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From the New York Times news section, an article that appears to have been generated from a Mad Libs template on how to write an anti-white male diversity news story:

Earth Science Has a Whiteness Problem

Barely 10 percent of doctoral degrees in the geosciences go to recipients of color. The lack of diversity limits the quality of research, many scientists say.

“A lack of diversity and inclusion is the single largest cultural problem facing the geosciences today,” Kuheli Dutt, the diversity officer of Lamont-Doherty Observatory at Columbia University, wrote recently in Nature Geoscience.

By Emma Goldberg
Dec. 23, 2019

When Arianna Varuolo-Clarke was growing up, her favorite evenings were spent watching the Weather Channel with her grandfather. She wanted to “chase thunderstorms” and understand where tornadoes came from, she said. She decided to become an atmospheric scientist. In 2014, she landed an internship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research as a college sophomore, and quickly realized that her path as a woman of color would not be easy.

“You’d walk through the halls and it’s a lot of old white men,” Ms. Varuolo-Clarke said. Still, she pushed forward and began her Ph.D. in atmospheric science at Columbia University last year.

The field’s lack of diversity gained new urgency in May when her graduate student cohort was targeted with a series of racist emails. The messages, sent to affiliates of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia by a person outside the community, said that black people were genetically inferior and did not belong in academia. It was “hurtful and invalidating” to be told that she didn’t belong in the world that had drawn her in since childhood, Ms. Varuolo-Clarke said. “It was an isolated incident. But it brought to the surface what still needs to be done in the field.”

In a commentary last week in Nature Geoscience, Kuheli Dutt, Lamont-Doherty’s assistant director for academic affairs and diversity, wrote that “a lack of diversity and inclusion is the single largest cultural problem facing the geosciences today.”

The geosciences — which include the study of planet Earth, its oceans, its atmosphere and its interactions with human society — are among the least diverse across all fields of science. Nearly 90 percent of doctoral-degree recipients are white. In the country’s top 100 geoscience departments, people of color hold under 4 percent of tenured or tenure-track positions. A 2016 survey from the National Science Foundation showed that representation of people of color in geosciences has barely budged in the past four decades, although significant gains have been made in terms of gender balance.

Asian-Americans are better represented than other people of color, according to Dr. Dutt, accounting for 6 percent of those earning geoscience doctorates in 2016. Between 1973 and 2016, just 20 Native American women, 69 black women and 241 Hispanic women earned Ph.D.s in the field, of some 22,600 total.

The field’s lack of diversity begins with a pipeline problem, geoscientists say. National surveys have shown that black people are less likely than white people to participate in outdoor activities. One survey, conducted in 2009, queried 4,103 respondents and found that African-Americans accounted for just 7 percent of national park visitors, and another survey found that they were more likely to report receiving poor service by park employees. Robert Stanton, the first black director of the National Park Service, has said that the idea that “black folks don’t like parks” has become a “self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Lisa White, a micropaleontologist at University of California, Berkeley, said most public high schools, especially those in urban environments, did not have the resources to organize outdoor field trips introducing students to the earth sciences. As the assistant director of education and outreach at the U.C. Museum of Paleontology, Dr. White has noticed that students of color tend to be more familiar with medicine, engineering, computer science and other STEM fields that lead directly to job opportunities.

I have read countless articles over the last half century about how our society needs to work harder to entice more blacks into ill-paid careers that don’t really interest them instead of letting them get the higher-paying jobs that find more appealing.

Compounding the pipeline problem is one of stereotypes. The typical earth scientist is often seen as a rugged white male.

TR & John Muir, Yosemite, 1903

“You think of a bearded guy on top of a mountain wearing flannel and hiking boots,” said Jonathan Nichols, an associate research professor at Lamont-Doherty. “We just had our big fall conference and there were 20,000-plus geologists, and you look around and it’s all old bearded guys.”

That stereotype, Dr. Nichols said, can make the field feel unwelcoming to people of color, who don’t see themselves represented at conferences and among faculty members. Dr. White concurred that the geosciences had an “image problem” that prevents young people of color from applying for research opportunities.

That lack of representation in turn affects the quality and focus of earth science research, especially on climate change.

“It’s not rich white people who will be impacted first and most by climate change,” Dr. Nichols said. “It’s the people in marginalized communities. And if you forget that this work isn’t just an academic pursuit, then why are you even doing it? You have to keep in mind the real impact.”

Lorelei Curtin, a fifth-year Ph.D. student at Columbia University, said her earth science classes could be enriched by a greater focus on nonwhite and Indigenous histories and voices, given that “Indigenous people have a unique connection to the land.”

Ms. Curtin helped start a book club at Lamont-Doherty called Race Talk, which brings together geoscientists for discussions on race and white privilege. The group has read “Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence,” by Derald Wing Sue, as well as “Home,” by Toni Morrison. Ms. Curtin said that scientists were not accustomed to conversations that center on individual stories and experiences rather than data, so sensitive discussion of racism presented a challenge.

Dr. Dutt, Lamont-Doherty’s diversity director, joined the Observatory 11 years ago as its only person of color in a leadership role. Since then she has led trainings for geoscientists on recognizing their implicit biases to foster a more racially inclusive environment.

Her article in Nature Geoscience last week, titled “Race and Racism in the Geosciences,” was so popular that the journal’s editors removed its pay wall.

Back in 1943, George Orwell wrote:

Nazi theory indeed specifically denies that such a thing as “the truth” exists. There is, for instance, no such thing as “Science”. There is only “German Science,” “Jewish Science,” etc. The implied objective of this line of thought is a nightmare world in which the Leader, or some ruling clique, controls not only the future but the past. If the Leader says of such and such an event, “It never happened” — well, it never happened. If he says that two and two are five — well two and two are five. This prospect frightens me much more than bombs — and after our experiences of the last few years that is not such a frivolous statement.

Ironically, Hitler tended to associate the potential power of the atom with Einstein and “Jewish Science,” so that was one reason he was unenthusiastic about developing an atom bomb, which is the only thing that could have made his comparably expensive “German Science” ballistic missiles into a war-winning weapons system.

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  1. When it comes to anthropology, I can at least see how people from different aspects of humanity could offer unique perspectives and thus theoretically better the field. But why the heck would it matter when studying rocks? Or any other science? Are there any sciences where the sex or race of the practitioner would make a difference? I’ve asked people who posit this claptrap on paleontology forums and they can never give an actual example.

    • Agree: jim jones, Hibernian
    • LOL: theMann
  2. Hail says: • Website

    By Emma Goldberg

    Oh, man.

    _________

    Emma Goldberg bio

    born ca. 1994, New York City; Jewish;
    1990s and 2000s: Raised in Manhattan; in the early 2000s becomes a daily New York Times reader (self-characterization); her father works as a columnist for the Jewish Daily Forward;
    – ca. 2007: Parents divorce; father takes “his record collection, old Socialist literature, photos of his family back in Russia and Lithuania” (strongly implying post-WWII-arrival Jewish ancestry);
    June 2012: Emma graduates from high school, “Heschel High, a Jewish day school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan;”
    Aug. 2012: Moves out of Manhattan for New Haven, on which she writes: “My parents, together for this trip, rented a car to drive me to college. We don’t own one and I can’t drive. A good deal of my life so far has been spent in a bubble on the Upper West Side…”
    Sept. 2012: Publishes first piece in the New York Times, a retrospective on her father and part of a series of vignettes by children of baby boomers the NYT was then soliciting;
    2016: Graduates with a BA from Yale, Political Science;
    2017: Graduates with an MA from Cambridge, Gender Studies;
    2018?: Hired by the New York Times as a researcher, later transitioning to columns?;
    Aug. 2019: First New York Times regular column published;

    Twitter bio pic:

    Cinnamon Rolls, Not Gender Roles

  3. @Senator Brundlefly

    Nobody gives a damn about anthropology because it is a shrinking and dying soft science that seldom offered anything but crackpot theories. It also doesn’t pay.

    Petroleum geology, on the other hand, is one of the most lucrative $$$ subjects out there.

    • Replies: @Morton's toes
  4. Shouldn’t these people be working to make synagogues more diverse?

  5. She wanted to “chase thunderstorms” and understand where tornadoes came from, she said.

    Five of the world’s top ten lightning spots are in the Congo:


    In the top ten the central African country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) took five places with Kabare Territory in the country’s east near Lake Tanganyika taking second spot with 205 zaps.


    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
    , @Lurker
  6. Are science and technology being derailed by this nonsense? I’m especially concerned about medical science (new cures not coming online). How many loved ones will we lose due to wokeness?

  7. Alex-CA says:

    The field’s lack of diversity gained new urgency in May when her graduate student cohort was targeted with a series of racist emails. The messages, sent to affiliates of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia by a person outside the community, said that black people were genetically inferior and did not belong in academia.

    I put odds of those e-mails being a hate hoax at about 20:1.

  8. @Hail

    I presume Emma Goldberg’s father is J.J. Goldberg, author of a book I’ve read: “Jewish Power: Inside the American Jewish Establishment.”

  9. Dan Hayes says:
    @Hail

    How come Ms Goldberg’s life trajectory so far is totally unsurprising?

  10. I don’t get it. She keeps talking about how only a small percentage of degrees earned in these geosciences are to anyone but white men. Then, she keeps saying that all the geoscientists are old white men. How freaking long does it take to get these degrees? Man, these hydrologists and oceanographers must have some pretty big loans built up. I wouldn’t wanna be the taxpayer on the hook for all that … wait …

  11. @Hail

    She’s pretty cute, I gotta say. Now, if she could make a good pimento cheese sandwich …

    • Disagree: Cloudbuster
  12. Lot says:

    The right has a long-term lock on the Senate and courts, the latter growing each month.

    The left however is conducting a mopping up operation and purging the dwindling parts of academia that aren’t a jobs program for anti-white leftists.

    Next to immigration reform, defunding higher ed should be the right’s top priority.

    All it will take is some executive orders and DoEd regulations to drastically scale back the federal student “loan” program, most of which is never paid back.

    Betsy DeVos has been worse than do-nothing: she reversed Obama-era plans to stop scam for-profit schools with the highest default rates from getting more free federal money.

  13. Tim says:

    It’s amazing how disingenuous people are. It’s almost as if they hate us, and want to see us destroyed.

  14. black sea says:

    “A lack of diversity and inclusion is the single largest cultural problem facing the geosciences today,”

    How many cultural problems does a scientific field typically face. Is there a list of such problems? Does the list include parasite professionals with degrees in Public Policy or Gender Studies who latch onto the field and suck a fairly comfortable living out of it?

  15. vhrm says:

    Article template is right!
    This same story could be written about most STEM fields… and the ones you CAN’T it’s because “half” the students and Profs are Asian and Indian.

  16. Anon[337] • Disclaimer says:

    When Arianna Varuolo-Clarke was growing up, her favorite evenings were spent watching the Weather Channel with her grandfather.

    Variolo-Clarke has the distinctive smell of a non-ADOS. Caribbean?

    The lack of diversity [in the geosciences] limits the quality of research, many scientists say.

    How?

    In behavioral sciences, history, even life sciences, I can see some benefit in having black people and women around. But geosciences? What, precisely does diversity add?

    [MORE]

    The field’s lack of diversity gained new urgency in May when her graduate student cohort was targeted with a series of racist emails. The messages, sent to affiliates of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia by a person outside the community, said that black people were genetically inferior and did not belong in academia.

    Hoax. The digital version of nooses.

    And even if true what does this have to do with the benefits that diversity brings to the geosciences?

    “a lack of diversity and inclusion is the single largest cultural problem facing the geosciences today.”

    Cultural problem?

    I have read countless articles over the last half century about how our society needs to work harder to entice more blacks into ill-paid careers that don’t really interest them instead of letting them get the higher-paying jobs that find more appealing.

    Exactly. The odd smart black person can wrangle a much better job than an equally smart white guy. Neil deGrasse Tyson is a run-of-the mill scholar who would have been an overworked, underpaid grunt in the bowels of the Fermi Labs accelerator hoping for a decent tenure track job in the middle of nowhere — were he not black.

    Lorelei Curtin, a fifth-year Ph.D. student at Columbia University, said her earth science classes could be enriched by a greater focus on nonwhite and Indigenous histories and voices, given that “Indigenous people have a unique connection to the land.”

    Lorelei: Change your field to history or anthropology, not geosciences, if you want to study American Indian folklore.

    Scientists were not accustomed to conversations that center on individual stories and experiences rather than data.

    Bingo! You’re starting to understand the difference between science and the humanities, Lorelei.

    • Agree: Hibernian
    • Replies: @William Badwhite
  17. One survey, conducted in 2009, queried 4,103 respondents and found that African-Americans accounted for just 7 percent of national park visitors, and another survey found that they were more likely to report receiving poor service by park employees.

    Anti-littering campaigns are never welcomed.

    Dr. Dutt, Lamont-Doherty’s diversity director, joined the Observatory 11 years ago as its only person of color in a leadership role.

    At smaller institutions, one can’t even aspire to be chief diversity officer. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.

  18. In 2014, she landed an internship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research as a college sophomore…

    A little checking confirms that she interned at NCAR, this place in Boulder, Colorado:


    NCAR, designed by I.M. Pei

    There are great hiking trails in the back. One goes to the top of that mountain and is great fun to come down on at night by moonlight. Sailplanes glide by in the day and ride the updrafts; the pilots wave at you if you are standing at the top…

    The poor, poor girl.

    • Replies: @I Have Scinde
  19. @RichardTaylor

    How many loved ones will we lose due to wokeness?

    It depends–how many do you have?

    But it’s not just loved ones we’ll be losing. It’s pretty much everything of value in our society.

    Pretty much everything that constitutes civilization. It’s all going under the wrecking ball. And it won’t stop until the greatest countries on earth are on par with the worst.

    Raising the worst toward the level of the best is too much like work, and doesn’t offer the delicious flavor of attacking and destroying those whom you despise.

    Being “woke” on the other hand means eschewing real work, and blaming everything upon those who actually labored to create the conditions you enjoy.

