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With Kamala Harris in the news, I’ve been interested in her old boyfriend Willie Brown, former speaker of the California Assembly and mayor of San Francisco. He never went to Washington, so he’s little known outside of California, but he was a tremendously gifted and successful politician in California. In recent decades, Northern California has dominated California politics, despite Southern California’s larger population. Some of this is the general talent advantage NorCal has over SoCal, but I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the gap is specifically due to Brown’s abilities

The Man From K Street comments:

Brown doesn’t make it publicly understood like former NY governor Patterson, but it’s been well-known in Bay Area elite circles since the 1970s that he is completely blind. Not “legally blind” but you know, sightless. The cover story for the public is that it is due to “retinitis pigmentosa” and therefore very slowly degenerative, but that’s as accurate as when Michael Jackson said his ever-whitening skin was because of “vitiligo”.

It would be interesting to find out how much of Brown’s political savvy has come from compensation making his sense of hearing more acute–interpretation of pauses, discerning tiny inflections of doubt or bravado etc.

That’s pretty amazing.

I guess it’s a little bit like dyslexia, which all four youngest Rockefeller brothers (including VP Nelson Rockefeller and banker David Rockefeller), grandsons of John D., suffered from because their dad, J.D. Jr., sent them to a progressive school modeled on the views of John Dewey. They were more successful than their highly literate oldest brother who got a classical education.

But being blind is way worse.

 
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  1. I had lunch with Willie Brown about three years ago (it’s a long story).

    He is not blind.

    • Replies: @Anon
    He is blind enough to qualify for disability due to blindness.
    , @mikeja
    For a blind guy he did pretty well picking out good-looking women
    , @Anon

    I had lunch with Willie Brown about three years ago (it’s a long story).

    He is not blind.
     
    Yeah, the idea that he is "not 'legally blind' but you know, sightless," but has kept it a complete secret like FDR's paraplegia, is pretty unbelievable.
  2. “I guess it’s a little bit like dyslexia, which all four youngest Rockefeller brothers (including VP Nelson Rockefeller and banker David Rockefeller), grandsons of John D., suffered from because their dad, J.D. Jr., sent them to a progressive school modeled on the views of John Dewey. They were more successful than their highly literate oldest brother who got a classical education.”

    And that progressive education made the four youngest Rockefeller brothers liberal looms.

    • Replies: @Jake
    "And that progressive education made the four youngest Rockefeller brothers liberal looms."

    As John Dewey would have predicted.
  3. He could see how to outmanuever his opponents we’ll enough.

  4. Kamala looks like your typical “career woman”. Bitter that she never had children, and completely unfulfilled by her “career”, she turns to attacking America and white men as a substitute.

    She has that steely, inhuman gaze which afflicts women who have had one or more abortions. (I’m convinced that I can tell based on how the woman carries herself).

    She will definitely win the single, educated women. But she’s such a bitch, and no amount of PR can hide that. Even more of a bitch than Hillary, to be exact. I really hope she wins the nomination.

    • Replies: @rufus
    Precisely zero votes from white men of the midwest, pennsylvania, and this week may have even put heavily french catholic maine in play. hispanics not big on black women either, Arizona, Nevada.
    , @Anon
    Another Enabling single moms of color to get on life long welfare generation after generation idiot heard from.

    I hope you’re prepared to support all those black and brown babies. I’m not

    And you can tell if s woman has had an abortion by the way she carries herself. That’s as perverted and weird as rapists who can look at a victim and figure she wants it, even if he has to kill her to get her to hold still as he does the dirty deed.
    , @AnotherDad

    Kamala looks like your typical “career woman”. Bitter that she never had children, and completely unfulfilled by her “career”, she turns to attacking America and white men as a substitute.

    She has that steely, inhuman gaze which afflicts women who have had one or more abortions. (I’m convinced that I can tell based on how the woman carries herself).
     
    As I said in the earlier thread, I think she's a fairly attractive woman--her smiling pics--and could have easily landed a quality husband--even white--in college or law school and had a much better life.

    But I do notice in the pics that she's not only gotten jowly with age, but when annoyed her mouth sets and her brow furrows and the look is fairly unpleasant--RBF + ABW. Four years of that--like four years of Hillary--would wake up another good tranche of white people including pretty much every white guy not on the soy diet.
    , @dearieme
    "Even more of a bitch than Hillary, to be exact." Hard to credit - tell us more about your bitchometer.
    , @CJ
    You’re just hatin’ cause Kamala went to Westmount High School.
  5. 2020 onwards , You just need to be a Democratic candidate to win elections.
    Came back from Florida and I don’t think it will vote Red now onwards.
    Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, Arizona and maybe Texas will be Blue by 2024.

    Emdless wars, Tax cuts for Rich, believing that a Jewish carpenter is a God. Not supporting woman’s right to choose.

    I wonder what type of retards vote for Republicans.

    I would vote for Democrats if they were for some sort of immigration control.

    • Troll: Cloudbuster
    • Replies: @AnotherDad

    2020 onwards , You just need to be a Democratic candidate to win elections.

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    I would vote for Democrats if they were for some sort of immigration control.
     
    , @MikeatMikedotMike
    One comment history from Jaxx Slayher. Must be one of Jeff Stryker's trolling buddies.
  6. Ad[d] VISOR To Willie Brown?

    Perhaps next generation technology such as was used in the old Next Generation of Star Trek will be used to forge a Geordi utility VISOR for Brown.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_The_Next_Generation

    Also see Whitey Bob Cowley “Life of” Riley did it first https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Paterson

    • Replies: @Known Fact
    Or maybe Brown wears a sensor sheath like Diana Muldaur in the original Star Trek -- that episode where everyone was trying not to look at the hideously ugly alien in the Playmate cooler
  7. I personally sat Willie Brown and his then girlfriend Kamala Harris at a restaurant table in 1993. If he was blind, or even visually impaired, I couldn’t tell. He looked right at me, read the menu, looked around the room to see who was there, and even appeared to recognize the waiter. He needed no assistance getting to the table or walking out.

    If he was blind (as the comment suggests), he was a hell of an actor. Also, I remember Herb Caen frequently noting in his column that Willie had to drive his Porsche over 100mph regularly to make the SF-Sacramento run he did several times a week.

    Don’t buy it

  8. Willie had to commit everything to memory. This brain training raised his IQ. I will not say that this is how it works out for all or most blind people.

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    Willie had to commit everything to memory. This brain training raised his IQ.
     
    Cam the brain be trained to remember better? How?
  9. Is Willie Brown blind? better question …..is that dame on his arm blind?

  10. Brown always was a nasty piece of work. When we had the student riots at San Francisco State, he intruded to make things worse. He interpreted the campus conflict as simple white racism and the righteous black reaction to it. In fact the black students on campus and their organization were thoroughly corrupt. They were simply stealing from the student funds.

    That was one of the first points at which I began my turn away from leftism. I remembered that Ho Chi Minh had led a revolution where he attracted young idealists – at least that was the legend. The communists were self denying believers in communal values. Or so we were told
    .
    But the blacks and Willie Brown that we saw all about us were just degenerates, thugs and hustlers, and were obviously just in it you what could be stolen from the productive members of society.

    Brown was and is a scum-bucket.

    • Replies: @Anon
    Sister in law saw the black students roaming with baseball bats beating up Whites. I didn’t know Brown involved himself in the SFS riots.
    , @Mountain Boy
    "But the blacks and Willie Brown that we saw all about us were just degenerates, thugs and hustlers, and were obviously just in it you what could be stolen from the productive members of society."......see David Horowitz's comments on the Panther's murder of Betty Van Patten....she was hired to keep the books for the Oakland Panthers and threatened to expose them for the rip-off artists that they were....they murdered her for that....the Panthers were getting federal funds at that time.
  11. The Meraki wi-fi public hotspot service blacklists your blog… Not unz.com itself, so I can still easily peruse Henry Ford’s greatest bestsellers, among other choice belles-lettres– but anything with “isteve” in the address gets DNS-filtered. Commenting through a proxy that doesn’t preserve the URL

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    Commenting through a proxy that doesn’t preserve the URL
     
    How does one do that?
  12. OT; iSteve-related:

    Nassim Taleb is going nuts, melting down, on rampage against White Europeans:

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb [Verified account]
    @nntaleb
    1 hour ago

    Stop the fake news + historical gerymandering promoted by quack-quack Molyneux & Charles Murray:

    Before 1600 Northern “Europe” contributed to ~ nothing. Nazi “Aryans” appropriated the growth of the Med/S. W. Eurasia by making (Ancient) Greeks members of the same “race”.

    Quacks.

    [Screenshot of Dec. 2018 “No white males, no modern world” tweet by Stefan Molyneux, whom Taleb has blocked but constantly attacks.

    https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/1087763053515603968

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    Nassim Taleb is going nuts, melting down, on rampage against White Europeans:
     
    Racial envy. Is Taleb married?
    , @Hunsdon
    Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg?
    , @The Anti-Gnostic
    As I suspected, Nassim has some nationalist skin in this game.

    I've always thought IQ estimates from the Levant (and Iran) seemed low, but I'm not an expert by any means.

    It's a good debate to have though I don't care for the histrionics.
    , @snorlax
    Iron plow (Late 300s, modern-day England)
    Horseshoe (Late 400s, modern-day Belgium)
    Lowercase letters (780, Alcuin of York, Englishman living in France)
    Mechanical clock (Late 900s, Germany)
    Longbow (Mid 1000s, England)
    Blast furnace (Early 1100s, Sweden)
    Oil painting (Early 1100s, Germany)
    Compass (Late 1100s, England — also independently invented slightly earlier in China)
    Vertical windmill (Late 1100s, England)
    Rudder (Late 1100s, Belgium or England)
    Chimney (Late 1100s, England)
    Modern-style wheelbarrow (Late 1100s, England or France)
    Cannon (Early 1300s, England — also independently invented slightly earlier in China)
    Mean speed theorem (Mid 1300s, England)
    Printing press (1439, Johannes Gutenberg, Germany)
    , @J.Ross
    Taleb finally crashes after a career of false crash calls -- it is obvious that he would not be pursuing this if he felt included in the category of white men, regardless of the facts.
    , @Hank Yobo
    I guess Mr. Taleb was asleep when his high school history teacher talked about the Roman Empire. The world is becoming more Pythonesque as the decades roll by. Francis I wasn't a patron of Da Vinci?
    , @songbird
    Talib? Sounds an awful lot like that Rashida Tlaib character - maybe they are related.
    , @Autochthon

    Apelles, however, in painting [Alexander] as wielder of the thunder-bolt, did not reproduce his complexion, but made it too dark and swarthy. Whereas he was of a fair colour, as they say, and his fairness passed into ruddiness on his breast particularly, and in his face. – Plutarch
     

    [Augustus Caesar] had clear, bright eyes... His teeth were wide apart, small, and ill-kept; his hair was slightly curly and inclined to golden; his eyebrows met. His ears were of moderate size, and his nose projected a little at the top and then bent ever so slightly inward. His complexion was between dark and fair. – Suetonius
     
    , @ben tillman

    Before 1600 Northern "Europe" contributed to ~ nothing.
     
    Ignorant twit. In that pre-1600 period, Northern Europe developed all the political theories and practices that make our countries the destination of choice for the 7 billion humans who didn't.

    Read Otto von Gierke for starters.
  13. This doesn’t surprise me these days. It, however, still amazes me how much local reporters cover up for those in power.

    In Boston, the recent long-time mayor, Tom Menino (20 years on the job), disappeared for nearly a year. He gave no speeches, made no public appearances, and all became a ghost. Yet no paper or news cast even made mention of this. Turns out Menino was in the hospital for some serious illness, for which he died just a short time after. But all the local reporters knew—and covered it up.

    Rather like FDR’s paralysis. Or JFK’s philandering (which was so bad, it literally was a state security issue when it came to grown-up women, nevermind his using the college intern pool as his own personal, ever-changing, semi-consensual harem). Or John Edwards’s love child. Open secrets to reporters, yet no one reported on them.

    Or, as Mike Cernovich reported, John Conyers’s serial abuse of women.

    Or, in other realms, how so many female entertainment folks told stories about Matt Lauer’s rape button or Harvey Weinstein’ attacks.

    So the idea that Willie Brown is actually blind but has been covering it up for his career actually doesn’t surprise me at this point. I’m sure many people would have known about it, including many reporters, but have covered for him. After all, the “little” people don’t need to know such things. It might make them think different than what they want us to think!

    The thing that amazes me is that such corruption in the press has been going on for so long.

    • Replies: @songbird
    Menino was amazing because of the way he mumbled. I wonder how many pols are that inarticulate, but I believe he had an inside track to power.
    , @Anon
    His blindness has always been well known to his constituents who elected him to the assembly for 30 years and then elected him Mayor twice.

    His eyesight didn’t hamper him. It was just a fact, like he’s short. There was no cover up.
  14. I posted a comment earlier, not sure if it got through.

    Anyway, I personally sat Willie Brown and his then girlfriend at a restaurant table during the summer of 1993. He had no trouble walking to the table (I’d have remembered if he couldn’t); he read the menu himself; he seemed to recognize the waiter; he looked me in the eye when I greeted him; he scanned the room to see if there was anyone he knew or should know; he walked out without any assistance.

    In addition, I had a girlfriend at the time who went to his house a couple of years later and she had a long dinner with him and his son and she never mentioned anything about any blindness.

    Herb Caen used to frequently talk, in his columns, about how fast Willikins (his name for him), would have to drive his hot new Porsche to and from Sacramento to make it to all the various pies he had his hand in.

    Sorry, this is just nuts.

    • Replies: @Anon
    I’ve known him since around 1974. We still exchange Christmas cards. He’s overcome his blindness but he’s definitely blind. More reason to admire him. His blindness is not noticeable at all till you see his inch thick reading glasses. His eyesight is one of the reasons he always turned down approaches about running for Vice President
    , @Hidden Cat
    I think the issue is "legally blind" as opposed to stone cold totally blind. I did not hear about it 'til the 90s. He is rarely, if ever, alone. If not aides then the current GF. Very often, when both were alive and ambulatory, with Herb Caen and the entity who presented himself as Wilkes Bashford. In the years he was said to have torn up the roadway SF to Sacramento, nowhere near as crowded as last 25 years. George Moscone was racing that speedway as well.

    I'm surprised to see people describe him as charming. I always thought him a sleazy slimy black opportunist con artist, given half a chance he'd pick your pocket. And laugh.
  15. From Wikipedia: While serving as Assembly Speaker, Brown was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a disease that still has no cure and that would slowly destroy his eyesight. RP is a hereditary disease that causes a continual loss of peripheral vision and often leads to total blindness. Brown’s two sisters were also diagnosed with RP. Brown remarked, “Having RP is a challenge, as Speaker of the Assembly it was very important that I recognize people in the halls of the Legislature. But I couldn’t see people unless they were right in front of me. I needed to have the security people give me notes to tell me who was in the room. Reading is also very difficult so I use larger print notes and memos. Living with RP means having to use more of your brain function—I listen more intently, I memorize vast amounts of information, and I have trained my computer to recognize numerous verbal commands.” Brown has worked with the Foundation Fighting Blindness to raise awareness of the disease.

