people in the US, look at it this way: we've brought a lot of benefit. Yeah, some fraction of that is bandits and shysters, but in the US (still) the best way to become rich is to make something that people value.

    So if we’re about half the high-net-worth people in the US, look at it this way: we’ve brought a lot of benefit.

    Or you’ve taken a lot of the benefit, by displacing natives from remunerative jobs and areas of business.

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    Nothing so dramatic has been necessary. Just take a 'healthy percentage' of every transaction in sight. And even more of those out of sight.
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  101. @Reg Cæsar

    Intelligence: "Investigating the Right Tail of Wealth"
     
    Wasn't it the investigation of tails, left, right, and center, that got the #MeToo guys in hot water?

    hahhaahhaahaahaaaa

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  102. @J.Ross
    OT Several refugee resettlement centers closing
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/16/report-more-than-20-refugee-resettlement-offices-to-close-nationwide/l

    More than 20 refugee resettlement offices across the United States will close as President Trump’s administration cuts down on the costly, taxpayer-funded process of mass relocating foreign refugees across the country.

    An exclusive Reuters report reveals that more than 20 refugee resettlement offices, supported by the federally-funded nine voluntary agencies (VOLAGs), will close, and more than 40 resettlement offices across the U.S. will cut back on their services.

    Currently, there are 324 refugee resettlement offices nationwide, but Trump’s State Department told Reuters that all of the offices are no longer necessary because the administration has cut down on the number of foreign refugees being resettled throughout the U.S.

    First they came for the VOLAGs . . .

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  103. @Anon7
    "The self-made people seemed to have three characteristics: (1) a viable business model, (2) a singular focus, and (3) a manic obsession for hard work."

    I like what Heinlein said "Big money isn't hard to come by. All it costs is a lifetime of devotion."

    Or, as I've commented elsewhere, a fortuitous marriage or birth.

    Or, as I’ve commented elsewhere, a fortuitous marriage or birth.

    A lifetime of devotion, as Heinlein said, or as the saying goes: he married rich and he earned every penny.

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  104. @J.Ross
    OT Let Boers Return to Europe
    I have signed and have personally started several online petitions to ease immigration processes for Afrikaners and none of them went anywhere. This one looks like it will reach its signature goal within the evening. Now, to be clear, there is no way in hell that Drunk Claude Juncker will allow one Afrikaner foot to touch European soil as step toward residency, but it demonstrates the growth of popular consciousness, and maybe with enough of that there will eventually be change.
    https://www.change.org/p/jean-claude-juncker-allow-all-white-south-africans-the-right-to-return-to-europe/

    I’ve posted links to your petition in a few places.

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    Thank you.
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  105. @Lurker
    I've posted links to your petition in a few places.

    Thank you.

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    And signed too of course!
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  106. @songbird
    I don't know if you have ever seen those TV commercials. They have ones which for like $50 you can send a box filled with kosher food, including special Jewish unleavened bread to the poor, old Jews of Israel.

    Guessing they are targeted to naive Evangelicals, but they are pretty funny.

    I see those ads occasionally at 2am. They have happy Christian ladies packing the boxes. Then we see these incredibly like 110 old crones with inch deep wrinkles and hunch backs wrapped in ragged shawls sort of crawling to pick up the boxes.
    They look more pathetic than a Dickens illustration. Must take hours to put on the old age make up.
    The narrator in his rich deep voice talks about how the old crones would starve without the boxes. They have special treats in the boxes for Passover and Hanukkah but not for other Jewish holidays because Passover and Hanukkah are the only Jewish holidays the idiot Evangelicals ever heard of.

    Apparently Israel has no food program, housing, pensions or medical care for its holicaust survivors

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    They probably got swindled. Occupational hazard.
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  107. @Anonymous
    I am really motivated to understand the jewish wealth conundrum having myself an Ashkenazi Jewish mother and father. The only Ashkenazi jew I have ever known who made serious money was not exceptionally bright, far from it. The smartest jew I ever knew was a Sephardic jew, American born, descended from Spanish jews who fled to Istanboul way back (Seth Benardete).

    As for making money, isn't that a conscious choice to go that route? That takes a lack of imagination, so those jews can't be the smartest ones, just sly and hard, like the likes of Redstone, Carl Icahn, Soros, and countless others.

