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Sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick famously said, “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”

But during the Not So Great Reset, an increasingly powerful belief is that reality will go away if we just stop talking about it. For example, from the New York Times news section:

Does It Hurt Children to Measure Pandemic Learning Loss?

Research shows many young children have fallen behind in reading and math. But some educators are worried about stigmatizing an entire generation.

By Dana Goldstein
Published April 8, 2021

… Ms. Bonilla’s experience illustrates a roiling debate in education, about how and even whether to measure the academic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s children — and how to describe learning gaps without stigmatizing or discouraging students and families.

Studies continue to show that amid the school closures and economic and health hardships of the past year, many young children have missed out on mastering fundamental reading and math skills. The Biden administration has told most states that unlike in 2020, they should plan on testing students this year, in part to measure the “educational inequities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.”

But others are pushing back against the concept of “learning loss,” especially on behalf of the Black, Hispanic and low-income children who, research shows, have fallen further behind over the past year. They fear that a focus on what’s been lost could incite a moral panic that paints an entire generation as broken, and say that relatively simple, common-sense solutions can help students get back up to speed. …

Others go further, arguing that regardless of what terminology is used, standardized testing to measure the impact of the pandemic is unnecessary or even actively harmful. Voices as prominent as the former New York City schools chancellor, Richard Carranza, and the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the state’s largest educators’ union, have encouraged parents to opt their children out of state tests during the pandemic. “We do not want to impose additional trauma on students that have already been traumatized,” Mr. Carranza said.

This week, the nation’s largest school system, in New York City, announced that parents would have to opt their children in to state standardized testing, which could lead to a smaller group of students taking the exams, and results that will be difficult to interpret.

Jesse Hagopian, a Seattle high school teacher and writer, said testing to measure the impact of the pandemic misses what students have learned outside of physical classrooms during a year of overlapping crises in health, politics and police violence.

“They are learning about how our society works, how racism is used to divide,” he said. “They are learning about the failure of government to respond to the pandemic.”

They are learning what’s hot on Tik-Tok, and can the value of that be measured with a mere test?

Mr. Hagopian said he believed that “learning loss” research was being used to “prop up the multi-billion-dollar industry of standardized testing” and “rush educators back into classrooms before it’s safe to do so.” …

Eventually, the reporter finally slips in the knife:

Debates about the extent of missed learning are more than academic. If remote school is actively harming children’s skill development, it becomes harder for teachers’ unions, school boards or administrators to argue that schools should remain shuttered as vaccines roll out across the nation, or should operate only on limited schedules.

How much longer will objective data that reflects poorly on blacks be allowed to be published?

 
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  1. DMX is dead. Late 90s early 2000s music was pretty vapid and forgettable but he was a rule-changing giant. Obscenities at link.

    • Replies: @Tom F.
    @J.Ross

    15 kids. Fill in your own punchline.

    Replies: @Polistra, @Reg Cæsar, @bomag

    , @Anon7
    @J.Ross

    The NYTimes article on him inadvertently contains information that should be omitted.


    “I was straight stickup,” Mr. Simmons [DMX] wrote. “I’d rob three times a day: before school, after school and on the late night.”
     
    Putting away just one guy like this for 20 years basically stops thousands of robberies, any one of which could result in permanent injury or death for victims.

    That's how crime rates were taken down. Just because they've stopped talking about it, doesn't mean it goes away.

    Replies: @Nigerian Nationalist

    , @Anonymous
    @J.Ross

    I don't want to speak ill of the dead, but your taste in music sucks.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    , @John Johnson
    @J.Ross

    DMX is dead. Late 90s early 2000s music was pretty vapid and forgettable but he was a rule-changing giant.

    A rapping Black thug with his pants falling off. Truly breaking the stereotypes of Black music.

    Which rule did he break? Did he take his pants one inch farther than the norm?

    Replies: @Ed Case

    , @Kibernetika
    @J.Ross

    DMX is dead. Late 90s early 2000s music was pretty vapid and forgettable but he was a rule-changing giant. Obscenities at link.

    Who is/was that? This guy doesn't seem to understand the purpose of the belt he's wearing. You know, it should keep his trousers in place rather than weigh them down and drag them down his arse.

    Imagine trying to explain ALICE gear to him. Showing my age.

    Replies: @John Up North

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @J.Ross


    DMX is dead.

     

    Rappers hip and hop and come and go, but DMX carries on:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw7twLsSW-c

    Late 90s early 2000s music was pretty vapid and forgettable...
     
    You left a couple of digits out of 1900s.
    , @Escher
    @J.Ross

    This is the first comment on the article?
    Like, OMG and stuff??

    , @Kyle
    @J.Ross

    Dmx sucks. Biggie, wu tang, tribe, gang star, snoop are much better. Late 90’s & early 2000’s rap is forgettable, other than maybe the slim shady stuff & chronic 2000.

  2. Public schools struggle with “the gap” between standardized test results between whites and coloreds (with Asians either being ignored or treated as honorary whites). One of the approaches that has proven successful so far is to drive non-coloreds out of the school system which causes “the gap” to disappear.

    [Various educrats]…have encouraged parents to opt their children out of state tests during the pandemic. “We do not want to impose additional trauma on students that have already been traumatized…”

    Testing is traumatic. As always, women and minorities are hardest hit. The solution? Don’t test the minorities. Viola! The wretched gap is banished.

    Of course, this would require repeal of Bush the Lesser’s abominable “No Child Left Alone” Act. Or maybe we could just ignore it like we do anti-trust and immigration laws.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Wade Hampton

    Of course, this would require repeal of Bush the Lesser’s abominable “No Child Left Alone” Act. Or maybe we could just ignore it like we do anti-trust and immigration laws.

    NCLB was watered down a long time ago. The press (including Fox) simply didn't report on its failure because the results went against both liberal and conservative ideals.

    After it failed they basically created a bunch of exemptions that undermined the entire purpose of it. So equal standards for everyone but your state can apply for a special pass.

    , @Kronos
    @Wade Hampton

    But surely we can’t allow those evil racists to win right?!

    https://youtu.be/9om4bhofrWA

    (This series “Drawn Together” was of course made a few years before the 2013 Great Awokening. The logic (or illogic) of this segment is now embodied in the NYT.)

    Replies: @schnellandine

    , @John Johnson
    @Wade Hampton

    Public schools struggle with “the gap” between standardized test results between whites and coloreds (with Asians either being ignored or treated as honorary whites). One of the approaches that has proven successful so far is to drive non-coloreds out of the school system which causes “the gap” to disappear.

    They normally just exclude Asians from the charts. Asians disappear when Black/White gaps are anaylized.

    California has actually backed away from fixing the gap.

    They have moved to burying the results and using lame edu-speak excuses for why they don't simply release the raw data.

    Liberals know best!

  3. Anon[235] • Disclaimer says:

    — If a gap is created for these (black) kids that is persistent and cummulative, it’s going to show up in the next test anyway, whenever that is, next year, three years from now, or the SAT …

    — … Which means that the real goal is to eliminate standardized testing permanently and never test (brains encapsuled in black bodies) ever again.

    — But wait a minute … they already seem to know that blacks are falling behind: “Studies continue to show that amid the school closures, many young children have missed out on mastering fundamental reading skills.” Shouldn’t these studies also be banned? “How to describe the learning gaps [exposed by these studies] without stigmatizing or discouraging (black) students and families?” Ban all studies!

    — “Actively harmful,” “additional trauma”: Oh, come on. Stop publishing articles on it and they won’t know … as if black kids are reading the New York Times anyway.

    — Opting out or opting in: My sense from that big summer 2009 story in the Atlantic by George Packer about his family’s experience in the New York school system is that mostly liberal white parents will opt out and black families don’t care. The New York Times writer here seems to assume the opposite, that black families want to shut down standardized testing.

    — I’m guessing any gap will fade. White students may have on average read more during the pandemic, but I think reading skills track IQ pretty closely, and like the testing during Head Start, any changes during the pandemic are transitory and every kid will end up at wherever he would otherwise have ended up by age 16 or 20 or so.

    • Replies: @Nikolai Vladivostok
    @Anon

    IQ and education are related but not the same thing. Some kids will be fine academically during lockdown because their parents are willing and able to keep pushing them and/or they can learn independently. Others might be bright enough to learn in school but will fall behind without an adult present to pressure or cajole them to get the work done.
    Once those kids fall too far behind, many will not catch up. Having an average IQ does not make up for a year without daily reading instruction, nor for all those missed maths lessons.
    Those who need the most pushing to learn will be the furthest behind and will continue to be so for the rest of their school careers. I predict that 2020 will have a detectable effect that will be picked up on SATs etc. (if those continue to exist) over the next decade. Colleges and employers will gripe about the poor skills of the 'Covid kids'.
    If my prediction is wrong, I guess we don't need schools anymore.

    Replies: @HallParvey, @Curle

    , @stillCARealist
    @Anon


    every kid will end up at wherever he would otherwise have ended up by age 16 or 20 or so.
     
    of course.

    why do people think school matters so much when it comes to actual learning? I don't care how many classes you sit through. If you don't care about the material and don't try to understand any of it, you aren't going to learn anything but how to fake people out.

    As for 2020/21, I've had several recent conversations with teens and their insouciance is almost unbelievable. They turn off their zoom cameras and play video games, or go off to shop or hang out. I asked about tests if they're not even paying attention in the classes, and a 17 year old just shrugged and said, "Google." What? yes, apparently they can find all the answers to everything on the internet and put those into the tests in real time. For all that school was meaningless in years past, it's a complete zero right now.
  4. Steve, when you talk about the “basic logic of the 21st century,” what are you referencing?

    • Replies: @ic1000
    @Anon

    > Steve, when you talk about the “basic logic of the 21st century,” what are you referencing?

    Speaking Power to Truth.

    Replies: @Sean

    , @SunBakedSuburb
    @Anon

    Pizza. Steve is referencing pizza. Is left-over pizza and coffee a healthy breakfast for a middle age ape man? Please send your SASE reply to Jerry's Rancheria.

    Replies: @Alden

  5. @J.Ross
    DMX is dead. Late 90s early 2000s music was pretty vapid and forgettable but he was a rule-changing giant. Obscenities at link.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3EonJpsTww

    Replies: @Tom F., @Anon7, @Anonymous, @John Johnson, @Kibernetika, @Reg Cæsar, @Escher, @Kyle

    15 kids. Fill in your own punchline.

    • Replies: @Polistra
    @Tom F.

    Correction: 15 kids they've pinned on him. So far.

    And lest you think I'm joking about the 'so far' bit, consider that there's now an estate to be probated, or adjudicated, or whatever these people do with estates now.

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Tom F.


    15 kids. Fill in your own punchline.

     

    A rock star plays three chords before 30,000 people. A jazzman plays 30,000 chords before three people.

    What a rapper does, besides "aspire", is beyond me.

    Well, okay... they also expire. As shown here.

    Replies: @Curle, @JMcG

    , @bomag
    @Tom F.

    How did Western society end?

    Rapper DMX had 15 kids.

  6. https://www.cnet.com/news/teen-girls-seek-out-safe-spaces-online-in-their-own-metoo-movement/?ftag=CAD-03-10aaj8j

    Teen girls complain about sexual harassment…..f em i say…..bring on the burqa already so i dont have to listen to this crap any more…..

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Neoconned

    You don’t have a daughter do you? If you did you might not be so nonchalant about danger to teen girls. And what were you doing lurking on teen girl sites?

    Did you enjoy creepy gays hitting on you when you were a kid? Girls don’t enjoy creepy heterosexuals hitting on them either.

    No wife no girl friend no kids no relatives or friends with kids. It’s obvious.

    Replies: @Neoconned

  7. But some educators are worried about stigmatizing an entire generation.

    Bunk.

    Educators have been stigmatizing entire generations since the nutjob Gertrude Stein made her Lost Generation pronouncement a century ago. Coming up with new salami tactics has been an official university function ever since.

  8. But some educators are worried about stigmatizing an entire generation.

    “We can’t single anyone out” is the defining ethos of this religion.

  9. he was a rule-changing giant

    Ha! You went OT for that? What a classless deaf person.

    ‘Rap’ blows. Death of a civilization, prancing on chump rhythms, powered by white gulliberks. If that was a serious comment, you’re beyond hope.

    • Agree: unit472, lavoisier, JMcG
    • Replies: @Polistra
    @schnellandine

    He meant to post about Prince Philip but got confused.

  10. Debates about the extent of missed learning are more than academic.

    Indeed.

    If remote school is actively harming children’s skill development, it becomes harder for teachers’ unions, school boards or administrators to argue that schools should remain shuttered as vaccines roll out across the nation, or should operate only on limited schedules.

    And if remote school is actively helping children’s skill development*, it becomes harder for teachers’ unions, school boards, or administrators to justify their very existence. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t… better talk about how racism is used to divide.

    .

    * when they have White or Oriental parents who can teach them in 2 hours what takes all day at the Government School.

    • Replies: @Abolish_public_education
    @Achmed E. Newman

    2 hours at home accomplishes more than a week at school.

    As much as I oppose public education’s testing imperative (government can never be accountable), I’d like the kids to be tested this spring.

    The results will embarrassingly show that the kids did less poorly by being out of school.

  11. Or, “reality is what’s left standing after your wishful thinking has destroyed everything else.”

    How much longer will objective data that reflects poorly on blacks be allowed to be published?”

    Probably not that much longer, considering how far down the rabbit hole of mass insanity we’ve gone.

    • Agree: Calvin Hobbes
  12. @J.Ross
    DMX is dead. Late 90s early 2000s music was pretty vapid and forgettable but he was a rule-changing giant. Obscenities at link.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3EonJpsTww

    Replies: @Tom F., @Anon7, @Anonymous, @John Johnson, @Kibernetika, @Reg Cæsar, @Escher, @Kyle

    The NYTimes article on him inadvertently contains information that should be omitted.

    “I was straight stickup,” Mr. Simmons [DMX] wrote. “I’d rob three times a day: before school, after school and on the late night.”

    Putting away just one guy like this for 20 years basically stops thousands of robberies, any one of which could result in permanent injury or death for victims.

    That’s how crime rates were taken down. Just because they’ve stopped talking about it, doesn’t mean it goes away.

    • Replies: @Nigerian Nationalist
    @Anon7

    I did not read the article, but I am guessing the implication is that he was not caught.

    'sides, aren't your fellow whites praising looting as the greatest thing ever these days. That makes him a damn hero! Robbing hoods.

    Replies: @Curle

  13. Essentially what the liberal establishment (and it is the only establishment) is saying is that all standards are racist, so they all have to be lowered so anyone and everyone can pass or, better yet, totally eliminated.

    It’s not important that a person applying to be a cop or fireman is able to pass an exam, what’s important is the color of their skin (as long as it’s not white). Same for doctors and now even pilots. Professional standards are white supremacy.

  14. @schnellandine

    he was a rule-changing giant
     
    Ha! You went OT for that? What a classless deaf person.

    'Rap' blows. Death of a civilization, prancing on chump rhythms, powered by white gulliberks. If that was a serious comment, you're beyond hope.

    Replies: @Polistra

    He meant to post about Prince Philip but got confused.

    • LOL: Gary in Gramercy
  15. @Tom F.
    @J.Ross

    15 kids. Fill in your own punchline.

    Replies: @Polistra, @Reg Cæsar, @bomag

    Correction: 15 kids they’ve pinned on him. So far.

    And lest you think I’m joking about the ‘so far’ bit, consider that there’s now an estate to be probated, or adjudicated, or whatever these people do with estates now.

  16. Off topic. CEO of the anti defamation league Greenblatt has declared all out war on Tucker Carlson for being a White Supremacist. ADL an organization formed to defend a child rapist murderer capitalist exploiter of child factory workers. ADL one of the foremost Anti White organizations in the world.

    • Replies: @Polistra
    @Alden

    See here
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/die-consultants-complain-that-they-are-emotionally-exhausted-by-raking-in-so-much-money/#comment-4580734

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/die-consultants-complain-that-they-are-emotionally-exhausted-by-raking-in-so-much-money/#comment-4580829

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/die-consultants-complain-that-they-are-emotionally-exhausted-by-raking-in-so-much-money/#comment-4580843

  17. @Achmed E. Newman

    Debates about the extent of missed learning are more than academic.
     
    Indeed.

    If remote school is actively harming children’s skill development, it becomes harder for teachers’ unions, school boards or administrators to argue that schools should remain shuttered as vaccines roll out across the nation, or should operate only on limited schedules.
     
    And if remote school is actively helping children's skill development*, it becomes harder for teachers' unions, school boards, or administrators to justify their very existence. Damned if you do, damned if you don't... better talk about how racism is used to divide.


    .


    * when they have White or Oriental parents who can teach them in 2 hours what takes all day at the Government School.

    Replies: @Abolish_public_education

    2 hours at home accomplishes more than a week at school.

    As much as I oppose public education’s testing imperative (government can never be accountable), I’d like the kids to be tested this spring.

    The results will embarrassingly show that the kids did less poorly by being out of school.

  18. @Anon
    Steve, when you talk about the “basic logic of the 21st century,” what are you referencing?

