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From Wired:

The Unwritten Laws of Physics for Black Women

KATRINA MILLER, JUN 7, 2022 6:00 AM

I just wanted to be a scientist, not a trailblazer. But in my field, people like me are anomalies—and we face constant scrutiny for our race and gender.

AT THE ENTRANCE to my lab’s clean room, I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror: I look like a clown. I’m drowning in a disposable coverall that hangs off of me in droopy folds, and my size 7½ feet are swallowed up by the smallest rubber boots the lab had on hand—a men’s size 12. The thick mass of curls framing my face only accentuates the caricature.

Reaching for the box of hairnets perched on a nearby counter, I fish out a thin, papery cap with a sigh. How the hell is this going to fit over my fro? I flatten my roots and tie my hair into the tightest bun I can muscle. Stretched as far as it’ll go, the hairnet only covers the back of my head. I position another over my forehead and a third to straddle the middle. Has no physicist here ever been a woman or had to contend with hair like mine? With effort, I tug the hood of my coverall over the hairnets. The taut fabric rustles loudly in my ears as I open the door to join my peers.

 
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  1. We’ve lost Wired! This is as bad as Scientific American going brain dead.

  2. @Redneck farmer

    And Nature, and JAMA and the Lancet, and, well, everything. But the partisans here keep saying we’re on the verge of a Glorious Victory.

    • Agree: Mr. Anon, ic1000, Thea
    • Replies: @Dennis Dale
    , @Cagey Beast
  3. How can we possibly do physics when there’s this much discrimination unchecked?? Which reminds me: we’ll need a check to fix it

  4. “Thick mass of curls.”
    Ugh.

  5. tertius says:

    “Stretched as far as it’ll go, the hairnet only covers the back of my head. I position another over my forehead and a third to straddle the middle.”

    All this effort to cover an area where not much is going on. Dark matter indeed!

  6. Franz says:

    How the hell is this going to fit over my fro?

    Ask Einstein what he used.

    When he got up in years he had a pretty ratty jew-fro. Bob Dylan owed Albert big time.

  7. anonymous[215] • Disclaimer says:

    Today I couldn’t help myself- I engaged the black guy in front of the supermarket trying to get his petition signed. Something about City College. So I asked him to help me out with my math. Q: “What’s 10% of 38?” A: “380.” I said, “City College, huh?” and he said, “I dropped out of City College, man.”

    • Thanks: JimDandy, Redneck farmer
    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
    , @Truth
    , @epebble
  8. JimB says:

    At any given time, in any given country, the population of an industrial or university microelectronic clean room is 15% white and 85% Asian.

  9. If people don’t get it when they are revealing unintentionally in minute detail how they are making a fool of themselves is – soemthing quite fun to watch unfold, not least if that unfolds in slow motion. Sigh.
    Life is full of traps. For women scientists too. – Will she ever get it that physicists have humor too? German 18th century humorist – and physicist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (see Lichtenberg Figures) said, that human pride would be something peculiar and not that easy to handle: Close hole a), where it is coming out of, then it will appear in hole b) and close that, hole c) will be where ist appears next – etc.

  10. Never before have I wished immediate and total alopecia on a specific gender and race for all eternity but….

    • Replies: @JimB
  11. All the women in the pictures in that article look unhappy and surly.

  12. J.Ross says:

    trailblazer

    I think I like the black quality of always being profoundly self-impressed less than black violent criminality. There is room in our society for knuckleheads who did stupid things when they were younger. There isn’t any for people who think they are royalty.

  13. Anonymous[361] • Disclaimer says:
    @PiltdownMan

    All the women in the pictures in that article look unhappy and surly.

    It must be the Wired equivalent of Daily Mail Sad-Face.

  14. J says:

    Her point is that it is impossible to do physics while Black. It is systematic.

    • Replies: @Joe Paluka
  15. Mr. Anon says:

    Lookout Chanda Prescod-Weinstein! There’s a new girl in town, and she wants your job.

    Perhaps this young lady, Katrina Miller, is not always so relentlessly woke and obnoxious. And she is cute, so I’m sure the men who help her actually get her work done forgive her a great many things.

    Still, it is noteworthy how many people now go into science not because they like science (excuse me – they f**king love science!) but because they like the idea of being known as scientists.

    Like everything in a decaying society, science becomes nothing but a shell – an outward form with little to no substance.

    Has no physicist here ever been a woman or had to contend with hair like mine?

    Yes, no physicist has ever been a woman. Lise Meitner and Maria Goeppert Mayer were actually transsexuals.

    • Replies: @JakeJake
  16. There’s a line here somewhere about Black Holes and physics, but it’s too early.

  17. @Franz

    Of course as a theoretician, Einstein didn’t need to wear a hairnet or any other protective equipment.

  18. @PiltdownMan

    Well, they’ve been at this physics thing for literally years now; where are our Nobel Prizes already?

    I only skimmed this overlong article, but if there’s anything there that suggests the author is actually interested in physics, I missed it.

    • Replies: @Forbes
  19. @Franz

    Speaking of, look who’s still on tour. Yeah he looks like shyte but he’s 81! And still working hard.

    And it must be for love, because he’s sold his rights for nearly a half billion dollars and definitely doesn’t need the money.

  20. (Couldn’t edit to include the pic!)

    Speaking of, look who’s still on tour. Yeah he looks like shyte but he’s 81! And still working hard. Tours scheduled through 2024.

    And it must be for love, because he’s sold his rights for nearly a half a billion dollars and definitely doesn’t need the money.

  21. Anon[935] • Disclaimer says:

    **off topic**

    Steve, Pinker endorsed paper by evo-psych grad at Harvard. Not unrelated to your recent blog entry on dating apps…

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @J.Ross
  22. If nothing else, black women can be useful for the static electricity demonstrations, even if you forget to plug in the Van der Graaf generator again, you know, being an absent minded scientist and all…

  23. @anonymous

    City College of New York was really damaged by the New York City fiscal crisis of the 1970s. Before then, it was a very good place to study through much of the 20th century, and a path upward for a lot of New York City kids of immigrants, jewish or otherwise. It boasts of ten Nobel laureates among alumni from its heyday.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @kaganovitch
  24. In Physics, Black Hair Matters

    But society has moved on! is Surely these days more eminent physicists than ever before have black hair.

    Admittedly the owners of this highly cerebral hair are nearly all Chinese, Japanese or Korean.

  25. @Redneck farmer

    I’m not worried, Redneck. So long as they keep TV Guide based, I’m good.

    .

    I got this:

    Troll: @ ScarletNumber

  26. @Franz

    Einstein had nothing on this girl. I can see this might be a real problem in a clean-room environment:

  27. @HammerJack

    The one time I saw Dylan I didn’t think he was much of a live performer, but that was when he toured with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as his opening act/backup band. This sounded like a great idea on paper, but Petty was such an outstanding live performer that anybody short of Springsteen or Jagger would look stiff and old sharing a stage with Petty.

    Also, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate Dylan a whole lot more.

    Best frontmen I saw in 1977-1986?

    I’d probably rank Springsteen #1, in that I’m not a huge fan, but the man puts on quite a show. He’s not my guy, he was already world famous before I cared much about rock music, so I don’t feel like I discovered him the way I saw various late 1970s legends for \$2 or \$3 in beer halls and wrote them up in the Rice Thresher as the Next Big Thing, so I’m biased in their favor. But despite my lack of prejudice in favor of Springsteen, man, was he ever a good showman when I saw him in 1978, 1981, and 2003.

    After that, I’d group Petty, Bono, David Byrne, Joe Strummer (but the rest of the Clash were iffy in the two shows I saw, despite my pro-Clash bias), Ray Davies (and he was in his later 30s by the time I saw him in 1980 and 1981, so who knows how good he was when the Kinks were banned from America for stupid behavior on their part in the 1960s), the two English Beat frontmen, and Jagger, although the 1978 Some Girls show I saw wasn’t wholly satisfying due to the bad acoustics at Angel Stadium and some equipment problems that plagued the playing (the Stones were using cutting edge wireless connections that kept failing). Maybe Elvis Costello (probably the most memorable concert I ever saw, but more due to his unveiling how good a songwriter he was by playing an entire unreleased classic album, “This Year’s Model.”)

    Among the giants, I’d rank Freddie Mercury and David Bowie in the third tier of very good performers.

