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From my new column in Taki’s Magazine:

The city of San Francisco has become a notoriously unaffordable place to live. Two-bedroom apartments in San Francisco currently average $4,126 per month, up from $1,840 in 2009. To buy a three-bedroom home would run you $1,612,500.

With San Francisco being one of the epicenters of the environmental movement of the past half century, local homeowners are adept at using progressive verbiage for justifying keeping San Francisco in stasis. As a conservative, I rather admire the cleverness with which liberals have contrived to keep San Francisco physically looking much like it did in the past.

The situation has gotten so bad for young renters that San Francisco now even numbers among its myriad activist groups a pro-capitalist one—the Bay Area Renters Federation, or BARF—that proposes that developers be allowed to develop.

This is part of an increasing national push to allow more construction in already dense big cities. That’s probably a good idea, but it’s worth explaining in honest language what’s actually going on in San Francisco.

Read the whole thing there.

 
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  1. Over at The Atlantic – which I admit I haven’t read in a couple of months – it was becoming trendy to blame zoning, particularly for single family, as the root of all evil in explaining the rising costs of city living and its impact on minorities. Kriston Capps hit this idea many times, which is entertaining as his competency as a writer is as an art critic (and one that I enjoyed reading in that context), but I guess since he lives in a city that makes him an expert as far as the editors are concerned. There is some truth in the focus on zoning when it comes to dense places like SF, but in many American cities single family zoning just reflects the fact that it’s considered the ideal living arrangement by a majority of people regardless of race and there is plenty of space.

    At any rate, the uncomfortable truth for people like Capps is that despite shrinking numbers, whites are still the most numerous demographic, have higher levels of education and entrepreneurship, and adherence to society’s norms so that wherever they cluster amenities arrive, prices go up, and minorities get pushed out. Most liberals don’t really want to pursue that line of thought and its implications and instead blame stuff like redlining, mortgage discrimination, white supremacy and so on, which have no “sell by” date for progressives.

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  2. The “Bay Area Renters Federation, or BARF” suggests an innovative way to conduct news-attracting public demonstrations.

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    • Replies: @Boomstick
    Old hat. The people of San Francisco have beaten you to the punch in vomit performance art.

    http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/San-Francisco-protesters-stage-a-vomit-in-2627438.php

    In a unique form of opposition, some protesters at the Federal Building staged a "vomit in," by heaving on the sidewalks and plaza areas in the back and front of the building to show that the war in Iraq made them sick, according to a spokesman.
     
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2598342/Protester-angry-huge-tech-buses-employees-Silicon-Valley-jobs-VOMITS-yahoo-vehicle-Googles-Kevin-Rose-flyers-posted-round-home-calling-parasite.html

    A protester so aghast with Silicon Valley's impact on the Bay Area has gone as far as to vomit on a Yahoo shuttle bus.

    The mystery demonstrator was among a group of protesters picketing the buses that ferry employees of the big tech corporations to work, deeming them indicative of everything wrong with the hyper-gentrified Silicon Valley.
    ...
    But Valleywag.com reported that in Oakland, almost 50 'rebels' blocked a pick up zone for tech buses and one apparently vomited on the windshield of a Yahoo bus from its roof.
     
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  3. I’m from the Bay Area so I can confirm that there’s a lot genteel racism there, that is, no one uses the N word but no one wants their kids going to heavily black high schools (I did, no problem). There’s a certain phoniness in the way people talk about race relations.

    At the same time, development is not always a good thing, either intrinsically or in terms of its effects. For example, one of the main attractions of the Bay Area are the views, but these are easily destroyed by building too many high rises.

    Rents are also extremely high in Manhattan, where I lived for ten years. And they are still building “apartments” such as the current eyesore at 432 Park Avenue. However, these are priced way over the abilities of any ordinary person to pay, let alone any black person. And the ongoing gentrification of Harlem is probably also going to diminish the AA population in New York.

    Things like the Reber Plan (i.e., filling in the Bay for development) were common in the ’60′s and being young I thought they were cool ideas, but realistically, there’s a limit to what you can do, the choke points for traffic etc. around the Bay are a tighter even than in the NY metro area.

    I suppose you could build a bunch of high rise apartments in the Sunset district or any of the acreage directly South of, say, Golden Gate Park but again I assume that all of that would be snapped up by high earners in a matter of minutes.

    Complaints about rising rents and housing costs in the Bay Area have been going on for 40 years. I literally could never live in any of the neighborhoods where I grew up. That’s saddening, I suppose. But I don’t think it’s systematically racist. I’ve been to LA, and I know the NY Metro very well, including the concrete corridor from Trenton to NY. There’s no reason that the Bay Area should commit suicide just so Angelenos and New Jerseyans can commiserate.

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    • Replies: @Old Palo Altan
    "Genteel racism." Well if you insist; I would simply call it authentic gentility.
    The N word was wash-your-mouth-out-with-soap unacceptable. Keeping far away from the blacks was nevertheless unspoken good sense.
    Not that it was difficult; as I have said before I never saw a black person in Palo Alto, except I suppose the very occasional daily. But now that I think back, I can't remember seeing even one of those - blacks were simply not suitable for such positions (unlike in the Old South, where we lived briefly, and I, aged four, loved our black dailies, who were absolute darlings, particularly the one who was the spitting image of Aunt Jemima, headscarf and all).
    Hmn; I've just re-read that last sentence and can promise that, although it reads like a parody, it is the gospel truth.
    San Francisco was where one went for the concerts (the heady days of Josef Krips), the Top of the Mark, Fisherman's Wharf (I still can't eat sourdough bread from anywhere else), and rites of passage like one's first Brooks Brother's navy blazer at age ten. I was always pestering my father to move there: fat chance - his eyes were firmly fixed on Pebble Beach. Something called golf I think.
    It amazes and impresses me that you survived a majority black high school; why not tell us something about it? Surely this was no later than the Sixties?
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  4. “San Francisco—like Washington, D.C., and Brooklyn, and unlike almost all the rest of the country—is becoming more white.” Believe it or not, with all of the bad news coming out of it, this is happening in Chicago as well. Growing up in the area, the name “Humboldt Park” was synonymous with “bad neighborhood” or “whites stay out!” In the 1960′s and 70′s there were some nasty race riots there between the Puerto Rican and black population and the police (some involving the FALN) and this pretty much drove out the last of the Polish and Greek population that had lived there. The most famous of the people driven out was the Belushi family, who move out to Wheaton, Illinois in the 60′s. I recently went to an art fair that stretched for about 4 blocks along Division Street (Paseo Boricua) in Humboldt Park, near the Puerto Rican flag arch over the street, and 99% of the crowd was white.

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    • Replies: @Discard
    I have read that Chicago has been shipping its ghetto out to smaller cities like Rockford. They knock down the high-rise projects like Cabrini-Green, give the former tenants Section 8 vouchers that won't get you a place in Chicago, and let the chips fall where they may.
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  5. Is there any politically incorrect director in Hollywood who would have the balls to direct a film about The Zebra Killers?

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    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
    A film about the Zebra Killers? We shouldn't Lionize such megafauna.
    , @whorefinder
    After reading the Wikipedia article about the Zebra Murders , two things sprang to mind:

    1) They event should really be called The Death Angel Killers, since the killers called themselves the Death Angels--which is a pretty sick and memorable name for a group of serial killers. But the blacks who did it were all proud of being The Death Angels. Let's give the brothers some credit, people!

    However, I suspect the name Zebra is used to describe them to deliberately confuse it/tie it up with with the unrelated-but-geographically-linked Zodiac killings. This deliberate confusion is probably for three reasons: both for the alliteration (Zodiac and Zebra, oh my!); because both happened in a similar era and place; and, most importantly, because Zodiac has long been considered to be a lone white male, so historians/reporters want the public to think the Zebra murders were also be done by a lone white male. Down with whitey!

    2) absolutely nothing in the article gives the motives for the killings. The article goes into detail about "racial profiling" and how evil it was against those poor poor innocent black men in San Francisco, but nothing about why four "black Muslims" would go around doing such heinous, wanton, and mass killings.

    And people say Wikipedia isn't biased.

    , @syonredux

    Is there any politically incorrect director in Hollywood who would have the balls to direct a film about The Zebra Killers?
     
    Certainly not Spike Lee.He actually had a scene in SUMMER OF SAM (set during the Summer of '77) where a Black woman pontificates on how a Black-on-White serial killer would cause an anti-Black pogrom. Which, seeing as how the Zebra Killings occurred in 1973-74 and didn't cause anti-Black riots, means that Spike is either completely ignorant of the Zebra Killings or a liar.
    , @Daniel Williams

    Is there any politically incorrect director in Hollywood who would have the balls to direct a film about The Zebra Killers?
     
    I can easily picture Quentin Tarantino making a movie in which they are the heroes.
    , @E. Rekshun
    Is there any politically incorrect director in Hollywood who would have the balls to direct a film about The Zebra Killers?

    Clint Eastwood, but jeesh, he's, what, about 90 now.
    , @The Albino Sasquatch
    Certainly not. That would require portraying black people as racist killers, and as we all know, blacks are incapable of that. And, even if they do kill people, it was because white people made them do it.
    The film could get made - but it would have to portray the zebra killers as heroic revolutionaries giving whitey what they deserve. Expect Tarantino to direct for that one.
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  6. I always thought the reason they gave up on filling in the Bay is that in-fill land is susceptible to liquefaction during earthquakes. Not a good idea for a historically earthquake-prone area.

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  7. RE San Franciso:

    There’s one piece of SF real estate that could be the very coolest address in all of California, not to mention both urban and ultimately secure. Someone needs to buy Alcatraz Island and build one helluva 100-story condo tower out there!

    JP Straley

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    • Replies: @Immigrant from former USSR
    How about transportation to and from the island ?

    OT
    Two my female relatives live in San Francisco.
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    One is affiliated (in some or other sense) for the last 8 years
    with University of California, campus San Francisco (UCSF).
    She lives in "Mission" district, rents a room in an apartment;
    likes "Mission", but complains that rent is pretty high.
    No perspective to rent a separate apartment.
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    The other lady is wife of "WatsUp" employee-programmer.
    For them to live in "Mission" would be below their status.
    I actually do not know where in SF do they live right now.
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    I visited both of them 3 years ago, before "WatsUp" wife gave birth to a nice girl,
    and before "WatsUp" was bought by Facebook.
    Their family of 2 (at the time) owned rather upscale apartment, not in "Mission".
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    Jedem das Seine.

    , @EdwardM
    There's a version of that going on on Treasure Island (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasure_Island_Development).

    On a related note, how did San Francisco become the left-wing hippie/homeless/homo paradise that it is today? Being too lazy to go find a history out there, what is it that has distinguished it over the past half-century from other cities, all of which have gone in the same direction but not achieved the extremes of S.F.? It went from a gritty industrial port city, and then financial and military center, to going off the deep end post-War.
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  8. I was in Monterey, CA last summer, and I was amazed at how time seemed to stand still 40 years ago. It was like a Williamsburg Village for 1975.

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    • Replies: @Old Palo Altan
    Quite right.
    I first got to know it in the late Fifties (that is the Peninsula, not just the town). Change can be ranked thusly:
    1) Carmel is ruined: Ocean Avenue is a collection of tourist tat shops and the little houses are absurdly inflated in price. The Mission remains an oasis however;
    2) Pebble Beach remains a grand dame sort of place, and house prices are surprising modest for what one gets;
    3) Pacific Grove is too expensive, but otherwise very similar to what I first knew: modest, quaint. low-key;
    4) Monterey is if anything more old-fashioned than it was then. But it is the least attractive part of the Peninsula (Seaside does not count) and is wrecked by the tourists who come to Canary Row and the insanely over-priced aquarium.
    Oh, and the best view over the bay is from the Carmelite Convent south of Carmel on Highway One. Don't miss it (or the chapel, for that matter).
    , @anonymous
    That's a good point. I grew up in various Nor Cal cities in the 70s & 80s (Mendocino, SF, Santa Cruz) with my broke, hippy parents and 40 years ago they could eke out a living and afford these places. Not now, of course.

    The split level Victorian homes of San Fran look the same but the couch surfing hippies are largely gone. It even seems less gay than in the past. It's young, rich, white and Asian.

    (And far fewer blacks. The Bay Area blacks were terrifying, and I remember horror stories of Oakland blacks terrorizing students who strayed).
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  9. San Francisco would have more Japanese but, other than that, I don’t think the demographics would be much different had the Germans won the war.

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    The first or the second?

    If the Germans had won the First World War, mass immigration would be going in the other direction. That of Europeans to the colonial empires. And probably no Communist threat that led to the 1965 Immigration Act, the 1924 Act may have been sped up due to fears of German dual loyalties.
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  10. Leftist conservative [AKA "Make Unz.com Great Again"] says: • Website

    sailer wrote:
    “That’s probably a good idea”

    PROBABLY?

    btw, sailer owns a house in an expensive area of LA. Hence the “probably.”

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    • Replies: @Old Palo Altan
    No he doesn't. Trust me.
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  11. MW says:

    The high housing costs in San Fran are also a result of the government no longer caring about monopolies. You can buy a great house for $100k in most of the country, so why is everyone clamoring for super-expensive homes in the Bay Area? Well, the good jobs are concentrated there, to a much greater extent than they were 30 years ago. Because as a society we decided to stop protecting local and regional businesses, and mega-corporations like to put their headquarters in one of the few mega-metropolises.

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    • Replies: @The Alarmist

    "Well, the good jobs are concentrated there, to a much greater extent than they were 30 years ago. Because as a society we decided to stop protecting local and regional businesses, and mega-corporations like to put their headquarters in one of the few mega-metropolises."
     
    As a recovering Manhjattanite, I can tell you it is much simpler than that ... if you are there, you are in the game. At some point it takes on critical mass; while other mega-metropolises like Detroit, Philly, and Chicago fade away, places like SF and NYC start to generate so much pull that they start to emit energy ... kind of like a black whole, but without the messy diversity.
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  12. MW says:

    Also, similar to your analysis, but from a slightly different perspective, is Jay Forrester’s Attractiveness Principle. He says, imagine a city which is perfect in every way: high quality housing at low prices, lots of great jobs, clean, low crime, lots of parks and amenities, etc. Everyone would move there! Which would then ruin the perfection of the city, by either driving up housing prices, or swamping social services, or increasing crime, or filling all the good jobs, or forcing apartments to get smaller, etc. Something needs to be the bottleneck to keep people from moving there and ruining Utopiaville! And when you consider all the options, high housing costs is a pretty good bottleneck. But the best bottleneck of all is a really bad reputation. Then you can have an awesome city, but no one moves there because people don’t know how awesome it is!

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    Good point, but I think the entirety of Jay Forrester's work was anticipated by Yogi Berra who once remarked, "Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded."
    , @Anonymous
    "He says, imagine a city which is perfect in every way: high quality housing at low prices, lots of great jobs, clean, low crime, lots of parks and amenities, etc. Everyone would move there! Which would then ruin the perfection of the city, by either driving up housing prices, or swamping social services, or increasing crime, or filling all the good jobs, or forcing apartments to get smaller, etc."

    This is happening to Nashville now.

    "Something needs to be the bottleneck to keep people from moving there and ruining Utopiaville! And when you consider all the options, high housing costs is a pretty good bottleneck. But the best bottleneck of all is a really bad reputation. Then you can have an awesome city, but no one moves there because people don’t know how awesome it is!"

    Nashville used to have a somewhat bad reputation (everyone thought it was a bunch of Hee Haw type hicks) even though it wasn't true, so that kept huge numbers of people away.
    , @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    "Then you can have an awesome city, but no one moves there because people don’t know how awesome it is!"

    This is how NJ does it.

    Lots of smart people...
    A big budget for toxic PR...
    Jersey Shore + Sopranos = Priceless Negative Reputation to keep the riffraff outta the charming horse and golf country that Wall Street Titans enjoy.

    The top outta sight don't exactly care about popular opinion so there is no loss to them
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  13. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:

    Steve,

    Related to one of your earlier articles, even the Chinese Government is trying to keep white guys away from their women:

    http://news.sky.com/story/1681296/china-in-dangerous-love-foreign-spy-warning

    Well, at least away from female government employees.

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    From the FBI:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8xlUNK4JHQ
    , @george
    "David" woos her with compliments - I wonder which foreign power David works for?
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  14. No wonder the Bay Area is so kneejerk-leftist!

    Black Lives always Matter more when there aren’t any of them in your direct line of sight, needlessly complicating matters with their constant physical presence.

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    • Replies: @dumpstersquirrel
    All Whiteopias, including Portland OR, are kneejerk leftist because it's a form of penance to compensate for choosing to live in such a White city. Hard leftism, including slavish support for Black Lives Matter, makes up for the apparent "revealed choice" racism of Whites who choose to live in very White cities.
    , @Stan d Mute

    Black Lives always Matter more when there aren’t any of them in your direct line of sight, needlessly complicating matters with their constant physical presence.

     

    Well remember too that SF is uniquely blessed by geography. It sits on the tip of a peninsula with no good major freeway access into the city since the last major earthquake. To the north is expensive real estate in Marin and wine country. To the south is Silicon Valley. The major African concentration is across the bay in Oakland. So the Africans have to cross a big bridge to wreak their normal urban chaos.

    My own favorite area out there is East of Oakland in sunny Livermore and Concord, but that's mostly due to the profusion of great twisty roads and lower traffic than you'll find between Silicon Valley and the Pacific (superb scenic twisty roads, just constrained by traffic and frequent fog).
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  15. San Francisco’s latest contribution to urban civilization:

    Open Air Urinal

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    Open Air Urinal


    Plumbing is always civilizational..... and this is on par with but perhaps more practical than the iPhone app that helps you to safely navigate through the fecal minefield left by San Franciscos urban camper demographic.

    , @Shaq
    I assume Mr. and Mrs. Zuckerberg are excited to have this a couple of blocks from their home.
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  16. Don’t forget about the Peninsula Open Space Trust: https://openspacetrust.org/

    Taking land off the market, preserving views, etc., because the area needs “protecting.” It’s something along the lines of “Not In My Backyard’s Backyard.”

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    • Replies: @Olorin
    So what do you suggest? Paving it all? Installing hipster hives everywhere?

    Whites protect open space. We like nature. We like to get away from the hive.

    You want hive, move to Singapore.
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  18. Taki’s comments are a total cesspool. “Durrhurr I hope an earthquake kills all those faggots in SF teehee im so edgy and transgressive.” It almost makes me support SJWs.

    Sailer is a awful moderator but the comments here on Unz are at least tolerable overall.

    Anyway, that BosGlo article linked to in the article wasn’t really anti-white. Nowhere was race mentioned. And I’m sure those tech bros are pretty insufferable. One of the comments summed it up: nerds pretending to be jocks is a really bad combo. Have we already forgotten the inebriated Taco Bell social media executive who tried beating up on the Über driver before being summarily pepper sprayed?

    But overall, yes I will concede that these binge drinking tech idiots are undoubtedly less of a public menace than the Obama sons across the bay in Oakland.

    Decent article overall.

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    • Replies: @Thomas
    Oakland is gradually getting gentrified as well, though perhaps more slowly. I used to live there, and rent for new tenants in my former building doubled between 2009 and 2014.

    Oakland and the East Bay in general make an attractive alternative to "The City" proper if you discount, or eliminate, the ghetto aspects. Space is more plentiful, much of the housing stock is actually more classic than SF (more of the Victorian architecture in the East Bay survived the 1906 earthquake and fire compared to SF), the weather is much better, there's more natural beauty and greenbelts left, and half-decent transit options (like BART, when it's working) make for a commute to Market Street/FiDi not any worse than it would be from the Outer Sunset/Richmond most of the time, and usually better to San Jose/Silicon Valley (880 vs. 280/101).

    The trouble is the ghetto aspects, which wax and wane but might actually be getting worse, or at least more obvious, in some respects (riots, BLM antics, plus perennial recruiting and retention problems and scandals for the Oakland Police Department). It's worth wondering whether some aspects of BLM-type and gang thuggishness represent a "downmarket" version of SF-type antidevelopment activities in some places (scare away the developers and bros), even if it's less organized. In LA, Boyle Heights is seeing gang-type stuff, "community organizers," Hispanic activists, and Maoists (really) trying to keep out the hipsters, who've been swallowing up more and more neighborhoods to their west and north: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/19/los-angeles-la-gentrification-resistance-boyle-heights

    , @Marty
    Well, let's face it, "transgressive" was the big gay buzzword all through the '90's. Just look at any issue of Christopher Street during that time, where it appeared about as often as "OPS" does in Sports Illustrated. For a long time it's explicitly been about discomfiting str8s, so why shouldn't we eventually react in kind?
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  19. It’d be useful to note that the evergreen loathing of badwhites (e.g., Trump voters, “flyover people”) provides another useful scapegoat and cover for endeavors like this, along with all the enviro/anticapitalist cant. Sneer at the badwhites for not being happy that they’re forced to live among low-class NAMs, and nobody notices you expelling your own.

    BTW, this mostly-empty lot in Bayview/Hunter’s Point (SF’s last real ghetto), which comes ready with a snappy two-car garage and is conveniently around the corner from a public housing project, can be yours for the low low price of only $450k: http://sfist.com/2016/04/14/this_scary_bayview_lot_near_notorio.php

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    I had a close friend who had a cabinet shop on Egbert. It was safe enough in the day but when evening came along, you could here the werewolves start to howl.
    , @Jefferson
    "Sneer at the badwhites for not being happy that they’re forced to live among low-class NAMs, and nobody notices you expelling your own."

    Most bad Whites live in high crime NAM neighborhoods? I didn't know bad Whites like me and Steve are in the minority, in that we don't live in such neighborhoods.
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  20. @Thomas
    It'd be useful to note that the evergreen loathing of badwhites (e.g., Trump voters, "flyover people") provides another useful scapegoat and cover for endeavors like this, along with all the enviro/anticapitalist cant. Sneer at the badwhites for not being happy that they're forced to live among low-class NAMs, and nobody notices you expelling your own.

    BTW, this mostly-empty lot in Bayview/Hunter's Point (SF's last real ghetto), which comes ready with a snappy two-car garage and is conveniently around the corner from a public housing project, can be yours for the low low price of only $450k: http://sfist.com/2016/04/14/this_scary_bayview_lot_near_notorio.php

    I had a close friend who had a cabinet shop on Egbert. It was safe enough in the day but when evening came along, you could here the werewolves start to howl.

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  21. Mau Mauing the Flack Catchers is one of the great anthropological texts of 20th Century America. It should be required reading.