    Replies: @ic1000, @SunBakedSuburb

    > Steve, when you talk about the “basic logic of the 21st century,” what are you referencing?

    Speaking Power to Truth.

    • Replies: @Sean
    @ic1000


    [Jeffery] Epstein asked a small group of scientists at one table abrasive questions and made offensive remarks about race, intelligence, and athletic ability, recalled Avin, who later learned the interloper’s identity from a Wikipedia entry.
     
    This was in February 2017, and when they asked who he was old Jeff would not tell them, his name was already mud. Apparently, being disgraced by conviction as a child molester frees one to tell the about race, if you are a demi-billionaire (through embezzlement). It's desire for the power of a good reputation that makes the world go round.

    Replies: @Curle

  19. @Wade Hampton
    Public schools struggle with "the gap" between standardized test results between whites and coloreds (with Asians either being ignored or treated as honorary whites). One of the approaches that has proven successful so far is to drive non-coloreds out of the school system which causes "the gap" to disappear.

    [Various educrats]...have encouraged parents to opt their children out of state tests during the pandemic. “We do not want to impose additional trauma on students that have already been traumatized...”
     
    Testing is traumatic. As always, women and minorities are hardest hit. The solution? Don't test the minorities. Viola! The wretched gap is banished.

    Of course, this would require repeal of Bush the Lesser's abominable "No Child Left Alone" Act. Or maybe we could just ignore it like we do anti-trust and immigration laws.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Kronos, @John Johnson

    Of course, this would require repeal of Bush the Lesser’s abominable “No Child Left Alone” Act. Or maybe we could just ignore it like we do anti-trust and immigration laws.

    NCLB was watered down a long time ago. The press (including Fox) simply didn’t report on its failure because the results went against both liberal and conservative ideals.

    After it failed they basically created a bunch of exemptions that undermined the entire purpose of it. So equal standards for everyone but your state can apply for a special pass.

    • Disagree: Abolish_public_education
  20. What does it matter if children have lost a year of pointless, counter productive indoctrination? All good.

  21. Anonymous[302] • Disclaimer says:
    @J.Ross
    DMX is dead. Late 90s early 2000s music was pretty vapid and forgettable but he was a rule-changing giant. Obscenities at link.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3EonJpsTww

    Replies: @Tom F., @Anon7, @Anonymous, @John Johnson, @Kibernetika, @Reg Cæsar, @Escher, @Kyle

    I don’t want to speak ill of the dead, but your taste in music sucks.

    • Agree: jamie b.
    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Anonymous


    @J.Ross

    I don’t want to speak ill of the dead, but your taste in music sucks.
     
    A taste for rap is not a taste in music. Rap is not music.
  22. In the absence of computers, would any of this lockdown bulls**t have happened?

    I think the answer is pretty clearly: No.

    No computers, no telecommuting, no zoom-classes.

    Lockdowns were unthinkable during the Hong Kong Flu of 1968-1970, the Asian Flu of 1957-1958, or the Spanish Flu of 1918-1920. That’s why nobody thought to do it. White collar workers couldn’t work remotely over a candlestick phone or a Western Electric 500.

    So if the only thing that made possible the great lockdown, the experts preferred “non pharmaceutical” medical intervention, was the computer – a device with no intrinsic medical value – then how was the lockdown not really just a social experiment, rather than a medical one?

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Mr. Anon

    You Sir, are a genius. Archimedes, Newton, Copernicus, Wright, brothers Pascal, Pasteur, Einstein Watson you surpass them all.

  23. @Wade Hampton
    Public schools struggle with "the gap" between standardized test results between whites and coloreds (with Asians either being ignored or treated as honorary whites). One of the approaches that has proven successful so far is to drive non-coloreds out of the school system which causes "the gap" to disappear.

    [Various educrats]...have encouraged parents to opt their children out of state tests during the pandemic. “We do not want to impose additional trauma on students that have already been traumatized...”
     
    Testing is traumatic. As always, women and minorities are hardest hit. The solution? Don't test the minorities. Viola! The wretched gap is banished.

    Of course, this would require repeal of Bush the Lesser's abominable "No Child Left Alone" Act. Or maybe we could just ignore it like we do anti-trust and immigration laws.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Kronos, @John Johnson

    But surely we can’t allow those evil racists to win right?!

    (This series “Drawn Together” was of course made a few years before the 2013 Great Awokening. The logic (or illogic) of this segment is now embodied in the NYT.)

    • Replies: @schnellandine
    @Kronos


    made a few years before the 2013 Great Awokening
     
    And then they made a feature film based on Madonna's Like A Prayer music video [NSFW]:
    https://youtube.com/watch?v=R79vGjF9fTg
  24. Sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick famously said, “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”

    Wasn’t PKD, like many 1960s/70s writers in and out of sci-fi, kind of a post-modernist, though?

    This may be a minority opinion, but I’m personally not all that impressed by many of the lauded writers of that era, like Hunter S. Thompson, Norman Mailer, Joan Didion, etc. Even writers I do like who published notable works then, such as Tom Stoppard, Tom Wolfe, and Thomas Pynchon, I think tended to improve the quality of their work as they got further away from pomo in later decades (not that anyone noticed). As Scott Alexander put it in his 2019 review of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test:

    There, I saved you from having to read Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

    Tom Wolfe is as famous as they get. And the book jacket claims that EKAAT “defined a generation”. I couldn’t stand it. Wolfe is trying to do some kind of experimental fiction where he portrays the Merry Pranksters in the style of an LSD trip. But I don’t want my nonfiction novels to have the style of an LSD trip. I want them to just tell me the piece of history they’re supposed to be about. Wolfe is a great writer, journalist, and historian. When he wants to, he can draw out exactly what’s so fascinating and amazing about this incredible piece of history. But in order to get to those moments, I have to read through prose like:

    [loosely ordered stream of consciousness chunk of text]

    I am not against experimental fiction. But I wish people would restrict the experimental fiction to bad books, so that it isn’t in the way of me learning actually interesting stuff.

    Now that The 1960s are 50+ years in the rearview mirror, that seems like a pretty reasonable judgement to me.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Stolen Valor Detective

    PKD was crazy. Literally. He was kind of heroic in how much work he got done despite his mental illness.

    Replies: @Boomthorkell

    , @anon
    @Stolen Valor Detective

    Wasn’t PKD, like many 1960s/70s writers in and out of sci-fi, kind of a post-modernist, though?

    Nah. Not really post-modern. He wrote The Man in the High Castle. Hugo 1963 (Hugo award meant something back then).

    He did have a problem with various drugs, such as the amphetamines he took to keep his story output up. He also experienced some very intense hallucinations in early 1974. A lot of his stories have to do with the nature of reality, hence his famous quote.

    He died of a stroke just a few weeks before Blade Runner hit the movie screens, it was based more or less on his story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

    The wiki bio is pretty good.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_K._Dick

    Replies: @El Dato

    , @Curle
    @Stolen Valor Detective

    Would adding Roth, Salinger or Updike to the mix change your opinion of sixties novelists? I, for one, have great attachment to Updike’s Rabbit series as well as Month of Sunday’s, lessons (if that’s the word) from the latter seeming to appear out of nowhere with alarming frequency IRL.

  25. @J.Ross
    DMX is dead. Late 90s early 2000s music was pretty vapid and forgettable but he was a rule-changing giant. Obscenities at link.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3EonJpsTww

    Replies: @Tom F., @Anon7, @Anonymous, @John Johnson, @Kibernetika, @Reg Cæsar, @Escher, @Kyle

    DMX is dead. Late 90s early 2000s music was pretty vapid and forgettable but he was a rule-changing giant.

    A rapping Black thug with his pants falling off. Truly breaking the stereotypes of Black music.

    Which rule did he break? Did he take his pants one inch farther than the norm?

    • Agree: jamie b.
    • Replies: @Ed Case
    @John Johnson

    The guy did have an onstage presence.
    The entire audience appears to be White people, but you can't blame him for that?

    Replies: @John Johnson

  26. @Tom F.
    @J.Ross

    15 kids. Fill in your own punchline.

    Replies: @Polistra, @Reg Cæsar, @bomag

    15 kids. Fill in your own punchline.

    A rock star plays three chords before 30,000 people. A jazzman plays 30,000 chords before three people.

    What a rapper does, besides “aspire”, is beyond me.

    Well, okay… they also expire. As shown here.

    • Replies: @Curle
    @Reg Cæsar

    “ A jazzman plays 30,000 chords before three people.”

    Funny, but I think most musical styles, jazz included, stay within a limited chord range, Theloneous Monk might be an exception. Any music theorists out there?

    , @JMcG
    @Reg Cæsar

    Not soon enough, they don’t.

  27. @J.Ross
    DMX is dead. Late 90s early 2000s music was pretty vapid and forgettable but he was a rule-changing giant. Obscenities at link.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3EonJpsTww

    Replies: @Tom F., @Anon7, @Anonymous, @John Johnson, @Kibernetika, @Reg Cæsar, @Escher, @Kyle

    DMX is dead. Late 90s early 2000s music was pretty vapid and forgettable but he was a rule-changing giant. Obscenities at link.

    Who is/was that? This guy doesn’t seem to understand the purpose of the belt he’s wearing. You know, it should keep his trousers in place rather than weigh them down and drag them down his arse.

    Imagine trying to explain ALICE gear to him. Showing my age.

    • Replies: @John Up North
    @Kibernetika

    I think the sagging pants comes from black prison/jail culture where the warden takes your belt away so you won't hang yourself in the jail cell. I started seeing white kids wear their pants like this in the 90s. Now I'll often see adult white men wearing their britches hanging down exposing their boxers.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Jim Bob Lassiter

  28. @Anon7
    @J.Ross

    The NYTimes article on him inadvertently contains information that should be omitted.


    “I was straight stickup,” Mr. Simmons [DMX] wrote. “I’d rob three times a day: before school, after school and on the late night.”
     
    Putting away just one guy like this for 20 years basically stops thousands of robberies, any one of which could result in permanent injury or death for victims.

    That's how crime rates were taken down. Just because they've stopped talking about it, doesn't mean it goes away.

    Replies: @Nigerian Nationalist

    I did not read the article, but I am guessing the implication is that he was not caught.

    ‘sides, aren’t your fellow whites praising looting as the greatest thing ever these days. That makes him a damn hero! Robbing hoods.

    • Replies: @Curle
    @Nigerian Nationalist

    “ aren’t your fellow whites praising looting as the greatest thing ever these days.”

    Example please.

    Replies: @Boomthorkell

  29. “How much longer will objective data that reflects poorly on blacks be allowed to be published?”

    Perhaps they will posit some kind of Education Uncertainty Principle – you can see the race of a student, or you can see the marks received by a student, but you can’t see both the race and the marks of a given student.

    There’s only one exception – we’ll call it the Igbo Rule.

    • LOL: res, ThreeCranes
  30. @Wade Hampton
    Public schools struggle with "the gap" between standardized test results between whites and coloreds (with Asians either being ignored or treated as honorary whites). One of the approaches that has proven successful so far is to drive non-coloreds out of the school system which causes "the gap" to disappear.

    [Various educrats]...have encouraged parents to opt their children out of state tests during the pandemic. “We do not want to impose additional trauma on students that have already been traumatized...”
     
    Testing is traumatic. As always, women and minorities are hardest hit. The solution? Don't test the minorities. Viola! The wretched gap is banished.

    Of course, this would require repeal of Bush the Lesser's abominable "No Child Left Alone" Act. Or maybe we could just ignore it like we do anti-trust and immigration laws.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Kronos, @John Johnson

    Public schools struggle with “the gap” between standardized test results between whites and coloreds (with Asians either being ignored or treated as honorary whites). One of the approaches that has proven successful so far is to drive non-coloreds out of the school system which causes “the gap” to disappear.

    They normally just exclude Asians from the charts. Asians disappear when Black/White gaps are anaylized.

    California has actually backed away from fixing the gap.

    They have moved to burying the results and using lame edu-speak excuses for why they don’t simply release the raw data.

    Liberals know best!

  31. @J.Ross
    DMX is dead. Late 90s early 2000s music was pretty vapid and forgettable but he was a rule-changing giant. Obscenities at link.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3EonJpsTww

    Replies: @Tom F., @Anon7, @Anonymous, @John Johnson, @Kibernetika, @Reg Cæsar, @Escher, @Kyle

    DMX is dead.

    Rappers hip and hop and come and go, but DMX carries on:

    Late 90s early 2000s music was pretty vapid and forgettable…

    You left a couple of digits out of 1900s.

  32. @Stolen Valor Detective

    Sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick famously said, “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”
     
    Wasn't PKD, like many 1960s/70s writers in and out of sci-fi, kind of a post-modernist, though?

    This may be a minority opinion, but I'm personally not all that impressed by many of the lauded writers of that era, like Hunter S. Thompson, Norman Mailer, Joan Didion, etc. Even writers I do like who published notable works then, such as Tom Stoppard, Tom Wolfe, and Thomas Pynchon, I think tended to improve the quality of their work as they got further away from pomo in later decades (not that anyone noticed). As Scott Alexander put it in his 2019 review of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test:

    There, I saved you from having to read Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

    Tom Wolfe is as famous as they get. And the book jacket claims that EKAAT “defined a generation”. I couldn’t stand it. Wolfe is trying to do some kind of experimental fiction where he portrays the Merry Pranksters in the style of an LSD trip. But I don’t want my nonfiction novels to have the style of an LSD trip. I want them to just tell me the piece of history they’re supposed to be about. Wolfe is a great writer, journalist, and historian. When he wants to, he can draw out exactly what’s so fascinating and amazing about this incredible piece of history. But in order to get to those moments, I have to read through prose like:

    [loosely ordered stream of consciousness chunk of text]

    I am not against experimental fiction. But I wish people would restrict the experimental fiction to bad books, so that it isn’t in the way of me learning actually interesting stuff.
     
    Now that The 1960s are 50+ years in the rearview mirror, that seems like a pretty reasonable judgement to me.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @anon, @Curle

    PKD was crazy. Literally. He was kind of heroic in how much work he got done despite his mental illness.

    • Replies: @Boomthorkell
    @Steve Sailer

    More like because of.

    Then again, he managed to see the silver cord and notice his son had an undiagnosed hernia.

    That is an accomplishment most sane people struggle with. Warhammer 40k was right.

  33. Anon[988] • Disclaimer says:

    Potatohead Biden is considering sending cash payments to Central Americans to stop them from heading north.

    Jesus Christ. We’re already paying welfare to plenty of blacks in the US, and now Biden wants to pay welfare to all of Central America too.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/bidens-border-czar-abruptly-quits-despite-no-crisis

    We can’t get rid of these f–king Democrats soon enough. They’re too stupid for reality.

    Paying Central Americans not to travel? Heck, they’ll just take the money and travel anyway, using that cash to pay their coyotes. Because cash payments are still not the same thing as having a full time job in a first world country. The U.S. is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and they’re desperate to come here. They want first-world possessions and a first-world lifestyle. They know they’ll never get it staying home.

    And if they stay home, that extra cash will be used to help them breed like rabbits, and they’ll have even MORE kids they can’t provide for.

    The fact so many migrants are dumping their kids over the U.S. border is ominous. Instead of kicking their excess offspring out on the street and letting them starve, they’re shoving them into the US and forcing oh-so-compassionate-us to take care of them on our own dime. WE have become the social welfare safety net for countries that refuse to provide those safety nets. WE are now going to be stuck paying for the social welfare programs for everybody south of the border.

    Because Democrat are f–king stupid.

    We need to return all of those children, period. If we refuse to take them, they’ll stop sending them.

    It is not a European value to callously discard your offspring the way they do below the border. It’s the scum of the earth, the lowest of the low, who do such a thing. It’s the Central Americans who have Indigenous Indian ancestry who are doing this. As Trump said, they’re not sending their best.

    • Replies: @Polistra
    @Anon

    If only there were a better alternative to idiot Democrats.
    Frankly I don't see any good Republicans stepping up.

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/blms-lady-of-the-canyon/#comment-4580444

    , @El Dato
    @Anon

    Public payments are a Health Crisis!

    ...nay

    a HEALTH EPIDEMIC.

    , @ThreeCranes
    @Anon

    Next year; "Hey Biden, if you don't want to see us come up to your border again, you better pay us twice as much as you did last year!"

    "The Danegeld was a tax raised to pay tribute to the Viking raiders to save a land from being ravaged. It was called the geld...in eleventh-century sources. It was characteristic of royal policy in both England and Francia during the ninth through eleventh centuries, collected...to buy off the attackers..."

  34. But during the Not So Great Reset, an increasingly powerful belief is that reality will go away if we just stop talking about it

    As the racial diversity of America increased along with forced integration, intellectual diversity went down. They are inversely correlated.

    What’s the basis for anyone being an “American” these days? It used to be descent from common ancestors. In such an environment, you can have radically different ideas and still be an American.

    Now that race and common ancestry are out, we have to be based on the proposition-of-the-day. If you disagree with whatever that proposition is, then you are a traitor and no longer an American.