  20. I thought that was the dude doing Star Wars…

  21. @Achmed E. Newman

    Exactly how thick are your eyeglasses, sir?

  22. @Reg Cæsar

    Someone on the other team must’ve been practicing some serious juju!

  23. BenKenobi says:
    @Alex-CA

    They didn’t just get sent emails, they were targeted by them.

    Of course, as per standard horror tropes, the emails were also coming from inside the house!

  24. BB753 says:

    ““You’d walk through the halls and it’s a lot of old white men,”

    I hear that if you walk through the halls of a Nigerian University, there’s a lot of black men, in India, loads of brown men, whereas in China, you see plenty of old yellow men. So, what’s your point, Arianna Varuolo-Clarke (of indeterminate ethnicity)?

    • Agree: bomag
  25. istevefan says:

    Asian-Americans are better represented than other people of color, according to Dr. Dutt, accounting for 6 percent of those earning geoscience doctorates in 2016.

    Evidently Asians are counted as POC in the geosciences.

  26. El Dato says:

    That stereotype, Dr. Nichols said, can make the field feel unwelcoming to people of color, who don’t see themselves represented at conferences and among faculty members. Dr. White concurred that the geosciences had an “image problem” that prevents young people of color from applying for research opportunities.

    “Minorities” and “women” never work properly, think straight or can even muster interest if they are not first “represented” by a few members of their possibly intersectional group. This is completely consistent with the fact that everybody is exactly the same, thinks exactly alike and has the same capabilities as everyone else.

    which is the only thing that could have made his comparably expensive “German Science” ballistic missiles into a war-winning weapons system

    But you have to build a nuke of less than 1 ton first so that it fits into the little tactical missile A4. Would it have been possible?

    Robert Stanton, the first black director of the National Park Service, has said that the idea that “black folks don’t like parks” has become a “self-fulfilling prophecy.”

    City parks, however, are something else. We need a grant to do more research on why National Parks and City Parks are differently visited.

    OT: This is rather funny:

    ‘What’s a foreign hand doing here?’ Indians outraged over German students’ protesting against citizenship bill

    During one protest, he told The Hindu newspaper that India was slowly creeping toward discriminatory policies, even if the government claims otherwise. Citing Nazi Germany’s persecution of Jews, he noted that “In the beginning, [Germans] never know where it [would] all end.”

    Afterwards, Lindenthal was ordered to immediately leave India. He took a flight to Amsterdam hours later, local media reported. Officials inside the immigration department told media that it’s a violation of visa norms for foreigners to participate in political activities.

    That’s how it is done.

    Is there a liberal panic on Twitter about how India is the new Nazi Germany and Muslims are the new Jews? Even Hollywood worthies and US Representatives are taking an interest now.

    • Replies: @black sea
  27. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:
    • Agree: jim jones
  28. Anonymous[962] • Disclaimer says:

    “….. and then they went for those with beards ….”

  29. Anonymous[412] • Disclaimer says:

    Maybe take a leaf from Chandrasekhar and earn a place in academia by, I dunno, doing something no one else has done?

  30. @Lot

    I support the idea of giving Pell Grants to people earning associate degrees and certifications. That will reduce the amount for “Studies” students.

    • Replies: @Lot
  31. Anon[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lot

    The right has a long-term lock on the Senate and courts

    I keep reading about all of the Trump appointments to the federal court. But he keeps losing, at both the District and Circuit level. What’s the deal with that? The “muslim ban” (i.e., 90-day moritorium for seven countries, originally selected by the Obama administration, while State got new visa regulations and consular training out to the embassies) seemed like such a shoo-in. How did he lose that, if the right has a lock on the courts?

    • Replies: @Lot
  32. @Hail

    I’m waiting for one of these females to have an honest t-shirt. It should say,” I’m marrying someone rich enough I’ll have a maid to do most of the woman’s work in the house”.

    • Replies: @njguy73
  33. Ms. Goldman, isn’t writer one of the most stereotypical “female” jobs out there?

  34. Anonymous[307] • Disclaimer says:

    Leftist/liberal rhetoric is more popular with the mainstream population than right wing/nationalist rhetoric because it’s the leftists/liberals who appear to have the money and the influence.

    Most people follow the money and assume those with the money are the ones with the correct ideas, which is on a basic level a logical thought process.

  35. Kuheli Dutt is an immigrant from India, a foreigner with a bachelor’s degree in economics from there, and a Ph.D. in public policy from Northeastern University.

    With the exception of a single paper on applied economics, published soon after she got her Ph.D., her record of published articles all have to do with race, diversity and getting jobs in academia—culminating in the recent Gender Differences in Recommendation Letters for Postdoctoral Fellowships in Geoscience published in Nature Geosciences.

    She states she is the only “person of color” on the faculty at Columbia’s Lamont Doherty earth sciences institute.

    I guess at some point the “woke” of indigenous birth in America will wake up, and realize that enterprising South Asian elite immigrant has elbowed her way into a nice sinecure in the diversity racket. But I expect that, by then, many of her immigrant compatriots will have fashioned themselves cozy spots in the business, too.

    • Replies: @Stephen Paul Foster
  36. @Dan Hayes

    Ms. Goldberg is either the third or fourth female, Jewish American, young twenty-something, Yale graduate who byline I’ve seen in the New York Times, in the last few months.

    • Replies: @SFG
    , @Lurker
  37. Anon[264] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hail

    Please Vlad Putin, take these people back. I beg you.

    • Replies: @Kronos
  38. I didn’t realize that academic doctors were received the honorific “Dr.” in the New York Times.

    • Replies: @James J. O'Meara
  39. Arianna Varuolo-Clarke received her MS from Stony Brook University and her BS from Lyndon State College, which is now known as Northern Vermont University.

  40. @istevefan

    Asians count themselves as POC in anything and everything, as long as it is to their career or financial advantage.

    Mr. Sailer has written previously, about how Asian Chinese and South Asians got Congress to amend the Small Business Adminstration Act so that they were included as disadvantaged groups, on par with Native Americans, African-Americans and Hawaiians, and thus, eligible for loans on favorable terms and preferential approvals.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  41. @RichardTaylor

    If history is any guide it will be handled as it has always been, from Chicago to South Africa.

    You hire the Mafia Don´s dimwit nephew (or niexe or whatever) at gunpoint, create a job description where it can do the minimum amount of damage to the operation and the female staff and don´t you forget the raises and promotions.

    Congratulations! You got yourself a Chief Diversity Officer.

    Now you hire a White male to do the work, but you cannot adequately pay him because of both the nephew tax and the nephew salary (which has to be higher).

    – The very hard sciences used to be a bastion of reason because you cannot fake them … when there is nothing between you and the rock, screaming for faculty that “look like you” is the not-so-tacit admission you cannot hack it. Accordingly the field is 85% White male, which is unbearable.

    Today´s crop have grown up believing an earring and shagging your granddaughter are enough to make you all-knowing and all-powerful.
    This will only make things harder for those blacks and females who ARE capable – I mean would YOU believe them?

    • Replies: @Lockean Proviso
  42. @Hail

    White non-hispanic gentiles are slightly under-represented in the professions. One ethnic group is heavily over-represented, including as columnists at the NYT, but Ms Goldberg isn’t complaining about that.

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
    • LOL: Moses
    • Replies: @pirelli
  43. SFG says:
    @Hail

    And they wonder why there’s so much intermarriage.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  44. SFG says:
    @PiltdownMan

    That’s who has verbal skills at Yale and wants to do this sort of thing.

    Their brothers probably figure the deck is stacked against them and they’ll be hit with a #MeTooing at the first transgression and go to Goldman Sachs or something.

  45. SFG says:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/12/business/corporate-behavior-move-your-money.html

    OT, but potentially important to start thinking about, as these big index funds hold a LOT of shares and thus influence over the corporations that run a lot of the country.

    They want the well-heeled NYT audience to start pushing Vanguard and Blackrock to push the companies they own for social justice, of course. But I wonder if deplorables could do some of this on our own… what do people think?

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
  46. @Hail

    Well whatever we might do, we can’t go about recognizing patterns or anything. That would be problamacist.

  47. Kronos says:
    @RichardTaylor

    Oh it’s pretty bad in general. (Regardless of wokeness.)

    • Replies: @RichardTaylor
  48. Does this mean that climate science is ray-ciss?

  49. Wilkey says:

    That lack of representation in turn affects the quality and focus of earth science research, especially on climate change. “It’s not rich white people who will be impacted first and most by climate change,” Dr. Nichols said. “It’s the people in marginalized communities

    What’s this “climate change” thing the author mentioned? I’ve never even heard of it. It sounds like it might be dangerous. Gosh, if only there were more people of color studying atmospheric sciences I may have heard about it before now and had the chance to get worked up over it. I’ll bet it it has huge potential to affect the appearance of my hair.

    But more seriously…this might be the most honest article on “underrepresentation” in academics that I’ve ever read. Aside from one alleged racist email all it talks about is how minorities “feel” about there not being more whites in certain fields. The minorities are the ones getting all worked up about their skin color, not anyone else.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    , @anon
  50. Wilkey says:
    @Neo-Socratic

    Shouldn’t these people be working to make synagogues more diverse?

    Indeed.

    I was raised a Mormon. Until I was 4-years-old the Mormon Church didn’t allow blacks to hold the priesthood. A huge controversy, of course, and one they still get bashed for to this day. Yet the Mormon Church spends a shitload of time and money proselyting in non-white communities and countries.

    Meanwhile…I’ve been to three or four Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in my time. I’ve never seen a single non-Asian minority at any of them, other than maybe the wait staff. I’ve met black and and Hispanic and Asian Mormons aplenty, but I’ve never met a single black, Hispanic or Asian person tell me “I’m Jewish.” And Jews don’t seem to be in any hurry to change that.

  51. JR Ewing says:
    @Wilkey

    That’s just a simple difference in the respective tenets.

    Mormons are commanded to evangelize in order to be good Mormons. Jews are told to be insular and be suspicious of the Gentiles.

    You more or less have to be born Jewish and I’m pretty sure that rabbis are actually obligated to try and discourage conversion to as great a degree as possible.

    • Replies: @MHarper42
    , @Anonymous
  52. Does Ms. Goldberg have a problem with, for example, 3 of the 7 Supreme Court justices being jewish?

    • Replies: @njguy73
  53. Jesse says:

    It’s interesting that the arguments for getting more (X) people into (Y) field are becoming more…intuitive. No more “we’re just as smart and interested”, a LOT more ” my magical power of being vaguely Amerindian will, uh, look, just don’t look at my test scores, okay?”

  54. @PiltdownMan

    “Kuheli Dutt, Lamont-Doherty’s assistant director for academic affairs and diversity, wrote that ‘a lack of diversity and inclusion is the single largest cultural problem facing the geosciences today.’”

    Yes, the “diversity racket.” A couple of things worth noting. Dutt is an “assistant director for ….” which means that there is a “Director”, maybe an “Executive Director” and a couple of other “assistant directors for whatever.”

    And what exactly do they all do? Talk about how wonderful “diversity” is. While all of the other employees at Lamont-Doherty from the custodians on up actually have jobs that make the place work, the “diversity” employees are paid to sit around and praise an abstraction that there will never be enough of. And because there is never enough of it, you always need more “diversity” staff to complain about it. The University of Michigan now has over 100 in its ” Diversity division,

  55. Jesse says:

    Credit where it’s due: this is a FANTASTIC way of distracting from the appalling conditions for Ph.D’s who wind up as adjuncts, which is the bulk of them nowadays. Divide and conquer is a great tactic for the powers that be in academia.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
  56. If minorities are different from whites what exactly are those differences?

    They say we need “diversity” due to beneficial differences, but they can’t name any differences.

    And by the way, those people who are inherently different are supposed to succeed as if there were no differences — proportionately!

    Scam – scam – scam.

  57. Lurker says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Sounds like God was taking sides that day.

  58. Lurker says:
    @PiltdownMan

    She’s a JAP – Jewish American Propagandist.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  59. BB753 says:
    @Hail

    Jewish pwincess.. The gift that keeps on giving. And people still wonder why Jewish man would rather marry Asian women than their own!

  60. A very merry Christmas to all you anti-Semites and racists at the iSteve commentariat!

    As a Christmas Eve stocking stuffer, just a little butterfly that flitted into my head…

    “A History of Ancient Philosophy in One Song from The Wizard of Oz”

    Heraclitus: I would not be such a nothin’,
    Diogenese: My head all full of stuffin’,
    Epicurus: My heart all full of pain.
    Chuang-Tzu: I would dance and be merry,
    Life would be a ding-a-Derry,
    ALL: If I only had a brain.

    Aristotle: Oh, I could tell ya why
    The ocean’s near the shore.
    Plato: I could think of things
    I’d never thunk before.
    Plotinus: And then I’d sit
    And think some more.

    Lao-Tzu: I could while away the hours
    Conversing with the flowers,
    Buddha: Consulting with the rain.
    Confucius: With the thoughts I’d be thinkin’
    I could be another Lincoln,
    ALL: if I only had a brain!

    Merry Christmas!

  61. Flemur says:

    “You’d walk through the halls and it’s a lot of old white men,”

    That stereotype[sic], Dr. Nichols said, can make the field feel unwelcoming to people of color, who don’t see themselves represented at conferences and among faculty members.

    Those people of color sound like horrible racists – maybe they’d be happier if they only associated with other people of color and avoided white people altogether, especially those scary old white people.

  62. bomag says:
    @RichardTaylor

    We’re under some kind of “troll logic” here: since there hasn’t been much science done by NAMs, we’re due for a flowering of great achievement if we can just cram them into the Academy.

  63. Anonymous[412] • Disclaimer says:
    @SFG

    Hey, she’s practically Lea Michele of Glee compared to “Emma Goldman nyt” who I mistakenly tried to look up.

  64. @Kronos

    Scary book. Maybe Steve will start looking at medical stats and find some patterns. It’s beyond confusing to me.

  65. anon[372] • Disclaimer says:

    In 2014, she landed an internship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research as a college sophomore, and quickly realized that her path as a woman of color would not be easy.

