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From the New York Times: In recent years, the word "problematic" has come to mean, basically: Did "problematic" always mean "I'm angry but I can't articulate a logical reason why"? I first ran into "problematic" around 1974 from a high school teacher I didn't get along with. I gave him a lot of grief about... Read More
From CNN: This is the mirror image of Howard Hughes' Glomar Explorer, which was launched under the cover story of searching for manganese nodules on the seafloor. I can remember mining nodules off the ocean floor coming up in high school debate in 1975. I haven't heard about it since. But the Glomar was really... Read More
From Buzzfeed: My actual name is Yasiel Puig Slim (or "El Chopo" for short) and I am an asylum seeker, so two golf courses are rightfully mine. For my golf courses, I put my dibs down on Pebble Beach (above) and Cypress Point (below).
Jewish publications have been getting worked up lately over how several of the celebrated leaders of the anti-Trump Women's March are big fans of the anti-Semitic Louis Farrakhan and employed the Black Muslims' bully boy squad, Fruit of Islam (or "Fruit" for short ... yeah, that's the name), as security. The details nicely illustrates Ann... Read More
I dreamed I was an Indian billionaire who lives in an ugly 27 story house in Bombay with my 600 servants and I paid Hillary Clinton and John Kerry to disco down. Perhaps this is a Magic Christian-style practical joke where some malevolent billionaire pays former Democratic presidential nominees to boogie. Dance, my puppets, dance!
Just like the Orlando nightclub shooter and the San Bernardino husband were native-born Americans all. So why does Trump think that has any lessons for immigration policy?
From the January 2019 issue of Harper's: It's interesting how Trump tends to appeal to, as Hillary would say, deplorables, such as Houellebecq, author of Submission.
From the NYT: Narrower Skulls, Oblong Brains: How Neanderthal DNA Still Shapes Us Two genes inherited from our evolutionary cousins may affect skull shape and brain size even today. What that means for human behavior is a mystery. ... By measuring Neanderthal skull volume, scientists have found that their brains were as big as ours... Read More
From the New York Times: Hey, Bret, nice wall! Can we have a Wall here too? Or is that just for Israelis, while Americans don't deserve one? Please explain.
Medical research usually takes much longer than expected. Sometimes there are quick payoffs, such as for AIDS, which only took about a decade. But Nixon's War on Cancer is almost a half-century old, with modest progress (such as saving my life back in 1997). Brain health might turn out to be the most complicated subject... Read More
From the U.K. Independent: Actually, Ann was talking about how Farrakhan supporters started the Women's March. Democrats have brought in a diverse group of Representatives, including Rep-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the first Muslim women in Congress. Speaking on Fox News about the emerging left, Ann Coulter manages to offend everybody... Read More
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 32, op. 111, 2nd movement A couple of commenters have pointed out how Beethoven sounded like Scott Joplin playing ragtime about 75 years early for a few minutes in his last piano sonata, written in 1821-1822. This part (from 15:29 on) sounds like a good score for a Buster Keaton silent... Read More
I posted in the New York Times in response to Gary Gutting's oped defending affirmative action as justified by the historical burdens of slavery my old suggestion that this logic implies that affirmative action should be preserved for American Indians and descendants of American slaves (e.g., Michelle Obama), but not for immigrants just off the... Read More
Slavery is one of the more vibrant customs that The Diverse are injecting into stodgy old America by doing us the favor of immigrating here. From See, immigrants are too assimilating rapidly to modern America's highest values, such as gay marriage, creating more social progress than you thought imaginable. Did boring old 1950s white... Read More
Should Trump do a government shutdown over The Wall? Why do one now rather than before the election? How often do government shutdowns work as a political tactic?