    As for jewish brains like Einstein, Freud, von Neumann, and others, evidently they are super smart, eerily smart. Wouldn't that be a genetic inheritance plus hard work? But that doesn't explain anything, it's just hand waving. And some of them are funny like Groucho Marx.

    I don’t know what Dr Fraud’s IQ was, but he didn’t make his money or fame from intelligence.

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  108. @International Jew
    So if we're about half the high-net-worth people in the US, look at it this way: we've brought a lot of benefit. Yeah, some fraction of that is bandits and shysters, but in the US (still) the best way to become rich is to make something that people value.

    Discounted by all the wars and hostility in the Middle East in the past 70 years. And probably by at least half our annual military spending ($350 billion/year?).

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  109. @Citizen of a Silly Country

    The jaw-dropping sentence “Jewish individuals were overrepresented by a factor of about 234″ among individuals with a net worth of $30 million or higher is relative to the whole world’s population, where Jews make up roughly 1/500th of the world, not the U.S. population where they make up roughly 1/50th.

     

    But does that make it less amazing? Non-Jewish whites also would be substantially over-represented (though not as much as Jews) when you include the entire world's population, which includes Africans, Mestizos and other low-IQ peoples.

    This whole study seems to be mostly a confirmation of IQ/first movers. Smarter peoples have a lot more UNHW as do peoples who were the orginators of the Industrial Revolution. What else would someone expect?

    But does that make it less amazing? Non-Jewish whites also would be substantially over-represented (though not as much as Jews) when you include the entire world’s population, which includes Africans, Mestizos and other low-IQ peoples.

    This whole study seems to be mostly a confirmation of IQ/first movers. Smarter peoples have a lot more UNHW as do peoples who were the orginators of the Industrial Revolution

    Don’t be silly. When members of the in-group get rich, it’s because they add value. When members of the out-group get rich, it’s because they lie and cheat and steal from members of the in-group.

    But seriously, the anti-Semites who post here are fundamentally no different from the SJWs who whine incessantly about “cultural misappropriation.”

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    What would an honest look at the Impact of Jews on Western Civ look like? You'd have to account for contributions minus costs (discoveries, cures, inventions - wars, madoff/milken-schemes, race-science-denialism).

    Focusing on science/culture, here are some negative elements: Franz Boas, Freud and the Frankfurt School. You have to run a counter-factual. Let's say Boas, Marcuse and their co-ethnics in the media didn't condition everyone into believing race doesn't matter; only culture matters to a people's civilization building ability, and eugenics is evil, because: "Nazis! Something something. Nazis! Ooh, look, a squirrel!" Answer: The US and Europe would be much whiter, and white people wouldn't be on the way to demographic dispossession everywhere (Except Israel*). If even tame eugenic policies, like proposed by Margaret Sanger, had been adopted then there'd be less dysfunction in all communities, esp non-white. If it were more seriously adopted then people born today would be generally healthier, longer-lived, better-looking and have higher IQs than eighty years ago. Instead, they're being born dumber, due both to intra and inter-racial disparities in fertility.

    It's not a good thing for the (((narrative) when White America watches The Man in the High Castle and, despite the producers' best efforts, guiltily thinks to themselves, "Wow, that world is so much more beautiful and functional than the one we're leaving to our children."

    * And perhaps even there, if lefty Jews get their way.

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  110. @Pat Boyle
    Ah, Herb Caen. I haven't thought about him in years but at the time I thought about him every day. Everybody did. Part of it was that The San Francisco Chronicle was such a lousy newspaper. Everyone read his column because no one bothered with reading the editorial page.

    Caen was known to everyone including the police. I know this because one night I was driving home to my apartment on Russian Hill and I was rear ended (mildly) while stopped at a stop sign. I was completely innocent and the guy who hit me was completely and irrefutably at fault.

    Unfortunately he was some kind of big wig in the SF police department. Several street cops drove up and I knew I was in trouble when all of them saluted this guy and said 'sir' a lot.

    So the guy who ran into me was let go and I was arrested. It seems I had an overdue parking ticket from a year ago in Daly City (a nearby suburb) . That's how I ended up staying most of the night at the police station. The cops wouldn't take a check or a credit card and I didn't have enough cash on me. I was truly stuck.

