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I don’t think this New York Times article from last winter is a parody of New York Times articles, but who can tell for sure?

Raheema Majeed preparing for a yoga class for women. “Yoga relaxes the mind and helps my breathing problems,” she said. Credit Ian Willms for The New York Times

In Toronto, a Neighborhood in Despair Transforms Into a Model of Inclusion
By DAN LEVIN FEB. 28, 2016

TORONTO — Her face framed by a yellow hijab, Idil Hassan watched her young daughter splash with other children at the Regent Park Aquatic Center, an architectural jewel of glass, wood and chlorine in the middle of Canada’s largest housing project.

The center has given Ms. Hassan, a 34-year-old nurse, the ability to do something more than just watch her child: she, too, can join in.

On Saturday evenings, mechanized screens shroud the center’s expansive glass walls to create a session that allows only women and girls to relax in the hot tub, swim laps or careen down the water slide, a rare bit of “me” time treasured by many of the neighborhood’s Muslim residents.

“I wouldn’t come before because my religion doesn’t allow women to be seen uncovered by men,” said Ms. Hassan, a Somali immigrant. “It’s really helpful to have that day to be ourselves. I even learned to swim.”

Until not too long ago, the mention of Regent Park here in central Toronto brought to mind cockroaches and drug-fueled gang violence. It was an embarrassing stain on a progressive city that for decades had welcomed immigrants fleeing war, famine and poverty only to leave them trapped in an isolated collection of decrepit brick apartment blocks where crime and despair took root.

Hard lessons have been learned, and today, an ambitious rejuvenation plan for the 69-acre neighborhood, with the aquatic center as its centerpiece and a ring of condos that are helping to pay for new subsidized and affordable rental housing, is disrupting entrenched notions of class, race and religion at a time when concerns about income inequality and immigration are growing in the West.

As Canada accepts 25,000 Syrian refugees, the new Regent Park, thick with immigrants from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, provides a blueprint for successful economic and cultural integration.

To some sociologists and urban designers, it also represents a scathing indictment of the meager efforts by New York, London and other cities that have failed to protect middle- and working-class residents from the displacement wrought by gentrification.

Even as Regent Park has been transformed by sleek glass condominiums and crisply designed townhouses, residents have been given the right to return after living in temporary housing while their apartment buildings were demolished to a new home in the neighborhood, regardless of their income level.

There are no “poor doors” in the new Regent Park. Instead of apartment building entryways segregated by income level, the subsidized townhouses resemble the market-rate homes across the street, erasing the stigma of poverty. …

“You have to make sure the people here who were disempowered gain their power and have their voice always acknowledged,” she said.

Grass-roots participation lies at the heart of Regent Park’s billion-dollar transformation. From the start, the city and the developer incorporated residents’ needs into the design, from ensuring they were not forced out of the neighborhood, to stocking food that met Muslim religious requirements, and scheduling private swimming and yoga classes for women. …

The aquatic center reflects that ethos of inclusion. After the weekly women’s swim ends, the blinds stay down for a private session popular with transgender people who want to swim without feeling they are being stared at.

Out of the pool, everyone uses gender-neutral locker rooms that provide private cubicles for changing.

The design benefits families like that of Assiatou Diallo. As a single mother with a developmentally disabled 9-year-old son, Ms. Diallo finds that gender-neutral locker rooms let her help him change privately before his swimming lessons without making him feel awkward.

“Now we come here once a week, and he’s become so confident,” said Ms. Diallo, a refugee from Guinea.

New civic amenities like the pool are attracting Torontonians who would never have dared enter Regent Park just a few years ago. “It seemed like the best-kept secret,” said Lisa Qwirke, 37, a research consultant, who often comes via streetcar from her neighborhood for her child’s swimming lessons. “This is an example of community revitalization done well.”

Hawa Elmi, 55, a Somali refugee and mother of 11, began taking women’s yoga classes three weeks ago. “My Muslim friends told me to come,” she said on a recent afternoon before entering the mirrored studio. “Here nobody is judging anyone.”

Around two dozen women of various religions and ethnicities have joined, including Raheema Majeed, 49, a native of Sri Lanka who carried a blue exercise mat in a sack on her back and whose face — save for her eyes — was veiled by a black niqab. “Yoga relaxes the mind and helps my breathing problems,” she said.

Across the hall, a pair of Chinese men were lifting weights in the gym, while down below, teenage girls in hijabs were shooting three-pointers into a basketball hoop with practiced ease.

Still, ghosts of the old Regent Park haunt the neighborhood, particularly in the public housing blocks that have yet to be demolished. Sally Beebee, 58, a Muslim immigrant from Sri Lanka, worries about using the stairwells in her building, where she says young men use and sell drugs.

The risks are especially high for young Somali men and boys in Regent Park. Aside from the perils of drugs, which have led to the sometimes violent deaths of dozens of Somali-Canadians over the past decade, the authorities worry about the lure of Islamic extremism, particularly from terrorist groups like the Islamic State and the Shabab, the Somali branch of Al Qaeda. …

“Everyone wants to be as Canadian as possible,” he said. “You don’t want people to know you’re Muslim, or an immigrant, or a black person. What they don’t realize is being Canadian means being yourself.”

In trying to figure out whether this is the usual inanity or amusing satire, one problem is that a lot of the authors of both have names like “Dan Levin.” For example, in 2011 a writer named “Daniel Levin” penned for The Daily Beast a review of the late master parodist Umberto Eco’s last novel, The Prague Cemetery, a fictional account of the concoction of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion hoax. Daniel Levin’s review began:

“Beware of faking,” Umberto Eco warned in his 1988 novel, Foucault’s Pendulum, “people will believe you.”

 
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  1. Well, to Toronto’s credit, it’s almost unbelievably safe by American standards. The city is somewhat more populous than Chicago, but has something like 31 murders so far this year compared to Chicago’s rapid race toward 300. Even NYC looks like a pit of violence relative to Toronto.

    Perhaps there are some lessons there in the management of historically-troublesome urban populations…

    • Replies: @Arclight
    @Rick Johnsmeyer

    I can't speak of Canada's historically troublesome populations, but America's has a very deeply entrenched attitude that jaw-dropping rates of criminality and anti-social behavior at an early age that continues into adulthood are just "being real." Added to that is the taboo against the larger culture being able to criticize this behavior in direct terms - to do so is to bring down the condemnation of all right-thinking people and accusations of racism or ignorance of history. One must always blame nebulous concepts like "white supremacy" or "structural racism".

    Replies: @Jefferson

    , @MoodyMillennial
    @Rick Johnsmeyer

    Guy from Toronto here. It's safe largely due to the demographic composition. We have fewer Blacks than American cities of similar size. Chinese and Hindu immigrants make up a huge proportion of the immigrants here and these groups aren't violent or belligerent for the most part. However, Somalis, Jamaicans, various Arab and certain South Asian groups like Pakistanis certainly are.

    Toronto's city motto is the Orwellian, "Diversity Our Strength". This is supposed to be self-evident, but it's only self-evident if you're a minority racial agitator or insulated liberal white person who interacts almost exclusively with other insulated liberal white people.

    This city is truly a bastion of anti-white male neurosis. The amusing part is when the lefty-liberal types talk about "toxic masculinity" (under the assumption that it applies mostly to white guys) they pretty much describe many (most?) Somali, Jamaican, Pakistani and Arab men to a tee.

    A fun game is to agree with the lefty liberals about such things as toxic masculinity and then point to male members of the darker ethnys, without mentioning race, as evidence of said toxic masculinity. Often, you can see a flicker of realization that is quickly extinguished by their crimestop-inhibited brains.

    Replies: @Perspective, @yaqub the mad scientist

    , @anonymous-antiskynetist
    @Rick Johnsmeyer

    I spend a lot of time in Toronto, having married one of them, and their big-city pretensions never cease to amuse me. They like to call it "T-Dot" and fantasize that they have a gangsta problem. Meanwhile, the meanest neighborhood in Toronto is gooder than the goodest neighborhood in quite a few American cities--for now. Enough third world dirtbags can ruin anything.

    , @epebble
    @Rick Johnsmeyer

    Actually, murder rate in Chicago is not that high by world standards based on population size.

    The most murderous cities in US are: St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit and New Orleans. Still only 4 of top 50 most murderous cities are in U.S. Agreed, no Canadian (or developed country) city is on list.

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

    Replies: @Prof. Woland

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Rick Johnsmeyer

    Rick, I live an hour and a half south of Toronto and I can remember driving through on our way north to wilderness fishing trips. The city then was not up to Buffalo standards but that has all changed as Toronto became the financial centre of Canada and had an explosive growth. The city's crime , violent crime that is, is almost 100% the product of it's black citizens. The black population of Toronto that causes the most problems are from the West Indies, that is, the Caribbean. Toronto is diverse, being almost 47% visible minority (a Canadian census term) but most of these are from Asia and Southeast Asia. I find it amusing that the article points to the need to segregate each of the mentioned groups so that they can feel included. The future of Canada is in the hand of a radical leftist man-child, Justin Trudeau.

    , @Lamb
    @Rick Johnsmeyer

    "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto#Demographics"

    8.5% black.

    Good US comparison cities might be Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco.

    , @Clifford Brown
    @Rick Johnsmeyer

    Listen, "DIVERSE Toronto" is 85% White and Asian.

    The SCARY and PROGRESSIVE immigration policy in Toronto means that immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, China and the UK are the most prominent groups contributing to the mysterious diversity that is SO TERRIFYING!!!!!!!!!!!

    You know what we call a city in AmeriKKKA that is 85% White and Asian???

    We call it, Palo Alto or Irvine, California.

    Canada's HIGHLY restrictive and rational immigration policies keep out the criminal elements that dominate America cities.

    Canada does not better "manage troublesome urban policies", instead Canada maintains a rational and extremely restrictive immigration policy.

    Replies: @TangoMan

  2. Satire?

    This is supposed to be our new normal.

  3. This is essentially Utopia for liberals, strangely you will not find a single one being a resident in that Utopia.

  4. Grammar check:

    Until not too long ago, the mention of Regent Park… brought to mind cockroaches and drug-fueled gang violence. It was an embarrassing stain on a progressive city that for decades had welcomed immigrants fleeing war, famine and poverty only to leave them trapped in an isolated collection of decrepit brick apartment blocks where crime and despair took root.

    Passive constructions for cockroaches, drug-fueled violence, crime and despair taking root. Check!

    Still, ghosts of the old Regent Park haunt the neighborhood, particularly in the public housing blocks that have yet to be demolished. Sally Beebee… worries about using the stairwells in her building, where she says young men use and sell drugs.

    Incorporeal entities as the root cause of social problems. Check! Young men using and selling drugs: Points off for Subject-Verb-Object construction (even though these youth were likely stale and pale, probably evangelicals).

    The risks are especially high for young Somali men and boys in Regent Park. Aside from the perils of drugs, which have led to the sometimes violent deaths of dozens of Somali-Canadians over the past decade, the authorities worry about the lure of Islamic extremism, particularly from terrorist groups like the Islamic State and the Shabab, the Somali branch of Al Qaeda.

    Ending on a strong note! Risks harming black bodies. Then back to the passive voice, as sometimes violent deaths and then Islamic extremism are visited on these hapless yet vibrant youth.

    Whether straight reporting or parody, a solid B-plus.

    • Agree: International Jew
    • Replies: @Clyde
    @ic1000

    A fine deconstruct! My take is that this housing project turned luxurious housing project (only the best for immigration and refugees!), will be a magnet for Muslims worldwide. That Muslims will find ways to govern this project and turn it into a Muslim enclave. The other unMuslim immigrant|refugee worthies will be aced out. They will be on their own while this Muslim housing project will slurp down Canadian tax dollars via the Jizya, meaning taxing the infidel.

    Yes, this will become a way for fresh off the boat Muslims to tax Canadians with the Canadian gov't being the intermediary.

    , @Jack D
    @ic1000

    This is some kind of strange world, where inanimate objects and abstract concepts - apartment blocks, stairwells, the streets, drugs, extremism, etc. have agency and power but humans, especially non-white humans, do not. These things are so powerful that they are able to lure non-whites into their clutches. Stairwells attack you, like the trees in the Wizard of Oz. Whites however reside on magic dirt which largely protects them from these things.

    You really have to have a medieval mind to think in this way - I guess the Age of Reason is over. Or else the author has adopted a worldview that is like a fragile bubble that requires a lot of fancy rationalization in order to keep it intact. Writing a whole article in the passive voice is a small price to pay to prevent your worldview from being shattered.

    Replies: @Big Bill, @The Alarmist, @Redskin, @AndrewR, @iSteveFan, @anowow, @anon

    , @Olorin
    @ic1000

    I liked the pathetic fallacy myself:


    an isolated collection of decrepit brick apartment blocks where crime and despair took root.
     
    Gotta watch that despair. It's like kudzu, it is. Or Scotch broom here in the PNW.

    Seeds n tillers just looking for somewhere to root.
  5. Sounds real nice. It sounds real expensive also, catering to each individual need, everyone has private cubicles shielding them from the next person, glittery housing and so on. So who is paying for all this? What sort of benefit do these exotic people provide? None, it’s one huge albatross.

    • Replies: @SDMatt
    @anonymous


    What sort of benefit do these exotic people provide?
     
    Votes to the ruling Liberal Party. They're no good for the cheap labour angle, but votes they can do.
  6. I know Steve wouldn’t lie, but I had to check the NYT caption to see for myself. Yup, it’s real. Wonder what could be affecting her breathing?

    Another caption from the article:

    Hassan Ichiki, whose parents are from Japan and Egypt, practiced at the Regent Park Aquatic Center this month.

    Behold, the Great Hodgepodge North! The future is already here.

    “Try Abdul Ben Hassan! He make this snake.”

    • Replies: @vinteuil
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    I, too, had to follow the link before I believed that combo of picture & caption was for real.

    Truth is stranger than ISteve.

  7. “Everyone wants to be as Canadian as possible,” he said. “You don’t want people to know you’re Muslim, or an immigrant, or a black person.”

    Don’t want people to know? How does a Muslim woman hide the fact that she is a Muslim when her clothing immediately gives it away. I don’t see Muslim women dress like Fox News female anchors or car magazine import models for example.

    Also don’t want people to know you are Black? How is that even possible to hide one’s Blackness when Blackness is something physical. How can Rachel Jeantel for example hide the fact that she is Black? If she said she is a really tanned Greek for example, nobody would believe her.

