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I’m recuperating from my first of two cataract eye surgeries this summer. The first went smoothly.

I want to thank everybody who contributed to to make this possible.

Steve

 
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  1. So glad to hear round 1 went well, Steve.

    Take it easy and get healed up.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    @The Last Real Calvinist


    So glad to hear round 1 went well, Steve.

    Take it easy and get healed up.
     
    Calvinist nailed my sentiments as well Steve.

    But next time don't leave us with a post on women whining about how oppressed they are by men ... while men go out and do their stuff, like keeping the lights on and developing these amazing cataract surgery techniques. That's like the rain in Seattle or taxes. 230 comments of "men of unz" whining about women whining ... that was a downer.

    Leave us with "the world's most important graph"--something a sane politics could conceivably save us from--to keep our spirits up when you do the other eye.
  2. Way to go, Steve. Here is a helpful eye chart gauge your recovery and success:

    • Thanks: stari_momak
  3. Were you seeing a bunch of weird colors and stuff while they were doing the procedure?

  4. If Steve becomes blind, how in the world is he going to be able to tell which NYT editorials were written by black women?

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @Some Guy

    That's easy. Its the ones about their hair.

    See, we learn things from Steve.

  5. Get well soon, but take your time recuperating.

    • Replies: @SFG
    @Dave Pinsen

    Agreed. My father’s house has many mansions, but there is only one Steve.

    , @Jack D
    @Dave Pinsen

    At one time, cataract surgery was a big deal - after the operation you had to stay in the hospital for two weeks and lie perfectly still to avoid dislodging things until they healed. They would sandbag your head so it couldn't move. Afterward you had to wear "coke bottle" lenses for the rest of your life because your natural lens was completely gone. Without these glasses you were effectively blind.

    Nowadays it is an outpatient procedure that is done in 1/2 hr under local anesthesia and you are sent home immediately. The whole thing is done thru 1 tiny incision that is too small to need a stitch. First an ultrasonic probe shatters your old lens, then a suction needle vacuums up the fragments and then your new lens that comes rolled up like a window shade so it fits down the needle is unfurled.

    It's hard to think of a medical procedure that has been more revolutionized by technology than this operation.

    Replies: @scrivener3, @Steve Sailer, @Rob, @Kylie

    , @Jim Don Bob
    @Dave Pinsen

    Let me know if you need some help not approving comments. I'm your man.

  6. Share your pain, Steve. Had my first cataract operation in April. Recovery will be rapid, I assure you. Side effect is I was advised to wear sunglasses for golf etc, so at least now look the part. Make sure yours match the rest of your outfit though: the full Sergio. Best wishes.

  7. Heal up and get well soon. A good friend of mine just had the second of her two. It went very well. Wishing you the best.

  8. The fact that you, an intelligent and accomplished man, has to resort to begging for donations online in order to afford a medical procedure so you don’t go blind is a very good argument for universal healthcare. If you were British or Canadian you wouldn’t have had to pay a cent. Average wait time in Canada is about six weeks so not bad at all. Completely free of charge.

  9. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

  10. Sadly it might mean there will never be an iSteve post about this.

    ‘Send prayers’: 5 people shot at East Texas trail ride event

    Following a fight near a concert stage, one or more trail ride groups started shooting into the crowd
    https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/shooting-East-Texas-trail-ride-17267178.php

    Wow, East Texas trail riders, must be a bunch of Yosemite Sam types losing their cool. But it’s 5 wounded no dead, there is that law…

    The Smith County Sheriff’s Office said it received a call at 12:35 a.m. Sunday about multiple gunshot victims in a large pasture area in the eastern part of the county. People were taking part in an annual trail ride sponsored by Unified Elite Riderzz from nearby Marshall, Texas.

    Authorities say witnesses told investigators that following a fight near a concert stage, one or more trail ride groups started shooting into the crowd.

    Oh.

    https://texashighways.com/culture/giddyup-zydeco-bill-pickett-zydeco-trail-ride/

    https://www.huckmag.com/art-and-culture/zydeco-cowboys-hip-hop-country-dance-louisiana/

    • Replies: @Charon
    @Altai

    Seems legit. Trail rides always lead to mass shootings, don't they?

    And everyone starts "shooting into the crowd" when they are irritated, right?

    Crowd had it coming. Right?

    , @International Jew
    @Altai

    Just so long as they didn't whip anyone with the reins.

    Replies: @Altai

    , @Jonathan Mason
    @Altai

    Hopefully there were members of the crowd who were armed and able to shoot back.

    , @anon
    @Altai

    They're known for treating their horses like shit.

    Case in point, the Dreadhead Cowboy. He picked up felony animal cruelty charges after he took his horse galloping on Chicago highways for 8+ miles as part of a protest in 2020.


    Authorities found the horse collapsed on the pavement near 95th Street Monday, overheated, dehydrated, bleeding from the hooves, and with eyes so dilated they resembled “cartoon eyes."

    The horse, coerced to run seven miles without horseshoes, also had sores beneath its saddle, which wasn’t properly padded, the prosecutor said.
     
    Was so bad, especially the feet, horse was on the verge of being euthanized.

    https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/dread-head-cowboys-horse-recovering-on-farm-in-south-suburbs
    , @Bill Jones
    @Altai

    Here's another one that Steve missed:


    Jealousy over a THREESOME between passengers sparked 60-person brawl on Carnival Cruise ship dance floor that lasted for an HOUR and spanned five floors

     

    After a headline like that, further reading seems hardly necessary but 10 seconds of viewing the video will confirm what you already knew about the rioters.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10967953/60-person-brawl-Carnival-Cruise-ship-dance-floor-lasted-HOUR-began-cheating-lover.html

    And you'll want to follow up with a quick scan of this piece on the Panama flagged ship

    What happens when as many as sixty passengers are involved in a violent brawl on a Carnival cruise ship? Nothing, as it became clear from reports of an early morning brawl aboard the Carnival Magic which returned to port in Manhattan yesterday morning.
     
    https://www.cruiselawnews.com/2022/06/articles/passenger-rights/brawl-breaks-out-on-carnival-magic-as-usual-no-u-s-federal-or-state-law-authorities-board-ship/

    Apparently choosing your venue for violence carefully pays dividends. Maybe this is the next marketing bonanza for Carnival, still struggling to recover from the covid scam; Think of the Chicago gangs who'd be delighted to have a law-enforcement free zone in which to settle their differences.
  11. Even more noticing coming soon!

  12. Get well soon, Steve.

    OT – Australia’s national statistics agency released census data a few days ago, and they enable reasonably good estimates of the racial makeup of the nation (for the first time in 20 years).

    European excl MENA: 74 per cent.
    Asian incl MENA: 22 per cent (of which: Chinese 6 per cent, South Asian 7 per cent and MENA 4 per cent).
    Aboriginal: 3 per cent.
    African: 1 per cent.
    Pacific Islander: 1 per cent.

    20 years ago, the corresponding figures were European 89 per cent (approx), Asian (incl MENA) 8 per cent, Aboriginal 2 per cent, others about 1 per cent (African, about 0.1 per cent).

    The increase in the Aboriginal stat is mostly an effect of many more white-looking people with traces of Aboriginal ancestry deciding to call themselves Aboriginal, but there is also a high birthrate in that population.

    The massive increases in the Asian population groups are a result of very high migration from their homelands in the past 20 years. This has been the expected result of a consciously “non-discriminatory” and very high immigration policy. A reversal of that policy is increasingly unlikely as the numbers already here are large enough to have important influences on the outcomes of elections.

