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Political scientist Philip Tetlock has spent decades quantitatively studying who has and who hasn’t the ability to forecast world events better than random guesses. I’ve been intermittently following his spook-funded Good Judgement Project in which people volunteer to compete for 12 months at answering questions like this one from last year:

Will China seize control of the Second Thomas Shoal before 1 January 2014 if the Philippines structurally reinforces the BRP Sierra Madre beforehand? (The answer is supposed to come as probability and can be updated daily if desired.)

A participant who has reached Tetlock’s coveted “superforecaster” level modestly explained to me:

And yes, the “supers” consistently beat everyone else, but I think it has a lot to with self-selection for folks willing to google on regular basis information pertaining to completely weird stuff …

As you can imagine, it requires more or less the same mentality as the one demonstrated by those tireless Wikipedia editors.

As you’ll recall, one of the ongoing crises of our age is that tireless Wikipedia editors tend to be overwhelmingly male.

Similarly, in a new post on the Good Judgment Project’s own blog about the lack of diversity among the virtually unpaid volunteers (I believe there is a $150 honorarium, or pennies per hour) mentions that only 7% of the superforecasters are women, Karen Ruth Adams reports on a Good Judgment Project convention:

… I was also surprised to see few women. It wasn’t that I expected a 50/50 ratio. I thought women would be 25-33% of forecasters, mirroring the percentage of women among American faculty in political science, security scholars at the International Studies Association, policy analysts and leadership staff at Washington think tanks, and senior US national security and foreign policy officials. Instead I learned from GJP researcher Pavel Atanasov that at the beginning of Season 3 (Fall 2013), women were just 17% of GJP forecasters. By the end of the season (Spring 2014), women had dropped out at higher rates (35%) than men (29%). Among this year’s superforecasters, just 7% are women.

It’s almost as if women prefer to work hard in return for tangible rewards, such as a paycheck or their loved ones’ well-being. If you want people to work hard just for the satisfaction of being Right on the Internet, well, you’re probably going to wind up with a lot of men.

 
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  1. Wow. I posted that cartoon and didn’t see that it was already in the post.

  2. “new post on the Good Judgment Project’s own blog”

    Bad link.

  3. That’s the oldest story in the world, Steve. As all men know, in another context, women never but never do anything for ‘free’.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Anonymous

    I don't know. The Playboy Channel once had a "documentary" on L.A. streetwalkers. They asked a sister what's the worst part of this job, and she answered, "they's bitches out here givin' it away for free!"

  4. “Men Continue to Oppress Women”

    White men specifically continue to oppress women according to the PC police. Nonwhite men have no power according to the left, so they do not have the power to oppress women.

    Just like anti-racism, feminism is also code word for anti-White.

  5. That’s the oldest story in the world, Steve. As all men know, in another context, women never but never do anything for ‘free’.

    Not all women are whores.

    Women give birth to life for free all too often. Many a women have given up their own lives so that their unborn would see the light safely.

    I am as distressed as the next cranky conservative about the ridiculous pervasiveness of feminism today, but let’s not go overboard. Women civilize men. Without them, society would indeed be dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Twinkie


    Women civilize men.
     
    No, they don't. Caring for women civilizes men. Important difference.

    As Daniel Amneus liked to point out, someone has to civilize the women.

    Replies: @Twinkie, @Chubby Ape

    , @Anon7
    @Twinkie

    "Women civilize men."

    Yech. Not this one again. Men built civilization from scratch, dear. All of it.

  6. Not too long ago the harridan-diatribe would have ended: “Ladies, you ought to be ashamed…”

  7. “I am as distressed as the next cranky conservative about the ridiculous pervasiveness of feminism today, but let’s not go overboard. Women civilize men. Without them, society would indeed be dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short.”

    No, women domesticate men, they don’t civilize them. If it were up to women to civilize us, we would still be living in grass huts, to paraphrase Camille Paglia.

    Men do the civilizing. The idea that it’s the women keeping us from a life of “dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short” is, ah, laughable. Look at what happens when you remove men from families: you get more of the “dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short” stuff than you had before. See, for instance, Detroit, East St. Louis, Ferguson, and so on.

    Time to go read up on the Männerbund. Those nasty men organizing themselves, dealing out violence when necessary to create order, got more done in creating civilization than anything women could do by themselves.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @meh

    "The idea that it’s the women keeping us from a life of “dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short” is, ah, laughable. Look at what happens when you remove men from families: you get more of the “dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short” stuff than you had before. "

    I think the second sentence just refuted the first. Men raising families with women are more civil-ised / domesticated than single men. Roaming warrior bands do not a nice neighborhood make.

    Doesn't mean to say it's all the women's doing, though. Correlation, causation etc

    , @Dennis Dale
    @meh

    No, women domesticate men, they don’t civilize them

    What is civilization but human self-domestication? Men who resist all domestication are--reasonably--social outcasts or criminals, who are always the bane of order, no matter how romantic they might appear in such an un-heroic age. You want society without women? Try a bathhouse. Or simply one where women are silent, sexually obliging and un-domesticated themselves? Maybe you can work your way into some rap star's posse.
    Good company, and very civilized, I'm sure.

    Look at what happens when you remove men from families: you get more of the “dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short” stuff than you had before. See, for instance, Detroit, East St. Louis, Ferguson, and so on.

    Nonsense. That's a black problem--manifest in the form of males who resolutely refuse to be "domesticated". Do you think it would be any better if women were removed from the household to the same extent?
    When he says women "civilize men" he means at the individual level--indeed, when women had the most influence over men was before they had the vote, when the home and family still meant something.

    , @Twinkie
    @meh


    No, women domesticate men, they don’t civilize them. If it were up to women to civilize us, we would still be living in grass huts, to paraphrase Camille Paglia.

    Men do the civilizing. The idea that it’s the women keeping us from a life of “dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short” is, ah, laughable.
     
    When men exist without women, they live for momentary pleasures.: to eat, to drink, to shit, to hurt (others), and to rape. They have no care in the world, because they only have to fend for themselves. They live or die by their swords.

    When men have women (and consequently children), they realize that they cannot always be around to protect the women and children. They are now extremely vulnerable in ways they were not when they were alone. They have "dependents." This is when it dawns on them that they need something more than might makes right: rules, justice, and indeed communal existence of mutual respect, in other words the beginnings of a civilization.

    Without women and children, men do not think about the future and they do not think about building something that has to be defended. They revert all too easily to being a pack of feral wild beasts.

    This is what I meant by "women civilize men" (some say that marriage civilizes men, but that is true so far as marriage involves a woman and child-bearing; homosexual "marriage" creates none of the civilizing impulse and urgency, for obvious reasons).
  8. It seems to me we really don’t know enough to explain a lot of differences between men and women.