    I’d probably compare Bob Dylan to Van Morrison, who was also stiff on stage but kept playing one great song he’d written after another. On the other hand, Morrison radiated a certain amount of hostility toward the audience, while Dylan, who isn’t a terribly sentimental guy, definitely liked and appreciated the people who paid to see him.

    I never saw The Who (probably my biggest regret), Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, or the Beatles, but my wife just saw Paul McCartney and reports that he still sings really well.

    Out of all living humans, McCartney has probably generated more moments of happiness in the billions of individual humans. Is there anybody else who is close? If there is, it’s probably somebody like Jackie Chan.

  28. TyRade says:

    Just finished ‘American Prometheus: the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer’. In the imminent Oppenheimer movie, I expect the hairy travails of the dark hidden figures at Los Alamos will be faithfully depicted.

  29. Mike Tre says:
    @Franz

    In the photo of her on the article page she has no fro, merely the typical 15 pounds of braided hair extensions down to her waist.

    • Replies: @guest007
  30. Clyde says:

    The female brain is hardly physics oriented. Some white and Asian women can pull this off. Black women? What a goof. As rare as hen’s teeth to do physics competently. And not as a job stealing affirmative action hire. Black women’s natural field of endeavor is working on styling their hair in absurd ways, then talking-emoting endlessly about this. Throwing in some anti-Becky blaque supremacism too.
    And how come the Koreans and Viets own all their wigs n weaves shops?

  31. @Steve Sailer

    when the Kinks were banned from America for stupid behavior on their part in the 1960s

    This would have been more the doing of the musicians’ union than the State Department, who merely finalized the paperwork. They couldn’t get visas ’cause they couldn’t get gigs.

    I’d probably rank Springsteen #1, in that I’m not a huge fan, but the man puts on quite a show. He’s not my guy, he was already world famous before I cared much about rock music…

    I was done with him by “Born to Run”. As with “Saturday in the Park” and Chicago a few years earlier, when you have to stop and think, “Is this song any good, or not?”, it probably isn’t. (Taxi Driver ended my early fascination with Jodie Foster, John, it didn’t ignite it.)

    Speaking of Chicago (and Van Morrison), yesterday my neighbor wore a concert shirt on which the first two words on the back were Boston and Chicago. I assumed it was the usual litany of cities toured. But no, it was the list of bands at a Moondance festival.

    The curse of the early adopter: my classmates mocked me for so often ditching musicians after the second album, e.g., Tom Petty. Should have countered “Well, why did you latch on just as he ran out of ideas?” The old saw was that you’d spend six years making your first album, and six months on the second. Hell, it could be six weeks.

    It is fun to tell the missus, “I was an ex-Boss fan before you were born.” Buzz and Woody might have similar stories. (No, not that Buzz and Woody; I mean Mohawk and Allen.)

    …but my wife just saw Paul McCartney and reports that he still sings really well.

    He sure doesn’t talk really well. Smoking does your voice in.

    He once asked, “Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs, and what’s wrong with that?” Nothing, Sir Paul– unless you’re one of that handful capable of filling it with great love songs.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    , @MEH 0910
  32. ic1000 says:

    I read the linked Wired article by physics PhD student Katrina Miller so that you don’t have to.

    1. Katrina likes words. She really likes words, as in writing lots of them. Either she doesn’t like editors, or they don’t like her.

    2. Opening line: “I just wanted to be a scientist, not a trailblazer.” Um. Maybe a physical sciences doctorate isn’t the path for you? You’re aiming for a career as a DIE administrator anyway. Be more considerate of your mentors’ time and money.

    3. Katrina offers no evidence that she’s ever passed an upper-level math class, or that she has the slightest interest in the subject. Maybe being Black and Gendered aren’t the biggest things standing in the way of achieving the goal of being a high-status and wealthy physicist.

    4. From near the end of the article, two typical paragraphs. Spoiler alert: Katrina’s not big on self-awareness.

    [MORE]

    At the end of my second year, rather than leave with my master’s, I decided to switch labs. I abandoned two years of research, and my dream of studying dark matter, to restart my dissertation on an experiment that hunts for a different ghost particle: the neutrino. Life improved almost immediately. When I gave my adviser updates on my research, I’d brace myself for criticism that never arrived. It took a year of therapy, healthy amounts of praise, and a collection of supportive mentors to stop feeling preemptively anxious. I eventually became comfortable wearing my hair in different styles again.

    Still, I am wary. I shy away from forming friendships, avoid social events, and often work at home or in the library. Those choices hurt me as a student researcher. But they protect me as a Black woman. My days simply feel easier when people don’t notice me.

  33. mousey says:

    Maybe she should watch GI Jane in order to get some idea on what to do with the hair. You do what you need to do to be effective at your job. If you don’t then you’re not serious. Cut the hair and quit being a clown.

  34. BB753 says:
    @YetAnotherAnon

    She’s pretty, I’ll give her that. Black women look better with natural hair.

    • Disagree: Cloudbuster
  35. Arclight says:

    The procession of articles like this in which the author insists all of society center itself around her concerns is intended to engender sympathy but instead sends a message that potential employees/coworkers like this lady are squeaky wheels that will demand a lot of your time and attention. Perhaps at some point the media will decide maybe it’s better to portray blacks (particularly women) as quietly competent and normal members of the workforce, but for now it’s doing a bang up job of highlighting white collar blacks as an HR nightmare.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
    • Thanks: Johann Ricke
  36. 6dudt6 says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Agree with you about Springsteen, Steve. First saw him at an outdoor concert during his summer of ’75 “Born to Run Tour”. The album was released in September. Up to that time I had found myself bored by live performances, watching bands like Iron Butterfly, Vanilla Fudge, Beacon St Union etc. He was freaky frail looking and shy and at the time apolitical. That show set the standard for me. I never saw Joplin live but have also heard that her shows were equally transcendent.

  37. Anon[254] • Disclaimer says:

    OT but important. If you need to be annoyed today, just google Deundrea Holloway.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  38. usNthem says:

    E=fh2
    Where E is “emergency”, f is “fro”, and h is “hairnet”.

  39. Forbes says:
    @International Jew

    Physics? Doubtful. More interest in righteousness.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  40. She could probably get a haircut, or buy her own hairnets at a black beauty store, and buy her own rubber boots if she is at all serious about a career in science.

    Obviously the size 12 rubber boots would be too big for most men as well.

    Anyway this kind of thing is not exclusive to science labs. Even hamburger artistes in McDonald’s have to wear hair coverings and rubber boots.

  41. @ic1000

    Katrina likes words. She really likes words, as in writing lots of them

    True. Thx for the quote. ic1000. Man, oh man, somebody should tell her that words tell things – and even reveal ’em darn things at times. This quote is the closest to a self-inflictied public self-martyrdom somebody can get without noticing. – She will eventually have to notice though. Since she’s not dumb enough to avoid that. – A curse – or a blessing?

  42. anon[216] • Disclaimer says:

    Men’s and women’s shoe sizes differ by 2 already, so she’s claiming she wore rubber boots 6.5 sizes too big for her around a lab. That would be incredibly uncomfortable and unsafe, and I’ll just file it under manure that never occurred. Simple literary exaggeration, but not a good sign in a physicist.

  43. All you need to know about this article is in the final paragraph:

    As I round out the final year of my PhD, it feels risky—but empowering—to unapologetically proclaim my truth. I hope to finish my studies by the end of this summer. After that, despite the protests of so many in the field, I am leaving academia. I will be embarking on a new journey: as a writer.

    What a profoundly wasted investment for all the schools and labs that gave her a seat and all the professors, advisors and mentors who invested time on her that could have gone to someone who would stick with it. If she is an example, they’d be best advised to steer clear of black women.

  44. Percival says:

    The taut fabric rustles loudly in my ears as I open the door to join my peers.

    Teacher, teacher, look! I made it rhyme!

  45. If an apple fell on her head, would she notice through the hair?

    • Replies: @Muggles
  46. prosa123 says:

    At my job there’s a pile of insulated jackets for use when one has to work on the walk-in freezer room. The other evening the only one available was a Medium, a bit small for me as I usually wear a Large, but I managed. A bigger issue, however, was that the previous wearer must have been a woman (the jackets are unisex) who was using far too much cheap perfume. For the rest of my shift I reeked like a French whorehouse.

