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A travel article from the New York Times about a visit to Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean

The Cool, Wild and Very Remote Andaman Islands

This archipelago in the Indian Ocean offers pristine nature, Indian culture, a glimpse of fascinating communities and some of the most spectacular beaches in the world.

By Jeffrey Gettleman
Nov. 22, 2022

… If you explore the outer islands, and there are about 30 open to tourists, you might even see some members of the Jarawa, one of the most untouched cultures in the world. The Jarawa live deep in the forest, and though their communities are strictly protected — Indian law prohibits even photographing them — I once saw a hunting party as I was driving down a jungle road. They carried bows and arrows and freshly slaughtered wild boars slung across their backs. I stared at them. The Jarawas stared back at me. The moment lasted maybe two seconds. I’ll never forget it.

… Flying back to the mainland from Port Blair, after a week of bliss, we passed over one island that stood alone: North Sentinel. I’ve read a lot about this place. Down there live a small group of hunter and gatherers, maybe only 50 or 75 people, who have no contact with the outside world and survive off the jungle and the sea. The few people who have tried to step on their shore, including a young American missionary in 2018, have been killed.

Now this is truly a fiercely isolated place. But as I stared down at that drop of green surrounded by bright blue, I wondered: For how long? …

A great moment for a tourist: seeing one of the world’s last hunter-gatherer tribes on the hunt.

But here’s something that struck me about contemporary travel writing: evidently, you aren’t supposed to describe what indigenous people look like anymore. The original Andaman Islanders are very short, very black (but, interestingly, not African) pygmy negritos. That strikes me as an interesting fact about them that helps me picture the scene above better, but it appears to be considered inappropriate for 2022 travel writing.

I first noticed this trend about 15-20 years ago when there were a lot of articles on the turmoil involved with South Sudan seceding from Sudan. Very few of even the longest articles mentioned that South Sudanese tribes such as the Dinka and Nuer are among the tallest people in the world. That would seem to me to be a picturesque detail that adds interest to a foreign affairs article about an otherwise fairly random place, but, apparently, a lot of Americans these days feel uncomfortable about anything reminiscent of physical anthropology: Hiss! Boo! Calipers!

 
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  1. Gore 2004 says:

    Shhh!

    You can’t say that!!!

    White liberals like Eric Stone will chastise as racist!!!

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Ckyz3ZeApXV/

  2. I recall reading articles about Haiti and the Dominican Republic and thinking that journalists seemed to be trying to obscure the fact that both countries are on the same island.

    I wonder what the remnant hunter-gatherers think about the world. Do they perceive it as socially corrosive, immoral, scary, demonic? Most tribes promptly go with civilization and cell phones rather than stay in the state of nature, so I wonder what the holdout tribes are thinking. Have any anthropologists asked them?

    • Replies: @mc23
    , @Colin Wright
    , @Yngvar
  3. epebble says:

    I think there is general discomfort about using words that are deemed unpleasant to describe humans. No more fat, stupid, lazy, drunk, addicted, immoral etc., It has to be “weight issues”, “low information”, “drinking problem”, “substance abuse issues”, “open marriage” etc.,

    If you want to cause a nuclear explosion, just try writing the sentence: Some time in near future, most of the …… American children will be bastards (instead of born to single women/unmarried women etc.)

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
    , @Muggles
  4. “I don’t see color” is the new “I don’t see religion.”

  5. dearieme says:

    Down there live a small group of hunter and gatherers

    It’s just a typing error: he meant ‘Down there live a group of small hunter and gatherers’.

    • LOL: Mr. Grey
  6. dearieme says:

    They were short, dead short, as they strode along
    And the Yank’s just as dead as if they were long.

  7. The original Andaman Islanders are very short, very black (but, interestingly, not African) pygmy negritos.

    Pygmy negrito = Nigger. (My typo!) Orgy emptying.

    Very few of even the longest articles mentioned that South Sudanese tribes such as the Dinka and Nuer are among the tallest people in the world.

    Not to mention the darkest. They look like they’ve been dipped in ink. They even smell like ink.

  8. mc23 says:

    We need to do something about those Latnix languages.

    Pick one, Latin words for dark-

    tenebrae, caligo, opscurum, obscuritas, opscuritas

  9. songbird says:

    The Taron, a pygmy people living among the Himalayas were supposedly East Asian.

  10. • LOL: R.G. Camara
    • Replies: @R.G. Camara
    , @J.Ross
    , @Anon
  11. Trinity says:

    Cue: Hey, Negrita by The Rolling Stones

  12. If a travel writer called them Pygmy Negritos, readers would demand that the “racist” writer be fired.

  13. mc23 says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    From 1st hand accounts of people living with Hadza hunter-gathers of Tanzania I get the impression they aren’t the brightest, not bad just not very bright. Perhaps they just seem that way or maybe it’s isolation. Inspite of repeated attempts to introduce them to civilization they follow a way of life that could be ten thousands years old. Only about 1500 left ranging over an increasing resricted and harsh landscape

    There’s a few adaptations. Most of the Hadza people wear western clothing, such as shirts and shorts and they use iron nails to till poision arrows. I wonder what they think. It’s seems like a deadly lifelong camping trip. I’d like to think the smart ones boil off.