    In the US, a lot of statistics we use are mostly about white men and white women, especially the historical studies before, say, 1970 when the US was mostly white with blacks being the only minority with a significantly presence here. So I do not see how we can safely assume that men worldwide are this and women worldwide are that based on white people in the US.

    I remember reading something years ago that explained that in measuring some things, white men’s highs are higher and their lows are lower than other men’s or of any subset of women. That idea seemed true to me. I have no idea why white men are different.

    We do have a lot of men with a lot more time on their hands than women. For one thing, there’s a lot of single parent households and most of them are headed by women. There’s a few guys who write a lot more for Wikipedia but then on the other hand, there’s more than few who spend 40 or 60+ hours a week watching sports and playing video games. In terms of social functioning, it seems that most of the individuals who have severe troubles with social interactions and effective communication with others are guys.

    I think there’s a lot of mysteries here and a lot strengths balanced out by weaknesses.

    Final observation: I think there’s a lot of fellows who’d have a fit if their women relatives and ex-wives lived the same lives that they did, both in terms of activities and allocation of time.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    @notsaying

    Well, Mr Notsaying: Here's a way to start solving your dilemma.

    Make a list of all the mammalian species where the male and female have equal abilities in every regard.

    Make a list of the evolutionary reasons why Homo Sapiens is different from everything else on your first list.

    Job done.

    , @Udolpho
    @notsaying


    It seems to me we really don’t know enough to explain a lot of differences between men and women.
     
    This is pretty much only true if you are a) young, b) stupid, or c) liberal.
  9. such as a paycheck or their loved ones’ well-being.

    Or a new kitchen. For example.

  10. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @meh
    "I am as distressed as the next cranky conservative about the ridiculous pervasiveness of feminism today, but let’s not go overboard. Women civilize men. Without them, society would indeed be dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short."

    No, women domesticate men, they don't civilize them. If it were up to women to civilize us, we would still be living in grass huts, to paraphrase Camille Paglia.

    Men do the civilizing. The idea that it's the women keeping us from a life of "dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short" is, ah, laughable. Look at what happens when you remove men from families: you get more of the "dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short" stuff than you had before. See, for instance, Detroit, East St. Louis, Ferguson, and so on.

    Time to go read up on the Männerbund. Those nasty men organizing themselves, dealing out violence when necessary to create order, got more done in creating civilization than anything women could do by themselves.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Dennis Dale, @Twinkie

    “The idea that it’s the women keeping us from a life of “dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short” is, ah, laughable. Look at what happens when you remove men from families: you get more of the “dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short” stuff than you had before. “

    I think the second sentence just refuted the first. Men raising families with women are more civil-ised / domesticated than single men. Roaming warrior bands do not a nice neighborhood make.

    Doesn’t mean to say it’s all the women’s doing, though. Correlation, causation etc

  11. A more prosaic explanation:Women do not give a fig ’bout Chinese islands.Women waste ,er,spend vast amounts of time on Facebook talking not about world events but about themselves.Shocking .

  12. I was so disappointed in my performance I waived the honorarium.

  13. Another interesting internet manifestation of white guys doing stuff for for free is: White Guys Teaching Stuff For Free on YouTube (“WGTSFYT”).

    WGTSFYT takes on different complexion than beta-male wiki-wars. The act of teaching isn’t driven by the need be “right” or pure status striving (albeit everybody likes “likes”), but to convey useful technical skills. (Of course, you can always count some guy(s) in the comment section telling the up-loader that he can’t, say, for example, play Angus Young’s solo on “You Shook Me” for shit).

    For instance, the other day I wanted to change out the hammer and rebound springs on my S&W 686 7 shot revolver with Wilson Combat aftermarket ones. (Honestly, for a gun so damn expensive, the trigger pull is horrendous). There were several videos by white guys and, only one, Larry at MidwayUSA, was looking to make anything off it, e.g., selling a Wheeler rebound spring removal tool.

    Then, after I realized I needed an extended firing pin to insure positive ignition of non-Federal primers (which I learned in a S&W forum populated by, I presume, a particular subset of white guys known in the gun community as Old Fat White Guys (“OFWG’S”)) I picked up an extended Apex XP firing pin and, sure enough – there was a video of a white guy showing how to replace it. And incidentally – in the tear down to get at the firing pin I used the Wheeler rebound spring removal tool that Larry sold me. The circle of whiteness, I guess.

    Another example – guitar set up. It can cost you $60 – 75 bucks in the NE. When you pay for a guitar set up, the luthier (or the guy at the Guitar Center who took a 2 weeks internet class) will replace the strings, set their height to your style and preference, make sure that they are properly in alignment with the radius of the fret board, and, finally, ensure proper intonation, i.e., make sure the guitar is in tune with itself, so if play an A at the twelfth fret it will neither sharper or flatter that if you played the open A string. I got tired of paying to have it done, so I found a YouTube video by, of course, a white guy (in Italy, I think) explaining how to set-up your guitar. It was a complicated task, but I executed it reasonably well.

    Yes, you can find white woman teaching white woman stuff on YouTube, but even in domestic area like, say, cooking – you will find a lot of videos of white guys teaching you how to make perfect scrambled eggs, deviled eggs, grilled cheese, and chicken wings.

    I just find it so damn telling that at the end of the day if you want to detail your car like a pro, fix your dishwasher, replace the side view mirror on your Saab that you knocked off, tune-up your snow blower, i.e, any useful technical skill or ability – 90% of the time its gonna be a white guy on YouTube teaching you how to do it.

    My guess is that the selection for cooperative traits in white Europeans in the colder climes of Europe drives this behavior in some way.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @JustAnotherGuyWithA1911

    "White Guys Teaching Stuff For Free on YouTube (“WGTSFYT”)."

    My wife's nephew spent a few months with us fixing up our dilapidated house. I was amazed at the number of things this 19 year old could do, but he explained that there were innumerable videos on Youtube where guys show you how to install a new garbage disposal or whatever.

    Replies: @Pat Boyle

    , @E. Rekshun
    @JustAnotherGuyWithA1911

    White Guys Teaching Stuff For Free on YouTube (“WGTSFYT”)

    Literally, one hour ago, while still at work, I was watching White guys on YouTube giving demonstrations on how to waterproof a basement. That'll be my upcoming weekend project.

    I've watched White guys (and it's always only White guys) on YouTube to learn a whole bunch of things - building a deck, laying a patio, making an Egyptian water level, caulking tips; even how to reset the 5-digit code to the keypad door lock on the driver's side door of my '00 Ford Explorer!

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    , @Twinkie
    @JustAnotherGuyWithA1911


    For instance, the other day I wanted to change out the hammer and rebound springs on my S&W 686 7 shot revolver with Wilson Combat aftermarket ones. (Honestly, for a gun so damn expensive, the trigger pull is horrendous). There were several videos by white guys and, only one, Larry at MidwayUSA, was looking to make anything off it, e.g., selling a Wheeler rebound spring removal tool.

