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October 23, 2021 • 24 Comments

Winners of the Hugo Award for science fiction used to be books like A Canticle for Liebowitz, The Man in the High Castle, Dune, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, Stand on Zanzibar, Left Hand of Darkness, and Ringworld.

But in recent years, Wokeness and IdPol come first.

Thus, the 2016 Hugo and Nebula winning Best Novella, Binti by Igbo-American Nnedi Okorafor (to her credit, she has had to deal with being in a wheelchair since 19). Binti combines classic iSteve themes of Magic Dirt and World War Hair. From Wikipedia:

A young woman named Binti is the first member of the Himba ethnic group on Earth (closely modeled on the Himba people)

Ya think?

to be accepted into the prestigious intergalactic university Oomza Uni. … While in transit, the ship is hijacked by the Meduse, a jellyfish-like alien species that was previously at war with the Khoush, another human ethnic group. … She subsequently discovers that … her otjize, a type of mixed clay made from the soil of her homeland, has healing properties when applied to the tentacles of the Meduse.

Wikipedia explains otjize:

Otjize is a mixture of butterfat and ochre pigment used by the Himba people of Namibia to protect themselves from the harsh desert climate. … The mixture lends the skin a deep orange or reddish tinge. This symbolises earth’s rich red color, and blood, the essence of life, and is the Himba ideal of beauty. The Himba use otjize in their hair as well, which is long and plaited into intricate designs. Himba women start designing their hair from puberty using the red clay as well as adding on the hair of goats for stylist purposes.

Back to the plot description:

She makes a friend in one of the younger, more hot-headed Meduse, named Okwu, and subsequently brokers a tentative truce between herself and the hijacker; the truce entails Binti’s profound physical transformation. Upon arrival at the University, she is able to negotiate a short lasting peace between the Meduse...

October 23, 2021 • 30 Comments

From Business Insider a couple of weeks ago:

Biden administration cancels remaining Laredo, Rio Grande Valley contracts for Trump’s border wall, angering Republican lawmakers

Kevin Shalvey Oct 9, 2021, 5:31 AM

From the Washington Examiner yesterday:

DHS awards \$455,000 contract to build fence around Biden beach house

Luke Gentile 1 day ago

A \$455,000 fence may soon surround President Joe Biden’s Delaware beach house.

The Department of Homeland Security awarded a \$456,548 contract in September to Rehoboth’s Turnstone Builders, a Delaware construction company, to erect the security barrier, according to USASpending.gov. …

Biden bought the North Shores home in 2017, and he paid \$2.7 million for the property, according to county tax records.

He has visited the property twice so far during his presidency.

And today:

October 23, 2021 • 125 Comments

Words go in and out of fashion all the time. For example, the phrase “the debate over” is fading out in favor of “the conversation around.”

My guess is that the change in prepositions is merely a fad. After all, prepositions in English are somewhat arbitrary, which is why it’s hard for people learning English to remember which preposition to use.

On the other, the shift from “the debate” to the “the conversation” seems related to the on-going feminization of discourse (with “the discussion” in the middle in terms of masculinity vs. feminine).

Here are the first 15 examples that come up in Google when I search for “the debate over.” Notice the masculine flavor:

Chapter 7: The Debate over Ratification [of the Constitution]

The Debate Over Critical Race Theory

The Debate Over a Bill of Rights

The Politics of Culture and the Debate over Representation

The Debate over Ratification

The Debate Over Debates: Trump Campaign Pushes For In-Person Debate Next Week

The Debate Over Slavery: Antislavery and Proslavery

The Debate over Corporate Social Responsibility

The Debate over the Origin of Genius during the Italian Renaissance

Why the debate over what counts as ‘infrastructure’ probably suits the Biden team just fine

The Debate over Women’s Roles in Public

The American Constitution and the Debate over Originalism

The debate over rational decision making in evidence-based medicine

A guide for conceptualizing the debate over Section 230

The debate over Covid-19 vaccine boosters and what to call them and whether they’re needed

In contrast, here the the first 15 Google offerings for “the conversation around:”

Shifting the Conversation around Sexual Harassment

The conversation around sexual assault

We’re changing the conversation around fertility

How You Can Open the Conversation around Mental Wellness at Work

Changing the conversation around disability

Change...

October 22, 2021 • 145 Comments

When the Navy’s large amphibious assault ship / light aircraft carrier Bonhomme Richard under repair in San Diego harbor burned past hope of repair during July 2020, I speculated this multi-billion dollar disaster might have something to do with the Racial Reckoning.

My suspicion was wrong: the arsonist sailor was, apparently, a white guy upset over a romantic setback with a sailorette.