  16. Anonymous[232] • Disclaimer says:

    I guess it’s a little bit like dyslexia, which all four youngest Rockefeller brothers (including VP Nelson Rockefeller and banker David Rockefeller), grandsons of John D., suffered from because their dad, J.D. Jr., sent them to a progressive school modeled on the views of John Dewey.

    They suffered from dyslexia because of the school?

    • LOL: Autochthon
    • Replies: @ben tillman
    I don't get it, either.
    , @Autochthon
    Perhaps he meant to write that the sons were sent to the school because of their dyslexia...?
    , @E e
    While some dyslexia is likely "biological" in some way, a lot of what presents as dyslexia is almost definitely caused by lack of phonetic reading instruction. Traditionally, progressive schools eschew phonics.

    (What private schools that describe themselves as "progressive" nowadays do is another matter... It's sufficiently hard reading private school descriptions to know which jargon is there for virtue signalling and which jargon actually descibes their pedagogy...)
  17. One aspect of brown stands out, attractive females are inexplicably drawn to him. I’m sure this is driving a lot of the hate that he seems to be getting. Just like Rod Stewart. Blindness would explain a few things. The bevy of hot babes accompanying him. Working under him, fundraising for him, carrying his children. But it leaves one thing unexplained. Where does Rod Stewart find bagpipe players who look like this?
    https://goo.gl/images/cFKZa7

    • Replies: @Cortes
    The explanation is simple:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj-9lSEBBm0
    , @Hank Yobo

    Where does Rod Stewart find bagpipe players who look like this?
     
    She's a model, not a player. No one familiar with a bagpipe would hold it the way she does.
    , @Autochthon
    Friend, that's Rod Stewart's third wife and fifth baby-mama, Penny Lancaster. She's a vapid model / chat-show presenter, and she cannot play the pipes; you can watch that entire set, during which the sounds of the pipe are synthesised, recorded, or both; Penny just walks around wiggling her ass. She is English and twenty-seven years his junior (eight years older than his oldest child).

    There is I think a definite phenomenon whereby people are less contemptuous and more forgiving of characters like Stewart, who are genuinely accomplished and alpha, as people say nowadays: spectacular athletes, musicians, singers, astronauts, pilots, soldiers, brilliant scientists or physicians – we seem to intuit they deserve, or at any rate will inevitably obtain, concurrent or serial harems, nubile women long past their own passage to senescence, and so on. When the man in question obviously came by his spoils more ignominiously, society is more disapproving. Thus, sleazy politicians like Brown, lawyers, and so-called businessmen are all more likely to have obtained any wealth, fame, and status via conniving, manipulation, underhandedness – whatever one wants to call it, even though it may be very difficult, indeed and require great talent (Brown almost certainly works a lot harder to claw his way to the top with constant scams and near scrapes with consequences than did Stewart, born with perfect pitch, boyish good looks, and a charismatic voice, but for all that, we still acknowledge a hierarchy where, say, we admire – or at least admit we ought to admire – An Audie Murphy or Louis Pasteur (theirs were hard work and noble acts, notwithstanding any genetic gifts) than a Rod Stewart (I'm not saying he is Kim Kardashian, but I don't think it was so very hard, relatively speaking, to succeed as he did, and genetics were critical); and, less admirable still a Willie Brown, and least admirable and most deserving of scorn Kim Kardashian and her ilk: no talent, no work, not even any inborn genetic gift that brings joy to others like Stewart's voice – just evil.

    Thus:

    1. Hard work, sacrifice, maybe even danger and suffering, maybe (probably) with a genetic gift.
    2. A bit of perseverance to exploit a genetic lottery, but not very hard work or great sacrifice.
    3. Hard work, a lot of danger and suffering (but to avoid being caught out in shenanigans vs. open suffering or danger in the vein of Neil Armstrong or Audie Murphy).
    4. Neither hard work nor yet any deserving inborn gifts; just clawing, narcissistic entitlement.

    That's an ordering according to proper ethical value. Interestingly, the actual degree of regard, I posit, for these types in The Current Year is exactly reversed, except perhaps the third and second are transposed, thus: 4, 2, 3, 1; thus and so:

    4. Kim Kardashian, Tanasi Cotes, Occassional-Kotex, etc.
    2. Any number of pop stars and actors (though the worst are actually in 4 above, someone like Bradley Cooper, Saoirse Ronan, Ryan Gosling it's fair to put here).
    3. The lauded thuggish, criminal types: real or imagined: narcotraficantes, Trayvon Martins, etc.
    1. Some oncologist toiling in obscurity for St. Jude's Children's Hospital; astronauts (how many people off the street can even name a single astronaut by name nowadays?); James Watson, etc.

    Others have observed how actors, singers, and such used to be for the majority of history largely viewed as low professions unworthy to be aspired to; but it's not even as if Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn (actually very upstanding individuals, if I am not mistaken, but nevertheless, at the end of the day, entertainers more than artists) are being lauded ahead of people curing deadly diseases. No, that would be wrong-headed, but instead we have a woman who is famous and adored by the vast majority of females and many males for making a pornographic film – the females want to be her, and the males want to do her. Peterson has a good theory about this trajectory and cause of the depravity in his lectures using Pinocchio for illustration: like Pinocchio, tempted by the fox to become an actor, people want to imagine there is no meritocracy to life, and they had might as well be successful as the next person, things being arbitrary, and the way to that is the way of actors and celebrity, especially the Kardashian sort (it's hard work and probably genetic genius to be Orson Welles or Laurence Olivier!). People idolise the Kardashians and Miley Cyruses because they can project themselves into the rôle and identify and even live vicariously, since no talent or work is required and, in these cases, it all really is arbitrary.

    The question that ought to be being asked, and is ignored to our peril, is, of course, why and how on Earth this reversal of the natural and ethical order of things and this apotheosis of depravity came to be and why it not only persists, but daily grows stronger.
  18. @Hail
    OT; iSteve-related:

    Nassim Taleb is going nuts, melting down, on rampage against White Europeans:

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb [Verified account]
    @nntaleb
    1 hour ago

    Stop the fake news + historical gerymandering promoted by quack-quack Molyneux & Charles Murray:

    Before 1600 Northern "Europe" contributed to ~ nothing. Nazi "Aryans" appropriated the growth of the Med/S. W. Eurasia by making (Ancient) Greeks members of the same "race".

    Quacks.

    [Screenshot of Dec. 2018 "No white males, no modern world" tweet by Stefan Molyneux, whom Taleb has blocked but constantly attacks.
     
    https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/1087763053515603968

    Nassim Taleb is going nuts, melting down, on rampage against White Europeans:

    Racial envy. Is Taleb married?

  19. @Anon
    The Meraki wi-fi public hotspot service blacklists your blog... Not unz.com itself, so I can still easily peruse Henry Ford's greatest bestsellers, among other choice belles-lettres-- but anything with "isteve" in the address gets DNS-filtered. Commenting through a proxy that doesn't preserve the URL

    Commenting through a proxy that doesn’t preserve the URL

    How does one do that?

    • Replies: @Clyde
    opera has free vpn
    , @Squiffy McSquifferson
    You could purchase VPN service. Slows things down a bit (traffic bounces off a remote server, back to you) but gives you anonymity. $10-$12 a month at the high end, but lots of promotional pricing around. To similarly make email secure, look at protonmail (free).

    Stay squiffy.
  20. @Clyde
    Willie had to commit everything to memory. This brain training raised his IQ. I will not say that this is how it works out for all or most blind people.

    Willie had to commit everything to memory. This brain training raised his IQ.

    Cam the brain be trained to remember better? How?

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    Yes, the brain can be trained for improved memory. This has been known for quite a long time.

    Moonwalking with Einstein, by Josh Foer is a fairly entertaining overview of how people have gone about this through the ages, as well as an autobiographical adventure in the style of Neil Strauss.

    One of the key characters in the book went on to found the website Memrise, which I find handy for my language studies.
  21. @Hail
    OT; iSteve-related:

    Nassim Taleb is going nuts, melting down, on rampage against White Europeans:

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb [Verified account]
    @nntaleb
    1 hour ago

    Stop the fake news + historical gerymandering promoted by quack-quack Molyneux & Charles Murray:

    Before 1600 Northern "Europe" contributed to ~ nothing. Nazi "Aryans" appropriated the growth of the Med/S. W. Eurasia by making (Ancient) Greeks members of the same "race".

    Quacks.

    [Screenshot of Dec. 2018 "No white males, no modern world" tweet by Stefan Molyneux, whom Taleb has blocked but constantly attacks.
     
    https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/1087763053515603968

    Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Same roots as Bin Laden?
  22. @Hail
    OT; iSteve-related:

    Nassim Taleb is going nuts, melting down, on rampage against White Europeans:

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb [Verified account]
    @nntaleb
    1 hour ago

    Stop the fake news + historical gerymandering promoted by quack-quack Molyneux & Charles Murray:

    Before 1600 Northern "Europe" contributed to ~ nothing. Nazi "Aryans" appropriated the growth of the Med/S. W. Eurasia by making (Ancient) Greeks members of the same "race".

    Quacks.

    [Screenshot of Dec. 2018 "No white males, no modern world" tweet by Stefan Molyneux, whom Taleb has blocked but constantly attacks.
     
    https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/1087763053515603968

    As I suspected, Nassim has some nationalist skin in this game.

    I’ve always thought IQ estimates from the Levant (and Iran) seemed low, but I’m not an expert by any means.

    It’s a good debate to have though I don’t care for the histrionics.

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    It’s a good debate to have though I don’t care for the histrionics.
     
    Why is it a good debate to have?
  23. @Hunsdon
    Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg?

    Same roots as Bin Laden?

    • Replies: @Hail
    Interesting theory; if true, ranks up there with the recent discovery of the Stratford-upon-Avon man's real, original name: Sheikh Spear.
  24. @UrbaneFrancoOntarian
    Kamala looks like your typical "career woman". Bitter that she never had children, and completely unfulfilled by her "career", she turns to attacking America and white men as a substitute.

    She has that steely, inhuman gaze which afflicts women who have had one or more abortions. (I'm convinced that I can tell based on how the woman carries herself).

    She will definitely win the single, educated women. But she's such a bitch, and no amount of PR can hide that. Even more of a bitch than Hillary, to be exact. I really hope she wins the nomination.

    Precisely zero votes from white men of the midwest, pennsylvania, and this week may have even put heavily french catholic maine in play. hispanics not big on black women either, Arizona, Nevada.

  25. He’s a canny enough politician to benefit from people thinking he’s more blind than he really is. Why correct a misconception that makes him both more sympathetic and more impressive?

  26. @Hail
    OT; iSteve-related:

    Nassim Taleb is going nuts, melting down, on rampage against White Europeans:

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb [Verified account]
    @nntaleb
    1 hour ago

    Stop the fake news + historical gerymandering promoted by quack-quack Molyneux & Charles Murray:

    Before 1600 Northern "Europe" contributed to ~ nothing. Nazi "Aryans" appropriated the growth of the Med/S. W. Eurasia by making (Ancient) Greeks members of the same "race".

    Quacks.

    [Screenshot of Dec. 2018 "No white males, no modern world" tweet by Stefan Molyneux, whom Taleb has blocked but constantly attacks.
     
    https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/1087763053515603968

    Iron plow (Late 300s, modern-day England)
    Horseshoe (Late 400s, modern-day Belgium)
    Lowercase letters (780, Alcuin of York, Englishman living in France)
    Mechanical clock (Late 900s, Germany)
    Longbow (Mid 1000s, England)
    Blast furnace (Early 1100s, Sweden)
    Oil painting (Early 1100s, Germany)
    Compass (Late 1100s, England — also independently invented slightly earlier in China)
    Vertical windmill (Late 1100s, England)
    Rudder (Late 1100s, Belgium or England)
    Chimney (Late 1100s, England)
    Modern-style wheelbarrow (Late 1100s, England or France)
    Cannon (Early 1300s, England — also independently invented slightly earlier in China)
    Mean speed theorem (Mid 1300s, England)
    Printing press (1439, Johannes Gutenberg, Germany)

    • Agree: Federalist, ben tillman
    • Replies: @Hail
    Nassim N. Taleb hereby blocks you for this post.
    , @Jus' Sayin'...
    Oresme proves the harmonic series diverges and in 60 years racks up many more additional accomplishments than all sub-Saharan Africans over the course of 200 millennia (France, 1320 - 1382) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicole_Oresme#Mathematics
    , @Verymuchalive
    Not to mention the Empirical Theory of Logic, the basis of modern science, devised by those fabulous Bacon brothers - Roger and Francis. It was completely unknown to Plato, Aristotle and the rest of the Ancients. Likewise proper perspective paintings and drawings didn't appear until about 1400 AD in Flanders. I could continue, but the list of intellectual attainments is as large as the inventions.
    Taleb is an historical illiterate and moron.

    PS I think you are probably giving a little too much credit to England, as I think many of the inventions you mention were probably concurrent in other parts of western and northern Europe. It may be that archaeological efforts have been more concentrated on England than elsewhere.
    Even before the Middle Ages, the number of inventions coming out of Europe north of the Alps was impressive.
    Iron Age Celts were fine metal smiths and invented the modern wheel, with metal rims and spokes. They also invented the world's first mechanical cereal harvester - the vallus, over 2ooo years ago. Taleb's ancestors in the Levantine were still harvesting grain by hand at the time.
    , @Jack D
    The Chinese also invented the wheelbarrow and movable type before Europe. And probably a few of the other things on your list too. The West doesn't start to really pull ahead until the 15th or 16th century and in some areas (e.g. drilling deep wells) the Chinese remained ahead until the 19th.

    Neither Molyneux nor Taleb are completely right - the real world operates in shades of gray. The "West" always included the Mediterranean world (which extended to parts of the Middle East and N. Africa). Alexandria in Egypt had a great library when the British were still painting themselves blue.

    But whole continents - Sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas, contribute essentially nothing to scientific knowledge for most of history.
  27. I honestly wonder if Kamala will be the first candidate with a sex tape floating around. Perhaps partaking in a 3 some. She gives off a Palin-esque vibe.

    • Replies: @Sammler
    An unpleasant dream, but fortunately unlikely.

    She was drawn to power, not to pleasure. Sleeping with the de facto King of California — and profiting from it — doesn’t make her a libertine; more the opposite.
  28. @JimB
    “I guess it’s a little bit like dyslexia, which all four youngest Rockefeller brothers (including VP Nelson Rockefeller and banker David Rockefeller), grandsons of John D., suffered from because their dad, J.D. Jr., sent them to a progressive school modeled on the views of John Dewey. They were more successful than their highly literate oldest brother who got a classical education.”

