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    Why is kidnapping for ransom so rare in the United States in the 21st Century? To be precise, kidnappings in custody disputes and for sex crimes (or for other motivations in which the kidnapper wants the victim around) remain a problem in the U.S. But unlike in some Latin American countries, kidnapping for ransom is...
  • Kidnapping was huge about a decade ago in Phoenix. IIRC At one point more Arizonans(of Mexican descent) had been kidnapped and killed in Mexico than all Americans in Iraq. Not sure what the stats are now.

    https://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=6848672&page=1

  • From the Washington Post: The Trailer: In the Sharpton primary, Democrats put civil rights and reparations at center stage By David Weigel April 4 at 6:05 PM NEW YORK — Beto O'Rourke had just finished speaking about racial injustice to the National Action Network when the Rev. Al Sharpton, its president, pushed him to say...
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    Documentary of Nipsey's ghetto clothing shop in Crenshaw, in a shitty little corner mall. Very good introduction to the neighborhood, the sort of people living there, and Nipsey's hangers on. This shop would have lost a ton of money. The staff would be stealing money and inventory, reselling inventory. Who would be paying cash for clothing in this neighborhood? Maybe the strategy was to have some physical proof of a clothing brand, and then sell it some adult supervision, like the Shark Tank black guy, who would shut it down, take the brand an IP and sell it to K-Mart (are they still in business?)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FnFUCgo7x8

    I think everying in this documentary has an IQ in the 70s, so if you wonder where they all are, it's in neighborhoods like this.

    When I see one of these “how do they stay in business?’ stores I suspect a drug laundering operation.

  • From the L.A. Times: Mystery parent paid $6.5 million to get kids into top universities as part of admissions scandal By RICHARD WINTON MAR 24, 2019 | 9:40 AM ... Of the many outrageous allegations revealed by federal prosecutors in the college cheating scandal, one stands out. Someone paid $6.5 million to get his or...
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    ...authorities in Boston filed the charges against dozens of wealthy individuals.
     
    Boston? Wealthy?

    Does this mean the prosecutors will cross paths with the Orchids of Asia Day Spa investigators?


    Orchids of Asia Day Spa - CLOSED


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejj-2Q9B-pY

    Only if they’re associated with Donald Trump.

  • This month's implosion of the Southern Poverty Law Center (last week, SPLC president Richard Cohen fired the SPLC's legendary co-founder Morris Dees; on Friday, Cohen suddenly resigned) has been not unexpected by close observers of the SPLC for as long as a quarter of a century. So the meltdown's potential causes, although still murky, seem...
  • @J.Ross
    How can online advertising be real if the ads themselves are not?
    Remember back in 2016 when Google and Facebook were slammed for scamming ads (falsely claiming views), and then they miraculously recovered?
    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/craigsilverman/in-banner-video-ad-fraud

    Here’s how the scheme works. Julien sells a banner ad, which appears in the app and is visible to his users. Then, hidden from view behind that banner, fraudsters conceal autoplaying video ads that no human being actually sees, but which register as having been served and viewed. In this scenario, Julien gets paid for the small banner ad in his app that users see, but the fraudsters earn many times that amount by stuffing far more lucrative video ads behind the banner. Ultimately, it’s the brands whose ads were shown in hidden video players that lose money to those running the scheme.
     

    It’s not real. Here’s journalist Marcus di Paola lamenting the fact that Google, Twitter and Facebook aren’t doing anything to stop military age black males from beefing online and shooting each other. He misses the obvious that there’s no way some gangbanger’s YT video would get 43000 legitimate views. There’s other bonus iSteve material(CIA, ChiTown Corruption) as well.

  • “For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: 'It might have been!'” -- John Greenleaf Whittier What might have been: But what is:
  • @guest
    Did CNN just tweet "bathed in golden light" and "teenagerhood?" Are they writing an eighth-grade poem? Or are "bathe" and "golden" meant to remind us of Pee-pee-gate?

    “Teenagerhood” might be a reference to Epstein?

  • A reader points out one advantage to former Southern Poverty Law Center main man Morris Dees of being in the not-for-profit racket: Jeff Bezos might want to take note.
  • @anon
    I understand now why the Clinton Foundation is such a cash cow for Bill and Hillary and Chelsea.
    American power is very weird. You make more money if you don't own stuff. You make more money if you go deep into debt. The only way you don't make money is if you work hard and save.

    This is one of the reasons why Trump appeals to people. Trump made his money building stuff; people understand getting rich in real estate development*. How did Romney make his money? It’s also Trump couldn’t divest upon taking office.

    *OK, he initially made his money in real estate, then turned to marketing and licensing his name.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Trump finished a 90 story hotel in Chicago as recently as 2009, not going broke.
    , @The Alarmist

    "Trump made his money building stuff ...."
     
    Trump generated cash flow, and that's all that really matters.

    Excuse me, but now I have to go start a charity.
  • Okay, so Robert Mueller closed up shop without indicting anybody named Trump. But don't say Russiaphobia was all just a hysterical delusion. For example, Mueller caught his Mr. Big, Richard Pinedo, the Kremlin's man in Santa Paula. From the L.A. Times: Who is the California man who just pleaded guilty to unwittingly aiding Russian interference...
  • @Clifford Brown
    Someone really needs to look into these Hispanic Dork Intelligence Ops in California.

    https://www.pe.com/wp-content/uploads/migration/nz8/nz88he-persbhootenriquemarquez1.jpg
  • @tsotha

    So, a small fraction of Pinedo’s “tens of thousands of dollars” came from Russians?
     
    If I were a congressman I'd depose Mueller and ask him if this was a joke.

    Congress needs to depose Brennan over his ‘going down the path of treason’ remarks. I’d also like to know what was said in the secret intelligence briefing to the Gang of Eight(Four?) that Feinstein looked like a ghost when she came out of it.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    "Trump is the only one known to mankind who has the key to the Gates beyond which lies the Crawling Chaos, but he doesn't know it himself. However, once he tweets the four words, even UNWITTINGLY, demonic forces will be let loose. We have no solution to that problem."
  • So is this JPod doesn’t think these two have the necessary experience, intelligence and moral character to teach at NYU(doubtful)? Or that he’s upset he didn’t get the job?

  • From the New York Times: How Much Does Getting Into an Elite College Actually Matter? Certain kinds of students — but not the privileged and the wealthy — benefit greatly from a selective university. By Kevin Carey, March 15, 2019 Was it worth it? The celebrities and C.E.O.s arrested in this week’s college bribery scandal...
  • Perhaps this is just a coincidence, but the Christchurch terrorist chose the closest Friday (March 15, 2019) to the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Rambouillet Agreement on March 18, 1999 by the US, UK, and Albania to break up Yugoslavia (i.e., Serbia) and have 30,000 NATO troops deploy through Belgrade and occupy Kosovo....
  • @Bill B.
    Years ago one or two people here (perhaps in Steve's pre-Unz days) recommended in the comments books on the history and breakup of Yugoslavia from a not-the-usual-narrative point of view.

    IIRC the books were touted as being "fair" but somewhat sympathetic to the Serb side.

    Can anyone name these books?

    (A search of iSteve pulls down too many references.)

    IIRC correctly ‘Unholy Terror’ by John R Schindler was pretty good.

    • Replies: @Bill B.

    IIRC correctly ‘Unholy Terror’ by John R Schindler was pretty good.
     
    Thanks. It looks promising; the reviews on Amazon are good too.
  • iSteve commenter Jack D writes: I'd like to have an automated system on my car for low-speed parallel parking. But for full speed stuff? What does it gain me if I have to alertly manage my automated car all the time so that I can suddenly take over and go all Captain Sullenberger?
  • @Jack D

    ran over a pedestrian walking her bicycle over the street:
     
    It was at night. The pedestrian was a homeless person (possibly in a mind altered state) who suddenly jumped out from the median in the middle of the block (maybe she had been sleeping there?) into the left lane. It's not clear whether a human would have seen her in time either.

    But, legally you are right - self driving cars raise huge liability issues. There is a whole industry of PI lawyers who are not going to let their cheese be moved without a fight. They are going to see self driving cars as a bonanza. Every time the robocar runs over the homeless person who jumps out in front of it, instead of poor Latisha the driver who has the state minimum $15,000 policy and no other assets, you have deep pocketed GM and Tesla to sue for millions for every accident and you can afford experts to come and say that the software was no good. Unless they deal with this legislatively, self driving cars are going to be priced like small planes - $50,000 for the car and another $250,000 on the sticker to cover 20 years of future lawsuits against the maker for every car accident that happens from now on.

    It was at night. The pedestrian was a homeless person (possibly in a mind altered state) who suddenly jumped out from the median in the middle of the block (maybe she had been sleeping there?) into the left lane. It’s not clear whether a human would have seen her in time either.

    In my mind it’s 50-50 that a human driver would have been able to stop in time. It’s about 95-5 though that a non-distracted human would have been able to swerve left by about 18 inches and prevent the accident.

    The homeless lady wasn’t sleeping in the median, she was heading back to one of the homeless encampments that have sprung up in the parks to the north.

    It’s ironic that the death occurred on a low(er) traffic road at a low traffic time compared to the highly adverse areas around ASU that Uber was also operating in. Not to excuse the Uber driver, but if you were going to take your eyes off of the road that was the place to do it. Risks that pop up in safe areas can be worse than bad areas.

    • Replies: @Jack D

    The homeless lady wasn’t sleeping in the median, she was heading back to one of the homeless encampments that have sprung up in the parks to the north.
     
    Welcome to America 2018, Mr. Time Traveler. The good news is that we have robot cars that drive themselves, just like it said we would in the World of Tomorrow exhibit at the Worlds Fair. The bad news is that we have homeless encampments in all of our cities, populated by zombie like opiate addicts. They left out the homeless camps in the World of Tomorrow.
  • Over at SlateStarCodex.com, Scott Alexander reviews poetry. For example: Okay, that's not Homer at his best -- it doesn't actually make sense. But it is not bad considering that it was made up by an artificial intelligence program, GPT-2, trained on the Gutenberg Poetry Corpus of pre-copyright poems by gwern (I'm a little vague on...
  • SynOps /b>

    Isn’t that Scientology’s detox/brainwashing program?

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    No. It's a psychological modification program designed by Leonard Peikoff at The Ayn Rand Institute to churn out college libertarians.
  • Not very many commercial airliners crash anymore, but two newish Boeing 737 MAXes have crashed in the last six months, out of 350 delivered since the MAX went into service in 2017. (A total of over 5,000 have been ordered.) The plane is currently grounded worldwide, with suspicion focused upon the software. I am reminded...
  • @Romanian
    I remember an article by Eamonn Fingleton discussing Boeing's ruinous policies including its "open kimono policy" towards Japan.

    http://www.fingleton.net/boeing-goes-to-pieces/

    Excerpts beneath.


    Although the details of U.S.-Japan aerospace deals are rarely disclosed, it is clear that a key dynamic is that, in return for transfers of American technology and manufacturing knowhow, the Japanese low-ball their prices in supplying an ever widening and more sophisticated array of components and materials. In many cases, Japan’s state-controlled airlines further sweeten the pot by paying top dollar for U.S. airframes and jet engines. All this boosts the American industry’s short term profits. In the long term, of course, the current crop of top executives will have long retired – and in the meantime they are crying all the way to the bank.

