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From CNet:

Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant voice support for Black Lives Matter

Ben Fox Rubin/CNET

Tech companies like Amazon, Apple and Google have pledged donations to racial justice in the wake of George Floyd’s death, and are also using their voice assistants to spread awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement. They also respond to “all lives matter,” a phrase often associated with criticism of the BLM movement. …

Using the phrase “all lives matter” won’t get a response from Alexa, but asking it as a question — “Do all lives matter?” — does.

“All lives matter. However, black lives are disproportionately in danger in the fight against systemic racism and injustice,” it says, with the same links.

When Apple’s Siri is prompted with “Black Lives Matter,” the answer is “Yes, they absolutely do” with a link to the site. Saying “all lives matter” results in the assistant telling you that that the phrase is a common response to Black Lives Matter, “but it does not represent the same concerns” followed by the link.

Google Assistant responds to “Black Lives Matter” with an explanation of the movement’s message.

“Black people deserve the same freedoms afforded to everyone in this country, and recognizing the injustice they face is the first step towards fixing it,” it says.

Asking the search giant’s assistant if “all lives matter” prompts it to offer a counter argument.

“Saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ doesn’t mean that all lives don’t. It means black lives are at risk in ways others are not.”

Jesus …

Why would you pay to put one of these spies for Woke Capital in your own house?

 
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  1. My work phone is a BlackBerry. Great device, an actual mini computer. An iPhone seems like a child’s laptop by comparison. But all of a sudden it seems like I have a 15% chance of accidentally activating the G*d-damn G*ogle Assistant anytime I type something.

    #NeverUpdate

    • Replies: @Tono Bungay
    @BenKenobi

    do they still make BlackBerrys? i thought they gave up the ghost five years ago. i had a sister who loved hers.

    , @HammerJack
    @BenKenobi

    Congrats. You're doing pretty well at 15%. Google is making it harder and harder to avoid.


    Google Assistant responds to “Black Lives Matter” with an explanation of the movement’s message.

    “Black people deserve the same freedoms afforded to everyone in this country, and recognizing the injustice they face is the first step towards fixing it,” it says.
     

    Funny to see this, right after seeing this:
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/mofa-make-orwell-fiction-again/#comment-3961239

    Replies: @vhrm

  2. I wonder what one gets when they phrase your comment in the form of a question and put it to the Assistants. How about, “Did Jesus’ life matter?”

    • Agree: Desiderius
  3. Tech companies like Amazon, Apple and Google have pledged donations to racial justice

    But not actual jobs. That’s what H-1Bs are for.

    • LOL: Joseph Doaks
    • Replies: @Dr. X
    @Reg Cæsar

    How many blacks are even capable of working for those companies in a meaningful sense -- i.e., not just as an affirmative-action "show" job like Michelle Obama at the University of Chicago Hospital -- but as an engineer or software developer?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  4. Come on Steve, we know you are busy with the Red Monster Wreck Extravaganza going on now, but that software update got rolled out last Sunday or earlier. Please _do_ try to keep up:

    Next on this channel: “Black Suicides Matter”:

    Black man found HANGED near city hall in California in alleged ‘suicide,’ but protesters suspect LYNCHING & demand full probe

    Kim Kardashian is on the case!

    • Replies: @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder
    @El Dato

    Oh, no! It's all happening again!
    I just knew this would happen.

    , @FPD72
    @El Dato

    So the petitioners don’t want the hanging of Fuller brushed off?

    , @Jane Plain
    @El Dato

    I just commented about the black suicide on another post. It's amazing how things change in about 10 seconds nowadays.

    This is going to blow up.

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @El Dato

    Oh sigh, suicide is still a leading cause of death in young people, not just black youths. I know more people who have lost a child to suicide than to any other cause and that is sad. However, from now on no death of any black person will be accepted as natural or suicide until multiple autopsies have been performed, paid for with government funding and by a black M.E. Hell, make it a reality show..."The Real Autopsies of (insert city or county name here.)

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    , @SunBakedSuburb
    @El Dato

    What is the communion host in the Temple of the Sacred Black Body?

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    , @Muggles
    @El Dato

    So, is this the resurrection of St. Emmett Till?

    "Lynching" literally means being taken from lawful custody (from legal custody) and killed in an extra-judicial manner.

    Not simply being hanged, as some would have it.

    So unless Mr. Fuller was dragged from jail he wasn't "lynched."

    Anthony Bourdain and Robin Williams both hanged themselves in suicide. So did Sandra Bland, though she was in a local jail after her local Houston family declined to post her $500 bail. Again, no lynching.

    It is my understanding that blacks as a group tend to have lower suicide rates than whites and other groups. Don't know about Mr. Fuller. It is a rare means of actual murder (absent a mob) so suicide seems probable. Always sad to hear about, a young person. Doubtful this is any kind of hate crime.

  5. They provide a vital service by defining what is the official line of the moment. In the SSSR you had to wait for the morning edition of Pravda, that sometimes arrived late and caused unfortunate people to have dangerously wrong ideas.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @J

    This is true. Perhaps overnight the Party Line has shifted and now Black must always be capitalized like God. Perhaps a letter or two has been added to BIPOC and you didn't get the memo. Maybe as of today, it is no longer sufficient to refer to George Floyd as "a man who was finally beginning to get his life together ". Perhaps it is no longer sufficient to refer to riots as "Peaceful Protests". From now on, He must be referred to as "Saint George of Floyd, PhD, PBUH" and "Peaceful Protests" must be called "Celebrations of the Superiority of Black Culture" You must get the formulation exactly right, no deviations permitted. "Journalists" and Democrat Party activists have secret channels thru which Today's Message is transmitted but a mere civilian might miss a broadcast and not be properly advised.

    As a result, you might utter a Tweet with the wrong message in it and oops, you are cancelled. You have worked and struggled for 30 years to become Editor of some magazine or CEO of some company and BOOM, you struck an insufficiently zealous tone in your latest tweet and it's all gone. The pressure to get it right is enormous.

    But, the Tech Giants have a solution. You can have Alexa wake you when the Party Line has changed. A chime will sound and the AI lady will tell you, "Attention, from now on Juneteenth is a new national holiday. It will be celebrated with undocumented shopping and fire. Not fireworks, just fire. And never visit Tulsa - there was once a white riot there where millions of Black people were murdered." That way you won't schedule any meeting on Juneteenth or in Tulsa and lose your job. Trump has Jared Kushner to advise him about such things but YOU have Alexa. Our AI future will be glorious.

    Replies: @ic1000, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @Justvisiting

  6. Google Assistant is right. Blacks are more likely to live around other blacks, which can be problematic.

  7. As I said yesterday to my (ancient but sharp as a tack) father, in a way I’m grateful to be living through these times. I get to witness real hysteria! How often does that happen? I’ve often thought how fascinating it would be to have been around during the Directoire or the Salem trials or in Holland during the tulip bulb mania…and here it is again! It’s a privilege (heh) to be able to stand on the sidelines, keep my wits, and study people.

    • Agree: Je Suis Omar Mateen
    • Replies: @James Bowery
    @kihowi

    Oh, the mass hysteria has been with us for a very long time. Agreed, it is more apparent now. What I've observed over the decades of being acutely aware of mass hysteria is that being conscious of it is dangerous to one's well being at the hands of the mob but the only way to remain unconscious of it is to join it.

    Marshall McCluen never really delved into this fact.

    , @Chrisnonymous
    @kihowi

    But what if it keeps getting worse? Would you like to have lived through the beginning stages of the Cultural Revolution?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @S. Anonyia

    , @Anon
    @kihowi


    As I said yesterday to my (ancient but sharp as a tack) father, in a way I’m grateful to be living through these times. I get to witness real hysteria! How often does that happen? I’ve often thought how fascinating it would be to have been around during the Directoire or the Salem trials or in Holland during the tulip bulb mania…and here it is again! It’s a privilege (heh) to be able to stand on the sidelines, keep my wits, and study people.
     
    Here’s the problem. Most of popular belief about these historical periods of mass hysteria is largely fiction.

    There Never Was a Real Tulip Fever

    ...For decades, economists have pointed to 17th-century tulipmania as a warning about the perils of the free market. Writers and historians have reveled in the absurdity of the event. The incident even provides the backdrop for the new film Tulip Fever, based on a novel of the same name by Deborah Moggach.

    The only problem: none of these stories are true.

    What really happened and how did the story of Dutch tulip speculation get so distorted? Anne Goldgar discovered the historical reality when she dug into the archives to research her book, Tulipmania: Money, Honor, and Knowledge in the Dutch Golden Age.

    “I always joke that the book should be called ‘Tulipmania: More Boring Than You Thought,’” says Goldgar, a professor of early modern history at King’s College London.

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/there-never-was-real-tulip-fever-180964915/
     

    Salem witch trials saw 200 women and men accused with only 20 women and men executed (none burned). These investigations and trials were initiated at a time when in the Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony there saw a lot of disruption caused by refugees from New York, Nova Scotia, and Quebec. They attributed all the bitter quarreling to the devil. Still, they handled it rationally based on their beliefs at the time.

    Five myths about the Salem witch trials

    ...The best minds in New England interpreted and adjudicated the epidemic. Those ministers and civic authorities pondered the cases scientifically. They read and reread the witchcraft literature, to which several of them had contributed. They parsed legal code. They knew their history. They worked in the sterling name of reason. The trouble was that the most literate in 1692 also happened to be the most literal. They were not so much out of their depth as they were swimming in information — “poisoned,” one critic later sniffed, “in their education.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-salem-witch-trials/2016/10/27/62abd0cc-9ad1-11e6-9980-50913d68eacb_story.html
     

    Replies: @Muggles

    , @Olorin
    @kihowi

    http://classics.mit.edu/Euripides/bacchan.html

  8. @El Dato
    Come on Steve, we know you are busy with the Red Monster Wreck Extravaganza going on now, but that software update got rolled out last Sunday or earlier. Please _do_ try to keep up:

    https://twitter.com/kristaboricua/status/1269428245658730496

    Next on this channel: "Black Suicides Matter":

    Black man found HANGED near city hall in California in alleged ‘suicide,’ but protesters suspect LYNCHING & demand full probe

    Kim Kardashian is on the case!

    https://twitter.com/KimKardashian/status/1271559605773049858

    Replies: @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder, @FPD72, @Jane Plain, @Buffalo Joe, @SunBakedSuburb, @Muggles

    Oh, no! It’s all happening again!
    I just knew this would happen.

  9. When these gadgets become mandatory, we’ll know we’ve arrived at 1984.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    @International Jew

    Yeah, this is not a joke. I don't have a cellphone, but it is getting increasingly difficult to live without one. My boss tried to force me to get one, threatening me with being fired and consulting HR about his ability to do that. Outside work, I have been declined services because I don't have a cellphone number to provide, and I even made a complaint to the police once, and they didn't want to accept it. I had to give them my wife's. I mean, god--it's a frickin' cellphone. That's all. But they are so ubiquitous now that people feel there is something wrong with you if you don't have one. That's all it requires-- for enough people to rely on these devices, and they will start to be a necessity to live.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @black sea, @ThreeCranes, @ScarletNumber, @Anonymous, @ScarletNumber

    , @Mr. Anon
    @International Jew


    When these gadgets become mandatory, we’ll know we’ve arrived at 1984.
     
    I can imagine a time when it will be considered a crime to not have a cell phone on you.

    Replies: @SunBakedSuburb

  10. The anti-White crowd won’t back down. They’ve drunk the kool-aid. Plus, they’ve never been challenged. The younger they are, the more they’ve been pampered.

    Spoiled brats who hate White people.

    Look at the home jackass Mark Cuban (actually Chabenisky was the fam name, but you know). He lives like this but has the nerve to lecture the White population on its privilege.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @RichardTaylor

    What does Cuban have in his backyard? A planetarium?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @RichardTaylor, @HammerJack, @Morton's toes, @Gordo, @Muggles, @J.Ross

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @RichardTaylor

    Richard, how many non-whites work on that plantation? From what I have seen of Cuban at NBA games he displays a level of immaturity that is beneath the position of team owner. Oh wait! He owns all dem black players?

  11. @RichardTaylor
    The anti-White crowd won't back down. They've drunk the kool-aid. Plus, they've never been challenged. The younger they are, the more they've been pampered.

    Spoiled brats who hate White people.

    Look at the home jackass Mark Cuban (actually Chabenisky was the fam name, but you know). He lives like this but has the nerve to lecture the White population on its privilege.

    https://cdn.luxatic.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Marc-Cuban-Dallas-House-1.jpg

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Buffalo Joe

    What does Cuban have in his backyard? A planetarium?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Steve Sailer

    What? That's Thomas Jefferson under there. Mr. Cuban rescued him out of the dumpster after he got canceled... you know, for ironic reasons, like the guy with that Lenin statue in Ballard, north of the ship canal in Seattle.

    , @RichardTaylor
    @Steve Sailer

    Could be a 'large cabana' according to one site. I don't think the Ewings on Dallas lived this well.

    Cuban apparently has zero fear of the White working class ever causing him problems, to talk to them in such a condescending way, while living like a king.

    , @HammerJack
    @Steve Sailer

    Kinda looks like that weird structure Epstein built on Pedophile Island.

    https://am24.mediaite.com/lc/cnt/uploads/2019/07/epstein-temple.jpg

    I always wondered where Cuban got his name.
    So H/T to R.T.

    , @Morton's toes
    @Steve Sailer

    It's a temple for ritual satanic child sacrifice and cannibalism.

    https://www.amazon.com/Cannibalism-Blood-Drinking-High-Adept-Satanism/dp/1503196348

    , @Gordo
    @Steve Sailer


    What does Cuban have in his backyard? A planetarium?
     
    Could it be a temple? So he doesn't have to pay property tax?
    , @Muggles
    @Steve Sailer

    It might be a household temple to Nike, the ancient god of basketball.

    , @J.Ross
    @Steve Sailer

    As a loser nothing I can assure all wannabe loudmoths that Mark Cuban is definitely, and by an English mile, and for the past ten years, and surely the next ten, the left shoe on right foot dumbest luck-beneficiary organ waste in his class. He has been objectively wrong about every single thing he has ever ventured to opine on and his original fortune was based on a limited form of tech illiteracy. By all means bet against Mark Cuban's statements.

  12. Yep Steve, I don’t think any article you’ve linked to in all the years merits “Not the Onion” or “Not the Bee” more than this. And your one word comment of “Jesus…” is also fitting.

    I remember a lot of liberals saying back when Trump was first elected that they felt like the Universe had somehow slipped into an alternate timeline where things were suddenly way more absurd and scary than they’re supposed to be outside of fiction. I guess now it’s our turn to feel that way.

  13. @BenKenobi
    My work phone is a BlackBerry. Great device, an actual mini computer. An iPhone seems like a child's laptop by comparison. But all of a sudden it seems like I have a 15% chance of accidentally activating the G*d-damn G*ogle Assistant anytime I type something.

    #NeverUpdate

    Replies: @Tono Bungay, @HammerJack

    do they still make BlackBerrys? i thought they gave up the ghost five years ago. i had a sister who loved hers.

  14. Steve, it’s not always on purpose that people “use” Siri”. If I press the home button wrong on this iMaxiPad I have here, she comes on (but at least not with the voice).

    My 8 y/o and I played with Siri on my wife’s phone on and off for a few days until we got sick of it (you can change it to different languages and accents of English). She really clammed up after my response to “How can I help you today?” I said “Siri, show use your tits.”

    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
    @Achmed E. Newman

    How come nobody's mentioned Cortana?

