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From the New York Times science section:

Targeting the Uneven Burden of Kidney Disease on Black Americans

New treatments aim for a gene variant causing the illness in people of sub-Saharan African descent. Some experts worry that focus will neglect other factors.

By Gina Kolata
May 17, 2022

… Kidney specialists have long known that Black Americans are disproportionately affected by kidney disease. While Black people make up about 12 percent of the U.S. population, they comprise 35 percent of Americans with kidney failure. Black patients tend to contract kidney disease at younger ages, and damage to their organs often progresses faster.

Social disparities and systemic racism contribute to this burden, but there is also a genetic factor. Many with sub-Saharan ancestry have a copy of a variant of the gene APOL1 inherited from each parent, which puts them at high risk. Researchers have known for a decade that APOL1 is one of the most powerful genes underlying a common human disease.

But there is hope now that much of this suffering can be alleviated. As many as 10 companies are working on drugs to target the APOL1 variants. And Dr. Olabisi has a federal grant to test whether baricitinib, a drug that treats rheumatoid arthritis, can help kidney patients with the variants. …

While it has long been known that kidney failure occurs in African Americans five times as much in as it does in white Americans, “We had never been able to understand all the reasons,” said Dr. Neil Powe, a professor of medicine and an epidemiologist at the University of California, San Francisco.

Researchers began looking for a genetic cause. Finally, a little more than a decade ago, a Havard team led by Giulio Genovese, Dr. David Friedman and Dr. Martin Pollak found it: variants of APOL1 that ramped up the gene’s activity.

It was a complete surprise. APOL1 is part of the immune system and can destroy trypanosomes — protozoa that can cause illnesses. But no one expected it to have anything to do with the kidneys.

It turns out that the variants rose to a high frequency among people in sub-Saharan Africa because they offer powerful protection against deadly African sleeping sickness, a disease caused by trypanosomes. It is reminiscent of another gene variant that protects against malaria but causes sickle cell disease in those who inherit two copies. That variant became prominent in parts of Africa and other areas of the world where malaria is common, but sickle cell variants are much less common than APOL1 risk variants.

About 39 percent of Black Americans have one copy of the gene’s risk variants; another 13 percent, or nearly 5.5 million, have two copies. Those with two copies are at increased risk for fast progressing kidney disease that often starts in young adulthood. Approximately 15 percent to 20 percent of those with two copies develop kidney disease in their lifetime.

So, sounds like about 2% of African-Americans will develop kidney disease from having two copies of this genes.

In contrast, 7.7 percent of Americans with African ancestry have one copy of the sickle cell variant, and 0.3 percent have two copies.

Full-blown sickle cell anemia anemia caused by inheriting both copies is usually fatal in childhood, so the frequency of how many people get the falciparum malaria-fighting benefits of inheriting one copy of the sickle cell gene is limited by lethal detriments of inheriting two copies. (The chance of getting both copies is more or less the square of the chance of getting one copy.) On the other hand, kidney failure can take until after reproductive years, so the anti-sleeping sickness variant is less of a Darwinian loser in large percentages.

“What nature gave with one hand, it took away with the other,” Dr. Olabisi said.

One way to treat kidney disease might be using medicines that block the gene and its variants from acting in the body. But researchers had to find out if APOL1 was necessary for kidney function. If it was, drugs that blocked it might do more harm than good.

Researchers found an answer: A farmer in India had no APOL1 gene. His kidneys were totally healthy.

… But ethical issues have tempered some experts’ enthusiasm about the genetic discoveries.

Harriet A. Washington, a lecturer in ethics at Columbia University and author of the book “Medical Apartheid,” worries that knowledge of the role of APOL1 variants can drive the medical establishment toward “a blame-the-victim approach signaling an inherent flaw in African Americans.”

The implication, she said: “This is something happening in nature, so what can we do about it?” Such an attitude, she added, “invites futility and absolves health care from treating sufferers.”

Joseph L. Graves, Jr., a professor of biological sciences at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, raised another issue. “We don’t want to fall into the myth of the genetically sick African,” he said.

“All populations have genetic variants, but the action of those variants is determined by the environment in which those people live,” Dr. Graves explained. “People want to find simple explanations for complex phenomena. Find a genetic variant and make the story simple, but that’s not how it works. Environmental effects are really important.”

He added that for Black Americans, profound environmental effects rise from structural racism — inequitable effects of law and policies — which can lead to a lack of access to health care, including preventive care to ward off chronic illness.

Erika Blacksher, an ethicist at the nonprofit Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, Mo., added that while finding “a treatment that might counteract the effect of the genetic variant is good news,” she worried that social inequities could not be disentangled from the high rate of kidney disease among those with sub-Saharan African ancestry, not all of whom have the APOL1 variant. Emphasizing the variants, she said, “deflects from our social responsibility to actually change the conditions that contribute to the onset of chronic kidney disease.”

The biggest single environmental reason for the high rate of kidney disease in African-Americans is that Africa has numerous places infested with sleeping sickness. But African-Americans don’t live in Africa anymore, so this particular genetic adaptation to the African environment is no longer useful.

 
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  1. But African-Americans don’t live in Africa anymore, so this particular genetic adaptation to the African environment is no longer useful.

    Whoa, not so fast! If African-Americans ever decide to escape all that social disparity and systemic racism in America by going back to Africa, they’re gonna need those genetic adaptations again!

    What’s next? Are you going to take away ¡B!lack men’s genetic sprinting advantage so they can’t outrun leopards too?

    I can’t even! Literally shaking rn

    • Replies: @HammerJack
    @Almost Missouri

    The obvious anti-racist solution is to find ways to increase the incidence of kidney disease among wypipos.

    If that's too hard, then any disease will suffice. What about a nationwide ad campaign to get wypipos to eat more high-fat, high-sugar foods? And stop that incessant exercise. Because that's just white af.

    Why am I always having to explain things like this? It could hardly be more obvious. SMDH.

    , @Tiny Duck
    @Almost Missouri

    The future belongs to Africa. Africa will be everywhere, especially in the ill-gotten bloody west

    https://2017-2021.state.gov/the-future-belongs-to-africa/index.html

    I know white girls will be happy! Looks like pleasure and strong children are in order for them as opposed to the resentful cowardly murderous white boys

    https://open.lib.umn.edu/socialproblems/chapter/8-3-who-commits-crime/

    white males commit the most crime when taking into account societal advantage and privilege's.

    Replies: @Alden, @Adam Smith, @Almost Missouri

  2. Blacks will, of course, rush to sign up for these experimental treatments.

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    @Henry's Cat

    "... rush to sign up for these experimental treatments."

    Will they be safe and effective?

  3. Social disparities and systemic racism contribute to this burden: you got any evidence of that, sweetheart?

    While Black people make up about 12 percent of the U.S. population, they comprise 35 percent of Americans with kidney failure: three times worse.

    While it has long been known that kidney failure occurs in African Americans five times as much in as it does in white Americans: five times worse.

    Maybe there’s an explanation – not all nonblack Americans are white. But you might have mentioned it, sweetheart.

    variants rose to a high frequency among people in sub-Saharan Africa because they offer powerful protection against deadly African sleeping sickness: that’s a conjecture. A plausible conjecture I grant you, but a conjecture nonetheless: “It turns out” is too strong a claim.

    On the other hand she may be an intellectual giant compared to the dimwitted Harriet A. Washington, Joseph L. Graves, Jr., and Erika Blacksher.

    African-Americans don’t live in Africa anymore: a well chosen system of reparations could reverse that.

  4. Good god — nothing involving US black people can be simply accepted on its own Prima face terms.
    It’s objectively appears that kidney disease in black people has a genetic cause. Allow scientists to try to discover a medical remedy — then argue about any environmental factors.
    It’s as if they have forgotten that thousands of lives are at stake.

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    @animalogic

    "Good god -- nothing involving US black people can be simply accepted on its own Prima face [sic] terms."

    It's because they're coloured.

  5. Completely OT (sorry, delete if you wish) but this is an old game we used to play on the old LP forum in Australia, which I found sort of amusing….

    What would your voice actually sound like if you were a rock star of your choosing? a) literally and b) metaphorically?

    For me….

    a) I literally sound like Paul Westerberg from The Replacements on “Let It Be,” bad accent and everything;

    b) metaphorically, I think I kinda-sorta sound like Chrissie Hynde on “Precious”. Or at least I aspire to.

    You??

    • Replies: @Sollipsist
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    Literally, Dave Gahan. I actually got sick of hearing people tell me so, back in my performing days...

    Metaphorically, Chris Cornell.

    , @dearieme
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    A friend of my daughter claims that I sound like Sean Connery.

    That means that whenever I meet her I have to say things like 'Long time no she'.

  6. OT: The Central Park birder got paid. He has a new show on Nat Geo. No idea what they paid him though, it could possibly be very little but it’s telling that they thought of all the birders and ornithologists in the world, they’d give a show to him.

    https://www.today.com/popculture/tv/central-park-bird-watcher-christian-cooper-gets-birding-series-rcna29557

    Though it’s called “The Extraordinary Birder.” which seems a bit on the nose.

    What, exactly makes him extraordinary? That he’s black?

    • Replies: @epebble
    @Altai

    Well, in their telling, he is a Harvard Grad who so loved his birds that he picked a quarrel with a dog owner that became a national story. All publicity is good. If they get an audience bump because some may tune in to watch this celebrity, it is all for the better.

    , @Anonymous
    @Altai


    OT: The Central Park birder got paid.
     
    Does anyone know if the other party in that, er, clash of opinions ever got her life back? I understand she lost her job and was unable to find another in her field of work (finance).

    Given how important she was to his success, I hope Mr. Birder has the decency to give her a cut of his new salary. After all, without her, he never would have achieved notoriety. No notoriety = no job.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  7. Did it arise with agriculture, or is it older?

  8. Harriet A. Washington …. worries that knowledge of the role of APOL1 variants can drive the medical establishment toward “a blame-the-victim approach signaling an inherent flaw in African Americans.”

    Yeah, like when we blame the cardiac patient for having those screwed up electrical signals. The Electro-Cardio Docs are always blaming the victim, so they burn up pieces of his heart even, with a probe, just to teach him a lesson.

    Yes, our bodies have “inherent flaws”. If they didn’t, we’d be immortal.

    Then, black professor at the predominantly black NC A&T Joseph Graves adds:

    for Black Americans, profound environmental effects rise from structural racism

    When you’re a black kidney patient laid up in the hospital, structural racism is the least of your worries. You’re gonna hope all those Docs and nurses of whatever races can help you get out of there to live your life.

    I wonder what those doctors and researchers described in the article think of these idiots making political issues of the problem their valuable work is trying to solve. As long as they don’t suck up much of the research money, they probably just screen them out as white black noise.

    • Agree: James N. Kennett
    • Replies: @Dr. DoomNGloom
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Just as with the CDC's first take on equitable distribution of Covid vaccine, Wokeness kills the intended beneficiaries. Perhaps this is just insanity, but it has the appearance of evil.

    , @silviosilver
    @Achmed E. Newman


    I wonder what those doctors and researchers described in the article think of these idiots making political issues of the problem their valuable work is trying to solve.
     
    Well, if they're anything like me, they'd google up pics of these "ethicists" and decide hmm, might be safer to bite my tongue for now.

    (Joseph Graves' name was already familiar to me. He is a race-denier of long standing. Not a very effective one - none of them really are - he's just been at the gig for a while.)

    Replies: @Unladen Swallow

  9. @Achmed E. Newman

    Harriet A. Washington .... worries that knowledge of the role of APOL1 variants can drive the medical establishment toward “a blame-the-victim approach signaling an inherent flaw in African Americans.”
     
    Yeah, like when we blame the cardiac patient for having those screwed up electrical signals. The Electro-Cardio Docs are always blaming the victim, so they burn up pieces of his heart even, with a probe, just to teach him a lesson.

    Yes, our bodies have "inherent flaws". If they didn't, we'd be immortal.

    Then, black professor at the predominantly black NC A&T Joseph Graves adds:


    for Black Americans, profound environmental effects rise from structural racism
     
    When you're a black kidney patient laid up in the hospital, structural racism is the least of your worries. You're gonna hope all those Docs and nurses of whatever races can help you get out of there to live your life.

    I wonder what those doctors and researchers described in the article think of these idiots making political issues of the problem their valuable work is trying to solve. As long as they don't suck up much of the research money, they probably just screen them out as white black noise.

