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iSteve commenter Jaakko Raipala notes on life in the Nordic countries:

Asperger’s syndrome is being removed from the books due to overdiagnosis so the medical establishment is capable of correcting itself at least on this point. I think stuff is happening behind the scenes on the trans stuff, but it’s very hard for doctors to take a public dissident political stand since having a “bigot” doctor on payroll would make an institution vulnerable to lawfare.

Asperger’s syndrome is more like the label for normal to high IQ children with behavioral problems or even just a scam of middle class parents getting extra benefits for their kids.

This is a huge problem in countries with “socialized medicine” which leads to access to doctors getting limited by long wait times instead of high prices. Since some people clearly need urgent health care the administrators create all sorts of exceptions and so everyone has an incentive to get diagnosed with as many conditions as possible to get ahead in the queues.

Hence Greta Thunberg and her sister have Asperger, ADHD, OCD, defiant disorder and I can’t even remember what else.

Ms. Thunberg’s TED talk says: “I was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, OCD, and selective mutism.”

You can’t let your child go undiagnosed without any disorders as there are kids competing for appointments who have more problems on record. You can also use the medical diagnosis to jump the queue on a lot of other government programs like housing, daycare etc.

They seem to be now busy working on a form of trans that requires just dressing up and no permanent changes and that will be very useful for getting special treatment in government services.

Scandinavians have developed a whole new moral system that dictates which forms of trickery are acceptable to the middle class and which mark you as low class scum and these unwritten rules are part of why mass migration is such a disaster. How is some guy from Somalia supposed to understand that getting your kid diagnosed with ADHD to get better access to services makes you a good parent but that using the diagnosis to get welfare money or drugs makes you scum? It’s not like this is ever going to be explained because that would give away the game that smart people are playing.

 
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  1. Wait, where did that last bit come from?

    • LOL: Ash Williams
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Carol

    Carol, I reckon that's from the same commenter, Jaakko Raipala. Greta can't write that well - all she knows how to do is scold us - HOW! DARE! YOU!

  2. A diagnosis of some form of dislexia gets you “time-and-a-half” on exams at a U.S. university. It is a lot more complicated than that, but such is the gist of it.

    Students with this condition used to be predominantly white but students of East Asian heritage are beginning to request the time-and-a-half exam accomodation.

    I am not denying dislexia is a genuine disorder. Some dislexia may be overdiagnosed whereas others with this condition may not be diagnosed. On the other hand, are we experiencing a Tiger Mom happening, where East Asian parents or parents of East Asian heritage have discovered that if there child has some form of dislexia, if the child can be diagnosed with that condition and if an accomodation specialist at a university subject to all manners of regulation regarding the need to accomodate all forms of disability supports this with an accomodation request to the faculty, extra time on examinations is not something to leave on the table?

    On one hand there is the stigma, “my destined-to-be-high-achieving child is learning disabled.” Is this balanced by the bennie of extra time on tests (often in small-group settings)? I thought that many East Asian cultures are shame based. I always thought “my child is disabled and merits extra help” is a kind of upper-middle class white point of view,, but if your kid gets extra time, shame is so old-fashioned and old-country? Are Tiger Mom’s coming around to this way of thinking?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Inquiring Mind

    QUOTE: A diagnosis of some form of dislexia gets you “time-and-a-half” on exams at a U.S. university.

    There are more dyslexia sufferers than many people think.

    , @GermanReader2
    @Inquiring Mind

    In Germany the rates of dyslexia skyrocketed after a lot of teachers changed the way they taught writing. (They have since been forbidden from using the method they switched to.) I am also acquainted with a teacher who says that the pupils of some teachers have significantly higher rates of dyslexia diagnoses even though the mix of pupils they teach is not different to their colleagues. All in all I think, that there are pupils who have weakness when it comes to reading|spelling, but the method with which they are taught to write greatly influences, whether they will be diagnosed with dyslexia.

  3. Why is “socialized medicine” in quotes like that? It IS socialized medicine. I have no problem with Mr. Raipala’s good comment otherwise.

    This is not the worst evil of socialized [oops, don’t say that, SLAP!] single-payer health care. You all have already read bits right here under/on Steve Sailer’s posts about the ideas in (formerly)Great (formerly)Britain about rationing out care only to the good people. These are the ones who shut their damn mouths about certain things.

    BTW, I think most ADHD or ADD cases are a crock. Same with ass-burgers. People have different personalities and even the kids that have personalities that are quite different don’t qualify for the label “diseased”. They are just different. I thought diversity was good.

    • Replies: @Houston 1992
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Today the state rations healthcare, tomorrow bandwidth, and with that rationing system one ends free speech.

  4. @Carol
    Wait, where did that last bit come from?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Carol, I reckon that’s from the same commenter, Jaakko Raipala. Greta can’t write that well – all she knows how to do is scold us – HOW! DARE! YOU!

  5. I recall reading a few years back that Sweden has a very high percentage of its population receiving disability benefits, that masks unemployment rates. Among more the more prevalent “disabilities” is sensitivity to electricity. If you watched the TV show “Better Call Saul”, Saul’s brother, as played by Michael McKean, suffers from this condition. In most of the world it’s dismissed as a form of hypochondria but in Sweden it’s emough to get you disability benefits for the rest of your life.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    @jcd1974

    " Among more the more prevalent “disabilities” is sensitivity to electricity. "

    Huh? Isn't that a "condition" that could be EASILY tested for? You could design a box with lights on it that illuminate whenever the tester desires it. You have cables going into the box and out of it, the outgoing cables going to two metal plates the test subject would be between to set up an "electric field" of the appropriate field strength. But the "pièce de résistance" is that the lights would be powered via fiber optic cables.

    Take this arrangement and place the subject in a room like an audio test. Turn on the lights and tell the person you are creating an electric field of X volts/meter. Keep on upping the "e-field" until the subject "detects" it. When they "detect" it, you can give them the actual field strength: ZERO v/m!

    Replies: @James J. O'Meara, @Anonymous

    , @Pericles
    @jcd1974

    There actually are some oddballs who live electricity-free lives in the woods, but I think that phenomenon has had its high tide. Some decades ago (even before we were swarming with migrants) it was fairly easy to get life-long disability, mainly for various back problems, but then they cracked down on it. Apparently it was a bit too easy.

    NB; There was also an epoch where invalids could have their family members as government-paid assistants, but it turned out it was a bit too easy to rake in the cash for Iraqis, who turned out to not even be invalids, so that program had to be discontinued too.

    There were also the magnificent 'apathetic refugee children' who at one time were perceived as a big problem requiring society to help. There were lots of them.

    The first case of an apathetic refugee child in Sweden is from 1998. That time it was a 15-year old boy from Chechnya who appeared at the pediatriatic clinic in Luleå. He didn't eat or speak and no longer walked.

    However, four weeks after his family had gotten permanent residency, he had fully recovered.

     

    https://www.expressen.se/nyheter/apatiska-barnen-berattar-vi-tvingades-spela-sjuka/
    (In Swedish, I'm afraid.)

    At first it was of course taboo to say anything against this. Believe the children! Then after a while medical professionals started murmuring that this was BS and just like that there were no more apathetic refugees. A great success for modern medicine, I daresay.

    Replies: @Cato

  6. How could it be that affluent educated parents coupd ceank out desteuctive crazy people aaaaand just look at the pic.
    https://postimg.cc/ftJPQ2fk

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @J.Ross

    Whatever your affluent educated phone is cranking out, MAKE IT STOP!

    , @Twodees Partain
    @J.Ross

    I hate it when affluent educated parents coupd ceank out desteuctive.

  7. BTW, why do TED talks lean the way they do politically? Is it something to do with academia? The organization itself? Or is it that people on the Left just enjoy being didactic and having a live audience?

    • Replies: @R.G. Camara
    @songbird

    Heard a Joe Rogan interview where the interviewee (forgot his name) talked about how TED talks are actually scary, cult-like things. If you're invited to give one, they demand you go to some dorm/camp for the entire period, and bunk with someone else giving a talk, and then have no outside communication. Interviewee was freaked and abandoned TED talks.

    I'm betting its a recruiting ground for a lot of "thought leader" types by leftists. Do well, and obey their indoctrination, and you get rewarded with a good agent/better exposure/better publicity/backroom connections . I think they'll be exposed one day as a NXVIUM or Scientology-type group. Never would've thought that before, but the interviewee's description was definitely the stuff of the beginnings of cult indoctrination.

    Replies: @ag0, @Interferon, @Kratoklastes

    , @AKAHorace
    @songbird


    BTW, why do TED talks lean the way they do politically? Is it something to do with academia? The organization itself?
     
