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Like her Royal Highness, The Queen, I have two birthdays, though only as a scribbler. The first is my “Psychological Comments” blogspot birthday, 22nd November 2012, and the second is 12 December 2016, when I joined Unz.com. My republican sentiments, in the French rather than American sense of that word, suggest that as a good citizen I must eschew this plurality of procreative obsequiences and elect one of them, so I have transitioned to the latter date. It will be more modest to have only one birthday, and will simplify the statistics. It also allows me, with the tolerance currently accorded to deluded persons, to decide that my year has transitionally stretched from 22 November 2016 to 12 December 2017. Why not? How dare you question my deep chronological convictions?

By my 4th Blog Birthday on 22 November I had achieved 1,018,000 pageviews and by the time I moved to unz.com on 12 December 2016 it finished at 1,044,000. Five thousand of those pageviews were probably caused by unz.com hoovering up all my previous posts, but even machines can learn as they flick through the pages, can’t they? Pedants should knock that number off. In fact, the blog rattled on for readers who had not heard of my move, so by January 2017 it had reached 1,098,000, a clear instance of cultural lag.

Perhaps those readers were in fact lonely bots who had developed refined tastes after imbibing four years of my wisdom. Anyway, I am calling my blogspot total as a midpoint 1,071,000.

At Unz.com I had 25,991 pageviews in December 2016, and now the total for 2017 up until yesterday 12 December 2017 is 395,125 so my Unz year is a total of 421,116. My 5 year total is 1,492,116, which is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. These things are not precise, so you can call it “one and a half million” if you wish to recruit new readers, and don’t mind a little salesmanship.

Here are some more results:

Top 20 posts

Blog birthday 5 top 10 posts
Blog birthday 5 next to 20 posts

Top 10 readership nations

Blog birthday 5 top countries

Age profile

Blog birthday 5 age range

Last year I said:

I have written 755 posts over these 4 years. I have achieved more readers than I imagined possible. Getting over a million page views is a big deal for me. I am sure that my blog has been read more in 4 years than my publications in 48 years.

Now I say:

I have written 840 posts over 5 years, and got 1,492,000 pageviews, more than I ever expected.

Ron Unz told me something I did not know, which was that in the first 4 years of blogging I had written 600,000 words. I had not intended to.

My four years of 1,018,000 page views divided by 755 posts gave me 1348 views per post.

This Unz year has given me 421,116 pageviews divided by 82 posts, thus 5135 views per post. It seems my lethargy has been rewarded. More startling, when a post is popular it climbs to readership levels I have never before attained. 22,540 for example. The World’s IQ got 825 comments, a record for me.

What is missing from the statistics so far? In the past I saw no need to mention the comments as a separate category. I valued those I got, but the blogspot comment function was not that easy to use, and had a distressing habit of losing everything when you wanted to submit your remarks. Given the difficulty of leaving comments, I was proud of the fact that my popular post on the 7 Tribes of Intellect had received an all-time record of 63 comments. The total of the top 10 all-time comments came to 282 and even allowing two comments for every one of the other 745 posts I ever wrote, that would be a 4 year total of 1800 at the very most. How does this compare with my year at Unz? Here I have received 8,400 comments, and those comments amount to an impressive 1,141,898 words.

Blog birthday 5 summary figure

Looking at the figure, it all seems simple. Pageviews have show a steady and rapid increase. Twitter followers have shown a steady but mild increase. The number of posts has decreased somewhat, though they may have all been a bit longer. Comments and particularly comment words have increased very sharply. Thank you to readers.

Moving to Unz has been a strange experience. I have spent much more time reading comments. I have not always understood them, and have had to follow the links and learn new things. On Unz as a whole there are many postings way outside my sphere of knowledge and comfort zone. There are many which are critical of the concept of intelligence, or intelligence testing, and I have engaged with some of them, but by no means all of them. Live and let live.

I have maintained all my operating rules as before: almost every author whose work I comment upon is sent an email with a link to the post and an invitation to A) correct any errors immediately and B) to make longer and more general comments, often in the form of an “Author Replies” posting. Why do I not invite comment from all authors? In a very few cases I think that my pointing out a particularly critical posting might be tantamount to harassment, so discretion is best.

When commentators point out an error I have thanked them for it, and have put in the correction as soon as possible. Probably, we should show in the text that a correction has been made, but that is evident from the comments.

Ron Unz and I agreed that moderation of comments would be extremely light. If someone was really intending to foment violence would drop them, but otherwise free speech should rule, and it has. Keep saying what you really think. Although it is entirely up to you, if you find that a fellow commentator has made an egregious error, try to be a little kinder as you bring them back to the path of righteousness. Why not assume that the other party is intelligent, but temporarily not in possession of the full facts? That way you can correct their errors quickly, without incurring their understandable wrath when you question their mental ability.

I hope commentators will keep giving their views, kindly or otherwise.

Now to the future. I have a long list of intended posts, and a backlog of papers which need to be read. All in good time. Life has other distractions, and even while keeping blogging, I will continue to enjoy them.

 
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  1. EH says:

    Congratulations, Dr. Thompson, and thanks for all your interesting and insightful work.

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  2. botazefa says:

    Dr. Thompson,

    I came to your old blog via your fascinating and accessible 7-Tribes posting. Hopefully you’ll expand on it some day. The tips about behaviors are real gems. I’ve continued reading your every post and have commented occasionally. Typically the statistics are above my head, for I was too engrossed in my own superiority when such maths were being taught. Nevertheless, everyone can learn, and I have, and I hope that you have many more productive years ahead.

    Congratulations on your achievement!

    Best Regards,
    Marc Thompson, Clever Fool
    Austin, TX

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  3. dearieme says:

    “Like her Royal Highness, The Queen, I …”: dear God, Dr T. Do you mean Her Majesty The Queen?

    BTAIM, thank you for your splendid efforts. I particularly admire your courtesy and patience.

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    Majesty, that was the word I was looking for. Thanks.
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  4. @dearieme
    "Like her Royal Highness, The Queen, I ...": dear God, Dr T. Do you mean Her Majesty The Queen?


    BTAIM, thank you for your splendid efforts. I particularly admire your courtesy and patience.

    Majesty, that was the word I was looking for. Thanks.

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    Congratulations!

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  6. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Congrats, James. This is why the sky is the limit:

    Ron Unz and I agreed that moderation of comments would be extremely light. If someone was really intending to foment violence would drop them, but otherwise free speech should rule, and it has. Keep saying what you really think.

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    Tell that to Peter Frost.
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  7. JackOH says:

    Many thanks for your contributions here, Prof. Thompson. Your 7 Tribes of Intellect post really clicked for me. (I’m a non-specialist, but I appreciate very much your links and references to other scholarly sources.)

    Is it possible to meaningfully speak of how those 7 tribes relate to one another? I’m thinking of all those times I’ve spoken “up” to people I thought bright, and spoken “down” to people I thought less bright. Likewise, I think of all the times I’ve been spoken “up” to by people who thought I was bright, and “down” to by people who thought me less bright. In other words, there’s popular recognition that intellectual tribes actually exist.

    Is it possible to speak of “survival strategies” for bright people who’ve been given the heave-ho from the jobs they do best, and are forced to take whatever work is available, and for which they’re over-qualified, or maybe “mis-qualified”? I mean “survival strategies” in a straightforward, popular self-help sense, such as editing out big words from one’s resume. I’ve commented a bit about bright people I know who’ve been knocked about badly by loss of position and income, and have received good replies to my comments.