  14. These tall Dinkas are not genetically close to the Oompa Loompa’s, I gather. The latter are fairly picturesque, I’ll grant them.

    I bet you some small single-engine plane pilots have circled these islands at 500 ft, seeing what kind of weird time-travelesque scenes are going on down there… maybe having to take a piss in a handy Yoohoo bottle and throwing it out the window. What would these people think of airplanes… or Yoohoo bottles full of pee for that matter?

    Yeah, I’ve seen that movie – a different sort of movie about remote native tribes is called The Green Inferno Come for the coeds in underwear, stay for the cannibalism.

    I wish you would review that one, Steve, if you could sit through the gore.

  15. Thea says:

    Group differences and the reason behind them fascinate normal people. NYT journalists aim to portray exotic tribes as mundane my as possible in an attempt to bite us to sleep so we won’t noice their power grab.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  16. @mc23

    Agrarian civilizations that made the neolithic jump will accrete technology and processes and continually refine them. But something different is going on with the archaic human races, as if they top out neurologically at the Ice People equivalent of 12-year olds. An individual member of an Ice People race with a 75 IQ would have physical markers and speech pathologies. A member of an archaic race with 75 IQ will be a normally strong, sexually active adult with mimid intelligence.

    It would be an interesting genetic and neuropsychological study, if we were allowed to study it. I agree that it’s probably just hereditary dull-wittedness. You eat, you sleep, you have sex, so that’s all your life and rituals revolve around. You no more think of metaphysics and abstractions than a cow would.

    • Agree: mc23
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  17. P.T. says:

    When I took an intro course in anthropology in college everything was cultural anthropology. There was no physical anthropology or archeology or linguistics. I wonder if National Geographic shows pictures of natives these days.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  18. Malcolm Y says:

    One of Arthur Conan Doyle’s best stories has a fierce Andaman Islander as the killer sidekick of the main villain – he used poison darts and climbed up the sheer vertical part of a house. I think in that story Doctor Watson found his wife who was the client of Sherlock. Can’t remember the title.

    • Replies: @Ralph L
    , @Muggles
  19. SunBakedSuburb says:
    November 7, 2022 at 6:45 pm GMT

    If Steve had his druthers I’m pretty sure his blog would be 10% sports, 25% black crime, and 90% pygmies. He has a pygmy sketch book. Unz has seen it. Unz says once you’ve seen Steve’s pygmy sketchbook there’s no unseeing it.

    Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving to Steve and everyone! 🙂

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/who-gets-to-be-american/#comment-2634682 (#141)

    • Replies: @Anon
  20. Anon[130] • Disclaimer says:

    But here’s something that struck me about contemporary travel writing

    “Something struck me about X” is sort of an indirect objecty passive voicey like synonym for “I noticed something about X.” It struck me that Steve is avoiding the word n***ce. We’re no longer supposed to use the word n***ce. It’s become inappropriate in 2022 HBD writing to use this word. We’re becoming HINOs: HBD in name only. This observation floated briefly into my consciousness as I was perusing this post.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  21. Anonymous[460] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    Inuits average at 92 or 93 and they are hunter gatherers.

    Achievements are not equal to intelligence. You can have an IQ of 85 and still be a rapper who writes amusing songs for youth and proles. You can have an IQ of 55 and be a hunter gatherer in the tropics. You can have an IQ of 92 and be a hunter gatherer in Canada. You can have an IQ of 150 and choose to not go to university and work at Burger King.

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
  22. Anon[300] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Black crime…played out? Maybe more upside potential in queer Pronoun-Person crime, like the theythem who shot up its fellow queers in Colorado. I hope this case is highly publicized so the nation’s first introduction to a nonbi makes them associate it with twistedness and crime.

    • Replies: @Ian Smith
  23. J.Ross says:

    So there’s only one hunter and then 74 gatherers? Sounds about right. One guy working and everyone else is like “oh, hey, I got you these roots. And these look like twigs, but if you boil the meat with them, they add flavor. I call them herbs.”

  24. @JohnnyWalker123

    This reads like a combination of sightings of the Scorpio killer combined with a high school mean girls clique gossiping about a rival girl hanging out with the bad boy seniors.

    These people are pathetic.

  25. J.Ross says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Elon is doing great things at Twitter (which ought to have been done years ago) but we still need to kill this nonsense of declaring people Nazis. Marxist ex-professor Jordan Petersen, who is internationally known because he refused to call a man a woman but who, apart from that, is pretty much a standard leftist, is routinely defamed as a Nazi, and has now been revealed to have been put on a Canadian terrorist watch list during the trucker protests. He’s a perfectly harmless guy who refuses truly controversial topics and is pretty much 99% in step with the Canadian establishmemt, and they monitored him as a terrorist. Republicans need to stop respecting this zero effort zero criterion instant win for our enemies. Apoliticals need to understand that they can be witchfound as a Nazi instantly and there is no defense because there is no criterion.

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
  26. Anon[278] • Disclaimer says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    And somewhat related, Sam Bankman-Fried is going ahead and speaking at that engagement anyway along with a bunch of people who may have their careers ruined by being seen with him and shaking his hand. It’ll make the Democrats look absolutely utterly corrupt. Most of them should have the common sense to understand that this time you should bail out.