    For the Japanese the seemingly steep upfront costs are a steal given the enormous amount of learning-by-doing that would otherwise be required to reinvent American knowhow and production technology. As for the American national interest, the most obvious consequence is an endless stream of layoffs of American blue-collar workers. Less obviously but equally debilitating, the U.S. aerospace industry’s dependence on Japanese and other foreign suppliers has greatly exacerbated U.S. trade imbalances. By extension the U.S. Treasury has become ever more dependent on East Asia, not least Japan, to fund the trade deficits.
    ...........
    Although global market share figures are hard to come by, Japan is arguably already the world’s largest aerospace player. Certainly it is the ultimate source of a vastly larger share of the industry’s most sophisticated value added than a reading of the English-language press would suggest. Boeing in particular is deeply hollowed out. Given that Boeing now subsumes most of the erstwhile independent companies that put Neil Armstrong on the moon, its eclipse constitutes a major part of a larger story of American decline.

    As Robert Scott of the Washington-based Economic Policy Institute, points out, little more than a generation ago, Boeing planes were still almost entirely American-made. In the 1980s, however, Boeing came under increasing pressure to enter into “work-share” agreements with various technology-hungry foreign partners, most notably the Japanese.

    The trend intensified as Boeing planned the 777, which entered service in 1995. On Boeing’s numbers, various Japanese companies took on in aggregate about 21 percent of the 777’s airframe, up from about 16 percent for the Boeing 767, which had been launched in 1982. Boeing allocated much of the 777’s fuselage to a government-led Japanese consortium.

    Then came the 787, Boeing’s newest passenger plane which entered commercial service in 2011 in the livery of All Nippon Airways. For several reasons the 787 constitutes a watershed not only for Boeing but for the entire global aerospace industry. Otherwise known as the Dreamliner, it is the most technologically advanced passenger jet ever built. It is also the first progeny of a portentously redefined relationship between Boeing and Japan. On the company’s own figures, the Japanese account for a stunning 35 percent of the 787 – and that may be an underestimate. Much of the rest of the plane is also manufactured abroad, not least in Italy, Germany, South Korea, France, and the United Kingdom.
    .........
    Boeing’s retreat from manufacturing was powerfully symbolized also by its decision to move its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago. Executed in 2001, that decision seems to have been made during the wild dot.com stock bubble of the late 1990s. It is tempting to imagine that the directors of America’s most Olympian manufacturing company talked themselves into a shift to postindustrialism at the height of one of the most ludicrous outbreaks of crowd madness in American economic history.
    .............
    Even before Boeing redefined itself as a systems integrator, keen observers had noticed a weakening in its resolve to resist Japanese pressure for technology transfers. As recorded by the British author Karl Sabbagh, already by the early 1990s Boeing’s willingness to reveal previously closely held manufacturing secrets to the Japanese became so notorious that Boeing employees vulgarly referred to it as the “open kimono” policy. The erstwhile Leviathan of the global aerospace industry was the one in the kimono.

    As for the Dreamliner, not the least surprising aspect of its work-share arrangements is that the foreign-made sections arrive in Boeing’s final assembly plant in Seattle not only fully “stuffed” with systems and sub-components (a radical departure from previous arrangements) but already certified and tested. Certification and testing had previously been considered core functions that should never be delegated to foreign partners. Noting this in a Harvard Business Review blog, Dick Nolan has acerbically commented: “Boeing effectively gave Tier 1 suppliers a large part of its proprietary manual, How to Build a Commercial Airplane, a book that its aeronautical engineers have been writing over the last 50 years.”

    Perhaps the single most controversial aspect of Boeing’s partnership with Japan is that the 787 flies on Mitsubishi wings. To add insult to injury these are no ordinary wings. They constitute the first extensive use of carbon fiber in the wings of a full-size passenger plane. In the view of many experts, in outsourcing the wings, Boeing has crossed a red line. For a start, as Stan Sorscher points out, the strategy has required the transfer to Mitsubishi of much of Boeing’s vaunted wing-making technology. Sorscher, a former physicist at Boeing and now an executive of Boeing’s main white-collar union, comments: “The value of the technology and knowhow transferred is probably around $500 million – that is what we call in the business a scientific wild-ass guess. Boeing built the tooling for a full-scale prototype of the 787 wings in Seattle and then gave all of that to Mitsubishi. It was a huge boost to Mitsubishi.”

    He adds: “Boeing gave Mitsubishi the materials technology and the manufacturing processes – the layup processes, temperature and pressure conditions for the autoclaves, for instance. Boeing also transferred its tooling and assembly expertise and there is a lot of expertise in assembling a wing.”

    Sorscher notes that previously Boeing had regarded wing-making as its ultimate core competency. By keeping the wings largely or totally in-house, Boeing minimized the risk that the Japanese consortium could ever become a viable future competitor. As recorded in the late 1980s by Louis Uchitelle of the New York Times, a security-conscious Boeing had previously gone to great lengths to keep Japanese visitors away from its wing-making operations.
     

    I chose what to highlight.

    I was flipping through an economics textbook on a college campus a few years ago. In the international trade area I came across a passage that stated Boeing’s competitive advantage lay in marketing, management and systems integration, not building the actual f’n planes.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    Typical.
    , @Coemgen
    I live in a superzip, the appellation "only an engineer" is not an unusual thing to hear here.

    Aside: Lugash is one of Sailer's sharpest regular commenters.

    I am not Lugash

  • As I wrote in Taki's Magazine in 2017: I don't feel all that sorry for the SPLC because it’s enjoyed a most remunerative last 46 years. You may recall the SPLC backing its first president, Martin Luther King Jr., in its heroic civil rights battles of the 1950s. (Except, technically, that wasn't quite the SPLC,...
  • First person video (watch if you want now before Twitter removes it) – the shooter must have been wearing a GoPro. Note the music he’s playing.

    Don’t watch it, it’s revolting.

    Twitter has been extraordinarily slow to remove the videos and blocking copies from going up. I’m still getting the full video in my feed. Periscope seems to be shut down for all of NZ though.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    That's the only tweet with it I've seen; if you search for "Christchurch" most of what you get is news reports which don't show it. Twitter's censors probably work in San Francisco, where it's midnight now, so they'll probably do more censoring in the morning.
    , @Stan Adams
    It is incredibly graphic, to be sure. To give you an idea, here is a partial description. If you do not want to know, do not read any further.

    Early on, the perp kills a wounded man who is attempting to crawl away toward safety. (The man leaves a trail of blood behind him as he makes his feeble effort to escape.) Later, he encounters a wounded woman who is lying on the sidewalk moaning “Help me! Help me!” He helps her by putting two bullets in her brain. As a final insult, he runs over her corpse with his car while speeding away. You see all of this from his perspective.

    At one point, a man charges toward him - and toward the viewer - and receives several point-blank shots to the head. You see the man trying to shield his face with his hand in a final futile stab at self-preservation. He dies right in front of you.

    Most of the victims were trapped in a large room with no furniture. They cowered in the corners of the room because there was literally nowhere to hide. The perp mowed them down like animals, spraying their bodies with dozens of bullets. For good measure, he gave practically each and every one of them one or two extra shots to the head.

    There is another video showing the aftermath of the second shooting. You see the wounded looking dazed, and you see family members of the dead sobbing in grief as they embrace the lifeless bodies of their relatives.

    Watching these videos was a profoundly disturbing experience. I had never seen people die like that before. Now I have. There are no words to describe it.
  • Remember when The Respectables were trying to have Tucker Carlson fired for mentioning that Latinos litter a lot? You can tell by how Hispanics all drive electric cars, hybrids, or whatever has the best pollution control equipment. Future headline: "White People Found to Be a Waste of Space." Seriously, there isn't all that much air...
  • @Steve Sailer
    When I was car shopping in 1979, the EPA mileage stickers came with a national estimate (e.g., 28 MPG) and a California sticker (e.g., 25 MPG). So I assumed that back then California cars consumed 10-15% more gasoline to pollute less. California officials always complained that shoppers were going out of state to get more efficient but more polluting cars. Eventually, stickers stopped making that distinction, so I assume that the rest of the country switched to California standards, which seems expensive. Or perhaps engineers figured out a way to reach California emission levels with national MPG? I dunno. It seems like an interesting question but nobody else seems interested, so perhaps I remember it wrong?

    I’d like to see a study on how much gas could be saved by getting people out of pickups and SUVs and back into passenger cars. We’re chasing smaller and smaller MPG improvements in cars that light truck standards wipeout.

    • Replies: @Peripatetic Commenter
    You keep your filthy hands off of my truck!
    , @JMcG
    How about I keep my pickup and we get rid of 20 million illegals? Hmmm?
    , @JeremiahJohnbalaya
    You can take my truck when you pry the steering wheel from my cold, dead hands.
  • From the New York Post:
  • @Anon
    The navy has had some weird accidents in its Pacific fleet in the past few years, a submarine surfacing into a ship, a couple of collisions, including with a Japanese naval vessel at night. It's hard to find information on this, but there is snarky discussion online that the crews have become very vibrant and coed, with frequent inseminated seamen removed from vessels because their bellies no longer fit in their NWUs.

    Pro Publica did a lengthy investigation into two of the accidents. The on-the-line reading is that the US Navy is overstretched and under trained(i.e. computer based training replacing hands on instruction on how to steer a billion dollar warship. The between the lines message is that most of the female officers panicked and didn’t take charge like they should have. There were poasts floating around that minority enlisted weren’t bothering to pass the watch exam after both of these incidents.

    https://www.propublica.org/article/us-navy-uss-fitzgerald-uss-john-s-mccain-crash-pacific-how-we-investigated

    • Replies: @ben tillman

    The between the lines message is that most of the female officers panicked and didn’t take charge like they should have.
     
    I'm not sure you have to read between the lines:

    https://features.propublica.org/navy-accidents/uss-fitzgerald-destroyer-crash-crystal/

    The 26-year-old officer of the deck, who was in charge of the destroyer at the time of the crash, had navigated the route only once before in daylight. In a panic, she ordered the Fitzgerald to turn directly into the path of the Crystal.
    , @ben tillman

    Pro Publica did a lengthy investigation into two of the accidents. The on-the-line reading is that the US Navy is overstretched and under trained(i.e. computer based training replacing hands on instruction on how to steer a billion dollar warship.
     