    It becomes a cult. Eventually, the logic of it demands you say 2+2 = 5 to prove loyalty.

  35. @J.Ross
    DMX is dead. Late 90s early 2000s music was pretty vapid and forgettable but he was a rule-changing giant. Obscenities at link.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3EonJpsTww

    Replies: @Tom F., @Anon7, @Anonymous, @John Johnson, @Kibernetika, @Reg Cæsar, @Escher, @Kyle

    This is the first comment on the article?
    Like, OMG and stuff??

  36. @Kronos
    @Wade Hampton

    But surely we can’t allow those evil racists to win right?!

    https://youtu.be/9om4bhofrWA

    (This series “Drawn Together” was of course made a few years before the 2013 Great Awokening. The logic (or illogic) of this segment is now embodied in the NYT.)

    Replies: @schnellandine

    made a few years before the 2013 Great Awokening

    And then they made a feature film based on Madonna’s Like A Prayer music video [NSFW]:
    https://youtube.com/watch?v=R79vGjF9fTg

    • LOL: Kronos
  37. How about this: “You’re lazy or stupid. Repeat fifth grade. You’re welcome.”

  38. @Kibernetika
    @J.Ross

    DMX is dead. Late 90s early 2000s music was pretty vapid and forgettable but he was a rule-changing giant. Obscenities at link.

    Who is/was that? This guy doesn't seem to understand the purpose of the belt he's wearing. You know, it should keep his trousers in place rather than weigh them down and drag them down his arse.

    Imagine trying to explain ALICE gear to him. Showing my age.

    Replies: @John Up North

    I think the sagging pants comes from black prison/jail culture where the warden takes your belt away so you won’t hang yourself in the jail cell. I started seeing white kids wear their pants like this in the 90s. Now I’ll often see adult white men wearing their britches hanging down exposing their boxers.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @John Up North

    I hear it was a prison culture thing about males signaling they are ready to have a go? Maybe that was just a story to put the young idiots of this particular "style".


    Now I’ll often see adult white men wearing their britches hanging down exposing their boxers.
     
    Something is wrong with modern trousers. The exposure of hairy ass-cracks whenever someobdy bends over is a glorious sight. I always get the urge to throw a coin into the darkness.

    OT: Rumors of Emperor Dementus' youthful incontinent dick-exploits and pussy-grabbing are now a matter for FBI silencing. Well, the FBI is the political police, so just doing its job I guess. I suppose they will attack vax-refusers next and shoot them in the head.

    Tara Reade: Since when are we a police state? Officers visit activist after a tweet critical of AOC. Her office denies involvement

    If Ryan Wentz is in trouble for his tame critique of AOC then it explains why some journalists refer to me as if I am public enemy number one. My revelations regarding Joe Biden’s sexual misconduct were promptly swept under the corporate media rug but not without some character attacks on me for good measure. The result of the attacks on my credibility had a powerful negative domino effect.

    Last summer, I was threatened with prison. After coming forward about Joe Biden, it was said I lied about my education. I did not. This led to a criminal investigation with sealed search warrants by the Monterey DA.

    Later that month, a separate piece of information came my way. An attorney from Twitter contacted me.

    He said that he had to file motions in court to even be allowed to tell me that my Twitter account was being subpoenaed by the Department of Justice on behalf of the FBI. I asked if my other social media and email accounts were subpoenaed, I received no answer about this except some companies do not need to notify the subscriber if the search warrants are sealed.

    I called the FBI and asked about it. I was told I could not be given any further information as the case was sealed even if it involved me. My attorney called the DOJ and the Twitter attorney but no further information was given. There was a grand jury impaneled.

    Was I the subject of this investigation or was I not? This remains a mystery, all cloaks and daggers.
     
    , @Jim Bob Lassiter
    @John Up North

    Prisoners generally wear coveralls anyway. The sagging britches are a metaphor for being your cellmate's little bitch and getting sodomized regularly.

    Replies: @John Up North

  39. anon[424] • Disclaimer says:
    @Stolen Valor Detective

    Sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick famously said, “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”
     
    Wasn't PKD, like many 1960s/70s writers in and out of sci-fi, kind of a post-modernist, though?

    This may be a minority opinion, but I'm personally not all that impressed by many of the lauded writers of that era, like Hunter S. Thompson, Norman Mailer, Joan Didion, etc. Even writers I do like who published notable works then, such as Tom Stoppard, Tom Wolfe, and Thomas Pynchon, I think tended to improve the quality of their work as they got further away from pomo in later decades (not that anyone noticed). As Scott Alexander put it in his 2019 review of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test:

    There, I saved you from having to read Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

    Tom Wolfe is as famous as they get. And the book jacket claims that EKAAT “defined a generation”. I couldn’t stand it. Wolfe is trying to do some kind of experimental fiction where he portrays the Merry Pranksters in the style of an LSD trip. But I don’t want my nonfiction novels to have the style of an LSD trip. I want them to just tell me the piece of history they’re supposed to be about. Wolfe is a great writer, journalist, and historian. When he wants to, he can draw out exactly what’s so fascinating and amazing about this incredible piece of history. But in order to get to those moments, I have to read through prose like:

    [loosely ordered stream of consciousness chunk of text]

    I am not against experimental fiction. But I wish people would restrict the experimental fiction to bad books, so that it isn’t in the way of me learning actually interesting stuff.
     
    Now that The 1960s are 50+ years in the rearview mirror, that seems like a pretty reasonable judgement to me.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @anon, @Curle

    Wasn’t PKD, like many 1960s/70s writers in and out of sci-fi, kind of a post-modernist, though?

    Nah. Not really post-modern. He wrote The Man in the High Castle. Hugo 1963 (Hugo award meant something back then).

    He did have a problem with various drugs, such as the amphetamines he took to keep his story output up. He also experienced some very intense hallucinations in early 1974. A lot of his stories have to do with the nature of reality, hence his famous quote.

    He died of a stroke just a few weeks before Blade Runner hit the movie screens, it was based more or less on his story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

    The wiki bio is pretty good.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_K._Dick

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @anon

    From "A Maze of Death" which is like someone who can write but was also depressed had written "The Matrix":


    For the remainder of the day Seth Morley busied himself loading their possessions into the _Morbid Chicken_. Mary did not show herself. He realized, toward dinnertime, that he was doing it all. Where is she? he asked himself. It's not fair.

    Depression hit him, as it generally did toward mealtime. I wonder if it's all worth it, he said to himself. Going from one no-good job to another. I'm a loser. Mary is right about me; look at the job I did selecting a noser. Look at the job I'm doing loading this damn stuff in here. He gazed about the interior of the noser, conscious of the ungainly piles of clothing, books, records, kitchen appliances, typewriter, medical supplies, pictures, wear-forever couch covers, chess set, reference tapes, communications gear and junk, junk, junk. What have we in fact accumulated in eight years of work here? he asked himself. Nothing of any worth. And in addition, he could not get it all into the noser. Much would have to be thrown away or left for someone else to use. Better to destroy it, he thought gloomily. The idea of someone else gaining use of his possessions had to be sternly rejected. I'll burn every last bit of it, he told himself. Including all the nebbish clothes that Mary's collected in her jaybird manner. Selecting whatever's bright and gaudy.

    I'll pile her stuff outside, he decided, and then get all of mine aboard. It's her own fault: she should be here to help. I'm under no mandate to load her kipple.

    As he stood there with an armload of clothes gripped tightly he saw, in the gloom of twilight, a figure approaching him. Who is it? he wondered, and peered to see.

    It was not Mary. A man, he saw, or rather something like a man. A figure in a loose robe, with long hair falling down his dark, full shoulders. Seth Morley felt fear. The Walker-on-Earth, he realized. Come to stop me. Shaking, he began to set down the armload of clothes. Within him his conscience bit furiously; he felt now the complete weight of all the baddoings he had done. Months, years--he had not seen the Walker-on-Earth for a long time, and the weight was intolerable. The accumulation which always left its mark within. Which never departed until the Intercessor removed it.

    The figure halted before him. "Mr. Morley," it said.

    "Yes," he said, and felt his scalp bleeding perspiration. His face dripped with it and he tried to wipe it away with the back of his hand. "I'm tired," he said. "I've been working for hours to get this noser loaded. It's a big job."

    The Walker-on-Earth said, "Your noser, the _Morbid Chicken_, will not get you and your little family to DelmakO. I therefore must interfere, my dear friend. Do you understand?"

    "Sure," he said, panting with guilt.

    "Select another."

    "Yes," he said, nodding frantically. "Yes, I will. And thank you; thanks a lot. The fact of the matter is you saved our lives." He peered at the dim face of the Walker-on-Earth, trying to see if its expression reproached him. But he could not tell; the remaining sunlight had begun to diffuse into an almost nocturnal haze.

    "I am sorry," the Walker-on-Earth said, "that you had to labor so long for nothing."

    "Well, as I say--"

    "I will help you with the reloading," the Walker-on-Earth said. It reached its arms out, bending; it picked up a pile of boxes and began to move among the parked, silent nosers. "I recommend this," it said presently, halting by one and reaching to open its door. "It is not much to look at, but mechanically it's perfect."

    "Hey," Morley said, following with a swiftly snatched-up load. "I mean, thanks. Looks aren't important anyhow; it's what's on the inside that counts. For people as well as nosers." He laughed, but the sound emerged as a jarring screech; he cut it off instantly, and the sweat gathered around his neck turned cold with his great fear.

    "There is no reason to be afraid of me," the Walker said.

    "Intellectually I know that," Morley said.

    Together, they labored for a time in silence, carrying box after box from the _Morbid Chicken_ to the better noser. Continually Morley tried to think of something to say, but he could not. His mind, because of his fright, had become dim; the fires of his quick intellect, in which he had so much faith, had almost flickered off.

    "Have you ever thought of getting psychiatric help?" the Walker asked him at last.

    "No," he said.

    "Let's pause a moment and rest. So we can talk a little."

    Morley said, "No."

    "Why not?"

    "I don't want to know anything; I don't want to hear anything." He heard his voice bleat out in its weakness, steeped in its paucity of knowledge. The bleat of foolishness, of the greatest amount of insanity of which he was capable. He knew this, heard it and recognized it, and still he clung to it; he continued on. "I know I'm not perfect," he said. "But I can't change. I'm satisfied."

    "Your failure to examine the _Morbid Chicken_."

    "Mary made a good point; usually my luck is good."

    "She would have died, too."

    "Tell her that." Don't tell me, he thought. Please, don't tell me any more. I don't want to know!

    The Walker regarded him for a moment. "Is there anything," it said at last, "that you want to say to me?"

    "I'm grateful, damn grateful. For your appearance."

    "Many times during the past years you've thought to yourself what you would say to me if you met me again. Many things passed through your mind."

    "I--forget," he said, huskily.

    "May I bless you?"

    "Sure," he said, his voice still husky. And almost inaudible. "But why? What have I done?"

    "I am proud of you, that's all."

    "But why?" He did not understand; the censure which he had been waiting for had not arrived.

    The Walker said, "Once years ago you had a tomcat whom you loved. He was greedy and mendacious and yet you loved him. One day he died from bone fragments lodged in his stomach, the result of filching the remains of a dead Martian root-buzzard from a garbage pail. You were sad, but you still loved him. His essence, his appetite--all that made him up had driven him to his death. You would have paid a great deal to have him alive again, but you would have wanted him as he was, greedy and pushy, himself as you loved him, unchanged. Do you understand?"

    "I prayed then," Morley said. "But no help came. The Mentufacturer could have rolled time back and restored him."

    "Do you want him back now?"

    "Yes," Morley said raspingly.

    "Will you get psychiatric help?"

    "No."

    "I bless you," the Walker-on-Earth said, and made a motion with his right hand: a slow and dignified gesture of blessing. Seth Morley bowed his head, pressed his right hand against his eyes . . . and found that black tears had lodged in the hollows of his face. Even now, he marveled. That awful old cat; I should have forgotten him years ago. I guess you never really forget such things, he thought. It's all in there, in the mind, buried until something like this comes up.

    "Thank you," he said, when the blessing ended.

    "You will see him again," the Walker said. "When you sit with us in Paradise."

    "Are you sure?"

    "Yes."

    "Exactly as he was?"

    "Yes."

    "Will he remember me?"

    "He remembers you now. He waits. He will never stop waiting."

    "Thanks," Morley said. "I feel a lot better."

    The Walker-on-Earth departed.

    --

    Entering the cafeteria of the kibbutz, Seth Morley sought out his wife. He found her eating curried lamb shoulder at a table in the shadows of the edge of the room. She barely nodded as he seated himself facing her.

    "You missed dinner," she said presently. "That's not like you."

    Morley said, "I saw him."

    "Who?" She eyed him keenly.

    "The Walker-on-Earth. He came to tell me that the noser I picked out would have killed us. We never would have made it."

    "I knew that," Mary said. "I knew that--_thing_ would never have gotten us there."

    Morley said, "My cat is still alive."

    "You don't have a cat."

    He grabbed her arm, halting her motions with the fork. "He says we'll be all right; we'll get to Delmak-O and I can begin the new job."

    "Did you ask him what the new job is all about?"

    "I didn't think to ask him that, no."

    "You fool." She pried his hand loose and resumed eating. "Tell me what the Walker looked like."

    "You've never seen it?"

    "You _know_ I've never seen it!"

    "Beautiful and gentle. He held out his hand and blessed me."

    "So it manifested itself to you as a man. Interesting. If it had been as a woman you wouldn't have listened to--"

    "I pity you," Morley said. "It's never intervened to save you. Maybe it doesn't consider you worth saving."

    Mary, savagely, threw down her fork; she glowered at him with animal ferocity. Neither of them spoke for a time.

    "I'm going to Delmak-O alone," Morley said at last.

    "You think so? You really think so? I'm going with you; I want to keep my eyes on you at all times. Without me--"

    Okay," he said scathingly. "You can come along. What the hell do I care? Anyhow if you stayed here you'd be having an affair with Gossim, ruining his life--" He ceased speaking, panting for breath.

    In silence, Mary continued eating her lamb.

     

    Replies: @El Dato

  40. “Reality Is That Which, When You Stop Talking About It, Goes Away”

    Then let’s stop talking about Covid.

    Nobody on Unz.com is discussing this story out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. They want to employ triage– not by condition, but by race:

    An Antiracist Agenda for Medicine

    One of the authors is high yellow, the other, dark pink. Don’t spill the bedpan prancing down the corridor, Doctor!

    Bram

    Wispelwey

    Can you lisp “Wispelwey”? The name is Dutch, but it could be Dickens, Waugh, Wodehouse, or Rand.

    is a Hospitalist…

    ???

    and Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity

    ??? ???

    at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Wispelwey is Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Health for Palestine, a community organizing initiative

    A vote for Obama? Hell, he is another Obama!

    in Palestinian refugee camps that seeks to maximize wellness and address health barriers via social accompaniment and creative integration

    …with those proverbial Arab boys?

    with existing facilities. Dr. Wispelwey’s research and writing focuses [sic] on structural racism in hospital triage, ethics, community health worker impact, social and political barriers to health, and colonial violence. Before the start of his medical career, Dr. Wispelwey pursued LGBT-rights activism, which informed his health approach at the bedside and in advocacy.

    Make sure a team of nurses and perhaps a security guard is present when he examines you.

    This reminds me of one of the only two pages of Larry Kramer’s novel Faggots I perused at the library. A 16-year-old was treated to an initiation at his first bathhouse visit. I can’t tell you how many orifices there are in the human body, but this kid had somebody or other’s manual digit in each one.

    (The other page was the last, where Kramer asked, “Why do faggots 🍆 so much?” Well, duh… because they can!)

    • Agree: El Dato
    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Reg Cæsar

    If either of those people showed up in the examination room, I'd immediately hop off the table and leave. I wouldn't let them practice medicine on my pet parakeet.

  41. No big surprise that the black white test gap got larger during the pandemic. I would say two reasons (at least, maybe some others.)

    1.) Obvious one: much more teaching has fallen on the shoulders of parents, rather than the school system, and white parents are willing to do more for their kids (and also have the ability to do more–even black parents who have the desire and the will, lack the horsepower upstairs to help their kids in school.)

    2.) Less obvious one: lots of nice white lady teachers in majority black districts, deep down, really don’t care much for their students and kinda hate their jobs. For that matter even the not-so-nice black lady teachers don’t really like dealing with these kids. The pandemic is the perfect excuse to refuse to work. In terms of getting back in class, the order has been private schools > nice suburban public schools > crappy inner city schools, which correlates neatly with the number of disciplinary issues, and the level at which rank-and-file teachers hate their lives.

    • Agree: Redneck farmer
    • Troll: Je Suis Omar Mateen
    • Replies: @stillCARealist
    @SimpleSong

    okay, with your breakdown of schools, tell me how many kids would be left in an average classroom if the teachers all declared, "If you don't want to be here, you may go."

    Even in the best schools you're only going to have 20-30% sticking around. Am I too cynical?

    , @Abolish_public_education
    @SimpleSong

    Involved parents now realize that they’ve been homeschooling all along. Many of them won’t be sending their kids back.

