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From Material Religion, an academic journal:

Mimicking Religion as Coping Strategy: The Emergence of the Bell-Curve God in Singapore

Lily Kong
This is an Author’s Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Material Religion, 27 October 2016,

… The importance placed on education and, relatedly, examinations, in many Asian societies is well known. The means adopted to cope with the stresses that come along with such intensity are myriad. It is in such contexts that the emergence of a “Bell Curve God” in Singapore must be understood.

The “Bell Curve God” originates from the bell curve grading system, where the performance of a student in an examination is determined based on his/her performance relative to his or her peers, and grades in a class are expected to be distributed along a curve, which in the most “pristine” is a normal distribution (that is, a bell curve)….

The Bell Curve God is characterized as capable of granting “blessings” to those who worship and pray to it. Students pray for its intervention to not have their grades classified in the lower end of the curve. They pray for “deliverance” and seek reward in the form of grades “sustenance”

The manner of “worship” of the Bell Curve God can take different forms. Generally, these practices emerge near exam time. Some students may carry an imprint of the Bell Curve God in their daily lives, such as placing this as a background photo on personal devices such as mobile phones. More commonly, students visit physical “altars” or “shrines” containing caricature drawings of the Bell Curve God. Inevitably, the Bell Curve God is togged in a mortar cap with a graduation gown. In one of the local universities, a lion (the university’s mascot) dons the graduation gown (Figure 1).

Physical shrines may be decorated with items such as food and candles. A series of “rituals” is also involved in the worship, and a set of instructions accompany the shrine to enact worship—e.g. taking sweets from a glass jar, ringing a bell, throwing dice, bowing, reciting words (Figure 2). A certain informality prevails, with pictures that are hand-drawn, and instructions handwritten, with spontaneous, almost makeshift “altars” thrown together. As much as there is a serious element to the worship of the Bell Curve God, it simultaneously carries humor, as caricature drawings of the “God” create amusement. The “offerings” presented to the Bell Curve God include popular snacks such as “Pocky sticks,” which carry a physical resemblance to the joss sticks used in Chinese worship. Such expressions suggest a creative imagination among students and offer some amusement for them as they face impending exams. In one local university, students suggested the theme of “You are your GPA [grade point average] Day” as a “celebration” of April Fool’s Day, and got librarians with a sense of humor to play out the theme at the library. Among the “religious” elements was the setting up of GPA confession booths, where students could go to confess why their GPA was so low or so high. The “truly hopeless” could then be directed to the Bell Curve God to seek forgiveness/blessings, and they could pen their wishes to offer to the Bell Curve God. The playfulness apparent in the association with April Fool’s Day is also manifest in the “worship” on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, where pages are dedicated to the Bell Curve God. The informality and sense of humor associated with this “worship” is apparent as students engage in a playful and interactive process of communicating with “God.” For some, all of this is about finding humor through the mimicry of religion, while for others there may be a genuine sense of investing in insurance through prayer. In a competitive examination-important context, the Bell Curve God constitutes part of the range of coping strategies for stressed students.

In contrast, in America the Bell Curve serves as a sort of Satan or Cthulhu, an omnipresent source of evil threatening to undermine the faithful’s belief in equality, a monster so sinister its existence should never be mentioned in explaining why life in America is the way it is.

In contrast to Singaporeans joking about their Bell Curve God, Americans are supposed to never mention, much less joke about their Bell Curve Demon.

 
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  1. Anti-Christs have a pretty poor track record compared to Christ, whatever Glibbon says.

    Especially anti-Christs as bathetic as Schicklgruber. Just makes true believers into laughingstocks.

    • Replies: @James Speaks
    @Desiderius


    Anti-Christs have a pretty poor track record compared to Christ,
     
    Jesus was the original anti-Christ.
  2. In contrast to Singaporeans joking about their Bell Curve God

    “Joking”.

    Please let me own a casino near where plenty of Chinese live. I don’t know why, but there’s something about the mix of statistics, superstition and money that appeals to them more than it does anyone else.

    I think they particularly hate uncertainty and need to feel safe. The “Bell Curve God”, with its jurisdiction over the measurable world, in the form of test results, is a great deity for that. The recent banning of private tuition for profit in China suggests that it is a profoundly felt obsession. I can’t help but think of the experiments where Chinese babies preferred a comforting mask on their face.

    “Black girl magic” seems to appeal European curiosity and the need to feel in wonder, or maybe danger. Chinese superstition is trying to make the unknown known. European superstition is trying to ensure an ever existing unknown.

    Maybe this is wrong, it is certain a gross generalisation, but I’d market my products accordingly.

    • Agree: sayless, Spect3r
    • Replies: @SIMP simp
    @Triteleia Laxa

    The chinese are heavy gamblers, but israelis even more so.

    Replies: @Triteleia Laxa, @nebulafox

  3. Yeah… that only proves that there’s more than one way society can go off the rails. I would prefer some kind of happy medium where we don’t have a society based on false promises of meritocracy nor a society where slipping to *average* consigns you to a life of being a Singapore street sweeper and your most rational option is to just check out and play video games. Can we have that? I don’t want kids living through a college o-chem class from the time that they’re 5. I don’t want kids to have to get into Harvard because that’s the one school that counts and we all just pretend that any smart kid can get in if they work at it.

    • Agree: AnotherDad
    • Replies: @Pittsburgh Thatcherite
    @Nathan

    Average Singaporeans have one of the highest standards of living in the world.

    When Singapore became an independent nation in 1965, many Singaporeans lived in flimsy shanties, without sanitation.

    Today, every Singaporean can buy an inexpensive modern apartment from the government.