    And that progressive education made the four youngest Rockefeller brothers liberal looms.

    “And that progressive education made the four youngest Rockefeller brothers liberal looms.”

    As John Dewey would have predicted.

  29. Really inspiring to see the plucky younger Rockefeller sons work their way up in the world through grit and determination alone.

  30. “The Man From K Street” says retinitis pigmentosa is a cover story – so what’s the real story? Syphilis?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    His sisters had it which means their mother probably had syphillis and infected her children when they born.
  31. Willie Brown; the only blind man in California with a driver’s license. He had a taste for fine cars sold at deep discount:

    http://articles.latimes.com/1990-10-19/news/mn-2550_1_car-dealer

  32. @snorlax
    Iron plow (Late 300s, modern-day England)
    Horseshoe (Late 400s, modern-day Belgium)
    Lowercase letters (780, Alcuin of York, Englishman living in France)
    Mechanical clock (Late 900s, Germany)
    Longbow (Mid 1000s, England)
    Blast furnace (Early 1100s, Sweden)
    Oil painting (Early 1100s, Germany)
    Compass (Late 1100s, England — also independently invented slightly earlier in China)
    Vertical windmill (Late 1100s, England)
    Rudder (Late 1100s, Belgium or England)
    Chimney (Late 1100s, England)
    Modern-style wheelbarrow (Late 1100s, England or France)
    Cannon (Early 1300s, England — also independently invented slightly earlier in China)
    Mean speed theorem (Mid 1300s, England)
    Printing press (1439, Johannes Gutenberg, Germany)

    Nassim N. Taleb hereby blocks you for this post.

  33. @dwb
    I had lunch with Willie Brown about three years ago (it's a long story).

    He is not blind.

    He is blind enough to qualify for disability due to blindness.

    • Replies: @dwb
    Because, as we all know, it is impossible to game the disability system.
  34. @Hail
    OT; iSteve-related:

    Nassim Taleb is going nuts, melting down, on rampage against White Europeans:

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb [Verified account]
    @nntaleb
    1 hour ago

    Stop the fake news + historical gerymandering promoted by quack-quack Molyneux & Charles Murray:

    Before 1600 Northern "Europe" contributed to ~ nothing. Nazi "Aryans" appropriated the growth of the Med/S. W. Eurasia by making (Ancient) Greeks members of the same "race".

    Quacks.

    [Screenshot of Dec. 2018 "No white males, no modern world" tweet by Stefan Molyneux, whom Taleb has blocked but constantly attacks.
     
    https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/1087763053515603968

    Taleb finally crashes after a career of false crash calls — it is obvious that he would not be pursuing this if he felt included in the category of white men, regardless of the facts.

  35. @Hail
    OT; iSteve-related:

    Nassim Taleb is going nuts, melting down, on rampage against White Europeans:

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb [Verified account]
    @nntaleb
    1 hour ago

    Stop the fake news + historical gerymandering promoted by quack-quack Molyneux & Charles Murray:

    Before 1600 Northern "Europe" contributed to ~ nothing. Nazi "Aryans" appropriated the growth of the Med/S. W. Eurasia by making (Ancient) Greeks members of the same "race".

    Quacks.

    [Screenshot of Dec. 2018 "No white males, no modern world" tweet by Stefan Molyneux, whom Taleb has blocked but constantly attacks.
     
    https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/1087763053515603968

    I guess Mr. Taleb was asleep when his high school history teacher talked about the Roman Empire. The world is becoming more Pythonesque as the decades roll by. Francis I wasn’t a patron of Da Vinci?

    • Replies: @Kaganovitch
    He's talking about Northern as opposed to Southern Europe
    , @Nigerian Nationalist
    Northern Europe and you're thinking Roman Empire???

    Geez Hank, don't go embarassing yourself in front of the other races. You're right about Francis (:
  36. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @UrbaneFrancoOntarian
    Kamala looks like your typical "career woman". Bitter that she never had children, and completely unfulfilled by her "career", she turns to attacking America and white men as a substitute.

    She has that steely, inhuman gaze which afflicts women who have had one or more abortions. (I'm convinced that I can tell based on how the woman carries herself).

    She will definitely win the single, educated women. But she's such a bitch, and no amount of PR can hide that. Even more of a bitch than Hillary, to be exact. I really hope she wins the nomination.

    Another Enabling single moms of color to get on life long welfare generation after generation idiot heard from.

    I hope you’re prepared to support all those black and brown babies. I’m not

    And you can tell if s woman has had an abortion by the way she carries herself. That’s as perverted and weird as rapists who can look at a victim and figure she wants it, even if he has to kill her to get her to hold still as he does the dirty deed.

  37. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Deckin
    I posted a comment earlier, not sure if it got through.

    Anyway, I personally sat Willie Brown and his then girlfriend at a restaurant table during the summer of 1993. He had no trouble walking to the table (I'd have remembered if he couldn't); he read the menu himself; he seemed to recognize the waiter; he looked me in the eye when I greeted him; he scanned the room to see if there was anyone he knew or should know; he walked out without any assistance.

    In addition, I had a girlfriend at the time who went to his house a couple of years later and she had a long dinner with him and his son and she never mentioned anything about any blindness.

    Herb Caen used to frequently talk, in his columns, about how fast Willikins (his name for him), would have to drive his hot new Porsche to and from Sacramento to make it to all the various pies he had his hand in.

    Sorry, this is just nuts.

    I’ve known him since around 1974. We still exchange Christmas cards. He’s overcome his blindness but he’s definitely blind. More reason to admire him. His blindness is not noticeable at all till you see his inch thick reading glasses. His eyesight is one of the reasons he always turned down approaches about running for Vice President

  38. Steve, total horseshit this thing about WB being blind since the ’70’s. A Wilshire Blvd. lawyer told me that in the ’90’s, when he was working in the capitol bldg., he turned a corner and ran into Brown. They’d met once, 6 mos. earlier, and unprompted Brown said, “oh, nice to see you again Mr. Donohue.”

  39. @R.G. Camara
    This doesn't surprise me these days. It, however, still amazes me how much local reporters cover up for those in power.

    In Boston, the recent long-time mayor, Tom Menino (20 years on the job), disappeared for nearly a year. He gave no speeches, made no public appearances, and all became a ghost. Yet no paper or news cast even made mention of this. Turns out Menino was in the hospital for some serious illness, for which he died just a short time after. But all the local reporters knew---and covered it up.

    Rather like FDR's paralysis. Or JFK's philandering (which was so bad, it literally was a state security issue when it came to grown-up women, nevermind his using the college intern pool as his own personal, ever-changing, semi-consensual harem). Or John Edwards's love child. Open secrets to reporters, yet no one reported on them.

    Or, as Mike Cernovich reported, John Conyers's serial abuse of women.


    Or, in other realms, how so many female entertainment folks told stories about Matt Lauer's rape button or Harvey Weinstein' attacks.

    So the idea that Willie Brown is actually blind but has been covering it up for his career actually doesn't surprise me at this point. I'm sure many people would have known about it, including many reporters, but have covered for him. After all, the "little" people don't need to know such things. It might make them think different than what they want us to think!

    The thing that amazes me is that such corruption in the press has been going on for so long.

    Menino was amazing because of the way he mumbled. I wonder how many pols are that inarticulate, but I believe he had an inside track to power.

  40. The Greeks and Romans were ok in their own right, as were a lot of other civilizations (China, Egypt, India, etc.)

    But, in retrospect, they were all just false starts. Everything good in our modern world started in Northern Europe circa 1600 — i.e., Reformation, Enlightenment, and Industrial Revolution.

    Don’t let anyone tell you these developments were “built on” rediscovered knowlege of the classic age. The received wisdom and deductive pseudo-reasoning of the Greeks like Aristotle, Plato and Thalen merely retarded true empirical science for centuries.

    • Replies: @anonymous coward
    Everything good ... Reformation, Enlightenment, and Industrial Revolution.

    You're nuts. The Reformation, Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution were the jolts of a dead body as it was eaten by maggots. The begging of the end, a rush to make some use of the scraps of a dead civilization.
  41. Can we not get wrapped up in 2020 election talk yet? And if we must, there must be more interesting subjects than Willie Brown (and I say that even though I live in California).

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Agree let’s svoid the election talk. It just feeds the Democrats. I doubt anyone outside California knows about Willie and Kamala and the media will cover it up anyway.
  42. @Hail
    OT; iSteve-related:

    Nassim Taleb is going nuts, melting down, on rampage against White Europeans:

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb [Verified account]
    @nntaleb
    1 hour ago

    Stop the fake news + historical gerymandering promoted by quack-quack Molyneux & Charles Murray:

    Before 1600 Northern "Europe" contributed to ~ nothing. Nazi "Aryans" appropriated the growth of the Med/S. W. Eurasia by making (Ancient) Greeks members of the same "race".

    Quacks.

    [Screenshot of Dec. 2018 "No white males, no modern world" tweet by Stefan Molyneux, whom Taleb has blocked but constantly attacks.
     
    https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/1087763053515603968

    Talib? Sounds an awful lot like that Rashida Tlaib character – maybe they are related.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Talib = student (notice, that T's emphatic, which means it's just like our T but you put exaggerated emphasis on it) or "seeker of truth" to be Arabically dramatic. The Taliban are "the students."
    Taleb = same thing (but transliterated by a Frank who didn't know that there is no e or o in Arabic).
    Tlaib = Can't nail it down but it sure looks like a derivation from the above, unless it's spelled with a t instead of a T, or something to do with "hills" (tlal).
    Normal "studying" is dirasa (cf madrasa, school); a Talib is a student of great things, presumably jurisprudence, or a college student.
    Rashida Tlaib (nee Harbi) gets her name from her husband, whom she has divorced. Harbi, depending on the spelling (Arabic has five different h's), could have a satirically exploitable connection to witchcraft or mean "wierdo." If it's Harb, this means war, and Harbi could be "my war," exploitable the other way.
    NN Taleb is Lebanese para-royalty and Tlaib is pure Palestinian, so there is extremely little chance of a relation.
  43. @Jaxx Slayher
    2020 onwards , You just need to be a Democratic candidate to win elections.
    Came back from Florida and I don't think it will vote Red now onwards.
    Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, Arizona and maybe Texas will be Blue by 2024.

    Emdless wars, Tax cuts for Rich, believing that a Jewish carpenter is a God. Not supporting woman's right to choose.

    I wonder what type of retards vote for Republicans.

    I would vote for Democrats if they were for some sort of immigration control.

    2020 onwards , You just need to be a Democratic candidate to win elections.

    blah
    blah
    blah
    blah
    blah

    I would vote for Democrats if they were for some sort of immigration control.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Did you wish to comment on this, AnotherDad?
  44. @snorlax
    Iron plow (Late 300s, modern-day England)
    Horseshoe (Late 400s, modern-day Belgium)
    Lowercase letters (780, Alcuin of York, Englishman living in France)
    Mechanical clock (Late 900s, Germany)
    Longbow (Mid 1000s, England)
    Blast furnace (Early 1100s, Sweden)
    Oil painting (Early 1100s, Germany)
    Compass (Late 1100s, England — also independently invented slightly earlier in China)
    Vertical windmill (Late 1100s, England)
    Rudder (Late 1100s, Belgium or England)
    Chimney (Late 1100s, England)
    Modern-style wheelbarrow (Late 1100s, England or France)
    Cannon (Early 1300s, England — also independently invented slightly earlier in China)
    Mean speed theorem (Mid 1300s, England)
    Printing press (1439, Johannes Gutenberg, Germany)

    Oresme proves the harmonic series diverges and in 60 years racks up many more additional accomplishments than all sub-Saharan Africans over the course of 200 millennia (France, 1320 – 1382) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicole_Oresme#Mathematics

    • Replies: @snorlax
    Thanks.
  45. I doubt very much that Mr. Willie Brown had the blues when he was banging Kamala Harris.

    Blind Willie McTell sings Statesboro Blues:

  46. Willie Brown also gave us Maxine Waters, although I believe he had better taste and sense than to have ever had any form of sexual congress with the hag. Willie rewarded Maxine with an ultra-safe, Negro-dominated Congressional District in return for her many years of service as one of Willie’s bagmen. Back then, she had just enough brains to deliver the cash to the right addresses and to neither ask nor answer questions beyond her paygrade.

    • LOL: Dan Hayes
  47. @UrbaneFrancoOntarian
    Kamala looks like your typical "career woman". Bitter that she never had children, and completely unfulfilled by her "career", she turns to attacking America and white men as a substitute.

    She has that steely, inhuman gaze which afflicts women who have had one or more abortions. (I'm convinced that I can tell based on how the woman carries herself).

    She will definitely win the single, educated women. But she's such a bitch, and no amount of PR can hide that. Even more of a bitch than Hillary, to be exact. I really hope she wins the nomination.

    Kamala looks like your typical “career woman”. Bitter that she never had children, and completely unfulfilled by her “career”, she turns to attacking America and white men as a substitute.

    She has that steely, inhuman gaze which afflicts women who have had one or more abortions. (I’m convinced that I can tell based on how the woman carries herself).

    As I said in the earlier thread, I think she’s a fairly attractive woman–her smiling pics–and could have easily landed a quality husband–even white–in college or law school and had a much better life.

    But I do notice in the pics that she’s not only gotten jowly with age, but when annoyed her mouth sets and her brow furrows and the look is fairly unpleasant–RBF + ABW. Four years of that–like four years of Hillary–would wake up another good tranche of white people including pretty much every white guy not on the soy diet.

    • Replies: @MikeatMikedotMike
    And as I said yesterday, I disagree that she is an attractive woman at all:

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a2/b3/c8/a2b3c8bd6724cb6bd4c24d5fde5ab2ec.jpg

    That's pre nose job, and pre god-knows-what-else. She knew on some level she needed to start looking more white.

    That quality husband material avoided this ghoul is not a coincidence, because quality husband material knows how to avoid sanctimonious entitled fembots with pathological ambitions of acquiring power.

    SHE was never quality wife material. Quality husband material knew this.
    , @Anonymous
    Doesn’t everyone get jowly after 50?

    She’s a former DA, AG now a senator not a former Miss America now an actress
    , @Known Fact
    If she is serious about winning watch for her to quietly disappear for a few weeks -- for some cosmetic surgery, to address the issues you raise. Of course she won't need nearly as much work as Biden, Pelosi or Hillary
  48. @UrbaneFrancoOntarian
    Kamala looks like your typical "career woman". Bitter that she never had children, and completely unfulfilled by her "career", she turns to attacking America and white men as a substitute.

    She has that steely, inhuman gaze which afflicts women who have had one or more abortions. (I'm convinced that I can tell based on how the woman carries herself).