    Songbird,

    The TED talks used to be about science. They have gradually become more and more Social Justicy. Perhaps this is because it is difficult to tell someone that their talk is not worth hearing, particularly if it is about a trendy issue.
  8. Global Citizen [AKA "Globalist Citizen"] says:

    There is a picture from Canada about 100 years ago of a young lady who looks exactly like Ms. Thunberg. I suspect she may have been a Swedish immigrant.

    This is called phenotypic stability (over time). [Ja shure]

    The interesting thing is the transcription into English of her words:

    How dare you not soak the Lutefisk. My young life is ruined. I am so depressed

    Herx travails were the basis of forming the Canadian Mental Health Services. The End.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Global Citizen


    There is a picture from Canada about 100 years ago of a young lady who looks exactly like Ms. Thunberg. I suspect she may have been a Swedish immigrant.
     
    The resemblance is uncanny, within the limitations of old black-and-white photography.
  9. In Stockholm, Sweden they have rent control. This means that no one puts their unit on the (legitimate) rental market, because that would be stupid. But units change do change hands constantly–they just do so always under-the-table. This manifests in that if you write to anyone in Stockholm you must send it to them them care/of the actual owner of the unit.

    Everyone votes to keep the law, but everyone breaks it; and everyone knows this. They get to have the law on the books and still get the market rates for all of the units, though millions of man-hours are wasted adding the extra line to the address, and everyone knows everyone is a liar. Tis a silly place.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @A Ham Sandwich

    I lived in a place with rent control. It was pretty hard to find a place to rent period. An ad would come out, I'd get over there that morning, and there'd be 5 people already on the porch. "Well, let's see, you're not a smoker, you said, good. What's your favorite color?" "Uhh, blue?" "Light blue or dark blue?" "Light." "I'm sorry ... we got someone already."

    Every watch the Seinfeld episodes in which the characters are very happy that one of the tenants in the building is dying? That's the sick stuff that comes from a Socialized rental market.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

  10. Ah well, socialist paradises.

  11. So people who really do have problems get screwed.

    • Replies: @Bard of Bumperstickers
    @Redneck farmer

    Diseases of the rich: Extraordinary Popular Delusion Disorder and the Madness of Millennials. Pathetic Greta being used by the technocracy seems a variant of Munchausen. https://www.technocracy.news/ The ruling shitheads like diagnosing every normal human activity, especially self-direction, as a disorder. Psychiatry is an arm of the state. Oppositional defiant disorder, my ass. Rebel without a pause.

  12. @songbird
    BTW, why do TED talks lean the way they do politically? Is it something to do with academia? The organization itself? Or is it that people on the Left just enjoy being didactic and having a live audience?

    Replies: @R.G. Camara, @AKAHorace

    Heard a Joe Rogan interview where the interviewee (forgot his name) talked about how TED talks are actually scary, cult-like things. If you’re invited to give one, they demand you go to some dorm/camp for the entire period, and bunk with someone else giving a talk, and then have no outside communication. Interviewee was freaked and abandoned TED talks.

    I’m betting its a recruiting ground for a lot of “thought leader” types by leftists. Do well, and obey their indoctrination, and you get rewarded with a good agent/better exposure/better publicity/backroom connections . I think they’ll be exposed one day as a NXVIUM or Scientology-type group. Never would’ve thought that before, but the interviewee’s description was definitely the stuff of the beginnings of cult indoctrination.

    • Replies: @ag0
    @R.G. Camara

    The idea that TED may be revealed to be a cultist training ground is disturbingly plausible in light of the Epstein/EDGE connection, which might once have seemed equally improbable.

    , @Interferon
    @R.G. Camara

    This must be selective though.

    Bill Gates gave a talk there. I doubt they made him bunk in a camp before his speech.

    , @Kratoklastes
    @R.G. Camara

    The Rogan interview you're thinking of is the one with Eddie Huang (Episode 330) - the best excerpt is this clip.

    Ted started out with a moderate leftward bias, but in recent years it has become intolerable: so much so that I down-rate anyone who has given one in the last 5 years (even the guy from WaitButWhy).

  13. This is a huge problem in countries with “socialized medicine”

    That’s an umbrella term for a wide variety of systems. Canada has socialized insurance, paid for by federal taxes, but owned and operated by the provinces– analogous to our Interstate Highway System. It’s thus “single-payer”, unlike Germany’s and some of her neighbors.

    However, Germany’s churches are single-payer. Consider that. But at least there is more than one church. The Nordic churches are paid for, owned, and run by the state. Like the UK’s National Health Service.

    But at least those countries allow independent competition, in body (i.e., health care) and soul. Sweden disestablished her church in 2000, but the state has a monopoly on all health care. Just like France’s in granting degrees.

    Scandinavians have developed a whole new moral system that dictates which forms of trickery are acceptable to the middle class

    An example of Swedish middle-class trickery:

    The more forthright, if close-mouthed, Finns and Danes have a traditional active all-male draft. Also forthrightly, Norway has included her women. Two unique features there: it applies equally, not as in Israel , Eritrea, and a few others, unequally; and, surprise!– the policy change was pushed by Norway’s feminists. (Imagine that here. Yeah, right.)

    Sweden, though, suspended the draft in 2010, and at the time slipped in the provision that should it return, it would apply to the sexes equally. Little did they know that it would be back just a few years later, because Ryssland!

    iSteve commenter Jaakko Raipala

    I can’t see that name without thinking of Jaska Jokunen.

    • Replies: @Dave3
    @Reg Cæsar

    Saw a comment by a guy who absolute crushed the Norwegian army in war games because those sluts had their smart phones on and logged into Tinder. Oh look, I have six ladies 3.2km away, while you see the same ladies 4.7km from your position. Draw two circles, mark their intersection, and fire the artillery!

    , @Anonymous
    @Reg Cæsar

    Personally I agree with the principle Heinlein posited in Starship Troopers that the franchise should be linked to service, and I think that service requirements should be universal. I also think it's idiocy to put women in combat. From these ideas I devise the following:

    Males should be expected to serve, preferably in the military, or if unfit or having legitimate religious objections in a civil capacity. Those who dodge this should be, along with any other sanctions, disenfranchised. (For you people in Olathe, that means they can't vote. )

    Females should be expected to serve in a civil capacity or if they prefer and as needs provide in a noncombatant military capacity. An exception should be made for married young mothers, subject to their staying married and raising their kids. Unwed moms who can't serve should be disenfranchised, it should go without saying.

    Replies: @Yngvar

    , @ScarletNumber
    @Reg Cæsar

    To be fair, Israel has a good reason for not drafting Muslims into their army. Why draft the enemy?

  14. @songbird
    BTW, why do TED talks lean the way they do politically? Is it something to do with academia? The organization itself? Or is it that people on the Left just enjoy being didactic and having a live audience?

    Replies: @R.G. Camara, @AKAHorace

    BTW, why do TED talks lean the way they do politically? Is it something to do with academia? The organization itself?

    Songbird,

    The TED talks used to be about science. They have gradually become more and more Social Justicy. Perhaps this is because it is difficult to tell someone that their talk is not worth hearing, particularly if it is about a trendy issue.

    • Agree: jim jones
  15. @A Ham Sandwich
    In Stockholm, Sweden they have rent control. This means that no one puts their unit on the (legitimate) rental market, because that would be stupid. But units change do change hands constantly--they just do so always under-the-table. This manifests in that if you write to anyone in Stockholm you must send it to them them care/of the actual owner of the unit.

    Everyone votes to keep the law, but everyone breaks it; and everyone knows this. They get to have the law on the books and still get the market rates for all of the units, though millions of man-hours are wasted adding the extra line to the address, and everyone knows everyone is a liar. Tis a silly place.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    I lived in a place with rent control. It was pretty hard to find a place to rent period. An ad would come out, I’d get over there that morning, and there’d be 5 people already on the porch. “Well, let’s see, you’re not a smoker, you said, good. What’s your favorite color?” “Uhh, blue?” “Light blue or dark blue?” “Light.” “I’m sorry … we got someone already.”

    Every watch the Seinfeld episodes in which the characters are very happy that one of the tenants in the building is dying? That’s the sick stuff that comes from a Socialized rental market.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Tamar Janowitz's comic novel "Slaves of New York" is about how NYC rent control makes the boyfriend or girlfriend in a live-in relationship who has his or her name on the rent-controlled lease the master, while the other whose name isn't on the lease is the slave.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @kimchilover

  16. @Achmed E. Newman
    Why is "socialized medicine" in quotes like that? It IS socialized medicine. I have no problem with Mr. Raipala's good comment otherwise.