    My east Tennessee town just has an explosion of gang shootings over the last few days. Since hardcore gang stuff here is new compared to Chicago or Memphis, there’s still a lot of people in the handwringing phase, with things like gang summits, identifying youth leaders, and truces being offered- in other words, they’re offering Chicago 1970 solutions. A cursory look at the history of towns like LA and Chicago will show that maybe they should skip that pointless phase and move onto getting into RICO prosecution territory.

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    My east Tennessee town just has an explosion of gang shootings over the last few days.
     
    That's a consequence of the elites moving vibrants out of the more desirable areas and into the heartland.

    I think that guy called Shitty or Shetty or something recommended it.
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  22. @Anonymous
    San Francisco would have more Japanese but, other than that, I don't think the demographics would be much different had the Germans won the war.

    The first or the second?

    If the Germans had won the First World War, mass immigration would be going in the other direction. That of Europeans to the colonial empires. And probably no Communist threat that led to the 1965 Immigration Act, the 1924 Act may have been sped up due to fears of German dual loyalties.

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  23. While it is fashionable in the paleo right and alt right to blame all of San Francisco’s ills on liberalism, I think that’s nonsense. SF (and Manhattan, and London) have all been destroyed by neoliberal capitalism, not identity politics liberalism. Gay marriage or trans bathrooms didn’t destroy the white middle class in the Bay Area – a decades-long real estate bubble created by venture capital robber barons destroyed the Bay Area.

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  24. @AndrewR
    Taki's comments are a total cesspool. "Durrhurr I hope an earthquake kills all those faggots in SF teehee im so edgy and transgressive." It almost makes me support SJWs.

    Sailer is a awful moderator but the comments here on Unz are at least tolerable overall.

    Anyway, that BosGlo article linked to in the article wasn't really anti-white. Nowhere was race mentioned. And I'm sure those tech bros are pretty insufferable. One of the comments summed it up: nerds pretending to be jocks is a really bad combo. Have we already forgotten the inebriated Taco Bell social media executive who tried beating up on the Über driver before being summarily pepper sprayed?

    But overall, yes I will concede that these binge drinking tech idiots are undoubtedly less of a public menace than the Obama sons across the bay in Oakland.

    Decent article overall.

    Oakland is gradually getting gentrified as well, though perhaps more slowly. I used to live there, and rent for new tenants in my former building doubled between 2009 and 2014.

    Oakland and the East Bay in general make an attractive alternative to “The City” proper if you discount, or eliminate, the ghetto aspects. Space is more plentiful, much of the housing stock is actually more classic than SF (more of the Victorian architecture in the East Bay survived the 1906 earthquake and fire compared to SF), the weather is much better, there’s more natural beauty and greenbelts left, and half-decent transit options (like BART, when it’s working) make for a commute to Market Street/FiDi not any worse than it would be from the Outer Sunset/Richmond most of the time, and usually better to San Jose/Silicon Valley (880 vs. 280/101).

    The trouble is the ghetto aspects, which wax and wane but might actually be getting worse, or at least more obvious, in some respects (riots, BLM antics, plus perennial recruiting and retention problems and scandals for the Oakland Police Department). It’s worth wondering whether some aspects of BLM-type and gang thuggishness represent a “downmarket” version of SF-type antidevelopment activities in some places (scare away the developers and bros), even if it’s less organized. In LA, Boyle Heights is seeing gang-type stuff, “community organizers,” Hispanic activists, and Maoists (really) trying to keep out the hipsters, who’ve been swallowing up more and more neighborhoods to their west and north: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/19/los-angeles-la-gentrification-resistance-boyle-heights

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  25. @MW
    Also, similar to your analysis, but from a slightly different perspective, is Jay Forrester's Attractiveness Principle. He says, imagine a city which is perfect in every way: high quality housing at low prices, lots of great jobs, clean, low crime, lots of parks and amenities, etc. Everyone would move there! Which would then ruin the perfection of the city, by either driving up housing prices, or swamping social services, or increasing crime, or filling all the good jobs, or forcing apartments to get smaller, etc. Something needs to be the bottleneck to keep people from moving there and ruining Utopiaville! And when you consider all the options, high housing costs is a pretty good bottleneck. But the best bottleneck of all is a really bad reputation. Then you can have an awesome city, but no one moves there because people don't know how awesome it is!

    Good point, but I think the entirety of Jay Forrester’s work was anticipated by Yogi Berra who once remarked, “Nobody goes there anymore; it’s too crowded.”

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  26. @Mr. Anon
    San Francisco's latest contribution to urban civilization:

    Open Air Urinal

    Open Air Urinal

    Plumbing is always civilizational….. and this is on par with but perhaps more practical than the iPhone app that helps you to safely navigate through the fecal minefield left by San Franciscos urban camper demographic.

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  27. Steve,

    East Palo Alto, long a NAM quasi-ghetto, has started to gentrify. Most recently, a major investor has purchased 1,800 apartment units, many of then just across a creek from Mark Zuckerberg’s street in Palo Alto. The emergence of Facebook has, by itself, brought in thousands of new employees who have bid up the prices of nearby homes, with impacts starting to be felt in East Palo Alto. Many blacks have sold their properties and moved elsewhere. Latinos are next in line to be displaced in large numbers.

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    A creek???
    You mean the quasi-mythical San Francisquito Creek, haunt of every red-blooded Palo Alto boy from the beginning of time until, I hope, today.
    Although it is true that we were told to clamber back up on our side, and never on the other.
    Looks like that's about to change.
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  28. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @yaqub the mad scientist
    Mau Mauing the Flack Catchers is one of the great anthropological texts of 20th Century America. It should be required reading.

    My east Tennessee town just has an explosion of gang shootings over the last few days. Since hardcore gang stuff here is new compared to Chicago or Memphis, there's still a lot of people in the handwringing phase, with things like gang summits, identifying youth leaders, and truces being offered- in other words, they're offering Chicago 1970 solutions. A cursory look at the history of towns like LA and Chicago will show that maybe they should skip that pointless phase and move onto getting into RICO prosecution territory.

    My east Tennessee town just has an explosion of gang shootings over the last few days.

    That’s a consequence of the elites moving vibrants out of the more desirable areas and into the heartland.

    I think that guy called Shitty or Shetty or something recommended it.

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  29. O/T: It’s official: Harriet Tubman on the Twenty.

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Ten Spot will replace the boring Treasury building with a mural of personalities that advanced women’s rights (before anyone hyperventilates I think you do have to be dead to be on the money)

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Fiver will be celebration of civil rights era personalities: MLK being one, for sure.

    That still leaves out the each and several LGBT communities, as well as Asians, as well as Hispanics. You’d think they’d at least replace US Grant with Caesar Chavez …….

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/treasurys-lew-to-announce-hamilton-to-stay-on-10-bill-222204

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    Critics immediately suggested Lew take Jackson off the $20 bill given the former president's role in moving Native Americans off their land.
     
    From colonial times to the 20th century moving Native Americans off their land has been an ongoing process. Why is Jackson being singled out?

    This is just another form of entryism. Once they establish that you can remove a public figure for a reason like this, where does it end?

    Jackson doesn't get much of a defense because most Americans don't know who he was. And what little they do know has been filtered through a negative light. So when he is removed the average American won't see this for what it is.

    If however more likable figures like Washington, Jefferson and FDR were removed, then it might make the average American wake up to the SJWs. Any SJW worth his salt could justify removing all three. But doing so would risk going too far too fast and might create a backlash.

    With that being said I think we ought to encourage the removal of Washington, Jefferson and FDR to help facilitate such a backlash. Washington and Jefferson should be persona non grata due to slavery. And FDR needs to go because of the internment of Japanese-Americans. Rather than fight to stop this silliness, we need to encourage more of it until the Hoi polloi finally wake up.

    , @Judah Benjamin Hur
    I'm sick. What's next, renaming Jacksonville, Tubmanville? I shouldn't give the scumbags any ideas. I guess this is yet another thing we're expected to lie back and enjoy.

    Of course, the Republicans won't do anything about it because it doesn't affect the top 1%.
    , @Jenner Ickham Errican
    I’’ll force myself to look on the bright side. This partisan defacement of physical tender might help ameliorate misgivings of later being forced to submit to an entirely cashless society.
    , @SPMoore8
    I agree that the manufactured reason for excising Jackson from the twenty is idiotic, but that's not really what this is about.

    What this is about is activist women who want a woman on our paper currency, as soon as possible. That's it: Period.

    Witness the remarks of Senator Shaheen: ""If this is true, great news! Tubman on $20 is the right call. The redesign needs to happen as soon as possible. Women have waited long enough."

    Translated, women in the United States have been suffering for centuries because there are no women on our money, and we need to get these new bills (or would that be bettys?) into circulation as soon as possible, so women across our great nation can swell with pride as they pay for their -- wait a minute, they'll just use their bank card like everyone else.

    Of course anyone with a long enough memory remembers we went through all of this with Susan B. Anthony and Sacagewea on our coinage. However, this time it will be presumably "different."

    Given then that _someone_ has to go to make room for a woman, since they aren't going to create a special currency denomination for women -- given the 79 cent per dollar dogma, one can asume that the Tubman bill will actually only be worth $15.80 -- then you start going through the list and Andrew Jackson is an easy target. So is Hamilton -- at least according to Burr -- but as we know he was Saved by a Miracle Musical.

    But you are right, now that the principle has been established, there will be no end to it. A woman? OK. A black woman? But what about white women? What about L, G, B, T's? Asians? South Asians? A black man? Latinos? Mexicans? Puerto Ricans? Native Americans? Jews? Italian Americans? It shall be endless.
    , @Anonymous
    "O/T: It’s official: Harriet Tubman on the Twenty.

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Ten Spot will replace the boring Treasury building with a mural of personalities that advanced women’s rights (before anyone hyperventilates I think you do have to be dead to be on the money)

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Fiver will be celebration of civil rights era personalities: MLK being one, for sure."

    Who makes these decisions? Do the American people get a say in this? Sometimes it feels that our heritage is being stripped away from us.
    , @Jack D
    It's a little known fact that Tubman was the first in history to fall for a Nigerian con artist scam:

    Facing accumulated debts (including payments for her property in Auburn), Tubman fell prey in 1873 to a swindle involving gold transfer. Two men, one named Stevenson and the other John Thomas, claimed to have in their possession a cache of gold smuggled out of South Carolina.[133][134] They offered this treasure – worth about US$5,000, they claimed – for US$2,000 in cash. They insisted that they knew a relative of Tubman's, and she took them into her home, where they stayed for several days.[135] She knew that white people in the South had buried valuables when Union forces threatened the region, and also that black men were frequently assigned to digging duties. Thus the situation seemed plausible, and a combination of her financial woes and her good nature led her to go along with the plan.[133] She borrowed the money from a wealthy friend named Anthony Shimer, and arranged to receive the gold late one night. Once the men had lured her into the woods, however, they attacked her and knocked her out with chloroform, then stole her purse and bound and gagged her. When she was found by her family, she was dazed and injured, and the money was gone.[133][136]


    This kind of gullibility and financial incompetence makes her a PERFECT person to put on our pesos. A symbol for our times. Maybe each Tubman $20 could be lightly scented with chloroform (just a whiff, not enough to knock you out) as a reminder.
    , @syonredux
    The Lumpengentsia are orgasmic:

    That's the shortest possible version. Tubman is a towering figure not just in American history but in human history, and placing her on the 20 dollar bill is an honor long overdue. I am gladdened to be alive to see it happen.
     
    http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2016/04/20/harriet-tubman-will-be-on-the-twenty-dollar-bill

    That's hyperbolic, to put it mildly. Leaving to one side genuinely towering figures in human history (Plato, Aristotle, Newton, Einstein, Kant, etc), Tubman wasn't even the most important 19th century Black American. Frederick Douglas was far more influential as an abolitionist leader and advocate for Black rights. And he was a fairly good writer as well.
    , @Anon
    A picture I saw of her on the twenty was pretty dire. She looked like a glowering Aunt Jemima on the green, and it was seriously mock-worthy. I can't imagine doing counter transations with those things.
    , @hhsiii
    I don't see the need to replace Jackson on the $20. Why not just come out with another denomination? Like the $25 bill. We have quarters. You could put Eleanor Roosevelt on the $3 bill.
    , @Jean Cocteausten
    Any bill $50 or less is likely to get a lot of circulation. There being approximately 50 positive integers less than or equal to 50, we have a lot of possibilities here.

    The $32 bill will be Sacco and Vanzetti.

    The $18 bill can be the Rosenbergs.

    How about Eleanor Roosevelt on the forty-two-smacker?

    Unfashionable figures like the white supremacist slaveholder and incidental father of his country George Washington can be eased onto negative currency. He can be put on a -$1 bill that you would give people who owe you money.
    , @Anon87
    This was inevitable, and probably just the first salvo in reshaping our currency and perception of "dead presidents".

    I took this opportunity to look into which bills are in circulation, and which are the most popular. How in the world is the $2 out there in quantity just slightly less than the $10 and $50? When was the last time anyone received $2 as change??
    , @Grandpa Jack
    Well, hell. I was going to say," I'll be using more tens" when I found out about the terrible events of the day, but it looks like they're gonna get all up in my Kool-aid and start erasing whitey from just about all the common bills.

    Its fitting though. In an era when the money is becoming more and more worthless as a direct result of progressive spending and printing policies, who makes a better representative to grace the bills of the age than the coalition of the fringes?

    As for me, I guess I'll be making my Visa do more of the lifting. No sense supporting this crap. In the mean time, if they're putting white guys on the back, I'll just make a conscious effort when I do have to use the bills to hand them over reverse side up.
    , @Karl
    SPMoore8 >>> with Caesar Chavez

    They named a Navy ship for him. hull T-AKE-14

    The mariner force which mans it, is mostly Filipinos.
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  30. @Ragno
    No wonder the Bay Area is so kneejerk-leftist!

    Black Lives always Matter more when there aren't any of them in your direct line of sight, needlessly complicating matters with their constant physical presence.

    All Whiteopias, including Portland OR, are kneejerk leftist because it’s a form of penance to compensate for choosing to live in such a White city. Hard leftism, including slavish support for Black Lives Matter, makes up for the apparent “revealed choice” racism of Whites who choose to live in very White cities.

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    All Whiteopias, including Portland OR, are kneejerk leftist because it’s a form of penance to compensate for choosing to live in such a White city. Hard leftism, including slavish support for Black Lives Matter, makes up for the apparent “revealed choice” racism of Whites who choose to live in very White cities.
     
    Not so. Whitopias that derive most of their income from the non-subsidized private sector (tech and healthcare are heavily subsidized through universities and other programs) are far from "kneejerk leftist." That's the real difference -- if you depend on federal money to prop up your white community you have to pay the political price.
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  31. @Jefferson
    Is there any politically incorrect director in Hollywood who would have the balls to direct a film about The Zebra Killers?

    A film about the Zebra Killers? We shouldn’t Lionize such megafauna.

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  32. @The most deplorable one
    Steve,

    Related to one of your earlier articles, even the Chinese Government is trying to keep white guys away from their women:

    http://news.sky.com/story/1681296/china-in-dangerous-love-foreign-spy-warning

    Well, at least away from female government employees.

    From the FBI:

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  33. @Jefferson
    Is there any politically incorrect director in Hollywood who would have the balls to direct a film about The Zebra Killers?

    After reading the Wikipedia article about the Zebra Murders , two things sprang to mind:

    1) They event should really be called The Death Angel Killers, since the killers called themselves the Death Angels–which is a pretty sick and memorable name for a group of serial killers. But the blacks who did it were all proud of being The Death Angels. Let’s give the brothers some credit, people!

    However, I suspect the name Zebra is used to describe them to deliberately confuse it/tie it up with with the unrelated-but-geographically-linked Zodiac killings. This deliberate confusion is probably for three reasons: both for the alliteration (Zodiac and Zebra, oh my!); because both happened in a similar era and place; and, most importantly, because Zodiac has long been considered to be a lone white male, so historians/reporters want the public to think the Zebra murders were also be done by a lone white male. Down with whitey!

    2) absolutely nothing in the article gives the motives for the killings. The article goes into detail about “racial profiling” and how evil it was against those poor poor innocent black men in San Francisco, but nothing about why four “black Muslims” would go around doing such heinous, wanton, and mass killings.

    And people say Wikipedia isn’t biased.

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  34. @SPMoore8
    O/T: It's official: Harriet Tubman on the Twenty.

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Ten Spot will replace the boring Treasury building with a mural of personalities that advanced women's rights (before anyone hyperventilates I think you do have to be dead to be on the money)

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Fiver will be celebration of civil rights era personalities: MLK being one, for sure.

    That still leaves out the each and several LGBT communities, as well as Asians, as well as Hispanics. You'd think they'd at least replace US Grant with Caesar Chavez .......

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/treasurys-lew-to-announce-hamilton-to-stay-on-10-bill-222204

    Critics immediately suggested Lew take Jackson off the $20 bill given the former president’s role in moving Native Americans off their land.

    From colonial times to the 20th century moving Native Americans off their land has been an ongoing process. Why is Jackson being singled out?

    This is just another form of entryism. Once they establish that you can remove a public figure for a reason like this, where does it end?

    Jackson doesn’t get much of a defense because most Americans don’t know who he was. And what little they do know has been filtered through a negative light. So when he is removed the average American won’t see this for what it is.

    If however more likable figures like Washington, Jefferson and FDR were removed, then it might make the average American wake up to the SJWs. Any SJW worth his salt could justify removing all three. But doing so would risk going too far too fast and might create a backlash.

    With that being said I think we ought to encourage the removal of Washington, Jefferson and FDR to help facilitate such a backlash. Washington and Jefferson should be persona non grata due to slavery. And FDR needs to go because of the internment of Japanese-Americans. Rather than fight to stop this silliness, we need to encourage more of it until the Hoi polloi finally wake up.

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    I think it is too late to save Western Civ. Buchanan is right, even if Trump wins the election, the great cultural war has been lost. It is time to shuffle deck chairs on the Titanic.
    , @Hapalong Cassidy
    I think Jackson gets a particularly bad rap for going after the Cherokee. Among all the Indian tribes, they seemed to be the most civilized and peaceful at the time, and indeed seemed to be making a very conscious effort to assimilate to White European ways. There was really no other excuse why they were removed, other than they didn't look white.
    , @Dave
    Unfortunately, the hoi polloi are not going to wake up, and waiting for it is a fool's errand.
    And even if they did wake up, if the slumbering white masses woke up all at once, then what ?
    This country and it's institutions have been systematically deconstructed and hallowed out for 50 years and the process is only speeding up.
    If the hoi polloi haven't been woken up by now then they aren't ever going to.
    , @Brutusale
    And of course the catalyst for this abomination arose from Moscow on the Charles:

    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2016/04/cambridge_girl_told_obama_to_put_harriet_tubman_on_bill

    I find it odd that all the news outlets published the girl's photo but not her surname, only the letter B. I wonder why (NOT).
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  35. @Jefferson
    Is there any politically incorrect director in Hollywood who would have the balls to direct a film about The Zebra Killers?

    Is there any politically incorrect director in Hollywood who would have the balls to direct a film about The Zebra Killers?

    Certainly not Spike Lee.He actually had a scene in SUMMER OF SAM (set during the Summer of ’77) where a Black woman pontificates on how a Black-on-White serial killer would cause an anti-Black pogrom. Which, seeing as how the Zebra Killings occurred in 1973-74 and didn’t cause anti-Black riots, means that Spike is either completely ignorant of the Zebra Killings or a liar.

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    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=youtube+tyne+daly+the+enforcer+&view=detail&mid=81A8491814A484FD09A781A8491814A484FD09A7&FORM=VIRE
    , @Ivy
    Re Spike Lee: why not both?!
    , @Jefferson
    "Certainly not Spike Lee.He actually had a scene in SUMMER OF SAM (set during the Summer of ’77) where a Black woman pontificates on how a Black-on-White serial killer would cause an anti-Black pogrom. Which, seeing as how the Zebra Killings occurred in 1973-74 and didn’t cause anti-Black riots, means that Spike is either completely ignorant of the Zebra Killings or a liar."

    What did you think of them casting Colombian actor John Leguizamo as an Italian in Summer Of Sam?
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  36. OT: The MSM is giving Brendan Eich the Suzanne Somers treatment:

    https://www.yahoo.com/tech/startups-news-browser-illegal-us-publishers-203624868.html

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  37. Steve,

    I’m still trying to get my “density trap” thesis going. I think it applies now more than ever to these high-density, global core cities such as SF, NYC, London, Hong Kong, etc. I’ve mentioned this here before but my theory states that once a city reaches a certain density, housing costs inevitably increase and are basically impossible to bring down. Cost of construction keeps rising as it costs more and more to demolish a four story building to build a ten story building and then costs more and more to demolish a ten story building to build a 30 story building, etc.

    Also, these places are all essentially “IQ shredders” but that is a whole additional topic.

    Keep up the great work Steve!

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    Also, these places are all essentially “IQ shredders” but that is a whole additional topic.
     
    They are indeed "IQ shredders". That's a great term. I vaguely feel like my brain has heard it before, but if not, congratulations ... cause it's one of those perfect phrases to capture a phenomenon.
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  38. @SPMoore8
    O/T: It's official: Harriet Tubman on the Twenty.

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Ten Spot will replace the boring Treasury building with a mural of personalities that advanced women's rights (before anyone hyperventilates I think you do have to be dead to be on the money)

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Fiver will be celebration of civil rights era personalities: MLK being one, for sure.

    That still leaves out the each and several LGBT communities, as well as Asians, as well as Hispanics. You'd think they'd at least replace US Grant with Caesar Chavez .......

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/treasurys-lew-to-announce-hamilton-to-stay-on-10-bill-222204

    I’m sick. What’s next, renaming Jacksonville, Tubmanville? I shouldn’t give the scumbags any ideas. I guess this is yet another thing we’re expected to lie back and enjoy.

    Of course, the Republicans won’t do anything about it because it doesn’t affect the top 1%.

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  39. Also, question for the commenters who live in California: Why do most of the single-family houses that were built in the 1950s and 1960s still remain as single story homes? In the Northeast and Upper Midwest, it is very common for people to “bump up” their homes by adding second story additions. Just by judging from Google Street View, this doesn’t seem to be as common in California. Can someone explain why?

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    On the topic of Californians not putting second stories on their houses, my observation as a East Bay Californian is family sizes doesn't warrant it. One or two kids just doesn't require the trouble/hassle of that second story.
    , @anonn
    There might be something to the fact that in the northeast, the vernacular architecture was multi-story from early on because of the need to heat the houses via chimneys which are shared between the first and second stories. In California, the local architectural styles (Spanish Revival, bungalow, ranch) needed to have air circulation to keep cool in the pre-AC days, but heating isn't much of a problem (I've gone years at a stretch without even turning on my heater).