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    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don't appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people's areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
    The other option is: emigrate. Argentina used to be the place a century ago, and look how that turned out.
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  8. @JackOH
    Many thanks for your contributions here, Prof. Thompson. Your 7 Tribes of Intellect post really clicked for me. (I'm a non-specialist, but I appreciate very much your links and references to other scholarly sources.)

    Is it possible to meaningfully speak of how those 7 tribes relate to one another? I'm thinking of all those times I've spoken "up" to people I thought bright, and spoken "down" to people I thought less bright. Likewise, I think of all the times I've been spoken "up" to by people who thought I was bright, and "down" to by people who thought me less bright. In other words, there's popular recognition that intellectual tribes actually exist.

    Is it possible to speak of "survival strategies" for bright people who've been given the heave-ho from the jobs they do best, and are forced to take whatever work is available, and for which they're over-qualified, or maybe "mis-qualified"? I mean "survival strategies" in a straightforward, popular self-help sense, such as editing out big words from one's resume. I've commented a bit about bright people I know who've been knocked about badly by loss of position and income, and have received good replies to my comments.

    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don’t appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people’s areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
    The other option is: emigrate. Argentina used to be the place a century ago, and look how that turned out.

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    Congratulations from me too, Mr. Thompson!

    The general survival strategy is: don’t appear to be too clever. It causes resentment.
     

    "A wise guy playing the fool to win", Sunday Times, 16 July 2000, p. 17.
     
    - https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson#2000

    Boris Johnson, people always ask me the same question, they say, 'Is Boris a very very clever man pretending to be an idiot?' And I always say, 'No.' - Ian Hislop on Parkinson, first broadcast 19 November 2006

    Most politicians, as far as I can work out, are pretty incompetent, and then have a veneer of competence, you do seem to do it the other way around. - Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear, Season 2, Episode 4
     

    - https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson#Quotes_about_Boris_Johnson

    Boris Johnson gets stuck on a zip wire in London's Victoria Park

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

    Boris v Dave: The history of their rivalry - BBC Newsnight

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq6ycnTgWNM


    P.s.: Did you see this comment of mine, Mr. Thompson?: http://www.unz.com/jthompson/chisalas-last-word/#comment-2108705

    , @Weltanschauung
    This is excellent advice, but I can't resist adding that admitting failures and asking for advice are practices that a guy will have figured out for himself if he is truly as bright as he thinks he is.
    , @JackOH
    Thanks, Prof. Thompson, and, ditto, FKA and Welt. "Emigration", to points within the United States at least, seems to be a commonplace response by bright and less bright folks to declining opportunities in my area. My home county's population is down by 25% from its 1970 peak, and is about what it was in 1930.

    Bright folks who've successfully coped seem to work on the corny saw, "when they hand you a lemon, make lemonade." They more or less obsessively cultivate abilities that allow them a sphere of authority and recognition. Tutoring, adjunct teaching, substitute teaching. Civic activism, and other voluntarist work. Very tiny businesses, not just for additional income, but to maintain personal equilibrium. One very bright guy I know of was trapped in a very bad government job, and turned his fountain pen restoration hobby into a tiny business that gained a national presence.

    FWIW-it's a real kick in the arse for society's problem-solvers, its professional, technical, and managerial people, to be kicked to the curb. There's a lot of professional pride to be swallowed before moving forward.
    , @Dieter Kief
    The German-Swiss (and some folks in southern Germany) speak dialect, whenever possible. It's impressive to see, how this - choice - often times smoothens things out.

    Dialect & humor. And talk in a rather straightforward manner, I'd add (look out for rhythm (coming to the point - - just in time)). (I talk a lot with all kinds of people). And an advice by the clinician Erich Fromm: Watch out to make good use of your voice: It's a tool - a very precious tool. (For others it might be clothing - or body movement - the way, in which you move...

    Exept for that - your blog is something I like a lot. That I don't have to pay for it, feels a bit like a real utopia, so to speak.

    Thanks a lot (to Ron Unz too)!

    (I do recommand your work to others).

    , @Anonymous

    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don’t appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people’s areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
     
    Spanish Jesuit Fr. Baltasar Gracian, S.J. (d. 1658) wrote the perfect manual on how to conduct oneself in life and business. It’s just as useful in this day and age. Here are just three of the three hundred aphorisms in his The Art of Worldly Wisdom (Christopher Maurer translation):

    7 Don’t outshine your boss. Being defeated is hateful, and besting one’s boss is either foolish or fatal. Superiority is always odious, especially to superiors and sovereigns. The common sort of advantages can be cautiously hidden, as beauty is hidden within a touch of artful neglect. Most people do not mind being surpassed in good fortune, character, or temperament, but no one, especially not a sovereign, likes to be surpassed in intelligence. For this is the king of attributes, and any crime against it is lèse-majesté. Sovereigns want to be so in what is most important. Princes like to be helped, but not surpassed. When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see. It is the stars who teach us this subtlety. They are brilliant sons, but they never dare to outshine the sun.

    114 Never compete. When you vie with your opponents, your reputation suffers. Your competitor will immediately try to find your faults and discredit you. Few wage war fairly. Rivalry discovers the defects that courtesy overlooks. Many people had a good reputation until they acquired rivals. The heat of opposition revives dead infamies and digs up the stench of the past. Competition begins by revealing faults and rivals take advantage of everything they can and all they ought not to. Often they gain nothing by offending others, only the vile satisfaction of revenge. Revenge blows the dust of oblivion from people’s faults. Benevolence was always peaceable, and reputation indulgent.

    239 Don’t be overly clever. Better to be prudent. If you sharpen your wits too much, you will miss the point, or break your point: that is what happens to common subtlety. Common sense is safer. It is good to be intelligent, but not to be a pedant. Much reasoning is a kind of disputing. Better a substantial judgment that reasons only as much as it needs to.

     

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  9. Congratulations!

    Why not assume that the other party is intelligent, but temporarily not in possession of the full facts? That way you can correct their errors quickly, without incurring their understandable wrath when you question their mental ability.

    There is also the option of seeing (or thinking) that the other party is not amenable to reason and remaining silent.

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  10. @Anonymous
    Congrats, James. This is why the sky is the limit:

    Ron Unz and I agreed that moderation of comments would be extremely light. If someone was really intending to foment violence would drop them, but otherwise free speech should rule, and it has. Keep saying what you really think.
     

    Tell that to Peter Frost.

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    • Replies: @EH
    For those like me who hadn't noticed that little spat, here's Ron Unz's side: http://www.unz.com/pfrost/a-look-back-over-2015/#comment-1266262

    I’m a remarkably easy-going fellow about such things, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to allow my own (very polite) comments on technical issues to be censored on my own website.

    I daresay virtually any other website proprietor on the Internet would have summarily terminated a columnist who behaved in such an unreasonable manner. I merely revoked his moderation privileges.
     
    I didn't find the disputed comment all that persuasive, personally, but certainly nowhere near deletion-worthy. On the other hand, large volumes of persistently wrong-headed comments can spam a thread so that better comments are crowded out of being read. It would be good to have a rule against being tiresomely repetitious, particularly when wrong.
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  11. FKA Max says: • Website
    @James Thompson
    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don't appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people's areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
    The other option is: emigrate. Argentina used to be the place a century ago, and look how that turned out.