    This is not the worst evil of socialized [oops, don't say that, SLAP!] single-payer health care. You all have already read bits right here under/on Steve Sailer's posts about the ideas in (formerly)Great (formerly)Britain about rationing out care only to the good people. These are the ones who shut their damn mouths about certain things.

    BTW, I think most ADHD or ADD cases are a crock. Same with ass-burgers. People have different personalities and even the kids that have personalities that are quite different don't qualify for the label "diseased". They are just different. I thought diversity was good.

    Replies: @Houston 1992

    Today the state rations healthcare, tomorrow bandwidth, and with that rationing system one ends free speech.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  17. @jcd1974
    I recall reading a few years back that Sweden has a very high percentage of its population receiving disability benefits, that masks unemployment rates. Among more the more prevalent "disabilities" is sensitivity to electricity. If you watched the TV show "Better Call Saul", Saul's brother, as played by Michael McKean, suffers from this condition. In most of the world it's dismissed as a form of hypochondria but in Sweden it's emough to get you disability benefits for the rest of your life.

    Replies: @Joe Stalin, @Pericles

    ” Among more the more prevalent “disabilities” is sensitivity to electricity. ”

    Huh? Isn’t that a “condition” that could be EASILY tested for? You could design a box with lights on it that illuminate whenever the tester desires it. You have cables going into the box and out of it, the outgoing cables going to two metal plates the test subject would be between to set up an “electric field” of the appropriate field strength. But the “pièce de résistance” is that the lights would be powered via fiber optic cables.

    Take this arrangement and place the subject in a room like an audio test. Turn on the lights and tell the person you are creating an electric field of X volts/meter. Keep on upping the “e-field” until the subject “detects” it. When they “detect” it, you can give them the actual field strength: ZERO v/m!

    • Replies: @James J. O'Meara
    @Joe Stalin

    " Isn’t that a “condition” that could be EASILY tested for?"

    Yeah, and Jimmy/Saul really did a number on that prick brother of his with simple "slip a cell phone in your pocket" trick.

    , @Anonymous
    @Joe Stalin

    When I was an audiophile we rigged up a conrad-johnson (they use lower case, like marantz) tube preamp with a JFET stage bypassing one of the tube stages and invited some of these "tube rollers" to come over for a Listening Test of, I think they were 12AX7s or 12AT7s. We left the heater lines in place so the tubes would light up but had no B+ or signal.

    So they would try their precious stash of NOS this and that and the other tubes and sit there like wine tasters and pontificate about how the soundstage changed, "bloom", 'air", et al. all this audiophool nonsense. So then I had them try a regular shrink wrapped Fender marked one and they agreed it ws not very good. So, I reached over with a gloved hand and pulled it out and the sound didn't change a bit. They were for once utterly speechless.

    I wasn't too popular after that.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

  18. @J.Ross
    How could it be that affluent educated parents coupd ceank out desteuctive crazy people aaaaand just look at the pic.
    https://postimg.cc/ftJPQ2fk

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Twodees Partain

    Whatever your affluent educated phone is cranking out, MAKE IT STOP!

  19. @jcd1974
    I recall reading a few years back that Sweden has a very high percentage of its population receiving disability benefits, that masks unemployment rates. Among more the more prevalent "disabilities" is sensitivity to electricity. If you watched the TV show "Better Call Saul", Saul's brother, as played by Michael McKean, suffers from this condition. In most of the world it's dismissed as a form of hypochondria but in Sweden it's emough to get you disability benefits for the rest of your life.

    Replies: @Joe Stalin, @Pericles

    There actually are some oddballs who live electricity-free lives in the woods, but I think that phenomenon has had its high tide. Some decades ago (even before we were swarming with migrants) it was fairly easy to get life-long disability, mainly for various back problems, but then they cracked down on it. Apparently it was a bit too easy.

    NB; There was also an epoch where invalids could have their family members as government-paid assistants, but it turned out it was a bit too easy to rake in the cash for Iraqis, who turned out to not even be invalids, so that program had to be discontinued too.

    There were also the magnificent ‘apathetic refugee children’ who at one time were perceived as a big problem requiring society to help. There were lots of them.

    The first case of an apathetic refugee child in Sweden is from 1998. That time it was a 15-year old boy from Chechnya who appeared at the pediatriatic clinic in Luleå. He didn’t eat or speak and no longer walked.

    However, four weeks after his family had gotten permanent residency, he had fully recovered.

    https://www.expressen.se/nyheter/apatiska-barnen-berattar-vi-tvingades-spela-sjuka/
    (In Swedish, I’m afraid.)

    At first it was of course taboo to say anything against this. Believe the children! Then after a while medical professionals started murmuring that this was BS and just like that there were no more apathetic refugees. A great success for modern medicine, I daresay.

    • Replies: @Cato
    @Pericles


    Some decades ago (even before we were swarming with migrants) it was fairly easy to get life-long disability, mainly for various back problems, but then they cracked down on it.
     
    In the United States, it was discovered that judges in some rural counties were approving virtually every application for disability. It seems these counties were using disability payments as a way to keep income flowing into disintegrating local economies.

    There was also an epoch where invalids could have their family members as government-paid assistants, but it turned out it was a bit too easy to rake in the cash for Iraqis, who turned out to not even be invalids.
     
    Parents of severely mentally disabled children often find that they cannot provide proper care when the child reaches adulthood. In the U.S., the state will accept responsibility for these children, and will place them in a foster/contractor home, paying the contractor about $25K/year (varies by state). In many cases, had the parents received an additional $25K/year to care for their child, they would have been able to afford keeping the child in their home. But parents are not eligible to receive those funds. U.S. systems are mostly set up assuming that people will commit fraud.

    Replies: @GermanReader2

  20. @Achmed E. Newman
    @A Ham Sandwich

    I lived in a place with rent control. It was pretty hard to find a place to rent period. An ad would come out, I'd get over there that morning, and there'd be 5 people already on the porch. "Well, let's see, you're not a smoker, you said, good. What's your favorite color?" "Uhh, blue?" "Light blue or dark blue?" "Light." "I'm sorry ... we got someone already."

    Every watch the Seinfeld episodes in which the characters are very happy that one of the tenants in the building is dying? That's the sick stuff that comes from a Socialized rental market.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    Tamar Janowitz’s comic novel “Slaves of New York” is about how NYC rent control makes the boyfriend or girlfriend in a live-in relationship who has his or her name on the rent-controlled lease the master, while the other whose name isn’t on the lease is the slave.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Steve Sailer

    Oooh, sounds pretty kinky!

    , @kimchilover
    @Steve Sailer

    Looked up the book and was shocked to see it was made into a Merchant/Ivory film in 1989 starring Bernadette Peters. Can't believe I'd never heard of it!

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

  21. Ms. Thunberg’s TED talk says: “I was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, OCD, and selective mutism.”

    Far too selective.

  22. @R.G. Camara
    @songbird

    Heard a Joe Rogan interview where the interviewee (forgot his name) talked about how TED talks are actually scary, cult-like things. If you're invited to give one, they demand you go to some dorm/camp for the entire period, and bunk with someone else giving a talk, and then have no outside communication. Interviewee was freaked and abandoned TED talks.

    I'm betting its a recruiting ground for a lot of "thought leader" types by leftists. Do well, and obey their indoctrination, and you get rewarded with a good agent/better exposure/better publicity/backroom connections . I think they'll be exposed one day as a NXVIUM or Scientology-type group. Never would've thought that before, but the interviewee's description was definitely the stuff of the beginnings of cult indoctrination.

    Replies: @ag0, @Interferon, @Kratoklastes

    The idea that TED may be revealed to be a cultist training ground is disturbingly plausible in light of the Epstein/EDGE connection, which might once have seemed equally improbable.

  23. @Reg Cæsar

    This is a huge problem in countries with “socialized medicine”
     
    That's an umbrella term for a wide variety of systems. Canada has socialized insurance, paid for by federal taxes, but owned and operated by the provinces-- analogous to our Interstate Highway System. It's thus "single-payer", unlike Germany's and some of her neighbors.

    However, Germany's churches are single-payer. Consider that. But at least there is more than one church. The Nordic churches are paid for, owned, and run by the state. Like the UK's National Health Service.

    But at least those countries allow independent competition, in body (i.e., health care) and soul. Sweden disestablished her church in 2000, but the state has a monopoly on all health care. Just like France's in granting degrees.


    Scandinavians have developed a whole new moral system that dictates which forms of trickery are acceptable to the middle class
     
    An example of Swedish middle-class trickery:

    The more forthright, if close-mouthed, Finns and Danes have a traditional active all-male draft. Also forthrightly, Norway has included her women. Two unique features there: it applies equally, not as in Israel , Eritrea, and a few others, unequally; and, surprise!-- the policy change was pushed by Norway's feminists. (Imagine that here. Yeah, right.)