But, the U.S. Navy is supposed to be pretty good at putting out fires. In U.S. naval history, several of the most heroic passages are fire-fighting efforts that saved stricken ships from destruction. From USNI News:

Long Chain of Failures Left Sailors Unprepared to Fight USS Bonhomme Richard Fire, Investigation Finds

By: Sam LaGrone and Gidget Fuentes

October 19, 2021 1:25 PM • Updated: October 20, 2021 6:03 AM

A cascade of failures – from a junior enlisted sailor not recognizing a fire at the end of their duty watch to fundamental problems with how the U.S. Navy trains sailors to fight fires in shipyards – are responsible for the five-day blaze that cost the service an amphibious warship, according to an investigation into the July 2020 USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) fire reviewed by USNI News.

The investigation into the fire aboard Bonhomme Richard, overseen by former U.S. 3rd Fleet commander Vice Adm. Scott Conn, found that the two-year-long \$249 million maintenance period rendered the ship’s crew unprepared to fight the fire the service says was set by a crew member.

“Although the fire was started by an act of arson, the ship was lost due to an inability to extinguish the fire,” Conn wrote in his investigation, which was completed in April and reviewed by USNI News this week. …

I would imagine that Xi Jinping had access to this report earlier than the U.S. public did and that it brightened his day.

Conn singled out 36 individuals, including five admirals, who were responsible for the loss of the ship due to either their actions on July 12 or lack of...

October 22, 2021 • 65 Comments

From the Washington Times news desk:

Biden DOJ unveils plan to crack down on discriminatory financial lenders

By Emily Zantow October 22, 2021

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland on Friday announced a new Justice Department initiative to crack down on discriminatory financial lending practices.

During a news conference, Mr. Garland said the initiative will target illegal “redlining,” which occurs when a lender denies services to someone based on his race or ethnicity.

Under the initiative, the Justice Department will ramp up efforts to investigate and file fair lending lawsuits under the 1968 Fair Housing Act and the 1974 Equal Credit Opportunity Act, which prohibit discriminating against someone based on race, religion, age or sex. …

A Justice Department spokesman mentioned two redlining cases filed in August against Trustmark National Bank and Cadence Bank, when asked by The Washington Times how many reports of redlining the agency has received, and how many related cases it has filed, in the last year. The spokesperson said the agency “can only report on cases that are public.”

… Mr. Garland said redlining is contributing to the nation’s big racial wealth gap, which is “clearly reflected in current homeownership rates.”

The country’s homeownership rate is 65.4%, with White non-Hispanics at the highest rate (74.2%) and Blacks at the lowest rate (44.6%), according to Census Bureau data from the second quarter of 2021.

When they demand “equity,” they have a very specific type of equity foremost in mind: your home equity.

The new initiative adds to the Biden administration’s efforts to increase minority homeownership. House Democrats are working to pass a \$3.5 trillion package that would expand the social safety net and currently includes \$300 billion for housing programs.

Future policy changes in the works include a major crackdown on lenders and realtors who subliminally dissuade and traumatize blacks from borrowing...

October 22, 2021 • 110 Comments

From the NYT science section:

The Horse You Rode In On May Have Been Made in Southern Russia

A comprehensive new paper tested 273 ancient horse genomes to pinpoint when and where modern horses were domesticated.

By Sabrina Imbler
Oct. 20, 2021

For thousands of years, the grassy plains of Europe and Asia were home to a mosaic of genetically distinct horse lineages. But a single lineage galloped ahead to overtake and replace all the other wild horses.

… After collecting and sequencing 273 ancient horse genomes, a team of 162 authors concluded that modern horses were domesticated around 4,200 years ago in steppes around southern Russia, near where the Volga and Don rivers intersect.

They don’t actually intersect, but they are connected by a relatively short canal.

In recent years, scholars homed in on a Botai settlement in the Kazakh steppes that was brimming with horses’ bone fragments and clay pots that were lined with what appeared to be mare’s milk. This was the earliest archaeological evidence of horse domestication, and seemed promising as the birthplace of modern horses.

But in 2018, a team of researchers including Dr. Orlando sequenced the genomes of the horse bones at Botai. To the researchers’ surprise, the Botai horses did not give rise to modern horses, but were instead the direct ancestors of Przewalski’s horses, a stocky lineage originally thought to be the last wild horses on the planet.

There is a herd of Przewalski’s horses at the San Diego Zoo, and they are pretty terrifying.

They revealed Przewalski’s were not wild after all, but instead the feral descendants of domestics. …

A little over a year ago, they were able to pinpoint the precise location: the Volga-Don region in what is now Russia.

With such a gargantuan data set, the researchers ended up answering additional horsy historical details. They found modern horses had two stark genetic differences from other ancient lineages — one gene linked to docility...