From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Reality Check by Steve Sailer, December 12, 2018 The end of the year always brings a plethora of “Best of…” rankings in the press, which, to be honest, tend to be prefab junk journalism by writers trying to get ahead so they can take some time off around... Read More
The reason a college undergrad gets globally denounced for saying that white men invented the modern world is not because it's false but because it's so true. Granted, that's not what Google tells you if you search on American inventors: But from my 2003 review of Charles Murray's Human Accomplishment in The American Conservative: Human... Read More
December is one of the three months of the year (along with April and August) when I hassle you for donations. I sometimes find myself discouraged, but then my loyal readers chip in with cash in its manifold forms, which I find highly encouraging. Say not the struggle nought availeth. Thanks to everybody who has... Read More
From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency wire service: A history of the radical Jewish feminists and the one subject they never talked about BY PENNY SCHWARTZ, DECEMBER 7, 2018 1:55 PM BROOKLINE, Mass. (JTA) — Heather Booth, Amy Kesselman, Vivian Rothstein and Naomi Weisstein. The names of these bold and influential radical feminists may have faded... Read More
From Pacific Standard in 2014: HOW THE OTHER HALF LIFTS: WHAT YOUR WORKOUT SAYS ABOUT YOUR SOCIAL CLASS Why can't triathletes and weightlifters get along? DANIEL DUANE JUL 23, 2014 I first heard the term strength sports—referring to football, weightlifting, and any other sport dependent upon sheer muscular force—in my early 40s. I’d spent half... Read More
As I've been mentioning for years, we live in an age of growing antiquarianism in terms of thinking about cause and effect of social outcomes. When I was young, there was much interest in how things had changed from the 1960s onward. The Sixties were seen as a big deal. But now, leading historical savants... Read More
From the Daily Mail: Actually, it's 158 million have the US as their first choice. Presumably, a lot more would be satisfied with immigrating to the US if they couldn't get into their first choice. So that's getting up toward a billion when counting kids not surveyed. One-third of sub-Saharan Africa would like to leave.... Read More
Last summer I wrote about William Finnegan's surfing memoir Barbarian Days in an essay that, as David Pinsen pointed out, I should have named "Finnegans Wave". Finnegan has a new piece in The New Yorker about the artificial wave pool that the world's greatest surfer Kelly Slater and USC engineering professor Adam Fincham have built... Read More
From the NYT: Are the burdens of centuries of mistreatment gradually diminishing? That would seem likely in terms of straightforward common sense, but i
Woke Twitter's leading avenger, Titania McGrath, is no more.
2018 has been a big year in genetics. One of the more interesting findings that has been slowly emerging in recent years is, just as Eurasians tend to have genetic contributions from extinct Neanderthals and Denisovans, sub-Saharan Africans seem to have their own admixture from a different archaic population. The two present day African populations... Read More
With a young researcher named Noah Carl being denounced by hundreds of academics demanding his firing for noticing, among other hatestats, the correlation in British elections between the number of allegations of electoral fraud in a district, the rate of cousin marriage in a district (which tends to be a proxy for enforced arranged marriages... Read More
From The Guardian: Cambridge gives role to academic accused of racist stereotyping University professors among hundreds who object to award of research job to Noah Carl Richard Adams Education editor Fri 7 Dec 2018 University of Cambridge professors and academics from around the world have criticised the appointment of a social scientist whose work they... Read More
From the Washington Post: In France and online, extremists put centrism to the torch By Max Boot, Columnist, December 8 at 12:25 PM Weekend after weekend, French President Emmanuel Macron is dealing with sometimes violent protests from a populist movement known as the gilets jaunes (yellow vests). The protesters were galvanized by a plan to... Read More
Here's a graph of the number of homicides (blue line, left axis) in the U.S. from 2011 to 2018 (with 2018 projected by Jeff Asher in the NYT) versus the number of articles (red line, right axis) in the New York Times that included the phrase "Black Lives Matter" (2018 projected by simple extrapolation). The... Read More
December is one of the three months of the year (along with April and August) when I hassle you for donations. I sometimes find myself discouraged, but then my loyal readers chip in with cash in its manifold forms, which I find highly encouraging. Say not the struggle nought availeth. Thanks to everybody who has... Read More
Ötzi the Iceman looks like a cross between Christoph Waltz and Nick Nolte. But wasn't he pre-Yamnaya/Aryan invasion of Europe? Wouldn't he look more Sardinian, like Bruno Kirby?
The reason dogs are obsessed with sniffing ad marking trees is because wolf packs are surprisingly good at observing borders. Commenter Sean observes: I presume humans bred howling out of dogs because it interferes with sleep?