    Then, after I realized I needed an extended firing pin to insure positive ignition of non-Federal primers (which I learned in a S&W forum populated by, I presume, a particular subset of white guys known in the gun community as Old Fat White Guys (“OFWG’S”)) I picked up an extended Apex XP firing pin and, sure enough – there was a video of a white guy showing how to replace it. And incidentally – in the tear down to get at the firing pin I used the Wheeler rebound spring removal tool that Larry sold me. The circle of whiteness, I guess.
     
    Or you could just learn to work the double action well with good training.

    I have a no-dash 686 and a more recent 686-6 (both six-shots, not the + model). While it's true that the older version has a better, smoother trigger and fit & finish (and no MIM parts), in practice the trigger pull weight is not all that different. Reducing the poundage of the hammer spring is not conducive absolute reliability. You want that hard hit on the primer if your gun is meant for serious "social purpose." What you DO want though is a smooth pull with minimal creep or over travel. A good smith can smoothen the trigger for sure. But so will shooting the gun a few thousand times.

    As a people we Americans seem terribly insistent on "bettering" things that aren't broken. We buy loads of "upgrades" and do enhancements that generally do not improve the function of the devices in question. I suppose that, too, is a part of the "circle of whiteness," inventing commercial "innovations" that are about selling stuff that consumers don't really need.

    Per John Boyd, "people first, ideas second, hardware third."
  14. Heh heh… Continuing along the lines Steve has drawn, take a look around. The house you live in was built by men. Almost everything that is interesting in it was invented and built by men. Almost all of the stuff in the technical books in your house was discovered/invented by men. And when I say “almost,” I’m just playing safe, because in all probability it is not “almost” but “all.” Turn on your computer, which was invented and built by men. Practically all (no joke) of the software on it was written by men. Some of that software is free source, written by men. Take a look outside. Do you see them trash cans? It’ll be men who’ll come to take away the garbage. When you go to the gas station, the gasoline you pour into your car will have been extracted by men. If your house catches fire, men will come to save you. If a thug robs you, men will investigate the crime. Etc etc.

    Now, we can assume, for the sake of argument, that women truly were “oppressed” back in the 1950’s. They certainly weren’t “oppressed” any more around 1980-1990 (as, for example, college entry ratios and life expectancies prove). So how come the entirety of the major tech firms spawned in the great tech boom of the last 20 years have been founded by men?

    Wait, wait, I know! Because logic is teh patriarchies, right?

    • Replies: @anon
    @jimbojones

    Yes, but men do those things usually to win or retain a woman's (or plural) affection.

  15. Tap water drying up in Rural CA:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/03/us/california-drought-tulare-county.html?_r=0

    Since it has been known for a long while that CA suffers from droughts from time to time, isn’t the current crisis a consequence of too many immigrants?

  16. The lack of women in Wikipedia editing and other places is due to the environment of male hostility…even when they post anonymously using a male name (male venom knows no bounds).

    Just like stock investing; women and minorities, when clicking the mouse to buy and sell stocks, are discriminated against by the online brokerage website software (because the people who programmed the websites are male).

    Anyone who disagrees with any of the above is a misogynist racist.

    • Replies: @dcite
    @Frank Lee

    I presume you are being facetious. It is in fact true in certain environment where men really, really want to first. Like gaming. In fact there are a lot of videos done by women--there was a black girl who had a sewing series. She was very good until she was shot to death by her boyfriend.
    It has nothing to do with doing it for free. Women do all kinds of stuff for free and figure heavily in volunteer activities. However, they tend not like messing with technical stuff when they don't have to.

  17. @Anonymous
    That's the oldest story in the world, Steve. As all men know, in another context, women never but never do anything for 'free'.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    I don’t know. The Playboy Channel once had a “documentary” on L.A. streetwalkers. They asked a sister what’s the worst part of this job, and she answered, “they’s bitches out here givin’ it away for free!”

  18. @meh
    "I am as distressed as the next cranky conservative about the ridiculous pervasiveness of feminism today, but let’s not go overboard. Women civilize men. Without them, society would indeed be dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short."

    No, women domesticate men, they don't civilize them. If it were up to women to civilize us, we would still be living in grass huts, to paraphrase Camille Paglia.

    Men do the civilizing. The idea that it's the women keeping us from a life of "dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short" is, ah, laughable. Look at what happens when you remove men from families: you get more of the "dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short" stuff than you had before. See, for instance, Detroit, East St. Louis, Ferguson, and so on.

    Time to go read up on the Männerbund. Those nasty men organizing themselves, dealing out violence when necessary to create order, got more done in creating civilization than anything women could do by themselves.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Dennis Dale, @Twinkie

    No, women domesticate men, they don’t civilize them

    What is civilization but human self-domestication? Men who resist all domestication are–reasonably–social outcasts or criminals, who are always the bane of order, no matter how romantic they might appear in such an un-heroic age. You want society without women? Try a bathhouse. Or simply one where women are silent, sexually obliging and un-domesticated themselves? Maybe you can work your way into some rap star’s posse.
    Good company, and very civilized, I’m sure.

    Look at what happens when you remove men from families: you get more of the “dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short” stuff than you had before. See, for instance, Detroit, East St. Louis, Ferguson, and so on.

    Nonsense. That’s a black problem–manifest in the form of males who resolutely refuse to be “domesticated”. Do you think it would be any better if women were removed from the household to the same extent?
    When he says women “civilize men” he means at the individual level–indeed, when women had the most influence over men was before they had the vote, when the home and family still meant something.

  19. @JustAnotherGuyWithA1911
    Another interesting internet manifestation of white guys doing stuff for for free is: White Guys Teaching Stuff For Free on YouTube ("WGTSFYT").

    WGTSFYT takes on different complexion than beta-male wiki-wars. The act of teaching isn't driven by the need be "right" or pure status striving (albeit everybody likes "likes"), but to convey useful technical skills. (Of course, you can always count some guy(s) in the comment section telling the up-loader that he can't, say, for example, play Angus Young's solo on "You Shook Me" for shit).

    For instance, the other day I wanted to change out the hammer and rebound springs on my S&W 686 7 shot revolver with Wilson Combat aftermarket ones. (Honestly, for a gun so damn expensive, the trigger pull is horrendous). There were several videos by white guys and, only one, Larry at MidwayUSA, was looking to make anything off it, e.g., selling a Wheeler rebound spring removal tool.

    Then, after I realized I needed an extended firing pin to insure positive ignition of non-Federal primers (which I learned in a S&W forum populated by, I presume, a particular subset of white guys known in the gun community as Old Fat White Guys ("OFWG'S")) I picked up an extended Apex XP firing pin and, sure enough - there was a video of a white guy showing how to replace it. And incidentally - in the tear down to get at the firing pin I used the Wheeler rebound spring removal tool that Larry sold me. The circle of whiteness, I guess.