    Replies: @Dr. DoomNGloom, @silviosilver

    Just as with the CDC’s first take on equitable distribution of Covid vaccine, Wokeness kills the intended beneficiaries. Perhaps this is just insanity, but it has the appearance of evil.

  10. I couldn’t care less about negro disease. Their behavior is the biggest and longest running pandemic in US history.

    • Agree: Alden
    • Replies: @Vinnie O
    @Mike Tre

    Well, gee, wow. Are we ALLOWED to say stuff like that right out in public?? I'd expect a knock on the door from the Thought Police if I were you.

  11. profound environmental effects rise from structural racism — inequitable effects of law and policies —

    ….OR! profound effects from personal choices …..let’s have a little agency.

  12. By Gina Kolata

    Bad kidneys and a Gina Kolata my friend…

    [MORE]

  13. Kidney donors come in two flavors, those that donate one kidney, such as a relative, and those that donate two, such as a random gunshot victim.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    @James Speaks


    Kidney donors come in two flavors, those that donate one kidney
     
    Remember this before some medico talks you into donating a kidney: if your kidney functioning degrades when you get older, you could be in trouble.
    , @Rohirrimborn
    @James Speaks

    One of my brothers has 3 kidneys. I have an immediate "go to" source in case I ever need one.

  14. https://mobile.twitter.com/AnnCoulter/status/1527073132959473664

    In other news, Queen Ann is about to get suspended on twitter

  15. Blacks are well known for high blood pressure, males more than females. They have diabetic tendencies, guess why. (lol) Diabetes and high blood pressure are two factors giving them kidney diseases.

  16. … But ethical issues have tempered some experts’ enthusiasm about the genetic discoveries.

    Harriet A. Washington, a lecturer in ethics at Columbia University

    An “expert” not in medicine or genetics, but in ethics.

    and author of the book “Medical Apartheid,”

    Just as some people are permanently living in 1933, others are stuck in Sharpeville in 1960.

    worries that knowledge of the role of APOL1 variants can drive the medical establishment toward “a blame-the-victim approach signaling an inherent flaw in African Americans.”

    The implication, she said: “This is something happening in nature, so what can we do about it?” Such an attitude, she added, “invites futility and absolves health care from treating sufferers.”

    As if the medical establishment has ever treated genetic illnesses as inherent flaws of a race, that they need not bother treating.

    Joseph L. Graves, Jr., a professor of biological sciences at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, raised another issue. “We don’t want to fall into the myth of the genetically sick African,” he said.

    “All populations have genetic variants, but the action of those variants is determined by the environment in which those people live,” Dr. Graves explained. “People want to find simple explanations for complex phenomena. Find a genetic variant and make the story simple, but that’s not how it works. Environmental effects are really important.”

    He added that for Black Americans, profound environmental effects rise from structural racism — inequitable effects of law and policies — which can lead to a lack of access to health care, including preventive care to ward off chronic illness.

    In other words, even if the sickness arises from an allele with an African origin, we must still blame the environment, i.e. whitey!

    Researchers began looking for a genetic cause. Finally, a little more than a decade ago, a Havard team led by Giulio Genovese, Dr. David Friedman and Dr. Martin Pollak found it: variants of APOL1 that ramped up the gene’s activity.

    And if the cause and the treatment are discovered by white people, the cognitive dissonance is unbearable. In a very real sense white people must still be to blame!

    These “ethicists” would be happier if the higher rates of kidney disease suffered by African Americans could be blamed on the Tuskegee Experiment, or the epigenetic effects of cotton-picking.

    • Replies: @Trevor
    @James N. Kennett


    Joseph L. Graves, Jr., a professor of biological sciences at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, raised another issue. “We don’t want to fall into the myth of the genetically sick African,” he said.

     

    Guess what?

    Joseph L. Graves Jr. https://g.co/kgs/h3Ti5N
  17. What’s old is new again. BiDil.

    I’m too lazy to look it all up once more, so here’s a riff, with a 2016 iSteve comment as the starting point.

    Initially, there were high hopes for BiDil, a combination of two ‘ordinary’ drugs for congestive heart failure. However, results from the first set of large clinical trials were disappointing. Taken as a group, people didn’t benefit, compared to the Standard of Care. Post-hoc analysis suggested that those who self-identified as African-Americians did benefit. So a company was founded to develop and market BiDil for this subset of patients.

    The NitroMed-sponsored pivotal trial was restricted to African-Americans with severe CHF. For this group, BiDil reduced mortality by 43%, reduced hospitalizations by 39%, and improved quality of life, compared to the Standard of Care. Remarkable efficacy.

    Here is a 2006 peer-reviewed review of BiDil — two pre-Current-Year Wokists explaining that:

    * Economic, social, cultural, and ethical issues lurk in the background of this purported discovery.
    * Race Is A Scientific Construct.
    * Yeah, BiDil helps black patients.
    * Our intuitions are shaped by vestiges of now-discredited biological theories of race.
    * BiDil is on the scene to answer the question of how a company could generate a profit (rather than being a drug that helps certain people).
    * Physicians should punish the makers of BiDil by prescribing a complex mix of generic pills instead, even though patients will have difficulty with the dosage schedule.

    What’s old is new again.

    • Replies: @Gabe Ruth
    @ic1000

    Thanks for remembering that. At some point the black community really has to do something about these professional race hustlers literally cutting off noses to spite faces of the actual people they claim to be helping.

    Replies: @Bill Jones

  18. As far as I know, the top medicare and medicaid expenditures — Diabetes being #1 for sure.
    Diabetes care and at home diabetic supplies
    Supplying at home oxygen machines, tanks, equipment
    Kidney dialysis
    Heart care and operations

  19. OT: But another of Steve’s bugbears, that we can’t talk about how gay sex culture wasn’t immediately curtailed with bathhouse closures to stop HIV.

    It appears the sudden appearance of community transmitted Monkeypox is driven by gay men. All the cases so far are men who have sex with men. It would appear that outside direct infection from contact with reservoir animals or close family members it very very difficult to get infected with contact with the pus from the sores being the cause of family infections. The other way is ‘body fluids’. It is for this reason that the despite modern transport technology the epidemic has been confined to certain parts of Southern Nigeria until this index case brought it to the gay community in London. (Possibly being infected himself in the same way he infected others)

    This links up with something else I’ve been concerned about vis-a-vis the growth of PrEP and the rapid shift away from condom use among gay men which, combined with ease of travel and apps like Grindr potentially making the late 70s look tame by comparison and the consequent possibility of these communities serving as petri dishes for the emergence of new epidemics like they did with HIV. (At least in the West) Not to mention causing new antibiotic strains of sexual transmitted bacterial diseases that are seen by them as just a ‘cost of doing business’.

    Now it appears that this disease won’t become more transmissible and is a virus so no risk of wearing out antibiotics but what happens when that isn’t the case? Not to mention the other common bacterial STDs that are becoming much more resistant to antibiotics.

    There are suggestions that it is also airborne but the slow spread in Nigeria seems to indicate that it actually requires close contact and that body fluids are probably much more efficient at spreading it, particularly before symptoms become hugely obvious.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Altai

    Quibble/warning, and in no way a defense of, er, "birdwatchers." It's driven by immune collapse, and immune collapse is driven by homosexual exuberance.

    , @Prosa123
    @Altai

    At the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980's health authorities in San Francisco tried promoting circle jerks as a safe alternative to corn holing. People quickly began calling it "Boy Scout sex."

    , @AnotherDad
    @Altai

    Figuring out the genesis of homosexuality and eliminating it would be big boon to public health. (And just societal health and sanity in general.)

    Unfortunately--yep, minoritarianism--the West has gone the exact opposite direction, promoting homosexuals as scared "oppressed" victims by the evil white bread normies ... blah, blah, blah.

    Yawn.

    Again separation--"just do your thing over there and let us get on normal life over here"--would be great.

    , @YetAnotherAnon
    @Altai

    "the consequent possibility of these communities serving as petri dishes for the emergence of new epidemics "

    Old news from 2005.

    https://web.archive.org/web/20050419182101/http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=22027


    1 Mar 2005

    The first UK cases of a previously rare disease have been reported in gay men, reveals an editorial in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.

    Lymphograunuloma venereum (LGV) is a genital/anogenital bacterial infection caused by a particularly invasive strain of Chlamydia trachomatis.

    It was considered relatively rare until 2003, when around 100 cases were reported in gay men in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, most of whom were also HIV positive or had other sexually transmitted infections, including hepatitis C.

    Since then outbreaks have been reported in Antwerp, Belgium, Hamburg, Germany, and Paris, France. Cases have also been reported in Sweden, and most recently in several US cities, including New York, San Francisco, and Atlanta.

    Last year, one of the UK's leading HIV charities, The Terrence Higgins Trust, and the Health Protection Agency, which monitors cases of the disease, took steps to alert clinicians and those most at risk to the spread of the infection.

    In January 2005, the first 24 cases were reported in the UK, mostly from sexual health clinics in London. All were in gay men, 17 of whom were HIV positive. Four also had hepatitis C infection.

    Five thought they had caught the infection in mainland Europe, while the others said they had become infected in the UK. By mid February, a total of 34 cases had been reported.

    The infection usually manifests as an ulcer or papule, and symptoms usually include rectal inflammation (proctitis), rectal pain and bleeding, straining, constipation and abdominal pain. The infection may also be accompanied by fever and malaise.

    These can be treated with a three week course of antibiotics.

    But sometimes the primary ulcer goes unnoticed, and if left untreated, this can progress to chronic infection with the formation of skin pouches (fistulas), abscesses, and narrowing of the anus as well as problems with the lymphatic system.

    In these cases, surgery is often necessary.
     

    Also this is much newer.

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

    Replies: @Alden

    , @Frau Katze
    @Altai

    There’s not at lot out there about monkeypox (I’d never heard of it before today.)

    It’s not only gay men getting it, in the current outbreak.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

  20. “Black patients tend to contract kidney disease at younger ages, and damage to their organs often progresses faster.”

    Don’t do drugs. Just say no.

  21. I was reading the article with an open mind, after all systemic racism and disparity are mentioned in an article about inherited genetic faults, and then came the hammer..”blame the victim.” Sigh, prominent scientists trying to find a cure for a genetic problem and all they had to do was say the cause is “Racism.”

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Buffalo Joe

    Yep, Joe, I'd be annoyed seeing this, as one of the researchers working on it.

    As for Steve's title here, I don't think the "Doesn't Like" part is accurate. The people in the excerpts probably came upon the news on this - no way they could read a real scientific paper - and figured they wanted to horn in on some of this blacks-being-different action. They don't want to stop the research or treatments. They just want to put in their trademark blackety-black "systemic racism" stamp on it somewhere.

    Mo money, mo papers ..

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

  22. The implication, she said: “This is something happening in nature, so what can we do about it?” Such an attitude, she added, “invites futility and absolves health care from treating sufferers.”

    When has “the medical establishment” ever said this about any ailment?

  23. Social disparities and systemic racism contribute to this burden,………..

    Kolata forgot to add “witchcraft” to that list. “Systemic racism” is now routinely trotted out as a primary cause for all sorts of social ills, without any justification. How exactly does that work, Gina? Please explain to us what specific acts of bias make up this nebulous concept of “systemic racism” and how those specific acts lead to kidney disease among black Americans.

    • Agree: Calvin Hobbes
  24. Harriet A. Washington, a lecturer in ethics at Columbia University and author of the book “Medical Apartheid,”………………

    Anyone who’s job title includes “ethics” is almost certainly advising people to be unethical. The term “bio-ethicist” should be replaced with the more accurate term “amoral creep”.

  25. Those who can, do.

    Those who can’t, teach.

    Those who can’t teach, become ethicists.

    Artificial intelligence and medicine are particularly vulnerable to these midwit parasites.

  26. @Altai
    OT: But another of Steve's bugbears, that we can't talk about how gay sex culture wasn't immediately curtailed with bathhouse closures to stop HIV.

    It appears the sudden appearance of community transmitted Monkeypox is driven by gay men. All the cases so far are men who have sex with men. It would appear that outside direct infection from contact with reservoir animals or close family members it very very difficult to get infected with contact with the pus from the sores being the cause of family infections. The other way is 'body fluids'. It is for this reason that the despite modern transport technology the epidemic has been confined to certain parts of Southern Nigeria until this index case brought it to the gay community in London. (Possibly being infected himself in the same way he infected others)

    This links up with something else I've been concerned about vis-a-vis the growth of PrEP and the rapid shift away from condom use among gay men which, combined with ease of travel and apps like Grindr potentially making the late 70s look tame by comparison and the consequent possibility of these communities serving as petri dishes for the emergence of new epidemics like they did with HIV. (At least in the West) Not to mention causing new antibiotic strains of sexual transmitted bacterial diseases that are seen by them as just a 'cost of doing business'.