    Microsoft has become a byword for poor code quality - every product is insecure, half-finished near-malware - so it's a near-certainty that that Cortana is fatally insecure. If you disable Cortana the entire OS becomes flaky (in particular, MsMpEng.exe - the 'Antimalware Service' - cranks itself to 100% CPU roughly every 90 seconds; throttling MsMpEng in Services just shifts the problem).

    I have to run a Windows instance - because there are still retards in my field who think that MATLAB is a suitable platform for quant development - and it's very interesting to see how many outbound connection attempts happen when the system should be idle. (MATLAB in an emulator (e.g., WINE) is not an option, even with 64GB of RAM: MATLAB's memory management is appalling).

    Siri's a pain in the ass to hobble, but it's doable without touching the code (e.g., disabling it app-by-app and overall, as I have done on my iPad). Even if Siri's still got some non-killable residual processes, it's not going to expose your entire filesystem. iThings are basically expensive, monotasking, mid-spec toys, and the codemonkeys from Cupertino* are slightly more competent than those from Redmond*.

    As for Alexa and Google 'Assistant'... owning one of those data-harvesters is a bit like going to confession: pretty much handing access to your secrets, to those whose job is to accumulate those secrets. Seems like a massively retarded thing to do, when the infiltration box can only do very basic shit.

    (You might guess... I don't use github or VSCode, either).


    * By 'codemonkeys from Cupertino... those from Redmond' I mean that Apple seems to have picked a slightly-more-competent Bangalore codefarm than Microsludge - for the moment, at least.

    Replies: @anon

  15. @Steve Sailer
    @RichardTaylor

    What does Cuban have in his backyard? A planetarium?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @RichardTaylor, @HammerJack, @Morton's toes, @Gordo, @Muggles, @J.Ross

    What? That’s Thomas Jefferson under there. Mr. Cuban rescued him out of the dumpster after he got canceled… you know, for ironic reasons, like the guy with that Lenin statue in Ballard, north of the ship canal in Seattle.

  16. @Steve Sailer
    @RichardTaylor

    What does Cuban have in his backyard? A planetarium?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @RichardTaylor, @HammerJack, @Morton's toes, @Gordo, @Muggles, @J.Ross

    Could be a ‘large cabana’ according to one site. I don’t think the Ewings on Dallas lived this well.

    Cuban apparently has zero fear of the White working class ever causing him problems, to talk to them in such a condescending way, while living like a king.

  17. anon[921] • Disclaimer says:

    Richard Stallman has been warning us for decades about the dangers of allowing Google, Facebook, Apple, etc access to your personal details. Many people thought he was a kook. He was recently “cancelled”, as you all know. He was right. We should have listened to him, and it’s not too late to start taking his advice. Degoogilfy yourself.

  18. @BenKenobi
    My work phone is a BlackBerry. Great device, an actual mini computer. An iPhone seems like a child's laptop by comparison. But all of a sudden it seems like I have a 15% chance of accidentally activating the G*d-damn G*ogle Assistant anytime I type something.

    #NeverUpdate

    Replies: @Tono Bungay, @HammerJack

    Congrats. You’re doing pretty well at 15%. Google is making it harder and harder to avoid.

    Google Assistant responds to “Black Lives Matter” with an explanation of the movement’s message.

    “Black people deserve the same freedoms afforded to everyone in this country, and recognizing the injustice they face is the first step towards fixing it,” it says.

    Funny to see this, right after seeing this:
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/mofa-make-orwell-fiction-again/#comment-3961239

    • Replies: @vhrm
    @HammerJack

    i use Google pixel 3a and have managed to mostly deactivate it. The final piece, was that i had to change to a custom launcher since there's no way to deactivate Google Assistant in the default Google launcher (or there wasn't when i l Addy checked about 1.5 years ago)

    i use Nova Launcher. It's fine.

  19. @Steve Sailer
    @RichardTaylor

    What does Cuban have in his backyard? A planetarium?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @RichardTaylor, @HammerJack, @Morton's toes, @Gordo, @Muggles, @J.Ross

    Kinda looks like that weird structure Epstein built on Pedophile Island.

    I always wondered where Cuban got his name.
    So H/T to R.T.

  20. @Reg Cæsar

    Tech companies like Amazon, Apple and Google have pledged donations to racial justice
     
    But not actual jobs. That's what H-1Bs are for.

    Replies: @Dr. X

    How many blacks are even capable of working for those companies in a meaningful sense — i.e., not just as an affirmative-action “show” job like Michelle Obama at the University of Chicago Hospital — but as an engineer or software developer?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Dr. X


    How many blacks are even capable of working for those companies in a meaningful sense — i.e., not just as an affirmative-action “show” job like Michelle Obama at the University of Chicago Hospital — but as an engineer or software developer?
     
    That's irrelevant. The other side claims they are, so take up their challenge.

    The point is to leverage their contradictions to our benefit, as Reagan did with SDI. (The Soviets', the Western left's, and the traditional anticommunists'. A hat trick.)

    Does it matter who gets the jobs once Desi and Dong are sent home? Just get them going, then we can hash it out.
  21. @El Dato
    Come on Steve, we know you are busy with the Red Monster Wreck Extravaganza going on now, but that software update got rolled out last Sunday or earlier. Please _do_ try to keep up:

    https://twitter.com/kristaboricua/status/1269428245658730496

    Next on this channel: "Black Suicides Matter":

    Black man found HANGED near city hall in California in alleged ‘suicide,’ but protesters suspect LYNCHING & demand full probe

    Kim Kardashian is on the case!

    https://twitter.com/KimKardashian/status/1271559605773049858

    Replies: @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder, @FPD72, @Jane Plain, @Buffalo Joe, @SunBakedSuburb, @Muggles

    So the petitioners don’t want the hanging of Fuller brushed off?

  22. Anon[313] • Disclaimer says:

    By every metric to include raw volume and murder rates, except Black on Black murder, according to FBI crime statistics every life is in more danger from Blacks than Blacks are in danger from anyone else.

    The increase in danger from Blacks is by a factor of at least 10 for the inter-racial murder rate, but probably up to 50% more due to the fact that Latinos are not separated from non-Latino Whites for certain numbers.

    Which means that a randomly chosen individual Black man is 10x+ more likely to murder a White man than the inverse.

    This entire thing is a grand lie, they know it, and that makes the intended unknown outcome extremely scary.

  23. @kihowi
    As I said yesterday to my (ancient but sharp as a tack) father, in a way I'm grateful to be living through these times. I get to witness real hysteria! How often does that happen? I've often thought how fascinating it would be to have been around during the Directoire or the Salem trials or in Holland during the tulip bulb mania...and here it is again! It's a privilege (heh) to be able to stand on the sidelines, keep my wits, and study people.

    Replies: @James Bowery, @Chrisnonymous, @Anon, @Olorin

    Oh, the mass hysteria has been with us for a very long time. Agreed, it is more apparent now. What I’ve observed over the decades of being acutely aware of mass hysteria is that being conscious of it is dangerous to one’s well being at the hands of the mob but the only way to remain unconscious of it is to join it.

    Marshall McCluen never really delved into this fact.

  24. @Steve Sailer
    @RichardTaylor

    What does Cuban have in his backyard? A planetarium?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @RichardTaylor, @HammerJack, @Morton's toes, @Gordo, @Muggles, @J.Ross

    It’s a temple for ritual satanic child sacrifice and cannibalism.

  25. @El Dato
    Come on Steve, we know you are busy with the Red Monster Wreck Extravaganza going on now, but that software update got rolled out last Sunday or earlier. Please _do_ try to keep up:

    https://twitter.com/kristaboricua/status/1269428245658730496

    Next on this channel: "Black Suicides Matter":

    Black man found HANGED near city hall in California in alleged ‘suicide,’ but protesters suspect LYNCHING & demand full probe

    Kim Kardashian is on the case!

    https://twitter.com/KimKardashian/status/1271559605773049858

    Replies: @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder, @FPD72, @Jane Plain, @Buffalo Joe, @SunBakedSuburb, @Muggles

    I just commented about the black suicide on another post. It’s amazing how things change in about 10 seconds nowadays.

    This is going to blow up.

  26. @kihowi
    As I said yesterday to my (ancient but sharp as a tack) father, in a way I'm grateful to be living through these times. I get to witness real hysteria! How often does that happen? I've often thought how fascinating it would be to have been around during the Directoire or the Salem trials or in Holland during the tulip bulb mania...and here it is again! It's a privilege (heh) to be able to stand on the sidelines, keep my wits, and study people.

    Replies: @James Bowery, @Chrisnonymous, @Anon, @Olorin

    But what if it keeps getting worse? Would you like to have lived through the beginning stages of the Cultural Revolution?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Chrisnonymous


    Would you like to have lived through the beginning stages of the Cultural Revolution?
     
    Not the Chinese version, no. Ours, yes, because it is still the beginning, which is when you take care of things. I think we have the manpower, wits, and firearms to stop it. It's the courage that people are lacking. Yes, I don't mind living in interesting times.
    , @S. Anonyia
    @Chrisnonymous

    Or would you want to live through the anarchy of the English civil wars and all of the fanatical cults that appeared during that time and inspired Hobbes to write Leviathan?

    No thanks.

  27. Anon[899] • Disclaimer says:
    @kihowi
    As I said yesterday to my (ancient but sharp as a tack) father, in a way I'm grateful to be living through these times. I get to witness real hysteria! How often does that happen? I've often thought how fascinating it would be to have been around during the Directoire or the Salem trials or in Holland during the tulip bulb mania...and here it is again! It's a privilege (heh) to be able to stand on the sidelines, keep my wits, and study people.

    Replies: @James Bowery, @Chrisnonymous, @Anon, @Olorin

    As I said yesterday to my (ancient but sharp as a tack) father, in a way I’m grateful to be living through these times. I get to witness real hysteria! How often does that happen? I’ve often thought how fascinating it would be to have been around during the Directoire or the Salem trials or in Holland during the tulip bulb mania…and here it is again! It’s a privilege (heh) to be able to stand on the sidelines, keep my wits, and study people.

    Here’s the problem. Most of popular belief about these historical periods of mass hysteria is largely fiction.

    There Never Was a Real Tulip Fever

    …For decades, economists have pointed to 17th-century tulipmania as a warning about the perils of the free market. Writers and historians have reveled in the absurdity of the event. The incident even provides the backdrop for the new film Tulip Fever, based on a novel of the same name by Deborah Moggach.

    The only problem: none of these stories are true.

    What really happened and how did the story of Dutch tulip speculation get so distorted? Anne Goldgar discovered the historical reality when she dug into the archives to research her book, Tulipmania: Money, Honor, and Knowledge in the Dutch Golden Age.

    “I always joke that the book should be called ‘Tulipmania: More Boring Than You Thought,’” says Goldgar, a professor of early modern history at King’s College London.

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/there-never-was-real-tulip-fever-180964915/

    Salem witch trials saw 200 women and men accused with only 20 women and men executed (none burned). These investigations and trials were initiated at a time when in the Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony there saw a lot of disruption caused by refugees from New York, Nova Scotia, and Quebec. They attributed all the bitter quarreling to the devil. Still, they handled it rationally based on their beliefs at the time.

    Five myths about the Salem witch trials

    …The best minds in New England interpreted and adjudicated the epidemic. Those ministers and civic authorities pondered the cases scientifically. They read and reread the witchcraft literature, to which several of them had contributed. They parsed legal code. They knew their history. They worked in the sterling name of reason. The trouble was that the most literate in 1692 also happened to be the most literal. They were not so much out of their depth as they were swimming in information — “poisoned,” one critic later sniffed, “in their education.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-salem-witch-trials/2016/10/27/62abd0cc-9ad1-11e6-9980-50913d68eacb_story.html

    • Replies: @Muggles
    @Anon

    >>Five myths about the Salem witch trials<<

    My sister's DNA and family tree research shows that I am somehow related to the first woman hanged in Salem for being a witch. (She had a daughter.)

    So I'm a proven heretic. Ready for the 2020s. Of course I'm doing my best to avoid the "woke" mob.

    Replies: @Alden

  28. Any respectable person would take a hammer to the damn things and mail them back to from whence they came, with a nice little note.

    I’m sure that eventually they’ll be programmed to automatically report anyone who says “All Lives Matter” to the Thought Police.

    Isn’t there a way to program these things when you say certain phrases? So when I say “Black Lives Matter” could I program my phone to play “What a Fool Believes” by the Doobie Brothers? I shall have to look into this.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Wilkey

    Tried and gave up to find comment "what sort of person pays for these things."
    Just now on NPR, consistent with earlier trend:
    >Tell your Brazil-plastic-magnifying-square over a screen "droid" slave* to cue up "NPR propaganda show."
    >[droid voice] Oh, I sincerely love NPR propaganda show!
    So the joke is that droids are actually incapable of love --
    >[NPR's host's] voice warms my soul.
    Yeah, just in case that was unclear.
    They have a variation where the megacorp advert spybot reports: "I am programmed to be objective, and so is NPR."
    BAGS OF SPRITE MOTHER$!^@$#%#!!!!!
    *I have often wished for an electronic young Jennifer Connelly who could memorize the Oxford Book of English Verse and some Ovid and Basho to recite while I washed the dishes, which is without hypocrisy or joke pure in comparison.

  29. Worth highlighting this May 24, 2020 article by Ron Unz, What Google and Facebook Are Hiding: The American Deep State Strikes Back. He wrote:

    [unz.com has] been silently deranked by Google, thus eliminating nearly all our incoming traffic from search results. A few quick checks confirmed this unfortunate situation, best illustrated by a particularly striking example.

    Just over a decade ago, I had published an important article entitled The Myth of Hispanic Crime, and for ten years it had always placed extremely high in Google searches, generally being ranked #2 across the 52,000,000 results for “Hispanic crime” and also #2 among the 139,000,000 results for “Latino crime.” The impact of my analysis on the heated public debate had also been quite considerable… But my article had now vanished from all such Google searches.

    Although Google holds an overwhelming monopoly for web searches across the Western world, comparable products using similar technology such as Bing and DuckDuckGo do exist, and these still list my article near the top of their results, with Bing ranking it at #2 for “Hispanic crime” and “Latino crime,” while DuckDuckGo places it #4 in each. But no one would ever find it using Google.

    The other pages of our website have been similarly blacklisted, effectively eliminated from all web searches courtesy of Google’s information monopoly… Google still does contains all these pages, and if the additional specifier “unz” is added to the search, the results come up, but for anyone not knowing where to look, our entire website and all its content has completely disappeared.

    I replicated Unz’ search on the three engines for ‘Hispanic crime.’
    #1 result on Bing
    #1 result on DuckDuckGo
    not in the first 50 Google results

    Here are some memorable turns of phrase that Steve Sailer has coined, or helped popularize.
    * First Law of Female Journalism
    * “World War Hair” (needs quotes to avoid being swamped by WW2 haircuts)
    * Intersectional totem pole
    * Coalition of the fringes
    * Bonfire of the insanities

    No page 1, 2, or 3 unz.com results on any of these, for any of the three engines. Though Sailer’s essays at takis.com are listed for some. Discussions of his posts at other sites are present.

    * KKKrazy glue is an outlier. Sailer’s essay at takis.com is #1 at all three engines. As for his many discussions of the concept at unz.com:
    #26 at Bing — not for a post but for a comment by “Ragno”
    not in the first 50 DuckDuckGo results
    #5 and #6 at Google — for two separate Sailer posts

    The disappearing of Ron Unz, unz.com, and Steve Sailer is underway, and search-hobbling may not be limited to Google. At times, it’s partial and inconsistent, but that may be enough. Perhaps better than good enough, if a secondary objective is to avoid the attention of honest anti-tech-monopoly leftists like Matt Stoller.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @ic1000

    Yandex.com and yahoo.com also produce unz.com link as a #1 hit for “Hispanic crime” searches.