    Another example - guitar set up. It can cost you $60 - 75 bucks in the NE. When you pay for a guitar set up, the luthier (or the guy at the Guitar Center who took a 2 weeks internet class) will replace the strings, set their height to your style and preference, make sure that they are properly in alignment with the radius of the fret board, and, finally, ensure proper intonation, i.e., make sure the guitar is in tune with itself, so if play an A at the twelfth fret it will neither sharper or flatter that if you played the open A string. I got tired of paying to have it done, so I found a YouTube video by, of course, a white guy (in Italy, I think) explaining how to set-up your guitar. It was a complicated task, but I executed it reasonably well.

    Yes, you can find white woman teaching white woman stuff on YouTube, but even in domestic area like, say, cooking - you will find a lot of videos of white guys teaching you how to make perfect scrambled eggs, deviled eggs, grilled cheese, and chicken wings.

    I just find it so damn telling that at the end of the day if you want to detail your car like a pro, fix your dishwasher, replace the side view mirror on your Saab that you knocked off, tune-up your snow blower, i.e, any useful technical skill or ability - 90% of the time its gonna be a white guy on YouTube teaching you how to do it.

    My guess is that the selection for cooperative traits in white Europeans in the colder climes of Europe drives this behavior in some way.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @E. Rekshun, @Twinkie

    “White Guys Teaching Stuff For Free on YouTube (“WGTSFYT”).”

    My wife’s nephew spent a few months with us fixing up our dilapidated house. I was amazed at the number of things this 19 year old could do, but he explained that there were innumerable videos on Youtube where guys show you how to install a new garbage disposal or whatever.

    • Replies: @Pat Boyle
    @Steve Sailer

    Yes there are many How-To videos on YouTube. Yesterday I watched about a dozen videos on how the build a 'Rocket Stove'.

    I'd never even heard of a Rocket Stove until yesterday. Now I'm an expert.

    I'm currently reading Tyler Cowan's short book 'The Great Stagnation'. He blames in part our slow progress in GNP on the fact that the Internet is the most significant technical innovation in recent times but almost everything on it is free. Had I gone to a movie yesterday the ticket price would have been added to the National Income. But since I watched the Internet, no money changed hands.

    I'm, it seems, personally responsible for the bad economy. All those male Wikipedia volunteers are guilty too.

  20. @JustAnotherGuyWithA1911
    Another interesting internet manifestation of white guys doing stuff for for free is: White Guys Teaching Stuff For Free on YouTube ("WGTSFYT").

    WGTSFYT takes on different complexion than beta-male wiki-wars. The act of teaching isn't driven by the need be "right" or pure status striving (albeit everybody likes "likes"), but to convey useful technical skills. (Of course, you can always count some guy(s) in the comment section telling the up-loader that he can't, say, for example, play Angus Young's solo on "You Shook Me" for shit).

    For instance, the other day I wanted to change out the hammer and rebound springs on my S&W 686 7 shot revolver with Wilson Combat aftermarket ones. (Honestly, for a gun so damn expensive, the trigger pull is horrendous). There were several videos by white guys and, only one, Larry at MidwayUSA, was looking to make anything off it, e.g., selling a Wheeler rebound spring removal tool.

    Then, after I realized I needed an extended firing pin to insure positive ignition of non-Federal primers (which I learned in a S&W forum populated by, I presume, a particular subset of white guys known in the gun community as Old Fat White Guys ("OFWG'S")) I picked up an extended Apex XP firing pin and, sure enough - there was a video of a white guy showing how to replace it. And incidentally - in the tear down to get at the firing pin I used the Wheeler rebound spring removal tool that Larry sold me. The circle of whiteness, I guess.

    Another example - guitar set up. It can cost you $60 - 75 bucks in the NE. When you pay for a guitar set up, the luthier (or the guy at the Guitar Center who took a 2 weeks internet class) will replace the strings, set their height to your style and preference, make sure that they are properly in alignment with the radius of the fret board, and, finally, ensure proper intonation, i.e., make sure the guitar is in tune with itself, so if play an A at the twelfth fret it will neither sharper or flatter that if you played the open A string. I got tired of paying to have it done, so I found a YouTube video by, of course, a white guy (in Italy, I think) explaining how to set-up your guitar. It was a complicated task, but I executed it reasonably well.

    Yes, you can find white woman teaching white woman stuff on YouTube, but even in domestic area like, say, cooking - you will find a lot of videos of white guys teaching you how to make perfect scrambled eggs, deviled eggs, grilled cheese, and chicken wings.

    I just find it so damn telling that at the end of the day if you want to detail your car like a pro, fix your dishwasher, replace the side view mirror on your Saab that you knocked off, tune-up your snow blower, i.e, any useful technical skill or ability - 90% of the time its gonna be a white guy on YouTube teaching you how to do it.

    My guess is that the selection for cooperative traits in white Europeans in the colder climes of Europe drives this behavior in some way.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @E. Rekshun, @Twinkie

    White Guys Teaching Stuff For Free on YouTube (“WGTSFYT”)

    Literally, one hour ago, while still at work, I was watching White guys on YouTube giving demonstrations on how to waterproof a basement. That’ll be my upcoming weekend project.

    I’ve watched White guys (and it’s always only White guys) on YouTube to learn a whole bunch of things – building a deck, laying a patio, making an Egyptian water level, caulking tips; even how to reset the 5-digit code to the keypad door lock on the driver’s side door of my ’00 Ford Explorer!

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @E. Rekshun

    Yup, White Guys Teaching Stuff For Free on YouTube is an amazing resource.

  21. @E. Rekshun
    @JustAnotherGuyWithA1911

    White Guys Teaching Stuff For Free on YouTube (“WGTSFYT”)

    Literally, one hour ago, while still at work, I was watching White guys on YouTube giving demonstrations on how to waterproof a basement. That'll be my upcoming weekend project.

    I've watched White guys (and it's always only White guys) on YouTube to learn a whole bunch of things - building a deck, laying a patio, making an Egyptian water level, caulking tips; even how to reset the 5-digit code to the keypad door lock on the driver's side door of my '00 Ford Explorer!

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    Yup, White Guys Teaching Stuff For Free on YouTube is an amazing resource.

  22. @jimbojones
    Heh heh... Continuing along the lines Steve has drawn, take a look around. The house you live in was built by men. Almost everything that is interesting in it was invented and built by men. Almost all of the stuff in the technical books in your house was discovered/invented by men. And when I say "almost," I'm just playing safe, because in all probability it is not "almost" but "all." Turn on your computer, which was invented and built by men. Practically all (no joke) of the software on it was written by men. Some of that software is free source, written by men. Take a look outside. Do you see them trash cans? It'll be men who'll come to take away the garbage. When you go to the gas station, the gasoline you pour into your car will have been extracted by men. If your house catches fire, men will come to save you. If a thug robs you, men will investigate the crime. Etc etc.