    The class aspect of it can't be understated either. Respectable white people in So. Cal. have a preference for the aforementioned architectural styles. It is seen as embarrassing and declasse when Middle Eastern gold chain types buy up graceful old bungalows in the Valley and demolish them in favor of multi-story faux-Italian McMansions. Google "persian palaces" for several hours of shockingly bad taste, if you want.

    Finally, most wealthy neighborhoods in this state (south and north) are on very hilly land. I would imagine building up is more expensive on hilly land. My little town has a few multi-story buildings built by Easterners in the 1880-1910 era, but practically everything afterward is single-story.
    , @Formerly CARealist
    No logical explanation here. I just don't like two storey homes. My dad grew up in tall two-er, but I grew up in a ranch-style spread. I'm keeping it that way for my kids. The pool matters more than the square footage of the house.
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  40. @SPMoore8
    O/T: It's official: Harriet Tubman on the Twenty.

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Ten Spot will replace the boring Treasury building with a mural of personalities that advanced women's rights (before anyone hyperventilates I think you do have to be dead to be on the money)

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Fiver will be celebration of civil rights era personalities: MLK being one, for sure.

    That still leaves out the each and several LGBT communities, as well as Asians, as well as Hispanics. You'd think they'd at least replace US Grant with Caesar Chavez .......

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/treasurys-lew-to-announce-hamilton-to-stay-on-10-bill-222204

    I’’ll force myself to look on the bright side. This partisan defacement of physical tender might help ameliorate misgivings of later being forced to submit to an entirely cashless society.

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  41. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    I hope the photo of Harriet Tubman is a nice one. The image of Andrew Jackson on the current $20 bill is attractive and aristocratic and has a somewhat aspirational quality to it. I hope that the image selected of Ms. Tubman is likewise aspirational, instead of dour, as she often appears in many photos. I understand why a former slave would have resentment or anger, but I don’t want to see that every time I use a $20 bill.

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    I hope they just make up a drawing of Harriet Tubmam from her unphotographed youth. I recommend Kerry Washington pose for the sketch.
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  42. @SPMoore8
    O/T: It's official: Harriet Tubman on the Twenty.

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Ten Spot will replace the boring Treasury building with a mural of personalities that advanced women's rights (before anyone hyperventilates I think you do have to be dead to be on the money)

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Fiver will be celebration of civil rights era personalities: MLK being one, for sure.

    That still leaves out the each and several LGBT communities, as well as Asians, as well as Hispanics. You'd think they'd at least replace US Grant with Caesar Chavez .......

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/treasurys-lew-to-announce-hamilton-to-stay-on-10-bill-222204

    I agree that the manufactured reason for excising Jackson from the twenty is idiotic, but that’s not really what this is about.

    What this is about is activist women who want a woman on our paper currency, as soon as possible. That’s it: Period.

    Witness the remarks of Senator Shaheen: “”If this is true, great news! Tubman on $20 is the right call. The redesign needs to happen as soon as possible. Women have waited long enough.”

    Translated, women in the United States have been suffering for centuries because there are no women on our money, and we need to get these new bills (or would that be bettys?) into circulation as soon as possible, so women across our great nation can swell with pride as they pay for their — wait a minute, they’ll just use their bank card like everyone else.

    Of course anyone with a long enough memory remembers we went through all of this with Susan B. Anthony and Sacagewea on our coinage. However, this time it will be presumably “different.”

    Given then that _someone_ has to go to make room for a woman, since they aren’t going to create a special currency denomination for women — given the 79 cent per dollar dogma, one can asume that the Tubman bill will actually only be worth $15.80 — then you start going through the list and Andrew Jackson is an easy target. So is Hamilton — at least according to Burr — but as we know he was Saved by a Miracle Musical.

    But you are right, now that the principle has been established, there will be no end to it. A woman? OK. A black woman? But what about white women? What about L, G, B, T’s? Asians? South Asians? A black man? Latinos? Mexicans? Puerto Ricans? Native Americans? Jews? Italian Americans? It shall be endless.

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    Translated, women in the United States have been suffering for centuries because there are no women on our money, and we need to get these new bills (or would that be bettys?) into circulation as soon as possible, so women across our great nation can swell with pride as they pay for their — wait a minute, they’ll just use their bank card like everyone else.
     
    I've said it before. Immigration is job #1--that's stopping the bleeding.

    But before sanity can return, *men* will have to retake control of the culture, of the nation.

    American women, simply haven't done much of anything that's "currency worthy". (There's probably at least 100 men of note, before you get to a woman you'd slap onto a bill.) But that's ... ok. It's biology. Women's *critical* role in a civilized society is not as political leaders, nor scientists, inventors, business magnates, but mothers. Restraining themselves sexually and committing to one man, then raising his children, provides the sort of high-parental investment environment that allows civilization to exist--allows men to be out their discovering, inventing, building, leading and creating the great material prosperity we enjoy.

    American (white) women can take pride in the achievements of their men. The men on the currency are their ancestors, the men who'll do great things in the future, their descendants. Men and women do not, can not exist independently we exist together as a race.

    All the women who want to whine and bitch about this reality ... men need to cut them loose. Get a societal divorce. They are simply parasites on the prosperity and civilization created by responsible men. We need to cut them off--get 'em to stop suckling on our teat ;-) Responsible men need to separate and form a society where they are in charge of the civilization that their good character and labor produces. They'll be plenty enough women happy and eager to join them and enjoy the rewards of being part of that civilization. Because ... civilization is nice, and it is produced by responsible men.
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  43. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @SPMoore8
    O/T: It's official: Harriet Tubman on the Twenty.

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Ten Spot will replace the boring Treasury building with a mural of personalities that advanced women's rights (before anyone hyperventilates I think you do have to be dead to be on the money)

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Fiver will be celebration of civil rights era personalities: MLK being one, for sure.

    That still leaves out the each and several LGBT communities, as well as Asians, as well as Hispanics. You'd think they'd at least replace US Grant with Caesar Chavez .......

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/treasurys-lew-to-announce-hamilton-to-stay-on-10-bill-222204

    “O/T: It’s official: Harriet Tubman on the Twenty.

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Ten Spot will replace the boring Treasury building with a mural of personalities that advanced women’s rights (before anyone hyperventilates I think you do have to be dead to be on the money)

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Fiver will be celebration of civil rights era personalities: MLK being one, for sure.”

    Who makes these decisions? Do the American people get a say in this? Sometimes it feels that our heritage is being stripped away from us.

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  44. Asian cities support densities way beyond what you have in places like SF, where outside the core most of the land is wasted on single family houses (many have since been broken into multiple units but still the density is very low). In Asia it is common to put up a cluster of 10 or 20 identical high rise apartment buildings – in the same footprint where you could have had a couple of dozen single family houses, you can house thousands of families. Nearby you locate a subway stop and all those people can zip right to work with no increase in street congestion. Due to the land cost being spread out over many more units and economies of scale, the cost per unit is much lower than for single family housing. You can also build in all sorts of nice amenities into your complex such as a swimming pool, health club, etc. and again the cost per unit of those things is minimal because it is spread out over many units.

    This was tried in the US with public housing with disastrous results. But for some reason (perhaps due to being oppressed less by whitey) Asians don’t pee in the elevator and sell crack in the courtyards nearly as much as our diverse-American public housing residents so they don’t have the same problems with high rise housing.

    In SF now there is enough of a critical mass of white and Asian tech employees that you could put up that kind of housing and not have it fall into ruin.

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    Asian cities aren't known for their attractiveness and charming character.

    And high density isn't a virtue. It ain't so great even with the best of behaved people.

    , @AnotherDad

    In SF now there is enough of a critical mass of white and Asian tech employees that you could put up that kind of housing and not have it fall into ruin.
     
    Your point is certainly valid. The tower blocks i saw in Hong Kong--including the somewhat upscale tower my sister-in-law's family lived in--sure beat the hell outta say Cabrini Green.

    But even better--stop immigration! Stop flooding our nation with people! The USofA i was born into had nearly half as many people and that was plenty enough to organize a decent society, plus fight the Cold War and do fun stuff like going to the moon. And you could buy a nice three bedroom house with a yard, in a suburb with "good schools" on a middle class breadwinner's salary.

    Keep the blacks in Africa, the muslims in muslims lands, the Indians in India, the Chinese in China, the Latin Americans in Latin America ... and let every nation that has stabilized its fertility *enjoy* the fruits of their non-labor--the declining density dividend. Open space, uncrowded infrastructure, cheap housing, etc. etc.

    Then instead of tower in a city, you get a house with a yard, trees, patio ... life at human scale.
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  45. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @MW
    Also, similar to your analysis, but from a slightly different perspective, is Jay Forrester's Attractiveness Principle. He says, imagine a city which is perfect in every way: high quality housing at low prices, lots of great jobs, clean, low crime, lots of parks and amenities, etc. Everyone would move there! Which would then ruin the perfection of the city, by either driving up housing prices, or swamping social services, or increasing crime, or filling all the good jobs, or forcing apartments to get smaller, etc. Something needs to be the bottleneck to keep people from moving there and ruining Utopiaville! And when you consider all the options, high housing costs is a pretty good bottleneck. But the best bottleneck of all is a really bad reputation. Then you can have an awesome city, but no one moves there because people don't know how awesome it is!

    “He says, imagine a city which is perfect in every way: high quality housing at low prices, lots of great jobs, clean, low crime, lots of parks and amenities, etc. Everyone would move there! Which would then ruin the perfection of the city, by either driving up housing prices, or swamping social services, or increasing crime, or filling all the good jobs, or forcing apartments to get smaller, etc.”

    This is happening to Nashville now.

    “Something needs to be the bottleneck to keep people from moving there and ruining Utopiaville! And when you consider all the options, high housing costs is a pretty good bottleneck. But the best bottleneck of all is a really bad reputation. Then you can have an awesome city, but no one moves there because people don’t know how awesome it is!”

    Nashville used to have a somewhat bad reputation (everyone thought it was a bunch of Hee Haw type hicks) even though it wasn’t true, so that kept huge numbers of people away.

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  46. @SPMoore8
    O/T: It's official: Harriet Tubman on the Twenty.

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Ten Spot will replace the boring Treasury building with a mural of personalities that advanced women's rights (before anyone hyperventilates I think you do have to be dead to be on the money)

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Fiver will be celebration of civil rights era personalities: MLK being one, for sure.

    That still leaves out the each and several LGBT communities, as well as Asians, as well as Hispanics. You'd think they'd at least replace US Grant with Caesar Chavez .......

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/treasurys-lew-to-announce-hamilton-to-stay-on-10-bill-222204

    It’s a little known fact that Tubman was the first in history to fall for a Nigerian con artist scam:

    Facing accumulated debts (including payments for her property in Auburn), Tubman fell prey in 1873 to a swindle involving gold transfer. Two men, one named Stevenson and the other John Thomas, claimed to have in their possession a cache of gold smuggled out of South Carolina.[133][134] They offered this treasure – worth about US$5,000, they claimed – for US$2,000 in cash. They insisted that they knew a relative of Tubman’s, and she took them into her home, where they stayed for several days.[135] She knew that white people in the South had buried valuables when Union forces threatened the region, and also that black men were frequently assigned to digging duties. Thus the situation seemed plausible, and a combination of her financial woes and her good nature led her to go along with the plan.[133] She borrowed the money from a wealthy friend named Anthony Shimer, and arranged to receive the gold late one night. Once the men had lured her into the woods, however, they attacked her and knocked her out with chloroform, then stole her purse and bound and gagged her. When she was found by her family, she was dazed and injured, and the money was gone.[133][136]

    This kind of gullibility and financial incompetence makes her a PERFECT person to put on our pesos. A symbol for our times. Maybe each Tubman $20 could be lightly scented with chloroform (just a whiff, not enough to knock you out) as a reminder.

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    "Maybe each Tubman $20 could be lightly scented with chloroform (just a whiff, not enough to knock you out) as a reminder.

    I suspect that the only whiff of anything emanating from the new $20 bill will be a somewhat subtle, but undeniable, reminder of our evil racist past, and this no doubt will be expressed through Harriet Tubman's expression. But who knows, maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised and Ms. Tubman will instead be depicted with a rather serene countenance that will instead uplift one's senses.
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  47. @SPMoore8
    O/T: It's official: Harriet Tubman on the Twenty.

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Ten Spot will replace the boring Treasury building with a mural of personalities that advanced women's rights (before anyone hyperventilates I think you do have to be dead to be on the money)

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Fiver will be celebration of civil rights era personalities: MLK being one, for sure.

    That still leaves out the each and several LGBT communities, as well as Asians, as well as Hispanics. You'd think they'd at least replace US Grant with Caesar Chavez .......

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/treasurys-lew-to-announce-hamilton-to-stay-on-10-bill-222204

    The Lumpengentsia are orgasmic:

    That’s the shortest possible version. Tubman is a towering figure not just in American history but in human history, and placing her on the 20 dollar bill is an honor long overdue. I am gladdened to be alive to see it happen.

    http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2016/04/20/harriet-tubman-will-be-on-the-twenty-dollar-bill

    That’s hyperbolic, to put it mildly. Leaving to one side genuinely towering figures in human history (Plato, Aristotle, Newton, Einstein, Kant, etc), Tubman wasn’t even the most important 19th century Black American. Frederick Douglas was far more influential as an abolitionist leader and advocate for Black rights. And he was a fairly good writer as well.

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    Obama still has months of fresh hell to inflict on the public, all in the name of community activist causes, petty grudges and sheer cussedness. Maybe the next POTUS can unwind or change some of them.
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  48. Keep my town exclusive and nice. Flood the rest of the country with immigration.

    If they deserved to live in a nice place they would be smart like us.

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  49. @Jefferson
    Is there any politically incorrect director in Hollywood who would have the balls to direct a film about The Zebra Killers?

    Is there any politically incorrect director in Hollywood who would have the balls to direct a film about The Zebra Killers?

    I can easily picture Quentin Tarantino making a movie in which they are the heroes.

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  50. @SPMoore8
    O/T: It's official: Harriet Tubman on the Twenty.

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Ten Spot will replace the boring Treasury building with a mural of personalities that advanced women's rights (before anyone hyperventilates I think you do have to be dead to be on the money)

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Fiver will be celebration of civil rights era personalities: MLK being one, for sure.

    That still leaves out the each and several LGBT communities, as well as Asians, as well as Hispanics. You'd think they'd at least replace US Grant with Caesar Chavez .......

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/treasurys-lew-to-announce-hamilton-to-stay-on-10-bill-222204

    A picture I saw of her on the twenty was pretty dire. She looked like a glowering Aunt Jemima on the green, and it was seriously mock-worthy. I can’t imagine doing counter transations with those things.

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    I see people, ten years down the road, moving from "Jackson" or "double sawbuck" to a "Jemima" as slang for a twenty.
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  51. @Mr. Anon
    San Francisco's latest contribution to urban civilization:

    Open Air Urinal

    I assume Mr. and Mrs. Zuckerberg are excited to have this a couple of blocks from their home.

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  52. @iSteveFan

    Critics immediately suggested Lew take Jackson off the $20 bill given the former president's role in moving Native Americans off their land.
     
    From colonial times to the 20th century moving Native Americans off their land has been an ongoing process. Why is Jackson being singled out?

    This is just another form of entryism. Once they establish that you can remove a public figure for a reason like this, where does it end?

    Jackson doesn't get much of a defense because most Americans don't know who he was. And what little they do know has been filtered through a negative light. So when he is removed the average American won't see this for what it is.

    If however more likable figures like Washington, Jefferson and FDR were removed, then it might make the average American wake up to the SJWs. Any SJW worth his salt could justify removing all three. But doing so would risk going too far too fast and might create a backlash.

    With that being said I think we ought to encourage the removal of Washington, Jefferson and FDR to help facilitate such a backlash. Washington and Jefferson should be persona non grata due to slavery. And FDR needs to go because of the internment of Japanese-Americans. Rather than fight to stop this silliness, we need to encourage more of it until the Hoi polloi finally wake up.

    I think it is too late to save Western Civ. Buchanan is right, even if Trump wins the election, the great cultural war has been lost. It is time to shuffle deck chairs on the Titanic.

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  53. @Jefferson
    Is there any politically incorrect director in Hollywood who would have the balls to direct a film about The Zebra Killers?

    Is there any politically incorrect director in Hollywood who would have the balls to direct a film about The Zebra Killers?

    Clint Eastwood, but jeesh, he’s, what, about 90 now.

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  54. @iSteveFan

    Critics immediately suggested Lew take Jackson off the $20 bill given the former president's role in moving Native Americans off their land.
     
    From colonial times to the 20th century moving Native Americans off their land has been an ongoing process. Why is Jackson being singled out?

    This is just another form of entryism. Once they establish that you can remove a public figure for a reason like this, where does it end?

    Jackson doesn't get much of a defense because most Americans don't know who he was. And what little they do know has been filtered through a negative light. So when he is removed the average American won't see this for what it is.

    If however more likable figures like Washington, Jefferson and FDR were removed, then it might make the average American wake up to the SJWs. Any SJW worth his salt could justify removing all three. But doing so would risk going too far too fast and might create a backlash.

    With that being said I think we ought to encourage the removal of Washington, Jefferson and FDR to help facilitate such a backlash. Washington and Jefferson should be persona non grata due to slavery. And FDR needs to go because of the internment of Japanese-Americans. Rather than fight to stop this silliness, we need to encourage more of it until the Hoi polloi finally wake up.

    I think Jackson gets a particularly bad rap for going after the Cherokee. Among all the Indian tribes, they seemed to be the most civilized and peaceful at the time, and indeed seemed to be making a very conscious effort to assimilate to White European ways. There was really no other excuse why they were removed, other than they didn’t look white.

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    It was a real estate play by the elites of Georgia. Jackson was a reluctant participant. He eventually gave in for political reasons. Once he was involved, it became a matter of personal pride he could cloak with the dignity and power of his office.
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  55. @SPMoore8
    I'm from the Bay Area so I can confirm that there's a lot genteel racism there, that is, no one uses the N word but no one wants their kids going to heavily black high schools (I did, no problem). There's a certain phoniness in the way people talk about race relations.

    At the same time, development is not always a good thing, either intrinsically or in terms of its effects. For example, one of the main attractions of the Bay Area are the views, but these are easily destroyed by building too many high rises.

    Rents are also extremely high in Manhattan, where I lived for ten years. And they are still building "apartments" such as the current eyesore at 432 Park Avenue. However, these are priced way over the abilities of any ordinary person to pay, let alone any black person. And the ongoing gentrification of Harlem is probably also going to diminish the AA population in New York.

    Things like the Reber Plan (i.e., filling in the Bay for development) were common in the '60's and being young I thought they were cool ideas, but realistically, there's a limit to what you can do, the choke points for traffic etc. around the Bay are a tighter even than in the NY metro area.

    I suppose you could build a bunch of high rise apartments in the Sunset district or any of the acreage directly South of, say, Golden Gate Park but again I assume that all of that would be snapped up by high earners in a matter of minutes.

    Complaints about rising rents and housing costs in the Bay Area have been going on for 40 years. I literally could never live in any of the neighborhoods where I grew up. That's saddening, I suppose. But I don't think it's systematically racist. I've been to LA, and I know the NY Metro very well, including the concrete corridor from Trenton to NY. There's no reason that the Bay Area should commit suicide just so Angelenos and New Jerseyans can commiserate.

    “Genteel racism.” Well if you insist; I would simply call it authentic gentility.
    The N word was wash-your-mouth-out-with-soap unacceptable. Keeping far away from the blacks was nevertheless unspoken good sense.
    Not that it was difficult; as I have said before I never saw a black person in Palo Alto, except I suppose the very occasional daily. But now that I think back, I can’t remember seeing even one of those – blacks were simply not suitable for such positions (unlike in the Old South, where we lived briefly, and I, aged four, loved our black dailies, who were absolute darlings, particularly the one who was the spitting image of Aunt Jemima, headscarf and all).
    Hmn; I’ve just re-read that last sentence and can promise that, although it reads like a parody, it is the gospel truth.
    San Francisco was where one went for the concerts (the heady days of Josef Krips), the Top of the Mark, Fisherman’s Wharf (I still can’t eat sourdough bread from anywhere else), and rites of passage like one’s first Brooks Brother’s navy blazer at age ten. I was always pestering my father to move there: fat chance – his eyes were firmly fixed on Pebble Beach. Something called golf I think.
    It amazes and impresses me that you survived a majority black high school; why not tell us something about it? Surely this was no later than the Sixties?

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    I lived in a mixed hood in the East Bay so I knew all the bros and they knew me. The white kids from up in the hills were terrified but after a couple confrontations with the bros I was never bothered. I was "alright."
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  56. Priss Factor [AKA "Polly Perkins"] says:

    Speak equality, keep it white in San Fran.

    And justify the Fed and Capitalist greed by putting ‘equality’ figures on the bill.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/treasurys-lew-to-announce-hamilton-to-stay-on-10-bill-222204

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  57. @Thirdtwin
    I was in Monterey, CA last summer, and I was amazed at how time seemed to stand still 40 years ago. It was like a Williamsburg Village for 1975.

    Quite right.
    I first got to know it in the late Fifties (that is the Peninsula, not just the town). Change can be ranked thusly:
    1) Carmel is ruined: Ocean Avenue is a collection of tourist tat shops and the little houses are absurdly inflated in price. The Mission remains an oasis however;
    2) Pebble Beach remains a grand dame sort of place, and house prices are surprising modest for what one gets;
    3) Pacific Grove is too expensive, but otherwise very similar to what I first knew: modest, quaint. low-key;
    4) Monterey is if anything more old-fashioned than it was then. But it is the least attractive part of the Peninsula (Seaside does not count) and is wrecked by the tourists who come to Canary Row and the insanely over-priced aquarium.
    Oh, and the best view over the bay is from the Carmelite Convent south of Carmel on Highway One. Don’t miss it (or the chapel, for that matter).

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  58. @Leftist conservative
    sailer wrote:
    "That’s probably a good idea"




    PROBABLY?

    btw, sailer owns a house in an expensive area of LA. Hence the "probably."

    No he doesn’t. Trust me.

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    the evidence is on my side...
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  59. @JP Straley
    RE San Franciso:

    There's one piece of SF real estate that could be the very coolest address in all of California, not to mention both urban and ultimately secure. Someone needs to buy Alcatraz Island and build one helluva 100-story condo tower out there!

    JP Straley

    How about transportation to and from the island ?