    .

    For example, a new one-bedroom apartment ("2-Room flexi" model) costs 90,000 Singapore dollars, or $66,000 US dollars.

    These government-built apartments are well-designed:
    - Close to mass transit
    - Short walk to shopping and schools
    - Inexpensive food court on ground floor

    Since government-subsidized housing is a good deal, 80% of families buy an apartment from the government.

    Singapore is one of the most densely populated places in the world.
    Affordable modern housing for every citizen is a stunning achievement.

    .

    Other benefits of living in Singapore:
    - High incomes
    - Low taxes
    - Everyone has quality health care
    - Zero crime
    - Excellent education

    Singapore has the best government in the world.

    Replies: @Rob

    , @Pittsburgh Thatcherite
    @Nathan

    Average Singaporeans have one of the highest standards of living in the world.

    Walking alone at night without fear is a basic human right that the overwhelming majority of women all over the world do not enjoy.

    Singapore is one of the very few nations in the world where women feel safe walking alone at night, because there is no crime.

    Singapore has the best government in the world.

    Replies: @Mike_from_SGV, @nebulafox

  4. Bell Curve Demon

    Speaking of demons, remember “The Omen?”

    Remember that kid from the movie? Well, he grew up to be Donald Trump.

  5. Well, looks like they’re finally cracking down on political protesters who deface property.

    If I ran the Democratic Party, I’d pass anti-blasphemy laws to punish anyone who defaced a BLM or Gay Pride flag.

    If I ran the Republican Party, I’d respond by punishing anyone who defaced the Israeli flag.

    Regardless of where you stand on political issues, there are three symbols that you shouldn’t be allowed to deface.

    The Holy Triumvirate of the American Empire.

    View post on imgur.com

    • Agree: Boomthorkell
    • LOL: Desiderius
    • Replies: @TelfoedJohn
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Can someone tell me if this is a joke?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-57616677

    The 'damaged' pride crossing has tire marks on it... Imagine that, tire marks on a road.

    Replies: @Bill Jones

  6. The article is from 2016. A lot changes monthly in this new woke world.

  7. • Thanks: El Dato
    • LOL: Redneck farmer
    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    @fnn

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ji_hdVuYwU

    They should do a remake of "Leave It to Beaver."

    In the new remake, Ward comes out as gay. The Clever neighborhood experiences a refugee influx, with a family of veiled Syrians living next door. Beaver realizes that he's probably "gender fluid," so he starts wearing a dress.

    In the first episode, Ward loses his job to an H-1b. So June ends up becoming the primary breadwinner. Fortunately, she finds a high-paying job as a diversity consultant to Amazon.

    Meanwhile, Wally becomes a TikTok "influencer" and earns $200,000 through corporate promotions.

    Promising to strengthen the US-Israel relationship, Eddie Haskell is elected to Congress as a Republican. He eventually gets investigated for taking bribes from defense contractors.

    Lumpy Rutherford joins the "Boogaloo Boys" and ends up getting entrapped by Feds. Ward and June stage an intervention to deradicalize poor Lumpy.

    It would truly be a show for our age.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nvclk4p6Wo

    Replies: @James Speaks, @James J O'Meara

    , @James J O'Meara
    @fnn

    The 50s has been deboooonked!

    , @Redneck farmer
    @fnn

    The annoying part about such people is that many believe the future will be different than the supposedly absolutely horrible past.

    , @Pericles
    @fnn

    What are they eating? Those things are not bugs.

  8. a lion (the university’s mascot)

    What? Not a tigress?

    At least it’s not a merlion:

    …the joss sticks used in Chinese worship.

    Joss comes from the Portuguese for “god”. Evidently they sounded more like Brazilians in those days. Kind of like the way “Americanisms” such as fall (the season), gotten, and soccer are of English origin, but have mostly died out in the mother country.

    “You are your GPA [grade point average] Day”

    That was my cousin’s attitude as a freshman. Her college had a tradition of US Marines coming by to help them move in at orientation. When one heard about her obsession, he suggested she sign up for ROTC as an easy A.

    She ended up a career officer in the Army, dragging her husband and four kids around Europe and Asia.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Reg Cæsar

    Merlion looks an awful lot like the Demiurge or that late-empire literal sock puppet god.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    , @donut
    @Reg Cæsar

    What does she think about today's Army ?

  9. Asian credentialism really is bad though. Every great Asian philosophy book I ever read has a passage admonishing the reader about phronesis versus pedantry (this is the meaning of the bit in 5 Rings where Musashi says that anyone who wants to be a samurai would learn more by becoming a cobbler’s apprentice) and yet the main thing they are accused of is credentialism and pedantry.
    OT but inescapable

    • Replies: @sayless
    @J.Ross

    Reminds me of a quote from a student of an early Hassidic master: "I didn't go to the Rebbe to hear him teach. I went to see how he tied his shoes."

    Replies: @J.Ross

    , @Jim
    @J.Ross

    Traditional Japan did not have a written exam system like China where the use of written exams goes back more than two thousand years.

    Replies: @J.Ross

  10. @Reg Cæsar

    a lion (the university’s mascot)
     
    What? Not a tigress?

    At least it's not a merlion:



    https://upload.travelawaits.com/ta/uploads/2021/04/singapore-s-merlion-at-night51ccd9-1024x683.jpg

    ...the joss sticks used in Chinese worship.
     
    Joss comes from the Portuguese for "god". Evidently they sounded more like Brazilians in those days. Kind of like the way "Americanisms" such as fall (the season), gotten, and soccer are of English origin, but have mostly died out in the mother country.