    Then I hit on the solution. I made the preposterous claim that I was Herb Caen's nephew and if not immediately released everyone would read about this whole embarrassing incident tomorrow morning in my uncle's column.

    Never doubt the power of the press. I was let go and spent the rest of the night at home in my own bed. Thanks, Herb.

    Herb Caen was really famous for a local columnist, almost as famous as Mike Royko in Chicago.

    Caen did kind of a pointillistic column of gossip and offhand observations, six days per week, 25 or so items totaling a thousand words per day for roughly ever: 1938 to 1996, approximately. Something like 17 million words.

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  111. @Pat Boyle
    Ah, Herb Caen. I haven't thought about him in years but at the time I thought about him every day. Everybody did. Part of it was that The San Francisco Chronicle was such a lousy newspaper. Everyone read his column because no one bothered with reading the editorial page.

    Caen was known to everyone including the police. I know this because one night I was driving home to my apartment on Russian Hill and I was rear ended (mildly) while stopped at a stop sign. I was completely innocent and the guy who hit me was completely and irrefutably at fault.

    Unfortunately he was some kind of big wig in the SF police department. Several street cops drove up and I knew I was in trouble when all of them saluted this guy and said 'sir' a lot.

    So the guy who ran into me was let go and I was arrested. It seems I had an overdue parking ticket from a year ago in Daly City (a nearby suburb) . That's how I ended up staying most of the night at the police station. The cops wouldn't take a check or a credit card and I didn't have enough cash on me. I was truly stuck.

    Then I hit on the solution. I made the preposterous claim that I was Herb Caen's nephew and if not immediately released everyone would read about this whole embarrassing incident tomorrow morning in my uncle's column.

    Never doubt the power of the press. I was let go and spent the rest of the night at home in my own bed. Thanks, Herb.

    Herb Caen was really famous for a local columnist, almost as famous as Mike Royko in Chicago.

    Caen did kind of a pointillistic column of gossip and offhand observations, six days per week, 25 or so items totaling a thousand words per day for roughly ever: 1938 to 1996, approximately. Something like 17 million words.

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  112. @eD
    The actual top wealthiest people, actually families, in the world go to considerable effort to keep their data out of publicly available databases.

    Does anybody have the names of billionaires who aren’t in the Forbes 400 list?

    A few years ago there were reports of a guy who had been overlooked: his wholesale grocery business based in New Hampshire was worth somewhere between $2 billion and $10 billion but nobody noticed him until a few years ago when he started writing big checks to charities. (Professionals in the fundraising business are always on the lookout for rich people.)

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  113. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @sabril

    But does that make it less amazing? Non-Jewish whites also would be substantially over-represented (though not as much as Jews) when you include the entire world’s population, which includes Africans, Mestizos and other low-IQ peoples.

    This whole study seems to be mostly a confirmation of IQ/first movers. Smarter peoples have a lot more UNHW as do peoples who were the orginators of the Industrial Revolution
     
    Don't be silly. When members of the in-group get rich, it's because they add value. When members of the out-group get rich, it's because they lie and cheat and steal from members of the in-group.

    But seriously, the anti-Semites who post here are fundamentally no different from the SJWs who whine incessantly about "cultural misappropriation."

    What would an honest look at the Impact of Jews on Western Civ look like? You’d have to account for contributions minus costs (discoveries, cures, inventions – wars, madoff/milken-schemes, race-science-denialism).

    Focusing on science/culture, here are some negative elements: Franz Boas, Freud and the Frankfurt School. You have to run a counter-factual. Let’s say Boas, Marcuse and their co-ethnics in the media didn’t condition everyone into believing race doesn’t matter; only culture matters to a people’s civilization building ability, and eugenics is evil, because: “Nazis! Something something. Nazis! Ooh, look, a squirrel!” Answer: The US and Europe would be much whiter, and white people wouldn’t be on the way to demographic dispossession everywhere (Except Israel*). If even tame eugenic policies, like proposed by Margaret Sanger, had been adopted then there’d be less dysfunction in all communities, esp non-white. If it were more seriously adopted then people born today would be generally healthier, longer-lived, better-looking and have higher IQs than eighty years ago. Instead, they’re being born dumber, due both to intra and inter-racial disparities in fertility.