    Sweden, though, suspended the draft in 2010, and at the time slipped in the provision that should it return, it would apply to the sexes equally. Little did they know that it would be back just a few years later, because Ryssland!


    iSteve commenter Jaakko Raipala
     
    I can't see that name without thinking of Jaska Jokunen.

    Replies: @Dave3, @Anonymous, @ScarletNumber

    Saw a comment by a guy who absolute crushed the Norwegian army in war games because those sluts had their smart phones on and logged into Tinder. Oh look, I have six ladies 3.2km away, while you see the same ladies 4.7km from your position. Draw two circles, mark their intersection, and fire the artillery!

  24. anon[710] • Disclaimer says:

    I watched Greta’s TED talk. That girl is tweaked. I don’t know if those facial tics are from her mental issues, or the drugs she may be taking to combat them, but she’s got some serious problems either way. Putting her onstage seems exploitive to me. She’s got bigger problems than global warming.

    Btw, does anybody know if she’s reading off a prompter? I didn’t notice one from any of the camera angles. If that’s a memorized speech, good for her. But she’s tweaked. The kid’s got problems.

    • Agree: GermanReader2, TWS
    • Replies: @anon
    @anon

    She's 15 lecturing adults in their 40's/50's. It's an inherently very awkward situation. I might disagree with her message, but she seems more poised than the vast majority of other 15's would be in that situation I think.

    Replies: @Anon

  25. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    This is a huge problem in countries with “socialized medicine”
     
    That's an umbrella term for a wide variety of systems. Canada has socialized insurance, paid for by federal taxes, but owned and operated by the provinces-- analogous to our Interstate Highway System. It's thus "single-payer", unlike Germany's and some of her neighbors.

    However, Germany's churches are single-payer. Consider that. But at least there is more than one church. The Nordic churches are paid for, owned, and run by the state. Like the UK's National Health Service.

    But at least those countries allow independent competition, in body (i.e., health care) and soul. Sweden disestablished her church in 2000, but the state has a monopoly on all health care. Just like France's in granting degrees.


    Scandinavians have developed a whole new moral system that dictates which forms of trickery are acceptable to the middle class
     
    An example of Swedish middle-class trickery:

    The more forthright, if close-mouthed, Finns and Danes have a traditional active all-male draft. Also forthrightly, Norway has included her women. Two unique features there: it applies equally, not as in Israel , Eritrea, and a few others, unequally; and, surprise!-- the policy change was pushed by Norway's feminists. (Imagine that here. Yeah, right.)

    Sweden, though, suspended the draft in 2010, and at the time slipped in the provision that should it return, it would apply to the sexes equally. Little did they know that it would be back just a few years later, because Ryssland!


    iSteve commenter Jaakko Raipala
     
    I can't see that name without thinking of Jaska Jokunen.

    Replies: @Dave3, @Anonymous, @ScarletNumber

    Personally I agree with the principle Heinlein posited in Starship Troopers that the franchise should be linked to service, and I think that service requirements should be universal. I also think it’s idiocy to put women in combat. From these ideas I devise the following:

    Males should be expected to serve, preferably in the military, or if unfit or having legitimate religious objections in a civil capacity. Those who dodge this should be, along with any other sanctions, disenfranchised. (For you people in Olathe, that means they can’t vote. )

    Females should be expected to serve in a civil capacity or if they prefer and as needs provide in a noncombatant military capacity. An exception should be made for married young mothers, subject to their staying married and raising their kids. Unwed moms who can’t serve should be disenfranchised, it should go without saying.

    • Replies: @Yngvar
    @Anonymous

    Read that Swiss conscientious objectors had to pay a higher tax for the rest of their rotten lives.

  26. “They seem to be now busy working on a form of trans that requires just dressing up and no permanent changes and that will be very useful for getting special treatment in government services.”

    Um, I think that was the OG trans, i.e., drag queens.

    Everything old is new again!

  27. Somebody here at Unz made the case for Greta having fetal alcohol syndrome. Her facial features somewhat support that theory.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    MikeatMikedotMike:

    By Jove, I think you've got it!

    , @anon
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    I dunno if it's the asymmetry of her face, or just the reptilian facial tics, but that girl ain't right for 13 years old. I mean the Stephen King brand of fundamental ain't right.

    For her to get that hyped up over something so abstract... imagine what your life would be like if she got angry with you personally for an actual slight. Imagine she's your kid, and you forgot to make her school lunch, and she's already left for school hours ago.

    The waiting... the waiting...

    Better clean the house. Better make her bed for her. What else can I do? What else can I do? I'll... I'll make her favorite dinner! And get her favorite dessert! Yeah. That'll work. Then I'll be okay....

    Oh! She's home early! Oh, oh no!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jocI_R8lMpM

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    , @Chrisnonymous
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    She also looks like the daughter from the Pop-Up Book of Gnomes, which makes the point that gnomes are friendly to the Earth. So maybe that's it.
    https://thumbs.worthpoint.com/zoom/images4/1/1217/28/pop-book-gnomes-rien-poortvliet-wil_1_147c6d352636bdede6e70d28f5ef63f9.jpg

  28. ADD is a crock. I have 35 years of anecdotal evidence that confirms this. Sperginess is way over diagnosed as well, although it does exist. And speaking of 16 year old Swedish girls-Izabella Nilsson Jarvandi is worth following. One of us, and dashed pretty to boot!

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    @Ganderson

    Talk to any teacher you know, especially if they teach in a semi-affluent community or higher. The parents have completely gamed the IEP and 504 process so their children can cheat academically and they can be assholes socially.

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @Ganderson

    AGREED, Ganderson, on both counts, the BS diagnoses and Izabella Nilsson Jarvandi.

    I just saw her pictures and read her Wiki page. Yes, she's of us, indeed. She could be an iSteve follower, or maybe iSteve should be following her.

    Replies: @Ganderson

  29. @Joe Stalin
    @jcd1974

    " Among more the more prevalent “disabilities” is sensitivity to electricity. "

    Huh? Isn't that a "condition" that could be EASILY tested for? You could design a box with lights on it that illuminate whenever the tester desires it. You have cables going into the box and out of it, the outgoing cables going to two metal plates the test subject would be between to set up an "electric field" of the appropriate field strength. But the "pièce de résistance" is that the lights would be powered via fiber optic cables.

    Take this arrangement and place the subject in a room like an audio test. Turn on the lights and tell the person you are creating an electric field of X volts/meter. Keep on upping the "e-field" until the subject "detects" it. When they "detect" it, you can give them the actual field strength: ZERO v/m!

    Replies: @James J. O'Meara, @Anonymous

    ” Isn’t that a “condition” that could be EASILY tested for?”

    Yeah, and Jimmy/Saul really did a number on that prick brother of his with simple “slip a cell phone in your pocket” trick.

  30. @Redneck farmer
    So people who really do have problems get screwed.

    Replies: @Bard of Bumperstickers

    Diseases of the rich: Extraordinary Popular Delusion Disorder and the Madness of Millennials. Pathetic Greta being used by the technocracy seems a variant of Munchausen. https://www.technocracy.news/ The ruling shitheads like diagnosing every normal human activity, especially self-direction, as a disorder. Psychiatry is an arm of the state. Oppositional defiant disorder, my ass. Rebel without a pause.

  31. How dare you!

    In only 12 years we will all be underwater. And the water will be dirty from plastic and the frogs doing their business and the wrappers from my Kvikk Lunsj bars.

    I simply can’t help it. Even though I know that the four point five Kvikk Lunsj chocolate bar wrappers I produce each day on average are but a small part of the 75 billion metric tons of plastic we throw in the oceans each year, I still feel not very pleased about it.

    You see, Kvikk Lunsj bars are simply delicious. I remember when my Aunt Fillbunka gave me my first, and she told me to hold it under my pillow for a few minutes to make it soft and lovely. I gobbled it up, and I’ve been eating four or five Kvikk Lusj chocolate bars on average since then.

    I would like to know if I can cadge a ride on anyone’s yacht to the Costa del Sol, preferably with a fridge full of Kvikk Lunsj. Yum yum!

  32. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Joe Stalin
    @jcd1974

    " Among more the more prevalent “disabilities” is sensitivity to electricity. "

    Huh? Isn't that a "condition" that could be EASILY tested for? You could design a box with lights on it that illuminate whenever the tester desires it. You have cables going into the box and out of it, the outgoing cables going to two metal plates the test subject would be between to set up an "electric field" of the appropriate field strength. But the "pièce de résistance" is that the lights would be powered via fiber optic cables.