    • Replies: @Muggles
  47. @PiltdownMan

    Many women in the physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, and computer programming end up profoundly unhappy. They have delusions of grandeur due to the prevailing propaganda and chase professional achievements that are always just out of reach. They end up childless and alone, with only their wine boxes to comfort them in their old age. It’s yet another diabolical feature of modern American life in this age of decadence.

    • Replies: @guest007
  48. Dennis Dale says: • Website
    @HammerJack

    You bet we are. We’re one more point-and-titter post away from Total Winning.

  49. Carol says:
    @BB753

    She looks better than the newer Stacey Abrams-Nikole Hannah Jones-Yamiche Alcindor model.

    Though I think there is a class divide between middle with Wild and Crazy Curls and lower which seems to prefer huge buns on top of the head or even two buns.

    Whatever, it’s clear black women are really obsessed with their hair and spend a lot of money and time on it.

    A real scientist would cut it all off and be done with it!

  50. Anon7 says:
    @ic1000

    In a related story:

    Therapists find it less appropriate to use cognitive change strategies when treating Black vs White patients

    “Some psychologists have suggested that culturally competent therapists working with minority patients would be well-advised to avoid questioning the validity of patients’ thoughts and beliefs, and instead validate their patients’ self-reported experiences,” explained the researchers./blockquote>

  51. Charon says:
    @ic1000

    Those choices hurt me as a student researcher. But they protect me as a Black woman. My days simply feel easier when people don’t notice me.

    Yeah, if people didn’t notice her, she’d lose her raison d’être. Every single thing she says and does screams “Notice Me! I’m special!”

    And people like this are everywhere nowadays, with their endless demands for attention and fealty, and precious little interest in getting anything productive accomplished.

  52. @mousey

    Black woman MMA fighter Sijara “Sarge” Eubanks was willing to cut her hair just to make weight for a fight. She was a half-pound over, and the haircut did the trick. “My girlfriend is not going to be happy.”

  53. guest007 says:
    @Mike Tre

    One has to wonder how a grad student can afford the time and money for the extensions.

  54. Truth says:
    @anonymous

    Asking in a noisy parking lot in front of a supermarket…

    “What’s 10% of 38?”

    What’s 10x 38?”

    Big difference.

  55. @Steve Sailer

    Wasn’t there that big concert in Oakland Stadium…The Who and other big bands….I was just looking at photos of this concert on Google images last night. How the hell did you miss that concert? It looked like it was the place to be for White Boomer Youth when California was still majority White.

    In addition to Townshend’s pederasty….The Who is on tour supporting Ukraine with Ukraine Flag…supporting the slaughter of Slavic Russian Infants in Donbas. The Who should be put in a woodchip machine…

    The Us Festival…when California was Huwhite….did you go Steve….?

    Here is an Indie Band you may like:The Vulgar Boatman…proto-Indie…

    You should be listening to Adiga music in honor of Kardyrov and his brave men…

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
    , @MEH 0910
  56. tyrone says:

    I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror: I look like a clown.

    …….. no truer words ever spoken .

  57. No more effn black hair articles!!!!! What did she wear on her head when she worked at Popeye’s…get some of those hats and shut up. Or a kerchief like Aunt Jemima.

  58. @BB753

    Do I detect a nose-ring? I agree she’s pretty, but then I find Jen Psaki attractive…

    • Replies: @Tony
    , @BB753
    , @Clyde
  59. @Anon

    Alas the toll was paid. Poor girl.

    • Replies: @Veteran Aryan
  60. Clyde says:
    @HammerJack

    Buta Biberaj was born on 25th June 1964 in Montenegro. Another imported communist that Soros funded to ruin our legal system.
    https://www.fox5dc.com/news/loudoun-prosecutor-buta-biberaj-breaks-silence-after-case-removal

    • Replies: @HammerJack
  61. @YetAnotherAnon

    I can see this might be a real problem in a clean-room environment:

    Her gym, diet, and skin care game appear to be on point.

    Doesn’t seem like that would leave much time to study physics.

    • Replies: @James Speaks
  62. Ganderson says:
    @Steve Sailer

    I notice you’re missing a Northern California band renowned (or reviled) for its live performances…

    I saw the Kinks at Northrop Auditorium at the U of Minnesota in 1978. I had liked them ok, but was not a huge fan- it was one of the best concerts I ever saw. Really loud, louder than The Who , who I saw in 1970.

    The Kinks should re-release “Low Budget”:

    “ Money is scarce there’s none to be found
    So don’t think that I’m tight if I don’t buy a round.”

  63. @ic1000

    I abandoned two years of research, and my dream of studying dark matter, to restart my dissertation on an experiment that hunts for a different ghost particle: the neutrino.

    What Katrina did there, I see it.

    Dark matter = black body

    Hunt for a different ghost particle = move to a lab with a fresh batch of white guys

  64. MEH 0910 says:
    @Steve Sailer

    but my wife just saw Paul McCartney and reports that he still sings really well.

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

    Reviewing the 13 May concert held at Inglewood, California’s SoFi Stadium, Chris Willman of Variety commended McCartney’s singing voice and made note of the show’s structure: “a rocking opening stretch highly reliant on ’70s rockers […] a partially acoustic, ‘Storytellers’-like magical history tour of the Beatles’ rise as the backbone of Act 2, […] and then, letting the third hour be birthday songs, na-na-na-na-na-na-na-ing and Abbey Road medley-izing. That structure indisputably works, and so, as part of a winning formula, does a band that has now been together for many more years than the Beatles ever were”.[13]

    https://variety.com/2022/music/concert-reviews/paul-mccartney-sofi-stadium-got-back-concert-review-1235267081/

    Paul McCartney Live from SoFi Stadium Los Angeles 5/13/2022-Full Show

    [MORE]

    Paul McCartney Got Back Tour Live from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles 5/13/2022

    0:00 crowd pano
    4:09 intro
    6:10 Can’t Buy Me Love
    8:25 Junior’s Farm
    11:27 Good Evening Los Angeles!
    11:54 Letting Go
    17:03 Got to Get You Into My Life
    19:59 Come On to Me
    24:23 Let Me Roll It
    28:55 Foxy Lady Jam
    30:23 Getting Better
    33:34 Let Em’ In
    38:27 My Valentine
    41:50 Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five
    45:53 Maybe I’m Amazed
    50:44 crowd check
    51:46 We Can Work It Out
    54:07 In Spite of All the Danger
    57:39 Love Me Do
    1:00:11 Dance Tonight
    1:03:58 Blackbird
    1:07:02 Here Today
    1:09:32 New
    1:12:43 Lady Madonna
    1:15:18 Fuh You
    1:20:08 Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite
    1:22:48 Something
    1:27:21 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
    1:30:59 You Never Give Me Your Money
    1:33:15 She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
    1:35:12 Get Back
    1:39:01 Band on the Run
    1:44:12 Let It Be
    1:48:15 Live and Let Die
    1:51:53 Hey Jude
    2:00:39 encore banter
    2:03:22 I’ve Got a Feeling (virtual duet with John Lennon)
    2:07:11 Birthday
    2:10:33 Helter Skelter
    2:14:27 thank yous
    2:16:13 Abbey Road Medley
    2:22:26 outro

  65. Anon[376] • Disclaimer says:

    “I’m drowning in a disposable coverall that hangs off of me in droopy folds”

    Got it. You’re not fat. I can’t tell if the author is complimenting herself or telling you she’s not like those other, fatter, black women who like to write about their hair. Either way, it’s tiresome.

  66. Anon[880] • Disclaimer says:
    @PiltdownMan

    I’m an alum from the era. Open Admissions changed the student body and a large number of admits needed remedial math and reading. I was in an engineering program so somewhat protected from the general student body but still took some general courses. I was gone when the worst financial stuff for nyc went on so I didn’t see how that changed the school.

    I am not one of the alums who received a Nobel. Considering when the school’s heyday was wonder if any are still alive?

    • Thanks: PiltdownMan
    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
  67. Judging from the poor quality of her writing and, more importantly, the fact that she’s oblivious to making an ass out of herself, my guess is that this affirmative action physics grad student’s career prospects will be bleak. Expect her to hop on a less cognitively demanding train

  68. Elli says:

    What about the guys with beards? Sometimes shaving is required, N95 masks, firefighters masks, anyone sparing them attention or sympathy or articles?

    The protective clothing that doesn’t fit, take the issue to head of lab safety, because it is an issue.