    It’s not a good thing for the (((narrative) when White America watches The Man in the High Castle and, despite the producers’ best efforts, guiltily thinks to themselves, “Wow, that world is so much more beautiful and functional than the one we’re leaving to our children.”

    * And perhaps even there, if lefty Jews get their way.

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  114. @J.Ross
    OT Let Boers Return to Europe
    I have signed and have personally started several online petitions to ease immigration processes for Afrikaners and none of them went anywhere. This one looks like it will reach its signature goal within the evening. Now, to be clear, there is no way in hell that Drunk Claude Juncker will allow one Afrikaner foot to touch European soil as step toward residency, but it demonstrates the growth of popular consciousness, and maybe with enough of that there will eventually be change.
    https://www.change.org/p/jean-claude-juncker-allow-all-white-south-africans-the-right-to-return-to-europe/

    Afrikaners don’t want to go to Europe. If they move it will be to another part of SA, probably Natal or the Cape.

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  115. @AnotherDad
    I consider myself to be cognitively gifted. (Not in the absolute sense, but compared to most of my fellow humans.) But--story of my life--i'm underperforming. I don't have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress--twice. Nope.

    Don’t you watch TV? All the money’s in pillows these days.

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  116. @J.Ross
    Thank you.

    And signed too of course!

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  117. @Anonymous
    I’ve met a few top-tier executives. One habit they all shared was pulling future tasks forward. They’d see see if a meeting could be handled by a phone call or delegation to someone else, then pull something else forward in place of the meeting, continually, every day.

    Is what you are saying is that they are efficient? Could you give some examples of "pulling future tasks forward"?

    They’ve handled something with a phone call that previously had been allotted 30 minutes or more. They use the time to see if something else can be handled thst way. They don’t go to meetings to get information; they’ve already done that even if nobody else has. They go to meetings to render a decision.

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  118. This part about CA labor laws is something I didn’t think about. I still believe that there mustbe a collective bargaining agreemenr inplace or in process before the Board will assert jurisdiction. If he was attempting to organize for a union rather than soley raise questions about absurd politically correct corporate policy and management practices, he could ask for NLRB redress.
    Let’s wish him well in the courts.

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  119. “U.S. Blacks and self-made females had the highest network power.”

    Oh really?

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  120. @Anonymous
    OT:
    I am seeing blatantly false reports all over the internet regarding this, but the NLRB posted an advice memo regarding James Damore's NLRB complaint: https://www.nlrb.gov/case/32-CA-205351. Click "Advice Response Memo". (You can find it posted elsewhere too, but this seems the original source.)

    Two comments:
    1) It is astounding (at least to anyone who ever trusted the "media") just how false many of the headlines around the internet are. They are claiming that the NLRB "rejected" Damore's complaint, and many of the headlines use overblown language suggesting that Damore's entire "case" against Google has been destroyed. A simple reading of the memo reveals that it is simply an advice memo to a regional office, and seems to have no standing. What seems to have subsequently happened is that Damore himself withdrew the NLRB complaint in order to focus on his lawsuit. (I haven't found any site providing direct evidence of this, however.) It seems a simple fact that the NLRB did not reject Damore's complaint at all.

    2) The reasoning in the memo is farcical. I do not say this lightly. The crux of the memo is a comparison of Damore's "objectionable" actions with actions in three other NLRB cases, in which employer action was held to be justified. Read it for yourself.

    There is simply no way that Google itself will make such absurd arguments in court. Or will they? Who knows? I wouldn't want to be the lawyer making them in public. I don't see how Google can win without going full gangster or full SJW (or both).

    National Labor Relations Board associate general counsel Jayme Sophir concluded that Google did not break US employment laws when it fired Damore last year and that his writing the memo would not be protected under the National Labor Relations Act.

    “Once [Damore's] memorandum was shared publicly, at least two female engineering candidates withdrew from consideration and explicitly named the memo as their reason for doing so,” the lawyer advised.

    “Thus, while much of the Charging Party’s memorandum was likely protected, the statements regarding biological differences between the sexes were so harmful, discriminatory, and disruptive as to be unprotected.”

    Following the release of the NLRB memo, a number of scientists expressed alarm at the justifications provided within the memo, which appeared to relegate the discussion of sex differences outside the realm of constitutionally protected speech.

