I don’t always write about hurricanes, but when I do, a lot of people get extremely worked up over it and point and sputter for years. For example, from The Nation:
The online magazine of the “intellectual dark web” is repackaging discredited race science.
By Donna Minkowitz DECEMBER 5, 2019
… While [Claire] Lehmann calls Quillette “independent,” “centrist,” and even “a community of liberal humanists,” the publication showcases racist pseudoscience purporting to show that people of color are intellectually and morally inferior to whites. Many of the writers of its race pieces are proponents of the Human Biodiversity Movement (HBD), a euphemistic name for a campaign to advance scientific racism launched in 1996 by Steve Sailer, a blogger for the white supremacist website VDare. (Sailer famously said that “in contrast to New Orleans, there was only minimal looting after the horrendous 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan—because, when you get down to it, Japanese aren’t blacks.”) Quillette contributors Ben Winegard, Bo Winegard, Brian Boutwell, and John Paul Wright have all either said they are part of the HBD movement or used the term to describe their own research. When asked to comment about why she publishes such writers, Lehmann said she rejected the premise of the question and did not elaborate further.
Similarly, a minor iSteve blogpost from 2015 about the impending arrival of record-setting Hurricane Patricia has been National News for a month now. From CNN:
Former Breitbart Editor: Stephen Miller is a white supremacist. I know, I was one too.
By Sara Sidner and Rachel Clarke, CNN
Updated 8:29 PM ET, Fri December 13, 2019
(CNN) She was already a racist when she took a publishing job in Washington, DC. But when she became a reporter for Breitbart News, Katie McHugh says she was taken to new depths of hate with the help of Stephen Miller. …
In October 2015, McHugh asked Miller if he thought a natural disaster in Mexico could drive people to the US border. He replied: “100 percent,” according to emails McHugh gave to the SPLC and then CNN.
He then raised the possibility that those potential migrants could be allowed to stay in the US with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) — the special category given to Haitian survivors of the devastating 2010 earthquake among others.
TPS is giving to citizens of countries who are unable to safely return because of an environmental disaster, a war or extraordinary conditions that are temporary.
“Wow. Ok. Is there precedent for this?” McHugh asked, to which Miller responded with a link to an article on an extremist website that promotes the racist “great replacement” theory that white people are facing genocide.
McHugh told CNN: “I do want to emphasize … that those emails are now White House policy.”
Personally, what I find shocking about the Scandal-Plagued Southern Poverty Law Center’s revelation that Stephen Miller forwarded two of my posts is how few that is. I practically worked myself into the hospital in 2015, putting on about 20 pounds in the wake of Merkel’s Mistake. I wrote a ton of great stuff and Miller forwarded only two of them?
That got me wondering: Whatever happened to Hurricane Patricia anyway? It turns out, by good luck, it happened to hit a lightly populated, mountainous part of Mexico and not do anywhere near as much damage as forecasters had expected. From Wikipedia:
Hurricane Patricia was the most intense tropical cyclone on record worldwide in terms of wind speed and the second-most intense on record worldwide in terms of pressure, behind Typhoon Tip in 1979, with a minimum atmospheric pressure of 872 mbar (hPa; 25.75 inHg). … Exceptionally favorable environmental conditions fueled explosive intensification on October 22. A well-defined eye developed within an intense central dense overcast and Patricia grew from a tropical storm to a Category 5 hurricane in just 24 hours—a near-record pace. On October 23, the hurricane achieved its record peak intensity with maximum sustained winds of 215 mph (345 km/h). This made it the most intense tropical cyclone on record in the Western Hemisphere and the strongest globally in terms of one-minute maximum sustained winds.
But just after I posted on it, things turned toward the better:
Late on October 23, dramatic weakening ensued and Patricia made landfall near Cuixmala, Jalisco, with winds of 150 mph (240 km/h). This made it the strongest landfalling hurricane on record along the Pacific coast of Mexico. Patricia continued to weaken extremely quickly, faster than it had intensified, as it interacted with the mountainous terrain of Mexico. Within 24 hours of moving ashore, Patricia weakened into a tropical depression and dissipated soon thereafter, late on October 24. …
As a tropical cyclone, Patricia’s effects in Mexico were tremendous; however, the affected areas were predominantly rural, mitigating a potential large-scale disaster.
My 1998 Infiniti I30 still runs well, but it now has 264,531 miles on it. The leather upholstery is completely shot, and the driver’s seat is so broke down that it’s severely uncomfortable for more than a 15 minute drive. The airbag warning light has been on for several years now, because who knows whether the airbags would still work in a crash after almost 22 years.
I’d appreciate your advice on what kind of vehicle to buy. Basically, I want a Dignified Old Man’s Car that I can drive until I’m, say, 75. I like a smooth ride.
