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Bill Clinton’s ceremony in the White House Rose Garden on June 26, 2000 celebrating the “completion” of the Human Genome Project was one of the more influential milestones in both the overselling of genetic knowledge as the key to rapid advancement of medicine, and the concoction of the conventional wisdom that Science Has Proved that Race Does Not Exist.

Reading through the transcripts, it strikes me that giving entrepreneur Craig Venter the anchorman spot in the lineup is what caused so many to remember Clinton and Francis Collins as also endorsing the new dogma, even though their remarks were blander and more ambiguous. It’s Venter who bears the greatest blame for the Race Does Not Exist Genetically know-nothingism of the 21st Century.

Remarks Made by the President, Prime Minister Tony Blair of England (via satellite), Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, and Dr. Craig Venter, President and Chief Scientific Officer, Celera Genomics Corporation, on the Completion of the First Survey of the Entire Human Genome Project

June 26, 2000
10:19 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: … We are here to celebrate the completion of the first survey of the entire human genome. Without a doubt, this is the most important, most wondrous map ever produced by humankind.

.. It was not even 50 years ago that a young Englishman named Crick and a brash even younger American named Watson, first discovered the elegant structure of our genetic code. Dr. Watson, the way you announced your discovery in the journal Nature, was one of the great understatements of all time. “This structure has novel features, which are of considerable biological interest.” (Laughter) Thank you, sir. (Applause)

James D. Watson hadn’t been canceled yet, so he was there in a place of honor that day.

… And we must guarantee that genetic information cannot be used to stigmatize or discriminate against any individual or group.

… All of us are created equal, entitled to equal treatment under the law. After all, I believe one of the great truths to emerge from this triumphant expedition inside the human genome is that in genetic terms, all human beings, regardless of race, are more than 99.9 percent the same.

What that means is that modern science has confirmed what we first learned from ancient fates. The most important fact of life on this Earth is our common humanity. …

Now, it is my great pleasure to turn to my friend, Prime Minister Tony Blair …

And, on a personal note, I can’t help but think that the year of your son’s birth will always be remembered for the remarkable achievements we announce today. I think his life expectancy has just gone up by about 25 years. (Laughter)

So far, not so good …

Clinton and Blair then yapped for awhile about globalism. Then Francis Collins of the government effort came on:

DR. COLLINS: … So there is much to celebrate. But I have to tell you that this morning is also a bitter-sweet experience for me, personally. Less than 24 hours ago, I attended the funeral of my beloved sister-in-law, a wonderful marionette artist who brought magic and joy to thousands of children with her art. She died much too soon of breast cancer. The hope and promise of understanding all of the genes in the genome and applying this knowledge to the development of powerful new tools came just too late for her.

How are we doing on curing cancer through genetics anyway? It can’t hurt … but it sure hasn’t been a quick home run like many thought 20 years ago. It’s almost as if your genes didn’t evolve to kill you.

… I particularly welcome the opportunity to celebrate this moment jointly with our scientific colleagues at Celera Genomics, and I wish to express my personal gratitude to Dr. Craig Venter for his openness in the cooperative planning process that led to this joint announcement. I congratulate him and his team on the work done at Celera, which uses an elegant and innovative strategy that is highly complementary to the approach taken by the public project. Much will be learned from a comparison of the two.

I’m happy that today, the only race we are talking about is the human race. (Applause)

The last line was actually a joke about the stressful competition between Collins’ slow-moving government behemoth and Venter’s more nimble private venture. But I suspect a lot of people took it to mean that Race Does Not Exist, especially after Venter’s speech:

DR. VENTER: … The method used by Celera has determined the genetic code of five individuals. We have sequenced the genome of three females and two males, who have identified themselves has Hispanic, Asian, Caucasian or African American. We did this sampling not in an exclusionary way, but out of respect for the diversity that is America, and to help illustrate that the concept of race has no genetic or scientific basis.

In the five Celera genomes, there is no way to tell one ethnicity from another.

This might have been the most influential (and dumb-downing) sentence of the whole whoop-tee-doo.

Obviously, today we have an entire industry devoted to telling you what your ancestral ethnicities are down to 3 significant digits. But a huge number of people don’t seem to to have noticed that what they took on faith on June 26, 2000 was almost immediately rendered ridiculous.

Ironically, Dr. Venter was mostly lying, both on the macro level and the micro level: the first human genome mapped was actually largely his own. From the New York Times two years later:

Scientist Reveals Secret of Genome: It’s His
By Nicholas Wade
April 27, 2002

When scientists at Celera Genomics announced two years ago that they had decoded the human genome, they said the genetic data came from anonymous donors and presented it as a universal human map. But the scientist who led the effort, Dr. J. Craig Venter, now says that the genome decoded was largely his own.

Society and medicine treats us all as members of populations, where as individuals we are all unique, and population statistics do not apply. …

But in 2000, Venter went on:

I would like to particularly acknowledge Charles DeLisi from the Department of Energy, and Jim Watson from Cold Spring Harbor, both here, for their vision in helping to initiate the Genome Project. …

The genome sequence represents a new starting point for science and medicine, with potential impact on every disease. Taking the example, cancer, each day approximately 2,000 die in America from cancer. As a consequence of the genome efforts that you’ve heard described by Dr. Collins and myself this morning, and the research that will be catalyzed by this information, there’s at least the potential to reduce the number of cancer deaths to zero during our lifetimes.

How’s that working out anyway? Dr. Venter is still alive at 73, so it could happen.

… However, I am concerned, as many of you are, that there are some who will want to use this new knowledge as a basis of discrimination. A CNN-Time poll this morning reported that 46 percent of Americans polled believe that the impact of the Human Genome Project will be negative. We must work together toward higher science literacy and the wise use of our common heritage.

I know from personal discussions with the President over the past several years, and his comments here this morning, that genetic discrimination has been one of his major concerns about the impact of the genomic revolution. While those who will base social decisions on genetic reductionism will be ultimately defeated by science, new laws to protect us from genetic discrimination are critical in order to maximize the medical benefits from genome discoveries. …

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you both for those remarkable statements. I suppose, in closing, the most important thing I could do is to associate myself with Dr. Venter’s last statement. When we get this all worked out and we’re all living to be 150 — (Laughter) — young people will still fall in love, old people will still fight about things that should have been resolved 50 years ago — (Laughter) — we will all, on occasion, do stupid things, and we will all see the unbelievable capacity of humanity to be noble. This is a great day.

