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I went to the Santa Monica Pier on Friday evening, but I missed the donnybrook down the beach at the Venice Pier the evening before. From the LA Times:

A lifeguard whose attack by three people in Venice was captured on video had simply asked his assailants to stop smoking on the pier, one of the lifeguard’s supervisors said Friday.

The full-time lifeguard, who has been with the department for 10 years, was jumped by two men and a woman as soon as he hopped off the ladder at his tower at the Venice Pier on Thursday evening, authorities said.

The LAPD identified the two men as Harutiun Balyan, 30, and Ara Sarkisyan, 28. The woman was identified as Arusiak Gekchyan, 28. All three were arrested on suspicion of battery on an executive officer, a felony.

One lesson is that you don’t want to get into a fistfight with a lifeguard: the biggest guy got knocked out cold.

But another lesson might involve my vague impression that Armenians in California tend to fall into two camps: the ones whose names end in “-ian” (and generally came here before 1924 or fleeing Beirut in 1975) and the ones who names end in “-yan” (who typically came here from ex-Soviet Armenia).

The ex-Soviet “-yans” appear much more likely to show up on the police blotter. For example, the biggest mass murder in my neighborhood in recent years involved a four to one ratio of “-yans” to “-ians.” From the LA Times in 2010:

Los Angeles police said Friday that they are searching for a 28-year-old suspected gun dealer in connection with the massacre of four men at a San Fernando Valley restaurant.

Nerses Arthur Galstyan is considered to be armed and very dangerous and is still at large …

Investigators said they believe anger was behind the attack April 3 against six acquaintances at the Hot Spot Mediterranean Restaurant on Riverside Drive in Valley Village.

Police said Galstyan was among a group of guests attending an afternoon celebration in honor of a friend who had died in an accident a year earlier. A quarrel broke out and Galstyan began shooting, they said. Hayt Yegnanyan, 25; Sarkis Karadjian, 26; Harut Baburyan, 28; and Vardan Tofalyan, 31, were killed, and two other men were wounded.

I’m not sure why this pattern exists. Potential hypotheses might include:

– The Soviet Union was a finishing school for thugs and gangsters?

– The “-ians” tended to be middle class merchants and proprietors fleeing Ottoman atrocities, while the “-yans” are more Chechen-like hillbillies?

– Assimilation over the generations works?

 
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One reason that senior Democratic political leaders are so complacent about what demographic change has in store for America is because the numerically rising races have had such a weak bench politically that they have been much less of a threat to displace Democratic elders than you’d expect from their sheer numbers.

For example, highly diverse California is ruled by pretty much the same elderly white Democrats as in the 1970s-1990s. Gov. Jerry Brown is 77, Rep. Nancy Pelosi is 75, Sen. Barbara Boxer is 74, Sen. Diane Feinstein is 82, and state Democratic party chairman John L. Burton is 82. Rep. Henry Waxman retired at 75 last January after 40 years in the House. Poor Rep. Howard Berman finally got shoved out by racial redistricting at 71, but he still enjoyed a 30 year run in the House.

At the national level, Barack Obama plays an African American on TV, but he’s really more of a product of that tiny but historically not insignificant class of Yankee adventurers / adventuresses who extend the American empire by intermarrying abroad, as in 19th Century California and Hawaii. Bill Richardson and George P. Bush are similar, but there aren’t a lot of them.

The Democrats figured that for 2016 they’d put all their chips on Hillary Clinton to unite their Coalition of the Fringes on the grounds that (1) women are a minority, and (2) low information actual minority voters have heard of her. 2016 would be Hillary’s Turn, so everybody else has to wait for eight years, kicking the can down the road to 2024 for the Democrats to tear themselves apart 1968-style, this time not over ideology but over Diversity.

In the meantime, the Democrats are slowly polishing “blank screens” like Julian Castro and Cory Booker to someday step in.

But Hillary, age 67, is visibly deteriorating in the wake of her serious medical crisis in 2012-2013, turning into the walking, talking Portrait of Doriana Gray seemingly embodying all the Clintons’ manifold sins over the decades.

Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, 73 in human years but about 129 in Diversity Years, has been climbing in the polls. The only other announced Democratic candidates are Jim Webb (69) and Martin O’Malley (who is only 52).

Now Maureen Dowd is Mentioning two more not so young white guys:

Potent friends of America’s lord of latte, Howard Schultz, have been pressing him to join the Democratic primary, thinking the time is right for someone who’s not a political lifer. For the passionate 62-year-old — watching the circus from Seattle — it may be a tempting proposition.

Schultz was last in the news for ordering Starbucks employees to write “RaceTogether” on coffee cups and then hector customers about race (a brainstorm he quickly rescinded).

Joe Biden is also talking to friends, family and donors about jumping in. The 72-year-old vice president has been having meetings at his Washington residence to explore the idea of taking on Hillary in Iowa and New Hampshire.

But if Hillary can’t get it done, will the Coalition of the Fringes be content with a bunch of old white Democrats running against each other? Will the lack of bench strength among the Diverse keep the Democratic primary race old and white? Or will 2024 arrive in 2016?