The first 95 seconds of this clip aren't too entertaining, but the last 5 seconds are great. A commenter points out: Actresses ... I'm reminded of the one really good scene in J.J. Abrams' 2012 Spielberg-tribute movie Super Eight about some 13 year old boys making a zombie movie in 1979. They draft a classmate... Read More
And now the Washington Post weighs in: See, Beto didn't do a DNA test to claim he's minority, he's just an Irish-looking guy with a vaguely Spanish nickname. Sure, if he were Paddy O'Rourke he'd be merely an El Paso city councilman, but he's Beto O'Rourke, so he's Presidential Timber. ... Since Hillary Clinton’s defeat... Read More
From the New York Times: You are not supposed to say "Far East" anymore? I see that the NYT has printed 3 other articles this month containing the suddenly inappropriate "Far East." What about "Middle East?" The New York Times has published 14 articles today alone containing the presumably problematic term "Middle East." Isn't it... Read More
From Variety (with some pictures I added): But ... That a few individuals' faces are worthy of being projected 40 feet high while millions of people with less glamorous faces sit in the dark, eat popcorn, and admire them? No! That's totally wrong. You see, Owen Gleiberman knows exactly what movies are about: The shoes
December is one of the three months of the year (along with April and August) when I hassle you for donations. I sometimes find myself discouraged, but then my loyal readers chip in with cash in its manifold forms, which I find highly encouraging. Say not the struggle nought availeth. Thanks to everybody who has... Read More
It's always fun to milk another post out of Senator Warren's DNA test. From the New York Times: Elizabeth Warren Stands by DNA Test. But Around Her, Worries Abound. By Astead W. Herndon, Dec. 6, 2018 WASHINGTON — The plan was straightforward: After years of being challenged by President Trump and others about a decades-old... Read More
Another data point on the eternal question of who is on top of the Progressive Stack ... From the New York Times:
Black Panther is an above average comic book movie, and I haven't seen the James Baldwin Beale Street movie, but Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman is groaningly bad. The Golden Globes also gave BlacKkKlansman a Best Director nomination to Spike Lee, a Best Actor nomination to Denzel Washington's son John David Washington, who is just amateurish, and... Read More
This graph of male homicide rates, in which the top 3 lines are for blacks and the bottom 3 for whites (which includes a lot of Hispanics), vividly shows the impact of the arrival of crack cocaine in the late 1980s. Note, however, that the upper green line -- the homicide rate among black men... Read More
From the New York Times: I.e., big cities are blacker and blacks commit the majority of murders, so trends tend to hit them harder. ... If these big cities end the year down about 7 percent from 2017, and if big cities tend to overstate the national trend by about 2.4 percentage points on
From The Forward: Is A String Of Attacks Against Brooklyn Jews Really About Anti-Semitism? Ari Feldman, December 5, 2018 ... Jews are being targeted, say residents of these communities, by members of non-white ethnic groups who see Jews as symbols of gentrification in their neighborhoods. “It’s less of an anti-Semitic thing than they needed a... Read More
Ross Douthat writes in his NYT column: Why We Miss the WASPs Their more meritocratic, diverse and secular successors rule us neither as wisely nor as well. Ross Douthat, Dec. 5, 2018 Put simply, Americans miss Bush because we miss the WASPs — because we feel, at some level, that their more meritocratic and diverse... Read More
From the New York Times: Women often do better than men at extreme ocean swimming, such as Lynne Cox being the first to swim the 53-mile-wide Bering Strait: If you had a "race" where the winner was simply the last person to die, i.e., a tontine, most of the winners would be women. On the... Read More
In a comment about my new Taki's column "State of the Art," iSteve commenter Mr. Anon observes: This has happened spectacularly in the visual art world. For example, physicist A.L. Barabasi writes in his new book The Formula: ... Consider Rembrandt's Man with the Golden Helmet, which, up until the mid-eighties, attracted droves of art... Read More
I’m interested in what makes these late onset male to female trans folks so appealing to progressives when it seems obvious to me that, say, 80% of them are rightwingers. In contrast, you almost never hear of, say, a liberal NPR anchorman announcing in his unassertive indoor voice that he's now an anchorwoman. Granted, almost... Read More
From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
The current Prime Minister of Pakistan is the cricket star Imran Khan. He's an upper class member of the Pashtun tribe of western Pakistan and Afghanistan. At 6'2", he's a half foot taller than look-alike movie star Mark Wahlberg.
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