    Also, even homeschooled kids whose parents lack much formal education still do better than they would in gov schools (I’ve personally known a few). Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped at age 11 and lived under horrible conditions. Investigators were astonished that her kids were so well adjusted.

    Regarding babysitters who don’t want to return to their daycare centers, given a choice, probably most workers would prefer to stay out on paid vacations.

    @50: “3/30,000 chords for 30,000/3 people” is based on fact.

    .. amid the school closures .. many young children have missed out on mastering fundamental reading and math skills.

    The kids miss out when the schools are open. Taxpayers however, do worse when the schools are closed; can you believe this?

    Despite (virtual, e.g. logged-in for a second) attendance figures officially down by 5%, the districts will still receive their full shares of per-student funding. Meanwhile, the USG is shoveling tons of “virus-related” aid money at the districts.

    The schools will have WAY more money than they’ve ever seen.

    Districts have already gleefully announced that they’ll be spending the money, and like it’s going out of style, on all sorts of non-babysitting items, such as psychologists (quietly, pensions).

    Replies: @Alden

    , @John Johnson
    @SimpleSong

    No big surprise that the black white test gap got larger during the pandemic. I would say two reasons (at least, maybe some others.)

    There is a third reason:

    A lot of the teachers are bitter liberal White women that resent the fact that their professors were wrong about race.

    They intentionally try to hold back the smarter White kids. This is pretty much how Common Core works. Suppress the outliers to reduce the gap.

    A lot of these kids would undoubtedly rocket ahead with homeschooling.

    The gap is much worse than everyone realizes. They numbers they put out are post-fudging.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    , @Johann Ricke
    @SimpleSong


    Less obvious one: lots of nice white lady teachers in majority black districts, deep down, really don’t care much for their students and kinda hate their jobs. For that matter even the not-so-nice black lady teachers don’t really like dealing with these kids.
     
    This being Unz, I understand why you'd think the white ladies in the education sector might be less concerned than the black teaching staff about their black charges. My guess is that you'd be wrong. For many of these nice white ladies, it's a cause, their life's work. For the average black teacher, it's a paycheck. It's not a nice thing to say, but given the generally lower motivation and quality of work output from black employees vs their white counterparts, it's probably the case that black teachers are spearheading this avoidance of classroom teaching.

    Replies: @SimpleSong

  42. @Anon
    Potatohead Biden is considering sending cash payments to Central Americans to stop them from heading north.

    Jesus Christ. We're already paying welfare to plenty of blacks in the US, and now Biden wants to pay welfare to all of Central America too.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/bidens-border-czar-abruptly-quits-despite-no-crisis

    We can't get rid of these f--king Democrats soon enough. They're too stupid for reality.

    Paying Central Americans not to travel? Heck, they'll just take the money and travel anyway, using that cash to pay their coyotes. Because cash payments are still not the same thing as having a full time job in a first world country. The U.S. is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and they're desperate to come here. They want first-world possessions and a first-world lifestyle. They know they'll never get it staying home.

    And if they stay home, that extra cash will be used to help them breed like rabbits, and they'll have even MORE kids they can't provide for.

    The fact so many migrants are dumping their kids over the U.S. border is ominous. Instead of kicking their excess offspring out on the street and letting them starve, they're shoving them into the US and forcing oh-so-compassionate-us to take care of them on our own dime. WE have become the social welfare safety net for countries that refuse to provide those safety nets. WE are now going to be stuck paying for the social welfare programs for everybody south of the border.

    Because Democrat are f--king stupid.

    We need to return all of those children, period. If we refuse to take them, they'll stop sending them.

    It is not a European value to callously discard your offspring the way they do below the border. It's the scum of the earth, the lowest of the low, who do such a thing. It's the Central Americans who have Indigenous Indian ancestry who are doing this. As Trump said, they're not sending their best.

    Replies: @Polistra, @El Dato, @ThreeCranes

    If only there were a better alternative to idiot Democrats.
    Frankly I don’t see any good Republicans stepping up.

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/blms-lady-of-the-canyon/#comment-4580444

  43. @Alden
    Off topic. CEO of the anti defamation league Greenblatt has declared all out war on Tucker Carlson for being a White Supremacist. ADL an organization formed to defend a child rapist murderer capitalist exploiter of child factory workers. ADL one of the foremost Anti White organizations in the world.

    Replies: @Polistra

  44. More than anything, it’s about the power of narrative. Don’t report facts, tell a story. Don’t report on history or government or policy, tell a story, best of all a story about a person.

    Once you’ve sold people on a story, you don’t need to lie any more and you don’t need to worry that someone will reveal a contrary truth.

    It’s best to tell parts of the story right away, because that will incline people to see future events as supporting the story they already know. In the advertising biz, it’s called “pre-suasion”, arranging for recipients to be receptive to a message before they encounter it.

    • Agree: El Dato
  45. The real “lost generation” is going to be the the college classes of 2025, 2026 at supposedly selective schools who have scrapped the SAT / ACT requirements.

  46. @Reg Cæsar

    "Reality Is That Which, When You Stop Talking About It, Goes Away”
     
    Then let's stop talking about Covid.

    Nobody on Unz.com is discussing this story out of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. They want to employ triage-- not by condition, but by race:

    An Antiracist Agenda for Medicine

    One of the authors is high yellow, the other, dark pink. Don't spill the bedpan prancing down the corridor, Doctor!


    https://cms.thepostmillennial.com/content/images/2021/03/boston-docs.jpg

    Bram
     
    https://ih1.redbubble.net/image.972231685.9629/flat,750x,075,f-pad,750x1000,f8f8f8.jpg

    Wispelwey

     

    Can you lisp "Wispelwey"? The name is Dutch, but it could be Dickens, Waugh, Wodehouse, or Rand.

    is a Hospitalist...

     

    ???

    and Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity
     
    ??? ???

    at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Wispelwey is Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Health for Palestine, a community organizing initiative

     

    A vote for Obama? Hell, he is another Obama!

    in Palestinian refugee camps that seeks to maximize wellness and address health barriers via social accompaniment and creative integration
     
    ...with those proverbial Arab boys?


    with existing facilities. Dr. Wispelwey’s research and writing focuses [sic] on structural racism in hospital triage, ethics, community health worker impact, social and political barriers to health, and colonial violence. Before the start of his medical career, Dr. Wispelwey pursued LGBT-rights activism, which informed his health approach at the bedside and in advocacy.
     
    Make sure a team of nurses and perhaps a security guard is present when he examines you.


    This reminds me of one of the only two pages of Larry Kramer's novel Faggots I perused at the library. A 16-year-old was treated to an initiation at his first bathhouse visit. I can't tell you how many orifices there are in the human body, but this kid had somebody or other's manual digit in each one.

    (The other page was the last, where Kramer asked, "Why do faggots 🍆 so much?" Well, duh... because they can!)

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    If either of those people showed up in the examination room, I’d immediately hop off the table and leave. I wouldn’t let them practice medicine on my pet parakeet.

    • Agree: Gary in Gramercy
  47. @Anonymous
    @J.Ross

    I don't want to speak ill of the dead, but your taste in music sucks.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    I don’t want to speak ill of the dead, but your taste in music sucks.

    A taste for rap is not a taste in music. Rap is not music.

    • Agree: jamie b.
  48. @Anon
    -- If a gap is created for these (black) kids that is persistent and cummulative, it's going to show up in the next test anyway, whenever that is, next year, three years from now, or the SAT ...

    -- ... Which means that the real goal is to eliminate standardized testing permanently and never test (brains encapsuled in black bodies) ever again.

    -- But wait a minute ... they already seem to know that blacks are falling behind: "Studies continue to show that amid the school closures, many young children have missed out on mastering fundamental reading skills." Shouldn't these studies also be banned? "How to describe the learning gaps [exposed by these studies] without stigmatizing or discouraging (black) students and families?" Ban all studies!

    -- "Actively harmful," "additional trauma": Oh, come on. Stop publishing articles on it and they won't know ... as if black kids are reading the New York Times anyway.

    -- Opting out or opting in: My sense from that big summer 2009 story in the Atlantic by George Packer about his family's experience in the New York school system is that mostly liberal white parents will opt out and black families don't care. The New York Times writer here seems to assume the opposite, that black families want to shut down standardized testing.

    -- I'm guessing any gap will fade. White students may have on average read more during the pandemic, but I think reading skills track IQ pretty closely, and like the testing during Head Start, any changes during the pandemic are transitory and every kid will end up at wherever he would otherwise have ended up by age 16 or 20 or so.

    Replies: @Nikolai Vladivostok, @stillCARealist

    IQ and education are related but not the same thing. Some kids will be fine academically during lockdown because their parents are willing and able to keep pushing them and/or they can learn independently. Others might be bright enough to learn in school but will fall behind without an adult present to pressure or cajole them to get the work done.
    Once those kids fall too far behind, many will not catch up. Having an average IQ does not make up for a year without daily reading instruction, nor for all those missed maths lessons.
    Those who need the most pushing to learn will be the furthest behind and will continue to be so for the rest of their school careers. I predict that 2020 will have a detectable effect that will be picked up on SATs etc. (if those continue to exist) over the next decade. Colleges and employers will gripe about the poor skills of the ‘Covid kids’.
    If my prediction is wrong, I guess we don’t need schools anymore.

    • Agree: ic1000
    • Replies: @HallParvey
    @Nikolai Vladivostok


    If my prediction is wrong, I guess we don’t need schools anymore.
     
    The need for schools transends mere "education". Schools provide government employment for principals, teachers, cafeteria workers, sociologists, janitors and are a big part of the construction and building maintenance industries. Most of the better paying jobs associated with "schools" require college educations. Union jobs for the girls.

    Primary, Middle, and High schools are the feeder systems into the Universities of the nation. The pipeline to better paying jobs. Jobs that, hopefully, require sitting at a desk, doing important decision making stuff.

    Schools also have as one of their functions, providing babysitting services, so that the stay at home parent can view what once was referred to as "Soap Operas", while they plan the weeks menu. There is also the element of subtle mind conditioning associated with the programming of the various views and other such like entertainment. It might lead a person to vote for a like minded person.

    The public school system is quite possibly larger than the Military Industrial Complex and the Medical Industrial Complex combined, and is essential to the continued success of both. After all, Generals and Doctors both need schooling when they are young. Before they become Generals and Doctors. So they will know how to think, and more importantly, what to think.

    Covid 19 lockdowns are a threat to that applecart. I doubt that the schools will be too affected by the lockdowns in the long run. The people who benefit from the existence of schools are too smart to allow that to happen.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    , @Curle
    @Nikolai Vladivostok

    “Having an average IQ does not make up for a year without daily reading instruction, nor for all those missed maths lessons.”

    And for those in the 15% or lower IQ range there will be little difference regardless. BTW - anyone keeping up with Rachel Jeantel?

  49. On-Topic: More things that are definitely not happening.

    The Aggressive Defamation League unhappy about someone mentioning the Great Replacement.

    ADL wants Fox News host Tucker Carlson FIRED, claiming he defended ‘white replacement theory’ in discussing immigration

    The outraged ADL CEO called it a “white supremacist tenet that the white race is in danger by a rising tide of non-whites” that is “anti-Semitic, racist and toxic.”

    It turns out the Defamation League was a trying too defame too vigorously. One wonders why that might be?

    “Everyone wants to make a racial issue out of it: Oooh, the ‘white replacement theory’ – No, no no. This is a voting rights question,” Carlson told Steyn.

    He even prefaced the comment by saying that “the left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical” if anyone uses the term “replacement” to describe what he said was the Democrats importing immigrants to “dilute” the votes of existing Americans – of all colors and creeds, he implied.

    Instead, Greenblatt doubled down and said he wrote to the Fox News CEO about Carlson’s “long pattern of increasingly toxic rhetoric in recent years.”

    Israel is the proof that “Great Replacements” never happen and are definitely not planned:

    • Agree: Oscar Peterson
    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    @El Dato

    This is impressive for someone in a highly-placed media perch. Ever since he abandoned the bow-tie Tucker has been kicking booty. If he really wants to rile up the grungy mob he should replace the tie with a cravat.

  50. Kids under 12 years old will have serious development impairments due to mark-wearing. Not enough oxygen and breathing in CO2 does funny things to a young developing brain. Not only IQ drops are to be expected but also motor coordination issues. Not to mention psychological effects : stress, trauma, psychopathy due to young minds not being able to read masked faces.
    But hey, beating Covid-19 sometime in 2025 was well – worth it: the greatest economic depression since 1929, setting up a police state, depriving citizens of basic freedoms for ever, destroying the health of the young and healthy via vaccines and poverty and lack of exercise, just to save 20,00 lives, at most! Yeah, it was pure genius! No boomer left behind! Klaus Schwab and Bill Gates approve.

  51. Another one for Best Quotes of the 21st century:

    Perception is unfortunately reality, and with the cancel culture,
    unfortunately, it’s the perception.

    Perception over reality? Georgia daycare condemned for ‘racism’ as critics say photo shows white children fed lunch before peers

    Remember that scene with the kid elimination in “Schindler’s List”? Yeah, it’s like that!

    It didn’t take long before the Kids R Kids corporate office waded into the issue, saying the photo is “disturbing and not in accordance with the inclusive culture that we promote” while adding that, after a review, the company had “decided to terminate the franchisee’s Kids R Kids contract and branding… leaving them to operate independently.”

    However, in comments to local media, the company’s CEO and president David Vinson indicated that the scandal was overblown, but that public outrage and “cancel culture” simply forced his hand.

    “I wish that everybody would be able to see the video in entirety first and not just a snapshot,” Vinson said.

    “Perception is unfortunately reality, and with the cancel culture, unfortunately, it’s the perception.”

    While he did not clarify what the full video actually depicted, the daycare’s owner and director, Dee Gillespie, insisted the image did not “show the entire room,” suggesting it had been taken out of context.

    I suppose the FBI is on standby.

  52. So, if we talk about a real problem affecting minority children as a result of the Great Reset, that might actually be grounds to stop the Great Reset? Sounds like we know what’s really important here.

  53. “Does It Hurt Children to Measure Pandemic Learning Loss?”

    The quantum theory of hurtfulness.

  54. @John Up North
    @Kibernetika

    I think the sagging pants comes from black prison/jail culture where the warden takes your belt away so you won't hang yourself in the jail cell. I started seeing white kids wear their pants like this in the 90s. Now I'll often see adult white men wearing their britches hanging down exposing their boxers.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Jim Bob Lassiter

    I hear it was a prison culture thing about males signaling they are ready to have a go? Maybe that was just a story to put the young idiots of this particular “style”.

    Now I’ll often see adult white men wearing their britches hanging down exposing their boxers.

    Something is wrong with modern trousers. The exposure of hairy ass-cracks whenever someobdy bends over is a glorious sight. I always get the urge to throw a coin into the darkness.

    OT: Rumors of Emperor Dementus’ youthful incontinent dick-exploits and pussy-grabbing are now a matter for FBI silencing. Well, the FBI is the political police, so just doing its job I guess. I suppose they will attack vax-refusers next and shoot them in the head.

    Tara Reade: Since when are we a police state? Officers visit activist after a tweet critical of AOC. Her office denies involvement

    If Ryan Wentz is in trouble for his tame critique of AOC then it explains why some journalists refer to me as if I am public enemy number one. My revelations regarding Joe Biden’s sexual misconduct were promptly swept under the corporate media rug but not without some character attacks on me for good measure. The result of the attacks on my credibility had a powerful negative domino effect.

    Last summer, I was threatened with prison. After coming forward about Joe Biden, it was said I lied about my education. I did not. This led to a criminal investigation with sealed search warrants by the Monterey DA.

    Later that month, a separate piece of information came my way. An attorney from Twitter contacted me.

    He said that he had to file motions in court to even be allowed to tell me that my Twitter account was being subpoenaed by the Department of Justice on behalf of the FBI. I asked if my other social media and email accounts were subpoenaed, I received no answer about this except some companies do not need to notify the subscriber if the search warrants are sealed.

    I called the FBI and asked about it. I was told I could not be given any further information as the case was sealed even if it involved me. My attorney called the DOJ and the Twitter attorney but no further information was given. There was a grand jury impaneled.

    Was I the subject of this investigation or was I not? This remains a mystery, all cloaks and daggers.

  55. @anon
    @Stolen Valor Detective

    Wasn’t PKD, like many 1960s/70s writers in and out of sci-fi, kind of a post-modernist, though?

    Nah. Not really post-modern. He wrote The Man in the High Castle. Hugo 1963 (Hugo award meant something back then).

    He did have a problem with various drugs, such as the amphetamines he took to keep his story output up. He also experienced some very intense hallucinations in early 1974. A lot of his stories have to do with the nature of reality, hence his famous quote.

    He died of a stroke just a few weeks before Blade Runner hit the movie screens, it was based more or less on his story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

    The wiki bio is pretty good.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_K._Dick

    Replies: @El Dato

    From “A Maze of Death” which is like someone who can write but was also depressed had written “The Matrix”:

    [MORE]

    For the remainder of the day Seth Morley busied himself loading their possessions into the _Morbid Chicken_. Mary did not show herself. He realized, toward dinnertime, that he was doing it all. Where is she? he asked himself. It’s not fair.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @El Dato

    Well, it got censored. But you can download it from the usual places in Russia.

