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Last week, I called my Taki’s MagazineOccam’s Rubber Room,” explaining:

About a decade ago, I coined the term Occam’s Butterknife to characterize the contemporary liberal insistence upon implausibly convoluted explanations.

But now that race man Ta-Nehisi Coates is back with a giant article in The Atlantic about “The Enduring Myth of Black Criminality,” I need a more all-encompassing term to describe this increasingly fashionable rejection of reality. Let’s try: Occam’s Rubber Room.

But now that it’s too late, I realize I should have used the “Ockham” spelling and contrasted it with H.P. Lovecraft’s Arkham, Massachusetts, home of the university that finances the expedition in At the Mountains of Madness. The Batman series then created Arkham Asylum, from which The Joker routinely escapes.

Oh, well …

UPDATE: A few hours after I posted this, TNC announced he has been signed by Marvel * to write The Black Panther comic book. Like I’ve been saying, TNC’s cognitive strengths run less to Ockham’s Razor and more to Arkham’s Rubber Room.

* Yes, I know Arkham Asylum is in the DC rather than Marvel universe.

 
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  1. “The Batman series then created Arkham Asylum, from which The Joker routinely escapes.”

    Well as a long time comic book follower, I think it important to state that the Joker only stays in Arkham as long as he thinks it is funny, and not an instant longer.

    This is canon.

  2. It’s a Borges, Borges world, or something.

    It’s iStevian.

    Kliban: Angled saxaphone, Anglo Saxon — more than coincidence?

  3. Well this is one of those geek jokes that have you nerds spitting milk through your nose while banging you knee and doing that nerd laughter thing:

    But wiki has this about the Asylum:

    “Arkham Asylum does not have a good record, at least with regard to the high-profile cases—patients, such as the Joker, are frequently shown escaping at will—and those who are considered to no longer be mentally unwell and discharged tend to re-offend. Furthermore, several staff members, including its founder, Dr. Amadeus Arkham, and director Dr. Jeremiah Arkham, as well as staff members Dr. Harleen Quinzel, Lyle Bolton and, in some incarnations, Drs. Jonathan Crane and Hugo Strange, have become mentally unwell, too.”

  4. Hokum’s Taser is what PC is about.

    PC hokum tases anyone who notices and anything that is too fuc*ing obvious.

    http://takimag.com/article/the_diary_of_ann_coulter_jim_goad/print#axzz3mPjTtYqq

  5. Merkel’s picnic.

    Merkel’s Tarzan call to the Third World

    Camp of Aints

  6. Not that long ago I remember The Atlantic being a quality magazine devoid of overt leftist extremism. Was the Atlantic’s shift into sophistic degeneracy gradual or was it more rapid?

    • Replies: @Clyde

    Not that long ago I remember The Atlantic being a quality magazine devoid of overt leftist extremism. Was the Atlantic’s shift into sophistic degeneracy gradual or was it more rapid?
     
    I agree, that at least it used to have a few readable articles. Today it slants more left with lots more high brow fluff these days. The print edition is very slick. I have a liberal friend who gives them to me. But they are worthless. He also gives me his old copies of the New Yorker which is much better and still has some good content. For sure they will have something on The Pope's visit which will be enjoyable despite the liberal tinge.
  7. • Replies: @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    Thank you, Anon, for this clip (comment #7) of the late Orson Welles talking about the even later Ernest Hemingway, but what is its relevance to William of Ockham/Arkham?
    (By the way, my email (Outlook) spell checker knows that "Ernest Hemingway" is spelled with one "m", but marks "Orson" as a misspelling. Microsoft favors Hemingway over Welles?)
  8. Germany takes in blitzkrieg from Third World hunts down 90 yr Nazi women.

    This no longer looks like parody.

    Germany: Welcome barbarians, rot and die in jail old white people.

    Open the door. Refugees are here.

  9. OT: BMW decided to conduct criminal background checks on employees at its plant in South Carolina.

    http://www.ohioemployerlawblog.com/2015/09/bmw-settles-eeoc-background-check.html

    The background check was conducted fairly, but it produces a forbidden result: (80% of those with positive background checks were black.)

    The federal government sued BMW and BMW has now settled for cash and by agreeing to “offer employment to 56 of the claimants and up to an additional 90 other African-American applicants identified by the EEOC”

    This is a small part of becoming a banana republic or a corrupt African-style economy: 90 people will get hired, as the result of some opaque connections to their homeboys at the EEOC office.

    • Replies: @Hapalong Cassidy
    Well, now I know not to buy a BMW SUV. And I think it is still only the SUVs that are made in South Carolina. The cars are mostly made in Germany.
  10. In the tropics, the ecological conditions are such that most of the farmwork is done by women. But since African women largely bring home the bacon, they are less likely to choose mates who are boring but hardworking providers. Instead, because they are going to be paying for their pleasure, they tend to choose sexy bad boys.