    Congratulations from me too, Mr. Thompson!

    The general survival strategy is: don’t appear to be too clever. It causes resentment.

    “A wise guy playing the fool to win”, Sunday Times, 16 July 2000, p. 17.

    https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson#2000

    Boris Johnson, people always ask me the same question, they say, ‘Is Boris a very very clever man pretending to be an idiot?’ And I always say, ‘No.’ – Ian Hislop on Parkinson, first broadcast 19 November 2006

    Most politicians, as far as I can work out, are pretty incompetent, and then have a veneer of competence, you do seem to do it the other way around. – Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear, Season 2, Episode 4

    https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson#Quotes_about_Boris_Johnson

    Boris Johnson gets stuck on a zip wire in London’s Victoria Park

    Boris v Dave: The history of their rivalry – BBC Newsnight

    P.s.: Did you see this comment of mine, Mr. Thompson?: http://www.unz.com/jthompson/chisalas-last-word/#comment-2108705

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    That (only slightly underhanded) compliment from Jeremy Clarkson was skilful and trenchant. I used to enjoy his show, way back then.
    , @James Thompson
    Yes, I had noticed that images of posting were blank on Facebook, but it seems to have recovered now.
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  12. Hail says: • Website

    Like her Royal Highness, The Queen, I have two birthdays,

    That is odd.

    Let me humbly suggest another widely-admired figure with two birthdays:

    Jesus of Nazareth.

    December 25 (most of us) and January 7 (those Eastern Christians I sometimes hear about).

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  13. @James Thompson
    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don't appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people's areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
    The other option is: emigrate. Argentina used to be the place a century ago, and look how that turned out.

    This is excellent advice, but I can’t resist adding that admitting failures and asking for advice are practices that a guy will have figured out for himself if he is truly as bright as he thinks he is.

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  14. JackOH says:
    @James Thompson
    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don't appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people's areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
    The other option is: emigrate. Argentina used to be the place a century ago, and look how that turned out.

    Thanks, Prof. Thompson, and, ditto, FKA and Welt. “Emigration”, to points within the United States at least, seems to be a commonplace response by bright and less bright folks to declining opportunities in my area. My home county’s population is down by 25% from its 1970 peak, and is about what it was in 1930.

    Bright folks who’ve successfully coped seem to work on the corny saw, “when they hand you a lemon, make lemonade.” They more or less obsessively cultivate abilities that allow them a sphere of authority and recognition. Tutoring, adjunct teaching, substitute teaching. Civic activism, and other voluntarist work. Very tiny businesses, not just for additional income, but to maintain personal equilibrium. One very bright guy I know of was trapped in a very bad government job, and turned his fountain pen restoration hobby into a tiny business that gained a national presence.

    FWIW-it’s a real kick in the arse for society’s problem-solvers, its professional, technical, and managerial people, to be kicked to the curb. There’s a lot of professional pride to be swallowed before moving forward.

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    • Replies: @HdC
    After having been fired a number of times "it isn't working out", "we have no work for you" etc. etc. I decided that I didn't want to be Joe employee for my last working years until retirement.

    I had often been complimented on my work, "doing for a dollar what anyone else can do for ten", and "elegant solutions"...

    I got the appropriate license and E&O insurance, and hung out my shingle. And never looked back!

    The tax breaks for a sole proprietorship working from a private residence can be quite worthwhile.

    Best of all, every client was happy to see me and paid my bill without question. (Except my very first client who tried to stiff me. Small claims court was my friend.)

    It takes discipline and good budgeting skills to pull this off but I really enjoyed this part of my career until I retired at the age of 70. HdC
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  15. Factorize says:

    Happy anniversary Doctor Thompson!

    This is a great blog and your contributions are greatly appreciated!
    Freely allowing posters to express their views is highly refreshing. Getting even objectionable comments out onto the blog is at the very least a starting point for personal development. Subjects which are outside the limits of polite conversation are the same subjects in which grownups will most closely resemble the developmental level of kindergartners. Censorship is typically not an adaptive path to healthy development.

    On your blog we have a front row view of the approaching Genetic Singularity and the Singularity!
    Funny thing is that when I look around my media space no one wants to touch any of this. It is all
    bread and circuses. Yet, the blogs on psychometrics/AI have been your biggest winners!

    What happens when AlphaGo Zero enters a feedback cycle? I, for one, want to be fully conscious when our AI overlords have assumed a position of global leadership. Also looking forward to those 1500 IQ people making a showing; perhaps some of them could stop by the thread!

    2017 has been quite a year for ramping up the GWAS discoveries into IQ and EA; I don’t expect things will slow down much next year. For most of human history a whole lot of nothing happened.

    Looking forward to continuing the adventure in 2018!
    Keep up the great work!

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  16. @James Thompson
    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don't appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people's areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
    The other option is: emigrate. Argentina used to be the place a century ago, and look how that turned out.

    The German-Swiss (and some folks in southern Germany) speak dialect, whenever possible. It’s impressive to see, how this – choice – often times smoothens things out.

    Dialect & humor. And talk in a rather straightforward manner, I’d add (look out for rhythm (coming to the point – – just in time)). (I talk a lot with all kinds of people). And an advice by the clinician Erich Fromm: Watch out to make good use of your voice: It’s a tool – a very precious tool. (For others it might be clothing – or body movement – the way, in which you move…

    Exept for that – your blog is something I like a lot. That I don’t have to pay for it, feels a bit like a real utopia, so to speak.

    Thanks a lot (to Ron Unz too)!

    (I do recommand your work to others).

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  17. Joe Hide says:

    Mr Thompson,
    Your articles have been consistently enjoyable and improve my and many others lives.
    I try to invest my intelligence like I do my money, in what gives me back an increase in the same. You are the Bitcoin of Unz.com. Keep it up Mentor!

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  18. HdC says:
    @JackOH
    Thanks, Prof. Thompson, and, ditto, FKA and Welt. "Emigration", to points within the United States at least, seems to be a commonplace response by bright and less bright folks to declining opportunities in my area. My home county's population is down by 25% from its 1970 peak, and is about what it was in 1930.

    Bright folks who've successfully coped seem to work on the corny saw, "when they hand you a lemon, make lemonade." They more or less obsessively cultivate abilities that allow them a sphere of authority and recognition. Tutoring, adjunct teaching, substitute teaching. Civic activism, and other voluntarist work. Very tiny businesses, not just for additional income, but to maintain personal equilibrium. One very bright guy I know of was trapped in a very bad government job, and turned his fountain pen restoration hobby into a tiny business that gained a national presence.

    FWIW-it's a real kick in the arse for society's problem-solvers, its professional, technical, and managerial people, to be kicked to the curb. There's a lot of professional pride to be swallowed before moving forward.

    After having been fired a number of times “it isn’t working out”, “we have no work for you” etc. etc. I decided that I didn’t want to be Joe employee for my last working years until retirement.

    I had often been complimented on my work, “doing for a dollar what anyone else can do for ten”, and “elegant solutions”…

    I got the appropriate license and E&O insurance, and hung out my shingle. And never looked back!

    The tax breaks for a sole proprietorship working from a private residence can be quite worthwhile.

    Best of all, every client was happy to see me and paid my bill without question. (Except my very first client who tried to stiff me. Small claims court was my friend.)