Thank you very much. (Applause)

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  1. So smart, yet so stupid. Or is the word crafty? Did Venter see what was coming and protected himself?

  2. The Wokeviks need to get their story straight about the biological status of race. Their call for finding the alleged mass grave(s) of the black victims of Tulsa’s riot in 1921 assumes that modern forensic science can determine the race of whatever human bones might turn up.

    • Replies: @jimbo
    , @epebble
    , @Hypnotoad666
  3. Steve, I can’t recommend you read this article enough. It details how political concerns prohibit proper policing in London from an inside perspective.

    https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/to-save-black-lives-police-top-brass-must-face-reality

    • Thanks: Roderick Spode, res
    • Replies: @J.Ross
  4. Hey Steve. I just followed ‘Steve Sailer’ on parler, which has your photo, and you first and only comment is asking a question about ‘the greek aesthetic of the phallus’.

    I must admit I was a little surprised, but perhaps this has something to do with golf courses or baseball? I must admit my mind does tend to wander when you talk about these subjects.

  5. Ian Smith says:

    OT: a half black woman named Bernstein claims that four white men tried to burn her alive. I will eat my hat if there doesn’t turn out to be more to the story, to say the least.

    https://www.yahoo.com/gma/assault-18-old-biracial-woman-wisconsin-being-investigated-060100298–abc-news-topstories.html

  6. Anon[150] • Disclaimer says:

    OT

    These “lynchings” became national news stories, but the final resolutions seem to have returned to their local news story origins:

    Sheriff’s officials played for reporters a video from a nearby vacant building that showed Malcolm Harsch, 38, wrapping a blue electronics cable around his neck, tying the ends to a tree limb and then letting himself fall.

    The tree, rustling for several minutes before it became still, was adjacent to the tents where he and a former girlfriend lived in a dirt field, at Circle and Victor drives.

    Apparenty there are six of these “lynchings” now nationwide … I expect most of them are facially bogus, but upping the number helps to obfuscate the ones that are proven fake.

    Who knew: blacks sometimes kill themselves by hanging.

    Also, the NASCAR noose is finally revealed. It might actually be a hangman’s noose, but I need to check.

    https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/06/25/883432500/nascar-completes-noose-investigation-cant-determine-how-it-got-into-driver-s-gar

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Cloudbuster
    , @jackson
  7. Anon[646] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Also, the NASCAR noose is finally revealed. It might actually be a hangman’s noose, but I need to check.

    It matches a hangman’s noose I tied from a knot website, so it would seem to slide. Holding the wound part tends to break up the knot because the wound part pulls down and unravels; it’s not meant to be subjected to force that way. So it would not be the greatest door pull. You’d need to just pull the rope above the knot.

    • Replies: @Cloudbuster
    , @El Dato
  8. Even if you love Trump and hate the ACA, you have to admit that this is one of the stupidest “own goals” in recent political history.

    And great timing, too: right in the middle of a global pandemic. “Once again the Biden strategy of laying low while the Trump Administration digs its own grave pays off.”

    • Agree: El Dato, Kyle
    • Replies: @Anon
    , @AnotherDad
  9. anonymous[400] • Disclaimer says:

    Ironically, Dr. Venter was mostly lying

    This is something many people can’t get through their heads, that the people in white lab coats often lie, are sometimes academic frauds, or very commonly follow political lines since that’ll keep the funding coming. They’re not necessarily dispassionate followers of the facts.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  10. One aspect of Venter’s company Celera that is forgotten is that it was a poster-child of stock market manipulation – its share price went up like Elon Musk’s rockets until commercial reality drove it down.

    • Replies: @Forbes
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  12. El Dato says:

    In the five Celera genomes, there is no way to tell one ethnicity from another.

    Technically true, as they couldn’t have performed cluster analysis yet.

    Off-topic: Knifes descending in the UK: Several injured amid reports of stabbing attack in Glasgow as police swarm city center

    On-topic: Hmmm… DNA looks suspiciously White-Supremacist to me. It’s like a long string of shouty 88s.

  13. dearieme says:

    It pays to be suspicious of anyone who voluntarily associates with Slick Willie or Toni Blair.

  14. so many to remember Clinton and Francis Collins as also endorsing the new dogma, even though their remarks were blander and more ambiguous

    Bill Clinton endorsed the new dogma when he spoke at the Harvard commencement in 2007.

    When the human genome was sequenced…the most interesting thing to me was the discovery that human beings with their three billion genes are 99.9 percent identical genetically. So if you look around this vast crowd today, at the military caps and the baseball caps and the cowboy hats and the turbans, if you look at all the different colors of skin, all the heights, all the widths, all the everything—it’s all rooted in one-tenth of 1 percent of our genetic make-up. Don’t you think it’s interesting that not just people you find appalling, but all the rest of us, spend 90 percent of our lives thinking about that one-tenth of 1 percent?

    https://www.harvardmagazine.com/2007/07/i-see-you.html

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  15. Bill Clinton’s ceremony in the White House Rose Garden on June 26, 2000 celebrating the “completion” of the Human Genome Project…

    …had the Arkansas voters of 1928 rolling in their graves. The youngest would have been 93 in 2000, but many lived to see this:

    https://en.m.wikisource.org/wiki/Epperson_v._Arkansas

  16. Anonymous[195] • Disclaimer says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Bill Clinton endorsed the new dogma when he spoke at the Harvard commencement in 2007.

    Didn’t Bill Clinton once also endorse, even celebrate, the displacement of White people by non-Whites?

  17. Don’t you think it’s interesting that not just people you find appalling, but all the rest of us, spend 90 percent of our lives thinking about that one-tenth of 1 percent?

    I think I know what President Clinton was thinking about 90 percent of the time.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
  18. Anon[998] • Disclaimer says:

    OT

    https://www.wired.com/story/algorithm-predicts-criminality-based-face-sparks-furor/

    Paper on AI system that predicts criminality from a photo alone is pre-memory holed by Springer after the release of a “we the undersigned” letter from irate Twitter academics and camp followers.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @YetAnotherAnon
    , @res
  19. Mr. Anon says:

    DR. VENTER: … The method used by Celera has determined the genetic code of five individuals. We have sequenced the genome of three females and two males, who have identified themselves has Hispanic, Asian, Caucasian or African American. We did this sampling not in an exclusionary way, but out of respect for the diversity that is America, and to help illustrate that the concept of race has no genetic or scientific basis.