    Replies: @anon

  56. @John Johnson
    @J.Ross

    DMX is dead. Late 90s early 2000s music was pretty vapid and forgettable but he was a rule-changing giant.

    A rapping Black thug with his pants falling off. Truly breaking the stereotypes of Black music.

    Which rule did he break? Did he take his pants one inch farther than the norm?

    Replies: @Ed Case

    The guy did have an onstage presence.
    The entire audience appears to be White people, but you can’t blame him for that?

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Ed Case

    The guy did have an onstage presence.
    The entire audience appears to be White people, but you can’t blame him for that?

    It is mostly White people that go to rap concerts. That has been true for a long time.

    Most Blacks are not willing to pay $100 to get in an alcohol free concert to drink $10 bottles of water. Black people are right on this one.

  57. This reminds me of the local school that my neighbour’s kids go to. Once every couple of years schools have nationwide tests to see how well they are progressing, and which school needs more money and attention. The young students from next door are asked by the principle not to come to school on those days as their poor results will upset and skew the test results. Admittedly one kid has fetal alcohol syndrome and his brother only goes to school when he really has to. But as I’ve often said to people, these days if you leave school and you can read and write then you’re going to have a massive advantage over so many of the others, who simply go to school because they have to. And of course video games and cell phones add to the distraction.

    • Replies: @Abolish_public_education
    @Jiminy

    I’m acquainted with a school official who had to address an “early teen with a loaded gun in school” situation.

    I can’t remember the kid’s intent, but he was given a period of out-of-school suspension, after which he just stopped showing up for school.

    The official was happy to pretend that the kid’s family had left the district.

    #74 (CARealist): Your estimate of who would show up, without compulsory attendance, is probably pretty accurate. In one of those districts where post-virus, in-person was optional, that’s about the number who came in.

  58. @Reg Cæsar
    @Tom F.


    15 kids. Fill in your own punchline.

     

    A rock star plays three chords before 30,000 people. A jazzman plays 30,000 chords before three people.

    What a rapper does, besides "aspire", is beyond me.

    Well, okay... they also expire. As shown here.

    Replies: @Curle, @JMcG

    “ A jazzman plays 30,000 chords before three people.”

    Funny, but I think most musical styles, jazz included, stay within a limited chord range, Theloneous Monk might be an exception. Any music theorists out there?

  59. @Nigerian Nationalist
    @Anon7

    I did not read the article, but I am guessing the implication is that he was not caught.

    'sides, aren't your fellow whites praising looting as the greatest thing ever these days. That makes him a damn hero! Robbing hoods.

    Replies: @Curle

    “ aren’t your fellow whites praising looting as the greatest thing ever these days.”

    Example please.

    • Replies: @Boomthorkell
    @Curle

    I think he's referring to the general support of (generally, but not always) white liberals for Antifa rioters and black looters over the summer and ongoing months.

  60. Blacks and Hispanics were never a group of people that liked to learn, also anything that is associated with academic achievement is considered “White supremacy”. So we have a group a people who are not interested in academic achievement and now because critical race theory they give them a reason not to!

  61. @Stolen Valor Detective

    Sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick famously said, “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”
     
    Wasn't PKD, like many 1960s/70s writers in and out of sci-fi, kind of a post-modernist, though?

    This may be a minority opinion, but I'm personally not all that impressed by many of the lauded writers of that era, like Hunter S. Thompson, Norman Mailer, Joan Didion, etc. Even writers I do like who published notable works then, such as Tom Stoppard, Tom Wolfe, and Thomas Pynchon, I think tended to improve the quality of their work as they got further away from pomo in later decades (not that anyone noticed). As Scott Alexander put it in his 2019 review of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test:

    There, I saved you from having to read Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

    Tom Wolfe is as famous as they get. And the book jacket claims that EKAAT “defined a generation”. I couldn’t stand it. Wolfe is trying to do some kind of experimental fiction where he portrays the Merry Pranksters in the style of an LSD trip. But I don’t want my nonfiction novels to have the style of an LSD trip. I want them to just tell me the piece of history they’re supposed to be about. Wolfe is a great writer, journalist, and historian. When he wants to, he can draw out exactly what’s so fascinating and amazing about this incredible piece of history. But in order to get to those moments, I have to read through prose like:

    [loosely ordered stream of consciousness chunk of text]

    I am not against experimental fiction. But I wish people would restrict the experimental fiction to bad books, so that it isn’t in the way of me learning actually interesting stuff.
     
    Now that The 1960s are 50+ years in the rearview mirror, that seems like a pretty reasonable judgement to me.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @anon, @Curle

    Would adding Roth, Salinger or Updike to the mix change your opinion of sixties novelists? I, for one, have great attachment to Updike’s Rabbit series as well as Month of Sunday’s, lessons (if that’s the word) from the latter seeming to appear out of nowhere with alarming frequency IRL.

  62. @Nikolai Vladivostok
    @Anon

    IQ and education are related but not the same thing. Some kids will be fine academically during lockdown because their parents are willing and able to keep pushing them and/or they can learn independently. Others might be bright enough to learn in school but will fall behind without an adult present to pressure or cajole them to get the work done.
    Once those kids fall too far behind, many will not catch up. Having an average IQ does not make up for a year without daily reading instruction, nor for all those missed maths lessons.
    Those who need the most pushing to learn will be the furthest behind and will continue to be so for the rest of their school careers. I predict that 2020 will have a detectable effect that will be picked up on SATs etc. (if those continue to exist) over the next decade. Colleges and employers will gripe about the poor skills of the 'Covid kids'.
    If my prediction is wrong, I guess we don't need schools anymore.

    Replies: @HallParvey, @Curle

    If my prediction is wrong, I guess we don’t need schools anymore.

    The need for schools transends mere “education”. Schools provide government employment for principals, teachers, cafeteria workers, sociologists, janitors and are a big part of the construction and building maintenance industries. Most of the better paying jobs associated with “schools” require college educations. Union jobs for the girls.

    Primary, Middle, and High schools are the feeder systems into the Universities of the nation. The pipeline to better paying jobs. Jobs that, hopefully, require sitting at a desk, doing important decision making stuff.

    Schools also have as one of their functions, providing babysitting services, so that the stay at home parent can view what once was referred to as “Soap Operas”, while they plan the weeks menu. There is also the element of subtle mind conditioning associated with the programming of the various views and other such like entertainment. It might lead a person to vote for a like minded person.

    The public school system is quite possibly larger than the Military Industrial Complex and the Medical Industrial Complex combined, and is essential to the continued success of both. After all, Generals and Doctors both need schooling when they are young. Before they become Generals and Doctors. So they will know how to think, and more importantly, what to think.

    Covid 19 lockdowns are a threat to that applecart. I doubt that the schools will be too affected by the lockdowns in the long run. The people who benefit from the existence of schools are too smart to allow that to happen.

    • Disagree: The Wild Geese Howard
    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    @HallParvey


    The people who benefit from the existence of schools are too smart to allow that to happen.
     
    No they aren't.
  63. @ic1000
    @Anon

    > Steve, when you talk about the “basic logic of the 21st century,” what are you referencing?

    Speaking Power to Truth.

    Replies: @Sean

    [Jeffery] Epstein asked a small group of scientists at one table abrasive questions and made offensive remarks about race, intelligence, and athletic ability, recalled Avin, who later learned the interloper’s identity from a Wikipedia entry.

    This was in February 2017, and when they asked who he was old Jeff would not tell them, his name was already mud. Apparently, being disgraced by conviction as a child molester frees one to tell the about race, if you are a demi-billionaire (through embezzlement). It’s desire for the power of a good reputation that makes the world go round.

    • Agree: Johnny Rico
    • Replies: @Curle
    @Sean

    “Apparently, being disgraced by conviction as a child molester frees one to tell the about race,”

    Or a professional blackmailer is looking for useful answers.

    Replies: @Sean

  64. @Anon
    -- If a gap is created for these (black) kids that is persistent and cummulative, it's going to show up in the next test anyway, whenever that is, next year, three years from now, or the SAT ...

    -- ... Which means that the real goal is to eliminate standardized testing permanently and never test (brains encapsuled in black bodies) ever again.

    -- But wait a minute ... they already seem to know that blacks are falling behind: "Studies continue to show that amid the school closures, many young children have missed out on mastering fundamental reading skills." Shouldn't these studies also be banned? "How to describe the learning gaps [exposed by these studies] without stigmatizing or discouraging (black) students and families?" Ban all studies!

    -- "Actively harmful," "additional trauma": Oh, come on. Stop publishing articles on it and they won't know ... as if black kids are reading the New York Times anyway.

    -- Opting out or opting in: My sense from that big summer 2009 story in the Atlantic by George Packer about his family's experience in the New York school system is that mostly liberal white parents will opt out and black families don't care. The New York Times writer here seems to assume the opposite, that black families want to shut down standardized testing.

    -- I'm guessing any gap will fade. White students may have on average read more during the pandemic, but I think reading skills track IQ pretty closely, and like the testing during Head Start, any changes during the pandemic are transitory and every kid will end up at wherever he would otherwise have ended up by age 16 or 20 or so.

    Replies: @Nikolai Vladivostok, @stillCARealist

    every kid will end up at wherever he would otherwise have ended up by age 16 or 20 or so.

    of course.

    why do people think school matters so much when it comes to actual learning? I don’t care how many classes you sit through. If you don’t care about the material and don’t try to understand any of it, you aren’t going to learn anything but how to fake people out.

    As for 2020/21, I’ve had several recent conversations with teens and their insouciance is almost unbelievable. They turn off their zoom cameras and play video games, or go off to shop or hang out. I asked about tests if they’re not even paying attention in the classes, and a 17 year old just shrugged and said, “Google.” What? yes, apparently they can find all the answers to everything on the internet and put those into the tests in real time. For all that school was meaningless in years past, it’s a complete zero right now.

  65. @SimpleSong
    No big surprise that the black white test gap got larger during the pandemic. I would say two reasons (at least, maybe some others.)

    1.) Obvious one: much more teaching has fallen on the shoulders of parents, rather than the school system, and white parents are willing to do more for their kids (and also have the ability to do more--even black parents who have the desire and the will, lack the horsepower upstairs to help their kids in school.)

    2.) Less obvious one: lots of nice white lady teachers in majority black districts, deep down, really don't care much for their students and kinda hate their jobs. For that matter even the not-so-nice black lady teachers don't really like dealing with these kids. The pandemic is the perfect excuse to refuse to work. In terms of getting back in class, the order has been private schools > nice suburban public schools > crappy inner city schools, which correlates neatly with the number of disciplinary issues, and the level at which rank-and-file teachers hate their lives.

    Replies: @stillCARealist, @Abolish_public_education, @John Johnson, @Johann Ricke

    okay, with your breakdown of schools, tell me how many kids would be left in an average classroom if the teachers all declared, “If you don’t want to be here, you may go.”

    Even in the best schools you’re only going to have 20-30% sticking around. Am I too cynical?

  66. Debates about the extent of missed learning are more than academic. If remote school is actively harming children’s skill development, it becomes harder for teachers’ unions, school boards or administrators to argue that schools should remain shuttered as vaccines roll out across the nation, or should operate only on limited schedules.

    Of course, the kids are not getting the miraculous shots any soon, and there is a fourth wave of cases coming, but who cares?

  67. @John Up North
    @Kibernetika

    I think the sagging pants comes from black prison/jail culture where the warden takes your belt away so you won't hang yourself in the jail cell. I started seeing white kids wear their pants like this in the 90s. Now I'll often see adult white men wearing their britches hanging down exposing their boxers.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Jim Bob Lassiter

    Prisoners generally wear coveralls anyway. The sagging britches are a metaphor for being your cellmate’s little bitch and getting sodomized regularly.

    • Replies: @John Up North
    @Jim Bob Lassiter

    Thanks

  68. @SimpleSong
    No big surprise that the black white test gap got larger during the pandemic. I would say two reasons (at least, maybe some others.)

    1.) Obvious one: much more teaching has fallen on the shoulders of parents, rather than the school system, and white parents are willing to do more for their kids (and also have the ability to do more--even black parents who have the desire and the will, lack the horsepower upstairs to help their kids in school.)

    2.) Less obvious one: lots of nice white lady teachers in majority black districts, deep down, really don't care much for their students and kinda hate their jobs. For that matter even the not-so-nice black lady teachers don't really like dealing with these kids. The pandemic is the perfect excuse to refuse to work. In terms of getting back in class, the order has been private schools > nice suburban public schools > crappy inner city schools, which correlates neatly with the number of disciplinary issues, and the level at which rank-and-file teachers hate their lives.

    Replies: @stillCARealist, @Abolish_public_education, @John Johnson, @Johann Ricke

    Involved parents now realize that they’ve been homeschooling all along. Many of them won’t be sending their kids back.

    Also, even homeschooled kids whose parents lack much formal education still do better than they would in gov schools (I’ve personally known a few). Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped at age 11 and lived under horrible conditions. Investigators were astonished that her kids were so well adjusted.

    Regarding babysitters who don’t want to return to their daycare centers, given a choice, probably most workers would prefer to stay out on paid vacations.

    @50: “3/30,000 chords for 30,000/3 people” is based on fact.

    [MORE]

    .. amid the school closures .. many young children have missed out on mastering fundamental reading and math skills.

    The kids miss out when the schools are open. Taxpayers however, do worse when the schools are closed; can you believe this?

    Despite (virtual, e.g. logged-in for a second) attendance figures officially down by 5%, the districts will still receive their full shares of per-student funding. Meanwhile, the USG is shoveling tons of “virus-related” aid money at the districts.

    The schools will have WAY more money than they’ve ever seen.

    Districts have already gleefully announced that they’ll be spending the money, and like it’s going out of style, on all sorts of non-babysitting items, such as psychologists (quietly, pensions).

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Abolish_public_education

    Just got back from the second hand book store. Her book’s there, only 75cents. I’m too squeamish to read it so I bought something else. I hope Jaycee’s genes have really conquered her kidnapper’s genes.

    Most schools haven’t really re opened except for the important sports like football. It’s class only 2 or 3 days a week the other days at home. Schools my grand kids go to there was just one girl alone in a class, often just 4 or 5 because of staggering so the covid hoax doesn’t spread

    .very short lunch periods no activities or clubs other than important sports. So there’s only a few kids in school at any one time. So friends aren’t there at the same time. Plus a gulag of mask and social distancing regulations. Even lunch mask on at all times pull it down to put food in your mouth. Football basketball track with a mask on. Teens are tough and at peak strength It shouldn’t hurt them. The only teachers who seem concerned are the coaches whose job it is to get kids sports team scholarships.

    After a year of sleeping till 8 and leisurely breakfast, logging on, typing in math problems to the endless sites that do the math for them, playing video games, baking baking baking eating smoking weed it will be very difficult to get kids back to school. They can’t see friends at school. But they can play video games with them spend endless hours on face time and hang out at friend’s houses while parents are at work.
    Sounds like teen paradise to me.

  69. @Anon
    Potatohead Biden is considering sending cash payments to Central Americans to stop them from heading north.

    Jesus Christ. We're already paying welfare to plenty of blacks in the US, and now Biden wants to pay welfare to all of Central America too.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/bidens-border-czar-abruptly-quits-despite-no-crisis

    We can't get rid of these f--king Democrats soon enough. They're too stupid for reality.

    Paying Central Americans not to travel? Heck, they'll just take the money and travel anyway, using that cash to pay their coyotes. Because cash payments are still not the same thing as having a full time job in a first world country. The U.S. is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and they're desperate to come here. They want first-world possessions and a first-world lifestyle. They know they'll never get it staying home.

    And if they stay home, that extra cash will be used to help them breed like rabbits, and they'll have even MORE kids they can't provide for.

    The fact so many migrants are dumping their kids over the U.S. border is ominous. Instead of kicking their excess offspring out on the street and letting them starve, they're shoving them into the US and forcing oh-so-compassionate-us to take care of them on our own dime. WE have become the social welfare safety net for countries that refuse to provide those safety nets. WE are now going to be stuck paying for the social welfare programs for everybody south of the border.

    Because Democrat are f--king stupid.

    We need to return all of those children, period. If we refuse to take them, they'll stop sending them.

    It is not a European value to callously discard your offspring the way they do below the border. It's the scum of the earth, the lowest of the low, who do such a thing. It's the Central Americans who have Indigenous Indian ancestry who are doing this. As Trump said, they're not sending their best.

    Replies: @Polistra, @El Dato, @ThreeCranes

    Public payments are a Health Crisis!

    …nay

    a HEALTH EPIDEMIC.

  70. @Anon
    Steve, when you talk about the “basic logic of the 21st century,” what are you referencing?

    Replies: @ic1000, @SunBakedSuburb

    Pizza. Steve is referencing pizza. Is left-over pizza and coffee a healthy breakfast for a middle age ape man? Please send your SASE reply to Jerry’s Rancheria.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @SunBakedSuburb

    Pizza is carbs made with enriched flour full of necessary vitamins and minerals. Tomato sauce for more vitamins and lots of vitamin C Cheese is diary full of protein calcium vitamin A and D. Add pepperoni ham sausage for more protein onions bell pepper and other vegetables.