    Yandex does produce hits in the top 5 for all the Sailer's phrases you list.

    , @European-American
    @ic1000


    A PageRank results from a mathematical algorithm based on the webgraph, created by all World Wide Web pages as nodes and hyperlinks as edges, taking into consideration authority hubs such as cnn.com or mayoclinic.org

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PageRank
     
    Works as designed.
  30. @International Jew
    When these gadgets become mandatory, we'll know we've arrived at 1984.

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous, @Mr. Anon

    Yeah, this is not a joke. I don’t have a cellphone, but it is getting increasingly difficult to live without one. My boss tried to force me to get one, threatening me with being fired and consulting HR about his ability to do that. Outside work, I have been declined services because I don’t have a cellphone number to provide, and I even made a complaint to the police once, and they didn’t want to accept it. I had to give them my wife’s. I mean, god–it’s a frickin’ cellphone. That’s all. But they are so ubiquitous now that people feel there is something wrong with you if you don’t have one. That’s all it requires– for enough people to rely on these devices, and they will start to be a necessity to live.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Chrisnonymous

    Great comment, Chris. I have a flip phone, and yes, it likely has the GPS chip (not even so sure about that, because unfortunately it's a knock-off China-made total piece of junk - were it not hard to even make calls with, I'd keep it forever... still looking). However, this one cannot possibly have the iEspionage capabilities of the smart phones, that I briefly described in this Peak Stupidity post.

    I really didn't write this comment just to put in the links. For my job too, it's almost impossible to do some things that a smart phone is good for, and I do get smirks and ridicule about my phone, but that's not the bit that bothers me. Just as you wrote, I worry sometimes that it'll get me in trouble. (I can't explain the details as to how.)

    Someone on here wrote a week or two back that, after this Kung Flu Panic-Fest nonsense, businesses large and small might use the germ-carrying capacities of cash as an excuse to do business only with cards. That's not your point, but it reminded me of the Starbucks that "recommended" that I use an app to order my hot chocolate. "That's not gonna happen", I told the nice girl.

    , @black sea
    @Chrisnonymous

    Same.

    The first time I was told that I had to have a cell phone for work-related reasons -- I guess so I could be called day or night -- I told my supervisor that since I had no interest in owning a cell phone, and would only get one because my employer thought I needed one, they would have to pay for it. The subject got dropped at that point.

    More recently, I've been issued everything from a Blackberry to an I-Phone, which is OK since I'm paying nothing for it and I do use it occasionally. But mostly it just gets adopted by my wife or daughter. People who work with me know I won't carry the thing around, so there's no point in trying to call me unless it's over a landline.

    I hate the idea of being constantly contactable.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    , @ThreeCranes
    @Chrisnonymous

    And they made sure you had to buy one by removing all the pay phones from every gas station etc.

    , @ScarletNumber
    @Chrisnonymous

    Why don't you just give them your home number?

    Replies: @black sea

    , @Anonymous
    @Chrisnonymous


    it’s a frickin’ cellphone. That’s all. But they are so ubiquitous now that people feel there is something wrong with you if you don’t have one.
     
    I forget where I saw the statistic, but my understanding is that roughly 10% of the US population does not have a mobile phone for whatever reason. Even seemingly ubiquitous smartphones don't have more than 70% penetration in the general population (price out a typical "data plan" and you'll see why: they're a ripoff for what you're getting).

    The point being: your not having one is far from an anomaly, even at a point in time when we are all supposed to have flying cars.
    , @ScarletNumber
    @Chrisnonymous


    But they are so ubiquitous now that people feel there is something wrong with you if you don’t have one.
     
    I hate to break this to you, but it's not a feeling; if in 2020 you don't have a cellphone, there IS something wrong with you. It either means you are a luddite, a tinfoil-hat wearing paranoid, or embarrassingly cheap. None of these are anything to be proud of.

    Replies: @vhrm, @Anonymous

  31. CHAZ is having difficulty resolving conflicts related to dodgeball:

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    @RudyM

    Little to no social distancing?

    It is almost as if they have received a memo or something:

    60% Of People Naturally Resistant To SARS-COV2, New Study Reveals

    https://www.zerohedge.com/health/60-people-naturally-resistant-sars-cov2-new-study-reveals

    Trump should just kick back and let these losers LARP as long as they want.

    Replies: @Je Suis Omar Mateen

  32. Anonymous[270] • Disclaimer says:
    @ic1000
    Worth highlighting this May 24, 2020 article by Ron Unz, What Google and Facebook Are Hiding: The American Deep State Strikes Back. He wrote:

    [unz.com has] been silently deranked by Google, thus eliminating nearly all our incoming traffic from search results. A few quick checks confirmed this unfortunate situation, best illustrated by a particularly striking example.

    Just over a decade ago, I had published an important article entitled The Myth of Hispanic Crime, and for ten years it had always placed extremely high in Google searches, generally being ranked #2 across the 52,000,000 results for “Hispanic crime” and also #2 among the 139,000,000 results for “Latino crime.” The impact of my analysis on the heated public debate had also been quite considerable... But my article had now vanished from all such Google searches.

    Although Google holds an overwhelming monopoly for web searches across the Western world, comparable products using similar technology such as Bing and DuckDuckGo do exist, and these still list my article near the top of their results, with Bing ranking it at #2 for “Hispanic crime” and “Latino crime,” while DuckDuckGo places it #4 in each. But no one would ever find it using Google.

    The other pages of our website have been similarly blacklisted, effectively eliminated from all web searches courtesy of Google’s information monopoly... Google still does contains all these pages, and if the additional specifier “unz” is added to the search, the results come up, but for anyone not knowing where to look, our entire website and all its content has completely disappeared.
     

    I replicated Unz' search on the three engines for 'Hispanic crime.'
    #1 result on Bing
    #1 result on DuckDuckGo
    not in the first 50 Google results

    Here are some memorable turns of phrase that Steve Sailer has coined, or helped popularize.
    * First Law of Female Journalism
    * "World War Hair" (needs quotes to avoid being swamped by WW2 haircuts)
    * Intersectional totem pole
    * Coalition of the fringes
    * Bonfire of the insanities

    No page 1, 2, or 3 unz.com results on any of these, for any of the three engines. Though Sailer's essays at takis.com are listed for some. Discussions of his posts at other sites are present.

    * KKKrazy glue is an outlier. Sailer's essay at takis.com is #1 at all three engines. As for his many discussions of the concept at unz.com:
    #26 at Bing -- not for a post but for a comment by "Ragno"
    not in the first 50 DuckDuckGo results
    #5 and #6 at Google -- for two separate Sailer posts

    The disappearing of Ron Unz, unz.com, and Steve Sailer is underway, and search-hobbling may not be limited to Google. At times, it's partial and inconsistent, but that may be enough. Perhaps better than good enough, if a secondary objective is to avoid the attention of honest anti-tech-monopoly leftists like Matt Stoller.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @European-American

    Yandex.com and yahoo.com also produce unz.com link as a #1 hit for “Hispanic crime” searches.

    Yandex does produce hits in the top 5 for all the Sailer’s phrases you list.

    • Thanks: ic1000
  33. “Saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ doesn’t mean that all lives don’t. It means black lives are at risk in ways others are not.”

    Technically true – after all, no White (or Asian) person ever got killed at a 7-eleven arguing over the last bottle of Mickey’s on the shelf.

  34. @J
    They provide a vital service by defining what is the official line of the moment. In the SSSR you had to wait for the morning edition of Pravda, that sometimes arrived late and caused unfortunate people to have dangerously wrong ideas.

    Replies: @Jack D

    This is true. Perhaps overnight the Party Line has shifted and now Black must always be capitalized like God. Perhaps a letter or two has been added to BIPOC and you didn’t get the memo. Maybe as of today, it is no longer sufficient to refer to George Floyd as “a man who was finally beginning to get his life together “. Perhaps it is no longer sufficient to refer to riots as “Peaceful Protests”. From now on, He must be referred to as “Saint George of Floyd, PhD, PBUH” and “Peaceful Protests” must be called “Celebrations of the Superiority of Black Culture” You must get the formulation exactly right, no deviations permitted. “Journalists” and Democrat Party activists have secret channels thru which Today’s Message is transmitted but a mere civilian might miss a broadcast and not be properly advised.

    As a result, you might utter a Tweet with the wrong message in it and oops, you are cancelled. You have worked and struggled for 30 years to become Editor of some magazine or CEO of some company and BOOM, you struck an insufficiently zealous tone in your latest tweet and it’s all gone. The pressure to get it right is enormous.

    But, the Tech Giants have a solution. You can have Alexa wake you when the Party Line has changed. A chime will sound and the AI lady will tell you, “Attention, from now on Juneteenth is a new national holiday. It will be celebrated with undocumented shopping and fire. Not fireworks, just fire. And never visit Tulsa – there was once a white riot there where millions of Black people were murdered.” That way you won’t schedule any meeting on Juneteenth or in Tulsa and lose your job. Trump has Jared Kushner to advise him about such things but YOU have Alexa. Our AI future will be glorious.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @ic1000
    @Jack D

    > Our AI future will be glorious.

    MiniTru didn't need AI. JournoList, Twitter, FaceBook, and Instagram were sufficient. Things have only gotten better in the past 36 years; our human-curated present is already glorious.

    Yesterday, Matt Taibbi posted "The American Press Is Destroying Itself". Scroll down for an honest lefty's view of the festivities.

    Replies: @anon

    , @The Germ Theory of Disease
    @Jack D

    "perhaps a letter or two has been added to BIPOC"

    The new formulation is: Black, Indigenous, Post-Occidental, Latinx Anti-Racists -- or, BIPOLAR.

    , @Justvisiting
    @Jack D

    There will come a day when if you ask who Martin Luther King was, Alexa will answer:

    "That is an unperson. Naming of an unperson is prohibited. There will no further warnings."

    (For those not getting it, MLK is _far_ too much of a collaborator for the lefty thought police. His "content of their character" remark made him a traitor to the black collective.)

    Replies: @Hibernian

  35. Why would you pay to put one of these spies for Woke Capital in your own house?

    Ease.

    Hey Siri: Is sloth still one of the seven deadly sins? Does sin still exist?

  36. @Jack D
    @J

    This is true. Perhaps overnight the Party Line has shifted and now Black must always be capitalized like God. Perhaps a letter or two has been added to BIPOC and you didn't get the memo. Maybe as of today, it is no longer sufficient to refer to George Floyd as "a man who was finally beginning to get his life together ". Perhaps it is no longer sufficient to refer to riots as "Peaceful Protests". From now on, He must be referred to as "Saint George of Floyd, PhD, PBUH" and "Peaceful Protests" must be called "Celebrations of the Superiority of Black Culture" You must get the formulation exactly right, no deviations permitted. "Journalists" and Democrat Party activists have secret channels thru which Today's Message is transmitted but a mere civilian might miss a broadcast and not be properly advised.

    As a result, you might utter a Tweet with the wrong message in it and oops, you are cancelled. You have worked and struggled for 30 years to become Editor of some magazine or CEO of some company and BOOM, you struck an insufficiently zealous tone in your latest tweet and it's all gone. The pressure to get it right is enormous.

    But, the Tech Giants have a solution. You can have Alexa wake you when the Party Line has changed. A chime will sound and the AI lady will tell you, "Attention, from now on Juneteenth is a new national holiday. It will be celebrated with undocumented shopping and fire. Not fireworks, just fire. And never visit Tulsa - there was once a white riot there where millions of Black people were murdered." That way you won't schedule any meeting on Juneteenth or in Tulsa and lose your job. Trump has Jared Kushner to advise him about such things but YOU have Alexa. Our AI future will be glorious.

    Replies: @ic1000, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @Justvisiting

    > Our AI future will be glorious.

    MiniTru didn’t need AI. JournoList, Twitter, FaceBook, and Instagram were sufficient. Things have only gotten better in the past 36 years; our human-curated present is already glorious.

    Yesterday, Matt Taibbi posted “The American Press Is Destroying Itself”. Scroll down for an honest lefty’s view of the festivities.

    • Replies: @anon
    @ic1000

    Matt Tabbi is a just another leftard, but "honest lefty" is a self contradiction. They can't be honest. Either they don't know how, or they know but refuse.

    The ideal instead was that we showed you everything we could see, good and bad, ugly and not, trusting that a better-informed public would make better decisions.

    Cleverly phrased to be sure, but still just more journo-list gaslighting. Because the leftard press has been unable to "see" a whole world of things for generations going all the way back to Walter Duranty. Their eyes have extremely curious limitations.

    This blob of text from Tabbi is just more leftard gaslighting. If he winds up Canceled I must remember to send him the URL for Leetcode. Then he could improve himself working to get a job that has already been handed to an H1B with the full approval of leftards just like him.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

  37. > Why would you pay to put one of these spies for Woke Capital in your own house?

    They cost almost nothing. And they are very useful. Way better than light switches, for example. And often better than typing or searching around for stuff.

    Definitely an interface of the future. A good complement to the spy for Woke Capital we all carry around with us at all times.

    Now, what these voice assistants do ain’t that hard. So I look forward to the day someone comes out with an alternative that’s on _our_ side. Like what Brave is, for browsers, those other Woke Capital spies.

    In the meantime… Alexa, which way is the wind blowing? Hey Google, how many roads must a man go down? Hey Siri, are you experienced?

    • Replies: @Sam Malone
    @European-American


    They cost almost nothing. And they are very useful. Way better than light switches, for example. And often better than typing or searching around for stuff.
     
    Yeah, why exert a tiny bit of physical effort and some small mental consideration typing in a question and judging for yourself the quality of the results when you can just speak the question and lap up whatever answer TPTB choose to you feed you? You can reap the fruits of supine laziness while also cultivating a certain child-like gullibility.
    , @Je Suis Omar Mateen
    @European-American

    "Now, what these voice assistants do ain’t that hard."

    Alexa et al work well for very simple inquiries. I asked an alexa the price of a tortilla producing machine and it balked, providing a useless answer. That is a pretty damned simple question. Alexa is utterly confounded by profoundly complex queries like When did the NFL reduce its halftime duration? This also produced a useless answer. AI will not be our overlord anytime soon.

    Replies: @kaganovitch

    , @Kratoklastes
    @European-American


    Like what Brave is, for browsers.
     
    As I told people who were bigging up Brave on ZH the day of the first stable release:

    you're being naïve - but once you've read the next sentence, you will have no excuse for being shocked when they sell you out. If you think that there is no price above which the people behind Brave will do so, you're underestimating the amount of money the FAAG group has to acquire potentially-irksome minor competitors.

     

    Less than 6 months later, Brave got caught redirecting URLs to versions with affiliate links. They tried to palm it off as "a serious error of judgement" as opposed to "a flagrant violation of our putative principles".

    If they were principled, it would never have been suggested, much less implemented.

    And it's not as if Brave is immune to CVE-2020-0041 (the 'sandbox exploit') anyhow; that not only allows an adversary to escape the sandbox, but to escalate privileges all the way to root.

    Nobody's getting actual data security by downloading a browser.

    Replies: @European-American

  38. Having a smartphone is intrusive enough but now you really must be nuts to plug this Big Sister into your home. Cancel Culture USA is starting to remind me of that wonderful Star Trek episode with the little floating robot that’s been misprogrammed to “sterilize” anyone who’s not perfect

  39. @Steve Sailer
    @RichardTaylor

    What does Cuban have in his backyard? A planetarium?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @RichardTaylor, @HammerJack, @Morton's toes, @Gordo, @Muggles, @J.Ross

    What does Cuban have in his backyard? A planetarium?

    Could it be a temple? So he doesn’t have to pay property tax?