  27. @Achmed E. Newman

    My post tally is insufficient to qualify for a simple LOL. But LOL anyway.

  28. @The Anti-Gnostic

    ‘…I wonder what the remnant hunter-gatherers think about the world. Do they perceive it as socially corrosive, immoral, scary, demonic? ‘

    Don’t project.

  29. Mr. Anon says:

    Celebrating diversity means believing that everyone is the same.

    • Thanks: Kim, Coemgen
  30. @Thea

    Group differences and the reason behind them fascinate normal people. NYT journalists aim to portray exotic tribes

    NYT journalists are an exotic tribe in themselves. We need more field studies.

  31. @P.T.

    I wonder if National Geographic shows pictures of natives these days.

    Yes, but in designer tee shirts.

  32. jb says:
    @mc23

    The Hadza have some master classes in Hadza philosophy on YouTube for anyone interested. Sample:

    Q: What’s the most important thing in life?

    A: Meat

    I have to say though that I have enormous respect for their level of pain tolerance. If I had to dig honey comb out of a hollow tree with my bare hands I would probably starve. (The narrator notes that they ended up with “more bugs than honey”, but that didn’t seem to be an issue).

  33. Ralph L says:
    @Malcolm Y

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

    Watson doesn’t seem bothered that his wife benefited from her father’s colonialism and thievery. He’s only glad she doesn’t become too rich for him to romance.

  34. Anon[130] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    What’s “n***ce”?

    According to the Crossword Solver, it’s one of these:

    — Negoce
    — Norice
    — Notice
    — Novice
    — Nuance

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  35. @J.Ross

    Douglas Mackey a/k/a @RickyVaughn is under federal indictment for posting this on Twitter six years ago.

    Ideological conservatives have no idea about their enemies. The Left would put people in camps and shoot them for thoughtcrime if they could; when they can, that’s exactly what they do.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Corvinus
  36. @Anon

    Somebody else used “nonce” today, which I also don’t know what it means.

  37. Didn’t the Andamen(?) kill a Korean fundamentalist missionary a few years back?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @LP5
  38. @Anonymous

    Achievements are not equal to intelligence.

    That’s not really true. While you can be an over-achieving rapper or an under-achieving janitor, intelligence is still the sine qua non for achieving civilization: city-building and continuous refinement of technology and processes. At 92 IQ, Inuits will never invent and design internal combustion engines but when white men show up they’ll adopt snowmobiles and .308’s and hunt with them and even learn to maintain them. By contrast, the 65 IQ tropical hunter-gatherers will fire all the rounds, make a necklace with the cartridges, and turn the rifle into a club.

    BTW, I very much doubt there are any Inuit hunter-gatherers left. I imagine if nobody’s managed to bag an elk that week they just get in their pickup trucks and go buy some canned beef stew.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Anonymous
  39. J.Ross says:
    @Steve Sailer

    I immediately thought “nonce,” fits perfectly and explains the confused censorship, because in British English it’s a serious epithet. In American or neutral English, it’s an antequated synonym for “moment.” In British English (and especially in gaol) it means “pædo,” as in “you deserve to get beaten to death.”

  40. J.Ross says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    This is the verbal equivalent of one of those “Houl Hortler” swamstuckins, where the right angles go the wrong way.

    • LOL: The Anti-Gnostic
  41. J.Ross says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    And those very people are the Reaganites who pat themselves on the back for “defeating” Communism.

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
  42. epebble says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Many commentators use that incorrect spelling for “nones” a term used for Americans with no religious Affiliation (fastest growing ‘religious’ group and the second largest ‘religious’ group). I think this term was coined by Pew.

    e.g., https://www.pewresearch.org/religion/2019/10/17/in-u-s-decline-of-christianity-continues-at-rapid-pace/

  43. @Unintended Consequence

    Didn’t the Andamen(?) kill a Korean fundamentalist missionary a few years back?

    Sentinelese. He was Chinese-American, a native of Alabama.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Allen_Chau

  44. @The Anti-Gnostic

    BTW, I very much doubt there are any Inuit hunter-gatherers left. I imagine if nobody’s managed to bag an elk that week they just get in their pickup trucks and go buy some canned beef stew.

    Robert Flaherty was criticized– including recently by The Economist— for staging certain scenes in Nanook of the North a century ago.

    He had to. They had already abandoned traditional practices for more modern methods. But as veterans of the latter, they were able to brush up and put on a show for him. And we are all the better off for it.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  45. @mc23

    mc23 writes, “Most of the Hadza people … use iron nails to till pois{i}on arrows.”

    I can’t find in a dictionary a meaning of (the transitive verb) “till” that makes sense here. What does it mean to “till an arrow”?

    • Replies: @Ralph L
  46. Anon[302] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    As a teenager I loved the poem Jabberwocky, which consists of “nonce words” (not to be confused with neologisms) strung together with real words, and that’s where I learned the word nonce. For better or worse several of those words ended up in the Oxford English Dictionary, so I guess they’re no longer technically nonce words. Which reminds me of when Bennett Cerf scored a publicity win when supercalifragilisticexpialidocious was added to his Random House dictionary. Which then reminds me of when the Sherman Brothers were sued over ripping off a previous song with the same title. They won because it turns out that the word “super********” was in use from way back as a funny nonsense word.