    Supposedy, my brother-in-law was the last navigator the Navy had who could navigate by the stars.
    , @ben tillman

    Pro Publica did a lengthy investigation into two of the accidents. The on-the-line reading is that the US Navy is overstretched and under trained(i.e. computer based training replacing hands on instruction on how to steer a billion dollar warship. The between the lines message is that most of the female officers panicked and didn’t take charge like they should have. There were poasts floating around that minority enlisted weren’t bothering to pass the watch exam after both of these incidents.

    https://www.propublica.org/article/us-navy-uss-fitzgerald-uss-john-s-mccain-crash-pacific-how-we-investigated

     

    I read one of the articles at the linked page. It was fascinating and really well done.
  • This graph of pedestrian deaths in traffic accidents in the U.S. looks remarkably like the trend in homicides: peaking in the early 1990s, then falling, then soaring a little over 20% in 2015 and 2016 (also the peak Black Lives Matter-Ferguson Effect years when homicides went up 22%), then leveling off under Trump. From Streetsblog:
  • @John Mansfield
    Last year I bought a 2007 Honda Accord. The A pillars have airbags in them, and the thickness needed to accomodate that has created a forward blindspot that I have never experienced before. At 4-way stops now, I often can't see cars coming from the left, and I had to learn to move my head around to make sure I am not missing something. The safety measure of providing more airbags has produced a hazard that could lead to me hitting something I didn't see.

    I always buy older used cars, so by the time a trend like this arrives to me, it is already pretty widespread.

    I always buy older used cars, so by the time a trend like this arrives to me, it is already pretty widespread.

    I’m seriously considering a 2001 Camry as my next car purchase, just for visibility purposes.

  • @Alec Leamas
    Why would the size of the vehicle be anything other than a marginal factor contributing to the cause of death in vehicle on pedestrian interactions? It makes more sense to blame heavy Essyuvees in vehicle on vehicle collisions resulting in deaths, but I don't see the significant difference when it comes to large machine at high rate of speed hitting human interactions.

    Car-pedestrian fatalities are much more likely if you go under the vehicle rather than over. You’re much more likely to go under a SUV, or any vehicle if you’re short.

    Europe is also requiring crush space between the hood and engine in new cars. It’s quite noticeable on new Mercedes and BMWs.

  • Mexican immigrants are stereotyped as not being very innovative. But one Mexican immigrant, Juan Corona, who died today at age 85, was one of the pioneers of one of the most heavily publicized Northern California-centered growth industries of the Seventies: serial killing. Serial murder was barely a concept in American life before the Seventies. The...
  • @prime noticer
    did the rise of serial killers coincide with the development of interstate highways and the rise of hitchhiking? that puts you squarely into the 'encountering lots of people i don't know personally' time period in the US, so the old police ideas about knowing the victim would no longer be a good guess due to transportation tech.

    i would also guess serial killing is in decline in the US, but that's mainly due to it becoming harder and harder to get away with it. budding serial killers get caught after a few kills now.

    still extremely sparse reporting on samuel little, possibly the most prolific serial killer of all time in the US, and i don't expect that to change much. he was vibrant, so books and magazine covers and 60 minute specials about him won't be greenlit. no breathless reporting on how he killed over 90 people across 40 years in every state. imagine if samuel little looked like a frat boy during his younger days though. my god. the coverage. imagine, if you will, if he looked like haven monahan.

    i'm less convinced serial killing is in decline outside the US. i would guess there are several serial killers active in latin america and eastern europe, at the minimum.

    still extremely sparse reporting on samuel little, possibly the most prolific serial killer of all time in the US, and i don’t expect that to change much. he was vibrant, so books and magazine covers and 60 minute specials about him won’t be greenlit. no breathless reporting on how he killed over 90 people across 40 years in every state. imagine if samuel little looked like a frat boy during his younger days though. my god. the coverage. imagine, if you will, if he looked like haven monahan.

    I don’t think his vibrant nature is the cause of the under-reporting. Serial killers have been replaced by spree killers in the media’s(and public’s) imagination. Even the Golden State Killer, who was a white cop murdering sympathetic white victims and got caught using novel forensic methods has faded from view.

    I’ve barely heard of Juan Corona and I’m pretty knowledgeable about serial killers.

    i would also guess serial killing is in decline in the US, but that’s mainly due to it becoming harder and harder to get away with it. budding serial killers get caught after a few kills now.

    I think we’re going to see a few more elderly prolific SKs picked up by familial DNA, but otherwise it’s over. The Murder Accountability Project is using Big Data to get some active ones as well.

    • Replies: @prime noticer
    "Even the Golden State Killer, who was a white cop murdering sympathetic white victims and got caught using novel forensic methods has faded from view."

    this guy was national news for an entire month after they arrested him. he got 1 hour specials on network television.

    i'm surprised a regular poster at unz.com thinks that the identity of the serial killer doesn't play into how interested the television media is in covering them. it's not a surprise that you weren't familiar with juan corona, for example. i wasn't either, but i'm not an expert on these guys. but i've been aware for years that the news media ignored the vibrant ones. one of the last ones, the cleveland strangler, there was not much coverage outside of ohio.

    "The gas chamber is unncessarily dangerous to its operators and others in its vicinity."

    the gas chamber and all other execution methods could easily be replaced with the nitrogen chamber, or some other inert gas. i'm not sure this would even be painful. i'm under the impression something like a helium chamber would not be. the pain is from carbon dioxide building up in your body. if you just breathed nitrogen or helium, you'd simply pass out eventually, and then your neurons would die after 10 or 15 minutes.

    or, you could simply put people in water, the most simple and least expensive way. bad way to go for the people going, though.
  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there. iSteve commenter TelfoedJohn adds: More seriously: By the way, there is a lot of talk on the right about how Jussi
  • If Seth had any brains at all he’d keep his mouth shut. Karma guarantees that Jussie has texts or emails detailing how this entire plot is just to keep his job and stick it to whitey. Bonus karma will have him spewing antisemetic slurs and talking about committing #metoo acts.

    Get the popcorn.

  • From The American Conservative:
  • @Tyrion 2

    Adults sometimes change their minds based on evidence. They themselves had come to understand that the Iraq war was a mistake.
     
    The lesson of Iraq II, in contrast to the invasion and occupation of Germany and Japan, is straightforward. Iraqis aren't Germans or Japanese, in general.

    When I was a teenager, I assumed they were. They're not. Events have definitively proven this.

    Obviously, Das Racist.

    Whatever. It is not my fault. I didn't make anyone anyway. I am merely saying what is in front of my eyes.

    Iraqi food is superior to both Japanese and German (only just for Japanese.) As my Rabbi said, you want Iraqi in-laws, their food is simply better. Das Racist.

    But my lying tastebuds say otherwise.

    I think Japan and Germany reacted better to invasion and occupation by America than Iraq. Is that merely my opinion?

    I think Japan and Germany reacted better to invasion and occupation by America than Iraq. Is that merely my opinion?

    Well, there was that whole “We invaded on a pack of lies, blew apart the power structure and turned the entire country into a Saw movie”. I can see why the Iraqis were pissed about that. Japan and Germany realized they were at fault, we haven’t. We could have tried loosening up the rules of engagement more under the “if you don’t love us we’ll kill you” tactic, but Vietnam shows how that turned out.

    • Replies: @Pincher Martin

    Japan and Germany realized they were at fault...
     
    Japan came to no such realization. Nor was one necessary. The Japanese understood that they lost the war and worked with SCAP in productive ways, which is sort of Tyrion's point.

    We could have tried loosening up the rules of engagement more under the “if you don’t love us we’ll kill you” tactic, but Vietnam shows how that turned out.
     
    Yeah, like rules of engagement were not in force for American troops during the Vietnam War.

    A better point would simply be to say that no matter how many Afghans and Iraqis we killed, whoever was left would still be too incompetent to run a modern civilized society. That was not true of the Germans and Japanese after WW2.

  • An interesting article in the NYT points out that the dynamic range of pop music has gotten narrower over the decades, comparing Marvin Gaye's spacious 1971 track "What's Going On?" to Childish Gambino's droning current Emmy nominee "This Is America." The quietest milliseconds of the new song are louder than the quietest moments on Gaye's...
  • Is TV audio being formatted for headphones? I had to finally give in this week and buy a set of FM transmitter headphones. I can’t make out a g**damn word they’re saying on a lot of shows anymore over speakers, but headphones are clear as a bell. It seems like ‘old people shows’ documentaries, news and sports are OK, but anything else is Nolan mush. Premium cable is worse than regular cable, which is worse than OTA.

    I’ve also gone back to using my TV’s speakers rather than a sound bar and subwoofer combo. It’s much more clear.

    Re: VOIP and cell phones they seem to be getting much better. I’ve seen fewer and fewer of those stupid Bluetooth headsets, which seemed to be the culprit of bad sound 90% of the time.

  • From the Washington Post: Va. Gov. Ralph Northam says he wants to focus rest of his term on racial equity Northam vows to finish out term, explore 'white privilege' By Gregory S. Schneider February 9 at 3:17 PM RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam, in his first interview since a racist photo from his medical school...
  • @BenKenobi

    First of all what I plan to do . . . is to make sure that we have sensitivity training
     
    The beatings will continue until the Governor's morale improves.

    The beatings will continue until the Governor’s morale poll numbers improve.

  • It’s a cyclical industry. You’ve got to offer something more for a truck driver or welder to pick up and move to BFE when they know they’re going to get canned in a couple of years. The cost of living in these areas isn’t always cheap either.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Lug, Same with the "boomers" that follow the big construction projects, such as power plants and major bridges. You can work in another local union but you pay them a fee. Few major construction companies pay expenses to anyone other than their supervision. Even with out of pocket expenses a four or five year ride at a major project is a life changer for most tradesmen. The company pays union scale, which is high, but they get a trained, skilled workforce. Union welders are topnotch and usually "certified", although you test again at each project.
    , @McFly
    Yep, there are a lot of short-term projects that require people to move.
  • The newly elected Democratic Senator from Arizona delivers her message to America: "Check out these thighs!" Thigh-high boots are appropriate for the Senate, no doubt, but not at the snootier sort of Rodeo Drive boutiques according to this movie: As Lisa Kudrow sniffs in Romy & Michele's High School Reunion when she and Mira Sorvino...
  • @Mr. Anon
    Isn't her whole thing that she is the first openly bisexual Senator. Probably a lot of the white men who voted for her (and why any white man would vote for a Democrat at all I have no idea) were just imagining her in a Letters to Penthouse vignette.

    She’s jealous that the new Hot Young Thang AOC is getting all of the attention so she’s slutting up.

    If Auster was alive he’d probably explode.

  • Willie Brown was the speaker of the California Assembly and then when term limited out of that job became mayor of San Francisco. The man is a political prodigy. With the demographics of 2020 he might well have been elected President in, say, 1992. Of course, back then, America could only take Slick Willie, not...
  • @dr kill
    I admire this man. No homo. His life style is not for me, but he's not shaving with Gillette. We have that in common.

    he’s not shaving with Gillette.

    That’s a good phrase itself.

    • Replies: @Hail
    Gillette's competitors have the opportunity of a lifetime.

    Start loudly signalling against crazed anti-(White)Male-ism and you can dislodge them.

    https://twitter.com/ThomasEWoods/status/1085771793556795393

    By 2030, Gillette could be known as "that company that makes razors for ladies."