    Take this arrangement and place the subject in a room like an audio test. Turn on the lights and tell the person you are creating an electric field of X volts/meter. Keep on upping the "e-field" until the subject "detects" it. When they "detect" it, you can give them the actual field strength: ZERO v/m!

    Replies: @James J. O'Meara, @Anonymous

    When I was an audiophile we rigged up a conrad-johnson (they use lower case, like marantz) tube preamp with a JFET stage bypassing one of the tube stages and invited some of these “tube rollers” to come over for a Listening Test of, I think they were 12AX7s or 12AT7s. We left the heater lines in place so the tubes would light up but had no B+ or signal.

    So they would try their precious stash of NOS this and that and the other tubes and sit there like wine tasters and pontificate about how the soundstage changed, “bloom”, ‘air”, et al. all this audiophool nonsense. So then I had them try a regular shrink wrapped Fender marked one and they agreed it ws not very good. So, I reached over with a gloved hand and pulled it out and the sound didn’t change a bit. They were for once utterly speechless.

    I wasn’t too popular after that.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Anonymous

    I'm sure you weren't, #427. That sounds like a wine-tasting:

    "That fine dry red with the fruity bouquet that you loved the best- Lambrusco from the gallon bottle, my sophisticated friends! Wanna talk about art now?"

    Replies: @Pericles

  33. @Reg Cæsar

    This is a huge problem in countries with “socialized medicine”
     
    That's an umbrella term for a wide variety of systems. Canada has socialized insurance, paid for by federal taxes, but owned and operated by the provinces-- analogous to our Interstate Highway System. It's thus "single-payer", unlike Germany's and some of her neighbors.

    However, Germany's churches are single-payer. Consider that. But at least there is more than one church. The Nordic churches are paid for, owned, and run by the state. Like the UK's National Health Service.

    But at least those countries allow independent competition, in body (i.e., health care) and soul. Sweden disestablished her church in 2000, but the state has a monopoly on all health care. Just like France's in granting degrees.


    Scandinavians have developed a whole new moral system that dictates which forms of trickery are acceptable to the middle class
     
    An example of Swedish middle-class trickery:

    The more forthright, if close-mouthed, Finns and Danes have a traditional active all-male draft. Also forthrightly, Norway has included her women. Two unique features there: it applies equally, not as in Israel , Eritrea, and a few others, unequally; and, surprise!-- the policy change was pushed by Norway's feminists. (Imagine that here. Yeah, right.)

    Sweden, though, suspended the draft in 2010, and at the time slipped in the provision that should it return, it would apply to the sexes equally. Little did they know that it would be back just a few years later, because Ryssland!


    iSteve commenter Jaakko Raipala
     
    I can't see that name without thinking of Jaska Jokunen.

    Replies: @Dave3, @Anonymous, @ScarletNumber

    To be fair, Israel has a good reason for not drafting Muslims into their army. Why draft the enemy?

  34. @Global Citizen
    There is a picture from Canada about 100 years ago of a young lady who looks exactly like Ms. Thunberg. I suspect she may have been a Swedish immigrant.

    This is called phenotypic stability (over time). [Ja shure]

    The interesting thing is the transcription into English of her words:

    How dare you not soak the Lutefisk. My young life is ruined. I am so depressed
     
    Herx travails were the basis of forming the Canadian Mental Health Services. The End.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    There is a picture from Canada about 100 years ago of a young lady who looks exactly like Ms. Thunberg. I suspect she may have been a Swedish immigrant.

    The resemblance is uncanny, within the limitations of old black-and-white photography.

  35. @Ganderson
    ADD is a crock. I have 35 years of anecdotal evidence that confirms this. Sperginess is way over diagnosed as well, although it does exist. And speaking of 16 year old Swedish girls-Izabella Nilsson Jarvandi is worth following. One of us, and dashed pretty to boot!

    Replies: @ScarletNumber, @Achmed E. Newman

    Talk to any teacher you know, especially if they teach in a semi-affluent community or higher. The parents have completely gamed the IEP and 504 process so their children can cheat academically and they can be assholes socially.

  36. @MikeatMikedotMike
    Somebody here at Unz made the case for Greta having fetal alcohol syndrome. Her facial features somewhat support that theory.

    http://slideplayer.com/slide/9025206/27/images/36/Fetal+Alcohol+Syndrome.jpg

    https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/1024/branded_news/15E99/production/_105635798_p070sx15.jpg

    Replies: @Dan Hayes, @anon, @Chrisnonymous

    MikeatMikedotMike:

    By Jove, I think you’ve got it!

  37. @Steve Sailer
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Tamar Janowitz's comic novel "Slaves of New York" is about how NYC rent control makes the boyfriend or girlfriend in a live-in relationship who has his or her name on the rent-controlled lease the master, while the other whose name isn't on the lease is the slave.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @kimchilover

    Oooh, sounds pretty kinky!

  38. anon[710] • Disclaimer says:
    @MikeatMikedotMike
    Somebody here at Unz made the case for Greta having fetal alcohol syndrome. Her facial features somewhat support that theory.

    http://slideplayer.com/slide/9025206/27/images/36/Fetal+Alcohol+Syndrome.jpg

    https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/1024/branded_news/15E99/production/_105635798_p070sx15.jpg

    Replies: @Dan Hayes, @anon, @Chrisnonymous

    I dunno if it’s the asymmetry of her face, or just the reptilian facial tics, but that girl ain’t right for 13 years old. I mean the Stephen King brand of fundamental ain’t right.

    For her to get that hyped up over something so abstract… imagine what your life would be like if she got angry with you personally for an actual slight. Imagine she’s your kid, and you forgot to make her school lunch, and she’s already left for school hours ago.

    The waiting… the waiting…

    Better clean the house. Better make her bed for her. What else can I do? What else can I do? I’ll… I’ll make her favorite dinner! And get her favorite dessert! Yeah. That’ll work. Then I’ll be okay….

    Oh! She’s home early! Oh, oh no!

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @anon

    I see why this boy ended up lost in space, with the wrong crowd.


    https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2018/10/19/PTAL/32d6e27d-fc8c-4a63-ab12-78ecc704e1a8-Lost_in_Space_file_art.jpg?width=534&height=401&fit=bounds&auto=webp

  39. Dr. Lexus could provide the appropriate diagnosis.

  40. @Anonymous
    @Joe Stalin

    When I was an audiophile we rigged up a conrad-johnson (they use lower case, like marantz) tube preamp with a JFET stage bypassing one of the tube stages and invited some of these "tube rollers" to come over for a Listening Test of, I think they were 12AX7s or 12AT7s. We left the heater lines in place so the tubes would light up but had no B+ or signal.

    So they would try their precious stash of NOS this and that and the other tubes and sit there like wine tasters and pontificate about how the soundstage changed, "bloom", 'air", et al. all this audiophool nonsense. So then I had them try a regular shrink wrapped Fender marked one and they agreed it ws not very good. So, I reached over with a gloved hand and pulled it out and the sound didn't change a bit. They were for once utterly speechless.

    I wasn't too popular after that.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    I’m sure you weren’t, #427. That sounds like a wine-tasting:

    “That fine dry red with the fruity bouquet that you loved the best- Lambrusco from the gallon bottle, my sophisticated friends! Wanna talk about art now?”

    • Replies: @Pericles
    @Achmed E. Newman

    At least at one point in time, it seems a surprising number of professional wine tasters and -writers were basically taste blind, firmly sub-average in tasting abilities. Something like a third of those who were tested, I believe. That was sort of funny.

    You can also amuse your guests by blind tasting. Can they distinguish a red from a white for instance? Or tell which one is Coke and which one is Pepsi?

    Replies: @Art Deco

  41. @Ganderson
    ADD is a crock. I have 35 years of anecdotal evidence that confirms this. Sperginess is way over diagnosed as well, although it does exist. And speaking of 16 year old Swedish girls-Izabella Nilsson Jarvandi is worth following. One of us, and dashed pretty to boot!

    Replies: @ScarletNumber, @Achmed E. Newman

    AGREED, Ganderson, on both counts, the BS diagnoses and Izabella Nilsson Jarvandi.

    I just saw her pictures and read her Wiki page. Yes, she’s of us, indeed. She could be an iSteve follower, or maybe iSteve should be following her.

    • Replies: @Ganderson
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I’d follow her if my wife would let me....

  42. @J.Ross
    How could it be that affluent educated parents coupd ceank out desteuctive crazy people aaaaand just look at the pic.
    https://postimg.cc/ftJPQ2fk

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Twodees Partain

    I hate it when affluent educated parents coupd ceank out desteuctive.