October 21, 2021 • 148 Comments

The actual new scientific study the AJC is reporting on is fun:

But in results published Wednesday in Nature, scientists presented what they think are new answers to this mystery. By analyzing the imprint of a rare solar storm in tree rings from wood found at the Canadian site, scientists have decisively pinned down when Norse explorers were in Newfoundland: the year A.D. 1021, or exactly 1,000 years ago.

To be precise, they pinned down that Vikings cut some trees down in Newfoundland with a metal axe exactly 1,000 years ago this year. They may well have also been the New World earlier and or later. But, we now know for sure they were there in 1021.

“It was the first time the Atlantic Ocean was crossed,” he said, adding that establishing exact dates helps mark a turning point in the history of human movement around the planet.

Once again, we now have a precise data for the oldest known crossing of the Atlantic (and back) for which we have both literary and archaeological evidence. I’d hardly be surprised if people had previously made one way crossings of the Atlantic (e.g., Greenland Eskimos in kayaks have washed up in Norway in more recent centuries) but never gotten home.

To determine when the site was occupied with greater precision, Dee and his colleagues analyzed three pieces of wood from L’Anse aux Meadows. Each piece, originating from a different tree and still bearing its outer bark, had been cleanly cut with a metal tool, perhaps an ax. That’s a giveaway this wood was cleaved by Vikings, said Margot Kuitems, an archaeologist at the University of Groningen, and a member of the team.

“The local people didn’t use metal tools,” she said.

Interestingly, a lot of copper was mined around and in Lake Superior, but North American Indians didn’t develop smelting. Andean Indians were...

October 21, 2021 • 75 Comments

A reader writes:

Dear Steve, I was amused to see your article today linking deafness politics to trans politics. As someone who was born mostly deaf, I’ve thought about these parallels before and considered writing something on it, though I’m not sure I’ve seen anyone else note the connection.

One interesting thing you didn’t mention is how the radical stance is reversed across the two cases. That is to say, in the case of deaf people, the radical move is to insist on leaving them as they were born and to resist any attempt at using technology to correct their hearing loss. For trans cases, the radical move is conversely to insist that such people cannot possibly live as they were born and that technology must be employed to change them as they wish.

I realize that intellectual consistency is not exactly to be hoped for these days, but I still find this pretty amusing.

Commenter Cliff Arroyo explains:

Well some deaf people talk to themselves in sign language and from my experience learning something of a couple of sign languages (in different countries) most people misunderstand how signers think. AFAICT it’s gestural (think of mental limbs signing rather than a mental tongue moving around). It’s not seeing a mental signer, it’s feeling yourself sign even though you’re not (if that makes sense).

In deaf-related topics I couldn’t fit into my Taki article, I’m a fan of Dummy Hoy, the fine lead-off man / centerfielder for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1890s.

Not quite a Hall of Famer, although he still ranks in the top 20 all-time for career stolen bases (ahead of Maury Wills), but definitely a member of the Hall of Interest of interesting baseball players.

Here he is at age 99 throwing out the ball to start a 1961 World Series game.

There’s also a long-running debate in deaf education about whether “oralism” (teaching deaf children to speak and lip-read) or “manualism” (sign language) is best....

October 12, 2021 • 559 Comments

This is presumably my last Open Thread on Russian Reaction (posted on on A123’s request).

As I said in the previous thread, after 7 years of blogging, I will be leaving The Unz Review. Though my original intention was to focus on other, non-blogging related projects, there was such a large outpouring of demand for me to continue producing content from my loyal readership that I became increasingly uncomfortable with disappointing you and letting the diverse, vibrant, and multicultural community that has coalesced here over the years just wither away. So I decided to make an earnest effort at keeping it alive.

You’ll be able to continue reading me at Substack.

Weekly Open Threads + longreads, as often as I can manage. I won’t spam your inbox with short/Tweet like posts. For that, there’s… Twitter?

Some of you such as Dmitry and A123 have asked how we can keep the “broad” discussions we see in these Open Threads going. Substack’s main problem is that its commenting system leaves much to be desired, so I’m now sure if equivalent Open Takes there can replicate the effect. As such, it might eventually be best to find an alternative for such “free-wheeling” discussions. I notice that Scott Alexander has a forum, a Discord, and a subreddit. I am too lazy and pressed for time to run a forum, and I don’t want to mix too much with plebbitors, but perhaps Discord could be an option. Discord is often used for gaming and crypto discussions, so there’s some good intersections there, but it’s also a rather SJW platform, so not the most stable foundation to built on. More speculatively, I hear that urbit should be ready for mass adoption by early 2022. (Joining now requires jumping through hoops that will be unrealistic for most people). Let me know your thoughts in the comments. If I do decide that Substack comment-threads are insufficient, I will eventually announce it at the Substack. But this...

October 8, 2021 • 516 Comments

It was never my mission to pursue “activist” goals so much as to try to accurately understand and explain how the world works, and at best, play some modest role in informing the debate in those areas that I hoped could make use of some of my insights.