    In the five Celera genomes, there is no way to tell one ethnicity from another.

    Or to translate from the language of arrogant science-triumphalism: I just made a sweeping conclusion based on five data points drawn from a sample of 6.1 billion. If the races are genetically different (as indeed they are), how would you ever tell by looking at only five people?

    The whole way the Human Genome Project was sold to the public was a crock of crap anyway. It did not sequence “the human genome”. It sequenced the genome of a handful of people. This is akin to the way that anthropologists will announce a find of some ancient skeleton and say “this is the ancestor of all modern humans” when of course they have absolutely no way of knowing that.

  20. If race is a “social construct”, as in it doesn’t exist, then how can anyone or anything be racist. We need a new word… I will offer “construtist” and “construtism” but I know iStevers can do better than me.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Forbes
  21. OT:

    Noticing in action in the Spectator:
    https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-outrage-over-bournemouth-beach-contains-a-grain-of-deceit

    It has for some reason been warm in England so everybody went to the beach, causing the media to have a renewed Covid crisis complete with deceitful photos. The article provides contrasting pictures of Bournemouth beach, one telephoto and one not. You know the rest.

    I think we have a population of closet iSteve fans. Let’s rise together!

    (Also, the ‘preview comment’ button doesn’t work)

  22. anon[403] • Disclaimer says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    If race is a “social construct”, as in it doesn’t exist, then how can anyone or anything be racist.

    Because dialectic and rhetoric are not the same thing.

    • Agree: Prester John
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  23. Vinnie O says:

    It was twenty years ago today
    That Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play
    They’ve been going in and out of style
    But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile
    So may I introduce to you
    The act you’ve known for all these years?
    Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band!!!

  24. still no Medicine Nobel for Venter. they could still do it, sometimes they wait until the guy is almost dead before calling. i give it a 50-50 on Venter.

    isn’t it convenient though that they don’t award it if you’re dead. “Oh, he’s dead. What a pity. Well, we’ll give it to a less deserving guy now.”

    imagine if Medal Of Honor frequently went to the guy who hid in the back, saved by the guy who died to protect the squad.

  25. OT – another mass stabbing in the UK (Glasgow), three dead plus the stabber I think (reports vary), several poorly including a policeman.

    Took place in asylum seekers ho(s)tel. Initial reports (I think the BBC said it then pulled it) said the stabber was a Brazilian called Edson Arantes do Nascimento, I think someone was winding the youthful BBC reporter up.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pel%C3%A9

    • Replies: @El Dato
  26. JerryC says:
    @Ian Smith

    She says they were frat boys. Has anyone seen Haven Monahan lately?

  27. @Ian Smith

    Lmao they look like rugburns, I wonder if she thinks it’s called rugburn causes the same kind of damage as burns from a fire

  28. jimbo says:
    @advancedatheist

    That reminds me – does anyone have any links to any sites that explain what actually happened in Tulsa in 1920? I am assuming the emerging narrative that we will all be forced to commemorate endlessly is out and out wrong or at least exaggerated, but it’s impossible to find any reality on the interwebs…

  29. Goatweed says:

    Can we encourage Steve or Ron to sell Titania McGrath tee shirts or …?

    Great ice breaker.

  30. @Anon

    This is some funny shit:

    Phelps acknowledged the investigation’s findings prompt another question – how could [the noose] have gone unnoticed by so many people in October 2019 and this past Sunday morning. The noose wasn’t reported to a NASCAR official until late Sunday.

    “Our ultimate conclusion for this investigation is to ensure this never happens again,” Phelps said, “that no one walks by a noose without recognizing the potential damage it can do.”

    I presume the potential damage they are talking about is not that someone would slip and accidentally hang themselves, which seems like a Final Destination level of absurdity.

    If a suspiciously knotted rope gets you 15 FBI agents, I will expect at least 20 next time I have some property damage at one of my rentals.

    “The world saw our true colors,” Phelps said, “and it made us all incredibly proud.”

    They misspelled “sick.”

  31. @Anon

    There is a knot almost identical to a hangman’s noose called a cavalry knot, the only difference being that it doesn’t slip, so would make a better doorpull.

  32. anon[428] • Disclaimer says:

    O/T

    White Kansas State student makes edgy tweet about George Floyd. University admins currently figuring out how to expel him. Washington Post covers the story.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2020/06/26/kansas-state-players-demand-action-after-students-offensive-tweet-about-george-floyd/

    • Replies: @anon
  33. Muggles says:
    @KL

    >>Washington Post says not dating interracially is racist.<<

    Aside from not caring what Jeff Bezos & flunkies think, recently I read a survey about interracial dating and preferences.

    What is revealed is that black women were the least likely category to want to date a white person of the opposite sex.

    Assuming that survey was somewhat correct, this implies that black women are more racist than everyone else. As I recall black women expressed the highest reluctance to date a particular race (white) than all the others surveyed.

    Of course factual inconsistencies (black woman can't be racist, yet they dislike dating white men more than anyone else dislikes dating outside of their own race) is no problem for the WaPo propaganda department. I assume they don't care since obsession with facts is just another white racist thing.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  34. anon[124] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon

    Also, if you’re curious about how Twitter helps doxx people, this is a prime example. If you search on their app for the story, the top result is an unpopular post by a recently-created fake account identifying both the student’s mother and father’s name and workplace. Not even a highly biased algorithm could create this ranking. It was rigged by a moderator.

    Screenshoted it.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  35. Anon7 says:

    OT COVID: I’m tired of the lack of innovation from our leadership, especially the CDC.

    Why don’t companies and individuals use PAPR (Powered Air Purifying Respirator) devices that offer filtered air with positive air pressure that can be worn in any job situation? They can be powered by belt-worn batteries, and are entirely portable.

    People who work right next to each other in meat packing plants, or people who work in any crowded environment, people who work in crowded face-to-face situations, could all benefit.

    Not to push any particular product, but here’s a typical example.

    The CDC has a whole page of these devices that protect from Ebola:

    https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/topics/respirators/disp_part/paprtables.html

    There is an updated CDC page that covers Covid-19, and seems to indicate that they are effective.

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/powered-air-purifying-respirators-strategy.html

    I’m not an expert in this area. Why aren’t these in wide use by tens of millions of essential workers? Why isn’t there a push to manufacture these? Why shut down our economy if this can reduce your risk when at work to effectively zero?