  43. @Pericles
    @jcd1974

    There actually are some oddballs who live electricity-free lives in the woods, but I think that phenomenon has had its high tide. Some decades ago (even before we were swarming with migrants) it was fairly easy to get life-long disability, mainly for various back problems, but then they cracked down on it. Apparently it was a bit too easy.

    NB; There was also an epoch where invalids could have their family members as government-paid assistants, but it turned out it was a bit too easy to rake in the cash for Iraqis, who turned out to not even be invalids, so that program had to be discontinued too.

    There were also the magnificent 'apathetic refugee children' who at one time were perceived as a big problem requiring society to help. There were lots of them.

    The first case of an apathetic refugee child in Sweden is from 1998. That time it was a 15-year old boy from Chechnya who appeared at the pediatriatic clinic in Luleå. He didn't eat or speak and no longer walked.

    However, four weeks after his family had gotten permanent residency, he had fully recovered.

     

    https://www.expressen.se/nyheter/apatiska-barnen-berattar-vi-tvingades-spela-sjuka/
    (In Swedish, I'm afraid.)

    At first it was of course taboo to say anything against this. Believe the children! Then after a while medical professionals started murmuring that this was BS and just like that there were no more apathetic refugees. A great success for modern medicine, I daresay.

    Replies: @Cato

    Some decades ago (even before we were swarming with migrants) it was fairly easy to get life-long disability, mainly for various back problems, but then they cracked down on it.

    In the United States, it was discovered that judges in some rural counties were approving virtually every application for disability. It seems these counties were using disability payments as a way to keep income flowing into disintegrating local economies.

    There was also an epoch where invalids could have their family members as government-paid assistants, but it turned out it was a bit too easy to rake in the cash for Iraqis, who turned out to not even be invalids.

    Parents of severely mentally disabled children often find that they cannot provide proper care when the child reaches adulthood. In the U.S., the state will accept responsibility for these children, and will place them in a foster/contractor home, paying the contractor about $25K/year (varies by state). In many cases, had the parents received an additional $25K/year to care for their child, they would have been able to afford keeping the child in their home. But parents are not eligible to receive those funds. U.S. systems are mostly set up assuming that people will commit fraud.

    • Replies: @GermanReader2
    @Cato

    I read that in the US parents of children with learning disabilities get up to a few thousand dollars per year per child with no restrictions on how the money is spent. According to the article I read and some comments on another blog post a lot of parents sabotage special education for their kids, when the children improve so much that the benefits are threatened.

    Replies: @TWS

  44. The Brits used Aspergers as an excuse not to prosecute computer hacker Gary McKinnon. The Bush Administration wanted to extradite him but the Brits refused. Not only that but they wouldn’t even punish him in the U.K. It’s the British get out of jail free card, unless you do something really bad like spread Islamophobia on Twitter.

    Larry David also riffed on this in CYE.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Bragadocious

    Prog hero David Gilmour and Big LMM did a concert to keep the guy from getting extradited.

    Replies: @Anonymous

  45. @Inquiring Mind
    A diagnosis of some form of dislexia gets you "time-and-a-half" on exams at a U.S. university. It is a lot more complicated than that, but such is the gist of it.

    Students with this condition used to be predominantly white but students of East Asian heritage are beginning to request the time-and-a-half exam accomodation.

    I am not denying dislexia is a genuine disorder. Some dislexia may be overdiagnosed whereas others with this condition may not be diagnosed. On the other hand, are we experiencing a Tiger Mom happening, where East Asian parents or parents of East Asian heritage have discovered that if there child has some form of dislexia, if the child can be diagnosed with that condition and if an accomodation specialist at a university subject to all manners of regulation regarding the need to accomodate all forms of disability supports this with an accomodation request to the faculty, extra time on examinations is not something to leave on the table?

    On one hand there is the stigma, "my destined-to-be-high-achieving child is learning disabled." Is this balanced by the bennie of extra time on tests (often in small-group settings)? I thought that many East Asian cultures are shame based. I always thought "my child is disabled and merits extra help" is a kind of upper-middle class white point of view,, but if your kid gets extra time, shame is so old-fashioned and old-country? Are Tiger Mom's coming around to this way of thinking?

    Replies: @Anonymous, @GermanReader2

    QUOTE: A diagnosis of some form of dislexia gets you “time-and-a-half” on exams at a U.S. university.

    There are more dyslexia sufferers than many people think.

  46. @anon
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    I dunno if it's the asymmetry of her face, or just the reptilian facial tics, but that girl ain't right for 13 years old. I mean the Stephen King brand of fundamental ain't right.

    For her to get that hyped up over something so abstract... imagine what your life would be like if she got angry with you personally for an actual slight. Imagine she's your kid, and you forgot to make her school lunch, and she's already left for school hours ago.

    The waiting... the waiting...

    Better clean the house. Better make her bed for her. What else can I do? What else can I do? I'll... I'll make her favorite dinner! And get her favorite dessert! Yeah. That'll work. Then I'll be okay....

    Oh! She's home early! Oh, oh no!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jocI_R8lMpM

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    I see why this boy ended up lost in space, with the wrong crowd.

  47. Anyone know how Greta got back to England? She was on a sailboat that ran into bad weather. Did they get off and take a plane?

  48. @Steve Sailer
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Tamar Janowitz's comic novel "Slaves of New York" is about how NYC rent control makes the boyfriend or girlfriend in a live-in relationship who has his or her name on the rent-controlled lease the master, while the other whose name isn't on the lease is the slave.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @kimchilover

    Looked up the book and was shocked to see it was made into a Merchant/Ivory film in 1989 starring Bernadette Peters. Can’t believe I’d never heard of it!

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @kimchilover

    But they left out any mention of rent control in the movie, which deprived it of its point. In the movie, it's just about some couples where one member feels inexplicably entitled to cheat and the other member doesn't feel entitled to complain about it. In the book, it's all about the person whose name is on the lease to the rent-controlled apartment being able to cheat because what's the other person going to do? Find another rent-controlled apartment? Not very likely!

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

  49. @kimchilover
    @Steve Sailer

    Looked up the book and was shocked to see it was made into a Merchant/Ivory film in 1989 starring Bernadette Peters. Can't believe I'd never heard of it!

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    But they left out any mention of rent control in the movie, which deprived it of its point. In the movie, it’s just about some couples where one member feels inexplicably entitled to cheat and the other member doesn’t feel entitled to complain about it. In the book, it’s all about the person whose name is on the lease to the rent-controlled apartment being able to cheat because what’s the other person going to do? Find another rent-controlled apartment? Not very likely!

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Steve Sailer

    That's too bad that the movie didn't follow the point of the book, Steve. I was about to try to find it, because I had a thing about Bernadette Peters. "Had"

    So, does a single woman in NY City leasing a rent-controlled apartment look much better, even not at closing time? Yeah, it's amazing how government policy at any level can distort lives and overcome normal human motivations. It's like there really is this in invisible hand that government puts the cuffs on.

  50. Well, don’t forget that whenever things go massively wrong — like immigrant rape in Scandinavia — it is inevitable that The Great and The Good will say, “See? We’ve reformed the abysmal reporting system so now we can see the problems that were there all along in The Bad Old Days!”

    In the event that things get so bad that the “reporting increase” ploy is stretched too thin, it helps the miscreants a great deal to do things like liberalize the rape laws so they can chalk it all up to “reporting increases”.

  51. GermanReader2 [AKA "GermanReader2_new"] says:
    @Inquiring Mind
    A diagnosis of some form of dislexia gets you "time-and-a-half" on exams at a U.S. university. It is a lot more complicated than that, but such is the gist of it.

    Students with this condition used to be predominantly white but students of East Asian heritage are beginning to request the time-and-a-half exam accomodation.

    I am not denying dislexia is a genuine disorder. Some dislexia may be overdiagnosed whereas others with this condition may not be diagnosed. On the other hand, are we experiencing a Tiger Mom happening, where East Asian parents or parents of East Asian heritage have discovered that if there child has some form of dislexia, if the child can be diagnosed with that condition and if an accomodation specialist at a university subject to all manners of regulation regarding the need to accomodate all forms of disability supports this with an accomodation request to the faculty, extra time on examinations is not something to leave on the table?

    On one hand there is the stigma, "my destined-to-be-high-achieving child is learning disabled." Is this balanced by the bennie of extra time on tests (often in small-group settings)? I thought that many East Asian cultures are shame based. I always thought "my child is disabled and merits extra help" is a kind of upper-middle class white point of view,, but if your kid gets extra time, shame is so old-fashioned and old-country? Are Tiger Mom's coming around to this way of thinking?