    “You are your GPA [grade point average] Day”
     
    That was my cousin's attitude as a freshman. Her college had a tradition of US Marines coming by to help them move in at orientation. When one heard about her obsession, he suggested she sign up for ROTC as an easy A.

    She ended up a career officer in the Army, dragging her husband and four kids around Europe and Asia.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @donut

    Merlion looks an awful lot like the Demiurge or that late-empire literal sock puppet god.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @J.Ross


    Merlion looks an awful lot like the Demiurge or that late-empire literal sock puppet god.
     
    https://ballparkdigest.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/burlingtonsockpuppetsall-1024x576.jpg

    Replies: @Ralph L

  11. What do Asians do with the food they give to their ancestors? In the case of a shrine to a living and hopefully performing student, the shrine “sacrifices” can clearly double as rewards for particular achievements. That might even be the idea. But there’s no yellow reading material, which I horribly suspect might be highly effective. And that in the corner … that’s ramen, isn’t it? Your reward for studying your tail off is ramen?

  12. @fnn
    The Old Religion was an evil hoax.

    https://twitter.com/pr1nceofthef4ll/status/1419368464427454466

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @James J O'Meara, @Redneck farmer, @Pericles

    They should do a remake of “Leave It to Beaver.”

    In the new remake, Ward comes out as gay. The Clever neighborhood experiences a refugee influx, with a family of veiled Syrians living next door. Beaver realizes that he’s probably “gender fluid,” so he starts wearing a dress.

    In the first episode, Ward loses his job to an H-1b. So June ends up becoming the primary breadwinner. Fortunately, she finds a high-paying job as a diversity consultant to Amazon.

    Meanwhile, Wally becomes a TikTok “influencer” and earns $200,000 through corporate promotions.

    Promising to strengthen the US-Israel relationship, Eddie Haskell is elected to Congress as a Republican. He eventually gets investigated for taking bribes from defense contractors.

    Lumpy Rutherford joins the “Boogaloo Boys” and ends up getting entrapped by Feds. Ward and June stage an intervention to deradicalize poor Lumpy.

    It would truly be a show for our age.

    • Thanks: Dan Hayes
    • LOL: Escher
    • Replies: @James Speaks
    @JohnnyWalker123


    with a family of veiled Syrians
     
    with a family of veiled Saudis

    FIFY
    , @James J O'Meara
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Boogaloo Boys? No, Lumpy Rutherford is Matt Heimbach, who's restarting the TWP.

    That makes Eddie Haskel Richard Spencer.

  13. Administration Question:

    Are you cross-posting everything on Unz and vDare? I found a thought inducing piece at vDare that I don’t see here.

    https://vdare.com/posts/why-l-a-used-to-not-have-many-homeless-people-camarillo-state-mental-hospital

    EDIT: never mind. Found it. You’re in one of your manic/prolific modes.

    Anyway, here’s just one of Detriot’s former nuthouses:

    The scale was epic. It’s now a Toyota tech center.

  14. OK, a Singapore essay, so I will haul-out my old Singapore joke.

    An Indian, an American, and a Singaporean are asked, “What is your opinion of the nutritional value of beef.”

    The Indian replies, “what is beef?”
    The American replies, “what is nutritional value?”
    The Singaporean replies, “what is an opinion?”

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @SafeNow

    I would not flourish in Singapore.

    Replies: @jews make me tired man, @Joe Stalin, @The Last Real Calvinist

  15. @SafeNow
    OK, a Singapore essay, so I will haul-out my old Singapore joke.

    An Indian, an American, and a Singaporean are asked, “What is your opinion of the nutritional value of beef.”

    The Indian replies, “what is beef?”
    The American replies, “what is nutritional value?”
    The Singaporean replies, “what is an opinion?”

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    I would not flourish in Singapore.

    • Agree: Supply and Demand
    • LOL: SafeNow
    • Replies: @jews make me tired man
    @Steve Sailer

    dude! singapore is an entrepot, the world's largest, not a country.

    SAT analogies

    singapore: los angeles :: country: ?

    CITY
    /

    , @Joe Stalin
    @Steve Sailer

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hkxf4SC_SBk

    , @The Last Real Calvinist
    @Steve Sailer

    Singapore is a blast to visit -- for three or four days. On day five, you start to check your guidebook once or twice more than you should, and start to think about moving on.

    Having said that, I'm impressed by how many expats do seem to like it there. Maybe one would adjust.

    Replies: @nebulafox, @Inquiring Mind

  16. [MORE]

    https://twitter.com/OrangePartisan/status/1419368017398575105?s=20

    https://bacon.thefreelibrary.com/The-Essays/8-1

    HE THAT hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried or childless men; which both in affection and means, have married and endowed the public. Yet it were great reason that those that have children, should have greatest care of future times; unto which they know they must transmit their dearest pledges.

  17. have you noticed how steve doesn’t talk about his own hair?

    and deletes all comments about his hair?

    “there’s nothing more dangerours than a clever goy.” — steve sailer’s mss-d interview

    unz.com is such an ublievable fraud it’s sad.///

  18. @Reg Cæsar

    a lion (the university’s mascot)
     
    What? Not a tigress?

    At least it's not a merlion:



    https://upload.travelawaits.com/ta/uploads/2021/04/singapore-s-merlion-at-night51ccd9-1024x683.jpg

    ...the joss sticks used in Chinese worship.
     
    Joss comes from the Portuguese for "god". Evidently they sounded more like Brazilians in those days. Kind of like the way "Americanisms" such as fall (the season), gotten, and soccer are of English origin, but have mostly died out in the mother country.