    It takes discipline and good budgeting skills to pull this off but I really enjoyed this part of my career until I retired at the age of 70. HdC

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  19. Thompson….Scotsman…or Irishman?….please don’t tell me that you are Ibo…or Uruba…..

    Seamus=Jacob from the Old Testament….updated to your first name….

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  20. Che Guava says:

    Hello James, or Dr. Thompson.

    I am usually reading your posts, am thinking this is my first time to reply to one. Usually, nothing to add.

    They are informative, buft this post is a little bizzare, since it is only about your Web stats. maybe Mr.. Unz was short of a wiling otherr, so ithe as i- is-.

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  21. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @James Thompson
    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don't appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people's areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
    The other option is: emigrate. Argentina used to be the place a century ago, and look how that turned out.

    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don’t appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people’s areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.

    Spanish Jesuit Fr. Baltasar Gracian, S.J. (d. 1658) wrote the perfect manual on how to conduct oneself in life and business. It’s just as useful in this day and age. Here are just three of the three hundred aphorisms in his The Art of Worldly Wisdom (Christopher Maurer translation):

    7 Don’t outshine your boss. Being defeated is hateful, and besting one’s boss is either foolish or fatal. Superiority is always odious, especially to superiors and sovereigns. The common sort of advantages can be cautiously hidden, as beauty is hidden within a touch of artful neglect. Most people do not mind being surpassed in good fortune, character, or temperament, but no one, especially not a sovereign, likes to be surpassed in intelligence. For this is the king of attributes, and any crime against it is lèse-majesté. Sovereigns want to be so in what is most important. Princes like to be helped, but not surpassed. When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see. It is the stars who teach us this subtlety. They are brilliant sons, but they never dare to outshine the sun.

    114 Never compete. When you vie with your opponents, your reputation suffers. Your competitor will immediately try to find your faults and discredit you. Few wage war fairly. Rivalry discovers the defects that courtesy overlooks. Many people had a good reputation until they acquired rivals. The heat of opposition revives dead infamies and digs up the stench of the past. Competition begins by revealing faults and rivals take advantage of everything they can and all they ought not to. Often they gain nothing by offending others, only the vile satisfaction of revenge. Revenge blows the dust of oblivion from people’s faults. Benevolence was always peaceable, and reputation indulgent.

    239 Don’t be overly clever. Better to be prudent. If you sharpen your wits too much, you will miss the point, or break your point: that is what happens to common subtlety. Common sense is safer. It is good to be intelligent, but not to be a pedant. Much reasoning is a kind of disputing. Better a substantial judgment that reasons only as much as it needs to.

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    I am a great admirer of his writing. Had I been the translator I would have stuck closer to the second part of the original Spanish title: "The Art of Prudence."
    , @dearieme
    If the Jesuits had paid more attention maybe they wouldn't have been thrown out of so many countries.

    A prophet without honour, eh?
    , @Dieter Kief
    Balthasar Gracian for sure is a good writer, I too read and like him.

    But - big but: Beware! - : - Communications expert Gracian - as so many others of his tribe (Heinrich Seuse...Heinrich Heine, Jan Hus, Thomas Müntzer, ...the earthly miracle and outstanding wandering scolar Quirinus Kuhlmann - I'd include Oscar Wilde and Ludwig Wittgenstein and Gottlob Frege, too) - Gracian too hit a long and often times pretty rough road:

    He got in troubles with the Jesuits,

    he lost the allowence to publish, then to teach,

    he faced a house arrest,

    lost his sanity and died, poor, rejected and neglected.

    - Most important lesson from his life: It's dangerous to be a communications expert! And kinda futile too. Heine once (laughing, or with a - maybe sardonic - smile)) claimed, Hegel would have said, while lying in his deathbed: "There was only one person who understood me - but not quite, in the end, and not really either."
    Ahh - of course, Goethe and, if you don't mind (I told you this is dangerous territory) - Habermas, in his 1999 esay collection Truth and Justification: "There is a widespread consensus today, that language and reality penetrate one another in a for us rather unpenetrable way."***
    Hehe - this he wrote after a whole life spent, trying to achieve at least a little bit of profound insight into these matters of our communicative actions!!

    ***My translation - to be read with a grain of salt

    , @Anonymous
    Well now there's some advice I could have used in this life...
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  22. I think one of the more significant factors of the page view data is the age groups. You appear to be reaching more young people with your content. I am certainly no expert but that seems promising. Most boomers and gen Xers were christened in the Church of the Blank Slate and even the right leaning ones are unwilling to even consider the alternative. The (admittedly small overall) sample of younger readers suggests they are more willing and or able to accept truths that are heretical to the prevailing dogma. Keep up the good work.

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  23. CanSpeccy says: • Website

    Why not assume that the other party is intelligent, but temporarily not in possession of the full facts?

    Evidently because many believe it easier to win the argument by asserting that the other party is temporarily (or permanently) not in possession of their full faculties.

    The readiness with which most people resort to ridicule or abuse is interesting. It tells us something about the way humans use their brains. The objective is never (or only rarely) to establish truth. The point is to win the struggle. Hence the age old human inclinati0n to bash out the brains of whoever gets in one’s way. (How many present day descendants is Ghengis Khan said to have? Forty million, is it?)

    This is something one has to come to grips with in fully understanding the human mind and its capabilities. Those 20-minute paper and pencil, so-called, intelligence tests really do evaluate only a tiny portion of the human mental capability. There is a whole scheming, acting, manipulating, warrior, seducing, raping, inciting machine behind the eyes, which sure doesn’t give a damn about the rules of logic. There was nothing logical or high IQ about Alexander slashing the Gordian knot, but it was genius all the same.

    That is why I am skeptical of AI. It’s too damn logical, for one thing, and if it gets in my way I’ll bash its brains out with a pipe wrench. In other words, AI is a dumb servant, not the intellectual master of mankind, and so it will long, I hope, remain.

    Real progress in the understanding of intelligence requires, I suggest, a redefinition of what intelligence is.

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    “The readiness with which most people resort to ridicule or abuse is interesting. It tells us something about the way humans use their brains. The objective is never (or only rarely) to establish truth. The point is to win the struggle.”

    Or to preserve the hegemony of the discourse.

    , @Santoculto
    So because I accept that blacks are on considerable average less smart than whites or jews I'm malignantly trying to eliminate them from earth surface??
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  24. Thanks for all of the interesting work, James. Great to see that a large part of your readership is in the 18-34 range. I would have guessed a median age for your rather dry and challenging writings nearer to my own age – around 50. Also pleased to see that you have plenty of material in mind for future articles.

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  25. @Anonymous

    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don’t appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people’s areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
     
    Spanish Jesuit Fr. Baltasar Gracian, S.J. (d. 1658) wrote the perfect manual on how to conduct oneself in life and business. It’s just as useful in this day and age. Here are just three of the three hundred aphorisms in his The Art of Worldly Wisdom (Christopher Maurer translation):

    7 Don’t outshine your boss. Being defeated is hateful, and besting one’s boss is either foolish or fatal. Superiority is always odious, especially to superiors and sovereigns. The common sort of advantages can be cautiously hidden, as beauty is hidden within a touch of artful neglect. Most people do not mind being surpassed in good fortune, character, or temperament, but no one, especially not a sovereign, likes to be surpassed in intelligence. For this is the king of attributes, and any crime against it is lèse-majesté. Sovereigns want to be so in what is most important. Princes like to be helped, but not surpassed. When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see. It is the stars who teach us this subtlety. They are brilliant sons, but they never dare to outshine the sun.