    Replies: @Anonymous, @GermanReader2

    In Germany the rates of dyslexia skyrocketed after a lot of teachers changed the way they taught writing. (They have since been forbidden from using the method they switched to.) I am also acquainted with a teacher who says that the pupils of some teachers have significantly higher rates of dyslexia diagnoses even though the mix of pupils they teach is not different to their colleagues. All in all I think, that there are pupils who have weakness when it comes to reading|spelling, but the method with which they are taught to write greatly influences, whether they will be diagnosed with dyslexia.

  52. GermanReader2 [AKA "GermanReader2_new"] says:

    Greta Thunberg’s mother wrote a book about Greta growing up. I did not read it, but I read summaries and excerpts in some conservative blogs: the author of one blog had the following opinion about Greta’s activism: the parents are crazy (both of them are in show business, which does not attract the most sane people) and the children have inherited their craziness. The mother actually blames the state of the earth for the problems of the family. They do activism, because the parents are attention-hungry and because it distracts them from the problems they have with life.

  53. GermanReader2 [AKA "GermanReader2_new"] says:
    @Cato
    @Pericles


    Some decades ago (even before we were swarming with migrants) it was fairly easy to get life-long disability, mainly for various back problems, but then they cracked down on it.
     
    In the United States, it was discovered that judges in some rural counties were approving virtually every application for disability. It seems these counties were using disability payments as a way to keep income flowing into disintegrating local economies.

    There was also an epoch where invalids could have their family members as government-paid assistants, but it turned out it was a bit too easy to rake in the cash for Iraqis, who turned out to not even be invalids.
     
    Parents of severely mentally disabled children often find that they cannot provide proper care when the child reaches adulthood. In the U.S., the state will accept responsibility for these children, and will place them in a foster/contractor home, paying the contractor about $25K/year (varies by state). In many cases, had the parents received an additional $25K/year to care for their child, they would have been able to afford keeping the child in their home. But parents are not eligible to receive those funds. U.S. systems are mostly set up assuming that people will commit fraud.

    Replies: @GermanReader2

    I read that in the US parents of children with learning disabilities get up to a few thousand dollars per year per child with no restrictions on how the money is spent. According to the article I read and some comments on another blog post a lot of parents sabotage special education for their kids, when the children improve so much that the benefits are threatened.

    • Replies: @TWS
    @GermanReader2

    You read wrong. Unless the kids getting SSI

    Replies: @Alden

  54. @R.G. Camara
    @songbird

    Heard a Joe Rogan interview where the interviewee (forgot his name) talked about how TED talks are actually scary, cult-like things. If you're invited to give one, they demand you go to some dorm/camp for the entire period, and bunk with someone else giving a talk, and then have no outside communication. Interviewee was freaked and abandoned TED talks.

    I'm betting its a recruiting ground for a lot of "thought leader" types by leftists. Do well, and obey their indoctrination, and you get rewarded with a good agent/better exposure/better publicity/backroom connections . I think they'll be exposed one day as a NXVIUM or Scientology-type group. Never would've thought that before, but the interviewee's description was definitely the stuff of the beginnings of cult indoctrination.

    Replies: @ag0, @Interferon, @Kratoklastes

    This must be selective though.

    Bill Gates gave a talk there. I doubt they made him bunk in a camp before his speech.

  55. @anon
    I watched Greta's TED talk. That girl is tweaked. I don’t know if those facial tics are from her mental issues, or the drugs she may be taking to combat them, but she’s got some serious problems either way. Putting her onstage seems exploitive to me. She’s got bigger problems than global warming.

    Btw, does anybody know if she’s reading off a prompter? I didn’t notice one from any of the camera angles. If that’s a memorized speech, good for her. But she’s tweaked. The kid's got problems.

    Replies: @anon

    She’s 15 lecturing adults in their 40’s/50’s. It’s an inherently very awkward situation. I might disagree with her message, but she seems more poised than the vast majority of other 15’s would be in that situation I think.

    • Replies: @Anon
    @anon

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bwLt_5t73g

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1H7lvb6bhgY

    She literally couldn't answer a single softball question when going off-script, panicked and deflected to others on the panel. Literally any teenager could have done better. She only knows how to do her one HOW DARE YOU spiel.

    She's not poised, so much as she is a robot. She doesn't have enough awareness to be nervous. Oh but because she's female we must praise her regardless of her embarrassing and objectively horrible performance.

  56. @Steve Sailer
    @kimchilover

    But they left out any mention of rent control in the movie, which deprived it of its point. In the movie, it's just about some couples where one member feels inexplicably entitled to cheat and the other member doesn't feel entitled to complain about it. In the book, it's all about the person whose name is on the lease to the rent-controlled apartment being able to cheat because what's the other person going to do? Find another rent-controlled apartment? Not very likely!

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    That’s too bad that the movie didn’t follow the point of the book, Steve. I was about to try to find it, because I had a thing about Bernadette Peters. “Had”

    So, does a single woman in NY City leasing a rent-controlled apartment look much better, even not at closing time? Yeah, it’s amazing how government policy at any level can distort lives and overcome normal human motivations. It’s like there really is this in invisible hand that government puts the cuffs on.

  57. In the future, being a distinguishable individual will be classified as a disease.

  58. @MikeatMikedotMike
    Somebody here at Unz made the case for Greta having fetal alcohol syndrome. Her facial features somewhat support that theory.

    http://slideplayer.com/slide/9025206/27/images/36/Fetal+Alcohol+Syndrome.jpg

    https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/1024/branded_news/15E99/production/_105635798_p070sx15.jpg

    Replies: @Dan Hayes, @anon, @Chrisnonymous

    She also looks like the daughter from the Pop-Up Book of Gnomes, which makes the point that gnomes are friendly to the Earth. So maybe that’s it.

  59. GermanReader2 [AKA "GermanReader2_new"] says:

    In my opinion, the fact that both of the Thunberg sisters have serious mental problems (iirc both of them attend special schools for children with mental problems) reflects really bad on their parents. Either Mrs Thunberg cannot abstain from alcohol during her pregnancies (Greta’ face shows some signs of FAS) or both parents are mentally ill and their children inherited it. (from some passages in the book Greta’s mother wrote, I suspect both parents are mentally ill.)

  60. Anon[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon
    @anon

    She's 15 lecturing adults in their 40's/50's. It's an inherently very awkward situation. I might disagree with her message, but she seems more poised than the vast majority of other 15's would be in that situation I think.

    Replies: @Anon

    She literally couldn’t answer a single softball question when going off-script, panicked and deflected to others on the panel. Literally any teenager could have done better. She only knows how to do her one HOW DARE YOU spiel.

    She’s not poised, so much as she is a robot. She doesn’t have enough awareness to be nervous. Oh but because she’s female we must praise her regardless of her embarrassing and objectively horrible performance.

  61. @Anonymous
    @Reg Cæsar

    Personally I agree with the principle Heinlein posited in Starship Troopers that the franchise should be linked to service, and I think that service requirements should be universal. I also think it's idiocy to put women in combat. From these ideas I devise the following:

    Males should be expected to serve, preferably in the military, or if unfit or having legitimate religious objections in a civil capacity. Those who dodge this should be, along with any other sanctions, disenfranchised. (For you people in Olathe, that means they can't vote. )

    Females should be expected to serve in a civil capacity or if they prefer and as needs provide in a noncombatant military capacity. An exception should be made for married young mothers, subject to their staying married and raising their kids. Unwed moms who can't serve should be disenfranchised, it should go without saying.

    Replies: @Yngvar

    Read that Swiss conscientious objectors had to pay a higher tax for the rest of their rotten lives.

  62. @GermanReader2
    @Cato

    I read that in the US parents of children with learning disabilities get up to a few thousand dollars per year per child with no restrictions on how the money is spent. According to the article I read and some comments on another blog post a lot of parents sabotage special education for their kids, when the children improve so much that the benefits are threatened.

    Replies: @TWS

    You read wrong. Unless the kids getting SSI

    • Replies: @Alden
    @TWS

    Germanreader meant SSI. It became very popular when Bill Clinton put a 5 year limit in aid to dependent children. So the parents, I mean single moms and legal aid attorneys switched them over to disability which is more generous that regular aid to dependent children.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @TWS

  63. @R.G. Camara
    @songbird

    Heard a Joe Rogan interview where the interviewee (forgot his name) talked about how TED talks are actually scary, cult-like things. If you're invited to give one, they demand you go to some dorm/camp for the entire period, and bunk with someone else giving a talk, and then have no outside communication. Interviewee was freaked and abandoned TED talks.

    I'm betting its a recruiting ground for a lot of "thought leader" types by leftists. Do well, and obey their indoctrination, and you get rewarded with a good agent/better exposure/better publicity/backroom connections . I think they'll be exposed one day as a NXVIUM or Scientology-type group. Never would've thought that before, but the interviewee's description was definitely the stuff of the beginnings of cult indoctrination.

