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From the New York Times op-ed page:

America Is Falling Apart at the Seams

Jan. 13, 2022, 7:00 p.m. ET

By David Brooks

Opinion Columnist

In June a statistic floated across my desk that startled me. In 2020, the number of miles Americans drove fell 13 percent because of the pandemic, but the number of traffic deaths rose 7 percent.

I couldn’t figure it out. Why would Americans be driving so much more recklessly during the pandemic? But then in the first half of 2021, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle deaths were up 18.4 percent even over 2020. Contributing factors, according to the agency, included driving under the influence, speeding and failure to wear a seatbelt.

Why are so many Americans driving irresponsibly?

In case you want to know, my Taki’s Magazine columns of June 8, 2021 and January 12, 2022 explain why.

 
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  1. So, nothing about SCOTUS striking down the vaccine mandate, then?

    • Replies: @Fred C Dobbs
    , @Kronos
  2. Anon[271] • Disclaimer says:

    Steve,

    Vladimir Zhirinovsky is now predicting white Americans will begin fleeing America in about ten years. He states Canada, Australia, and even asking Russia to be settled in Siberia.

    Self respecting human beings will not sit through CRT classes and do nothing. Either the elites turn from their present course, or I predict that the next generation of white youth will begin looking elsewhere.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @HammerJack
  3. JCD1974 says:

    I’ll assume he doesn’t mention that blacks are disproportionately responsible for the increase in traffic deaths.

  4. Why are so many Americans driving irresponsibly?

    Because the future’s so bright, they’ve goota wear shades ???

  5. J.Ross says:

    So nobody but Steve reads Brooks, but Brooks reads Steve. I guess that kinda works.
    ——
    Did you hear that Waukesha racist terrorist Darrell Brooks got hit with 71 additional charges? No you didn’t because nobody’s reporting it.

  6. @Steve Sailer

    One of my old girlfriends came from Tomsk, in Siberia. She had no interest in going to America, and eventually wanted to go back to Siberia after a few years in Western Europe, but I didn’t want to go to Siberia. I’m starting to question the wisdom of that, though one needs to be wary of the Babooshka Bomb with Russian girls. Better to go with the Volga German girls from Khazakhstan.

    • Replies: @Mike Tre
  7. There’s damn near constant stories in Portland OR in the past two years of hit-and-runs of pedestrians that are very often fatal.

    I can’t speak for the national statistics, but I think in that particular city vehicular might be the new suave method of homicide, and is indeed very targeted. Its your typical lawless dump, first of all. Second of all, even if you were to get caught, you have a plausible deniability for a first degree murder for someone whom owed you money or whatever, and end up having it all reduced to a manslaughter charge.

    • Replies: @Thomas
  8. Franz says:

    Vladimir Zhirinovsky is now predicting white Americans will begin fleeing America in about ten years. He states Canada, Australia, and even asking Russia to be settled in Siberia.

    Wrong.

    White Americans have been “fleeing” for years to greenbelt towns, converting and becoming Amish, and I can tell you that most gated neighborhoods are just mini-ethnostates waiting for the Big One when all they’ll need is a squad of riflemen and some patrol drones to protect themselves.

    When the US government goes bankrupt and collapses, Siberia might as well be the moon. Wise heads are digging in here — it’s a lot more effective.

    Now whether the American military has plans to go after hunkered-down whites I do not know.

    Hal Turner says YES:

    U.S. Army to Begin Formal Training To Fight American Patriots

    https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/news-nation/u-s-army-to-begin-formal-training-to-fight-american-patriots

    A “realistic” guerrilla war will be fought across two dozen North Carolina counties this month, with young soldiers battling seasoned “freedom fighters,” according to the U.S. Army. “Freedom Fighters” means American Citizen Patriots. Our Army is now, officially, being trained to kill us!

    …(etc)…

  9. @Intelligent Dasein

    So now Steve is to comment on EVERY news item, as well as your go-to for baseball stats and golf course architecture? C’mon, man. I’m sure there are plenty of other spaces just here on UNZ to make your voice heard. And consider this – perhaps the best part about Steve’s writing is that he addresses topics that others DON’T.

  10. Waaaah you’re saying our actions had consequences waaaah

  11. Fred Ashmore claims to have solo’d the Cannonball Run in 25:55 in a rental Mustang GT with 130 gallons of extra fuel tanks:

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
  12. SFG says:

    So what’s the average delay between an isteve post and a David Brooks article?