  • @Anon
    Steven Pinker has a prolific troll who has spent 100 blog posts connecting him to unsavory people like Steve Sailer.

    https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jZdVgCFqcn4/W3d4v5hvwbI/AAAAAAAAJ1s/-Uv5v-EliX4Zgd8qGD7OaqiaESBOaPudACLcBGAs/s640/pinker_duke.png

    https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qZzII46Msew/WtqjmHSMSnI/AAAAAAAAJWQ/koh3UH0od-wongZ9fxqx6h0dZwVJY0pOACLcBGAs/s640/evochart_v2.jpg

    http://www.mcclernan.com

    She seems annoyed that her years of work have not resulting in Pinker being Watsoned, and she is threatening to start a podcast devoted to outing Pinker "real soon now."

    She needs to establish the Sailer-Taki link if she wants anyone to take her serious.

  • The total number of homicides in Chicago shot upwards from 512 in 2015 to 808 in 2016, following progressives at the ACLU and Obama Administrations taking effective control of the Chicago Police Department after the city finally released video of a cop shooting a black male on 11/23/2015. Now, you might think that the ACLU...
  • Is there any accountability for progressives?

    Yes, conservative white males must be held accountable for progressive mistakes.

    • Agree: GermanReader2
  • From iSteve commenter Ty Rade: From iSteve commenter Coag:
  • @Hail

    Ramos called the wall racist without hesitation
     
    He appears to be overwhelmingly European by ancestry himself. Blue eyes.

    https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170218100708-jorge-ramos-smerconish-exlarge-169.jpg

    Isn't Jorge Ramos at risk of being NotWhoWeAre'ed out of the Mexican Raza Cosmica on strict racial terms? Far too White; problematic, really.


    (Some people say Ramos looks like Anderson Cooper's non-gay brother.)

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/oVxe-BuzaEQ/maxresdefault.jpg

    It looks like Jorge has AIDS related lipodistrophy.

  • iSteve commenter IC1000 writes: Regarding the Houston Handsome White Criminal, cataloging NBC Nightly News’ version of The Narrative. The scorecard as of Saturday night: * Dec. 31 — 1 min 38 sec“Manhunt Underway After Gunman Opens Fire On Family, Killing 7-Year-Old Girl” * Jan 1 — no story * Jan 2 — 1 min 15...
  • So a standard Type I error. Has there ever been a Type II?

  • • Replies: @nebulafox
    I'd vote for Hank Hill. I strongly suspect many Americans would have preferred him to Hillary or Trump.
  • Searching on "American Murderers" finds Google and Bing agreeing that the great majority of famous American murderers were white: After all, who ever heard of O.J. Simpson?
  • @Regret
    The demographics of serial killers are different from the typical killer. They look more like the population at large.

    Spree killers skew even further that direction, looking almost like a random sample.

    I suspect its because these subsets of murder have more to do with something going really wrong inside the brain, with the killer being just plain nuts, than any of the social, cultural, racial, or whatever else factors that drive most murder.

    I suspect its because these subsets of murder have more to do with something going really wrong inside the brain, with the killer being just plain nuts, than any of the social, cultural, racial, or whatever else factors that drive most murder.

    Yep. A large percentage of serial killers have head trauma as a child, or explainable conscious blackouts. Scott Erskine, one of the pictured serial killers is a perfect example.

    • Replies: @Pontius
    Gacy was hit in the head with a swing as a child.
  • @Redneck farmer
    Would anyone watch the cop shows if the typical murder was featured? Two disagreeable drunks arguing until one kills the other would get boring pretty quickly.

    The First 48 was pretty popular. It was interesting to watch at first, then became pretty predictable.. grab the surveillance video, pickup the dimwit suspect, get his DNA and lean on him till he confesses. Watching the show they make it so routine I thought that homicide clearance rates would be increasing, but according to the Murder Accountability Project they’re actually trending down:

    http://www.murderdata.org/2015/01/how-many-unsolved-murders-are-there-its_24.html

    • Replies: @Lot
    Fewer bar fight killings, which are the easiest to solve?

    Higher share of killings in low clearence places like Chicago and Baltimore?

    Decline of "throwing one of the usual suspects in prison"?
    , @Twinkie
    The homicide clearance rate in Japan is close to 100%, I think. But then again, they have different kinds of people, environment, and a very different philosophy toward policing, suspect interrogation and treatment, and public safety in general.
    , @Bill Jones
    It would be interesting to plot both a number of murders investigated line and a number of murders committed line on the same chart.
  • From Quora: This is much like one of Daniel Kahneman's Nobel-winning brain-teasers: According to Kahneman, he has stipulated that the sample is random and the mean is 100, so that’s all you need to know. Hence, the rational answer is 101 and no
  • @snorlax
    They're paid well (and receive excellent benefits) relative to other jobs that only require a secondary school education, but poorly relative to skilled work.

    Officers are if anything the underpaid ones since most could make a lot more in the private sector.

    Military service is a huge plus to get hired for civilian jobs as well, particularly for white men.

    • Replies: @Romanian
    Didn't Steve once say that it was especially a plus for minorities? And I seem to remember him quoting some study saying that race disparities in callbacks for job offers were much reduced when the Black applicant was former military, because it acted as a signal.
  • From the Eastern Michigan University Eastern Echo:
  • @Anon
    Ezra Klein has relocated to Oakland from D.C., and he seems to be embarking on an anthropological inquiry into the tech left coast. I get the feeling that he is fleeing from D.C., but it isn't clear what the reason is, Trump, vibrancy (but Oakland?) or what. Oakland may not be where he's living, but that was Kara Swisher's guess before he shut her down for privacy's sake.

    https://www.recode.net/2018/12/12/18136726/ezra-klein-kara-swisher-vox-recode-decode-media-journalism-trump-live-podcast-san-francisco-mannys

    "[The Bay Area] is a strange culture. It is a different intellectual culture. The people here are peculiar. They’re peculiar people. The institution here is different."

    One thing Kleins says that makes me like him is that he doesn't text or use SMS: He's an emailer.

    #MeToo’d?

    He’s kind of dropped off of the radar in the last few years though. Burnout? Kids? Past 30?

  • 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...
  • @The Alarmist

    "In general, the Cold War was extremely well funded."
     
    You could not tell that by the troops' pay at the time.

    Troop pay isn’t much concern in a conscript army.

    I thought that the there was a secret Navy component to the mission was known from the get go. I could haves sworn that the original articles in NatGeo mentioned he was using advanced Navy sonar tech and had top secret clearances.

  • Woke Twitter's leading avenger, Titania McGrath, is no more.
  • @YetAnotherAnon
    Another satire account, Bellingdog, which does for the Macronista Menace what Bellingcat does for the Putin Menace (and only existed for ten days) is gone, though back in new guise.

    There are a fair few satire accounts ripping into the Syria Narrative by applying it to France. This one's a parody of that woke 7 year old with good English skills (Bana Alebed?) who kept asking when the West would bomb Damascus and save her.

    https://twitter.com/abedoux

    AndrewR - what's needed is some kind of aggregator which links to both Gab and Twitter, allows people to see a Gab reply to a tweet. Have to think about how you'd tweet a reply to Gab.

  • Video of a mob of Central American juvenile delinquents breaking into U.S. territory only to be sent fleeing back south of the border by pepper spray and tear gas has outraged our moral betters. Not the part about the violation of the territorial integrity of the United States, but the part about the tear gas....
  • @istevefan
    Here is a video of the US military's active denial system which is a non-lethal weapon. Here is a brief description:

    The Active Denial System (ADS) is a non-lethal, directed-energy weapon developed by the U.S. military. It is a strong millimeter-wave transmitter primarily used for crowd control (the "goodbye effect").

     

    Why is this not on the border?

    The LRAD sonic weapon was supposedly onsite, but I didn’t see any pics.

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

    Chemical weapons such as CS gas are indiscriminate and “uniquely terrorizing in their application,” which necessitated their ban in combat in 1993, said Kelsey Davenport, director of nonproliferation policy at the Washington-based Arms Control Association.

    Does anyone else see a pattern of the media painting any of Trumps enforcement actions as combat?

    I don’t remember any liberal outrage over this use of CS:

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    That was animal control, not combat, according to the media.
  • From the New York Times Magazine: Yet, the main character in the story, Ms. Johnson, an adoptee, winds up with no surprise at all: she turns out to be white on her biological mother's side and quite black on her biological father's side, just like a variety of information had led her to assume for...
  • @MikeatMikedotMike
    OT - But any thoughts on the NFL moving their "ITW/ITW" promotional game from Mexico City back to LA?

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/13/sports/nfl-mexico-city.html

    The article cites the Mexican field being unsuitable to play (is that because of all the shallow graves MS-13 has there, or is there currently a 30 day mass sacrifice in process), but do you believe that? Seems dubious at best, especially with all of the fires.

    Serious security concerns, perhaps?

    No, they couldn’t take down the stone hoop they throw the heads through in time.

    In all seriousness, it was probably the field and Mexico City’s altitude and smog more than security. Mexico City is relatively safe, and the teams would have been well protected.

    It’s going to be fun watching old rape and murder cases get cleared using familial DNA. “My AncestryDNA test shows that I’m 23% southern slave owner, 77% Bantu, and related to two murderers!”

    • Replies: @Jim Christian

    It’s going to be fun watching old rape and murder cases get cleared using familial DNA. “My AncestryDNA test shows that I’m 23% southern slave owner, 77% Bantu, and related to two murderers!”
     
    No shame in murderous ancestors. Finding out that detail can explain a callous attitude toward someone in the news or close by that came to an end they deserved. I have a few murderers in my past as well as a cousin in jail for 135 years for a murder starting in 1978. I know from family history that my Pop's family came from Scotland as debtors of some sort, sent by the Jamestown Company to work off their debts. As they made their push across the Blue Ridge to settle outside of what later became Nashville, they killed lots of Injuns. When creditor's agents from Scotland came out to collect the bounty of their "debts", they killed them too. Independence was also about settling old scores. Later, they were moonshiners and people disappeared. It wasn't murder, it was business. Hillbillies invented the concept, not NY Wise Guys.

    That my ancestors and relatives took care of their business in this way explains things about me, about a couple of siblings, my Pop. Apples, they don't fall far from the tree. I wish as a kid (we all do), that I'd paid more attention to my Granafather, asked him stuff. Ah well. We know the good stuff, heh..
  • November is an odd month to bring this topic up, but from Science a few years ago: This seems like an under-researched phenomenon. Perhaps the last time I went to a tanning salon was in the 1980s, but I can recall coming out of one on a cold night in Chicago in February feeling euphoric...
  • @Anonym
    A nice day is nice for its own sake, but what makes it nicest is watching young women walking around in summer clothes.

    Lugash recommends healthy doses of Vitamin T and Vitamin A to all his athletes!

    Lack of sunlight is harmful, no doubt about it. Getting some sun usually involves other things like walking, sport and getting out of a non-stimulating house or office environment. I work in a fairly typical corporate environment, and I’ve noticed over the years that ‘time away from desk’ is getting more and more rare. Training and meetings are almost always done over Skype, even when we’re all in the same building and a quick huddle in a conference room would be better and a good break.

  • The Ferguson Effect is one of the more blatant in the history of social science. It occurred both on a modest scale nationally, and on an acute scale locally in cities where BLM triumphed, such as St. Louis in 2014, Baltimore in 2015, and Chicago in 2016. But it's not part of The Narrative. From...
  • @Charles Pewitt
    Glad to see Sam Francis is being taught at Yale.