    • Agree: Kyle
  36. This got big play in the media at the time. It was the top story on the evening news:

    The other top stories were Clinton’s phony budget surplus and … the Holocaust. Big surprise, huh?

  37. Anonymous[195] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon

    If race is a “social construct”, as in it doesn’t exist, then how can anyone or anything be racist.

    Because dialectic and rhetoric are not the same thing.

    What do you mean?

    • Replies: @anon
  38. El Dato says:
    @Anon

    Next: AI predicts probability of incoherent Twitter Shriek based on BMI and Problem Glasses Coefficient.

  39. El Dato says:
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Meanwhile, in a meeting near you….

  40. @Ian Smith

    Is anyone familiar with a lighter that stays lit after it is thrown? Was she driving a British car with the steering wheel on the other side? I’m asking because she claims the liquid was sprayed through the open driver’s window yet she has burns on the right side of her face and neck.

  41. El Dato says:
    @Anon

    But according to “internet sleuths” it’s definitely being used as garage door handle and that has been going on for some time, so to fit model to facts it must have a smaller https://www.animatedknots.com/figure-8-knot on the long line side to stop it from sliding.

    I really wouldn’t use that know but a https://www.animatedknots.com/bowline-knot ), so there.

  42. @KL

    This is the slippery slope to the mandatory miscegenation desired by Coudenhove-Kalergi enthusiasts, particularly for white women.

  43. Altai [AKA "Altai_2"] says:

    OT: Ygleasias is being hilarious again. The only man dumb enough to not understand the narrative he is pushing.

    Why are those most economically threatened by mass illegal migration from Mexico so steadfast in their support of the guy with the monopoly on ending mass illegal migration from Mexico? It’s so confusing.

    Why aren’t these working and underclass people as invested in the mass psychosis as the upper middle class?

    It’s like that episode of the Simpsons where the cult try to indoctrinate Homer into their complex theology but he is too dense to understand it and thus retains enough of his free will to eventually decide to leave. Matty doesn’t understand the narrative he is pushing and what is and isn’t just propaganda so he sometimes questions things he should know not to question. He really doesn’t understand why working and underclass Hispanics have such a problem with immigration. It couldn’t possibly do anything but make them richer! That’s what all these ‘reputable’ economists say!

    • Replies: @Prester John
    , @Ben tillman
  44. anon[427] • Disclaimer says:

    Have they finally found a use for this thing besides Ancestry.com?

    “The automated DNA sequencing facility is among the world’s largest genomics labs. Its technology descends from that which produced the first working draft of the human genome 20 years ago Friday.

    When COVID-19 started taking hold in the United States, scientists at the institute, affiliated with Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, realized its genome-reading machines could be repurposed to test patient samples for the coronavirus that causes the disease.

    Over the course of two weeks in March, the lab retooled. At a time when testing for the virus has been a critical failing in the U.S. response to the pandemic, Broad says it now has the capacity to run 35,000 tests per day.”
    https://www.voanews.com/science-health/20-years-human-genome-project-helps-drive-covid-19-research

  45. Anonymous[339] • Disclaimer says:
    @anonymous

    This is something many people can’t get through their heads, that the people in white lab coats often lie, are sometimes academic frauds, or very commonly follow political lines since that’ll keep the funding coming. They’re not necessarily dispassionate followers of the facts.

    This has been true for decades. Once you have other scientists determining what is science and what is not (by refereeing papers, reviewing grant proposals, determining who is appointed to faculties, what projects (no matter the funding source) are permitted to exist, etc.) it is just a matter of time before science becomes an insiders game. Why bother to actually investigate reality or extend mathematics when you can simply have the right friends?

    Obviously, the “gender studies” and similar content free areas (English lit?) are the most extreme example of the above, and just as obviously there are areas of scientific inquiry that are still functional.
    Also, I’ve said nothing about how “reals science” should be determined. That’s because I don’t know.

    But I do know about politics in science. If you want to get some understanding of how it works, look at T. Kuhn’s classic _The Structure of Scientific Revolutions_. The relevant quote is “Science progresses one funeral at time” as the older scientists die, because science is a mater of opinion and influence. Well, that’s a good description of any form of politics. Read that way, Kuhn divorces science from reality (if there is any such thing, which Kuhn doesn’t discuss).

    The Left’s conversion of universities to training centers for Leftists has gradually invaded engineering and the hard sciences. I’ll give one example: Physics has produced nothing major since the solid state physics / microelectronics work in the 1950s. Most of its work goes into attempting to formulate and test Grand Universal Theories. So far, no luck. Physics is not concerned with real physical objects in the way the solid state physics of the 1950s was. It has become a non-productive field.

    So, right, the people in white coats are telling you entertaining stories (e.g. Dr. A. Fauci, “Masks don’t work”) that may or may not be true. Time to face up to that. It’s a major cultural loss.

  46. moshe says:

    I just realized something. It sounds like a joke and I assume it is but maybe…… it’s significant.

    F*** the slaveowners. Not only for being horrible human beings (in plantation cases anyway) but because of the problem they created for all ages due to their own selfishness and lack of empathy.

    Who descends from the slaveowners? Which demographic has the genetic code of the slaveowners?

    Well, in the non-South anyway the main demographic with slaveowner DNA is Black People.

    Any chance that the descendants of Rapist Slaveowners would inherit those proclivities?

    Again, this sounds more like a racist catchphrase than an actual truth but it’s worth considering and I don’t see anyone who has done that recently.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Ray P
  47. Anon[255] • Disclaimer says:

    OT: I am not looking forward to July 4th. Delivery guy being robbed and video of scummy blacks attacking a guy with fireworks:

    • Replies: @Prester John
  48. Anon[255] • Disclaimer says:
    @HammerJack

    Yep. Damned if I know why he chose before the election. Whoever talked Trump into it needs to be fired. This is absolutely retarded.

  49. @Ben tillman

    I saw her interview on Good Morning America. The burns are on the left side of her face. The photo showing them on the right side was taken with her cell phone so it’s inverted. Still, I’m willing to bet this is another hoax. In ascending order of probability these are my theories on what happened:

    1) A vaping mishap. That’s not that likely, though, as it would have burned her on the right side of her face as well.

    2) A fireworks mishap. If there’s one business I’d like to be in currently it’s fireworks retail. Those people must be having a hard time keeping stock in their stores these days.

    3) An angry boyfriend did it. She has enlisted family and/or friends to ‘take care’ of his sorry ass, but she’s not going to waste an opportunity to defame Whitey.