  13. David Brooks’s usual modus operandi is to have dinner with some Washington insider or the other in intelligence, foreign policy, or military and then breathlessly report, in the form of a morning opinion column, the latest wisdom or spin he has been fed by by his contact.

    The timing of David Brook’s latest column, on a subject that is not on his usual beat, leads me to suspect that he read iSteve yesterday, and then made up his own column today.

    • Replies: @Mike Tre
  14. newrouter says:

    “Why are so many Americans driving irresponsibly? ”

    Mr. Elite: Why is your class of folks so retarded?

    • Replies: @Inquiring Mind
  15. It’s obvious “neocon” Brooks reads your blog regularly. He gets far too many column ideas and talking points from you. The old (((white))) guy will deny it up and down to his Sulzberger masters and (((fellow whites))), but its obvo.

    And he’s not the only one.

    For example, its transparent that it was you, Steve, who introduced the term “Deep State” into the recent American journalistic lexicon in the last few years. You wrote about how Turkish conspiracy theorists talked about the term “Deep State” and then theorized that the U.S. had it as well.

    It wasn’t too long later that other bloggers, writers, and mainstream guys starting talking about/decrying conspiracy theories about the Deep State. And then NY Times confirmed it in their celebration of the Stolen Election.

    So I propose a Six Degrees of Steve measurement: how long it takes for a certain Steve-generated term or idea or talking point (from this blog only, not NR review writings) to make it into a “respectable” journalist’s writings. That should show if said journo actually reads Steve.

    For example, if Steve writes a column about some obscure statistic regarding, I don’t know, traffic deaths during COVID, and then just, I don’t know, less than a week later the journo writes about the exact same obscure statistic, it’d be a pretty close Six Degrees of Steve measurement of “1 week or less.”

    Of course we’d have to account for the occasional dissident-right intern reading Steve and feeding it to a journo without their knowledge of the provenance, but that can be calibrated into the statistic.

    Thoughts?

  16. @SFG

    1 Degree of Steve Separation.

  17. @Steve Sailer

    Russians won’t live in Siberia.

    Canadians won’t live in Manitoba or Labrador. Americans won’t live in Alaska or Wyoming. Australians avoid most of their states.


  18. Dangerous roads tend to freak out elitist libs like Brooks, because these guys all drive a lot (often to their country estates) and the idea of being t-boned by D’vontay with their kids in the car makes them think. They can isolate themselves in terms of their domiciles, and their refusal to take mass transit, but the skreets a different matter. We take our rather safe roads for granted, but the new normal requires that social justice be litigated everywhere, and that includes not enforcing traffic laws and even abolishing speed cameras.

    This bit of insanity happened only 10 blocks or so from the Times building.

    • Replies: @HammerJack
  19. Mike Tre says:
    @PiltdownMan

    “…he read iSteve yesterday, and then made up his own column today. ”

    Kind of like that thing Wimpy did with hamburgers.

    • LOL: PiltdownMan
  20. anon[312] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Russia is the biggest country in the world but they still live in giant cramped commie block apartments. This recently built apartment building in St. Petersburg houses around 18,000 people.

  21. @Reg Cæsar

    Australians are pussies currently being thrown into camps.

    Canadians are hosers currently cowing down to the Ken-Doll-in-Chief.

    F*ck ’em.

  22. Kronos says:
    @Intelligent Dasein

    Here are my thoughts on it. No myocarditis for me thank you very much.

    • Agree: J.Ross
    • Replies: @El Dato
  23. Kronos says:
    @R.G. Camara

    Curtis Yarvin developed and popularized the term “the cathedral” to explain the osmosis effect universities had on modern society, especially journalism. Should the Steve Sailer effect on journalism be referred to as “the golf course?”

    • Thanks: Inquiring Mind
    • LOL: Redneck farmer
    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
    , @rebel yell
  24. eric says:

    Why do people commit more crimes when police are persecuted and criminal sentencing is reduced? Why are there fewer two-parent families among poor people after targeting welfare to single mothers? If you have flawed assumptions about reality, the world’s a blooming, buzzing confusion.

    • Agree: J.Ross
  25. @SFG

    He reads the articles. Does he read the comments?

    Hey Brooks if you are reading this the New York Times serves Satan!

