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A long-time friend of the blog writes the following, for which I have nothing to add beyond uninformed skepticism and yet still a sense of obligation for sharing:Here is the most amazing thing I am seeing right now: COVID-19 coronavirus is following dry winter air. Where it gets more humid, the virus dissipates. Wuhan, China... Read More
One of the upsides of climate change in the form of global warming will be fewer cold, dry days and thus shorter flu seasons, hampering the ability of viruses like COVID-19 to spread in the future. If around 5% of the American white population owned slaves through the middle of the 19th century and the... Read More
Single-payer healthcare, or Medicare-for-all, is a very popular issue. You wouldn't know it from watching any of the Democrat presidential debates, though. There may not be any issue that more starkly divides the progressive left from the corporate left, and it is of course the latter that controls the corporate media organizations hosting the debates.... Read More
What defends the health of the entire system kicks into overdrive as the real threats the system exists to deal with are gone. It's moral hygiene theory. As the condition deteriorates, wokeuhbody production increases exponentially. The body politic makes ever more while the last self-reactive cells are removed via regulatory bodies (deplatformed), forced into anergy... Read More
GINA notwithstanding, the concept is going to need to be seriously contended with soon. A phrase like "white privilege", even after accounting for the politically-loaded baggage it carries with it, is a blunt and imprecise way of understanding much of anything at an individual level. Malia Obama clearly has a lot more privilege than a... Read More
++Addition++Gibson is part-Japanese. And the rally was in fact shut down and ultimately cancelled. --- There's a group on the West Coast called "Patriot Prayer", headed by a guy named Joey Gibson. He could pass as Puerto Rican. His group heavily utilizes traditional patriotic aesthetics--the American flag, the Gadsden flag, etc--and is now prominently signalling... Read More
Heartiste's take on the coming sexbot revolution is probably an accurate auguring of what will come to pass: It's not inconceivable, though, that the development instead turns out to be a saving grace, putting the West's native stock back on the path to replacement fertility. Here's how it might look. Not only is the female... Read More
This came in response to Trump toying with the idea of US debt default a few weeks ago. My intention was to post it here in a timely manner but it got lost it the sauce for awhile. So in the famous words of Ringo Starr, forgive the lateness of my reply. --- Trump was... Read More
Charlotte empowers a fraction of 1% of the population to rub their insecurities in the faces of the 99% and change who find sex-segregated restrooms a uncontroversial aspect of civilized society. The state of North Carolina responds by mandating sex-segregated restrooms, legally overriding Charlotte's tranny triumph. The state law only applies to schools and other government... Read More
In a recent podcast, Tom Woods interviewed Michael Edelstein on the negative consequences resulting from an ongoing societal effort to ubiquitously foster high levels of self-esteem in everyone. Woods asked when it all began. Edelstein guessed the sixties, but expressed uncertainty in his answer. If it's a question of when some trend indicative of the... Read More
A modest suggestion for an addition to further increase the precision and specificity of Jonathan Haidt's eminently useful acronym without detracting from its mnemonic appeal: WEIRDO (Western, educated, industrialized, rich, democratic, and outbred).
Obama is correct when he asserts that mandatory voting would be "transformative". The intellectually impotent mainstream right has no answer for why, in a country where democracy is venerated as the unquestioned (and unquestionable) apogee of political systems, anything other than universal suffrage should be the aspiration. March of progress, being on the right--er, correct!--side... Read More
As Joplin is only a two hour drive south of Kansas City, the local media have been filled with solicitations for donations of food, water, and other basic necessities to be sent to the devastated town. As a Joplin native, they certainly hit home for me.
Bruce G. Charlton, a votary of the late Father Seraphim Rose (who I imagined looked something like this, but who actually looks like this), notes his commentary dating back to the early eighties that appears prescient today:Those are phrases I recall hearing more in my childhood than I do today. Maybe it's just that today... Read More
... to describe someone who is pointing and sputtering, er, pointing 'n sputtering. Orally, each of the first three letters are pronounced individually, followed by the appropriate suffix. It fits--they do tend to be whiny little bitches, after all.