  8. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    It is all so wonderful until the Hassans reach a critical mass and longer have use for the Levins. In fact, the Levins will be target number one and we’ll start hearing the same kind of bitching about anti-semitism we hear about in France. Anyone who has worked with immigrants is surprised by the anti-semitism. Not just Arabs, but Africans, et al. And in France and elsewhere it will get exponentially worse in shorter time periods. Because demography is destiny, and not just for white males.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    @Anonymous

    Not sure I'm seeing the problem here...

    Replies: @Anonymous

    , @Former Darfur
    @Anonymous

    Except that the Hassans really are Semites, the Levins, eh, really not so much.

    Irony is ironic.

  9. Questions: Who accommodates whom? Does multiculturalism favor cultural peccadilloes from the new invasive cultures over established law, custom, and majority interests? Do the accommodations “Islamisize” European culture rather than integrate the new immigrants into the extant European culture? The growing evidence … (and this is not satire).

    1. Swimming pools in Sweden are increasingly offering “women only” sessions to accommodate its growing Muslim population.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3617465/Swedish-swimming-pools-introduce-women-sessions-accommodate-rising-number-Muslim-population.html

    2. Schools in Minnesota are offering “prayer rooms” to accommodate its growing Muslim population. The school lunch menus also offer pork-free entrees. The accommodations were the result of a legal challenge brought by the local Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and supported by the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. According to the Department of Education, maintaining European standards creates a “hostile environment” for Muslim students.

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/how-one-minnesota-school-district-handles-a-rising-immigrant-population/

    3. In Bavaria, a local school has asked its female students to cover their arms and legs and refrain from wearing revealing clothes to accommodate Muslim immigrants.

    http://newobserveronline.com/german-girls-must-cover-arms-and-legs-to-appease-syrian-refugees/

    So, who accommodates whom? What are the chances of the new Muslim immigrants anywhere integrating into the mainstream European culture? What are the chances of the new Muslim populations accepting the democratic governmental and legal traditions of European culture? Is Islam a “cultural cancer” that will ultimately destroy European culture and traditions in the name of multiculturalism?

  10. It really is hard to believe that anybody could miss the irony of that particular caption under that particular picture.

    • Replies: @Daniel H
    @vinteuil

    That post was earnestly sincere. As with Islam there is no true irony, satire or humor with the left. Only sneering contempt.

  11. These are the hideously White, racist, homophobic and patriarchal people who the Regent Park neighbourhood was originally built for:

    It was probably a nest of anti-Semites too. Seriously though, back then progressives were actually interested in progress, not just “creative destruction”. It’s interesting to note these were the sorts of housing projects Donald Trump’s father built and managed around New York:

    Woody Guthrie, ‘Old Man Trump’ and a real estate empire’s racist foundations
    Will Kaufman
    Professor of American Literature and Culture, University of Central Lancashire

    January 21, 2016 5.47am EST

    A postwar housing haven – for whites
    …..

    http://theconversation.com/woody-guthrie-old-man-trump-and-a-real-estate-empires-racist-foundations-53026

    The needling, the guilt-tripping, the whining the nagging never frigging ends. Doesn’t life in a 1950s Toronto public housing project seem like a kind of paradise by comparison? That world shown in the old NFB film is probably the kind of thing Trump has in mind when he talks about making America great again. Hideous and vile, isn’t it?

    • Replies: @Perspective
    @Cagey Beast

    Thank you for the video link, I remember watching it back when I was student at Ryerson (close to Regent Park). My great grandfather lived near Parliament and Dundas before the area was torn down and rebuilt as Regent Park.

    "The needling, the guilt-tripping, the whining the nagging never frigging ends. "

    No, it doesn't. The Toronto Star , for example, has moved beyond parody and has gone full-blown SJW activist paper. Actually, this article is quite typical of what one reads in the Toronto Star today.

    , @anon
    @Cagey Beast

    I sometimes wonder if improved living conditions for the working class led to reduced retardation leading to more union activity leading to the decision to destroy the native working class with immigration.

  12. “Yoga relaxes the mind and helps my breathing problems,”

    Taking off the niqab would also help.

    • Replies: @Olorin
    @BB753

    My exact reaction. Or get a snorkel.

    Also, it's hard for a body to process oxygen when deprived of Vitamin D.

    On the other hand, in blocking UV/Vitamin D synthesis, these body bags are carcinogenic and cause inflammatory, cardiac, metabolic, bone, and many other effects. So that's good.

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080513112351.htm
    http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2007/9/report_vitamind/page-01

    But we have to pay for these Dark Ages populations' high-tech 21st century medical care. So that's bad.

    But it will create whole new industries to pander to Moose Limbs. So that's good.

    But it will siphon off money that could have better been used building, say, space telescopes and schools for +3-plus standard deviation kids. So that's bad.

  13. @ic1000
    Grammar check:

    Until not too long ago, the mention of Regent Park... brought to mind cockroaches and drug-fueled gang violence. It was an embarrassing stain on a progressive city that for decades had welcomed immigrants fleeing war, famine and poverty only to leave them trapped in an isolated collection of decrepit brick apartment blocks where crime and despair took root.
     
    Passive constructions for cockroaches, drug-fueled violence, crime and despair taking root. Check!

    Still, ghosts of the old Regent Park haunt the neighborhood, particularly in the public housing blocks that have yet to be demolished. Sally Beebee... worries about using the stairwells in her building, where she says young men use and sell drugs.
     
    Incorporeal entities as the root cause of social problems. Check! Young men using and selling drugs: Points off for Subject-Verb-Object construction (even though these youth were likely stale and pale, probably evangelicals).

    The risks are especially high for young Somali men and boys in Regent Park. Aside from the perils of drugs, which have led to the sometimes violent deaths of dozens of Somali-Canadians over the past decade, the authorities worry about the lure of Islamic extremism, particularly from terrorist groups like the Islamic State and the Shabab, the Somali branch of Al Qaeda.
     
    Ending on a strong note! Risks harming black bodies. Then back to the passive voice, as sometimes violent deaths and then Islamic extremism are visited on these hapless yet vibrant youth.

    Whether straight reporting or parody, a solid B-plus.

    Replies: @Clyde, @Jack D, @Olorin

    A fine deconstruct! My take is that this housing project turned luxurious housing project (only the best for immigration and refugees!), will be a magnet for Muslims worldwide. That Muslims will find ways to govern this project and turn it into a Muslim enclave. The other unMuslim immigrant|refugee worthies will be aced out. They will be on their own while this Muslim housing project will slurp down Canadian tax dollars via the Jizya, meaning taxing the infidel.

    Yes, this will become a way for fresh off the boat Muslims to tax Canadians with the Canadian gov’t being the intermediary.

  14. @ic1000
    Grammar check:

    Until not too long ago, the mention of Regent Park... brought to mind cockroaches and drug-fueled gang violence. It was an embarrassing stain on a progressive city that for decades had welcomed immigrants fleeing war, famine and poverty only to leave them trapped in an isolated collection of decrepit brick apartment blocks where crime and despair took root.
     
    Passive constructions for cockroaches, drug-fueled violence, crime and despair taking root. Check!

    Still, ghosts of the old Regent Park haunt the neighborhood, particularly in the public housing blocks that have yet to be demolished. Sally Beebee... worries about using the stairwells in her building, where she says young men use and sell drugs.
     
    Incorporeal entities as the root cause of social problems. Check! Young men using and selling drugs: Points off for Subject-Verb-Object construction (even though these youth were likely stale and pale, probably evangelicals).

    The risks are especially high for young Somali men and boys in Regent Park. Aside from the perils of drugs, which have led to the sometimes violent deaths of dozens of Somali-Canadians over the past decade, the authorities worry about the lure of Islamic extremism, particularly from terrorist groups like the Islamic State and the Shabab, the Somali branch of Al Qaeda.
     
    Ending on a strong note! Risks harming black bodies. Then back to the passive voice, as sometimes violent deaths and then Islamic extremism are visited on these hapless yet vibrant youth.

    Whether straight reporting or parody, a solid B-plus.

    Replies: @Clyde, @Jack D, @Olorin

    This is some kind of strange world, where inanimate objects and abstract concepts – apartment blocks, stairwells, the streets, drugs, extremism, etc. have agency and power but humans, especially non-white humans, do not. These things are so powerful that they are able to lure non-whites into their clutches. Stairwells attack you, like the trees in the Wizard of Oz. Whites however reside on magic dirt which largely protects them from these things.

    You really have to have a medieval mind to think in this way – I guess the Age of Reason is over. Or else the author has adopted a worldview that is like a fragile bubble that requires a lot of fancy rationalization in order to keep it intact. Writing a whole article in the passive voice is a small price to pay to prevent your worldview from being shattered.

    • Replies: @Big Bill
    @Jack D

    Well spoken.

    , @The Alarmist
    @Jack D


    "This is some kind of strange world, where inanimate objects and abstract concepts – apartment blocks, stairwells, the streets, drugs, extremism, etc. have agency and power but humans, especially non-white humans, do not."
     
    Not at all ... it's why magic-dirt is magic, and why we need to bring in even more people from ands without magic dirt ... so they can enjoy our freedoms and our way of life and the rule of law and the work ethic and our exceptionalism and all that crap.
    , @Redskin
    @Jack D

    The sentences are not technically passive voice. They are using nominalizations as the actors. (Also a fault.)

    Replies: @carol

    , @AndrewR
    @Jack D

    All neurologically normal humans, and many folks well on the autism spectrum, have a psychological need for fantasy, taboo and unfalsifiable worldviews. For those of us in Protestant lands (and increasingly Catholic lands), Equality has usurped God as the diety to worship uncritically.

    , @iSteveFan
    @Jack D

    The late Lawrence Auster was great in breaking down language uses like this.

    , @anowow
    @Jack D

    Many African-Americans attribute the same quasi-supernatural powers to whites that their cousins do to wizards in the motherland. The magical thinking is bad, but made worse by magical thinking combined with a lack of personal responsibility and introspection.


    Cow died? A wizard or some jealous Negro did it, cause it wasn't like you never de-wormed the thing or kept an eye out for poisonous plants in the pasture.

    Life sucks? Racist whites made you not take advantage of the huge number of opportunities the system makes available, indeed begs you to take, as a young black man or woman.

    Blacks always complain about they are always trying to drag each other down. Reminds me of African leveling and evil eye traditions which resulted in anybody with any work ethic or ambition getting killed as a witch.

    , @anon
    @Jack D

    Just so. Can't remember the exact phrase but the other day I encountered the following construct in a liberal's argument: "spaces infused with power inequalities".

    And I reflected on just what a curious, magical world view that would presuppose. Instead of examining a dynamic interrelationship of self-interested players, a situation is construed as an existent framework of space in which different locales are tinged or tainted by objective entities and persons entering into these spaces fall under the spell of the place's aura--which sounds a lot like haunting by resident demons.

    What is on display here is fundamentally stone-age, Afro-level thinking--"When a person..is taken ill, or dies, the cause is eagerly sought after, not in the nature of the disease, but in some person who was at enmity with the deceased, or who had acted in some way to excite suspicion. This was very natural in them, as they did not believe in an overruling Providence." Moffat's Africa

  15. What is the parody? This is a real place. A successful redevelopment of a public housing complex. The nyt story is accurate.

    The Muslims angle is overplayed, regnt park is not majority Muslim. Or even particularly Muslim. Thorncliffe park and Crescent city (both private). Are more Muslim.

    And there is a significant market rate private housing component. Condos and rentals. That’s what makes the complex work. – mix of poor and rich.

    Hard for steve sailer to fathom, I suppose

  16. @Rick Johnsmeyer
    Well, to Toronto's credit, it's almost unbelievably safe by American standards. The city is somewhat more populous than Chicago, but has something like 31 murders so far this year compared to Chicago's rapid race toward 300. Even NYC looks like a pit of violence relative to Toronto.

    Perhaps there are some lessons there in the management of historically-troublesome urban populations...

    Replies: @Arclight, @MoodyMillennial, @anonymous-antiskynetist, @epebble, @Buffalo Joe, @Lamb, @Clifford Brown

    I can’t speak of Canada’s historically troublesome populations, but America’s has a very deeply entrenched attitude that jaw-dropping rates of criminality and anti-social behavior at an early age that continues into adulthood are just “being real.” Added to that is the taboo against the larger culture being able to criticize this behavior in direct terms – to do so is to bring down the condemnation of all right-thinking people and accusations of racism or ignorance of history. One must always blame nebulous concepts like “white supremacy” or “structural racism”.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    @Arclight

    "I can’t speak of Canada’s historically troublesome populations, but America’s has a very deeply entrenched attitude that jaw-dropping rates of criminality and anti-social behavior at an early age that continues into adulthood are just “being real.” Added to that is the taboo against the larger culture being able to criticize this behavior in direct terms – to do so is to bring down the condemnation of all right-thinking people and accusations of racism or ignorance of history. One must always blame nebulous concepts like “white supremacy” or “structural racism”.

    When NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton on May 26 referred to rappers as thugs, it got more coverage from the mainstream media than the shooting that took place that same day at a T.I concert which resulted in 1 dead body and 3 other people who were shot but survived.

    In today's PC on steroids America, White right wing so-called "hate speech" is considered worst than Black violence that actually results in people being killed.

    Whatever happened to sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?

    The irony that a PC society is actually more violent than a Non PC society.

  17. @Rick Johnsmeyer
    Well, to Toronto's credit, it's almost unbelievably safe by American standards. The city is somewhat more populous than Chicago, but has something like 31 murders so far this year compared to Chicago's rapid race toward 300. Even NYC looks like a pit of violence relative to Toronto.

    Perhaps there are some lessons there in the management of historically-troublesome urban populations...

    Replies: @Arclight, @MoodyMillennial, @anonymous-antiskynetist, @epebble, @Buffalo Joe, @Lamb, @Clifford Brown

    Guy from Toronto here. It’s safe largely due to the demographic composition. We have fewer Blacks than American cities of similar size. Chinese and Hindu immigrants make up a huge proportion of the immigrants here and these groups aren’t violent or belligerent for the most part. However, Somalis, Jamaicans, various Arab and certain South Asian groups like Pakistanis certainly are.

    Toronto’s city motto is the Orwellian, “Diversity Our Strength”. This is supposed to be self-evident, but it’s only self-evident if you’re a minority racial agitator or insulated liberal white person who interacts almost exclusively with other insulated liberal white people.

    This city is truly a bastion of anti-white male neurosis. The amusing part is when the lefty-liberal types talk about “toxic masculinity” (under the assumption that it applies mostly to white guys) they pretty much describe many (most?) Somali, Jamaican, Pakistani and Arab men to a tee.

    A fun game is to agree with the lefty liberals about such things as toxic masculinity and then point to male members of the darker ethnys, without mentioning race, as evidence of said toxic masculinity. Often, you can see a flicker of realization that is quickly extinguished by their crimestop-inhibited brains.