    My only reservation would be that the sneaky spawn of the managerial class that goes to Yale might see the work of Sam Francis and immediately scheme on how to maximize the damaging consequences of the societal trends brought about by the horrible, nation-wrecking louts in the managerial class.

    My only reservation would be that the sneaky spawn of the managerial class that goes to Yale might see the work of Sam Francis and immediately scheme on how to maximize the damaging consequences of the societal trends brought about by the horrible, nation-wrecking louts in the managerial class.

    They already know. The Democrats have been working on their anti-Sailer strategy for years: import more minorities and split white women from the Republicans. It paid off in the midterms. What to do about it? The only paths open(that I can see) are health care and student loan debt.

    • Replies: @Digital Samizdat

    The only paths open(that I can see) are health care and student loan debt.
     
    That would do the trick nicely.
    , @MBlanc46
    The only path open is disaggregation.
  • @ia

    white nationalism (as opposed to real nationalism, such as American, British, Chinese, et. al.) is globalism’s best friend
     
    How's that?

    White nationalism is racist, American nationalism is patriotic. Amplifying white nationalism tarnishes nationalism in general.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    That's the jist.

    White nationalism is always portrayed as racist for that purpose, although usually in reality it is not, it is just absurd and/or defensive. The workers of the world didn't unite (as the ur-globalists had planned) because they were already united by their (diverse) national flags.

    There is no white flag, nor should there be.

    Americans will never surrender to globalism.

    , @L Woods
    I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen the level of discourse sink so far so quickly. “Racist.” Lol.
    , @Lurker
    American patriotism is also depicted as racist right now.
    , @El Dato

    White nationalism is racist, American nationalism is patriotic.
     
    Yes, officer!
    , @Mr. Rational
    If you're afraid that you have to go back, you're probably right.
  • From the New York Times Magazine: Suggestion: when writing about IQ and race, DON'T USE ALL CAPS. I was corresponding once with a Nobel Laureate who emailed in all caps. I finally got up the courage to suggest that he just type in all lower case, because, you know, the all caps kind of make...
  • How do you say Tiny Duck in Hindi?

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @anon
    What caste is she?
    , @J.Ross
    "I have only observed your culture a short while through the lens of your major media, but already I am certain that everything white people do is evil."
  • As of early 2018, Turkey had 245 journalists locked up, the most in the world. On the other hand, I haven't heard of Turkey murdering any journalists, the way the Saudis murdered Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul. Okay, Wikipedia has a list of "Journalists Killed in Turkey," which lists 9 journalists who...
  • My guess is that he is the American deep state’s pro-American Turkish government-in-waiting.

    He’s definitely a government in waiting, but I doubt he’s pro-American. He probably mouths the right words about freedom and democracy to naive Congressmen, but his true interest lies in what’s good for him. I don’t see much upside to keeping this creep around.

    • Replies: @Anon
    Pro-American???

    How about pro-Armenian?
    , @Bill
    The Gulenists are certainly pro-some-country-which-is-neither-Turkey-nor-America.
  • Here's a coming reform of social media: You'll have three "channels"--e.g., CBS, NBC, & ABC--and you will sit and watch them. To change the channel, you will walk across the room, turn the knob, and then go sit down again and watch what's on that channel. We must do this for Diversity.
  • @BenKenobi
    I know Lugash. He cartwheeled over the Berlin Wall. Good man. He can be a bit brusque, tho.

    Lugash cartwheeled INTO ComBloc, not OUT!

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Your cartwheeling over the Berlin Wall makes me wonder if the anti-Trumpers are onto something. "You build a 20 ft. wall, they'll just execute a 21 ft. cartwheel" "Oh, my balls!" - Lugash

    Maybe this was long after the USSR dissolved, the wall came down, and Gorbachev had the silly tattoo removed from his head, and replaced with "Mom" (with an arrow through it).
  • @Anon
    Trucks rusting on the highway

    All Motorists are Facing the Consequences of a Trucker Shortage

    Pennsylvania personal injury attorney Cliff Rieders believes that a labor shortage in the trucking industry, coupled with the industry’s mishandling of the problem, could create more dangerous roads.

    Since the 1970s, truck driver pay has dropped by anywhere from 20 to 50 percent, depending on the region of the driver, according to an analysis by Business Insider. Experts suggest that deregulation coupled with the ensuing de-unionization of the industry has curbed driver pay and strained the trucking workforce.
     
    https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/11/09/1649177/0/en/All-Motorists-are-Facing-the-Consequences-of-a-Trucker-Shortage.html

    I wonder if there’s been an increase in the average number of miles needed to deliver the average product to the consumer with manufacturing being offshored. Distributing everything from the west coast instead of the midwest has consequences.

    • Replies: @Anon
    https://www.aar.org/data-center/rail-traffic-data/
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    Lots of those containers go straight off the docks onto rail cars, stacked 2 high. The truck can pick them up a whole lot closer to the destination than the west coast. I remember prices under $2500 to ship a regular (40') container across the ocean from China to Europe, and I'm sure about the same for the US East Coast. The thing can hold about 60,000 lb or so and is big enough to weight-out on the electronics, holding > 2700 cubic ft of goods. That's why this is all happening - the freight costs are near negligible for lots of compact and reasonably-priced goods.

    I am not Lugash, though.
    , @Jack D
    Yea, there's been an increase - about 7,000 miles extra because every damn thing comes from China. Fortunately, this doesn't add a lot to cost because container freight is dirt cheap and adds a minimal amount to the cost of the product compared to having to pay your workers a living wage.
  • Michelle Obama will be back in the news shortly as she sets out on her Getting Paid book promotion tour. Michelle possesses a perfectly natural liking for money, and she's certain to get a lot of it. An ironic thing about Michelle Obama, feminist icon, is that she absolutely hated it when people encouraged her...
  • @Reg Cæsar
    One of Larry Auster's readers called her a "tree". That seems about right.
    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    Auster used to refer to her, when FLOTUS, as "First Linebacker of the United States."

    More from his site on Michelle:

    http://www.amnation.com/vfr/archives/016499.html
  • I always go back to a non-political example of why doxxing home addresses is very bad, because who knows what it could lead to. In 1979-1980, John Lennon emerged from his long drug fog and started once again giving coherent, witty interviews. One of his topics was the irony of the composer of "Imagine," with...
  • …and he’s taken down his Twitter. You big meanies, pointing out his emotional defects!

  • In the Eastern Time Zone, the Democrats' Blue Wave is looking pretty small so far. If this trend holds up, who and what do you think the Democrats and their media enablers will blame? - Putin - White men - Not enough black murderers being allowed to vote - The Voting Rights Act of 1982...
  • The bright spot in the House loss is that Nancy Pelosi is going to be running things.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    The bright spot would be if Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were going to be running things.

    Can't 4chan or Anonymous or somebody get together a collection, make this happen?? The lulz must flow...
    , @Almost Missouri
    "Paul Ryan is ostensibly a friend who can only make Trump look bad.
    Pelosi is an enemy who can only make Trump look good."

    --Dennis Miller
    , @celt darnell
    Possibly, possibly not. I think Pelosi is going to face a challenge.

    The Democrats' Young Turks are getting tired of Grandma Becky...
  • Voter suppression seems to be the new thing. The wave seems to be building.

    OT: Fuck, Romney? Won’t he go away.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    I didn't even know Romney was running until I saw his likely win flash up on the FOX News runner.

    What a carpet-bagger. Massachusetts, Michigan, Utah - whatever.

    I wouldn't be surprised if he runs for President in 2020 on some kind of "I told you so" campaign. Who knows, Ryan could even be his running mate.

    As you say, why can't these people just go away?
  • From Politico: As I explained last June, California, the home of Silicon Valley, counts votes slower than Third World countries like Paraguay. Of course, countries like Paraguay don’t have mail ballots coming in by slow boat and migrant caravan from Honduras, Guatelombia, the Galapagos Islands, the Kerguelen Islands, Transnistria, Abbottabad, Abkhazia, Azkaban, Raqqa, Narnia, and...
  • @t
    https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/1059605251760754689

    Notice how he doesn’t suggest something like a general strike. That would be too disruptive to corporate America.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    What the hell good would a general strike by progressives do? Most of them don't have productive jobs. It'll just backfire. OMG, the diversity coordinator is on strike today! What to do? What to do?

    Maybe you know better though, as you are, after all, Lugash.
    , @Lot
    Lefttards have tried doing general strikes for years, it never works.
  • The perceptive human sciences reporter Jesse Singal of New York magazine is rightfully annoyed by the latest front in the War on Beckys: "Crosswalk Cathy:" One suggestion I have for journalists in general is to stop having so much respect for Black Twitter. Credulity over the reliability of Black Twitter has gotten the MainStream Media...
  • @Ghost of Bull Moose
    Here in NYC, all you have to do is call 311 to make a noise complaint or report antisocial behavior. When they ask you if you'd like to leave your name, just say, 'no.'

    The cops usually show up. But here's the key: call the cops again the next time they do it. Because these reports are recorded, and the cops get annoyed at having to visit the same building or street corner repeatedly. They will let the building owner know that there are lots of complaints about their building, and contrary to perception, NYC landlords generally care if their building are getting lots of visits from the cops.

    People in the hood are inconsiderate and behave selfishly because they believe there are no consequences, and they have the mentality of insolent teenagers. Many have records, none of them want any police interactions. Eventually, they'll go somewhere else where they can act stupid.

    It's called 'gentrification,' and it's the best thing that ever happened to America's decaying neighborhoods.

    What makes good neighborhoods? Good neighbors.

    Unless you’re complaining about people parking illegally, because the NYPD gets to sell indulgences for that:

  • From the New York Times: I like how the poor bastard who enlisted to fight in The Forever War in the Middle East is an elderly white-mustached Wilford Brimley-lookalike who must have enlisted on 9/12/2001. I also like how the New York Times gives its cartoonist a headline and a subhead to explain his cartoon....
  • @Clifford Brown
    The Pittsburgh shooting has really unnerved our intellectual class. Usually milquetoast Planet Money podcaster, Adam Davidson, has become particularly unmoored. The complete collapse of all impartiality in journalism is astounding.

    https://twitter.com/adamdavidson/status/1057232917523505153

    And the CotF is ever in need of maintenance:

    • Replies: @Coemgen
    What do the Democrats mean when they say "white?"

    Do they mean "white appearance" (e.g., the Irish), "white acting" (e.g., Ashkenazi Jews), or something else?

    Who do they really hate? The drunken Irishman whose skin does not tan, the well organized Ashkenazi Jew who is financially successful, or is there some category that I have not been able to conceive of?

    Or, do the Democrats hate all facets of "whiteness?"

    , @J.Ross
    >media are a central part of any ethnostate
    Really?
    >outgroup folks won't get hired
    Joe Pulitzer, Oscar Deutsch, Charlie Chaplin and most of the Balochis in Iran might disagree but sure.
    >as is demanded by the ethnostate
    Does she get her understanding of the numerous demands of ethnostates from being one of the groups that is allowed to have them?
  • @Coemgen
    A dozen words that speak volumes.