    She will definitely win the single, educated women. But she's such a bitch, and no amount of PR can hide that. Even more of a bitch than Hillary, to be exact. I really hope she wins the nomination.

    “Even more of a bitch than Hillary, to be exact.” Hard to credit – tell us more about your bitchometer.

  49. @Jus' Sayin'...
    Oresme proves the harmonic series diverges and in 60 years racks up many more additional accomplishments than all sub-Saharan Africans over the course of 200 millennia (France, 1320 - 1382) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicole_Oresme#Mathematics

    Thanks.

  50. @Anonymous
    Same roots as Bin Laden?

    Interesting theory; if true, ranks up there with the recent discovery of the Stratford-upon-Avon man’s real, original name: Sheikh Spear.

    • LOL: fish
    • Replies: @ben tillman
    Good one.
  51. It would be interesting to study how much extreme accomplishment can be attributed to compensation, both in the colloquial sense (small penis) and generally (unusual pressures driving high g to unusual adaptations). Hell, there might be a new evolutionary model in it.

  52. @The Anti-Gnostic
    As I suspected, Nassim has some nationalist skin in this game.

    I've always thought IQ estimates from the Levant (and Iran) seemed low, but I'm not an expert by any means.

    It's a good debate to have though I don't care for the histrionics.

    It’s a good debate to have though I don’t care for the histrionics.

    Why is it a good debate to have?

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
    Speaking for myself, I'd like it pinned down whether IQ is a valid metric for general intelligence. Levantines and Iranians seem to be punching above their weight, but that's anecdotal on my part. Is it the testing, the test-takers, or the test-makers? Or the people who report or estimate the results? Something's going on.

    You know what's another good debate? GDP, and GDP per capita. What do they measure and how do they measure it, and does it matter? Italy, for example, punches above its supposed economic weight, but in terms of public corruption and rule of law (and TFR), it punches below. Interesting.

    Shall we further debate why it's a good debate? Thanks for asking the really important questions.
  53. @bucky
    I honestly wonder if Kamala will be the first candidate with a sex tape floating around. Perhaps partaking in a 3 some. She gives off a Palin-esque vibe.

    An unpleasant dream, but fortunately unlikely.

    She was drawn to power, not to pleasure. Sleeping with the de facto King of California — and profiting from it — doesn’t make her a libertine; more the opposite.

  54. @AnotherDad

    2020 onwards , You just need to be a Democratic candidate to win elections.

    blah
    blah
    blah
    blah
    blah

    I would vote for Democrats if they were for some sort of immigration control.
     

    Did you wish to comment on this, AnotherDad?

  55. I see some take issue with my assertion, and at least Anon[257], who says he’s known him since 1974, agrees with it. I still stand by it–the anecdotes offered to the contrary are not ones that an extraordinarily-gifted extrovert in politics couldn’t “fake”: you can memorize voices of casual acquaintances and restaurant menus as well as you can faces. Moreover, if you’re a politician surrounded by a coterie 24/7, some of those flunkies are going to have the job of quietly whispering or otherwise signalling cues regarding identity.

    I had heard this independently, but in addition, women I know danced with him at a couple of black-tie charity balls back in the 70s, and they will go to their graves insisting the man cannot see. I also suspect that as a blind man, discreet groping may be one way he evaluates potential sexual partners, but I ain’t asking them if he ever put the moves on them.

    Not every blind man is able to learn to so effectively compensate for his handicap. But whatever you think of his politics (and I don’t think much of them at all), Brown is an extraordinary blind man.

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    but I ain’t asking them if he ever put the moves on them.
     
    Why not?
    , @Anon
    He wore glasses almost 2 inches thick when I first knew him. It took me a while to realize he’s blind.
    , @Anonymous
    He never gropes or comes on to women. Women come to him. Can’t see it myself but that’s how it is. He was less responsible for the destruction of California than many politicians such as Jerry Brown who in my opinion was the absolute worst governor we ever had
    , @Jack D
    The word "blind" has various meanings and degrees - legally blind, totally blind, etc. My guess is that he has very limited vision - in retinitis pigmentosa you lose more and more of your night vision and peripheral vision because your rods deteriorate first but you still retain a sort of "tunnel vision" looking straight ahead when the lighting is good. At some point you may only see shapes and movement because the cones start to go next, but total blindness from retinitis is uncommon. So people with retinitis don't usually have that blank look of the totally blind - they can usually see enough to at least see the outline of a face and orient themselves to look at the person that they are speaking to.


    I don't know where Brown falls on this spectrum but the pattern of the disease is that vision deteriorates more and more as time goes on so the way he was 40 or 50 years ago is not how he is now. So both those who are saying he is "blind" and "not blind" are right, depending on how you define blind and what era you are speaking of.

  56. “He never went to Washington, so he’s little known outside of California, but he was a tremendously gifted and successful politician in California. ”

    I’ve learned to laugh at these subtle bits of virtue signalling Steve is susceptible to every once in while. It’s kind of his version of the great white defendant – the search for the great black statesman or some such.

    Willie Brown’s tremendous gifts amounted to him being cognizant enough to be able to prey upon the ground zero of guilty white liberal America to his career-long benefit. All politically successful blacks have this trait: Mandela, Obama, etc. The rest of his gifts would make him a likeable used car salesman. As far as he being successful, all I can say it is a sad measure indeed when success is defined by one’s ability to stay in power as opposed to actually accomplishing a single beneficial thing for normies in all of his time as one of the most powerful men in California. As an assemblyman he helped steer the state of California onto the path to oblivion it runs along today. As mayor of San Fran he spent millions of dollars essentially enabling further homelessness and drug abuse, along with enriching his friends at the tax payer trough.

  57. Well if blind then it gives Willie a cover for manhandling female assistants. “Sorry, I didn’t see your boobs there .”

    • LOL: Dan Hayes
  58. @Jaxx Slayher
    2020 onwards , You just need to be a Democratic candidate to win elections.
    Came back from Florida and I don't think it will vote Red now onwards.
    Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, Arizona and maybe Texas will be Blue by 2024.

    Emdless wars, Tax cuts for Rich, believing that a Jewish carpenter is a God. Not supporting woman's right to choose.

    I wonder what type of retards vote for Republicans.

    I would vote for Democrats if they were for some sort of immigration control.

    One comment history from Jaxx Slayher. Must be one of Jeff Stryker’s trolling buddies.

  59. …but that’s as accurate as when Michael Jackson said his ever-whitening skin was because of “vitiligo”.

    Just as an aside… Jackson really did have vitiligo. He lightened the rest of his skin so he wouldn’t have unsightly blotches.

  60. @songbird
    Talib? Sounds an awful lot like that Rashida Tlaib character - maybe they are related.

    Talib = student (notice, that T’s emphatic, which means it’s just like our T but you put exaggerated emphasis on it) or “seeker of truth” to be Arabically dramatic. The Taliban are “the students.”
    Taleb = same thing (but transliterated by a Frank who didn’t know that there is no e or o in Arabic).
    Tlaib = Can’t nail it down but it sure looks like a derivation from the above, unless it’s spelled with a t instead of a T, or something to do with “hills” (tlal).
    Normal “studying” is dirasa (cf madrasa, school); a Talib is a student of great things, presumably jurisprudence, or a college student.
    Rashida Tlaib (nee Harbi) gets her name from her husband, whom she has divorced. Harbi, depending on the spelling (Arabic has five different h’s), could have a satirically exploitable connection to witchcraft or mean “wierdo.” If it’s Harb, this means war, and Harbi could be “my war,” exploitable the other way.
    NN Taleb is Lebanese para-royalty and Tlaib is pure Palestinian, so there is extremely little chance of a relation.

    • Replies: @orionyx
    Tlaib looks like a Roman rendition of 'little Talib'.
    Arabic doesn't have 5 h-like sounds, just 2. But to be fair, one of those when written has 4 variants, the other 5 or even more, but there are just the two pronunciations.
    Emphatic is a grammatical term describing a group of sounds which differ from their corresponding non-emphatics by changing the quality of the following vowel. If you get that part right, you get the emphatics right, with or without extra emphasis.
  61. @Kyle
    One aspect of brown stands out, attractive females are inexplicably drawn to him. I’m sure this is driving a lot of the hate that he seems to be getting. Just like Rod Stewart. Blindness would explain a few things. The bevy of hot babes accompanying him. Working under him, fundraising for him, carrying his children. But it leaves one thing unexplained. Where does Rod Stewart find bagpipe players who look like this?
    https://goo.gl/images/cFKZa7

    The explanation is simple:

  62. @Anonymous

    Willie had to commit everything to memory. This brain training raised his IQ.
     
    Cam the brain be trained to remember better? How?

    Yes, the brain can be trained for improved memory. This has been known for quite a long time.

    Moonwalking with Einstein, by Josh Foer is a fairly entertaining overview of how people have gone about this through the ages, as well as an autobiographical adventure in the style of Neil Strauss.

    One of the key characters in the book went on to found the website Memrise, which I find handy for my language studies.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Thank you.

    What languages are you studying and why?
  63. Here’s Willie Brown from six months ago telling Democrats how to beat Trump. Solid advice from a grass roots politician who knows how to win local elections.

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=XteaqnCWgq0

  64. OT: And more good news regarding our vibrant immigrants. Three residents of Lansing, MI are arrested for supporting ISIS. All three are Kenyans, apparently, and two received citizenship as minors when their parents were naturalized.

    https://amp.lansingstatejournal.com/amp/2649766002

    • Replies: @Paul Jolliffe
    So the FBI had been aware of and was investigating this trio of future Mensa member
    , @Paul Jolliffe
    So the FBI had been successfully tracking this trio of Mensa members since 2016 (complete with two undercover informants), yet that same FBI still has given NO public explanation for their colossal “screw-up” with Nikolas Cruz, the Parkland, Florida high school shooter.

    (They were specifically warned about him in a lengthy, detailed phone call to the FBI hotline on January 5, yet in flagrant violations of their own protocol, they not only did nothing, they withheld that information from the one FBI field office, Miami, that could easily have prevented it! Then they lied to the American people by pretending their only warning from the previous September was too vague to act upon, all the while hiding the.specific January waning!)

    The FBI is not that incompetent.

    There is something very, very wrong with the mainstream narrative of that awful event.
    But as we approach the first anniversary of that unspeakable horro, no MSM reporter would dare ask the right questions.
  65. @The Man From K Street
    I see some take issue with my assertion, and at least Anon[257], who says he's known him since 1974, agrees with it. I still stand by it--the anecdotes offered to the contrary are not ones that an extraordinarily-gifted extrovert in politics couldn't "fake": you can memorize voices of casual acquaintances and restaurant menus as well as you can faces. Moreover, if you're a politician surrounded by a coterie 24/7, some of those flunkies are going to have the job of quietly whispering or otherwise signalling cues regarding identity.

    I had heard this independently, but in addition, women I know danced with him at a couple of black-tie charity balls back in the 70s, and they will go to their graves insisting the man cannot see. I also suspect that as a blind man, discreet groping may be one way he evaluates potential sexual partners, but I ain't asking them if he ever put the moves on them.

    Not every blind man is able to learn to so effectively compensate for his handicap. But whatever you think of his politics (and I don't think much of them at all), Brown is an extraordinary blind man.

    but I ain’t asking them if he ever put the moves on them.

    Why not?

  66. @AnotherDad

    Kamala looks like your typical “career woman”. Bitter that she never had children, and completely unfulfilled by her “career”, she turns to attacking America and white men as a substitute.

    She has that steely, inhuman gaze which afflicts women who have had one or more abortions. (I’m convinced that I can tell based on how the woman carries herself).
     
    As I said in the earlier thread, I think she's a fairly attractive woman--her smiling pics--and could have easily landed a quality husband--even white--in college or law school and had a much better life.

    But I do notice in the pics that she's not only gotten jowly with age, but when annoyed her mouth sets and her brow furrows and the look is fairly unpleasant--RBF + ABW. Four years of that--like four years of Hillary--would wake up another good tranche of white people including pretty much every white guy not on the soy diet.

    And as I said yesterday, I disagree that she is an attractive woman at all:

    That’s pre nose job, and pre god-knows-what-else. She knew on some level she needed to start looking more white.

    That quality husband material avoided this ghoul is not a coincidence, because quality husband material knows how to avoid sanctimonious entitled fembots with pathological ambitions of acquiring power.

    SHE was never quality wife material. Quality husband material knew this.

    • Replies: @Lurker
    She looks a damn sight more attractive there than she does now. Making herself more white hasn't helped at all.
    , @Truth


    SHE was never quality wife material. Quality husband material knew this.
     
    This person's husband has been a partner at a major Los Angeles law firm for 21 years. I would assume that at the very least he has earned 21 million dollars during this time, and it could be many multiples of that.

    Now my friend, for argument's sake, let's take a white man who is too good for this person and his net worth; I would assume that you have out-earned him since 1998?
    , @Autochthon
    Hair relaxer. Like Beyoncé Knowles, she let her Soul Glo. Not offensive to white people nor appropriation in any way, even when relaxed and dyed blonde, and also in no way indicative that even Negroes, zambos, and mulattoes themselves know good and well what is objectively more attractive in these matters.

    Heavens no.

    https://youtu.be/CGrasobHcKA
  67. Why? Was he refereeing the Rams/Saints game on Sunday? 🙂

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    I turned on the TV late in the 4th quarter of the Saints-Rams game just in time to see the now infamous no call at the 5 yard line. I remember thinking, Wow, the Saints defensive player must have made a really good play, because it sure looked like a good pass, and look how modest he's being. He's not celebrating his big play or anything, just walking quietly as if he doesn't really want any attention.
  68. @dwb
    I had lunch with Willie Brown about three years ago (it's a long story).

    He is not blind.

    For a blind guy he did pretty well picking out good-looking women

    • Replies: @Steve in Greensboro
    Who? Not Kamala, surely.
  69. @Kyle
    One aspect of brown stands out, attractive females are inexplicably drawn to him. I’m sure this is driving a lot of the hate that he seems to be getting. Just like Rod Stewart. Blindness would explain a few things. The bevy of hot babes accompanying him. Working under him, fundraising for him, carrying his children. But it leaves one thing unexplained. Where does Rod Stewart find bagpipe players who look like this?
    https://goo.gl/images/cFKZa7

    Where does Rod Stewart find bagpipe players who look like this?

    She’s a model, not a player. No one familiar with a bagpipe would hold it the way she does.

    • Replies: @Lurker
    I'd be more than happy for her to hold my bagpipe any way she likes.
  70. @Deckin
    I posted a comment earlier, not sure if it got through.

    Anyway, I personally sat Willie Brown and his then girlfriend at a restaurant table during the summer of 1993. He had no trouble walking to the table (I'd have remembered if he couldn't); he read the menu himself; he seemed to recognize the waiter; he looked me in the eye when I greeted him; he scanned the room to see if there was anyone he knew or should know; he walked out without any assistance.