    • Replies: @Perspective
    @MoodyMillennial

    I'm from the Toronto area too, I've always personally felt safer walking through Regent Park than the rare occasion I've been to the Jane-Finch neighbourhood. I actually walked through Regent Park as recent as last week, and the rebuilding effort seems to be proceeding on schedule. The number of low income units will actually decrease once the project is complete. I'm not sure where those residents will be pushed out to, but my guess is they would probably be relocated further east to East York and Scarborough. I've noticed in the last year or so there has been an uptick in violence in the East York/Danforth Ave area, I'm wondering if it's from former Regent Park residents (mostly Ethiopians in this case) settling in this area.
    Toronto is often compared to Chicago, and there are many similarities to name; both on the great lakes, climate and similar in size and population. The similar population size is actually only a recent artifact. In the early 1900s, Chicago's population was one million greater than Toronto's. It is this reason why I would give the architecture edge to Chicago, as much of Toronto outside the old city was built in the 1950s-70s.

    , @yaqub the mad scientist
    @MoodyMillennial

    My impressions of Toronto are this and this.

  18. @Jack D
    @ic1000

    This is some kind of strange world, where inanimate objects and abstract concepts - apartment blocks, stairwells, the streets, drugs, extremism, etc. have agency and power but humans, especially non-white humans, do not. These things are so powerful that they are able to lure non-whites into their clutches. Stairwells attack you, like the trees in the Wizard of Oz. Whites however reside on magic dirt which largely protects them from these things.

    You really have to have a medieval mind to think in this way - I guess the Age of Reason is over. Or else the author has adopted a worldview that is like a fragile bubble that requires a lot of fancy rationalization in order to keep it intact. Writing a whole article in the passive voice is a small price to pay to prevent your worldview from being shattered.

    Replies: @Big Bill, @The Alarmist, @Redskin, @AndrewR, @iSteveFan, @anowow, @anon

    Well spoken.

  19. @Rick Johnsmeyer
    Well, to Toronto's credit, it's almost unbelievably safe by American standards. The city is somewhat more populous than Chicago, but has something like 31 murders so far this year compared to Chicago's rapid race toward 300. Even NYC looks like a pit of violence relative to Toronto.

    Perhaps there are some lessons there in the management of historically-troublesome urban populations...

    Replies: @Arclight, @MoodyMillennial, @anonymous-antiskynetist, @epebble, @Buffalo Joe, @Lamb, @Clifford Brown

    I spend a lot of time in Toronto, having married one of them, and their big-city pretensions never cease to amuse me. They like to call it “T-Dot” and fantasize that they have a gangsta problem. Meanwhile, the meanest neighborhood in Toronto is gooder than the goodest neighborhood in quite a few American cities–for now. Enough third world dirtbags can ruin anything.

  20. Now when I was a boy the complaint from the ‘conservatives’ was girls showing too much and being bimbos, for example wearing tube tops. Now conservatives are complaining about women not showing enough and being chaste. So conservatives will complain about anything. Worry about your own kids, or lack there of.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @George

    "Now when I was a boy the complaint from the ‘conservatives’ was girls showing too much and being bimbos, for example wearing tube tops. Now conservatives are complaining about women not showing enough and being chaste. So conservatives will complain about anything. Worry about your own kids, or lack there of."

    I worry about dealing with backward people from barbarous lands, people who are wholly incompatible with our civilization and who are now colonizing our countries. It is a legitimate worry, so go f**k yourself.

    , @Jack D
    @George

    Gee, it's almost as if conservatives believe in moderation rather than taking things to extremes. How vile of them.

  21. Kinda on topic:
    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article81676692.html?fb_action_ids=10154213730079268&fb_action_types=og.comments

    Last year hundreds of employers filed initial applications for more than 16,500 H-1B workers in the Charlotte metro area, many in technology positions. That number alone is bigger than the entire workforce of some of Charlotte’s largest employers.

    • Replies: @epebble
    @Anon

    This was predicted:

    "Our Nation is at risk. Our once unchallenged preeminence in commerce, industry, science, and technological innovation is being overtaken by competitors throughout the world."
    http://www2.ed.gov/pubs/NatAtRisk/index.html

    "If we were “at risk” in 1983, we are at even greater risk now."
    https://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/accountable/accountable.pdf

  22. Definitely not a parody — just someone with reasonable intelligence but who has been deeply and thoroughly marinated in The Narrative. In my own work I talk to people who are intelligent and thoughtful with good critical judgement until the subject wanders into any social-political topic where the evidence is wildly inconsistent with The Narrative. Then they drop all critical faculties and launch into bizarre leaps of logic and ignore gaping holes in the evidence to ensure that they can adhere to The Narrative. It is a common ailment.

  23. @Jack D
    @ic1000

    This is some kind of strange world, where inanimate objects and abstract concepts - apartment blocks, stairwells, the streets, drugs, extremism, etc. have agency and power but humans, especially non-white humans, do not. These things are so powerful that they are able to lure non-whites into their clutches. Stairwells attack you, like the trees in the Wizard of Oz. Whites however reside on magic dirt which largely protects them from these things.

    You really have to have a medieval mind to think in this way - I guess the Age of Reason is over. Or else the author has adopted a worldview that is like a fragile bubble that requires a lot of fancy rationalization in order to keep it intact. Writing a whole article in the passive voice is a small price to pay to prevent your worldview from being shattered.

    Replies: @Big Bill, @The Alarmist, @Redskin, @AndrewR, @iSteveFan, @anowow, @anon

    “This is some kind of strange world, where inanimate objects and abstract concepts – apartment blocks, stairwells, the streets, drugs, extremism, etc. have agency and power but humans, especially non-white humans, do not.”

    Not at all … it’s why magic-dirt is magic, and why we need to bring in even more people from ands without magic dirt … so they can enjoy our freedoms and our way of life and the rule of law and the work ethic and our exceptionalism and all that crap.

  24. OT: Can someone write a country-song parody from the pov of a US politician who knows Israel is bad for him but just can’t give her up?

  25. “Yoga relaxes the mind and helps my breathing problem”

    Not using that filthy rag covering nose and mouth all the time could also help.

    I live in Canada and this looks just like my building, in fact a bearded Muslim man with two wives with full burka costume just moved in.

    Lots of Africans and Haitians and lots of interracial couples too, usually black men and white women, but some white men with black women too.

    And Asians, many Asians.


    “What they don’t realize is being Canadian means being yourself.”

    Then being Canadian means nothing, if it just means to be physically present in a piece of land usually covered with snow and arbitrarily called “Canada”.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Dumbo

    Incognito,....."then being Canadian means nothing" and that sounds like a direct quote from your new Prime Minister, Junior Trudeau.

    , @S. Anonyia
    @Dumbo

    I live in a mid-sized city in the Deep South, and my apartment complex is FULL of Arabs and Muslim South Asians. Some are students and some are families. All of the women wear conservative hijab, and 5 or 6 even wear the Niqab (veil that reveals only the eyes). A lot of the men smoke weed on their porches with impunity. They toss cigarettes on the ground and the younger guys spend a ton of time sitting outside the gym and pool, quietly ogling women. The management does not seem to care- keep in mind it is a very nice, gated apartment. It is a high crime city so maybe that's why they don't care. the Arabs are a nuisance but aren't really dangerous.

    Anyway, point is the demographic change is way worse than the official numbers suggest. There are probably millions of uncounted immigrants, legal and illegal. I go to the park, I go to the grocery store, and I am sometimes in the minority even when you just count the non-black population (my city is half black). You've got to consider that a lot of the white population on the census is old and semi-disabled, so they don't get out much.

    We are not being told the truth about demographics. The scale of what is going on is enormous and there is absolutely no equivalent in history. The white, rural areas are just too thinly populated to account for the discrepancy between real-life and the numbers.

    Replies: @Jefferson, @Anon

    , @Drapetomaniac
    @Dumbo

    Being Canadian means you are currently the property of the Canadian government.

    Which puts Canadians on par with all the other dupes in the world.

    , @anonymous-antimarxist
    @Dumbo


    Then being Canadian means nothing, if it just means to be physically present in a piece of land usually covered with snow and arbitrarily called “Canada”.

     

    "Who Are We, eh?"

    http://www.amazon.com/Who-Are-We-Challenges-Americas/dp/0684870541
    , @Jefferson
    @Dumbo

    "What they don’t realize is being Canadian means being yourself.”

    Then being Canadian means nothing, if it just means to be physically present in a piece of land usually covered with snow and arbitrarily called “Canada”.

    I bet not many Muslims in Canada know the lyrics to the Canadian national anthem.

  26. “Hawa Elmi, 55, a Somali refugee and mother of 11

    Demographics is destiny – as Mark Steyn says.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Sue D. Nim

    "“Hawa Elmi, 55, a Somali refugee and mother of 11“"

    "Demographics is destiny – as Mark Steyn says."

    And isn't it odd how feminists and their compatriots in the left have denigrated motherhood (for western women that is), characterizing it as nothing but "breeding" and criticizing women who view motherhood as their highest calling as accomplishing nothing but spewing out babies. And yet, if the woman is brown or black, the fact that they are a "mother of 11" is noted as some kind of distinguishing honor.

    Replies: @bomag

    , @Lot
    @Sue D. Nim

    That line, the burka pics, and the description of Muslim takeover of the swinming pool make me think Levin may be dog whistling about Muslim immigration.

    The focus on the newly segregated pool is interesting in light of what happened in Germany. With Muslims, public pools where white teeneagers meet members of the opposite sex who go to different schools is a nice thing we can't have anymore. Dads who want to take their daughter swimming? Can't have that either.

    Replies: @Brutusale

  27. We can only assume that somewhere within this project lives the future goalie who will lead the Maples Leafs to the Stanley Cup.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Captain Willard

    Captain, You are absolutely correct, and that will be right after the Maple Leafs drop out of the NHL because players are required to skate and how unfair is that to sand people.

  28. @Jack D
    @ic1000

    This is some kind of strange world, where inanimate objects and abstract concepts - apartment blocks, stairwells, the streets, drugs, extremism, etc. have agency and power but humans, especially non-white humans, do not. These things are so powerful that they are able to lure non-whites into their clutches. Stairwells attack you, like the trees in the Wizard of Oz. Whites however reside on magic dirt which largely protects them from these things.

    You really have to have a medieval mind to think in this way - I guess the Age of Reason is over. Or else the author has adopted a worldview that is like a fragile bubble that requires a lot of fancy rationalization in order to keep it intact. Writing a whole article in the passive voice is a small price to pay to prevent your worldview from being shattered.

    Replies: @Big Bill, @The Alarmist, @Redskin, @AndrewR, @iSteveFan, @anowow, @anon

    The sentences are not technically passive voice. They are using nominalizations as the actors. (Also a fault.)

    • Replies: @carol
    @Redskin

    Thank you. Some commenters and prominent bloggers are really confused about passive voice.

    I think it's a poorly recalled relic of a 1980s writing class fad.

    Replies: @Wanderer

  29. I forget where Maslow put halal meat and all-female yoga classes in his hierachy of needs…

  30. Leftist conservative [AKA "corporate slave wandering down fluorescent hallway"] says: • Website

    perversity is are strength

  31. @Anonymous
    It is all so wonderful until the Hassans reach a critical mass and longer have use for the Levins. In fact, the Levins will be target number one and we'll start hearing the same kind of bitching about anti-semitism we hear about in France. Anyone who has worked with immigrants is surprised by the anti-semitism. Not just Arabs, but Africans, et al. And in France and elsewhere it will get exponentially worse in shorter time periods. Because demography is destiny, and not just for white males.

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Former Darfur

    Not sure I’m seeing the problem here…

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @AndrewR

    It's not like they would leave you alone after they're done with the Jews. You would still be inferior even if you converted to Islam. The al-Nusra Front tortured Theo Padnos when he was their captive despite the fact that he had converted to Islam before his capture.

  32. @Jack D
    @ic1000

    This is some kind of strange world, where inanimate objects and abstract concepts - apartment blocks, stairwells, the streets, drugs, extremism, etc. have agency and power but humans, especially non-white humans, do not. These things are so powerful that they are able to lure non-whites into their clutches. Stairwells attack you, like the trees in the Wizard of Oz. Whites however reside on magic dirt which largely protects them from these things.

    You really have to have a medieval mind to think in this way - I guess the Age of Reason is over. Or else the author has adopted a worldview that is like a fragile bubble that requires a lot of fancy rationalization in order to keep it intact. Writing a whole article in the passive voice is a small price to pay to prevent your worldview from being shattered.

    Replies: @Big Bill, @The Alarmist, @Redskin, @AndrewR, @iSteveFan, @anowow, @anon

    All neurologically normal humans, and many folks well on the autism spectrum, have a psychological need for fantasy, taboo and unfalsifiable worldviews. For those of us in Protestant lands (and increasingly Catholic lands), Equality has usurped God as the diety to worship uncritically.

  33. Unintentional parody from a true believer

    • Replies: @Olorin
    @Unladen Swallow

    I was thinking more like the effusion of a SJW religious vision.

    What could be more perfect to that mindset than yoga + Islam + Canada + an author named Levin(e)?

    Now comes the inevitable question: are "transgender women" allowed in these spaces?

    Gentlemen, start your phalli!

  34. @Rick Johnsmeyer
    Well, to Toronto's credit, it's almost unbelievably safe by American standards. The city is somewhat more populous than Chicago, but has something like 31 murders so far this year compared to Chicago's rapid race toward 300. Even NYC looks like a pit of violence relative to Toronto.

    Perhaps there are some lessons there in the management of historically-troublesome urban populations...

    Replies: @Arclight, @MoodyMillennial, @anonymous-antiskynetist, @epebble, @Buffalo Joe, @Lamb, @Clifford Brown

    Actually, murder rate in Chicago is not that high by world standards based on population size.

    The most murderous cities in US are: St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit and New Orleans. Still only 4 of top 50 most murderous cities are in U.S. Agreed, no Canadian (or developed country) city is on list.

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

    • Replies: @Prof. Woland
    @epebble

    It would be higher but the softest targets left long ago.

  35. @Rick Johnsmeyer
    Well, to Toronto's credit, it's almost unbelievably safe by American standards. The city is somewhat more populous than Chicago, but has something like 31 murders so far this year compared to Chicago's rapid race toward 300. Even NYC looks like a pit of violence relative to Toronto.

    Perhaps there are some lessons there in the management of historically-troublesome urban populations...