    An excellent examination of these events is at:

    http://quillette.com/2018/02/17/thinking-critically-social-justice/

    Let that sink in, a federal government agency attorney concluded that “statements regarding biological differences between the sexes are so harmful, discriminatory, and disruptive as to be unprotected” comments in a workplace. How long before SJWs apply that to “hate speech” advocacy??

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    I thought "disruptive" was a positive adjective in Silicon Valley?
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  121. @AnotherDad
    I consider myself to be cognitively gifted. (Not in the absolute sense, but compared to most of my fellow humans.) But--story of my life--i'm underperforming. I don't have 30 million laying around. Checked under my matress--twice. Nope.

    Those high-IQ moneybags high-fiving each other in the right tail interest me a lot less than the beaten-down high-IQ salary- and wage-earners getting shoved into the left tail by primal economic and political forces. Hell is when the inner man is forced to be at odds with the outer man. I mean America’s deracinated and increasingly proletarianized managerial, technical, and professional folks. Thanks, AD.

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    Hell is when the inner man is forced to be at odds with the outer man.

    What do you mean by this?
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  122. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Autochthon
    Actually, exactly that kind of preposterous whining is a thing where the the Jews. You see, rich Jews (and after all, there are no few of them) just don't have enough money to help poor Jews, so that is your responsibility. The phenomenon is similar to the one whereby Muslim refugees from war in Syria cannot possibly be taken in by Muslims in peaceful places like Saudi Arabia and Turkey, or even Malaysia – nope, their housing is a job for Christians. (Nevermind whose job it is – Russians and Americans, apparently – to fight and win the wars these refugees – the overwhelmingly majority of whom are young, able-bodied males – are bravelt fleeing because...well...because wars are scary and white women are pretty, I guess...or... something....

    Please give today, won't you?

    Tongue-in-cheek aside, Poppy Bush’s reticence with respect to the $10B loan guarantees to Israel (for housing Russian immigrants) was said to have been instrumental in the shift of support to Clinton in 1992. Poppy had asked that the guarantees be tied to a suspension of illegal settlement expansion in the Occupied Territories. Back here in the USA we call that a “third rail”.

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  123. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    The basis for Damore's NLRB complaint was that his "memo" was discussing workplace conditions (which it was), and employees are to some degree protected when they engage in collective action to improve workplace conditions. Also, I believe he filed the complaint just before he actually got fired, so that his firing might seem to be retaliation for the NLRB complaint, something that is also illegal. All things considered, I find the "labor" angle quite astute, and I expect that it will play a role in the trial, since California labor laws are even more protective of worker rights than federal laws are.

    In all seriousness, I believe that all of your observations are astute; just as seriously, however, I’ve spent a lifetime watching virtually every law in the land bent sideways when an opportunity presents itself to crush the Proverbial White Male.

    And in this case, not only have we a white male, we have a white male qua white male, making his case on that ground. In California. Might as well ask an audience on Oprah to pass judgment on Richard Spencer.

    Doubtless things were very different a hundred years ago, but none of us were alive then. Only in MSM-land (where most people live) it’s always 100 years ago. This has real effects–in places like courtrooms, even and particularly.

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    I am not convinced that Damore will actually win his case against Google.

    I am convinced that on any reasonable reading of the laws as they exist, he should win.

    I think his chances of actually winning are better than many think. Many of those involved in the legal system are heavily invested in the idea that they are smarter than others. I think that many of them would rather concede a point, at least temporarily, than admit that they must resort to force. A good example of this, maybe, is the point in Jordan Peterson's interview with Cathy Newman where she admits, "You've got me." (She is not involved in the legal profession, but I think "journalists" have absorbed the idea that they are smarter than others.)

    If Google has to engage in blatantly illegal action to win its case, or if it has its lawyers put forth blatantly absurd arguments, then I think this will prove significant in revealing what sort of world we are actually living in.

    If nothing else, this will influence the most educated and intelligent segment of the population. I hope.
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  124. @CK
    Consider the bell curve, with a mean of 100 and a sd of 15.
    A person with a 100 IQ can reasonably interact with people 2 sd on either side of him.
    70 ( mentally backwards ) to 130 ( mentally pretty sharp ) and that range encompasses approx. 96% of the total population.
    Now consider the person with a 130 IQ he can comfortably commune with people from 100 to 160IQ. Less than 50% of the population.
    If you have the great bad luck to have a 160 IQ who can you successfully communicate with?
    What % of the population has an IQ between 130 and 190 approximately 13 in 10,000.
    Really smart people have a very small amount of people who they can understand and who can understand them.
    Making money requires that somehow or other people are involved and if you can't relate to the proper subset of people you don't make oodles of mattress stuffing.