    In addition, I had a girlfriend at the time who went to his house a couple of years later and she had a long dinner with him and his son and she never mentioned anything about any blindness.

    Herb Caen used to frequently talk, in his columns, about how fast Willikins (his name for him), would have to drive his hot new Porsche to and from Sacramento to make it to all the various pies he had his hand in.

    Sorry, this is just nuts.

    I think the issue is “legally blind” as opposed to stone cold totally blind. I did not hear about it ’til the 90s. He is rarely, if ever, alone. If not aides then the current GF. Very often, when both were alive and ambulatory, with Herb Caen and the entity who presented himself as Wilkes Bashford. In the years he was said to have torn up the roadway SF to Sacramento, nowhere near as crowded as last 25 years. George Moscone was racing that speedway as well.

    I’m surprised to see people describe him as charming. I always thought him a sleazy slimy black opportunist con artist, given half a chance he’d pick your pocket. And laugh.

  71. @Anon
    Why? Was he refereeing the Rams/Saints game on Sunday? :)

    I turned on the TV late in the 4th quarter of the Saints-Rams game just in time to see the now infamous no call at the 5 yard line. I remember thinking, Wow, the Saints defensive player must have made a really good play, because it sure looked like a good pass, and look how modest he’s being. He’s not celebrating his big play or anything, just walking quietly as if he doesn’t really want any attention.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    Rams, you mean.
    , @njguy73
    Dear Steve,

    OT: Have you ever done a piece on how the Jonestown massacre cost an entire generation of California politicians a shot a national office? Willie Brown especially got hurt.
  72. @snorlax
    Iron plow (Late 300s, modern-day England)
    Horseshoe (Late 400s, modern-day Belgium)
    Lowercase letters (780, Alcuin of York, Englishman living in France)
    Mechanical clock (Late 900s, Germany)
    Longbow (Mid 1000s, England)
    Blast furnace (Early 1100s, Sweden)
    Oil painting (Early 1100s, Germany)
    Compass (Late 1100s, England — also independently invented slightly earlier in China)
    Vertical windmill (Late 1100s, England)
    Rudder (Late 1100s, Belgium or England)
    Chimney (Late 1100s, England)
    Modern-style wheelbarrow (Late 1100s, England or France)
    Cannon (Early 1300s, England — also independently invented slightly earlier in China)
    Mean speed theorem (Mid 1300s, England)
    Printing press (1439, Johannes Gutenberg, Germany)

    Not to mention the Empirical Theory of Logic, the basis of modern science, devised by those fabulous Bacon brothers – Roger and Francis. It was completely unknown to Plato, Aristotle and the rest of the Ancients. Likewise proper perspective paintings and drawings didn’t appear until about 1400 AD in Flanders. I could continue, but the list of intellectual attainments is as large as the inventions.
    Taleb is an historical illiterate and moron.

    PS I think you are probably giving a little too much credit to England, as I think many of the inventions you mention were probably concurrent in other parts of western and northern Europe. It may be that archaeological efforts have been more concentrated on England than elsewhere.
    Even before the Middle Ages, the number of inventions coming out of Europe north of the Alps was impressive.
    Iron Age Celts were fine metal smiths and invented the modern wheel, with metal rims and spokes. They also invented the world’s first mechanical cereal harvester – the vallus, over 2ooo years ago. Taleb’s ancestors in the Levantine were still harvesting grain by hand at the time.

    • Replies: @snorlax

    Taleb is an historical illiterate and moron.
     
    He's not a moron, but he is an historical illiterate as pertains to medieval Europe.

    I think you are probably giving a little too much credit to England, as I think many of the inventions you mention were probably concurrent in other parts of western and northern Europe. It may be that archaeological efforts have been more concentrated on England than elsewhere.
     
    I agree, but it's what I have to go with in the absence of sources that say otherwise. I'd also guess that English archeological finds are more widely known in English-language sources. Other factors are that England, as a former Roman province and a wealthy and densely populated one, had a head start on civilization vs the rest of northern Europe, and that I only listed unambiguous northern European inventions (so excluding e.g. perspective painting), and England is one of the most distant areas of northern Europe from the Mediterranean.
  73. @Hank Yobo
    I guess Mr. Taleb was asleep when his high school history teacher talked about the Roman Empire. The world is becoming more Pythonesque as the decades roll by. Francis I wasn't a patron of Da Vinci?

    He’s talking about Northern as opposed to Southern Europe

    • Replies: @Hank Yobo
    I realize that. The RE did extend to Northern Europe, or parts thereof,--Hadrian's Wall, anyone?-- and its cultural legacy continued through the Roman Catholic Church. Perhaps that is why Latin remained the lingua franca of European elites through the seventeenth century. To say that there was no connection between the Mediterranean World and Northern Europe is just insane. Ask Braudel.
  74. @mikeja
    For a blind guy he did pretty well picking out good-looking women

    Who? Not Kamala, surely.

  75. @AnotherDad

    Kamala looks like your typical “career woman”. Bitter that she never had children, and completely unfulfilled by her “career”, she turns to attacking America and white men as a substitute.

    She has that steely, inhuman gaze which afflicts women who have had one or more abortions. (I’m convinced that I can tell based on how the woman carries herself).
     
    As I said in the earlier thread, I think she's a fairly attractive woman--her smiling pics--and could have easily landed a quality husband--even white--in college or law school and had a much better life.

    But I do notice in the pics that she's not only gotten jowly with age, but when annoyed her mouth sets and her brow furrows and the look is fairly unpleasant--RBF + ABW. Four years of that--like four years of Hillary--would wake up another good tranche of white people including pretty much every white guy not on the soy diet.

    Doesn’t everyone get jowly after 50?

    She’s a former DA, AG now a senator not a former Miss America now an actress

  76. @The Man From K Street
    I see some take issue with my assertion, and at least Anon[257], who says he's known him since 1974, agrees with it. I still stand by it--the anecdotes offered to the contrary are not ones that an extraordinarily-gifted extrovert in politics couldn't "fake": you can memorize voices of casual acquaintances and restaurant menus as well as you can faces. Moreover, if you're a politician surrounded by a coterie 24/7, some of those flunkies are going to have the job of quietly whispering or otherwise signalling cues regarding identity.

    I had heard this independently, but in addition, women I know danced with him at a couple of black-tie charity balls back in the 70s, and they will go to their graves insisting the man cannot see. I also suspect that as a blind man, discreet groping may be one way he evaluates potential sexual partners, but I ain't asking them if he ever put the moves on them.

    Not every blind man is able to learn to so effectively compensate for his handicap. But whatever you think of his politics (and I don't think much of them at all), Brown is an extraordinary blind man.

    He wore glasses almost 2 inches thick when I first knew him. It took me a while to realize he’s blind.

  77. Anonymous[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Man From K Street
    I see some take issue with my assertion, and at least Anon[257], who says he's known him since 1974, agrees with it. I still stand by it--the anecdotes offered to the contrary are not ones that an extraordinarily-gifted extrovert in politics couldn't "fake": you can memorize voices of casual acquaintances and restaurant menus as well as you can faces. Moreover, if you're a politician surrounded by a coterie 24/7, some of those flunkies are going to have the job of quietly whispering or otherwise signalling cues regarding identity.

    I had heard this independently, but in addition, women I know danced with him at a couple of black-tie charity balls back in the 70s, and they will go to their graves insisting the man cannot see. I also suspect that as a blind man, discreet groping may be one way he evaluates potential sexual partners, but I ain't asking them if he ever put the moves on them.

    Not every blind man is able to learn to so effectively compensate for his handicap. But whatever you think of his politics (and I don't think much of them at all), Brown is an extraordinary blind man.

    He never gropes or comes on to women. Women come to him. Can’t see it myself but that’s how it is. He was less responsible for the destruction of California than many politicians such as Jerry Brown who in my opinion was the absolute worst governor we ever had

  78. @International Jew
    Can we not get wrapped up in 2020 election talk yet? And if we must, there must be more interesting subjects than Willie Brown (and I say that even though I live in California).

    Agree let’s svoid the election talk. It just feeds the Democrats. I doubt anyone outside California knows about Willie and Kamala and the media will cover it up anyway.

  79. My wife has retinitis pigmentosa, she was diagnosed 5 years ago, when she was 42. Often the disease progresses slowly and may not be diagnosed until middle age. it mostly effects her night vision , with some loss of her peripheral vision, She often trips over stuff because of this. She does not need glasses to read , but has trouble seeing in low light conditions.

    Steve Wynn also went blind from this condition. He was diagnosed at age 30 and became legally blind at age 67.

  80. @Hank Yobo
    I guess Mr. Taleb was asleep when his high school history teacher talked about the Roman Empire. The world is becoming more Pythonesque as the decades roll by. Francis I wasn't a patron of Da Vinci?

    Northern Europe and you’re thinking Roman Empire???

    Geez Hank, don’t go embarassing yourself in front of the other races. You’re right about Francis (:

    • Replies: @Hank Yobo
    There is no connection between the Roman Empire and Northern Europe? Really?? The RE did extend to Northern Europe, or parts thereof,--Hadrian's Wall, anyone?-- and its cultural legacy continued through the Roman Catholic Church. Perhaps that is why Latin remained the lingua franca of European elites through the seventeenth century. To say that there was no connection between the Mediterranean World and Northern Europe is just insane. Ask Braudel. Oh, and the Holy Roman Empire was neither Holy nor Empire, nor European? We'll have to move the geographical divide between Occident and Orient from the Bosporus to the Rhine.
  81. @Space Ghost
    "The Man From K Street" says retinitis pigmentosa is a cover story - so what's the real story? Syphilis?

    His sisters had it which means their mother probably had syphillis and infected her children when they born.

  82. @Pat Boyle
    Brown always was a nasty piece of work. When we had the student riots at San Francisco State, he intruded to make things worse. He interpreted the campus conflict as simple white racism and the righteous black reaction to it. In fact the black students on campus and their organization were thoroughly corrupt. They were simply stealing from the student funds.

    That was one of the first points at which I began my turn away from leftism. I remembered that Ho Chi Minh had led a revolution where he attracted young idealists - at least that was the legend. The communists were self denying believers in communal values. Or so we were told
    .
    But the blacks and Willie Brown that we saw all about us were just degenerates, thugs and hustlers, and were obviously just in it you what could be stolen from the productive members of society.

    Brown was and is a scum-bucket.

    Sister in law saw the black students roaming with baseball bats beating up Whites. I didn’t know Brown involved himself in the SFS riots.

    • Replies: @Pat Boyle
    The ghetto blacks were organized and brought to the SF State campus where they in fact beat up whites - some with baseball bats. This wasn't a direct action by Willie Brown but it was approved by him. No "black leaders" spoke out against the mob violence.

    I only saw the very end of this. As it happened I was in a long session with a grad student who was trying to gain experience with the Stanford-Binet IQ test. I volunteered to be the test subject. My girl friend and males friend at the time were worried. They considered me a hot head who would fight back against the invasion of black thugs. And they were probably right. But I was in a room during the melee answering IQ questions. By the time I got out, most of it was over.
  83. @snorlax
    Iron plow (Late 300s, modern-day England)
    Horseshoe (Late 400s, modern-day Belgium)
    Lowercase letters (780, Alcuin of York, Englishman living in France)
    Mechanical clock (Late 900s, Germany)
    Longbow (Mid 1000s, England)
    Blast furnace (Early 1100s, Sweden)
    Oil painting (Early 1100s, Germany)
    Compass (Late 1100s, England — also independently invented slightly earlier in China)
    Vertical windmill (Late 1100s, England)
    Rudder (Late 1100s, Belgium or England)
    Chimney (Late 1100s, England)
    Modern-style wheelbarrow (Late 1100s, England or France)
    Cannon (Early 1300s, England — also independently invented slightly earlier in China)
    Mean speed theorem (Mid 1300s, England)
    Printing press (1439, Johannes Gutenberg, Germany)

    The Chinese also invented the wheelbarrow and movable type before Europe. And probably a few of the other things on your list too. The West doesn’t start to really pull ahead until the 15th or 16th century and in some areas (e.g. drilling deep wells) the Chinese remained ahead until the 19th.

    Neither Molyneux nor Taleb are completely right – the real world operates in shades of gray. The “West” always included the Mediterranean world (which extended to parts of the Middle East and N. Africa). Alexandria in Egypt had a great library when the British were still painting themselves blue.

    But whole continents – Sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas, contribute essentially nothing to scientific knowledge for most of history.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    You're using this useless first-past-the-post reasoning from elementary school which totally fails to explain Europe pulling ahead. Europe not only innovated but, much more importantly, it ordered its society much differently, and enabled more innovation at a lower level. It's like the tidbit about Romans having the internal combustion engine. No, they didn't. They censored inventions that could make slaves redundant, and had toys and magic tricks that look to us to operate on similar principles.
    , @snorlax

    The Chinese also invented the wheelbarrow ... And probably a few of the other things on your list too.
     
    A device vaguely similar to a wheelbarrow:

    https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qU1UOHph-w4/UiOxSLGsXrI/AAAAAAAADtI/Xfa40uRaKnQ/s1600/1916.jpg

    Which is why I added the (probably unnecessary) qualifier "modern-style."

    Chinese nationalist historians, as endorsed by their Western anti-nationalist counterparts, like to claim that X, Y and Z were invented in China based on some vaguely similar device and/or extremely sketchy purported literary references that aren't backed up by the archeological record.

    Similarly, Chinese nationalist linguists have gaslighted their field into accepting various preposterous 2 + 2 = 5 notions, like English and Ebonics are different languages but Cantonese and Mandarin are the same language, and Tibetan is in the same language family as "Chinese," but Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese aren't.

    movable type
     
    Gutenberg's printing press may have been universally adopted, but reading comprehension seems to be a trailing indicator.

    In any event, China is irrelevant to comparisons between pre-modern northern Europe and the Mediterranean region.
  84. @Steve Sailer
    I turned on the TV late in the 4th quarter of the Saints-Rams game just in time to see the now infamous no call at the 5 yard line. I remember thinking, Wow, the Saints defensive player must have made a really good play, because it sure looked like a good pass, and look how modest he's being. He's not celebrating his big play or anything, just walking quietly as if he doesn't really want any attention.

    Rams, you mean.

  85. Of course Willie Brown is blind. Have seen the face on Kamala Harris.

  86. @dwb
    I had lunch with Willie Brown about three years ago (it's a long story).

    He is not blind.

    I had lunch with Willie Brown about three years ago (it’s a long story).

    He is not blind.

    Yeah, the idea that he is “not ‘legally blind’ but you know, sightless,” but has kept it a complete secret like FDR’s paraplegia, is pretty unbelievable.

  87. @Jack D
    The Chinese also invented the wheelbarrow and movable type before Europe. And probably a few of the other things on your list too. The West doesn't start to really pull ahead until the 15th or 16th century and in some areas (e.g. drilling deep wells) the Chinese remained ahead until the 19th.