    Please share this article by using the link below. When you cut and paste an article, Taki’s Magazine misses out on traffic, and our writers don’t get paid for their work.

    http://takimag.com/article/occams_rubber_room_steve_sailer/print#ixzz3mStx0wqG

  11. I think you had it right the first time. Adding an extra joke just muddies the waters. Ockham’s Rubber Room doesn’t need an explanation.

    Arkham’s Rubber Room has no apparent connection to the meaning of the joke. It sounds like nonsense to most, an unrelated Lovecraft reference to many, an unrelated Batman reference to some.

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    Ockham’s Rubber Room doesn’t need an explanation.

    Arkham’s Rubber Room has no apparent connection to the meaning of the joke.

     

    See:

    I realize I should have used the “Ockham” spelling
     
    Note, he doesn't say "I should have said Arkham’s Rubber Room"
    , @Trumpenprole
    How about Occam's Asylum. Changing the original spelling adds nothing.
  12. By this logic, every German who worked during the Nazi era or followed orders should be tried.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/21/german-woman-charged-nazi-allegations-auschwitz-death-camp

  13. @Chip Haddock
    I think you had it right the first time. Adding an extra joke just muddies the waters. Ockham's Rubber Room doesn't need an explanation.

    Arkham's Rubber Room has no apparent connection to the meaning of the joke. It sounds like nonsense to most, an unrelated Lovecraft reference to many, an unrelated Batman reference to some.

    Ockham’s Rubber Room doesn’t need an explanation.

    Arkham’s Rubber Room has no apparent connection to the meaning of the joke.

    See:

    I realize I should have used the “Ockham” spelling

    Note, he doesn’t say “I should have said Arkham’s Rubber Room”

    • Replies: @ChrisZ
    How about just "Occam Asylum"? Doesn't stray too far from Rubber Room, and has a pleasing, familiar ring.
  14. @AndrewR
    Not that long ago I remember The Atlantic being a quality magazine devoid of overt leftist extremism. Was the Atlantic's shift into sophistic degeneracy gradual or was it more rapid?

    Not that long ago I remember The Atlantic being a quality magazine devoid of overt leftist extremism. Was the Atlantic’s shift into sophistic degeneracy gradual or was it more rapid?

    I agree, that at least it used to have a few readable articles. Today it slants more left with lots more high brow fluff these days. The print edition is very slick. I have a liberal friend who gives them to me. But they are worthless. He also gives me his old copies of the New Yorker which is much better and still has some good content. For sure they will have something on The Pope’s visit which will be enjoyable despite the liberal tinge.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    The Atlantic went rapidly downhill after it editor Michael Kelly (sp?) was killed in Iraq in 2003 while embedded with our troops.

    Here's what he wrote about Clinton: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1129&dat=19980205&id=OuhRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=CXADAAAAIBAJ&pg=7120,4364623&hl=en
    , @Ed
    Both magazines have deteriorated, but the New Yorker has always been a better magazine than the Atlantic, despite pretty much both magazines having the same readership. The New Yorker historically has been able to do humor, for example. So its not surprising that if they both decline, the New Yorker will retain decent content for much longer.
  15. Isn’t Arkham where Chapo was held?

  16. And don’t forget about Arkham Press, which published lots of great horror and sci-fi. For example, they published Ray Bradbury’s first book Dark Carnival in 1947.

    Jim Given

  17. @Clyde

    Not that long ago I remember The Atlantic being a quality magazine devoid of overt leftist extremism. Was the Atlantic’s shift into sophistic degeneracy gradual or was it more rapid?
     
    I agree, that at least it used to have a few readable articles. Today it slants more left with lots more high brow fluff these days. The print edition is very slick. I have a liberal friend who gives them to me. But they are worthless. He also gives me his old copies of the New Yorker which is much better and still has some good content. For sure they will have something on The Pope's visit which will be enjoyable despite the liberal tinge.

    The Atlantic went rapidly downhill after it editor Michael Kelly (sp?) was killed in Iraq in 2003 while embedded with our troops.

    Here’s what he wrote about Clinton: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1129&dat=19980205&id=OuhRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=CXADAAAAIBAJ&pg=7120,4364623&hl=en

  18. Uh-Oh! Part LVII!

    Benji has a message for y’all, he says; “Unzistas, regress to Deez Nuttz!”

    http://www.bustle.com/articles/103121-who-are-ben-carsons-children-the-republican-presidential-hopeful-is-the-father-of-three-accomplished-sons

    • Replies: @another fred
    Regression to the mean does not mean regression to an ethnic, racial, national, or neighborhood mean.