    A completely balanced nourishing meal. And if you don’t heat it in the microwave and eat it off a paper towel, no dish to wash or microwave to wipe clean.

    Coffee liberals agonize; should I waste the earths precious water resources by drinking it out of a cup that needs washing? Or desecrate Mother Gia with a throw away polyester cup?

  71. @El Dato
    On-Topic: More things that are definitely not happening.

    The Aggressive Defamation League unhappy about someone mentioning the Great Replacement.

    ADL wants Fox News host Tucker Carlson FIRED, claiming he defended ‘white replacement theory’ in discussing immigration


    The outraged ADL CEO called it a “white supremacist tenet that the white race is in danger by a rising tide of non-whites” that is “anti-Semitic, racist and toxic.”

     

    https://twitter.com/JGreenblattADL/status/1380528052061544455

    It turns out the Defamation League was a trying too defame too vigorously. One wonders why that might be?

    “Everyone wants to make a racial issue out of it: Oooh, the ‘white replacement theory’ – No, no no. This is a voting rights question,” Carlson told Steyn.

    He even prefaced the comment by saying that “the left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical” if anyone uses the term "replacement" to describe what he said was the Democrats importing immigrants to “dilute” the votes of existing Americans – of all colors and creeds, he implied.

    Instead, Greenblatt doubled down and said he wrote to the Fox News CEO about Carlson’s “long pattern of increasingly toxic rhetoric in recent years.”
     

    Israel is the proof that "Great Replacements" never happen and are definitely not planned:

    https://i.postimg.cc/9QhkbJ9H/it-s-not-happening.jpg

    Replies: @SunBakedSuburb

    This is impressive for someone in a highly-placed media perch. Ever since he abandoned the bow-tie Tucker has been kicking booty. If he really wants to rile up the grungy mob he should replace the tie with a cravat.

  72. “what’s hot on Tik-Tok”

    The beginning of the end of childhood began with the introduction of invasive technology into the daily lives of children. The constant digital stimulation of the little jerks leads to mental illness. Look at the young adult jerks of Portland for verification. Tech combined with CRT indoctrination and transhumanist trends in culture is a weapon of mass destruction. Middle age jerks like me exist in a web of paranoiac awareness because we read PDK whilst on watch. The other shoe to drop will be the regeneration of Cthulhu and the other Lovecraftian entities from their polar tomb. This is my most fervent hope.

    “blacks”

    The favored snacks of the Mi-go.

    • Agree: El Dato
    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    @SunBakedSuburb


    The other shoe to drop will be the regeneration of Cthulhu and the other Lovecraftian entities from their polar tomb. This is my most fervent hope.
     
    At the rate things are progressing, the return of the Great Old Ones may actually increase the sanity level of the world.
  73. @Anon
    Potatohead Biden is considering sending cash payments to Central Americans to stop them from heading north.

    Jesus Christ. We're already paying welfare to plenty of blacks in the US, and now Biden wants to pay welfare to all of Central America too.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/bidens-border-czar-abruptly-quits-despite-no-crisis

    We can't get rid of these f--king Democrats soon enough. They're too stupid for reality.

    Paying Central Americans not to travel? Heck, they'll just take the money and travel anyway, using that cash to pay their coyotes. Because cash payments are still not the same thing as having a full time job in a first world country. The U.S. is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and they're desperate to come here. They want first-world possessions and a first-world lifestyle. They know they'll never get it staying home.

    And if they stay home, that extra cash will be used to help them breed like rabbits, and they'll have even MORE kids they can't provide for.

    The fact so many migrants are dumping their kids over the U.S. border is ominous. Instead of kicking their excess offspring out on the street and letting them starve, they're shoving them into the US and forcing oh-so-compassionate-us to take care of them on our own dime. WE have become the social welfare safety net for countries that refuse to provide those safety nets. WE are now going to be stuck paying for the social welfare programs for everybody south of the border.

    Because Democrat are f--king stupid.

    We need to return all of those children, period. If we refuse to take them, they'll stop sending them.

    It is not a European value to callously discard your offspring the way they do below the border. It's the scum of the earth, the lowest of the low, who do such a thing. It's the Central Americans who have Indigenous Indian ancestry who are doing this. As Trump said, they're not sending their best.

    Replies: @Polistra, @El Dato, @ThreeCranes

    Next year; “Hey Biden, if you don’t want to see us come up to your border again, you better pay us twice as much as you did last year!”

    “The Danegeld was a tax raised to pay tribute to the Viking raiders to save a land from being ravaged. It was called the geld…in eleventh-century sources. It was characteristic of royal policy in both England and Francia during the ninth through eleventh centuries, collected…to buy off the attackers…”

  74. @Reg Cæsar
    @Tom F.


    15 kids. Fill in your own punchline.

     

    A rock star plays three chords before 30,000 people. A jazzman plays 30,000 chords before three people.

    What a rapper does, besides "aspire", is beyond me.

    Well, okay... they also expire. As shown here.

    Replies: @Curle, @JMcG

    Not soon enough, they don’t.

  75. @Steve Sailer
    @Stolen Valor Detective

    PKD was crazy. Literally. He was kind of heroic in how much work he got done despite his mental illness.

    Replies: @Boomthorkell

    More like because of.

    Then again, he managed to see the silver cord and notice his son had an undiagnosed hernia.

    That is an accomplishment most sane people struggle with. Warhammer 40k was right.

  76. @Curle
    @Nigerian Nationalist

    “ aren’t your fellow whites praising looting as the greatest thing ever these days.”

    Example please.

    Replies: @Boomthorkell

    I think he’s referring to the general support of (generally, but not always) white liberals for Antifa rioters and black looters over the summer and ongoing months.

    • Thanks: Curle
  77. “If either of those people showed up in the examination room, I’d immediately hop off the table and leave.”

    Agreed. But I think the doctor situation is different from the upcoming Pilot LeShondra situation, because TWO pilots are flying a plane. The airlines’ plan is that they will not have LeShondra and LeMichael piloting together. LeShondra will be flying with Chip. And LeShondra will accept Chip’s help. I hope.

  78. Considering that the ultimate aim of open borders is to dilute if not displace blacks, which is why the whites in charge are so shit hot on it, it’s no surprise that they’re also anxious to stop Tucker from talking about it lest he ruin their good thing.

  79. The real test will be in the Taiwan Strait. It could be “traumatic.”

  80. Another benefit is that average test scores will rise, further justifying increases in teachers’ salaries.

  81. They could always stop calculating “the gap” by simply not reporting scores or score means by race, and therefore, not stigmatize anyone.

    Parents, teachers and schools know who is scoring well and scoring poorly, which will vary widely by school demographics, socio-economics, races, ethnicities, etc. Attention given to gifted students will differ from attention given to struggling students will differ from assistance given to so-called special ed students.

    The problem schools wrestle with is the one-size-fits-all public education model, which clearly doesn’t work–so why keep imposing it…

    • Replies: @Curle
    @Forbes

    “ which clearly doesn’t work–so why keep imposing it…”

    Because the system of teaching isn’t the problem.

    Replies: @Forbes

  82. DMX is dead.

    Who? Good riddance?

    …he was a rule-changing giant.

    Yes, with enthralling verbal gymnastics like this…

    …combined with sophisticated melodies like this…

    …spiced up with a classy ghetto esthetic…

    Nothing at all like the garbage we associate with other rapsters.

  83. What the hell? My intended video links were changed somehow. This is what they were supposed to be…

  84. but I think most musical styles, jazz included, stay within a limited chord range,

    I think the answer’s fuzzy, while allowing for obvious hyperbole of the aphorism/joke.

    [MORE]

    ‘Jazz’ is a term more notable for the disagreement over its scope, but speaking roughly, its chords are structured and repetitive, possibly with more different chords per song. However, the complexity of many jazz chords leads easily to viewing them not as single chords, but combinations of 2 or 3, and it’s often easier to think of them so when playing.

    The ‘tritone’ (flat5/aug4) interval is equidistant in the Western keyboard; going up or down from a root note, it’s the same note. For example, a tritone up from C is Gflat/Fsharp, same as a tritone down. Jazz lives on the tritone, which when substituted by the bass, converts via simple note swap a basic dominant 7th chord played by other instrument(s) into a complex flat5-flat7-flat9. A bass player may often freely substitute a tritone in many chords of a jazz standard, nearly doubling the ‘chord’ count. Not unique to jazz, but typically more prevalent.

    Perhaps a better example than Monk of exponential variation is Cecil Taylor, whose later playing many would describe as a rabid cat stomping on a piano keyboard—myriad ‘chords’, block and broken.

    Overall, it’s just a joke, and many jazz standards are pop songs played with changes nearly identical to the original, in a ‘jazz’ style which often pushes chord embellishment.

    Related AC/DC joke: As I recall, guitarist Angus Young was asked to comment on the claim that they’d released the same album 14 times. He was offended, insisting that the correct number was 15.

    • Thanks: Curle
  85. Anonymous[171] • Disclaimer says:

    In the Mediterranean refugees routinely throw their kids overboard when they see a ship, knowing it will be compelled to come and pick them all up. Life is cheap to these people.

  86. Anonymous[171] • Disclaimer says:

    In the Mediterranean refugees routinely throw their kids overboard when they see a ship, knowing it will be compelled to come and pick them all up. Life is cheap to these people.

    • Replies: @Expletive Deleted
    @Anonymous

    The Med has 47 species of shark. 15 of them can be dangerous, and chumming the waters with illegals won't do much to deter them from thinking bipeds are quite yummy, even investigating the beaches (makes sense, that's where the jettisoned nippers whill wash up .. eventually).

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4084241/as-a-third-shark-attack-rocks-majorca-europes-most-dangerous-spots-to-swim-are-revealed-and-britain-is-in-second-place/
    Muh Great White? Muh Tiger, muh Hammerhead and Blacktip? Dangerous? Shurely not. Evil nazis have just given them a bad name, same as immigrants.

    [apologies for trashy Murdoch redtop reference material]

  87. @J.Ross
    DMX is dead. Late 90s early 2000s music was pretty vapid and forgettable but he was a rule-changing giant. Obscenities at link.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3EonJpsTww

    Replies: @Tom F., @Anon7, @Anonymous, @John Johnson, @Kibernetika, @Reg Cæsar, @Escher, @Kyle

    Dmx sucks. Biggie, wu tang, tribe, gang star, snoop are much better. Late 90’s & early 2000’s rap is forgettable, other than maybe the slim shady stuff & chronic 2000.

  88. @El Dato
    @anon

    From "A Maze of Death" which is like someone who can write but was also depressed had written "The Matrix":


    For the remainder of the day Seth Morley busied himself loading their possessions into the _Morbid Chicken_. Mary did not show herself. He realized, toward dinnertime, that he was doing it all. Where is she? he asked himself. It's not fair.

    Depression hit him, as it generally did toward mealtime. I wonder if it's all worth it, he said to himself. Going from one no-good job to another. I'm a loser. Mary is right about me; look at the job I did selecting a noser. Look at the job I'm doing loading this damn stuff in here. He gazed about the interior of the noser, conscious of the ungainly piles of clothing, books, records, kitchen appliances, typewriter, medical supplies, pictures, wear-forever couch covers, chess set, reference tapes, communications gear and junk, junk, junk. What have we in fact accumulated in eight years of work here? he asked himself. Nothing of any worth. And in addition, he could not get it all into the noser. Much would have to be thrown away or left for someone else to use. Better to destroy it, he thought gloomily. The idea of someone else gaining use of his possessions had to be sternly rejected. I'll burn every last bit of it, he told himself. Including all the nebbish clothes that Mary's collected in her jaybird manner. Selecting whatever's bright and gaudy.

    I'll pile her stuff outside, he decided, and then get all of mine aboard. It's her own fault: she should be here to help. I'm under no mandate to load her kipple.

    As he stood there with an armload of clothes gripped tightly he saw, in the gloom of twilight, a figure approaching him. Who is it? he wondered, and peered to see.

    It was not Mary. A man, he saw, or rather something like a man. A figure in a loose robe, with long hair falling down his dark, full shoulders. Seth Morley felt fear. The Walker-on-Earth, he realized. Come to stop me. Shaking, he began to set down the armload of clothes. Within him his conscience bit furiously; he felt now the complete weight of all the baddoings he had done. Months, years--he had not seen the Walker-on-Earth for a long time, and the weight was intolerable. The accumulation which always left its mark within. Which never departed until the Intercessor removed it.

    The figure halted before him. "Mr. Morley," it said.

    "Yes," he said, and felt his scalp bleeding perspiration. His face dripped with it and he tried to wipe it away with the back of his hand. "I'm tired," he said. "I've been working for hours to get this noser loaded. It's a big job."

    The Walker-on-Earth said, "Your noser, the _Morbid Chicken_, will not get you and your little family to DelmakO. I therefore must interfere, my dear friend. Do you understand?"

    "Sure," he said, panting with guilt.

    "Select another."

    "Yes," he said, nodding frantically. "Yes, I will. And thank you; thanks a lot. The fact of the matter is you saved our lives." He peered at the dim face of the Walker-on-Earth, trying to see if its expression reproached him. But he could not tell; the remaining sunlight had begun to diffuse into an almost nocturnal haze.

    "I am sorry," the Walker-on-Earth said, "that you had to labor so long for nothing."

    "Well, as I say--"

    "I will help you with the reloading," the Walker-on-Earth said. It reached its arms out, bending; it picked up a pile of boxes and began to move among the parked, silent nosers. "I recommend this," it said presently, halting by one and reaching to open its door. "It is not much to look at, but mechanically it's perfect."

    "Hey," Morley said, following with a swiftly snatched-up load. "I mean, thanks. Looks aren't important anyhow; it's what's on the inside that counts. For people as well as nosers." He laughed, but the sound emerged as a jarring screech; he cut it off instantly, and the sweat gathered around his neck turned cold with his great fear.

    "There is no reason to be afraid of me," the Walker said.

    "Intellectually I know that," Morley said.

    Together, they labored for a time in silence, carrying box after box from the _Morbid Chicken_ to the better noser. Continually Morley tried to think of something to say, but he could not. His mind, because of his fright, had become dim; the fires of his quick intellect, in which he had so much faith, had almost flickered off.

    "Have you ever thought of getting psychiatric help?" the Walker asked him at last.

    "No," he said.

    "Let's pause a moment and rest. So we can talk a little."

    Morley said, "No."

    "Why not?"

    "I don't want to know anything; I don't want to hear anything." He heard his voice bleat out in its weakness, steeped in its paucity of knowledge. The bleat of foolishness, of the greatest amount of insanity of which he was capable. He knew this, heard it and recognized it, and still he clung to it; he continued on. "I know I'm not perfect," he said. "But I can't change. I'm satisfied."

    "Your failure to examine the _Morbid Chicken_."

    "Mary made a good point; usually my luck is good."

    "She would have died, too."

    "Tell her that." Don't tell me, he thought. Please, don't tell me any more. I don't want to know!

    The Walker regarded him for a moment. "Is there anything," it said at last, "that you want to say to me?"

    "I'm grateful, damn grateful. For your appearance."

    "Many times during the past years you've thought to yourself what you would say to me if you met me again. Many things passed through your mind."

    "I--forget," he said, huskily.

    "May I bless you?"

    "Sure," he said, his voice still husky. And almost inaudible. "But why? What have I done?"

    "I am proud of you, that's all."

    "But why?" He did not understand; the censure which he had been waiting for had not arrived.

    The Walker said, "Once years ago you had a tomcat whom you loved. He was greedy and mendacious and yet you loved him. One day he died from bone fragments lodged in his stomach, the result of filching the remains of a dead Martian root-buzzard from a garbage pail. You were sad, but you still loved him. His essence, his appetite--all that made him up had driven him to his death. You would have paid a great deal to have him alive again, but you would have wanted him as he was, greedy and pushy, himself as you loved him, unchanged. Do you understand?"

    "I prayed then," Morley said. "But no help came. The Mentufacturer could have rolled time back and restored him."

    "Do you want him back now?"

    "Yes," Morley said raspingly.

    "Will you get psychiatric help?"

    "No."

    "I bless you," the Walker-on-Earth said, and made a motion with his right hand: a slow and dignified gesture of blessing. Seth Morley bowed his head, pressed his right hand against his eyes . . . and found that black tears had lodged in the hollows of his face. Even now, he marveled. That awful old cat; I should have forgotten him years ago. I guess you never really forget such things, he thought. It's all in there, in the mind, buried until something like this comes up.

    "Thank you," he said, when the blessing ended.

    "You will see him again," the Walker said. "When you sit with us in Paradise."

    "Are you sure?"

    "Yes."

    "Exactly as he was?"

    "Yes."

    "Will he remember me?"

    "He remembers you now. He waits. He will never stop waiting."

    "Thanks," Morley said. "I feel a lot better."

    The Walker-on-Earth departed.