    “You are your GPA [grade point average] Day”
     
    That was my cousin's attitude as a freshman. Her college had a tradition of US Marines coming by to help them move in at orientation. When one heard about her obsession, he suggested she sign up for ROTC as an easy A.

    She ended up a career officer in the Army, dragging her husband and four kids around Europe and Asia.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @donut

    What does she think about today’s Army ?

  19. @J.Ross
    Asian credentialism really is bad though. Every great Asian philosophy book I ever read has a passage admonishing the reader about phronesis versus pedantry (this is the meaning of the bit in 5 Rings where Musashi says that anyone who wants to be a samurai would learn more by becoming a cobbler's apprentice) and yet the main thing they are accused of is credentialism and pedantry.
    OT but inescapable
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEjU9KVABao

    Replies: @sayless, @Jim

    Reminds me of a quote from a student of an early Hassidic master: “I didn’t go to the Rebbe to hear him teach. I went to see how he tied his shoes.”

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @sayless

    Nice.

  20. @J.Ross
    @Reg Cæsar

    Merlion looks an awful lot like the Demiurge or that late-empire literal sock puppet god.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Merlion looks an awful lot like the Demiurge or that late-empire literal sock puppet god.

    • Replies: @Ralph L
    @Reg Cæsar

    A lot of socks and stockings were made in Burlington last century.

  21. His Excellency Lee Hsien Loong was Senior Wrangler at Cambridge. Imagine our rulers being favorites of the bell curve god.

  22. The Cleaver neighborhood experiences a refugee influx, with a family of veiled Syrians living next door.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    @Reg Cæsar

    What did Lebanese-American Danny Thomas ever do wrong to deserve daughter Marlo?

    Replies: @James Speaks, @AnotherDad

  23. @Nathan
    Yeah... that only proves that there's more than one way society can go off the rails. I would prefer some kind of happy medium where we don't have a society based on false promises of meritocracy nor a society where slipping to *average* consigns you to a life of being a Singapore street sweeper and your most rational option is to just check out and play video games. Can we have that? I don't want kids living through a college o-chem class from the time that they're 5. I don't want kids to have to get into Harvard because that's the one school that counts and we all just pretend that any smart kid can get in if they work at it.

    Replies: @Pittsburgh Thatcherite, @Pittsburgh Thatcherite

    Average Singaporeans have one of the highest standards of living in the world.

    When Singapore became an independent nation in 1965, many Singaporeans lived in flimsy shanties, without sanitation.

    Today, every Singaporean can buy an inexpensive modern apartment from the government.

    .

    For example, a new one-bedroom apartment (“2-Room flexi” model) costs 90,000 Singapore dollars, or $66,000 US dollars.

    These government-built apartments are well-designed:
    – Close to mass transit
    – Short walk to shopping and schools
    – Inexpensive food court on ground floor

    Since government-subsidized housing is a good deal, 80% of families buy an apartment from the government.

    Singapore is one of the most densely populated places in the world.
    Affordable modern housing for every citizen is a stunning achievement.

    .

    Other benefits of living in Singapore:
    – High incomes
    – Low taxes
    – Everyone has quality health care
    – Zero crime
    – Excellent education

    Singapore has the best government in the world.

    • Agree: Spect3r
    • Replies: @Rob
    @Pittsburgh Thatcherite

    Yet (while I have no room to judge) they do not do the basics of ensuring their society continues: everyone was a once a bebe. If Singaporean society were great, they would reproduce,

  24. @Nathan
    Yeah... that only proves that there's more than one way society can go off the rails. I would prefer some kind of happy medium where we don't have a society based on false promises of meritocracy nor a society where slipping to *average* consigns you to a life of being a Singapore street sweeper and your most rational option is to just check out and play video games. Can we have that? I don't want kids living through a college o-chem class from the time that they're 5. I don't want kids to have to get into Harvard because that's the one school that counts and we all just pretend that any smart kid can get in if they work at it.

    Replies: @Pittsburgh Thatcherite, @Pittsburgh Thatcherite

    Average Singaporeans have one of the highest standards of living in the world.

    Walking alone at night without fear is a basic human right that the overwhelming majority of women all over the world do not enjoy.

    Singapore is one of the very few nations in the world where women feel safe walking alone at night, because there is no crime.

    Singapore has the best government in the world.

    • Replies: @Mike_from_SGV
    @Pittsburgh Thatcherite

    I hear that in Singapore, criminals are vigorously beaten. If we did that here, I imagine that our problems with"teens" and "youths" would quickly disappear.

    Replies: @PiltdownMan

    , @nebulafox
    @Pittsburgh Thatcherite

    Singapore does have its flaws, and younger people will freely tell you them.

    That said, one thing I often told Singaporeans is that they'd appreciate how well their government did the "basics" if they lived for a while in another country where you couldn't take that for granted. I was right.

    Replies: @Anonymous

  25. @Reg Cæsar

    The Cleaver neighborhood experiences a refugee influx, with a family of veiled Syrians living next door.
     
    https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5bb5d79c2100000001c87889.jpeg

    Replies: @Dan Hayes

    What did Lebanese-American Danny Thomas ever do wrong to deserve daughter Marlo?

    • LOL: James Speaks
    • Replies: @James Speaks
    @Dan Hayes


    What did Lebanese-American Danny Thomas ever do wrong to deserve daughter Marlo?
     
    Founded St. Judes Children's Research Hospital.
    , @AnotherDad
    @Dan Hayes


    What did Lebanese-American Danny Thomas ever do wrong to deserve daughter Marlo?
     
    Married an Italian?