    It means regression to the mean of your near ancestors.
  19. @penntothal
    OT: BMW decided to conduct criminal background checks on employees at its plant in South Carolina.

    http://www.ohioemployerlawblog.com/2015/09/bmw-settles-eeoc-background-check.html

    The background check was conducted fairly, but it produces a forbidden result: (80% of those with positive background checks were black.)

    The federal government sued BMW and BMW has now settled for cash and by agreeing to "offer employment to 56 of the claimants and up to an additional 90 other African-American applicants identified by the EEOC"

    This is a small part of becoming a banana republic or a corrupt African-style economy: 90 people will get hired, as the result of some opaque connections to their homeboys at the EEOC office.

    Well, now I know not to buy a BMW SUV. And I think it is still only the SUVs that are made in South Carolina. The cars are mostly made in Germany.

  20. @Anon
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyTi9v9QPxE

    Thank you, Anon, for this clip (comment #7) of the late Orson Welles talking about the even later Ernest Hemingway, but what is its relevance to William of Ockham/Arkham?
    (By the way, my email (Outlook) spell checker knows that “Ernest Hemingway” is spelled with one “m”, but marks “Orson” as a misspelling. Microsoft favors Hemingway over Welles?)

  21. @Clyde

    Not that long ago I remember The Atlantic being a quality magazine devoid of overt leftist extremism. Was the Atlantic’s shift into sophistic degeneracy gradual or was it more rapid?
     
    I agree, that at least it used to have a few readable articles. Today it slants more left with lots more high brow fluff these days. The print edition is very slick. I have a liberal friend who gives them to me. But they are worthless. He also gives me his old copies of the New Yorker which is much better and still has some good content. For sure they will have something on The Pope's visit which will be enjoyable despite the liberal tinge.

    Both magazines have deteriorated, but the New Yorker has always been a better magazine than the Atlantic, despite pretty much both magazines having the same readership. The New Yorker historically has been able to do humor, for example. So its not surprising that if they both decline, the New Yorker will retain decent content for much longer.

  22. @Anonymous

    Ockham’s Rubber Room doesn’t need an explanation.

    Arkham’s Rubber Room has no apparent connection to the meaning of the joke.

     

    See:

    I realize I should have used the “Ockham” spelling
     
    Note, he doesn't say "I should have said Arkham’s Rubber Room"

    How about just “Occam Asylum”? Doesn’t stray too far from Rubber Room, and has a pleasing, familiar ring.

  23. The New Yorker seems to be sliding too in the past year or so. Considerabely
    more liberally tinged than I rememberr. Seem obsessed with Trump with mentions
    of him everywhere including the latest review of the fictional work of Herbert Ashbury!
    Renewl time is coming around and I likely will not renew for the first time in 20 years.

    http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-forgotten-crime-novels-of-herbert-asbury

    Of course, given the rhetoric lately heard from certain Presidential candidates, Asbury’s books have a regrettable sort of timeliness.

  24. @Chip Haddock
    I think you had it right the first time. Adding an extra joke just muddies the waters. Ockham's Rubber Room doesn't need an explanation.

    Arkham's Rubber Room has no apparent connection to the meaning of the joke. It sounds like nonsense to most, an unrelated Lovecraft reference to many, an unrelated Batman reference to some.

    How about Occam’s Asylum. Changing the original spelling adds nothing.

  25. I still like Ockham Sock ‘Em Robots.

    They’d also come with the ultimate leftist seal of approval: “by Marx!”

    The boys in the commercial are about Obama’s age.

  26. Not completely off-topic: Ta-Nahesi Coates to write a Black Panther comic.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Thanks.

    Extremely on-topic, in fact.

  27. @Hereward
    Not completely off-topic: Ta-Nahesi Coates to write a Black Panther comic.

    Thanks.

    Extremely on-topic, in fact.

  28. I must put forth the following as a possible useful phrase as Occam’s Razor is:

    Ahmed’s (Achmed’s, Akmed’s) Clock: an innocent object presented in such a way to be dangerous that it calls forth a great deal of ‘over-reaction’, and brings notoriety to the ‘offender’.

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
  29. Has anyone tried Occam’s Depilatory?

  30. @Truth
    Uh-Oh! Part LVII!

    Benji has a message for y'all, he says; "Unzistas, regress to Deez Nuttz!"

    http://www.bustle.com/articles/103121-who-are-ben-carsons-children-the-republican-presidential-hopeful-is-the-father-of-three-accomplished-sons

    Regression to the mean does not mean regression to an ethnic, racial, national, or neighborhood mean.

    It means regression to the mean of your near ancestors.

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