    Neither Molyneux nor Taleb are completely right - the real world operates in shades of gray. The "West" always included the Mediterranean world (which extended to parts of the Middle East and N. Africa). Alexandria in Egypt had a great library when the British were still painting themselves blue.

    But whole continents - Sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas, contribute essentially nothing to scientific knowledge for most of history.

    You’re using this useless first-past-the-post reasoning from elementary school which totally fails to explain Europe pulling ahead. Europe not only innovated but, much more importantly, it ordered its society much differently, and enabled more innovation at a lower level. It’s like the tidbit about Romans having the internal combustion engine. No, they didn’t. They censored inventions that could make slaves redundant, and had toys and magic tricks that look to us to operate on similar principles.

  88. Suddenly Susan ran on NBC from 1996 to 2000. It starred Brooke Shields as the titular journalist and Judd Nelson as the owner of the San Francisco-based magazine where she worked. There’s an episode where Nelson’s character is shown playing poker with some friends. Two are pictured below. One is the allegedly blind then-mayor of the city. The other is somebody else.

    https://www.gettyimages.fr/detail/photo-d’actualit%C3%A9/ll-see-that-and-raise-you-susan-episode-22-aired-photo-dactualit%C3%A9/140850569

    • Replies: @Anon
    Photoshop of Trump and Brown’s heads. Cute.
  89. • Replies: @George
    House Votes Overwhelmingly to Bar US Exit From NATO
    https://news.antiwar.com/2019/01/22/house-votes-overwhelmingly-to-bar-us-exit-from-nato/

    Socialist Ocasio Cortez, Palestinian Tlaib, and Somalian Omar voted with the majority of Democrats to make leaving NATO impossible.

    Gabbard atleast abstained.
  90. Anon[166] • Disclaimer says:

    Truth or Fiction did some reporting on the CNN transscript:

    https://www.truthorfiction.com/is-nathan-phillips-lying-about-his-military-service-in-order-to-raise-money/

    Is Nathan Phillips Lying About His Military Service in Order to Raise Money?

    CNN added fuel to the fire with a transcript of an interview with Phillips, providing more “evidence” that he had lied about his service in an article headlined, “Native American elder Nathan Phillips, in his own words,” with a quote that appears damning on the surface …

    But the transcript does not match the audio. In the video (at around :39), Phillips quite clearly says, “And I’m a Vietnam-times veteran, and I know that mentality…” indicating not that he was in combat in Vietnam, but that he was in the military during that time and he remembers when crowds would taunt soldiers in uniform, and how it feels to be surrounded.

    A second reference to Vietnam in the transcript (which bears the caveat that it was “lightly edited for flow and content“) does not appear in the audio on the page at all, making what he said impossible to check against the text.

    I do appreciate that CNN provides transcripts for its audio, but it seems like you need to listen to the piece before putting trust in it. It’s interesting that there is a widespread cognitive bias, among not only reporters but transcribers, that prevents them from hearing anything containing Vietnam and veteran as other than “Vietnam veteran.” Maybe this should be added to Wikipedia’s List of Cognitive Biases page?

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

    (A really great page, by the way. Lots of interesting, serious stuff, mixed with things like “Women are Wonderful effect,” positive attributes disproportionately assigned to women, and the “Rhyme as reason effect,” where blacks think something must be true if expressed in a rhyme, “doesn’t fit, must acquit.”)

    The CNN transcripts are kind of like the Latin Vulgate New Testiment. It was relied upon by the Church in various conclaves to make very precise nit-picking religious doctrines, but then during the Renaissance scholars learned Greek and recovered the original Greek New Testiment and went, “… Oh … my … that’s what it said!” You see, the Vulgate was, in effect, “lightly edited for flow and content,” or more precisely, as a translation, you couldn’t rely on it for super precise matters. This is what triggered the Reformation.

  91. @Hail
    OT; iSteve-related:

    Nassim Taleb is going nuts, melting down, on rampage against White Europeans:

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb [Verified account]
    @nntaleb
    1 hour ago

    Stop the fake news + historical gerymandering promoted by quack-quack Molyneux & Charles Murray:

    Before 1600 Northern "Europe" contributed to ~ nothing. Nazi "Aryans" appropriated the growth of the Med/S. W. Eurasia by making (Ancient) Greeks members of the same "race".

    Quacks.

    [Screenshot of Dec. 2018 "No white males, no modern world" tweet by Stefan Molyneux, whom Taleb has blocked but constantly attacks.
     
    https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/1087763053515603968

    Apelles, however, in painting [Alexander] as wielder of the thunder-bolt, did not reproduce his complexion, but made it too dark and swarthy. Whereas he was of a fair colour, as they say, and his fairness passed into ruddiness on his breast particularly, and in his face. – Plutarch

    [Augustus Caesar] had clear, bright eyes… His teeth were wide apart, small, and ill-kept; his hair was slightly curly and inclined to golden; his eyebrows met. His ears were of moderate size, and his nose projected a little at the top and then bent ever so slightly inward. His complexion was between dark and fair. – Suetonius

  92. @MikeatMikedotMike
    And as I said yesterday, I disagree that she is an attractive woman at all:

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a2/b3/c8/a2b3c8bd6724cb6bd4c24d5fde5ab2ec.jpg

    That's pre nose job, and pre god-knows-what-else. She knew on some level she needed to start looking more white.

    That quality husband material avoided this ghoul is not a coincidence, because quality husband material knows how to avoid sanctimonious entitled fembots with pathological ambitions of acquiring power.

    SHE was never quality wife material. Quality husband material knew this.

    She looks a damn sight more attractive there than she does now. Making herself more white hasn’t helped at all.

  93. @MikeatMikedotMike
    And as I said yesterday, I disagree that she is an attractive woman at all:

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a2/b3/c8/a2b3c8bd6724cb6bd4c24d5fde5ab2ec.jpg

    That's pre nose job, and pre god-knows-what-else. She knew on some level she needed to start looking more white.

    That quality husband material avoided this ghoul is not a coincidence, because quality husband material knows how to avoid sanctimonious entitled fembots with pathological ambitions of acquiring power.

    SHE was never quality wife material. Quality husband material knew this.

    SHE was never quality wife material. Quality husband material knew this.

    This person’s husband has been a partner at a major Los Angeles law firm for 21 years. I would assume that at the very least he has earned 21 million dollars during this time, and it could be many multiples of that.

    Now my friend, for argument’s sake, let’s take a white man who is too good for this person and his net worth; I would assume that you have out-earned him since 1998?

  94. @Hank Yobo

    Where does Rod Stewart find bagpipe players who look like this?
     
    She's a model, not a player. No one familiar with a bagpipe would hold it the way she does.

    I’d be more than happy for her to hold my bagpipe any way she likes.

  95. @Hail
    OT; iSteve-related:

    Nassim Taleb is going nuts, melting down, on rampage against White Europeans:

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb [Verified account]
    @nntaleb
    1 hour ago

    Stop the fake news + historical gerymandering promoted by quack-quack Molyneux & Charles Murray:

    Before 1600 Northern "Europe" contributed to ~ nothing. Nazi "Aryans" appropriated the growth of the Med/S. W. Eurasia by making (Ancient) Greeks members of the same "race".

    Quacks.

    [Screenshot of Dec. 2018 "No white males, no modern world" tweet by Stefan Molyneux, whom Taleb has blocked but constantly attacks.
     
    https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/1087763053515603968

    Before 1600 Northern “Europe” contributed to ~ nothing.

    Ignorant twit. In that pre-1600 period, Northern Europe developed all the political theories and practices that make our countries the destination of choice for the 7 billion humans who didn’t.

    Read Otto von Gierke for starters.

  96. @reactionry
    Ad[d] VISOR To Willie Brown?

    Perhaps next generation technology such as was used in the old Next Generation of Star Trek will be used to forge a Geordi utility VISOR for Brown.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_The_Next_Generation


    Also see Whitey Bob Cowley "Life of" Riley did it first https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Paterson

    Or maybe Brown wears a sensor sheath like Diana Muldaur in the original Star Trek — that episode where everyone was trying not to look at the hideously ugly alien in the Playmate cooler

    • LOL: reactionry
    • Replies: @reactionry
    [Caution: an overly-long list of seemingly drug-addled known facts and unknown unfacts to follow - or not to follow]

    Hah! I never looked closely at that cooler. Given the purported randiness of "Slick D*ck" Willie Brown, one might hope for the sake of Kamala that he wears a "sheath" over his nether regions. The mere sight of a "Medusan" was, of course, enough to turn one like totally stoned.
    Another very old episode was titled "Requiem* For Methuselah" which might remind some of the by now ancient Blade Runner 2019 and its (intentional?) howler that the toy maker, J.F. Sebastian ("Bach" to the future?) suffers from premature aging due to "Methuselah Syndrome" - perhaps confused with Progeria as in this apparent case of (sorry) Anti-Progeria Syndrome.

    * As in "Requiem For A Heavy Weight" (1962 starring Anthony Quinn as Louis 'Mountain' Rivera) or in the 1963 Twilight Zone "Steel" set in the "near future of 1974" where boxer "Steel Kelley" attempts to steal the job from, or replace (somewhat as an Anti-Replicant) the robot, "Battling Maxo"
    See also a never-produced "Requiem For A Heavy Element," "Requiem For A Neutron Star" (so dense that a teaspoon or so has the mass of an earth "mountain") or a Norwegian post-blast-sabotage of "Requiem For A Heavy Water Moderator"

    Again, sorry about that - or as was said in the Peak Stupid of the late sixties heyday (yes, it's dan-rather late in the day for me, now in my own late sixties), "That was *heavy* man!"

  97. @Anonymous

    I guess it’s a little bit like dyslexia, which all four youngest Rockefeller brothers (including VP Nelson Rockefeller and banker David Rockefeller), grandsons of John D., suffered from because their dad, J.D. Jr., sent them to a progressive school modeled on the views of John Dewey.
     
    They suffered from dyslexia because of the school?

    I don’t get it, either.

  98. @Hail
    Interesting theory; if true, ranks up there with the recent discovery of the Stratford-upon-Avon man's real, original name: Sheikh Spear.

    Good one.

  99. @Kyle
    One aspect of brown stands out, attractive females are inexplicably drawn to him. I’m sure this is driving a lot of the hate that he seems to be getting. Just like Rod Stewart. Blindness would explain a few things. The bevy of hot babes accompanying him. Working under him, fundraising for him, carrying his children. But it leaves one thing unexplained. Where does Rod Stewart find bagpipe players who look like this?
    https://goo.gl/images/cFKZa7

    Friend, that’s Rod Stewart’s third wife and fifth baby-mama, Penny Lancaster. She’s a vapid model / chat-show presenter, and she cannot play the pipes; you can watch that entire set, during which the sounds of the pipe are synthesised, recorded, or both; Penny just walks around wiggling her ass. She is English and twenty-seven years his junior (eight years older than his oldest child).

    There is I think a definite phenomenon whereby people are less contemptuous and more forgiving of characters like Stewart, who are genuinely accomplished and alpha, as people say nowadays: spectacular athletes, musicians, singers, astronauts, pilots, soldiers, brilliant scientists or physicians – we seem to intuit they deserve, or at any rate will inevitably obtain, concurrent or serial harems, nubile women long past their own passage to senescence, and so on. When the man in question obviously came by his spoils more ignominiously, society is more disapproving. Thus, sleazy politicians like Brown, lawyers, and so-called businessmen are all more likely to have obtained any wealth, fame, and status via conniving, manipulation, underhandedness – whatever one wants to call it, even though it may be very difficult, indeed and require great talent (Brown almost certainly works a lot harder to claw his way to the top with constant scams and near scrapes with consequences than did Stewart, born with perfect pitch, boyish good looks, and a charismatic voice, but for all that, we still acknowledge a hierarchy where, say, we admire – or at least admit we ought to admire – An Audie Murphy or Louis Pasteur (theirs were hard work and noble acts, notwithstanding any genetic gifts) than a Rod Stewart (I’m not saying he is Kim Kardashian, but I don’t think it was so very hard, relatively speaking, to succeed as he did, and genetics were critical); and, less admirable still a Willie Brown, and least admirable and most deserving of scorn Kim Kardashian and her ilk: no talent, no work, not even any inborn genetic gift that brings joy to others like Stewart’s voice – just evil.

    Thus:

    1. Hard work, sacrifice, maybe even danger and suffering, maybe (probably) with a genetic gift.
    2. A bit of perseverance to exploit a genetic lottery, but not very hard work or great sacrifice.
    3. Hard work, a lot of danger and suffering (but to avoid being caught out in shenanigans vs. open suffering or danger in the vein of Neil Armstrong or Audie Murphy).
    4. Neither hard work nor yet any deserving inborn gifts; just clawing, narcissistic entitlement.

    That’s an ordering according to proper ethical value. Interestingly, the actual degree of regard, I posit, for these types in The Current Year is exactly reversed, except perhaps the third and second are transposed, thus: 4, 2, 3, 1; thus and so:

    4. Kim Kardashian, Tanasi Cotes, Occassional-Kotex, etc.
    2. Any number of pop stars and actors (though the worst are actually in 4 above, someone like Bradley Cooper, Saoirse Ronan, Ryan Gosling it’s fair to put here).
    3. The lauded thuggish, criminal types: real or imagined: narcotraficantes, Trayvon Martins, etc.
    1. Some oncologist toiling in obscurity for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital; astronauts (how many people off the street can even name a single astronaut by name nowadays?); James Watson, etc.

    Others have observed how actors, singers, and such used to be for the majority of history largely viewed as low professions unworthy to be aspired to; but it’s not even as if Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn (actually very upstanding individuals, if I am not mistaken, but nevertheless, at the end of the day, entertainers more than artists) are being lauded ahead of people curing deadly diseases. No, that would be wrong-headed, but instead we have a woman who is famous and adored by the vast majority of females and many males for making a pornographic film – the females want to be her, and the males want to do her. Peterson has a good theory about this trajectory and cause of the depravity in his lectures using Pinocchio for illustration: like Pinocchio, tempted by the fox to become an actor, people want to imagine there is no meritocracy to life, and they had might as well be successful as the next person, things being arbitrary, and the way to that is the way of actors and celebrity, especially the Kardashian sort (it’s hard work and probably genetic genius to be Orson Welles or Laurence Olivier!). People idolise the Kardashians and Miley Cyruses because they can project themselves into the rôle and identify and even live vicariously, since no talent or work is required and, in these cases, it all really is arbitrary.

    The question that ought to be being asked, and is ignored to our peril, is, of course, why and how on Earth this reversal of the natural and ethical order of things and this apotheosis of depravity came to be and why it not only persists, but daily grows stronger.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    Errata: Rod Stewart's wife is eight years younger – not older! – than his oldest child. If we're going to hail his über-mack-daddery, we should get it right!