    But something that happened without public debate, almost under the radar, is the vast increase (tenfold, more or less, albeit from a small base) in the African population. Immigration was quite high (almost entirely through the refugee program) at the beginning of the century, but there has also been a very high natural increase.

    The resulting vibrancy of Australia’s urban neighbourhoods from that African influx (and growth) is well known to Steve’s readers. That vibrancy has been noted by Australians (despite efforts by the MSM to obscure the perpetrators of the vibrancy), and this has probably resulted in a recent easing of migration from Africa (compared with what might have been without a government sensitive to public sentiment).

    In parallel with the African population increase has been an increasingly grating increase in African faces in local advertising. Perhaps 10 or 20 per cent of people depicted in advertising by major businesses are of visibly African (or at least part-African) origin: yet they make up just 1 per cent of the population. East and South Asians (about 18 per cent of the population) are probably only 5 to 10 per cent of faces in advertisements.

    This advertising phenomenon is quite recent (it didn’t exist in Australia 20 years ago; instead we had a small number of token Asian faces), but it follows exactly the same course as occurred in the UK, where black people are around a quarter of people in the local TV advertising despite being 5 per cent of the population; South Asians are a similar proportion of the population but barely visible in advertising. (I welcome corrections to these estimates from UK readers.)

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Richard of Melbourne

    Watching YouTube from Britain via an American VPN, I've noticed the following:

    1) American YouTube viewers get served a lot more ads than Brits

    2) Pretty much every American ad contains blacks. Some contain nothing but blacks, which is strange when the product being sold isn't something specific to black people.

    3) Spanish-language ads. (The VPN is in California.) These of course contain very few blacks.

  13. Steve, take whatever time it takes. We are here for you, buddy.

    • Replies: @Danindc
    @Tim

    Simp

  14. Not to mention more late-breaking Emmett Till news!

    https://mol.im/a/10966709

    Typical reader comments:

    Also, it’s gratifying to see that the Daily Mail has joined in that Reverential Capitalization thing

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    @Charon

    That old lady should get a flight out of the USA, far away, and not come back, if she’s prudent.

    Replies: @Charon

  15. @Altai
    Sadly it might mean there will never be an iSteve post about this.

    'Send prayers': 5 people shot at East Texas trail ride event

    Following a fight near a concert stage, one or more trail ride groups started shooting into the crowd
    https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/shooting-East-Texas-trail-ride-17267178.php

    Wow, East Texas trail riders, must be a bunch of Yosemite Sam types losing their cool. But it's 5 wounded no dead, there is that law...

    The Smith County Sheriff’s Office said it received a call at 12:35 a.m. Sunday about multiple gunshot victims in a large pasture area in the eastern part of the county. People were taking part in an annual trail ride sponsored by Unified Elite Riderzz from nearby Marshall, Texas.

    Authorities say witnesses told investigators that following a fight near a concert stage, one or more trail ride groups started shooting into the crowd.
     
    Oh.

    https://texashighways.com/culture/giddyup-zydeco-bill-pickett-zydeco-trail-ride/

    https://www.huckmag.com/art-and-culture/zydeco-cowboys-hip-hop-country-dance-louisiana/

    Replies: @Charon, @International Jew, @Jonathan Mason, @anon, @Bill Jones

    Seems legit. Trail rides always lead to mass shootings, don’t they?

    And everyone starts “shooting into the crowd” when they are irritated, right?

    Crowd had it coming. Right?

  16. Soon you’ll be able to see into the ultraviolet spectrum.

  17. I can imagine there is somewhere a poetic phrase which describes the inner light reflective of the sharpened external. Here’s hoping you soon find the words which heal the whole of the man.

  18. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery from the procedure, Mr. Sailer, and take plenty of time off. We’ll wait.

  19. I hope that you realize how important you and your writing are to so many of us. Take care and come back healthy.

  20. May the Eye of Soros cloud over, and the Eye of Sailer sharpen.

  21. @Altai
    Sadly it might mean there will never be an iSteve post about this.

    'Send prayers': 5 people shot at East Texas trail ride event

    Following a fight near a concert stage, one or more trail ride groups started shooting into the crowd
    https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/shooting-East-Texas-trail-ride-17267178.php

    Wow, East Texas trail riders, must be a bunch of Yosemite Sam types losing their cool. But it's 5 wounded no dead, there is that law...

    The Smith County Sheriff’s Office said it received a call at 12:35 a.m. Sunday about multiple gunshot victims in a large pasture area in the eastern part of the county. People were taking part in an annual trail ride sponsored by Unified Elite Riderzz from nearby Marshall, Texas.

    Authorities say witnesses told investigators that following a fight near a concert stage, one or more trail ride groups started shooting into the crowd.
     
    Oh.

    https://texashighways.com/culture/giddyup-zydeco-bill-pickett-zydeco-trail-ride/

    https://www.huckmag.com/art-and-culture/zydeco-cowboys-hip-hop-country-dance-louisiana/

    Replies: @Charon, @International Jew, @Jonathan Mason, @anon, @Bill Jones

    Just so long as they didn’t whip anyone with the reins.

    • LOL: kaganovitch, bomag
    • Replies: @Altai
    @International Jew

    The best part are the Bill Cosby-esque comments from the old timers about the new cultures of rap coming into the Zydeco scene and how the mores of the younger rural creoles have deteriorated and how the article paints these comments as 'Old Man Yells At Cloud' stuff.

  22. Well-wishes and a speedy recovery to you Steve!

  23. I hope your results are excellent.

    OT, all I could think about when I saw this was our man Twinkie!

    https://redstate.com/alexparker/2022/06/30/watch-man-assaults-7-eleven-worker-jiu-jitsu-master-ties-him-into-a-pretzel-n586549

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
    @Brutusale

    Hilariously, at about 5:00 in the video the perp and the jiu-jitsu guy (Bosnian, presumably Muslim) start getting into an HBD discussion.

    https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/chicago-black-belt-takes-down-man-who-allegedly-punched-7-eleven-clerk

  24. @Dave Pinsen
    Get well soon, but take your time recuperating.

    Replies: @SFG, @Jack D, @Jim Don Bob

    Agreed. My father’s house has many mansions, but there is only one Steve.

  25. The first went smoothly.

    I hope the second is just as smooth.

    Reading Anglin and his reminder about the Biblical parameters of our 3 score and ten it’s inspired me to see out my last score in high health, no matter how much I’ve abused my body up to now.

    Here’s to you and 20/20 in 2022 and beyond, may you live to see the fruits of your work come to fruition.

  26. @Brutusale
    I hope your results are excellent.

    OT, all I could think about when I saw this was our man Twinkie!

    https://redstate.com/alexparker/2022/06/30/watch-man-assaults-7-eleven-worker-jiu-jitsu-master-ties-him-into-a-pretzel-n586549

    Replies: @Almost Missouri

    Hilariously, at about 5:00 in the video the perp and the jiu-jitsu guy (Bosnian, presumably Muslim) start getting into an HBD discussion.

    https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/chicago-black-belt-takes-down-man-who-allegedly-punched-7-eleven-clerk

  27. OT Hugh Hewitt hates Trump. Hewitt has waited patiently for the day he could dump Trump. Hewitt has aggressively pushed for any Republican who might try (and fail) to primary Trump for 2024. Just now Hewitt asked his listeners what they thought of Glenn Youngkin, the amiable bag of scrapple and fat who was present and breathing when Terry MacAuliffe (the guy Rove tries to imitate, the author of 90s Democrat success) slipped on a banana peel and then, instead of getting up, asked that additional banana peels be poured onto him. Every caller predictably said “no.” Somewhere in the middle an audibly disheveled Hugh praised the consistently useless Nikki Haley.