    “You’d walk through the halls and it’s a lot of old white men,” Ms. Varuolo-Clarke said.

    That’s the definition of oppression now – white men present. “I had to look at people with white skin – I’m oppressed!” Black lesbians are allowed to be open bigots. Only whites are not allowed to be bigots.

  66. anon[372] • Disclaimer says:
    @Alex-CA

    When they say “racist e-mails” that “black people were geneticallyy inferior”, they mean someone sent an e-mail criticizing affirmitive action, or quoting science evidence of genetic causes of group differences. Rational arguments count as racist e-mails.

  67. Anonymous[114] • Disclaimer says:
    @Senator Brundlefly

    Well, if you want good, real science it would seem you need to employ people who don’t subscribe to the Ms. Goldberg’s views on race. Such people are mostly from one group.

    • Replies: @Realist
  68. @Achmed E. Newman

    Achmed, whither thy taste?

    Sure, I am partial to Celtic / Nordic / Teutonic types with auburn / blonde / chestnut tresses and blue / green / hazel eyes, and I am not inclined to be attracted to semetic chicks, never mind negresses, but this Jewess is manifestly not cute.

  69. Anonymous[226] • Disclaimer says:
    @Wilkey

    Several Hollywood-Americans did convert, but AFAIK only Sammy Davis Jr, was black.

  70. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lurker

    New York Times has a Jewish problem.

    Environmentalists are bad, trying to prevent sprawl, sewage, litter etc.

  71. Lorelei Curtin, a fifth-year Ph.D. student at Columbia University, said her earth science classes could be enriched by a greater focus on nonwhite and Indigenous histories and voices, given that “Indigenous people have a unique connection to the land.”

    This is one of those lines so stupid it could only be concocted by a Ph.D. student. What would a “unique connection to the land” look like, concretely?

    Who had a more ‘unique’ connection to the land, Alfred Russel Wallace on his travels or the local Malays who thought people could transform into civets and chickens? Between guys like him, Darwin, Linnaeus, etc. it seems that indigenous Europeans have had a greater connection to the land than anyone in the New World, even when ‘the land’ was in an unknown country on the other side of the world.

    I suppose their insights are mundane because they turned out to be right; better off that each chapter in your geology textbook contain detailed cosmologies of peoples with no conception of the water cycle. Who can really say that wind is not the flatus of a giant hare, besides dumdums without doctorates?

    • Agree: Hail
    • Replies: @Brás Cubas
  72. @Wilkey

    Hey, we have the Black Hebrew Israelites, right?

  73. Arclight says:

    On the one hand I get it – it must be hard on a young student’s confidence to notice that the field you are pursuing is dominated by people of a different racial/ethnic group and make you wonder if you’re really cut out for it.

    On the flip side, probably a lot of the old white men would be more than happy to mentor a young female up and comer, and if she just kept her head down she’d probably get a lot of help in her career. I am guessing she realized her talent level was not top quality so the better career path for her as a minority is to complain about being a minority than doing actual science.

    Like the old saying, ‘those than can do, those that can’t teach’ so it is with race and achievement it appears.

  74. Anonymous[217] • Disclaimer says:
    @PiltdownMan

    But that’s cause they ARE colored. They’re not white.

    Colored refers to any group of people with a darker average skin color than White Europeans.

    If you’re not white, you are colored. End of story.

    • Replies: @jon
  75. Lin says:

    I’ve a degree in geophysics. Something people might not notice:
    1)I suspect the majority of 3rd world immigrants (or their parents)came from more educated or elite background in their home countries. Geology, either as a profession or an academic discipline until the recent advances in remote sensing or computer tech, require quite a bit of field work and often not very pleasant particularly in 3rd world environment. If one came from a south Asian high caste background, would one pick a career that makes one hands dirty? No wonder only 10% of earth science majors in US are non-whites
    ………..
    During the earlier years of the People’s Republic of China, picking geology as a college major was a sign of patriotism and it was quite difficult to get college placement in China then because of the very limited enrolment. At least 2 Chinese prime ministers were geology major:
    1)Zhou En-lai(when he was studying in germany in the 1920s), probably the most respected figure in China.
    2)Wen Jiabao.

    • Replies: @William Badwhite
  76. @SFG

    Since lots of gun owners and deplorables have 401Ks through Fidelity and other financial firms with low cost stock transaction fees, maybe they could buy one share of Wal-Mart and show up at their stockholders meetings to demand ammunition sales again, since THEY and not the Cosmopolitans in the corporate suite are the actual customers?

    Gun owners need to start acting in concert since the gun controllers control the “High Tower” in corporate governance.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  77. Dumbo says:

    ‘those than can do, those that can’t teach’

    Nowadays it’s more, “those that can do, those that can’t complain endlessly about white privilege, racism, sexism, patriarchy, heteronormativity, etc etc”

    • Replies: @Jack D
  78. Jack D says:
    @Hail

    photos of his family back in Russia and Lithuania” (strongly implying post-WWII-arrival Jewish ancestry);

    No it doesn’t – it implies the opposite. Unless they were Soviet Jews who arrived starting in the ’70s (and there are many clues that they aren’t, such as “old Socialist literature”- most ex-Soviet Jews detest anything that reeks of socialism, having had to actually live under it). Most of the Jews who immigrated in the years soon after WWII were from the East Bloc (mainly Poland) and not the Soviet Union itself, where the doors were shut pretty tight. And most of them had few if any photographs – everything was lost in the war. I have no idea what most of my relatives who did not survive looked like- grandparents, aunts, uncles, first cousins – they were literally erased from the face of the earth.

    If I had to guess (and I’m not really sure why it makes any difference anyway) Goldberg ‘s ancestors immigrated in the great Ellis Island wave of immigration that took place in the late 19th/early 20th centuries, when most American Jews arrived in the US (and often brought their fondness for socialism with them along with a few photos from the Old Country).

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
  79. Jack D says:
    @Arclight

    it must be hard on a young student’s confidence to notice that the field you are pursuing is dominated by people of a different racial/ethnic group

    It’s only hard on your confidence if you also notice that you are the dumbest one in your class and that you aren’t grasping what the people of the majority group grasp easily. If you feel as smart or smarter than the rest then it doesn’t damage your confidence at all. Asians enter white dominated fields and their confidence is not dented one bit.

    As you say, nowadays fields like Earth Science are not only not hostile to minorities and females, they are actively seeking them out because no.1 the bearded white ex-Hippie guys who are there now are all Lefties to begin with and no.2 they don’t want to get steamrollered by their lack of diversity. I’m sure the profs bend over backward to be accommodating to minorities and females but they still want to uphold the integrity of their field and there are limits – if you are incapable of doing the work they are not going to promote you, they are not going to put their names as co-authors on papers that are below par, they are not going to let you work in their labs no matter how brown and/or female you are. In Diversity Studies you just have to master the jargon and invent new crimes to accuse white people of, but in something like Earth Science you can’t bullshit your way thru.

    • Replies: @Arclight
  80. @Arclight

    if she just kept her head down she’d probably get a lot of help in her career

    Indeed. Important also that she stay down until the job is done.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  81. Mr. Anon says:
    @Hail

    And yet our media elite think of themselves as so much more cosmopolitan than the hoi-polloi.

  82. Arclight says:
    @Jack D

    Agree with you on the diversity studies racket – it’s just learning the nomenclature, no actual thought required. Nearly every field these days would love to find highly talented minority talent and nurture it, since it’s such a PR coup…but the pool of such talent is not very broad or deep. I had a conversation about this with a friend in the legal profession, and law firms are desperate to have diverse classes of associates each year, but when it comes time to elevate attorneys to partner and real money is at stake, diversity largely goes out the window. Added to this is that clients with in-house counsel will often poach the most talented minority attorneys with better pay and a less demanding work load, and the result is law firms constantly being beat over the head for their lack of representation. It’s a perpetual jobs machine for the diversity racket.

  83. Jack D says:
    @Wilkey

    That’s correct. Mormonism is a proselytizing religion par excellence, Joseph Smith having started with 1 member (himself) circa 1830 in a time and place that was exceptionally open to religious experimentation (upstate NY in the early 19th century being to religion what Silicon Valley in the 2nd half of the 20th century was to microchips and LDS being the Apple of those religions) and the religion having grown in less than 200 years to millions.

    Judaism is a NON-proselytizing religion, the main reason being that proselytizing for Judaism was strictly forbidden by the Christian and Muslim rulers of the lands where Jews lived as dhimmis, often punishable by death, so the urge to proselytize (which seems so natural to Christians – I want everyone to be saved the way I have been saved) was literally beaten out of them. Christians in Muslim lands also do not proselytize, for the same reason. Pre-Enlightenment, “tolerance” in Christian countries meant literally that – you were required to put up with Jews, not to treat them as equals.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  84. Mr. Anon says:

    In 2014, she landed an internship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research as a college sophomore, and quickly realized that her path as a woman of color would not be easy.

    “You’d walk through the halls and it’s a lot of old white men,” Ms. Varuolo-Clarke said.

    Did she ever stop to think why those guys were there? The work they’d put it – the long hours. Did she know anything about their publication records or the work they had contributed to the field? No, instead she just dismisses them as “old white men”. They probably weren’t resentful of her or hostile towards her. But they would have been within their rights to be so.

    • Replies: @bomag
  85. Mr. Anon says:
    @Wilkey

    Aside from one alleged racist email all it talks about is how minorities “feel” about there not being more whites in certain fields.

    How much you want to bet that E-mail was a hate hoax?

  86. @Wilkey

    Visit any Reform synagogue in coastal California and you’ll see plenty of diversity.

    Jews “of color” is now a thing — complete with an up and coming and very annoying activist class. https://www.jweekly.com/2019/05/09/jews-grappling-with-diverse-identities-show-their-true-colors/

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @jon
  87. Dutch Boy says:

    Der Fuehrer also refused to take advantage of Germany’s considerable lead in chemical warfare (e.g., nerve gases) which might well have been a war-winning advantage. Perhaps his experience of being gassed himself during WW I led to his decision.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
  88. Jack D says:

    The field’s lack of diversity gained new urgency in May when her graduate student cohort was targeted with a series of racist emails. The messages, sent to affiliates of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia by a person outside the community, said that black people were genetically inferior and did not belong in academia.

    Steve – I told you to stop sending those emails!

    Seriously, what are the chances that this is another hate hoax? Who, outside the “community” has the emails of the minority grad students and would bother to take the time to send them emails? Who even knows or cares that they exist? Whereas someone inside “the community” such as, for example, the Chief Diversity Officer, has both the motive (reaffirm the need for her job) and the opportunity to do so. I would rate the chances of hate hoax here at maybe 99% but of course no one seems to have considered this possibility, instead using it as an excuse for increased “diversity” efforts. Never let a crisis go to waste and if there is no crisis, then manufacture one.

  89. Jack D says:
    @International Jew

    Mostly this is the result of inter-marriage rather than proselytizing as in the case of the Mormons. I remember my son going to the bar mitzvah of a hapa kid whose last name was Yoshimura.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  90. @Hail

    But, but, but I keep getting told by people like Jack D that Jews are just randomly dispersed among our enemies, that influential Jews are no more hostile to gentile whites than gentile whites. And yet over and over and over I keep seeing Jews at the forefront of those who wish us harm.

    But never fear, Jack and others around here will tell me to stop believing my lying eyes. That one person does not a data set make; indeed, that hundreds (thousands?) over decades don’t make a data set if you look at each isolation.

    It’s a good thing that we have people around here with the best interests of gentile whites to keep us from believing such silly things.

    Merry Christmas! Sorry, sir, I meant Happy Holidays!

  91. @International Jew

    You’ll never get a gold pinstripe with comments like that. She may just find the Earth sciences hard to swallow.

    Signed,
    The guy making fart noises in the back of the class

  92. @Dan Hayes

    Because she’s looking after the interests of her people. Good for her. We should do the same.

    • Replies: @Jane Plain
    , @Corvinus
  93. @MikeatMikedotMike

    But Jack D and others around here keep telling me that Jews are no more represented among our enemies than gentile whites. I’m sure they’re right. I mean, they have our best interests at heart, right.

  94. JohnnyD says:

    “…her earth science classes could be enriched by a greater focus on nonwhite and Indigenous histories and voices, given that “Indigenous people have a unique connection to the land.”

    People still believe that nonsense about Native Americans having a special connection to the land?

    • Replies: @Loosely Speaking
  95. Daniel H says:

    >>Compounding the pipeline problem is one of stereotypes. The typical earth scientist is often seen as a rugged white male.

    “You think of a bearded guy on top of a mountain wearing flannel and hiking boots,<<

    Well, if the Castro Clone isn't diverse enough for Ms. Goldberg I don't know what to say.

  96. AndrewR says:

    Most of this anti-white rhetoric I see is written by very stupid people, because if you really wanted to argue that there are too many white people in a given industry or company then you would not count white Hispanics as colored, which is what these anti-white morons universally do, in my experience.

  97. indocon says:

    Once again, there’s no point in reading this article, go straight to the comments section and see what is the ratio of for: against the narrative being pushed in the story, in this case it’s more like 1:20. I wonder what NYT power-brokers sense when they read those comments, I mean you can’t even fool your own readers let alone fool the hinterland.

    Here’s a funny line from “To pontificate about “Whiteness Problem” in Earth and Planetary Sciences is arrant nonsense.”

  98. Lot says:
    @Redneck farmer

    My moderate comrade, if all that’s left of higher ed is that, sure why not Pell Grants.

    Two issues with PGs: the income cutoff is too low. My parents paid exactly 0 towards my tuition. But they made too much for me to get them.

    Second, they are too small to cover much

    • Agree: Redneck farmer
  99. Jack D says:
    @Lot

    The scammy for profit sector of education is not the leftist sector. Most of those places are trade schools catering to minorities and teaching fields that have no woke component. Another area of attack should be the state licensing requirements that require someone to have 1,000 hours of training in order to give you a haircut.

    If the Fed gov was really concerned about getting loans paid back they would target HBCU’s and minority students in general – as with all loans, they are the ones least likely to pay them back. But of course that would be racis’ so they are doing the exact opposite.