    Replies: @ag0, @Interferon, @Kratoklastes

    The Rogan interview you’re thinking of is the one with Eddie Huang (Episode 330) – the best excerpt is this clip.

    Ted started out with a moderate leftward bias, but in recent years it has become intolerable: so much so that I down-rate anyone who has given one in the last 5 years (even the guy from WaitButWhy).

  64. It’s certainly the case here in Straya that the welfare system gives advantages to those who train their stupid offspring to trick the charlatans (which is no challenge, even for the dummies).

    Those who put in the effort, obtain an entitlement to get extra welfare as a ‘carer’ – which can now be dispensed to a third party.

    Also, since the advent of the “National [Socialist] Disability ‘Insurance’ Agency“, retards get extra gibs: subsidise a thing, and you will get more of it.

    Get the kid diagnosed with something from the charlatans’ checklists – ADHD, Asparagus-burgers, dxyleasia or some other form of retardism – and “Bob’s your Mum’s boyfriend’s step-brother“[1].

    Among the top half of the submerged fifth[2] there are welfare-go-rounds where the women in an extended family are all the ‘carers’ for each other’s offspring.

    The kids waste resources in the public day-warehouses – where you can turn up or not; do your work or not; keep quiet or not. Every person thus incarcerated still progresses one grade per year.

    As it currently stands, if you consistently chose ‘not’, then at the end of 12 years you don’t get into university: that will change.

    Frankly, giving the submerged fifth a bit of extra dough is the least-worst aspect of government waste: after all, every bureaucrat is a welfare recipient who costs 120% the cost of the average private sector worker.

    Par contre, transfers to each welfare-recipient in the submerged fifth costs < 20% of average individual private-sector income.

    Only 1 in 20 in the labour force is an acknowledged recipient of such transfers, whereas 1 in 6 in the labour force is a bureaucrat (and ergo also a welfare recipient, in that every cent of their take-home pay must derive from taxes paid by private sector workers and is subject to no requirement to produce output that meets any quality-adjusted cost-benefit analysis).

    [1] “Bob’s your uncle” is a phrase that kind of means “and then you’re set“, or “and that’s how it is“. I’ve adapted it to more realistically represent ‘family’ relationships among welfare recipients.

    [2] It used to be the submerged tenth: then we spent 3 generations subsidising reproduction, which incentivises reproduction inversely to household income.

  65. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Anonymous

    I'm sure you weren't, #427. That sounds like a wine-tasting:

    "That fine dry red with the fruity bouquet that you loved the best- Lambrusco from the gallon bottle, my sophisticated friends! Wanna talk about art now?"

    Replies: @Pericles

    At least at one point in time, it seems a surprising number of professional wine tasters and -writers were basically taste blind, firmly sub-average in tasting abilities. Something like a third of those who were tested, I believe. That was sort of funny.

    You can also amuse your guests by blind tasting. Can they distinguish a red from a white for instance? Or tell which one is Coke and which one is Pepsi?

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Pericles

    The late John Roche had a funny story a number of years ago of being invited to a dinner largely populated with restauraunt critics. They were all served wine and the chef called a contest, asking the assembled to identify what they'd been served. "Almost everyone there put down a name and a year". Roche was one of the few who didn't, just asking for something else with his dinner. Later, the chef let him in on the joke. He'd taken a bunch of 'tank car' wines and mixed them together, feeding the mix to the guests.

  66. @TWS
    @GermanReader2

    You read wrong. Unless the kids getting SSI

    Replies: @Alden

    Germanreader meant SSI. It became very popular when Bill Clinton put a 5 year limit in aid to dependent children. So the parents, I mean single moms and legal aid attorneys switched them over to disability which is more generous that regular aid to dependent children.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Alden

    No, they didn't. The demographic profile of Social Security Disability is completely dissimilar to that of the old AFDC clientele. The SSI profile is closer to the mark, but still quite different. Among other things, Social Security Disability recipients are a median of 49 years of age at the time they're awarded benefits and the vast majority of those receiving benefits are primary beneficiaries. And, of course, about 1/2 the primary beneficiaries are male. The AFDC clientele was disproportionately black - the propensity of blacks to arrive on the rolls exceeded that of non-blacks by a ratio of 7-1. The SSI rolls are also disproportionately black, but the odds-ratio is much lower - 2 to 1. The Disability rolls have been disproportionately black (compared to the black share of the working population), but the ration is only about 1.2 to 1. The distinction between the SSI rolls and the regular Disability rolls in their racial composition is attributable to the larger number of youths awarded SSI for mental retardation and the like. (Persons with an IQ below 60 are awarded SSI automatically; those with IQs below 70 are so awarded if they have one of a menu of other disabilities in addition to mental retardation).

    , @TWS
    @Alden

    There are work arounds to the five year limit. When I was working for dshs we had people exceeding the limit by decades.

  67. @Bragadocious
    The Brits used Aspergers as an excuse not to prosecute computer hacker Gary McKinnon. The Bush Administration wanted to extradite him but the Brits refused. Not only that but they wouldn't even punish him in the U.K. It's the British get out of jail free card, unless you do something really bad like spread Islamophobia on Twitter.

    Larry David also riffed on this in CYE.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Prog hero David Gilmour and Big LMM did a concert to keep the guy from getting extradited.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Anonymous


    Prog hero David Gilmour and Big LMM did a concert to keep the guy from getting extradited.
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X0VAGts32Y

    Chrissie looks a little rough here and this was like 10 years ago. Not eating dead critters is a little rough on the face. No collagens, so important for the skin.
  68. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Ganderson

    AGREED, Ganderson, on both counts, the BS diagnoses and Izabella Nilsson Jarvandi.

    I just saw her pictures and read her Wiki page. Yes, she's of us, indeed. She could be an iSteve follower, or maybe iSteve should be following her.

    Replies: @Ganderson

    I’d follow her if my wife would let me….

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
  69. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    @Bragadocious

    Prog hero David Gilmour and Big LMM did a concert to keep the guy from getting extradited.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Prog hero David Gilmour and Big LMM did a concert to keep the guy from getting extradited.

    Chrissie looks a little rough here and this was like 10 years ago. Not eating dead critters is a little rough on the face. No collagens, so important for the skin.

  70. @Pericles
    @Achmed E. Newman

    At least at one point in time, it seems a surprising number of professional wine tasters and -writers were basically taste blind, firmly sub-average in tasting abilities. Something like a third of those who were tested, I believe. That was sort of funny.

    You can also amuse your guests by blind tasting. Can they distinguish a red from a white for instance? Or tell which one is Coke and which one is Pepsi?

    Replies: @Art Deco

    The late John Roche had a funny story a number of years ago of being invited to a dinner largely populated with restauraunt critics. They were all served wine and the chef called a contest, asking the assembled to identify what they’d been served. “Almost everyone there put down a name and a year”. Roche was one of the few who didn’t, just asking for something else with his dinner. Later, the chef let him in on the joke. He’d taken a bunch of ‘tank car’ wines and mixed them together, feeding the mix to the guests.

  71. @Alden
    @TWS

    Germanreader meant SSI. It became very popular when Bill Clinton put a 5 year limit in aid to dependent children. So the parents, I mean single moms and legal aid attorneys switched them over to disability which is more generous that regular aid to dependent children.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @TWS

    No, they didn’t. The demographic profile of Social Security Disability is completely dissimilar to that of the old AFDC clientele. The SSI profile is closer to the mark, but still quite different. Among other things, Social Security Disability recipients are a median of 49 years of age at the time they’re awarded benefits and the vast majority of those receiving benefits are primary beneficiaries. And, of course, about 1/2 the primary beneficiaries are male. The AFDC clientele was disproportionately black – the propensity of blacks to arrive on the rolls exceeded that of non-blacks by a ratio of 7-1. The SSI rolls are also disproportionately black, but the odds-ratio is much lower – 2 to 1. The Disability rolls have been disproportionately black (compared to the black share of the working population), but the ration is only about 1.2 to 1. The distinction between the SSI rolls and the regular Disability rolls in their racial composition is attributable to the larger number of youths awarded SSI for mental retardation and the like. (Persons with an IQ below 60 are awarded SSI automatically; those with IQs below 70 are so awarded if they have one of a menu of other disabilities in addition to mental retardation).

  72. @Alden
    @TWS

    Germanreader meant SSI. It became very popular when Bill Clinton put a 5 year limit in aid to dependent children. So the parents, I mean single moms and legal aid attorneys switched them over to disability which is more generous that regular aid to dependent children.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @TWS

    There are work arounds to the five year limit. When I was working for dshs we had people exceeding the limit by decades.

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