    • Replies: @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia
    @J.Ross

    I like Hugh. He's obviously a smart guy and apparently an accomplished lawyer.

    He expects people to have read certain books, and understand fundamental constitutional concepts.

    But he....just.....doesn't.....get IT.

    And what is IT?

    That the current zeitgeist is EXISTENTIAL. Instead, he wants a polity from either side.

    Those days are OVER.

    Replies: @J.Ross

  28. Just in case some of isteve’s followers don’t visit the Paul Kersey blog, here is the latest in the not-worthy-of-national-news story:

    42 year old negro beat 3 year old white girl to death and then tries to blame the girl’s 9 year old brother:

    https://www.unz.com/sbpdl/her-name-is-maria-barlow-white-three-year-old-beaten-to-death-by-black-male-who-tries-to-blame-it-on-her-nine-year-old-brother/

    You know why I loath 90% of negroes? Forget for a moment that they are more violent, more lazy, and in general a massive , snow balling net loss on society by every measure. And not even because they are negroes, but because 90% of them will not care, or try to justify, and or make excuses for this piece of shit. It’s the same old story with these things. They aren’t meant for western civilization.

  29. Hals-und-Bein-Bruch!

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Nicholas Stix

    Ah yes, the one phrase where the French equivalent is less sexy than the German. (Interestingly this one is supposed to be originally Yiddish.)

  30. You’ll be pleased to hear Scott Alexander has been covering for you in your abscence: https://astralcodexten.substack.com/p/what-caused-the-2020-homicide-spike

  31. @Altai
    Sadly it might mean there will never be an iSteve post about this.

    'Send prayers': 5 people shot at East Texas trail ride event

    Following a fight near a concert stage, one or more trail ride groups started shooting into the crowd
    https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/shooting-East-Texas-trail-ride-17267178.php

    Wow, East Texas trail riders, must be a bunch of Yosemite Sam types losing their cool. But it's 5 wounded no dead, there is that law...

    The Smith County Sheriff’s Office said it received a call at 12:35 a.m. Sunday about multiple gunshot victims in a large pasture area in the eastern part of the county. People were taking part in an annual trail ride sponsored by Unified Elite Riderzz from nearby Marshall, Texas.

    Authorities say witnesses told investigators that following a fight near a concert stage, one or more trail ride groups started shooting into the crowd.
     
    Oh.

    https://texashighways.com/culture/giddyup-zydeco-bill-pickett-zydeco-trail-ride/

    https://www.huckmag.com/art-and-culture/zydeco-cowboys-hip-hop-country-dance-louisiana/

    Replies: @Charon, @International Jew, @Jonathan Mason, @anon, @Bill Jones

    Hopefully there were members of the crowd who were armed and able to shoot back.

  32. Best wishes Steve-o! Be safe and well.

  33. Hoping you’re well.

  34. Irate black women have graciously announced a temporary moratorium on hair-related op-eds

  35. No problem, Steve – we got your back. Here’s a self-perpetuating covid thread that could go on for days. You don’t have to lift a finger – just get the dog to moderate comments.

    https://news.yahoo.com/anthony-fauci-says-covid-19-132739957.html

    Dr. Anthony Fauci said he experienced a harsh rebound of COVID-19 symptoms after contracting the virus earlier this month.

    Fauci, the infectious disease expert and adviser on the nation’s COVID-19 response, told a health summit on Tuesday that his symptoms were “minimal” at first, but he was put on the antiviral drug Paxlovid when they worsened, The Hill reported.

    The 81-year-old said he tested negative for three days after the five-day treatment, then tested positive again on the fourth day.

    Fauci said he experienced fatigue and congestion but was “really quite well,” according to ABC News. But he felt “really poorly” during what he called the “Paxlovid rebound.” He told the summit he’s now taking a second course of the drug.

    The so-called “Paxlovid rebound” has drawn the attention of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which cautioned the medical community to be aware of a possible return of symptoms even more than a week after recovery.

    Fauci had not previously caught the virus.

    “I’m vaccinated. I’m doubly boosted,” he said in a White House teleconference on June 23 after falling ill. “And I believe if that were not the case, I very likely would not be talking to you, looking as well as I look, I think, right now.”

  36. ON topic:

    White teenage boy beaten to death by mob of negroes at school founded by Lebron James:

    https://nypost.com/2022/06/09/ethan-liming-fatally-beaten-near-lebron-james-founded-school/

    I’m sure Steve approved “really good person” Lebron James will be oh so sorry about this.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @Mike Tre

    The kid was squirting people with a water gun. IOW, he was being a dickhead in the wrong place and with the wrong people.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @J.Ross, @Johann Ricke

  37. @International Jew
    @Altai

    Just so long as they didn't whip anyone with the reins.

    Replies: @Altai

    The best part are the Bill Cosby-esque comments from the old timers about the new cultures of rap coming into the Zydeco scene and how the mores of the younger rural creoles have deteriorated and how the article paints these comments as ‘Old Man Yells At Cloud’ stuff.

  38. OT — I’m spos’da go down the list —
    Supreme Court re Remain In Mexico — Rape, Murder, and Trafficking Legalized. “Trump-era” Remain In Mexico struck down by one (and you know which one that one was). Enjoy the dead bodies, law school graduates, and don’t ask anybody where they came from, they came from you. Sniff, sniff — are those hot chalupas? Or dead bodies in a metal box? Silver lining: one more admission that Covid was fake.
    Supreme Court re Hamburger: No. At last no. At long, long last. It is to be the legislature which legislates. Administrative regulatory agencies are to carry out legislation passed by the legislature, not make up their own fiat diktator legislation as they go.

  39. @Nicholas Stix
    Hals-und-Bein-Bruch!

    Replies: @J.Ross

    Ah yes, the one phrase where the French equivalent is less sexy than the German. (Interestingly this one is supposed to be originally Yiddish.)

  40. Use a blue light filter on the computer.

  41. @Dave Pinsen
    Get well soon, but take your time recuperating.

    Replies: @SFG, @Jack D, @Jim Don Bob

    At one time, cataract surgery was a big deal – after the operation you had to stay in the hospital for two weeks and lie perfectly still to avoid dislodging things until they healed. They would sandbag your head so it couldn’t move. Afterward you had to wear “coke bottle” lenses for the rest of your life because your natural lens was completely gone. Without these glasses you were effectively blind.

    Nowadays it is an outpatient procedure that is done in 1/2 hr under local anesthesia and you are sent home immediately. The whole thing is done thru 1 tiny incision that is too small to need a stitch. First an ultrasonic probe shatters your old lens, then a suction needle vacuums up the fragments and then your new lens that comes rolled up like a window shade so it fits down the needle is unfurled.

    It’s hard to think of a medical procedure that has been more revolutionized by technology than this operation.

    • Thanks: Charon, ic1000
    • Replies: @scrivener3
    @Jack D


    It’s hard to think of a medical procedure that has been more revolutionized by technology than this operation.
     
    Aortic repair surgery, used to cool you down, open your chest, stop your heart, hope the heart/lung gave your brain enough o2, cut the aorta clean through, insert a little repair pipe and then sew you up. Now in many cases they can thread a rolled up assembly from a leg artery, view its position in 3d real time xray, press a button to hook it in place, and you are good to go.
    , @Steve Sailer
    @Jack D

    Yup, it's pretty amazing.

    , @Rob
    @Jack D

    Do the replacement lenses have any flexibility? Can you change your focal distance after surgery, or will you always need reading/driving glasses?

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    , @Kylie
    @Jack D

    My aunt had the old cataract surgery just as you described back in the early 50s. Decades later my mother had her cataracts removed. It was same day surgery but the eye was bandaged. I had mine done in 2016. It was no fuss, about like getting a cavity filled except I could see way better afterward and my lips weren't numb.