  47. Ralph L says:
    @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)

    I think he was aiming for “tip,” not “emit” or “loose” till.

  48. @epebble

    I am sure that journalists use all these terms tongue in cheek, but it is not difficult to read between the lines.

    It is always noticeable in obituaries that the decedent “struggled” with alcoholism or cocaine addiction, or their sexuality and yet nobody has ever received an award or knighthood for their part in the struggle.

    However it would be deemed to be offensive to say that somebody was a chronic drunk who wrecked their liver, or a drug addict, or a promiscuous homosexual who died of AIDS.

    • Replies: @epebble
  49. epebble says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    Where I live, homelessness is an epidemic. As the (homeless) population has surged, the vocabulary was reengineered to be mellower. At first, homeless became houseless:

    What’s the difference between houseless and homeless?

    https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/homeless/whats-the-difference-homeless-houseless-street-roots-portland-oregon/283-76dc7044-d7fe-411f-bb23-b4097ac49686

    After a couple of years (and further increase in homelessness/tent population), houseless was considered declasse. So, a new word was coined: unsheltered

    Many more Portland area residents live unsheltered in pandemic’s wake, count finds

    https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/2022/05/many-more-portland-area-residents-live-unsheltered-in-pandemics-wake-count-finds.html

  50. I remember as a young man venturing abroad – or even just over the border into England – and thinking these people are so different to us in this way and that way…

    Other people would do foreign trips too but come back saying I went to Morocco / Korea / Zambia and found the locals are just like us!

    I think they based the sameness on the profound facts the people in foreign countries also laughed or cried, some were friendly and some were not, they drank beer or whatever.

    There seems to be a fundamental difference here between two kinds of humans.

  51. Anonymous[175] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    In English English it means ‘child sex offender’ – well at least since the turn of the century, in the vernacular.
    Previous to that it was slang term for ‘stupid person’.

    Possibly a contraction of ‘nonsense’.

    • Replies: @S Johnson
  52. @Steve Sailer

    “Nonce” is British slang for paedophile.

  53. @epebble

    In my neck of the woods the latest correct term is now “the unhoused.” The money sent to the Little Comedian of Kiev this year alone was enough to “house” every last one of them, but I guess that’s another story. A great many of the street people are predators, who like all grifters live by lying, cheating, and stealing. “Normal” people who get priced out of living indoors get chewed up on the mean streets very quickly. Scamming the liberals is an art form among the ones I’ve known, as is hustling the Christian do-gooders who think they can steal their souls for the price of a peanut butter sandwich.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    , @Anon
  54. Somsel says:

    How then are we to describe the Swedish Bikini Team?

    Of course, “A picture is worth a thousand words.’

  55. I first noticed this trend about 15-20 years ago when there were a lot of articles on the turmoil involved with South Sudan seceding from Sudan. Very few of even the longest articles mentioned that South Sudanese tribes such as the Dinka and Nuer are among the tallest people in the world. That would seem to me to be a picturesque detail that adds interest to a foreign affairs article about an otherwise fairly random place, but, apparently, a lot of Americans these days feel uncomfortable about anything reminiscent of physical anthropology …

    The story below comes to mind. It is from earlier this year, and is about the head of the psychiatry department at Columbia University losing his job for mentioning that a Sudanese model was really dark.

    Columbia University psychiatry department chair is suspended after referring to a dark-skinned model as ‘a freak of nature’

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10548689/Columbia-University-prof-suspended-referring-dark-skinned-model-freak-nature.html” rel=”nofollow”

  56. MM says:
    @Auld Alliance

    I think it may also have to do with “people from somewhere” vs. “people from nowhere”.

    In other words, you encountered people rooted in a time and place. In other words, the normals.

    They only encountered the “cosmopolitans”, the rootless.

  57. “Now this is truly a fiercely isolated place. But as I stared down at that drop of green surrounded by bright blue, I wondered: For how long? …”

    So concerned that the native population will be overwhelmed by an invasive species.

  58. In the UK, it’s apparently OK to toss dwarfs, but you have to call it dancing:

  59. You’re supposed to care more about non-white ethnics, but pretend they’re exactly the same.

    A few years ago some kind of Museum of Mankind (can’t remember where, maybe Holland or Belgium) updated their main hall giant picture of all the people of the world. Previously it was ethnographically accurate – Papuans with facepaint, nose rings, headdresses etc. But the new pic has everyone a similar height, dressed as if they’d just come from the Gap store, and a moderate bourgeoise smile.

  60. G. Poulin says:

    Not brown sugar, that’s for sure. More like blackstrap molasses.

  61. @Steve Sailer

    It was prison slang for “nonsense”, it’s had the meaning of “child sex offender” since at least the 1960s.

  62. Thea says:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taron_people

    The Taron people are Pygmy tribe in Asia that are going voluntarily extinct. They don’t accept exogamy so they became inbred and birth defects increased. So they decided to stop having children rather than Kate with outsiders.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  63. @Observator

    “The money sent to the Little Comedian of Kiev this year alone was enough to “house” every last one of them, but I guess that’s another story. “

    In the UK we are doubling up, sending cash and weapons to Kiev, while handing out 1.1 million visas last year. As a result house prices and rents are soaring, and formerly prosperous towns have people in sleeping bags everywhere.