    Yep. It’s amazing how internationally focused these people are. Domestic affairs don’t even register unless they’re abut the Coalition of the Fringes.

    • Replies: @Coemgen

    It’s amazing how internationally focused these people are.
     
    It appears the goal is to have an empire on which the sun never sets.

    The only question is, who are the principals?

    Hillary?

    Soros?

    Some secret old money types?
  • @International Jew
    Some of those soldiers look like they're having a hard time supporting the weight of their guns.

    And they’re not being held in any of the normal military rifle rest positions. Or how any normal person would hold a gun for that matter.

    • Replies: @Tyrion 2
    Perhaps they are about to attempt an assault course.
    , @Redneck farmer
    That's the new way of holding a rifle, if you have a single-point sling on it.
  • @Father O'Hara
    This guy is a cartoonist for the NYT?? Who did he blow?

    Blow.

    • LOL: Roderick Spode
    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
    Most droll,sir.
  • Commenter TheBoom responds to commenter Bomag: It's interesting that the current wave of feminism is now 49 years old, which would seem long enough to test whether it is likely ever to make the majority of women happy. But the conventional wisdom is merely that feminism can't possibly fail, all the evidence that it has...
  • @Almost Missouri
    Semi-OT

    NPR gets woke.

    National Public Radio reports that African men don't support their own kids; burden falls upon babymama and grandmama.

    https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/06/07/617097908/why-grandmothers-may-hold-the-key-to-human-evolution

    #YouveComeALongWayBaby
    #LikeAFishNeedsABicycle
    #FutureIsFeminst

    Hear Me Roar ... while I'm digging for tubers with a pointed stick to survive.

    National Public Radio reports that African men don’t support their own kids; burden falls upon babymama and grandmama.

    Steve’s “you’re not supposed to notice African and African American family patterns are the same” in action.

    • LOL: Buck Ransom
  • Since most of the blame for America's current troubles are conventionally laid at the feet of whiteness, it is widely assumed that the cure for Trumpism's appeal at the polls is less whiteness. Brazil is much further along the road to genetically diversifying whiteness, and yet, the politics of diversity aren't quite working out as...
  • @istevefan
    The point is he survived an actual assassination attempt while participating in a democratic campaign. He almost lost his life and required hospitalization. Yet the media reacted to it like it was no big deal.

    Contrast that to the coverage the media has given the Florida bomber. The bombs were duds and no one was hurt. Yet it consumed the news and would still be doing so if not for yesterday's shooting.

    Remember the phrase “aspirational rather than operational” that the media trots out when the FBI ropes some Muslim dimwits into committing crimes?

  • None of the packages mailed by Cesar Sayoc, the male stripper steroid addict Trump supporter who lived in his van down by the river, have yet gone off. But even if none ever do or ever would have, it's still a very bad thing to terrify mailroom minions with something that looks like a bomb,...
  • The documentary “Fashion Victim: The Killing of Gianni Versace” is interesting to watch as well. Various normally PC associates of Versace real talk about what Cunanan was: an aging, narcissistic, meth addicted rent-boy.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    "is interesting to watch"

    People keep pretending that homosexuals are interesting. But really they (and their drama) are the most boring topic in the world--because it's all about nothing.

    Who controls what piece of territory, what penis squirts in what vagina--who makes babies with whom--are questions that animate the future, and hence "interest".

    Nothing about homosexuals or what they do has the slightest salience. If we woke up tomorrow and there were no blacks or Jews or whites or Chinese or Indians or muslims--the world would be profoundly different. If we woke up and all the homosexuals were gone--yawn. They just don't matter. Lots of noise--zero content.
  • If you buy your kid a spot in Harvard for five million, it's really only three million out of your net worth and the federal taxpayers kick in a couple of million.
  • @Lot
    "If you buy your kid a spot in Harvard for five million, it’s really only three million out of your net worth and the federal taxpayers kick in a couple of million"

    Oh Steve, really? You may have been in the 40% marginal rate when you were making a upper middle class corporate salary. Kush Sr, I promise, was not. He probably, like Trump, paid 0.0% most/all years.

    You see, those buildings they own in NYC, you might think the value goes up most years, often by a lot.

    What actually happens on the tax returns is depreciation. So much depreciation. More than they ever ever make in rent.

    And our prior GOP leader, representative of a another kind if gazillionaire, famously paid a 15% capital gain rate on all of his "carried interest" income and 0.0% on his magic IRA that he never put in more than 5k a year, but was worth 100 million.

    IANA, but I would guess Kush Sr. gets to carry that $2 million as a tax credit. A quick Google search looks like it’s 10 years for personal income.

    • Replies: @Lot
    I should've thought about that. When you're a billionaire, there are a billion reasons why can't pay any taxes.
  • @Jim Don Bob
    Wake me when the press asks who is funding this.

    Someone on Trump’s dirty trix team.

  • Tariq Nasheed is right. From the Washington Post in 2011:
  • LOL. The GOP usually gets a Warren sized share of the Native vote. Could Trump dramatically increase that share? It would still be tiny, and a net negative, but it would be hilarious if it happened.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    If they're supposedly their own nation, do they even vote in American elections? I don't know any Indians, so I really don't know. However, YOU ARE LUGASH!, so ...
    , @Reg Cæsar

    LOL. The GOP usually gets a Warren sized share of the Native vote. Could Trump dramatically increase that share?
     
    Well, there goes the Dems' chance to take Oklahoma and South Dakota.
    , @Steve Sailer
    American Indians tend to live in Red States. They tend to share a lot of the woes of Red State whites, only worse. They tend to have conservative cultural values, like impressive military bravery.

    My impression is that American Indians have been trending more Republican in recent elections, but the sample sizes in polls are too small to be sure.

  • This genre of anecdote won Ta-Nehisi Coates a $625,000 MacArthur Genius Grant for his tale of an Upper West Side white lady who was mean to his son on an escalator. I'm sure your $625,000 will be along shortly, too, @gabrielsherman. Oh, wait, you're not black, so nobody cares. Never mind. By the way, that...
  • @Anon
    https://twitter.com/kababurger/status/1050811038944256000

    The NPC meme is powerful. All the SJJs think they’re unique, independent thinkers, when they’re really just part of a heard.

  • Below I posted excerpts from a remarkable Washington Post op-ed by Victoria Bissell Brown, a retired professor of history, about all the rage she's venting at her poor husband of 50 years and how her overwhelming anger has something to do with Kavanaugh or Trump or Republicans or men or whatever. I researched a little...
  • @dearieme
    Good point. So maybe Mr iSteve's "nice white ladies" are often insecure, fearful white ladies. Do they lack strong white gentlemen to protect them?

    Sort of and yes. The everyday white lady component of liberal America is stressed out more than fearful.

    The hard core, activist pussy hat white woman contingent is far more enraged than afraid. They don’t have any present or past or future credible threats to really worry about.

    Jewish liberal America is terrified to the point of breakdown. See Ned Resnikoff’s “My Plumber is a Nazi Assasin Out to Kill Me” or MattY’s “GOPers are going to target Jewish grandmas in the street” as examples. They’ve supressed any dissent, however mild, that they’re culturally blind and crippled. Every white man not professing hatred of Trump is a potential threat; all the usual threats and tricks are ineffective.

  • @SolontoCroesus
    How does the increase in visits to psychologists' fainting couches correlate with profits of cable/media outlets?

    Win-win?

    It’s one trip to the fainting couch, followed by multiple trips to the pharmacy for pills, whose manufacturers buy a lot of ad time from the cable/media outlets.

    • Replies: @Dtbb
    I have always wondered why drug companies advertize prescription drugs on TV. It's not like people can just impulse buy them right after seeing the ad. Wouldn't drugs be cheaper if they weren't so heavily advertized? Do doctors really do their patients bidding so thoughtlessly? From what I understand only one other country allows prescription drugs to be advertized. Are the companies just gaslighting the public into being ill and mentally unhealthy, convincing them subliminally? I just don't get it and people give me funny looks when I mention it.
  • For a few weeks, the media eased up on all the Becky Bashing that started with the Starbucks Bathroom Crisis last spring because we were instead now supposed to Believe Women. But Kavanaugh got voted through anyway, so white women are back to being Lowest Victim on the Intersectional Totem Pole. From the NYT, some...
  • • Replies: @Anonymous
    Classic from that feed--

    http://twitter.com/zblay/status/1022190928524664832
  • When an airliner crashes, the federally funded but independent Transportation Safety Review Board conducts an investigation and issues a report in the hopes of lessening the chances of a similar disaster in the future. We need an Immigration Safety Review Board to investigate egregious examples of our immigration system not working for the benefit of...
  • @prosa123
    I don't know when the conversion occurred, but the vehicle used as the base for the limousine was a 2001 Ford Excursion, in other words a vehicle that's now 18 years old.

    That’s probably intentional. Newer vehicles have too many airbags and electronics to make a conversion feasible.

    The damage to the vehicle isn’t that bad, the inside must be a butcher shop though:

    • Replies: @ben tillman
    Yeah, I'm having a hard time figuring out how no one survived.
    , @Jack D
    In this picture you can't really see the front. You can't even see if the vehicle still HAS a front. You can however see the trees that the limo hit. Apparently the engine was pushed into the passenger compartment. If you go from 60 to zero in an instant and no one is belted this is what happens.
  • You can read the latest complaining letter sent to the Senate Judiciary committee by Ford's crack legal team here. Even if it were all true, I don't see much in it that could persuade an unbiased observer. What's your best guess as to what really happened? A. Everything Blasey Ford said is true. B. Kavanaugh...
  • @MikeatMikedotMike
    You forgot you classic go-to answer for multiple choice questions:

    "F. ?????"

    That’s FFFF)

  • Probably E) It was an insurance policy cooked up during the 2012 election in case Romney won.

    In any case, if she thinks she was raped, file a police report. Ask the Slim Times to interview the ‘witnesses’, look at her medical records, release the threats that were supposedly made against her and her family. Otherwise she can STFU.

    • Replies: @Travis
    Could be....also wonder if she was originally targeting Gorsuch , who she probably knew if she hung out with the boys from Georgetown Prep. Gorsuch is actually the same age as Ford and she is more likely to have known him.

    CNN named Gorsuch , along with Kavanaugh as potential Romney Supreme Court justices in 2012. Thus her initial recovered memory includes 4 boys in the room....probably they realized it sounded too fantastic thus they wisely changed the story to 2 boys....would have been smarter to change it to one boy who fingered her on the bed...would have been more believable and sound worse than what she described...also was foolish to state her best friend was at the house, the friend would certainly remember being abandoned at a house with 4 boys she hardly knew....a 15 year-old girl would recall being abandoned far from home with 4 drunk 17 year-old rapists.
  • Update: Here's the 5-page memo from prosecutor Rachel Mitchell who questioned Prof. Dr. Blasey Ford. Mitchell explains why this case is, to use a prosecutor's technical term from Bonfire of the Vanities, a PoS. That doesn't mean her story couldn't be kinda sorta true. Stranger things have happened. One interesting aspect of this is that...
  • @Clifford Brown
    OT-

    Listening to NPR this morning, I learned that the brave Latinx that confronted Senator Flake in the Congressional elevator just so happens to be Ana Maria Archila, the Co-Exective Director of The Center for Popular Democracy. The Center for Popular Democracy is apparently the successor to the now defunct ACORN operation. Same structure and many of the same organizations. Funded by The Open Society naturally.

    https://www.npr.org/2018/09/30/653086731/ana-maria-archila-on-confronting-jeff-flake

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

    So was this whole thing a set up? I mean, of course the confrontation was a set up, but I think that Senator Flake might have been in on it too. Stage a brave confrontation in order to extend the investigation.