    For me, it was life changing. I could see things clearly that I'd never seen before. Leaves, blades of grass, stars in the night sky. Absolutely amazing. Six years later, I still haven't gotten over the wonder of how much there is to see in this world.

  42. anon[188] • Disclaimer says:
    @Altai
    Sadly it might mean there will never be an iSteve post about this.

    'Send prayers': 5 people shot at East Texas trail ride event

    Following a fight near a concert stage, one or more trail ride groups started shooting into the crowd
    https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/shooting-East-Texas-trail-ride-17267178.php

    Wow, East Texas trail riders, must be a bunch of Yosemite Sam types losing their cool. But it's 5 wounded no dead, there is that law...

    The Smith County Sheriff’s Office said it received a call at 12:35 a.m. Sunday about multiple gunshot victims in a large pasture area in the eastern part of the county. People were taking part in an annual trail ride sponsored by Unified Elite Riderzz from nearby Marshall, Texas.

    Authorities say witnesses told investigators that following a fight near a concert stage, one or more trail ride groups started shooting into the crowd.
     
    Oh.

    https://texashighways.com/culture/giddyup-zydeco-bill-pickett-zydeco-trail-ride/

    https://www.huckmag.com/art-and-culture/zydeco-cowboys-hip-hop-country-dance-louisiana/

    Replies: @Charon, @International Jew, @Jonathan Mason, @anon, @Bill Jones

    They’re known for treating their horses like shit.

    Case in point, the Dreadhead Cowboy. He picked up felony animal cruelty charges after he took his horse galloping on Chicago highways for 8+ miles as part of a protest in 2020.

    Authorities found the horse collapsed on the pavement near 95th Street Monday, overheated, dehydrated, bleeding from the hooves, and with eyes so dilated they resembled “cartoon eyes.”

    The horse, coerced to run seven miles without horseshoes, also had sores beneath its saddle, which wasn’t properly padded, the prosecutor said.

    Was so bad, especially the feet, horse was on the verge of being euthanized.

    https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/dread-head-cowboys-horse-recovering-on-farm-in-south-suburbs

  43. @Dave Pinsen
    Get well soon, but take your time recuperating.

    Replies: @SFG, @Jack D, @Jim Don Bob

    Let me know if you need some help not approving comments. I’m your man.

  44. For when you back to your best dude 🙂

  45. Hello Steve, of course, we all hope that everything works out well with your eyes. If you have already had both eyes done, then your choice has already been made. However, if you have only had one eye done so far, and for anyone else who might need cataract surgery on both eyes in the future, it is really important to figure out if you want to have both eyes “far sighted” (that is each eye set 20/20 for distance, but causing most people to need glasses for reading) or one eye “far sighted” and one eye “near sighted” (that is the one eye set slightly(?) near sighted so as to facilitate reading).

    From my experience with cataract surgery (on both eyes), I found that getting both eyes set “far sighted” exacerbated my prism vision (prism vision is where you see double). Specifically, before my cataract surgery I had a very minor problem with prism vision. What happened was, as I got older, when my eyes got tired and when it got dark in the evening, I would start to see double when I was driving (my remedy for this was to close one eye). After I got both eyes fixed to 20/20 with cataract surgery, my prism vision got somewhat worse, to the point where very often I saw double when I drove a car and very often I saw double when I did close up reading (with reading glasses). Still, 95% of the time my vision was fine. And, once again, my remedy for the double vision was to close one eye. By the way, it seems that over time using one eye to drive or read has become totally naturally to me, that is I do it subconciously, and don’t even notice that I am doing it. Also, it seems that over time the muscles in my eyes have also adjusted to reduce the occurance of double vision.

    Now, consider that well before I got cataract surgery, my eye doctor asked me if I wanted each eye set at 20/20 or one eye set at 20/20 and the other eye set slightly(?) nearsighted to facilitate reading. In fact, he seemed to be favoring the latter alternative. But, I thought that that was ridiculous. So, I said I wanted both eyes set to 20/20. Initially, because of my problems with double vision, I regretted my decision to get both eyes fixed to 20/20. Thinking that, POSSIBLY, the other alternative may not have exacerbated my prism vision as much. Now, I am not so sure if I regret that decision or not. Unfortunately, I am too ignorant on the issue make any recommendations one way or the other.

    But the point is that it is VERY IMPORTANT when you get cataract surgery to consider which alternative you want for your “new eyes,” 20/20 for both eyes or one eye 20/20 and one eye set slightly(?) near sighted for reading. Listen to you eye doctor; ask him or her the pros and cons for each situation; realise that each choice is reasonable. And please don’t be a dumbass, like I was, and just blow off the idea of one of the alternatives.

  46. While I didn’t contribute financially, I like to think I contributed spiritually. In any event, no apologies are needed. In fact you should take an extended break, but The New York Times won’t move on from Emmett Till…

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    @ScarletNumber

    That first sentence sounds like my old boss when we discussed the lack of a pay raise ;)

  47. Get better quickly! Glad to know it went decently…

  48. @The Last Real Calvinist
    So glad to hear round 1 went well, Steve.

    Take it easy and get healed up.

    Replies: @AnotherDad

    So glad to hear round 1 went well, Steve.

    Take it easy and get healed up.

    Calvinist nailed my sentiments as well Steve.

    But next time don’t leave us with a post on women whining about how oppressed they are by men … while men go out and do their stuff, like keeping the lights on and developing these amazing cataract surgery techniques. That’s like the rain in Seattle or taxes. 230 comments of “men of unz” whining about women whining … that was a downer.

    Leave us with “the world’s most important graph”–something a sane politics could conceivably save us from–to keep our spirits up when you do the other eye.

  49. Anonymous[373] • Disclaimer says:

    In the UK, no one is forced to pay for cataract surgery.

    For all its faults, the NHS provides outcomes at least equal to those pertaining in the USA, at a vastly reduced overall cost, with the remit that no UK resident is denied access to treatment due to inability to pay.

    • Replies: @Random Anonymous
    @Anonymous

    Taxpayers are force to pay for it.

    , @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia
    @Anonymous


    In the UK, no one is forced to pay for cataract surgery.
     
    They might not write a check then and there, or peel off some quid from the billfold, or whip out the credit card and walk away with a new lens.

    But they certainly pay.
  50. Yet another reason to worry about our beloved host:

    “Researchers estimate that you lose 1.3 years of your life for every inch you are above five feet in height due to the strain it puts on your circulatory system.”

    –The Did You Know? daily calendar for 2022

    That’s almost a quarter-century!

    Nancy Walker didn’t quite make it to three score and ten; her father Dewey Barto made it to 76. You’d think both were well-equipped for longevity, at 4’11”.

    • Replies: @Mike Tre
    @Reg Cæsar

    George HW Bush was 6'4" and died at what.. 98? Prince Philip was 6' and lived to just shy of 100.

    Must have been all the baby's blood they would get transfused.

    Replies: @anonymous

    , @Pixo
    @Reg Cæsar

    Big people also have higher cancer risk.

    One reason for the “Hispanic paradox” where US Hispanics live longer than whites is they are smaller.

    Similarly, in Europe the bigger people in the Netherlands have better medical care and health habits but shorter lifespans than Spain and Italy. The lowest three life expectancies in Western Europe are Germany, the UK, and Belgium, all bigger northern people.

    Ultrawealthy Norway and Switzerland buck this trend, but the Swiss aren’t very big and the Norwegians are very, very rich. Instead of a national debt like most nations, they have a national surplus like the Kuwaitis, about $200,000 per capita.