    Now it appears that this disease won't become more transmissible and is a virus so no risk of wearing out antibiotics but what happens when that isn't the case? Not to mention the other common bacterial STDs that are becoming much more resistant to antibiotics.

    There are suggestions that it is also airborne but the slow spread in Nigeria seems to indicate that it actually requires close contact and that body fluids are probably much more efficient at spreading it, particularly before symptoms become hugely obvious.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Prosa123, @AnotherDad, @YetAnotherAnon, @Frau Katze

    Quibble/warning, and in no way a defense of, er, “birdwatchers.” It’s driven by immune collapse, and immune collapse is driven by homosexual exuberance.

  27. From the article:

    >> Harriet A. Washington, a lecturer in ethics at Columbia University and author of the book “Medical Apartheid,” worries that knowledge of the role of APOL1 variants can drive the medical establishment toward “a blame-the-victim approach signaling an inherent flaw in African Americans.”: “This is something happening in nature, so what can we do about it?” Such an attitude, she added, “invites futility and absolves health care from treating sufferers.”

    >> “As many as 10 companies are working on drugs to target the APOL1 variants.”

    From her Wikipedia entry: “Washington has been a fellow in ethics at the Harvard Medical School, a fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University.”

    Need more be said?

  28. @Almost Missouri

    But African-Americans don’t live in Africa anymore, so this particular genetic adaptation to the African environment is no longer useful.
     
    Whoa, not so fast! If African-Americans ever decide to escape all that social disparity and systemic racism in America by going back to Africa, they're gonna need those genetic adaptations again!

    What's next? Are you going to take away ¡B!lack men's genetic sprinting advantage so they can't outrun leopards too?

    I can't even! Literally shaking rn

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Tiny Duck

    The obvious anti-racist solution is to find ways to increase the incidence of kidney disease among wypipos.

    If that’s too hard, then any disease will suffice. What about a nationwide ad campaign to get wypipos to eat more high-fat, high-sugar foods? And stop that incessant exercise. Because that’s just white af.

    Why am I always having to explain things like this? It could hardly be more obvious. SMDH.

  29. Erika Blacksher, an ethicist at the nonprofit Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, Mo., added that while finding “a treatment that might counteract the effect of the genetic variant is good news,” she worried that social inequities could not be disentangled from the high rate of kidney disease among those with sub-Saharan African ancestry, not all of whom have the APOL1 variant. Emphasizing the variants, she said, “deflects from our social responsibility to actually change the conditions that contribute to the onset of chronic kidney disease.”

    And what be the mechanisms through which these “social equities” and “conditions” cause chronic kidney disease among those with sub-Saharan African ancestry? For Erika Blacksher and her ilk, there’s no need to “disentangle” these mechanisms, since her default explanation for anything bad involving those with sub-Saharan African ancestry is some sort of (white, of course) “racism”.

    It’s a bad sign for America that people like Erika Blacksher are taken at all seriously.

    Here’s a paper by a Nigerian professor of philosophy that is an example of this kind of thinking. It’s about witchcraft, and this guy is not among those who doubt its reality.

    WITCHCRAFT IN WEST AFRICAN BELIEF SYSTEM – MEDICAL AND SOCIAL DIMENSIONS

    Arinze Agbanusi
    Department of Philosophy
    Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka.

    https://www.ajol.info/index.php/mjas/article/download/138817/128490

    It is generally believed in West Africa that apart from the outward material appearance, there is the experience of an immaterial invisible reality. Witchcraft is part of such reality. However, there are still a lot of controversies about the nature of witchcraft. Some people even doubt its reality. There are various speculations here and there as it appears that much about the phenomenon of witchcraft is still shrouded in mystery. This paper, therefore, studies the subject of witchcraft from the viewpoint of the West African worldwide, vis a vis the medical and social dimensions. Narrative and hermeneutic methods were used.

  30. “All populations have genetic variants, but the action of those variants is determined by the environment in which those people live,” Dr. Graves explained. “People want to find simple explanations for complex phenomena. Find a genetic variant and make the story simple, but that’s not how it works. Environmental effects are really important.”

    True

    He added that for Black Americans, profound environmental effects rise from structural racism — inequitable effects of law and policies — which can lead to a lack of access to health care, including preventive care to ward off chronic illness.

    Also true.

    But…as is usually the case with the NYT, what is left out?

    The key age-adjusted predictors of new-onset kidney disease in adults are: hypertension, BMI, cholesterol, smoking, and diabetes.

    Is it reasonable that some black guy somewhere was subjected to a law that most people would consider inequitable that led him to eat worse, not exercise and smoke? Sure. I could even agree that some past laws have indirectly affected some current CKD patient through the vehicle of “grandparents got hosed, which led them to be worse parents, which led this patients’ parents to be worse which made him more likely to do those things.”

    But what the article is saying — by either implication or omission — is that the fact that black people are fatter, eat more unhealthy foods and smoke more cigarettes (which are, you know, the key physical mechanisms by which the environment interacts with genetic predispositions to cause kidney disease) is entirely due to “structural racism — inequitable effects of law and policies.” Good to know.

    We apparently know that there are zero genetic predisposition to these behaviors that operate on average differently for different racial groups. We also know that there are zero cultural predispositions among black Americans that could possibly have arisen form any source other than white racism and injustice. It’s really god to know these things, because if we weren’t so sure of this, we might actually find additional mechanisms that would work in the real world to reduce CKD among black Americans.

  31. An even worse disease affecting blacks, chronic kidney disease (CKD), can be explained demographically because blacks have an incredibly high rate of type 2 diabetes, which causes CKD

  32. @ic1000
    What's old is new again. BiDil.

    I'm too lazy to look it all up once more, so here's a riff, with a 2016 iSteve comment as the starting point.

    Initially, there were high hopes for BiDil, a combination of two 'ordinary' drugs for congestive heart failure. However, results from the first set of large clinical trials were disappointing. Taken as a group, people didn't benefit, compared to the Standard of Care. Post-hoc analysis suggested that those who self-identified as African-Americians did benefit. So a company was founded to develop and market BiDil for this subset of patients.

    The NitroMed-sponsored pivotal trial was restricted to African-Americans with severe CHF. For this group, BiDil reduced mortality by 43%, reduced hospitalizations by 39%, and improved quality of life, compared to the Standard of Care. Remarkable efficacy.

    Here is a 2006 peer-reviewed review of BiDil -- two pre-Current-Year Wokists explaining that:

    * Economic, social, cultural, and ethical issues lurk in the background of this purported discovery.
    * Race Is A Scientific Construct.
    * Yeah, BiDil helps black patients.
    * Our intuitions are shaped by vestiges of now-discredited biological theories of race.
    * BiDil is on the scene to answer the question of how a company could generate a profit (rather than being a drug that helps certain people).
    * Physicians should punish the makers of BiDil by prescribing a complex mix of generic pills instead, even though patients will have difficulty with the dosage schedule.

    What's old is new again.

    Replies: @Gabe Ruth

    Thanks for remembering that. At some point the black community really has to do something about these professional race hustlers literally cutting off noses to spite faces of the actual people they claim to be helping.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    @Gabe Ruth


    the black community really has to do something about these professional race hustlers
     
    Perhaps they need a better role model?
  33. Harriet A. Washington, a lecturer in ethics at Columbia University and author of the book “Medical Apartheid,” worries

    Erika Blacksher, an ethicist at the nonprofit Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, Mo., added

    When people who call themselves “ethicists” start talking you know nonsense–bad advice–is coming. Roughly 100% time.

    These ones are presumably black, so it will be dumber. But it’s basically 100% of time, anti-common sense nonsense somewhere on the spectrum between silly and evil.

    • Agree: Calvin Hobbes
    • Replies: @Meretricious
    @AnotherDad

    former is a fat Negress; latter, hot white chick

  34. @Altai
    OT: But another of Steve's bugbears, that we can't talk about how gay sex culture wasn't immediately curtailed with bathhouse closures to stop HIV.

    It appears the sudden appearance of community transmitted Monkeypox is driven by gay men. All the cases so far are men who have sex with men. It would appear that outside direct infection from contact with reservoir animals or close family members it very very difficult to get infected with contact with the pus from the sores being the cause of family infections. The other way is 'body fluids'. It is for this reason that the despite modern transport technology the epidemic has been confined to certain parts of Southern Nigeria until this index case brought it to the gay community in London. (Possibly being infected himself in the same way he infected others)

    This links up with something else I've been concerned about vis-a-vis the growth of PrEP and the rapid shift away from condom use among gay men which, combined with ease of travel and apps like Grindr potentially making the late 70s look tame by comparison and the consequent possibility of these communities serving as petri dishes for the emergence of new epidemics like they did with HIV. (At least in the West) Not to mention causing new antibiotic strains of sexual transmitted bacterial diseases that are seen by them as just a 'cost of doing business'.

    Now it appears that this disease won't become more transmissible and is a virus so no risk of wearing out antibiotics but what happens when that isn't the case? Not to mention the other common bacterial STDs that are becoming much more resistant to antibiotics.

    There are suggestions that it is also airborne but the slow spread in Nigeria seems to indicate that it actually requires close contact and that body fluids are probably much more efficient at spreading it, particularly before symptoms become hugely obvious.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Prosa123, @AnotherDad, @YetAnotherAnon, @Frau Katze

    At the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980’s health authorities in San Francisco tried promoting circle jerks as a safe alternative to corn holing. People quickly began calling it “Boy Scout sex.”

    • LOL: Farenheit
  35. A kidney efficacy test I had done has two different results, depending on race:

    EGFR CKD-EPI Non-African American, Male
    EGFR CKD-EPI African American, Male

    My second number was about 15% higher. The normal minimum (higher is better) is the same regardless of race. I think this means AA kidneys are considered still normal when somewhat less effective, but it’s a weird (deliberately confusing?) way of compensating.

  36. When it comes to fixing racism, “black lives” decidedly don’t matter.

    None of their policies help protect “black lives”, even (or especially) those demanded by “official” African Americans (such as de-policing).

    Only the narrative matters.

  37. @Altai
    OT: The Central Park birder got paid. He has a new show on Nat Geo. No idea what they paid him though, it could possibly be very little but it's telling that they thought of all the birders and ornithologists in the world, they'd give a show to him.

    https://www.today.com/popculture/tv/central-park-bird-watcher-christian-cooper-gets-birding-series-rcna29557

    Though it's called "The Extraordinary Birder." which seems a bit on the nose.

    What, exactly makes him extraordinary? That he's black?

    Replies: @epebble, @Anonymous

    Well, in their telling, he is a Harvard Grad who so loved his birds that he picked a quarrel with a dog owner that became a national story. All publicity is good. If they get an audience bump because some may tune in to watch this celebrity, it is all for the better.

  38. @Altai
    OT: But another of Steve's bugbears, that we can't talk about how gay sex culture wasn't immediately curtailed with bathhouse closures to stop HIV.

    It appears the sudden appearance of community transmitted Monkeypox is driven by gay men. All the cases so far are men who have sex with men. It would appear that outside direct infection from contact with reservoir animals or close family members it very very difficult to get infected with contact with the pus from the sores being the cause of family infections. The other way is 'body fluids'. It is for this reason that the despite modern transport technology the epidemic has been confined to certain parts of Southern Nigeria until this index case brought it to the gay community in London. (Possibly being infected himself in the same way he infected others)

    This links up with something else I've been concerned about vis-a-vis the growth of PrEP and the rapid shift away from condom use among gay men which, combined with ease of travel and apps like Grindr potentially making the late 70s look tame by comparison and the consequent possibility of these communities serving as petri dishes for the emergence of new epidemics like they did with HIV. (At least in the West) Not to mention causing new antibiotic strains of sexual transmitted bacterial diseases that are seen by them as just a 'cost of doing business'.

    Now it appears that this disease won't become more transmissible and is a virus so no risk of wearing out antibiotics but what happens when that isn't the case? Not to mention the other common bacterial STDs that are becoming much more resistant to antibiotics.

    There are suggestions that it is also airborne but the slow spread in Nigeria seems to indicate that it actually requires close contact and that body fluids are probably much more efficient at spreading it, particularly before symptoms become hugely obvious.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Prosa123, @AnotherDad, @YetAnotherAnon, @Frau Katze

    Figuring out the genesis of homosexuality and eliminating it would be big boon to public health. (And just societal health and sanity in general.)