    Senators Coons and Flake allegedly met in a phone booth during Friday's hearing where Coons convinced Flake to force another week of FBI investigations of Kavanaugh. Then this weekend they appeared together at something called The Global Citizen's Festival in Central Park where Coons began his speech "Hello, Global Citizens..."

    Can this astroturf be anymore transparent? How is this real?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8tNiJBPovc

    And of course there doesn’t appear to be any record of her reporting her assualt. She kept it to herself for 30 years until it just happens to come out when confronting Flake!

  • One of the more interesting aspects of Pulitzer-winning biographer David J. Garrow's colossal 1460-page 2017 biography of Barack Obama, Rising Star, was how much cocaine Obama kept snorting with his rich leftist Pakistani pals a couple of years after graduating from college in 1983. Garrow told the Los Angeles Times last year: Garrow had access...
  • @Verymuchalive

    I wouldn’t be surprised that Obama’s decision to go ahead and kill Osama bin Laden a mile from Pakistan’s military academy
     
    Lots of people much more knowledgeable about these things than you or me don't believe this happened at all. Bin Laden died shortly after the American attack on Afghanistan and was buried secretly, many believe. I'm sure Mr Unz could get someone to examine the evidence and write an article for UR. Or even get old articles, as he did with David Ray Griffin's articles about 9/11.
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't remember UR ever having any article on the Bin Laden "killing".

    I don’t buy into ‘The OBL Raid was a Hoax’ line of thought, but we’re now 7 years past OBL’s death and we have yet to see any formal discussion about Pakistan’s role in hiding him. Hell, we still provide nearly a billion a year to the Pakis in ‘foreign aid’.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    On the night it happened there was an obviously staged "spontaneous public response" at the White House, with the coordination briefly visible on television. Immediately after it happened there was material coming out of Pakistan that contradicted the legend. The legend itself makes no sense. And if it was actually true then people should be fired or tried.
    And then everybody directly involved died in the same helicopter disaster.
  • @Anonymous
    Do you think there is any truth to the Larry Sinclair and Chicago bathhouse stuff? Sinclair alleges that he and Obama got cocaine, but that Obama smoked crack while Sinclair did regular coke.

    Are there any details on the Pakis? It doesn't seem that far fetched that Obama might have been bi at various times in his life, perhaps under the influence of cocaine or in order to get access to cocaine when he was a broke student. Perhaps the Pakis were gay or bi and Obama was bi while hanging out with them high on coke or in order to get their coke. And I think you've written about how Obama was fairly poor and had a lot of debt while he was a Chicago pol and didn't become wealthy until fairly recently. The Sinclair allegations are from that period.

    Note that he seems to have a very addictive personality. He's had trouble quitting smoking for years. It's not implausible that he ended up in a bi lifestyle as a result of his coke habit.

    Note that he seems to have a very addictive personality. He’s had trouble quitting smoking for years. It’s not implausible that he ended up in a bi lifestyle as a result of his coke habit.

    I’m really skeptical about the amount of blow Obama supposedly did in this book. Given how much trouble his father and his family had with alcohol he would have been a full blown coke addict.

  • I assumed this headline was self parody, but maybe it isn't. From the Washington Post: My review of Fukuyama's Identity: The Demand for Dignity... is here. Diversity's got electrolytes.
  • I think Fareed is on summer vacation and farmed this out to an intern/outsource/AI program that confused popular with populism.

  • War is Peace Freedom is Slavery Ignorance is Strength
  • • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    Keith Haring is both dead and silent.
    , @Realist
    Ignorance=stupidity....very quickly.
  • From my book review in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • Accuser can't remember what year it was, probably in early 1980s, when both were in high school, but says she told her marriage counselor about it in 2012. According to The Megaphone, this is Incredibly Important. One oddity of her account is that the accuser can't remember the year, but is extremely certain of the...
  • @Anonym
    There should be a glass table somewhere in this story.

    And on the Extended iSteve Universe mural.

  • @Desiderius
    There’s a 2012 New Yorker article that identifies Kav as most likely Romney nominee with the usual hysteria catnip for progtards like the accuser.

    Yep. A quick trip to the therapist for documentation, then sit on the accusation until it’s convenient.

  • With the decline of mid-budget movies, Hollywood is making a fair number of low-budget high-concept movies like "Get Out," "A Quiet Place," and now in theaters "Searching." "Searching" is a more realistic take on the now standard Liam Neeson "Taken" thriller genre about a dad with a very particular set of skills looking for his...
  • @Trevor H.
    "Get Out" was high-concept?

    In this day and age, anything that’s not a reboot or capeshite movie counts as High Concept. GET OUT was a semi cleverish throwback to an 80s horror movie.

    (All caps movie title in homage to capital movie title poaster.)

  • Do conspiracy theorists ever get anything right? If they don't, does that prove that conspiracies never happen? One way to examine these questions is to consider a giant conspiracy that actually happened: by the end of WWII, about 9,000 people were working on Ultra -- the deciphering of German Enigma machine codes -- at Bletchley...
  • Conspiracy by Apathy: No one cares, e.g. Hilary was running guns to Mexico, but only one obscure gun blogger and Darrel Issa made any noise.

    Conspiracy by Obscurity: When a large program like AFFH is being pushed through, but only a few people on the outside ever deal with the topic.

    Conspiracy by Gold and Lead: David Irving got this choice. Issa as well.

  • From New York: Bloomberg is a formidable man, although he would be 78 in 2020. Bloomberg's thinking on the immigration topic is highly sophisticated. From UPI, April 1 [no joke], 2006: Bloomberg: Illegal immigrants help golfers NEW YORK, April 1 (UPI) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says golf fairways would suffer if illegal immigrants...
  • Add Lil Mikey to the EiSU Mural.

  • From Breitbart: Okay, but weren't there clinically insane emotional meltdowns at every company that doesn't actually do things in the physical world on 11/9/16? Did Google hand out safety pins the day after the election to demonstrate they were a Safe Space like countless other lame companies? Granted, Google is important ...
  • Like I said sometime after the election, Trump needs to unleash the EEOC on Silicon Valley. Have the head HR honchos come to Capitol Hill and explain why they’re not hiring black and latino engineers.

    Use their own weapons against them.

    • Replies: @Anon
    They should have to hire populationally proportionate numbers of black engineers in every department and section, including the advanced sections and the "distinguished engineers." And paying them more than whites is illegal, so none of that.

    It would be hilarious if each of these social justice managers had to personally deal on a daily basis with a couple of seriously unqualified black staff, deal with them at every staff meeting, pretend that they are contributing, and deal with miffed white, Asian, and subcontinent engineers, who have to cover for the deadbeats and have one of them as as a team programming partner.
    , @Malcolm X-Lax
    You have the right idea. Trump needs to hire a Czar of Mischief Making, i.e., someone who understands the culture war and has the power to F with these people hard. To quote Nick Smith, I'm not entirely joking.
    , @anon
    The right has made the repeated mistake of adopting the rhetoric of the left, thereby legitimizing it and allowing it to frame public discourse.

    For thirty years, the right talked about "soft bigotry", "dems are the REAL racists", "Lincoln freed the slaves!" How has this worked out?

    Your approach would further legitimize the EEOC and their disparate impact fishing expeditions. It would push even more SJW's into tech, making things worse.

  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • @Alec Leamas
    John Podhoretz (in Hugh Glass frontier dress) starring in The Reprllent
    Talcum X
    They the Spree Murderer

    Bruce Jenner. Omar Mateen’s father. Angelo Mozilo.

    • Replies: @International Jew
    Good ones! I'm truly humbled, as I look at the many excellent suggestions that have rolled in since you started this thread. We might need to do two or more murals at this point.

    Of course, being able to come up with a list like that is proof (as if any were needed) that we spend way too much time at iSteve's blog.
  • The more things stay the same, the more they stay the same.

    We need Ben Garrison, or the guy who does the cheesy conservative rip offs of Diego Rivera, to do a great big mural of all the characters in the Expanded iSteve Universe.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    ...a great big mural of all the characters in the Expanded iSteve Universe.
     
    Would this mural be a Trump-l'œil?
    , @International Jew

    a great big mural of all the characters in the Expanded iSteve Universe.
     
    Awesome idea. Maybe it could be done as part of one of those programs that pay ghetto graffiti artists to decorate underpasses and such.

    I guess the subjects would have to include:
    Ramzan Kadyrov;;
    The latino loser guy from San Bernardino;
    Tennessee Coates;
    Morris Dees;
    Uncle Ruslan Tsarnaev;
    Muammar Qaffaffi;
    Ariel Sharon's imputed Belorussian family;
    Carlos Slim;
    Beyoncé;
    A scale model of the SR-71 Blackbird;
    A special edition of the US Constitution in booklet form that begins with an image of the Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty plaque;
    Barack Obama's Uncle Tom half brother;
    Jeff Bezos.
    And they'd all be knee-deep in a field of rotting crops.

    , @J.Ross
    Brilliant idea, especially if you then make prints and sell them for the Golf Fund.
  • Doesn't this popular argument imply that it's extremely damaging for college educated mothers to go back to work and turn raising their children over to Guatelombian babysitters who barely speak English? I've never seen anybody follow up on that obvious implication. On a wholly separate note, it's interesting to read the acknowledgements in The Bell...
  • @stillCARealist
    Mothers with money hire nannies with degrees to watch their young children. When I used to take my little ones to story time at the Granite Bay Library, there'd be all these young white women with toddlers in tow. Wow, I'd think, what did these women do to achieve so much so young? Then I talked with them and discovered they were all nannies for the doctors and bankers of Granite Bay.

    From the other side, I've known several women who worked as nannies. They either had graduated from college or were taking college classes. The child care workers from the 3rd world are working in day cares.

    From what I’ve noticed in my area, it splits between the upper and upper-middle classes. The upper classes want a more or less full time resident in their house, which is usually a young, childless white woman. UMC want someone who will be there during the day, which is a Mestiza who needs to go back to her own kids ion the evening.

    Mashing this thread with the last one: A researcher with access to an Alexa’s raw audio stream and AI could probably mine some interesting nuggets other than word count. And without the need for a dozen graduate students.

    Semi OT: I’ve noticed a large uptick in black women using video chatting apps over the last year or so. One of the use cases seems to be checking on the Baby Daddy watching junior at home.