    Replies: @Mike Tre

    , @ScarletNumber
    @Reg Cæsar


    Nancy Walker didn’t quite make it to three score and ten
     
    I was stunned to see she died two months short of 70, as she seemed old on Rhoda. Nancy was only 52 when Rhoda premièred. She was 17 years older than Valerie Harper IRL.
  51. @Reg Cæsar
    Yet another reason to worry about our beloved host:


    "Researchers estimate that you lose 1.3 years of your life for every inch you are above five feet in height due to the strain it puts on your circulatory system."


    --The Did You Know? daily calendar for 2022

    That's almost a quarter-century!

    Nancy Walker didn't quite make it to three score and ten; her father Dewey Barto made it to 76. You'd think both were well-equipped for longevity, at 4'11".

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Pixo, @ScarletNumber

    George HW Bush was 6’4″ and died at what.. 98? Prince Philip was 6′ and lived to just shy of 100.

    Must have been all the baby’s blood they would get transfused.

    • Replies: @anonymous
    @Mike Tre

    I just read that Mickey Mantle called pitcher Don Larsen the greatest drinker he ever saw. Larsen was 6'4" and lived to 90.

  52. Marginal Revolution today noticed stuff you noticed long ago.

    What Caused the Murder Spike?

    https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2022/06/what-caused-the-2020-spike-in-murders.html

    No mention of you in the blog post, but commenters mention you.

    Best wishes. Your work is terrific.

    • Thanks: MEH 0910
  53. @Anonymous
    In the UK, no one is forced to pay for cataract surgery.

    For all its faults, the NHS provides outcomes at least equal to those pertaining in the USA, at a vastly reduced overall cost, with the remit that no UK resident is denied access to treatment due to inability to pay.

    Replies: @Random Anonymous, @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia

    Taxpayers are force to pay for it.

  54. @J.Ross
    OT Hugh Hewitt hates Trump. Hewitt has waited patiently for the day he could dump Trump. Hewitt has aggressively pushed for any Republican who might try (and fail) to primary Trump for 2024. Just now Hewitt asked his listeners what they thought of Glenn Youngkin, the amiable bag of scrapple and fat who was present and breathing when Terry MacAuliffe (the guy Rove tries to imitate, the author of 90s Democrat success) slipped on a banana peel and then, instead of getting up, asked that additional banana peels be poured onto him. Every caller predictably said "no." Somewhere in the middle an audibly disheveled Hugh praised the consistently useless Nikki Haley.

    Replies: @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia

    I like Hugh. He’s obviously a smart guy and apparently an accomplished lawyer.

    He expects people to have read certain books, and understand fundamental constitutional concepts.

    But he….just…..doesn’t…..get IT.

    And what is IT?

    That the current zeitgeist is EXISTENTIAL. Instead, he wants a polity from either side.

    Those days are OVER.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia

    Oh, absolutely. He's an attender of parties and clearly wants everything to go back to a Clinton or a Kerry versus a Bush or a McCain. The best Hugh Hewitt radio program is any one with Kurt Schlichter guest hosting. Lawyer Hugh H is actually just like lawyer Jack D in that he's a smart guy but he is shockingly it-must-be-willful ignorant on certain points. Possibly a lawyer thing: maybe the main thing you learn as a lawyer is to be the master of the back of the envelope.
    I agree with the positives too. I have bought too many books based on Hewitt's endorsement (if you need to get a gift in a hurry for a guy who isn't a Port Huron Statement hippie, go to Hewitt's web site and look over his book recommendation section), and Tarzana Joe is a national treasure, and the Hillsdale Dialogues are aberrant in that there ought to be more programming like them -- really Dennis Prager's frequent philosophical foci are the only equivalent. There's nothing on NPR like them, which is stunning. Sunny Bunch I find incomprehensible but then I like good movies, not current movies.

  55. @Anonymous
    In the UK, no one is forced to pay for cataract surgery.

    For all its faults, the NHS provides outcomes at least equal to those pertaining in the USA, at a vastly reduced overall cost, with the remit that no UK resident is denied access to treatment due to inability to pay.

    Replies: @Random Anonymous, @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia

    In the UK, no one is forced to pay for cataract surgery.

    They might not write a check then and there, or peel off some quid from the billfold, or whip out the credit card and walk away with a new lens.

    But they certainly pay.

  56. @Mike Tre
    ON topic:

    White teenage boy beaten to death by mob of negroes at school founded by Lebron James:

    https://nypost.com/2022/06/09/ethan-liming-fatally-beaten-near-lebron-james-founded-school/


    I'm sure Steve approved "really good person" Lebron James will be oh so sorry about this.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    The kid was squirting people with a water gun. IOW, he was being a dickhead in the wrong place and with the wrong people.

    • Replies: @Mike Tre
    @Jim Don Bob

    Wow, you're usually not obtuse.

    , @J.Ross
    @Jim Don Bob

    Another way to think of that is, instead of more of this plaintive, useless waiting for stones to be flowers, here's another life which would have been saved by Derb's The Talk.
    He relaxed.

    , @Johann Ricke
    @Jim Don Bob


    The kid was squirting people with a water gun. IOW, he was being a dickhead in the wrong place and with the wrong people.
     
    Someone claiming to be the kid's uncle says the black kids he was with were squirting people with ice pellets, and he tried to play peacemaker and got out of the car. It was his last mistake. He was pounded to death and his black companions got out of Dodge. Not exactly Alexander's Companion Cavalry.

    This was my nephew,his black friends in the car had the waterguns.He foolishly got out of the car to try and diffuse the situation.After knocking him out they stole his car,moved it a block away,then walked back back and continued to kick and beat him to death.
     

    This was my nephew,his black “friends” ran off to let him fight and die alone.After the 3 adult black thugs beat him unconcious they continued to bash his head into the pavement untill his skull was crushed and his brains were on the ground.They have previous police records but BLM right?
     
  57. Here’s to a speedy recovery and good prognosis from both rounds.

  58. @Jack D
    @Dave Pinsen

    At one time, cataract surgery was a big deal - after the operation you had to stay in the hospital for two weeks and lie perfectly still to avoid dislodging things until they healed. They would sandbag your head so it couldn't move. Afterward you had to wear "coke bottle" lenses for the rest of your life because your natural lens was completely gone. Without these glasses you were effectively blind.

    Nowadays it is an outpatient procedure that is done in 1/2 hr under local anesthesia and you are sent home immediately. The whole thing is done thru 1 tiny incision that is too small to need a stitch. First an ultrasonic probe shatters your old lens, then a suction needle vacuums up the fragments and then your new lens that comes rolled up like a window shade so it fits down the needle is unfurled.

    It's hard to think of a medical procedure that has been more revolutionized by technology than this operation.

    Replies: @scrivener3, @Steve Sailer, @Rob, @Kylie

    It’s hard to think of a medical procedure that has been more revolutionized by technology than this operation.

    Aortic repair surgery, used to cool you down, open your chest, stop your heart, hope the heart/lung gave your brain enough o2, cut the aorta clean through, insert a little repair pipe and then sew you up. Now in many cases they can thread a rolled up assembly from a leg artery, view its position in 3d real time xray, press a button to hook it in place, and you are good to go.

  59. @Jack D
    @Dave Pinsen

    At one time, cataract surgery was a big deal - after the operation you had to stay in the hospital for two weeks and lie perfectly still to avoid dislodging things until they healed. They would sandbag your head so it couldn't move. Afterward you had to wear "coke bottle" lenses for the rest of your life because your natural lens was completely gone. Without these glasses you were effectively blind.