    Now, we can assume, for the sake of argument, that women truly were "oppressed" back in the 1950's. They certainly weren't "oppressed" any more around 1980-1990 (as, for example, college entry ratios and life expectancies prove). So how come the entirety of the major tech firms spawned in the great tech boom of the last 20 years have been founded by men?

    Wait, wait, I know! Because logic is teh patriarchies, right?

    Replies: @anon

    Yes, but men do those things usually to win or retain a woman’s (or plural) affection.

  23. @meh
    "I am as distressed as the next cranky conservative about the ridiculous pervasiveness of feminism today, but let’s not go overboard. Women civilize men. Without them, society would indeed be dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short."

    No, women domesticate men, they don't civilize them. If it were up to women to civilize us, we would still be living in grass huts, to paraphrase Camille Paglia.

    Men do the civilizing. The idea that it's the women keeping us from a life of "dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short" is, ah, laughable. Look at what happens when you remove men from families: you get more of the "dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short" stuff than you had before. See, for instance, Detroit, East St. Louis, Ferguson, and so on.

    Time to go read up on the Männerbund. Those nasty men organizing themselves, dealing out violence when necessary to create order, got more done in creating civilization than anything women could do by themselves.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Dennis Dale, @Twinkie

    No, women domesticate men, they don’t civilize them. If it were up to women to civilize us, we would still be living in grass huts, to paraphrase Camille Paglia.

    Men do the civilizing. The idea that it’s the women keeping us from a life of “dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short” is, ah, laughable.

    When men exist without women, they live for momentary pleasures.: to eat, to drink, to shit, to hurt (others), and to rape. They have no care in the world, because they only have to fend for themselves. They live or die by their swords.

    When men have women (and consequently children), they realize that they cannot always be around to protect the women and children. They are now extremely vulnerable in ways they were not when they were alone. They have “dependents.” This is when it dawns on them that they need something more than might makes right: rules, justice, and indeed communal existence of mutual respect, in other words the beginnings of a civilization.

    Without women and children, men do not think about the future and they do not think about building something that has to be defended. They revert all too easily to being a pack of feral wild beasts.

    This is what I meant by “women civilize men” (some say that marriage civilizes men, but that is true so far as marriage involves a woman and child-bearing; homosexual “marriage” creates none of the civilizing impulse and urgency, for obvious reasons).

  24. The gentlemen on this thread think it is only white men giving instructions for free on youtube because you are only looking at things that (white) men do. If you want instruction in things women do or like, you will find plenty of women giving free lessons on child rearing, cooking, baking, gardening, beauty, housekeeping, etc.

    I know, I know, you won’t think these things have as much merit as basement waterproofing. Whatever. Just don’t pretend that only white men have a sharing spirit.

    • Replies: @JustAnotherGuyWithA1911
    @vinegary


    The gentlemen on this thread think it is only white men giving instructions for free on youtube because you are only looking at things that (white) men do.
     
    Reading is fundamental. To quote from myself:

    Yes, you can find white woman teaching white woman stuff on YouTube, but even in domestic area like, say, cooking – you will find a lot of videos of white guys teaching you how to make perfect scrambled eggs, deviled eggs, grilled cheese, and chicken wings.
     

    looking at things that (white) men do.
     
    But here's the real flaw in your argument, which I that there is some sort of confirmation bias at work here --- black men, in fact, do many of the things that white guys do, you know like fix the dishwasher, detail their car, change their oil, replace the soffits and fascia on their house, waterproof their basement, etc., but, for some reason, they do *not* go on YouTube and teach you how to do those technical/skill based tasks for free in anywhere the same numbers as white guys.
  25. In fairness to women. First, women have too busy with their families to spend time on wikipedia. Second, they’re too practical. Third, Wikipedia deals with a lot of knowledge that women don’t really care about: History, Military, Sports, Science, etc. How many wikipedia biographies are there of women, who aren’t singers or actresses compared to men?

    And most women would rather interact with a real human being than type stuff on the internet

  26. @notsaying
    It seems to me we really don't know enough to explain a lot of differences between men and women.

    In the US, a lot of statistics we use are mostly about white men and white women, especially the historical studies before, say, 1970 when the US was mostly white with blacks being the only minority with a significantly presence here. So I do not see how we can safely assume that men worldwide are this and women worldwide are that based on white people in the US.

    I remember reading something years ago that explained that in measuring some things, white men's highs are higher and their lows are lower than other men's or of any subset of women. That idea seemed true to me. I have no idea why white men are different.

    We do have a lot of men with a lot more time on their hands than women. For one thing, there's a lot of single parent households and most of them are headed by women. There's a few guys who write a lot more for Wikipedia but then on the other hand, there's more than few who spend 40 or 60+ hours a week watching sports and playing video games. In terms of social functioning, it seems that most of the individuals who have severe troubles with social interactions and effective communication with others are guys.

    I think there's a lot of mysteries here and a lot strengths balanced out by weaknesses.

    Final observation: I think there's a lot of fellows who'd have a fit if their women relatives and ex-wives lived the same lives that they did, both in terms of activities and allocation of time.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @Udolpho

    Well, Mr Notsaying: Here’s a way to start solving your dilemma.

    Make a list of all the mammalian species where the male and female have equal abilities in every regard.

    Make a list of the evolutionary reasons why Homo Sapiens is different from everything else on your first list.

    Job done.

  27. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Karen, as someone whose job is to be perceptive, surely could not have been that surprised – she should have noticed that simple fact from her several years of participation. I certainly wasn’t and my only surprise was that there seemed to be even less women among the conference participants than my experience had suggested. The flip side of it, those few self-selected women tend to be top notch. The conference was interesting and particularly interesting was some CIA/IARPA guy who told us few amusing things about CIA analysts’ practices (while asking not to share the stories with any media.)

    On a further subject of diversity, it was also kind of a white male affair. Among those attending, there were some East Asian males and some South Asians males. But their numbers were much smaller than what one would predict from estimated IQ of the corresponding immigrant groups or from Apple/Google/Yahoo employment stats. Oh, and there was one black guy. He was probably somewhere around 0.5%. A very nice and pleasant fellow. Age-wise, the distribution seemed pretty even – maybe some bias toward 40+ but not too much. Certainly there were many very young faces.

  28. @JustAnotherGuyWithA1911
    Another interesting internet manifestation of white guys doing stuff for for free is: White Guys Teaching Stuff For Free on YouTube ("WGTSFYT").

    WGTSFYT takes on different complexion than beta-male wiki-wars. The act of teaching isn't driven by the need be "right" or pure status striving (albeit everybody likes "likes"), but to convey useful technical skills. (Of course, you can always count some guy(s) in the comment section telling the up-loader that he can't, say, for example, play Angus Young's solo on "You Shook Me" for shit).