    Unfortunately–yep, minoritarianism–the West has gone the exact opposite direction, promoting homosexuals as scared “oppressed” victims by the evil white bread normies … blah, blah, blah.

    Yawn.

    Again separation–“just do your thing over there and let us get on normal life over here”–would be great.

  39. @AnotherDad

    Harriet A. Washington, a lecturer in ethics at Columbia University and author of the book “Medical Apartheid,” worries
     


    Erika Blacksher, an ethicist at the nonprofit Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, Mo., added
     
    When people who call themselves "ethicists" start talking you know nonsense--bad advice--is coming. Roughly 100% time.

    These ones are presumably black, so it will be dumber. But it's basically 100% of time, anti-common sense nonsense somewhere on the spectrum between silly and evil.

    Replies: @Meretricious

    former is a fat Negress; latter, hot white chick

  40. I see a similar lack of enthusiasm in medical profession about Covid deaths too. Why most deaths per million are all occurring in Western countries with higher hygiene and medical care doesn’t seem to attract much notice. That U.S., with the highest share of healthcare costs in the world (not only absolute, but also on per capita basis) has the most Covid deaths is being ignored as a random factoid.

  41. It takes a lot of gall to talk about ‘uneven burdens’ society supposedly imposes on blacks and resolutely ignore the inverse, which is far more costly in economic and social terms.

  42. @Buffalo Joe
    I was reading the article with an open mind, after all systemic racism and disparity are mentioned in an article about inherited genetic faults, and then came the hammer.."blame the victim." Sigh, prominent scientists trying to find a cure for a genetic problem and all they had to do was say the cause is "Racism."

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Yep, Joe, I’d be annoyed seeing this, as one of the researchers working on it.

    As for Steve’s title here, I don’t think the “Doesn’t Like” part is accurate. The people in the excerpts probably came upon the news on this – no way they could read a real scientific paper – and figured they wanted to horn in on some of this blacks-being-different action. They don’t want to stop the research or treatments. They just want to put in their trademark blackety-black “systemic racism” stamp on it somewhere.

    Mo money, mo papers ..

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Ach, thank you for the reply which is well stated. Keep your kidneys safe my friend.

  43. I didn’t see anything in those articles about the rate of kidney donations to others, by race.

    A good breakdown would be 1) to relatives and 2) to strangers, donors by race. Also, recipients by race.

    If this is a “black” disease (to a greater extent) then fellow blacks should step up to the plate.

    I think in many cases donations is done by close relatives.

    But if “race” is now all important, let’s have the numbers.

    (Also, as a separate issue, how about charitable donations by race? There are racist “charities” like BLM and the “Negro College Fund” but who are the givers? Again, what “race” is bearing their “fair” burden? What would the statistics tell us, if anything? )

    • Replies: @res
    @Muggles

    It looks like numbers are available. This page has some summary data:
    https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=4&lvlid=27

    But the real meat is at their links. They offer quite a few ways to categorize and report the data.
    https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/data/view-data-reports/national-data/

    Important to remember that the majority of kidney donors are deceased (235k out of 406k from 2000 to 2022) which will affect your breakdown.

    Their page does not lend itself to direct links, but try selecting Donor and Kidney then look at the following reports.

    Deceased Donors by Donor Ethnicity
    Living Donors by Donor Ethnicity

    You can also select Transplant and look at:

    Transplants by Recipient Ethnicity

    Replies: @Muggles

  44. No mention of what is driving most of the kidney disease in African Americans: high blood pressure, which is mostly a function of obesity. Blaming obesity on systemic racism is a bit of a stretch, but most of the shareholders of corporations owning Jack in the Box and Popeyes are probably white. Systemic racism: QED

    • Replies: @J1234
    @JimB

    My doctor told me years ago that blacks are more susceptible to blood pressure problems caused by high sodium intake...yet another factor that could be controlled with modified behavior.


    The 'race doesn't exist' crowd....
     
    Race doesn't exist...except when it exists, and race doesn't matter...except when it matters.
  45. You’re probably wondering how the racism gets from the racist into the blacks’ kidneys. Some believe racism is akin to an invisible smog, pervading the air blacks breath. Or it could be waves racists’ brains emit, which would explain why the Klan wears pointed hats, which serve to focus and amplify the transmission. If racism is soluble in water, blacks could be unwittingly mixing and consuming racism with their grape Kool-Aid.

    • Thanks: Calvin Hobbes
  46. Anon[402] • Disclaimer says:

    The single best thing you can do for your kidneys is quit eating sugar and try to get most of your Vitamin C from vegetables instead of fruit. High blood sugar, whether from sucrose or fructose, ages your kidneys prematurely.

    The average person can only digest 40 grams of fructose a day, but 30% of all Americans–including whites–have fructose malabsorption and can’t tolerate more than 25 grams per day. Just 8 ounces of orange juice has 21 grams of fructose, which is close to being the limit for 30% of the country. Even that 25 grams is better absorbed in small amounts throughout the day, and even vegetables contain small amounts of fructose.

    If you have fructose malabsorption and you eat too much sugar (remember sucrose is partly fructose), you’ll run to the bathroom a lot, you’ll have almost clear urine instead of a yellow color, you’ll get dehydrated easily despite drinking a lot of water, and you’ll be prone to blood sugar crashes.

    It’s not just easier on your kidneys to cut out most fruit and sugar, it’s easier on your pancreas. People who come from a Northern European background didn’t have much fruit or sugar in their diet before the modern era. Fruit doesn’t grow so readily as it does in lower latitudes, so Northern Europeans (British Isles, Scandinavia) are more prone to fructose malabsorption than Southern Europeans.

    As for blacks, they’re known for eating a ton of sugar and not caring about it.

    • Thanks: Calvin Hobbes
    • Replies: @Alden
    @Anon

    N Europeans ate a lot of sweet root vegetables like beets parsnips and carrots. Which are full of sugar. And a lot of honey and alcoholic beverages again full of sugar. And raisins imported from sunnier drier areas were a staple even for the poorest. Those winter staples of turnips and cabbage don’t have much sugar.

    , @Yngvar
    @Anon

    Are you claiming that eating fruit is unhealthy for humans?

  47. @Almost Missouri

    But African-Americans don’t live in Africa anymore, so this particular genetic adaptation to the African environment is no longer useful.
     
    Whoa, not so fast! If African-Americans ever decide to escape all that social disparity and systemic racism in America by going back to Africa, they're gonna need those genetic adaptations again!

    What's next? Are you going to take away ¡B!lack men's genetic sprinting advantage so they can't outrun leopards too?

    I can't even! Literally shaking rn

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Tiny Duck

    The future belongs to Africa. Africa will be everywhere, especially in the ill-gotten bloody west

    https://2017-2021.state.gov/the-future-belongs-to-africa/index.html

    I know white girls will be happy! Looks like pleasure and strong children are in order for them as opposed to the resentful cowardly murderous white boys

    https://open.lib.umn.edu/socialproblems/chapter/8-3-who-commits-crime/

    white males commit the most crime when taking into account societal advantage and privilege’s.

    • LOL: Meretricious
    • Troll: tyrone
    • Replies: @Alden
    @Tiny Duck

    ESAD mo’fa

    , @Adam Smith
    @Tiny Duck

    white peopke comit the most crime and violence
    they need to act more like People of Color and be peacefull

    https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2015-04/28/17/enhanced/webdr07/enhanced-buzz-wide-7862-1430255474-13.jpg

    🦆

    , @Almost Missouri
    @Tiny Duck

    Duck, I have to thank you. That State Department link shows again the Celebration Parallax. As before with the Great Replacement being a "conspiracy theory" when Steve mentions it but a wonderful thing when Joe Biden says it, so also with Negro Futurist Black Planetism: a "conspiracy theory" in Steve's hands but an acknowledged fact of the US State Department.


    Everyone who follows trends in Africa knows that a demographic “tsunami” is coming between now and 2050, when the continent will double its population to more than two billion and the percentage of Africans younger than 25 years of age will surpass 75 percent.
     
  48. Look, in the name of combating racism BLM and allies have helped get a lot of black people shot or killed in traffic accidents. Academic medicine now sees it needs to step up and add to the carnage.

  49. res says:
    @Muggles
    I didn't see anything in those articles about the rate of kidney donations to others, by race.

    A good breakdown would be 1) to relatives and 2) to strangers, donors by race. Also, recipients by race.

    If this is a "black" disease (to a greater extent) then fellow blacks should step up to the plate.

    I think in many cases donations is done by close relatives.

    But if "race" is now all important, let's have the numbers.

    (Also, as a separate issue, how about charitable donations by race? There are racist "charities" like BLM and the "Negro College Fund" but who are the givers? Again, what "race" is bearing their "fair" burden? What would the statistics tell us, if anything? )

    Replies: @res

    It looks like numbers are available. This page has some summary data:
    https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=4&lvlid=27

    But the real meat is at their links. They offer quite a few ways to categorize and report the data.
    https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/data/view-data-reports/national-data/

    Important to remember that the majority of kidney donors are deceased (235k out of 406k from 2000 to 2022) which will affect your breakdown.

    Their page does not lend itself to direct links, but try selecting Donor and Kidney then look at the following reports.

    Deceased Donors by Donor Ethnicity
    Living Donors by Donor Ethnicity

    You can also select Transplant and look at:

    Transplants by Recipient Ethnicity

    • Replies: @Muggles
    @res

    Thanks for the link.

    I did a quick analysis, for kidney donors.

    Live donors, by ethnicity, data set 1988-2022 (to date) % cumulative donors by race

    White 70.4 %
    Black 11.5%
    Hispanic/
    Latino 13.3%

    Deceased donors, same source

    White 70.7%
    Black 13.3%
    Hispanic/
    Latino 12.7%

    In both categories the next largest group, around 2% for both, was Asian

    So blacks, more afflicted with kidney disease, donate live at under their overall population percentage of around 13%. Deceased donors, about the same as their live population.

    So Whites are carrying the ball for other races as a group. Only the dead blacks match their approx. population percentage.

    Live kidney donors are often related to the donee. But blacks are dropping the ball here and relying on other live donors. Somehow the NYT Science writers couldn't be bothered to address this shortfall, since the stats are easily found (thanks res).

    So if any "education" here is needed, it should be directed at the mooching black community. It is significantly more their problem, but in part they rely on others to find replacement good kidneys.

    If the stats showed Whites lagging, I'm sure the racists at the Times and other Wokesters would cite that as more evidence of "systemic racism." Instead, it is only "White benevolence."

    That's not "news"...

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @Alden

  50. OT: “They have been powerful educational tools, but in some Boston Public School students’ hands, Chromebooks have become something else lately: powerful weapons.

    Over less than a week — between April 28 and May 3 — three students at three different schools were struck in the head by Chromebook-wielding assailants. …” excerpted from:
    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/05/18/metro/some-boston-students-have-found-new-use-city-issued-laptops-dangerous-weapon/

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Coemgen

    I am picturing that scene from 2001

    , @EdwardM
    @Coemgen

    There's a solution for that: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/ai-may-be-searching-you-for-guns-the-next-time-you-go-out-in-public/ar-AAXvwhE

    This story is about the next Orwellian surveillance technology, sort of an x-ray machine that scans everyone in the background and uses "AI" to identify weapons. Apparently Chromebooks cause a lot of false positives.


    As for accuracy, he acknowledges the Chromebook has been an issue but says the algorithm is being improved. He suggests students might simply come to realize they need to hold them up on their way in to school, a small price to pay. “Why shouldn’t there be a system where kids can learn safely and also enter without breaking stride?” he asked.
     
    I am reminded of flying soon after 09/11. I saw National Guard troops, or wherever they were from, approach the metal detector and, not knowing what to do, just put their rifles on the x-ray belt.
  51. Rob says:

    For black people who might get kidney disease, 20% of 13% probably means it’ll be worthwhile to give that 13% a preventative treatment, when one becomes available.

    If nothing else, when some good Samiritan opens his sickle cell allele testing charity for black couples, he’ll also test for this apoL variant. Blacks who are carriers don’t have to have kids together.

  52. @Tiny Duck
    @Almost Missouri

    The future belongs to Africa. Africa will be everywhere, especially in the ill-gotten bloody west

    https://2017-2021.state.gov/the-future-belongs-to-africa/index.html

    I know white girls will be happy! Looks like pleasure and strong children are in order for them as opposed to the resentful cowardly murderous white boys

    https://open.lib.umn.edu/socialproblems/chapter/8-3-who-commits-crime/

    white males commit the most crime when taking into account societal advantage and privilege's.