    In Kiev itself they are building defences round the city.

    https://www.pravda.com.ua/eng/news/2022/11/2/7374696/

    “The build-up of the defence lines of Kyiv continues! The system of engineering equipment and the construction of fortifications around the capital continue to be improved. Proper engineering preparation of positions is one of the most important factors for defence and successful destruction of the enemy.”

    As well as planning to evacuate it.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/05/world/europe/kyiv-ukraine-electricity-russia-infrastructure.html

    Kyiv Planning for Total Evacuation if It Loses Electricity

    It doesn’t really feel like winning to me, but we shall see. From the start of this conflict I’ve believed that a settlement along the lines of Minsk 2 was the only thing which could save Ukraine from a lot of unpleasantness. But US foreign policy is to fight to the last Ukrainian, and has been for a long time.

    As Zbigniew Brzezinski put it in 1997

    “It follows that political and economic support for the key newly independent states is an integral part of a broader strategy for Eurasia. The consolidation of a sovereign Ukraine, which in the meantime redefines itself as a Central European state and engages in closer integration with Central Europe, is a critically important component of such a policy

    https://www.pdfdrive.com/the-grand-chessboard-american-primacy-and-its-geostrategic-imperatives-d175987890.html

  64. @epebble

    This is termed the “euphemism treadmill.”

    • Thanks: Muggles
  65. Anon[300] • Disclaimer says:
    @Observator

    The pathetic liberal churches in my town think they are helping things by giving free food to vagrants. They probably also think that pouring sugar on the sidewalk reduces the number of ants.

  66. Corvinus says:
    @Steve Sailer

    You really just can’t be that naïve are you? That’s the oldest trick in the book.

  67. Gordo says:

    The Indians ethnically cleansed the Andaman Islands.

    No-one seems to mention that, it’s like it doesn’t matter.

    • Replies: @Muggles
  68. @epebble

    Really this is because so much of contemporary media is dominated by press releases from public relations organizations working for various pressure groups.

    Often the main objective will be to get the media to use different words so as to confuse the general public, even when perfectly good words already exist.

    For example–simple example–homosexual pressure groups have worked to get the Roman Catholic pedophile cases described as child abuse rather than as homosexual pedophilia, even though very, very few of the children involved have been girls, and nearly all of them have been adolescent boys (who were surely old enough to report any inappropriate sexual gestures by priests to the police at the time.)

    Then you run into other pressure groups like real estate agents who prefer to use the word “home” to “house”, because it sounds more, well, homely.

    You might just as well call the homeless “fresh air enthusiasts” or “urban campers” if your intention is simply to confuse the general public (aka voters).

    An interesting area to consider is that a considerable number of homeless people in the United States our military veterans, who have presumably been trained by the government in methods of survival by living in tents and foraging for provisions.

    Also that the homeless problem is mysteriously much greater in areas that have warm dry climates that are conducive to living outdoors.

    • Replies: @epebble
    , @Coemgen
  69. @Reg Cæsar

    Yikes. That should read “veterans of the former”. They recreated the old ways so Flaherty could record them.

  70. Anonymous[598] • Disclaimer says:

    Interestingly enough the pigmy Nigritos of the Andaman islands are the only Negrito population w/o any Denisovan DNA.
    Australian Aborigines, Papua New Guineans, the Negritos of the Phillipines, etc. all have archaic DNA from this sister race, err sorry, “population group,” of the neanderthals.

  71. @Auld Alliance

    Other people would do foreign trips too but come back saying I went to Morocco / Korea / Zambia and found the locals are just like us!

    I think there are a few different issues here. On a very basic level people in consumer economies everywhere do have the same daily needs of food, clothing, personal hygiene, protection from weather, toileting, transportation, entertainment, sexual reproduction, education, healthcare.

    A friend of mine had parents who were immigrants from Portugal to the US. My friend grew up speaking only English, and thus was not able to communicate with his own grandfather who spoke only Portuguese. The grandfather was widowed and he courted and married a woman who didn’t speak a word of Portuguese, and they lived perfectly happily, even though they didn’t have any common language.

    Somewhat more than 2 years ago I decided to retire to Ecuador. At first the Ecuadorian people, who are mostly a mestizo mix of Spanish and various Andean ethnicities were a complete cipher to me, as I had never met any before, and knew nothing of their culture.

    But I soon noticed that they went jogging in the evenings, walked dogs, went to gyms, wore jeans with artificial holes in the legs, had tattoos, always had a cell phone in their hand, got all their news from Facebook, and so on.

    After a couple of years Ecuadorian people seem to me just like the new normal. Today the shopping malls have signs everywhere advertising Black Friday and the markets are full of turkeys. The movie theater at my local mall is showing the latest Black Panther movie. The children are all wearing Ecuador soccer shirts.

    The world has changed massively in my lifetime. Firstly the invention of civilian jet travel has made it much easier for people to move long distances. And secondly the Internet has had an even greater effect in homogenizing cultures.