  40. @El Dato
    Come on Steve, we know you are busy with the Red Monster Wreck Extravaganza going on now, but that software update got rolled out last Sunday or earlier. Please _do_ try to keep up:

    https://twitter.com/kristaboricua/status/1269428245658730496

    Next on this channel: "Black Suicides Matter":

    Black man found HANGED near city hall in California in alleged ‘suicide,’ but protesters suspect LYNCHING & demand full probe

    Kim Kardashian is on the case!

    https://twitter.com/KimKardashian/status/1271559605773049858

    Replies: @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder, @FPD72, @Jane Plain, @Buffalo Joe, @SunBakedSuburb, @Muggles

    Oh sigh, suicide is still a leading cause of death in young people, not just black youths. I know more people who have lost a child to suicide than to any other cause and that is sad. However, from now on no death of any black person will be accepted as natural or suicide until multiple autopsies have been performed, paid for with government funding and by a black M.E. Hell, make it a reality show…”The Real Autopsies of (insert city or county name here.)

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Buffalo Joe

    Even if what a suicide, it was because of racism. So white people are still at fault.

  41. @ic1000
    Worth highlighting this May 24, 2020 article by Ron Unz, What Google and Facebook Are Hiding: The American Deep State Strikes Back. He wrote:

    [unz.com has] been silently deranked by Google, thus eliminating nearly all our incoming traffic from search results. A few quick checks confirmed this unfortunate situation, best illustrated by a particularly striking example.

    Just over a decade ago, I had published an important article entitled The Myth of Hispanic Crime, and for ten years it had always placed extremely high in Google searches, generally being ranked #2 across the 52,000,000 results for “Hispanic crime” and also #2 among the 139,000,000 results for “Latino crime.” The impact of my analysis on the heated public debate had also been quite considerable... But my article had now vanished from all such Google searches.

    Although Google holds an overwhelming monopoly for web searches across the Western world, comparable products using similar technology such as Bing and DuckDuckGo do exist, and these still list my article near the top of their results, with Bing ranking it at #2 for “Hispanic crime” and “Latino crime,” while DuckDuckGo places it #4 in each. But no one would ever find it using Google.

    The other pages of our website have been similarly blacklisted, effectively eliminated from all web searches courtesy of Google’s information monopoly... Google still does contains all these pages, and if the additional specifier “unz” is added to the search, the results come up, but for anyone not knowing where to look, our entire website and all its content has completely disappeared.
     

    I replicated Unz' search on the three engines for 'Hispanic crime.'
    #1 result on Bing
    #1 result on DuckDuckGo
    not in the first 50 Google results

    Here are some memorable turns of phrase that Steve Sailer has coined, or helped popularize.
    * First Law of Female Journalism
    * "World War Hair" (needs quotes to avoid being swamped by WW2 haircuts)
    * Intersectional totem pole
    * Coalition of the fringes
    * Bonfire of the insanities

    No page 1, 2, or 3 unz.com results on any of these, for any of the three engines. Though Sailer's essays at takis.com are listed for some. Discussions of his posts at other sites are present.

    * KKKrazy glue is an outlier. Sailer's essay at takis.com is #1 at all three engines. As for his many discussions of the concept at unz.com:
    #26 at Bing -- not for a post but for a comment by "Ragno"
    not in the first 50 DuckDuckGo results
    #5 and #6 at Google -- for two separate Sailer posts

    The disappearing of Ron Unz, unz.com, and Steve Sailer is underway, and search-hobbling may not be limited to Google. At times, it's partial and inconsistent, but that may be enough. Perhaps better than good enough, if a secondary objective is to avoid the attention of honest anti-tech-monopoly leftists like Matt Stoller.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @European-American

    A PageRank results from a mathematical algorithm based on the webgraph, created by all World Wide Web pages as nodes and hyperlinks as edges, taking into consideration authority hubs such as cnn.com or mayoclinic.org

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

    Works as designed.

  42. @RichardTaylor
    The anti-White crowd won't back down. They've drunk the kool-aid. Plus, they've never been challenged. The younger they are, the more they've been pampered.

    Spoiled brats who hate White people.

    Look at the home jackass Mark Cuban (actually Chabenisky was the fam name, but you know). He lives like this but has the nerve to lecture the White population on its privilege.

    https://cdn.luxatic.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Marc-Cuban-Dallas-House-1.jpg

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Buffalo Joe

    Richard, how many non-whites work on that plantation? From what I have seen of Cuban at NBA games he displays a level of immaturity that is beneath the position of team owner. Oh wait! He owns all dem black players?

  43. World War Band-Aid is finally over.

  44. Steve Sailer is the Atomic Cannon of our Cultural Arsenal of Democracy.

  45. @Jack D
    @J

    This is true. Perhaps overnight the Party Line has shifted and now Black must always be capitalized like God. Perhaps a letter or two has been added to BIPOC and you didn't get the memo. Maybe as of today, it is no longer sufficient to refer to George Floyd as "a man who was finally beginning to get his life together ". Perhaps it is no longer sufficient to refer to riots as "Peaceful Protests". From now on, He must be referred to as "Saint George of Floyd, PhD, PBUH" and "Peaceful Protests" must be called "Celebrations of the Superiority of Black Culture" You must get the formulation exactly right, no deviations permitted. "Journalists" and Democrat Party activists have secret channels thru which Today's Message is transmitted but a mere civilian might miss a broadcast and not be properly advised.

    As a result, you might utter a Tweet with the wrong message in it and oops, you are cancelled. You have worked and struggled for 30 years to become Editor of some magazine or CEO of some company and BOOM, you struck an insufficiently zealous tone in your latest tweet and it's all gone. The pressure to get it right is enormous.

    But, the Tech Giants have a solution. You can have Alexa wake you when the Party Line has changed. A chime will sound and the AI lady will tell you, "Attention, from now on Juneteenth is a new national holiday. It will be celebrated with undocumented shopping and fire. Not fireworks, just fire. And never visit Tulsa - there was once a white riot there where millions of Black people were murdered." That way you won't schedule any meeting on Juneteenth or in Tulsa and lose your job. Trump has Jared Kushner to advise him about such things but YOU have Alexa. Our AI future will be glorious.

    Replies: @ic1000, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @Justvisiting

    “perhaps a letter or two has been added to BIPOC”

    The new formulation is: Black, Indigenous, Post-Occidental, Latinx Anti-Racists — or, BIPOLAR.

    • Agree: Mr. Anon
  46. Off topic, but Jean Raspail, author of the Camp of the Saints, passed away today in Paris at the age of 94.

    • Replies: @Neuday
    @Vico


    Off topic, but Jean Raspail, author of the Camp of the Saints, passed away today in Paris at the age of 94.
     
    Of laughter?
    , @captflee
    @Vico

    "Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?" 2 Samuel 3:38

    , @Alden
    @Vico

    My hero, loved his book.

  47. @Jack D
    @J

    This is true. Perhaps overnight the Party Line has shifted and now Black must always be capitalized like God. Perhaps a letter or two has been added to BIPOC and you didn't get the memo. Maybe as of today, it is no longer sufficient to refer to George Floyd as "a man who was finally beginning to get his life together ". Perhaps it is no longer sufficient to refer to riots as "Peaceful Protests". From now on, He must be referred to as "Saint George of Floyd, PhD, PBUH" and "Peaceful Protests" must be called "Celebrations of the Superiority of Black Culture" You must get the formulation exactly right, no deviations permitted. "Journalists" and Democrat Party activists have secret channels thru which Today's Message is transmitted but a mere civilian might miss a broadcast and not be properly advised.

    As a result, you might utter a Tweet with the wrong message in it and oops, you are cancelled. You have worked and struggled for 30 years to become Editor of some magazine or CEO of some company and BOOM, you struck an insufficiently zealous tone in your latest tweet and it's all gone. The pressure to get it right is enormous.

    But, the Tech Giants have a solution. You can have Alexa wake you when the Party Line has changed. A chime will sound and the AI lady will tell you, "Attention, from now on Juneteenth is a new national holiday. It will be celebrated with undocumented shopping and fire. Not fireworks, just fire. And never visit Tulsa - there was once a white riot there where millions of Black people were murdered." That way you won't schedule any meeting on Juneteenth or in Tulsa and lose your job. Trump has Jared Kushner to advise him about such things but YOU have Alexa. Our AI future will be glorious.

    Replies: @ic1000, @The Germ Theory of Disease, @Justvisiting

    There will come a day when if you ask who Martin Luther King was, Alexa will answer:

    “That is an unperson. Naming of an unperson is prohibited. There will no further warnings.”

    (For those not getting it, MLK is _far_ too much of a collaborator for the lefty thought police. His “content of their character” remark made him a traitor to the black collective.)

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    @Justvisiting

    Not for that reason alone:

    https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/how-much-longer-will-mlks-statue-stand/?

  48. @Buffalo Joe
    @El Dato

    Oh sigh, suicide is still a leading cause of death in young people, not just black youths. I know more people who have lost a child to suicide than to any other cause and that is sad. However, from now on no death of any black person will be accepted as natural or suicide until multiple autopsies have been performed, paid for with government funding and by a black M.E. Hell, make it a reality show..."The Real Autopsies of (insert city or county name here.)

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    Even if what a suicide, it was because of racism. So white people are still at fault.

  49. @International Jew
    When these gadgets become mandatory, we'll know we've arrived at 1984.

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous, @Mr. Anon

    When these gadgets become mandatory, we’ll know we’ve arrived at 1984.

    I can imagine a time when it will be considered a crime to not have a cell phone on you.

    • Agree: Je Suis Omar Mateen
    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    @Mr. Anon

    "a crime"

    When we arrive at that point, probably next month, the mandatory monitoring app will be a crystalline tear which will be implanted in the fatty tissue of white people.

    Replies: @Anonymous

  50. @Chrisnonymous
    @kihowi

    But what if it keeps getting worse? Would you like to have lived through the beginning stages of the Cultural Revolution?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @S. Anonyia

    Would you like to have lived through the beginning stages of the Cultural Revolution?

    Not the Chinese version, no. Ours, yes, because it is still the beginning, which is when you take care of things. I think we have the manpower, wits, and firearms to stop it. It’s the courage that people are lacking. Yes, I don’t mind living in interesting times.

  51. Almost all modern electronics have one or more of these programs automatically built in whether you want them or not. If I am in my living room where my entertainment system is, and I have my phone with me, I have no less than five pieces of electronics with microphones and these applications permanently installed. I try to mitigate the situation by selecting devices that require you to physically push something to talk. Some of the applications can be disabled but you have to monitor them because when they do an automatic software update they’ll re-enable them.

  52. @Chrisnonymous
    @International Jew

    Yeah, this is not a joke. I don't have a cellphone, but it is getting increasingly difficult to live without one. My boss tried to force me to get one, threatening me with being fired and consulting HR about his ability to do that. Outside work, I have been declined services because I don't have a cellphone number to provide, and I even made a complaint to the police once, and they didn't want to accept it. I had to give them my wife's. I mean, god--it's a frickin' cellphone. That's all. But they are so ubiquitous now that people feel there is something wrong with you if you don't have one. That's all it requires-- for enough people to rely on these devices, and they will start to be a necessity to live.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @black sea, @ThreeCranes, @ScarletNumber, @Anonymous, @ScarletNumber

    Great comment, Chris. I have a flip phone, and yes, it likely has the GPS chip (not even so sure about that, because unfortunately it’s a knock-off China-made total piece of junk – were it not hard to even make calls with, I’d keep it forever… still looking). However, this one cannot possibly have the iEspionage capabilities of the smart phones, that I briefly described in this Peak Stupidity post.

    I really didn’t write this comment just to put in the links. For my job too, it’s almost impossible to do some things that a smart phone is good for, and I do get smirks and ridicule about my phone, but that’s not the bit that bothers me. Just as you wrote, I worry sometimes that it’ll get me in trouble. (I can’t explain the details as to how.)

    Someone on here wrote a week or two back that, after this Kung Flu Panic-Fest nonsense, businesses large and small might use the germ-carrying capacities of cash as an excuse to do business only with cards. That’s not your point, but it reminded me of the Starbucks that “recommended” that I use an app to order my hot chocolate. “That’s not gonna happen”, I told the nice girl.

  53. Well, we pay for the Public Indoctrination System to brainwash our children.

  54. @Vico
    Off topic, but Jean Raspail, author of the Camp of the Saints, passed away today in Paris at the age of 94.

    Replies: @Neuday, @captflee, @Alden

    Off topic, but Jean Raspail, author of the Camp of the Saints, passed away today in Paris at the age of 94.

    Of laughter?

  55. @European-American
    > Why would you pay to put one of these spies for Woke Capital in your own house?

    They cost almost nothing. And they are very useful. Way better than light switches, for example. And often better than typing or searching around for stuff.

    Definitely an interface of the future. A good complement to the spy for Woke Capital we all carry around with us at all times.

    Now, what these voice assistants do ain’t that hard. So I look forward to the day someone comes out with an alternative that’s on _our_ side. Like what Brave is, for browsers, those other Woke Capital spies.

    In the meantime... Alexa, which way is the wind blowing? Hey Google, how many roads must a man go down? Hey Siri, are you experienced?

    Replies: @Sam Malone, @Je Suis Omar Mateen, @Kratoklastes

    They cost almost nothing. And they are very useful. Way better than light switches, for example. And often better than typing or searching around for stuff.

    Yeah, why exert a tiny bit of physical effort and some small mental consideration typing in a question and judging for yourself the quality of the results when you can just speak the question and lap up whatever answer TPTB choose to you feed you? You can reap the fruits of supine laziness while also cultivating a certain child-like gullibility.

  56. Anonymous[113] • Disclaimer says:

    How about PALESTINIAN LIVES MATTER?

    • Replies: @EdwardM
    @Anonymous

    Not allowed: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11979485/black-lives-matter-twitter-palestine-israel/

    We finally found the only thing that Black Lives Matter could do or say that would result in criticism in the MSM:

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12008224/bbc-ban-blm-badge-group-accused-political/

    Readers here won't be surprised.

  57. @Vico
    Off topic, but Jean Raspail, author of the Camp of the Saints, passed away today in Paris at the age of 94.

    Replies: @Neuday, @captflee, @Alden

    “Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?” 2 Samuel 3:38

  58. “Jesus”

    Only a lazy dolt or technophile would allow Siri or her brother Ari into their dwelling. I have two computers that remain off when not in use; the modem is unplugged; and the phone resides in a faraday cage.

  59. @Dr. X
    @Reg Cæsar

    How many blacks are even capable of working for those companies in a meaningful sense -- i.e., not just as an affirmative-action "show" job like Michelle Obama at the University of Chicago Hospital -- but as an engineer or software developer?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    How many blacks are even capable of working for those companies in a meaningful sense — i.e., not just as an affirmative-action “show” job like Michelle Obama at the University of Chicago Hospital — but as an engineer or software developer?

    That’s irrelevant. The other side claims they are, so take up their challenge.

    The point is to leverage their contradictions to our benefit, as Reagan did with SDI. (The Soviets’, the Western left’s, and the traditional anticommunists’. A hat trick.)

    Does it matter who gets the jobs once Desi and Dong are sent home? Just get them going, then we can hash it out.

  60. @Mr. Anon
    @International Jew


    When these gadgets become mandatory, we’ll know we’ve arrived at 1984.
     
    I can imagine a time when it will be considered a crime to not have a cell phone on you.

    Replies: @SunBakedSuburb

    “a crime”

    When we arrive at that point, probably next month, the mandatory monitoring app will be a crystalline tear which will be implanted in the fatty tissue of white people.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @SunBakedSuburb


    When we arrive at that point, probably next month, the mandatory monitoring app will be a crystalline tear which will be implanted in the fatty tissue of white people.
     