    Seriously, who knows what combination of genes/environment causes a--by all accounts--great guy like Danny Thomas to end up spawning a Marlo?

    I would guess that being put in front of the camera and having people cater to you, isn't great for perspective, realism and good character, perhaps particularly for a young woman.

    But whatever the environmental component, Marlo--who believed that a women's ideal was not marriage, children, family--will die childless and her genes with her.

    Replies: @James Speaks, @Dan Hayes

  26. @Steve Sailer
    @SafeNow

    I would not flourish in Singapore.

    Replies: @jews make me tired man, @Joe Stalin, @The Last Real Calvinist

    dude! singapore is an entrepot, the world’s largest, not a country.

    SAT analogies

    singapore: los angeles :: country: ?

    CITY
    /

  27. @Desiderius
    Anti-Christs have a pretty poor track record compared to Christ, whatever Glibbon says.

    Especially anti-Christs as bathetic as Schicklgruber. Just makes true believers into laughingstocks.

    Replies: @James Speaks

    Anti-Christs have a pretty poor track record compared to Christ,

    Jesus was the original anti-Christ.

  28. @Steve Sailer
    @SafeNow

    I would not flourish in Singapore.

    Replies: @jews make me tired man, @Joe Stalin, @The Last Real Calvinist

  29. @Reg Cæsar
    @J.Ross


    Merlion looks an awful lot like the Demiurge or that late-empire literal sock puppet god.
     
    https://ballparkdigest.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/burlingtonsockpuppetsall-1024x576.jpg

    Replies: @Ralph L

    A lot of socks and stockings were made in Burlington last century.

  30. @JohnnyWalker123
    @fnn

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ji_hdVuYwU

    They should do a remake of "Leave It to Beaver."

    In the new remake, Ward comes out as gay. The Clever neighborhood experiences a refugee influx, with a family of veiled Syrians living next door. Beaver realizes that he's probably "gender fluid," so he starts wearing a dress.

    In the first episode, Ward loses his job to an H-1b. So June ends up becoming the primary breadwinner. Fortunately, she finds a high-paying job as a diversity consultant to Amazon.

    Meanwhile, Wally becomes a TikTok "influencer" and earns $200,000 through corporate promotions.

    Promising to strengthen the US-Israel relationship, Eddie Haskell is elected to Congress as a Republican. He eventually gets investigated for taking bribes from defense contractors.

    Lumpy Rutherford joins the "Boogaloo Boys" and ends up getting entrapped by Feds. Ward and June stage an intervention to deradicalize poor Lumpy.

    It would truly be a show for our age.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nvclk4p6Wo

    Replies: @James Speaks, @James J O'Meara

    with a family of veiled Syrians

    with a family of veiled Saudis

    FIFY

  31. @fnn
    The Old Religion was an evil hoax.

    https://twitter.com/pr1nceofthef4ll/status/1419368464427454466

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @James J O'Meara, @Redneck farmer, @Pericles

    The 50s has been deboooonked!

  32. @Dan Hayes
    @Reg Cæsar

    What did Lebanese-American Danny Thomas ever do wrong to deserve daughter Marlo?

    Replies: @James Speaks, @AnotherDad

    What did Lebanese-American Danny Thomas ever do wrong to deserve daughter Marlo?

    Founded St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital.

  33. @JohnnyWalker123
    @fnn

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ji_hdVuYwU

    They should do a remake of "Leave It to Beaver."

    In the new remake, Ward comes out as gay. The Clever neighborhood experiences a refugee influx, with a family of veiled Syrians living next door. Beaver realizes that he's probably "gender fluid," so he starts wearing a dress.

    In the first episode, Ward loses his job to an H-1b. So June ends up becoming the primary breadwinner. Fortunately, she finds a high-paying job as a diversity consultant to Amazon.

    Meanwhile, Wally becomes a TikTok "influencer" and earns $200,000 through corporate promotions.

    Promising to strengthen the US-Israel relationship, Eddie Haskell is elected to Congress as a Republican. He eventually gets investigated for taking bribes from defense contractors.

    Lumpy Rutherford joins the "Boogaloo Boys" and ends up getting entrapped by Feds. Ward and June stage an intervention to deradicalize poor Lumpy.

    It would truly be a show for our age.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nvclk4p6Wo

    Replies: @James Speaks, @James J O'Meara

    Boogaloo Boys? No, Lumpy Rutherford is Matt Heimbach, who’s restarting the TWP.

    That makes Eddie Haskel Richard Spencer.

  34. @Dan Hayes
    @Reg Cæsar

    What did Lebanese-American Danny Thomas ever do wrong to deserve daughter Marlo?

    Replies: @James Speaks, @AnotherDad

    What did Lebanese-American Danny Thomas ever do wrong to deserve daughter Marlo?

    Married an Italian?

    [MORE]

    Seriously, who knows what combination of genes/environment causes a–by all accounts–great guy like Danny Thomas to end up spawning a Marlo?

    I would guess that being put in front of the camera and having people cater to you, isn’t great for perspective, realism and good character, perhaps particularly for a young woman.

    But whatever the environmental component, Marlo–who believed that a women’s ideal was not marriage, children, family–will die childless and her genes with her.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
    • Thanks: Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @James Speaks
    @AnotherDad

    I wasn't aware of Marlo's "poor character." Please elucidate me. Regardless of her supposed faults, she "... serves as National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which was founded by her father Danny Thomas in 1962. "

    Regarding "married an Italian," actually Danny married a Sicilian woman. Scicilians trace their lineage back to the Phonecians, who also populated Carthage, Tyre and Biblio, so it's not as though he married outside his greater ethnic group.