    In general, if you want to predict how the Permanent Government will behave with respect to any issue, you determine the common sense, rational solution and then you predict that the government will do the diametric opposite. It’s like the harbinger zips someone mentioned in another thread – if you want to find a LOSING candidate or product you look at what people in those zips are buying or voting FOR. These people are not wrong in some random way – they are ACTIVELY wrong, PRECISELY wrong, like all those polls that gave Hillary a 99% chance of winning right up until election day.

    • Replies: @Lot
    , @Reg Cæsar
  100. Anon7 says:

    I’ve been having the same argument with a friend of mine for twenty years.

    “When will we stop giving free passes to women and minorities in elementary school, when they aren’t interested in math or science?”

    “Come on, they’re just kids. Give them a pass.”

    Years later…

    “When will we stop giving free passes to women and minorities in high school? They’re not really interested, and they’re not very good at it?”

    “Stop arguing and give them a pass.”

    Many years later…

    “Well, you’ve given them passes for so long, they’re incompetent PhDs. They’re still not interested, they do their own “brand” of science that isn’t science and they want it to be even less sciencey and mathy!”

    “Just give them tenure, pay them what white guys make, and be done with it.”

    More years…

    “Now they demand Nobel prizes!”

    I’m too old and tired now.

  101. @Buzz Mohawk

    Indeed. I’ve heard sometimes gliders at that peak like to fly in aiming directly at people at the summit, using the lift created by the pressure increase due to the compression of air between the glider and the rising elevation to lift the glider and avoid crashing, and to frighten hikers.

    This was actually the same effect used by overladen American carrier-based torpedo bombers in early 1942 to fly over the Owen-Stanleys to stop the Japanese invasion of New Guinea, helping to set up the showdown at Coral Sea.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  102. Jack D says:
    @Dumbo

    No, it’s worse than that.

    “those that can do, those that can’t complain endlessly about white privilege, racism, sexism, patriarchy, heteronormativity, etc etc and get jobs as Chief Diversity Officer”.

    As Steve points out, you get more of whatever you pay for. It used to be that kvetching was not a paying gig. It could be your hobby to whine about whitey and how racis’ he was down at the black hair salon but that wasn’t going to pay the rent. But nowadays you can turn this hobby into a lucrative career. And strangely, instead of the Chief Diversity Officer causing a reduction in racism, racism only appears to INCREASE once she moves into that corner office. Swastikas and nooses mysteriously appear. Students of color are targeted with mysterious racist emails. During the daylight, all the bearded white men in the dept. seem like they are goodwhites with Sierra Club bumper stickers on their Prius’s (though mostly they ride their bikes), but at night they must put on their Klan robes and let their inner Richard Spencer come out. It’s a puzzlement, I tell you, a puzzlement.

    • Replies: @bomag
    , @njguy73
  103. @Jack D

    If I had to guess (and I’m not really sure why it makes any difference anyway) Goldberg ‘s ancestors immigrated in the great Ellis Island wave of immigration that took place in the late 19th/early 20th centuries, when most American Jews arrived in the US (and often brought their fondness for socialism with them along with a few photos from the Old Country).

    His parents moved from Massapequa on Long Island to Washington D.C. in 1962. Not exactly consistent with the career path of post war immigrants.

    • Replies: @Ghost of Bull Moose
  104. Lot says:
    @Anon

    We are losing less and winning more. The Second Circuit only officially flipped a few months ago to GOP majority.

    Only this month did the number of Trumpers on the 29-judge 9th Circuit grow from 7 to 9. And the two new members are about 40 and 45 year old and could easily spend 40 years on the court or more.

    Want to see a victory: here’s one, the Ninth Circuit supporting the public charge rule:

    http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/general/2019/12/06/19-17213%20-%20Order.pdf

    For the “neocons and jews are undermining Trump!” types, notice the authors: Jay Bybee was one of the two leading lawyers for the Iraq War effort within the Bush admin, and Sandra Ikuta is Jewish (that surname is her Japanese-American husband’s).

    Since Koz was metoo’d off the court, the leading Republicans have been these two plus Milan Smith. Smith is more moderate though, he didn’t join Koz’s dissent in the Travel Ban case while Bybee and Ikuta did. Here’s a good article on this topic with a link to Koz’s dissent, probably the single-best pro-Trump dissent I’ve ever read.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/9th-circuit-judges-feud-trump-travel-ban-236211

    Milan Smith’s value is as a Posner-type workhorse who churns out center-right decisions quickly and who the liberals are reluctant to challenge.

  105. @Hail

    When a scrolled down and saw the name Emma Goldberg I almost laughed out loud. They are approaching anti-semitic self-parody.

    • Replies: @Hail
  106. Lot says:
    @Jack D

    “ The scammy for profit sector of education is not the leftist sector.”

    It’s all part of the same ecosystem and employing basically the same types.

    Sure, the University of Phoenix doesn’t employ a bunch of Genderqueer-studies professors. They have no endowment and have investors demanding a return.

    But they hire such people for teaching and admin jobs. They also saddle women in the 95-105 IQ range with educational debt.

  107. @Jack D

    This is very disturbing. All the doctors, lawyers and psychiatrists I use in my neck of the woods are Jews from Yale. How am I going to live to be 100 like my hero George Burns if I can’t identify them?

  108. Muggles says:

    Just how many “diversity studies” or “gender studies” university bureaucrats are straight white males? Or the various other programs created by leftist college administrators to give favored people meaningless titles and jobs? And huge salaries for doing virtually zero?

    If inclusion and diversity were such Big Deals, why would these programs not want to have a “rainbow” of people running them? Teaching them? etc. The mantra “diversity is our strength” is disappeared whenever the special Identity Classes are put in charge of “social justice” and the like. White males are totally excluded unless gay or have some other special leftist pedigree.

    Knowledge and learning are not quota determined. The old USSR was infamous for having numerous token members of supposedly elected representatives (all CCP members) from various obscure ethnic groups in Russia and women as well. Lots of tokenism there. However zero of these people ever held actual real hard power in Soviet countries. A few tokens would rise to mid level bureaucracy. Stalin was the exception, as he was ethnically Georgian. Still, he didn’t like non Russians in high government positions. Identity Marxism-leftism is all about things you are born with or as. Not about ability or earned talent, hard work, sacrifice, etc. This is a major academic and now business racket and scam. Racketeers are obvious since they blame others for their failures.

  109. njguy73 says:
    @Redneck farmer

    I saw this t-shirt once:

    “Every woman should have four pets:

    A mink in her closet
    A jaguar in her garage
    A tiger in her bed
    And a jackass to pay for it all”

  110. @JohnPlywood

    It is the one science where nobody is any good at math. (This is a gross generalization but way closer to true than false.) Also: if you are willing to be stuffed into a camp in Antarctica for half of three years running it is a trivial matter to earn a PhD. This is true regardless of your gender or your skin color. They will take anybody who is willing to do that, which they have to do because almost nobody is willing to do that. Would you do that?

    This book is great:

    https://www.amazon.com/Geological-Perspectives-Climate-Studies-Geology-dp-0891810544/dp/0891810544/

    TL/DR is that if you look at earth history you will be quickly far more terrified of an ice age event than a greenhouse event. There were a lot less people around but there were people around when the edge of the glacial cap was between Chicago and Kansas City.

    • Replies: @GeologyAnon
  111. Realist says:

    Earth Science Has a Whiteness Problem

    Earth Science has a bullshit problem.

  112. Realist says:
    @Anonymous

    Well, if you want good, real science it would seem you need to employ people who don’t subscribe to the Ms. Goldberg’s views on race.

    Exactly, science takes intelligence…something most POC lack.

  113. nebulafox says:
    @Alfa158

    China’s technical achievements are the process of a longer-term focus. After all, China endured a lot of misery and hardship not least because they were so confident in their own insulated superiority that they fell behind the West’s technological explosion while being obsessed with their own idiosyncratic issues. (Hmm… sound familiar?)

    As a result, every modern ruler of China as been utterly, totally fixated with cultivating science, going back to the initial attempts at modernization during the KMT’s time in power. The need for technological and scientific investment was something the CCP could fully agree with. The Cultural Revolution completely shut down the education system, so that put a halt on any progress for a generation. But when Deng came to power in the 1980s, he had the basics that he needed to get the project rolling again. He had a massive supply of potential graduate students to send to the US, Japan, and Singapore, and the basic infrastructure and experience needed for technical education and “Big Science” projects.

    Now the fruits are really blooming. And the government is planning on replacing jobs that are automated with jobs in nuclear plants or building high-speed rail or biotech or whatever. I’m under no illusions about China’s coming problems, but what they’ve done sounds like a damned shade smarter than what we did in the 1990s in response to the new challenges of a globalized economy, which was basically assume the market would simply take of everything. The practical result: a hollowed out economy dominated by the service sector and rentier economics.

  114. @kaganovitch

    I’ll say. Louis Boudin brought his Marxist tuchus here to opine on our Supreme Court before the turn of the century, and his family has been hard at work undermining America for over a century. Chesa Boudin will take office as San Francisco DA next month, while his 4 terrorist parents are academics or political machers in the Democrat party, except for his dumb schmuck dad who’s still doing hard time for murdering cops. It’s all of a piece with these malevolent ‘journalists ‘

  115. nebulafox says:
    @Lot

    >The right has a long-term lock on the Senate and courts, the latter growing each month.

    Given the behavior of the courts repeatedly defying any sort of nationalist initiative coming out of DC, I’m not so sure about that. The unchecked power of an unelected, ideological judiciary is a major problem that will need to fixed in upcoming decades.

    One thing I’ll agree on is that Betsy DeVos is truly toxic. I cannot fathom the reason Trump hired her, assuming he put any thought into it.

  116. bomag says:
    @Jack D

    As Steve points out, you get more of whatever you pay for.

    Very much agree, and our elected officials are ever so happy to find funding to signal their Goodness, and we get all the NGOs and regulatory structure that perpetuates this boot stamping.

  117. @Anon

    The lack of diversity [in the geosciences] limits the quality of research, many scientists say.

    “many…[insert “people” or a profession here] say” and its various iterations such as “some people say” and “according to some” are weasel phrases used by “journalists” that means “I say” or “nobody says, but I have an axe to grind”.

    If there were an actual issue, Emma would be able to quote actual people.

    Agree: Johann Ricke
    Disagree: Corvinus

  118. Hibernian says:
    @Hail

    Her (Political) Science background is certainly impressive.

  119. black sea says:
    @El Dato

    City parks, however, are something else. We need a grant to do more research on why National Parks and City Parks are differently visited.

    I can see the headline:

    “Unprecedented Crime Drop in Morningside National Park: City Officials Baffled.”

  120. Hibernian says:
    @Lot

    The default rate rules should be across the board; not just for profit making schools. many other institutions are just as bad.

    • Agree: ben tillman
    • Replies: @Lot
  121. Andy says:
    @RichardTaylor

    I think it does. Why you think China – where there is no diversity nonsense – is advancing in many scientific fields vis-a-vis the US? In fields like electronic engineering China is probably already ahead (for instance, there is no credible US competitor to Huawei in building a 5G network).

    • Replies: @nebulafox
    , @Anonymous
  122. @Lin

    Interesting comment, thank you.

  123. Anonymous[412] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Yes, in the BC era, Judaism was known for its formidable proseletyzing ability. Who can forget the way it somehow managed to dominate the land of Canaan, through persistant persuasion, ancient Jews showing up on the Canaanite doors to describe the glories of the Jewish oral law that awaited you once your foreskin was no more.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
  124. @I Have Scinde

    I was up there countless times. One day a glider flew by me six times. He approached from the east, straight at me, 2,000 feet above the Great Plains below, and then he banked north and waved at me from about 100 feet away.

    The prevailing winds come from the west and hit that north-south ridge. They have no place to go but up. They raised that sailplane up hundreds of feet every time. He could have done that all day.

    For those who think gliders are quiet: No, up there you can hear the whoosh of the air over the wings, and the thing moves by you at the speed of a car on a highway.

    That poor, little black girl has no idea how lucky she was to work at NCAR. It really is at the base of that mountain ridge. Inside there has always been a supercomputer or two, at the cutting edge of fluid dynamics modeling. Those old White men were head and shoulder above her, just like that glider pilot 2,000 feet above.

  125. An Abo can’t even stone a wombat without whiny white snowflakes raising a hue and cry. When will such white supremacism come to an end?

    Australian cop who stoned wombat to death in viral video won’t be charged

    He does have to submit to counseling, but not about animal rights. About the prudent use of social media.

    https://www.change.org/p/rspca-justice-for-wombat-stoned-to-death?recruiter=348683704&utm_source=share_petition

    https://images.7news.com.au/publication/C-487495/3241bb1eb5f4d5c0b99f5cd1a7e59d356625bba2.png?imwidth=650&impolicy=sevennews_v2

  126. jon says:
    @Anonymous

    Colored refers to any group of people with a darker average skin color than White Europeans.

    They look pretty pale to me:
    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=east+asian+women&t=brave&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  127. jon says:
    @International Jew

    Jews “of color” is now a thing — complete with an up and coming and very annoying activist class.

    Hoist … petard …

  128. bomag says:
    @Mr. Anon

    …realized that her path as a woman of color would not be easy.

    Before this, she believed the path was going to be easy.

    Not the first time her beliefs didn’t mesh with reality.

  129. Anonymous[588] • Disclaimer says:

    China is able to project power and influence without being overtly aggressive or confrontational, something that powerful white nations have historically not been very good at. Chinese men are able to be successful and influential without engaging in “alpha male” behaviour and bravado, whereas in most white cultures, “alpha male” = successful and capable. A white man with the stereotypical traits of a Chinese man would be regarded as a weakling in most white cultures.

    I think that is the main strength of the Chinese, they are able to be a superpower without being overtly aggressive or “alpha male” about it. This makes less powerful countries more inclined to want to cooperate with China and see them as a positive influence rather than see them as an aggressive invading power that they want to rebel against, which has been the usual scenario for most white superpowers historically.