    When the GMA report called her ‘biracial’ and said her surname was Bernstein I assumed she had a Jewish dad and a Black mom… like Jussie. Then they showed a photo of her and a middle-aged White woman posing cheek to cheek. I’m assuming that’s her mother. So, I guess she has mom’s surname because dad didn’t stick around long enough to give her his.

    Also, when was the last time you saw four White male adults, or, indeed, any foursome of adults, driving around in one car? That would mean half the car was pissed off they didn’t get to ride shotgun.

  50. epebble says:
    @advancedatheist

    Their call for finding the alleged mass grave(s) of the black victims of Tulsa’s riot in 1921 assumes that modern forensic science can determine the race of whatever human bones might turn up.

    They are planning to do a DNA match with their possible living relatives. There is no need to determine race from bones (If such thing is possible).

  51. Anon[412] • Disclaimer says:

    I remember Bill Clinton arguing with a BLM heckler at a talk. He yelled something about “people’s lives that you say matter” when extolling his crime reform bill and how it actually saved aggregate black lives.

    Mike Bloomberg and Bill Clinton seem to be sorta fogotten entities now. Dole, Daschle, Senator Richard Whathisname from Missouri, Harry Reid……..just passing through. Deep statere Fauci and Brennan have been around almost 40 years. Nobody will remeber Buttigieg in 5 years.

  52. Sean says:

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01723-9

    EDITORIAL 10 JUNE 2020
    Note from the editors: Nature joins #ShutDownSTEM
    We will delay publication of the journal, and spend the day planning how to help eradicate anti-Black racism in academia and STEM.

    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/06/researchers-around-world-prepare-shutdownstem-and-strike-black-lives

    Researchers around the world prepare to #ShutDownSTEM and ‘Strike For Black Lives’
    By Sophia ChenJun. 9, 2020 , 7:40 PM

    Thousands of researchers around the world have pledged to pause their work on Wednesday to support the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement and efforts against racism in the scientific community and society at large. Responding to calls from an array of organizers operating under banners including the Strike For Black Lives, #ShutDownSTEM, and #ShutDownAcademia, numerous university laboratories, scientific societies, technical journals, and others have pledged to spend 10 June focused on issues of racial equality and inclusiveness.

    Bret Weinstein pointed out the collaboration with ShutDownSTEM to Rogan. In the same long conversation Weinstein placed the current crisis as originating in the Clinton presidency, when the Dems abandoned workers for big business. Weinstein says what is happening is begining to look like a communist revolution.

  53. Dan Smith says:
    @Ben tillman

    Richard Prior got bad facial burns by free basing cocaine. My bet is she burned herself, accidentally or on purpose (does it matter?) and made up the story.

    • Replies: @Ozymandias
  54. Here’s a recent picture of Al Gore.

    I hardly recognize the guy.

    Wow.

  55. OT:

    Some sand in the gears fun already ruined…

    Justice Dept. warns that face mask exemption flyers, cards are fake

    https://www.rochesterfirst.com/coronavirus/justice-dept-warns-that-face-mask-exemption-flyers-cards-are-fake/

  56. J.Ross says:

    Interesting post from a Korean anon: the battle lines were pretty obviously already drawn well before the double crisis of a virus that knows your ideology and effectively legalized property destruction, but before any of this happened, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gently confronted a meeting of state governors regarding their ties to China.

    Back in early February, Pompeo spoke at the National Governors association. The whole speech is worth the watch, but let’s look at this section in particular.

    He outlined an invitation from a former governor for an ‘event’ which promised to be quote “An occasion for exclusive deal making.”

    It continued, “The opportunities for mutually beneficial economic development between China and our individual states are tremendous.”

    This event was co-hosted by the National Governors Association and something called, “The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship in Foreign Countries”

    This group is actually the public face of the CCP’s official foreign influence agency, the “United Front Work Department”

    The group has also produced a report that lists of all 50 governors based on their attitudes towards China. In Pompeo’s words:
    “They labelled each of you ‘Friendly’, ‘Hardline’, or ‘Ambiguous’. I’ll let you decide where you think you belong: someone in China already has.”

    Suffice it to say, Pompeo laid out a warning to all governors that the Trump administration is aware of their backdoor deals with China, and asked them to make the right decisions moving forward. …

    Something to remember when you evaluate the actions of certain governors during the pandemic and riots.

  57. @HammerJack

    Even if you love Trump and hate the ACA, you have to admit that this is one of the stupidest “own goals” in recent political history.

    Agreed. The individual mandate is already gone.

    I’d say “who the hell is advising Trump?”

    But i don’t think that’s the problem. The problem is Trump often doesn’t seem to understand hown voters–why he got elected–nor have the interest/will to deliver for them.

    • Agree: Gabe Ruth
    • Replies: @anon
  58. @Anon

    From the story

    “In 2018, the ACLU found that Amazon’s facial-recognition product, Rekognition, misidentified members of Congress as criminals”

    It sounds exceedingly accurate.

    PS – the Glaswegian stabber was a Sudanese, which sounds more likely.

    AnotherDad – I’d say Trump’s advisers ARE a problem. You can’t look at every issue yourself. Since Bannon went it’s not been good.

    • Agree: Kyle
    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  59. @JohnnyWalker123

    BHO too has looked terrible the recent times I have seen him on TV. But living with Moochelle and her mother would age any man.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    , @Alden
  60. Anonymous[418] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ian Smith

    I ran into this story early this morning. (Too early). When I saw the name, I knew I needed to find out more. She explains plausibly the right side of the face part. She turned to look after hearing one of them called her, wait for it, the N-word. Here’s her initial account:

    “I was listening to some music at a stoplight and then all of a sudden I heard someone yell the N-word really loud,” she said in an interview Wednesday. “I turned my head to look and somebody’s throwing lighter fluid on me. And then they threw a lighter at me, and my neck caught on fire and I tried to put it out, but I brushed it up onto my face. I got it out and then I just blasted through the red light … I just felt like I needed to get away. So I drove through the red light and just kept driving until I got to my brother and Middleton.”

    So, her initial account shows she used a very strange way of saying someone sprayed it on her. And also, a strange way for them to actually have done so. I suspect from having practiced criminal defense, that this was a dumb person who didn’t think through their story, who later, likely through questioning, tried to straighten out the logic with spraying instead of throwing lighter fluid.