    Replies: @Arclight, @MoodyMillennial, @anonymous-antiskynetist, @epebble, @Buffalo Joe, @Lamb, @Clifford Brown

    Rick, I live an hour and a half south of Toronto and I can remember driving through on our way north to wilderness fishing trips. The city then was not up to Buffalo standards but that has all changed as Toronto became the financial centre of Canada and had an explosive growth. The city’s crime , violent crime that is, is almost 100% the product of it’s black citizens. The black population of Toronto that causes the most problems are from the West Indies, that is, the Caribbean. Toronto is diverse, being almost 47% visible minority (a Canadian census term) but most of these are from Asia and Southeast Asia. I find it amusing that the article points to the need to segregate each of the mentioned groups so that they can feel included. The future of Canada is in the hand of a radical leftist man-child, Justin Trudeau.

  36. @Anon
    Kinda on topic:
    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article81676692.html?fb_action_ids=10154213730079268&fb_action_types=og.comments

    Last year hundreds of employers filed initial applications for more than 16,500 H-1B workers in the Charlotte metro area, many in technology positions. That number alone is bigger than the entire workforce of some of Charlotte’s largest employers.

    Replies: @epebble

    This was predicted:

    “Our Nation is at risk. Our once unchallenged preeminence in commerce, industry, science, and technological innovation is being overtaken by competitors throughout the world.”
    http://www2.ed.gov/pubs/NatAtRisk/index.html

    “If we were “at risk” in 1983, we are at even greater risk now.”
    https://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/accountable/accountable.pdf

  37. @Jack D
    @ic1000

    This is some kind of strange world, where inanimate objects and abstract concepts - apartment blocks, stairwells, the streets, drugs, extremism, etc. have agency and power but humans, especially non-white humans, do not. These things are so powerful that they are able to lure non-whites into their clutches. Stairwells attack you, like the trees in the Wizard of Oz. Whites however reside on magic dirt which largely protects them from these things.

    You really have to have a medieval mind to think in this way - I guess the Age of Reason is over. Or else the author has adopted a worldview that is like a fragile bubble that requires a lot of fancy rationalization in order to keep it intact. Writing a whole article in the passive voice is a small price to pay to prevent your worldview from being shattered.

    Replies: @Big Bill, @The Alarmist, @Redskin, @AndrewR, @iSteveFan, @anowow, @anon

    The late Lawrence Auster was great in breaking down language uses like this.

  38. @MoodyMillennial
    @Rick Johnsmeyer

    Guy from Toronto here. It's safe largely due to the demographic composition. We have fewer Blacks than American cities of similar size. Chinese and Hindu immigrants make up a huge proportion of the immigrants here and these groups aren't violent or belligerent for the most part. However, Somalis, Jamaicans, various Arab and certain South Asian groups like Pakistanis certainly are.

    Toronto's city motto is the Orwellian, "Diversity Our Strength". This is supposed to be self-evident, but it's only self-evident if you're a minority racial agitator or insulated liberal white person who interacts almost exclusively with other insulated liberal white people.

    This city is truly a bastion of anti-white male neurosis. The amusing part is when the lefty-liberal types talk about "toxic masculinity" (under the assumption that it applies mostly to white guys) they pretty much describe many (most?) Somali, Jamaican, Pakistani and Arab men to a tee.

    A fun game is to agree with the lefty liberals about such things as toxic masculinity and then point to male members of the darker ethnys, without mentioning race, as evidence of said toxic masculinity. Often, you can see a flicker of realization that is quickly extinguished by their crimestop-inhibited brains.

    Replies: @Perspective, @yaqub the mad scientist

    I’m from the Toronto area too, I’ve always personally felt safer walking through Regent Park than the rare occasion I’ve been to the Jane-Finch neighbourhood. I actually walked through Regent Park as recent as last week, and the rebuilding effort seems to be proceeding on schedule. The number of low income units will actually decrease once the project is complete. I’m not sure where those residents will be pushed out to, but my guess is they would probably be relocated further east to East York and Scarborough. I’ve noticed in the last year or so there has been an uptick in violence in the East York/Danforth Ave area, I’m wondering if it’s from former Regent Park residents (mostly Ethiopians in this case) settling in this area.
    Toronto is often compared to Chicago, and there are many similarities to name; both on the great lakes, climate and similar in size and population. The similar population size is actually only a recent artifact. In the early 1900s, Chicago’s population was one million greater than Toronto’s. It is this reason why I would give the architecture edge to Chicago, as much of Toronto outside the old city was built in the 1950s-70s.

  39. @Dumbo
    "Yoga relaxes the mind and helps my breathing problem"

    Not using that filthy rag covering nose and mouth all the time could also help.

    I live in Canada and this looks just like my building, in fact a bearded Muslim man with two wives with full burka costume just moved in.

    Lots of Africans and Haitians and lots of interracial couples too, usually black men and white women, but some white men with black women too.

    And Asians, many Asians.


    "What they don’t realize is being Canadian means being yourself."


    Then being Canadian means nothing, if it just means to be physically present in a piece of land usually covered with snow and arbitrarily called "Canada".

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @S. Anonyia, @Drapetomaniac, @anonymous-antimarxist, @Jefferson

    Incognito,…..”then being Canadian means nothing” and that sounds like a direct quote from your new Prime Minister, Junior Trudeau.

  40. @MoodyMillennial
    @Rick Johnsmeyer

    Guy from Toronto here. It's safe largely due to the demographic composition. We have fewer Blacks than American cities of similar size. Chinese and Hindu immigrants make up a huge proportion of the immigrants here and these groups aren't violent or belligerent for the most part. However, Somalis, Jamaicans, various Arab and certain South Asian groups like Pakistanis certainly are.

    Toronto's city motto is the Orwellian, "Diversity Our Strength". This is supposed to be self-evident, but it's only self-evident if you're a minority racial agitator or insulated liberal white person who interacts almost exclusively with other insulated liberal white people.

    This city is truly a bastion of anti-white male neurosis. The amusing part is when the lefty-liberal types talk about "toxic masculinity" (under the assumption that it applies mostly to white guys) they pretty much describe many (most?) Somali, Jamaican, Pakistani and Arab men to a tee.

    A fun game is to agree with the lefty liberals about such things as toxic masculinity and then point to male members of the darker ethnys, without mentioning race, as evidence of said toxic masculinity. Often, you can see a flicker of realization that is quickly extinguished by their crimestop-inhibited brains.

    Replies: @Perspective, @yaqub the mad scientist

    My impressions of Toronto are this and this.

  41. @Captain Willard
    We can only assume that somewhere within this project lives the future goalie who will lead the Maples Leafs to the Stanley Cup.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    Captain, You are absolutely correct, and that will be right after the Maple Leafs drop out of the NHL because players are required to skate and how unfair is that to sand people.

  42. @George
    Now when I was a boy the complaint from the 'conservatives' was girls showing too much and being bimbos, for example wearing tube tops. Now conservatives are complaining about women not showing enough and being chaste. So conservatives will complain about anything. Worry about your own kids, or lack there of.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @Jack D

    “Now when I was a boy the complaint from the ‘conservatives’ was girls showing too much and being bimbos, for example wearing tube tops. Now conservatives are complaining about women not showing enough and being chaste. So conservatives will complain about anything. Worry about your own kids, or lack there of.”

    I worry about dealing with backward people from barbarous lands, people who are wholly incompatible with our civilization and who are now colonizing our countries. It is a legitimate worry, so go f**k yourself.

  43. @Cagey Beast
    These are the hideously White, racist, homophobic and patriarchal people who the Regent Park neighbourhood was originally built for:

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

    It was probably a nest of anti-Semites too. Seriously though, back then progressives were actually interested in progress, not just "creative destruction". It's interesting to note these were the sorts of housing projects Donald Trump's father built and managed around New York:


    Woody Guthrie, ‘Old Man Trump’ and a real estate empire’s racist foundations
    Will Kaufman
    Professor of American Literature and Culture, University of Central Lancashire

    January 21, 2016 5.47am EST

    ...
    A postwar housing haven – for whites
    .....
     
    http://theconversation.com/woody-guthrie-old-man-trump-and-a-real-estate-empires-racist-foundations-53026

    The needling, the guilt-tripping, the whining the nagging never frigging ends. Doesn't life in a 1950s Toronto public housing project seem like a kind of paradise by comparison? That world shown in the old NFB film is probably the kind of thing Trump has in mind when he talks about making America great again. Hideous and vile, isn't it?

    Replies: @Perspective, @anon

    Thank you for the video link, I remember watching it back when I was student at Ryerson (close to Regent Park). My great grandfather lived near Parliament and Dundas before the area was torn down and rebuilt as Regent Park.

    “The needling, the guilt-tripping, the whining the nagging never frigging ends. ”

    No, it doesn’t. The Toronto Star , for example, has moved beyond parody and has gone full-blown SJW activist paper. Actually, this article is quite typical of what one reads in the Toronto Star today.

  44. “The center has given Ms. Hassan, a 34-year-old nurse, the ability to do something more than just watch her child: she, too, can join in.”

    Is Somalia so well known for its’ medical care that we need to import nurses from there? If I walked into a hospital and I saw a nurse got up in one of those islamic body-condom ninja-frocks, I’d turn the hell around and walk straight out again.

  45. @Sue D. Nim
    "Hawa Elmi, 55, a Somali refugee and mother of 11"


    Demographics is destiny - as Mark Steyn says.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @Lot

    ““Hawa Elmi, 55, a Somali refugee and mother of 11“”

    “Demographics is destiny – as Mark Steyn says.”

    And isn’t it odd how feminists and their compatriots in the left have denigrated motherhood (for western women that is), characterizing it as nothing but “breeding” and criticizing women who view motherhood as their highest calling as accomplishing nothing but spewing out babies. And yet, if the woman is brown or black, the fact that they are a “mother of 11” is noted as some kind of distinguishing honor.

    • Replies: @bomag
    @Mr. Anon

    Notice also here that journalists slip in these little factoids. This riff was about yoga class, but the author takes the opportunity to let us know there is some math at work here, math that is not helpful.

  46. @Jack D
    @ic1000

    This is some kind of strange world, where inanimate objects and abstract concepts - apartment blocks, stairwells, the streets, drugs, extremism, etc. have agency and power but humans, especially non-white humans, do not. These things are so powerful that they are able to lure non-whites into their clutches. Stairwells attack you, like the trees in the Wizard of Oz. Whites however reside on magic dirt which largely protects them from these things.

    You really have to have a medieval mind to think in this way - I guess the Age of Reason is over. Or else the author has adopted a worldview that is like a fragile bubble that requires a lot of fancy rationalization in order to keep it intact. Writing a whole article in the passive voice is a small price to pay to prevent your worldview from being shattered.

    Replies: @Big Bill, @The Alarmist, @Redskin, @AndrewR, @iSteveFan, @anowow, @anon

    Many African-Americans attribute the same quasi-supernatural powers to whites that their cousins do to wizards in the motherland. The magical thinking is bad, but made worse by magical thinking combined with a lack of personal responsibility and introspection.

    Cow died? A wizard or some jealous Negro did it, cause it wasn’t like you never de-wormed the thing or kept an eye out for poisonous plants in the pasture.

    Life sucks? Racist whites made you not take advantage of the huge number of opportunities the system makes available, indeed begs you to take, as a young black man or woman.

    Blacks always complain about they are always trying to drag each other down. Reminds me of African leveling and evil eye traditions which resulted in anybody with any work ethic or ambition getting killed as a witch.

    • Agree: Triumph104
  47. @Jenner Ickham Errican
    I know Steve wouldn’t lie, but I had to check the NYT caption to see for myself. Yup, it’s real. Wonder what could be affecting her breathing?

    Another caption from the article:

    Hassan Ichiki, whose parents are from Japan and Egypt, practiced at the Regent Park Aquatic Center this month.
     
    Behold, the Great Hodgepodge North! The future is already here.

    “Try Abdul Ben Hassan! He make this snake.”

    Replies: @vinteuil

    I, too, had to follow the link before I believed that combo of picture & caption was for real.

    Truth is stranger than ISteve.

  48. @Dumbo
    "Yoga relaxes the mind and helps my breathing problem"

    Not using that filthy rag covering nose and mouth all the time could also help.

    I live in Canada and this looks just like my building, in fact a bearded Muslim man with two wives with full burka costume just moved in.

    Lots of Africans and Haitians and lots of interracial couples too, usually black men and white women, but some white men with black women too.

    And Asians, many Asians.


    "What they don’t realize is being Canadian means being yourself."


    Then being Canadian means nothing, if it just means to be physically present in a piece of land usually covered with snow and arbitrarily called "Canada".

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @S. Anonyia, @Drapetomaniac, @anonymous-antimarxist, @Jefferson

    I live in a mid-sized city in the Deep South, and my apartment complex is FULL of Arabs and Muslim South Asians. Some are students and some are families. All of the women wear conservative hijab, and 5 or 6 even wear the Niqab (veil that reveals only the eyes). A lot of the men smoke weed on their porches with impunity. They toss cigarettes on the ground and the younger guys spend a ton of time sitting outside the gym and pool, quietly ogling women. The management does not seem to care- keep in mind it is a very nice, gated apartment. It is a high crime city so maybe that’s why they don’t care. the Arabs are a nuisance but aren’t really dangerous.

    Anyway, point is the demographic change is way worse than the official numbers suggest. There are probably millions of uncounted immigrants, legal and illegal. I go to the park, I go to the grocery store, and I am sometimes in the minority even when you just count the non-black population (my city is half black). You’ve got to consider that a lot of the white population on the census is old and semi-disabled, so they don’t get out much.

    We are not being told the truth about demographics. The scale of what is going on is enormous and there is absolutely no equivalent in history. The white, rural areas are just too thinly populated to account for the discrepancy between real-life and the numbers.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    @S. Anonyia

    "We are not being told the truth about demographics."

    This is how I feel about the Black demographic in this country. If Blacks are only 13 percent of The U.S population, why are there so many damn zip codes in this country that are over 90 percent Black.

    I am not saying I believe Blacks are the majority in this country, but I definitely believe their share of the population is higher than 13 percent.

    When Whites eventually drop down to 13 percent of the population, is this country still going to have a lot of zip codes that are over 90 percent White?

    Replies: @AnotherDad

    , @Anon
    @S. Anonyia

    I agree completely and have been beating that drum here and elsewhere recently. Legal immigration across all visa categories is very likely much higher than the government is saying. Who are you going to believe, the official numbers from the same government types that ran the IRS attacks on the Tea Party or your very own eyes?

    Government types know that they have every incentive to import as many legal and illegal immigrants as they can and no disincentive. It's been 3 years since the IRS scandal came to light and NOTHING will ever happen to anyone involved at any level of the organization. People within government are now committing crimes against the American people - specifically on the Right - with impunity. They feel emboldened and morally righteous. As Scott Adams just wrote, they see the opposition as Hitleresque which gives the right and the obligation to destroy it.