    , @Dan Hayes
    @AnotherDad

    Phil Donahue had a large family before hooking up with Marlo. At least the Phil+Marlo union did not spawn any Marloettes!

  35. @fnn
    The Old Religion was an evil hoax.

    https://twitter.com/pr1nceofthef4ll/status/1419368464427454466

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @James J O'Meara, @Redneck farmer, @Pericles

    The annoying part about such people is that many believe the future will be different than the supposedly absolutely horrible past.

  36. anonymous[252] • Disclaimer says:

    Just because black girls want a bit of elevated self-esteem you have to put them down. You must have low self esteem.

  37. As the token Singaporean here, let me provide some clarity:

    1. The Bell Curve is used at the university level. During my time as a student rep, the admin stated very clearly the curve only applied to courses with more than 30 students. This means intense competition, of course.

    2. For the rest of Singapore’s national examinations, (PSLE, O Levels, A Levels), we use grade boundaries instead, which has an advantage over the bell curve in that it doesn’t need to care about what distribution turns up (can be flat for all the system cares). The students are ranked in terms of their results from first to last. The exam board, based on data from the universities and directives from the government on which courses need more undergrads, decide on the maximum percentage of people for a particular grade for a particular subject.

    Example, H2 Maths at the A Levels (which is crazy difficult, check them out here https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1K_cMXxkI2_EohbfG_E4pkZrxdcCEPDDs), will usually have the top 50% getting an A grade, with the next 20-30% getting Bs, and so on.

    Again, it’s a brutal zero-sum game.

    3. Regarding the ramen: it’s an essential comfort food for students doing late-night sessions. So somebody placed it there as it’s symbolic of the whole mugging (mugging means studying here) process.

    4. In Singapore, an outgrowth of this is the phenomenon of the ‘closet mugger’, somebody who professes not to study but actually studies hard at home, often with the aid of private tutors, and does very well in assessments. Closet muggers use this strategy to put their rivals at ease and hopefully gain a march on them.

  38. Adrian Wooldridge in ‘The Aristocracy of Talent’ uses the Bell Curve God as a sort of example of taking meritocracy too far. It’s in a chapter on Asia’s route to meritocracy which also (sort of) sticks it to Tiger Mums. Wooldridge chastising of Murray/Hernstein’s The Bell Curve suggests he’s never read it (eg accusing them of ignoring wider IQ differences intra groups/races). Of course – Wooldridge is the political editor of The Economist – there’s no comparison with The Hair God and its worshippers. For all that (and Trump derangement syndrome; ‘look what you get when you trash ‘the cognitive elite’…implying Biden is cognitive!) the book is lucid and full of historical nuggets.

  39. @fnn
    The Old Religion was an evil hoax.

    https://twitter.com/pr1nceofthef4ll/status/1419368464427454466

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @James J O'Meara, @Redneck farmer, @Pericles

    What are they eating? Those things are not bugs.

  40. @Pittsburgh Thatcherite
    @Nathan

    Average Singaporeans have one of the highest standards of living in the world.

    Walking alone at night without fear is a basic human right that the overwhelming majority of women all over the world do not enjoy.

    Singapore is one of the very few nations in the world where women feel safe walking alone at night, because there is no crime.

    Singapore has the best government in the world.

    Replies: @Mike_from_SGV, @nebulafox

    I hear that in Singapore, criminals are vigorously beaten. If we did that here, I imagine that our problems with”teens” and “youths” would quickly disappear.

    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
    @Mike_from_SGV

    So would a whole class of immigration problem—people getting a visa to come here, and then never leaving.

    http://twc2.org.sg/2011/08/06/fact-sheet-overstaying-by-more-than-90-days-can-lead-to-caning/


    Singapore’s Immigration Act specifies that persons overstaying their visas or equivalent permits are liable for judicial caning if they overstay by more than 90 days. There are exceptions pertaining to age. Women are also not caned.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caning_in_Singapore
  41. @Mike_from_SGV
    @Pittsburgh Thatcherite

    I hear that in Singapore, criminals are vigorously beaten. If we did that here, I imagine that our problems with"teens" and "youths" would quickly disappear.

    Replies: @PiltdownMan

    So would a whole class of immigration problem—people getting a visa to come here, and then never leaving.

    http://twc2.org.sg/2011/08/06/fact-sheet-overstaying-by-more-than-90-days-can-lead-to-caning/

    Singapore’s Immigration Act specifies that persons overstaying their visas or equivalent permits are liable for judicial caning if they overstay by more than 90 days. There are exceptions pertaining to age. Women are also not caned.

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

  42. Don’t forget Black Man Magic!

    Before the unfortunate woman can finish saying, “I’m preg–” he’s disappeared!

  43. @Steve Sailer
    @SafeNow

    I would not flourish in Singapore.

    Replies: @jews make me tired man, @Joe Stalin, @The Last Real Calvinist

    Singapore is a blast to visit — for three or four days. On day five, you start to check your guidebook once or twice more than you should, and start to think about moving on.

    Having said that, I’m impressed by how many expats do seem to like it there. Maybe one would adjust.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    I did. Had it not been for a comic level of successive unfortunate events last year, I might still be there now. Singapore's like any other place: if you get off the beaten path and create some authentic friendships with locals, you do interesting stuff together.

    I've honestly gotten to the point where I don't see the point of traveling in and of itself unless I'm in another country for at least a few months. Anything less isn't enough to appreciate the place on its own merits.