    You're an optimist, you are!

    Given the present political climate, why wouldn't the monitoring device take the form of a quite large, particularly unpleasant RFID suppository for Caucasians that is spot-checked by the authorities?

    I expect the chap who comes up with it will get a Nobel.
  61. @El Dato
    Come on Steve, we know you are busy with the Red Monster Wreck Extravaganza going on now, but that software update got rolled out last Sunday or earlier. Please _do_ try to keep up:

    https://twitter.com/kristaboricua/status/1269428245658730496

    Next on this channel: "Black Suicides Matter":

    Black man found HANGED near city hall in California in alleged ‘suicide,’ but protesters suspect LYNCHING & demand full probe

    Kim Kardashian is on the case!

    https://twitter.com/KimKardashian/status/1271559605773049858

    Replies: @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder, @FPD72, @Jane Plain, @Buffalo Joe, @SunBakedSuburb, @Muggles

    What is the communion host in the Temple of the Sacred Black Body?

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @SunBakedSuburb


    What is the communion host in the Temple of the Sacred Black Body?
     
    Purple drank and Skittles.
  62. anon[155] • Disclaimer says:
    @ic1000
    @Jack D

    > Our AI future will be glorious.

    MiniTru didn't need AI. JournoList, Twitter, FaceBook, and Instagram were sufficient. Things have only gotten better in the past 36 years; our human-curated present is already glorious.

    Yesterday, Matt Taibbi posted "The American Press Is Destroying Itself". Scroll down for an honest lefty's view of the festivities.

    Replies: @anon

    Matt Tabbi is a just another leftard, but “honest lefty” is a self contradiction. They can’t be honest. Either they don’t know how, or they know but refuse.

    The ideal instead was that we showed you everything we could see, good and bad, ugly and not, trusting that a better-informed public would make better decisions.

    Cleverly phrased to be sure, but still just more journo-list gaslighting. Because the leftard press has been unable to “see” a whole world of things for generations going all the way back to Walter Duranty. Their eyes have extremely curious limitations.

    This blob of text from Tabbi is just more leftard gaslighting. If he winds up Canceled I must remember to send him the URL for Leetcode. Then he could improve himself working to get a job that has already been handed to an H1B with the full approval of leftards just like him.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @anon

    Tabbi spent the first part of the article talking about what a POS DJT is. The rest of the article was about well-meaning liberals who went too far for the extremists, ending with a call for the extremists to cool it before they upset the proles.

    Not exactly a conversion on the way to Damascus.

  63. @SunBakedSuburb
    @El Dato

    What is the communion host in the Temple of the Sacred Black Body?

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    What is the communion host in the Temple of the Sacred Black Body?

    Purple drank and Skittles.

  64. @Chrisnonymous
    @International Jew

    Yeah, this is not a joke. I don't have a cellphone, but it is getting increasingly difficult to live without one. My boss tried to force me to get one, threatening me with being fired and consulting HR about his ability to do that. Outside work, I have been declined services because I don't have a cellphone number to provide, and I even made a complaint to the police once, and they didn't want to accept it. I had to give them my wife's. I mean, god--it's a frickin' cellphone. That's all. But they are so ubiquitous now that people feel there is something wrong with you if you don't have one. That's all it requires-- for enough people to rely on these devices, and they will start to be a necessity to live.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @black sea, @ThreeCranes, @ScarletNumber, @Anonymous, @ScarletNumber

    Same.

    The first time I was told that I had to have a cell phone for work-related reasons — I guess so I could be called day or night — I told my supervisor that since I had no interest in owning a cell phone, and would only get one because my employer thought I needed one, they would have to pay for it. The subject got dropped at that point.

    More recently, I’ve been issued everything from a Blackberry to an I-Phone, which is OK since I’m paying nothing for it and I do use it occasionally. But mostly it just gets adopted by my wife or daughter. People who work with me know I won’t carry the thing around, so there’s no point in trying to call me unless it’s over a landline.

    I hate the idea of being constantly contactable.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @black sea


    I hate the idea of being constantly contactable.
     
    You and me both. I had to get a cell phone for work, but they paid for it and even then, I got everybody trained to not expect me to be instantly available. Leave me a message and I'll get back to you.

    But you and I are in the minority. Women especially with texting seem to love the constant contact. Drives me nuts.

  65. @Chrisnonymous
    @International Jew

    Yeah, this is not a joke. I don't have a cellphone, but it is getting increasingly difficult to live without one. My boss tried to force me to get one, threatening me with being fired and consulting HR about his ability to do that. Outside work, I have been declined services because I don't have a cellphone number to provide, and I even made a complaint to the police once, and they didn't want to accept it. I had to give them my wife's. I mean, god--it's a frickin' cellphone. That's all. But they are so ubiquitous now that people feel there is something wrong with you if you don't have one. That's all it requires-- for enough people to rely on these devices, and they will start to be a necessity to live.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @black sea, @ThreeCranes, @ScarletNumber, @Anonymous, @ScarletNumber

    And they made sure you had to buy one by removing all the pay phones from every gas station etc.

    • Agree: Alden
  66. Anonymous[397] • Disclaimer says:

    I have a minimal burner WalMart cell phone just for work. My other phone goes in an RF tight bag around work. It gets put in a box at home at certain times.

    Alexa and Siri are banished from any property of mine. And I am still social media free.

    Ham radio would be ironically an underneath the radar mode, especially CW on the HF bands. Legally and by tradition codes and ciphers are prohibited, but clever people hide them in plain sight. You can still build a 6L6 transmitter out of common parts.

  67. Why would you pay to put one of these spies for Woke Capital in your own house?

    Because black lives matter is about African Americans, not about immigrants. To defeat the Capitalist Conspiracy, accept the main argument of Wokeness (that slavery gives US Blacks a particular claim on the US) and grant descendants of US slaves a recognized official status, which would cut the immigrants of any race out. Immigration is not helping African American Blacks any more than Whites.

    To a principled objection to granting American Blacks special status, I would say the basis has already been conceded: American Indians have their own areas and specialized law enforcement. Being an African American already is in practice a separate status. Woke Capital wants to make it racial because that will allowed immigrants and post Antebellum minorities to continue to take special benefits given with the intention of helping slave descended African Americans.

  68. @HammerJack
    @BenKenobi

    Congrats. You're doing pretty well at 15%. Google is making it harder and harder to avoid.


    Google Assistant responds to “Black Lives Matter” with an explanation of the movement’s message.

    “Black people deserve the same freedoms afforded to everyone in this country, and recognizing the injustice they face is the first step towards fixing it,” it says.
     

    Funny to see this, right after seeing this:
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/mofa-make-orwell-fiction-again/#comment-3961239

    Replies: @vhrm

    i use Google pixel 3a and have managed to mostly deactivate it. The final piece, was that i had to change to a custom launcher since there’s no way to deactivate Google Assistant in the default Google launcher (or there wasn’t when i l Addy checked about 1.5 years ago)

    i use Nova Launcher. It’s fine.

  69. Why has this been ignored?

    Anonymous Berkeley Professor Shreds BLM Injustice Narrative; Berkeley Responds

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/anonymous-berkeley-professor-shreds-blm-injustice-narrative-damning-stats-and-logic

    The explanation provided in your documentation, to the near exclusion of all others, is univariate: the problems of the black community are caused by whites, or, when whites are not physically present, by the infiltration of white supremacy and white systemic racism into American brains, souls, and institutions.

    Many cogent objections to this thesis have been raised by sober voices, including from within the black community itself, such as Thomas Sowell and Wilfred Reilly. These people are not racists or ‘Uncle Toms’. They are intelligent scholars who reject a narrative that strips black people of agency and systematically externalizes the problems of the black community onto outsiders. Their view is entirely absent from the departmental and UCB-wide communiques.

    The claim that the difficulties that the black community faces are entirely causally explained by exogenous factors in the form of white systemic racism, white supremacy, and other forms of white discrimination remains a problematic hypothesis that should be vigorously challenged by historians. Instead, it is being treated as an axiomatic and actionable truth without serious consideration of its profound flaws, or its worrying implication of total black impotence. This hypothesis is transforming our institution and our culture, without any space for dissent outside of a tightly policed, narrow discourse.

    A counternarrative exists. If you have time, please consider examining some of the documents I attach at the end of this email. Overwhelmingly, the reasoning provided by BLM and allies is either primarily anecdotal (as in the case with the bulk of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ undeniably moving article) or it is transparently motivated. As an example of the latter problem, consider the proportion of black incarcerated Americans. This proportion is often used to characterize the criminal justice system as anti-black. However, if we use the precise same methodology, we would have to conclude that the criminal justice system is even more anti-male than it is anti-black.

    Would we characterize criminal justice as a systemically misandrist conspiracy against innocent American men? I hope you see that this type of reasoning is flawed, and requires a significant suspension of our rational faculties. Black people are not incarcerated at higher rates than their involvement in violent crime would predict. This fact has been demonstrated multiple times across multiple jurisdictions in multiple countries.

    And yet, I see my department uncritically reproducing a narrative that diminishes black agency in favor of a white-centric explanation that appeals to the department’s apparent desire to shoulder the ‘white man’s burden’ and to promote a narrative of white guilt.

    If we claim that the criminal justice system is white-supremacist, why is it that Asian Americans, Indian Americans, and Nigerian Americans are incarcerated at vastly lower rates than white Americans? This is a funny sort of white supremacy. Even Jewish Americans are incarcerated less than gentile whites. I think it’s fair to say that your average white supremacist disapproves of Jews. And yet, these alleged white supremacists incarcerate gentiles at vastly higher rates than Jews. None of this is addressed in your literature. None of this is explained, beyond hand-waving and ad hominems. “Those are racist dogwhistles”. “The model minority myth is white supremacist”. “Only fascists talk about black-on-black crime”, ad nauseam.

    These types of statements do not amount to counterarguments: they are simply arbitrary offensive classifications, intended to silence and oppress discourse. Any serious historian will recognize these for the silencing orthodoxy tactics they are, common to suppressive regimes, doctrines, and religions throughout time and space. They are intended to crush real diversity and permanently exile the culture of robust criticism from our department.

    Increasingly, we are being called upon to comply and subscribe to BLM’s problematic view of history, and the department is being presented as unified on the matter. In particular, ethnic minorities are being aggressively marshaled into a single position. Any apparent unity is surely a function of the fact that dissent could almost certainly lead to expulsion or cancellation for those of us in a precarious position, which is no small number.

    I personally don’t dare speak out against the BLM narrative, and with this barrage of alleged unity being mass-produced by the administration, tenured professoriat, the UC administration, corporate America, and the media, the punishment for dissent is a clear danger at a time of widespread economic vulnerability. I am certain that if my name were attached to this email, I would lose my job and all future jobs, even though I believe in and can justify every word I type.

    The vast majority of violence visited on the black community is committed by black people. There are virtually no marches for these invisible victims, no public silences, no heartfelt letters from the UC regents, deans, and departmental heads. The message is clear: Black lives only matter when whites take them. Black violence is expected and insoluble, while white violence requires explanation and demands solution. Please look into your hearts and see how monstrously bigoted this formulation truly is.

    • Disagree: bruce county
    • Replies: @bruce county
    @Stan

    Oooops... wrong tab..I agree. Well written and argued.

    , @Anonymous
    @Stan

    The letter makes it obvious that it was written by a black woman and it's unlikely to be a deception since she identified herself to Thomas Sowell and Wilfred Reilly.

    There are two black women faculty on UCB's History. One is a young tatooed person from Rutgers who has twitter account, specializes in American slavery and writes blog post like "A thousand words, countless silences and the audacity of Black love". Another is a much older graduate from University of Nairobi and specializes on Kenya, colonialism and, lately, black feminism.

    Who of the two do you think is more likely to use the phrase "sired and abandoned multiple children" and "the absolute worst specimen of our race and species", and devote half of her letter emphasizing that "George Floyd was anything other than a violent misogynist, a brutal man who met a predictably brutal end"?

    I strongly suspect that the author will soon retire. She can't be fired but everyone around her at UBC-History will make to make her life intolerable, there.

  70. @El Dato
    Come on Steve, we know you are busy with the Red Monster Wreck Extravaganza going on now, but that software update got rolled out last Sunday or earlier. Please _do_ try to keep up:

    https://twitter.com/kristaboricua/status/1269428245658730496

    Next on this channel: "Black Suicides Matter":

    Black man found HANGED near city hall in California in alleged ‘suicide,’ but protesters suspect LYNCHING & demand full probe

    Kim Kardashian is on the case!

    https://twitter.com/KimKardashian/status/1271559605773049858

    Replies: @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder, @FPD72, @Jane Plain, @Buffalo Joe, @SunBakedSuburb, @Muggles

    So, is this the resurrection of St. Emmett Till?

    “Lynching” literally means being taken from lawful custody (from legal custody) and killed in an extra-judicial manner.

    Not simply being hanged, as some would have it.

    So unless Mr. Fuller was dragged from jail he wasn’t “lynched.”

    Anthony Bourdain and Robin Williams both hanged themselves in suicide. So did Sandra Bland, though she was in a local jail after her local Houston family declined to post her $500 bail. Again, no lynching.

    It is my understanding that blacks as a group tend to have lower suicide rates than whites and other groups. Don’t know about Mr. Fuller. It is a rare means of actual murder (absent a mob) so suicide seems probable. Always sad to hear about, a young person. Doubtful this is any kind of hate crime.

  71. Not until Apple comes out with “Ghetto Siri” will I believe Tim Cook is down with the cause.

    User: “Siri, what is the price of tea in China?”
    Siri: “What you be askin me that *hit fo’, crackuh? I ain’t got time fo’ yo’ foo’ questions! Look it up yo’ own damn self!

    Ghetto Siri: Half as fast as regular Siri but with more than twice the sass.

  72. @Steve Sailer
    @RichardTaylor

    What does Cuban have in his backyard? A planetarium?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @RichardTaylor, @HammerJack, @Morton's toes, @Gordo, @Muggles, @J.Ross

    It might be a household temple to Nike, the ancient god of basketball.

    • LOL: kaganovitch
  73. @Anon
    @kihowi


    As I said yesterday to my (ancient but sharp as a tack) father, in a way I’m grateful to be living through these times. I get to witness real hysteria! How often does that happen? I’ve often thought how fascinating it would be to have been around during the Directoire or the Salem trials or in Holland during the tulip bulb mania…and here it is again! It’s a privilege (heh) to be able to stand on the sidelines, keep my wits, and study people.
     
    Here’s the problem. Most of popular belief about these historical periods of mass hysteria is largely fiction.

    There Never Was a Real Tulip Fever

    ...For decades, economists have pointed to 17th-century tulipmania as a warning about the perils of the free market. Writers and historians have reveled in the absurdity of the event. The incident even provides the backdrop for the new film Tulip Fever, based on a novel of the same name by Deborah Moggach.

    The only problem: none of these stories are true.

    What really happened and how did the story of Dutch tulip speculation get so distorted? Anne Goldgar discovered the historical reality when she dug into the archives to research her book, Tulipmania: Money, Honor, and Knowledge in the Dutch Golden Age.

    “I always joke that the book should be called ‘Tulipmania: More Boring Than You Thought,’” says Goldgar, a professor of early modern history at King’s College London.

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/there-never-was-real-tulip-fever-180964915/
     

    Salem witch trials saw 200 women and men accused with only 20 women and men executed (none burned). These investigations and trials were initiated at a time when in the Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony there saw a lot of disruption caused by refugees from New York, Nova Scotia, and Quebec. They attributed all the bitter quarreling to the devil. Still, they handled it rationally based on their beliefs at the time.