  26. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Russians won’t live in Siberia.

    A land of beautiful women…

    If you can handle the -95°F temps and 11 months of winter each year.

  27. Doesn’t David brooks steal most of his good ideas from Steve anyway?

    • Replies: @JMcG
  28. @R.G. Camara

    It’s obvious “neocon” Brooks reads your blog regularly. He gets far too many column ideas and talking points from you. The old (((white))) guy will deny it up and down to his Sulzberger masters and (((fellow whites))), but its obvo.

    Indeed. Note also the careful pre-emptive denial- “In June a statistic floated across my desk that startled me”. It just ‘floated’ across his desk as statistics are wont to do. Perhaps he left the window open or something?

  29. SafeNow says:

    “Russians won’t live in Siberia.” – Steve Sailer

    Recently Putin and his Minister of Defense (9 languages fluently, including Chinese and Japanese) vacationed in Siberia, (which is near China, says my map). After doing some pleasant fly fishing, they announced that five new cities of 1 million population each would be built. They recognize that to get people to move there, you need a critical mass, so that you have hospitals, restaurants, schools, stores, and jobs. It sounds much nicer than traffic jams and ancient tiny apartments. I am picturing Van Nuys, but with everyone wearing long underwear.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @kaganovitch
  30. Thomas says:
    @Carthage Underground

    Portland has essentially ceased traffic enforcement, in part because its police Bureau is collapsing and also because of (wait for it) Equity. At one point last year, they were down to one full-time traffic officer.

  31. @Steve Sailer

    If the AGW hypothesis is correct, then Siberia should be highly desirable real estate at some point.

    If, on the other hand, AGW turns out to be just an artifact of temperature readings in urban areas, then no.

    I have a family member in the northern Canadian prairie right now. I’ve never lived in sub-zero winters but they sound pretty awful.

  32. Rob says:

    If I remember right, Brooks came out of the closet recently. No, not that closet. He recently admitted that he’s a democrat. Sure, we’ve known that for years, but now everyone else does, too.

    Brooks never struck me as someone with a head for figures or even much critical thinking ability. He’d do well to read Steve. Brooks came to my college once. He talked for maybe an hour. The only thing I remember is that he cited the correlation between a state’s (white) birth rate and its percent that voted Republican (maybe registered Republican?) Steve did the correlation between both total birthrate and white birthrate. The correlation with the white birthrate was stronger.

    I got him to sign a book afterward. I congratulated him for being honest enough to cite Steve. I asked why he cited the weaker correlation rather than the stronger one. I thought I’d remember the answer. He answered with confidence and did not hem or haw. After he said that, he nodded to himself, then moved to the next signee in line.

    Steve, you should do the (white) birthrate—Trump vote correlation. I’d be interested in seeing if it’s higher than Bush’s. Primary Candidate Trump certainly appealed to people who’d like the fourteen words or whatever it’s called. The thing about securing a homeland for white children, whereas Bush was all, “welcome my little brown brothers” to the immivasion.

  33. Altai says:

    I like how the text to this post of the video of a horrific and inexplicable crash (Dead of night, it looks like he hit the only other car around for miles) that led to a woman burning alive in her car as she screamed for help also gives a clue as to why these things are happening.

    Guys like this are being told it’s morally wrong for anyone to hold them to account for their crazy reckless actions and lifestyle.

    This guy was only just signed by the Raiders and they had high hopes for him. He had more money in his bank account after a few months than 99.9999% of his peers would ever hope. What did he do? Drunk drove dangerously and crashed into what may have actually been a stationary car and likely the only one around for miles.

    I’m guessing the woman with him is his sister, she doesn’t seem like his girlfriend but again that coddling of these psychos by their female relatives, an unending pattern of such societies.

  34. J.Ross says:
    @SafeNow

    Siberia is great except for the winter (sounds like a joke but it’s not). One of the few good things which justifies big government and central planning is the big public tunnel idea applied in some Canadian cities and eminently applicable to Siberia. Picture a gigantic shopping mall undetneath the city center, with restaurants, music venues, movie theatres, big open spaces, heating and security, and access to important places on the surface. You can essentially walk around town even in the dead of winter.