On the passive suggestion of Parapundit's Randall Parker, I'm reading The World Without Us, a book by Alan Weisman that attempts to describe the future following the abrupt extinction of homo sapiens. It immediately strikes me as disappointingly misanthropic and distractingly quasi-religious (what Half Sigma terms "Gaia worship"). The recurring criticisms I have with this... Read More
I recall one of the HBDers on the blogroll off to the right (though I'm having trouble finding the exact post) expressing wonderment at how some people are so physically inert while others, faces contorted, run themselves--literally--to the brink of collapse.Thinking about the question while doing P90X's plyometrics routine today, the psychological benefits alone make... Read More
Increase the playoff pool from twelve teams to sixteen. The controversy this year swirled around divisional winners hosting teams with better records than their own in the wildcard round, but more unsatisfying than the Saints (11-5) having to play in Seattle (7-9) or Kansas City (10-6) getting to host the Ravens (12-4), was the Giants... Read More
In an Econ Talk podcast a few years back, host Russ Roberts summarizes one of Walter Williams' putatively great economic insights (begins 41:15):I would be interested in hearing arguments concerning how far this goes in explaining the human evolutionary predisposition toward despising those who have more than one has himself. In pre-agricultural societies, which were... Read More
A recent Econ Talk podcast with Katherine Newman of Princeton featured her work on low wage workers in Harlem during the nineties. I find it worth noting because it serves as a great example of why discussing socio-economic outcomes without taking IQ into account is a fruitless excercise. Roberts never broaches the subject and Newman... Read More
Half Sigma has previously discussed blogger Peter's working theory on how some activities invariably come to be classified as nerdy while others do not. Concisely put, non-athletic activities not traditionally regarded as masculine that are primarily participated in by men are nerdy.That strikes me as a pretty good description, but as I'll get to below,... Read More
No need for a dramatic rescue this time around: My instinctive reaction is to cheer the virility the Maersk has acquired over the last year. Whether or not it is economically prudent for cargo ship operators to hire private security forces is another question for which it is difficult to get precise data. Annually, around... Read More
Steve Sailer has repeatedly pointed out that election-time exit polling consistently overstates the Hispanic share of the vote. Just as consistently, this tendency putatively provides evidence of the rapidly increasing importance of courting Hispanic voters. Inevitably, the more thorough and reliable Census phone survey of some 50,000 people released months later downwardly adjusts Hispanic representation... Read More
The Dave Matthews Band has been running through my head since their show in Kansas City last week. From the song Spaceman:Matthews' politics are leftist boilerplate. The band played at Bill Clinton's 1997 inauguration, partnered up with Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream to raise awareness about global warming, strongly supported the Kerry and Obama campaigns,... Read More
There are those, particularly among the libertarian ranks, who are of the mind that an uber-intelligent society is not optimal because there still must be people to wash the dishes and pick up the trash, something those of modest intelligence are putatively better at doing than brainiacs are. But even in an industry such as... Read More
Jack Cashill has not abandoned his dogged diligence in digging up suggestive evidence that Bill Ayers played a significant role in President Obama's 1995 book, Dreams from my Father. His suspicions have been corroborated by a couple of other investigative journalists. A sampling of the newest discoveries:Rather astonishingly, as Mr. West points out, at least... Read More
Defending hypocrisy is nothing novel. But a previous post on the (favorable) shift in America's moral evaluation of extramarital sex, even if it is not matched in deed, got me thinking about it a little more deeply.Bruce G. Charlton, who is a wellspring of ideas he is frustratingly hesistant (in the opinion of this amateur... Read More
++Addition++Roissy does favor legalizing prostitution. That makes sense.---Recently, Roissy interestingly (but not surprisingly, given his trade) asserted that the best solution to the civilizational entropy resulting from what he calls the four sirens of the apocalypse (easily accessible contraceptives, no-fault divorce, female economic independence, and feminist-inspired laws) is as much fuck-and-chuck as guys are able... Read More
Blogger OneSTDV brings up a question I have yet to find a satisfying answer to (and so am eagerly soliciting thoughts from readers):Previously, it was shown that those who believe personality is primarily determined by experience are on average of modestly higher intelligence than those who hold that personality is largely genetically determined. As the... Read More
With cap-and-trade in the news, I have a more modest proposal to reduce carbon emissions (or at least suck in government funds by trying to do so) and discourage unnecessary gasoline consumption.