    Five myths about the Salem witch trials

    ...The best minds in New England interpreted and adjudicated the epidemic. Those ministers and civic authorities pondered the cases scientifically. They read and reread the witchcraft literature, to which several of them had contributed. They parsed legal code. They knew their history. They worked in the sterling name of reason. The trouble was that the most literate in 1692 also happened to be the most literal. They were not so much out of their depth as they were swimming in information — “poisoned,” one critic later sniffed, “in their education.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-salem-witch-trials/2016/10/27/62abd0cc-9ad1-11e6-9980-50913d68eacb_story.html
     

    Replies: @Muggles

    >>Five myths about the Salem witch trials<<

    My sister's DNA and family tree research shows that I am somehow related to the first woman hanged in Salem for being a witch. (She had a daughter.)

    So I'm a proven heretic. Ready for the 2020s. Of course I'm doing my best to avoid the "woke" mob.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Muggles

    A many great uncle, Captain John Alden Jr was condemned as a witch towards the end of the trials. But he escaped jail and was hidden by his brother, my many great grandfather till the uproar died down.

    The real reason he was accused of being a witch was because of the continuous war going on between French and English colonialists and the Indians By that time the Indians were dug in and fighting for their land and way of life. So it was continuous battles and raids.

    Captain Alden’s crime was releasing some Indian prisoners who later raided and murdered an English family . The survivors blamed Captain Alden.

    Tough people.

  74. @black sea
    @Chrisnonymous

    Same.

    The first time I was told that I had to have a cell phone for work-related reasons -- I guess so I could be called day or night -- I told my supervisor that since I had no interest in owning a cell phone, and would only get one because my employer thought I needed one, they would have to pay for it. The subject got dropped at that point.

    More recently, I've been issued everything from a Blackberry to an I-Phone, which is OK since I'm paying nothing for it and I do use it occasionally. But mostly it just gets adopted by my wife or daughter. People who work with me know I won't carry the thing around, so there's no point in trying to call me unless it's over a landline.

    I hate the idea of being constantly contactable.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    I hate the idea of being constantly contactable.

    You and me both. I had to get a cell phone for work, but they paid for it and even then, I got everybody trained to not expect me to be instantly available. Leave me a message and I’ll get back to you.

    But you and I are in the minority. Women especially with texting seem to love the constant contact. Drives me nuts.

  75. @anon
    @ic1000

    Matt Tabbi is a just another leftard, but "honest lefty" is a self contradiction. They can't be honest. Either they don't know how, or they know but refuse.

    The ideal instead was that we showed you everything we could see, good and bad, ugly and not, trusting that a better-informed public would make better decisions.

    Cleverly phrased to be sure, but still just more journo-list gaslighting. Because the leftard press has been unable to "see" a whole world of things for generations going all the way back to Walter Duranty. Their eyes have extremely curious limitations.

    This blob of text from Tabbi is just more leftard gaslighting. If he winds up Canceled I must remember to send him the URL for Leetcode. Then he could improve himself working to get a job that has already been handed to an H1B with the full approval of leftards just like him.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    Tabbi spent the first part of the article talking about what a POS DJT is. The rest of the article was about well-meaning liberals who went too far for the extremists, ending with a call for the extremists to cool it before they upset the proles.

    Not exactly a conversion on the way to Damascus.

  76. @RudyM
    CHAZ is having difficulty resolving conflicts related to dodgeball:

    https://twitter.com/Julio_Rosas11/status/1271684755138871296

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    Little to no social distancing?

    It is almost as if they have received a memo or something:

    60% Of People Naturally Resistant To SARS-COV2, New Study Reveals

    https://www.zerohedge.com/health/60-people-naturally-resistant-sars-cov2-new-study-reveals

    Trump should just kick back and let these losers LARP as long as they want.

    • Agree: Je Suis Omar Mateen
    • Replies: @Je Suis Omar Mateen
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    "60% Of People Naturally Resistant To SARS-COV2, New Study Reveals"

    Because CoronaCold isn't novel in the least. It is a mutated variant of a previous virus, thus most people are effectively immune. This also explains why CoronaCold is mild for most people: their immune systems have dealt with something quite similar before. It is a muggafuggin hoax - front to back, top to bottom, A to Z.

  77. @Stan
    Why has this been ignored?

    Anonymous Berkeley Professor Shreds BLM Injustice Narrative; Berkeley Responds

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/anonymous-berkeley-professor-shreds-blm-injustice-narrative-damning-stats-and-logic

    The explanation provided in your documentation, to the near exclusion of all others, is univariate: the problems of the black community are caused by whites, or, when whites are not physically present, by the infiltration of white supremacy and white systemic racism into American brains, souls, and institutions.

    Many cogent objections to this thesis have been raised by sober voices, including from within the black community itself, such as Thomas Sowell and Wilfred Reilly. These people are not racists or 'Uncle Toms'. They are intelligent scholars who reject a narrative that strips black people of agency and systematically externalizes the problems of the black community onto outsiders. Their view is entirely absent from the departmental and UCB-wide communiques.

    The claim that the difficulties that the black community faces are entirely causally explained by exogenous factors in the form of white systemic racism, white supremacy, and other forms of white discrimination remains a problematic hypothesis that should be vigorously challenged by historians. Instead, it is being treated as an axiomatic and actionable truth without serious consideration of its profound flaws, or its worrying implication of total black impotence. This hypothesis is transforming our institution and our culture, without any space for dissent outside of a tightly policed, narrow discourse.

    A counternarrative exists. If you have time, please consider examining some of the documents I attach at the end of this email. Overwhelmingly, the reasoning provided by BLM and allies is either primarily anecdotal (as in the case with the bulk of Ta-Nehisi Coates' undeniably moving article) or it is transparently motivated. As an example of the latter problem, consider the proportion of black incarcerated Americans. This proportion is often used to characterize the criminal justice system as anti-black. However, if we use the precise same methodology, we would have to conclude that the criminal justice system is even more anti-male than it is anti-black.

    Would we characterize criminal justice as a systemically misandrist conspiracy against innocent American men? I hope you see that this type of reasoning is flawed, and requires a significant suspension of our rational faculties. Black people are not incarcerated at higher rates than their involvement in violent crime would predict. This fact has been demonstrated multiple times across multiple jurisdictions in multiple countries.

    And yet, I see my department uncritically reproducing a narrative that diminishes black agency in favor of a white-centric explanation that appeals to the department's apparent desire to shoulder the 'white man's burden' and to promote a narrative of white guilt.

    If we claim that the criminal justice system is white-supremacist, why is it that Asian Americans, Indian Americans, and Nigerian Americans are incarcerated at vastly lower rates than white Americans? This is a funny sort of white supremacy. Even Jewish Americans are incarcerated less than gentile whites. I think it's fair to say that your average white supremacist disapproves of Jews. And yet, these alleged white supremacists incarcerate gentiles at vastly higher rates than Jews. None of this is addressed in your literature. None of this is explained, beyond hand-waving and ad hominems. "Those are racist dogwhistles". "The model minority myth is white supremacist". "Only fascists talk about black-on-black crime", ad nauseam.

    These types of statements do not amount to counterarguments: they are simply arbitrary offensive classifications, intended to silence and oppress discourse. Any serious historian will recognize these for the silencing orthodoxy tactics they are, common to suppressive regimes, doctrines, and religions throughout time and space. They are intended to crush real diversity and permanently exile the culture of robust criticism from our department.

    Increasingly, we are being called upon to comply and subscribe to BLM's problematic view of history, and the department is being presented as unified on the matter. In particular, ethnic minorities are being aggressively marshaled into a single position. Any apparent unity is surely a function of the fact that dissent could almost certainly lead to expulsion or cancellation for those of us in a precarious position, which is no small number.

    I personally don't dare speak out against the BLM narrative, and with this barrage of alleged unity being mass-produced by the administration, tenured professoriat, the UC administration, corporate America, and the media, the punishment for dissent is a clear danger at a time of widespread economic vulnerability. I am certain that if my name were attached to this email, I would lose my job and all future jobs, even though I believe in and can justify every word I type.

    The vast majority of violence visited on the black community is committed by black people. There are virtually no marches for these invisible victims, no public silences, no heartfelt letters from the UC regents, deans, and departmental heads. The message is clear: Black lives only matter when whites take them. Black violence is expected and insoluble, while white violence requires explanation and demands solution. Please look into your hearts and see how monstrously bigoted this formulation truly is.

    Replies: @bruce county, @Anonymous

    Oooops… wrong tab..I agree. Well written and argued.

  78. @Justvisiting
    @Jack D

    There will come a day when if you ask who Martin Luther King was, Alexa will answer:

    "That is an unperson. Naming of an unperson is prohibited. There will no further warnings."

    (For those not getting it, MLK is _far_ too much of a collaborator for the lefty thought police. His "content of their character" remark made him a traitor to the black collective.)

    Replies: @Hibernian

  79. “ Tech companies like Amazon, Apple and Google… are also using their voice assistants to spread awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement.”

    When you open your Kindle app to select a book, Amazon provides you with a list of “anti-racism books to read right now”.

    RIGHT NOW, you racist motherfucker.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Anon7


    When you open your Kindle app to select a book, Amazon provides you with a list of “anti-racism books to read right now”.
     
    Speaking of lists, does the Kindle app helpfully notify the ADL if you order/have ordered a book at any time that's not on the list of officially approved anti-racist books? You know, strictly in the interest of keeping you free of thoughtcrime should you stray from the fold.

    (Go ahead: laugh. I'm sure they'll be adding that "feature" in no time, the bastards.)

    RIGHT NOW, you racist motherfucker.
     
    I admit it: this brought a rare, badly-needed smile to my face. Well done, sir.
  80. @Chrisnonymous
    @kihowi

    But what if it keeps getting worse? Would you like to have lived through the beginning stages of the Cultural Revolution?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @S. Anonyia

    Or would you want to live through the anarchy of the English civil wars and all of the fanatical cults that appeared during that time and inspired Hobbes to write Leviathan?

    No thanks.

    • Agree: Chrisnonymous
  81. OT Once again I am struck by how often everything the left says is not just false but the opposite of the truth.

    We are told by medical professionals that massive protests during a pandemic are ok since systemic racism is also a health emergency. In reality white deaths of despair are much more of a health emergency, and promulgating the calumny that whites are all racists, destroying their statues, justifying the targeting of their businesses for looting and destruction, forcing them to take a knee and admit their guilt, and, in some cases, basically lynching them, is not helping.

    These have to be the most out-of-touch-with-reality protests ever. Based on a delusion of police racism without any statistical support, set-off by a event that is rarer than being struck by lightning and a utterly insignificant cause of blacks losing their lives, supposedly about black lives mattering and in the middle of a pandemic that disproportionately affects blacks and making demands of de-policing that will undoubtedly get more blacks killed, claiming that non-existent systemic racism is a health crisis while exacerbating a real health crisis of white despair…

    Another opposite-of-true is all these Jews who have been writing about how Trump must be stopped because he’s just like Hitler and ‘never again’ (who was that journalist who predicted whites would be freely lynching people after Trumps election?), meanwhile, back in reality, whites are obviously now the analogue of Jews in any ‘never again’ sense, and Trump-haters are the Nazis.

    There was a video of some youths being implored not to loot an art store because, the artists are minorities, implying it would be okay if they were white, there have been people painting ‘minority owned’ on their businesses, or even ‘Jew owned’, implying it is okay to specifically destroy white businesses, there was that lad reprimanded for vandalising a synagogue he had mistaken for a church… etc

    And yet we have Rabbis telling us if you don’t participate in this pogrom against white Christians, whipped up by calumnies against them, then you are like the people who didn’t stand up against the Nazis in Nazi Germany.

    (It isn’t quite the same as Nazi Germany, it’s like a melange of white Maoists teeming up with black Nazis.)

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    @Harold

    I'm also disturbed by the things you mention. I have leftist white friends who have said before that maybe the world would be better off without whites. It's pretty disturbing hearing that suicide cult stuff.

  82. OT again

    Speaking of riots, Americans used to riot of who could act Shakespeare better, Americans or British.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astor_Place_Riot
    Somewhere between 22 and 31 rioters were killed.
    😮

  83. BLM Inc. = Benny Hinn for SWPLs

  84. @Vico
    Off topic, but Jean Raspail, author of the Camp of the Saints, passed away today in Paris at the age of 94.

    Replies: @Neuday, @captflee, @Alden

    My hero, loved his book.

  85. @Achmed E. Newman
    Steve, it's not always on purpose that people "use" Siri". If I press the home button wrong on this iMaxiPad I have here, she comes on (but at least not with the voice).

    My 8 y/o and I played with Siri on my wife's phone on and off for a few days until we got sick of it (you can change it to different languages and accents of English). She really clammed up after my response to "How can I help you today?" I said "Siri, show use your tits."

    Replies: @Kratoklastes

    How come nobody’s mentioned Cortana?

    Microsoft has become a byword for poor code quality – every product is insecure, half-finished near-malware – so it’s a near-certainty that that Cortana is fatally insecure. If you disable Cortana the entire OS becomes flaky (in particular, MsMpEng.exe – the ‘Antimalware Service’ – cranks itself to 100% CPU roughly every 90 seconds; throttling MsMpEng in Services just shifts the problem).

    I have to run a Windows instance – because there are still retards in my field who think that MATLAB is a suitable platform for quant development – and it’s very interesting to see how many outbound connection attempts happen when the system should be idle. (MATLAB in an emulator (e.g., WINE) is not an option, even with 64GB of RAM: MATLAB’s memory management is appalling).

    Siri’s a pain in the ass to hobble, but it’s doable without touching the code (e.g., disabling it app-by-app and overall, as I have done on my iPad). Even if Siri’s still got some non-killable residual processes, it’s not going to expose your entire filesystem. iThings are basically expensive, monotasking, mid-spec toys, and the codemonkeys from Cupertino* are slightly more competent than those from Redmond*.

    As for Alexa and Google ‘Assistant’… owning one of those data-harvesters is a bit like going to confession: pretty much handing access to your secrets, to those whose job is to accumulate those secrets. Seems like a massively retarded thing to do, when the infiltration box can only do very basic shit.

    (You might guess… I don’t use github or VSCode, either).

    * By ‘codemonkeys from Cupertino… those from Redmond‘ I mean that Apple seems to have picked a slightly-more-competent Bangalore codefarm than Microsludge – for the moment, at least.

    • Replies: @anon
    @Kratoklastes


    How come nobody’s mentioned Cortana?


    Because nobody uses it?

    Replies: @Kratoklastes

  86. @Muggles
    @Anon

    >>Five myths about the Salem witch trials<<

    My sister's DNA and family tree research shows that I am somehow related to the first woman hanged in Salem for being a witch. (She had a daughter.)

    So I'm a proven heretic. Ready for the 2020s. Of course I'm doing my best to avoid the "woke" mob.

    Replies: @Alden

    A many great uncle, Captain John Alden Jr was condemned as a witch towards the end of the trials. But he escaped jail and was hidden by his brother, my many great grandfather till the uproar died down.

    The real reason he was accused of being a witch was because of the continuous war going on between French and English colonialists and the Indians By that time the Indians were dug in and fighting for their land and way of life. So it was continuous battles and raids.

    Captain Alden’s crime was releasing some Indian prisoners who later raided and murdered an English family . The survivors blamed Captain Alden.

    Tough people.

    • Thanks: Joseph Doaks
  87. @Steve Sailer
    @RichardTaylor

    What does Cuban have in his backyard? A planetarium?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @RichardTaylor, @HammerJack, @Morton's toes, @Gordo, @Muggles, @J.Ross

    As a loser nothing I can assure all wannabe loudmoths that Mark Cuban is definitely, and by an English mile, and for the past ten years, and surely the next ten, the left shoe on right foot dumbest luck-beneficiary organ waste in his class. He has been objectively wrong about every single thing he has ever ventured to opine on and his original fortune was based on a limited form of tech illiteracy. By all means bet against Mark Cuban’s statements.