  35. J.Ross says:
    @R.G. Camara

    It’s a refreshing and encouraging (and thoroughly Western) flame illuminating the darkness of the censorship-crazy cancel-cult Chinese century. A good idea is a good idea, even from the exiled or the unlisted. Censor and defame all you want, here you are using that guy’s forbidden ideas.

  36. J.Ross says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Technology and communications have eliminated many of the reasons for this. Pleasant areas without long winter were in the sane bag as Siberia because of Russia’s insane centralization: for many reasons and things, you were either In The Capital, or you weren’t, and not being In The Capital might as well have been Siberia. Now there’s reliable heating, automated industry, and instant telecommunications. Efforts to settle Siberia in the past were pretty much pointless, but this is actually a reasonable proposition now.
    The problem which remains is there aren’t nearly enough Russians, and insofar as they have a choice they will continue to prefer living in long-established built up areas.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  37. @Anon

    Self respecting human beings will not sit through CRT classes and do nothing.

    Perhaps, but this is one reason why TPTB and their MSM attacked white people’s self respect first and foremost.

    I predict that the next generation of white youth will begin looking elsewhere.

    Examples to the contrary are legion. For a good, recent version see the manic cheering from the (mostly white) audience when Fallon noted white people’s imminent demise.

  38. @SafeNow

    I am picturing Van Nuys, but with everyone wearing long underwear.

    You should probably be picturing vaporware.

  39. @J.Ross

    The Putin Palace is outside of Sochi on the Black Sea, which is about as far south as you can get in Russia. If I had to live in Russia, I’d want to live in Crimea or Sochi. The Russians who keep moving to North Hollywood would probably agree with me.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @Anon
  40. @Reg Cæsar

    Australians avoid most of their states.

    Most of one of their states, anyway. It’s mostly desert.

  41. @Bragadocious

    We take our rather safe roads for granted, but the new normal requires that social justice be litigated everywhere, and that includes not enforcing traffic laws and even abolishing speed cameras.

    Shouldn’t be long before some woke tech comes up with traffic cameras that detect only wypipos’ traffic violations.

  42. @J.Ross

    Siberia is mostly so far inland that its climate is awful. Even the port of Vladivostok is lousy:

    “Vladivostok has a monsoon-influenced humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dwb) with warm, humid and rainy summers and cold, dry winters. Owing to the influence of the Siberian High, winters are far colder than a latitude of 43 °N should warrant given its low elevation and coastal location, with a January average of −12.3 °C (9.9 °F). Since the maritime influence is strong in summer, Vladivostok has a relatively cold annual climate for its latitude.”

  43. Mike Tre says:
    @The Alarmist

    Yeah but was she hot, bro? Bro, how hot was she?

  44. @Reg Cæsar

    That map is extremely sketchy. The dark green, low density square is Nebraska, not Wyoming. The red blotches are obviously the Denver metro area, and Wyoming is directly to the north. Not too accurate. Sad.

  45. For reasons that still are not that clear, on MLK Day, South Florida roads, even the interstate, morph into a into giant free-for-all.

    Sorry, Steve, but these reasons they remain a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/brace-yourself-south-florida-wheels-up-guns-down-road-mayhem-is-coming-and-officers-are-ready/ar-AASItRE?ocid=BingHp01

  46. . . . because Brooks’s meal-ticket, The Guadalajara Times, cheered on the terrorist wing of the Media-Democratic Party in their five-month campaign to castrate law enforcement in 2020, a campaign that was wildly successful. Old Bagel-Brain reminds me of those Democrats who spent decades pretending to be puzzled by the explosion in crime after the Warren Court revolution in police procedures. Uh, maybe it’s Vietnam. No, that’s ending, maybe it’s the mildest recession in history. No, maybe it’s the homeless, or Reagan, or something.

    And has Brooks figured out yet that the 1619 project is basically Dean and Nikole extracting reparations from Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger for the fact that some of his ancestors traded and owned slaves before the Civil War?

    So the body count so far is: 1) the increase in homicide victims; 2) the increase in traffic accident victims; and 3) some part of the increase in drug overdoses from laxer enforcement of the drug laws.

    • Agree: Almost Missouri
  47. bomag says:
    @Franz

    Agree that sheltering in place will be the future. Start studying the Kurds for an example.

    The uniformed army is not going to do anything: not enough infantry; who are more politically aligned with the deplorables; too easily tied up by guerrilla tactics. The new attack troops are waves of immigrants, who are given ethnic enclaves and EBT cards.