 
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From the AP, an update on Ta-Nehisi Coates’s hometown:

Baltimore killings soar to a level unseen in 43 years
By JULIET LINDERMAN
Jul. 31, 2015 4:47 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 45 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.

Police reported three deaths — two men shot Thursday and one on Friday. The men died at local hospitals.

With their deaths, this year’s homicides reached 189, far outpacing the 119 killings by July’s end in 2014. Nonfatal shootings have soared to 366, compared to 200 by the same date last year. July’s total was the worst since the city recorded 45 killings in August 1972, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Mayor Rawlings & ex-top cop Batts

The seemingly Sisyphean task of containing the city’s violence prompted Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to fire her police commissioner, Anthony Batts, on July 8.

“Too many continue to die on our streets,” Rawlings-Blake said then. “Families are tired of dealing with this pain, and so am I. Recent events have placed an intense focus on our police leadership, distracting many from what needs to be our main focus: the fight against crime.”

Interim top cop Davis

But the killings have not abated under Interim Commissioner Kevin Davis since then. …

Federal drug enforcement agents said gangs targeted 32 pharmacies in the city, taking roughly 300,000 doses of opiates, as the riots caused $9 million in property damage in the city.

Perched on a friend’s stoop, Sherry Moore, 55, said she knew “mostly all” of the young men killed recently in West Baltimore, including an 18-year-old fatally shot a half-block away. Moore said many more pills are on the street since the riot, making people wilder than usual.

“The ones doing the violence, the shootings, they’re eating Percocet like candy and they’re not thinking about consequences. They have no discipline, they have no respect — they think this is a game. How many can I put down on the East side? How many can I put down on the West side?” …

Arrests plummeted and violence soared after six officers were indicted in Gray’s death. Residents accused police of abandoning their posts for fear of facing criminal charges for making arrests, and said emboldened criminals were settling scores with little risk of being caught.

The department denied these claims, and police cars have been evident patrolling West Baltimore’s central thoroughfares recently.

You could probably track how hard the police are actually working by how soon each day the chocolate donuts sell out.

 
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1984 Tim Cook 2

“Today, we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives. We have created, for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology—where each worker may bloom, secure from the pests purveying contradictory truths. Our Unification of Thoughts is more powerful a weapon than any fleet or army on earth. We are one people, with one will, one resolve, one cause. Our enemies shall talk themselves to death, and we will bury them with their own confusion. We shallprevail!

 
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Screenshot 2015-07-30 21.53.48I’m slowly reading philosopher Robert Nozick’s 1974 book Anarchy, State, and Utopia, which begins with an explanation of why some kind of minimal state would automatically evolve out of a Lockean state of nature: when individuals hired “protective associations” (or private police forces) they’d inevitably evolve toward territorially concentrated monopolies on violence.

And to some extent we see that in the real world. But we also see a trend toward overlapping “protective associations.”

In New Orleans, for example, a trash collection entrepreneur named Sidney Torres (he’s known as “Trashanova” for his boy band Bruce Wayne good looks) has started the French Quarter Task Force to halt gunplay.

He pays armed rent-a-cops in kick-ass golf carts to respond to citizen complaints entered via an Uber-like app.

This is not an isolated example of overlapping police forces. For example, in this post-9/11 era, Washington DC has a remarkable number of federal security forces. (This may be helping propel the rapid gentrification of Washington.)

Another example of overlapping police departments involve college police forces that patrol off campus, which has suddenly become controversial when a U. of Cincinnati cop shot a black motorist.

For example, I visited Tulane a couple of years after Hurricane Katrina, and the university president explained that the Tulane police department patrolled the streets for a mile beyond the campus borders. (Back then, Tulane was the most functional institution in New Orleans, so also the students had organized an ambulance service to get people from the campus area uptown to the Tulane medical center downtown.)

New Orleans is of course a severely dysfunctional, damaged place. But this kind of double protection is also seen in more average cities, like Chicago. Perhaps the most spectacular example is the U. of Chicago’s fiefdom sprawling far beyond its campus. Its police force has full jurisdiction over 50,000 residents who aren’t students.

The President of the United States long made sure to only live within the U. of C. cops’ jurisdiction so he wouldn’t have to put up solely with wimpy Chicago PD protection, but could also call upon the university’s private police force. Or as Obama explained in Dreams from My Father, after one scary night in Hyde Park in which he racially profiled four black youths as being of malevolent intent:

“As I stand there, I find myself thinking that somewhere down the line both guilt and empathy speak to our own buried sense that an order of some sort is required, not the social order that exists, necessarily, but something more fundamental and more demanding; a sense, further, that one has a stake in this order, a wish that, no matter how fluid this order sometimes appears, it will not drain out of the universe.”

I think this means that Obama realized he was on the side of the cops, not the crooks.

One interesting question in the history of thought is whether the University of Chicago having a privatized police force that patrols the nicer part of the South Side has anything to do with the Chicago School views on privatization.

 
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