    • Disagree: Hail
    • Replies: @Sol
  130. nebulafox says:
    @Andy

    I think the woke crap definitely doesn’t help given that science and engineering needs a fundamentally irreconcilable-if not necessarily democratic-environment to thrive (when Chinese netizens joke about anything Cultural Revolution related, it is no laughing matter), but I think the stagnation of US “Big Science” has deeper roots than that, too. Ultimately, we’re choosing as a society to focus on making silly apps over doing anything fundamental, and this has its roots with fundamental rot in the Beltway. One example: why don’t we have a high-speed rail network that would vastly improve the potential lives of of most Americans? A lot of reasons, but airplane company lobbyists in DC are probably a big one.

    Still, all this isn’t to say that history and nationalism can’t play a role in tech policy. (There’s a reason the Vietnamese, displaying the trademark hard-nosed steely realism, hyper-pragmatism, and lack of sentimentality that has always distinguished them as a people, flat-out refuse to subscribe to Huawei’s 5G initiatives while accepting Chinese funding on building the Hanoi Metro.) Being at the forefront of innovation is a matter of national interests. It is far more vital to a country’s future, and is thus worth far more money than squandering billions on trying to make Pashtun tribesmen into Jeffersonian democrats. Our politicians keep whining about a “STEM shortage”, but steadfastly refuse to do anything practical to incentive young Americans from going into those fields, let alone creating a populace capable of doing so in the first place.

    You don’t get to be on top of the world-and thus able to be a predator rather than the prey-by resting on the laurels of your forefathers in perpetuity. You’ve got to fight for it. And we aren’t.

  131. @njguy73

    I stand corrected. Half asleep in the morning.

    Still, 1/3 of the Supreme Court and 2% of the population. Isn’t an overrepresentation a sign of discrimination? Need more regular White guys and gals on the Court.

  132. Anonymous[588] • Disclaimer says:
    @Andy

    I’d say it’s more a race issue, although political correctness/leftism is also an issue to a certain extent.

    China is still 99% ethnic Chinese with an average IQ of 100+, whereas it’s debatable whether the US is even majority white any more. I think the main reason China is excelling in tech relative to the US is because these days they have a much higher proportion of high IQ people.

    • Replies: @RichardTaylor
  133. nebulafox says:
    @Anonymous

    Not necessarily. My guess is that back in the Bronze Age, Judaism worked like how most tribal Bronze Age religions worked: they weren’t universalist, but they were open to captives or refugees or whatever dropping their previous identities and becoming a member of the community.

    During the Augustan age in Rome after centuries of Hellenistic influences (the tensions about this exploded during the Maccabee revolt), there actually was a fair amount of Jewish proseletyzing. Plenty of people were attracted to Judaism’s communal welfare, family values, monotheism, and emphasis on study and hard work. But that was strictly limited to the diaspora Jews, who were far more affluent and cosmopolitan than their co-ethnics back in Judea. Saint Paul was a typical example of a diaspora Jew: even before he converted to Christianity, he was a Roman citizen who probably used Greek as his default language in daily life, like any educated person in the eastern empire did. However, the Palestinian Jews back in Judea still gave the religion a harshly tribal characterization when you went to visit the homeplace of the religion to do sacrifices, which capped how far the diaspora Jews could go in attracting people.

    The Jewish revolts changed all that, on many levels. Judaism lost its martial flavor for good. In a lot of ways, the religion changed so drastically after near cultural extermination at the hands of the Romans (three strikes, you are out, and you know what they say, the Romans make a desert and call it peace…) that it is more accurate to call modern rabbinical Judaism a sister faith to Christianity than a parent faith. But the trade-off here was that the exclusive, parallel society vision of Judaism that the Palestinian Jews subscribed to was confirmed and deepened.

    (One interesting note: early Islam betrays heavy Jewish and non-Orthodox Christian millenniarian influences.)

  134. “Race Talk”

    Black woman’s paradise. White man’s purgatory.

  135. @ScarletNumber

    “Honorific” only if awarded as such. Just because physicians and sawbones have monopolized the title doesn’t mean someone with an earned doctorate “isn’t” a doctor. People like you are even worse than the “only STEM matters” crowd around here. Sure, shit all over “soft sciences” and liberal arts and then wonder why SJWs have taken over politics, history, philosophy, religion, etc. Enjoy calling your Hindu physician “Dr.”

  136. @Wilkey

    Israel brought over a bunch of Ethiopian Jews a few decades ago, for optics, but I believe they’re been shipping them back. So ray-sist.

  137. @Arclight

    How many of those “old white men” would be happy to mentor a NAM female, but are terrified of being me-too’d?

    • Replies: @ben tillman
  138. @More R1b, Less H1B

    You are right of course. The grandfather of the genre of reasoning which permeates that NYT article was an Austrian philosopher named Paul Feyerabend. His “philosophy” as summarized by his Wikipedia page is a masterpiece of self-parody:

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

  139. @Buzz Mohawk

    I don’t know about that, but I want to see the Vanessa Williams poster!

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  140. “You’d walk through the halls and it’s a lot of old white men.”

    I thought that surely someone else would by now have commented upon—at the very least noticed—the fact that the age of us bad white guys has become a big deal for the Vibrant but Suppressed Diversity Crowd. The adjective “old” turns up time and again in these racial and cultural invalidation complaints.

    My questions are these: What nonwhite, non-Western culture [soi-disant] permits, let alone encourages, routine disrespect and casual contempt for the elderly? Once the foregoing has been ascertained, what colorful native costume is appropriately worn while denigrating Those Too Selfish to Die Off? And finally, would I be thought insensitive for answering my own second question with the word “kippa”?

  141. Dan Smith says:

    @JackD
    I agree about the likelihood the email story is another racial hoax. Who’s got the time or the interest?

  142. Lot says:
    @Hibernian

    I think it was a universal rule, but the for—profit schools have default rates in another league, despite manipulating statistics (eg giving new grads part time jobs only as long as the feds keep track of them).

  143. @Citizen of a Silly Country

    Is she? If Jewish men are driven from the STEM fields, that would be, um, bad for the Jews.

  144. anon[156] • Disclaimer says:
    @Wilkey

    aside from one alleged racist email all it talks about is how minorities “feel” about there not being more whites in certain fields.

  145. Hail says: • Website
    @Jack D

    I agree with your comments on this point and would have edited this part if reworking the post. I mistook the “photos of family back in Russia and Lithuania” to mean family of his same generation, but much more likely it means ancestor photographs from ca. the early 20th century.

    Emma Goldberg’s father, if journalist J. J. Goldberg it is,* was born in Nov. 1949. His four grandparents would have likely been born in the 1880s and 1890s; his parents likely in the 1910s or 1920s.

    It’s possible there is more than one different era of arrival for the four grandparent lines, with both the Ellis Island Era (mid 1880s to mid 1914 [symbolically and largely also in fact]) and the post-Ellis Island Interwar eras represented (1919 to 1939, say; despite the immigration-restriction laws in force from 1921 on, some did get in). There is a lower but not-insignificant chance that at least one of his lines is post-1945, but this is speculative.

    ______

    * – I see J. J. Goldberg has extensive ties to Israel. He is a man who, despite US upbringing, spent much of the decade late 1960s to late 1970s in Israel including serving in political roles and as a “sharpshooter in the Israel Border Police civil guard.” A quintessential dual-citizen.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  146. Hail says: • Website
    @bigdicknick

    Striking is the similarity with the name Emma Goldman (as Anon[412] instinctively jotted down the name; I am sure he is not the only one).

    Given their surname starts with “Gold-“, I wonder if the parents consciously chose ‘Emma’ as their daughter’s name ca. 1994 at least in part as a tribute to left-wing figure Emma Goldman (born 1869; arrived first in US in 1885; deported for political extremism in 1919; left-wing activities continued through 1930s), a political agitator of Russian-speaking Jewish origin and born in Kaunas, Lithuania; (Lithuania being the place identified by Emma Goldberg in her essay as associated with her father’s ancestors.)

  147. Hail says: • Website
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Did you consult both pictures before concluding as you did?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  148. MHarper42 says:
    @JR Ewing

    I have several friends who were raised as Christians, but later as adults, converted to Judaism in order to marry the Jews they had fallen in love with. Their conversions are wholehearted and complete, and no one to my knowledge discouraged them. The male friend, now living in New Jersey instead of Texas, has become very essential to his synagogue, with many talents and abilities that he puts to good use. As an atheist myself, I don’t have a dog in that hunt, but I support all of my honestly religious friends.

  149. Earth Science Has a Whiteness Problem

    Greta says the opposite, as does her ursine friend:

  150. @Hail

    To all 3 repliers, I like the top chick, not the bottom one.

  151. @Jack D

    …the state licensing requirements that require someone to have 1,000 hours of training in order to give you a haircut.

    The best haircut experience I ever had was at a barber school. The young fellow’s dad had had a small-town shop for decades. The boy already knew everything before he came, but still had to put in the hours.

    It used to be you only needed to pass a test to be a lawyer or an architect.

    • Agree: Hibernian
  152. @Dutch Boy

    So your theory is that Hitler was opposed to gassing people?

    • Replies: @nebulafox
  153. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Whatever happened to Vanessa Undressa?

    There were two famous Vanessa Williamses, both black, so I get confused. There are also two Wendy Williamses, but one is dead and the other is still alive, and also the dead one was white and the still extant one black. So I get slightly less confused.

    But then again, I keep confusing Andrea Mitchell with a porn star because there is an Andrea True and a Sharon Mitchell, who were porn stars, though Andrea Mitchell is technically not. She is married to former Malice Rosenbomb worshipper Alan Greenspan, who is twenty years her senior, and still alive.

  154. @MHarper42

    I have several friends who were raised as Christians, but later as adults, converted to Judaism …

    Out of curiosity, exactly what does a Christian have to do to convert to Judaism? Swear to give up Trinitarianism? What does a Muslim have to do, for that matter, since, theologically speaking, they, too, accept the Torah and Mosaic law?

    Merry Christmas, all!

    • Replies: @nebulafox
  155. Chinese geosciences have too many Chinese.

    Kenyan geosciences have too many blacks.

    Mexican geosciences have too many Latinos.

    Indian geosciences have too many Indians.

    Israeli geosciences have too many jews.

    She needs to write an article about this.

    • Agree: ben tillman
  156. Jack D says:
    @Hail

    There is a lower but not-insignificant chance that at least one of his lines is post-1945, but this is speculative.

    Very unlikely. In 1949 most E. European refugees were still in displaced persons camps in Germany. My sister was born in such a camp in ’49 as were some of my cousins.

    • Replies: @Hail
  157. nebulafox says:
    @PiltdownMan

    I can’t speak for Judaism, but converting to Islam is really straightforward: recite the shahadah in front of an imam and you are in. In places like Malaysia where nominal conversions are common to facilitate interracial marriages, that makes it easy.

    I’ve known apostate Muslims who converted to Christianity, but never Judaism.

  158. Tony Tea says:

    How is “Fear the White Planet” not the title of a 1970s prog rock album?

  159. Sol says:
    @Anonymous

    Wow. Keep dreaming. Chinese still suffer from an inferiority complex. And you are unaware of the backstabbing within the CCP.

  160. nebulafox says:
    @ScarletNumber

    I know it sounds rich, but it was true: Hitler really didn’t like poison gas. Product of his WWI experiences: when the armistice was announced, he was recuperating in a Pomeranian hospital after being blinded in a mustard gas attack. His voice was probably permanently impacted by it. In power, despite focusing almost exclusively on foreign and military policy from the late 1930s onwards, he refused to visit anywhere having to with chemical warfare.

    That he used it in the Holocaust says everything you need to know about how he felt about the Jews. To Hitler, he wasn’t purging enemies. He was ridding the world of something more akin to a particularly virulent strain of disease, or a cockroach infestation. It shows everywhere in his language. “Exterminate”. Not kill, exterminate. It was as if he was in a real life version of a video game and fighting some abstract bad force at the end rather than other human beings here. To me, that speaks volumes about how his brain worked.

    In Van Creveld’s book, here’s what Adolf has to say from hell about his decision to target Jewish kids, and I have to say, it comes close to what I think the real life one would have said if pressed for an explanation:

    “I particularly needed to prevent the resurgence of Jewry by exterminating every last Jewish man, woman, and child I could. You say they were innocent? Bedbugs are innocent! They do what nature has destined them to, no more, no less. But is that any reason to spare them?”

  161. Hail says: • Website
    @Jack D

    My sister was born in such a camp in ’49 as were some of my cousins.

    Do you mind saying where this was? The DP camp(s) and/or the original place(s) of origin, from which displaced.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  162. @Hail

    I’m surprised the sign didn’t say “jelly rolls”. She looks like quite the slut.

  163. @Dan Hayes

    Theres a reason you notice a lot of edits surrounding “Early Life” on wikipedia.

  164. @Alfa158

    I just don’t see much innovation coming from the Chinese. The pattern is copy/paste what the West has done. And this pattern goes back a long time. I’ll be happy if they come up with something new.

  165. @Anonymous

    The thing with Asian IQ is that there are less outliers (at the high and low end). So while the average is a bit higher, it’s fatter in the middle, whereas the White distribution has long tails on both ends.

    This means more White geniuses at the extremes.

    And it looks like you need a certain personality type – what we might call independent but others call disagreeable. A willingness to say “bug off” to the reigning establishment. Isaac Newton was a prickly character. The Chinese love harmony.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  166. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @JR Ewing

    It is possible to convert to Judaism but since Judaism, unlike Christianity or Islam, is a particularist religion, it is not encouraged and is difficult. It is probably less difficult for American males than most because most American males are already circumcised.

    If a person converts according to strict halachic procedure, ironically he or she will be completely accepted as a Jew by religious and observant Jews, but not ever by secular or atheistic Jews. That said, they will look with some favor on the “goyische entourage” that the more famous or wealthy ones accrue, provided that they know their place.