    Replies: @Alden, @Adam Smith, @Almost Missouri

    ESAD mo’fa

  53. OT
    a perfect example of black academic social parasitism in elite higher education (Georgetown)

    there is nothing original about this Negro’s thesis, yet here he is getting subsidized by whites at Georgetown:

    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/olufemi-taiwo-identity-politics-elite-capture.html

  54. In other astonishing news, 20 years of research costing 50 million have proved that only men are afflicted with prostate cancer and only women are afflicted with uterine cancer.

    The ACLU has filed a lawsuit on behalf of M-F trannies who demand the medical profession acknowledge that men suffer from uterine cancer too.

    Another taxpayer funded non profit association has just been incorporated. FBS. Fighting Baldness Stereotypes. It’s a total falsehood and derogatory slur that only men are afflicted with baldness and hair loss. Executive director will get a salary of 250 K a year. Clerks who check the texts and phone messages every two days will get 90K a year and everyone will get a new car every 3 years and a company credit card to pay for repairs gas car washes and detailing; ( and anything else they want to buy) Employees children of pre and grade school age will get the janitor and maintenance contract for the offices.

  55. @JimB
    No mention of what is driving most of the kidney disease in African Americans: high blood pressure, which is mostly a function of obesity. Blaming obesity on systemic racism is a bit of a stretch, but most of the shareholders of corporations owning Jack in the Box and Popeyes are probably white. Systemic racism: QED

    Replies: @J1234

    My doctor told me years ago that blacks are more susceptible to blood pressure problems caused by high sodium intake…yet another factor that could be controlled with modified behavior.

    The ‘race doesn’t exist’ crowd….

    Race doesn’t exist…except when it exists, and race doesn’t matter…except when it matters.

  56. @Anon
    The single best thing you can do for your kidneys is quit eating sugar and try to get most of your Vitamin C from vegetables instead of fruit. High blood sugar, whether from sucrose or fructose, ages your kidneys prematurely.

    The average person can only digest 40 grams of fructose a day, but 30% of all Americans--including whites--have fructose malabsorption and can't tolerate more than 25 grams per day. Just 8 ounces of orange juice has 21 grams of fructose, which is close to being the limit for 30% of the country. Even that 25 grams is better absorbed in small amounts throughout the day, and even vegetables contain small amounts of fructose.

    If you have fructose malabsorption and you eat too much sugar (remember sucrose is partly fructose), you'll run to the bathroom a lot, you'll have almost clear urine instead of a yellow color, you'll get dehydrated easily despite drinking a lot of water, and you'll be prone to blood sugar crashes.

    It's not just easier on your kidneys to cut out most fruit and sugar, it's easier on your pancreas. People who come from a Northern European background didn't have much fruit or sugar in their diet before the modern era. Fruit doesn't grow so readily as it does in lower latitudes, so Northern Europeans (British Isles, Scandinavia) are more prone to fructose malabsorption than Southern Europeans.

    As for blacks, they're known for eating a ton of sugar and not caring about it.

    Replies: @Alden, @Yngvar

    N Europeans ate a lot of sweet root vegetables like beets parsnips and carrots. Which are full of sugar. And a lot of honey and alcoholic beverages again full of sugar. And raisins imported from sunnier drier areas were a staple even for the poorest. Those winter staples of turnips and cabbage don’t have much sugar.

  57. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Buffalo Joe

    Yep, Joe, I'd be annoyed seeing this, as one of the researchers working on it.

    As for Steve's title here, I don't think the "Doesn't Like" part is accurate. The people in the excerpts probably came upon the news on this - no way they could read a real scientific paper - and figured they wanted to horn in on some of this blacks-being-different action. They don't want to stop the research or treatments. They just want to put in their trademark blackety-black "systemic racism" stamp on it somewhere.

    Mo money, mo papers ..

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    Ach, thank you for the reply which is well stated. Keep your kidneys safe my friend.

  58. @James Speaks
    Kidney donors come in two flavors, those that donate one kidney, such as a relative, and those that donate two, such as a random gunshot victim.

    Replies: @Joe Stalin, @Rohirrimborn

    Kidney donors come in two flavors, those that donate one kidney

    Remember this before some medico talks you into donating a kidney: if your kidney functioning degrades when you get older, you could be in trouble.

  59. @The Germ Theory of Disease
    Completely OT (sorry, delete if you wish) but this is an old game we used to play on the old LP forum in Australia, which I found sort of amusing....

    What would your voice actually sound like if you were a rock star of your choosing? a) literally and b) metaphorically?

    For me....

    a) I literally sound like Paul Westerberg from The Replacements on "Let It Be," bad accent and everything;

    b) metaphorically, I think I kinda-sorta sound like Chrissie Hynde on "Precious". Or at least I aspire to.

    You??

    Replies: @Sollipsist, @dearieme

    Literally, Dave Gahan. I actually got sick of hearing people tell me so, back in my performing days…

    Metaphorically, Chris Cornell.

  60. @Gabe Ruth
    @ic1000

    Thanks for remembering that. At some point the black community really has to do something about these professional race hustlers literally cutting off noses to spite faces of the actual people they claim to be helping.

    Replies: @Bill Jones

    the black community really has to do something about these professional race hustlers

    Perhaps they need a better role model?

  61. @The Germ Theory of Disease
    Completely OT (sorry, delete if you wish) but this is an old game we used to play on the old LP forum in Australia, which I found sort of amusing....

    What would your voice actually sound like if you were a rock star of your choosing? a) literally and b) metaphorically?

    For me....

    a) I literally sound like Paul Westerberg from The Replacements on "Let It Be," bad accent and everything;

    b) metaphorically, I think I kinda-sorta sound like Chrissie Hynde on "Precious". Or at least I aspire to.

    You??

    Replies: @Sollipsist, @dearieme

    A friend of my daughter claims that I sound like Sean Connery.

    That means that whenever I meet her I have to say things like ‘Long time no she’.

  62. @res
    @Muggles

    It looks like numbers are available. This page has some summary data:
    https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=4&lvlid=27

    But the real meat is at their links. They offer quite a few ways to categorize and report the data.
    https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/data/view-data-reports/national-data/

    Important to remember that the majority of kidney donors are deceased (235k out of 406k from 2000 to 2022) which will affect your breakdown.

    Their page does not lend itself to direct links, but try selecting Donor and Kidney then look at the following reports.

    Deceased Donors by Donor Ethnicity
    Living Donors by Donor Ethnicity

    You can also select Transplant and look at:

    Transplants by Recipient Ethnicity

    Replies: @Muggles

    Thanks for the link.

    I did a quick analysis, for kidney donors.

    Live donors, by ethnicity, data set 1988-2022 (to date) % cumulative donors by race

    White 70.4 %
    Black 11.5%
    Hispanic/
    Latino 13.3%

    Deceased donors, same source

    White 70.7%
    Black 13.3%
    Hispanic/
    Latino 12.7%

    In both categories the next largest group, around 2% for both, was Asian

    So blacks, more afflicted with kidney disease, donate live at under their overall population percentage of around 13%. Deceased donors, about the same as their live population.

    So Whites are carrying the ball for other races as a group. Only the dead blacks match their approx. population percentage.

    Live kidney donors are often related to the donee. But blacks are dropping the ball here and relying on other live donors. Somehow the NYT Science writers couldn’t be bothered to address this shortfall, since the stats are easily found (thanks res).

    So if any “education” here is needed, it should be directed at the mooching black community. It is significantly more their problem, but in part they rely on others to find replacement good kidneys.

    If the stats showed Whites lagging, I’m sure the racists at the Times and other Wokesters would cite that as more evidence of “systemic racism.” Instead, it is only “White benevolence.”

    That’s not “news”…

    • Thanks: res, ic1000
    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    @Muggles

    Asians have the lowest representation.

    Around ~0.5x their representation during the time in question.

    , @Alden
    @Muggles

    Husband and I have refused to put donor on our Dr licenses. At our age, we’ve been constantly urged by Drs to sign those DNR forms. We checked no on organ donation for those and every medical and other forms we ever signed.

    If non Whites won’t help Whites, Whites shouldn’t help non Whites.

    All our lawyers accountants Drs and as many as possible employees* and tenants are White too, mostly White men.

    Not easy to find White men Drs in California but we did it.

    * We’re forced by the satanic Supreme Court and the feds to hire a few affirmative action employees.

    Replies: @Ralph L

  63. @James N. Kennett

    … But ethical issues have tempered some experts’ enthusiasm about the genetic discoveries.

    Harriet A. Washington, a lecturer in ethics at Columbia University
     
    An "expert" not in medicine or genetics, but in ethics.

    and author of the book “Medical Apartheid,”
     
    Just as some people are permanently living in 1933, others are stuck in Sharpeville in 1960.

    worries that knowledge of the role of APOL1 variants can drive the medical establishment toward “a blame-the-victim approach signaling an inherent flaw in African Americans.”

    The implication, she said: “This is something happening in nature, so what can we do about it?” Such an attitude, she added, “invites futility and absolves health care from treating sufferers.”
     
    As if the medical establishment has ever treated genetic illnesses as inherent flaws of a race, that they need not bother treating.

    Joseph L. Graves, Jr., a professor of biological sciences at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, raised another issue. “We don’t want to fall into the myth of the genetically sick African,” he said.

    “All populations have genetic variants, but the action of those variants is determined by the environment in which those people live,” Dr. Graves explained. “People want to find simple explanations for complex phenomena. Find a genetic variant and make the story simple, but that’s not how it works. Environmental effects are really important.”

    He added that for Black Americans, profound environmental effects rise from structural racism — inequitable effects of law and policies — which can lead to a lack of access to health care, including preventive care to ward off chronic illness.

     

    In other words, even if the sickness arises from an allele with an African origin, we must still blame the environment, i.e. whitey!

    Researchers began looking for a genetic cause. Finally, a little more than a decade ago, a Havard team led by Giulio Genovese, Dr. David Friedman and Dr. Martin Pollak found it: variants of APOL1 that ramped up the gene’s activity.
     
    And if the cause and the treatment are discovered by white people, the cognitive dissonance is unbearable. In a very real sense white people must still be to blame!

    These "ethicists" would be happier if the higher rates of kidney disease suffered by African Americans could be blamed on the Tuskegee Experiment, or the epigenetic effects of cotton-picking.

    Replies: @Trevor

    Joseph L. Graves, Jr., a professor of biological sciences at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, raised another issue. “We don’t want to fall into the myth of the genetically sick African,” he said.

    Guess what?

    Joseph L. Graves Jr. https://g.co/kgs/h3Ti5N

  64. So “Kidney failure occurs in African American’s five times as much as it does in White American’s”

    Not just kidney failure but just about every type of infectious and chronic disease is advertised as occurring more in blacks with blacks having a worse outcome and therefore, we are told that special funding and attention must be directed to the elimination of “health disparities” and fixing a racist health care system.
    Ironically, despite suffering more from all these diseases blacks as a population continue to grow and flourish. If they were as vulnerable as we are being told and the health care system was racist one would think the black population would diminish in size over time.

  65. @Muggles
    @res

    Thanks for the link.

    I did a quick analysis, for kidney donors.

    Live donors, by ethnicity, data set 1988-2022 (to date) % cumulative donors by race

    White 70.4 %
    Black 11.5%
    Hispanic/
    Latino 13.3%

    Deceased donors, same source

    White 70.7%
    Black 13.3%
    Hispanic/
    Latino 12.7%

    In both categories the next largest group, around 2% for both, was Asian

    So blacks, more afflicted with kidney disease, donate live at under their overall population percentage of around 13%. Deceased donors, about the same as their live population.

    So Whites are carrying the ball for other races as a group. Only the dead blacks match their approx. population percentage.

    Live kidney donors are often related to the donee. But blacks are dropping the ball here and relying on other live donors. Somehow the NYT Science writers couldn't be bothered to address this shortfall, since the stats are easily found (thanks res).

    So if any "education" here is needed, it should be directed at the mooching black community. It is significantly more their problem, but in part they rely on others to find replacement good kidneys.

    If the stats showed Whites lagging, I'm sure the racists at the Times and other Wokesters would cite that as more evidence of "systemic racism." Instead, it is only "White benevolence."

    That's not "news"...

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @Alden

    Asians have the lowest representation.

    Around ~0.5x their representation during the time in question.