    You’re right, which is why I’ve always observed that an IQ of 125 would be a blessing but 150 is a curse. There are a vanishingly-small number of circumstances in which the 150 confers an unalloyed advantage.

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  125. @CCZ
    National Labor Relations Board associate general counsel Jayme Sophir concluded that Google did not break US employment laws when it fired Damore last year and that his writing the memo would not be protected under the National Labor Relations Act.

    "Once [Damore's] memorandum was shared publicly, at least two female engineering candidates withdrew from consideration and explicitly named the memo as their reason for doing so," the lawyer advised.

    "Thus, while much of the Charging Party’s memorandum was likely protected, the statements regarding biological differences between the sexes were so harmful, discriminatory, and disruptive as to be unprotected."
     
    Following the release of the NLRB memo, a number of scientists expressed alarm at the justifications provided within the memo, which appeared to relegate the discussion of sex differences outside the realm of constitutionally protected speech.

    An excellent examination of these events is at:

    http://quillette.com/2018/02/17/thinking-critically-social-justice/

    Let that sink in, a federal government agency attorney concluded that "statements regarding biological differences between the sexes are so harmful, discriminatory, and disruptive as to be unprotected” comments in a workplace. How long before SJWs apply that to “hate speech” advocacy??

    I thought “disruptive” was a positive adjective in Silicon Valley?

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  126. @AndrewR
    I didn't realize the SFPD was so corrupt but I guess it's not too surprising.

    I don’t even believe you said that. Dollars to Doughnuts the capt was drunk.

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  127. @Anonymous
    So if we’re about half the high-net-worth people in the US, look at it this way: we’ve brought a lot of benefit.

    Or you've taken a lot of the benefit, by displacing natives from remunerative jobs and areas of business.

    Nothing so dramatic has been necessary. Just take a ‘healthy percentage’ of every transaction in sight. And even more of those out of sight.

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  128. @J.Ross
    OT Let Boers Return to Europe
    I have signed and have personally started several online petitions to ease immigration processes for Afrikaners and none of them went anywhere. This one looks like it will reach its signature goal within the evening. Now, to be clear, there is no way in hell that Drunk Claude Juncker will allow one Afrikaner foot to touch European soil as step toward residency, but it demonstrates the growth of popular consciousness, and maybe with enough of that there will eventually be change.
    https://www.change.org/p/jean-claude-juncker-allow-all-white-south-africans-the-right-to-return-to-europe/

    Weird how they let Black Africans in by the million yet White Africans are anathema.
    Sorry to state the obvious, but it’s amazing.

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  129. @Alden
    I see those ads occasionally at 2am. They have happy Christian ladies packing the boxes. Then we see these incredibly like 110 old crones with inch deep wrinkles and hunch backs wrapped in ragged shawls sort of crawling to pick up the boxes.
    They look more pathetic than a Dickens illustration. Must take hours to put on the old age make up.
    The narrator in his rich deep voice talks about how the old crones would starve without the boxes. They have special treats in the boxes for Passover and Hanukkah but not for other Jewish holidays because Passover and Hanukkah are the only Jewish holidays the idiot Evangelicals ever heard of.

    Apparently Israel has no food program, housing, pensions or medical care for its holicaust survivors

    They probably got swindled. Occupational hazard.

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  130. @JackOH
    Those high-IQ moneybags high-fiving each other in the right tail interest me a lot less than the beaten-down high-IQ salary- and wage-earners getting shoved into the left tail by primal economic and political forces. Hell is when the inner man is forced to be at odds with the outer man. I mean America's deracinated and increasingly proletarianized managerial, technical, and professional folks. Thanks, AD.

    Hell is when the inner man is forced to be at odds with the outer man.

    What do you mean by this?

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    Anonymous, thanks. I think what I was getting at with that quip is the sight of educated and talented folks who, after undergoing severe reversals, adopt a sort of wary, anxious look, their body language and everyday talk changes from confident man-on-the-move to, maybe, something like I-just-want-to-preserve-my-dignity.