    My understanding is that religious and observant Jews considered Liz Taylor and Sammy Davis Jr. as legitimate Jews, but not, for instance, Marilyn Monroe, who might have been sincere about wanting to convert but whose husband Arthur Miller worked with “a very humanistic rabbi” to give her a bogus ‘conversion’. It was, if not outright goofy golf, at least Flogton.

    In practice, Mormons do try hardest to convert people who they think would be good Mormons and they do sort of discourage people who would be an obvious non-asset to their tribe. And the very highest reaches of the church are largely reserved for people who are at least a couple generations in. (Occasionally, as with Luftwaffe/Lufthansa pilot Dieter Uchtdorf, someone who was in a family that converted when they were kids gets pretty high up, but that’s the exception that tests (not proves: exceptions never prove rule, they test them) the rule. ) But still, as with regular Christianity, Mormonism is a universalist religion- provided you are “worthy”.

    I personally have some respect (and in some cases, actually, considerable respect) for religious and observant Jews, but little to none (at least qua Jews) for liberal secular Jews with their tikkum olan horseshit. They want to “repair the world”, but their idea of repairing it is to fuck it up royally for everyone else. But my real hatred is reserved not for Jews, (nor blacks, mestizos, Indians, orientals, Eskimos, or space aliens) but for those of my own race who seek to debase themselves and sell us out. To a social animal, treason is the ultimate act of evil. We are a social animal.

  167. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @RichardTaylor

    And it looks like you need a certain personality type – what we might call independent but others call disagreeable. A willingness to say “bug off” to the reigning establishment. Isaac Newton was a prickly character. The Chinese love harmony.

    Orientals in general are socially not calibrated to be able to implement ideas that are dissident, which means even when one has an original idea it won’t get far. They have a consensus view of reality. Most whites are the same, more or less, but in white society you have those few ‘mustangs’ that don’t run with the herd, and they are the ones that move things forward. An Oriental society will get rid of those people and they will be bred out of the gene pool.

    The Japanese come closest to the Occidental ideal but they are still on the Oriental side of the chasm. They can make ideas invented and abandoned by Europeans work, like the Wankel rotary engine, the oxygen torpedo, through the lens camera exposure metering, etc., and come up with variations on the theme like the Trinitron color CRT. But a real clean sheet of paper innovation, no. If an individual Japanese thinks it up, it won’t get past a company meeting. When the Japanese do come up with something that is somewhat original and cool, they’ll get cold feet and abandon it for a more Western inspired idea.

    • Agree: RichardTaylor
    • Replies: @Jack D
  168. @Senator Brundlefly

    Are there any sciences where the sex or race of the practitioner would make a difference?

    As Gloria Steinem put it,
    “There are really not many jobs that actually require a penis or a vagina, and all other occupations should be open to everyone.”

  169. Anonymous[394] • Disclaimer says:

    The US is a declining nation that is on the verge of becoming majority non-white, and having the low average IQ that goes with that. Even most right wing Americans are still in denial about this basic fact, that’s why the US is stagnating in technology because it increasingly has a lack of intelligent people.

    In the short term the US is trying to maintain its dominance in technology by bringing in intelligent people from else where, but that is only a viable solution as long as the US remains a desirable country to live in relative to most other countries, a situation likely to change in the forseeable future.

  170. Anonymous[226] • Disclaimer says:
    @Joe Stalin

    My neighbors by my resort area house own a gun store. They are happy Wal-Mart stays out of much of the firearms market.

    Small local businesses in this area do well if what they sell is not offered by WM. Otherwise they are toast.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
  171. Jack D says:
    @Hail

    The DP Camps were mostly in West Germany, particularly in the American Zone (southern Germany).
    They were often former Nazi facilities – Hitler Youth camps, etc. My parents were from Poland.

  172. @James J. O'Meara

    Sure, shit all over “soft sciences” and liberal arts and then wonder why SJWs have taken over politics, history, philosophy, religion, etc.

    You have reversed cause and effect. But it is nice of you to blame the victims.

  173. @Jack D

    …when most American Jews arrived in the US (and often brought their fondness for socialism with them…

    Where did they get their fondness for socialism in the first place? Serious question.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Hannakah to everyone!

    Peace on Earth and good will towards men.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Johann Ricke
  174. @JohnnyD

    People still believe that nonsense about Native Americans having a special connection to the land?

    Well, none of the developers of aviation were Native Americans.

  175. Joe Shmoe says:

    Why does an observatory have a diversity officer?

  176. @MHarper42

    I have several friends who were raised as Christians, but later as adults, converted to Judaism in order to marry the Jews they had fallen in love with.

    Who required them to convert? I don’t think any Christian church would have excommunicated them for marrying a Jew.

  177. imbroglio says:

    A lot of folks who comment on Steve’s stories are even stupider than the stupidity Steve routinely comments on. Jews, Jews, Jews! The only thing many folks here care about or have any interest in. What pathetic losers.

  178. Anonymous[217] • Disclaimer says:
    @jon

    Why does every discussion by alt-right white nationalists about Asians have to turn to the women? Who cares specifically about the women? I’m talking about them as a whole group, not just one gender.

    The amount of time you guys spend talking about their women’s physical appearance just goes to show that any White person who claims to be an alt-right white nationalist is a hypocrite. You guys like colored women 1000x times more than White liberals do. The only difference between you guys and the liberals is that libs openly admit enjoying the company of the coloreds. Either be a consistent liberal or centrist, or be a consistent alt-right white nationalist. There should be nothing in between.

    Anyways. Back to skin color. The East Asians do have darker average skin color than Whites, especially Celtic and Germanic peoples. East Asians are Colored. The dividing line in America is not between Blacks and non-Blacks, but between Whites and non-Whites. East Asians are non-Whites, and should be thought of as belonging to the same macro category as Blacks and Hispanics.

  179. @Lot

    Another way to get rid of these woke universities is the environmental angle.

    The carbon footprint with all the heating and A/C of their brick and mortar is huge.

    Save the planet and close them.

  180. Ian Smith says:
    @Hail

    She reminds me of Carole Kane’s character in Annie Hall: cradle to grave Jewish Socialist indoctrination.

  181. @Anonymous

    To that end we should do everything in our power to combat the evil Scofield propaganda and bring white evangelicals back to supporting our people.

  182. @Anonymous

    Sure; as my Business 101 instructor said: “What do businesses fear most; Communists? No. Competition.”

    Wal-Mart stopped ammo sales BECAUSE their market was the Deplorables, the antithesis of the person in the corporate management.

    Try to find a gun store in Chicago. LOL.

    Should Deplorables continue to reward anti-Deplorable behavior by corporate managers?

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
  183. Jack D says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    The Russian Czarist system was linked to the Orthodox Church and discriminatory against Jews. Socialist ideology (before Stalin reverted to traditional Russian anti-Semitism) offered the promises of equal rights to Jews (as well as entry to the modern world and an exit from the stifling confines of life controlled by traditional Jewish strictures). People here are always pointing out how many of the early Soviet commissars were Jewish but this has to be understood in light of their oppression under the earlier system. Jews were about as welcome in “White” (Czarist) circles as blacks were welcome in the KKK.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  184. Jack D says:
    @Anonymous

    Japanese hold plenty of patents and have received many Nobels for important scientific breakthrus. They are not lacking in creativity or originality – this is a myth.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  185. Corvinus says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    White people do look out for their interests. It’s just that you do not prefer their decisions.

    • Replies: @William Badwhite
  186. @Corvinus

    No, you meant that white people don’t look out for their interests. The rest is fake news on your part. You have no argumentative chops.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  187. Corvinus says:
    @William Badwhite

    Of course white people look out for their interests. You’re upset when they don’t follow you like lemmings. We have agency. It really gets you mad that you cant bamboozle us since we know your game.

  188. @Jack D

    Thanks, Jack. Happy Hannukah (sp?) to you and yours.

  189. @Corvinus

    No, you mean that you do not have agency. The rest is ignorance, bamboozlement, and fake news on your part. Learn to look past your own biases.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  190. Another upper-middle class toff with a bleeding heart for minorities who may not want to go university anyway.

    A more serious problem is working/lower-middle class students university graduates with good grades not getting into good jobs:

    https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/working-class-graduates-locked-out-top-careers

    https://www.fnlondon.com/articles/why-less-well-off-graduates-cannot-break-bankings-class-ceiling-20191028?mod=topStories

  191. Corvinus says:
    @William Badwhite

    Whites like me have agency to make decisions about race and culture. You are having a female conniption fit because we are exercising that liberty to make choices for ourselves. Learn to properly handle your hostility.

    • Replies: @William Badwhite
  192. @Corvinus

    We have agency.

    The implied antecedent for “we” in this statement is, of course, “My Fellow White People.”

    lol

  193. pirelli says:
    @James N. Kennett

    Citation for that statement about white gentiles being slightly underrepresented in the professions?

  194. unit472 says:

    If you watch the Weather Channel they have a lot of black meteorologists. Paul Goodloe, Alex Wilson and a gay? guy named Tevon come to mind. A female mulatto as well. NBC had Al Roker who wasn’t a meteorologist doing the weather for years.

  195. Anonymous[978] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    The Japanese can do basic research somewhat well but reducing it to practice and marketing it not so much.

    When Mazda built the RX500 sports car the reaction was hugely positive but Toyo Kogyo refused to produce it. Years later I met a key American Mazda engineer and he explained that the reason they made it was because Mercedes made the C111 prototype and never produced it either. The difference was that for MB, the economics of producing it would have been abysmal where for Mazda the economics were a go. But TK management figured that since Mercedes did not, actually producing a ‘concept car’ was somehow declasse’, infra dig. The US distributors were disappointed but were told not to push the matter.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  196. Dr. Doom says:

    Math and science be racist. So are standardised tests.

    How many Nazis do you need for a Space Force?

    Can black women do the job?

  197. @Anonymous

    The Japanese invented just-in-time manufacturing, a major breakthrough, although they like to attribute it to Edward Deming. My suspicion is that the Japanese poormouth their own creativity to seem less threatening to the West.

  198. Anonymous[978] • Disclaimer says:
    @Morris Applebaum IV

    IIRC she had a good booty but I just am not interested in blacks- though she is probably as white as she is black. Some race mixed people are fairly attractive but so often you get visual and behavioral disasters who immiserate themselves and people around them.

    When you get to 1/16 or so you get some Ava Gardners. Riveting on film, probably a phenomenal fuck, but her dying a barren doe probably no loss to the gene pool.

  199. a reader says:
    @Hail

    Thanks for your sleuthing, Hail.

    – June 2012: Emma graduates from high school, “Heschel High, a Jewish day school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan;”

    Tuition for the 2019-20 school year is as follows:

    Nursery Half Day (9am-12pm): $30,300
    Nursery Full Day (9am-3pm): $32,300
    Pre-K: $42,950
    Kindergarten: $43,260
    First-Second Grade: $44,920
    Third-Fifth Grade: $45,850
    Sixth-Eighth Grade: $46,580
    Ninth-Eleventh Grade: $47,610
    Twelfth Grade: $48,230

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    , @Moses
  200. @Jim Don Bob

    Where did they get their fondness for socialism in the first place? Serious question.

    Same reason the Ukrainians sided with the Germans to some extent, until the Germans started killing them in large numbers – that way lay salvation from their Russian persecutors. Even if they knew that Germans were killing millions of Jewish civilians, there was nothing they could do about it, and the Russians had already killed millions of Ukrainians. Politics everywhere is intensely parochial, where life and death issues are at stake.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  201. @James J. O'Meara

    People like you

    Methinks thou doth protest too much

  202. @Jesse

    Higher education is the last legal Ponzi scheme.

  203. @a reader

    I thought it was Herschel High.

    • Replies: @Hail
  204. @Steve Sailer

    The Japanese took Deming’s lessons and created the Toyota Production System, which has influenced all major automakers and thousands of other manufacturers around the world.

  205. a reader says:

    I thought it was Herschel High.

    I edited articles for the student newspaper at Heschel High, a Jewish day school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

    New York Times, 11th line.

    Maybe you mixed with Herschel Girls School, just down the block.

  206. Jack D says:
    @Steve Sailer

    It’s true that they invented it, but what they were doing was making a virtue out of a necessity. In the early post-WWII days the Japanese auto manufacturers were poor and could neither afford the warehouse space nor the holding costs of carrying a large inventory of parts the way American auto manufacturers did. All of their parts suppliers were located within shouting distance of the assembly plant and as soon as they began to run low they would send over to the supplier and pick up another bin of parts. It then followed that the supplier had better not send you any defective batches of parts because they were going right onto the vehicles and there was no backup. So this system turned out to be brilliant because it both reduced costs AND led to higher quality but they hit upon it almost by accident.

  207. Jack D says:
    @Johann Ricke

    Even if they knew that Germans were killing millions of Jewish civilians, there was nothing they could do about it,

    Sure they could – they could join in and help the Germans enthusiastically!

    https://www.vintag.es/2016/10/30-shocking-historical-photos-of-lviv.html

    • Replies: @a reader
    , @Johann Ricke
  208. @Corvinus

    No, you meant something else entirely. Acquire some argumentative chops.

  209. There are serious problems in science, fraud and unreproducible results being the main ones, but the race of the people doing the science is irrelevant.

  210. Hail says: • Website
    @ScarletNumber

    Abraham Joshua Heschel School (AJHS) is a pluralistic Nursery to 12 Jewish day school in New York City

    [the school is] dedicated to the values that characterized Rabbi Heschel’s life: intellectual exploration, integrity, love of the Jewish people and tradition, and a commitment to social justice

    Abraham Heschel, Jewish scholar-activist
    born 1907 in Poland; descended from rabbis on both sides;
    – ca. mid 1920s: Starts at the University of Berlin; associated there with ‘Hochschule für die Wissenschaft des Judentums;’
    early 1930s: Works as Talmud teacher in Germany;
    Oct. 1938: Deported to Poland (this must have been for left-wing political activities; there was no general deportation program in place yet);
    July 1939: Leaves Poland for London;
    March 1940: Arrives in New York City;
    1946 to 1972 (death): Professor of Jewish mysticism at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (NYC), a perch from which he is involved in all the left-wing causes of those crucial years.