    OT
    Two my female relatives live in San Francisco.
    *
    One is affiliated (in some or other sense) for the last 8 years
    with University of California, campus San Francisco (UCSF).
    She lives in “Mission” district, rents a room in an apartment;
    likes “Mission”, but complains that rent is pretty high.
    No perspective to rent a separate apartment.
    *
    The other lady is wife of “WatsUp” employee-programmer.
    For them to live in “Mission” would be below their status.
    I actually do not know where in SF do they live right now.
    *
    I visited both of them 3 years ago, before “WatsUp” wife gave birth to a nice girl,
    and before “WatsUp” was bought by Facebook.
    Their family of 2 (at the time) owned rather upscale apartment, not in “Mission”.
    *
    Jedem das Seine.

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  60. @iSteveFan

    Critics immediately suggested Lew take Jackson off the $20 bill given the former president's role in moving Native Americans off their land.
     
    From colonial times to the 20th century moving Native Americans off their land has been an ongoing process. Why is Jackson being singled out?

    This is just another form of entryism. Once they establish that you can remove a public figure for a reason like this, where does it end?

    Jackson doesn't get much of a defense because most Americans don't know who he was. And what little they do know has been filtered through a negative light. So when he is removed the average American won't see this for what it is.

    If however more likable figures like Washington, Jefferson and FDR were removed, then it might make the average American wake up to the SJWs. Any SJW worth his salt could justify removing all three. But doing so would risk going too far too fast and might create a backlash.

    With that being said I think we ought to encourage the removal of Washington, Jefferson and FDR to help facilitate such a backlash. Washington and Jefferson should be persona non grata due to slavery. And FDR needs to go because of the internment of Japanese-Americans. Rather than fight to stop this silliness, we need to encourage more of it until the Hoi polloi finally wake up.

    Unfortunately, the hoi polloi are not going to wake up, and waiting for it is a fool’s errand.
    And even if they did wake up, if the slumbering white masses woke up all at once, then what ?
    This country and it’s institutions have been systematically deconstructed and hallowed out for 50 years and the process is only speeding up.
    If the hoi polloi haven’t been woken up by now then they aren’t ever going to.

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  61. San Francisco being a city filled with insufferable SJW and Harriet Tubman replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 are two sides of the same coin. Thought experiment — lets imagine a San Francisco dominated completely by men, with women having no real role other than being wives and girlfriends and mothers of important men in that city. What would that city in our imagination look like?

    It would IMHO look much the same, but the restrictions on race/class would be even more stringent and would be openly stated. I.E. it would be alright for say, actor Don Cheadle to live next door to Don Johnson, in San Francisco, but it would not be alright for a good portion of Baltimore to move cross country and set up stakes. And the city would be upfront about just exactly why that was — underclass ghetto Blacks not welcome, limited number of high-achievement wealthy Black famous people a different story.

    This essentially was San Francisco up to the early 1960s, when society became more feminized. The hypocrisy, the double talk, the sneaking around taboos — that’s all a giant flaming arrow of feminization. Men when they rule are all about power. That this is their policy and you’ll conform to it because they are powerful. Example: Vladimir Putin vs. Pussy Riot. Women are all about taboos because social conformity is their friend as it is the enemy of men who ultimately either seek power in Game of Thrones societies (Russia, the ME, Africa, Latin America) or band together like the early Roman Republic, Athens, to some degree Sparta (for some men, some of the time).

    Yes Upper Class White women hate hate hate White men who were about power/achievement, and whose status was based on that achievement (like Jackson) on the currency and want to symbolically purge them in favor of anybody really. Harriet Tubman being the 19th Century version of Oprah. And its the same in real estate — elaborate justifications and relationship based influence is a sign of female domination; rather than male achievement (“I have power and you’ll do whatever I tell you.”)

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  62. The San Francisco zip code where I reside is only 2 percent Black, which is even less Black than the city as a whole. If my zip code was it’s own city, we would have the same percentage of Blacks as Salt Lake City.

    Steve how Black is your Los Angeles zip code?

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    Three or four percent black, mostly associated with the entertainment industry. The black women here are very good looking.
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  63. Marty [AKA "Harvard Hates America"] says:
    @syonredux

    Is there any politically incorrect director in Hollywood who would have the balls to direct a film about The Zebra Killers?
     
    Certainly not Spike Lee.He actually had a scene in SUMMER OF SAM (set during the Summer of '77) where a Black woman pontificates on how a Black-on-White serial killer would cause an anti-Black pogrom. Which, seeing as how the Zebra Killings occurred in 1973-74 and didn't cause anti-Black riots, means that Spike is either completely ignorant of the Zebra Killings or a liar.
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    The Enforcer came out in 1976, San Francisco's Fillmore district is no longer majority Black today in 2016.

    Now they have lots of SWPL cafes and Chinese restaurants. The Fillmore is no longer a no go zone area for Whites.
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  65. @Jack D
    Asian cities support densities way beyond what you have in places like SF, where outside the core most of the land is wasted on single family houses (many have since been broken into multiple units but still the density is very low). In Asia it is common to put up a cluster of 10 or 20 identical high rise apartment buildings - in the same footprint where you could have had a couple of dozen single family houses, you can house thousands of families. Nearby you locate a subway stop and all those people can zip right to work with no increase in street congestion. Due to the land cost being spread out over many more units and economies of scale, the cost per unit is much lower than for single family housing. You can also build in all sorts of nice amenities into your complex such as a swimming pool, health club, etc. and again the cost per unit of those things is minimal because it is spread out over many units.


    This was tried in the US with public housing with disastrous results. But for some reason (perhaps due to being oppressed less by whitey) Asians don't pee in the elevator and sell crack in the courtyards nearly as much as our diverse-American public housing residents so they don't have the same problems with high rise housing.

    In SF now there is enough of a critical mass of white and Asian tech employees that you could put up that kind of housing and not have it fall into ruin.

    Asian cities aren’t known for their attractiveness and charming character.

    And high density isn’t a virtue. It ain’t so great even with the best of behaved people.

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  66. OT: liberals are getting more upset about school “segregation”

    http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2016/04/what-will-we-do-to-actually-desegregate-our-schools

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  67. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Thirdtwin
    I was in Monterey, CA last summer, and I was amazed at how time seemed to stand still 40 years ago. It was like a Williamsburg Village for 1975.

    That’s a good point. I grew up in various Nor Cal cities in the 70s & 80s (Mendocino, SF, Santa Cruz) with my broke, hippy parents and 40 years ago they could eke out a living and afford these places. Not now, of course.

    The split level Victorian homes of San Fran look the same but the couch surfing hippies are largely gone. It even seems less gay than in the past. It’s young, rich, white and Asian.

    (And far fewer blacks. The Bay Area blacks were terrifying, and I remember horror stories of Oakland blacks terrorizing students who strayed).

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  68. Steve, you forewarned on WWT and the $20 bill. What is next in the never ending war for equality?

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    It's part of the globalizers' long-term project of getting whites to hate cash and move to their Global Hive Digital Bling.

    They didn't hate Jackson coz of his Southernism. They hated him coz he was such an effective organizer against globalista fiat currency regimes.

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  69. @JP Straley
    RE San Franciso:

    There's one piece of SF real estate that could be the very coolest address in all of California, not to mention both urban and ultimately secure. Someone needs to buy Alcatraz Island and build one helluva 100-story condo tower out there!

    JP Straley

    There’s a version of that going on on Treasure Island (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasure_Island_Development).

    On a related note, how did San Francisco become the left-wing hippie/homeless/homo paradise that it is today? Being too lazy to go find a history out there, what is it that has distinguished it over the past half-century from other cities, all of which have gone in the same direction but not achieved the extremes of S.F.? It went from a gritty industrial port city, and then financial and military center, to going off the deep end post-War.

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    Extreme dirt gap in San Francisco, with water on three sides so limited suburban expansion. Very wealthy going back to the Gold Rush. Very gay going back to the age of sail. Very scenic and thus very environmentalist.
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  70. @syonredux

    Is there any politically incorrect director in Hollywood who would have the balls to direct a film about The Zebra Killers?
     
    Certainly not Spike Lee.He actually had a scene in SUMMER OF SAM (set during the Summer of '77) where a Black woman pontificates on how a Black-on-White serial killer would cause an anti-Black pogrom. Which, seeing as how the Zebra Killings occurred in 1973-74 and didn't cause anti-Black riots, means that Spike is either completely ignorant of the Zebra Killings or a liar.

    Re Spike Lee: why not both?!

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  71. @syonredux
    The Lumpengentsia are orgasmic:

    That's the shortest possible version. Tubman is a towering figure not just in American history but in human history, and placing her on the 20 dollar bill is an honor long overdue. I am gladdened to be alive to see it happen.
     
    http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2016/04/20/harriet-tubman-will-be-on-the-twenty-dollar-bill

    That's hyperbolic, to put it mildly. Leaving to one side genuinely towering figures in human history (Plato, Aristotle, Newton, Einstein, Kant, etc), Tubman wasn't even the most important 19th century Black American. Frederick Douglas was far more influential as an abolitionist leader and advocate for Black rights. And he was a fairly good writer as well.

    Obama still has months of fresh hell to inflict on the public, all in the name of community activist causes, petty grudges and sheer cussedness. Maybe the next POTUS can unwind or change some of them.

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    The bloodbath from the lefties rioting and being "yoofs" this summer should be the largest and most yet under Obama. Which spells Trump.

    I picture the dems desperately searching for any questionable shooting of a black to justify them all---because otherwise they will be stuck with mobs of blacks acting like blacks, mobs of lefties committing violence to shut down political opposition, and no fresh justification for it.

    The crime, the economy, and the dems drumming up opposition to the repubs, a presidential election, a polarized country, and the lefty celebration of any black grievance makes this year especially vulnerable. And that leaves out Hilary's desperation to do anything to win. Or Obama, as a super-lame duck, getting even more radical in his talk (he won't do anything, he's lazy, but he can talk a good radical game, which is a lot of encouragement to looting/rioting when the person talking is the black POTUS).

    You wonder why Trump is so confident in victory? He just kicked ass in NY. He's turning a corner and driving down his unfavorability ratings. He's targeting an awful-campaigner (Hilary) who , when he debates her, will be so awesome to watch it'll make his dismissal of Jeb Bush seem like the prelude.

    If the above crime and rioting happens (God forbid, but very likely), Trump's going to get yuuuger numbers as voters hunker down and realize the dems are causing anarchy---and Trump will artfully (and rightly) blame it on Obama/dems/Hilary.

    Throw in a major terrorist attack between now and November (God forbid again, but statistically probable)--especially if it's close to November---and Trump could take every state but MA and CA. That is, the Repubs don't steal the nom from him or kill him.

    P.S. Trump will be debating Hilary no matter what. Trump, if the nom is stolen, will run 3rd party, and his numbers will be so high --and the potential for a historical fight with the repub stealer so high--the networks will have to put him on stage with Hilary and whomever stole it from him (Ryan, Cruz, Rubio, etc.). Trump will dismiss the repub stealer quickly and then lay into Hilary like the feds laid into the first Amendment with Nakoula Nakoula.

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  72. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D
    It's a little known fact that Tubman was the first in history to fall for a Nigerian con artist scam:

    Facing accumulated debts (including payments for her property in Auburn), Tubman fell prey in 1873 to a swindle involving gold transfer. Two men, one named Stevenson and the other John Thomas, claimed to have in their possession a cache of gold smuggled out of South Carolina.[133][134] They offered this treasure – worth about US$5,000, they claimed – for US$2,000 in cash. They insisted that they knew a relative of Tubman's, and she took them into her home, where they stayed for several days.[135] She knew that white people in the South had buried valuables when Union forces threatened the region, and also that black men were frequently assigned to digging duties. Thus the situation seemed plausible, and a combination of her financial woes and her good nature led her to go along with the plan.[133] She borrowed the money from a wealthy friend named Anthony Shimer, and arranged to receive the gold late one night. Once the men had lured her into the woods, however, they attacked her and knocked her out with chloroform, then stole her purse and bound and gagged her. When she was found by her family, she was dazed and injured, and the money was gone.[133][136]


    This kind of gullibility and financial incompetence makes her a PERFECT person to put on our pesos. A symbol for our times. Maybe each Tubman $20 could be lightly scented with chloroform (just a whiff, not enough to knock you out) as a reminder.

    “Maybe each Tubman $20 could be lightly scented with chloroform (just a whiff, not enough to knock you out) as a reminder.

    I suspect that the only whiff of anything emanating from the new $20 bill will be a somewhat subtle, but undeniable, reminder of our evil racist past, and this no doubt will be expressed through Harriet Tubman’s expression. But who knows, maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised and Ms. Tubman will instead be depicted with a rather serene countenance that will instead uplift one’s senses.

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  73. There is a very interesting article at the Atlantic by Neal Gabler

    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/05/my-secret-shame/476415/

    wherein he discusses his precarious financial status.

    The article is titled “The Secret Shame of Middle Class Americans.” It details how many seemingly stable middle class Americans are actually one large unexpected bill away from financial disaster. Gabler tells how he had to borrow from his adult daughter to pay for heating oil and other disappointments that are the reality of stagnant incomes with rising prices for the last three decades.

    Specifically saying that he would have difficulty coming up with $400 cash to pay an emergency expense. There is a FED survey done in recent years that asks this question to gauge the health of the economy. The most recent survey found 47% of respondents would have difficulty coming up with this sum in an emergency (Reminiscent of Romney’s 47% )

    Gabler, 66, lives in Southampton Long Island. He is a relatiyely famous man who has published several Hollywood-topic books, written countless magzine articles and has even sold a screenplay to Scorcese.

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    I read Gabler's book "An Empire of their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood" about 20 years ago. It's good. He also was on TV for 3 years on the PBS film show replacing Siskel and Ebert.
    , @Leftist conservative
    that's a great article!
    , @Harry Baldwin
    Interesting article and I can relate to the problem he describes. I wondered if he would mention immigration as a factor in wage stagnation. He eventually did, but only as an example of red herring.

    I suspect our sense of impotence in the face of financial difficulty is not only a source of disillusionment, but also a source of the anger that now infects our national politics, an anger that gets displaced onto undocumented immigrants or Chinese trade or President Obama precisely because we are unable or unwilling to articulate its true source.
     
    So blaming immigration and off-shoring of industry as at least partly responsible for our economic problems is an example of displaced anger. But he never really gets around to identifying "its true source," it seems to me. Just that it can't be anything Donald Trump is talking about.
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  74. @SPMoore8
    O/T: It's official: Harriet Tubman on the Twenty.

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Ten Spot will replace the boring Treasury building with a mural of personalities that advanced women's rights (before anyone hyperventilates I think you do have to be dead to be on the money)

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Fiver will be celebration of civil rights era personalities: MLK being one, for sure.

    That still leaves out the each and several LGBT communities, as well as Asians, as well as Hispanics. You'd think they'd at least replace US Grant with Caesar Chavez .......

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/treasurys-lew-to-announce-hamilton-to-stay-on-10-bill-222204

    I don’t see the need to replace Jackson on the $20. Why not just come out with another denomination? Like the $25 bill. We have quarters. You could put Eleanor Roosevelt on the $3 bill.

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    Harvey Milk should go on the $3 bill.
    , @e
    Seems to be a lot of talk on the net of always asking banks and other merchants to give back tens in place of twenties.
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  75. O/T: somebody in Vanity Fair figured out “the top & the bottom vs. the middle”: “Why Democrats Are Becoming the Party of the 1 Percent” http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/04/why-democrats-are-becoming-the-party-of-the-1-percent

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  76. @SPMoore8
    O/T: It's official: Harriet Tubman on the Twenty.

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Ten Spot will replace the boring Treasury building with a mural of personalities that advanced women's rights (before anyone hyperventilates I think you do have to be dead to be on the money)

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Fiver will be celebration of civil rights era personalities: MLK being one, for sure.

    That still leaves out the each and several LGBT communities, as well as Asians, as well as Hispanics. You'd think they'd at least replace US Grant with Caesar Chavez .......

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/treasurys-lew-to-announce-hamilton-to-stay-on-10-bill-222204

    Any bill $50 or less is likely to get a lot of circulation. There being approximately 50 positive integers less than or equal to 50, we have a lot of possibilities here.

    The $32 bill will be Sacco and Vanzetti.

    The $18 bill can be the Rosenbergs.

    How about Eleanor Roosevelt on the forty-two-smacker?

    Unfashionable figures like the white supremacist slaveholder and incidental father of his country George Washington can be eased onto negative currency. He can be put on a -$1 bill that you would give people who owe you money.

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  77. @Thomas
    It'd be useful to note that the evergreen loathing of badwhites (e.g., Trump voters, "flyover people") provides another useful scapegoat and cover for endeavors like this, along with all the enviro/anticapitalist cant. Sneer at the badwhites for not being happy that they're forced to live among low-class NAMs, and nobody notices you expelling your own.

    BTW, this mostly-empty lot in Bayview/Hunter's Point (SF's last real ghetto), which comes ready with a snappy two-car garage and is conveniently around the corner from a public housing project, can be yours for the low low price of only $450k: http://sfist.com/2016/04/14/this_scary_bayview_lot_near_notorio.php

    “Sneer at the badwhites for not being happy that they’re forced to live among low-class NAMs, and nobody notices you expelling your own.”

    Most bad Whites live in high crime NAM neighborhoods? I didn’t know bad Whites like me and Steve are in the minority, in that we don’t live in such neighborhoods.

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  78. @AndrewR
    Taki's comments are a total cesspool. "Durrhurr I hope an earthquake kills all those faggots in SF teehee im so edgy and transgressive." It almost makes me support SJWs.

    Sailer is a awful moderator but the comments here on Unz are at least tolerable overall.

    Anyway, that BosGlo article linked to in the article wasn't really anti-white. Nowhere was race mentioned. And I'm sure those tech bros are pretty insufferable. One of the comments summed it up: nerds pretending to be jocks is a really bad combo. Have we already forgotten the inebriated Taco Bell social media executive who tried beating up on the Über driver before being summarily pepper sprayed?

    But overall, yes I will concede that these binge drinking tech idiots are undoubtedly less of a public menace than the Obama sons across the bay in Oakland.

    Decent article overall.

    Well, let’s face it, “transgressive” was the big gay buzzword all through the ’90′s. Just look at any issue of Christopher Street during that time, where it appeared about as often as “OPS” does in Sports Illustrated. For a long time it’s explicitly been about discomfiting str8s, so why shouldn’t we eventually react in kind?

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    It seems to me that the really obnoxious, in-your-face gays are like
    obnoxious atheists. Mostly raised in oppressively conservative homes where they were abused for not fitting the mold. Newton's third law completely applies with humans. But many, probably most, gays just want to be left alone and have no desire to shock or offend anyone. They view the gay pride parade type as scornfully as anyone else does.
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  79. There must be some gene for urban living and SWPLing.

    We stayed for a few days in San Francisco on our family California trip back in ’04. (Rented a gay couple’s house in the middle of town somewhere.) Did a bunch of the usual tourist stuff, but more than happy to get the heck out of there and be on the road again over to Sequoia\Kings Canyon.

    Just fail to find it “wonderful”. What’s so great about it? Are the good things in life–sex, beer, pizza, etc. somehow better there? Not that i can tell. It’s mostly people living there paying $4000 rent telling each other how wonderful, amazing, fantastic it is to be there … so they don’t feel like rubes for paying $4000 rent.

    Now our campsite at Kings Canyon (Grant Grove Village) now *that* was nice–on a high ridge, among the trees, but overlooking the central valley, the lights visible at night. You could wander a few yards from camp, stand on a rock, unzip and feel like you were peeing down on Fresno.

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    Some people are addicted to the smell of money and power, and if they don't have it themselves, they try to hang out with people who have one or both. Basically, middle-class people who say they're happy to pay 4,000 a month are social climbers who are trying to hook up with a rich person either through marriage or job-patronage (the latter being what a Mexican or an ancient Roman might think of it), or both.

    They don't seem to understand that if you're thinking of marriage, the rich don't socialize with the middle class (they already know you're after their money, and they prefer to mate with their own kind), and when the rich employ middle-class workers, they don't pay them especially good wages, since the employers have it figured out to a T exactly how much it takes to be middle-class in San Francisco, and that's the upper limit of what they're going to pay you.

    The money/power smellers would have a better chance of making it if they lived cheaply in the Midwest, and saved and invested their earnings, but that's uncool to them. Also, it looks like hard work, and they'd rather win the 'personnel lottery,' to work their way up the economic ladder. They think their natural advantages are stacked in favor of their appearance and personality, which is why they choose that type of Darwinian strategy to succeed in life.

    Most of them won't make it. There aren't enough rich people to go around as mates, and as noted above, there's an upper limit on what you're getting paid.

    , @The Last Real Calvinist

    We stayed for a few days in San Francisco on our family California trip back in ’04.
    ...
    Just fail to find it “wonderful”. What’s so great about it?
     
    We Calvinists were in SF just after this past Christmas, for the first time in quite a few years, and I was asking the same questions.

    My hypothesis is pretty simple: SF is one of the few American cities that's actually pretty -- its combination of hilly, penisular setting and Victorian architecture is pleasant -- and Americans are mostly starved for urban beauty. Not everyone cares about that kind of thing, but for those who do, and who would like to live in such an environment, it's pretty hard to find in the USA.

    Also, remember the raw power of status signalling: SF is one of the few places in the USA a virtuous, obedient SJW/SWPL can live and not be embarassed to admit it in front of their European cousins. NYC and Boston are also okay, but where else, really? Hollywood? Seattle and Portland? The latter two still scream 'provincial!' to me, in a way SF doesn't . . . .

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  80. @Shaq
    Don't forget about the Peninsula Open Space Trust: https://openspacetrust.org/

    Taking land off the market, preserving views, etc., because the area needs "protecting." It's something along the lines of "Not In My Backyard's Backyard."

    So what do you suggest? Paving it all? Installing hipster hives everywhere?

    Whites protect open space. We like nature. We like to get away from the hive.

    You want hive, move to Singapore.

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    Increase density in a few areas. 90% of the Bay Area is off limits to development right now. Not necesary to pave over everything.
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  81. @iSteveFan
    Steve, you forewarned on WWT and the $20 bill. What is next in the never ending war for equality?

    It’s part of the globalizers’ long-term project of getting whites to hate cash and move to their Global Hive Digital Bling.

    They didn’t hate Jackson coz of his Southernism. They hated him coz he was such an effective organizer against globalista fiat currency regimes.

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  82. @The most deplorable one
    Steve,

    Related to one of your earlier articles, even the Chinese Government is trying to keep white guys away from their women:

    http://news.sky.com/story/1681296/china-in-dangerous-love-foreign-spy-warning

    Well, at least away from female government employees.