    Nowadays it is an outpatient procedure that is done in 1/2 hr under local anesthesia and you are sent home immediately. The whole thing is done thru 1 tiny incision that is too small to need a stitch. First an ultrasonic probe shatters your old lens, then a suction needle vacuums up the fragments and then your new lens that comes rolled up like a window shade so it fits down the needle is unfurled.

    It's hard to think of a medical procedure that has been more revolutionized by technology than this operation.

    Replies: @scrivener3, @Steve Sailer, @Rob, @Kylie

    Yup, it’s pretty amazing.

  60. @Jim Don Bob
    @Mike Tre

    The kid was squirting people with a water gun. IOW, he was being a dickhead in the wrong place and with the wrong people.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @J.Ross, @Johann Ricke

    Wow, you’re usually not obtuse.

  61. @Tim
    Steve, take whatever time it takes. We are here for you, buddy.

    Replies: @Danindc

    Simp

  62. @Altai
    Sadly it might mean there will never be an iSteve post about this.

    'Send prayers': 5 people shot at East Texas trail ride event

    Following a fight near a concert stage, one or more trail ride groups started shooting into the crowd
    https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/shooting-East-Texas-trail-ride-17267178.php

    Wow, East Texas trail riders, must be a bunch of Yosemite Sam types losing their cool. But it's 5 wounded no dead, there is that law...

    The Smith County Sheriff’s Office said it received a call at 12:35 a.m. Sunday about multiple gunshot victims in a large pasture area in the eastern part of the county. People were taking part in an annual trail ride sponsored by Unified Elite Riderzz from nearby Marshall, Texas.

    Authorities say witnesses told investigators that following a fight near a concert stage, one or more trail ride groups started shooting into the crowd.
     
    Oh.

    https://texashighways.com/culture/giddyup-zydeco-bill-pickett-zydeco-trail-ride/

    https://www.huckmag.com/art-and-culture/zydeco-cowboys-hip-hop-country-dance-louisiana/

    Replies: @Charon, @International Jew, @Jonathan Mason, @anon, @Bill Jones

    Here’s another one that Steve missed:

    Jealousy over a THREESOME between passengers sparked 60-person brawl on Carnival Cruise ship dance floor that lasted for an HOUR and spanned five floors

    After a headline like that, further reading seems hardly necessary but 10 seconds of viewing the video will confirm what you already knew about the rioters.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10967953/60-person-brawl-Carnival-Cruise-ship-dance-floor-lasted-HOUR-began-cheating-lover.html

    And you’ll want to follow up with a quick scan of this piece on the Panama flagged ship

    What happens when as many as sixty passengers are involved in a violent brawl on a Carnival cruise ship? Nothing, as it became clear from reports of an early morning brawl aboard the Carnival Magic which returned to port in Manhattan yesterday morning.

    https://www.cruiselawnews.com/2022/06/articles/passenger-rights/brawl-breaks-out-on-carnival-magic-as-usual-no-u-s-federal-or-state-law-authorities-board-ship/

    Apparently choosing your venue for violence carefully pays dividends. Maybe this is the next marketing bonanza for Carnival, still struggling to recover from the covid scam; Think of the Chicago gangs who’d be delighted to have a law-enforcement free zone in which to settle their differences.

  63. @Reg Cæsar
    Yet another reason to worry about our beloved host:


    "Researchers estimate that you lose 1.3 years of your life for every inch you are above five feet in height due to the strain it puts on your circulatory system."


    --The Did You Know? daily calendar for 2022

    That's almost a quarter-century!

    Nancy Walker didn't quite make it to three score and ten; her father Dewey Barto made it to 76. You'd think both were well-equipped for longevity, at 4'11".

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Pixo, @ScarletNumber

    Big people also have higher cancer risk.

    One reason for the “Hispanic paradox” where US Hispanics live longer than whites is they are smaller.

    Similarly, in Europe the bigger people in the Netherlands have better medical care and health habits but shorter lifespans than Spain and Italy. The lowest three life expectancies in Western Europe are Germany, the UK, and Belgium, all bigger northern people.

    Ultrawealthy Norway and Switzerland buck this trend, but the Swiss aren’t very big and the Norwegians are very, very rich. Instead of a national debt like most nations, they have a national surplus like the Kuwaitis, about \$200,000 per capita.

    • Replies: @Mike Tre
    @Pixo

    "Big people also have higher cancer risk. "

    This comment requires clarification. Obese people who gorge on sugar have higher cancer risks. Tall people, citation needed.


    "One reason for the “Hispanic paradox” where US Hispanics live longer than whites is they are smaller."

    Hispanics have higher rates of obesity than whites, so your suggestion that because they are smaller doesn't make any sense.

    Question for the group - have you ever laid eyes on an 50+ year old mestizo woman that wasn't fat (and not a celebrity)? They are more rare than Big Foot.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Pixo, @Johann Ricke

  64. hopefully the new eyes have bionic noticing-enhancers.
    computer, enhance!

  65. @Jack D
    @Dave Pinsen

    At one time, cataract surgery was a big deal - after the operation you had to stay in the hospital for two weeks and lie perfectly still to avoid dislodging things until they healed. They would sandbag your head so it couldn't move. Afterward you had to wear "coke bottle" lenses for the rest of your life because your natural lens was completely gone. Without these glasses you were effectively blind.

    Nowadays it is an outpatient procedure that is done in 1/2 hr under local anesthesia and you are sent home immediately. The whole thing is done thru 1 tiny incision that is too small to need a stitch. First an ultrasonic probe shatters your old lens, then a suction needle vacuums up the fragments and then your new lens that comes rolled up like a window shade so it fits down the needle is unfurled.

    It's hard to think of a medical procedure that has been more revolutionized by technology than this operation.

    Replies: @scrivener3, @Steve Sailer, @Rob, @Kylie

    Do the replacement lenses have any flexibility? Can you change your focal distance after surgery, or will you always need reading/driving glasses?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Rob

    I decided to keep it simple and get monofocal lenses implanted for distance vision and wear reading glasses at my computer.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Kylie

  66. @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia
    @J.Ross

    I like Hugh. He's obviously a smart guy and apparently an accomplished lawyer.

    He expects people to have read certain books, and understand fundamental constitutional concepts.

    But he....just.....doesn't.....get IT.

    And what is IT?

    That the current zeitgeist is EXISTENTIAL. Instead, he wants a polity from either side.

    Those days are OVER.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    Oh, absolutely. He’s an attender of parties and clearly wants everything to go back to a Clinton or a Kerry versus a Bush or a McCain. The best Hugh Hewitt radio program is any one with Kurt Schlichter guest hosting. Lawyer Hugh H is actually just like lawyer Jack D in that he’s a smart guy but he is shockingly it-must-be-willful ignorant on certain points. Possibly a lawyer thing: maybe the main thing you learn as a lawyer is to be the master of the back of the envelope.
    I agree with the positives too. I have bought too many books based on Hewitt’s endorsement (if you need to get a gift in a hurry for a guy who isn’t a Port Huron Statement hippie, go to Hewitt’s web site and look over his book recommendation section), and Tarzana Joe is a national treasure, and the Hillsdale Dialogues are aberrant in that there ought to be more programming like them — really Dennis Prager’s frequent philosophical foci are the only equivalent. There’s nothing on NPR like them, which is stunning. Sunny Bunch I find incomprehensible but then I like good movies, not current movies.

  67. @Jim Don Bob
    @Mike Tre

    The kid was squirting people with a water gun. IOW, he was being a dickhead in the wrong place and with the wrong people.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @J.Ross, @Johann Ricke

    Another way to think of that is, instead of more of this plaintive, useless waiting for stones to be flowers, here’s another life which would have been saved by Derb’s The Talk.
    He relaxed.