    The article I read from Madison 365 provides more detail on later versions of her story and, delays in reporting with various excuses why she didn’t, etc. She said all 4 looked like typical Madison frat boys, so originality isn’t her strong suit, either

    Maybe someone could solve the mystery of what actually happened to her face. I hate unsolved mysteries. I didn’t read the Yahoo article yet, but this local one has photo of her injured face, and an uninjured one. It does look like a burn of some sort.

    https://madison365.com/black-woman-attacked-by-men-wielding-lighter-fluid-racial-slurs/

  61. Forbes says:
    @KL

    Wait until the WaPo tells you that avoiding same-sex dating is sexist, discriminatory, and bigotry.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  62. Roger says:

    The White House wanted Bill Clinton to announce the number of genes, now that they had all supposedly been found. But Venter and Collins didn’t know! So they made up a number, and gave it to the White House.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  63. Forbes says:
    @Anonymouse

    One aspect of Venter’s company Celera that is forgotten is that it was a poster-child of stock market manipulation speculative euphoria– its share price went up like Elon Musk’s rockets until commercial reality drove it down.

    FIFY.

    Speaking of Elon Musk, Tesla has a market cap of $190 billion–when does commercial reality bring that back to earth?

  64. @Anonymous

    I recall Lawrence Auster writing that at a meeting with leaders of the NAACP at the White House, Clinton said he looked forward to the day when whites would be a minority in this country; however, I have never found a source for that.

  65. @Jim Don Bob

    BHO too has looked terrible the recent times I have seen him on TV.

    Maybe he realizes that he’s soon going to be revealed as the most corrupt politician in American history. That could age a guy.

    • Replies: @BB753
  66. jackson says:
    @Anon

    The NASCAR “noose incident” was a Jewish stunt.

    Richard Petty Motorsports, Bubba Wallace’s team, is owned by New York taxi baron Andrew Murstein. It is from RPM that Wallace heard about the “noose” and it is RPM that made the original public announcement about it.

    The Conservative Treehouse notes that RPM must have already known that the rope was at that garage long before Wallace started using it, but they decided to pretend otherwise to add yet one more blood libel against whites to the pile. Murstein had stated that his objective in buying the team was to “bring diversity to the sport” and “to show that anyone could excel in NASCAR regardless of his or her skin color.”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/06/25/about-that-photograph-nascar-panics-after-someone-caught-intentionally-promoting-fake-noose-story-provide-photo-of-noose-but-picture-makes-their-story-worse

    • Thanks: Gabe Ruth
  67. Ben Kurtz says:
    @Ben tillman

    Photos often end up mirrored when published in the news. I don’t know why. But look up the recent Florida “data scientist” who got fired for insubordination during the Covid crisis and you’ll see that many sites mirror her photo — she gave the press a selfie sitting in front of her computer and the map of Florida on her screen is obviously reversed.

    The striking detail in the post-incident photo of Ms. Bernstein, in my view, is the complete lack of burning of any of her hair. Her eyebrows, eye lashes and hair around her temples is completely unharmed. If the incident went down remotely as described, I would have very much expected some of her hair to be burnt — hair is very flammable — but none of it is.

  68. Forbes says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    Race as a social construct is so yesterday.

    Now, race is all-inclusive, all-encompassing of everything vital–according to our new race overlords, as in Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist, where you’re either a racist or an antiracist according to Kendi’s formulation.

    It’s a bit like Mussolini’s fascism where everything is inside the state–nothing outside the state.

    • Thanks: Buffalo Joe
  69. @YetAnotherAnon

    ‘AnotherDad – I’d say Trump’s advisers ARE a problem. You can’t look at every issue yourself. Since Bannon went it’s not been good.’

    …but this still gets back to Trump. Part of being an effective leader is choosing and retaining the loyalty of effective subordinates. If the man can’t choose and keep good advisors, he’s a lousy president.

    …which he is. It’s just that the alternatives keep being worse.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  70. Altai [AKA "Altai_2"] says:

    OT: We did it Reddit!

    Literally just missing disabled and Muslim.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @Cortes
    , @Cortes
  71. Alden says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    Is he getting real thin and does his skin have a grayish cast? Maybe he has that mysterious disease syndrome that originated in bathhouses.

  72. El Dato says:
    @Altai

    So I am supposed to buy overpriced “Shoggoth edition” T-Shirts from CK productions now or what?

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  73. Alden says:
    @Anonymous

    Where’s the lighter? Only way it could have set the fuel and her on Fire was if they threw it into the car. It should be in the car.

    Do they even sell cans of lighter fuel any more? I thought most people use those already filled disposable ones nowadays. Plenty of charcoal lighter, but not lighter fuel.

    If someone set me on fire I’d call 911 or if I was in my neighborhood drive directly to a nearby ER.

    Isn’t UWM and it’s frat houses closed for covid hoax? I hope she doesn’t just pick 4 random White men out of the mug books.

    Bernstein. Why am I not surprised. Might have burned her face with a hot comb or a nasty black boyfriend did it

  74. @Anonymous

    Maybe Bernstein suffered from a “mazel tov cocktail” malfunction.

    Biggest problem with her story is how would any random person in an adjacent vehicle even know she was black?

    • Replies: @Ben tillman
  75. res says:
    @Anon

    This was funny.

    The letter argues it is impossible to predict criminality without racial bias, “because the category of ‘criminality’ itself is racially biased.”

    • Replies: @William Badwhite
  76. anon[168] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    The article I read from Madison 365 provides more detail on later versions of her story and, delays in reporting with various excuses why she didn’t, etc. She said all 4 looked like typical Madison frat boys, so originality isn’t her strong suit, either

    It’s the Haven Monahan gang!

  77. @Ian Smith

    Ian, pretty soon we will have cases were a black driver says he was pulled over in a suburb when a car full of white guys called him the “N” word and then slashed his four bald tires. News story,Go fund me and voila, four new tires and enough left over for rims. Have a homie knock out your crooked uppers, claim an attack by whites and new choppers from the Dental School.

  78. @advancedatheist

    The “Tulsa Race Riot” has been rebranded as the “Tulsa Race Massacre.” So the new belief is that all the violence was one-way and all the victims were black. Never mind that one third of the fatalities were white.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    , @Ian Smith
  79. Cortes says:
    @Altai

    Makes me feel better about buying those Galvin Glein boxer shorts at the street market in Chile. Well designed and the dye was fast. So fast it ran. Quickly.