    “David” woos her with compliments – I wonder which foreign power David works for?

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  84. @MW
    The high housing costs in San Fran are also a result of the government no longer caring about monopolies. You can buy a great house for $100k in most of the country, so why is everyone clamoring for super-expensive homes in the Bay Area? Well, the good jobs are concentrated there, to a much greater extent than they were 30 years ago. Because as a society we decided to stop protecting local and regional businesses, and mega-corporations like to put their headquarters in one of the few mega-metropolises.

    “Well, the good jobs are concentrated there, to a much greater extent than they were 30 years ago. Because as a society we decided to stop protecting local and regional businesses, and mega-corporations like to put their headquarters in one of the few mega-metropolises.”

    As a recovering Manhjattanite, I can tell you it is much simpler than that … if you are there, you are in the game. At some point it takes on critical mass; while other mega-metropolises like Detroit, Philly, and Chicago fade away, places like SF and NYC start to generate so much pull that they start to emit energy … kind of like a black whole, but without the messy diversity.

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    Also add in that so many of the other cities out there are being filled in by immigrants both legal and illegal. For example, look at Detroit. People keep saying Detroit is shrinking but it's absolutely not. The MSA is the same size. Some Detroiters have shifted from the core to the suburbs and some have left the stats. The balance of the status quo is made up of immigrants flowing in to take the spots of the Americans who left Detroit.

    You have to wonder if non-nerd white and Asians are fleeing Silicon Valley because it's full of unwashed masses of H1Bs.
    , @MW
    "Critical mass" seems to occur naturally if no one stops it. After all, it has now happened twice in this country. The problem of nationwide monopolies with too much power backed by NYC capital was already an issue in the late 19th century. It became less of a problem because the Federal Government explicitly tried to stop it. Merger-mania didn't start up again in the 1980s because of any technological developments, it's simply because the Feds cared less about preventing it. Obviously there are many other factors as well.

    There happened to be an article on this issue in The Atlantic recently, focusing on the decline of the once-prominent St. Louis advertising industry.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/04/how-americas-coastal-cities-left-the-heartland-behind/478296/
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  85. OT: Oh boy, here we go..

    Three white guys are officially scapegoats for the Flint water fiasco. Flint, of course, is a “chocolate city” and always in the running for “Murder Capital of Michigan” as well as national honors ->>>

    http://www.wnem.com/story/31772444/3-charged-with-several-crimes-in-flint-crisis

    The Great White Defendants have been found. Let the show trials commence!

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    "The Great White Defendants have been found. Let the show trials commence!"
     

     
    If they were high enough on the administrative food chain to be deemed worthy of taking the rap then they probably "know where all the bodies are buried" that pertain to the scandal. Rest assured that this will be handled quickly and quietly with the accused eventually given slaps on the wrist and sent on their way with pensions and benefits secure.
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  86. @jesse helms think-alike
    There is a very interesting article at the Atlantic by Neal Gabler
    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/05/my-secret-shame/476415/
    wherein he discusses his precarious financial status.

    The article is titled "The Secret Shame of Middle Class Americans." It details how many seemingly stable middle class Americans are actually one large unexpected bill away from financial disaster. Gabler tells how he had to borrow from his adult daughter to pay for heating oil and other disappointments that are the reality of stagnant incomes with rising prices for the last three decades.

    Specifically saying that he would have difficulty coming up with $400 cash to pay an emergency expense. There is a FED survey done in recent years that asks this question to gauge the health of the economy. The most recent survey found 47% of respondents would have difficulty coming up with this sum in an emergency (Reminiscent of Romney's 47% )

    Gabler, 66, lives in Southampton Long Island. He is a relatiyely famous man who has published several Hollywood-topic books, written countless magzine articles and has even sold a screenplay to Scorcese.

    I read Gabler’s book “An Empire of their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood” about 20 years ago. It’s good. He also was on TV for 3 years on the PBS film show replacing Siskel and Ebert.

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    I read Gabler’s book “An Empire of their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood” about 20 years ago. It’s good. He also was on TV for 3 years on the PBS film show replacing Siskel and Ebert.
     
    If memory serves, didn't reading that book give Gary Oldman a bunch of crazy ideas about the Jews running Hollywood?
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  87. @Ivy
    Obama still has months of fresh hell to inflict on the public, all in the name of community activist causes, petty grudges and sheer cussedness. Maybe the next POTUS can unwind or change some of them.

    The bloodbath from the lefties rioting and being “yoofs” this summer should be the largest and most yet under Obama. Which spells Trump.

    I picture the dems desperately searching for any questionable shooting of a black to justify them all—because otherwise they will be stuck with mobs of blacks acting like blacks, mobs of lefties committing violence to shut down political opposition, and no fresh justification for it.

    The crime, the economy, and the dems drumming up opposition to the repubs, a presidential election, a polarized country, and the lefty celebration of any black grievance makes this year especially vulnerable. And that leaves out Hilary’s desperation to do anything to win. Or Obama, as a super-lame duck, getting even more radical in his talk (he won’t do anything, he’s lazy, but he can talk a good radical game, which is a lot of encouragement to looting/rioting when the person talking is the black POTUS).

    You wonder why Trump is so confident in victory? He just kicked ass in NY. He’s turning a corner and driving down his unfavorability ratings. He’s targeting an awful-campaigner (Hilary) who , when he debates her, will be so awesome to watch it’ll make his dismissal of Jeb Bush seem like the prelude.

    If the above crime and rioting happens (God forbid, but very likely), Trump’s going to get yuuuger numbers as voters hunker down and realize the dems are causing anarchy—and Trump will artfully (and rightly) blame it on Obama/dems/Hilary.

    Throw in a major terrorist attack between now and November (God forbid again, but statistically probable)–especially if it’s close to November—and Trump could take every state but MA and CA. That is, the Repubs don’t steal the nom from him or kill him.

    P.S. Trump will be debating Hilary no matter what. Trump, if the nom is stolen, will run 3rd party, and his numbers will be so high –and the potential for a historical fight with the repub stealer so high–the networks will have to put him on stage with Hilary and whomever stole it from him (Ryan, Cruz, Rubio, etc.). Trump will dismiss the repub stealer quickly and then lay into Hilary like the feds laid into the first Amendment with Nakoula Nakoula.

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    if the nom is stolen, will run 3rd party, and his numbers will be so high
     
    He could not get on the ballot in enough states to run 3rd party - but he won't have to. Trump will win the Republican Nomination - probably before Cleveland, but even if not, he gets a delegate majority.

    The Republican Elite is treacherous, vile, and vicious. But they are not stupid. The winds have shifted. They'll tack accordingly.
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  88. @EdwardM
    There's a version of that going on on Treasure Island (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasure_Island_Development).

    On a related note, how did San Francisco become the left-wing hippie/homeless/homo paradise that it is today? Being too lazy to go find a history out there, what is it that has distinguished it over the past half-century from other cities, all of which have gone in the same direction but not achieved the extremes of S.F.? It went from a gritty industrial port city, and then financial and military center, to going off the deep end post-War.

    Extreme dirt gap in San Francisco, with water on three sides so limited suburban expansion. Very wealthy going back to the Gold Rush. Very gay going back to the age of sail. Very scenic and thus very environmentalist.

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  89. @Ragno
    No wonder the Bay Area is so kneejerk-leftist!

    Black Lives always Matter more when there aren't any of them in your direct line of sight, needlessly complicating matters with their constant physical presence.

    Black Lives always Matter more when there aren’t any of them in your direct line of sight, needlessly complicating matters with their constant physical presence.

    Well remember too that SF is uniquely blessed by geography. It sits on the tip of a peninsula with no good major freeway access into the city since the last major earthquake. To the north is expensive real estate in Marin and wine country. To the south is Silicon Valley. The major African concentration is across the bay in Oakland. So the Africans have to cross a big bridge to wreak their normal urban chaos.

    My own favorite area out there is East of Oakland in sunny Livermore and Concord, but that’s mostly due to the profusion of great twisty roads and lower traffic than you’ll find between Silicon Valley and the Pacific (superb scenic twisty roads, just constrained by traffic and frequent fog).

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  90. OT, but I can’t believe Steve hasn’t picked this up yet:

    Whole Foods is using security footage to sue a [black] gay pastor for an unlikely reason

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/whole-foods-using-security-footage-194336829.html

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    Big Brother is watching da brotha.

    Todd bless CCTV.
    , @SPMoore8
    Wow. I thought the original story, as written, was funny so I didn't even think of the hate crime hoax aspect. Which has now been confirmed.

    What's funny about this writeup is that the common epithet for persons of Frequently Asked Gender has been blurred so that no one's eyeballs will have to be seared by seeing a fairly common and not even particularly malicious word written on a cake. That is so ret**ded.

    I guess pretty soon we will be reduced to using the top symbols of the keyboard to generate speech, sort of like they did in the '50's and '60's, and people will have to simply project the meaning onto the symbols. That is so -- twenty first century. !$#@#$*@(#@
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  91. @Jefferson
    The San Francisco zip code where I reside is only 2 percent Black, which is even less Black than the city as a whole. If my zip code was it's own city, we would have the same percentage of Blacks as Salt Lake City.

    Steve how Black is your Los Angeles zip code?

    Three or four percent black, mostly associated with the entertainment industry. The black women here are very good looking.

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    "Three or four percent black, mostly associated with the entertainment industry. The black women here are very good looking."

    Are the Black women in your zip code disproportionately Mulatas?

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  92. @hhsiii
    I don't see the need to replace Jackson on the $20. Why not just come out with another denomination? Like the $25 bill. We have quarters. You could put Eleanor Roosevelt on the $3 bill.

    Harvey Milk should go on the $3 bill.

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    I see what you did there. Jolly good show.
    , @Jefferson
    "Harvey Milk should go on the $3 bill."

    In the film Milk, they portray San Francisco's Castro district in the 1970s as being in a transitional period from majority blue collar Irish Catholic to majority Homosexual.
    , @Hhsiii
    I started with Harvey but he's not really bill worthy. Eleanor may not be either but she has more old school resonance.

    I was going for the same concept, queer as a 3 dollar bill.
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  93. @Anonymous
    I hope the photo of Harriet Tubman is a nice one. The image of Andrew Jackson on the current $20 bill is attractive and aristocratic and has a somewhat aspirational quality to it. I hope that the image selected of Ms. Tubman is likewise aspirational, instead of dour, as she often appears in many photos. I understand why a former slave would have resentment or anger, but I don't want to see that every time I use a $20 bill.

    I hope they just make up a drawing of Harriet Tubmam from her unphotographed youth. I recommend Kerry Washington pose for the sketch.

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    For some reason I don't think that's going to happen, but it sounds like a nice idea!

    On the web page linked below there's a mock up of a $20 bill with Ms. Tubman's image on it.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-money-twenty-tubman-hamilton-jackson-20150625-story.html

    , @jesse helms think-alike
    yes that tubman mockup uses an astonishingly unflattering image for the jackson. I recall a survey that showed that tubman and sojourner have near 100% name recognition among brain washed public school age youth. In my day these obscure figures that wouldn't have been anyone's choice for currency. If we must honor diversity why not Moms Mabley or Geraldine Jones.

    WRT Neal Gabler; I've read several of his books myself including the one you mention. I think it's a default mindset to think that someone that famous with books in print,their name in the paper and appearing on television somehow just has money coming in from somewhere.
    , @AnotherDad

    I hope they just make up a drawing of Harriet Tubmam from her unphotographed youth. I recommend Kerry Washington pose for the sketch.
     
    Sure, i'd rather look at the mixed race--and highly white featured--Ms. Washington.

    But i hope they don't do that but use one of the Tubman photographs and capture her unattractiveness in all its glory. It's a wonderful metaphor. Let white people be reminder of the ugliness of their dispossession and the sheer ugliness of this diversitopia every time they pop open their wallets.
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  94. @Olorin
    So what do you suggest? Paving it all? Installing hipster hives everywhere?

    Whites protect open space. We like nature. We like to get away from the hive.

    You want hive, move to Singapore.

    Increase density in a few areas. 90% of the Bay Area is off limits to development right now. Not necesary to pave over everything.

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  95. @Steve Sailer
    I read Gabler's book "An Empire of their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood" about 20 years ago. It's good. He also was on TV for 3 years on the PBS film show replacing Siskel and Ebert.

    I read Gabler’s book “An Empire of their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood” about 20 years ago. It’s good. He also was on TV for 3 years on the PBS film show replacing Siskel and Ebert.

    If memory serves, didn’t reading that book give Gary Oldman a bunch of crazy ideas about the Jews running Hollywood?

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    "If memory serves, didn’t reading that book give Gary Oldman a bunch of crazy ideas about the Jews running Hollywood?"

    Yes, but Gary Oldman and Marlon Brando aren't Jewish, so they are Bad. Neal Gabler is Jewish, so his writing about Jews running Hollywood is Good.

    How things work these days isn't complicated: why do I have to keep explaining it to you?

    When people who are Good do a thing, that's Good. When people who are Bad do the same thing, that's Bad.
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  96. @Marty
    Well, let's face it, "transgressive" was the big gay buzzword all through the '90's. Just look at any issue of Christopher Street during that time, where it appeared about as often as "OPS" does in Sports Illustrated. For a long time it's explicitly been about discomfiting str8s, so why shouldn't we eventually react in kind?

    It seems to me that the really obnoxious, in-your-face gays are like
    obnoxious atheists. Mostly raised in oppressively conservative homes where they were abused for not fitting the mold. Newton’s third law completely applies with humans. But many, probably most, gays just want to be left alone and have no desire to shock or offend anyone. They view the gay pride parade type as scornfully as anyone else does.

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    Gays are mentally disordered; they are to a person like that. The only ones who are not are the ones who realize that what they are is messed up and aren't "proud" of being messed up and do their best to control it. There is a reason that gays are called "queer."

    As part of their disorder, gays have a sickening sociopathy. They are more likely to abuse power, steal, lie, molest, and almost every other indecent crime you can think of than straights. (One thing to note is that all the nonsense about date rape drugs in the 90s and 00s--which made feminists freak out but had no occurrences in the straight world, so you might think it was a big hoax---actually came from gays who were using date rape drugs at clubs (they get you high), and then giving a few more than necessary to underage boys to get them home.)

    That sociopathy leads gays to crave attention like a child acting out---all attention is good attention to them. Why do you think they predominate so much in acting?

    , @AnotherDad

    It seems to me that the really obnoxious, in-your-face gays are like obnoxious atheists. Mostly raised in oppressively conservative homes where they were abused for not fitting the mold. Newton’s third law completely applies with humans. But many, probably most, gays just want to be left alone and have no desire to shock or offend anyone. They view the gay pride parade type as scornfully as anyone else does.
     
    Oh please. Yeah, this is why now that gays have been accepted, celebrated and in fact have forced their "gay marriage" nonsense on the rest of us, that they are leaving the rest of us alone.

    Being drama queens and jamming their personal psychological dysfunction in everyone's face, to harass and annoy everyone else for their normality ... that's just what these a*holes do.

    Fortunately, they'll be an end to it soon enough. Within a generation or two we'll find the gay germ or whatever else causes this pathology and put an end to it.

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  97. @Old Palo Altan
    "Genteel racism." Well if you insist; I would simply call it authentic gentility.
    The N word was wash-your-mouth-out-with-soap unacceptable. Keeping far away from the blacks was nevertheless unspoken good sense.
    Not that it was difficult; as I have said before I never saw a black person in Palo Alto, except I suppose the very occasional daily. But now that I think back, I can't remember seeing even one of those - blacks were simply not suitable for such positions (unlike in the Old South, where we lived briefly, and I, aged four, loved our black dailies, who were absolute darlings, particularly the one who was the spitting image of Aunt Jemima, headscarf and all).
    Hmn; I've just re-read that last sentence and can promise that, although it reads like a parody, it is the gospel truth.
    San Francisco was where one went for the concerts (the heady days of Josef Krips), the Top of the Mark, Fisherman's Wharf (I still can't eat sourdough bread from anywhere else), and rites of passage like one's first Brooks Brother's navy blazer at age ten. I was always pestering my father to move there: fat chance - his eyes were firmly fixed on Pebble Beach. Something called golf I think.
    It amazes and impresses me that you survived a majority black high school; why not tell us something about it? Surely this was no later than the Sixties?

    I lived in a mixed hood in the East Bay so I knew all the bros and they knew me. The white kids from up in the hills were terrified but after a couple confrontations with the bros I was never bothered. I was “alright.”

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    "I lived in a mixed hood in the East Bay so I knew all the bros and they knew me. The white kids from up in the hills were terrified but after a couple confrontations with the bros I was never bothered."

    yeah, it's often like that with Negroes.

    While black activists have racial identity, many hood negroes think more in terms of turf and familiarity than race. Many hood negroes will fight other negroes but they will be okay and even friendly with non-blacks within the turf, the ones they recognize as part of the hood.

    Oftentimes, when whites are attacked by blacks in the hood, they think it's about race. To an extent, it is, but it's also an issue of familiarity. "Is you part of the hood or not?"

    If not part of the hood, you could be a negro and still be jumped by the negroes.
    But if you is a familiar white face in the hood, they'll tolerate you, even be nice to you.
    , @Old Palo Altan
    Good for them and kudos to you.
    I wish it could still be like that.
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  98. @Steve Sailer
    I hope they just make up a drawing of Harriet Tubmam from her unphotographed youth. I recommend Kerry Washington pose for the sketch.

    For some reason I don’t think that’s going to happen, but it sounds like a nice idea!

    On the web page linked below there’s a mock up of a $20 bill with Ms. Tubman’s image on it.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-money-twenty-tubman-hamilton-jackson-20150625-story.html

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  99. @Marty
    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=youtube+tyne+daly+the+enforcer+&view=detail&mid=81A8491814A484FD09A781A8491814A484FD09A7&FORM=VIRE

    The Enforcer came out in 1976, San Francisco’s Fillmore district is no longer majority Black today in 2016.

    Now they have lots of SWPL cafes and Chinese restaurants. The Fillmore is no longer a no go zone area for Whites.

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    "Now they have lots of SWPL cafes and Chinese restaurants. The Fillmore is no longer a no go zone area for Whites."

    What is this? Use NBM--non-black minorities--to push out blacks and then have whites gradually take over?
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  100. @Steve Sailer
    I hope they just make up a drawing of Harriet Tubmam from her unphotographed youth. I recommend Kerry Washington pose for the sketch.

    yes that tubman mockup uses an astonishingly unflattering image for the jackson. I recall a survey that showed that tubman and sojourner have near 100% name recognition among brain washed public school age youth. In my day these obscure figures that wouldn’t have been anyone’s choice for currency. If we must honor diversity why not Moms Mabley or Geraldine Jones.

    WRT Neal Gabler; I’ve read several of his books myself including the one you mention. I think it’s a default mindset to think that someone that famous with books in print,their name in the paper and appearing on television somehow just has money coming in from somewhere.

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    Agreed, but you have to be a pretty poor money manager to be 66 years old and unable to come up with $400. I got scammed for $400 of football tickets a couple of years ago. It was my fault for ignoring warning signs, but, as I told my daughters on the way home, it wasn't like it was the grocery money.
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  101. @Mark F.
    Harvey Milk should go on the $3 bill.

    I see what you did there. Jolly good show.

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  102. “One obvious measure of how San Francisco’s restrictive policies have changed the population is how effective the progressive city has been at driving out its blacks”

    The city has been effective at driving out families, and working and middle class whites too. I think you want this conspiracy to be more true that it really is. Local people in SF can’t form families and they move to the exurbs.

    SF is growing as there is construction all over the place but household sizes are shrinking and the infrastructure in SF stinks so it is hard to imagine how much growth is possible to meet demand

    More than any other city I am aware of San Francisco has keep counterproductive policies alive like rent control and a prohibition on demolishing SROs for the very purpose of keeping poor people.

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  103. This reminds me of a recent cover story in The Walrus (Canada’s equivalent of Harper’s) on the Vancouver real estate. http://thewalrus.ca/the-highest-bidder/

    Essentially, Canada does not have a Canadian real estate market, but a Chinese money laundering market. But that’s racist to say out loud or investigate.

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    Same thing in Toronto.
    , @Formerly CARealist
    I just love how the article talks about white racism so casually and haughtily. Maybe all that old-fashioned race preference of prior years helped keep the housing affordable and the neighborhoods nice? But no, we can't go there. Now we watch helplessly as our communities are sold out to absent Chinese millionaires trying to secure a base in the West.

    I wonder what the wealthy Chinese expect to happen in their country that makes them buy up North American real estate so recklessly?
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  104. @AndrewR
    It seems to me that the really obnoxious, in-your-face gays are like
    obnoxious atheists. Mostly raised in oppressively conservative homes where they were abused for not fitting the mold. Newton's third law completely applies with humans. But many, probably most, gays just want to be left alone and have no desire to shock or offend anyone. They view the gay pride parade type as scornfully as anyone else does.

    Gays are mentally disordered; they are to a person like that. The only ones who are not are the ones who realize that what they are is messed up and aren’t “proud” of being messed up and do their best to control it. There is a reason that gays are called “queer.”

    As part of their disorder, gays have a sickening sociopathy. They are more likely to abuse power, steal, lie, molest, and almost every other indecent crime you can think of than straights. (One thing to note is that all the nonsense about date rape drugs in the 90s and 00s–which made feminists freak out but had no occurrences in the straight world, so you might think it was a big hoax—actually came from gays who were using date rape drugs at clubs (they get you high), and then giving a few more than necessary to underage boys to get them home.)

    That sociopathy leads gays to crave attention like a child acting out—all attention is good attention to them. Why do you think they predominate so much in acting?

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  105. The real issue in the Bay Area is not really SF but that the Bay Area is politically very fractured and locals plan land use. There are many examples of heavy rail stations outside of SF next to strip malls.

    Add to that 10′s of thousands of very high paying jobs on a Peninsula being added over recent years and you have your million dollar ranchers (I know cause I live in one)

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  106. @Mark F.
    Harvey Milk should go on the $3 bill.

    “Harvey Milk should go on the $3 bill.”

    In the film Milk, they portray San Francisco’s Castro district in the 1970s as being in a transitional period from majority blue collar Irish Catholic to majority Homosexual.

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    Milk should go on 99 cents.
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  107. @Stan d Mute
    OT: Oh boy, here we go..

    Three white guys are officially scapegoats for the Flint water fiasco. Flint, of course, is a "chocolate city" and always in the running for "Murder Capital of Michigan" as well as national honors ->>>

    http://www.wnem.com/story/31772444/3-charged-with-several-crimes-in-flint-crisis

    The Great White Defendants have been found. Let the show trials commence!