  66. Anonymous[361] • Disclaimer says:
    @Coemgen
    OT: "They have been powerful educational tools, but in some Boston Public School students’ hands, Chromebooks have become something else lately: powerful weapons.

    Over less than a week — between April 28 and May 3 — three students at three different schools were struck in the head by Chromebook-wielding assailants. ..." excerpted from:
    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/05/18/metro/some-boston-students-have-found-new-use-city-issued-laptops-dangerous-weapon/

    Replies: @Anonymous, @EdwardM

    I am picturing that scene from 2001

  67. There is no mystery at all.

    Kidney disease and kidney failure is associated with diabetes which is associated with obesity, which is associated with eating too much.

    African Americans eat a lot of fast food and foods containing excessive sugar.

    Does the medical profession not already know this? I think it does.

    • Replies: @Meretricious
    @Jonathan Mason

    you're right: type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease (but there is a heritability factor that is still unknown; disease runs in families)

  68. @Jonathan Mason
    There is no mystery at all.

    Kidney disease and kidney failure is associated with diabetes which is associated with obesity, which is associated with eating too much.

    African Americans eat a lot of fast food and foods containing excessive sugar.

    Does the medical profession not already know this? I think it does.

    Replies: @Meretricious

    you’re right: type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease (but there is a heritability factor that is still unknown; disease runs in families)

  69. Oh, and by the way, WWIII, ultra-surveillance, and the next fake disease utter collapse of everything proceed apace.

    Just as a little amuse-bouche apertif.

  70. @Henry's Cat
    Blacks will, of course, rush to sign up for these experimental treatments.

    Replies: @SunBakedSuburb

    “… rush to sign up for these experimental treatments.”

    Will they be safe and effective?

  71. @Altai
    OT: But another of Steve's bugbears, that we can't talk about how gay sex culture wasn't immediately curtailed with bathhouse closures to stop HIV.

    It appears the sudden appearance of community transmitted Monkeypox is driven by gay men. All the cases so far are men who have sex with men. It would appear that outside direct infection from contact with reservoir animals or close family members it very very difficult to get infected with contact with the pus from the sores being the cause of family infections. The other way is 'body fluids'. It is for this reason that the despite modern transport technology the epidemic has been confined to certain parts of Southern Nigeria until this index case brought it to the gay community in London. (Possibly being infected himself in the same way he infected others)

    This links up with something else I've been concerned about vis-a-vis the growth of PrEP and the rapid shift away from condom use among gay men which, combined with ease of travel and apps like Grindr potentially making the late 70s look tame by comparison and the consequent possibility of these communities serving as petri dishes for the emergence of new epidemics like they did with HIV. (At least in the West) Not to mention causing new antibiotic strains of sexual transmitted bacterial diseases that are seen by them as just a 'cost of doing business'.

    Now it appears that this disease won't become more transmissible and is a virus so no risk of wearing out antibiotics but what happens when that isn't the case? Not to mention the other common bacterial STDs that are becoming much more resistant to antibiotics.

    There are suggestions that it is also airborne but the slow spread in Nigeria seems to indicate that it actually requires close contact and that body fluids are probably much more efficient at spreading it, particularly before symptoms become hugely obvious.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Prosa123, @AnotherDad, @YetAnotherAnon, @Frau Katze

    “the consequent possibility of these communities serving as petri dishes for the emergence of new epidemics “

    Old news from 2005.

    https://web.archive.org/web/20050419182101/http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=22027

    1 Mar 2005

    The first UK cases of a previously rare disease have been reported in gay men, reveals an editorial in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.

    Lymphograunuloma venereum (LGV) is a genital/anogenital bacterial infection caused by a particularly invasive strain of Chlamydia trachomatis.

    It was considered relatively rare until 2003, when around 100 cases were reported in gay men in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, most of whom were also HIV positive or had other sexually transmitted infections, including hepatitis C.

    Since then outbreaks have been reported in Antwerp, Belgium, Hamburg, Germany, and Paris, France. Cases have also been reported in Sweden, and most recently in several US cities, including New York, San Francisco, and Atlanta.

    Last year, one of the UK’s leading HIV charities, The Terrence Higgins Trust, and the Health Protection Agency, which monitors cases of the disease, took steps to alert clinicians and those most at risk to the spread of the infection.

    In January 2005, the first 24 cases were reported in the UK, mostly from sexual health clinics in London. All were in gay men, 17 of whom were HIV positive. Four also had hepatitis C infection.

    Five thought they had caught the infection in mainland Europe, while the others said they had become infected in the UK. By mid February, a total of 34 cases had been reported.

    The infection usually manifests as an ulcer or papule, and symptoms usually include rectal inflammation (proctitis), rectal pain and bleeding, straining, constipation and abdominal pain. The infection may also be accompanied by fever and malaise.

    These can be treated with a three week course of antibiotics.

    But sometimes the primary ulcer goes unnoticed, and if left untreated, this can progress to chronic infection with the formation of skin pouches (fistulas), abscesses, and narrowing of the anus as well as problems with the lymphatic system.

    In these cases, surgery is often necessary.

    Also this is much newer.

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

    • Replies: @Alden
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Sometime around 1960, an aunt who was a doctor who worked for the county public health department told me that the leading demographic that had STDs were gay men. More than twice as bad as heterosexuals.

    Not 100 different partners in a year like an extremely promiscuous heterosexual but 400 partners a year all swapping germs. The gays also had venereal warts and funguses.

    And the bi sexual gays spread their diseases to women and the heterosexual population. Gay men also have a high rate of colds flu and other diseases due to promiscuity

    How much taxpayers money has been spent on keeping these disease spreaders alive and healthy enough to spread more disease?

  72. @animalogic
    Good god -- nothing involving US black people can be simply accepted on its own Prima face terms.
    It's objectively appears that kidney disease in black people has a genetic cause. Allow scientists to try to discover a medical remedy -- then argue about any environmental factors.
    It's as if they have forgotten that thousands of lives are at stake.

    Replies: @SunBakedSuburb

    “Good god — nothing involving US black people can be simply accepted on its own Prima face [sic] terms.”

    It’s because they’re coloured.

  73. Only a medical ethicist could be so opposed to life-saving medical knowledge.

  74. Sucks to be them, I guess

  75. @Muggles
    @res

    Thanks for the link.

    I did a quick analysis, for kidney donors.

    Live donors, by ethnicity, data set 1988-2022 (to date) % cumulative donors by race

    White 70.4 %
    Black 11.5%
    Hispanic/
    Latino 13.3%

    Deceased donors, same source

    White 70.7%
    Black 13.3%
    Hispanic/
    Latino 12.7%

    In both categories the next largest group, around 2% for both, was Asian

    So blacks, more afflicted with kidney disease, donate live at under their overall population percentage of around 13%. Deceased donors, about the same as their live population.

    So Whites are carrying the ball for other races as a group. Only the dead blacks match their approx. population percentage.

    Live kidney donors are often related to the donee. But blacks are dropping the ball here and relying on other live donors. Somehow the NYT Science writers couldn't be bothered to address this shortfall, since the stats are easily found (thanks res).

    So if any "education" here is needed, it should be directed at the mooching black community. It is significantly more their problem, but in part they rely on others to find replacement good kidneys.

    If the stats showed Whites lagging, I'm sure the racists at the Times and other Wokesters would cite that as more evidence of "systemic racism." Instead, it is only "White benevolence."

    That's not "news"...

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @Alden

    Husband and I have refused to put donor on our Dr licenses. At our age, we’ve been constantly urged by Drs to sign those DNR forms. We checked no on organ donation for those and every medical and other forms we ever signed.

    If non Whites won’t help Whites, Whites shouldn’t help non Whites.

    All our lawyers accountants Drs and as many as possible employees* and tenants are White too, mostly White men.

    Not easy to find White men Drs in California but we did it.

    * We’re forced by the satanic Supreme Court and the feds to hire a few affirmative action employees.

    • Replies: @Ralph L
    @Alden

    No problem. The MEN of UNZ don't want any part of your precious body.

  76. It’s racist to say that kidney disease in blacks is genetic when the actual cause is lack of exercise due to their laziness and addiction to sugary food due to their natural gluttony.

  77. Anonymous[349] • Disclaimer says:
    @Altai
    OT: The Central Park birder got paid. He has a new show on Nat Geo. No idea what they paid him though, it could possibly be very little but it's telling that they thought of all the birders and ornithologists in the world, they'd give a show to him.

    https://www.today.com/popculture/tv/central-park-bird-watcher-christian-cooper-gets-birding-series-rcna29557

    Though it's called "The Extraordinary Birder." which seems a bit on the nose.

    What, exactly makes him extraordinary? That he's black?

    Replies: @epebble, @Anonymous

    OT: The Central Park birder got paid.

    Does anyone know if the other party in that, er, clash of opinions ever got her life back? I understand she lost her job and was unable to find another in her field of work (finance).

    Given how important she was to his success, I hope Mr. Birder has the decency to give her a cut of his new salary. After all, without her, he never would have achieved notoriety. No notoriety = no job.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Anonymous


    Given how important she was to his success, I hope Mr. Birder has the decency to give her a cut of his new salary.
     
    As soon as she apologizes to her fellow parkgoers and pays her fine. She would make a heartwarming addition to the show. Or he could plug her off-leash-training channel on YouTube.


    https://media.newyorker.com/photos/62694d624c8590c8496e40df/master/pass/A26643.jpg


    I wish both Coopers well in the future. The bird show might turn out to be good. Even if you are lucky by birth-- Stella McCartney-- or accident--Helô Pinheiro-- you're not going to last long without some skill to show.
  78. @YetAnotherAnon
    @Altai

    "the consequent possibility of these communities serving as petri dishes for the emergence of new epidemics "

    Old news from 2005.

    https://web.archive.org/web/20050419182101/http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=22027


    1 Mar 2005

    The first UK cases of a previously rare disease have been reported in gay men, reveals an editorial in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.

    Lymphograunuloma venereum (LGV) is a genital/anogenital bacterial infection caused by a particularly invasive strain of Chlamydia trachomatis.

    It was considered relatively rare until 2003, when around 100 cases were reported in gay men in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, most of whom were also HIV positive or had other sexually transmitted infections, including hepatitis C.

    Since then outbreaks have been reported in Antwerp, Belgium, Hamburg, Germany, and Paris, France. Cases have also been reported in Sweden, and most recently in several US cities, including New York, San Francisco, and Atlanta.

    Last year, one of the UK's leading HIV charities, The Terrence Higgins Trust, and the Health Protection Agency, which monitors cases of the disease, took steps to alert clinicians and those most at risk to the spread of the infection.

    In January 2005, the first 24 cases were reported in the UK, mostly from sexual health clinics in London. All were in gay men, 17 of whom were HIV positive. Four also had hepatitis C infection.

    Five thought they had caught the infection in mainland Europe, while the others said they had become infected in the UK. By mid February, a total of 34 cases had been reported.

    The infection usually manifests as an ulcer or papule, and symptoms usually include rectal inflammation (proctitis), rectal pain and bleeding, straining, constipation and abdominal pain. The infection may also be accompanied by fever and malaise.

    These can be treated with a three week course of antibiotics.

    But sometimes the primary ulcer goes unnoticed, and if left untreated, this can progress to chronic infection with the formation of skin pouches (fistulas), abscesses, and narrowing of the anus as well as problems with the lymphatic system.

    In these cases, surgery is often necessary.
     

    Also this is much newer.

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

    Replies: @Alden

    Sometime around 1960, an aunt who was a doctor who worked for the county public health department told me that the leading demographic that had STDs were gay men. More than twice as bad as heterosexuals.

    Not 100 different partners in a year like an extremely promiscuous heterosexual but 400 partners a year all swapping germs. The gays also had venereal warts and funguses.

    And the bi sexual gays spread their diseases to women and the heterosexual population. Gay men also have a high rate of colds flu and other diseases due to promiscuity

    How much taxpayers money has been spent on keeping these disease spreaders alive and healthy enough to spread more disease?

  79. @Achmed E. Newman

    Harriet A. Washington .... worries that knowledge of the role of APOL1 variants can drive the medical establishment toward “a blame-the-victim approach signaling an inherent flaw in African Americans.”
     
    Yeah, like when we blame the cardiac patient for having those screwed up electrical signals. The Electro-Cardio Docs are always blaming the victim, so they burn up pieces of his heart even, with a probe, just to teach him a lesson.

    Yes, our bodies have "inherent flaws". If they didn't, we'd be immortal.