  69. Hey, iSteve, last night Tucker Carlson called Sandy Cortez a descendant of Conquistadors. Wonder where he got that idea.

    Followed by Jimmy Dore trashing the oligarchy.

    Followed by Glenn Greenwald on Latins turning Republican.

    • LOL: Meretricious
  70. prosa123 says:
    @HammerJack

    Johnny Mathis is still touring at 86.

  71. Thea says:
    @HammerJack

    That prosecutor threw the white dad is jail for complaining at a school board meeting about his daughter’s rape( by a tranny in the bathroom.)

    • Thanks: HammerJack
  72. @ic1000

    2. Opening line: “I just wanted to be a scientist, not a trailblazer.” Um. Maybe a physical sciences doctorate isn’t the path for you? You’re aiming for a career as a DIE administrator anyway. Be more considerate of your mentors’ time and money.

    One must conclude that the low end labor market for DIE administrators is oversaturated at this point – low IQ graduates with degrees in race chiselling are being minted faster than ever. Therefore this woman’s angle – “I have a Physics Degree and can’t find my place in Physics because of hair discrimination” – is more rarefied.

  73. Jack D says:
    @Anon

    Misogynistic Extremism as Coalitional Bargaining for Sexual Access

    I haven’t read the paper but it strikes me that “coalitional bargaining for sexual access” is impossible. Who are the misogynists bargaining with who have the power to grant their coalitional demands? “We demand that you make 1 million females available to the incels of America!” Who could fulfill this request? There is no head female who can grant the sexual access that they supposedly seek on behalf of all females.

    Now our society has changed in recent decades such that the sexual access of men who are now incels has crossed the line from “few” to “none” but it would (short of setting up official brothels) take decades to move this line back again and in the case of the most deeply untouchable men (the kind of guys who are perhaps most inclined to violence) maybe never. So I don’t see these acts as “bargaining” so much as they are desperate cries to get attention, which is not the same thing.

    This is not to say that such acts of terror cannot bring attention to your cause (attention that backfires more often than it succeeds in helping your cause) but this is not the same as “bargaining”.

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
  74. @Buffalo Joe

    While you said that very well, Joe, here’s one guy who Miss Miller should have listened to also:

    “Get a haircut, and get a real job!”

  75. Jack D says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    What’s even more hilarious is that these women (I might add at great effort and expense) style their hair in a way that is guaranteed to attract attention for its often literally clownish appearance (spikes of hair emerging Medusa like, hair teased wider than your shoulders, snake-like coils of hair down to your waist, etc.) but then when others do in fact take notice, they have “lost”.

    This in general is the game of the Left- I will do and say outrageous things and alter my appearance in outrageous ways (perhaps take on the guise of the opposite sex) but if you take any notice of it, you are being “intolerant”. But since the whole point of the exercise is to attract attention from Daddy, if he DOESN’T respond, you have to up your game to the next level and make yourself even more freakish.

  76. Jack D says:
    @Forbes

    As others have gleaned, in her article she says basically nothing about her work as a physicist while she is obviously deeply interested in the subject of blackness and in particular her own blackness (or as she humblebrags, her mulatto-ness even though I wouldn’t really call her much of a mulatta). You can almost be sure that her future career lies as a diversicrat (or maybe something like “bringing physics to urban (cough- black) schools) because she probably figured out a long time ago that she doesn’t really have the chops to play in the big leagues of physics any more than I could have ever hoped to be a cornerback for the Eagles.

    Sure enough I did some googling and here she is already doing her “physics mentor” shtick, not just to blacks but to black girls in particular:

    Now maybe this is a noble calling but it’s not the same thing as actually doing cutting edge science. Back in the day, a talented tenth Negress like her would have gotten a teaching degree and taught HS Physics and would have been very happy and had a fulfilling career and been admired in her community but instead she is in over her head among all the 140+ IQ Asians and whites in her lab and is looking for someone to blame.

  77. JimDandy says:
    @Steve Sailer

    I think at some point Dylan simply lost his voice. I saw him almost 20 years ago and it was the worst concert I’ve ever been to. His singing sounded like a blown speaker, and even though I am huge Dylan fan, I couldn’t distinguish between the songs he was playing. Not a big deal, though, all those albums of his will forever reveal his genius. Tom Waits called Dylan’s body of work “a planet to explore” and I agree.

    • Replies: @usNthem
    , @Ganderson
  78. your Black Hair Matters series is boring and not as clever as you think.

    pointing out their preoccupation with their hair a couple times would make the point. instead you’re becoming as boring as african women with this stuff. you talk about it almost as much as they do. nobody cares, which was supposed to the point here.

    it would be like pointing out every woman with fake blonde hair, but for years and years. dozens of posts about the next woman on television with fake blonde hair and the female preoccupation with yellow locks.

    • Replies: @Intelligent Dasein
  79. @PiltdownMan

    City College of New York was really damaged by the New York City fiscal crisis of the 1970s.

    It wasn’t the fiscal crisis that doomed it, it was switching to open admissions.

    • Thanks: PiltdownMan
  80. Anonymous[106] • Disclaimer says:

    Sounds awful. Her situation seems even worse than being locked up in a North Korean Prison.

  81. @Buffalo Joe

    No more effn black hair articles!!!!! What did she wear on her head when she worked at Popeye’s…get some of those hats and shut up. Or a kerchief like Aunt Jemima.

    Exactly. Foodservice hairnets cost next to nothing and can cover even a large afro. Buy yourself a box for 5 bucks and shut the hell up already.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  82. @Jack D

    Have you bothered to give any thought at all as to the genesis of the article. Do you really think she felt the need to be in print and submitted that article out of the blue? Much more likely that an editor solicited it in any number of ways which affected the style and content.

    How about “Hi Katrina , I’m a bit low on my diversity quota this quarter. That splendid head of hair of yours would just about do it for me if you do a send up or a bit of a whinge while I publish a picture of you of your choice”

    Or “Ms Miller, would you be insulted if I recruited you and a nice picture of you to provide the 1% human interest content Wired readers seem to like. Sorry I’m not up with your branch of physics . Happy to print anything you want to submit on how I built a Small Hadron Collider in my Basement or whatever but what I need now is something with aight touch”.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  83. What she says: “I’m at a disadvantage in Physics because of racism and sexism!”

    What she’s actually thinking: “I’m at a disadvantage in Physics because I’ve found out that it’s really hard, and I’m not into working very hard… maybe if I accuse everyone else of being horrible people they’ll give me a do-nothing job and a nice salary”

  84. usNthem says:
    @Jack D

    Now there’s as likely a looking crew of future physicists if I’ve ever seen one.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  85. Truth says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    Settle down Joe, your jealousy is showing.

    You know that you would take a full head of that lady’s afro over the bald plate you have now.

    As a matter of fact, you’d be kinda sexy like Gabe Kaplan…

    • LOL: Buffalo Joe
  86. Much more likely that an editor solicited it in any number of ways which affected the style and content.

    As in Newton’s Third Law. you mean?

  87. Truth says:
    @prosa123

    Do they have a choice?

  88. Truth says:
    @Jack D

    but instead she is in over her head among all the 140+ IQ Asians and whites in her lab and is looking for someone to blame.

    I gleaned nothing from that article that she is either:

    A. In over her head or, consequently
    B. looking for someone to blame.

    • Agree: guest007
    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Technite78
  89. No more effn black hair articles!!!!! What did she wear on her head when she worked at Popeye’s…get some of those hats and shut up. Or a kerchief like Aunt Jemima.

    I say:

    Sailer gets a big kick out of the Black ladies and their hair. Fair enough, but Sailer has said relatively little about corporate America taking away our beloved Aunt Jemima.

    Biden won the 2020 Democrat Party presidential primary because of Black lady voters with their hair and handbags and church-going ways and their devotion to Obama and the Clintons and the neoliberalism plutocrat twat donors of the Democrat Party.

    I will never forgive the nasty elements in corporate America that took away our Aunt Jemima from us.

    We love you Aunt Jemima! Oh beloved Aunt Jemima, please come back!

    The Black ladies who voted as a bloc to boost Joe Biden could be seen as blockers in football who clear the path for their teammate to carry the football onwards into enemy territory and hopefully over the goal line for a touchdown.