    “The Great White Defendants have been found. Let the show trials commence!”

    If they were high enough on the administrative food chain to be deemed worthy of taking the rap then they probably “know where all the bodies are buried” that pertain to the scandal. Rest assured that this will be handled quickly and quietly with the accused eventually given slaps on the wrist and sent on their way with pensions and benefits secure.

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  108. You mention blacks being scarce in SF, but when I went there a few years ago for about a week , I saw plenty around, just in the foul and dangerous part of the town, which I had to cross through each day going to my hotel. Maybe these numbers are only reflective of homeowners, not total population demographics?

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    There is still an abundance of black hustlers in the Tenderloin.
    , @Jefferson
    "You mention blacks being scarce in SF, but when I went there a few years ago for about a week , I saw plenty around, just in the foul and dangerous part of the town, which I had to cross through each day going to my hotel. Maybe these numbers are only reflective of homeowners, not total population demographics?"

    The foul and dangerous parts of every big city is always the Blackest part of every big city. You stayed in the shitty part of San Francisco, so of course you saw a lot more Blacks.

    If you only hang out in the most high crime areas of L.A for example, you are going to have an extremely hard time believing Los Angeles is only 11 percent Black. You would think there is a serious undercount of Blacks in the city's census.

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  109. OT: I had this open in a browser tab for a while and regret not actually reading it sooner. From the department of sheer gall: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/08/world/europe/belgium-brussels-islam-radicalization.html?_r=0

    Friends who teach the equivalent of high school seniors in the predominantly Muslim districts of Molenbeek and Schaerbeek told him that “90 percent of their students, 17, 18 years old, called them [the Brussels bombers] heroes,” he said.

    What surprises me is not that a statement like this can occasionally make it into the NYT, but that anybody could mention this and still have the balls to claim that the real problem is that the West is not doing enough for them.

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    -----Friends who teach the equivalent of high school seniors in the predominantly Muslim districts of Molenbeek and Schaerbeek told him that “90 percent of their students, 17, 18 years old, called them [the Brussels bombers] heroes,” he said.------

    Sickening, I agree.

    But, didn't 80% of Americans believe Hussein had something to do with 9/11? Didn't they cheer a destruction of a nation that didn't do anything to them? How many Iraqis died as a result? Are Americans well-informed and morally sane?

    And didn't the majority of Obama-supporters in media and electorate cheer on the destruction of Gaddafi's Libya? Much of it based on false rumors. Look at that country now. Gaddafi gave up his WMD and was getting along. Well, look what happened to him. And look at the black African 'refugee' crisis from Libya as a result.

    And Americans have long cheered on Israel and vilified Palestinians. Did Palestinians do any harm to Americans? No, with American help, these innocent people were ethnically cleansed by the same people who are now removing Jackson from $20 bills and removing icons of the American South. But Americans have been cheering on Zionists as the good guys and Palestinians as subhuman scum.

    So, it goes both ways. Muslims have been nasty in their supportive of terrorists. But so many Americans have been supportive of aggressive US policies in the Middle East that destroyed many more lives.

    And consider. Israel has 200 illegal nukes but never comes under pressure. If anything, it is showered with billions in aid.
    Iran, in contrast, never had any nukes, but its economy was destroyed by endless sanctions.
    And Americans went along with this madness. And Americans have also been fed the meme-lie that the Iranian president said "wipe Israel off the map" when he never said any such.

    So, it's not only Muslims with crazy ideas and attitudes about the world.
    Americans are no better.

    The best policy is 'no invade, no invite'.

    But the lunatics who get US involved in Middle East wars are also the ones inviting angry mobs from there to EU and US.

    And why would we want Muslims to assimilate to Western values that now amount to 'gay marriage', men demanding to wee wee in women's restrooms, rap music, and porny shows like Dunham's Girls?

    US is now a nation where so many people hate, hate, and hate Russia as New Nazi Nation because.. it doesn't allow massive homo parades.

    I mean...
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  110. @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    The "Bay Area Renters Federation, or BARF" suggests an innovative way to conduct news-attracting public demonstrations.

    Old hat. The people of San Francisco have beaten you to the punch in vomit performance art.

    http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/San-Francisco-protesters-stage-a-vomit-in-2627438.php

    In a unique form of opposition, some protesters at the Federal Building staged a “vomit in,” by heaving on the sidewalks and plaza areas in the back and front of the building to show that the war in Iraq made them sick, according to a spokesman.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2598342/Protester-angry-huge-tech-buses-employees-Silicon-Valley-jobs-VOMITS-yahoo-vehicle-Googles-Kevin-Rose-flyers-posted-round-home-calling-parasite.html

    A protester so aghast with Silicon Valley’s impact on the Bay Area has gone as far as to vomit on a Yahoo shuttle bus.

    The mystery demonstrator was among a group of protesters picketing the buses that ferry employees of the big tech corporations to work, deeming them indicative of everything wrong with the hyper-gentrified Silicon Valley.

    But Valleywag.com reported that in Oakland, almost 50 ‘rebels’ blocked a pick up zone for tech buses and one apparently vomited on the windshield of a Yahoo bus from its roof.

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  111. @JerseyGuy
    Also, question for the commenters who live in California: Why do most of the single-family houses that were built in the 1950s and 1960s still remain as single story homes? In the Northeast and Upper Midwest, it is very common for people to "bump up" their homes by adding second story additions. Just by judging from Google Street View, this doesn't seem to be as common in California. Can someone explain why?

    On the topic of Californians not putting second stories on their houses, my observation as a East Bay Californian is family sizes doesn’t warrant it. One or two kids just doesn’t require the trouble/hassle of that second story.

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  112. @dumpstersquirrel
    All Whiteopias, including Portland OR, are kneejerk leftist because it's a form of penance to compensate for choosing to live in such a White city. Hard leftism, including slavish support for Black Lives Matter, makes up for the apparent "revealed choice" racism of Whites who choose to live in very White cities.

    All Whiteopias, including Portland OR, are kneejerk leftist because it’s a form of penance to compensate for choosing to live in such a White city. Hard leftism, including slavish support for Black Lives Matter, makes up for the apparent “revealed choice” racism of Whites who choose to live in very White cities.

    Not so. Whitopias that derive most of their income from the non-subsidized private sector (tech and healthcare are heavily subsidized through universities and other programs) are far from “kneejerk leftist.” That’s the real difference — if you depend on federal money to prop up your white community you have to pay the political price.

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  113. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @AnotherDad
    There must be some gene for urban living and SWPLing.

    We stayed for a few days in San Francisco on our family California trip back in '04. (Rented a gay couple's house in the middle of town somewhere.) Did a bunch of the usual tourist stuff, but more than happy to get the heck out of there and be on the road again over to Sequoia\Kings Canyon.

    Just fail to find it "wonderful". What's so great about it? Are the good things in life--sex, beer, pizza, etc. somehow better there? Not that i can tell. It's mostly people living there paying $4000 rent telling each other how wonderful, amazing, fantastic it is to be there ... so they don't feel like rubes for paying $4000 rent.

    Now our campsite at Kings Canyon (Grant Grove Village) now *that* was nice--on a high ridge, among the trees, but overlooking the central valley, the lights visible at night. You could wander a few yards from camp, stand on a rock, unzip and feel like you were peeing down on Fresno.

    Some people are addicted to the smell of money and power, and if they don’t have it themselves, they try to hang out with people who have one or both. Basically, middle-class people who say they’re happy to pay 4,000 a month are social climbers who are trying to hook up with a rich person either through marriage or job-patronage (the latter being what a Mexican or an ancient Roman might think of it), or both.

    They don’t seem to understand that if you’re thinking of marriage, the rich don’t socialize with the middle class (they already know you’re after their money, and they prefer to mate with their own kind), and when the rich employ middle-class workers, they don’t pay them especially good wages, since the employers have it figured out to a T exactly how much it takes to be middle-class in San Francisco, and that’s the upper limit of what they’re going to pay you.

    The money/power smellers would have a better chance of making it if they lived cheaply in the Midwest, and saved and invested their earnings, but that’s uncool to them. Also, it looks like hard work, and they’d rather win the ‘personnel lottery,’ to work their way up the economic ladder. They think their natural advantages are stacked in favor of their appearance and personality, which is why they choose that type of Darwinian strategy to succeed in life.

    Most of them won’t make it. There aren’t enough rich people to go around as mates, and as noted above, there’s an upper limit on what you’re getting paid.

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  114. @Jefferson
    Is there any politically incorrect director in Hollywood who would have the balls to direct a film about The Zebra Killers?

    Certainly not. That would require portraying black people as racist killers, and as we all know, blacks are incapable of that. And, even if they do kill people, it was because white people made them do it.
    The film could get made – but it would have to portray the zebra killers as heroic revolutionaries giving whitey what they deserve. Expect Tarantino to direct for that one.

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    A Zebra Killings movie was in development for awhile, but it was going to star as the hero maybe Jamie Foxx (?) as the black SFPD detective who cracks the case. But the real SFPD cops involved protested that the black cop that the screenplay was about had virtually nothing to do with it.
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  115. Priss Factor [AKA "Polly Perkins"] says:
    @WowJustWow
    OT: I had this open in a browser tab for a while and regret not actually reading it sooner. From the department of sheer gall: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/08/world/europe/belgium-brussels-islam-radicalization.html?_r=0

    Friends who teach the equivalent of high school seniors in the predominantly Muslim districts of Molenbeek and Schaerbeek told him that “90 percent of their students, 17, 18 years old, called them [the Brussels bombers] heroes,” he said.
     
    What surprises me is not that a statement like this can occasionally make it into the NYT, but that anybody could mention this and still have the balls to claim that the real problem is that the West is not doing enough for them.

    —–Friends who teach the equivalent of high school seniors in the predominantly Muslim districts of Molenbeek and Schaerbeek told him that “90 percent of their students, 17, 18 years old, called them [the Brussels bombers] heroes,” he said.——

    Sickening, I agree.

    But, didn’t 80% of Americans believe Hussein had something to do with 9/11? Didn’t they cheer a destruction of a nation that didn’t do anything to them? How many Iraqis died as a result? Are Americans well-informed and morally sane?

    And didn’t the majority of Obama-supporters in media and electorate cheer on the destruction of Gaddafi’s Libya? Much of it based on false rumors. Look at that country now. Gaddafi gave up his WMD and was getting along. Well, look what happened to him. And look at the black African ‘refugee’ crisis from Libya as a result.

    And Americans have long cheered on Israel and vilified Palestinians. Did Palestinians do any harm to Americans? No, with American help, these innocent people were ethnically cleansed by the same people who are now removing Jackson from $20 bills and removing icons of the American South. But Americans have been cheering on Zionists as the good guys and Palestinians as subhuman scum.

    So, it goes both ways. Muslims have been nasty in their supportive of terrorists. But so many Americans have been supportive of aggressive US policies in the Middle East that destroyed many more lives.

    And consider. Israel has 200 illegal nukes but never comes under pressure. If anything, it is showered with billions in aid.
    Iran, in contrast, never had any nukes, but its economy was destroyed by endless sanctions.
    And Americans went along with this madness. And Americans have also been fed the meme-lie that the Iranian president said “wipe Israel off the map” when he never said any such.

    So, it’s not only Muslims with crazy ideas and attitudes about the world.
    Americans are no better.

    The best policy is ‘no invade, no invite’.

    But the lunatics who get US involved in Middle East wars are also the ones inviting angry mobs from there to EU and US.

    And why would we want Muslims to assimilate to Western values that now amount to ‘gay marriage’, men demanding to wee wee in women’s restrooms, rap music, and porny shows like Dunham’s Girls?

    US is now a nation where so many people hate, hate, and hate Russia as New Nazi Nation because.. it doesn’t allow massive homo parades.

    I mean…

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  116. Priss Factor [AKA "Polly Perkins"] says:
    @Jefferson
    "Harvey Milk should go on the $3 bill."

    In the film Milk, they portray San Francisco's Castro district in the 1970s as being in a transitional period from majority blue collar Irish Catholic to majority Homosexual.

    Milk should go on 99 cents.

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  117. Priss Factor [AKA "Polly Perkins"] says:
    @Jefferson
    The Enforcer came out in 1976, San Francisco's Fillmore district is no longer majority Black today in 2016.

    Now they have lots of SWPL cafes and Chinese restaurants. The Fillmore is no longer a no go zone area for Whites.

    “Now they have lots of SWPL cafes and Chinese restaurants. The Fillmore is no longer a no go zone area for Whites.”

    What is this? Use NBM–non-black minorities–to push out blacks and then have whites gradually take over?

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  118. Priss Factor [AKA "Polly Perkins"] says:
    @Spmoore8
    I lived in a mixed hood in the East Bay so I knew all the bros and they knew me. The white kids from up in the hills were terrified but after a couple confrontations with the bros I was never bothered. I was "alright."

    “I lived in a mixed hood in the East Bay so I knew all the bros and they knew me. The white kids from up in the hills were terrified but after a couple confrontations with the bros I was never bothered.”

    yeah, it’s often like that with Negroes.

    While black activists have racial identity, many hood negroes think more in terms of turf and familiarity than race. Many hood negroes will fight other negroes but they will be okay and even friendly with non-blacks within the turf, the ones they recognize as part of the hood.

    Oftentimes, when whites are attacked by blacks in the hood, they think it’s about race. To an extent, it is, but it’s also an issue of familiarity. “Is you part of the hood or not?”

    If not part of the hood, you could be a negro and still be jumped by the negroes.
    But if you is a familiar white face in the hood, they’ll tolerate you, even be nice to you.

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  119. Priss Factor [AKA "Polly Perkins"] says:
    @jon
    OT, but I can't believe Steve hasn't picked this up yet:

    Whole Foods is using security footage to sue a [black] gay pastor for an unlikely reason

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/whole-foods-using-security-footage-194336829.html

    Big Brother is watching da brotha.

    Todd bless CCTV.

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  120. @jon
    OT, but I can't believe Steve hasn't picked this up yet:

    Whole Foods is using security footage to sue a [black] gay pastor for an unlikely reason

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/whole-foods-using-security-footage-194336829.html

    Wow. I thought the original story, as written, was funny so I didn’t even think of the hate crime hoax aspect. Which has now been confirmed.

    What’s funny about this writeup is that the common epithet for persons of Frequently Asked Gender has been blurred so that no one’s eyeballs will have to be seared by seeing a fairly common and not even particularly malicious word written on a cake. That is so ret**ded.

    I guess pretty soon we will be reduced to using the top symbols of the keyboard to generate speech, sort of like they did in the ’50′s and ’60′s, and people will have to simply project the meaning onto the symbols. That is so — twenty first century. !$#@#$*@(#@

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  121. OT – How safe is your holiday? European hotspots including Spain and Germany at ‘high’ risk of terrorist attacks. I wonder if anyone notices which countries are low risk, and maybe question why that is?

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    " I wonder if anyone notices which countries are low risk, and maybe question why that is?"

    With the exception of Russia which has a large Muslim population, Eastern European countries are quite low risk because Gypsies don't commit mass shootings and blow shit up. Gypsies are petty criminals, not terrorist masterminds. Gypsy men also don't rape White women as much as Arab Muslim men do.

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  122. @The Albino Sasquatch
    Certainly not. That would require portraying black people as racist killers, and as we all know, blacks are incapable of that. And, even if they do kill people, it was because white people made them do it.
    The film could get made - but it would have to portray the zebra killers as heroic revolutionaries giving whitey what they deserve. Expect Tarantino to direct for that one.

    A Zebra Killings movie was in development for awhile, but it was going to star as the hero maybe Jamie Foxx (?) as the black SFPD detective who cracks the case. But the real SFPD cops involved protested that the black cop that the screenplay was about had virtually nothing to do with it.

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    Yes, a deal was made for a film based on a 2006 book, "The Zebra Murders," by former SFPD Chief Prentice Earl Sanders and a screenwriter named Bennett Cohen. Jamie Foxx was to star.

    Cohen had been pitching it ("Black detectives solve Zebra murders while battling racism in the SFPD") for years, but the studio execs just rolled their eyes and said "it's too complicated." Then Cohen got the idea to do a book with Sanders, who was a detective at the time and went to a few of the crime scenes. Neither Sanders or his partner, Rotea Gifford, had anything to with solving the case.

    Dreamworks was behind it along with Brad Pitt's company. The prospective screenwriter, one Matthew Carnahan, felt the killers were "pissed off" by the same racism the heroic black detectives were fighting in the department.

    It was intended to be another White Guilt movie. The project seems to have died for the time being.

    By the way, Steve, there were a number of killings in Los Angeles County that were thought to be related. And in the Oakland, East Bay area, and Sacramento.
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  123. @JerseyGuy
    Steve,

    I'm still trying to get my "density trap" thesis going. I think it applies now more than ever to these high-density, global core cities such as SF, NYC, London, Hong Kong, etc. I've mentioned this here before but my theory states that once a city reaches a certain density, housing costs inevitably increase and are basically impossible to bring down. Cost of construction keeps rising as it costs more and more to demolish a four story building to build a ten story building and then costs more and more to demolish a ten story building to build a 30 story building, etc.

    Also, these places are all essentially "IQ shredders" but that is a whole additional topic.

    Keep up the great work Steve!

    Also, these places are all essentially “IQ shredders” but that is a whole additional topic.

    They are indeed “IQ shredders”. That’s a great term. I vaguely feel like my brain has heard it before, but if not, congratulations … cause it’s one of those perfect phrases to capture a phenomenon.

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    Thanks! I can't claim that I coined the phrase "IQ Shredders". It's used here and there on NRx forums. I will claim the term "Density Trap" though! I'm trying to turn that into a Sailerism and get the term out there....
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  124. @Steve Sailer
    I hope they just make up a drawing of Harriet Tubmam from her unphotographed youth. I recommend Kerry Washington pose for the sketch.

    I hope they just make up a drawing of Harriet Tubmam from her unphotographed youth. I recommend Kerry Washington pose for the sketch.

    Sure, i’d rather look at the mixed race–and highly white featured–Ms. Washington.

    But i hope they don’t do that but use one of the Tubman photographs and capture her unattractiveness in all its glory. It’s a wonderful metaphor. Let white people be reminder of the ugliness of their dispossession and the sheer ugliness of this diversitopia every time they pop open their wallets.

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  125. @AndrewR
    It seems to me that the really obnoxious, in-your-face gays are like
    obnoxious atheists. Mostly raised in oppressively conservative homes where they were abused for not fitting the mold. Newton's third law completely applies with humans. But many, probably most, gays just want to be left alone and have no desire to shock or offend anyone. They view the gay pride parade type as scornfully as anyone else does.

    It seems to me that the really obnoxious, in-your-face gays are like obnoxious atheists. Mostly raised in oppressively conservative homes where they were abused for not fitting the mold. Newton’s third law completely applies with humans. But many, probably most, gays just want to be left alone and have no desire to shock or offend anyone. They view the gay pride parade type as scornfully as anyone else does.

    Oh please. Yeah, this is why now that gays have been accepted, celebrated and in fact have forced their “gay marriage” nonsense on the rest of us, that they are leaving the rest of us alone.

    Being drama queens and jamming their personal psychological dysfunction in everyone’s face, to harass and annoy everyone else for their normality … that’s just what these a*holes do.

    Fortunately, they’ll be an end to it soon enough. Within a generation or two we’ll find the gay germ or whatever else causes this pathology and put an end to it.

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  126. @Grandpa Jack
    You mention blacks being scarce in SF, but when I went there a few years ago for about a week , I saw plenty around, just in the foul and dangerous part of the town, which I had to cross through each day going to my hotel. Maybe these numbers are only reflective of homeowners, not total population demographics?

    There is still an abundance of black hustlers in the Tenderloin.

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  127. @SPMoore8
    O/T: It's official: Harriet Tubman on the Twenty.

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Ten Spot will replace the boring Treasury building with a mural of personalities that advanced women's rights (before anyone hyperventilates I think you do have to be dead to be on the money)

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Fiver will be celebration of civil rights era personalities: MLK being one, for sure.

    That still leaves out the each and several LGBT communities, as well as Asians, as well as Hispanics. You'd think they'd at least replace US Grant with Caesar Chavez .......

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/treasurys-lew-to-announce-hamilton-to-stay-on-10-bill-222204

    This was inevitable, and probably just the first salvo in reshaping our currency and perception of “dead presidents”.

    I took this opportunity to look into which bills are in circulation, and which are the most popular. How in the world is the $2 out there in quantity just slightly less than the $10 and $50? When was the last time anyone received $2 as change??

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  128. Why is SF so expensive? Its the world capital for people who don’t have a lot of kids so they can spend more.

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  129. @Jack D
    Asian cities support densities way beyond what you have in places like SF, where outside the core most of the land is wasted on single family houses (many have since been broken into multiple units but still the density is very low). In Asia it is common to put up a cluster of 10 or 20 identical high rise apartment buildings - in the same footprint where you could have had a couple of dozen single family houses, you can house thousands of families. Nearby you locate a subway stop and all those people can zip right to work with no increase in street congestion. Due to the land cost being spread out over many more units and economies of scale, the cost per unit is much lower than for single family housing. You can also build in all sorts of nice amenities into your complex such as a swimming pool, health club, etc. and again the cost per unit of those things is minimal because it is spread out over many units.


    This was tried in the US with public housing with disastrous results. But for some reason (perhaps due to being oppressed less by whitey) Asians don't pee in the elevator and sell crack in the courtyards nearly as much as our diverse-American public housing residents so they don't have the same problems with high rise housing.

    In SF now there is enough of a critical mass of white and Asian tech employees that you could put up that kind of housing and not have it fall into ruin.

    In SF now there is enough of a critical mass of white and Asian tech employees that you could put up that kind of housing and not have it fall into ruin.

    Your point is certainly valid. The tower blocks i saw in Hong Kong–including the somewhat upscale tower my sister-in-law’s family lived in–sure beat the hell outta say Cabrini Green.

    But even better–stop immigration! Stop flooding our nation with people! The USofA i was born into had nearly half as many people and that was plenty enough to organize a decent society, plus fight the Cold War and do fun stuff like going to the moon. And you could buy a nice three bedroom house with a yard, in a suburb with “good schools” on a middle class breadwinner’s salary.

    Keep the blacks in Africa, the muslims in muslims lands, the Indians in India, the Chinese in China, the Latin Americans in Latin America … and let every nation that has stabilized its fertility *enjoy* the fruits of their non-labor–the declining density dividend. Open space, uncrowded infrastructure, cheap housing, etc. etc.

    Then instead of tower in a city, you get a house with a yard, trees, patio … life at human scale.