  49. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D
    @ic1000

    This is some kind of strange world, where inanimate objects and abstract concepts - apartment blocks, stairwells, the streets, drugs, extremism, etc. have agency and power but humans, especially non-white humans, do not. These things are so powerful that they are able to lure non-whites into their clutches. Stairwells attack you, like the trees in the Wizard of Oz. Whites however reside on magic dirt which largely protects them from these things.

    You really have to have a medieval mind to think in this way - I guess the Age of Reason is over. Or else the author has adopted a worldview that is like a fragile bubble that requires a lot of fancy rationalization in order to keep it intact. Writing a whole article in the passive voice is a small price to pay to prevent your worldview from being shattered.

    Replies: @Big Bill, @The Alarmist, @Redskin, @AndrewR, @iSteveFan, @anowow, @anon

    Just so. Can’t remember the exact phrase but the other day I encountered the following construct in a liberal’s argument: “spaces infused with power inequalities”.

    And I reflected on just what a curious, magical world view that would presuppose. Instead of examining a dynamic interrelationship of self-interested players, a situation is construed as an existent framework of space in which different locales are tinged or tainted by objective entities and persons entering into these spaces fall under the spell of the place’s aura–which sounds a lot like haunting by resident demons.

    What is on display here is fundamentally stone-age, Afro-level thinking–“When a person..is taken ill, or dies, the cause is eagerly sought after, not in the nature of the disease, but in some person who was at enmity with the deceased, or who had acted in some way to excite suspicion. This was very natural in them, as they did not believe in an overruling Providence.” Moffat’s Africa

  50. As a single mother with a developmentally disabled 9-year-old son, Ms. Diallo finds that gender-neutral locker rooms let her help him change privately before his swimming lessons without making him feel awkward.

    “Now we come here once a week, and he’s become so confident,” said Ms. Diallo, a refugee from Guinea.

    How do you know if someone from Guinea has a developmental disability? The avg. national IQ is 59 (lowest on the planet.)

    http://www.statisticbrain.com/countries-with-the-highest-lowest-average-iq/

  51. A lot of what the Left says does sound/read like satire. You don’t even have to parody these people, just link to the latest Salon or Gawker piece and you’ll have people rolling.

  52. @George
    Now when I was a boy the complaint from the 'conservatives' was girls showing too much and being bimbos, for example wearing tube tops. Now conservatives are complaining about women not showing enough and being chaste. So conservatives will complain about anything. Worry about your own kids, or lack there of.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @Jack D

    Gee, it’s almost as if conservatives believe in moderation rather than taking things to extremes. How vile of them.

  53. @Cagey Beast
    These are the hideously White, racist, homophobic and patriarchal people who the Regent Park neighbourhood was originally built for:

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

    It was probably a nest of anti-Semites too. Seriously though, back then progressives were actually interested in progress, not just "creative destruction". It's interesting to note these were the sorts of housing projects Donald Trump's father built and managed around New York:


    Woody Guthrie, ‘Old Man Trump’ and a real estate empire’s racist foundations
    Will Kaufman
    Professor of American Literature and Culture, University of Central Lancashire

    January 21, 2016 5.47am EST

    ...
    A postwar housing haven – for whites
    .....
     
    http://theconversation.com/woody-guthrie-old-man-trump-and-a-real-estate-empires-racist-foundations-53026

    The needling, the guilt-tripping, the whining the nagging never frigging ends. Doesn't life in a 1950s Toronto public housing project seem like a kind of paradise by comparison? That world shown in the old NFB film is probably the kind of thing Trump has in mind when he talks about making America great again. Hideous and vile, isn't it?

    Replies: @Perspective, @anon

    I sometimes wonder if improved living conditions for the working class led to reduced retardation leading to more union activity leading to the decision to destroy the native working class with immigration.

  54. @anonymous
    Sounds real nice. It sounds real expensive also, catering to each individual need, everyone has private cubicles shielding them from the next person, glittery housing and so on. So who is paying for all this? What sort of benefit do these exotic people provide? None, it's one huge albatross.

    Replies: @SDMatt

    What sort of benefit do these exotic people provide?

    Votes to the ruling Liberal Party. They’re no good for the cheap labour angle, but votes they can do.

    • Agree: Frau Katze, Nico
  55. By DAN LEVIN

    Probably sincere.

    Now when I was a boy the complaint from the ‘conservatives’ was girls showing too much and being bimbos, for example wearing tube tops. Now conservatives are complaining about women not showing enough and being chaste. So conservatives will complain about anything. Worry about your own kids, or lack there of.

    I welcome our new Muslim overlords. They’ll be much easier to handle than our Jewish overlords, who the Muslim overlords will have handled for us.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Svigor

    Don't be so sure. The Muslim overloards will be more numerous as there is a nearly inexhaustible supply of foreign-born Muslims willing to immigrate, and so they will take a large portion of the White female population for themselves. There won't even be a pretense of merit-based employment as extended Muslim clans monopolize all of the good jobs. Even if you convert, you will be inferior. Those families that claim descent from the Prophet Muhammad rank highest, followed by the old peninsular Arab clans that formed the core of the earliest Muslim faith, followed by the Arab Muslims outside of the Arabian peninsula whose lands were conquered in the 7th and 8th centuries, followed by non-Arabic speaking Muslims whose countries/clans converted centuries ago. A new convert likely wouldn't be mistreated by all Muslims, but it's a good bet that he would at least be shown his inferior place by some of them.

    Replies: @Mark2

  56. Lot says:
    @Sue D. Nim
    "Hawa Elmi, 55, a Somali refugee and mother of 11"


    Demographics is destiny - as Mark Steyn says.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @Lot

    That line, the burka pics, and the description of Muslim takeover of the swinming pool make me think Levin may be dog whistling about Muslim immigration.

    The focus on the newly segregated pool is interesting in light of what happened in Germany. With Muslims, public pools where white teeneagers meet members of the opposite sex who go to different schools is a nice thing we can’t have anymore. Dads who want to take their daughter swimming? Can’t have that either.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    @Lot

    Harvard was into this 8 years ago:

    http://www.jewishmediaresources.com/1247/separate-swimming-at-harvard-and-us

  57. I live in Toronto and it is for better or worse a polite functioning multi-culti city.

    As a previous commentator pointed out the specific composition of our immigrants and POC probably functions in a way to keep everyone reasonably well behaved and the grievance industry in check.

    It takes a lot to be a non-noticer in Toronto because the entire city is basically a giant HBD laboratory, but the enforcement of non-noticing is absolute here. This also probably helps with cohesion.

    I will also note that Regent Park did a pretty good job of being a first stop for a lot of immigrants who within a few years would usually end up living some version of the suburban canadian dream. The reason Regent Park was perceived as a ghetto was completely the fault of a small subset of blacks from Regent who played US gangster dress-up and ended up shooting each other for all the usual “disrespectful comment on my youtube gangster rap video” reasons. Even my criminal defence lawyer friend was shocked when i told him that only like 15% of Regent residents were black. Like everyone else he assumed from the news and the coverage that it was a 100% black multi-generational poverty trap. I don’t mind the new regent and there are some nice new buildings there that are filling up with asians and SWPLers. On the other hand we may have demolished a functioning entry to Canada neighborhood, with good supports for new residents, for no reason other than the bad press from 10-12 wanna be gangsters shooting each other.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @t.dot

    t.dot, You can point that all out here on Steve's website, but your comments would never be published in the comment section of a Toronto paper.

    Replies: @T.dot

  58. This is a crock. Yoga is forbidden by conservative Sunni Islam, and a Sri Lanka Muslim would know that.

    The article would be as offensive to Muslims as an article about conservative Christian women pole dancing would to evangelicals.

    Maybe that’s the real intent of the article.

    • Replies: @anonymous-antimarxist
    @Bill P


    The article would be as offensive to Muslims as an article about conservative Christian women pole dancing would to evangelicals.
     
    That depends.......

    on the quality of the lap dance.

    Well at least for Evangelical Christians there won't be a stoning or dousing with gasoline.
  59. @BB753
    “Yoga relaxes the mind and helps my breathing problems,”

    Taking off the niqab would also help.

    Replies: @Olorin

    My exact reaction. Or get a snorkel.

    Also, it’s hard for a body to process oxygen when deprived of Vitamin D.

    On the other hand, in blocking UV/Vitamin D synthesis, these body bags are carcinogenic and cause inflammatory, cardiac, metabolic, bone, and many other effects. So that’s good.

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080513112351.htm
    http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2007/9/report_vitamind/page-01

    But we have to pay for these Dark Ages populations’ high-tech 21st century medical care. So that’s bad.

    But it will create whole new industries to pander to Moose Limbs. So that’s good.

    But it will siphon off money that could have better been used building, say, space telescopes and schools for +3-plus standard deviation kids. So that’s bad.

    • Agree: BB753
  60. @Unladen Swallow
    Unintentional parody from a true believer

    Replies: @Olorin

    I was thinking more like the effusion of a SJW religious vision.

    What could be more perfect to that mindset than yoga + Islam + Canada + an author named Levin(e)?

    Now comes the inevitable question: are “transgender women” allowed in these spaces?

    Gentlemen, start your phalli!

  61. @ic1000
    Grammar check:

    Until not too long ago, the mention of Regent Park... brought to mind cockroaches and drug-fueled gang violence. It was an embarrassing stain on a progressive city that for decades had welcomed immigrants fleeing war, famine and poverty only to leave them trapped in an isolated collection of decrepit brick apartment blocks where crime and despair took root.
     
    Passive constructions for cockroaches, drug-fueled violence, crime and despair taking root. Check!

    Still, ghosts of the old Regent Park haunt the neighborhood, particularly in the public housing blocks that have yet to be demolished. Sally Beebee... worries about using the stairwells in her building, where she says young men use and sell drugs.
     
    Incorporeal entities as the root cause of social problems. Check! Young men using and selling drugs: Points off for Subject-Verb-Object construction (even though these youth were likely stale and pale, probably evangelicals).

    The risks are especially high for young Somali men and boys in Regent Park. Aside from the perils of drugs, which have led to the sometimes violent deaths of dozens of Somali-Canadians over the past decade, the authorities worry about the lure of Islamic extremism, particularly from terrorist groups like the Islamic State and the Shabab, the Somali branch of Al Qaeda.
     
    Ending on a strong note! Risks harming black bodies. Then back to the passive voice, as sometimes violent deaths and then Islamic extremism are visited on these hapless yet vibrant youth.

    Whether straight reporting or parody, a solid B-plus.

    Replies: @Clyde, @Jack D, @Olorin

    I liked the pathetic fallacy myself:

    an isolated collection of decrepit brick apartment blocks where crime and despair took root.

    Gotta watch that despair. It’s like kudzu, it is. Or Scotch broom here in the PNW.

    Seeds n tillers just looking for somewhere to root.

  62. @Redskin
    @Jack D

    The sentences are not technically passive voice. They are using nominalizations as the actors. (Also a fault.)

    Replies: @carol

    Thank you. Some commenters and prominent bloggers are really confused about passive voice.

    I think it’s a poorly recalled relic of a 1980s writing class fad.

    • Replies: @Wanderer
    @carol

    Passive voice was presented by many prominent journalists as the only way good journalism was written.

  63. @Dumbo
    "Yoga relaxes the mind and helps my breathing problem"

    Not using that filthy rag covering nose and mouth all the time could also help.

    I live in Canada and this looks just like my building, in fact a bearded Muslim man with two wives with full burka costume just moved in.

    Lots of Africans and Haitians and lots of interracial couples too, usually black men and white women, but some white men with black women too.

    And Asians, many Asians.


    "What they don’t realize is being Canadian means being yourself."


    Then being Canadian means nothing, if it just means to be physically present in a piece of land usually covered with snow and arbitrarily called "Canada".

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @S. Anonyia, @Drapetomaniac, @anonymous-antimarxist, @Jefferson

    Being Canadian means you are currently the property of the Canadian government.

    Which puts Canadians on par with all the other dupes in the world.

  64. It was an embarrassing stain on a progressive city that for decades had welcomed immigrants fleeing war, famine and poverty only to leave them trapped in an isolated collection of decrepit brick apartment blocks where crime and despair took root.

    Presumably there must also be decent Toronto natives trapped in these apartments too. The author of this article seems to be suggesting the immigrants deserve better treatment than the locals simply by virtue of not being from there. Which is quite amazing when you think about it.

    It’s like their anti-racism has become an exact inverse copy of the racism they supposedly despise: an unthinking, prejudiced, knee-jerk reaction in favour of anyone they think doesn’t belong there. ‘You ain’t from round here, are you? Get to the front o’ the queue, boiiiy’

    • Replies: @ben tillman
    @al gore rhythms


    It’s like their anti-racism has become an exact inverse copy of the racism they supposedly despise: an unthinking, prejudiced, knee-jerk reaction in favour of anyone they think doesn’t belong there.
     
    Exactly. Our societal immune system has been inverted.

    The function of an immune system is to discriminate between self and non-self for the purpose of favoring self. Our societal immune system has been programmed to discriminate between self and non-self for the purpose of favoring non-self.
  65. It is really odd things seem to be moving towards a worldwide ummah financed by subservient dhimmis. Could Trudeau, Merkel et al be Muslims? They are allowed to lie about it. Why else would you want to turn the West into housing projects for foreign born Muslims?

  66. @Arclight
    @Rick Johnsmeyer

    I can't speak of Canada's historically troublesome populations, but America's has a very deeply entrenched attitude that jaw-dropping rates of criminality and anti-social behavior at an early age that continues into adulthood are just "being real." Added to that is the taboo against the larger culture being able to criticize this behavior in direct terms - to do so is to bring down the condemnation of all right-thinking people and accusations of racism or ignorance of history. One must always blame nebulous concepts like "white supremacy" or "structural racism".

    Replies: @Jefferson

    “I can’t speak of Canada’s historically troublesome populations, but America’s has a very deeply entrenched attitude that jaw-dropping rates of criminality and anti-social behavior at an early age that continues into adulthood are just “being real.” Added to that is the taboo against the larger culture being able to criticize this behavior in direct terms – to do so is to bring down the condemnation of all right-thinking people and accusations of racism or ignorance of history. One must always blame nebulous concepts like “white supremacy” or “structural racism”.

    When NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton on May 26 referred to rappers as thugs, it got more coverage from the mainstream media than the shooting that took place that same day at a T.I concert which resulted in 1 dead body and 3 other people who were shot but survived.

    In today’s PC on steroids America, White right wing so-called “hate speech” is considered worst than Black violence that actually results in people being killed.

    Whatever happened to sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?

    The irony that a PC society is actually more violent than a Non PC society.