    Heschel believed the teachings of the Hebrew prophets were a clarion call for social action in the United States and worked for African Americans’ civil rights and against the Vietnam War.

    Rabbi Heschel at left:

    Heschel persuaded the Catholic Church to eliminate or modify passages in its liturgy that demeaned the Jews

    If Dr. MacDonald had to come up with a fictional character be a living embodiment of his theories on Jewish-WhiteChristian relations in the West, he’d create Rabbi Heschel.

  211. Anon[250] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    Well, if blacks can tell whites to stop liking hip-hop since it’s “cultural appropriation”…. Oh, and blacks, you can keep your J-Z/QueenBee/Rihanna/BillieEilish/crapola hip-hop, and gangsta too…

    And when I see a black person at a local Observatory (MacDonald) in my very Hispanic neck of the woods, let me know….

  212. a reader says:

    Ot, sorry.

    Guess this is on NYT’s front page by now.

  213. @Joe Stalin

    A fortiori

    CBS canceled The Beverly Hillbillies and other number-one rated rural shows, not because of “demographics,” as they so lyingly contend, but because they and their golf-shootin’ buddies didn’t want “their” network known as the hillbilly network.

    • Replies: @anon
  214. J.Ross says:

    Apparently the Netflix series Hernan sucks and will follow predictable tendencies (be interesting to see if this angers Hispanic people). However, a Spanish anon points up this series, which is complete on YouTube (url deliberately broken).

    ht tps://www.youtube .com/playlist? list=PLYyajBRpwuciLR46RX9Fpcnl17nlei7ZZ

  215. anon[345] • Disclaimer says:
    @obwandiyag

    CBS canceled The Beverly Hillbillies and other number-one rated rural shows, not because of “demographics,” as they so lyingly contend, but because they and their golf-shootin’ buddies didn’t want “their” network known as the hillbilly network.

    Citation required.

  216. a reader says:
    @Jack D

    Sure they could – they could join in and help the Germans enthusiastically!

    https://www.vintag.es/2016/10/30-shocking-historical-photos-of-lviv.html

    What Happened in Lviv?

  217. njguy73 says:
    @Jack D

    If only someone told me in high school that kvetching could be a paying gig. I’d be kicking ass.

    Man, my guidance counselor sucked.

  218. @Jack D

    Sure they could – they could join in and help the Germans enthusiastically!

    https://www.vintag.es/2016/10/30-shocking-historical-photos-of-lviv.html

    I suspect they saw that as a bit of communal revenge. The high visibility of Jewish commissars during the Holodomor might have given them the impression that Jews were key decision makers. The propensity of mankind to go after perceived enemies as communities rather as individuals is fairly pronounced in recorded history. The Ukrainians who worked with the Germans during WWII were no exception.

    The internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII was clearly punishment for Pearl Harbor rather than prevention of sabotage. While it was a mild form of collective punishment, a mass reprisal is exactly what it was. If the Japanese had once occupied the continental US and killed millions of Americans, this punishment might have taken form it took in Ukraine.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @Jack D
  219. @Johann Ricke

    We nuked Japan as a reprisal for Pearl Harbor. If the Japanese had been more successful in their war plans at doing damage to Hawaii or the West Coast, it’s unpleasant to think what we would have done to the Japanese when we finally got within bombing distance in the later 1940s with several dozen A-bombs.

  220. Jack D says:
    @Johann Ricke

    What happened in Lviv had nothing to do with the Holodomor. Lviv was in Western Ukraine and did not experience the Holodomor. Probably at the time, most people in Western Ukraine had never even heard of the Holodomor, which was covered up by Stalin. The Ukrainians did not need the Holodomor in order to exercise their ancient Jew hatred, which long predated the Soviets.

    Did those women in the photos look like NKVD to you?

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

    • Replies: @a reader
    , @a reader
  221. Jack D says:
    @Steve Sailer

    The US bombed and firebombed large parts of Germany into rubble and this was not reprisal for anything that the Germans did to the US. War has its own dynamic. Once you have unleashed the dogs of war all bets are off – anything can happen.

    Oddly enough, bombing the hell out of someone’s country does not seem to lead to long term antagonism. The Germans and the Japanese don’t seem to have hard feelings about this. Kurt Vonnegut was more upset about the firebombing of Dresden than the average German (though perhaps not the average German Leftist – maybe there’s a clue there). Even the Vietnamese don’t seem to have any hard feelings against Americans. OTOH, we’ve never done anything to the Saudis and the Afghans except save their asses and they hate our guts. Even the French like us less than the Germans – there’s a lesson in human psychology in there somewhere.

  222. What happened in Lviv had nothing to do with the Holodomor. Lviv was in Western Ukraine and did not experience the Holodomor. Probably at the time, most people in Western Ukraine had never even heard of the Holodomor, which was covered up by Stalin.

    Ukrainians in what was then Polish territory had no idea what was happening across the Russian border, which killed millions in widely-dispersed territories? That would be like Jews having no idea about the Holocaust, which took place in secretive extermination camps. It’s one thing for the victims under tight supervision and communicating only what that they knew about their personal circumstances to friends and relatives across the border not to know anything about the big picture. But for those friends and relatives not to compare notes and figure out what was happening overall seems unrealistic.

    Did those women in the photos look like NKVD to you?

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

    The account states that this was actually a war waged by Orthodox Christians against all non-Orthodox believers. Again, that’s well within the mainstream of historical accounts re communal violence. The problem for Jews was the problem for religious minorities everywhere. Sovereigns and the hoi polloi alike distrusted and resented all such minorities. For instance, France was the site of a number of massacres mounted against Christian minorities:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albigensian_Crusade
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Bartholomew%27s_Day_massacre

    For Jews, the problem went beyond mere religious belief. They were visible minorities in northern Europe in a way they were not along the Mediterranean.

  223. @Steve Sailer

    The U.S. most emphatically did NOT nuke Japan “as a reprisal for Pearl Harbor.” That is an insane point of view.

    Honestly, that is one of the most shockingly historically ignorant things I’ve ever heard. (It’s so bad, you just made me use three adverbs and an intensifier in one sentence, now there’s some bad juju). To see it come from the pen of a brilliant writer and one of the most astute observers of the era that we have is… well, weird to say the least.

    Well, maybe you just did something like an intellectual typo.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  224. Dissident says:
    @Anonymous

    I personally have some respect (and in some cases, actually, considerable respect) for religious and observant Jews, but little to none (at least qua Jews) for liberal secular Jews with their tikkum olan horseshit. They want to “repair the world”, but their idea of repairing it is to f[—] it up royally for everyone else.

    Not just everyone else; at least much, if not most, of what liberal secular Jews call tikkun olam is a complete perversion of the authentic Judaic concept by that name, and no less harmful to Jews than to anyone else.

    – That Jews are not at all immune from policies and postures that increase the threat of violent crime is obvious and borne-out by relevant statistical data.

    – The same is true for other ill effects that result from the sacralization of non-Whites and the promotion of policies that favor them over Whites. And, of course, for the promotion of outright hostility toward Whites. Case-in-point: The drama at New York City’s Beacon High School that our host recently highlighted.

    – As for mass immigration from the third-world, there is more than one way that this harms Jews.

    [MORE]
    First, data (such as that which I have seen cited by Audacious Epigone) would at least strongly suggest that such immigrants are considerably more likely than native White populations to be hostile and even violent toward Jews. Additionally, Jews are not immune from the ill effects that such immigration has upon society at-large. These include increased strain upon infrastructure and medical facilities, etc.; higher crime rates than for White populations; and even downward pressure on wages and decreased job availability. (Granted, Jews may be considerably less effected by the last one than non-Jewish Whites. Still, by no means are all Jews high enough up on the socioeconomic ladder as to be immune.)

    – Jews are subject-to the same numerous ill effects of sexual promiscuity, degeneracy and depravity that other humans are. Such ills, obviously, include broken families, unwanted pregnancy and sexually-transmitted diseases. If claims I have seen made here are at all accurate, then Jews are at least as likely as non-Jews to be active sodomites. That the STD rates for males who are sexually active with other males are many times higher than those for the general population is hardly a secret. (Though this, being a “hate-fact”, is of course rigorously whitewashed and downplayed, even– I’m sorry to say– by some right here among the iSteve readership.) Same with regard to victims of the “Transgender” lunacy now raging.

    – If a given policy is viewed sufficiently negatively within a given society, then even if said policy would not directly affect Jews negatively, their promoting it can obviously only be expected to bring resentment.

    To all that I have outlined above, I must add the specific theological perspective of authentic Judaism. From it as well, much, if not most, of what is included in liberal Jews’ perverted concept of Tikkun Olam is (a) decidedly and even extremely harmful, as well as (b) no less so to Jews than to anyone else. If anything, more so to Jews.

    We are commanded to live as loyal, law-abiding citizens of our host countries, as long as we are in exile. That we are in a Divinely decreed exile and will remain so until redeemed by the promised Messiah is one of the thirteen fundamental tenets of Judaism as codified by Maimonides*. We are also forbidden, until said Redemption, from establishing sovereignty (certainly by force) over any part of the Holy Land. This forms the fundamental basis for Judaic theological rejection of Zionism.

    Tikkun Olam, in authentic Judaism, refers-to strict, devout adherence to such traditional Judaic ideals as heartfelt prayer, diligent study of the Torah, and scrupulous, painstaking observance of all of its many and rigorous commandments, strictures and regulations of daily life. At least much of what liberal Jews call Tikkun Olam would more properly be called Kharov Olamdestruction of the world.

    *Sorry, Luke Ford, but your appallingly impudent claim that Maimonides’ Thirteen Principles are not binding is not only dead wrong but blatant heresy. Yes, before codified by Maimonides and accepted into the canon, there was not a universal consensus concerning all of the Thirteen Principles. Once they were affirmed by consensus as absolutely obligatory fundamental tenets of faith, however, to deny any one of them is pure heresy. Any rabbi who tells you otherwise is espousing heresy, regardless of how impressive or impeccable his credentials may appear. (I still greatly enjoy listening to and highly recommend the archived mp3’s of your YouTube stream. And I am particularly grateful for your providing the platform that you do to the redoubtable Kevin Michael Grace– who, on balance, is nothing less than a treasure.)

  225. anon[491] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    We nuked Japan as a reprisal for Pearl Harbor.

    No.
    The nukes were a final attempt to force unconditional surrender on Japan. The alternative would have eventually required Sherman tanks in the streets of Tokyo leveling any and all resistance.

    If the Japanese had been more successful in their war plans at doing damage to Hawaii or the West Coast, it’s unpleasant to think what we would have done to the Japanese when we finally got within bombing distance in the later 1940s with several dozen A-bombs.

    Nah. The Japanese had no serious plans for Hawaii or the US west coast. Just stuff like fire balloons, a few dozen shells from submarine deck guns, and one or two sub-launched aircraft dropping incendiaries to try to start forest fires. No invasion was ever even planned.

    There is a quote attributed to Admiral Yamamoto: “to invade the United States would prove most difficult because behind every blade of grass is an American with a rifle.” At any rate, the IJN was taxed to keep the central Pacific islands supplied, the Aleutians expeditions were over extended. Any Japanese force placed on the US mainland would be isolated almost immediately.

    However, if the peace faction had failed and the invasion of Kyushu started, if there were nukes available it is possible they would have been used on the beaches and inland. Just for a start.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @res
  226. Dissident says:
    @Anonymous

    It is possible to convert to Judaism but since Judaism, unlike Christianity or Islam, is a particularist religion, it is not encouraged and is difficult.

    A rabbi approached by one expressing a desire to convert is required to discourage him up to three times. The rabbi must explain and emphasize to the prospective convert just how rigorously demanding the Torah is of every Jew; that if he becomes a Jew, he will be bound, daily, by numerous commandments, strictures and regulations, and obligated to perform numerous rites– the transgression of any of which is subject to severe (and, in some cases, possibly eternal) punishment. The prospective convert is also told that once a Jew, he will be subject to any persecution against Jews.

    All this is contrasted with the mere seven commandments* that a non-Jew must fulfill in order to be considered righteous and worthy of eternal life. If, after the third attempt at being discouraged, the prospective convert persists in demonstrating a sincere interest in becoming a committed, devout Jew, then he is to be assisted by the rabbi in beginning what will be a long and arduous process of study and training.
    (*These are very similar to the Ten Commandments, minus the Sabbath and categorized more broadly.)

    Note that in order for a conversion to Judaism to be kosher, the one undertaking it must not have any ulterior motives. The most common ulterior motive is almost certainly that of wishing to marry a Jew. A legitimate Orthodox rabbi will not sanction, assist or in any way be party to a conversion if such a motive is apparent or reasonably suspected.

    [MORE]

    In practice, only a relatively few number of (legitimate) rabbis are qualified, capable and willing of undertaking the tremendous responsibility of thoroughly screening a prospective convert and then guiding him through the conversion process. Such rabbis do exist but finding one will itself likely require some effort.

    From the perspective of authentic Judaism, a convert who is less than fully committed to the rigors of being a devout Jew is no blessing– either to us or to himself.

    It is probably less difficult for American males than most because most American males are already circumcised.

    A male convert who is already circumcised must nonetheless undergo a symbolic drawing of a drop of blood from the area-in-question. Much simpler than an actual circumcision, obviously, but not completely painless. But even a full circumcision, as difficult, painful and uncomfortable as it may be, is nothing compared to the lifetime of rigors and responsibilities that being a committed Jew is.

    As for American males being circumcised, while I am fairly certain that you are correct that this remains true for most, I have read that this has been changing, slowly, for some time already.

  227. Ragno says:
    @Hail

    June 2012: Emma graduates from high school, “Heschel High, a Jewish day school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan;”
    – Aug. 2012: Moves out of Manhattan for New Haven, on which she writes: “A good deal of my life so far has been spent in a bubble on the Upper West Side…”
    Sept. 2012: Publishes first piece in the New York Times

    !!!!!!!

    As I don’t think there’s any such deity as Nepotismus, God of the Kosher Reacharound, we must assume the more prosaic fixer here was that tireless champion of fair play and social justice – Daddy.