    Joe Biden is the running back who got the handoff from the Democrat Party ruling class and the Black lady voters of the AUNT JEMIMA STRATEGY are the pulling guard who vacates his position on the offensive line to run out in front of the ball carrier to block and neutralize any opposing team tacklers who wish to stop or tackle the ball carrier.

    The Democrat Party ruling class is using the Black Lady Bloc voters of the AUNT JEMIMA STRATEGY to advance the goals of the greedy, nation-wrecking neoliberalism nutcakes and the globalizers and the billionaires and other constituent parts of the Democrat Party Death Star.

    In football, the offensive line guards are big and agile and they are usually bigger than the linebacker defensive players who wish to cause a fumble and score a defensive touchdown. The pulling guards who “pull” out of their position to mightily scamper their way to block for the ball carrier are much bigger than the safeties and cornerbacks that are trying to prevent the runner from advancing the ball for a touchdown.

    The AUNT JEMIMA STRATEGY worked for Joe Biden because of the sacrifice and concentrated voter power of Black ladies voting as a formidable bloc.

    The AUNT JEMIMA STRATEGY is to win the votes of Black lady voters in the South and other areas of high Black population concentration. Hillary Clinton used the AUNT JEMIMA STRATEGY to fend of Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democrat Party presidential primary campaign. Biden used the AUNT JEMIMA STRATEGY to win the Democrat Party presidential nomination in 2020.

  90. Speaking of STEM higher education, Andrei Martyanov just dropped a video explaining what a joke it is in the US:

  91. @Jack D

    Jack, yes, exactly! Look at me. Look at me. WTF are you looking at? Sigh.

  92. @kaganovitch

    Kag, duh. Buy a box of hair nets and then put your lab hat on. Remember the black swimmer who couldn’t get her hair under a regulation competition swim cap? Change the rules for me!

  93. Webb says:

    White bros with dreadlocks or heavy metal hair dos might also avoid such work.

    • Replies: @guest007
  94. magilla says:

    Won’t they please just go to the scientific Meccas of Nigerian and Liberia?

  95. Bernard says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Steve, I’ve seen Dylan more times than I can count including the shows he did with Petty and I agree, they weren’t his best. The last I saw was in 2016 which I enjoyed it because I’m such a fan, but he’s definitely lost much of his vocal range. He’s always surrounded himself with top notch musicians, my favorite being GE Smith, with whom he toured with for several years and put on the best shows I saw in the late ‘80’s.

    Dylan is such an enigma it’s fascinating to me. I once saw a show where he came out, said nothing to the crowd the entire time and left without saying a word. Only Dylan can do this, he’s an unusual man to say the least.

    I saw U2 in 1987 the week they exploded with the release of The Joshua Tree album. I wish I could remember more of it, but as was my habit in those days, I imbibed a bit before and during, so with that and time, my memories are mostly stripped.

    Saw Springsteen in 1981, but was kicked out for sneaking up front about half way through it. Saw him again in 1992 at the same venue. That time I made it all the way through without getting the boot. He was good, but the show was so long (3 hours plus) it was hard to sustain my passion.

    Saw Queen in 1982 or thereabouts. Never a huge fan, but I got a few free tickets. I remember Freddie Mercury making a joke about how his new mustache made him look like Burt Reynolds. He then referred to Reynolds in a pejorative term used to describe homosexual men. Don’t remember much more about that one either.

  96. Barnard says:
    @HammerJack

    I had a free ticket to a concert he did in the mid 2000s. His voice sounded awful then, being younger than the average fan and never into his music, I had no idea what most of the lyrics were he was “singing.” I can’t imagine how much worse he must sound now. Boomer nostalgia must be really, really strong for anyone to show up for these concerts.

    • Replies: @Bernard
  97. MGB says:
    @Steve Sailer

    any great performance i attended was by smaller bands, at smaller clubs. all the civic center and stadium shows i went to in the 70s-80s were not the least memorable. (well maybe Styx back in ’78, but the thrill was driven by a cloud of pot smoke that could rival any german gas attack during WW1.) Police and Flock of Seagulls at Foxboro stadium in early 80s was a heat stroke, vomit fest. Stray Cats, B52s, X, setting aside the local talent, all amazing shows at venues that wouldn’t hold more than 500 people legally.

    • Replies: @William Badwhite
  98. @HammerJack

    A decade ago, STEM types here in Mr. Sailer’s comments were confident that the humanities and arts may fall to political correctness but their domains were safe. Elsewhere on the web I was told by Catholics that it’s a darned shame what happened to you Anglicans but the Holy See is made of stronger stuff. Well here we are a decade later.

    • Replies: @HammerJack
  99. What about this lady’s hair?

  100. What do you call a black woman with a PhD in theoretical physics?

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Gary in Gramercy
  101. Jack D says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    Well that’s true for most of what’s in the paper nowadays – “All the news that we see fit to print.”

    However, with all of these DIE stories, it’s a useful exercise to imagine a change in the race/gender.

    Lady reporter calls white male grad student: “Hi, I know you are doing important work in physics but I would like to write a story about your hair.” White male grad student: “Click.”

    BTW, haven’t they done enough black women’s hair stories? At what point will black female hair stories be tapped out as a genre? It’s really reaching the point of cliché. Reporter: “Hmm, I have a deadline coming up and I was out late at the bar last night. Could I rustle up a black female hair story in a hurry?” Where are the editors to call them on this?

    • Thanks: Johann Ricke
  102. JimB says:
    @R.G. Camara

    Never before have I wished immediate and total alopecia on a specific gender and race for all eternity but….

    I wish them larger brains so they can better adapt to 1950s America

  103. Jack D says:
    @Adam Smith

    You call her Doctor as in Dr. Jill Biden even though in American English the title doctor is usually reserved for medical doctors.

    • Thanks: Adam Smith
  104. usNthem says:
    @JimDandy

    Blood on the Tracks is my go to Dylan album.

    • Agree: JimDandy
  105. Jack D says:
    @Truth

    Readers of the Soviet (and now Russian) press long ago learned that what is NOT said is as important as what IS said. If she was a rising star in theoretical physics would she be talking about her hair or her work?

    • Agree: Technite78
    • Replies: @Truth
  106. usNthem says:
    @Steve Sailer

    I saw Springsteen in ‘74 before he hit the big time cause the gal I was dating was a big fan – I’d never heard of him – but she did and he was good. Then saw him again the next year on the Born To Run tour, which, of course launched him into the stratosphere. Good showman although his politics, as is typical are boilerplate.

  107. @Truth

    As I round out the final year of my PhD, it feels risky—but empowering—to unapologetically proclaim my truth. I hope to finish my studies by the end of this summer. After that, despite the protests of so many in the field, I am leaving academia. I will be embarking on a new journey: as a writer.

    I gleaned nothing from that article that she is either:

    A. In over her head or, consequently
    B. looking for someone to blame.

    You aren’t very good at reading between the lines, are you?

    • Thanks: Jack D
  108. @prosa123

    No doubt still imparting life lessons to aspiring songwriters:

  109. @Adam Smith

    A pigment of your imagination.

    • LOL: Adam Smith
  110. megabar says:
    @Steve Sailer

    > Out of all living humans, McCartney has probably generated more moments of happiness in the billions of individual humans. Is there anybody else who is close? If there is, it’s probably somebody like Jackie Chan.

    Interesting. Yes, he’s probably up there.

    It’s undoubtable that moments of happiness are dominated by more “frivolous” pursuits (music, alcohol), whereas more serious endeavors (sanitation, medicine, etc) likely reduce the moments of unhappiness. But humans don’t notice those as much.

    There might even strange cases like the internet developers, who might have contributed highly to both moments of happiness and moments of unhappiness. I guess that goes for drugs/alcohol, too.

  111. Another loss for physics for want of a proper hairnet.

    • Replies: @Oleg Panczenko
  112. Mike Tre says:
    @Cloudbuster

    My take is that she knows on some level that she is not intellectually capable of keeping up with her peers. She also knows that there is a lot of money in professional grievance peddling. I would expect her future written work to contain tales of rape and hair touching by chadly white guys in lab coats.

  113. Truth says:
    @Jack D

    Well grasshopper, you are asking the wrong question, the question is, “if she were a rising star in theoretical physics, where would her work be printed?”

    And the answer is, here;

    https://www.springer.com/journal/11447

    And 47 very strange honkees in Boston, Marin County, and Dusseldorf would have read her work and you know whom would not be included in that list?

    Steve Sailer, and consequently Jack D.