From that perspective, my record of my “Russian reactions” in my past almost seven years at The Unz Review has been a mixed one:

  1. Despite its stellar predictive power, from development economics to the Karabakh War of 2020, the HBD/”cognitive capitalist” worldview is “unhandshakeworthy” as never before, with Wokeness – #BLM, CRT, identity politics – having become America’s secular religion. This will probably create a lot of damage before sobriety returns, which will likely take a quite a while, as much of the “Dissident Right” seems to have decided that the correct response to SJW overreach was one upping them with Qanon and other very powerful theories.
  2. Assiduously as I tried to “explain” Russia, one blogger was never likely to get very far, given that the underlying dynamics were always driven by the exigencies of American domestic politics (“the game was rigged from the start“). Hence, the sudden disappearance of Russiagate as soon Trump was out of power. Consequently, we have the supreme irony of Russo-American relations being less bad under Biden, under whom strategic priority has shifted to China, than they were under “Putin puppet” Trump.
  3. Conversely, on the “bright” side – at least so far as many Russians are concerned – is that Putin has adopted my own program for Russia, progressively outlined over the past half decade, almost wholesale (hence my recurrent jokes about him reading my blog). My last longread for The Unz Review both marked and celebrated the culmination of that process, and I hope it will serve as a thematically appropriate endpoint to the Russian Rea...

September 30, 2021 • 438 Comments

* In his latest newsletter, Adam Tooze points out that the Chinese government is asserting greater state control over the economy, including the power of Chinese business magnates to “cash out” of their holdings.

In retrospect, this is perhaps the most logical explanation for the crypto crackdown.

* Diana Fleischman has a good article in Quillette on how the Leftist moral panic against eugenics has given ammunition anti-abortion activists, with apparently six states now banning women against abortion on the basis of congenital disability. Interesting example of how an SJW – rightoid horseshoe, even in matters so small, helps usher us along towards Idiot’s Limbo with some combination of more disabled people, more restrictions on prenatal testing and genetic screening, a reduction in reproductive rights. Noah Carl notes most of the pointing and sputtering it generated came from left-wing progressives.

* Mark Galeotti – Kremlin Looks to Establish a ‘Techno-Authoritarian’ Power Vertical 2.0. Seems like a move in the Chinese direction of digitalized, indices-based control over regional governance (along the lines of Mishustin’s reforms of the tax sector).

* Steve Sailer on new FBI stats showing a 29% rise in murders in 2020. Incidentally, the gap between the US and Russia is now possibly larger than at any time since the Revolution.

* The Guardian lumps Steve in with Jeffrey Epstein. #AJAB

* Paul Robinson covers a report which calculates that the incidence of Russian military interventions abroad under Putin has actually declined relative to the Yeltsin era.

* Silventoinen, K. et al.(2020). Genetic and environmental variation in educational attainment: an individual-based analysis of 28 twin cohorts. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 12681. (h/t Steve Sailer). Contra Herrnstein/Murray, the heritability of educational attainment may have actually declined during the second half of 20C. Was the idyllic (to some?) picture of old time America...

September 28, 2021 • 794 Comments

Russia should belong to Russians, and all others dwelling on this land must respect and appreciate this people. – Alexander III.

For the first time in more than a century, the Russians have a state that they can call their own, a state run by and for the Russian people – the hallowed “Russian National State” (RNS) that has been the holy grail of Russian nationalism in the post-Soviet era. At first glance, this seems like a questionable, if not extraordinary, assertion. As I have myself pointed out in the past, Hillary Clinton’s claim in 2016 that Putin is the “godfather of extreme nationalism” is something that is only taken seriously by the political horseshoe that is neoliberalism.txt and the American Alt Right, the sole difference between them being that the former think it bad and the latter think it good, whereas in reality both of them are merely projecting their own parochial fears and fantasies onto Russia. More importantly, this would also seem strange to significant numbers of Russian nationalists, who would immediately bring up Putin’s claim that the slogan “Russia for Russians” – a sentiment that is consistently supported by half of Russians in opinion polls – is the preserve of “fools and provocateurs.”

However, it is actions, not words, that count, though I would note that even so far as words go, Putin now saves his invective for proponents of “Russia only for Russians”; although this is a strawman so far as Russian nationalism is concerned, the quietly inserted qualifier is nonetheless acknowledged and appreciated. As regards actions, the Putin administration in the first half of its third term has adopted the core Russian nationalist program nearly wholesale and embarked on its practical implementation. So broad and all-encompassing is the shift that, just as academics came to classify what happened between Putin’s rejection of Western moral...