  67. @t.dot
    I live in Toronto and it is for better or worse a polite functioning multi-culti city.

    As a previous commentator pointed out the specific composition of our immigrants and POC probably functions in a way to keep everyone reasonably well behaved and the grievance industry in check.

    It takes a lot to be a non-noticer in Toronto because the entire city is basically a giant HBD laboratory, but the enforcement of non-noticing is absolute here. This also probably helps with cohesion.

    I will also note that Regent Park did a pretty good job of being a first stop for a lot of immigrants who within a few years would usually end up living some version of the suburban canadian dream. The reason Regent Park was perceived as a ghetto was completely the fault of a small subset of blacks from Regent who played US gangster dress-up and ended up shooting each other for all the usual "disrespectful comment on my youtube gangster rap video" reasons. Even my criminal defence lawyer friend was shocked when i told him that only like 15% of Regent residents were black. Like everyone else he assumed from the news and the coverage that it was a 100% black multi-generational poverty trap. I don't mind the new regent and there are some nice new buildings there that are filling up with asians and SWPLers. On the other hand we may have demolished a functioning entry to Canada neighborhood, with good supports for new residents, for no reason other than the bad press from 10-12 wanna be gangsters shooting each other.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    t.dot, You can point that all out here on Steve’s website, but your comments would never be published in the comment section of a Toronto paper.

    • Replies: @T.dot
    @Buffalo Joe

    The Star abolished comments a few months ago. They are the not coincidentally the foremost purveyors "counting" articles ie: "in a city where 50% visible minority, how come only 2% of senior government geologists are black?" Etc etc...

    You simply can't moderate comments in a way that won't make the 26 year old journalist cry.

    Replies: @Lurker

  68. I guess the party is over folks. Hillery has won when there is such interest in her crime syndicate:

    http://www.amazon.com/best-sellers-books-Amazon/zgbs/books/ref=pd_dp_ts_b_1

  69. @carol
    @Redskin

    Thank you. Some commenters and prominent bloggers are really confused about passive voice.

    I think it's a poorly recalled relic of a 1980s writing class fad.

    Replies: @Wanderer

    Passive voice was presented by many prominent journalists as the only way good journalism was written.

  70. OT: Mike Judge to create Camacho based anti-Trump ads. I wonder though if these will be properly anti Trump or backhanded. Maybe they will actually support him.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2016/06/05/idiocracy-director-mike-judge-prepping-anti-donald-trump-campaign-ads/

    • Replies: @TBA
    @Anonym

    I thought the same thing when Borat came out of retirement to criticize Trump. Condemned by Borat?

    , @SFG
    @Anonym

    I wouldn't put it past Judge to play both sides of that coin and claim he was supporting whichever side wins.

    Replies: @Anonym

  71. @Buffalo Joe
    @t.dot

    t.dot, You can point that all out here on Steve's website, but your comments would never be published in the comment section of a Toronto paper.

    Replies: @T.dot

    The Star abolished comments a few months ago. They are the not coincidentally the foremost purveyors “counting” articles ie: “in a city where 50% visible minority, how come only 2% of senior government geologists are black?” Etc etc…

    You simply can’t moderate comments in a way that won’t make the 26 year old journalist cry.

    • Replies: @Lurker
    @T.dot

    Comments are being switched off all over the MSM, especially the Disqus system. Bloomberg and CNN have dropped it. National Post (Canada) bailed out in 2015. The UK Daily Telegraph dropped out this year and The Independent (also UK) some time ago.

    These major sites have mostly given up on comments altogether or point the reader to Faceberg, Twitter and Reddit. In some cases they have installed limited, clunky, commenting systems that seem like a throwback to the early 00s, almost useless compared to Disqus. Articles that would have seen hundreds of comments now boast three or four.

    It's almost as if they didn't want people commenting. Crazy I know!

    However the Disqus universe seems to be expanding across all manner of more minor outlets, blogs etc The commentariat are satisfied with what the MSM are offering and seem to be spurred on to start their own sites.

    (The Daily Telegraph abandoned Disqus on 31 March. I used to visit every day, since then I've been there maybe twice, once quite by accident. Their traffic figures would make fascinating reading)

    Replies: @Lurker

  72. @S. Anonyia
    @Dumbo

    I live in a mid-sized city in the Deep South, and my apartment complex is FULL of Arabs and Muslim South Asians. Some are students and some are families. All of the women wear conservative hijab, and 5 or 6 even wear the Niqab (veil that reveals only the eyes). A lot of the men smoke weed on their porches with impunity. They toss cigarettes on the ground and the younger guys spend a ton of time sitting outside the gym and pool, quietly ogling women. The management does not seem to care- keep in mind it is a very nice, gated apartment. It is a high crime city so maybe that's why they don't care. the Arabs are a nuisance but aren't really dangerous.

    Anyway, point is the demographic change is way worse than the official numbers suggest. There are probably millions of uncounted immigrants, legal and illegal. I go to the park, I go to the grocery store, and I am sometimes in the minority even when you just count the non-black population (my city is half black). You've got to consider that a lot of the white population on the census is old and semi-disabled, so they don't get out much.

    We are not being told the truth about demographics. The scale of what is going on is enormous and there is absolutely no equivalent in history. The white, rural areas are just too thinly populated to account for the discrepancy between real-life and the numbers.

    Replies: @Jefferson, @Anon

    “We are not being told the truth about demographics.”

    This is how I feel about the Black demographic in this country. If Blacks are only 13 percent of The U.S population, why are there so many damn zip codes in this country that are over 90 percent Black.

    I am not saying I believe Blacks are the majority in this country, but I definitely believe their share of the population is higher than 13 percent.

    When Whites eventually drop down to 13 percent of the population, is this country still going to have a lot of zip codes that are over 90 percent White?

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    @Jefferson


    When Whites eventually drop down to 13 percent of the population, is this country still going to have a lot of zip codes that are over 90 percent White?
     
    No. But that's because other people *want* to live around white people. White people make stuff nice. In fact, the essential demand of the left--no longer worth calling it "left multiculturalism, because it's the only "left" around--the essential demand of the left, is that non-whites must be allowed to live around whites and loot them. Pure parasitism. You can't "make a deal" with them for us to move off to our own nation, or even communities and ergo stop our "oppression" of minorities. Nope ... that's racism! We must be enriched by minorities and support them with our labor--i.e. we're slaves.

    In contrast, no one else wants to live around blacks, so black areas tend to move toward 100% black with only those too poor, or those trying to gentrify potentially nice--if cleared--areas.
  73. OT: Perhaps a reason for the Obama administration’s shakedown of Silicon Valley firms a year ago. Frame 50% white and 35% asian as evidence of white over-representation, as was reported in the media, and voila a moneypot:

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/justices-liberal-slush-fund-1449188273
    http://patrick.net/Justice’s+Liberal+Slush+Fund

    The Justice Department prosecutes cases against supposed corporate bad actors. Those companies agree to settlements that include financial penalties. Then Justice mandates that at least some of that penalty money be paid in the form of “donations” to nonprofits that supposedly aid consumers and bolster neighborhoods.

    The Justice Department maintains a list of government-approved nonprofit beneficiaries. And surprise, surprise: Many of them are liberal activist groups. The National Council of La Raza. The National Urban League. The National Community Reinvestment Coalition. NeighborWorks America (which awards grants to left-leaning community organization groups, and has been compared with Acorn).

    This strategy kicked off with the $13 billion J.P. Morgan settlement in late 2013, though in that case the bank was simply offered credit for donations to nonprofits. That changed with the Citigroup and Bank of America settlements, which outright required $150 million in donations. The BofA agreement contains a provision that potentially tees up nonprofit groups for another $490 million. Several smaller settlements follow the same mold.

    To further induce companies to go the donation route, Justice considers these handouts to be worth “double credit” against penalty obligations. So while direct forms of victim relief are still counted dollar-for-dollar, a $500,000 donation by BofA to La Raza takes at least $1 million off the company’s bill.

    • Replies: @Nico
    @Antonymous

    At the same time, I don't think the country would be worse off without the kind of whites who tend to work in Silicon Valley, so Obama may have unwittingly played into our hands...

  74. @AndrewR
    @Anonymous

    Not sure I'm seeing the problem here...

    Replies: @Anonymous

    It’s not like they would leave you alone after they’re done with the Jews. You would still be inferior even if you converted to Islam. The al-Nusra Front tortured Theo Padnos when he was their captive despite the fact that he had converted to Islam before his capture.

  75. @Dumbo
    "Yoga relaxes the mind and helps my breathing problem"

    Not using that filthy rag covering nose and mouth all the time could also help.

    I live in Canada and this looks just like my building, in fact a bearded Muslim man with two wives with full burka costume just moved in.

    Lots of Africans and Haitians and lots of interracial couples too, usually black men and white women, but some white men with black women too.

    And Asians, many Asians.


    "What they don’t realize is being Canadian means being yourself."


    Then being Canadian means nothing, if it just means to be physically present in a piece of land usually covered with snow and arbitrarily called "Canada".

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @S. Anonyia, @Drapetomaniac, @anonymous-antimarxist, @Jefferson

    Then being Canadian means nothing, if it just means to be physically present in a piece of land usually covered with snow and arbitrarily called “Canada”.

    “Who Are We, eh?”

  76. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @S. Anonyia
    @Dumbo

    I live in a mid-sized city in the Deep South, and my apartment complex is FULL of Arabs and Muslim South Asians. Some are students and some are families. All of the women wear conservative hijab, and 5 or 6 even wear the Niqab (veil that reveals only the eyes). A lot of the men smoke weed on their porches with impunity. They toss cigarettes on the ground and the younger guys spend a ton of time sitting outside the gym and pool, quietly ogling women. The management does not seem to care- keep in mind it is a very nice, gated apartment. It is a high crime city so maybe that's why they don't care. the Arabs are a nuisance but aren't really dangerous.

    Anyway, point is the demographic change is way worse than the official numbers suggest. There are probably millions of uncounted immigrants, legal and illegal. I go to the park, I go to the grocery store, and I am sometimes in the minority even when you just count the non-black population (my city is half black). You've got to consider that a lot of the white population on the census is old and semi-disabled, so they don't get out much.

    We are not being told the truth about demographics. The scale of what is going on is enormous and there is absolutely no equivalent in history. The white, rural areas are just too thinly populated to account for the discrepancy between real-life and the numbers.

    Replies: @Jefferson, @Anon

    I agree completely and have been beating that drum here and elsewhere recently. Legal immigration across all visa categories is very likely much higher than the government is saying. Who are you going to believe, the official numbers from the same government types that ran the IRS attacks on the Tea Party or your very own eyes?

    Government types know that they have every incentive to import as many legal and illegal immigrants as they can and no disincentive. It’s been 3 years since the IRS scandal came to light and NOTHING will ever happen to anyone involved at any level of the organization. People within government are now committing crimes against the American people – specifically on the Right – with impunity. They feel emboldened and morally righteous. As Scott Adams just wrote, they see the opposition as Hitleresque which gives the right and the obligation to destroy it.

  77. @Bill P
    This is a crock. Yoga is forbidden by conservative Sunni Islam, and a Sri Lanka Muslim would know that.

    The article would be as offensive to Muslims as an article about conservative Christian women pole dancing would to evangelicals.

    Maybe that's the real intent of the article.

    Replies: @anonymous-antimarxist

    The article would be as offensive to Muslims as an article about conservative Christian women pole dancing would to evangelicals.

    That depends…….

    on the quality of the lap dance.

    Well at least for Evangelical Christians there won’t be a stoning or dousing with gasoline.

  78. @Dumbo
    "Yoga relaxes the mind and helps my breathing problem"

    Not using that filthy rag covering nose and mouth all the time could also help.

    I live in Canada and this looks just like my building, in fact a bearded Muslim man with two wives with full burka costume just moved in.

    Lots of Africans and Haitians and lots of interracial couples too, usually black men and white women, but some white men with black women too.

    And Asians, many Asians.


    "What they don’t realize is being Canadian means being yourself."


    Then being Canadian means nothing, if it just means to be physically present in a piece of land usually covered with snow and arbitrarily called "Canada".

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @S. Anonyia, @Drapetomaniac, @anonymous-antimarxist, @Jefferson

    “What they don’t realize is being Canadian means being yourself.”

    Then being Canadian means nothing, if it just means to be physically present in a piece of land usually covered with snow and arbitrarily called “Canada”.

    I bet not many Muslims in Canada know the lyrics to the Canadian national anthem.

  79. Dalai Lama arrested in Germany for anti-immigrant hate speech after interview with far-right newspaper

    During the interview he said that there are “too many” refugees and that Germany cannot be allowed to become an “Arab country.” He also said that refugees should be forced to return to their home countries.

    Der Dalai Lama im Interview

    On the other hand, there are now too many. Europe, for example, Germany, can be no Arab country. Germany is Germany. (Laughs) There are so many that it is difficult in practice. Also seen morally I find that these refugees should be only a temporary basis. The goal should be to return and help rebuild their own countries.

  80. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Svigor

    By DAN LEVIN
     
    Probably sincere.

    Now when I was a boy the complaint from the ‘conservatives’ was girls showing too much and being bimbos, for example wearing tube tops. Now conservatives are complaining about women not showing enough and being chaste. So conservatives will complain about anything. Worry about your own kids, or lack there of.
     
    I welcome our new Muslim overlords. They'll be much easier to handle than our Jewish overlords, who the Muslim overlords will have handled for us.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Don’t be so sure. The Muslim overloards will be more numerous as there is a nearly inexhaustible supply of foreign-born Muslims willing to immigrate, and so they will take a large portion of the White female population for themselves. There won’t even be a pretense of merit-based employment as extended Muslim clans monopolize all of the good jobs. Even if you convert, you will be inferior. Those families that claim descent from the Prophet Muhammad rank highest, followed by the old peninsular Arab clans that formed the core of the earliest Muslim faith, followed by the Arab Muslims outside of the Arabian peninsula whose lands were conquered in the 7th and 8th centuries, followed by non-Arabic speaking Muslims whose countries/clans converted centuries ago. A new convert likely wouldn’t be mistreated by all Muslims, but it’s a good bet that he would at least be shown his inferior place by some of them.

    • Replies: @Mark2
    @Anonymous

    Maybe we should pull what Eastern Europe did in the face of the northern crusades: convert to remove the justification for invasion.

    Replies: @Anonymous

  81. @Anonym
    OT: Mike Judge to create Camacho based anti-Trump ads. I wonder though if these will be properly anti Trump or backhanded. Maybe they will actually support him.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2016/06/05/idiocracy-director-mike-judge-prepping-anti-donald-trump-campaign-ads/

    Replies: @TBA, @SFG

    I thought the same thing when Borat came out of retirement to criticize Trump. Condemned by Borat?