I guess the basic decision is between getting a traditional sedan and a 2-row SUV. We hope to keep running our 2001 3-row Honda Odyssey minivan. It’s hugely useful about 3 times per year for hauling massive amounts of stuff, although my wife deserves a nicer car for daily driving too. But the cloth upholstery on the Odyssey is in fine shape after about 120,000 miles, so replacing my Infiniti sedan is the higher priority.
The American public prefers SUVs over sedans these days. I tend to lean toward the old-fashioned sedan, but I’ve trained myself to be a counter-contrarian. If most people think a taller vehicle is better, I take their opinion seriously. What do you think?
Another question is how useful is the 2020 high tech safety equipment? I haven’t been involved in a single fender-bender since the 1970s, but I suspect I’ve been more lucky than talented as a driver. I can think of several situations over the years in which I’ve made a mistake and only the alert driving of other people has averted an accident.
So the idea of robotic sensors that can keep me from making a mistake is appealing in the abstract. On the other hand, an old dog doesn’t learn new tricks all that well, and I wonder whether the new gizmos would be more distracting than helpful. What is your experience with recent cars with their new sensors?
The most expensive option on new cars is typically a heads-up display that projects your speed and GPS directions on the bottom of your windshield. Is this useful or a distraction?
Other questions are whether all wheel drive is worth the additional cost and worse gas mileage. It never snows here in Southern California, gasoline is about 50% more expensive here than nationally, and I’m unlikely to renew my early 20s interest in skiing. On the other hand, I like safety.
Lately, I haven’t been doing any off-roading, although I could imagine getting into driving dirt roads again. (Basically, since 2015 I haven’t done much of anything except blog.)
Leather or cloth upholstery? The Honda Odyssey’s cloth upholstery has been excellent.
Which brands? I actually have a quite good mechanic nearby, but I’d prefer reliability. I want majority American value-added.
What other issues are important in deciding upon a new car?
December is one of the three months of the year (along with April and August) when I hassle you for donations.
Large or small, I find each to be a personal message of encouragement to keep doing what I’m doing. I more or less figured out the basic logic of the 21st Century, which hasn’t made me popular, but with your support I can keep on keeping on pointing out how the world works.
Here are eight ways for you to contribute to me, iSteve:
First: You can use Paypal (non-tax deductible) by going to the page on my old blog here. Paypal accepts most credit cards. Contributions can be either one-time only, monthly, or annual. (Monthly is nice.)
Second: You can mail a non-tax deductible donation to:
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Third: You can make a tax deductible contribution via VDARE by clicking here.
Please don’t forget to click my name at the VDARE site so the money goes to me:
VDARE has been kiboshed from use of Paypal for being, I dunno, EVIL. But you can give via credit cards, Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin, check, money order, or stock.
Note: the VDARE site goes up and down on its own schedule, so if this link stops working, please let me know.
Fourth: if you have a Wells Fargo bank account, you can transfer money to me (with no fees) via Wells Fargo SurePay/Zelle. Just tell WF SurePay/Zelle to send the money to my ancient AOL email address steveslrAT aol.com — replace the AT with the usual @). (Non-tax deductible.) Please note, there is no 2.9% fee like with Paypal or Google Wallet, so this is good for large contributions.
Fifth: if you have a Chase bank account (or even other bank accounts), you can transfer money to me (with no fees) via Chase QuickPay/Zelle (FAQ). Just tell Chase QuickPay/Zelle to send the money to my ancient AOL email address (steveslrATaol.com — replace the AT with the usual @). If Chase asks for the name on my account, it’s StevenSailer with an n at the end of Steven. (Non-tax deductible.) There is no 2.9% fee like with Paypal or Google Wallet, so this is also good for large contributions.
Sixth: send money via the Paypal-like Google Wallet to my Gmail address (that’s isteveslrATgmail .com — replace the AT with a @). (Non-tax deductible.)
Seventh: [Warning: Does this still work?] You can use Bitcoin using Coinbase. Coinbase payments are not tax deductible. Below are links to two Coinbase pages of mine. This first is if you want to enter a U.S. dollar-denominated amount to pay me.
This second is if you want to enter a Bitcoin-denominated amount. (Remember one Bitcoin is currently worth many U.S. dollars.)
If Coinbase isn’t working, what other Bitcoin intermediaries would you recommend? My goal is to not get audited by the IRS. The SPLC has been out to get me via the IRS for about 15 years, so I am fastidious about paying my taxes. For several years, Coinbase instantly transformed any Bitcoin donations into cash so I didn’t have to worry about the cost basis of capital gains on Bitcoin, but instead just reported income.
Eighth: At one reader’s request, I recently added Square as an 8th fundraising medium, although I’m vague on how it works. If you want to use Square, send me an email telling me how much to send you an invoice for. Or, if you know an easier way for us to use Square, please let me know.