September 24, 2021 • 438 Comments

I have been a long-term China bull since I began blogging. Proof (2008). A lot of what the Western media was writing about China were based on Sinophobic fantasies that had no correlation with reality. Just to be clear, I am still a China bull, at least in the sense that I’m sure its GDP per capita will converge to the levels predicted by its human capital, i.e. Japan/South Korea, giving it by far the world’s largest economy by mid-century. But I am increasingly skeptical about its ability to produce anything that is… really interesting/world-transformational.

It continues making top-down decisions that, as in centuries past, may curtail the ultimate scope of its civilizational achievements.

Several months ago, it made it illegal to create gene-edited babies. If enforced, this effectively takes China out of the biosingularity race. Conversely, the first gene-selected baby in the world was born a few weeks ago in the US (the father’s political views raised a minor journalistic furor).

Now China bans crypto. While “China bans crypto” stories have become something of a meme in the crypto community over the years, this latest one seems qualitatively different. They’re no longer just banning financial institutions from provisioning crypto services, trading them on leverage, or mining Bitcoin on account of its carbon costs and strain on the electricity grid. Those measures were defensible from a social and environmental point of view. This latest ban appears to criminalize the purchase of cryptocurrencies from overseas or even involvement in marketing or technical support related to crypto business.

There is a good chance that crypto and Web 3.0 will transform global finance, governance, and the Internet over the next generation in fundamental ways. Many of these transformations will be in ways that challenge or at least question the traditional prerogatives of the state as regards censorship, monetary emissions, and even legal...

September 23, 2021 • 252 Comments

🇷🇺💪🇮🇳

* As usual, “real result” of United Russia would have been around 35% instead of 50% (and a simple majority instead of a Constitutional majority). But Western criticisms much less effective in the wake of analogous – if statistically implausible – claims about the 2020 US elections.

* EVERGRANDE. I was a China bull since I started blogging in 2008, but one thing to bear in mind is that most of its more developed neighbors had financial crises around its current level of development. 30 years without a major correction. Tread carefully.

OTOH, if it does happen, I don’t expect it to be anywhere near as bad as, say, the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Disbalances in China are a lot more modest than in the affected countries back then. And really much of this is China taking preemptive actions to deleverage its overheated property market in order to avoid a real crisis a few more years down the line. Adam Tooze is calling it a “controlled demolition.”

My guess is the musical chairs still have some time to run, there’ll be a fourth Corona wave this winter and associated stimmies, stocks still have room to grow despite Buffett Indicator being at 200%, and Bitcoin will be making new ATHs before the New Year. Let the printing continue!

* Emil Kirkegaard: Thou shallt not look at the polygenic scores. (Steve, too).

* Lee Jussim and Nathan Honeycutt: The Accuracy of Stereotypes: Data and Implications. Endorsed by Pinker.

* POWERFUL COMMENT. Vanya on Russian research on nuclear rockets.

* Glenn Greenwald on the latest in the Russiagate scam. But, it’s done its job. Nobody cares now.

* Rafal Smigrodzki, parent of the first polygenically selected child, has some very based views on the mainstream media and acknowledges the 13/50 issue.

* Steve Sailer: Foundation vs. Dune. I wasn’t a big fan of the book, I allow that the movie will be better. Have yet to see it.

 

September 19, 2021 • 73 Comments

There’s not much point worrying much over geological existential risks. They come too infrequently too be a major risk, and those that do occur more often, are not big enough to matter in the big picture.

Still, if there’s one risk that is both potentially highly destructive and occurs at a relatively high rate, it is megatsunamis that occur as a result of submarine landslides (masses of land slumping into water as a result of earthquakes or volcanic eruptions). In the Canary Islands, there have been 14 such slides in the past million years (once every 100k years). In the Hawaiian archipelago, there were 68 big slides over the past 2 million years. In total, it is estimated there have been at least 100 big slides that caused megatsunamis during the Quaternary, or once every <25,000 years. This is >1 OOM more frequent than supervolcanoes (~once every million years), which are in turn 2 OOM more frequent than very big asteroid collisions (~once every 100M years).

So probably won’t happen within the lifetime of industrial civilization (250 years and counting). But megatsunamis are a more realistic concern on these timescales. The collapse of a part of Cape Verde 73,000 years ago created a 240 meter tall megatsunami that wiped the coast of West Africa clean. The Storegga Slide in 6170 BC flooded Doggerland and could have been the origin of the world’s flood myths. A slide in Réunion 4,000 years ago flooded West Australia. So this is something that happens within historical time.

According to some early modeling in 2001, a 500 km3 submarine landslide off the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma could create huge waves that will retain a height of 10-25 meters by the time it reaches the Eastern Seaboard.

Such a 10-25 m megatsunami would advance ~30 km into low-lying Florida after just nine hours of warning time. The Caribbean and the West African coast would be wrecked. At least several 100,000sof people would die, a great deal of housing stock...