    To some he's a hero, to others a sleaze. But to all, he's surely keepin' his pimp hand strong!
  100. @AnotherDad

    Kamala looks like your typical “career woman”. Bitter that she never had children, and completely unfulfilled by her “career”, she turns to attacking America and white men as a substitute.

    She has that steely, inhuman gaze which afflicts women who have had one or more abortions. (I’m convinced that I can tell based on how the woman carries herself).
     
    As I said in the earlier thread, I think she's a fairly attractive woman--her smiling pics--and could have easily landed a quality husband--even white--in college or law school and had a much better life.

    But I do notice in the pics that she's not only gotten jowly with age, but when annoyed her mouth sets and her brow furrows and the look is fairly unpleasant--RBF + ABW. Four years of that--like four years of Hillary--would wake up another good tranche of white people including pretty much every white guy not on the soy diet.

    If she is serious about winning watch for her to quietly disappear for a few weeks — for some cosmetic surgery, to address the issues you raise. Of course she won’t need nearly as much work as Biden, Pelosi or Hillary

  101. @MikeatMikedotMike
    And as I said yesterday, I disagree that she is an attractive woman at all:

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a2/b3/c8/a2b3c8bd6724cb6bd4c24d5fde5ab2ec.jpg

    That's pre nose job, and pre god-knows-what-else. She knew on some level she needed to start looking more white.

    That quality husband material avoided this ghoul is not a coincidence, because quality husband material knows how to avoid sanctimonious entitled fembots with pathological ambitions of acquiring power.

    SHE was never quality wife material. Quality husband material knew this.

    Hair relaxer. Like Beyoncé Knowles, she let her Soul Glo. Not offensive to white people nor appropriation in any way, even when relaxed and dyed blonde, and also in no way indicative that even Negroes, zambos, and mulattoes themselves know good and well what is objectively more attractive in these matters.

    Heavens no.

  102. Willie’s main issue is not blindness per se but in actuality he’s suffering from late stage or tertiary Syphilis

  103. @Jack D
    The Chinese also invented the wheelbarrow and movable type before Europe. And probably a few of the other things on your list too. The West doesn't start to really pull ahead until the 15th or 16th century and in some areas (e.g. drilling deep wells) the Chinese remained ahead until the 19th.

    Neither Molyneux nor Taleb are completely right - the real world operates in shades of gray. The "West" always included the Mediterranean world (which extended to parts of the Middle East and N. Africa). Alexandria in Egypt had a great library when the British were still painting themselves blue.

    But whole continents - Sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas, contribute essentially nothing to scientific knowledge for most of history.

    The Chinese also invented the wheelbarrow … And probably a few of the other things on your list too.

    A device vaguely similar to a wheelbarrow:

    Which is why I added the (probably unnecessary) qualifier “modern-style.”

    Chinese nationalist historians, as endorsed by their Western anti-nationalist counterparts, like to claim that X, Y and Z were invented in China based on some vaguely similar device and/or extremely sketchy purported literary references that aren’t backed up by the archeological record.

    Similarly, Chinese nationalist linguists have gaslighted their field into accepting various preposterous 2 + 2 = 5 notions, like English and Ebonics are different languages but Cantonese and Mandarin are the same language, and Tibetan is in the same language family as “Chinese,” but Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese aren’t.

    movable type

    Gutenberg’s printing press may have been universally adopted, but reading comprehension seems to be a trailing indicator.

    In any event, China is irrelevant to comparisons between pre-modern northern Europe and the Mediterranean region.

  104. @Anonymous

    Commenting through a proxy that doesn’t preserve the URL
     
    How does one do that?

    opera has free vpn

  105. @Anonymous

    I guess it’s a little bit like dyslexia, which all four youngest Rockefeller brothers (including VP Nelson Rockefeller and banker David Rockefeller), grandsons of John D., suffered from because their dad, J.D. Jr., sent them to a progressive school modeled on the views of John Dewey.
     
    They suffered from dyslexia because of the school?

    Perhaps he meant to write that the sons were sent to the school because of their dyslexia…?

  106. @Autochthon
    Friend, that's Rod Stewart's third wife and fifth baby-mama, Penny Lancaster. She's a vapid model / chat-show presenter, and she cannot play the pipes; you can watch that entire set, during which the sounds of the pipe are synthesised, recorded, or both; Penny just walks around wiggling her ass. She is English and twenty-seven years his junior (eight years older than his oldest child).

    There is I think a definite phenomenon whereby people are less contemptuous and more forgiving of characters like Stewart, who are genuinely accomplished and alpha, as people say nowadays: spectacular athletes, musicians, singers, astronauts, pilots, soldiers, brilliant scientists or physicians – we seem to intuit they deserve, or at any rate will inevitably obtain, concurrent or serial harems, nubile women long past their own passage to senescence, and so on. When the man in question obviously came by his spoils more ignominiously, society is more disapproving. Thus, sleazy politicians like Brown, lawyers, and so-called businessmen are all more likely to have obtained any wealth, fame, and status via conniving, manipulation, underhandedness – whatever one wants to call it, even though it may be very difficult, indeed and require great talent (Brown almost certainly works a lot harder to claw his way to the top with constant scams and near scrapes with consequences than did Stewart, born with perfect pitch, boyish good looks, and a charismatic voice, but for all that, we still acknowledge a hierarchy where, say, we admire – or at least admit we ought to admire – An Audie Murphy or Louis Pasteur (theirs were hard work and noble acts, notwithstanding any genetic gifts) than a Rod Stewart (I'm not saying he is Kim Kardashian, but I don't think it was so very hard, relatively speaking, to succeed as he did, and genetics were critical); and, less admirable still a Willie Brown, and least admirable and most deserving of scorn Kim Kardashian and her ilk: no talent, no work, not even any inborn genetic gift that brings joy to others like Stewart's voice – just evil.

    Thus:

    1. Hard work, sacrifice, maybe even danger and suffering, maybe (probably) with a genetic gift.
    2. A bit of perseverance to exploit a genetic lottery, but not very hard work or great sacrifice.
    3. Hard work, a lot of danger and suffering (but to avoid being caught out in shenanigans vs. open suffering or danger in the vein of Neil Armstrong or Audie Murphy).
    4. Neither hard work nor yet any deserving inborn gifts; just clawing, narcissistic entitlement.

    That's an ordering according to proper ethical value. Interestingly, the actual degree of regard, I posit, for these types in The Current Year is exactly reversed, except perhaps the third and second are transposed, thus: 4, 2, 3, 1; thus and so:

    4. Kim Kardashian, Tanasi Cotes, Occassional-Kotex, etc.
    2. Any number of pop stars and actors (though the worst are actually in 4 above, someone like Bradley Cooper, Saoirse Ronan, Ryan Gosling it's fair to put here).
    3. The lauded thuggish, criminal types: real or imagined: narcotraficantes, Trayvon Martins, etc.
    1. Some oncologist toiling in obscurity for St. Jude's Children's Hospital; astronauts (how many people off the street can even name a single astronaut by name nowadays?); James Watson, etc.

    Others have observed how actors, singers, and such used to be for the majority of history largely viewed as low professions unworthy to be aspired to; but it's not even as if Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn (actually very upstanding individuals, if I am not mistaken, but nevertheless, at the end of the day, entertainers more than artists) are being lauded ahead of people curing deadly diseases. No, that would be wrong-headed, but instead we have a woman who is famous and adored by the vast majority of females and many males for making a pornographic film – the females want to be her, and the males want to do her. Peterson has a good theory about this trajectory and cause of the depravity in his lectures using Pinocchio for illustration: like Pinocchio, tempted by the fox to become an actor, people want to imagine there is no meritocracy to life, and they had might as well be successful as the next person, things being arbitrary, and the way to that is the way of actors and celebrity, especially the Kardashian sort (it's hard work and probably genetic genius to be Orson Welles or Laurence Olivier!). People idolise the Kardashians and Miley Cyruses because they can project themselves into the rôle and identify and even live vicariously, since no talent or work is required and, in these cases, it all really is arbitrary.

    The question that ought to be being asked, and is ignored to our peril, is, of course, why and how on Earth this reversal of the natural and ethical order of things and this apotheosis of depravity came to be and why it not only persists, but daily grows stronger.

    Errata: Rod Stewart’s wife is eight years younger – not older! – than his oldest child. If we’re going to hail his über-mack-daddery, we should get it right!

    To some he’s a hero, to others a sleaze. But to all, he’s surely keepin’ his pimp hand strong!

  107. @UrbaneFrancoOntarian
    Kamala looks like your typical "career woman". Bitter that she never had children, and completely unfulfilled by her "career", she turns to attacking America and white men as a substitute.

    She has that steely, inhuman gaze which afflicts women who have had one or more abortions. (I'm convinced that I can tell based on how the woman carries herself).

    She will definitely win the single, educated women. But she's such a bitch, and no amount of PR can hide that. Even more of a bitch than Hillary, to be exact. I really hope she wins the nomination.

    You’re just hatin’ cause Kamala went to Westmount High School.

  108. An article appearing on the Unz Review in 2015 (and, as far as I can tell, remains to this day one of the most-popular in the Race/Ethnicity category of Unz articles):

    What Race were the Greeks and Romans?
    by John Harrison Sims (American Renaissance)

    Excerpts:

    [MORE]

    A hundred years ago, however, Europeans took it for granted that many Greeks and Romans were the same race as themselves. The famed 11th edition of the Encyclopedia Brittanica, published in 1911, noted that “survival of fair hair and complexion and light eyes among the upper classes in Thebes and some other localities shows that the blond type of mankind which is characteristic of north-western Europe had already penetrated into Greek lands before classical times.”

    Achilles, their greatest warrior, has “red-gold hair,” Odysseus, their greatest strategist, has “chestnut hair,” his wife Penelope has “white cheeks the color of pure snow,” Agamede, a healer and expert on medicinal plants, is “blonde,” and King Menelaus of Sparta, the husband of Helen, has “red hair.” Helen, likewise, has “fair hair,” and even slave girls are light-skinned: “fair-tressed Hecamede,” “fair-cheeked Chryseis,” and “blonde Briseis.” This is significant, for if even some of the slaves were blond it would mean the Nordic type was not unique to the Achaeans, that it was present elsewhere in the Aegean world.

  109. @Known Fact
    Or maybe Brown wears a sensor sheath like Diana Muldaur in the original Star Trek -- that episode where everyone was trying not to look at the hideously ugly alien in the Playmate cooler

    [Caution: an overly-long list of seemingly drug-addled known facts and unknown unfacts to follow – or not to follow]

    Hah! I never looked closely at that cooler. Given the purported randiness of “Slick D*ck” Willie Brown, one might hope for the sake of Kamala that he wears a “sheath” over his nether regions. The mere sight of a “Medusan” was, of course, enough to turn one like totally stoned.
    Another very old episode was titled “Requiem* For Methuselah” which might remind some of the by now ancient Blade Runner 2019 and its (intentional?) howler that the toy maker, J.F. Sebastian (“Bach” to the future?) suffers from premature aging due to “Methuselah Syndrome” – perhaps confused with Progeria as in this apparent case of (sorry) Anti-Progeria Syndrome.

    * As in “Requiem For A Heavy Weight” (1962 starring Anthony Quinn as Louis ‘Mountain’ Rivera) or in the 1963 Twilight Zone “Steel” set in the “near future of 1974” where boxer “Steel Kelley” attempts to steal the job from, or replace (somewhat as an Anti-Replicant) the robot, “Battling Maxo”
    See also a never-produced “Requiem For A Heavy Element,” “Requiem For A Neutron Star” (so dense that a teaspoon or so has the mass of an earth “mountain”) or a Norwegian post-blast-sabotage of “Requiem For A Heavy Water Moderator”

    Again, sorry about that – or as was said in the Peak Stupid of the late sixties heyday (yes, it’s dan-rather late in the day for me, now in my own late sixties), “That was *heavy* man!”

  110. @Anon
    LOL

    https://twitter.com/NRA/status/1087358863014281216


    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1087876406829350917

    House Votes Overwhelmingly to Bar US Exit From NATO
    https://news.antiwar.com/2019/01/22/house-votes-overwhelmingly-to-bar-us-exit-from-nato/

    Socialist Ocasio Cortez, Palestinian Tlaib, and Somalian Omar voted with the majority of Democrats to make leaving NATO impossible.

    Gabbard atleast abstained.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    I doubt their constituents have a strong grasp on what NATO is or why it matters. The ideologies are pretty colors, as for a keffiyah; what matters is that the gibs must flow.
    , @EliteCommInc.
    Laughing. The US president can order US forces to exit any state or organization he chooses to the nation's benefit and security.

    He can also decrease the number as he sees fit for the same.


    But certainly this is not the same congress willing to spend or waste billions in needless warmongering destabilizing entire regions and contend we can't afford to reinforce the border.
  111. Wikipedia has a section on Willie Brown’s retinits but not his personal life.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Brown_(politician)#Retinitis_pigmentosa

    Harris’ WP page mentions her dating Brown.

  112. @George
    House Votes Overwhelmingly to Bar US Exit From NATO
    https://news.antiwar.com/2019/01/22/house-votes-overwhelmingly-to-bar-us-exit-from-nato/

    Socialist Ocasio Cortez, Palestinian Tlaib, and Somalian Omar voted with the majority of Democrats to make leaving NATO impossible.

    Gabbard atleast abstained.

    I doubt their constituents have a strong grasp on what NATO is or why it matters. The ideologies are pretty colors, as for a keffiyah; what matters is that the gibs must flow.

  113. @The Wild Geese Howard
    Yes, the brain can be trained for improved memory. This has been known for quite a long time.

    Moonwalking with Einstein, by Josh Foer is a fairly entertaining overview of how people have gone about this through the ages, as well as an autobiographical adventure in the style of Neil Strauss.

    One of the key characters in the book went on to found the website Memrise, which I find handy for my language studies.

    Thank you.

    What languages are you studying and why?

  114. @Hypnotoad666
    The Greeks and Romans were ok in their own right, as were a lot of other civilizations (China, Egypt, India, etc.)

    But, in retrospect, they were all just false starts. Everything good in our modern world started in Northern Europe circa 1600 -- i.e., Reformation, Enlightenment, and Industrial Revolution.

    Don't let anyone tell you these developments were "built on" rediscovered knowlege of the classic age. The received wisdom and deductive pseudo-reasoning of the Greeks like Aristotle, Plato and Thalen merely retarded true empirical science for centuries.

    Everything good … Reformation, Enlightenment, and Industrial Revolution.

    You’re nuts. The Reformation, Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution were the jolts of a dead body as it was eaten by maggots. The begging of the end, a rush to make some use of the scraps of a dead civilization.

  115. @Kaganovitch
    He's talking about Northern as opposed to Southern Europe

    I realize that. The RE did extend to Northern Europe, or parts thereof,–Hadrian’s Wall, anyone?– and its cultural legacy continued through the Roman Catholic Church. Perhaps that is why Latin remained the lingua franca of European elites through the seventeenth century. To say that there was no connection between the Mediterranean World and Northern Europe is just insane. Ask Braudel.