    Our rulers are happy to control the ports and trading areas.

    • Thanks: Franz
    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  48. He gets paid for writing stuff like this? Maybe it was auto-generated.
    Black criminality gets decriminalized and… why, oh why, is there more crime??

  49. @Franz

    Mostly agree, but I’ve never heard of anyone converting to Amish.

    • Replies: @Franz
    , @J.Ross
  50. Gamecock says:

    June of 2021 was die glückliche Zeit.

    Gamecock got out on the country roads on his motorcycle and cruised at 75-80 mph. Didn’t see a single cop in nearly three months. First sighting shocked him!

  51. @The Wild Geese Howard

    Thanks. That was a rare > 2 minute video I watched front to back without my attention drifting.

    Why a rental though? So as not to get his own property impounded?

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  52. @Franz

    Please do not quote or promote Hal Turner the crazy, FBI informant, agent provocateur.

    Thank you.

    • Replies: @Franz
  53. El Dato says:
    @Steve Sailer

    The Putin Palace is outside of Sochi on the Black Sea

    But it’s not “Putin’s”. Maybe he will lease it?

    ‘I’m the beneficiary,’ Russian billionaire Rotenberg says about large Black Sea property dubbed ‘Putin’s palace’

    … once it’s finished. One year ago:

    Building dubbed ‘Putin’s Palace’ by Navalny is an empty shell, say Russian journalists in video from Black Sea building site

    Personally, as a NeoCzar I would be more into a Command & Control bunker complete with multiple jumbotrons displaying annotated world maps with videoconference insets where “operators” discuss their latest advancements on dastardly plans as rockets blast off into orbit on the horizon.

  54. El Dato says:
    @Kronos

    Unless you are under 30, get the Moderna and have a weird tendency to win really big at the casino, I wouldn’t worry about it.

    More interesting, USAians are such sickos that getting omicron (possibly the most infectuous virus ever … really!) actually puts them into hospital instead of jsut giving them the sniffles.

    At 13:30

    Meanwhile Australia is having anguish attacks about “unvaccinated tennis players” as omicron just burns through Fortress Kangaroo.

    • Replies: @Kronos
  55. @Almost Missouri

    Why a rental though? So as not to get his own property impounded?

    Cheaper, faster, and simpler than a securing a loan, a big down payment, registration, title, insurance, and personally eating the depreciation?

  56. @SFG

    Not sure how to solve for the actual time lag but it’s kind of like how aliens orbiting some distant star will eventually be able to watch Seinfeld

  57. JMcG says:
    @ginger bread man

    Steve should put an item up about Midway Island running short of fresh water. Then we wait and see if it shows up in Brooks’ column.

    • LOL: Gamecock
  58. Let’s take this in parts. First of all David Brooks is a pussy and invariably pilots a Prius, or a Volvo. I’m certain that David Brooks is just as terrified climbing behind the wheel of a car as he might be when taking out the trash without his K95! Secondly, the statistic he agonizingly ponders should be examined through the same lens employed when viewing crime statistics. I’m going out on a limb here but as a 29 year Chicago police sergeant I postulate that the high traffic death toll is driven be the “X” factor-or everybody’s favorite hyphenated American subgroup-the negro. It is unquestionably the single reason behind 99% of the road carnage in Chicago and surrounding Cook Co. Thirdly, I anticipate and enjoy the paucity of Illinois state troopers on Chicago expressways ever time I climb into my restored Lotus as I mash that third pedal on the right!

  59. @newrouter

    Channeling former star contestant and current occasional host Ken Jennings, “The correct answer is, ‘What is a donut shop?’”

  60. @Reg Cæsar

    I recall from my time in Canada years ago that something like 90% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the American border. Everything above that is pretty much vacant.

    Speaking of Canada, on the main topic, what kind of idiot would go to Canada? I suppose it’s close and still mostly White, and people remember the 60s draft dodgers, but for Christ’s sake, it’s almost as bad as Australia as a Woke totalitarian state. And of course, for that reason, Trudeau’s Canada ain’t gonna let you get in. Unlike Californians and New Yorkers fleeing to Texas and bringing their ideas with them, Canada being a country can close its borders, as they have now because Covid. Yes, they’ll rediscover the usefulness of borders, but won’t notice the cognitive dissonance.