    Living in the Andes in Ecuador is now barely any different from living in the Pennines in England, except that the weather is better and that you see less sheep and more llamas.

    The whole world is one country now, and everywhere is Disneyland.

    • Thanks: Thea, PiltdownMan, Muggles
    • Replies: @Bert
  72. LP5 says:
    @Unintended Consequence

    A report from India about that pin cushion.

    [MORE]

    An American tourist was allegedly murdered by unidentified persons in Andaman and Nicobar’s North Sentinel Island.
    The North Sentinel Island, off-bounds to visitors, is home to the Sentinelese, who killed the American, identified as John Allen Chau, after he was illegally ferried there by fishermen, the officials said.

    The local police have registered a case of murder and arrested seven people in connection with the murder of Chau.

    According to Andaman Sheekha newspaper, the victim had visited Islands five times in past and had a strong desire to meet Sentinelese Tribes for preaching Christianity.

    John Allen Chau reportedly hired fishing dinghy from Chidiyatapu area and with the help of some fishermen he reached close to the Island on 16 November 2018, from where he travelled in his own canoe, reported Andaman Sheekha. 

    “We are aware of reports concerning a US citizen in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands,” a spokeswoman for the United States consulate in India’s southern city of Chennai said in an email to Reuters.

    “When a US citizen is missing, we work closely with local authorities as they carry out their search efforts,” she added, but declined to provide further details over privacy concerns.

  73. Anonymous[381] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    You are wrong. Inuits average in the low 90s, same as Southeast Asians and Yugoslavs.

    Yet the Cambodians managed to build the Angkor Wat and Croatians and Serbs built castles.

    You can have an IQ of 92 and help build a castle or just be a hunter gatherer who lives in an igloo.

    Intelligence is not equal to achivement. If it were, Inuits would have just as many castles and palaces as Cambodians and Croats. And women would have the same number of scientific discoveries per capita as men.

    • Replies: @james wilson
  74. epebble says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    Also that the homeless problem is mysteriously much greater in areas that have warm dry climates that are conducive to living outdoors.

    At least that description is patently wrong for Pacific Northwest (rains a lot, winters get cold) which seems to be (at least to my eyes) Homeless Town, USA

  75. @Auld Alliance

    I remember as a young man venturing abroad – or even just over the border into England – and thinking these people are so different to us in this way and that way…

    Other people would do foreign trips too but come back saying I went to Morocco / Korea / Zambia and found the locals are just like us!

    If you go looking for sameness, all you’ll see is difference. If you look for difference, all you’ll see is sameness.

    • Agree: René Fries
  76. Anonymous[229] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Don’t play coy, you NOTICEr

  77. @mc23

    From 1st hand accounts of people living with Hadza hunter-gathers of Tanzania I get the impression they aren’t the brightest, not bad just not very bright.

    My guess is these folks are a remnant population–with inflow, conquest, etc. etc.–of the last big expansion out of Africa and around the coast to Australia. A sibling branch to the Australian Aborigines. And the Aborigines–full blood–are about the dumbest–in IQ test sense–of the major population groups.

    All of which pretty much totally debunks the whole minoritarian Stephen J. Gouldish narrative of all modern humans the same “not enough time” for anything interesting.

    The plain fact is for all its discontents settlement, ag, civilization has made people quite, quite a bit smarter–and better looking.

  78. Ian Smith says:
    @Anon

    Ezra Miller might have a similar effect

  79. Corvinus says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    There is no place in public discourse for lies and misinformation to defraud citizens of their right to vote, glad to see Mackey getting his just deserts.

    “The Left would put people in camps and shoot them for thoughtcrime if they could; when they can, that’s exactly what they do.”

    N***ce, please. That’s not even remotely accurate. You certainly wouldn’t be opposed to rounding up the globohomolists, the globalists, the Jews, and their mystery meat pets and having them thrown from helicopters Pinochet style.

  80. S Johnson says:
    @Anonymous

    The etymology is probably derived from nance or nancyboy, homosexual man.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
  81. Muggles says:
    @epebble

    I think there is general discomfort about using words that are deemed unpleasant to describe humans. No more fat, stupid, lazy, drunk, addicted, immoral etc.,

    No, not “general discomfort.”

    Just Woke Media Narrative Bringers schoolmarmish censorship. To eliminate WrongThink from public discourse. ‘Noticing” the wrong things, or failing to use the new Woke vocabulary in your writing or speech. “People of Color” not “colored people.” See the difference? (?)

    Also this is popular in academic circles to punish or hurt your academic betters by trying to get them fired or demoted for the ThoughtCrime of speaking/writing truthfully.

    The only exceptions to this general rule are depictions of MAGA Republicans or any other mainly White group who can be characterized as ignoring Woke commandments. Also religious people of any type who object on these grounds to Woke rules of Alphabet People worship or abortion, feminism, pedophilia etc.

    These sorts of “deplorables” are easy targets and it is always Open Season for denigrating them.

  82. Yngvar says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    Most tribes promptly go with civilization and cell phones rather than stay in the state of nature, so I wonder what the holdout tribes are thinking.

    If life is challenging tribes will readily use new labour saving tools and ways. If it’s not, why change.