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    Right on you are!

    Over population is a great problem environmentally and for quality of life.
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  130. @Mark F.
    Harvey Milk should go on the $3 bill.

    I started with Harvey but he’s not really bill worthy. Eleanor may not be either but she has more old school resonance.

    I was going for the same concept, queer as a 3 dollar bill.

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  131. @Grandpa Jack
    You mention blacks being scarce in SF, but when I went there a few years ago for about a week , I saw plenty around, just in the foul and dangerous part of the town, which I had to cross through each day going to my hotel. Maybe these numbers are only reflective of homeowners, not total population demographics?

    “You mention blacks being scarce in SF, but when I went there a few years ago for about a week , I saw plenty around, just in the foul and dangerous part of the town, which I had to cross through each day going to my hotel. Maybe these numbers are only reflective of homeowners, not total population demographics?”

    The foul and dangerous parts of every big city is always the Blackest part of every big city. You stayed in the shitty part of San Francisco, so of course you saw a lot more Blacks.

    If you only hang out in the most high crime areas of L.A for example, you are going to have an extremely hard time believing Los Angeles is only 11 percent Black. You would think there is a serious undercount of Blacks in the city’s census.

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    Actually San Francisco is about the only city I can think of that has protected SROs and houses the formerly homeless and provides all of the services to them a few blocks from the shopping district. So yeh tourists in SF see some nasty stuff
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  132. @JerseyGuy
    Also, question for the commenters who live in California: Why do most of the single-family houses that were built in the 1950s and 1960s still remain as single story homes? In the Northeast and Upper Midwest, it is very common for people to "bump up" their homes by adding second story additions. Just by judging from Google Street View, this doesn't seem to be as common in California. Can someone explain why?

    There might be something to the fact that in the northeast, the vernacular architecture was multi-story from early on because of the need to heat the houses via chimneys which are shared between the first and second stories. In California, the local architectural styles (Spanish Revival, bungalow, ranch) needed to have air circulation to keep cool in the pre-AC days, but heating isn’t much of a problem (I’ve gone years at a stretch without even turning on my heater).

    The class aspect of it can’t be understated either. Respectable white people in So. Cal. have a preference for the aforementioned architectural styles. It is seen as embarrassing and declasse when Middle Eastern gold chain types buy up graceful old bungalows in the Valley and demolish them in favor of multi-story faux-Italian McMansions. Google “persian palaces” for several hours of shockingly bad taste, if you want.

    Finally, most wealthy neighborhoods in this state (south and north) are on very hilly land. I would imagine building up is more expensive on hilly land. My little town has a few multi-story buildings built by Easterners in the 1880-1910 era, but practically everything afterward is single-story.

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    An excellent answer.
    Many of the original 1910-30 and now 8 t0 12 million dollar houses in the best part of Santa Monica are single story, and are often larger than those with two.
    The East Coast style twenty and thirty story high apartment blocks which have disfigured Wilshire in the UCLA and Holmby Hills area are abominated by the old families for their foreignness and classlessness. The Spelling place in Holmby is of course the ne plus ultra of this incursion of Hollywood into old LA, but in the end it is somehow less offensive than the latest:
    During one of my more recent visits I was taken to see one of the most disturbing of the Persian palaces (this was in Hancock Park): the house hadn't (yet) been changed, but something like 24 statues had been placed, all in a row, in the front yard. They were some eight feet high and every single one of them was a copy of Michelangelo's David.
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  133. @SPMoore8
    O/T: It's official: Harriet Tubman on the Twenty.

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Ten Spot will replace the boring Treasury building with a mural of personalities that advanced women's rights (before anyone hyperventilates I think you do have to be dead to be on the money)

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Fiver will be celebration of civil rights era personalities: MLK being one, for sure.

    That still leaves out the each and several LGBT communities, as well as Asians, as well as Hispanics. You'd think they'd at least replace US Grant with Caesar Chavez .......

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/treasurys-lew-to-announce-hamilton-to-stay-on-10-bill-222204

    Well, hell. I was going to say,” I’ll be using more tens” when I found out about the terrible events of the day, but it looks like they’re gonna get all up in my Kool-aid and start erasing whitey from just about all the common bills.

    Its fitting though. In an era when the money is becoming more and more worthless as a direct result of progressive spending and printing policies, who makes a better representative to grace the bills of the age than the coalition of the fringes?

    As for me, I guess I’ll be making my Visa do more of the lifting. No sense supporting this crap. In the mean time, if they’re putting white guys on the back, I’ll just make a conscious effort when I do have to use the bills to hand them over reverse side up.

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  134. @Anon87
    OT - How safe is your holiday? European hotspots including Spain and Germany at 'high' risk of terrorist attacks. I wonder if anyone notices which countries are low risk, and maybe question why that is?

    ” I wonder if anyone notices which countries are low risk, and maybe question why that is?”

    With the exception of Russia which has a large Muslim population, Eastern European countries are quite low risk because Gypsies don’t commit mass shootings and blow shit up. Gypsies are petty criminals, not terrorist masterminds. Gypsy men also don’t rape White women as much as Arab Muslim men do.

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  135. @SPMoore8
    I agree that the manufactured reason for excising Jackson from the twenty is idiotic, but that's not really what this is about.

    What this is about is activist women who want a woman on our paper currency, as soon as possible. That's it: Period.

    Witness the remarks of Senator Shaheen: ""If this is true, great news! Tubman on $20 is the right call. The redesign needs to happen as soon as possible. Women have waited long enough."

    Translated, women in the United States have been suffering for centuries because there are no women on our money, and we need to get these new bills (or would that be bettys?) into circulation as soon as possible, so women across our great nation can swell with pride as they pay for their -- wait a minute, they'll just use their bank card like everyone else.

    Of course anyone with a long enough memory remembers we went through all of this with Susan B. Anthony and Sacagewea on our coinage. However, this time it will be presumably "different."

    Given then that _someone_ has to go to make room for a woman, since they aren't going to create a special currency denomination for women -- given the 79 cent per dollar dogma, one can asume that the Tubman bill will actually only be worth $15.80 -- then you start going through the list and Andrew Jackson is an easy target. So is Hamilton -- at least according to Burr -- but as we know he was Saved by a Miracle Musical.

    But you are right, now that the principle has been established, there will be no end to it. A woman? OK. A black woman? But what about white women? What about L, G, B, T's? Asians? South Asians? A black man? Latinos? Mexicans? Puerto Ricans? Native Americans? Jews? Italian Americans? It shall be endless.

    Translated, women in the United States have been suffering for centuries because there are no women on our money, and we need to get these new bills (or would that be bettys?) into circulation as soon as possible, so women across our great nation can swell with pride as they pay for their — wait a minute, they’ll just use their bank card like everyone else.

    I’ve said it before. Immigration is job #1–that’s stopping the bleeding.

    But before sanity can return, *men* will have to retake control of the culture, of the nation.

    American women, simply haven’t done much of anything that’s “currency worthy”. (There’s probably at least 100 men of note, before you get to a woman you’d slap onto a bill.) But that’s … ok. It’s biology. Women’s *critical* role in a civilized society is not as political leaders, nor scientists, inventors, business magnates, but mothers. Restraining themselves sexually and committing to one man, then raising his children, provides the sort of high-parental investment environment that allows civilization to exist–allows men to be out their discovering, inventing, building, leading and creating the great material prosperity we enjoy.

    American (white) women can take pride in the achievements of their men. The men on the currency are their ancestors, the men who’ll do great things in the future, their descendants. Men and women do not, can not exist independently we exist together as a race.

    All the women who want to whine and bitch about this reality … men need to cut them loose. Get a societal divorce. They are simply parasites on the prosperity and civilization created by responsible men. We need to cut them off–get ‘em to stop suckling on our teat ;-) Responsible men need to separate and form a society where they are in charge of the civilization that their good character and labor produces. They’ll be plenty enough women happy and eager to join them and enjoy the rewards of being part of that civilization. Because … civilization is nice, and it is produced by responsible men.

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  136. @jesse helms think-alike
    yes that tubman mockup uses an astonishingly unflattering image for the jackson. I recall a survey that showed that tubman and sojourner have near 100% name recognition among brain washed public school age youth. In my day these obscure figures that wouldn't have been anyone's choice for currency. If we must honor diversity why not Moms Mabley or Geraldine Jones.

    WRT Neal Gabler; I've read several of his books myself including the one you mention. I think it's a default mindset to think that someone that famous with books in print,their name in the paper and appearing on television somehow just has money coming in from somewhere.

    Agreed, but you have to be a pretty poor money manager to be 66 years old and unable to come up with $400. I got scammed for $400 of football tickets a couple of years ago. It was my fault for ignoring warning signs, but, as I told my daughters on the way home, it wasn’t like it was the grocery money.

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  137. @Christopher
    This reminds me of a recent cover story in The Walrus (Canada's equivalent of Harper's) on the Vancouver real estate. http://thewalrus.ca/the-highest-bidder/

    Essentially, Canada does not have a Canadian real estate market, but a Chinese money laundering market. But that's racist to say out loud or investigate.

    Same thing in Toronto.

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

    If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to take a shi*load of money there.

    SF, from hippies to chippies.

    As in computer chips.

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  139. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @The Alarmist

    "Well, the good jobs are concentrated there, to a much greater extent than they were 30 years ago. Because as a society we decided to stop protecting local and regional businesses, and mega-corporations like to put their headquarters in one of the few mega-metropolises."
     
    As a recovering Manhjattanite, I can tell you it is much simpler than that ... if you are there, you are in the game. At some point it takes on critical mass; while other mega-metropolises like Detroit, Philly, and Chicago fade away, places like SF and NYC start to generate so much pull that they start to emit energy ... kind of like a black whole, but without the messy diversity.

    Also add in that so many of the other cities out there are being filled in by immigrants both legal and illegal. For example, look at Detroit. People keep saying Detroit is shrinking but it’s absolutely not. The MSA is the same size. Some Detroiters have shifted from the core to the suburbs and some have left the stats. The balance of the status quo is made up of immigrants flowing in to take the spots of the Americans who left Detroit.

    You have to wonder if non-nerd white and Asians are fleeing Silicon Valley because it’s full of unwashed masses of H1Bs.

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  140. @AnotherDad
    There must be some gene for urban living and SWPLing.

    We stayed for a few days in San Francisco on our family California trip back in '04. (Rented a gay couple's house in the middle of town somewhere.) Did a bunch of the usual tourist stuff, but more than happy to get the heck out of there and be on the road again over to Sequoia\Kings Canyon.

    Just fail to find it "wonderful". What's so great about it? Are the good things in life--sex, beer, pizza, etc. somehow better there? Not that i can tell. It's mostly people living there paying $4000 rent telling each other how wonderful, amazing, fantastic it is to be there ... so they don't feel like rubes for paying $4000 rent.

    Now our campsite at Kings Canyon (Grant Grove Village) now *that* was nice--on a high ridge, among the trees, but overlooking the central valley, the lights visible at night. You could wander a few yards from camp, stand on a rock, unzip and feel like you were peeing down on Fresno.

    We stayed for a few days in San Francisco on our family California trip back in ’04.

    Just fail to find it “wonderful”. What’s so great about it?

    We Calvinists were in SF just after this past Christmas, for the first time in quite a few years, and I was asking the same questions.

    My hypothesis is pretty simple: SF is one of the few American cities that’s actually pretty — its combination of hilly, penisular setting and Victorian architecture is pleasant — and Americans are mostly starved for urban beauty. Not everyone cares about that kind of thing, but for those who do, and who would like to live in such an environment, it’s pretty hard to find in the USA.

    Also, remember the raw power of status signalling: SF is one of the few places in the USA a virtuous, obedient SJW/SWPL can live and not be embarassed to admit it in front of their European cousins. NYC and Boston are also okay, but where else, really? Hollywood? Seattle and Portland? The latter two still scream ‘provincial!’ to me, in a way SF doesn’t . . . .

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    People should keep in mind it has really only gotten ridiculous in SF in the last 10 years. In 2006 in a lull my now wife and I rented a small two bedroom with parking in a very nice part of town for 1950/mo and when we moved out two years ago they got 4000 for it and who knows what today.

    Another aspect that brings people to SF is you can live in a busy city and be very close to beautiful outdoors areas. Lots of people I know are into mountain biking, surfing, hiking. A little further and you can go to Lake Tahoe and wine country. The local food is very high quality as well with lots of farms near by if that's your thing.

    Other than the high cost of living and the bums it is a pretty nice place to live.
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  141. Like Times Square in NYC, it will take some time and money to rebrand the Tenderloin. Disney helped NYC scrub the Times Square clean and I suppose GoogleFacebook will do the same makeover for the Tenderloin.

    From Steve:

    As a conservative,

    Perhaps I haven’t been paying full attention, but I don’t recall Steve ever writing such an explicit statement about his own general political philosophy, not that it wasn’t obvious. Bring back fly-on-the-wall Steve.

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    I wouldn't be so sure. This area would have gentrified 20 years ago if there was the will. SF has preserved many thousands of single residence occupancy rooms and houses homeless drug addicts in them. Additionally the area is full of building with old studios and other bum services.

    Otherwise right on Market is two subway lines and you can walk from there to downtown so the demand would be there

    Actually with higher rents SF is in a cycle of electing "progressives" again because a great deal of the city is in rent controlled apartments and in fear.

    It is a very weird place
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  142. @Jefferson
    "You mention blacks being scarce in SF, but when I went there a few years ago for about a week , I saw plenty around, just in the foul and dangerous part of the town, which I had to cross through each day going to my hotel. Maybe these numbers are only reflective of homeowners, not total population demographics?"

    The foul and dangerous parts of every big city is always the Blackest part of every big city. You stayed in the shitty part of San Francisco, so of course you saw a lot more Blacks.

    If you only hang out in the most high crime areas of L.A for example, you are going to have an extremely hard time believing Los Angeles is only 11 percent Black. You would think there is a serious undercount of Blacks in the city's census.

    Actually San Francisco is about the only city I can think of that has protected SROs and houses the formerly homeless and provides all of the services to them a few blocks from the shopping district. So yeh tourists in SF see some nasty stuff

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  143. Gee, you’d think that they’d use some of that great strategizing not to be infested with homeless scum.

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    Yeah, it sure looks like San Franciscans are schizophrenic.
    Have you any explanation for this, Mr. Sailer?
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  144. @The Last Real Calvinist

    We stayed for a few days in San Francisco on our family California trip back in ’04.
    ...
    Just fail to find it “wonderful”. What’s so great about it?
     
    We Calvinists were in SF just after this past Christmas, for the first time in quite a few years, and I was asking the same questions.

    My hypothesis is pretty simple: SF is one of the few American cities that's actually pretty -- its combination of hilly, penisular setting and Victorian architecture is pleasant -- and Americans are mostly starved for urban beauty. Not everyone cares about that kind of thing, but for those who do, and who would like to live in such an environment, it's pretty hard to find in the USA.

    Also, remember the raw power of status signalling: SF is one of the few places in the USA a virtuous, obedient SJW/SWPL can live and not be embarassed to admit it in front of their European cousins. NYC and Boston are also okay, but where else, really? Hollywood? Seattle and Portland? The latter two still scream 'provincial!' to me, in a way SF doesn't . . . .

    People should keep in mind it has really only gotten ridiculous in SF in the last 10 years. In 2006 in a lull my now wife and I rented a small two bedroom with parking in a very nice part of town for 1950/mo and when we moved out two years ago they got 4000 for it and who knows what today.

    Another aspect that brings people to SF is you can live in a busy city and be very close to beautiful outdoors areas. Lots of people I know are into mountain biking, surfing, hiking. A little further and you can go to Lake Tahoe and wine country. The local food is very high quality as well with lots of farms near by if that’s your thing.

    Other than the high cost of living and the bums it is a pretty nice place to live.

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  145. @jJay
    Like Times Square in NYC, it will take some time and money to rebrand the Tenderloin. Disney helped NYC scrub the Times Square clean and I suppose GoogleFacebook will do the same makeover for the Tenderloin.

    From Steve:

    As a conservative,

    Perhaps I haven't been paying full attention, but I don't recall Steve ever writing such an explicit statement about his own general political philosophy, not that it wasn't obvious. Bring back fly-on-the-wall Steve.

    I wouldn’t be so sure. This area would have gentrified 20 years ago if there was the will. SF has preserved many thousands of single residence occupancy rooms and houses homeless drug addicts in them. Additionally the area is full of building with old studios and other bum services.

    Otherwise right on Market is two subway lines and you can walk from there to downtown so the demand would be there

    Actually with higher rents SF is in a cycle of electing “progressives” again because a great deal of the city is in rent controlled apartments and in fear.

    It is a very weird place

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  146. @whorefinder
    The bloodbath from the lefties rioting and being "yoofs" this summer should be the largest and most yet under Obama. Which spells Trump.

    I picture the dems desperately searching for any questionable shooting of a black to justify them all---because otherwise they will be stuck with mobs of blacks acting like blacks, mobs of lefties committing violence to shut down political opposition, and no fresh justification for it.

    The crime, the economy, and the dems drumming up opposition to the repubs, a presidential election, a polarized country, and the lefty celebration of any black grievance makes this year especially vulnerable. And that leaves out Hilary's desperation to do anything to win. Or Obama, as a super-lame duck, getting even more radical in his talk (he won't do anything, he's lazy, but he can talk a good radical game, which is a lot of encouragement to looting/rioting when the person talking is the black POTUS).

    You wonder why Trump is so confident in victory? He just kicked ass in NY. He's turning a corner and driving down his unfavorability ratings. He's targeting an awful-campaigner (Hilary) who , when he debates her, will be so awesome to watch it'll make his dismissal of Jeb Bush seem like the prelude.

    If the above crime and rioting happens (God forbid, but very likely), Trump's going to get yuuuger numbers as voters hunker down and realize the dems are causing anarchy---and Trump will artfully (and rightly) blame it on Obama/dems/Hilary.

    Throw in a major terrorist attack between now and November (God forbid again, but statistically probable)--especially if it's close to November---and Trump could take every state but MA and CA. That is, the Repubs don't steal the nom from him or kill him.

    P.S. Trump will be debating Hilary no matter what. Trump, if the nom is stolen, will run 3rd party, and his numbers will be so high --and the potential for a historical fight with the repub stealer so high--the networks will have to put him on stage with Hilary and whomever stole it from him (Ryan, Cruz, Rubio, etc.). Trump will dismiss the repub stealer quickly and then lay into Hilary like the feds laid into the first Amendment with Nakoula Nakoula.

    if the nom is stolen, will run 3rd party, and his numbers will be so high

    He could not get on the ballot in enough states to run 3rd party – but he won’t have to. Trump will win the Republican Nomination – probably before Cleveland, but even if not, he gets a delegate majority.

    The Republican Elite is treacherous, vile, and vicious. But they are not stupid. The winds have shifted. They’ll tack accordingly.

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  147. @JerseyGuy
    Also, question for the commenters who live in California: Why do most of the single-family houses that were built in the 1950s and 1960s still remain as single story homes? In the Northeast and Upper Midwest, it is very common for people to "bump up" their homes by adding second story additions. Just by judging from Google Street View, this doesn't seem to be as common in California. Can someone explain why?

    No logical explanation here. I just don’t like two storey homes. My dad grew up in tall two-er, but I grew up in a ranch-style spread. I’m keeping it that way for my kids. The pool matters more than the square footage of the house.

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  148. @hhsiii
    I don't see the need to replace Jackson on the $20. Why not just come out with another denomination? Like the $25 bill. We have quarters. You could put Eleanor Roosevelt on the $3 bill.

    Seems to be a lot of talk on the net of always asking banks and other merchants to give back tens in place of twenties.

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  149. Why doesn’t Steve write about Vancouver housing prices? Because the people involved there are Chinese and it distracts from his obsession with blacks, Muslims, and feminists?

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  150. @Hapalong Cassidy
    I think Jackson gets a particularly bad rap for going after the Cherokee. Among all the Indian tribes, they seemed to be the most civilized and peaceful at the time, and indeed seemed to be making a very conscious effort to assimilate to White European ways. There was really no other excuse why they were removed, other than they didn't look white.

    It was a real estate play by the elites of Georgia. Jackson was a reluctant participant. He eventually gave in for political reasons. Once he was involved, it became a matter of personal pride he could cloak with the dignity and power of his office.

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  151. @Christopher
    This reminds me of a recent cover story in The Walrus (Canada's equivalent of Harper's) on the Vancouver real estate. http://thewalrus.ca/the-highest-bidder/

    Essentially, Canada does not have a Canadian real estate market, but a Chinese money laundering market. But that's racist to say out loud or investigate.

    I just love how the article talks about white racism so casually and haughtily. Maybe all that old-fashioned race preference of prior years helped keep the housing affordable and the neighborhoods nice? But no, we can’t go there. Now we watch helplessly as our communities are sold out to absent Chinese millionaires trying to secure a base in the West.

    I wonder what the wealthy Chinese expect to happen in their country that makes them buy up North American real estate so recklessly?

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  152. Leftist conservative [AKA "Make Unz.com Great Again"] says: • Website
    @jesse helms think-alike
    There is a very interesting article at the Atlantic by Neal Gabler
    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/05/my-secret-shame/476415/
    wherein he discusses his precarious financial status.

    The article is titled "The Secret Shame of Middle Class Americans." It details how many seemingly stable middle class Americans are actually one large unexpected bill away from financial disaster. Gabler tells how he had to borrow from his adult daughter to pay for heating oil and other disappointments that are the reality of stagnant incomes with rising prices for the last three decades.

    Specifically saying that he would have difficulty coming up with $400 cash to pay an emergency expense. There is a FED survey done in recent years that asks this question to gauge the health of the economy. The most recent survey found 47% of respondents would have difficulty coming up with this sum in an emergency (Reminiscent of Romney's 47% )

    Gabler, 66, lives in Southampton Long Island. He is a relatiyely famous man who has published several Hollywood-topic books, written countless magzine articles and has even sold a screenplay to Scorcese.

    that’s a great article!

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  153. Leftist conservative [AKA "Make Unz.com Great Again"] says: • Website
    @Old Palo Altan
    No he doesn't. Trust me.

    the evidence is on my side…

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    Steve lives in the Valley. Nothing there is desirable to those whose horizons from childhood on have been Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica "north of Montana", Brentwood, Pasadena, San Marino, Newport Beach, Capistrano Beach, Malibu.
    If you've not lived that life, then you won't understand why the Valley is nowhere.
    Which is why I said "trust me".
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  154. @Steve Sailer
    A Zebra Killings movie was in development for awhile, but it was going to star as the hero maybe Jamie Foxx (?) as the black SFPD detective who cracks the case. But the real SFPD cops involved protested that the black cop that the screenplay was about had virtually nothing to do with it.