    114 Never compete. When you vie with your opponents, your reputation suffers. Your competitor will immediately try to find your faults and discredit you. Few wage war fairly. Rivalry discovers the defects that courtesy overlooks. Many people had a good reputation until they acquired rivals. The heat of opposition revives dead infamies and digs up the stench of the past. Competition begins by revealing faults and rivals take advantage of everything they can and all they ought not to. Often they gain nothing by offending others, only the vile satisfaction of revenge. Revenge blows the dust of oblivion from people’s faults. Benevolence was always peaceable, and reputation indulgent.

    239 Don’t be overly clever. Better to be prudent. If you sharpen your wits too much, you will miss the point, or break your point: that is what happens to common subtlety. Common sense is safer. It is good to be intelligent, but not to be a pedant. Much reasoning is a kind of disputing. Better a substantial judgment that reasons only as much as it needs to.

     

    I am a great admirer of his writing. Had I been the translator I would have stuck closer to the second part of the original Spanish title: “The Art of Prudence.”

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  26. dearieme says:
    @Anonymous

    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don’t appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people’s areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
     
    Spanish Jesuit Fr. Baltasar Gracian, S.J. (d. 1658) wrote the perfect manual on how to conduct oneself in life and business. It’s just as useful in this day and age. Here are just three of the three hundred aphorisms in his The Art of Worldly Wisdom (Christopher Maurer translation):

    7 Don’t outshine your boss. Being defeated is hateful, and besting one’s boss is either foolish or fatal. Superiority is always odious, especially to superiors and sovereigns. The common sort of advantages can be cautiously hidden, as beauty is hidden within a touch of artful neglect. Most people do not mind being surpassed in good fortune, character, or temperament, but no one, especially not a sovereign, likes to be surpassed in intelligence. For this is the king of attributes, and any crime against it is lèse-majesté. Sovereigns want to be so in what is most important. Princes like to be helped, but not surpassed. When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see. It is the stars who teach us this subtlety. They are brilliant sons, but they never dare to outshine the sun.

    114 Never compete. When you vie with your opponents, your reputation suffers. Your competitor will immediately try to find your faults and discredit you. Few wage war fairly. Rivalry discovers the defects that courtesy overlooks. Many people had a good reputation until they acquired rivals. The heat of opposition revives dead infamies and digs up the stench of the past. Competition begins by revealing faults and rivals take advantage of everything they can and all they ought not to. Often they gain nothing by offending others, only the vile satisfaction of revenge. Revenge blows the dust of oblivion from people’s faults. Benevolence was always peaceable, and reputation indulgent.

    239 Don’t be overly clever. Better to be prudent. If you sharpen your wits too much, you will miss the point, or break your point: that is what happens to common subtlety. Common sense is safer. It is good to be intelligent, but not to be a pedant. Much reasoning is a kind of disputing. Better a substantial judgment that reasons only as much as it needs to.

     

    If the Jesuits had paid more attention maybe they wouldn’t have been thrown out of so many countries.

    A prophet without honour, eh?

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    Indeed!
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  27. iffen says:

    I have spent much more time reading comments.

    Problematic.

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  28. @dearieme
    If the Jesuits had paid more attention maybe they wouldn't have been thrown out of so many countries.

    A prophet without honour, eh?

    Indeed!

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  29. what does ‘plurality of procreative obsequiences’ translate to in my iq=50 world ?

    i came up with genetically inferior

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  30. @Anonymous

    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don’t appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people’s areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
     
    Spanish Jesuit Fr. Baltasar Gracian, S.J. (d. 1658) wrote the perfect manual on how to conduct oneself in life and business. It’s just as useful in this day and age. Here are just three of the three hundred aphorisms in his The Art of Worldly Wisdom (Christopher Maurer translation):

    7 Don’t outshine your boss. Being defeated is hateful, and besting one’s boss is either foolish or fatal. Superiority is always odious, especially to superiors and sovereigns. The common sort of advantages can be cautiously hidden, as beauty is hidden within a touch of artful neglect. Most people do not mind being surpassed in good fortune, character, or temperament, but no one, especially not a sovereign, likes to be surpassed in intelligence. For this is the king of attributes, and any crime against it is lèse-majesté. Sovereigns want to be so in what is most important. Princes like to be helped, but not surpassed. When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see. It is the stars who teach us this subtlety. They are brilliant sons, but they never dare to outshine the sun.

    114 Never compete. When you vie with your opponents, your reputation suffers. Your competitor will immediately try to find your faults and discredit you. Few wage war fairly. Rivalry discovers the defects that courtesy overlooks. Many people had a good reputation until they acquired rivals. The heat of opposition revives dead infamies and digs up the stench of the past. Competition begins by revealing faults and rivals take advantage of everything they can and all they ought not to. Often they gain nothing by offending others, only the vile satisfaction of revenge. Revenge blows the dust of oblivion from people’s faults. Benevolence was always peaceable, and reputation indulgent.

    239 Don’t be overly clever. Better to be prudent. If you sharpen your wits too much, you will miss the point, or break your point: that is what happens to common subtlety. Common sense is safer. It is good to be intelligent, but not to be a pedant. Much reasoning is a kind of disputing. Better a substantial judgment that reasons only as much as it needs to.

     

    Balthasar Gracian for sure is a good writer, I too read and like him.

    But – big but: Beware! – : – Communications expert Gracian – as so many others of his tribe (Heinrich Seuse…Heinrich Heine, Jan Hus, Thomas Müntzer, …the earthly miracle and outstanding wandering scolar Quirinus Kuhlmann – I’d include Oscar Wilde and Ludwig Wittgenstein and Gottlob Frege, too) – Gracian too hit a long and often times pretty rough road:

    He got in troubles with the Jesuits,

    he lost the allowence to publish, then to teach,

    he faced a house arrest,

    lost his sanity and died, poor, rejected and neglected.

    – Most important lesson from his life: It’s dangerous to be a communications expert! And kinda futile too. Heine once (laughing, or with a – maybe sardonic – smile)) claimed, Hegel would have said, while lying in his deathbed: “There was only one person who understood me – but not quite, in the end, and not really either.”
    Ahh – of course, Goethe and, if you don’t mind (I told you this is dangerous territory) – Habermas, in his 1999 esay collection Truth and Justification: “There is a widespread consensus today, that language and reality penetrate one another in a for us rather unpenetrable way.”***
    Hehe – this he wrote after a whole life spent, trying to achieve at least a little bit of profound insight into these matters of our communicative actions!!

    ***My translation – to be read with a grain of salt

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  31. Curle says:
    @CanSpeccy

    Why not assume that the other party is intelligent, but temporarily not in possession of the full facts?
     
    Evidently because many believe it easier to win the argument by asserting that the other party is temporarily (or permanently) not in possession of their full faculties.

    The readiness with which most people resort to ridicule or abuse is interesting. It tells us something about the way humans use their brains. The objective is never (or only rarely) to establish truth. The point is to win the struggle. Hence the age old human inclinati0n to bash out the brains of whoever gets in one's way. (How many present day descendants is Ghengis Khan said to have? Forty million, is it?)

    This is something one has to come to grips with in fully understanding the human mind and its capabilities. Those 20-minute paper and pencil, so-called, intelligence tests really do evaluate only a tiny portion of the human mental capability. There is a whole scheming, acting, manipulating, warrior, seducing, raping, inciting machine behind the eyes, which sure doesn't give a damn about the rules of logic. There was nothing logical or high IQ about Alexander slashing the Gordian knot, but it was genius all the same.