  68. @Jim Don Bob
    @Mike Tre

    The kid was squirting people with a water gun. IOW, he was being a dickhead in the wrong place and with the wrong people.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @J.Ross, @Johann Ricke

    The kid was squirting people with a water gun. IOW, he was being a dickhead in the wrong place and with the wrong people.

    Someone claiming to be the kid’s uncle says the black kids he was with were squirting people with ice pellets, and he tried to play peacemaker and got out of the car. It was his last mistake. He was pounded to death and his black companions got out of Dodge. Not exactly Alexander’s Companion Cavalry.

    This was my nephew,his black friends in the car had the waterguns.He foolishly got out of the car to try and diffuse the situation.After knocking him out they stole his car,moved it a block away,then walked back back and continued to kick and beat him to death.

    This was my nephew,his black “friends” ran off to let him fight and die alone.After the 3 adult black thugs beat him unconcious they continued to bash his head into the pavement untill his skull was crushed and his brains were on the ground.They have previous police records but BLM right?

  69. anonymous[215] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mike Tre
    @Reg Cæsar

    George HW Bush was 6'4" and died at what.. 98? Prince Philip was 6' and lived to just shy of 100.

    Must have been all the baby's blood they would get transfused.

    Replies: @anonymous

    I just read that Mickey Mantle called pitcher Don Larsen the greatest drinker he ever saw. Larsen was 6’4″ and lived to 90.

  70. @Pixo
    @Reg Cæsar

    Big people also have higher cancer risk.

    One reason for the “Hispanic paradox” where US Hispanics live longer than whites is they are smaller.

    Similarly, in Europe the bigger people in the Netherlands have better medical care and health habits but shorter lifespans than Spain and Italy. The lowest three life expectancies in Western Europe are Germany, the UK, and Belgium, all bigger northern people.

    Ultrawealthy Norway and Switzerland buck this trend, but the Swiss aren’t very big and the Norwegians are very, very rich. Instead of a national debt like most nations, they have a national surplus like the Kuwaitis, about $200,000 per capita.

    Replies: @Mike Tre

    “Big people also have higher cancer risk. ”

    This comment requires clarification. Obese people who gorge on sugar have higher cancer risks. Tall people, citation needed.

    “One reason for the “Hispanic paradox” where US Hispanics live longer than whites is they are smaller.”

    Hispanics have higher rates of obesity than whites, so your suggestion that because they are smaller doesn’t make any sense.

    Question for the group – have you ever laid eyes on an 50+ year old mestizo woman that wasn’t fat (and not a celebrity)? They are more rare than Big Foot.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Mike Tre

    I'm about 2.5 standard deviations over average height and almost died of cancer in my 30s.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Corvinus

    , @Pixo
    @Mike Tre

    https://www.wcrf.org/diet-activity-and-cancer/risk-factors/height-and-birthweight-and-cancer-risk/

    , @Johann Ricke
    @Mike Tre


    Question for the group – have you ever laid eyes on an 50+ year old mestizo woman that wasn’t fat (and not a celebrity)? They are more rare than Big Foot.
     
    Doesn't mestizo mean half-white? Did you mean Indio?
  71. @Jack D
    @Dave Pinsen

    At one time, cataract surgery was a big deal - after the operation you had to stay in the hospital for two weeks and lie perfectly still to avoid dislodging things until they healed. They would sandbag your head so it couldn't move. Afterward you had to wear "coke bottle" lenses for the rest of your life because your natural lens was completely gone. Without these glasses you were effectively blind.

    Nowadays it is an outpatient procedure that is done in 1/2 hr under local anesthesia and you are sent home immediately. The whole thing is done thru 1 tiny incision that is too small to need a stitch. First an ultrasonic probe shatters your old lens, then a suction needle vacuums up the fragments and then your new lens that comes rolled up like a window shade so it fits down the needle is unfurled.

    It's hard to think of a medical procedure that has been more revolutionized by technology than this operation.

    Replies: @scrivener3, @Steve Sailer, @Rob, @Kylie

    My aunt had the old cataract surgery just as you described back in the early 50s. Decades later my mother had her cataracts removed. It was same day surgery but the eye was bandaged. I had mine done in 2016. It was no fuss, about like getting a cavity filled except I could see way better afterward and my lips weren’t numb.

    For me, it was life changing. I could see things clearly that I’d never seen before. Leaves, blades of grass, stars in the night sky. Absolutely amazing. Six years later, I still haven’t gotten over the wonder of how much there is to see in this world.

    • Thanks: Charon
  72. @Charon
    Not to mention more late-breaking Emmett Till news!

    https://mol.im/a/10966709

    Typical reader comments:

    https://i.ibb.co/2nSn7Mh/Capture-2022-06-30-05-38-50-2.png

    https://i.ibb.co/KxtfgWG/Capture-2022-06-30-05-44-45-2.png


    Also, it's gratifying to see that the Daily Mail has joined in that Reverential Capitalization thing


    https://i.ibb.co/PmtpRpN/Capture-2022-06-30-05-50-21-2.png

    Replies: @RadicalCenter

    That old lady should get a flight out of the USA, far away, and not come back, if she’s prudent.

    • Replies: @Charon
    @RadicalCenter

    By chance, I was just reading about the looney yoga instructor [is that redundant] who murdered her love rival and skipped out to Costa Rica. She got nabbed but the amazing part of the story for me was that she was able to get a fake passport on less than 24 hrs notice.

    Given all of the security features that U.S. passports now have, and the fact that the bar code must scan properly, how on earth did she accomplish this?

    Not to mention that [by all accounts] she wasn't connected to the underworld to begin with. I'm mystified, and intrigued.

    https://nypost.com/2022/06/30/love-triangle-slay-suspect-kaitlin-armstrong-faked-passport-changed-appearance/

    One wag in the comments observes that if only she'd been travelling the other way, she could just walk across the border.

  73. @ScarletNumber
    While I didn't contribute financially, I like to think I contributed spiritually. In any event, no apologies are needed. In fact you should take an extended break, but The New York Times won't move on from Emmett Till...

    Replies: @RadicalCenter

    That first sentence sounds like my old boss when we discussed the lack of a pay raise 😉

    • LOL: ScarletNumber
  74. @Mike Tre
    @Pixo

    "Big people also have higher cancer risk. "

    This comment requires clarification. Obese people who gorge on sugar have higher cancer risks. Tall people, citation needed.


    "One reason for the “Hispanic paradox” where US Hispanics live longer than whites is they are smaller."

    Hispanics have higher rates of obesity than whites, so your suggestion that because they are smaller doesn't make any sense.

    Question for the group - have you ever laid eyes on an 50+ year old mestizo woman that wasn't fat (and not a celebrity)? They are more rare than Big Foot.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Pixo, @Johann Ricke

    I’m about 2.5 standard deviations over average height and almost died of cancer in my 30s.

    • Replies: @Mike Tre
    @Steve Sailer

    Ok - and George HW Bush was 6'4" and lived to be 94. I'm 6'4" at am in good health at 46.

    You suffered from a rare illness but you are still alive correct?

    , @Corvinus
    @Steve Sailer

    I hope you are seeing clearer here about what is happening to our country and why one party is the party of no.

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/30/politics/mitch-mcconnell-usica-democrats-reconciliation/index.html

  75. @Rob
    @Jack D

    Do the replacement lenses have any flexibility? Can you change your focal distance after surgery, or will you always need reading/driving glasses?

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    I decided to keep it simple and get monofocal lenses implanted for distance vision and wear reading glasses at my computer.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @Steve Sailer

    Good choice.

    , @Kylie
    @Steve Sailer

    I'm glad your cataract surgery went well.