    Then, black professor at the predominantly black NC A&T Joseph Graves adds:


    for Black Americans, profound environmental effects rise from structural racism
     
    When you're a black kidney patient laid up in the hospital, structural racism is the least of your worries. You're gonna hope all those Docs and nurses of whatever races can help you get out of there to live your life.

    I wonder what those doctors and researchers described in the article think of these idiots making political issues of the problem their valuable work is trying to solve. As long as they don't suck up much of the research money, they probably just screen them out as white black noise.

    Replies: @Dr. DoomNGloom, @silviosilver

    I wonder what those doctors and researchers described in the article think of these idiots making political issues of the problem their valuable work is trying to solve.

    Well, if they’re anything like me, they’d google up pics of these “ethicists” and decide hmm, might be safer to bite my tongue for now.

    (Joseph Graves’ name was already familiar to me. He is a race-denier of long standing. Not a very effective one – none of them really are – he’s just been at the gig for a while.)

    • Replies: @Unladen Swallow
    @silviosilver

    Yeah, I remember skimming/perusing one of his books years ago at the then local Border's. Not very convincing even with the little I knew of biology at the time, he was clearly trying to be the black Stephen Jay Gould, and he tried to make Francis Galton the villain of that book ( Maybe Gould did the same, never read that book ).

  80. @Altai
    OT: But another of Steve's bugbears, that we can't talk about how gay sex culture wasn't immediately curtailed with bathhouse closures to stop HIV.

    It appears the sudden appearance of community transmitted Monkeypox is driven by gay men. All the cases so far are men who have sex with men. It would appear that outside direct infection from contact with reservoir animals or close family members it very very difficult to get infected with contact with the pus from the sores being the cause of family infections. The other way is 'body fluids'. It is for this reason that the despite modern transport technology the epidemic has been confined to certain parts of Southern Nigeria until this index case brought it to the gay community in London. (Possibly being infected himself in the same way he infected others)

    This links up with something else I've been concerned about vis-a-vis the growth of PrEP and the rapid shift away from condom use among gay men which, combined with ease of travel and apps like Grindr potentially making the late 70s look tame by comparison and the consequent possibility of these communities serving as petri dishes for the emergence of new epidemics like they did with HIV. (At least in the West) Not to mention causing new antibiotic strains of sexual transmitted bacterial diseases that are seen by them as just a 'cost of doing business'.

    Now it appears that this disease won't become more transmissible and is a virus so no risk of wearing out antibiotics but what happens when that isn't the case? Not to mention the other common bacterial STDs that are becoming much more resistant to antibiotics.

    There are suggestions that it is also airborne but the slow spread in Nigeria seems to indicate that it actually requires close contact and that body fluids are probably much more efficient at spreading it, particularly before symptoms become hugely obvious.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Prosa123, @AnotherDad, @YetAnotherAnon, @Frau Katze

    There’s not at lot out there about monkeypox (I’d never heard of it before today.)

    It’s not only gay men getting it, in the current outbreak.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Frau Katze

    Gay monkeys, too? They usually stand for honesty.

    Someone told me it's all happening at the zoo...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xKLBne1CoI

  81. @Frau Katze
    @Altai

    There’s not at lot out there about monkeypox (I’d never heard of it before today.)

    It’s not only gay men getting it, in the current outbreak.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Gay monkeys, too? They usually stand for honesty.

    Someone told me it’s all happening at the zoo…

  82. @Alden
    @Muggles

    Husband and I have refused to put donor on our Dr licenses. At our age, we’ve been constantly urged by Drs to sign those DNR forms. We checked no on organ donation for those and every medical and other forms we ever signed.

    If non Whites won’t help Whites, Whites shouldn’t help non Whites.

    All our lawyers accountants Drs and as many as possible employees* and tenants are White too, mostly White men.

    Not easy to find White men Drs in California but we did it.

    * We’re forced by the satanic Supreme Court and the feds to hire a few affirmative action employees.

    Replies: @Ralph L

    No problem. The MEN of UNZ don’t want any part of your precious body.

  83. @silviosilver
    @Achmed E. Newman


    I wonder what those doctors and researchers described in the article think of these idiots making political issues of the problem their valuable work is trying to solve.
     
    Well, if they're anything like me, they'd google up pics of these "ethicists" and decide hmm, might be safer to bite my tongue for now.

    (Joseph Graves' name was already familiar to me. He is a race-denier of long standing. Not a very effective one - none of them really are - he's just been at the gig for a while.)

    Replies: @Unladen Swallow

    Yeah, I remember skimming/perusing one of his books years ago at the then local Border’s. Not very convincing even with the little I knew of biology at the time, he was clearly trying to be the black Stephen Jay Gould, and he tried to make Francis Galton the villain of that book ( Maybe Gould did the same, never read that book ).

  84. “Social disparities and systemic racism contribute to this burden…”

    I hadn’t read Gina Kolata in years, but my impression was that she was not a fanatical racial socialist. However, here she is being a bald-faced liar. blacks are the most racially privileged group on the face of the Earth, and “social disparities” is just rhetorical mumbo-jumbo.

    If phrases like the one at the top meant anything, they would be applied to the majority of Whites, who actually are afflicted with systemic racism by White “allies” and black supremacists.

  85. Rob says:

    I think government regulation of food is drug policy. Food, like drugs, is made of chemicals that influence your brain and body.

    People (whites included) are not adapted to modern diets. Sugar, salt, and trans fats are too appealing relative to the effort of acquiring them.

    Let’s say you are a hunter-gatherer. You need vegetables, fat, protein, and enough calories. If your utility function values vegetables and meat equally and getting vegetables easily but getting meat is hard work, you will not eat enough meat, so you’ll die or otherwise have low Darwinian fitness. So, selection crafted people who like salt and fat, but often dislike vegetables. I’ve read that hunter-gatherers in Africa would eat nothing but meat and honey If they could.

    Today in America, meat, salt, and fat are easily available, but vegetables are harder to get, partially because everyone else likes meat, salt, and carbs, so businesses fill those preferences in the miracle that is capitalism.

    The thing is, there are a lot of things that make you crave them Opioids and methamphetamine come to mind. Except for strict libertarians, most people think government and culture should push people away from fentanyl and crank. Maybe they should do the same for terrible diets?

    Then we run into the problem of the government in reality has a done a terrible concerning food. High fat, high sugar foods are subsidized and fed to poor kids in the human livestock management systems we call public schools. Recently, the USDA (or whatever other arm of the octopus) did a food hierarchy that ranked bread above steak! For years, they encouraged people to substitute empty carbohydrates for fats, which is partly to blame for the obesity epidemic.

    So, people cannot depend on themselves (i say while eating a Klondike bar) and we cannot depend on the government as it exists today) so what are our options? Are we destined to get fatter and fatter?

  86. Steve Sailer:

    “So, sounds like about 2% of African-Americans will develop kidney disease from having two copies of this genes.”

    The problem is that, the way that people traditionally define “race”, is by a person having a certain group of phenotypical characteristics of little biological relevance, like skin color and hair texture, that indicate ancestry from a certain geographical location. Oh sure, the groups that share that geographical origin and phenotypical traits might also share with each other a much higher tendency towards certain diseases, like sickle cell anemia. The problem is, sickle cell anemia, which actually has biological relevance, is not what defines the “race”, and is not what is common and universal between members of the group defined as a “race” that allows one to identify it as belonging to a certain “race”. If you are going to go down that rabbit hole of logic, then why don’t you just declare that people that are born with sickle cell anemia are their own race, regardless of what phenotypical traits they have or what their geographical location or ancestry might be. Why even bother with the far less relevant geography and phenotype-based definition of “race” and just go straight to the jugular and lump all people that are born with this condition regardless of them being “white” or “Asian” or “white”?

    You bring up kidney disease. Do you know what has a MUCH higher mortality than that? Cardiovascular disease. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of Humans, followed by cancer. The biggest risk factor for cardiovascular disease, besides lifestyle choices, is the apolipoprotein-E isoform that you are born with. For instance, people that are APOE3/APOE4 are 4 X more likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease, have a stroke or a heart attack than people that are APOE3/APOE3 homozygonous. People that are homzygonous APOE4/APOE4 are 12-20 times more likely to develop vascular disease and dementia by 65 than normal APOE3/APOE3. Now you know where APOE4 is most common? In West Africa and in northern Europe! Because the APOE4 increases vitamin D absorption and fertility in young women. In parasite-burdoned Africa, the APOE4 version of the apolipoprotein helps women have better immunity and survive childbirth. In the cold north of Europe, this version of the gene helps women produce and absorb as much vitamin D as possible to produce milk for the babies. This version of the gene evolved because Evolution doesn’t care if you get Alzheimer’s at 60. It cares that you reproduce. In both Africa and northern Europe, for different reasons, the gene became more expressed. Do you know who has one of the lowest rates of this deleterious version of the gene, which is actually the original version of the gene that we ingerited from our hominic ancestors? Southern Europeans.

    So, Steve Sailer, since you are making the argument that races are important because of disease susceptibility, then are you willing to lump Swedes and Danes together with Nigerians in the same “race”? Because they are genetically closer to each other in this radically important trait that is fundamental to health, longevity and disease outcome. Much, much more important than kidney disease or even sickle cell anemia.(Worlwide, about 40,000 people die each day of cardiovascular disease, the Great Slayer of Humans)

    Let me give you another example. About two years ago, i suffered an accident that had part of my stomach perforated by a steal bar. I lost a lot of blood and got rushed to the hospital. Well, my blood type is O Negative, and I can only receive blood from fellow O Negatives. You know who’s blood saved my life? A black man’s blood, who was also O Negative. I am a lilly white man with green eyes. None of the white donors were O Negative like me. If I received blood from them, I would go into instead severe and lethal anaphylaxis. Yes, the blood from all the white men would be lethal to me, but not from this black man. If race means something biologically when it comes to the relevance of it, then how do you explain this? How is my shared white skin with other white men more important than having compatible blood that saves my life?

    So let’s just say that dividing Humans by their geography of ancestry as “races”, is useful to indicate general characteristics that are specific to surviving in that niche. Problem is, most of what gets selected are pretty trivial things, and the important things, when they get selected(like sickle cell anemia) never really reach any signficant biological relevance. It’s never even close to 1%. It’s like 0.2% to 0.3%. Conversely, “white” men and “black” men that are O Negative in terms of blood grpups share 100% of this very, very important trait(life saving).

    Now, I am not a pure biologist nor a geneticist. My PhD was in biochemistry, and my study of biology in college was for only 2 years when I took basic organic and inorganic chemistry. But I do know molecular and cell biologists, and I have asked them about “race”. The responses that they give are very different, but there is a commonality in their responses. They all say that, from the point of view of biologists, even though the traits used to define “race” are biological in origin, they are just not very meaningful

    Sex is not a biological construct. Nor are species. The photon is most definitely not a social construct. But “race”? Race is mostly whatever you want it to be. Remember how Asians were regarded as inferior by Nazi doctrine, but then when Japan very quickly progressed to the level ofwestern Europe and the U.S, they were upgraded to “honorary Aryans”.

    In favt, most of the biological difference between Humans is between the sexes, and not between “races”. A “black” man and a “white” man share a lot more genetically in common with each other than a “white” man shares with a white woman. for starters: both the white man and black man have a “Y” chromossome, which the white woman lacks. And different reproductive organs. And a completely different balance of hormones, etc.

    • Thanks: Corvinus
    • Replies: @silviosilver
    @Zero Philosopher

    Race is real and it matters. Choke on it.

    Replies: @Zero Philosopher

  87. @Zero Philosopher
    Steve Sailer:

    "So, sounds like about 2% of African-Americans will develop kidney disease from having two copies of this genes."

    The problem is that, the way that people traditionally define "race", is by a person having a certain group of phenotypical characteristics of little biological relevance, like skin color and hair texture, that indicate ancestry from a certain geographical location. Oh sure, the groups that share that geographical origin and phenotypical traits might also share with each other a much higher tendency towards certain diseases, like sickle cell anemia. The problem is, sickle cell anemia, which actually has biological relevance, is not what defines the "race", and is not what is common and universal between members of the group defined as a "race" that allows one to identify it as belonging to a certain "race". If you are going to go down that rabbit hole of logic, then why don't you just declare that people that are born with sickle cell anemia are their own race, regardless of what phenotypical traits they have or what their geographical location or ancestry might be. Why even bother with the far less relevant geography and phenotype-based definition of "race" and just go straight to the jugular and lump all people that are born with this condition regardless of them being "white" or "Asian" or "white"?