    That is why I am skeptical of AI. It's too damn logical, for one thing, and if it gets in my way I'll bash its brains out with a pipe wrench. In other words, AI is a dumb servant, not the intellectual master of mankind, and so it will long, I hope, remain.

    Real progress in the understanding of intelligence requires, I suggest, a redefinition of what intelligence is.

    “The readiness with which most people resort to ridicule or abuse is interesting. It tells us something about the way humans use their brains. The objective is never (or only rarely) to establish truth. The point is to win the struggle.”

    Or to preserve the hegemony of the discourse.

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    Or to preserve the hegemony of the discourse.
     
    Yes, the object of the game is to win in as many domains as possible.

    That's why IQ is of little importance. In general, you cannot predict the outcome of any contest among people of normal intelligence based on the IQ of the contestants. That is because there are so many other mental and physical qualities that matter at least as much.

    Judgement, for example, is a mental quality that IQ tests do not measure, yet it determines who will be king.

    See, for example, Donald Trump turn Megyn Kelly's attack-dog question about women into a joke that entirely changed the emotional dynamics of the situation. (That, incidentally, was when I, showing some judgement, predicted Trump would win both the nomination and the election.)

    In a subsequent debate, Trump made a similarly astute, on the spot, judgement to turn a rival into a friend and ally. That was when he stood with Ben Carson in the wings, after Carson missed his entrance cue.

    Then there was low energy Jeb! The leading contender, knocked out with two words.

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  32. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @FKA Max
    Congratulations from me too, Mr. Thompson!

    The general survival strategy is: don’t appear to be too clever. It causes resentment.
     

    "A wise guy playing the fool to win", Sunday Times, 16 July 2000, p. 17.
     
    - https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson#2000

    Boris Johnson, people always ask me the same question, they say, 'Is Boris a very very clever man pretending to be an idiot?' And I always say, 'No.' - Ian Hislop on Parkinson, first broadcast 19 November 2006

    Most politicians, as far as I can work out, are pretty incompetent, and then have a veneer of competence, you do seem to do it the other way around. - Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear, Season 2, Episode 4
     

    - https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson#Quotes_about_Boris_Johnson

    Boris Johnson gets stuck on a zip wire in London's Victoria Park

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

    Boris v Dave: The history of their rivalry - BBC Newsnight

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq6ycnTgWNM


    P.s.: Did you see this comment of mine, Mr. Thompson?: http://www.unz.com/jthompson/chisalas-last-word/#comment-2108705

    That (only slightly underhanded) compliment from Jeremy Clarkson was skilful and trenchant. I used to enjoy his show, way back then.

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  33. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don’t appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people’s areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
     
    Spanish Jesuit Fr. Baltasar Gracian, S.J. (d. 1658) wrote the perfect manual on how to conduct oneself in life and business. It’s just as useful in this day and age. Here are just three of the three hundred aphorisms in his The Art of Worldly Wisdom (Christopher Maurer translation):

    7 Don’t outshine your boss. Being defeated is hateful, and besting one’s boss is either foolish or fatal. Superiority is always odious, especially to superiors and sovereigns. The common sort of advantages can be cautiously hidden, as beauty is hidden within a touch of artful neglect. Most people do not mind being surpassed in good fortune, character, or temperament, but no one, especially not a sovereign, likes to be surpassed in intelligence. For this is the king of attributes, and any crime against it is lèse-majesté. Sovereigns want to be so in what is most important. Princes like to be helped, but not surpassed. When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see. It is the stars who teach us this subtlety. They are brilliant sons, but they never dare to outshine the sun.

    114 Never compete. When you vie with your opponents, your reputation suffers. Your competitor will immediately try to find your faults and discredit you. Few wage war fairly. Rivalry discovers the defects that courtesy overlooks. Many people had a good reputation until they acquired rivals. The heat of opposition revives dead infamies and digs up the stench of the past. Competition begins by revealing faults and rivals take advantage of everything they can and all they ought not to. Often they gain nothing by offending others, only the vile satisfaction of revenge. Revenge blows the dust of oblivion from people’s faults. Benevolence was always peaceable, and reputation indulgent.

    239 Don’t be overly clever. Better to be prudent. If you sharpen your wits too much, you will miss the point, or break your point: that is what happens to common subtlety. Common sense is safer. It is good to be intelligent, but not to be a pedant. Much reasoning is a kind of disputing. Better a substantial judgment that reasons only as much as it needs to.

     

    Well now there’s some advice I could have used in this life…

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  34. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @John Achterhof
    Thanks for all of the interesting work, James. Great to see that a large part of your readership is in the 18-34 range. I would have guessed a median age for your rather dry and challenging writings nearer to my own age - around 50. Also pleased to see that you have plenty of material in mind for future articles.

    How do you think the age of the readership was determined?

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    "How do you think the age of the readership was determined?"

    Inspection of their teeth.
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  35. dearieme says:
    @Anonymous
    How do you think the age of the readership was determined?

    “How do you think the age of the readership was determined?”

    Inspection of their teeth.

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  36. @FKA Max
    Congratulations from me too, Mr. Thompson!

    The general survival strategy is: don’t appear to be too clever. It causes resentment.
     

    "A wise guy playing the fool to win", Sunday Times, 16 July 2000, p. 17.
     
    - https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson#2000

    Boris Johnson, people always ask me the same question, they say, 'Is Boris a very very clever man pretending to be an idiot?' And I always say, 'No.' - Ian Hislop on Parkinson, first broadcast 19 November 2006

    Most politicians, as far as I can work out, are pretty incompetent, and then have a veneer of competence, you do seem to do it the other way around. - Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear, Season 2, Episode 4
     

    - https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson#Quotes_about_Boris_Johnson

    Boris Johnson gets stuck on a zip wire in London's Victoria Park

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

    Boris v Dave: The history of their rivalry - BBC Newsnight

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq6ycnTgWNM


    P.s.: Did you see this comment of mine, Mr. Thompson?: http://www.unz.com/jthompson/chisalas-last-word/#comment-2108705

    Yes, I had noticed that images of posting were blank on Facebook, but it seems to have recovered now.

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    Thank you, Mr. Thompson.

    I think the "empty podia" thumbnail picture for the "Chisala's Last Word" article http://www.unz.com/jthompson/chisalas-last-word/ is still broken. This is the error message (Click on the broken image and you will be able to read the error message): The image http://www.unz.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/empty-podia.jpg cannot be displayed because it contains errors.

    Maybe you need to completely re-upload the image file to fix the problem/error, if that is not too much of a hassle.

    The "Small Incident in London, Not Many Dead" http://www.unz.com/jthompson/small-incident-in-london-not-many-dead/ article just does not seem to have a thumbnail picture at all, even though it was a featured article on the Unz Review. All featured articles usually have a thumbnail picture, but this one doesn't have one, or it was later removed, because I can still remember when the article was first published/featured that it had a thumbnail picture (it was other pedestrians helping/caring for one of the injured victims, iirc; maybe it was too graphic of a photo and was therefore removed or maybe there was a problem with the copyright?), and that is why the thumbnail picture is broken/does not exist.