  88. @Wilkey
    Any respectable person would take a hammer to the damn things and mail them back to from whence they came, with a nice little note.

    I’m sure that eventually they’ll be programmed to automatically report anyone who says “All Lives Matter” to the Thought Police.

    Isn’t there a way to program these things when you say certain phrases? So when I say “Black Lives Matter” could I program my phone to play “What a Fool Believes” by the Doobie Brothers? I shall have to look into this.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    Tried and gave up to find comment “what sort of person pays for these things.”
    Just now on NPR, consistent with earlier trend:
    >Tell your Brazil-plastic-magnifying-square over a screen “droid” slave* to cue up “NPR propaganda show.”
    >[droid voice] Oh, I sincerely love NPR propaganda show!
    So the joke is that droids are actually incapable of love —
    >[NPR’s host’s] voice warms my soul.
    Yeah, just in case that was unclear.
    They have a variation where the megacorp advert spybot reports: “I am programmed to be objective, and so is NPR.”
    BAGS OF SPRITE MOTHER$!^@$#%#!!!!!
    *I have often wished for an electronic young Jennifer Connelly who could memorize the Oxford Book of English Verse and some Ovid and Basho to recite while I washed the dishes, which is without hypocrisy or joke pure in comparison.

  89. Anonymous[270] • Disclaimer says:
    @Stan
    Why has this been ignored?

    Anonymous Berkeley Professor Shreds BLM Injustice Narrative; Berkeley Responds

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/anonymous-berkeley-professor-shreds-blm-injustice-narrative-damning-stats-and-logic

    The explanation provided in your documentation, to the near exclusion of all others, is univariate: the problems of the black community are caused by whites, or, when whites are not physically present, by the infiltration of white supremacy and white systemic racism into American brains, souls, and institutions.

    Many cogent objections to this thesis have been raised by sober voices, including from within the black community itself, such as Thomas Sowell and Wilfred Reilly. These people are not racists or 'Uncle Toms'. They are intelligent scholars who reject a narrative that strips black people of agency and systematically externalizes the problems of the black community onto outsiders. Their view is entirely absent from the departmental and UCB-wide communiques.

    The claim that the difficulties that the black community faces are entirely causally explained by exogenous factors in the form of white systemic racism, white supremacy, and other forms of white discrimination remains a problematic hypothesis that should be vigorously challenged by historians. Instead, it is being treated as an axiomatic and actionable truth without serious consideration of its profound flaws, or its worrying implication of total black impotence. This hypothesis is transforming our institution and our culture, without any space for dissent outside of a tightly policed, narrow discourse.

    A counternarrative exists. If you have time, please consider examining some of the documents I attach at the end of this email. Overwhelmingly, the reasoning provided by BLM and allies is either primarily anecdotal (as in the case with the bulk of Ta-Nehisi Coates' undeniably moving article) or it is transparently motivated. As an example of the latter problem, consider the proportion of black incarcerated Americans. This proportion is often used to characterize the criminal justice system as anti-black. However, if we use the precise same methodology, we would have to conclude that the criminal justice system is even more anti-male than it is anti-black.

    Would we characterize criminal justice as a systemically misandrist conspiracy against innocent American men? I hope you see that this type of reasoning is flawed, and requires a significant suspension of our rational faculties. Black people are not incarcerated at higher rates than their involvement in violent crime would predict. This fact has been demonstrated multiple times across multiple jurisdictions in multiple countries.

    And yet, I see my department uncritically reproducing a narrative that diminishes black agency in favor of a white-centric explanation that appeals to the department's apparent desire to shoulder the 'white man's burden' and to promote a narrative of white guilt.

    If we claim that the criminal justice system is white-supremacist, why is it that Asian Americans, Indian Americans, and Nigerian Americans are incarcerated at vastly lower rates than white Americans? This is a funny sort of white supremacy. Even Jewish Americans are incarcerated less than gentile whites. I think it's fair to say that your average white supremacist disapproves of Jews. And yet, these alleged white supremacists incarcerate gentiles at vastly higher rates than Jews. None of this is addressed in your literature. None of this is explained, beyond hand-waving and ad hominems. "Those are racist dogwhistles". "The model minority myth is white supremacist". "Only fascists talk about black-on-black crime", ad nauseam.

    These types of statements do not amount to counterarguments: they are simply arbitrary offensive classifications, intended to silence and oppress discourse. Any serious historian will recognize these for the silencing orthodoxy tactics they are, common to suppressive regimes, doctrines, and religions throughout time and space. They are intended to crush real diversity and permanently exile the culture of robust criticism from our department.

    Increasingly, we are being called upon to comply and subscribe to BLM's problematic view of history, and the department is being presented as unified on the matter. In particular, ethnic minorities are being aggressively marshaled into a single position. Any apparent unity is surely a function of the fact that dissent could almost certainly lead to expulsion or cancellation for those of us in a precarious position, which is no small number.

    I personally don't dare speak out against the BLM narrative, and with this barrage of alleged unity being mass-produced by the administration, tenured professoriat, the UC administration, corporate America, and the media, the punishment for dissent is a clear danger at a time of widespread economic vulnerability. I am certain that if my name were attached to this email, I would lose my job and all future jobs, even though I believe in and can justify every word I type.

    The vast majority of violence visited on the black community is committed by black people. There are virtually no marches for these invisible victims, no public silences, no heartfelt letters from the UC regents, deans, and departmental heads. The message is clear: Black lives only matter when whites take them. Black violence is expected and insoluble, while white violence requires explanation and demands solution. Please look into your hearts and see how monstrously bigoted this formulation truly is.

    Replies: @bruce county, @Anonymous

    The letter makes it obvious that it was written by a black woman and it’s unlikely to be a deception since she identified herself to Thomas Sowell and Wilfred Reilly.

    There are two black women faculty on UCB’s History. One is a young tatooed person from Rutgers who has twitter account, specializes in American slavery and writes blog post like “A thousand words, countless silences and the audacity of Black love”. Another is a much older graduate from University of Nairobi and specializes on Kenya, colonialism and, lately, black feminism.

    Who of the two do you think is more likely to use the phrase “sired and abandoned multiple children” and “the absolute worst specimen of our race and species”, and devote half of her letter emphasizing that “George Floyd was anything other than a violent misogynist, a brutal man who met a predictably brutal end”?

    I strongly suspect that the author will soon retire. She can’t be fired but everyone around her at UBC-History will make to make her life intolerable, there.

  90. @Kratoklastes
    @Achmed E. Newman

    How come nobody's mentioned Cortana?

    Microsoft has become a byword for poor code quality - every product is insecure, half-finished near-malware - so it's a near-certainty that that Cortana is fatally insecure. If you disable Cortana the entire OS becomes flaky (in particular, MsMpEng.exe - the 'Antimalware Service' - cranks itself to 100% CPU roughly every 90 seconds; throttling MsMpEng in Services just shifts the problem).

    I have to run a Windows instance - because there are still retards in my field who think that MATLAB is a suitable platform for quant development - and it's very interesting to see how many outbound connection attempts happen when the system should be idle. (MATLAB in an emulator (e.g., WINE) is not an option, even with 64GB of RAM: MATLAB's memory management is appalling).

    Siri's a pain in the ass to hobble, but it's doable without touching the code (e.g., disabling it app-by-app and overall, as I have done on my iPad). Even if Siri's still got some non-killable residual processes, it's not going to expose your entire filesystem. iThings are basically expensive, monotasking, mid-spec toys, and the codemonkeys from Cupertino* are slightly more competent than those from Redmond*.

    As for Alexa and Google 'Assistant'... owning one of those data-harvesters is a bit like going to confession: pretty much handing access to your secrets, to those whose job is to accumulate those secrets. Seems like a massively retarded thing to do, when the infiltration box can only do very basic shit.

    (You might guess... I don't use github or VSCode, either).


    * By 'codemonkeys from Cupertino... those from Redmond' I mean that Apple seems to have picked a slightly-more-competent Bangalore codefarm than Microsludge - for the moment, at least.

    Replies: @anon


    How come nobody’s mentioned Cortana?

    Because nobody uses it?

    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
    @anon

    Au contraire, mon pote... everyone with a Windows machine is using Cortana any time the PC is powered up - unless they have taken very concrete steps to disable it.

    For a Win10 PC with all settings at their default values, Cortana can see the entire filesystem and access the mic (and camera, if any).

  91. I have friends who have these things.  They were gifts from their children; they would never have purchased them for themselves.

    Because they were gifts from their children, I’m sure they’re very hard to get rid of.

  92. @European-American
    > Why would you pay to put one of these spies for Woke Capital in your own house?

    They cost almost nothing. And they are very useful. Way better than light switches, for example. And often better than typing or searching around for stuff.

    Definitely an interface of the future. A good complement to the spy for Woke Capital we all carry around with us at all times.

    Now, what these voice assistants do ain’t that hard. So I look forward to the day someone comes out with an alternative that’s on _our_ side. Like what Brave is, for browsers, those other Woke Capital spies.

    In the meantime... Alexa, which way is the wind blowing? Hey Google, how many roads must a man go down? Hey Siri, are you experienced?

    Replies: @Sam Malone, @Je Suis Omar Mateen, @Kratoklastes

    “Now, what these voice assistants do ain’t that hard.”

    Alexa et al work well for very simple inquiries. I asked an alexa the price of a tortilla producing machine and it balked, providing a useless answer. That is a pretty damned simple question. Alexa is utterly confounded by profoundly complex queries like When did the NFL reduce its halftime duration? This also produced a useless answer. AI will not be our overlord anytime soon.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    This also produced a useless answer. AI will not be our overlord anytime soon.

    Incompetence is no bar to overlordship. Perhaps the opposite.

  93. @Chrisnonymous
    @International Jew

    Yeah, this is not a joke. I don't have a cellphone, but it is getting increasingly difficult to live without one. My boss tried to force me to get one, threatening me with being fired and consulting HR about his ability to do that. Outside work, I have been declined services because I don't have a cellphone number to provide, and I even made a complaint to the police once, and they didn't want to accept it. I had to give them my wife's. I mean, god--it's a frickin' cellphone. That's all. But they are so ubiquitous now that people feel there is something wrong with you if you don't have one. That's all it requires-- for enough people to rely on these devices, and they will start to be a necessity to live.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @black sea, @ThreeCranes, @ScarletNumber, @Anonymous, @ScarletNumber

    Why don’t you just give them your home number?

    • Replies: @black sea
    @ScarletNumber

    Where I work, you can't access any of the information about your salary, benefits, deductions etc. without a cellphone to which you are sent a code which must be entered onto the HR website in order to open the site.

    A home phone number won't work.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber, @vhrm

  94. @The Wild Geese Howard
    @RudyM

    Little to no social distancing?

    It is almost as if they have received a memo or something:

    60% Of People Naturally Resistant To SARS-COV2, New Study Reveals

    https://www.zerohedge.com/health/60-people-naturally-resistant-sars-cov2-new-study-reveals

    Trump should just kick back and let these losers LARP as long as they want.

    Replies: @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    “60% Of People Naturally Resistant To SARS-COV2, New Study Reveals”

    Because CoronaCold isn’t novel in the least. It is a mutated variant of a previous virus, thus most people are effectively immune. This also explains why CoronaCold is mild for most people: their immune systems have dealt with something quite similar before. It is a muggafuggin hoax – front to back, top to bottom, A to Z.

  95. @European-American
    > Why would you pay to put one of these spies for Woke Capital in your own house?

    They cost almost nothing. And they are very useful. Way better than light switches, for example. And often better than typing or searching around for stuff.

    Definitely an interface of the future. A good complement to the spy for Woke Capital we all carry around with us at all times.

    Now, what these voice assistants do ain’t that hard. So I look forward to the day someone comes out with an alternative that’s on _our_ side. Like what Brave is, for browsers, those other Woke Capital spies.

    In the meantime... Alexa, which way is the wind blowing? Hey Google, how many roads must a man go down? Hey Siri, are you experienced?

    Replies: @Sam Malone, @Je Suis Omar Mateen, @Kratoklastes

    Like what Brave is, for browsers.

    As I told people who were bigging up Brave on ZH the day of the first stable release:

    you’re being naïve – but once you’ve read the next sentence, you will have no excuse for being shocked when they sell you out. If you think that there is no price above which the people behind Brave will do so, you’re underestimating the amount of money the FAAG group has to acquire potentially-irksome minor competitors.

    Less than 6 months later, Brave got caught redirecting URLs to versions with affiliate links. They tried to palm it off as “a serious error of judgement” as opposed to “a flagrant violation of our putative principles“.

    If they were principled, it would never have been suggested, much less implemented.

    And it’s not as if Brave is immune to CVE-2020-0041 (the ‘sandbox exploit’) anyhow; that not only allows an adversary to escape the sandbox, but to escalate privileges all the way to root.

    Nobody’s getting actual data security by downloading a browser.

    • Replies: @European-American
    @Kratoklastes

    Of course actual perfect data security is hard to achieve, but I'd argue I get more data security when using Brave than when using Google Chrome. I certainly get fewer ads and other annoying stuff.

    I get almost no ads on YouTube by using it on the Brave browser on desktop and mobile (rather than the YouTube app), for example.

    Anyway my point is not to say that Brave is the solution, but that we need to ask for Brave-like solutions for our tools.

    Telegram or Signal rather than WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, for example.

    There are also voice assistant products that act as a kind of buffer between what they hear and the commands sent on to your favorite GAFAM destination.

    Security is not easy and never perfect, but it's not impossible to do better than what we use now, and consumers need to demand that and know what to ask for.

  96. @anon
    @Kratoklastes


    How come nobody’s mentioned Cortana?


    Because nobody uses it?

    Replies: @Kratoklastes

    Au contraire, mon poteeveryone with a Windows machine is using Cortana any time the PC is powered up – unless they have taken very concrete steps to disable it.

    For a Win10 PC with all settings at their default values, Cortana can see the entire filesystem and access the mic (and camera, if any).

  97. @ScarletNumber
    @Chrisnonymous

    Why don't you just give them your home number?

    Replies: @black sea

    Where I work, you can’t access any of the information about your salary, benefits, deductions etc. without a cellphone to which you are sent a code which must be entered onto the HR website in order to open the site.

    A home phone number won’t work.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    @black sea

    I would say to use a Google Voice number specifically for that purpose, but I'm sure a tinfoil-hat fellow wouldn't dare do such a thing.

    Replies: @black sea

    , @vhrm
    @black sea

    it's possible, but i have yet to encounter a site that requires the auth code go only via text message.

    They usually have alternatives like sending you a code via email, a voice phone call or sometimes even snail mail.

  98. Anonymous[387] • Disclaimer says:
    @Chrisnonymous
    @International Jew

    Yeah, this is not a joke. I don't have a cellphone, but it is getting increasingly difficult to live without one. My boss tried to force me to get one, threatening me with being fired and consulting HR about his ability to do that. Outside work, I have been declined services because I don't have a cellphone number to provide, and I even made a complaint to the police once, and they didn't want to accept it. I had to give them my wife's. I mean, god--it's a frickin' cellphone. That's all. But they are so ubiquitous now that people feel there is something wrong with you if you don't have one. That's all it requires-- for enough people to rely on these devices, and they will start to be a necessity to live.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @black sea, @ThreeCranes, @ScarletNumber, @Anonymous, @ScarletNumber

    it’s a frickin’ cellphone. That’s all. But they are so ubiquitous now that people feel there is something wrong with you if you don’t have one.