    , @Inquiring Mind
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    Is Singapore like the Star Trek Next Generation episode where Wesley Crusher is sentenced to death for breaking a window with an errant soccer ball?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justice_(Star_Trek:_The_Next_Generation)

  44. @The Last Real Calvinist
    @Steve Sailer

    Singapore is a blast to visit -- for three or four days. On day five, you start to check your guidebook once or twice more than you should, and start to think about moving on.

    Having said that, I'm impressed by how many expats do seem to like it there. Maybe one would adjust.

    Replies: @nebulafox, @Inquiring Mind

    I did. Had it not been for a comic level of successive unfortunate events last year, I might still be there now. Singapore’s like any other place: if you get off the beaten path and create some authentic friendships with locals, you do interesting stuff together.

    I’ve honestly gotten to the point where I don’t see the point of traveling in and of itself unless I’m in another country for at least a few months. Anything less isn’t enough to appreciate the place on its own merits.

  45. @Pittsburgh Thatcherite
    @Nathan

    Average Singaporeans have one of the highest standards of living in the world.

    Walking alone at night without fear is a basic human right that the overwhelming majority of women all over the world do not enjoy.

    Singapore is one of the very few nations in the world where women feel safe walking alone at night, because there is no crime.

    Singapore has the best government in the world.

    Replies: @Mike_from_SGV, @nebulafox

    Singapore does have its flaws, and younger people will freely tell you them.

    That said, one thing I often told Singaporeans is that they’d appreciate how well their government did the “basics” if they lived for a while in another country where you couldn’t take that for granted. I was right.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @nebulafox

    That's right. Keep the lights and water on, keep criminals and derelicts off the streets, keep foreign moochers and troublemakers out. This is government's first responsibility. Nobody will give a shit about your commitment to fashionable cause X if you don't take care of these things first.

  46. @J.Ross
    Asian credentialism really is bad though. Every great Asian philosophy book I ever read has a passage admonishing the reader about phronesis versus pedantry (this is the meaning of the bit in 5 Rings where Musashi says that anyone who wants to be a samurai would learn more by becoming a cobbler's apprentice) and yet the main thing they are accused of is credentialism and pedantry.
    OT but inescapable
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEjU9KVABao

    Replies: @sayless, @Jim

    Traditional Japan did not have a written exam system like China where the use of written exams goes back more than two thousand years.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Jim

    They're a hair better but they still worship office.

  47. When blacktivists use colonialism as an excuse as to why Africa remains so poor, someone needs to point out Singapore and Korea. Finland and Ireland are also countries that were under brutal occupation for extended periods. Somehow these other countries were able to get to work and build functioning societies, if only we knew how they did it….

  48. Don’t forget Black MAN Magic!

    Before an unfortunate woman can finish saying, “I’m preg–” he’s magically disappeared!

  49. @The Last Real Calvinist
    @Steve Sailer

    Singapore is a blast to visit -- for three or four days. On day five, you start to check your guidebook once or twice more than you should, and start to think about moving on.

    Having said that, I'm impressed by how many expats do seem to like it there. Maybe one would adjust.

    Replies: @nebulafox, @Inquiring Mind

    Is Singapore like the Star Trek Next Generation episode where Wesley Crusher is sentenced to death for breaking a window with an errant soccer ball?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justice_(Star_Trek:_The_Next_Generation)

  50. anon[317] • Disclaimer says:

    Back in 2015, two Germans were sentenced to prison and public caning in Singapore for spray painting graffiti on trains in Singapore. Needless to say the “Human Rights” activists cried foul. I’ve been to Germany and I’m disgusted by the graffiti on the walls, especially along the train tracks. Ukraine, Italy etc. all have the same problem.
    http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/3/5/two-germans-to-be-caned-jailed-for-singapore-train-graffiti.html

    Meanwhile, our cities no longer even arrest people for outright theft and burglary in broad daylight, never mind vandalism.

  51. @AnotherDad
    @Dan Hayes


    What did Lebanese-American Danny Thomas ever do wrong to deserve daughter Marlo?
     
    Married an Italian?



    Seriously, who knows what combination of genes/environment causes a--by all accounts--great guy like Danny Thomas to end up spawning a Marlo?

    I would guess that being put in front of the camera and having people cater to you, isn't great for perspective, realism and good character, perhaps particularly for a young woman.

    But whatever the environmental component, Marlo--who believed that a women's ideal was not marriage, children, family--will die childless and her genes with her.

    Replies: @James Speaks, @Dan Hayes

    I wasn’t aware of Marlo’s “poor character.” Please elucidate me. Regardless of her supposed faults, she “… serves as National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which was founded by her father Danny Thomas in 1962. ”

    Regarding “married an Italian,” actually Danny married a Sicilian woman. Scicilians trace their lineage back to the Phonecians, who also populated Carthage, Tyre and Biblio, so it’s not as though he married outside his greater ethnic group.

  52. @JohnnyWalker123
    Well, looks like they're finally cracking down on political protesters who deface property.

    https://twitter.com/sfchronicle/status/1419397591180185610

    If I ran the Democratic Party, I'd pass anti-blasphemy laws to punish anyone who defaced a BLM or Gay Pride flag.

    If I ran the Republican Party, I'd respond by punishing anyone who defaced the Israeli flag.

    Regardless of where you stand on political issues, there are three symbols that you shouldn't be allowed to deface.

    The Holy Triumvirate of the American Empire.

    https://imgur.com/a/20R3qQR

    Replies: @TelfoedJohn

    Can someone tell me if this is a joke?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-57616677

    The ‘damaged’ pride crossing has tire marks on it… Imagine that, tire marks on a road.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    @TelfoedJohn

    The BBC is long past satire.

    Their working assumption is probably that you are supposed to carry the car over that piece of "artwork".