  82. @Anonym
    OT: Mike Judge to create Camacho based anti-Trump ads. I wonder though if these will be properly anti Trump or backhanded. Maybe they will actually support him.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2016/06/05/idiocracy-director-mike-judge-prepping-anti-donald-trump-campaign-ads/

    Replies: @TBA, @SFG

    I wouldn’t put it past Judge to play both sides of that coin and claim he was supporting whichever side wins.

    • Replies: @Anonym
    @SFG

    Maybe Judge can even get Hillary to pay for the ads. After all, she has produced some of the best Trump ads so far. (Thanks Dave Pinsen)

    https://twitter.com/Ricky_Vaughn99/status/728268569306378242?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

  83. … only to leave them trapped in an isolated collection of decrepit brick apartment blocks where crime and despair took root.

    Tragic bricks.

    Evil what man corralling the brown people into buildings he cursed with his black (white?) magic spell that makes it’s residents commit crimes.

  84. @T.dot
    @Buffalo Joe

    The Star abolished comments a few months ago. They are the not coincidentally the foremost purveyors "counting" articles ie: "in a city where 50% visible minority, how come only 2% of senior government geologists are black?" Etc etc...

    You simply can't moderate comments in a way that won't make the 26 year old journalist cry.

    Replies: @Lurker

    Comments are being switched off all over the MSM, especially the Disqus system. Bloomberg and CNN have dropped it. National Post (Canada) bailed out in 2015. The UK Daily Telegraph dropped out this year and The Independent (also UK) some time ago.

    These major sites have mostly given up on comments altogether or point the reader to Faceberg, Twitter and Reddit. In some cases they have installed limited, clunky, commenting systems that seem like a throwback to the early 00s, almost useless compared to Disqus. Articles that would have seen hundreds of comments now boast three or four.

    It’s almost as if they didn’t want people commenting. Crazy I know!

    However the Disqus universe seems to be expanding across all manner of more minor outlets, blogs etc The commentariat are satisfied with what the MSM are offering and seem to be spurred on to start their own sites.

    (The Daily Telegraph abandoned Disqus on 31 March. I used to visit every day, since then I’ve been there maybe twice, once quite by accident. Their traffic figures would make fascinating reading)

    • Replies: @Lurker
    @Lurker

    The commentariat are not satisfied

  85. Astonishing hypocrisy on display here.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/01/opinion/everybody-into-the-pool.html?smid=fb-nytopinion&smtyp=cur&_r=0

    Accommodations to Jewish Orthodox Women for separate pool times = ” a capitulation to a theocratic view of government services”

    Accommodations to Muslim Women for separate pool times = “ethos of inclusion”

    I am speechless.

    • Replies: @SPMoore8
    @Anonymous

    I can see the next battleground for transgender inclusion already: swimming pools.

    , @Clifford Brown
    @Anonymous

    This is the real New York City angle to this story. The same week they condemned a public pool sex segregation system in Brooklyn for the benefit of Orthodox Jews, the Times celebrates it for Muslims in Toronto.

    The Orthodox are particularly upset with this phrase which is being taken as a slur against the Orthodox "with its strong odor of religious intrusion into a secular space."

    What a world.

  86. @Jefferson
    @S. Anonyia

    "We are not being told the truth about demographics."

    This is how I feel about the Black demographic in this country. If Blacks are only 13 percent of The U.S population, why are there so many damn zip codes in this country that are over 90 percent Black.

    I am not saying I believe Blacks are the majority in this country, but I definitely believe their share of the population is higher than 13 percent.

    When Whites eventually drop down to 13 percent of the population, is this country still going to have a lot of zip codes that are over 90 percent White?

    Replies: @AnotherDad

    When Whites eventually drop down to 13 percent of the population, is this country still going to have a lot of zip codes that are over 90 percent White?

    No. But that’s because other people *want* to live around white people. White people make stuff nice. In fact, the essential demand of the left–no longer worth calling it “left multiculturalism, because it’s the only “left” around–the essential demand of the left, is that non-whites must be allowed to live around whites and loot them. Pure parasitism. You can’t “make a deal” with them for us to move off to our own nation, or even communities and ergo stop our “oppression” of minorities. Nope … that’s racism! We must be enriched by minorities and support them with our labor–i.e. we’re slaves.

    In contrast, no one else wants to live around blacks, so black areas tend to move toward 100% black with only those too poor, or those trying to gentrify potentially nice–if cleared–areas.

    • Agree: ben tillman
  87. @Anonymous
    Astonishing hypocrisy on display here.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/01/opinion/everybody-into-the-pool.html?smid=fb-nytopinion&smtyp=cur&_r=0

    Accommodations to Jewish Orthodox Women for separate pool times = " a capitulation to a theocratic view of government services"

    Accommodations to Muslim Women for separate pool times = "ethos of inclusion"

    I am speechless.

    Replies: @SPMoore8, @Clifford Brown

    I can see the next battleground for transgender inclusion already: swimming pools.

  88. @Rick Johnsmeyer
    Well, to Toronto's credit, it's almost unbelievably safe by American standards. The city is somewhat more populous than Chicago, but has something like 31 murders so far this year compared to Chicago's rapid race toward 300. Even NYC looks like a pit of violence relative to Toronto.

    Perhaps there are some lessons there in the management of historically-troublesome urban populations...

    Replies: @Arclight, @MoodyMillennial, @anonymous-antiskynetist, @epebble, @Buffalo Joe, @Lamb, @Clifford Brown

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto#Demographics”

    8.5% black.

    Good US comparison cities might be Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco.

  89. @SFG
    @Anonym

    I wouldn't put it past Judge to play both sides of that coin and claim he was supporting whichever side wins.

    Replies: @Anonym

    Maybe Judge can even get Hillary to pay for the ads. After all, she has produced some of the best Trump ads so far. (Thanks Dave Pinsen)

    https://twitter.com/Ricky_Vaughn99/status/728268569306378242?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

  90. • Replies: @Clyde
    @Anonym


    Google censors Crooked Hillary.
    http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/06/05/google-not-censoring-crooked-hillary-searches/
     
    I tested on Bing and Yahoo searches and they tried to complete "crooked Hillary" for me. So the google organization is obfuscating and lying
  91. @Anonymous
    @Svigor

    Don't be so sure. The Muslim overloards will be more numerous as there is a nearly inexhaustible supply of foreign-born Muslims willing to immigrate, and so they will take a large portion of the White female population for themselves. There won't even be a pretense of merit-based employment as extended Muslim clans monopolize all of the good jobs. Even if you convert, you will be inferior. Those families that claim descent from the Prophet Muhammad rank highest, followed by the old peninsular Arab clans that formed the core of the earliest Muslim faith, followed by the Arab Muslims outside of the Arabian peninsula whose lands were conquered in the 7th and 8th centuries, followed by non-Arabic speaking Muslims whose countries/clans converted centuries ago. A new convert likely wouldn't be mistreated by all Muslims, but it's a good bet that he would at least be shown his inferior place by some of them.

    Replies: @Mark2

    Maybe we should pull what Eastern Europe did in the face of the northern crusades: convert to remove the justification for invasion.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Mark2

    That strategy didn't work. Many of the noble families in the Baltic states were of German origin, and the peasants were of native stock. In spite of your conversion, you would likely end up at the bottom of the status barrel and at least as bereft of valuable connections as you are now except that the elite would be even more clannish and nepotistic. To make matters worse, the cultural patrimony of the West, especially representational art and music, would be in grave danger if the ascendant strain of Islam were Salafist/Wahhabist. With those guys, even the gravesites of your ancestors would be in danger of desecration/demolition.

    Replies: @Mark2

  92. On Saturday evenings, mechanized screens shroud the center’s expansive glass walls to create a session that allows only women and girls to relax in the hot tub, swim laps or careen down the water slide, a rare bit of “me” time treasured by many of the neighborhood’s Muslim residents.,

    I’m disappointed in the iSteve commentariat. Really guys, have you all forgotten about World War -T?

    What’s going to happen to liberal brains in that Toronto swimming complex when a man shows up for a women-only swim and declares that he’s a woman? All that needs to happen is to have someone who is committed to stirring up trouble, say one of the 4/8 chan guys, show up, get barred, take the issue to the Human Rights Commission in Ontario and demand that they ban women-only events all across the province because they are discriminating against transgender men.

    For a lot of people a return to the old style of mixed swimming is preferable and they probably don’t give a tinker’s damn that Muslim women feel excluded because the cost of allowing Muslim women to feel included is to exclude everyone else who enjoyed Canadian swimming customs before liberals and Muslims ruined everything.

    This could be a scenario where a real transsexual actually does something worthwhile for society or it could be a prankster who hold liberals, Alinsky style, to their own rulebook.

  93. @Lurker
    @T.dot

    Comments are being switched off all over the MSM, especially the Disqus system. Bloomberg and CNN have dropped it. National Post (Canada) bailed out in 2015. The UK Daily Telegraph dropped out this year and The Independent (also UK) some time ago.

    These major sites have mostly given up on comments altogether or point the reader to Faceberg, Twitter and Reddit. In some cases they have installed limited, clunky, commenting systems that seem like a throwback to the early 00s, almost useless compared to Disqus. Articles that would have seen hundreds of comments now boast three or four.

    It's almost as if they didn't want people commenting. Crazy I know!

    However the Disqus universe seems to be expanding across all manner of more minor outlets, blogs etc The commentariat are satisfied with what the MSM are offering and seem to be spurred on to start their own sites.

    (The Daily Telegraph abandoned Disqus on 31 March. I used to visit every day, since then I've been there maybe twice, once quite by accident. Their traffic figures would make fascinating reading)

    Replies: @Lurker

    The commentariat are not satisfied

  94. I read this and similar articles and the two phrases that spring to mind first are “irreconcilable differences” and “by any means necessary”.

  95. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Mark2
    @Anonymous

    Maybe we should pull what Eastern Europe did in the face of the northern crusades: convert to remove the justification for invasion.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    That strategy didn’t work. Many of the noble families in the Baltic states were of German origin, and the peasants were of native stock. In spite of your conversion, you would likely end up at the bottom of the status barrel and at least as bereft of valuable connections as you are now except that the elite would be even more clannish and nepotistic. To make matters worse, the cultural patrimony of the West, especially representational art and music, would be in grave danger if the ascendant strain of Islam were Salafist/Wahhabist. With those guys, even the gravesites of your ancestors would be in danger of desecration/demolition.

    • Replies: @Mark2
    @Anonymous

    That's the Baltic, formerly ruled by crusading Germanic monastic orders. Poland/Lithuania converted, and avoided the imposition of a Western European ruling class.

    And Europe's previous conversion to a Middle Eastern religion didn't seem to relegate Europeans to ethnic and cultural second shrift (despite its many other regrettable consequences).

    Replies: @Anonymous

  96. @Anonymous
    @Mark2

    That strategy didn't work. Many of the noble families in the Baltic states were of German origin, and the peasants were of native stock. In spite of your conversion, you would likely end up at the bottom of the status barrel and at least as bereft of valuable connections as you are now except that the elite would be even more clannish and nepotistic. To make matters worse, the cultural patrimony of the West, especially representational art and music, would be in grave danger if the ascendant strain of Islam were Salafist/Wahhabist. With those guys, even the gravesites of your ancestors would be in danger of desecration/demolition.

    Replies: @Mark2

    That’s the Baltic, formerly ruled by crusading Germanic monastic orders. Poland/Lithuania converted, and avoided the imposition of a Western European ruling class.

    And Europe’s previous conversion to a Middle Eastern religion didn’t seem to relegate Europeans to ethnic and cultural second shrift (despite its many other regrettable consequences).

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Mark2

    That's not quite true regarding Poland. The Teutonic Knights conquered the formerly Slavic territory of Pomerania (the modern Baltic Sea coastal region of Poland), and there are huge castles of the Teutonic Knights within the boundaries of Poland that survive to this day. The first Hohenzollern Duke of Prussia, whose nominal overlord was the King of Poland, attained his position when he converted to Lutheranism and secularized the territory of the Teutonic Order, of which he had been Grand Master, under his control.

    Christianity wasn't Islam. The strains of Islam that are being promoted with the greatest energy today are the ones most hostile to the Western artistic and cultural traditions that developed under Christianity.

  97. @epebble
    @Rick Johnsmeyer

    Actually, murder rate in Chicago is not that high by world standards based on population size.

    The most murderous cities in US are: St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit and New Orleans. Still only 4 of top 50 most murderous cities are in U.S. Agreed, no Canadian (or developed country) city is on list.

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

    Replies: @Prof. Woland

    It would be higher but the softest targets left long ago.

  98. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Mark2
    @Anonymous

    That's the Baltic, formerly ruled by crusading Germanic monastic orders. Poland/Lithuania converted, and avoided the imposition of a Western European ruling class.

    And Europe's previous conversion to a Middle Eastern religion didn't seem to relegate Europeans to ethnic and cultural second shrift (despite its many other regrettable consequences).

    Replies: @Anonymous

    That’s not quite true regarding Poland. The Teutonic Knights conquered the formerly Slavic territory of Pomerania (the modern Baltic Sea coastal region of Poland), and there are huge castles of the Teutonic Knights within the boundaries of Poland that survive to this day. The first Hohenzollern Duke of Prussia, whose nominal overlord was the King of Poland, attained his position when he converted to Lutheranism and secularized the territory of the Teutonic Order, of which he had been Grand Master, under his control.

    Christianity wasn’t Islam. The strains of Islam that are being promoted with the greatest energy today are the ones most hostile to the Western artistic and cultural traditions that developed under Christianity.

  99. @vinteuil
    It really is hard to believe that anybody could miss the irony of that particular caption under that particular picture.

    Replies: @Daniel H

    That post was earnestly sincere. As with Islam there is no true irony, satire or humor with the left. Only sneering contempt.

  100. @Mr. Anon
    @Sue D. Nim

    "“Hawa Elmi, 55, a Somali refugee and mother of 11“"

    "Demographics is destiny – as Mark Steyn says."

    And isn't it odd how feminists and their compatriots in the left have denigrated motherhood (for western women that is), characterizing it as nothing but "breeding" and criticizing women who view motherhood as their highest calling as accomplishing nothing but spewing out babies. And yet, if the woman is brown or black, the fact that they are a "mother of 11" is noted as some kind of distinguishing honor.

    Replies: @bomag

    Notice also here that journalists slip in these little factoids. This riff was about yoga class, but the author takes the opportunity to let us know there is some math at work here, math that is not helpful.