    --

    Entering the cafeteria of the kibbutz, Seth Morley sought out his wife. He found her eating curried lamb shoulder at a table in the shadows of the edge of the room. She barely nodded as he seated himself facing her.

    "You missed dinner," she said presently. "That's not like you."

    Morley said, "I saw him."

    "Who?" She eyed him keenly.

    "The Walker-on-Earth. He came to tell me that the noser I picked out would have killed us. We never would have made it."

    "I knew that," Mary said. "I knew that--_thing_ would never have gotten us there."

    Morley said, "My cat is still alive."

    "You don't have a cat."

    He grabbed her arm, halting her motions with the fork. "He says we'll be all right; we'll get to Delmak-O and I can begin the new job."

    "Did you ask him what the new job is all about?"

    "I didn't think to ask him that, no."

    "You fool." She pried his hand loose and resumed eating. "Tell me what the Walker looked like."

    "You've never seen it?"

    "You _know_ I've never seen it!"

    "Beautiful and gentle. He held out his hand and blessed me."

    "So it manifested itself to you as a man. Interesting. If it had been as a woman you wouldn't have listened to--"

    "I pity you," Morley said. "It's never intervened to save you. Maybe it doesn't consider you worth saving."

    Mary, savagely, threw down her fork; she glowered at him with animal ferocity. Neither of them spoke for a time.

    "I'm going to Delmak-O alone," Morley said at last.

    "You think so? You really think so? I'm going with you; I want to keep my eyes on you at all times. Without me--"

    Okay," he said scathingly. "You can come along. What the hell do I care? Anyhow if you stayed here you'd be having an affair with Gossim, ruining his life--" He ceased speaking, panting for breath.

    In silence, Mary continued eating her lamb.

     

    Replies: @El Dato

    Well, it got censored. But you can download it from the usual places in Russia.

    • Replies: @anon
    @El Dato

    Censored? Dude, you can buy "Maze of Death" in hard copy multiple places, starting with Amazon.

    Pretty sure there are pdf's out there as well, and not just in Russia.

  89. @Jiminy
    This reminds me of the local school that my neighbour’s kids go to. Once every couple of years schools have nationwide tests to see how well they are progressing, and which school needs more money and attention. The young students from next door are asked by the principle not to come to school on those days as their poor results will upset and skew the test results. Admittedly one kid has fetal alcohol syndrome and his brother only goes to school when he really has to. But as I’ve often said to people, these days if you leave school and you can read and write then you’re going to have a massive advantage over so many of the others, who simply go to school because they have to. And of course video games and cell phones add to the distraction.

    Replies: @Abolish_public_education

    I’m acquainted with a school official who had to address an “early teen with a loaded gun in school” situation.

    I can’t remember the kid’s intent, but he was given a period of out-of-school suspension, after which he just stopped showing up for school.

    The official was happy to pretend that the kid’s family had left the district.

    #74 (CARealist): Your estimate of who would show up, without compulsory attendance, is probably pretty accurate. In one of those districts where post-virus, in-person was optional, that’s about the number who came in.

  90. @Jim Bob Lassiter
    @John Up North

    Prisoners generally wear coveralls anyway. The sagging britches are a metaphor for being your cellmate's little bitch and getting sodomized regularly.

    Replies: @John Up North

    Thanks

  91. @HallParvey
    @Nikolai Vladivostok


    If my prediction is wrong, I guess we don’t need schools anymore.
     
    The need for schools transends mere "education". Schools provide government employment for principals, teachers, cafeteria workers, sociologists, janitors and are a big part of the construction and building maintenance industries. Most of the better paying jobs associated with "schools" require college educations. Union jobs for the girls.

    Primary, Middle, and High schools are the feeder systems into the Universities of the nation. The pipeline to better paying jobs. Jobs that, hopefully, require sitting at a desk, doing important decision making stuff.

    Schools also have as one of their functions, providing babysitting services, so that the stay at home parent can view what once was referred to as "Soap Operas", while they plan the weeks menu. There is also the element of subtle mind conditioning associated with the programming of the various views and other such like entertainment. It might lead a person to vote for a like minded person.

    The public school system is quite possibly larger than the Military Industrial Complex and the Medical Industrial Complex combined, and is essential to the continued success of both. After all, Generals and Doctors both need schooling when they are young. Before they become Generals and Doctors. So they will know how to think, and more importantly, what to think.

    Covid 19 lockdowns are a threat to that applecart. I doubt that the schools will be too affected by the lockdowns in the long run. The people who benefit from the existence of schools are too smart to allow that to happen.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    The people who benefit from the existence of schools are too smart to allow that to happen.

    No they aren’t.

  92. @SunBakedSuburb
    "what's hot on Tik-Tok"

    The beginning of the end of childhood began with the introduction of invasive technology into the daily lives of children. The constant digital stimulation of the little jerks leads to mental illness. Look at the young adult jerks of Portland for verification. Tech combined with CRT indoctrination and transhumanist trends in culture is a weapon of mass destruction. Middle age jerks like me exist in a web of paranoiac awareness because we read PDK whilst on watch. The other shoe to drop will be the regeneration of Cthulhu and the other Lovecraftian entities from their polar tomb. This is my most fervent hope.

    "blacks"

    The favored snacks of the Mi-go.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    The other shoe to drop will be the regeneration of Cthulhu and the other Lovecraftian entities from their polar tomb. This is my most fervent hope.

    At the rate things are progressing, the return of the Great Old Ones may actually increase the sanity level of the world.

  93. @El Dato
    @El Dato

    Well, it got censored. But you can download it from the usual places in Russia.

    Replies: @anon

    Censored? Dude, you can buy “Maze of Death” in hard copy multiple places, starting with Amazon.

    Pretty sure there are pdf’s out there as well, and not just in Russia.

  94. @Mr. Anon
    In the absence of computers, would any of this lockdown bulls**t have happened?

    I think the answer is pretty clearly: No.

    No computers, no telecommuting, no zoom-classes.

    Lockdowns were unthinkable during the Hong Kong Flu of 1968-1970, the Asian Flu of 1957-1958, or the Spanish Flu of 1918-1920. That's why nobody thought to do it. White collar workers couldn't work remotely over a candlestick phone or a Western Electric 500.

    So if the only thing that made possible the great lockdown, the experts preferred "non pharmaceutical" medical intervention, was the computer - a device with no intrinsic medical value - then how was the lockdown not really just a social experiment, rather than a medical one?

    Replies: @Alden

    You Sir, are a genius. Archimedes, Newton, Copernicus, Wright, brothers Pascal, Pasteur, Einstein Watson you surpass them all.

  95. @Abolish_public_education
    @SimpleSong

    Involved parents now realize that they’ve been homeschooling all along. Many of them won’t be sending their kids back.

    Also, even homeschooled kids whose parents lack much formal education still do better than they would in gov schools (I’ve personally known a few). Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped at age 11 and lived under horrible conditions. Investigators were astonished that her kids were so well adjusted.

    Regarding babysitters who don’t want to return to their daycare centers, given a choice, probably most workers would prefer to stay out on paid vacations.

    @50: “3/30,000 chords for 30,000/3 people” is based on fact.

    .. amid the school closures .. many young children have missed out on mastering fundamental reading and math skills.

    The kids miss out when the schools are open. Taxpayers however, do worse when the schools are closed; can you believe this?

    Despite (virtual, e.g. logged-in for a second) attendance figures officially down by 5%, the districts will still receive their full shares of per-student funding. Meanwhile, the USG is shoveling tons of “virus-related” aid money at the districts.

    The schools will have WAY more money than they’ve ever seen.

    Districts have already gleefully announced that they’ll be spending the money, and like it’s going out of style, on all sorts of non-babysitting items, such as psychologists (quietly, pensions).

    Replies: @Alden

    Just got back from the second hand book store. Her book’s there, only 75cents. I’m too squeamish to read it so I bought something else. I hope Jaycee’s genes have really conquered her kidnapper’s genes.

    Most schools haven’t really re opened except for the important sports like football. It’s class only 2 or 3 days a week the other days at home. Schools my grand kids go to there was just one girl alone in a class, often just 4 or 5 because of staggering so the covid hoax doesn’t spread

    .very short lunch periods no activities or clubs other than important sports. So there’s only a few kids in school at any one time. So friends aren’t there at the same time. Plus a gulag of mask and social distancing regulations. Even lunch mask on at all times pull it down to put food in your mouth. Football basketball track with a mask on. Teens are tough and at peak strength It shouldn’t hurt them. The only teachers who seem concerned are the coaches whose job it is to get kids sports team scholarships.

    After a year of sleeping till 8 and leisurely breakfast, logging on, typing in math problems to the endless sites that do the math for them, playing video games, baking baking baking eating smoking weed it will be very difficult to get kids back to school. They can’t see friends at school. But they can play video games with them spend endless hours on face time and hang out at friend’s houses while parents are at work.
    Sounds like teen paradise to me.

  96. @Ed Case
    @John Johnson

    The guy did have an onstage presence.
    The entire audience appears to be White people, but you can't blame him for that?

    Replies: @John Johnson

    The guy did have an onstage presence.
    The entire audience appears to be White people, but you can’t blame him for that?

    It is mostly White people that go to rap concerts. That has been true for a long time.

    Most Blacks are not willing to pay $100 to get in an alcohol free concert to drink $10 bottles of water. Black people are right on this one.

    • Agree: Ed Case
  97. @SimpleSong
    No big surprise that the black white test gap got larger during the pandemic. I would say two reasons (at least, maybe some others.)

    1.) Obvious one: much more teaching has fallen on the shoulders of parents, rather than the school system, and white parents are willing to do more for their kids (and also have the ability to do more--even black parents who have the desire and the will, lack the horsepower upstairs to help their kids in school.)

    2.) Less obvious one: lots of nice white lady teachers in majority black districts, deep down, really don't care much for their students and kinda hate their jobs. For that matter even the not-so-nice black lady teachers don't really like dealing with these kids. The pandemic is the perfect excuse to refuse to work. In terms of getting back in class, the order has been private schools > nice suburban public schools > crappy inner city schools, which correlates neatly with the number of disciplinary issues, and the level at which rank-and-file teachers hate their lives.

    Replies: @stillCARealist, @Abolish_public_education, @John Johnson, @Johann Ricke

    No big surprise that the black white test gap got larger during the pandemic. I would say two reasons (at least, maybe some others.)

    There is a third reason:

    A lot of the teachers are bitter liberal White women that resent the fact that their professors were wrong about race.

    They intentionally try to hold back the smarter White kids. This is pretty much how Common Core works. Suppress the outliers to reduce the gap.

    A lot of these kids would undoubtedly rocket ahead with homeschooling.

    The gap is much worse than everyone realizes. They numbers they put out are post-fudging.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @John Johnson

    I don't think there's active malevolence involved. Teachers' time is all taken up with the dumb kids so the smart ones are just left alone to do their own thing. If they want to work hard, fine, but the teacher isn't going to make them do it. Preventing the dumb kids from failing is more important than getting the smart kids to achieve their potential.

  98. @Neoconned
    https://www.cnet.com/news/teen-girls-seek-out-safe-spaces-online-in-their-own-metoo-movement/?ftag=CAD-03-10aaj8j

    Teen girls complain about sexual harassment.....f em i say.....bring on the burqa already so i dont have to listen to this crap any more.....

    Replies: @Alden

    You don’t have a daughter do you? If you did you might not be so nonchalant about danger to teen girls. And what were you doing lurking on teen girl sites?

    Did you enjoy creepy gays hitting on you when you were a kid? Girls don’t enjoy creepy heterosexuals hitting on them either.

    No wife no girl friend no kids no relatives or friends with kids. It’s obvious.

    • Replies: @Neoconned
    @Alden

    I do have a daughter. I actually more than likely agree with you.

    I wasn't attacking "innocent" women but rather the types falling over themselves seeking attention with 2 or 3 social media accounts with bikini pics falling out of them.....and/or the ones who walk around with crotch level shorts or pants so tight they show your body orifices & that would be the attire strippers wear.

    Those were the sorts of women in the article cited complaining about harassment etc.

    They like the sexual attention.....but only when it is from the "right men"......not ugly or beta types.....

    Replies: @anon

  99. @SunBakedSuburb
    @Anon

    Pizza. Steve is referencing pizza. Is left-over pizza and coffee a healthy breakfast for a middle age ape man? Please send your SASE reply to Jerry's Rancheria.

    Replies: @Alden

    Pizza is carbs made with enriched flour full of necessary vitamins and minerals. Tomato sauce for more vitamins and lots of vitamin C Cheese is diary full of protein calcium vitamin A and D. Add pepperoni ham sausage for more protein onions bell pepper and other vegetables.

    A completely balanced nourishing meal. And if you don’t heat it in the microwave and eat it off a paper towel, no dish to wash or microwave to wipe clean.

    Coffee liberals agonize; should I waste the earths precious water resources by drinking it out of a cup that needs washing? Or desecrate Mother Gia with a throw away polyester cup?

  100. @Forbes
    They could always stop calculating "the gap" by simply not reporting scores or score means by race, and therefore, not stigmatize anyone.

    Parents, teachers and schools know who is scoring well and scoring poorly, which will vary widely by school demographics, socio-economics, races, ethnicities, etc. Attention given to gifted students will differ from attention given to struggling students will differ from assistance given to so-called special ed students.

    The problem schools wrestle with is the one-size-fits-all public education model, which clearly doesn't work--so why keep imposing it...

    Replies: @Curle

    “ which clearly doesn’t work–so why keep imposing it…”

    Because the system of teaching isn’t the problem.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    @Curle

    The "why" was rhetorical...

  101. @Sean
    @ic1000


    [Jeffery] Epstein asked a small group of scientists at one table abrasive questions and made offensive remarks about race, intelligence, and athletic ability, recalled Avin, who later learned the interloper’s identity from a Wikipedia entry.
     
    This was in February 2017, and when they asked who he was old Jeff would not tell them, his name was already mud. Apparently, being disgraced by conviction as a child molester frees one to tell the about race, if you are a demi-billionaire (through embezzlement). It's desire for the power of a good reputation that makes the world go round.

    Replies: @Curle

    “Apparently, being disgraced by conviction as a child molester frees one to tell the about race,”

    Or a professional blackmailer is looking for useful answers.

    • Replies: @Sean
    @Curle

    Tax evasion expert is how the younger Jeff Epstein liked to portray himself . Later he went into Great Gatsby mode; no one could understand his idleness in someone dodging tax and using philanthropy as part of a tax avoidance PR stratagem a la Bill Gates, which had incentivized all the other rentiers to sweat blood, because they were keeping almost all of it and getting kudos for giving the rest away. By 2017 Epstein was on Wikipedia as a pervert, and persona non grata among the elite. But he still had his less worldly contacts in science. Martin Nowak wrote in his book Supercooperators about a trip to Epstein's Island and having felt he was in a James Bond movie when Epstein’s young female pilot helicoptered him in, Ironically, a lot of what Nowak says about the lack of enlightenment from using an inclusive fitness/ kin selection perspective would have bearing on whether Epstein let anyone know about his criminal sex life . Nowak says the key to superior cooperation is indirect reciprocity, which is when you are seen to be disinterestedly helpful to others and get a good reputation that pays off big time because people will help those known to be helpful to others, but not those with a bad reputation.


    According to Joseph Heinrich, prohibition of consanguinity since the 11th century has resulted in the (trusting) Western thinking style, which is “accompanied by tendencies toward self-enhancement and overconfidence”, over-against the community. The WEIRD---especially elite ones-- think in categories, rather than relationships. A Biden talking point was the minimum wage would have been $24 per hour in 2020 if it had kept pace with productivity growth since 1968. Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism is the title of Case and Deaton's book, they 'tie the crisis to the weakening position of labor, the growing power of corporations, and, above all, to a rapacious health-care sector that redistributes working-class wages into the pockets of the wealthy. Capitalism, which over two centuries lifted countless people out of poverty, is now destroying the lives of blue-collar America.'


    Rutger Bregman
    Studies conducted by the International Monetary Fund and the Bank for International Settlements – not exactly leftist thinktanks – have revealed that much of the financial sector has become downright parasitic. ... economists tell us that the optimum level of total private-sector debt is 100% of GDP. Based on this equation, if the financial sector only grows, it won’t equal more wealth, but less. In the private-sector debt in the the United States, the figure is 188.8%. “Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate.” Rentierism is, in essence, a question of power. [..] One thing is certain: countries where rentiers gain the upper hand gradually fall into decline. Just look at the Roman Empire. Or Venice in the 15th century. Look at the Dutch Republic in the 18th century. Like a parasite stunts a child’s growth, so the rentier drains a country of its vitality.
     
    Perhaps because he is big on diversity and racial integration, Bregman was asked to speak to the billionaires at DAVOS the other year. He shocked them by pointing out that they ought to pay their taxes before getting together to set the world to rights. There is no loyalty to their country among billionaires. For them the proper function of the state is limited to keeping the potentially formidable force of the nation (ethnic majority) in check. Now that the common run of indigenous Westerners are redundant as workers, they are going to be subjected to the same treatment as urban Catholic neighbourhoods have already got: block busted and thus deprived of their cohesion, being politically nullified.