    You bring up kidney disease. Do you know what has a MUCH higher mortality than that? Cardiovascular disease. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of Humans, followed by cancer. The biggest risk factor for cardiovascular disease, besides lifestyle choices, is the apolipoprotein-E isoform that you are born with. For instance, people that are APOE3/APOE4 are 4 X more likely to suffer from Alzheimer's Disease, have a stroke or a heart attack than people that are APOE3/APOE3 homozygonous. People that are homzygonous APOE4/APOE4 are 12-20 times more likely to develop vascular disease and dementia by 65 than normal APOE3/APOE3. Now you know where APOE4 is most common? In West Africa and in northern Europe! Because the APOE4 increases vitamin D absorption and fertility in young women. In parasite-burdoned Africa, the APOE4 version of the apolipoprotein helps women have better immunity and survive childbirth. In the cold north of Europe, this version of the gene helps women produce and absorb as much vitamin D as possible to produce milk for the babies. This version of the gene evolved because Evolution doesn't care if you get Alzheimer's at 60. It cares that you reproduce. In both Africa and northern Europe, for different reasons, the gene became more expressed. Do you know who has one of the lowest rates of this deleterious version of the gene, which is actually the original version of the gene that we ingerited from our hominic ancestors? Southern Europeans.

    So, Steve Sailer, since you are making the argument that races are important because of disease susceptibility, then are you willing to lump Swedes and Danes together with Nigerians in the same "race"? Because they are genetically closer to each other in this radically important trait that is fundamental to health, longevity and disease outcome. Much, much more important than kidney disease or even sickle cell anemia.(Worlwide, about 40,000 people die each day of cardiovascular disease, the Great Slayer of Humans)

    Let me give you another example. About two years ago, i suffered an accident that had part of my stomach perforated by a steal bar. I lost a lot of blood and got rushed to the hospital. Well, my blood type is O Negative, and I can only receive blood from fellow O Negatives. You know who's blood saved my life? A black man's blood, who was also O Negative. I am a lilly white man with green eyes. None of the white donors were O Negative like me. If I received blood from them, I would go into instead severe and lethal anaphylaxis. Yes, the blood from all the white men would be lethal to me, but not from this black man. If race means something biologically when it comes to the relevance of it, then how do you explain this? How is my shared white skin with other white men more important than having compatible blood that saves my life?

    So let's just say that dividing Humans by their geography of ancestry as "races", is useful to indicate general characteristics that are specific to surviving in that niche. Problem is, most of what gets selected are pretty trivial things, and the important things, when they get selected(like sickle cell anemia) never really reach any signficant biological relevance. It's never even close to 1%. It's like 0.2% to 0.3%. Conversely, "white" men and "black" men that are O Negative in terms of blood grpups share 100% of this very, very important trait(life saving).

    Now, I am not a pure biologist nor a geneticist. My PhD was in biochemistry, and my study of biology in college was for only 2 years when I took basic organic and inorganic chemistry. But I do know molecular and cell biologists, and I have asked them about "race". The responses that they give are very different, but there is a commonality in their responses. They all say that, from the point of view of biologists, even though the traits used to define "race" are biological in origin, they are just not very meaningful

    Sex is not a biological construct. Nor are species. The photon is most definitely not a social construct. But "race"? Race is mostly whatever you want it to be. Remember how Asians were regarded as inferior by Nazi doctrine, but then when Japan very quickly progressed to the level ofwestern Europe and the U.S, they were upgraded to "honorary Aryans".

    In favt, most of the biological difference between Humans is between the sexes, and not between "races". A "black" man and a "white" man share a lot more genetically in common with each other than a "white" man shares with a white woman. for starters: both the white man and black man have a "Y" chromossome, which the white woman lacks. And different reproductive organs. And a completely different balance of hormones, etc.

    Replies: @silviosilver

    Race is real and it matters. Choke on it.

    • Replies: @Zero Philosopher
    @silviosilver

    No, it isn't. I write 10 paragraphs justifying my opinion, and all you get is throwing a little hissy fit in one sentence because you can't counter anything that I wrote. Cry more.

  88. @James Speaks
    Kidney donors come in two flavors, those that donate one kidney, such as a relative, and those that donate two, such as a random gunshot victim.

    Replies: @Joe Stalin, @Rohirrimborn

    One of my brothers has 3 kidneys. I have an immediate “go to” source in case I ever need one.

  89. Here the abos seem to suffer from similar diseases which are usually brought on by a poor diet. To much grog, sugar and junk food. Kidney disease, diabetes usually lead to an early death.

  90. @Anon
    The single best thing you can do for your kidneys is quit eating sugar and try to get most of your Vitamin C from vegetables instead of fruit. High blood sugar, whether from sucrose or fructose, ages your kidneys prematurely.

    The average person can only digest 40 grams of fructose a day, but 30% of all Americans--including whites--have fructose malabsorption and can't tolerate more than 25 grams per day. Just 8 ounces of orange juice has 21 grams of fructose, which is close to being the limit for 30% of the country. Even that 25 grams is better absorbed in small amounts throughout the day, and even vegetables contain small amounts of fructose.

    If you have fructose malabsorption and you eat too much sugar (remember sucrose is partly fructose), you'll run to the bathroom a lot, you'll have almost clear urine instead of a yellow color, you'll get dehydrated easily despite drinking a lot of water, and you'll be prone to blood sugar crashes.

    It's not just easier on your kidneys to cut out most fruit and sugar, it's easier on your pancreas. People who come from a Northern European background didn't have much fruit or sugar in their diet before the modern era. Fruit doesn't grow so readily as it does in lower latitudes, so Northern Europeans (British Isles, Scandinavia) are more prone to fructose malabsorption than Southern Europeans.

    As for blacks, they're known for eating a ton of sugar and not caring about it.

    Replies: @Alden, @Yngvar

    Are you claiming that eating fruit is unhealthy for humans?

  91. @silviosilver
    @Zero Philosopher

    Race is real and it matters. Choke on it.

    Replies: @Zero Philosopher

    No, it isn’t. I write 10 paragraphs justifying my opinion, and all you get is throwing a little hissy fit in one sentence because you can’t counter anything that I wrote. Cry more.

  92. @Tiny Duck
    @Almost Missouri

    The future belongs to Africa. Africa will be everywhere, especially in the ill-gotten bloody west

    https://2017-2021.state.gov/the-future-belongs-to-africa/index.html

    I know white girls will be happy! Looks like pleasure and strong children are in order for them as opposed to the resentful cowardly murderous white boys

    https://open.lib.umn.edu/socialproblems/chapter/8-3-who-commits-crime/

    white males commit the most crime when taking into account societal advantage and privilege's.

    Replies: @Alden, @Adam Smith, @Almost Missouri

    white peopke comit the most crime and violence
    they need to act more like People of Color and be peacefull

    🦆

  93. @Tiny Duck
    @Almost Missouri

    The future belongs to Africa. Africa will be everywhere, especially in the ill-gotten bloody west

    https://2017-2021.state.gov/the-future-belongs-to-africa/index.html

    I know white girls will be happy! Looks like pleasure and strong children are in order for them as opposed to the resentful cowardly murderous white boys

    https://open.lib.umn.edu/socialproblems/chapter/8-3-who-commits-crime/

    white males commit the most crime when taking into account societal advantage and privilege's.

    Replies: @Alden, @Adam Smith, @Almost Missouri

    Duck, I have to thank you. That State Department link shows again the Celebration Parallax. As before with the Great Replacement being a “conspiracy theory” when Steve mentions it but a wonderful thing when Joe Biden says it, so also with Negro Futurist Black Planetism: a “conspiracy theory” in Steve’s hands but an acknowledged fact of the US State Department.

    Everyone who follows trends in Africa knows that a demographic “tsunami” is coming between now and 2050, when the continent will double its population to more than two billion and the percentage of Africans younger than 25 years of age will surpass 75 percent.

    • Thanks: MEH 0910
  94. @Anonymous
    @Altai


    OT: The Central Park birder got paid.
     
    Does anyone know if the other party in that, er, clash of opinions ever got her life back? I understand she lost her job and was unable to find another in her field of work (finance).

    Given how important she was to his success, I hope Mr. Birder has the decency to give her a cut of his new salary. After all, without her, he never would have achieved notoriety. No notoriety = no job.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Given how important she was to his success, I hope Mr. Birder has the decency to give her a cut of his new salary.

    As soon as she apologizes to her fellow parkgoers and pays her fine. She would make a heartwarming addition to the show. Or he could plug her off-leash-training channel on YouTube.

    I wish both Coopers well in the future. The bird show might turn out to be good. Even if you are lucky by birth– Stella McCartney– or accident–Helô Pinheiro— you’re not going to last long without some skill to show.

  95. But African-Americans don’t live in Africa anymore, so this particular genetic adaptation to the African environment is no longer useful.

    There’s a classic old joke about a colored boy who was visited by God one night in a dream.

    He asked God: “Lawd, why is my skin so black?”

    God said “That, my son, is so you won’t burn in the hot, intense equatorial sun, and it’s so you are concealed when hunting in the jungle at night by the light of the moon.”

    “OK. So, Lawd, why my hair so nappy?”

    God said: “That’s so it won’t get tangled in the bush and the brambles, and so your hair won’t fall down in your eyes in the monsoon rains, or while stalking the wild game, or when wielding your spear against rival tribes.”

    “Ah see. So, Lawd, why my legs so long and my feets so big?”

    “God said “My son, that’s so you can run swiftly over the plains and savannahs in pursuit of your prey, and to walk great distances in the migratory season.”

    The negro said “Ah gots one mo’ question, God.”

    God said “Yes, my son?”

    “What the hell am I doin’ in Cleveland?”

  96. @Coemgen
    OT: "They have been powerful educational tools, but in some Boston Public School students’ hands, Chromebooks have become something else lately: powerful weapons.

    Over less than a week — between April 28 and May 3 — three students at three different schools were struck in the head by Chromebook-wielding assailants. ..." excerpted from:
    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/05/18/metro/some-boston-students-have-found-new-use-city-issued-laptops-dangerous-weapon/

    Replies: @Anonymous, @EdwardM

    There’s a solution for that: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/ai-may-be-searching-you-for-guns-the-next-time-you-go-out-in-public/ar-AAXvwhE

    This story is about the next Orwellian surveillance technology, sort of an x-ray machine that scans everyone in the background and uses “AI” to identify weapons. Apparently Chromebooks cause a lot of false positives.

    As for accuracy, he acknowledges the Chromebook has been an issue but says the algorithm is being improved. He suggests students might simply come to realize they need to hold them up on their way in to school, a small price to pay. “Why shouldn’t there be a system where kids can learn safely and also enter without breaking stride?” he asked.

    I am reminded of flying soon after 09/11. I saw National Guard troops, or wherever they were from, approach the metal detector and, not knowing what to do, just put their rifles on the x-ray belt.

  97. I’m currently working around a lot of black people, and one thing I’ve noticed is that a huge proportion of them are either diabetic or pre-diabetic. Doesn’t this also damage the kidneys?

  98. Whether or not race exists, here’s a tantalizing legal question: The laws are supposed to apply equally to everyone, regardless of several stated attributes, one of which is specifically race. Yet other laws, such as the 1964 Civil Rights Act, make race a “protected class.” Numerous other legal decisions and laws also exist that are de jure or de facto in favor of Blacks (among other privileged categories.) How can such preferences NOT be illegal, directly contrary to the 14th Amendment and no doubt numerous other legal traditions?

    As you can see above, I’d be entirely in favor of a binding legal decision that “race does not exist,” but I think the Woke Egalitarians should think through what the legal ramifications would be!

  99. @Mike Tre
    I couldn’t care less about negro disease. Their behavior is the biggest and longest running pandemic in US history.

    Replies: @Vinnie O

    Well, gee, wow. Are we ALLOWED to say stuff like that right out in public?? I’d expect a knock on the door from the Thought Police if I were you.

  100. Again the white man to the rescue. Blacks seek out evil racist whites to save them. And yet whites seek in vain for anything made in Africa that is helping people all over the world like the things made by whites. Blacks are baffled they can’t find one thing at home depot made in Africa. Despite horrible systemic racism enabling dummies like jean-pierre to rise the levels of success unavailable to most whites, blacks continue to enjoy cars and all other fruits of white creativity and labor while never even aware of the hypocrisy and never showing any gratitude whatsoever.

  101. There sure seems to be an awful lot about them that is adapted for Africa and isn’t suited to living in an advanced technological society.

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