    • Agree: Hail
  228. a reader says:
    @Jack D

    The Ukrainians did not need the Holodomor in order to exercise their ancient Jew hatred, which long predated the Soviets.

    The Lviv MassacreWho was killing who before the Germans arrived ?

    • Replies: @Jack D
  229. a reader says:
    @Jack D

    Did those women in the photos look like NKVD to you?

    Who knows ?

  230. @Steve Sailer

    Disagree. We nuked Japan to end the war. There was a great deal of war weariness in the USA after VE Day. Guys who had beat Hitler were not looking forward to being sent to the Pacific. We had taken heavy casualties at Okinawa. There are credible estimates that invading Japan would have cost us a million casualties. Japan would have been a tough place to take, and the population was fanatic. Even after Hiroshima, there was a faction in the Japanese military that plotted (tried?) to assassinate the Emperor so that he could not surrender.

    Nuking Japan was the right thing to do.

  231. Jack D says:
    @anon

    The rifle quote is totally bogus – something invented by NRA types. There is no record that he ever said anything like this.

    https://www.factcheck.org/2009/05/misquoting-yamamoto/

    The Japanese solution would have been to massacre the entire civilian population of any area that offered resistance. Civilians armed with rifles can perhaps harass an occupying army but the military effect is nil unless they have organized assistance and support from elsewhere, including weapons heavier than rifles. The Soviets were able to organize partisan forces in some occupied territory but while these forces were annoying to the Germans it’s hard to say that they were in any way decisive to the outcome of the war. The idea of American minutemen sniping at the Japs sounds like a juvenile Hollywood fantasy.

    • Replies: @anon
  232. Jack D says:
    @a reader

    The fellow who maintains this website apparently never learned that two wrongs do not make a right. Soviet anti-Ukrainian war crimes do not negate the reality of Ukrainian war crimes against innocent Jewish civilians or justify them in any way.

    • Replies: @Dissident
  233. Jack D says:
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    While you are correct that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not intended as direct payback for Pearl Harbor, Pearl Harbor helped to set the tone of the war, along with numerous other Japanese actions. The general feeling was that the Japanese were less than fully human Asiatics who mounted dastardly surprise attacks, massacred civilians and were otherwise not interested in “playing fair” so that attacks on Japanese cities (even though given window dressing as military targets because even then intentionally nuking an entirely civilian target would have been a war crime) were fair game. For the same reason, Americans were much less interested in taking Japanese prisoners vs. just executing them on the battlefield (while German POWs were treated scrupulously by the Americans for the most part, with rare exceptions).

    However, the main impetus for the nuclear attacks was the belief that they would cause the Japanese to surrender and end the war and in this they proved to be correct.

  234. Dissident says:
    @Jack D

    two wrongs do not make a right. Soviet anti-Ukrainian war crimes do not negate the reality of Ukrainian war crimes against innocent Jewish civilians or justify them in any way.

    Agree.

  235. res says:
    @anon

    There is a quote attributed to Admiral Yamamoto: “to invade the United States would prove most difficult because behind every blade of grass is an American with a rifle.” At any rate, the IJN was taxed to keep the central Pacific islands supplied, the Aleutians expeditions were over extended. Any Japanese force placed on the US mainland would be isolated almost immediately.

    Worth noting that the Japanese were experiencing the difficulty of invading (and holding) much closer China at the time. They would have been well aware of the challenges involved.

    Jack D covered the (lack of) provenance for the Yamamoto quote, but these points seem relevant:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isoroku_Yamamoto#1920s_and_1930s

    He promoted a policy of a strong fleet to project force through gunboat diplomacy, rather than a fleet used primarily for transport of invasion land forces, as some of his political opponents in the army wanted.[8] This stance led him to oppose the invasion of China. He also opposed war against the United States, partly because of his studies at Harvard University (1919–1921) and his two postings as a naval attaché in Washington, D.C., where he learned to speak fluent English. Yamamoto traveled extensively in the United States during his tour of duty there, where he studied American customs and business practices.

    So it seems at least plausible he would say (or write) something of the sort. Same for the “sleeping giant quote”:
    https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-2001-10-28-0110260564-story.html

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    , @S
  236. S says:
    @Steve Sailer

    OT a bit, but related.

    There’s a lot of close parallels between ‘just in time’ (JIT) manufacturing and the so called ‘cheap labor’/mass immigration system. So many so that I sometimes refer to the latter as ‘just in time’ slavery.

    The slave dealer’s ‘product’, from a financial point of view, is simply systematically unpaid for (ie stolen) labor from a physically owned (ie ‘chattel’) person, a slave. The purchaser of the same, the would be slave owner, pays a premium to the slave dealer for this ‘product’.

    The ‘inventorying’ of this stolen labor in the form of the chattel slave(s) is the rub, the hassle, for both the dealer and owner. Shipping, warehousing, clothing, and feeding, all have to be provided and paid for, irrespective of how poorly it might be accomplished.

    [MORE]

    Since the advent in the US of the ‘cheap labor’/mass immigration system in the first half of the nineteenth century, the former would be slave dealer (ie the historic owners of the boats) now provides this product of systematically unpaid for (ie stolen) labor in the form of the ‘immigrant(s)’ who now pay their own way to the sometimes figurative boat owners of today for the privilege.

    No longer does the would be slave dealer have to ‘warehouse’ the unsold, or yet to be sold, inventory (the slaves) as before, or provide for their sustenance in chain gangs of slaves traveling the countryside to and fro hoping to find a buyer.

    Similarly, with the immigrant (ie the so called ‘cheap labor’), the would be slave purchaser no longer has to provide room and board, or, costly old age care past the slave’s productive years as before. When they no longer want this supply of unpaid for (stolen) labor, they simply fire the person, where they then often become a public charge.

    Indeed, with the cheap labor/mass immigration system, just about every last negative, both financially and physically, that the former would be chattel slave dealers and owners had formerly had to deal with, has now been safely ‘outsourced’ to the general public (you and I) to bear.

    As a source for the stolen labor, however, broken and defeated peoples are still required, just as before. Who else but such would be in this position?

    In the 19th century famine stricken and centuries long British occupied Ireland would do, or a war ravaged and opium addicted China. Today, it might be Communism crushed East Europeans/Baltics, or Latin Americans from under the boot of authoritarian oppression.

    Pure capitalism was applied to chattel slavery and it’s trade and resulted in today’s cheap labor/mass immigration system.

    In a word chattel slavery was monetized.

    Whether it’s a conscious or unconscious thing, this might help to explain the peculiar use of the term ‘stock’ (ie ‘migrant stock’) by progressives who claim to ‘care’ so much for the ‘immigrants’.

    The term ‘stock’ is first and foremost defined as ‘merchandise’.

    https://majorityrights.com/weblog/comments/a_virtual_round_the_world_voyage

    https://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/migration/data/estimates2/estimates15.asp

  237. Jack D says:
    @res

    There’s a big difference between saying that it’s plausible that he COULD have said these words or that a friend of a friend told me that he saw a letter with those words in it but the dog must have eaten it because he doesn’t have it anymore and ACTUALLY SAYING THOSE WORDS. There are lot of things that are somewhat plausible and yet totally false.

    • Agree: res
  238. S says:
    @res

    Worth noting that the Japanese were experiencing the difficulty of invading (and holding) much closer China at the time. They would have been well aware of the challenges involved.

    They were not even seriously considering invading scarcely populated Australia, rather just wanting to isolate it. So, yeah, a North American invasion was likely out of the equation.

    Prior to Midway I would think the biggest threat to the US mainland would have been aircraft carrier borne raid(s) upon the West Coast. Even that, due to distance, logistics, and circumstances, may not have been that practical/feasible for the Japanese.

    With four to five aircraft carriers respectively, and hundreds of aircraft, the Japanese had done some major damage to Darwin, Australia in February, 1942 and a little over a month later at Ceylon and vicinity in the Indian Ocean raid.

    Dozens of ships had been either sunk or damaged in each raid with few corresponding losses for the Japanese.

    Below is Darwin’s harbor during the Feb 19 raid. No, not an early Japanese A-bomb, but had enough, an ammunition ship going off after being struck by bombs.

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

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_raids_on_Australia,_1942–43

  239. @Wilkey

    Judaism is about identity not values. It’s core principle is “what’s in it for us?”

  240. anon[829] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    The rifle quote is totally bogus – something invented by NRA types. There is no record that he ever said anything like this.

    https://www.factcheck.org/2009/05/misquoting-yamamoto/

    That is why I wrote the words “attributed to”. Perhaps you could read more carefully in the future?

    The Japanese solution would have been to massacre the entire civilian population of any area that offered resistance.

    Yes, that is what they did in parts of China for various reasons. In the NW US that would work once, maybe twice. Then it would not work at all. Why do you suppose that is true?

    HINT: The supply lines from Japan to China and the supply lines from Japan to Oregon are — not the same. The supply lines from the interior of the US to Cannon Beach are…also different.

    Civilians armed with rifles can perhaps harass an occupying army but the military effect is nil unless they have organized assistance and support from elsewhere, including weapons heavier than rifles.

    What sort of heavy weapons would a Special Naval Landing Force have brought with them to Washington / Oregon? How much ammo would they have on the beachhead? For example, how many rounds of 75mm howitzer HE would they have, and what would that SNLF do when it was expended in the capture of Astoria or Seattle or Portland or Bremerton or whatever target?

    HINT: How did the campaign on Attu end in 1943?

    The Soviets were able to organize partisan forces in some occupied territory but while these forces were annoying to the Germans it’s hard to say that they were in any way decisive to the outcome of the war.

    Did the Germans have to cross a large ocean to get to the Soviets? There could be a clue in this question you are overlooking.

    The idea of American minutemen sniping at the Japs sounds like a juvenile Hollywood fantasy.

    Ok. You’ve gone on for a while about a mere aside. I’m sure you had a point, though. What was it, again?

  241. Moses says:
    @a reader

    We Jews can have Jewish schools.

    But if you Whites try to have White schools dat’s raycist. The SPLC will smear you and armed men will come and force nonWhites in at gunpoint.

    Identity and free association for Whites ist verboten.

    It’s good for the Jews. Y’all can turn into Cossacks in a heartbeat.

  242. Dr. Evil says:

    That’s correct. Mormonism is a proselytizing religion par excellence, Joseph Smith having started with 1 member (himself) circa 1830 in a time and place that was exceptionally open to religious experimentation (upstate NY in the early 19th century being to religion what Silicon Valley in the 2nd half of the 20th century was to microchips and LDS being the Apple of those religions) and the religion having grown in less than 200 years to millions.

    Mormonism is simply Christianity on steroids, and a little acid. (Or its 1830s equivalent).

  243. @Hail

    I prefer…

    Cinnamon buns and high, firm buns.

  244. Dr. Dutt, Lamont-Doherty’s diversity director, joined the Observatory 11 years ago as its only person of color in a leadership role. Since then she has led trainings for geoscientists on recognizing their implicit biases to foster a more racially inclusive environment.

    The irony is that all those bearded white guys went into the geosciences because the top of mountains is the best place to get away from people, especially people like Dr. Dutt.

  245. @nokangaroos

    This will only make things harder for those blacks and females who ARE capable – I mean would YOU believe them?

    They could join Mensa and use the Mensa member email address on their resume. Make sure to include a photo so that it’s seen as genuinely necessary ability differentiation and not just bragging.

    Maybe we need a top 5% organization that would serve to differentiate the talented tenth of blacks from the free-riders.

  246. @Morton's toes

    The acceptance rate to the big Petroleum Geology postgrad programs, IE Texas, Stanford, and Oklahoma, are in the single digits. So you’re factually wrong about that.

    Math competency in Geoscience is interesting, it is one of the areas where the typical gender divide is switched. Women are far more likely proportionally to be specialized in Geophysics, a very math heavy field, whereas men are more drawn to basic pick and hammer geology. I think this is due to the physical rigor of Geology as a field. I won’t go into detail but in my MS program, the research expeditions were very arduous– carrying heavy LIDARs and GPS receivers and XRF gear ten or fifteen miles a day, on your back, through high cold mountains or swamps with waist deep mud. I never saw a woman on one of the hardcore trips, they just couldn’t hack it. Then again, I couldn’t hack their crazy matrix math, so there you go.

    A geologist in general doesn’t need much math. Working in the oil patch, you’ll use some trig every day, take a first or second derivative about once a week, and that’s it. Maybe you’ll have to do differential equations fairly often as a geochemist. Extensive coding and programming skills is required for all branches though, at least for guys working for oil companies.

    Its funny to see this big push against Geoscience as not diverse, as there are more women in Geoscience proportionally than any other hard science outside of Biology. I guess that isn’t enough so we have to be loaded with non-whites too, for some reason. But Blacks and Hispanics and Asians barely hike, they are expected to tough out at least 6 years of tough academic preparation for a geological career? Unlikely.

    Still, it’s a great academic option for women though: program filled with fit, outdoorsy guys with great employment prospects. Competition for the limited women in the program was intense, they could definitely bat out of their league, and a young couple of geologists starting work will be making around 260k together, going up to about 600k in ten years.

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  247. artichoke says:

    Lorelei Curtin, a fifth-year Ph.D. student at Columbia University, said her earth science classes could be enriched by a greater focus on nonwhite and Indigenous histories and voices, given that “Indigenous people have a unique connection to the land.”

    What is she doing taking classes in her fifth year? Classes are two years at most. If she were any good she would have been defending by now.

  248. The acceptance rate to the big Petroleum Geology postgrad programs, IE Texas, Stanford, and Oklahoma, are in the single digits. So you’re factually wrong about that.

    I wasn’t referring to them. I was referring to those poor bastards who spend three seasons in Antarctica. They have a waiting list to do that now?

    Good for them but the students I do not congratulate. I would rather go to Nigeria.

    You could not pay me enough to go to Nigeria.

  249. artichoke says:
    @GeologyAnon

    I didn’t know geologists, not engineers or programmers, could make 130K out of school. But that’s with an MS. How is it with a BS? What do they want for undergrad preparation?

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