  101. Ghetto Dindu Nuffins on welfare in Toronto taking advantage of the generosity of nice taxpaying White Canadians.

  102. @Rick Johnsmeyer
    Well, to Toronto's credit, it's almost unbelievably safe by American standards. The city is somewhat more populous than Chicago, but has something like 31 murders so far this year compared to Chicago's rapid race toward 300. Even NYC looks like a pit of violence relative to Toronto.

    Perhaps there are some lessons there in the management of historically-troublesome urban populations...

    Replies: @Arclight, @MoodyMillennial, @anonymous-antiskynetist, @epebble, @Buffalo Joe, @Lamb, @Clifford Brown

    Listen, “DIVERSE Toronto” is 85% White and Asian.

    The SCARY and PROGRESSIVE immigration policy in Toronto means that immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, China and the UK are the most prominent groups contributing to the mysterious diversity that is SO TERRIFYING!!!!!!!!!!!

    You know what we call a city in AmeriKKKA that is 85% White and Asian???

    We call it, Palo Alto or Irvine, California.

    Canada’s HIGHLY restrictive and rational immigration policies keep out the criminal elements that dominate America cities.

    Canada does not better “manage troublesome urban policies”, instead Canada maintains a rational and extremely restrictive immigration policy.

    • Replies: @TangoMan
    @Clifford Brown

    From Macleans:


    Midway through last summer, when much of official Ottawa was away at the cottage, a revealing document landed on the desk of Canada’s top immigration bureaucrat, deputy minister Neil Yeates. Prosaically titled “Social and Economic Outcomes of Second Generation Youth,” the four-page memo showed little regard for the political correctness typical of government correspondence. “Chinese and South Asians are the most likely to have university degrees or higher, and to be employed in high-skilled occupations,” observed the summary, which was prepared by departmental bureaucrats and released recently through access to information. Second-generation youth of Caribbean and Latin American origin don’t fare so well, the memo went on; they tend to obtain lower levels of education than native-born Canadian kids and wind up in less skilled jobs.

    To Richard Kurland, the Vancouver-based immigration lawyer who dug it up, the document confirmed “what everybody in the business has known for a long time.” For years, the government has been gathering data on the performance of newcomers and their children based on ethnicity, he notes, and while immigration officials deny they use information to identify the best countries from which to recruit, the numbers tell a different story. Since 1999, China and India have been the top two source countries for immigrants to Canada, averaging about 60,000 landings per year, while the number coming from the Caribbean has fallen sharply. Immigration from the West Indies had fallen 45 per cent below levels seen in the early 1990s, according to figures compiled by Statistics Canada, when more than 16,000 from that region were entering the country annually.
     
    That was under Harper, under Zoolander, all bets are off.

    I'm remembering something which happened just a few months ago but my memory of the details is pretty vague. The broad outline was some politician, I believe in the UK, had written a memo decades ago that became the basis of public policy and now that he is more prominent, the common sense of decades ago had to be renounced in order for the politician to save his skin.

    I wonder what fate awaits the Canadian bureaucrats who wrote the above white paper under a Zoolander Government?

    Replies: @Anonymous

  103. “Canada maintains a rational and extremely restrictive immigration policy.”

    Or to rephrase, no NAMs:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_to_Canada#Permanent_Residents_admitted_in_2013

  104. @Clifford Brown
    @Rick Johnsmeyer

    Listen, "DIVERSE Toronto" is 85% White and Asian.

    The SCARY and PROGRESSIVE immigration policy in Toronto means that immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, China and the UK are the most prominent groups contributing to the mysterious diversity that is SO TERRIFYING!!!!!!!!!!!

    You know what we call a city in AmeriKKKA that is 85% White and Asian???

    We call it, Palo Alto or Irvine, California.

    Canada's HIGHLY restrictive and rational immigration policies keep out the criminal elements that dominate America cities.

    Canada does not better "manage troublesome urban policies", instead Canada maintains a rational and extremely restrictive immigration policy.

    Replies: @TangoMan

    From Macleans:

    Midway through last summer, when much of official Ottawa was away at the cottage, a revealing document landed on the desk of Canada’s top immigration bureaucrat, deputy minister Neil Yeates. Prosaically titled “Social and Economic Outcomes of Second Generation Youth,” the four-page memo showed little regard for the political correctness typical of government correspondence. “Chinese and South Asians are the most likely to have university degrees or higher, and to be employed in high-skilled occupations,” observed the summary, which was prepared by departmental bureaucrats and released recently through access to information. Second-generation youth of Caribbean and Latin American origin don’t fare so well, the memo went on; they tend to obtain lower levels of education than native-born Canadian kids and wind up in less skilled jobs.

    To Richard Kurland, the Vancouver-based immigration lawyer who dug it up, the document confirmed “what everybody in the business has known for a long time.” For years, the government has been gathering data on the performance of newcomers and their children based on ethnicity, he notes, and while immigration officials deny they use information to identify the best countries from which to recruit, the numbers tell a different story. Since 1999, China and India have been the top two source countries for immigrants to Canada, averaging about 60,000 landings per year, while the number coming from the Caribbean has fallen sharply. Immigration from the West Indies had fallen 45 per cent below levels seen in the early 1990s, according to figures compiled by Statistics Canada, when more than 16,000 from that region were entering the country annually.

    That was under Harper, under Zoolander, all bets are off.

    I’m remembering something which happened just a few months ago but my memory of the details is pretty vague. The broad outline was some politician, I believe in the UK, had written a memo decades ago that became the basis of public policy and now that he is more prominent, the common sense of decades ago had to be renounced in order for the politician to save his skin.

    I wonder what fate awaits the Canadian bureaucrats who wrote the above white paper under a Zoolander Government?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @TangoMan

    Oliver Letwin?

    Replies: @TangoMan

  105. Grass-roots participation lies at the heart of Regent Park’s billion-dollar transformation.

    The “ethos of inclusion” (for thousands of new residents that need housing) sure is good for business. Looks like everyone wins, especially the stairwells and ghosts.

    I also liked the mention of the residents’ “right of return” to the condo complex. Is there any rcontex outside of Palestine where that phrase arises?

  106. @TangoMan
    @Clifford Brown

    From Macleans:


    Midway through last summer, when much of official Ottawa was away at the cottage, a revealing document landed on the desk of Canada’s top immigration bureaucrat, deputy minister Neil Yeates. Prosaically titled “Social and Economic Outcomes of Second Generation Youth,” the four-page memo showed little regard for the political correctness typical of government correspondence. “Chinese and South Asians are the most likely to have university degrees or higher, and to be employed in high-skilled occupations,” observed the summary, which was prepared by departmental bureaucrats and released recently through access to information. Second-generation youth of Caribbean and Latin American origin don’t fare so well, the memo went on; they tend to obtain lower levels of education than native-born Canadian kids and wind up in less skilled jobs.

    To Richard Kurland, the Vancouver-based immigration lawyer who dug it up, the document confirmed “what everybody in the business has known for a long time.” For years, the government has been gathering data on the performance of newcomers and their children based on ethnicity, he notes, and while immigration officials deny they use information to identify the best countries from which to recruit, the numbers tell a different story. Since 1999, China and India have been the top two source countries for immigrants to Canada, averaging about 60,000 landings per year, while the number coming from the Caribbean has fallen sharply. Immigration from the West Indies had fallen 45 per cent below levels seen in the early 1990s, according to figures compiled by Statistics Canada, when more than 16,000 from that region were entering the country annually.
     
    That was under Harper, under Zoolander, all bets are off.

    I'm remembering something which happened just a few months ago but my memory of the details is pretty vague. The broad outline was some politician, I believe in the UK, had written a memo decades ago that became the basis of public policy and now that he is more prominent, the common sense of decades ago had to be renounced in order for the politician to save his skin.

    I wonder what fate awaits the Canadian bureaucrats who wrote the above white paper under a Zoolander Government?

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Oliver Letwin?

    • Replies: @TangoMan
    @Anonymous

    That's the guy. Thanks.

  107. @Anonymous
    @TangoMan

    Oliver Letwin?

    Replies: @TangoMan

    That’s the guy. Thanks.

  108. @Anonym
    Another OT:

    Google censors Crooked Hillary.

    http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/06/05/google-not-censoring-crooked-hillary-searches/

    Foreshadowed here:

    http://isteve.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/google-neuters-google-gaydar.html

    Replies: @Clyde

    Google censors Crooked Hillary.
    http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/06/05/google-not-censoring-crooked-hillary-searches/

    I tested on Bing and Yahoo searches and they tried to complete “crooked Hillary” for me. So the google organization is obfuscating and lying

  109. @Antonymous
    OT: Perhaps a reason for the Obama administration's shakedown of Silicon Valley firms a year ago. Frame 50% white and 35% asian as evidence of white over-representation, as was reported in the media, and voila a moneypot:

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/justices-liberal-slush-fund-1449188273
    http://patrick.net/Justice's+Liberal+Slush+Fund


    The Justice Department prosecutes cases against supposed corporate bad actors. Those companies agree to settlements that include financial penalties. Then Justice mandates that at least some of that penalty money be paid in the form of “donations” to nonprofits that supposedly aid consumers and bolster neighborhoods.

    The Justice Department maintains a list of government-approved nonprofit beneficiaries. And surprise, surprise: Many of them are liberal activist groups. The National Council of La Raza. The National Urban League. The National Community Reinvestment Coalition. NeighborWorks America (which awards grants to left-leaning community organization groups, and has been compared with Acorn).

    This strategy kicked off with the $13 billion J.P. Morgan settlement in late 2013, though in that case the bank was simply offered credit for donations to nonprofits. That changed with the Citigroup and Bank of America settlements, which outright required $150 million in donations. The BofA agreement contains a provision that potentially tees up nonprofit groups for another $490 million. Several smaller settlements follow the same mold.

    To further induce companies to go the donation route, Justice considers these handouts to be worth “double credit” against penalty obligations. So while direct forms of victim relief are still counted dollar-for-dollar, a $500,000 donation by BofA to La Raza takes at least $1 million off the company’s bill.


     

    Replies: @Nico

    At the same time, I don’t think the country would be worse off without the kind of whites who tend to work in Silicon Valley, so Obama may have unwittingly played into our hands…

  110. Computerworld.com has an opinion piece today called, “The wisdom of the crowd is showing the way to a harassment-free social Internet: Bring back the ‘walled garden.’” The thesis? “The reason we need to bring back the wall around our social gardens is as simple as it is obvious: harassment is ruining the Internet.”

    Do they notice a strange real-world parallel?

  111. Swimmin pools, Som-al-i-ans…..yee haa

    • Replies: @BB753
    @Kat Grey

    Are Somalians buoyant? I doubt it. They aren't called "skinnies" for no reason and even thicker blacks are known to sink like anvils in pools, due to their high bone density and low body fat density.

    Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome

  112. @Lot
    @Sue D. Nim

    That line, the burka pics, and the description of Muslim takeover of the swinming pool make me think Levin may be dog whistling about Muslim immigration.

    The focus on the newly segregated pool is interesting in light of what happened in Germany. With Muslims, public pools where white teeneagers meet members of the opposite sex who go to different schools is a nice thing we can't have anymore. Dads who want to take their daughter swimming? Can't have that either.

    Replies: @Brutusale

  113. @al gore rhythms

    It was an embarrassing stain on a progressive city that for decades had welcomed immigrants fleeing war, famine and poverty only to leave them trapped in an isolated collection of decrepit brick apartment blocks where crime and despair took root.
     
    Presumably there must also be decent Toronto natives trapped in these apartments too. The author of this article seems to be suggesting the immigrants deserve better treatment than the locals simply by virtue of not being from there. Which is quite amazing when you think about it.

    It's like their anti-racism has become an exact inverse copy of the racism they supposedly despise: an unthinking, prejudiced, knee-jerk reaction in favour of anyone they think doesn't belong there. 'You ain't from round here, are you? Get to the front o' the queue, boiiiy'

    Replies: @ben tillman

    It’s like their anti-racism has become an exact inverse copy of the racism they supposedly despise: an unthinking, prejudiced, knee-jerk reaction in favour of anyone they think doesn’t belong there.

    Exactly. Our societal immune system has been inverted.

    The function of an immune system is to discriminate between self and non-self for the purpose of favoring self. Our societal immune system has been programmed to discriminate between self and non-self for the purpose of favoring non-self.

  114. @Anonymous
    Astonishing hypocrisy on display here.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/01/opinion/everybody-into-the-pool.html?smid=fb-nytopinion&smtyp=cur&_r=0

    Accommodations to Jewish Orthodox Women for separate pool times = " a capitulation to a theocratic view of government services"

    Accommodations to Muslim Women for separate pool times = "ethos of inclusion"

    I am speechless.

    Replies: @SPMoore8, @Clifford Brown

    This is the real New York City angle to this story. The same week they condemned a public pool sex segregation system in Brooklyn for the benefit of Orthodox Jews, the Times celebrates it for Muslims in Toronto.

    The Orthodox are particularly upset with this phrase which is being taken as a slur against the Orthodox “with its strong odor of religious intrusion into a secular space.”

    What a world.

  115. @Kat Grey
    Swimmin pools, Som-al-i-ans.....yee haa

    Replies: @BB753

    Are Somalians buoyant? I doubt it. They aren’t called “skinnies” for no reason and even thicker blacks are known to sink like anvils in pools, due to their high bone density and low body fat density.

    • Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome
    @BB753



    They aren’t called “skinnies” for no reason

     

    No, those are Ethiopians.

    Replies: @BB753

  116. @Anonymous
    It is all so wonderful until the Hassans reach a critical mass and longer have use for the Levins. In fact, the Levins will be target number one and we'll start hearing the same kind of bitching about anti-semitism we hear about in France. Anyone who has worked with immigrants is surprised by the anti-semitism. Not just Arabs, but Africans, et al. And in France and elsewhere it will get exponentially worse in shorter time periods. Because demography is destiny, and not just for white males.

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Former Darfur

    Except that the Hassans really are Semites, the Levins, eh, really not so much.

    Irony is ironic.

  117. @BB753
    @Kat Grey

    Are Somalians buoyant? I doubt it. They aren't called "skinnies" for no reason and even thicker blacks are known to sink like anvils in pools, due to their high bone density and low body fat density.

    Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome

    They aren’t called “skinnies” for no reason

    No, those are Ethiopians.

    • Replies: @BB753
    @Hippopotamusdrome

    Perhaps Somalians exposed to American food are getting fatter. In England they're called "skinnies".

  118. @Hippopotamusdrome
    @BB753



    They aren’t called “skinnies” for no reason

     

    No, those are Ethiopians.

    Replies: @BB753

    Perhaps Somalians exposed to American food are getting fatter. In England they’re called “skinnies”.

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