    I think you and your readers will enjoy this video of Boris Johnson:

    Boris Johnson explains how to speak like Winston Churchill

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLak2IzIv7U

    Unlike Churchill ...


    “But, on whether Winston’s 57-year-long marriage was a career-motivated sham or the real deal, I would like to persuade you that it was the real deal.”

    She also said that Sir Winston was “a rarity among alpha males” who rose to lead their country because he was not a “sexual predator”.

    “He wasn’t a Bill Clinton with interns, he wasn’t a JFK with actresses,” she said. “He wasn’t even a John Major with a certain Tory MP.”
     

    - http://www.unz.com/jthompson/the-secret-in-your-eyes/#comment-1803147

    ... Boris Johnson seems to be quite the ladies' man, which is another indication, in my opinion, that he must be much more intelligent/cunning than he often leads on to be:

    Pierre Rolin: How I was cuckolded by Boris Johnson

    "Amazing, I'm supposed to be a smart guy, made a billion dollars for people, but I had no knowledge, and I was completely snowballed." - https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/pierre-rolin-how-i-was-cuckolded-by-boris-johnson-6562629.html

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  37. EH says:
    @RaceRealist88
    Tell that to Peter Frost.

    For those like me who hadn’t noticed that little spat, here’s Ron Unz’s side: http://www.unz.com/pfrost/a-look-back-over-2015/#comment-1266262

    I’m a remarkably easy-going fellow about such things, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to allow my own (very polite) comments on technical issues to be censored on my own website.

    I daresay virtually any other website proprietor on the Internet would have summarily terminated a columnist who behaved in such an unreasonable manner. I merely revoked his moderation privileges.

    I didn’t find the disputed comment all that persuasive, personally, but certainly nowhere near deletion-worthy. On the other hand, large volumes of persistently wrong-headed comments can spam a thread so that better comments are crowded out of being read. It would be good to have a rule against being tiresomely repetitious, particularly when wrong.

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  38. CanSpeccy says: • Website
    @Curle
    “The readiness with which most people resort to ridicule or abuse is interesting. It tells us something about the way humans use their brains. The objective is never (or only rarely) to establish truth. The point is to win the struggle.”

    Or to preserve the hegemony of the discourse.

    Or to preserve the hegemony of the discourse.

    Yes, the object of the game is to win in as many domains as possible.

    That’s why IQ is of little importance. In general, you cannot predict the outcome of any contest among people of normal intelligence based on the IQ of the contestants. That is because there are so many other mental and physical qualities that matter at least as much.

    Judgement, for example, is a mental quality that IQ tests do not measure, yet it determines who will be king.

    See, for example, Donald Trump turn Megyn Kelly’s attack-dog question about women into a joke that entirely changed the emotional dynamics of the situation. (That, incidentally, was when I, showing some judgement, predicted Trump would win both the nomination and the election.)

    In a subsequent debate, Trump made a similarly astute, on the spot, judgement to turn a rival into a friend and ally. That was when he stood with Ben Carson in the wings, after Carson missed his entrance cue.

    Then there was low energy Jeb! The leading contender, knocked out with two words.

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  39. FKA Max says: • Website
    @James Thompson
    Yes, I had noticed that images of posting were blank on Facebook, but it seems to have recovered now.

    Thank you, Mr. Thompson.

    I think the “empty podia” thumbnail picture for the “Chisala’s Last Word” article http://www.unz.com/jthompson/chisalas-last-word/ is still broken. This is the error message (Click on the broken image and you will be able to read the error message): The image cannot be displayed because it contains errors.

    Maybe you need to completely re-upload the image file to fix the problem/error, if that is not too much of a hassle.

    The “Small Incident in London, Not Many Dead” http://www.unz.com/jthompson/small-incident-in-london-not-many-dead/ article just does not seem to have a thumbnail picture at all, even though it was a featured article on the Unz Review. All featured articles usually have a thumbnail picture, but this one doesn’t have one, or it was later removed, because I can still remember when the article was first published/featured that it had a thumbnail picture (it was other pedestrians helping/caring for one of the injured victims, iirc; maybe it was too graphic of a photo and was therefore removed or maybe there was a problem with the copyright?), and that is why the thumbnail picture is broken/does not exist.

    I think you and your readers will enjoy this video of Boris Johnson:

    Boris Johnson explains how to speak like Winston Churchill

    Unlike Churchill …

    “But, on whether Winston’s 57-year-long marriage was a career-motivated sham or the real deal, I would like to persuade you that it was the real deal.”

    She also said that Sir Winston was “a rarity among alpha males” who rose to lead their country because he was not a “sexual predator”.

    “He wasn’t a Bill Clinton with interns, he wasn’t a JFK with actresses,” she said. “He wasn’t even a John Major with a certain Tory MP.”

    http://www.unz.com/jthompson/the-secret-in-your-eyes/#comment-1803147

    … Boris Johnson seems to be quite the ladies’ man, which is another indication, in my opinion, that he must be much more intelligent/cunning than he often leads on to be:

    Pierre Rolin: How I was cuckolded by Boris Johnson

    “Amazing, I’m supposed to be a smart guy, made a billion dollars for people, but I had no knowledge, and I was completely snowballed.”https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/pierre-rolin-how-i-was-cuckolded-by-boris-johnson-6562629.html

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    ... otherwise free speech should rule, and it has. Keep saying what you really think.
     
    British libertarians cucked/caved on free speech, very disappointing!

    He was removed as Honorary President of the Ludwig von Mises Centre in December 2017, the organisation citing Bloom's anti-Semitic tweets.[6]
    [...]
    In December 2017, Bloom wrote a tweet identifying Goldman Sachs as an "international Jewish bank" (in response to a tweet about Brexit by the bank's CEO Lloyd Blankfein)[52]. The tweet was described as anti-Semitic by a number of observers.[53]
     
    - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godfrey_Bloom

    Lady Porter feels no real loyalty and allegiance towards the native British working class because she is no part of the native British people, the Duke of Westminster is/was, and that is why she also wanted to get rid of “an outdated class system”. Native elites are a protective mechanism which prevents foreign elites, which usually do not have the natives’ best interest at heart, to take over their countries.[...] Most of her charitable giving is focused on Israel, not the UK
     
    - http://www.unz.com/jthompson/alma-mater-2018/#comment-2102613


    I never said the U.K. and its system is perfect, and that there is not room for improvement, but I believe the problem is not the rigid British class system, since the U.S. doesn’t have one of those, but rather Wall Street‘s and the City of London‘s push for greater and greater Financialization .

     

    - http://www.unz.com/jthompson/alma-mater-2018/#comment-2104614

    You can go to their announcements and either down-vote or up-vote them, depending if you agree or disagree:

    We note recent comments on Twitter from Godfrey Bloom. We declare that his comments do not in any sense reflect the opinions of Mises UK or any of its other officers. We do not wish to be associated with them. We therefore remove him with immediate effect as President.
     