    If you must, go to Mexico. Govt too dysfunctional to dominate you, cheap, warm, what’s not to like.

    It’s like, who would retire to Manitoba?

  61. @Anon

    Another example of Krikorian’s Law of Armenians in the US: Watch out for ones with surnames ending in “-yan.”

    • Replies: @Cortes
  62. Franz says:
    @Almost Missouri

    I’ve never heard of anyone converting to Amish.

    It’s not necessary to convert, the ones that live about 20 miles from me told me that they don’t mind selling land to friendly non-Amish to live among them. Somebody with a good car is useful to them in an emergency so the wife and I have been checking around; beautiful country. Being an Uber to the Amish sounds like fun besides. They’re actually just Germans and as practical as the others.

    • Replies: @Ralph L
  63. Franz says:
    @annonymous

    FBI informant, agent provocateur

    I know nothing about the man, just saw the article. Are there any details about him being an agent?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  64. @Kronos

    The term ‘the cathedral’ has been around in a similar context to Moldbug’s, since the late 90s – specifically in the article, and later the book “The Cathedral and the Bazaar” by ESR (Eric S Raymond), which compares and contrasts development from a top-down (‘cathedral’) versus a bottom-up/distributed (‘bazaar’) mechanism for code distribution.

    Moldbug claims to have ‘coined’ the term – but all he did was take half of ESR’s paradigm and apply it to information-distribution networks.

    Nothing wrong with the idea (that the Commanding Heights of the US – and the West generally – are coordinated and top-down in orientation, and that there is a nexus between politics and media) but it’s not remotely original.

    • Replies: @Kronos
  65. Ralph L says:
    @Franz

    Being an Uber to the Amish sounds like fun besides.

    How often do they heat up water for bathing after all that manual labor and making babies? There’s a reason Witness wasn’t filmed in Odorama, and it wasn’t just the barnyards.

    • Replies: @Franz
  66. @J.Ross

    Siberia is great except for the winter (sounds like a joke but it’s not).

    If it’s anything like the Upper Midwest and northern Plains, the seasons are “shovel and swat”. Summer is as bad as winter, to some of us worse. Think Dallas, just five or ten degrees “cooler”.

    Pests are fewer, but they enjoy the summer, too. Blackflies and mosquitos.

    • Replies: @Gamecock
  67. Icy Blast says:
    @Steve Sailer

    I’m too old or I’d try to move to Vladivostok.

  68. @bomag

    The new attack troops are waves of immigrants, who are given ethnic enclaves and EBT cards.

    How many mujahadeen fighters were embedded in the hordes of Afghans that were dumped in flyover last summer?

  69. Cortes says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Like the glorious Saroyan?

    Seems harsh.

  70. @R.G. Camara

    For example, its transparent that it was you, Steve, who introduced the term “Deep State” into the recent American journalistic lexicon in the last few years. You wrote about how Turkish conspiracy theorists talked about the term “Deep State” and then theorized that the U.S. had it as well.

    It wasn’t too long later that other bloggers, writers, and mainstream guys starting talking about/decrying conspiracy theories about the Deep State.

    This is my recollection as well. Steve was the first person I encountered using that phrase, in the relation to Turkey and with gentle hints that it may be here too. And then it did seem not too much longer later I started hearing it a number of other places, so that today its a household phrase.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  71. @Sam Malone

    I got the term “deep state” from a travel memoir called “Midnight in Sicily.”

  72. Kronos says:
    @El Dato

    Sadly, I’m almost 30. When that happens my “training” for middle age will commence.

    But back to the main reply. From various sources I’ve examined (stuff from Joe Rogan, Karl Denninger, ZeroHedge) natural immunity is the best option for my health situation. I’m not obese, diabetic, 80+ years old, or a smoker. Life’s a continuous gambling casino so I’ve placed my bets to the best of my available knowledge. If it’s revealed that the COVID vaccine safety data was less reliable than the CIA’s info on Saddam’s WMDs then I won’t be negatively impacted on a personal level. If anything, there might be some sooner-than-expected inheritances coming my way.

  73. @Kronos

    Curtis Yarvin developed and popularized the term “the cathedral” to explain the osmosis effect universities had on modern society, especially journalism.