  83. @Steve Sailer

    Somebody else used “nonce” today, which I also don’t know what it means.

    Nonce Poem Type

    Nonce Forms: What They Are and How to Write Them

    Much of Ogden Nash qualifies as nonce.

    Reflections on Ice-Breaking
    Candy
    Is Dandy
    But liquor
    Is quicker.

    Not nonce, but this form from cricket country can be adapted in a timely way to the World Cup:

    Doha Poem Type

  84. Muggles says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used one of these Andaman islander pygmies as one of the key players in his second novel, The Sign of the Four.

    This character climbs through various small spaces to kill off several of the “four” who were former British soldiers stationed in India when it was a British colony.

    The “four’ had shared stolen loot but one was now killing off the others.

    Eventually Sherlock deduced that only one of the “savage” Andaman pygmies could have been agile and small enough to sneak into various guarded places, and also ruthlessly dispatch the victims. And the group had all been stationed nearby. Not much is said about how they acquired the services of said pygmy.

    They are still considered highly dangerous. I recall earlier this year some Indian Christian missionary who illegally boated to those islands was found murdered there soon thereafter.

    They hate outsiders (Indians, unlike themselves) and remain hostile. Which is why the Indian government wisely bans outsiders in a kind of “primitive” nature preserve. These islands are considered Indian territory but aren’t formally part of “India” proper.

    I have to kind of respect them for that. Being left alone as you were for many centuries is almost impossible today. Keeping do-gooders away requires both toughness and ruthlessness.

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
    , @Gordo
  85. Muggles says:
    @Malcolm Y

    Can’t remember the title.

    See my post below.

    Yes, climbing, etc.

    Pretty good story.

  86. Muggles says:
    @Gordo

    The Indians ethnically cleansed the Andaman Islands.

    You don’t cite any source. So I wonder if that’s true.

    I’m not sure when it started but for a long time India has made those islands off limits to outsiders.

    I don’t think ethnic Indians live there any longer.

    Whether or not what you claim happened earlier I can’t say. Outsiders are now killed there and it is illegal to travel there at all without special permission.

    A few scientists and anthropologists have visited there. Not many.

    I suspect that embargo is because the natives there “ethnically cleansed” the Indians as much as possible, not the other way around. Though diseases, etc. might have taken a toll.

  87. @Anonymous

    “Inuits average in the low 90s, same as Southeast Asians and Yugoslavs.

    Yet the Cambodians managed to build the Angkor Wat and Croatians and Serbs built castles.

    You can have an IQ of 92 and help build a castle or just be a hunter gatherer who lives in an igloo.”

    Ancient Greeks exploded onto the ancient world with art, matematics, geomotry, philosophy, and politics never before seen. Their smart fraction was both larger and smarter than any before which necessarily means that the average was above previous averages.

    Yet the present Greek IQ is 91. The present is not the past. Sometimes that is a good thing, sometimes not. The evolution of peoples is not a one way street.

  88. @Muggles

    This is my original query up thread. At this point they know a larger world is out there with planes and ocean going boats. What do they think of it? What motivates them to keep it at bay? Practically everywhere else in the world, as soon as they see the propane stoves, bug spray and bottled water they promptly drop hunter-gatherer life.

  89. @S Johnson

    From an article I read, it was first coined at the notorious HMP* Wakefield prison in Yorkshire, England that houses a lot of Hannibal Lecter types as an acronym.

    Not On Normal Courtyard Exercise.

    This means that sex offenders and other vulnerable prisoners were not allowed to join other inmates for courtyard exercise, due to the fact that they might be attacked or bullied by other inmates.

    * His Majesty’s Prison.

  90. @Corvinus

    “… thrown from helicopters Pinochet style.”

    Somoza threw people out of helicopters, the Argentinian Junta had people thrown out of cargo planes, but I think Pinochet mostly just had people shot. So what’s with “Pinochet style”?

  91. @Anon

    “…and shaking his hand. ..”

    Reportedly he will be speaking remotely from the Bahamas.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  92. @Thea

    The Taron people are Pygmy tribe in Asia that are going voluntarily extinct.

    There are ways to deal with shortness; e.g., this, from their Burmese neighbors:

  93. Cato says:

    a lot of Americans these days feel uncomfortable about anything reminiscent of physical anthropology: Hiss! Boo! Calipers!

    Not just Americans. Every nationality gets all antsy about GWAS. Unless they think they will come out on top. Africans complain. Koreans smile smugly.

  94. @Anon

    Zero hedge covered that story focusing on SBF speaking along side Zelinski. The take home quote

    “How did this dude steal billions of dollars and is now speaking at a summit as a free man?”

    One is left wondering which one they’re referring to.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/howls-outrage-after-new-york-times-confirms-sbf-speak-alongside-zelenskyy-yellen-dealbook

  95. BB753 says:
    @Corvinus

    “The Left would put people in camps and shoot them for thoughtcrime if they could; when they can, that’s exactly what they do.”

    N***ce, please. That’s not even remotely accurate.”

    Well, it’s historically accurate. That’s what you people do.

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
  96. Coemgen says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    Many Roman Catholic priests have been accused of sexually inappropriate behaviors that more indicate ephebophilia not pedophilia.