  53. @Triteleia Laxa

    In contrast to Singaporeans joking about their Bell Curve God
     
    "Joking".

    Please let me own a casino near where plenty of Chinese live. I don't know why, but there's something about the mix of statistics, superstition and money that appeals to them more than it does anyone else.

    I think they particularly hate uncertainty and need to feel safe. The "Bell Curve God", with its jurisdiction over the measurable world, in the form of test results, is a great deity for that. The recent banning of private tuition for profit in China suggests that it is a profoundly felt obsession. I can't help but think of the experiments where Chinese babies preferred a comforting mask on their face.

    "Black girl magic" seems to appeal European curiosity and the need to feel in wonder, or maybe danger. Chinese superstition is trying to make the unknown known. European superstition is trying to ensure an ever existing unknown.

    Maybe this is wrong, it is certain a gross generalisation, but I'd market my products accordingly.

    Replies: @SIMP simp

    The chinese are heavy gamblers, but israelis even more so.

    • Replies: @Triteleia Laxa
    @SIMP simp

    Israelis strike me as mostly weed smokers.

    , @nebulafox
    @SIMP simp

    The joke in Singapore goes that you put three Malays together, they do drugs, you put three Chinese together, you gamble, you put three Indians together, they drink. You put one Malay, one Chinese, one Indian together? You'll arrest all the other guys.

    Coffee cups in malls will have emergency hotlines for compulsive gamblers.

  54. @SIMP simp
    @Triteleia Laxa

    The chinese are heavy gamblers, but israelis even more so.

    Replies: @Triteleia Laxa, @nebulafox

    Israelis strike me as mostly weed smokers.

  55. @sayless
    @J.Ross

    Reminds me of a quote from a student of an early Hassidic master: "I didn't go to the Rebbe to hear him teach. I went to see how he tied his shoes."

    Replies: @J.Ross

    Nice.

  56. @Jim
    @J.Ross

    Traditional Japan did not have a written exam system like China where the use of written exams goes back more than two thousand years.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    They’re a hair better but they still worship office.

  57. @Pittsburgh Thatcherite
    @Nathan

    Average Singaporeans have one of the highest standards of living in the world.

    When Singapore became an independent nation in 1965, many Singaporeans lived in flimsy shanties, without sanitation.

    Today, every Singaporean can buy an inexpensive modern apartment from the government.

    .

    For example, a new one-bedroom apartment ("2-Room flexi" model) costs 90,000 Singapore dollars, or $66,000 US dollars.

    These government-built apartments are well-designed:
    - Close to mass transit
    - Short walk to shopping and schools
    - Inexpensive food court on ground floor

    Since government-subsidized housing is a good deal, 80% of families buy an apartment from the government.

    Singapore is one of the most densely populated places in the world.
    Affordable modern housing for every citizen is a stunning achievement.

    .

    Other benefits of living in Singapore:
    - High incomes
    - Low taxes
    - Everyone has quality health care
    - Zero crime
    - Excellent education

    Singapore has the best government in the world.

    Replies: @Rob

    Yet (while I have no room to judge) they do not do the basics of ensuring their society continues: everyone was a once a bebe. If Singaporean society were great, they would reproduce,

  58. @SIMP simp
    @Triteleia Laxa

    The chinese are heavy gamblers, but israelis even more so.

    Replies: @Triteleia Laxa, @nebulafox

    The joke in Singapore goes that you put three Malays together, they do drugs, you put three Chinese together, you gamble, you put three Indians together, they drink. You put one Malay, one Chinese, one Indian together? You’ll arrest all the other guys.

    Coffee cups in malls will have emergency hotlines for compulsive gamblers.

  59. Anonymous[116] • Disclaimer says:
    @nebulafox
    @Pittsburgh Thatcherite

    Singapore does have its flaws, and younger people will freely tell you them.

    That said, one thing I often told Singaporeans is that they'd appreciate how well their government did the "basics" if they lived for a while in another country where you couldn't take that for granted. I was right.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    That’s right. Keep the lights and water on, keep criminals and derelicts off the streets, keep foreign moochers and troublemakers out. This is government’s first responsibility. Nobody will give a shit about your commitment to fashionable cause X if you don’t take care of these things first.

  60. Anon[220] • Disclaimer says:

    Singapore has a terribly low fertility rate. Can’t blame them: who’d want to risk bringing average or below-average kids into such a cutthroat and competitive environment?

    Singapore is already taking small steps away from this approach, but its going to take a long time for envious Western elites to figure out that hyper-meritocracy is the fast track to biological extinction.

  61. @TelfoedJohn
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Can someone tell me if this is a joke?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-57616677

    The 'damaged' pride crossing has tire marks on it... Imagine that, tire marks on a road.

    Replies: @Bill Jones

    The BBC is long past satire.

    Their working assumption is probably that you are supposed to carry the car over that piece of “artwork”.

  62. @AnotherDad
    @Dan Hayes


    What did Lebanese-American Danny Thomas ever do wrong to deserve daughter Marlo?
     
    Married an Italian?



    Seriously, who knows what combination of genes/environment causes a--by all accounts--great guy like Danny Thomas to end up spawning a Marlo?

    I would guess that being put in front of the camera and having people cater to you, isn't great for perspective, realism and good character, perhaps particularly for a young woman.

    But whatever the environmental component, Marlo--who believed that a women's ideal was not marriage, children, family--will die childless and her genes with her.

    Replies: @James Speaks, @Dan Hayes

    Phil Donahue had a large family before hooking up with Marlo. At least the Phil+Marlo union did not spawn any Marloettes!

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