  80. @Hypnotoad666

    Hypno, and all the dead blacks were lynched, or haven’t they got to that part yet?

  81. Ian Smith says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    I’ve said it before; Listen to Mike Enoch carefully pick the story of 1921 Tulsa apart.

  82. Anon[996] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ian Smith

    I’m calling major bullshit.

    These burns are not in a spray pattern.

    Why are her hands not burned?

    The largest burn on her cheek is worst on the superior aspect, not as bad centrally, and worse again inferiority. This looks like a burn from a curling iron dragged along her face not some flammable liquid.

    The smoking gun is the complete lack of hair involvement. Look at how close that burn is to her sideburn. There is wispy hair that is completely untouched. There is no way that an area doused in lighter fluid and set afire could possibly result in 2nd/3rd degree burns, yet leave the adjacent hair unscathed.

    The fire near her eye left her eyebrow and eyelashes untouched. Really?

    No singing of hair that close=no flaming liquid, period.

  83. SF says:

    The president’s statement that we need less COVID19 testing to make the statistics better was really the last straw. I don’t think I can support him. Definitely not publicly support him. It is time for a draft Tucker Carlson movement. Trump doesn’t even seem to want it. https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0PRi5rs2/trump-seems-resigned-biden-will-win-hes-going-to-be-your-president

    • Agree: Kyle
    • Replies: @Stan Adams
  84. @Ben tillman

    Is anyone familiar with a lighter that stays lit after it is thrown?

    Every lighter in every movie where the hero throws a lit lighter into a trail of gasolene, then turns around and walks toward camera as the car at the end of the gasolene trail explodes in a gigantic fireball.

    C’est-à-dire: a magical Hollywood lighter, of the type carried by all people who want to set passing women on fire..

    Also: those marks on the Jewish girl’s face look like abrasions, not burns.

    The Jussie is strong in this story. American mass-media consumers are as gullible as retarded children.

    • Replies: @Paul Jolliffe
  85. danand says:
    @Anonymous

    “Didn’t Bill Clinton once also endorse, even celebrate, the displacement of White people by non-Whites?”

    President Clinton, Commencement Address at the University of California San Diego, June 14, 1997

    “A half century from now, when your own grandchildren are in college, there will be no majority race in America.”

    Slick’s comment was based off 1990 census data; the “rate of change” has accelerated between then and now. Wonder when the 2020 data will come to light?

  86. J.Ross says:
    @Not Only Wrathful

    Very nice, thanks.

    When I was a borough commander in west London, I asked the crime analysts to identify the ten most prolific robbers in the area and the ten most violent gang members. When they’d been identified, I stuck their photographs up on the exit door from the station into the police vehicle car park. This was where the PCs drank their tea before going on patrol, so my idea was that this way, even the most idle officers would have to look at and learn the criminals’ faces before they went out on patrol.

    Then my senior officer came on a ‘royal visit’. He wanted to know how we did so well at reducing robbery and why we had no youth murders. As I explained our various tactics and we went out of the car park door[, h]e noticed the 20 photos and said: ‘Why have you got all these black youths’ pictures stuck up here? You can’t do that — it sends the wrong message to any visitors.’ When I explained my rationale, my boss replied: ‘Well, take some down and put some white ones up as well.’ But these are the men identified as the most high-risk to the public by our civilian analysts, I answered. I was told: ‘I don’t care. We can’t have this, take them down.’

    When my boss left, I ignored his instructions. The safety of the public was more important to me. Though my boss made sure I wasn’t promoted again […]

  87. @Roger

    The worst part of this charade is that it gave the impression that the entire humane genome had been mapped, not just one guy’s, and that cancer cures were right around the corner.

    More BS from the master. BJC was the greatest retail politician since FDR. He could have reformed SS, Medicare, AA, etc., but thought it was more fun to f*** with Newt and get blow jobs from deranged interns.

  88. @res

    Thank you, slumber_j.

    I learn so much here.

  89. @J.Ross

    Didn’t know that Mephistopheles had slanted eyes.

  90. @J.Ross

    Something to remember when you evaluate the actions of certain governors during the pandemic and riots.

    Thanks for posting this.

    That said, it’s been pretty clear to me that the CCP, DNC, Clinton Foundation, Obama, and Soros are coordinating the mess we now find ourselves in.

    Governors that are found to have sweetheart deals with China/the CCP need to be charged with treason and punished accordingly.

  91. @Altai

    “Why are those most economically threatened by mass illegal migration from Mexico so steadfast in their support of the guy with the monopoly on ending mass illegal migration from Mexico? ”

    And Matthew went to Harvard. Oh well.

    What is more fascinating though is the hatred that blacks have towards a guy (Trump) whose efforts as noted above would actually benefit them too in the long run economically. Then again, they do anchor the left side of the Bell Curve so… .

  92. @Forbes

    Wait until the WaPo tells you that avoiding same-sex dating is sexist, discriminatory, and bigotry.

    We joke now, but this is coming.

    If the insane Left takes over in November they will move to make this part of their tyrannical social credit system, with heavy penalties for those who avoid same-sex activity and incredible incentives for those who succumb to it.

  93. @Anon

    Some of the local gentry out for a late night stroll no doubt.

  94. @Altai

    It’s not that they have a problem with immigration. It’s that they don’t care — or affirmatively reject — the BLM project.

  95. @Dan Smith

    Richard Prior got bad facial burns by free basing cocaine

    Richard Pryor poured a bottle of 151 rum over his head and then set himself on fire.

  96. @SF

    If you can’t bring yourself to vote for Trump, then consider voting against his enemies.

    A vote for Biden is a vote for BLM, a vote for Antifa, a vote for Tranny Day at the public library, a vote for Soros, a vote for Schumer, a vote for Pelosi. It’s a vote to legitimize the left’s ongoing effort to destroy what’s left of this country.

    The end of America may be nigh, and Trump may not be able (or willing, some would argue) to do much about it. But I’m not voting for Biden, no matter what. Trump could bite the head off a kitten on national television, and it wouldn’t sway my decision in the slightest.

    I will not be a willing party to the destruction of this country. The Democrats have declared war on Heritage America, and I will not support them. They have earned my undying emnity, and I will never give them my approval.

    Those saying that Biden can’t be any worse than Trump are making the same false assumption that Steve described in his Hindenburg post. “If Trump wins, he’ll keep dicking around and the left will burn everything down. But if Biden wins, he’ll reign in the crazies and coax the blacks back to the plantation and we can get back to worrying about interest rates. It’s not as if things could get any worse.” Things can get worse – a lot worse – and they absolutely will get worse if the Democrats regain the White House.