September 19, 2021 • 155 Comments

For the past two days I have been awoken by loudspeakers in my neighborhood playing Soviet-themed music telling me to go vote in the elections in a radio announcer type voice.

Here are the wealth of choices I have on offer in my district:

Elena Gulnicheva, commie QT endorsed by Navalny’s “Smart Vote”. Incidentally, it looks like running pretty young women is KPRF strategy these elections.

I wasn’t able to find her platform (assuming she has one) so I assume it’s just standard KPRF fare.

Pyotr Tolstoy, my district’s candidate from United Russia, is a very based great-great-grandson of the famous writer.

The LDPR nationalist, Andrey Shah. (I don’t really know much about him or his positions, only time I recall running into him is at a speech by Zhirinovsky, he didn’t leave any memorable impressions).

Physiognomy is real, part #7294, : Presenting the pro-Western Yabloko candidate, Roman Kiselyov:

“Return yourself your future: Without fear, without lies, without dictatorship.”

Based on his Twitter banner, his political views seem to be as cartoonishly self-hating as his physiognomy is quintessentially soyish.

Fielded by the Green Party, the most colorful candidate – not just metaphorically, but also literally – is a Russian-Nigerian mulatto and professional blogger called Samson Sholademi who has promised to “slave away like a Negro” for his constituents in previous (unsuccessful) election runs.

He has a very powerful/eccentric constellation of views: Environmental activism, pro-LGBT parades, anti-vaccine mandate, an end to Roskomnadzor censorship and blasphemy laws, coupled with opposition to Article 282 (a hate speech law that was decriminalized in 2018), a visa regime with Central Asia, and pro-Crimea/Donbass and anti-Western/Ukrainian/Baltic foreign policy views. This even led Valeriya Novodvorskaya, the high priestess of the Westernist cargo cult, to call him a fascist....

October 23, 2021 • Leave a Comment

When the Muslims took Constantinople in 1453, one of the first things they did was t ake down the monumental Column of Justinian. Having stood for centuries, this act by the conquering Saracens in dismantling the statue was a reminder they were in control.

What once was, was now lost to those who now determined what would be.

An act of humiliation. You’ve been conquered and there’s nothing you can do to restore what we have taken from you, and what you once venerated will be systematically taken down, replaced, and lost to the hands of time. [Museum Proposes Melting Lee Statue to Make New Artwork, Bloomberg, October 21, 2021]:

Charlottesville, Va. (AP) — A Virginia museum is proposing to melt down a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that was the focus of a violent white nationalist rally in 2017 in Charlottesville and create a new work of public art.

The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center submitted its proposal last week to Charlottesville’s city council and city manager, The Daily Progress reported. It outlines a plan to create the new work of art through a community engagement process and then give it to the city to be installed on public land.

“Recontextualization is not enough,” the museum said in the proposal, stressing that wherever the statue goes, it would remain “an icon of violent white supremacy.”

The Memory Project at UVa’s Democracy Initiative, Open Society Foundations and Virginia Humanities have already pledged funding to the project totaling \$590,000. The project is estimated to cost \$1.1 million, including funding for a project manager, according to Andrea Douglas, executive director of the Jefferson School.

While the Jefferson School did not submit a monetary offer to the city for ownership of the statue, it would assume all financial responsibility for the project with no financial obligation from the city.

The council voted to remove the statues of Lee and Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson...

October 22, 2021 • 37 Comments

Odd are everyone who witnessed this rape by an illegal alien from Africa on a SEPTA train Philadelphia (57 percent of the riders are black) were probably black too, and hoped to post the latest viral video on WorldStarHipHop they were all filming instead of calling the police.

Kitty Genovese this story isn’t.

With this stated, no one deserves to be sexually assaulted.

No one deserves to be sexually assaulted by an illegal alien, who by definition shouldn’t be in the country.

No one deserves to be sexually assaulted by an illegal alien who had been ordered deported.

No one deserves to be sexually assaulted by an illegal alien in a sanctuary city.

But here we are, in a nation busy tearing down the past so illegal aliens from Africa once ordered deported can rape an individual on public transportation, and instead of calling the police, those filming the sex assault hope for the next viral TikTok or WorldStarHipHop video.

All in the city where dead white males gathered centuries ago to frame what would become the United States of America. [Illegal Alien, Released into U.S., Charged with Raping Woman on Pennsylvania Train, Breitbart, October 20, 2021]:

An illegal alien, released into the United States by the federal government, is accused of raping a woman on a Pennsylvania train as passengers filmed on their cellphones and did not intervene.

Fiston Ngoy, a 35-year-old illegal alien from the Republic of the Congo, was arrested and charged with raping a woman on a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) train on the evening of October 13.