    Now that you've had one eye done, I can tell you I couldn't donate because I'm on a fixed income and saving up for yet another eye surgery (my fourth). I didn't want to mention it before because I didn't know how anxious you were about your upcoming procedures.

    Enjoy your new improved vision!

  76. @RadicalCenter
    @Charon

    That old lady should get a flight out of the USA, far away, and not come back, if she’s prudent.

    Replies: @Charon

    By chance, I was just reading about the looney yoga instructor [is that redundant] who murdered her love rival and skipped out to Costa Rica. She got nabbed but the amazing part of the story for me was that she was able to get a fake passport on less than 24 hrs notice.

    Given all of the security features that U.S. passports now have, and the fact that the bar code must scan properly, how on earth did she accomplish this?

    Not to mention that [by all accounts] she wasn’t connected to the underworld to begin with. I’m mystified, and intrigued.

    https://nypost.com/2022/06/30/love-triangle-slay-suspect-kaitlin-armstrong-faked-passport-changed-appearance/

    One wag in the comments observes that if only she’d been travelling the other way, she could just walk across the border.

  77. @Steve Sailer
    @Mike Tre

    I'm about 2.5 standard deviations over average height and almost died of cancer in my 30s.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Corvinus

    Ok – and George HW Bush was 6’4″ and lived to be 94. I’m 6’4″ at am in good health at 46.

    You suffered from a rare illness but you are still alive correct?

  78. @Some Guy
    If Steve becomes blind, how in the world is he going to be able to tell which NYT editorials were written by black women?

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    That’s easy. Its the ones about their hair.

    See, we learn things from Steve.

  79. @Steve Sailer
    @Rob

    I decided to keep it simple and get monofocal lenses implanted for distance vision and wear reading glasses at my computer.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Kylie

    Good choice.

  80. @Steve Sailer
    @Rob

    I decided to keep it simple and get monofocal lenses implanted for distance vision and wear reading glasses at my computer.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Kylie

    I’m glad your cataract surgery went well.

    Now that you’ve had one eye done, I can tell you I couldn’t donate because I’m on a fixed income and saving up for yet another eye surgery (my fourth). I didn’t want to mention it before because I didn’t know how anxious you were about your upcoming procedures.

    Enjoy your new improved vision!

  81. @Reg Cæsar
    Yet another reason to worry about our beloved host:


    "Researchers estimate that you lose 1.3 years of your life for every inch you are above five feet in height due to the strain it puts on your circulatory system."


    --The Did You Know? daily calendar for 2022

    That's almost a quarter-century!

    Nancy Walker didn't quite make it to three score and ten; her father Dewey Barto made it to 76. You'd think both were well-equipped for longevity, at 4'11".

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Pixo, @ScarletNumber

    Nancy Walker didn’t quite make it to three score and ten

    I was stunned to see she died two months short of 70, as she seemed old on Rhoda. Nancy was only 52 when Rhoda premièred. She was 17 years older than Valerie Harper IRL.

  82. @Steve Sailer
    @Mike Tre

    I'm about 2.5 standard deviations over average height and almost died of cancer in my 30s.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Corvinus

    I hope you are seeing clearer here about what is happening to our country and why one party is the party of no.

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/30/politics/mitch-mcconnell-usica-democrats-reconciliation/index.html

  83. @Mike Tre
    @Pixo

    "Big people also have higher cancer risk. "

    This comment requires clarification. Obese people who gorge on sugar have higher cancer risks. Tall people, citation needed.


    "One reason for the “Hispanic paradox” where US Hispanics live longer than whites is they are smaller."

    Hispanics have higher rates of obesity than whites, so your suggestion that because they are smaller doesn't make any sense.

    Question for the group - have you ever laid eyes on an 50+ year old mestizo woman that wasn't fat (and not a celebrity)? They are more rare than Big Foot.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Pixo, @Johann Ricke

  84. As someone who will need to go down this road within 10 years I find this thread very useful/interesting. Thanks everyone!

    On a related note: my GP just prescribed Tamsulosin, which can complicate eye surgery. Anyone else face this conundrum?

  85. @Mike Tre
    @Pixo

    "Big people also have higher cancer risk. "

    This comment requires clarification. Obese people who gorge on sugar have higher cancer risks. Tall people, citation needed.


    "One reason for the “Hispanic paradox” where US Hispanics live longer than whites is they are smaller."

    Hispanics have higher rates of obesity than whites, so your suggestion that because they are smaller doesn't make any sense.

    Question for the group - have you ever laid eyes on an 50+ year old mestizo woman that wasn't fat (and not a celebrity)? They are more rare than Big Foot.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Pixo, @Johann Ricke

    Question for the group – have you ever laid eyes on an 50+ year old mestizo woman that wasn’t fat (and not a celebrity)? They are more rare than Big Foot.

    Doesn’t mestizo mean half-white? Did you mean Indio?

  86. Anonymous[190] • Disclaimer says:
    @Richard of Melbourne
    Get well soon, Steve.

    OT - Australia's national statistics agency released census data a few days ago, and they enable reasonably good estimates of the racial makeup of the nation (for the first time in 20 years).

    European excl MENA: 74 per cent.
    Asian incl MENA: 22 per cent (of which: Chinese 6 per cent, South Asian 7 per cent and MENA 4 per cent).
    Aboriginal: 3 per cent.
    African: 1 per cent.
    Pacific Islander: 1 per cent.

    20 years ago, the corresponding figures were European 89 per cent (approx), Asian (incl MENA) 8 per cent, Aboriginal 2 per cent, others about 1 per cent (African, about 0.1 per cent).

    The increase in the Aboriginal stat is mostly an effect of many more white-looking people with traces of Aboriginal ancestry deciding to call themselves Aboriginal, but there is also a high birthrate in that population.

    The massive increases in the Asian population groups are a result of very high migration from their homelands in the past 20 years. This has been the expected result of a consciously "non-discriminatory" and very high immigration policy. A reversal of that policy is increasingly unlikely as the numbers already here are large enough to have important influences on the outcomes of elections.

    But something that happened without public debate, almost under the radar, is the vast increase (tenfold, more or less, albeit from a small base) in the African population. Immigration was quite high (almost entirely through the refugee program) at the beginning of the century, but there has also been a very high natural increase.

    The resulting vibrancy of Australia's urban neighbourhoods from that African influx (and growth) is well known to Steve's readers. That vibrancy has been noted by Australians (despite efforts by the MSM to obscure the perpetrators of the vibrancy), and this has probably resulted in a recent easing of migration from Africa (compared with what might have been without a government sensitive to public sentiment).

    In parallel with the African population increase has been an increasingly grating increase in African faces in local advertising. Perhaps 10 or 20 per cent of people depicted in advertising by major businesses are of visibly African (or at least part-African) origin: yet they make up just 1 per cent of the population. East and South Asians (about 18 per cent of the population) are probably only 5 to 10 per cent of faces in advertisements.

    This advertising phenomenon is quite recent (it didn't exist in Australia 20 years ago; instead we had a small number of token Asian faces), but it follows exactly the same course as occurred in the UK, where black people are around a quarter of people in the local TV advertising despite being 5 per cent of the population; South Asians are a similar proportion of the population but barely visible in advertising. (I welcome corrections to these estimates from UK readers.)

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Watching YouTube from Britain via an American VPN, I’ve noticed the following:

    1) American YouTube viewers get served a lot more ads than Brits

    2) Pretty much every American ad contains blacks. Some contain nothing but blacks, which is strange when the product being sold isn’t something specific to black people.

    3) Spanish-language ads. (The VPN is in California.) These of course contain very few blacks.

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