    …You’re welcome.

    • Troll: Technite78
    • Replies: @Jack D
  114. @Cloudbuster

    Can you imagine all of the public tax dollars spent on this woman absolutely wasted for no end product now except for her own inflated ego. If she is a PhD student in physics then you’re talking at least eight or 10 years of advanced university study. Probably at a minimum of around \$400,000 and I would bet that at least 90% of it was paid for free and clear by the taxpayers

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  115. Bernard says:
    @Barnard

    I had a free ticket to a concert he did in the mid 2000s. His voice sounded awful then, being younger than the average fan and never into his music, I had no idea what most of the lyrics were he was “singing.” I can’t imagine how much worse he must sound now. Boomer nostalgia must be really, really strong for anyone to show up for these concerts.

    I saw one show when Dylan changed the “oldies” to such an extent that you couldn’t recognize the song until it was at least halfway over. He’s a very, very strange performer, when you see him live there’s no telling how things will end up. Strangely, it’s quite fascinating for me because he’s one of the very few people I can’t understand. If I could be granted a wish, I’d love to meet him and spend some time talking about life and music, but even then I think I’d be puzzled.

  116. Currahee says:
    @Cloudbuster

    Back in the day, at a major university, I followed the progress of “Mary”, a black student who was consistently, hopelessly and embarrassingly befuddled. But with the constant prompting of fellow students and sympathetic professors, she struggled through. She finally changed her major to get a degree in education (of course).

    She retired last year from a state education position which paid over a quarter million per.

    True story.

  117. @Cloudbuster

    Cloud, just my opinion, but I doubt too many in the field are sorry to see her go. They were one misplaced comment away from being hit with a discrimination complaint.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  118. Anonymous[954] • Disclaimer says:

    Meanwhile, Isteve’s beloved Unofficial Mascot, Paige Spiranac, is doing us proud today!

    https://nypost.com/2022/06/16/paige-spiranac-named-sexiest-woman-alive-on-maxim-hot-100/

    • Replies: @Mike Tre
  119. @prosa123

    Johnny Mathis is still touring at 86.

    Is he still cruising?

  120. Anon[164] • Disclaimer says:

    I heard some audio from a recent Who concert of Roger Daltry excoriating a group of concert goers for the heinous crime of smoking weed in front of the stage where Roger and Pete were performing. We’ve come a long way.

  121. Ganderson says:
    @JimDandy

    I’ve always said that if Jerry Garcia sings your songs better than you do…

  122. Mike Tre says:
    @Anonymous

    Is that the Terminatrix?

    You think the editors would try to tone down that man jaw she’s sporting but no, indeed they are accentuating it. Conversely, instead of reddening her lips in a feminine way they look like the lips on a cadaver.

    She’s the female equivalent of a 20 story high rise made of concrete from the old Soviet Union or something.

    I hate to say it but Brown Sugar up top is much more appealing with her soft feminine features and genuine smile.

    • Agree: HammerJack
  123. SafeNow says:

    I just wanted to be a scientist

    ,
    Well, you also write awfully well for someone in a STEM field. Too well, I would guess. I think that when it is time to write an essay, you get by with a little help from your (non-STEM) friends. Judy Resnick got a pair of 800’s on her SATs. (And that was before the 1995 gift of 80 points on the verbal to “recenter.”) It is extraordinarily rare to be elite at both physics and literary ability.

    Rest in peace, Judy.

  124. I just wanted to be a scientist, not a trailblazer. But in my field, people like me are anomalies—and we face constant scrutiny for our race and gender.

    Of course she does — just as I would face constant scrutiny if I appeared on an NBA team.

    Haircuts are how White people solve these seemingly insurmountable challenges.

  125. guest007 says:
    @aNewBanner

    It is easier for a women in STEM to find a mate than a women working in public relations or public policy. Look up the cities with the largest numbers of single college educated professional women. Los Alamos and Oak Ridge are not there.

    • Replies: @prosa123
  126. guest007 says:
    @Jack D

    Once should look at how many Asian and white males did not get accepted to Univ of Chicago physics graduate program. She is still above many other people. It would be easy for her to get a job in the DOE Complex or in applied physics rather than pursue the college tenured track jobs.

  127. guest007 says:
    @Webb

    Not exactly the type who end up in graduate level physics. After attending a nuclear physics convention, one of the jokes was if the fashion police showed up, everyone would have been arrested.

    • Replies: @epebble
  128. @The Wild Geese Howard

    Cargo cult physics: all the trappings with none of the substance.

    All the physicists I know really don’t care all the much for stylishness, but they do know the difference between a muon and a cow.

  129. @Tired of it all

    Isn’t that what the state spends on her coevals in the State Lock-up?

  130. Anonymous[852] • Disclaimer says:

    Steve: I am really sorry that this has nothing to do with your post. How about a blog response to this post by Tyler Cowen?

    https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2022/06/what-the-aea-does-and-does-not-cover.html

    What the AEA does and does not cover

    This new blog post by John Cochrane is too good to excerpt, but here is one bit of it anyway, noting two points that on the AEA program do not receive a whole lot of attention:

    Education, another policy issue that should be the top of progressive concern. Choice vs. teachers unions and the horrible results, especially for minorities and the poor. On the top of things that entrench social and income inequality in the US, this is it, and teachers’ unions arguably bear much of the blame. But we should ask the question.
    Since we’re veering off to social science, if we care about equity and gender, do facts on low income single motherhood not matter at all? In many states more than half of all children are born to single mothers on medicaid.
    Definitely recommended. Can you guess at what does receive a lot of attention? By the way, who today is “the next John Cochrane” and where is he or she being trained? That is what I would like to see discussed most of all.

  131. @Jack D

    It looks like some of those kids she’s presumably mentoring could mentor her on solving her hair problem.

  132. @Charles Pewitt

    I will never forgive the nasty elements in corporate America that took away our Aunt Jemima from us.

    We love you Aunt Jemima! Oh beloved Aunt Jemima, please come back!


    This is what I look for in a Jemima:

    [MORE]

  133. @Reg Cæsar

    Don’t you think Jemima should have more meat on her bones even before she becomes an aunt?

  134. Jack D says:
    @Truth

    Your link takes me to some Russian journal and I don’t even see her article. Assuming it’s in there, why is she publishing in a Russian journal?

    • Replies: @fish
    , @Truth
  135. epebble says:
    @guest007

    if the fashion police showed up, everyone would have been arrested.

    Bad fashionistas like

    produce good pictures like

  136. Tony says:
    @YetAnotherAnon

    I find Psaki’s replacement attractive.

    • Disagree: Meretricious
  137. OP says:
    @mousey

    That’s what I was going to say.

  138. @Charles Pewitt

    Charles, you know, joe was hardly a shoo in and no one wanted kamala. But the primary goes to SC and magically biden is the nominee. What did they promise bernie? Nice comment.

  139. prosa123 says:
    @guest007

    It is easier for a women in STEM to find a mate than a women working in public relations or public policy. Look up the cities with the largest numbers of single college educated professional women. Los Alamos and Oak Ridge are not there.

    While there may be a high number of men in STEM fields they’re often of low quality. Poor hygiene, too thin/too fat, no social skills, pathologically introverted, mildly autistic, you name it. A woman will do much better working in finance such as investment banking or hedge funds, surrounded by ultra-Alpha finance bro types.

    • Replies: @guest007
    , @Johann Ricke
  140. prosa123 says:

    For the record, Katrina Miller has written several other articles for Wired and as far as I can tell they’re strictly about science. No racial aspects whatsoever.

  141. @prime noticer

    It’s futile to expect anything different. You have to understand what you’re getting into here when it comes to Sailer.

    Steve achieved unexpected success with his ancient redlining articles, and in doing so he attracted the devotion of a small but very persistent subpopulation who were desperate to hear anybody say something about race that wasn’t the usual equality shtick. The problem is, there isn’t a whole lot to follow up the redlining with. That one article pretty much says everything that needs to be said about race relations in America, mutatis mutandis. But Steve had to please his accidentally acquired fanbase, so he’s been doing the “Black people, amirite?” routine ever since, spun six ways from Sunday.

    “HBD” is a literary trope invented by Sailer to give “Black people, amirite?” a patina of scientific respectability and to amplify the possibilities of content generation. It is a marketing campaign, brought to you by somebody who knows the business. A sound bit of scientific reasoning, it is not.