    For instance, the other day I wanted to change out the hammer and rebound springs on my S&W 686 7 shot revolver with Wilson Combat aftermarket ones. (Honestly, for a gun so damn expensive, the trigger pull is horrendous). There were several videos by white guys and, only one, Larry at MidwayUSA, was looking to make anything off it, e.g., selling a Wheeler rebound spring removal tool.

    Then, after I realized I needed an extended firing pin to insure positive ignition of non-Federal primers (which I learned in a S&W forum populated by, I presume, a particular subset of white guys known in the gun community as Old Fat White Guys ("OFWG'S")) I picked up an extended Apex XP firing pin and, sure enough - there was a video of a white guy showing how to replace it. And incidentally - in the tear down to get at the firing pin I used the Wheeler rebound spring removal tool that Larry sold me. The circle of whiteness, I guess.

    Another example - guitar set up. It can cost you $60 - 75 bucks in the NE. When you pay for a guitar set up, the luthier (or the guy at the Guitar Center who took a 2 weeks internet class) will replace the strings, set their height to your style and preference, make sure that they are properly in alignment with the radius of the fret board, and, finally, ensure proper intonation, i.e., make sure the guitar is in tune with itself, so if play an A at the twelfth fret it will neither sharper or flatter that if you played the open A string. I got tired of paying to have it done, so I found a YouTube video by, of course, a white guy (in Italy, I think) explaining how to set-up your guitar. It was a complicated task, but I executed it reasonably well.

    Yes, you can find white woman teaching white woman stuff on YouTube, but even in domestic area like, say, cooking - you will find a lot of videos of white guys teaching you how to make perfect scrambled eggs, deviled eggs, grilled cheese, and chicken wings.

    I just find it so damn telling that at the end of the day if you want to detail your car like a pro, fix your dishwasher, replace the side view mirror on your Saab that you knocked off, tune-up your snow blower, i.e, any useful technical skill or ability - 90% of the time its gonna be a white guy on YouTube teaching you how to do it.

    My guess is that the selection for cooperative traits in white Europeans in the colder climes of Europe drives this behavior in some way.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @E. Rekshun, @Twinkie

    For instance, the other day I wanted to change out the hammer and rebound springs on my S&W 686 7 shot revolver with Wilson Combat aftermarket ones. (Honestly, for a gun so damn expensive, the trigger pull is horrendous). There were several videos by white guys and, only one, Larry at MidwayUSA, was looking to make anything off it, e.g., selling a Wheeler rebound spring removal tool.

    Then, after I realized I needed an extended firing pin to insure positive ignition of non-Federal primers (which I learned in a S&W forum populated by, I presume, a particular subset of white guys known in the gun community as Old Fat White Guys (“OFWG’S”)) I picked up an extended Apex XP firing pin and, sure enough – there was a video of a white guy showing how to replace it. And incidentally – in the tear down to get at the firing pin I used the Wheeler rebound spring removal tool that Larry sold me. The circle of whiteness, I guess.

    Or you could just learn to work the double action well with good training.

    I have a no-dash 686 and a more recent 686-6 (both six-shots, not the + model). While it’s true that the older version has a better, smoother trigger and fit & finish (and no MIM parts), in practice the trigger pull weight is not all that different. Reducing the poundage of the hammer spring is not conducive absolute reliability. You want that hard hit on the primer if your gun is meant for serious “social purpose.” What you DO want though is a smooth pull with minimal creep or over travel. A good smith can smoothen the trigger for sure. But so will shooting the gun a few thousand times.

    As a people we Americans seem terribly insistent on “bettering” things that aren’t broken. We buy loads of “upgrades” and do enhancements that generally do not improve the function of the devices in question. I suppose that, too, is a part of the “circle of whiteness,” inventing commercial “innovations” that are about selling stuff that consumers don’t really need.

    Per John Boyd, “people first, ideas second, hardware third.”

  29. When men exist without women, they live for momentary pleasures.: to eat, to drink, to shit, to hurt (others), and to rape. They have no care in the world, because they only have to fend for themselves. They live or die by their swords.

    Monasteries.

  30. @Twinkie

    That’s the oldest story in the world, Steve. As all men know, in another context, women never but never do anything for ‘free’.
     
    Not all women are whores.

    Women give birth to life for free all too often. Many a women have given up their own lives so that their unborn would see the light safely.

    I am as distressed as the next cranky conservative about the ridiculous pervasiveness of feminism today, but let's not go overboard. Women civilize men. Without them, society would indeed be dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Anon7

    Women civilize men.

    No, they don’t. Caring for women civilizes men. Important difference.

    As Daniel Amneus liked to point out, someone has to civilize the women.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    @Reg Cæsar


    No, they don’t. Caring for women civilizes men. Important difference.
     
    Geez, now we're just arguing over semantics (you might read my more extended explanation in message 29 above).

    Mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters, by their mere existence, civilize men.

    Once you have a daughter, you never look at women the same way again.

    , @Chubby Ape
    @Reg Cæsar

    "As Daniel Amneus liked to point out, someone has to civilize the women."

    Yes, just watch a little TV to see what we get when men pander to women's tastes and natural inclinations for too long: cheap thrills and squabbling over trivia.

  31. Since it has been known for a long while that CA suffers from droughts from time to time, isn’t the current crisis a consequence of too many immigrants?

    No. It’s the consequence of too many natives refusing to leave and make room for them!

  32. As much as I am a big fan of old white guys teaching useful and vital stuff for free on the Internet, I think young white gals demonstrating Kentucky lifestyle is superior and vastly more entertaining:

    This has everything: a cute woman (ah, the accent!), meat on the grill, semi-auto shotgun blasts, and an amazing personal outdoor gun range every home should have.

    And we all know that’s why the old white guys at DARPA invented the internet – for fun, not for knowledge. Resilient communication in a global thermo-nuclear war was just an excuse to get government funding.

  33. @Reg Cæsar
    @Twinkie


    Women civilize men.
     
    No, they don't. Caring for women civilizes men. Important difference.

    As Daniel Amneus liked to point out, someone has to civilize the women.

    Replies: @Twinkie, @Chubby Ape

    No, they don’t. Caring for women civilizes men. Important difference.

    Geez, now we’re just arguing over semantics (you might read my more extended explanation in message 29 above).

    Mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters, by their mere existence, civilize men.

    Once you have a daughter, you never look at women the same way again.

  34. Priss Factor [AKA "pizza with hot pepper"] says:

    http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9403E2DF113EE43BBC4B52DFB7678389679EDE

    A totally forgotten film, a real pity.

    One of those art films that everyone is embarrassed to talk about. Their loss.

  35. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    I’m one of those guys who puts stuff on the net for free, so I have an inside view. In this case it’s a pretty small niche – sample libraries for making music: http://www.karoryfer.com/karoryfer-samples if anyone’s curious.