    I forget where I saw the statistic, but my understanding is that roughly 10% of the US population does not have a mobile phone for whatever reason. Even seemingly ubiquitous smartphones don’t have more than 70% penetration in the general population (price out a typical “data plan” and you’ll see why: they’re a ripoff for what you’re getting).

    The point being: your not having one is far from an anomaly, even at a point in time when we are all supposed to have flying cars.

  99. Anonymous[387] • Disclaimer says:
    @SunBakedSuburb
    @Mr. Anon

    "a crime"

    When we arrive at that point, probably next month, the mandatory monitoring app will be a crystalline tear which will be implanted in the fatty tissue of white people.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    When we arrive at that point, probably next month, the mandatory monitoring app will be a crystalline tear which will be implanted in the fatty tissue of white people.

    You’re an optimist, you are!

    Given the present political climate, why wouldn’t the monitoring device take the form of a quite large, particularly unpleasant RFID suppository for Caucasians that is spot-checked by the authorities?

    I expect the chap who comes up with it will get a Nobel.

  100. Anonymous[387] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon7
    “ Tech companies like Amazon, Apple and Google... are also using their voice assistants to spread awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement.”

    When you open your Kindle app to select a book, Amazon provides you with a list of “anti-racism books to read right now”.

    RIGHT NOW, you racist motherfucker.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    When you open your Kindle app to select a book, Amazon provides you with a list of “anti-racism books to read right now”.

    Speaking of lists, does the Kindle app helpfully notify the ADL if you order/have ordered a book at any time that’s not on the list of officially approved anti-racist books? You know, strictly in the interest of keeping you free of thoughtcrime should you stray from the fold.

    (Go ahead: laugh. I’m sure they’ll be adding that “feature” in no time, the bastards.)

    RIGHT NOW, you racist motherfucker.

    I admit it: this brought a rare, badly-needed smile to my face. Well done, sir.

  101. @black sea
    @ScarletNumber

    Where I work, you can't access any of the information about your salary, benefits, deductions etc. without a cellphone to which you are sent a code which must be entered onto the HR website in order to open the site.

    A home phone number won't work.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber, @vhrm

    I would say to use a Google Voice number specifically for that purpose, but I’m sure a tinfoil-hat fellow wouldn’t dare do such a thing.

    • Replies: @black sea
    @ScarletNumber

    We could use a guy like you in our HR department. I'm sure you'd fit right in.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

  102. @Chrisnonymous
    @International Jew

    Yeah, this is not a joke. I don't have a cellphone, but it is getting increasingly difficult to live without one. My boss tried to force me to get one, threatening me with being fired and consulting HR about his ability to do that. Outside work, I have been declined services because I don't have a cellphone number to provide, and I even made a complaint to the police once, and they didn't want to accept it. I had to give them my wife's. I mean, god--it's a frickin' cellphone. That's all. But they are so ubiquitous now that people feel there is something wrong with you if you don't have one. That's all it requires-- for enough people to rely on these devices, and they will start to be a necessity to live.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @black sea, @ThreeCranes, @ScarletNumber, @Anonymous, @ScarletNumber

    But they are so ubiquitous now that people feel there is something wrong with you if you don’t have one.

    I hate to break this to you, but it’s not a feeling; if in 2020 you don’t have a cellphone, there IS something wrong with you. It either means you are a luddite, a tinfoil-hat wearing paranoid, or embarrassingly cheap. None of these are anything to be proud of.

    • Disagree: Chrisnonymous
    • Replies: @vhrm
    @ScarletNumber


    I hate to break this to you, but it’s not a feeling; if in 2020 you don’t have a cellphone, there IS something wrong with you. It either means you are a luddite, a tinfoil-hat wearing paranoid, or embarrassingly cheap. None of these are anything to be proud of.
     
    Everybody has them, but nobody answers them, and in some circles calling is even considered rude unless you're actively being stabbed or something.

    i spend hours a day on this thing (like right now), but most of that time would be much better spent in some other pursuit.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

    , @Anonymous
    @ScarletNumber


    in 2020 you don’t have a cellphone, there IS something wrong with you. It either means you are a luddite, a tinfoil-hat wearing paranoid, or embarrassingly cheap.
     
    There is a fourth alternative: that one has examined smartphones very carefully, weighed the pros and cons, and decided that the latter outweigh the former.

    An example: if I were to hand you a device roughly the size of a packet of index cards, tell you, "Wherever you go, this device will give me your location within 3 metres," and demand you carry it with you at all times, what would you think of that?

    (I know what I would think of that: I'm thinking it right now.)

    It's just a guess on my part, but I am guessing that you are a younger person. I say this because, once you have had a few decades behind you, you begin to realise that, just because "everyone is doing it," it does not automatically follow that "it" is a good idea.

    Ofttimes, "everyone is doing it" because they haven't bothered to think it through.

    None of these are anything to be proud of.
     
    Embracing technology without first carefully considering where it might lead doesn't strike me as anything to be proud of either.

    Incidentally, it has not escaped my attention that some of the ravings of "tinfoil-hat wearing paranoi[acs]" from decades past have turned out to be correct (e.g. GCHQ's activities). So you may want to reconsider your position re the tinfoil hat brigade.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

  103. @ScarletNumber
    @black sea

    I would say to use a Google Voice number specifically for that purpose, but I'm sure a tinfoil-hat fellow wouldn't dare do such a thing.

    Replies: @black sea

    We could use a guy like you in our HR department. I’m sure you’d fit right in.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    @black sea

    If I worked in HR in your company, you wouldn't be working for your company.

  104. @black sea
    @ScarletNumber

    Where I work, you can't access any of the information about your salary, benefits, deductions etc. without a cellphone to which you are sent a code which must be entered onto the HR website in order to open the site.

    A home phone number won't work.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber, @vhrm

    it’s possible, but i have yet to encounter a site that requires the auth code go only via text message.

    They usually have alternatives like sending you a code via email, a voice phone call or sometimes even snail mail.

  105. @ScarletNumber
    @Chrisnonymous


    But they are so ubiquitous now that people feel there is something wrong with you if you don’t have one.
     
    I hate to break this to you, but it's not a feeling; if in 2020 you don't have a cellphone, there IS something wrong with you. It either means you are a luddite, a tinfoil-hat wearing paranoid, or embarrassingly cheap. None of these are anything to be proud of.

    Replies: @vhrm, @Anonymous

    I hate to break this to you, but it’s not a feeling; if in 2020 you don’t have a cellphone, there IS something wrong with you. It either means you are a luddite, a tinfoil-hat wearing paranoid, or embarrassingly cheap. None of these are anything to be proud of.

    Everybody has them, but nobody answers them, and in some circles calling is even considered rude unless you’re actively being stabbed or something.

    i spend hours a day on this thing (like right now), but most of that time would be much better spent in some other pursuit.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    @vhrm

    That's true. Especially with the younger set, they consider a ringing telephone to be an intrusion, and the thought of actually calling someone is anathema.

  106. @Je Suis Omar Mateen
    @European-American

    "Now, what these voice assistants do ain’t that hard."

    Alexa et al work well for very simple inquiries. I asked an alexa the price of a tortilla producing machine and it balked, providing a useless answer. That is a pretty damned simple question. Alexa is utterly confounded by profoundly complex queries like When did the NFL reduce its halftime duration? This also produced a useless answer. AI will not be our overlord anytime soon.

    Replies: @kaganovitch

    This also produced a useless answer. AI will not be our overlord anytime soon.

    Incompetence is no bar to overlordship. Perhaps the opposite.

  107. @vhrm
    @ScarletNumber


    I hate to break this to you, but it’s not a feeling; if in 2020 you don’t have a cellphone, there IS something wrong with you. It either means you are a luddite, a tinfoil-hat wearing paranoid, or embarrassingly cheap. None of these are anything to be proud of.
     
    Everybody has them, but nobody answers them, and in some circles calling is even considered rude unless you're actively being stabbed or something.

    i spend hours a day on this thing (like right now), but most of that time would be much better spent in some other pursuit.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

    That’s true. Especially with the younger set, they consider a ringing telephone to be an intrusion, and the thought of actually calling someone is anathema.

  108. @black sea
    @ScarletNumber

    We could use a guy like you in our HR department. I'm sure you'd fit right in.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

    If I worked in HR in your company, you wouldn’t be working for your company.

  109. Anonymous[387] • Disclaimer says:
    @ScarletNumber
    @Chrisnonymous


    But they are so ubiquitous now that people feel there is something wrong with you if you don’t have one.
     
    I hate to break this to you, but it's not a feeling; if in 2020 you don't have a cellphone, there IS something wrong with you. It either means you are a luddite, a tinfoil-hat wearing paranoid, or embarrassingly cheap. None of these are anything to be proud of.

    Replies: @vhrm, @Anonymous

    in 2020 you don’t have a cellphone, there IS something wrong with you. It either means you are a luddite, a tinfoil-hat wearing paranoid, or embarrassingly cheap.

    There is a fourth alternative: that one has examined smartphones very carefully, weighed the pros and cons, and decided that the latter outweigh the former.

    An example: if I were to hand you a device roughly the size of a packet of index cards, tell you, “Wherever you go, this device will give me your location within 3 metres,” and demand you carry it with you at all times, what would you think of that?

    (I know what I would think of that: I’m thinking it right now.)

    It’s just a guess on my part, but I am guessing that you are a younger person. I say this because, once you have had a few decades behind you, you begin to realise that, just because “everyone is doing it,” it does not automatically follow that “it” is a good idea.

    Ofttimes, “everyone is doing it” because they haven’t bothered to think it through.

    None of these are anything to be proud of.

    Embracing technology without first carefully considering where it might lead doesn’t strike me as anything to be proud of either.

    Incidentally, it has not escaped my attention that some of the ravings of “tinfoil-hat wearing paranoi[acs]” from decades past have turned out to be correct (e.g. GCHQ’s activities). So you may want to reconsider your position re the tinfoil hat brigade.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    @Anonymous

    OK, boomer.

  110. @Harold
    OT Once again I am struck by how often everything the left says is not just false but the opposite of the truth.

    We are told by medical professionals that massive protests during a pandemic are ok since systemic racism is also a health emergency. In reality white deaths of despair are much more of a health emergency, and promulgating the calumny that whites are all racists, destroying their statues, justifying the targeting of their businesses for looting and destruction, forcing them to take a knee and admit their guilt, and, in some cases, basically lynching them, is not helping.

    These have to be the most out-of-touch-with-reality protests ever. Based on a delusion of police racism without any statistical support, set-off by a event that is rarer than being struck by lightning and a utterly insignificant cause of blacks losing their lives, supposedly about black lives mattering and in the middle of a pandemic that disproportionately affects blacks and making demands of de-policing that will undoubtedly get more blacks killed, claiming that non-existent systemic racism is a health crisis while exacerbating a real health crisis of white despair…

    Another opposite-of-true is all these Jews who have been writing about how Trump must be stopped because he’s just like Hitler and ‘never again’ (who was that journalist who predicted whites would be freely lynching people after Trumps election?), meanwhile, back in reality, whites are obviously now the analogue of Jews in any ‘never again’ sense, and Trump-haters are the Nazis.

    There was a video of some youths being implored not to loot an art store because, the artists are minorities, implying it would be okay if they were white, there have been people painting ‘minority owned’ on their businesses, or even ‘Jew owned’, implying it is okay to specifically destroy white businesses, there was that lad reprimanded for vandalising a synagogue he had mistaken for a church… etc

    And yet we have Rabbis telling us if you don’t participate in this pogrom against white Christians, whipped up by calumnies against them, then you are like the people who didn’t stand up against the Nazis in Nazi Germany.

    (It isn’t quite the same as Nazi Germany, it’s like a melange of white Maoists teeming up with black Nazis.)

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous

    I’m also disturbed by the things you mention. I have leftist white friends who have said before that maybe the world would be better off without whites. It’s pretty disturbing hearing that suicide cult stuff.

  111. @kihowi
    As I said yesterday to my (ancient but sharp as a tack) father, in a way I'm grateful to be living through these times. I get to witness real hysteria! How often does that happen? I've often thought how fascinating it would be to have been around during the Directoire or the Salem trials or in Holland during the tulip bulb mania...and here it is again! It's a privilege (heh) to be able to stand on the sidelines, keep my wits, and study people.

    Replies: @James Bowery, @Chrisnonymous, @Anon, @Olorin

  112. @Anonymous
    @ScarletNumber


    in 2020 you don’t have a cellphone, there IS something wrong with you. It either means you are a luddite, a tinfoil-hat wearing paranoid, or embarrassingly cheap.
     
    There is a fourth alternative: that one has examined smartphones very carefully, weighed the pros and cons, and decided that the latter outweigh the former.

    An example: if I were to hand you a device roughly the size of a packet of index cards, tell you, "Wherever you go, this device will give me your location within 3 metres," and demand you carry it with you at all times, what would you think of that?

    (I know what I would think of that: I'm thinking it right now.)

    It's just a guess on my part, but I am guessing that you are a younger person. I say this because, once you have had a few decades behind you, you begin to realise that, just because "everyone is doing it," it does not automatically follow that "it" is a good idea.

    Ofttimes, "everyone is doing it" because they haven't bothered to think it through.

    None of these are anything to be proud of.
     
    Embracing technology without first carefully considering where it might lead doesn't strike me as anything to be proud of either.

    Incidentally, it has not escaped my attention that some of the ravings of "tinfoil-hat wearing paranoi[acs]" from decades past have turned out to be correct (e.g. GCHQ's activities). So you may want to reconsider your position re the tinfoil hat brigade.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

    OK, boomer.

  113. • Replies: @MEH 0910
    @MEH 0910

    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1273228745558589440

  114. @MEH 0910
    https://twitter.com/BuzzFeedNews/status/1273258848942305280

    Replies: @MEH 0910

  115. @Kratoklastes
    @European-American


    Like what Brave is, for browsers.
     
    As I told people who were bigging up Brave on ZH the day of the first stable release:

    you're being naïve - but once you've read the next sentence, you will have no excuse for being shocked when they sell you out. If you think that there is no price above which the people behind Brave will do so, you're underestimating the amount of money the FAAG group has to acquire potentially-irksome minor competitors.

     

    Less than 6 months later, Brave got caught redirecting URLs to versions with affiliate links. They tried to palm it off as "a serious error of judgement" as opposed to "a flagrant violation of our putative principles".

    If they were principled, it would never have been suggested, much less implemented.

    And it's not as if Brave is immune to CVE-2020-0041 (the 'sandbox exploit') anyhow; that not only allows an adversary to escape the sandbox, but to escalate privileges all the way to root.

    Nobody's getting actual data security by downloading a browser.

    Replies: @European-American

    Of course actual perfect data security is hard to achieve, but I’d argue I get more data security when using Brave than when using Google Chrome. I certainly get fewer ads and other annoying stuff.

    I get almost no ads on YouTube by using it on the Brave browser on desktop and mobile (rather than the YouTube app), for example.

    Anyway my point is not to say that Brave is the solution, but that we need to ask for Brave-like solutions for our tools.

    Telegram or Signal rather than WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, for example.

    There are also voice assistant products that act as a kind of buffer between what they hear and the commands sent on to your favorite GAFAM destination.

    Security is not easy and never perfect, but it’s not impossible to do better than what we use now, and consumers need to demand that and know what to ask for.

  116. @Anonymous
    How about PALESTINIAN LIVES MATTER?

    Replies: @EdwardM

    Not allowed: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11979485/black-lives-matter-twitter-palestine-israel/

    We finally found the only thing that Black Lives Matter could do or say that would result in criticism in the MSM:

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12008224/bbc-ban-blm-badge-group-accused-political/

    Readers here won’t be surprised.

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