  116. @George
    House Votes Overwhelmingly to Bar US Exit From NATO
    https://news.antiwar.com/2019/01/22/house-votes-overwhelmingly-to-bar-us-exit-from-nato/

    Socialist Ocasio Cortez, Palestinian Tlaib, and Somalian Omar voted with the majority of Democrats to make leaving NATO impossible.

    Gabbard atleast abstained.

    Laughing. The US president can order US forces to exit any state or organization he chooses to the nation’s benefit and security.

    He can also decrease the number as he sees fit for the same.

    But certainly this is not the same congress willing to spend or waste billions in needless warmongering destabilizing entire regions and contend we can’t afford to reinforce the border.

  117. @Nigerian Nationalist
    Northern Europe and you're thinking Roman Empire???

    Geez Hank, don't go embarassing yourself in front of the other races. You're right about Francis (:

    There is no connection between the Roman Empire and Northern Europe? Really?? The RE did extend to Northern Europe, or parts thereof,–Hadrian’s Wall, anyone?– and its cultural legacy continued through the Roman Catholic Church. Perhaps that is why Latin remained the lingua franca of European elites through the seventeenth century. To say that there was no connection between the Mediterranean World and Northern Europe is just insane. Ask Braudel. Oh, and the Holy Roman Empire was neither Holy nor Empire, nor European? We’ll have to move the geographical divide between Occident and Orient from the Bosporus to the Rhine.

  118. @Anon7
    OT: And more good news regarding our vibrant immigrants. Three residents of Lansing, MI are arrested for supporting ISIS. All three are Kenyans, apparently, and two received citizenship as minors when their parents were naturalized.

    https://amp.lansingstatejournal.com/amp/2649766002

    So the FBI had been aware of and was investigating this trio of future Mensa member

  119. @Anon7
    OT: And more good news regarding our vibrant immigrants. Three residents of Lansing, MI are arrested for supporting ISIS. All three are Kenyans, apparently, and two received citizenship as minors when their parents were naturalized.

    https://amp.lansingstatejournal.com/amp/2649766002

    So the FBI had been successfully tracking this trio of Mensa members since 2016 (complete with two undercover informants), yet that same FBI still has given NO public explanation for their colossal “screw-up” with Nikolas Cruz, the Parkland, Florida high school shooter.

    (They were specifically warned about him in a lengthy, detailed phone call to the FBI hotline on January 5, yet in flagrant violations of their own protocol, they not only did nothing, they withheld that information from the one FBI field office, Miami, that could easily have prevented it! Then they lied to the American people by pretending their only warning from the previous September was too vague to act upon, all the while hiding the.specific January waning!)

    The FBI is not that incompetent.

    There is something very, very wrong with the mainstream narrative of that awful event.
    But as we approach the first anniversary of that unspeakable horro, no MSM reporter would dare ask the right questions.

  120. @Verymuchalive
    Not to mention the Empirical Theory of Logic, the basis of modern science, devised by those fabulous Bacon brothers - Roger and Francis. It was completely unknown to Plato, Aristotle and the rest of the Ancients. Likewise proper perspective paintings and drawings didn't appear until about 1400 AD in Flanders. I could continue, but the list of intellectual attainments is as large as the inventions.
    Taleb is an historical illiterate and moron.

    PS I think you are probably giving a little too much credit to England, as I think many of the inventions you mention were probably concurrent in other parts of western and northern Europe. It may be that archaeological efforts have been more concentrated on England than elsewhere.
    Even before the Middle Ages, the number of inventions coming out of Europe north of the Alps was impressive.
    Iron Age Celts were fine metal smiths and invented the modern wheel, with metal rims and spokes. They also invented the world's first mechanical cereal harvester - the vallus, over 2ooo years ago. Taleb's ancestors in the Levantine were still harvesting grain by hand at the time.

    Taleb is an historical illiterate and moron.

    He’s not a moron, but he is an historical illiterate as pertains to medieval Europe.

    I think you are probably giving a little too much credit to England, as I think many of the inventions you mention were probably concurrent in other parts of western and northern Europe. It may be that archaeological efforts have been more concentrated on England than elsewhere.

    I agree, but it’s what I have to go with in the absence of sources that say otherwise. I’d also guess that English archeological finds are more widely known in English-language sources. Other factors are that England, as a former Roman province and a wealthy and densely populated one, had a head start on civilization vs the rest of northern Europe, and that I only listed unambiguous northern European inventions (so excluding e.g. perspective painting), and England is one of the most distant areas of northern Europe from the Mediterranean.

  121. @Anonymous

    It’s a good debate to have though I don’t care for the histrionics.
     
    Why is it a good debate to have?

    Speaking for myself, I’d like it pinned down whether IQ is a valid metric for general intelligence. Levantines and Iranians seem to be punching above their weight, but that’s anecdotal on my part. Is it the testing, the test-takers, or the test-makers? Or the people who report or estimate the results? Something’s going on.

    You know what’s another good debate? GDP, and GDP per capita. What do they measure and how do they measure it, and does it matter? Italy, for example, punches above its supposed economic weight, but in terms of public corruption and rule of law (and TFR), it punches below. Interesting.

    Shall we further debate why it’s a good debate? Thanks for asking the really important questions.

  122. @Pat Boyle
    Brown always was a nasty piece of work. When we had the student riots at San Francisco State, he intruded to make things worse. He interpreted the campus conflict as simple white racism and the righteous black reaction to it. In fact the black students on campus and their organization were thoroughly corrupt. They were simply stealing from the student funds.

    That was one of the first points at which I began my turn away from leftism. I remembered that Ho Chi Minh had led a revolution where he attracted young idealists - at least that was the legend. The communists were self denying believers in communal values. Or so we were told
    .
    But the blacks and Willie Brown that we saw all about us were just degenerates, thugs and hustlers, and were obviously just in it you what could be stolen from the productive members of society.

    Brown was and is a scum-bucket.

    “But the blacks and Willie Brown that we saw all about us were just degenerates, thugs and hustlers, and were obviously just in it you what could be stolen from the productive members of society.”……see David Horowitz’s comments on the Panther’s murder of Betty Van Patten….she was hired to keep the books for the Oakland Panthers and threatened to expose them for the rip-off artists that they were….they murdered her for that….the Panthers were getting federal funds at that time.

  123. @njguy73
    Suddenly Susan ran on NBC from 1996 to 2000. It starred Brooke Shields as the titular journalist and Judd Nelson as the owner of the San Francisco-based magazine where she worked. There's an episode where Nelson's character is shown playing poker with some friends. Two are pictured below. One is the allegedly blind then-mayor of the city. The other is somebody else.

    https://www.gettyimages.fr/detail/photo-d'actualit%C3%A9/ll-see-that-and-raise-you-susan-episode-22-aired-photo-dactualit%C3%A9/140850569

    Photoshop of Trump and Brown’s heads. Cute.

    • Replies: @njguy73
    No, that actually happened. I remember that episode. Here's the IMDB page for it. Brown, Trump, Mr. T., and John McEnroe all cameoed as themselves.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0712721/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_5
  124. @Anon
    He is blind enough to qualify for disability due to blindness.

    Because, as we all know, it is impossible to game the disability system.

  125. @R.G. Camara
    This doesn't surprise me these days. It, however, still amazes me how much local reporters cover up for those in power.

    In Boston, the recent long-time mayor, Tom Menino (20 years on the job), disappeared for nearly a year. He gave no speeches, made no public appearances, and all became a ghost. Yet no paper or news cast even made mention of this. Turns out Menino was in the hospital for some serious illness, for which he died just a short time after. But all the local reporters knew---and covered it up.

    Rather like FDR's paralysis. Or JFK's philandering (which was so bad, it literally was a state security issue when it came to grown-up women, nevermind his using the college intern pool as his own personal, ever-changing, semi-consensual harem). Or John Edwards's love child. Open secrets to reporters, yet no one reported on them.

    Or, as Mike Cernovich reported, John Conyers's serial abuse of women.


    Or, in other realms, how so many female entertainment folks told stories about Matt Lauer's rape button or Harvey Weinstein' attacks.

    So the idea that Willie Brown is actually blind but has been covering it up for his career actually doesn't surprise me at this point. I'm sure many people would have known about it, including many reporters, but have covered for him. After all, the "little" people don't need to know such things. It might make them think different than what they want us to think!

    The thing that amazes me is that such corruption in the press has been going on for so long.

    His blindness has always been well known to his constituents who elected him to the assembly for 30 years and then elected him Mayor twice.

    His eyesight didn’t hamper him. It was just a fact, like he’s short. There was no cover up.

  126. @Anonymous

    Commenting through a proxy that doesn’t preserve the URL
     
    How does one do that?

    You could purchase VPN service. Slows things down a bit (traffic bounces off a remote server, back to you) but gives you anonymity. $10-$12 a month at the high end, but lots of promotional pricing around. To similarly make email secure, look at protonmail (free).

    Stay squiffy.

  127. @The Man From K Street
    I see some take issue with my assertion, and at least Anon[257], who says he's known him since 1974, agrees with it. I still stand by it--the anecdotes offered to the contrary are not ones that an extraordinarily-gifted extrovert in politics couldn't "fake": you can memorize voices of casual acquaintances and restaurant menus as well as you can faces. Moreover, if you're a politician surrounded by a coterie 24/7, some of those flunkies are going to have the job of quietly whispering or otherwise signalling cues regarding identity.

    I had heard this independently, but in addition, women I know danced with him at a couple of black-tie charity balls back in the 70s, and they will go to their graves insisting the man cannot see. I also suspect that as a blind man, discreet groping may be one way he evaluates potential sexual partners, but I ain't asking them if he ever put the moves on them.

    Not every blind man is able to learn to so effectively compensate for his handicap. But whatever you think of his politics (and I don't think much of them at all), Brown is an extraordinary blind man.

    The word “blind” has various meanings and degrees – legally blind, totally blind, etc. My guess is that he has very limited vision – in retinitis pigmentosa you lose more and more of your night vision and peripheral vision because your rods deteriorate first but you still retain a sort of “tunnel vision” looking straight ahead when the lighting is good. At some point you may only see shapes and movement because the cones start to go next, but total blindness from retinitis is uncommon. So people with retinitis don’t usually have that blank look of the totally blind – they can usually see enough to at least see the outline of a face and orient themselves to look at the person that they are speaking to.

    I don’t know where Brown falls on this spectrum but the pattern of the disease is that vision deteriorates more and more as time goes on so the way he was 40 or 50 years ago is not how he is now. So both those who are saying he is “blind” and “not blind” are right, depending on how you define blind and what era you are speaking of.

  128. @Anon
    Photoshop of Trump and Brown’s heads. Cute.

    No, that actually happened. I remember that episode. Here’s the IMDB page for it. Brown, Trump, Mr. T., and John McEnroe all cameoed as themselves.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0712721/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_5

  129. @Steve Sailer
    I turned on the TV late in the 4th quarter of the Saints-Rams game just in time to see the now infamous no call at the 5 yard line. I remember thinking, Wow, the Saints defensive player must have made a really good play, because it sure looked like a good pass, and look how modest he's being. He's not celebrating his big play or anything, just walking quietly as if he doesn't really want any attention.

    Dear Steve,

    OT: Have you ever done a piece on how the Jonestown massacre cost an entire generation of California politicians a shot a national office? Willie Brown especially got hurt.

  130. @J.Ross
    Talib = student (notice, that T's emphatic, which means it's just like our T but you put exaggerated emphasis on it) or "seeker of truth" to be Arabically dramatic. The Taliban are "the students."
    Taleb = same thing (but transliterated by a Frank who didn't know that there is no e or o in Arabic).
    Tlaib = Can't nail it down but it sure looks like a derivation from the above, unless it's spelled with a t instead of a T, or something to do with "hills" (tlal).
    Normal "studying" is dirasa (cf madrasa, school); a Talib is a student of great things, presumably jurisprudence, or a college student.
    Rashida Tlaib (nee Harbi) gets her name from her husband, whom she has divorced. Harbi, depending on the spelling (Arabic has five different h's), could have a satirically exploitable connection to witchcraft or mean "wierdo." If it's Harb, this means war, and Harbi could be "my war," exploitable the other way.
    NN Taleb is Lebanese para-royalty and Tlaib is pure Palestinian, so there is extremely little chance of a relation.

    Tlaib looks like a Roman rendition of ‘little Talib’.
    Arabic doesn’t have 5 h-like sounds, just 2. But to be fair, one of those when written has 4 variants, the other 5 or even more, but there are just the two pronunciations.
    Emphatic is a grammatical term describing a group of sounds which differ from their corresponding non-emphatics by changing the quality of the following vowel. If you get that part right, you get the emphatics right, with or without extra emphasis.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    (I was counting the kinky throat stuff as h's because that's as close as westerners come.)
  131. @Anonymous

    I guess it’s a little bit like dyslexia, which all four youngest Rockefeller brothers (including VP Nelson Rockefeller and banker David Rockefeller), grandsons of John D., suffered from because their dad, J.D. Jr., sent them to a progressive school modeled on the views of John Dewey.
     
    They suffered from dyslexia because of the school?

    While some dyslexia is likely “biological” in some way, a lot of what presents as dyslexia is almost definitely caused by lack of phonetic reading instruction. Traditionally, progressive schools eschew phonics.

    (What private schools that describe themselves as “progressive” nowadays do is another matter… It’s sufficiently hard reading private school descriptions to know which jargon is there for virtue signalling and which jargon actually descibes their pedagogy…)

  132. @orionyx
    Tlaib looks like a Roman rendition of 'little Talib'.
    Arabic doesn't have 5 h-like sounds, just 2. But to be fair, one of those when written has 4 variants, the other 5 or even more, but there are just the two pronunciations.
    Emphatic is a grammatical term describing a group of sounds which differ from their corresponding non-emphatics by changing the quality of the following vowel. If you get that part right, you get the emphatics right, with or without extra emphasis.

    (I was counting the kinky throat stuff as h’s because that’s as close as westerners come.)

  133. @Anon
    Sister in law saw the black students roaming with baseball bats beating up Whites. I didn’t know Brown involved himself in the SFS riots.

    The ghetto blacks were organized and brought to the SF State campus where they in fact beat up whites – some with baseball bats. This wasn’t a direct action by Willie Brown but it was approved by him. No “black leaders” spoke out against the mob violence.

    I only saw the very end of this. As it happened I was in a long session with a grad student who was trying to gain experience with the Stanford-Binet IQ test. I volunteered to be the test subject. My girl friend and males friend at the time were worried. They considered me a hot head who would fight back against the invasion of black thugs. And they were probably right. But I was in a room during the melee answering IQ questions. By the time I got out, most of it was over.

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