    - https://misesuk.org/2017/12/18/announcement/

    We repost Sean Gabb’s statement on anti-Semitism which he made while Director of the Libertarian Alliance. We wish to make it clear that Mises UK regards this statement as canonical:
     
    - https://misesuk.org/2017/12/18/anti-semitism-2/

    This is what Prince Charles said/wrote about the "Jewish lobby":

    Prince Charles decried White House’s failure to take on ‘Jewish lobby’ over Israel

    http://mondoweiss.net/2017/11/charles-decried-courage/

    http://www.ottawajewishbulletin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Charles-Letter.jpg

    Source: http://www.ottawajewishbulletin.com/2017/11/prince-charles-blames-foreign-jews-for-mideast-unrest-in-1986-letter/

    General Godfrey Bloom‏ @goddersbloom

    General Godfrey Bloom Retweeted Lloyd Blankfein

    International Jewish bank recommends second vote & we should vote Remain.
    mmmmmmmmmmmm.
     
    https://twitter.com/goddersbloom/status/942664507939319809
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  40. David says:

    I’m glad you’re here but for God’s sake don’t let anniversary posts become a tradition.

    Now get off the ball and get back to work.

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  41. FKA Max says: • Website
    @FKA Max
    Thank you, Mr. Thompson.

    I think the "empty podia" thumbnail picture for the "Chisala's Last Word" article http://www.unz.com/jthompson/chisalas-last-word/ is still broken. This is the error message (Click on the broken image and you will be able to read the error message): The image http://www.unz.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/empty-podia.jpg cannot be displayed because it contains errors.

    Maybe you need to completely re-upload the image file to fix the problem/error, if that is not too much of a hassle.

    The "Small Incident in London, Not Many Dead" http://www.unz.com/jthompson/small-incident-in-london-not-many-dead/ article just does not seem to have a thumbnail picture at all, even though it was a featured article on the Unz Review. All featured articles usually have a thumbnail picture, but this one doesn't have one, or it was later removed, because I can still remember when the article was first published/featured that it had a thumbnail picture (it was other pedestrians helping/caring for one of the injured victims, iirc; maybe it was too graphic of a photo and was therefore removed or maybe there was a problem with the copyright?), and that is why the thumbnail picture is broken/does not exist.

    I think you and your readers will enjoy this video of Boris Johnson:

    Boris Johnson explains how to speak like Winston Churchill

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLak2IzIv7U

    Unlike Churchill ...


    “But, on whether Winston’s 57-year-long marriage was a career-motivated sham or the real deal, I would like to persuade you that it was the real deal.”

    She also said that Sir Winston was “a rarity among alpha males” who rose to lead their country because he was not a “sexual predator”.

    “He wasn’t a Bill Clinton with interns, he wasn’t a JFK with actresses,” she said. “He wasn’t even a John Major with a certain Tory MP.”
     

    - http://www.unz.com/jthompson/the-secret-in-your-eyes/#comment-1803147

    ... Boris Johnson seems to be quite the ladies' man, which is another indication, in my opinion, that he must be much more intelligent/cunning than he often leads on to be:

    Pierre Rolin: How I was cuckolded by Boris Johnson

    "Amazing, I'm supposed to be a smart guy, made a billion dollars for people, but I had no knowledge, and I was completely snowballed." - https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/pierre-rolin-how-i-was-cuckolded-by-boris-johnson-6562629.html

    … otherwise free speech should rule, and it has. Keep saying what you really think.

    British libertarians cucked/caved on free speech, very disappointing!

    He was removed as Honorary President of the Ludwig von Mises Centre in December 2017, the organisation citing Bloom’s anti-Semitic tweets.[6]
    [...]
    In December 2017, Bloom wrote a tweet identifying Goldman Sachs as an “international Jewish bank” (in response to a tweet about Brexit by the bank’s CEO Lloyd Blankfein)[52]. The tweet was described as anti-Semitic by a number of observers.[53]

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

    Lady Porter feels no real loyalty and allegiance towards the native British working class because she is no part of the native British people, the Duke of Westminster is/was, and that is why she also wanted to get rid of “an outdated class system”. Native elites are a protective mechanism which prevents foreign elites, which usually do not have the natives’ best interest at heart, to take over their countries.[...] Most of her charitable giving is focused on Israel, not the UK

    http://www.unz.com/jthompson/alma-mater-2018/#comment-2102613

    I never said the U.K. and its system is perfect, and that there is not room for improvement, but I believe the problem is not the rigid British class system, since the U.S. doesn’t have one of those, but rather Wall Street‘s and the City of London‘s push for greater and greater Financialization .

    http://www.unz.com/jthompson/alma-mater-2018/#comment-2104614

    You can go to their announcements and either down-vote or up-vote them, depending if you agree or disagree:

    We note recent comments on Twitter from Godfrey Bloom. We declare that his comments do not in any sense reflect the opinions of Mises UK or any of its other officers. We do not wish to be associated with them. We therefore remove him with immediate effect as President.

    https://misesuk.org/2017/12/18/announcement/

    We repost Sean Gabb’s statement on anti-Semitism which he made while Director of the Libertarian Alliance. We wish to make it clear that Mises UK regards this statement as canonical:

    https://misesuk.org/2017/12/18/anti-semitism-2/

    This is what Prince Charles said/wrote about the “Jewish lobby”:

    Prince Charles decried White House’s failure to take on ‘Jewish lobby’ over Israel

    http://mondoweiss.net/2017/11/charles-decried-courage/

    Source: http://www.ottawajewishbulletin.com/2017/11/prince-charles-blames-foreign-jews-for-mideast-unrest-in-1986-letter/

    General Godfrey Bloom‏ @goddersbloom

    General Godfrey Bloom Retweeted Lloyd Blankfein

    International Jewish bank recommends second vote & we should vote Remain.
    mmmmmmmmmmmm.

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  42. @CanSpeccy

    Why not assume that the other party is intelligent, but temporarily not in possession of the full facts?
     
    Evidently because many believe it easier to win the argument by asserting that the other party is temporarily (or permanently) not in possession of their full faculties.

    The readiness with which most people resort to ridicule or abuse is interesting. It tells us something about the way humans use their brains. The objective is never (or only rarely) to establish truth. The point is to win the struggle. Hence the age old human inclinati0n to bash out the brains of whoever gets in one's way. (How many present day descendants is Ghengis Khan said to have? Forty million, is it?)

    This is something one has to come to grips with in fully understanding the human mind and its capabilities. Those 20-minute paper and pencil, so-called, intelligence tests really do evaluate only a tiny portion of the human mental capability. There is a whole scheming, acting, manipulating, warrior, seducing, raping, inciting machine behind the eyes, which sure doesn't give a damn about the rules of logic. There was nothing logical or high IQ about Alexander slashing the Gordian knot, but it was genius all the same.

    That is why I am skeptical of AI. It's too damn logical, for one thing, and if it gets in my way I'll bash its brains out with a pipe wrench. In other words, AI is a dumb servant, not the intellectual master of mankind, and so it will long, I hope, remain.

    Real progress in the understanding of intelligence requires, I suggest, a redefinition of what intelligence is.

    So because I accept that blacks are on considerable average less smart than whites or jews I’m malignantly trying to eliminate them from earth surface??

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  43. dearieme says:

    Oh dear, doc.

    https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jan/10/ucl-to-investigate-secret-eugenics-conference-held-on-campus

    I hope this goes well with you, whatever “this” might turn out to be.

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  44. fitzGetty says:

    … the HM error should have been corrected by now – people read the archives … a gross error in the first 4 words blights and undermines everything …

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    Yes, should be Her Majesty. Need to find a way to show that the change has been made, and that people are reading the corrected version.
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  45. @fitzGetty
    ... the HM error should have been corrected by now - people read the archives ... a gross error in the first 4 words blights and undermines everything ...

    Yes, should be Her Majesty. Need to find a way to show that the change has been made, and that people are reading the corrected version.

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