    It’s really not surprising considering the demographics of those involved and the zeitgeist of the ’60s and the ’70s.

  97. I was sorts kinds expecting a crime piece from Sailer this morning headed

    They call it Black Friday because everything is a steal

    but I see he chickened out (again).

  98. @James B. Shearer

    Reportedly he will be speaking remotely from the Bahamas.

    But a hand-shake in Zuckerberg’s Meta World is as good as real, right?

  99. @james wilson

    Yet the Cambodians managed to build the Angkor Wat and Croatians and Serbs built castles.

    And as Fred Reed claims, Mexicans build skyscrapers and airports.

    But that’s not how the smart money used to bet , Things Change, as you say. I don’t know which way is the smart way to bet right now,

  100. Anonymous[204] • Disclaimer says:
    @james wilson

    Are you suggesting that ancient Cambodians and South Slavics were averaging in the 100s and are only recently averaging 92, while Inuits are and were always at a 92 average?

    Still that does not explain women’s massive underachievement compared to men. You can have an IQ of 130 and prefer to be a stay at home wife and mother to being a groundbreaking scientist.

    Intelligence is not equal to achievement, because intelligence is not equal to motivation. If it were, East Asians and white women would have the same per capita scientific discoveries as white men. They are perfectly capable of doing such things but lack the motivation due to hormonal and cultural reasons.

  101. Ah, the old “Peoples of the Earth” series. They don’t make ’em like that anymore.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/255616511055
    I snapped up the whole series years ago.

  102. @Anonymous

    “… If it were, East Asians and white women would have the same per capita scientific discoveries as white men. ..”

    This is ignoring the amount of variation in intelligence. Women can have the same average intelligence as men but less variation. So there could be more very bright men than very bright women but also more very dumb men than very dumb women.

  103. @james wilson

    Reminds me of Italy where they show off Roman ruins as if they are the direct heirs.

    Of course in the brochures they don’t mention that their ancestors got raped by roaming tribes. Same for the French.

  104. @Corvinus

    “The Left would put people in camps and shoot them for thoughtcrime if they could; when they can, that’s exactly what they do.”

    N***ce, please. That’s not even remotely accurate. You certainly wouldn’t be opposed to rounding up the globohomolists, the globalists, the Jews, and their mystery meat pets and having them thrown from helicopters Pinochet style.

    Not even remotely accurate? There are two leftists in my history here that acknowledged that they would support camps for anyone that talks openly about race. They simply don’t have the power and in the US they have the 1A to deal with.

    You have probably been around liberals and not leftists.

    Leftists don’t play around. They don’t care about what is true and in fact find liberals to be naive for believing at all in debate or fair play. They know that race is real and don’t see why anyone should be allowed to talk about it. In fact they are correct that nothing good for them will come from it. Leftism depends on tricking Whites into believing that race isn’t real. It’s a top down ideology that requires the masses to be controlled.

  105. @BB753

    Conservatives are perfectly content to let California be California; they just object to having their country turned into California. Liberals, by contrast, are driven wild with rage at the notion that some country or region may opt for low taxes, safe streets and white neighbors. Everywhere must be made to look like everywhere else.

    • Agree: BB753
    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  106. @The Anti-Gnostic

    Everywhere must be made to look like everywhere else.

    Global Homogenization. If only there was a snappy name for it.

  107. @Anonymous

    You keep stating that intelligence is not equal to achievement, which nobody questions. But intelligence is still the sine qua non for achievement. Cambodia and Serbia obviously had a higher Smart Fraction in their pasts, as did the Greeks.

    There have been plenty of high IQ societies that did stupid things, but no low IQ societies that did brilliant things.

  108. @james wilson

    Ancient Greeks exploded onto the ancient world with art, matematics, geomotry, philosophy, and politics never before seen. Their smart fraction was both larger and smarter than any before which necessarily means that the average was above previous averages.

    All the more remarkable when you consider the quantum of achievement with the size of the population of Ancient Greece. Classical Athens is supposed to have had about 50,000 people, about half the number of people in Athens, Georgia today.

  109. The Jawara tribesmen carrying their “freshly slaughtered” pig should have followed the example of the Sentinalese by dispatching Jeffrey Gettelman with a spear or a couple of arrows. In this way his article would never have been composed, and no tourists would have been inspired to “explore” the pristine Andaman Islands. When they arrive they will bring monkey pox, syphilis, AIDS, gonorrhea, and perhaps TB and polio; plastic pollution will foul the beaches and forest, and will kill wildlife as well. Portosans will not be provided by the Indian gubmint so sanitation will not exist for the thousands of tourists. Soon the whole district will look like any seaside shitshow in the Phillipines or Dominican Republic.
    The Jawaras will be killed off or introduced to prostitution.

    • Replies: @Veteran Aryan
  110. @TheAntidoteToToxins

    When they arrive they will bring monkey pox, syphilis, AIDS, gonorrhea, and perhaps TB and polio; plastic pollution will foul the beaches and forest,

    There is no place on the planet remote enough to avoid this fate; microplastics.

    Here’s a sobering reminder of the history of lead: https://environmentalhistory.org/about/ethyl-leaded-gasoline/lead-history-timeline/

    It’s a small world, after all.

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