++Addition++In the comments, Roissy reviews some of the fundamentals of game, and also takes note in a post about a super beta prostrate. I am uncomfortable making assertions without empirical backing, but I don't really disagree with him. He misreads in saying that I think adopting game only helps the rich get richer--to the contrary,... Read More
It is not unusual for companies to subject their employees to random drug testing, and most require it ahead of receiving worker's compensation benefits for injuries sustained on the job, so why not subject welfare recipients to the same? The idea is getting a legislative push in multiple states:Want government assistance? Just say no to... Read More
In a column detailing the moribund state of manufacturing in the US, Pat Buchanan wonders how we respond to the persistent trade deficits Paul Volcker recently identified as the underlying cause of the global recession:He suggests an "industrial policy". A simple way to start is by instituting a national sales tax to replace the federal... Read More
In the comments of an Al Fin post on the reduction of sleep pressure in mice through regulation of a brain chemical, I wondered if the diurnal circadian rhythms of most primates, including humans, might have an evolutionary protective effect.The thought process is straightforward: To wander around fruitlessly in the dark, at risk of walking... Read More
In describing SWPL's comments section as dizzying, I meant that such an abundance of remarks almost guarantees that most commenters are not reading the comments of other commenters. Consequently, there is a lot of duplication in points made and repetition of questions raised (and answers given), etc. It goes from a discussion to a chance... Read More
With McCain's likely impending defeat next week, I suggest the Republican party's national leadership consider the following:- McCain's campaign imposed an omerta on anything that could be even tangentially perceived as bringing Obama's blackness into play. Nineteen months after Steve Sailer made known the Illinois Senator's focus on taking white wealth and giving it to... Read More
The market descension and Obama's ascension are clearly linked. The conventional take is that when people see their 401(k)s and IRAs losing one-third of their valuations in a span of two weeks, they become angry and direct that anger at whoever is in the Whitehouse. As Randall Parker has reminded us on several occasions, the... Read More
++Addition++Steve Sailer reminds his readers why an Obama ghostwriter is unlikely: Steve's probably spent more time with Dreams than anyone else has. Jack will need to produce a smoking gun, not just suggestive circumstantial evidence, to definitively make his case. He tells me he's sure he is right, and that he has more coming soon.... Read More
In the comments thread of a previous post on the electoral demographics of Presidential elections since 1980, a commenter wondered:The structure probably kept Romney from winning the nomination. When he dropped out of the race after coming up short on Super Tuesday (February 5), delegate counts showed McCain with a seemingly insurmountable lead. He had... Read More
My younger brother wanted my take on the five most influential and important people, ideas, inventions, events, and countries from the beginning of the 18th Century to the present. I'm notoriously bad at comprising such lists, especially off the top of my head. That's why normative rankings I post here are always (uh, except this... Read More
++Addition++John Savage responds here. He makes an interesting remark regarding the elite opinion on immigration--even if we assume the reality of human biodiversity is understood, the establishment has many reasons to lower the average IQ of the populous. Steve Sailer has summarized the elite opinion on IQ as this: It doesn't matter, but they have... Read More
John Savage recently posted on an older discussion at VFR about William Saletan's assertion that increasing interracial marriage rates--reuniting the human genome--is the quickest way to close the IQ gap. John suggests that rather than requiring a global totalitarian government to force greater interracial birthing, preferential treatment could do the job:The point would be to... Read More
Mike Huckabee's ascension paralleled the ascension of the FairTax idea--replace the federal income tax with a national sales tax. That rise is evident on the editorial pages of the WSJ, where multiple pieces in opposition to the idea have been run in recognition of Huckabee's potential VP spot on the GOP side. The board's position... Read More
On Steve Sailer's post regarding the attempt to get some idea of teaching effectiveness by state based on NAEP relative improvement over several years, commenter Justin Halter makes an interesting observation:The lack of any discernible pattern underlying the rankings was befuddling. The absence of an obvious demographic explanation lends credence at least to the possiblity... Read More
Why should group differences in intelligence, assuming they exist, be publicly talked about? This question or a variant of it has been asked in several places following the James Watson affair. I've seen a host of insightful answers. But I think the answer can be distilled into a single sentence that is nonetheless pragmatic instead... Read More
++Addition++Steve Sailer weighs in. Commenters make speculations and suggestions (there are those who are both intrigued and who are incredulous) that add lots of extra value beyond what I have here. If interested in the data, it's definitely worth jumping over there.---As a follow-up to the post looking at scholastic improvement by state as measured... Read More
++Addition++Steve Sailer weighs in. I will put up the same improvement list for whites only this afternoon.---Continuing with the idea from a recent post attempting to get some idea of how well states are performing academically given their various demographic profiles, on sagacious advice I included math and reading results in the fourth and eighth... Read More
Why the current income tax structures, for both corporations and individuals at both the federal and state levels, need an overhaul: Ernst doesn't specialize in cost accounting. Wal-Mart isn't calling on one of the big four to help it realize efficiency gains in its distribution process. The mass retailer wants to shuffle around income classifications,... Read More
Reading Gregory Clark's A Farewell to Alms, I was impressed (see comments in the link) by his thoughts on the relationship between wealth and happiness. Basically, it is a zero-sum game, but it takes place within societies rather than between them. Human happiness, then, is relative. On page 16, Clark writes: That provides insight into... Read More