  • From the New York Times' review of Peppermint, a sort of Liam Neeson's Taken for Ben Affleck's ex-wife Jennifer Garner: What kind of message is Hollywood sending by leaving a white guy alive? Leave No White Man Alive. And from Reuters today:
  • @Bugg
    Another question; Jennifer Garner is 5'8" in heels, 120 lbs. soaking wet. Don't care how much Ninja Warrior training she does, she is not killing a bunch of guys. Hollywood releases a movie or 2 every year with this fantasy that little tiny girls are gonna kill 45 meaty muscleheads with their bare hands. Chris Farley being a Chippendale's dancer was more plausible.

    Ms. Harris is more upset about the ethnicity of the dead guys than, you know, they're guys who are probably not going to one by one get killed by some tiny girl.

    Garner was a similarly silly Butt Kicking Babe role in The Kingdom. She gets in a fight with a 250lb cop/jihadi/whatever who has her in a death grip, but decides to toss her around so she can get to a knife and gut him.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0431197/

  • From the LA Times: With 99% of the vote counted, the challenger is up 59-41, so it's not even close. So this is different from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's famous primary win, where there were ideological differences as well as identity differences. Capuano, age 66, is a ten term Congressman. Capuano had a pretty good leftist anti-war...
  • @Discard
    A bought-and-paid-for-congressman is an investment for his owners. They are kept in office to vote the right way. Age and decrepitude are irrelevant.

    Age and decrepitude are positives to the owners.

  • Oh, well, I thought I was done blogging about John McCain, but he is the gift that keeps giving: From the Washington Examiner:
  • @Wilkey
    I’ve yet to meet anyone who gets that McCain was a literal Democrat plant.

    I wouldn't call him a Democratic plant, exactly. He parted ways with Democrats in plenty of ways. But to Democrats there were two things to love about him: his willingness to be incredibly nasty to conservatives who disagreed with him, and also his betrayal of Republicans on one issue that matters more to Democrats than any other: immigration. Replacing the historic American people with newcomers is their obsession, and they were more than willing to overlook their disagreements with McCain on those other issues.

    The Invade portion of Steve’s Three I’s is just as important to Democrats as Invite. It’s really amazing how the antiwar left has disappeared. Did it ever really exist or was it just a tool for bashing Bush II?

    • Replies: @Digital Samizdat

    It’s really amazing how the antiwar left has disappeared. Did it ever really exist or was it just a tool for bashing Bush II?
     
    Or a tool for ducking the draft.
    , @maxblame
    There is a book in there somewhere re: the absolute disappearance of the anti-war left. Hint: I was at Cornell 1971-75. Those most strongly opposed to the attack on Vietnam were those very same students who told me they were prepared to leave their studies to enlist in the IDF at the time of the Yom Kippur War.
  • One interesting trend in recent years has been women researchers helping catch old serial killers. Here's another one. From the New York Times: Where have we heard the name "Venter" before? By Heather Murphy Aug. 29, 2018 Much to the frustration of her proud son, the genetic genealogist who helped crack the unsolved case of...
  • Bah. Didn’t read the SteveLink first to see he’s already mentioned her, and I thought Mrs. Venter had previously been Mr. Venter and this was an example of WW T. Goes to show my implicit biases assuming a patent lawyer would be a man.

  • Already been done in the UK with THE FALL starring Gillian Anderson. More realistic than most cop dramas, but really silly in parts. Depressing as well.

    There’s also Christine Pelisek, who helped catch the Grim Sleeper IIRC, She was scooped up by Buzzfeed or similar, but has gone pretty quiet since then.

  • Commenter MEH 0910 writes: The Frenches already had two kids, so it’s not like they were childless. But then came a backlash. Claims of
  • Of course he had to go to Adidas Abba! There’s aren’t any diversity tokens, err, black babies in places like Detroit or Chicago anymore. I’m sure he and Mrs. French never, ever bring up the fact that they adopted a child from a foreign country. That would be tacky virtue signalling that they were going for maximum diversity points.

    • Replies: @MEH 0910

    That would be tacky virtue signalling that they were going for maximum diversity points.
     
    French brings that up in the piece, so he must not think that applies to himself:

    And, sometimes, people even question whether adoptive parents truly love their children, claiming that parents adopt to “virtue signal” or simply to ostentatiously demonstrate their open-mindedness.
     
    , @iffen
    There’s aren’t any diversity tokens, err, black babies in places like Detroit or Chicago anymore.


    I think black social workers and their allies pretty much keep a lid on adoption of black kids by whites.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Of course he had to go to Adidas Abba!
     
    http://magasin5.auktionsverket.se/1308/187513-abba-clogs-and-advertisement-display-material/380187513.jpg

    You are Lugash.

    , @Twentycents
    Look up the definition of virtue signaling. It's the ice bucket challenge. Adoption is not an empty gesture. Quite the opposite. I have no problem acknowledging people who adopt special needs kids in particular as my moral superiors.
    , @Johann Ricke

    Of course he had to go to Adidas Abba! There’s aren’t any diversity tokens, err, black babies in places like Detroit or Chicago anymore.
     
    Domestic adoptions are reversible at the request of the birth parent. International adoptions, not as of today. Costs are similar - in the tens of thousands of dollars. Why risk getting screwed by a domestic birth parent, given the high dollar cash outlay as well as the emotional investment either way?
    , @Olorin
    Vanity signalling actually.

    He sounds mostly peeved that his investment in PC isn't coercing the expected/demanded dividends from everyone he encounters.

  • The usual plan with Supreme Court nominee hearings is to bore everybody into a stupor. But with the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, why not go on the offensive about freedom of speech and the new corporate oligopoly threat to the First Amendment?
  • @bomag

    it just needs someone to enforce the already existing law
     
    Since the courts are as political and cucked as other institutions, I was wondering about citizen arrests and individuals swearing out criminal complaints?

    At the extreme we would have a big revolutionary fest: arrest corporate heads; arrest the prosecutors when they don't follow through; arrest the judges when they release; arrest the police when they intervene; etc.

    I think we need to arrest CNN, MSNBC and congress for what’s they’ve done with McCain. Fellating a corpse like that has to be illegal in DC.

    • LOL: Mr. Rational, Corn
    • Replies: @Marty
    I never thought I’d hear anyone describe McCain as “cool,” but it happened on Bay Area radio yesterday. The encomium was delivered by a Jewish, former criminal defense lawyer whose second career is analyzing Giants baseball.
  • As a statesman, John McCain served America well in playing a key role in building peaceful relations with Vietnam around 1990. John McCain never won the Presidency, but he tended to be on the winning side of the major foreign policy (intervention) and domestic policy (immigration) issues of his latter decades. The problem with winning,...
  • Perhaps if McCain had been a little younger he would have pulled off a Nixon Goes to China switch to a new stance more relevant to the actual challenges of the 21st Century.

    No, McCain was a warmonger through and through. He never gave serious thought to anything, much less the challenges facing the United States. Remember, this was the asshole playing poker on his iPhone during hearings about attacking Syria.

  • From Slate: Clearly, it's racist to try to get the world's first trillion dollar corporation to live up to its promises to you. Ask Tim Cook. He'll tell you that white women with children who spent extra money to buy an Apple product should think about their White Privilege instead of hassling Apple. In the...
  • 1a. Especially older boomers, they just cant comprehend how fucked up the baseline of society now is, they expect the walgreens clerk to be like the actual pharmacist from when they were kids.

    Yep. And they have no idea how lean businesses run their processes at anymore, or how even small variations in performance metrics get run up the chain. What’s even more aggravating is when they notice how lean the system is, yet can’t tie it to poor service.

  • From the Boston Globe: Not, of course, as much of a contribution as that made by my ancestors' descendants, such as, to pick a random example, me, Prof. Alan M. Dershowit
  • @Anon
    OT

    The Pursuit of Blondness
    Modern hair-coloring technology has allowed people to dye their hair virtually any shade. So why is one hue in particular so popular?
    https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/08/the-pursuit-of-blondness/567688/

    Why Blonde Privilege Is Real, From Barbie to the White House
    https://www.vogue.com/article/claudia-rankine-john-lucas-stamped-blonde-hair-color-race-brooklyn-new-york

    Two female journalists, one an Asian with blonde streaks*; a bad-hair black artist-poet-McA genius; and a bald, white male photographer. Are blondess and race connected? Blondness and Republicanism? Can PoC go blonde, or is it race treason?

    * The topic just won't die. You may remember this one also from iSteve a few weeks back:
    Why So Many Asian-American Women Are Bleaching Their Hair Blond
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/09/fashion/why-are-so-many-asian-american-women-bleaching-their-hair-blond.html

    So much mental and emotional labor is spent, yet they never really get to the real reason: Blonde hair attracts attention from men.

    Maybe we can start an artificial blonde shaming meme? Quit appropriating white culture!

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Women also like jewelry that is bright and shiny like blonde hair. Why? It catches the light and thus attracts attention. Women like attention.
  • From Harper's Bazaar, a ladies' fashion magazine: When Feminism Is White Supremacy in Heels From tone policing to whitesplaining, the liberal white women's feminism is more toxic than they realize, explains Rachel Cargle. By Rachel Elizabeth Cargle Aug 16, 2018 When I heard about the tragic murder of 18-year-old Nia Wilson, who was stabbed to...
  • @Anonymous
    Here's what happened to such a family who merely gave one a job

    https://wtop.com/dc/2018/05/3-years-later-where-case-stands-in-the-savopoulos-mansion-murders/slide/1/

    Immigrant, of course. From Guyana. Still hasn't stood trial.

    He was here illegally and had multiple offenses that should have led to his deportation. But, of course, ClownWorld.

    It’s kind of faded from memory, but his arrest was weird. His DNA was collected and processed in what seemed like record time, like around 18 hours. I wonder if he was really caught by some sort of secret intel collection system since it happened so close to the veep’s residence.

  • From The Daily Beast: Who knew 7000 BC was the Middle Ages? “It's rather difficult to find a ‘pure white’ utopia anytime in the pre-modern, let alone ancient historical records,” she said.
  • All the shields, swords, armor and staves isn’t LARPing. It’s realistic tactical training.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
    Correct. They don't just compute damage points with a 12-sided die; they inflict and sustain real bruises and the occasional fracture,l.
  • I'm fascinated that 1/3rd of Latino women think they are "strong enough to beat most people in a fist-fight" versus a little over 1/8th of white women.
  • @Anonymous
    I have had so many guys tell me how profoundly moved they were by this incident. Basically, they all say, "I know why he did it. I get him."
    There is something in the air....

    And he didn’t take anyone with him, bless him. He was smart enough to fly a plane as a baggage handler, so I figure he could have got a double digit body count.

  • Yes, but academic publisher Elsevier needs its monopoly chokehold on publishing unpaid scientific papers and 40% profit margins to be able to pay plenty for a Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity.You're not against Inclusion & Diversity, are you?
  • @Richard K.
    You better believe if they didn't have a "Diversity and Inclusion" division the kosher media would launch a propaganda campaign against them.

    Case in point, the NFL. Have you noticed all those troublesome stories (and a movie) about football and concussions have stopped once the NFL embraced social justice? The barrage of articles calling on Roger Goodell to step down have stopped too.

    The concussion story would have gotten memory-holed anyway. Fans want their bread and circus, the networks want their ratings and players and teams want their paychecks.