According to a report by Fox News’s Alex Pfeiffer and Adam Shaw, Ngoy originally arrived in the U.S. on an F-1 student visa in 2012. By 2015, though, Ngoy’s visa was terminated and he began living as an illegal alien after failing to self-deport.

Since then, Ngoy has allegedly accumulated a criminal record including pleading guilty to sexual abuse and was ordered released into the U.S. by a federal...

October 21, 2021 • 39 Comments

Talk about burying the lede. [68 people slain in Portland this year amid wave of violence: Police say that 18 dedicated homicide detectives aren’t enough, Oregon Live, October 9, 2021]:

PORTLAND, Ore. — The survival rules posted by gang outreach worker Lionel Irving Jr. on Facebook starkly spell out the danger for people most at risk of dying in Portland’s daunting surge of gun violence this year:

1. Don’t sit in cars kicking it. 2. Get EVERYTHING you need and get to your destination. 3. Keep your eyes and ears open! Watch your surroundings instead of running your mouth. 4. Know who you’re hanging with and what they’re up to. 5. Google numbers, order your food ahead of time, don’t sit in local spots.

Irving’s advice reflects a pervasive unease that has settled over Portland this year as the city continues on a pace — now 68 killings — to surpass the most violent year in its modern history — 1987, when 70 people were killed.

The victims since January range from an infant who allegedly died at the hands of his father to a 77-year-old woman killed in a hit-and-run rampage.

But a stunning pattern of sudden, sometimes indiscriminate shootings sets this wave apart. Guns have accounted for three-quarters of the homicides, according to an analysis by The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Fatal shootings in almost all sections of the city have followed fistfights, social media disputes, and drug deals gone bad. People sitting in cars, relaxing after work with friends in a bar, attending house parties or walking in a park have been shot dead.

Forensic analysis of spent bullet casings from crime scenes reveals connections between many of the shootings, pointing to gangs and retaliation as frequent drivers of the gun violence, investigators say.

The boldness of the shooters — marked by scores of bullets often fired at a single scene — hasn’t let up since an alarming spike first seen last year as the coronavirus pandemic took hold. In five of the shootings,...

October 20, 2021 • 41 Comments

 

To understand just how far gone the country down the rabbit hole of George Floyd-influenced hysteria, there’s no need to follow a white rabbit. You won’t encounter a Mad Hatter or a Cheshire Cat, just continuous reminders of a nation once existing but lost in the tears of Floydism. [Professor sues UCLA after refusing to grade Black students more leniently than peers, Fox News, October 2, 2021]:

An accounting professor at UCLA said he filed a lawsuit against the school after it put him on leave and allegedly threatened to fire him for not grading Black student’s more leniently than their peers.

“Recently, I was suspended from my job for refusing to treat my black students as lesser than their non-black peers,” Gordon Klein wrote in an op-ed titled, “Why I Am Suing UCLA.”

The ordeal began, according to Klein, on June 2, 2020, eight days after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis. A white student emailed Klein asking for a “no harm” final for Black students, meaning low grades would not be counted, in response to “unjust murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.”

Klein described the proposal as “deeply patronizing and offensive” to Black students and said the email left him “shocked.”

He then responded to the student, who was not named, saying: “Are there any students that may be of mixed parentages, such as half black half-Asian?”

“What do you suggest I do with respect to them? A full concession or just half? Also, do you have any idea if any students are from Minneapolis? I assume that they are probably especially devastated as well. I am thinking that a white student from there might possibly be even more devastated by this, especially because some might think that they’re racist even if they are not,” he recounted in the op-ed, adding that he also included a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.

His response was slammed by students...

October 18, 2021 • 55 Comments

To paraphrase Xerxes from 300: ‘There will be no glory in your sacrifice. We will erase even the memory of White America from the histories. Every piece of White American parchment shall be burned, and every White American historian and every scribe shall have their eyes put out and their tongues cut from their mouths! Why, uttering the very name of Washington or Jefferson or other Dead White Males will be punishable by death! The world will never know you existed at all! [NYC Mayor de Blasio ‘assumes’ Jefferson statue will be removed from City Hall, punts responsibility, New York Daily News, October 14, 2021]:

Mayor de Blasio said Thursday he expects a statue of Thomas Jefferson will get the heave-ho from City Hall after a design commission he appointed reviews a request to remove it next week.

If approved, the request, which originated with City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and the Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, would result in the statue of the Founding Father being moved out of the City Council chamber and housed indefinitely at the New York Historical Society

The statue has stood in City Hall for nearly 200 years, but is coming up for review by de Blasio’s Public Design Commission because of Jefferson’s history as a slave owner.

The commission is expected to review the matter on Monday.