    I was thinking specifically about a woman who'd worked in the private sector, and had taught as an adjunct at selective Carnegie-Mellon. During an interview for a teaching position at our local less selective state university, the interviewer repeatedly made digs about whether she had the right stuff for teaching at Podunk Tech. She'd obviously been rattled.

    Hope that helps.
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  131. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    In all seriousness, I believe that all of your observations are astute; just as seriously, however, I've spent a lifetime watching virtually every law in the land bent sideways when an opportunity presents itself to crush the Proverbial White Male.

    And in this case, not only have we a white male, we have a white male qua white male, making his case on that ground. In California. Might as well ask an audience on Oprah to pass judgment on Richard Spencer.

    Doubtless things were very different a hundred years ago, but none of us were alive then. Only in MSM-land (where most people live) it's always 100 years ago. This has real effects--in places like courtrooms, even and particularly.

    I am not convinced that Damore will actually win his case against Google.

    I am convinced that on any reasonable reading of the laws as they exist, he should win.

    I think his chances of actually winning are better than many think. Many of those involved in the legal system are heavily invested in the idea that they are smarter than others. I think that many of them would rather concede a point, at least temporarily, than admit that they must resort to force. A good example of this, maybe, is the point in Jordan Peterson’s interview with Cathy Newman where she admits, “You’ve got me.” (She is not involved in the legal profession, but I think “journalists” have absorbed the idea that they are smarter than others.)

    If Google has to engage in blatantly illegal action to win its case, or if it has its lawyers put forth blatantly absurd arguments, then I think this will prove significant in revealing what sort of world we are actually living in.

    If nothing else, this will influence the most educated and intelligent segment of the population. I hope.

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  132. @TheJester
    I once ran across an article on the self-styled geniuses who claim an association with Mensa. Many are financially poor and they cannot seem to handle the practical details of life such as managing a career or a checkbook. Mensa or not, I've known many bright people who fall into this "failure to function" category. I'll throw a number of my university professors into this bag. One can be bright, eccentric, weird, irrational, and ineffective ... and often no one at the university will notice as long as you are politically correct.

    I've crossed paths with large numbers of senior and C-level managers in corporations. They cannot afford to be eccentric, weird, irrational, and ineffective. The monthly and quarterly profit reports would unmask them. A substandard performance might not be their fault. However, if they don't make their numbers, they're gone. It's a hard and tenuous life. This is understood by all concerned.

    I've also crossed paths with a number of wealthy people. I'll dismiss those who inherited their wealth. The self-made people seemed to have three characteristics: (1) a viable business model, (2) a singular focus, and (3) a manic obsession for hard work.

    I, fortunately, have none of these traits. I never made senior manager and I'm not wealthy. I decided that life as a mid-level operations manager was my sweet spot in life whether in the military, government, or corporations. It was a good life. Some people think I'm extremely bright; my mother thought I was mentally retarded. Does it matter?

    The best advice I've ever heard is, "Be careful about what you want in life ... you just might get it."

    I once ran across an article on the self-styled geniuses who claim an association with Mensa. Many are financially poor and they cannot seem to handle the practical details of life such as managing a career or a checkbook. Mensa or not, I’ve known many bright people who fall into this “failure to function” category. I’ll throw a number of my university professors into this bag. One can be bright, eccentric, weird, irrational, and ineffective … and often no one at the university will notice as long as you are politically correct.

    In other words, conformity pays.

    I’ve crossed paths with large numbers of senior and C-level managers in corporations. They cannot afford to be eccentric, weird, irrational, and ineffective.

    And “autistic”.

    The monthly and quarterly profit reports would unmask them. A substandard performance might not be their fault. However, if they don’t make their numbers, they’re gone. It’s a hard and tenuous life. This is understood by all concerned.

    In other words, conformity pays, (along with a decent work ethic, good luck, and an ability to pimp your product) Even in the arts. Forget about “thinking outside the box”. That works maybe one in a million times.

    The self-made people seemed to have three characteristics: (1) a viable business model, (2) a singular focus, and (3) a manic obsession for hard work.