    Yes, a deal was made for a film based on a 2006 book, “The Zebra Murders,” by former SFPD Chief Prentice Earl Sanders and a screenwriter named Bennett Cohen. Jamie Foxx was to star.

    Cohen had been pitching it (“Black detectives solve Zebra murders while battling racism in the SFPD”) for years, but the studio execs just rolled their eyes and said “it’s too complicated.” Then Cohen got the idea to do a book with Sanders, who was a detective at the time and went to a few of the crime scenes. Neither Sanders or his partner, Rotea Gifford, had anything to with solving the case.

    Dreamworks was behind it along with Brad Pitt’s company. The prospective screenwriter, one Matthew Carnahan, felt the killers were “pissed off” by the same racism the heroic black detectives were fighting in the department.

    It was intended to be another White Guilt movie. The project seems to have died for the time being.

    By the way, Steve, there were a number of killings in Los Angeles County that were thought to be related. And in the Oakland, East Bay area, and Sacramento.

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    "Dreamworks was behind it along with Brad Pitt’s company. The prospective screenwriter, one Matthew Carnahan, felt the killers were “pissed off” by the same racism the heroic black detectives were fighting in the department."

    These Black serial killers in 1970s San Francisco were experiencing racism from mushroom eating and acid taking White hippies?
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  155. It’s possible to greatly increase a city’s density without destroying the city by building scads of awful skyscrapers. Paris, for example, is one of the densest of Western cities even though most of its buildings are only 5-7 stories high.

    http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=173200

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    This is certainly true but not possible including a lot of parking too
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  156. @AnotherDad

    In SF now there is enough of a critical mass of white and Asian tech employees that you could put up that kind of housing and not have it fall into ruin.
     
    Your point is certainly valid. The tower blocks i saw in Hong Kong--including the somewhat upscale tower my sister-in-law's family lived in--sure beat the hell outta say Cabrini Green.

    But even better--stop immigration! Stop flooding our nation with people! The USofA i was born into had nearly half as many people and that was plenty enough to organize a decent society, plus fight the Cold War and do fun stuff like going to the moon. And you could buy a nice three bedroom house with a yard, in a suburb with "good schools" on a middle class breadwinner's salary.

    Keep the blacks in Africa, the muslims in muslims lands, the Indians in India, the Chinese in China, the Latin Americans in Latin America ... and let every nation that has stabilized its fertility *enjoy* the fruits of their non-labor--the declining density dividend. Open space, uncrowded infrastructure, cheap housing, etc. etc.

    Then instead of tower in a city, you get a house with a yard, trees, patio ... life at human scale.

    Right on you are!

    Over population is a great problem environmentally and for quality of life.

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  157. @MW
    Also, similar to your analysis, but from a slightly different perspective, is Jay Forrester's Attractiveness Principle. He says, imagine a city which is perfect in every way: high quality housing at low prices, lots of great jobs, clean, low crime, lots of parks and amenities, etc. Everyone would move there! Which would then ruin the perfection of the city, by either driving up housing prices, or swamping social services, or increasing crime, or filling all the good jobs, or forcing apartments to get smaller, etc. Something needs to be the bottleneck to keep people from moving there and ruining Utopiaville! And when you consider all the options, high housing costs is a pretty good bottleneck. But the best bottleneck of all is a really bad reputation. Then you can have an awesome city, but no one moves there because people don't know how awesome it is!

    “Then you can have an awesome city, but no one moves there because people don’t know how awesome it is!”

    This is how NJ does it.

    Lots of smart people…
    A big budget for toxic PR…
    Jersey Shore + Sopranos = Priceless Negative Reputation to keep the riffraff outta the charming horse and golf country that Wall Street Titans enjoy.

    The top outta sight don’t exactly care about popular opinion so there is no loss to them

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  158. @Paleo Retiree
    It's possible to greatly increase a city's density without destroying the city by building scads of awful skyscrapers. Paris, for example, is one of the densest of Western cities even though most of its buildings are only 5-7 stories high.

    http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=173200

    This is certainly true but not possible including a lot of parking too

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  159. slightly OT, LA not SF, and maybe nothing new:

    ‘This park is for brown people’

    ‘This is not a park for white people. You are white people.’”

    from the Guardian:

    ‘Hope everyone pukes on your artisanal treats’:
    fighting gentrification, LA-style

    A realtor who invited clients to tour the neighbourhood for bargain properties and enjoy “artisanal treats” felt the backlash within hours.

    “I can’t help but hope that your 60-minute bike ride is a total disaster and that everyone who eats your artisanal treats pukes immediately,” said one message. “Stay outta my fucking hood,” said another.

    Fearing violence, the realtor cancelled the event.

    An opera company which tried to stage a performance at the park was drowned out by shouts, whistles and a brass band. Students from across town who attempted an educational walking tour of the area encountered masked activists who shadowed them and ordered them to leave.

    Welcome to Boyle Heights – or not, depending on how locals view you.

    This hardscrabble Latino community, just across the Los Angeles river from the lofts and skyscrapers of downtown, is waging a vigorous and in many ways effective campaign against gentrification.

    Where Brooklyn, San Francisco, Oakland and other parts of LA have yielded to and often embraced moneyed outsiders, Boyle Heights has dug a metaphorical moat.

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/19/los-angeles-la-gentrification-resistance-boyle-heights

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  160. @syonredux

    I read Gabler’s book “An Empire of their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood” about 20 years ago. It’s good. He also was on TV for 3 years on the PBS film show replacing Siskel and Ebert.
     
    If memory serves, didn't reading that book give Gary Oldman a bunch of crazy ideas about the Jews running Hollywood?

    “If memory serves, didn’t reading that book give Gary Oldman a bunch of crazy ideas about the Jews running Hollywood?”

    Yes, but Gary Oldman and Marlon Brando aren’t Jewish, so they are Bad. Neal Gabler is Jewish, so his writing about Jews running Hollywood is Good.

    How things work these days isn’t complicated: why do I have to keep explaining it to you?

    When people who are Good do a thing, that’s Good. When people who are Bad do the same thing, that’s Bad.

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  161. @Hepp
    Gee, you'd think that they'd use some of that great strategizing not to be infested with homeless scum.

    Yeah, it sure looks like San Franciscans are schizophrenic.
    Have you any explanation for this, Mr. Sailer?

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    Yeah, it sure looks like San Franciscans are schizophrenic.
    Have you any explanation for this, Mr. Sailer?

     

    I think that the point is it's not really genius strategizing carried out for the interest of the citizenry. They're just ideologically liberal, and that leads to a few results that are good but many more that are bad. From what I'm told, San Francisco are numerous and aggressive and there's an absurd number of freaks with pink hair and face tattoos.
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  162. @SPMoore8
    O/T: It's official: Harriet Tubman on the Twenty.

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Ten Spot will replace the boring Treasury building with a mural of personalities that advanced women's rights (before anyone hyperventilates I think you do have to be dead to be on the money)

    Also, as anticipated, the back of the Fiver will be celebration of civil rights era personalities: MLK being one, for sure.

    That still leaves out the each and several LGBT communities, as well as Asians, as well as Hispanics. You'd think they'd at least replace US Grant with Caesar Chavez .......

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/treasurys-lew-to-announce-hamilton-to-stay-on-10-bill-222204

    SPMoore8 >>> with Caesar Chavez

    They named a Navy ship for him. hull T-AKE-14

    The mariner force which mans it, is mostly Filipinos.

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  163. @David In TN
    Yes, a deal was made for a film based on a 2006 book, "The Zebra Murders," by former SFPD Chief Prentice Earl Sanders and a screenwriter named Bennett Cohen. Jamie Foxx was to star.

    Cohen had been pitching it ("Black detectives solve Zebra murders while battling racism in the SFPD") for years, but the studio execs just rolled their eyes and said "it's too complicated." Then Cohen got the idea to do a book with Sanders, who was a detective at the time and went to a few of the crime scenes. Neither Sanders or his partner, Rotea Gifford, had anything to with solving the case.

    Dreamworks was behind it along with Brad Pitt's company. The prospective screenwriter, one Matthew Carnahan, felt the killers were "pissed off" by the same racism the heroic black detectives were fighting in the department.

    It was intended to be another White Guilt movie. The project seems to have died for the time being.

    By the way, Steve, there were a number of killings in Los Angeles County that were thought to be related. And in the Oakland, East Bay area, and Sacramento.

    “Dreamworks was behind it along with Brad Pitt’s company. The prospective screenwriter, one Matthew Carnahan, felt the killers were “pissed off” by the same racism the heroic black detectives were fighting in the department.”

    These Black serial killers in 1970s San Francisco were experiencing racism from mushroom eating and acid taking White hippies?

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    The white victims in the Zebra-Black Muslim killings were mostly poor or low income with the exception of a Dupont heir and rising politician Art Agnos who survived. One female murdered was living with a black man. Another was in a laundromat in which all the others present were black females.

    That many victims hadn't "engaged in white flight" brings them no sympathy from San Francisco's white liberals, then or now. NONE. Still less from blacks.
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  164. Can someone explain what is the demographic that is able to afford paying nearly $2m for these modest 3 bedroom homes? Your average upper level software engineer or project manager is unlikely to make much over 200k/year, which is nowhere near enough to afford a $2m house. There are only so many billionaire tech founders around, and at any rate they live in mansions, not run of the mill houses. Even the venture capital industry is tiny in terms of the number of people who actually work in it. So who exactly is bidding up the value of a middle class size abode to $2m?

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    Back in 1982, my real estate salesman cousin was buying Victorian "painted lady" houses in San Francisco from widows and selling them to Hong Kong millionaires who typically paid with a suitcase full of cash.
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  165. The Zebra Murders were serious enough that even Walter Cronkite was talking about it.

    In 1973 SFPD was stopping and frisking Black men, while they were on the hunt for these racist Black Muslims.

    In the video, a Black Social Justice Warrior is screaming racism and complaining that White men were not being racially profiled by SFPD during the Zodiac killings.

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  166. @Felix.
    Can someone explain what is the demographic that is able to afford paying nearly $2m for these modest 3 bedroom homes? Your average upper level software engineer or project manager is unlikely to make much over 200k/year, which is nowhere near enough to afford a $2m house. There are only so many billionaire tech founders around, and at any rate they live in mansions, not run of the mill houses. Even the venture capital industry is tiny in terms of the number of people who actually work in it. So who exactly is bidding up the value of a middle class size abode to $2m?

    Back in 1982, my real estate salesman cousin was buying Victorian “painted lady” houses in San Francisco from widows and selling them to Hong Kong millionaires who typically paid with a suitcase full of cash.

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  167. From 1968 to 1985, California was the serial killer capital of America. The 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s were some crazy times for California.

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  168. @syonredux

    Is there any politically incorrect director in Hollywood who would have the balls to direct a film about The Zebra Killers?
     
    Certainly not Spike Lee.He actually had a scene in SUMMER OF SAM (set during the Summer of '77) where a Black woman pontificates on how a Black-on-White serial killer would cause an anti-Black pogrom. Which, seeing as how the Zebra Killings occurred in 1973-74 and didn't cause anti-Black riots, means that Spike is either completely ignorant of the Zebra Killings or a liar.

    “Certainly not Spike Lee.He actually had a scene in SUMMER OF SAM (set during the Summer of ’77) where a Black woman pontificates on how a Black-on-White serial killer would cause an anti-Black pogrom. Which, seeing as how the Zebra Killings occurred in 1973-74 and didn’t cause anti-Black riots, means that Spike is either completely ignorant of the Zebra Killings or a liar.”

    What did you think of them casting Colombian actor John Leguizamo as an Italian in Summer Of Sam?

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  169. @AnotherDad

    Also, these places are all essentially “IQ shredders” but that is a whole additional topic.
     
    They are indeed "IQ shredders". That's a great term. I vaguely feel like my brain has heard it before, but if not, congratulations ... cause it's one of those perfect phrases to capture a phenomenon.

    Thanks! I can’t claim that I coined the phrase “IQ Shredders”. It’s used here and there on NRx forums. I will claim the term “Density Trap” though! I’m trying to turn that into a Sailerism and get the term out there….

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  170. @Yngvar
    Yeah, it sure looks like San Franciscans are schizophrenic.
    Have you any explanation for this, Mr. Sailer?

    Yeah, it sure looks like San Franciscans are schizophrenic.
    Have you any explanation for this, Mr. Sailer?

    I think that the point is it’s not really genius strategizing carried out for the interest of the citizenry. They’re just ideologically liberal, and that leads to a few results that are good but many more that are bad. From what I’m told, San Francisco are numerous and aggressive and there’s an absurd number of freaks with pink hair and face tattoos.

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  171. Is it not Chinese money, like it is in London, Vancouver etc., driving up the San Fran housing market?

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  172. @iSteveFan

    Critics immediately suggested Lew take Jackson off the $20 bill given the former president's role in moving Native Americans off their land.
     
    From colonial times to the 20th century moving Native Americans off their land has been an ongoing process. Why is Jackson being singled out?

    This is just another form of entryism. Once they establish that you can remove a public figure for a reason like this, where does it end?

    Jackson doesn't get much of a defense because most Americans don't know who he was. And what little they do know has been filtered through a negative light. So when he is removed the average American won't see this for what it is.

    If however more likable figures like Washington, Jefferson and FDR were removed, then it might make the average American wake up to the SJWs. Any SJW worth his salt could justify removing all three. But doing so would risk going too far too fast and might create a backlash.

    With that being said I think we ought to encourage the removal of Washington, Jefferson and FDR to help facilitate such a backlash. Washington and Jefferson should be persona non grata due to slavery. And FDR needs to go because of the internment of Japanese-Americans. Rather than fight to stop this silliness, we need to encourage more of it until the Hoi polloi finally wake up.

    And of course the catalyst for this abomination arose from Moscow on the Charles:

    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2016/04/cambridge_girl_told_obama_to_put_harriet_tubman_on_bill

    I find it odd that all the news outlets published the girl’s photo but not her surname, only the letter B. I wonder why (NOT).

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  173. MW says:
    @The Alarmist

    "Well, the good jobs are concentrated there, to a much greater extent than they were 30 years ago. Because as a society we decided to stop protecting local and regional businesses, and mega-corporations like to put their headquarters in one of the few mega-metropolises."
     
    As a recovering Manhjattanite, I can tell you it is much simpler than that ... if you are there, you are in the game. At some point it takes on critical mass; while other mega-metropolises like Detroit, Philly, and Chicago fade away, places like SF and NYC start to generate so much pull that they start to emit energy ... kind of like a black whole, but without the messy diversity.

    “Critical mass” seems to occur naturally if no one stops it. After all, it has now happened twice in this country. The problem of nationwide monopolies with too much power backed by NYC capital was already an issue in the late 19th century. It became less of a problem because the Federal Government explicitly tried to stop it. Merger-mania didn’t start up again in the 1980s because of any technological developments, it’s simply because the Feds cared less about preventing it. Obviously there are many other factors as well.

    There happened to be an article on this issue in The Atlantic recently, focusing on the decline of the once-prominent St. Louis advertising industry.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/04/how-americas-coastal-cities-left-the-heartland-behind/478296/

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  174. @Anon
    A picture I saw of her on the twenty was pretty dire. She looked like a glowering Aunt Jemima on the green, and it was seriously mock-worthy. I can't imagine doing counter transations with those things.

    I see people, ten years down the road, moving from “Jackson” or “double sawbuck” to a “Jemima” as slang for a twenty.

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  175. @Jefferson
    "Dreamworks was behind it along with Brad Pitt’s company. The prospective screenwriter, one Matthew Carnahan, felt the killers were “pissed off” by the same racism the heroic black detectives were fighting in the department."

    These Black serial killers in 1970s San Francisco were experiencing racism from mushroom eating and acid taking White hippies?

    The white victims in the Zebra-Black Muslim killings were mostly poor or low income with the exception of a Dupont heir and rising politician Art Agnos who survived. One female murdered was living with a black man. Another was in a laundromat in which all the others present were black females.

    That many victims hadn’t “engaged in white flight” brings them no sympathy from San Francisco’s white liberals, then or now. NONE. Still less from blacks.

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  176. @jesse helms think-alike
    There is a very interesting article at the Atlantic by Neal Gabler
    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/05/my-secret-shame/476415/
    wherein he discusses his precarious financial status.

    The article is titled "The Secret Shame of Middle Class Americans." It details how many seemingly stable middle class Americans are actually one large unexpected bill away from financial disaster. Gabler tells how he had to borrow from his adult daughter to pay for heating oil and other disappointments that are the reality of stagnant incomes with rising prices for the last three decades.

    Specifically saying that he would have difficulty coming up with $400 cash to pay an emergency expense. There is a FED survey done in recent years that asks this question to gauge the health of the economy. The most recent survey found 47% of respondents would have difficulty coming up with this sum in an emergency (Reminiscent of Romney's 47% )

    Gabler, 66, lives in Southampton Long Island. He is a relatiyely famous man who has published several Hollywood-topic books, written countless magzine articles and has even sold a screenplay to Scorcese.

    Interesting article and I can relate to the problem he describes. I wondered if he would mention immigration as a factor in wage stagnation. He eventually did, but only as an example of red herring.

    I suspect our sense of impotence in the face of financial difficulty is not only a source of disillusionment, but also a source of the anger that now infects our national politics, an anger that gets displaced onto undocumented immigrants or Chinese trade or President Obama precisely because we are unable or unwilling to articulate its true source.

    So blaming immigration and off-shoring of industry as at least partly responsible for our economic problems is an example of displaced anger. But he never really gets around to identifying “its true source,” it seems to me. Just that it can’t be anything Donald Trump is talking about.

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  177. @phil
    Steve,

    East Palo Alto, long a NAM quasi-ghetto, has started to gentrify. Most recently, a major investor has purchased 1,800 apartment units, many of then just across a creek from Mark Zuckerberg's street in Palo Alto. The emergence of Facebook has, by itself, brought in thousands of new employees who have bid up the prices of nearby homes, with impacts starting to be felt in East Palo Alto. Many blacks have sold their properties and moved elsewhere. Latinos are next in line to be displaced in large numbers.

    A creek???
    You mean the quasi-mythical San Francisquito Creek, haunt of every red-blooded Palo Alto boy from the beginning of time until, I hope, today.
    Although it is true that we were told to clamber back up on our side, and never on the other.
    Looks like that’s about to change.

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  178. @Spmoore8
    I lived in a mixed hood in the East Bay so I knew all the bros and they knew me. The white kids from up in the hills were terrified but after a couple confrontations with the bros I was never bothered. I was "alright."

    Good for them and kudos to you.
    I wish it could still be like that.

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  179. @anonn
    There might be something to the fact that in the northeast, the vernacular architecture was multi-story from early on because of the need to heat the houses via chimneys which are shared between the first and second stories. In California, the local architectural styles (Spanish Revival, bungalow, ranch) needed to have air circulation to keep cool in the pre-AC days, but heating isn't much of a problem (I've gone years at a stretch without even turning on my heater).

    The class aspect of it can't be understated either. Respectable white people in So. Cal. have a preference for the aforementioned architectural styles. It is seen as embarrassing and declasse when Middle Eastern gold chain types buy up graceful old bungalows in the Valley and demolish them in favor of multi-story faux-Italian McMansions. Google "persian palaces" for several hours of shockingly bad taste, if you want.

    Finally, most wealthy neighborhoods in this state (south and north) are on very hilly land. I would imagine building up is more expensive on hilly land. My little town has a few multi-story buildings built by Easterners in the 1880-1910 era, but practically everything afterward is single-story.

    An excellent answer.
    Many of the original 1910-30 and now 8 t0 12 million dollar houses in the best part of Santa Monica are single story, and are often larger than those with two.
    The East Coast style twenty and thirty story high apartment blocks which have disfigured Wilshire in the UCLA and Holmby Hills area are abominated by the old families for their foreignness and classlessness. The Spelling place in Holmby is of course the ne plus ultra of this incursion of Hollywood into old LA, but in the end it is somehow less offensive than the latest:
    During one of my more recent visits I was taken to see one of the most disturbing of the Persian palaces (this was in Hancock Park): the house hadn’t (yet) been changed, but something like 24 statues had been placed, all in a row, in the front yard. They were some eight feet high and every single one of them was a copy of Michelangelo’s David.

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  180. @Leftist conservative
    the evidence is on my side...

    Steve lives in the Valley. Nothing there is desirable to those whose horizons from childhood on have been Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica “north of Montana”, Brentwood, Pasadena, San Marino, Newport Beach, Capistrano Beach, Malibu.
    If you’ve not lived that life, then you won’t understand why the Valley is nowhere.
    Which is why I said “trust me”.

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  181. @Mike Zwick
    "San Francisco—like Washington, D.C., and Brooklyn, and unlike almost all the rest of the country—is becoming more white." Believe it or not, with all of the bad news coming out of it, this is happening in Chicago as well. Growing up in the area, the name "Humboldt Park" was synonymous with "bad neighborhood" or "whites stay out!" In the 1960's and 70's there were some nasty race riots there between the Puerto Rican and black population and the police (some involving the FALN) and this pretty much drove out the last of the Polish and Greek population that had lived there. The most famous of the people driven out was the Belushi family, who move out to Wheaton, Illinois in the 60's. I recently went to an art fair that stretched for about 4 blocks along Division Street (Paseo Boricua) in Humboldt Park, near the Puerto Rican flag arch over the street, and 99% of the crowd was white.

    I have read that Chicago has been shipping its ghetto out to smaller cities like Rockford. They knock down the high-rise projects like Cabrini-Green, give the former tenants Section 8 vouchers that won’t get you a place in Chicago, and let the chips fall where they may.

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  182. @Steve Sailer
    Three or four percent black, mostly associated with the entertainment industry. The black women here are very good looking.

    “Three or four percent black, mostly associated with the entertainment industry. The black women here are very good looking.”

    Are the Black women in your zip code disproportionately Mulatas?

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    Not necessarily.
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  183. @Jefferson
    "Three or four percent black, mostly associated with the entertainment industry. The black women here are very good looking."

    Are the Black women in your zip code disproportionately Mulatas?

    Not necessarily.

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    "Not necessarily."

    You said they are very good looking. The good looking ones tend to have a lot of Caucasian blood like Sheila Escovado and Vanity for example, the 2 women who were discovered by Prince.
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  184. @Steve Sailer
    Not necessarily.

    “Not necessarily.”

    You said they are very good looking. The good looking ones tend to have a lot of Caucasian blood like Sheila Escovado and Vanity for example, the 2 women who were discovered by Prince.

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