    If you look at the responses in this thread, it is obvious that Steve is a lot more interested when he talks about the lifestyles of the rich and famous. That’s where his heart is and what he would much prefer to be doing. These hair articles are a way for him to indulge his true passion while still mining the redlining vein from long ago.

    • Replies: @Meretricious
  142. @Steve Sailer

    Two of my older relatives saw Dylan & Petty together at Madison Square Garden in July 1986 and they said they were awful. In July 2009 Bob was playing a concert in Lakewood, New Jersey, and decided to take a stroll around the neighborhood before the show. The police thought he was a vagrant and picked him up for questioning.

    He told the 24-year-old female officer “Just take me over there, I’ll give you tickets to my show, you can see me play” but she didn’t buy it.

  143. I will never forgive the nasty elements in corporate America that took away our Aunt Jemima from us.
    We love you Aunt Jemima! Oh beloved Aunt Jemima, please come back!

    As Steve-O said in the past (paraphrased): Nothing like a Fat Black Woman to represent good eating.

    Which packaging has more character and represents Americana dating back to the 19th century?

    Or some generic dull ad copy designed by some unimaginative hack?

  144. @Oleg Panczenko

    I tried to embed a picture of Bozo the Clown for my comment to make sense but obviously that didn’t work. The picture and attendant story may be found at

    https://www.theringer.com/pop-culture/2018/3/23/17155444/bozo-the-clown-obituary-frank-avruch

  145. fish says:
    @Jack D

    Your link takes me to some Russian journal and I don’t even see her article. Assuming it’s in there, why is she publishing in a Russian journal?

    It was here where the trail went cold……

  146. Truth says:
    @Jack D

    {(Sigh…) And I can’t read between the lines…}

  147. @Jack D

    The incel revolution will not be complete until every sexless nerd in America gets a free RealDoll courtesy of the federal government:

  148. JakeJake says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Mr. Anon,

    Yeah, those two are often bandied about. You can add Noether (a mathematician whose major theorem is often used in physics) and Vera Rubin. Okay, so… four. That’s basically ‘grifting’. There are literally *no* female physicists of any importance. Nor mathematicians.

  149. @Steve Sailer

    Slightly off topic, Steve. Any thoughts on the Mael Brothers/Sparks. Lifelong LA residents. Still working six days per week at 75. Have you seen the documentary on them “Sparks Brothers”?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  150. Dumbo says:
    @Steve Sailer

    I went to a Dylan concert in the late 1990s or early 2000s and it was strange. I was a fun of his music but he played mostly unknown songs and the oldies songs that most people went there to hear, he sang them in a slurred way, changing all the tunes. I think most people were disappointed.

    I also went to one of the last Leonard Cohen concerts, when he was 81 or so. It was pretty good.

    All around, as far as Jewish singers-composers go, Leonard Cohen was a better lyricist, singer and performer than Dylan, so I don’t know why Dylan gets all the fame and even a Nobel prize.

  151. J.Ross says:
    @Anon

    “Incel” is a hoax, a non-phenomenon, a lying way to say “white” without saying white, a Phantom Nazi to occupy law enforcement and discourse resources which shoud go to military age unfathered black males who often become violent when — wait for it — sexually rejected. So of course there are elaborate academic pseudo-intellectual efforts to prop up the hoax. Of course there are speculations about the reasoning.
    Recently a Canadian actor who appeared in the movie version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid was sentenced for murdering his mother; apparently he very weakly and impractically planned on assassinating Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Yahoo article mentioning this insists that nobody can guess a motive. I can guess a motive and it’s not “toxicity,” virginity, or white skin. It was the lockdown. This happened because of the lockdown and with everything else being the same but no lockdown the kid’s mom would be alive. Will Steven Pinker admit that the lockdown was a catastrophic mistake or is he mainly focused on divining and dowsing out the Phantom Nazis?
    They ruined our society, they took our lives away from us, they refuse to enforce existing law, and their answer is to print more money, babble about Russia, and attack vulnerable people who are unlikely to be able to fight back.

  152. Mr. Anon says:

    There are literally *no* female physicists of any importance. Nor mathematicians.

    I wouldn’t say that. Goeppert-Mayer won a Nobel Prize, back when it really meant something. Meitner probably should have shared a Nobel Prize. And Noether’s Theorem is a deeply fundamental insight. Marie Curie was no slouch either. And Chien-Shiung Wu. There are a handful of women who have performed in the top ranks of the field. You can throw in a few more in a lesser tier: Rubin, Blodgett, etc. And there are women physicists who do good solid yeoman-like work at a more mundane level (which is what most physicists do, including most men).

    But there are still many more men in the field, and many more men of great accomplishment. And I suspect it will always be so.

    • Thanks: ic1000
  153. Anon[310] • Disclaimer says:

    I think it’s her father who must be white, probably with a half black mother. She never mentions her father, but mom gets shouted out for some “The Talk” advice.

    She seems to want to cancel a bunch of her white, male students and advisors, but to be coy about it, leaving just enough hints that internet doxxers can track down names.

    And this, right at the end:

    As I round out the final year of my PhD, it feels risky—but empowering—to unapologetically proclaim my truth. I hope to finish my studies by the end of this summer. After that, despite the protests of so many in the field, I am leaving academia. I will be embarking on a new journey: as a writer.

    This is a pattern with black Ivy League law grads, black STEM PhDs, even would-be black architects: They are just smart enough to squeak through to graduate, with the help of affirmative action and the threat of trouble from campus diversicrats if they are washed out. But they are at the bottom of their classes and don’t have academic prospects worthy of their self image, and ditto for the private sector, so they mumble “white supremacy” and take an unrelated job. In her case a job that pays peanuts. I predict she will somehow end up getting six figures for speaking gigs or as a diversity nonprofit head.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Truth
  154. @Clyde

    Thanks. I was wondering what her story might be.

  155. @Cagey Beast

    Agreed, and it sure ain’t over yet.

  156. @prosa123

    That’s mind-blowing. And an odd mix of inspirational and slightly scary.

  157. @Anon

    Your question prompted me to look them up.

    Although a number of City College’s Nobel alumni have passed on in the last two decades, three are still alive–Arno Penzias, the physicist, Robert Aumann, an economist, and John O’Keefe, a neuroscientist.

  158. @Charles Pewitt

    I increasingly believe that Biden was selected to be Bob Dole. At the time of the Dem Primary Trump was a shoo in. Biden was selected to avoid burning any up and comers. He was meant to lose. The combination of lack of discipline, boundless zeal and utter contempt for the law by the Wokels frauded him unexpectedly into office.
    It explains the utter lack of any planned strategy for Biden’s presidency: It wasn’t supposed to happen.

    • Disagree: ic1000
    • Replies: @ic1000
  159. @Buffalo Joe

    Agree. One less hand-grenade rolling about the bus somewhere.

  160. @BB753

    I don’t find her pretty. I don’t find many black women pretty, but add that ugly mop on her head and it kills any chance.

    • Replies: @BB753
    , @Clyde
  161. J.Ross says:
    @Anon

    For a physicist to unironically use the phrase “my truth” ought to result in a lightning strike — oh, that’s right, you were too good to have a god and now look what’s happening.

  162. ic1000 says:
    @Bill Jones

    > At the time of the Dem Primary Trump was a shoo in. Biden was selected to avoid burning any up and comers. He was meant to lose.

    I’m not the one who Disagrees, progressive journalist Molly Ball is. Here’s a link to a comment that discusses her article in Time.

  163. @HammerJack

    Skin crepey as myrtle,
    He looks like a turtle
    Bereft of its shell;
    “Forever Young” Hell!

  164. Truth says:
    @Anon

    A black man I used to know pretty well, wrote the “Underworld” film series, he is now an actor and writes comic books. He has a Masters in Biochemistry.

    When he was just starting out, I asked him why he didn’t work in the field, and rather, moved to L.A to get into Hollywood, he said;

    “It would have been a terrible business decision.”

  165. @Intelligent Dasein

    you miss the point: the article is SUPERFICIALLY about hair. Its true subject is how affirmative action is destroying the United States. You folly?

  166. BB753 says:
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Jen Psaki attractive? Really?

    • Agree: usNthem
    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  167. BB753 says:
    @Cloudbuster

    At least she’s thin, young and she’s smiling. Not your average overweight middle-aged smirking “brave black woman” with a chip on her shoulder.