    A vote for Trump is a vote for an uncertain future. A vote for Biden is a vote for certain doom.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @SF
  97. @TontoBubbaGoldstein

    She seems to be claiming they were on foot.

  98. Anon[646] • Disclaimer says:
    @KL

    Washington Post says not dating interracially is racist.

    This is a contributed opinion piece by a black chick, but sometimes newspapers use these as Trojan horse trial balloons for new things they want to push on their readers.

    Also, a huge percentage of the Post staff are black women, ever since they decided to become more of a local paper.

    The comments on the piece are hilarious and virtually unanimously in opposition, including a ton of apparently non-pseudononymous accounts, people trashing it under their real first and last names.

    But remember, trannies were once a big joke. Silence is violence could become public audits of your dating history, black women publicly outing you on Medium for dating them briefly just for statistical reasons, etc.

    This new rule must apply to Jewish Ivy League journalists in New York, of course. No endogamy for you anymore.

    I increasingly think that a return to early marriage of your (non-black, maybe pregnant, home schooled) high school sweetheart is the best thing. Get it over with early, and get her before she takes any gender studies courses.

  99. @Muggles

    Black women like black men.

    Good for them.

  100. SF says:
    @Stan Adams

    Well, I didn’t advocate a vote for Biden. My vote doesn’t count anyway. I live in California.

  101. Dan Hayes says:

    But Black men prefer white women!

  102. anon[457] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    What do you mean?

    I mean that dialectic and rhetoric are not the same thing.

    • Replies: @Odin
  103. Anonymous[175] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon

    Not even a highly biased algorithm could create this ranking.

    How do you know that?

    • Replies: @anon
  104. Anonymous[175] • Disclaimer says:
    @moshe

    F*** the slaveowners. Not only for being horrible human beings (in plantation cases anyway) but because of the problem they created for all ages due to their own selfishness and lack of empathy.

    Owners treated their blacks better than northern capitalists treated theirs. Indeed, the blacks in the antebellum south had longer lifespans and lower infant mortality rates than did white people in France.

    Moreover, the transport of Africans to the new world has been a boon for Africans, allowing them to expand into whole new resource-rich continents they wouldn’t have reached on their own.

  105. Anonymous[164] • Disclaimer says:
    @Colin Wright

    …but this still gets back to Trump. Part of being an effective leader is choosing and retaining the loyalty of effective subordinates. If the man can’t choose and keep good advisors, he’s a lousy president.

    The talent to choose from is nonexistent.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  106. scott h says:
    @Anonymous

    Twice, once in 1997 and then again in 1998. I notice his enthusiasm for non-whites doesn’t extend to his personal life. Of the many women who have come forward claiming to be targeted by slick willy for sex, only one was a “POC”, a black hooker from AR who claims he fathered her illegitimate son.
    Woke in the streets, racist in the sheets. And then there’s the uber-diverse hamlet of Chappaqua, NY where he now resides/ sarc

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  107. Odin says:
    @anon

    Thanks for clearing that up. (I lack the energy to build all the nested blockquotes needed for context.)

  108. Ray P says:
    @moshe

    Democrats are the real racists; blacks are the real slavers.

  109. @res

    This was funny.

    and then we read “Race science was debunked long ago, but papers…”

    No, it wasn’t.

  110. @JohnnyWalker123

    Here’s a recent picture of Al Gore.

    I hardly recognize the guy.

    About 9-10 years ago I was riding down an elevator in Grand Central and Internet Al was coming up the other side. He looked even fatter than in your pic. I said “wow you’ve really gotten fat” as he passed me. He just kept looking straight ahead with a peeved expression, while the lone NYPD officer with him had no reaction.

  111. anon[225] • Disclaimer says:
    @AnotherDad

    He is probably thinking the goose is cooked and letting the administration running on autopilot.

    There is this interesting theory https://theweek.com/articles/921381/what-trump-just-gives

    based on https://images.wsj.net/im-202833?width=1260&size=1.5

  112. anon[360] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Any algorithm which highly ranked that tweet (from a new account with 40 followers, with “parody account” in the bio, comparatively few numbers of likes, with personal information in the tweet itself) would be unusable. Their search algorithm would return garbage results for all searches.

    There are only so many ways you can rank search results, at scale, and none of them can be tuned to that degree. Case in point: try typing in “Jaden McNeil mother.” You get no results. How odd for an algorithm to suddenly miss that? No word match from an inverted index?

    There was nothing in that tweet which magically linked it to a top result for Jaden, other than a Twitter moderator or product manager aggressively overweighting it so it showed up as a top result.

    Twitter actively helps in doxxing. Most people who think it’s “all an algorithm” have a hard time seeing it. But once you know the algorithms — and what they can and cannot do — it is plain as day.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  113. dvorak says:

    The 0.1% is of the utmost importance in our lives.

    Unless it’s the part of the genome where races differ.

  114. BB753 says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    More corrupt than Bill Clinton? Impossible!

  115. Hibernian says:
    @scott h

    He at least used to have an office in Harlem. I think at one point he and Hillary had a condo or co-op in the city in addition to the house in Chappaqua, but really the house was hers and the place in the city was his.

  116. @Kratoklastes

    Kratoklastes said:

    “Every lighter in every movie where the hero throws a lit lighter into a trail of gasolene, then turns around and walks toward camera as the car at the end of the gasolene trail explodes in a gigantic fireball.”

    But, you see, because Althea Bernstein is a young ‘un (and a dumb ‘un), she forget to mention that the “frat boys” surely snarled “Yippie -ki – yay, motherfucker” as they hurled the lighter at her (chubby) cheek . . .

  117. Anonymous[423] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon

    Thank you.

  118. @Anonymous

    “The talent to choose from is nonexistent.”

    It just meant that, as befitted an insurgent president, he’d have had to take risks on unknowns. But there’s a lot of talented people in the US.

    The tricky bit would have been to be sure the appointments weren’t enemy plants. But John Bloody Bolton was an open enemy of Candidate Trump. What possessed him?

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Our Reigning Political Puppets, Dancing to Invisible Strings
The unspoken statistical reality of urban crime over the last quarter century.
Talk TV sensationalists and axe-grinding ideologues have fallen for a myth of immigrant lawlessness.