    Very true. Universities have replaced the Church in providing the (official) foundation of society’s morals and belief. That in large part explains the Great Awokening.
    This is a bad arrangement. Even if the Universities espoused a better belief system than Wokeism, it is bad for society to get its morals from academics and it is bad for the knowledge-seeking purpose of the Academy to have this kind of social power.
    As the protestant reformation fought against the corrupt political power and doctrines of the Church, are we now fighting the Universities?

  74. Kronos says:
    @Kratoklastes

    Regardless, it was a brilliant synthesis. Henry Ford neither developed the first assembly line or car, but the first person to successfully combine them.

    I can’t do a good synopsis on it, but this breakdown is a fun interesting read. The mystery of Yarvin’s cathedral is how can a seemingly decentralized array of institutions move and operate as if it were centrally coordinated?

    https://graymirror.substack.com/p/a-brief-explanation-of-the-cathedral

  75. J.Ross says:
    @Franz

    He’s been a known informant, not agent, (and a recovering coke addict, and a felon, which is probably how he became an informant) but in this case the story about making war upon the people is noncontroversial and widely attested and totally in line with current government behavior. Source re fed is actually his lawyer speaking in court so yeah.
    https://www.cryptogon.com/?p=10142
    https://www.federaljack.com/radio-host-hal-turner-was-an-fbi-informant-as-hackers-claimed-a-year-ago/
    https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/individual/hal-turner

    [MORE]

    WTF ADL
    bing hal turner informant
    franz here cannot as he lost his finger to a serb
    literally every single result from widely varied sources is hal turner lawyer sez hal turner informant
    of course result one is stasi protection leadership committee
    include that too as a fairness joke
    other urls are neat and tidy
    somebody respects jorn barger
    splc url is what you see above plus ykndhjjjkljrrchidebobtg &&kffhnfdc&ko%eddfiinjy edhhghkhghnkinkkkifvikedjiv
    (i have deleted the excess)
    what the hell am i looking at
    it’s like an internet age expression of structurally linguistic evil
    how appropriate

    • Thanks: Franz
  76. J.Ross says:
    @Almost Missouri

    I haven’t heard of anyone converting to Amish.

    How would you?
    They haven’t sent me any faxes! I haven’t gotten one text!

  77. Alden says:
    @J.Ross

    I think Quebec has an entire underground city. It’s a good idea.

  78. Franz says:
    @Ralph L

    There’s a reason Witness wasn’t filmed in Odorama, and it wasn’t just the barnyards.

    Well…

    There’s a difference to living near/living with. I know they are very clean so I’m guessing the have a simple and short way of doing that. Some of us non-Amish take a hose full of cold water in the morning and a hot shower at night, which can’t come to more than a few gallons. The Amish have had lots of time to get it down to an art.

    The whole idea of keeping some distance is getting power and water for as long as it’s available. If you have to use a hand-crank generator it takes lots of time for stuff the wife and I are used to doing. So if Armageddon takes a bit longer, I’m fine with that.

  79. celine says:

    In your June ’20 column, you write…

    “Note that blacks are not terrible drivers. …[they’re] 16.9 percent of traffic deaths in 2019.”

    That may be, but as a white driver in a predominantly black city (Wilmington, DE), I can tell you that blacks are _rude_ drivers. They don’t take turns at 4-way stops; they crowd the lane at stoplights, blocking driveways; they don’t yield for pedestrians, or barely so. And don’t even think about looking at them as they drive.

    Meanwhile, in the nearby hills of Pennsylvania, you very rarely see black drivers — it’s motoring bliss. When you do see one, they’re invariably going far too fast and always always always on their phones. On these narrow roads, co-ooperation is essential, you occasionally have to pull over or back up to let another car through, a dance that’s negotiated with high beams, hand signals, and eye contact, and then acknowledged with a wave. Black drivers? Never.

    That, historically, they’ve contributed to traffic deaths in proportion to their general demographic is surprising. That their presence makes a white motorist tense and overly-cautious is not.

  80. Gamecock says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    I had a boss from North Dakota. He said they didn’t have many bridges, because half the year you could drive on the river.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  81. @Gamecock

    A common contest across the north is to put a jalopy or truck on a lake. The winner is the one who guesses the date it will sink.

    Janesville, Wisconsin is pretty far south (to North Dakotans), and even they do it. Though they are worried about this year’s:

    Cold snap is good for Truck on Ice contest.

    Still, it’s a Chevy Suburban, not a Spark. You need thick ice for that.

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