“I start with the assumption that it will be approved, but I don’t know. That’s ultimately a decision that that commission makes,” he said. “The City Council spoke out of their belief of what is right for their chamber, for their side of City Hall, and that to me is just a straightforward matter. If that’s what they feel, I want to respect them as another branch of government.”

De Blasio, whose term ends in December, suggested that while he appointed the 11-member design commission, they would act independently of him and exercise their own judgment. He also was quick to point out that the request to remove it...

October 17, 2021 • 53 Comments

Race, we are told, is a social construct. Yet every institution – public or private – in America is dedicated to promoting the anti-white mindset on a 24/7/365 basis.

Race is very, very real. Equality is the social construct. Thus the sole reason why every institution perpetuates anti-white hatred. [Walmart vs. Whiteness: The company’s new training program tells hourly employees that they are guilty of “internalized racial superiority.”, City Journal, October 14, 2021]:

Walmart Inc. has launched a critical race theory training program that denounces the United States as a “white supremacy system” and teaches white, hourly wage employees that they are guilty of “white supremacy thinking” and “internalized racial superiority.”

According to a cache of internal documents I have obtained from a whistleblower, Walmart launched the program in 2018 in partnership with the Racial Equity Institute, a Greensboro, North Carolina, consulting firm that has worked extensively with universities, government agencies, and private corporations. The program is based on the core principles of critical race theory, including “intersectionality,” “internalized racial oppression,” “internalized racial inferiority,” and “white anti-racist development.” Since the program’s launch, Walmart has trained more than 1,000 employees and made the program mandatory for executives and recommended for hourly wage workers in Walmart stores. When reached for comment, Walmart confirmed that the company has “engaged REI for a number of training sessions since 2018” and has “found these sessions to be thought provoking and constructive.”

The program begins with the claim that the United States is a “white supremacy system,” designed by white Europeans “for the purpose of assigning and maintaining white skin access to power and privilege.” American history is presented as a long sequence of oppressions, from the “construction of a ‘white race’”...

October 16, 2021 • 79 Comments

Face it: in Post-George Floyd America, all standards once attempting to maintain civilization are being replaced because they perpetuated “institutional racism.”

There is no defense when one suggests “institutional racism” is the reason behind black individuals collectively being denied admission into a segment of society they are denied because of standards your average white person can achieve.

To implement racial justice and social equity, all standards once protecting civilization must go. [NCAA task force recommends removing minimum standardized test scores in effort to advance racial equity, ESPN.com, October 16, 2021]:

An NCAA task force recommended on Friday that incoming freshmen in Division I and II sports should no longer be required to meet minimum scores on standardized tests for initial eligibility.

The recommendation was made by the NCAA Standardized Test Score Task Force, which was formed as part of the NCAA’s eight-point plan to advance racial equity. The Division I Committee on Academics and Division II Academic Requirements Committee will consider the recommendation at their next scheduled meetings in February. Changes to initial-eligibility requirements would also have to be reviewed and made through each division’s legislative process.

“This work reflects the NCAA’s commitment to continually reviewing our academic standards based on the best available data and other relevant information,” task force chairman David Wilson, president at Morgan State, said in an NCAA release. “We are observing a national trend in NCAA member schools moving away from requiring standardized test scores for admissions purposes and this recommendation for athletics eligibility aligns directly with that movement.”

In the release, the NCAA said the task force consulted with several groups, including the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, the National Association for College Admission Counseling,...

October 14, 2021 • 64 Comments

Give me liberty or death!

In 2021, we’ll just erase you instead for being a Dead White Male.

No white man will be celebrated in Post-George Floyd America. Not even the men who made America great. [Virginia community colleges are dropping President John Tyler and others from their names amid racial reckoning, Washington Post, October 10, 2021]:

One Virginia community college is dropping from its name John Tyler, the 10th president of the United States who backed the Confederate rebellion before he died. Another is ditching Thomas Nelson Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence and prominent military and political leader who historians say enslaved hundreds of people of African descent.

A third has inserted an ampersand to emphasize that Patrick & Henry Community College is named for a pair of counties it serves in the southern region of the state. The tweak is meant to distance the two-year college previously known as Patrick Henry from the famed Revolutionary-era orator of that name who was also an enslaver.

These and other name changes within the Virginia Community College System reflect the breadth and persistence of the racial reckoning in higher education since the murder last year of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. The national movement for social and racial justice led to fresh scrutiny of names honored in each of the system’s 23 colleges. In a state with a long and painful history of slavery and racial oppression — alongside a vibrant tradition of public higher education — there was much to consider.

Passions flared. Critics of the renaming process protested what they saw as political correctness run amok. Proponents said it helped the schools align with their public mission.

John Tyler Community College, near Richmond, is transitioning over the next several months to Brightpoint Community College. Thomas Nelson Community College, in Hampton, is becoming Virginia Peninsula Community College.

“We...