  168. Yeah this obviously belongs in the magic female black hair file.
    I worked at a major grocery chain that was of course all into DIE and hairnets were required. Worked with a hard working pleasant young black woman who sometimes sported an impressive afro and we had hair nets that worked just fine for her. She never complained, maybe because she actually worked for a living and apparently smarter than a physics graduate. 3 hairnets and you can’t think of a solution? Did you fail basic engineering?

    I’m white and have thick hair. If I grew it out long again I’d need an extra large hairnet. To think that a physics lab or whatever didn’t have these available is laughable.

    This is just another. I’m black! Cry for attention.

    Ohh and I’ve never seen a beard net (at work) that can hold my epic facial hair after I don’t shave for 6 months 😅

    Beard Power!

  169. @Mark Grainger

    I like how Ron Mael rebranded his Roland keyboard:

    He says Russell’s high singing voice is due to Ron’s composing on it with his right hand. I do wish he’d go back to his trademark toothbrush mustache. Those look a lot less Hitlerian once one greys sufficiently. It took a while for me to notice an older Eritrean friend’s.

    Mael looks like John Waters now.

  170. @Reg Cæsar

    Just what did the Kinks do to piss off the musicians union?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  171. Clyde says:
    @Cloudbuster

    I don’t find her pretty. I don’t find many black women pretty, but add that ugly mop on her head and it kills any chance.

    The Afro-mop look is in these days. Black women have it tough enough in the looks and desirability departments. The mop look is a way to drive away any sane man. This is lesbian signalling and man repellent.

    Michelle Obama actually knows what to do with black hair. Get it nicely straightened and styled by professionals. To where her hairdo looks like a white woman’s hairdo. There are plenty of black actresses that do the same, or they will not get any work in Hollywood. The mop look is only good for movies and TV that have black audiences as their target demographic.

    The worst Afro-mops are worn by Stacy Abrams and that new nitwit, out-lesbian, press flack at the Biden White House. Who is a gift from the voodoo island of Haiti. She is majorly confused and incoherent. And fugly as all get out.

  172. Clyde says:
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Do I detect a nose-ring? I agree she’s pretty, but then I find Jen Psaki attractive…

    Yes, this affirmative action goofball has a nose ring to go along with her electroshock afro-Mop. Her eyes give off madness vibes. While her mop and nose ring are a declaration of not being serious, and that, “I dare you to fire my useless ass”.

  173. @J

    It’s hard for blacks to do physics, if they come out with a theory about the way something should work and experimental analysis shows that it doesn’t, it drives them crazy that there is no higher authority that they can complain to saying that physics be racis’.

  174. BB753 says:
    @Steve Sailer

    “I’d probably compare Bob Dylan to Van Morrison, who was also stiff on stage but kept playing one great song he’d written after another. ”
    Please, Steve, comparing Van Morrison’s booming singing voice to Dylan’s is a blasphemy! Whatever you might think of Van Morrison, he had and still has pipes, unlike Dylan.

  175. Muggles says:
    @YetAnotherAnon

    I think this one sat in front of us at the movie theater once.

    We had to leave…

    • Replies: @Cloudbuster
  176. Muggles says:
    @Henry's Cat

    If an apple fell on her head, would she notice through the hair?

    No, the apple would never actually touch her head.

    She was “studying black holes” but somehow wondered why they worked…

  177. Muggles says:
    @prosa123

    For the rest of my shift I reeked like a French whorehouse.

    And you know this how?

  178. guest007 says:
    @prosa123

    the issue is that every rich guy in finance is being pursued by multiple women with many of those womeny being helped by their rich families. The guys at Los Alamos, Hanford, or Oak Ridge will outnumber the women, still make a good living, and not be hung up on the woman’s looks.

  179. @MGB

    Stray Cats, B52s, X, setting aside the local talent, all amazing shows

    Agreed – The Stray Cats really worked hard and put on a good show. And Brian Setzer is still going strong 40+ years later.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  180. MGB says:

    looks fine to me. i still can’t figure out the hairless fetish though. just a function of showing more skin i guess.

  181. @Jim Don Bob

    Just what did the Kinks do to piss off the musicians union?

    It was the “British Invasion” in general that got their goat. The Kinks would get into fisticuffs onstage– with one another– thus they were the easiest and first target. Why should professional natives lose jobs to unprofessional foreigners?

    When Tommy Dorsey had had enough of brother Jimmy’s iron fist, he merely announced his resignation onstage, and walked off. That’s the American way. He didn’t slug Jim.

  182. @William Badwhite

    The Cats were like Sparks– Yanks based in England at the beginning. So were America as well as Katrina and at least one of her Waves.

    All except Steve’s neighbors the Maels made it big and came home.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  183. Jack D says:
    @usNthem

    There are at least 5 or 6 future Einsteins in there if not more. One of them will propose the grand unification theory which will not only bring together the strong, weak, and electromagnetic interactions BUT ALSO, once and for all, solve the problem of black hair. For the latter, she will receive the Nobel.

    • LOL: usNthem, Johann Ricke
  184. @Reg Cæsar

    The Mael Brothers of Sparks would take their L.A. friends to tourist destinations to show them that busloads of German tourists wanted their autographs, even if they couldn’t get played on the radio in L.A.

  185. @MEH 0910

    Yes, I went to Steve Wozniak’s US Festival in 1982 and 1983. Petty headlined the night I saw in 1982. It was the only time I saw him he wasn’t good. Oddly enough, they played too slow. The sound outdoors on a hillside was incredible, but the performance was dull. Heroin?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @MEH 0910
  186. @Steve Sailer

    The sound outdoors on a hillside was incredible, but the performance was dull. Heroin?

    Gainesville’s pride the Heartbreakers were clearly out of their element.

  187. MEH 0910 says:
    @Steve Sailer

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Petty#Personal_life

    Petty struggled with heroin addiction from roughly 1996 through 1999.

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – US Festival (1982)

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers live at “US Festival” Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, California on September 4th 1982

    0:15 “A One Story Town”
    5:01 “A Woman in Love (It’s Not Me)”
    10:43 “Kings Road”
    17:02 “Breakdown”
    25:28 “Refugee”
    33:42 “Shout”
    45:34 “So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star”
    49:46 “Even The Losers”

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  188. Anonymous[358] • Disclaimer says:

    I can’t imagine more non-blacks not getting very tired and weary of all this childish grousing and griping.

    Blacks seem to have the unusual notion that they should feel perfectly comfortable, at ease and confident all the time, everywhere, and with whomever they meet. And if that peaceful equilibrium is disturbed, it’s not their burden to personally and privately to bear (as 98% of us do), but everyone else to acknowledge and FIX.

    For most human beings, passing episodes of self-doubt and uncertainty are the banal stuff of social life. But for blacks, these events are perceived as deliberate acts of aggression, often informed by racism or sexism.

    Tiresome. Very tiresome. And zero sympathies. -20.

  189. @MEH 0910

    8 songs for a headlining act at a big festival is pretty skimpy. There was probably something wrong that night. The other 4 times I saw Petty and Co. they were outstanding performers.

  190. @prosa123

    A woman will do much better working in finance such as investment banking or hedge funds, surrounded by ultra-Alpha finance bro types.

    A STEM woman? The finance types are lotharios with multiple side pieces. And many are looking for Victoria’s Secret models, not STEM brainiacs with average looks.

  191. @YetAnotherAnon

    Alas the toll was paid. Poor girl.

    The killer was her ex. She signed on. Sympathy level: zero.

  192. MEH 0910 says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    The curse of the early adopter: my classmates mocked me for so often ditching musicians after the second album, e.g., Tom Petty.

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 3rd, 4th, and 5th albums are my favorites!

    Damn the Torpedoes playlist:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_lGXW0aofOl-_6fh_hX9ZLQEnKneJs0qoA

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damn_the_Torpedoes_(album)

    Hard Promises playlist:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_ldOL2ud8B3sCnBYEhFK30xCU_abmyuofc

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

    Long After Dark playlist:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_ny0H4jOQObDVS1QnF7FGVjIt6IemXNcSk

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

  193. @BB753

    “Jen Psaki attractive? Really?”

    “Let me get my hands
    On your mammary glands
    And let me get your head
    On the conjugal bed”

  194. @Muggles

    Easy availability of battery-powered hedge trimmers has really solved this problem.

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