    It seems to be a very white guy thing. It’s actually quite easy to get girls to record samples – our cello and one of our basses are girls, and we’re now working on a samples of a girl who does death metal vocals. They’ll be happy to spend an hour recording stuff, find good pictures, and test it once it’s usable. But they don’t seem to have much interest in cutting it into individual samples, mapping it and so on, or even bragging much about it online as their work. That seems to be the white and nerdy stuff that doesn’t really interest them.

    At least I’m pretty swarthy for a white guy, and I’ve found a way to use this stuff as an excuse to talk to girls in real life.

  36. @Reg Cæsar
    @Twinkie


    Women civilize men.
     
    No, they don't. Caring for women civilizes men. Important difference.

    As Daniel Amneus liked to point out, someone has to civilize the women.

    Replies: @Twinkie, @Chubby Ape

    “As Daniel Amneus liked to point out, someone has to civilize the women.”

    Yes, just watch a little TV to see what we get when men pander to women’s tastes and natural inclinations for too long: cheap thrills and squabbling over trivia.

  37. Or you could just learn to work the double action well with good training.

    Heh, this brings to mind this quote from myself:

    . (Of course, you can always count some guy(s) in the comment section telling the up-loader that he can’t, say, for example, play Angus Young’s solo on “You Shook Me” for shit).

    Kidding aside, I agree with you. In fact, I was breaking the 686 in with with dry fire. I use the distal joint on the palmar side of my trigger finger, a.k.a. “power crease, when shooting revolvers, which both Mas Ayoob and Grant Cunningham advocate. Bottom line, I ended up either compressing a nerve or screwing up a tendon. It has sorted itself out mostly, but that is the reason why I spent the time trying to bring down the trigger pull.

    The 686 is intended for “social purposes” so I will to run 300 or rounds of various brands through it to check for reliability before I start carrying it. It is a 3 inch model and, with Altamont boot grips, is actually pretty concealable with a good belt and OWB holster.

    Of course, a trigger job will help. I am going to buy Jerry Miculek’s DVD on the subject and do it myself.

    As to the the virtues of the older vs. newer smiths, I have a K-Frame 19-5 (which would have no MIM parts, but lacks a pinned barrel and recessed cylinder). I bought it used and, man, does it have a wonderful trigger pull (honestly, it is like magic). In fact, I dry fired it so many times that, even using snap caps/spent cases, I broke the firing pin, or “hammer nose” in S&W parlance, which is a lot harder to replace (and find OEM) than the frame mounted ones, as it it’s riveted into the hammer.

    It should, of course, come as no surprise to anyone here that there was white guy on YouTube explaining how to replace it.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    @JustAnotherGuyWithA1911


    As to the the virtues of the older vs. newer smiths, I have a K-Frame 19-5 (which would have no MIM parts, but lacks a pinned barrel and recessed cylinder). I bought it used and, man, does it have a wonderful trigger pull (honestly, it is like magic).
     
    Back in the day when S&W cared about quality, its workers fitted the wooden stocks/grips by hand to each revolver. That's right. Grips used to be fitted to each revolver. Obviously by hand.

    So one can just imagine (or in your case, feel in your hand) the fitting of the ignition parts from those days. And for all that, I think guns cost less in PPP terms back in those days (of course metallurgy is better today, as is the emergence of widespread CNC manufacturing, but that's another topic).

    It's great to learn to do gunsmithing. But for serious social purpose tools, I rely on professionals with decades of experience who get paid well and have long waitlists for a reason. Kitchen table gunsmiths (and Dremel tools) have damaged far more guns than they have fixed.

    I think there is too much of an "upgrade" and "customization" culture among the gun-buying public (more like hobbyists) today anyway. Back in the day, the Walther PP with tiny sights (no dots, no Tritium, no fiber optic) and 18 lb. DA trigger in 32 ACP was the police gun di rigueur.

    Now everyone wants a customized .45 ACP with Tritium sights, 3.5 lbs. a crisp SA trigger, and a whole host of hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars worth of "upgrades."

    Seriously, people ought to just shoot the darn stock guns a few thousand times and then, maybe, just maybe, think of a few useful upgrades once they get used to the gun.
  38. @vinegary
    The gentlemen on this thread think it is only white men giving instructions for free on youtube because you are only looking at things that (white) men do. If you want instruction in things women do or like, you will find plenty of women giving free lessons on child rearing, cooking, baking, gardening, beauty, housekeeping, etc.

    I know, I know, you won't think these things have as much merit as basement waterproofing. Whatever. Just don't pretend that only white men have a sharing spirit.

    Replies: @JustAnotherGuyWithA1911

    The gentlemen on this thread think it is only white men giving instructions for free on youtube because you are only looking at things that (white) men do.

    Reading is fundamental. To quote from myself:

    Yes, you can find white woman teaching white woman stuff on YouTube, but even in domestic area like, say, cooking – you will find a lot of videos of white guys teaching you how to make perfect scrambled eggs, deviled eggs, grilled cheese, and chicken wings.

    looking at things that (white) men do.

    But here’s the real flaw in your argument, which I that there is some sort of confirmation bias at work here — black men, in fact, do many of the things that white guys do, you know like fix the dishwasher, detail their car, change their oil, replace the soffits and fascia on their house, waterproof their basement, etc., but, for some reason, they do *not* go on YouTube and teach you how to do those technical/skill based tasks for free in anywhere the same numbers as white guys.

  39. And you? What do you suggest? Let’s continue the conversation.

    *has comments closed on entire blog*

    I love it when liberals make like they want to have a conversation and forget they live in sound proofed isolation tanks.

  40. @notsaying
    It seems to me we really don't know enough to explain a lot of differences between men and women.

    In the US, a lot of statistics we use are mostly about white men and white women, especially the historical studies before, say, 1970 when the US was mostly white with blacks being the only minority with a significantly presence here. So I do not see how we can safely assume that men worldwide are this and women worldwide are that based on white people in the US.

    I remember reading something years ago that explained that in measuring some things, white men's highs are higher and their lows are lower than other men's or of any subset of women. That idea seemed true to me. I have no idea why white men are different.

    We do have a lot of men with a lot more time on their hands than women. For one thing, there's a lot of single parent households and most of them are headed by women. There's a few guys who write a lot more for Wikipedia but then on the other hand, there's more than few who spend 40 or 60+ hours a week watching sports and playing video games. In terms of social functioning, it seems that most of the individuals who have severe troubles with social interactions and effective communication with others are guys.

    I think there's a lot of mysteries here and a lot strengths balanced out by weaknesses.

    Final observation: I think there's a lot of fellows who'd have a fit if their women relatives and ex-wives lived the same lives that they did, both in terms of activities and allocation of time.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @Udolpho

    It seems to me we really don’t know enough to explain a lot of differences between men and women.

    This is pretty much only true if you are a) young, b) stupid, or c) liberal.

  41. @JustAnotherGuyWithA1911

    Or you could just learn to work the double action well with good training.
     