    How much longer will objective data that reflects poorly on blacks be allowed to be published?
     
    I don't think the billionaires are bothered about the declining self respect of American Blacks any more than the (White) Deaths Of Despair. Like other immigrants from outside the Americas, immigrant Black Africans are not a random sample of the continent's population, they are often from a relatively affluent background, and have comparable or higher average IQs than US whites in the case of the Ibo and some other tribal groups. American Blacks will be moved into working class white counties to demoralize and miscegenate the white majority. meanwhile select African blacks will be imported into the elite institutions of society to give the appearance that they are equally affected. The upshot will be billionaire's fortunes remain safe from any populist movements that might confiscate wealth from the rich.

    Replies: @Curle

  102. @Nikolai Vladivostok
    @Anon

    IQ and education are related but not the same thing. Some kids will be fine academically during lockdown because their parents are willing and able to keep pushing them and/or they can learn independently. Others might be bright enough to learn in school but will fall behind without an adult present to pressure or cajole them to get the work done.
    Once those kids fall too far behind, many will not catch up. Having an average IQ does not make up for a year without daily reading instruction, nor for all those missed maths lessons.
    Those who need the most pushing to learn will be the furthest behind and will continue to be so for the rest of their school careers. I predict that 2020 will have a detectable effect that will be picked up on SATs etc. (if those continue to exist) over the next decade. Colleges and employers will gripe about the poor skills of the 'Covid kids'.
    If my prediction is wrong, I guess we don't need schools anymore.

    Replies: @HallParvey, @Curle

    “Having an average IQ does not make up for a year without daily reading instruction, nor for all those missed maths lessons.”

    And for those in the 15% or lower IQ range there will be little difference regardless. BTW – anyone keeping up with Rachel Jeantel?

  103. @SimpleSong
    No big surprise that the black white test gap got larger during the pandemic. I would say two reasons (at least, maybe some others.)

    1.) Obvious one: much more teaching has fallen on the shoulders of parents, rather than the school system, and white parents are willing to do more for their kids (and also have the ability to do more--even black parents who have the desire and the will, lack the horsepower upstairs to help their kids in school.)

    2.) Less obvious one: lots of nice white lady teachers in majority black districts, deep down, really don't care much for their students and kinda hate their jobs. For that matter even the not-so-nice black lady teachers don't really like dealing with these kids. The pandemic is the perfect excuse to refuse to work. In terms of getting back in class, the order has been private schools > nice suburban public schools > crappy inner city schools, which correlates neatly with the number of disciplinary issues, and the level at which rank-and-file teachers hate their lives.

    Replies: @stillCARealist, @Abolish_public_education, @John Johnson, @Johann Ricke

    Less obvious one: lots of nice white lady teachers in majority black districts, deep down, really don’t care much for their students and kinda hate their jobs. For that matter even the not-so-nice black lady teachers don’t really like dealing with these kids.

    This being Unz, I understand why you’d think the white ladies in the education sector might be less concerned than the black teaching staff about their black charges. My guess is that you’d be wrong. For many of these nice white ladies, it’s a cause, their life’s work. For the average black teacher, it’s a paycheck. It’s not a nice thing to say, but given the generally lower motivation and quality of work output from black employees vs their white counterparts, it’s probably the case that black teachers are spearheading this avoidance of classroom teaching.

    • Replies: @SimpleSong
    @Johann Ricke

    Yeah, probably true. The psychiatric condition of the nice white lady teacher is the most fascinating thing. They have this fixed false belief, and keep getting hit in the face with real world evidence, but just simply can't bring themselves to face reality. Do they do this in other spheres of their life? Do they keep going back to abusive partners, for example, or ripped off in other ways, are they just gluttons for punishment in general? Or is it just this one area? They then displace their anger and frustration onto all sorts of unrelated targets--the more blacks are mean to them, the more they hate white men. Maybe they have an insatiable need to feel intellectually superior? They must feel like geniuses in this milieu, maybe that makes it worth it. At work they are always the smartest person in the room. Maybe that makes it worth it.

    Anyway I've learned to give these sorts of women a very wide berth, and in particular to keep my sons and grandsons as far away from them as possible.

  104. @Johann Ricke
    @SimpleSong


    Less obvious one: lots of nice white lady teachers in majority black districts, deep down, really don’t care much for their students and kinda hate their jobs. For that matter even the not-so-nice black lady teachers don’t really like dealing with these kids.
     
    This being Unz, I understand why you'd think the white ladies in the education sector might be less concerned than the black teaching staff about their black charges. My guess is that you'd be wrong. For many of these nice white ladies, it's a cause, their life's work. For the average black teacher, it's a paycheck. It's not a nice thing to say, but given the generally lower motivation and quality of work output from black employees vs their white counterparts, it's probably the case that black teachers are spearheading this avoidance of classroom teaching.

    Replies: @SimpleSong

    Yeah, probably true. The psychiatric condition of the nice white lady teacher is the most fascinating thing. They have this fixed false belief, and keep getting hit in the face with real world evidence, but just simply can’t bring themselves to face reality. Do they do this in other spheres of their life? Do they keep going back to abusive partners, for example, or ripped off in other ways, are they just gluttons for punishment in general? Or is it just this one area? They then displace their anger and frustration onto all sorts of unrelated targets–the more blacks are mean to them, the more they hate white men. Maybe they have an insatiable need to feel intellectually superior? They must feel like geniuses in this milieu, maybe that makes it worth it. At work they are always the smartest person in the room. Maybe that makes it worth it.

    Anyway I’ve learned to give these sorts of women a very wide berth, and in particular to keep my sons and grandsons as far away from them as possible.

  105. @Curle
    @Sean

    “Apparently, being disgraced by conviction as a child molester frees one to tell the about race,”

    Or a professional blackmailer is looking for useful answers.

    Replies: @Sean

    Tax evasion expert is how the younger Jeff Epstein liked to portray himself . Later he went into Great Gatsby mode; no one could understand his idleness in someone dodging tax and using philanthropy as part of a tax avoidance PR stratagem a la Bill Gates, which had incentivized all the other rentiers to sweat blood, because they were keeping almost all of it and getting kudos for giving the rest away. By 2017 Epstein was on Wikipedia as a pervert, and persona non grata among the elite. But he still had his less worldly contacts in science. Martin Nowak wrote in his book Supercooperators about a trip to Epstein’s Island and having felt he was in a James Bond movie when Epstein’s young female pilot helicoptered him in, Ironically, a lot of what Nowak says about the lack of enlightenment from using an inclusive fitness/ kin selection perspective would have bearing on whether Epstein let anyone know about his criminal sex life . Nowak says the key to superior cooperation is indirect reciprocity, which is when you are seen to be disinterestedly helpful to others and get a good reputation that pays off big time because people will help those known to be helpful to others, but not those with a bad reputation.

    According to Joseph Heinrich, prohibition of consanguinity since the 11th century has resulted in the (trusting) Western thinking style, which is “accompanied by tendencies toward self-enhancement and overconfidence”, over-against the community. The WEIRD—especially elite ones– think in categories, rather than relationships. A Biden talking point was the minimum wage would have been $24 per hour in 2020 if it had kept pace with productivity growth since 1968. Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism is the title of Case and Deaton’s book, they ‘tie the crisis to the weakening position of labor, the growing power of corporations, and, above all, to a rapacious health-care sector that redistributes working-class wages into the pockets of the wealthy. Capitalism, which over two centuries lifted countless people out of poverty, is now destroying the lives of blue-collar America.’

    Rutger Bregman
    Studies conducted by the International Monetary Fund and the Bank for International Settlements – not exactly leftist thinktanks – have revealed that much of the financial sector has become downright parasitic. … economists tell us that the optimum level of total private-sector debt is 100% of GDP. Based on this equation, if the financial sector only grows, it won’t equal more wealth, but less. In the private-sector debt in the the United States, the figure is 188.8%. “Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate.” Rentierism is, in essence, a question of power. [..] One thing is certain: countries where rentiers gain the upper hand gradually fall into decline. Just look at the Roman Empire. Or Venice in the 15th century. Look at the Dutch Republic in the 18th century. Like a parasite stunts a child’s growth, so the rentier drains a country of its vitality.

    Perhaps because he is big on diversity and racial integration, Bregman was asked to speak to the billionaires at DAVOS the other year. He shocked them by pointing out that they ought to pay their taxes before getting together to set the world to rights. There is no loyalty to their country among billionaires. For them the proper function of the state is limited to keeping the potentially formidable force of the nation (ethnic majority) in check. Now that the common run of indigenous Westerners are redundant as workers, they are going to be subjected to the same treatment as urban Catholic neighbourhoods have already got: block busted and thus deprived of their cohesion, being politically nullified.

    How much longer will objective data that reflects poorly on blacks be allowed to be published?

    I don’t think the billionaires are bothered about the declining self respect of American Blacks any more than the (White) Deaths Of Despair. Like other immigrants from outside the Americas, immigrant Black Africans are not a random sample of the continent’s population, they are often from a relatively affluent background, and have comparable or higher average IQs than US whites in the case of the Ibo and some other tribal groups. American Blacks will be moved into working class white counties to demoralize and miscegenate the white majority. meanwhile select African blacks will be imported into the elite institutions of society to give the appearance that they are equally affected. The upshot will be billionaire’s fortunes remain safe from any populist movements that might confiscate wealth from the rich.

    • Replies: @Curle
    @Sean

    Thanks.

  106. @Tom F.
    @J.Ross

    15 kids. Fill in your own punchline.

    Replies: @Polistra, @Reg Cæsar, @bomag

    How did Western society end?

    Rapper DMX had 15 kids.

  107. Anonymous[171] • Disclaimer says:
    @John Johnson
    @SimpleSong

    No big surprise that the black white test gap got larger during the pandemic. I would say two reasons (at least, maybe some others.)

    There is a third reason:

    A lot of the teachers are bitter liberal White women that resent the fact that their professors were wrong about race.

    They intentionally try to hold back the smarter White kids. This is pretty much how Common Core works. Suppress the outliers to reduce the gap.

    A lot of these kids would undoubtedly rocket ahead with homeschooling.

    The gap is much worse than everyone realizes. They numbers they put out are post-fudging.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    I don’t think there’s active malevolence involved. Teachers’ time is all taken up with the dumb kids so the smart ones are just left alone to do their own thing. If they want to work hard, fine, but the teacher isn’t going to make them do it. Preventing the dumb kids from failing is more important than getting the smart kids to achieve their potential.

  108. @Curle
    @Forbes

    “ which clearly doesn’t work–so why keep imposing it…”

    Because the system of teaching isn’t the problem.

    Replies: @Forbes

    The “why” was rhetorical…

  109. “ They have this fixed false belief, and keep getting hit in the face with real world evidence, but just simply can’t bring themselves to face reality.”

    Because for them authority is something that is established by social signals such as an title, a position. These people all say one thing is true. It must be true. They can read, yes, but not in a discriminating way. Plus, as teachers they need to feel they are teaching something reliable. Sunk cost also comes into play. Who wants to imagine they wasted their potential on an hopeless cause?

  110. @Anonymous
    In the Mediterranean refugees routinely throw their kids overboard when they see a ship, knowing it will be compelled to come and pick them all up. Life is cheap to these people.

    Replies: @Expletive Deleted

    The Med has 47 species of shark. 15 of them can be dangerous, and chumming the waters with illegals won’t do much to deter them from thinking bipeds are quite yummy, even investigating the beaches (makes sense, that’s where the jettisoned nippers whill wash up .. eventually).

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4084241/as-a-third-shark-attack-rocks-majorca-europes-most-dangerous-spots-to-swim-are-revealed-and-britain-is-in-second-place/
    Muh Great White? Muh Tiger, muh Hammerhead and Blacktip? Dangerous? Shurely not. Evil nazis have just given them a bad name, same as immigrants.

    [apologies for trashy Murdoch redtop reference material]

  111. @Alden
    @Neoconned

    You don’t have a daughter do you? If you did you might not be so nonchalant about danger to teen girls. And what were you doing lurking on teen girl sites?

    Did you enjoy creepy gays hitting on you when you were a kid? Girls don’t enjoy creepy heterosexuals hitting on them either.

    No wife no girl friend no kids no relatives or friends with kids. It’s obvious.

    Replies: @Neoconned

    I do have a daughter. I actually more than likely agree with you.

    I wasn’t attacking “innocent” women but rather the types falling over themselves seeking attention with 2 or 3 social media accounts with bikini pics falling out of them…..and/or the ones who walk around with crotch level shorts or pants so tight they show your body orifices & that would be the attire strippers wear.

    Those were the sorts of women in the article cited complaining about harassment etc.

    They like the sexual attention…..but only when it is from the “right men”……not ugly or beta types…..

    • Replies: @anon
    @Neoconned

    You're just feeding the troll. She's not your mommy, you don't have to answer her rants.

    Really, you don't.

  112. @Neoconned
    @Alden

    I do have a daughter. I actually more than likely agree with you.

    I wasn't attacking "innocent" women but rather the types falling over themselves seeking attention with 2 or 3 social media accounts with bikini pics falling out of them.....and/or the ones who walk around with crotch level shorts or pants so tight they show your body orifices & that would be the attire strippers wear.

    Those were the sorts of women in the article cited complaining about harassment etc.

    They like the sexual attention.....but only when it is from the "right men"......not ugly or beta types.....

    Replies: @anon

    You’re just feeding the troll. She’s not your mommy, you don’t have to answer her rants.

    Really, you don’t.

  113. @Sean
    @Curle

    Tax evasion expert is how the younger Jeff Epstein liked to portray himself . Later he went into Great Gatsby mode; no one could understand his idleness in someone dodging tax and using philanthropy as part of a tax avoidance PR stratagem a la Bill Gates, which had incentivized all the other rentiers to sweat blood, because they were keeping almost all of it and getting kudos for giving the rest away. By 2017 Epstein was on Wikipedia as a pervert, and persona non grata among the elite. But he still had his less worldly contacts in science. Martin Nowak wrote in his book Supercooperators about a trip to Epstein's Island and having felt he was in a James Bond movie when Epstein’s young female pilot helicoptered him in, Ironically, a lot of what Nowak says about the lack of enlightenment from using an inclusive fitness/ kin selection perspective would have bearing on whether Epstein let anyone know about his criminal sex life . Nowak says the key to superior cooperation is indirect reciprocity, which is when you are seen to be disinterestedly helpful to others and get a good reputation that pays off big time because people will help those known to be helpful to others, but not those with a bad reputation.


    According to Joseph Heinrich, prohibition of consanguinity since the 11th century has resulted in the (trusting) Western thinking style, which is “accompanied by tendencies toward self-enhancement and overconfidence”, over-against the community. The WEIRD---especially elite ones-- think in categories, rather than relationships. A Biden talking point was the minimum wage would have been $24 per hour in 2020 if it had kept pace with productivity growth since 1968. Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism is the title of Case and Deaton's book, they 'tie the crisis to the weakening position of labor, the growing power of corporations, and, above all, to a rapacious health-care sector that redistributes working-class wages into the pockets of the wealthy. Capitalism, which over two centuries lifted countless people out of poverty, is now destroying the lives of blue-collar America.'


    Rutger Bregman
    Studies conducted by the International Monetary Fund and the Bank for International Settlements – not exactly leftist thinktanks – have revealed that much of the financial sector has become downright parasitic. ... economists tell us that the optimum level of total private-sector debt is 100% of GDP. Based on this equation, if the financial sector only grows, it won’t equal more wealth, but less. In the private-sector debt in the the United States, the figure is 188.8%. “Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate.” Rentierism is, in essence, a question of power. [..] One thing is certain: countries where rentiers gain the upper hand gradually fall into decline. Just look at the Roman Empire. Or Venice in the 15th century. Look at the Dutch Republic in the 18th century. Like a parasite stunts a child’s growth, so the rentier drains a country of its vitality.
     
    Perhaps because he is big on diversity and racial integration, Bregman was asked to speak to the billionaires at DAVOS the other year. He shocked them by pointing out that they ought to pay their taxes before getting together to set the world to rights. There is no loyalty to their country among billionaires. For them the proper function of the state is limited to keeping the potentially formidable force of the nation (ethnic majority) in check. Now that the common run of indigenous Westerners are redundant as workers, they are going to be subjected to the same treatment as urban Catholic neighbourhoods have already got: block busted and thus deprived of their cohesion, being politically nullified.

    How much longer will objective data that reflects poorly on blacks be allowed to be published?
     
    I don't think the billionaires are bothered about the declining self respect of American Blacks any more than the (White) Deaths Of Despair. Like other immigrants from outside the Americas, immigrant Black Africans are not a random sample of the continent's population, they are often from a relatively affluent background, and have comparable or higher average IQs than US whites in the case of the Ibo and some other tribal groups. American Blacks will be moved into working class white counties to demoralize and miscegenate the white majority. meanwhile select African blacks will be imported into the elite institutions of society to give the appearance that they are equally affected. The upshot will be billionaire's fortunes remain safe from any populist movements that might confiscate wealth from the rich.

    Replies: @Curle

    Thanks.

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