    OTOH, “autism” can be an advantage for the self-made, particularly on points 2 and 3. Point 1 is the real stumbling block for “autists”. That, and knowing what the normal hordes are willing to buy…

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  133. @Anonymous
    Hell is when the inner man is forced to be at odds with the outer man.

    What do you mean by this?

    Anonymous, thanks. I think what I was getting at with that quip is the sight of educated and talented folks who, after undergoing severe reversals, adopt a sort of wary, anxious look, their body language and everyday talk changes from confident man-on-the-move to, maybe, something like I-just-want-to-preserve-my-dignity.

    I was thinking specifically about a woman who’d worked in the private sector, and had taught as an adjunct at selective Carnegie-Mellon. During an interview for a teaching position at our local less selective state university, the interviewer repeatedly made digs about whether she had the right stuff for teaching at Podunk Tech. She’d obviously been rattled.

    Hope that helps.

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  134. @Anonymous
    The ranks of MENSA are filled with "truck drivers, waitresses, and Sealy Posturepedic mattress queens", as one commenter noted a long time ago.

    “The ranks of MENSA are filled with “truck drivers, waitresses, Sealy Posturepedic mattress queens”.

    I used to go to MENSA meetings. Everyone was middle class, no truck drivers. The most interesting guy was a professor of linguistics.

    MENSA being what it is, someone has presumably posted data on this. For starters, about 35% of US Mensans have college degrees: http://mwm.us.mensa.org/http://mwm.us.mensa.org/faq/people.html/people.html

    But, hey, facts are boring …

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    >The most interesting guy was a professor of linguistics.
    The meme of this is this line, repeated in different sizes, over an empty and under-lit classroom.
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  135. @CK
    Consider the bell curve, with a mean of 100 and a sd of 15.
    A person with a 100 IQ can reasonably interact with people 2 sd on either side of him.
    70 ( mentally backwards ) to 130 ( mentally pretty sharp ) and that range encompasses approx. 96% of the total population.
    Now consider the person with a 130 IQ he can comfortably commune with people from 100 to 160IQ. Less than 50% of the population.
    If you have the great bad luck to have a 160 IQ who can you successfully communicate with?
    What % of the population has an IQ between 130 and 190 approximately 13 in 10,000.
    Really smart people have a very small amount of people who they can understand and who can understand them.
    Making money requires that somehow or other people are involved and if you can't relate to the proper subset of people you don't make oodles of mattress stuffing.

    CK argues “Really smart people have a very small amount of people who they can understand and who can understand them”, concluding “Making money requires that somehow or other people are involved and if you can’t relate to the proper subset of people you don’t make oodles of mattress stuffing”.

    The first stage for a genius to make lotsa money is to get a genius strategy. After that, you get lieutenants with a lowly 130 IQ to carry out the ground work.

    Of course, it can be difficult hiring lieutenants before you’re generating enough income. But you can involve your relations and friends, or offer stock options.

    So why aren’t more high IQ people rich? Because they’d rather think about other things. Things like the nature of reality, abstract math, why humans behave so weirdly …

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  136. @Felix M
    "The ranks of MENSA are filled with “truck drivers, waitresses, Sealy Posturepedic mattress queens”.

    I used to go to MENSA meetings. Everyone was middle class, no truck drivers. The most interesting guy was a professor of linguistics.

    MENSA being what it is, someone has presumably posted data on this. For starters, about 35% of US Mensans have college degrees: http://mwm.us.mensa.org/http://mwm.us.mensa.org/faq/people.html/people.html

    But, hey, facts are boring ...

    >The most interesting guy was a professor of linguistics.
    The meme of this is this line, repeated in different sizes, over an empty and under-lit classroom.

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  137. @Obsessive Contrarian
    "Females were underrepresented.....Married people dominated..."

    Presumably the married males were married to females? My point being, it's not, OMG, poor women are living in shacks and hovels. Women benefit when men are rich, as the Gabor sisters can testify.

    Could have testified. Those lovely ladies have all shuffled off into the next world.

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  138. @Father O'Hara
    You are the wind beneath my wings. Did you know that?

    This guy on unz was in despair
    He felt he was not getting his share
    On his mattress espied
    he had been twice denied
    Neither money nor love was found there!

    LOL. (Been there.)

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  139. @Jim Bob Lassiter
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwdMAYGYVG0

    I lived that!

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