    Heh, this brings to mind this quote from myself:

    . (Of course, you can always count some guy(s) in the comment section telling the up-loader that he can’t, say, for example, play Angus Young’s solo on “You Shook Me” for shit).
     
    Kidding aside, I agree with you. In fact, I was breaking the 686 in with with dry fire. I use the distal joint on the palmar side of my trigger finger, a.k.a. "power crease, when shooting revolvers, which both Mas Ayoob and Grant Cunningham advocate. Bottom line, I ended up either compressing a nerve or screwing up a tendon. It has sorted itself out mostly, but that is the reason why I spent the time trying to bring down the trigger pull.

    The 686 is intended for "social purposes" so I will to run 300 or rounds of various brands through it to check for reliability before I start carrying it. It is a 3 inch model and, with Altamont boot grips, is actually pretty concealable with a good belt and OWB holster.

    Of course, a trigger job will help. I am going to buy Jerry Miculek's DVD on the subject and do it myself.

    As to the the virtues of the older vs. newer smiths, I have a K-Frame 19-5 (which would have no MIM parts, but lacks a pinned barrel and recessed cylinder). I bought it used and, man, does it have a wonderful trigger pull (honestly, it is like magic). In fact, I dry fired it so many times that, even using snap caps/spent cases, I broke the firing pin, or "hammer nose" in S&W parlance, which is a lot harder to replace (and find OEM) than the frame mounted ones, as it it's riveted into the hammer.

    It should, of course, come as no surprise to anyone here that there was white guy on YouTube explaining how to replace it.

    Replies: @Twinkie

    As to the the virtues of the older vs. newer smiths, I have a K-Frame 19-5 (which would have no MIM parts, but lacks a pinned barrel and recessed cylinder). I bought it used and, man, does it have a wonderful trigger pull (honestly, it is like magic).

    Back in the day when S&W cared about quality, its workers fitted the wooden stocks/grips by hand to each revolver. That’s right. Grips used to be fitted to each revolver. Obviously by hand.

    So one can just imagine (or in your case, feel in your hand) the fitting of the ignition parts from those days. And for all that, I think guns cost less in PPP terms back in those days (of course metallurgy is better today, as is the emergence of widespread CNC manufacturing, but that’s another topic).

    It’s great to learn to do gunsmithing. But for serious social purpose tools, I rely on professionals with decades of experience who get paid well and have long waitlists for a reason. Kitchen table gunsmiths (and Dremel tools) have damaged far more guns than they have fixed.

    I think there is too much of an “upgrade” and “customization” culture among the gun-buying public (more like hobbyists) today anyway. Back in the day, the Walther PP with tiny sights (no dots, no Tritium, no fiber optic) and 18 lb. DA trigger in 32 ACP was the police gun di rigueur.

    Now everyone wants a customized .45 ACP with Tritium sights, 3.5 lbs. a crisp SA trigger, and a whole host of hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars worth of “upgrades.”

    Seriously, people ought to just shoot the darn stock guns a few thousand times and then, maybe, just maybe, think of a few useful upgrades once they get used to the gun.

  42. Now you’ve gone and done it, Steve! Your VDare.com version of this post was picked up by the Good Judgment Project’s computer (I assume), and linked to in the Web site’s list of news stories related to one of the issues being predicted by us participants. Soon, the $PLC and its ilk will be listing the Good Judgment Project as a newly discovered “hate group”– joining VDare.com itself– and demanding that the project be shut down, post haste, with the professors and staffers involved all being two-minute hated into submission, ostracism and permanent penury. Way to go, spoilsport!

  43. @Steve Sailer
    @JustAnotherGuyWithA1911

    "White Guys Teaching Stuff For Free on YouTube (“WGTSFYT”)."

    My wife's nephew spent a few months with us fixing up our dilapidated house. I was amazed at the number of things this 19 year old could do, but he explained that there were innumerable videos on Youtube where guys show you how to install a new garbage disposal or whatever.

    Replies: @Pat Boyle

    Yes there are many How-To videos on YouTube. Yesterday I watched about a dozen videos on how the build a ‘Rocket Stove’.

    I’d never even heard of a Rocket Stove until yesterday. Now I’m an expert.

    I’m currently reading Tyler Cowan’s short book ‘The Great Stagnation’. He blames in part our slow progress in GNP on the fact that the Internet is the most significant technical innovation in recent times but almost everything on it is free. Had I gone to a movie yesterday the ticket price would have been added to the National Income. But since I watched the Internet, no money changed hands.

    I’m, it seems, personally responsible for the bad economy. All those male Wikipedia volunteers are guilty too.

  44. *has comments closed on entire blog*

    I love it when liberals make like they want to have a conversation and forget they live in sound proofed isolation tanks.

    Jews practiced one-way gene flow for eons (many still do).

    Libs practice one-way meme flow.

  45. @Frank Lee
    The lack of women in Wikipedia editing and other places is due to the environment of male hostility...even when they post anonymously using a male name (male venom knows no bounds).

    Just like stock investing; women and minorities, when clicking the mouse to buy and sell stocks, are discriminated against by the online brokerage website software (because the people who programmed the websites are male).

    Anyone who disagrees with any of the above is a misogynist racist.

    Replies: @dcite

    I presume you are being facetious. It is in fact true in certain environment where men really, really want to first. Like gaming. In fact there are a lot of videos done by women–there was a black girl who had a sewing series. She was very good until she was shot to death by her boyfriend.
    It has nothing to do with doing it for free. Women do all kinds of stuff for free and figure heavily in volunteer activities. However, they tend not like messing with technical stuff when they don’t have to.

  46. @Twinkie

    That’s the oldest story in the world, Steve. As all men know, in another context, women never but never do anything for ‘free’.
     
    Not all women are whores.

    Women give birth to life for free all too often. Many a women have given up their own lives so that their unborn would see the light safely.

    I am as distressed as the next cranky conservative about the ridiculous pervasiveness of feminism today, but let's not go overboard. Women civilize men. Without them, society would indeed be dog eat dog, all nasty, brutish, and short.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Anon7

    “Women civilize men.”

    Yech. Not this one again. Men built civilization from scratch, dear. All of it.

  47. “Yech. Not this one again. Men built civilization from scratch, dear. All of it.”

    You don’t know what the scratch was when it first started. Earliest agriculture, weaving, that sort of thing. But when it comes to mastering the physical beyond a certain pragmatic function, yes, men have been the inventors; or at least some of them have. But they didn’t exist in a vacuum and they couldn’t have done a lot of whatever it is they’ve done without women. In anycase, I think Twinkie, who is a guy, meant more esoteric aspects of civilization, like behaviour. Not the mechanics, which have indeed been researched and put together by men. Who can imagine the Brooklyn Bridge designed and assembled by women? Although I think nowadays there are a few females who could design one.

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