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Hell of a month

Good grief! They looted Macy’s!

Yes, the riots, assaults, lootings, and statue-destruction of the past month have been something to watch, and of course the topic of endless comment and speculation.

I’ve been contributing my own comments at Radio Derb. Speculation-wise, there are two areas concerning which I’d be very interested to see what future historians, with full documentation available to them, have to say:

  • How much of what’s been happening is random trouble-making by young people with not much prospect of well-paid employment and way too much time on their hands? As opposed to deliberately staged, managed, or encouraged by organizations trying to influence the November election?
  • Of the deliberately staged/managed/encouraged portion, what sub-portion is being run from abroad?

To the second point there, I aired my suspicions here at VDARE.com, June 7th:

I have this image in mind of the [ChiCom] Politburo gathering of an evening to binge-watch the latest riot coverage, chuckling and passing around the after-dinner mints and maotai … If the CCP doesn’t have people in place here helping the rioters, whoever’s in charge of ChiCom undercover special ops in North America isn’t doing his job.

We shall find out the truth of the matter when the ChiComs lose power and the records are opened up to historians.

To the first point, Old Scratch makes work for idle hands, and we have a lot of idle hands right now. That may be all there is to it.

Or, both the Trump administration and its enemies may be cynically calculating that the riots are to their advantage. Trumpists: This will make plain to patriotic voters how much the Left hates our country, and what happens when Democrats control a city or a state. Anti-Trumpists: If the Feds react with force there’ll be widespread outrage; if not, and the riots continue, voters will be disgusted by the Feds’ inability to control the situation. Win-win for us.

Certainly, given the prodigious sums we spend on law enforcement, the military, and the National Guard, our city, state, and federal authorities could crush the rioters if they chose to. In my last podcast of the month I quoted a passage from Christopher Caldwell’s new book, The Age of Entitlement. The topic here is the forced de-segregation of schools in Boston during the mid-1970s.

When the whites of South Boston and Charlestown protested, their neighborhoods were put under military occupation. “Southie” had a curfew and laws against public assembly, enforced by 1,600 police officers, 100 federal marshals, 50 FBI agents, and 600 National Guard troops.

So, yes, the authorities could restore order if they chose to. They choose not to, and that calls for some explanation.

It’s anti-white all the way down

But wait: Isn’t it all to do with blacks, with their mistreatment at the hands of police? Black Lives Matter!

Uh-huh. So far I haven’t seen anything to disturb my basic template of a Cold Civil War: two big groups of whites at angry loggerheads with each other, blacks recruited in as auxiliaries, allowed on to the battlefield when convenient for some opportunistic looting and white-beating, none of the whites on either side much caring what blacks think or say.

Surveys of this month’s protestors back me up. Pew Research has come up with some numbers.

Though recent protests and riots have been centered around racial tensions with law enforcement, only 17 percent of protesters have been black, while 46 percent are white, 22 percent are Hispanic, and eight percent are Asian.

Recent protest attendees are more racially and ethnically diverse, younger than Americans overall, by Amanda Barroso and Rachel Minkin, Pew Research, June 24, 2020

I’ll admit I suffer from a mental block here, though. I simply can’t connect with the narrative about blacks being oppressed by White Privilege. Black Americans seem to me to be the spoiled, pampered pets of our nation. For decades they’ve been accumulating favoritism, preferences, and privileges.

Black nonentities are wafted up effortlessly into positions of authority on thermals of white guilt. We just recently had a two-term black President with blacks well-represented in his cabinet: Attorneys General, DHS, Education, & Transportation Secretaries, U.N. Ambassador, …

Law enforcement? An actual majority of police chiefs who show up on TV news segments are black. Black perps are given endless breaks by the criminal-justice system—103, in one recent case locally.

Our courts are choc-full—I think that’s the right expression—of black judges, black DAs, and black prosecutors pushing for anti-white outcomes.

Some of the worst rioting this month was in Minnesota. The Attorney General of that state is a black Muslim Social Justice Warrior.

Oppression? Excuse me?

And as much as black lives may matter to white protestors, they don’t seem to matter much to actual blacks, judging by the stupendous black homicide rate — at least eight times the white rate, and most of the victims themselves being black. In the last week of June, six children were killed by gunshot in Chicago. Of the three identified in news stories, two—ages three and one—were black, the third, ten years old, was Hispanic.

Nobody, black or white, seems to care much. The mob only comes out screeching “Black Lives Matter!” when a white person can be blamed. The sentiment here is not pro-black; it’s anti-white—anti-those other whites—all the way down.

Elite overproduction?

A reader asks me what I think of biologist Peter Turchin’s cliometric theory about elite overproduction leading to intra-elite conflict.

Ten years ago Turchin published an article predicting that matters would come to a head for the U.S.A. in 2020. As historical predictions go, that is remarkably accurate, and Turchin’s been getting a lot of attention recently.

Yes, the theory seems plausible, although I admit I haven’t yet chewed through all the quantitative stuff.

One thing nags at me, though. If the true conflict here is among under-employed, over-educated elites, why do the protestors all come across as so durn stupid? If I am an over-educated Humanities major in despair of ever paying off my student loans, shouldn’t I know who Ulysses S. Grant was? Why would I want to pull down his statue?

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The protestors all come across as so dumb: chanting their stale, coarse, meaningless slogans: “No justice, no peace! … Black lives matter! … ACAB! FTP!” They seem not to be able to utter a complete sentence without an f-word in it. The females are screechy and hysterical: all emotion, no reason. Their targeting of statues looks random.

I get Turchin’s point about intra-elite conflict. If these protestors are representative of our elite—or candidate-elite—classes, though, all I can say is: God help us!

Atheist humor

One of the dumbest proposals in this ocean of dumbery has been to remove the statue of the Roman Emperor Constantine that stands outside York Minster, the Anglican cathedral that graces the city of York, in the North of England.

The advertised grounds for the proposal are, according to the Daily Mail, “complaints about [Constantine’s] links to the slave trade.” That makes it sound as though the Emperor was supervising the transportation of blacks across the Atlantic to the New World … in the fourth century a.d. Probably the illiterate morons who are driving this current wave of iconoclasm think that he actually was doing so. I doubt the average BLM activist could place the Roman Empire in the correct millennium.

It’s true that slavery was a fundamental feature of Rome’s society and economy. It wasn’t particularly race-based, though, and the Romans, who certainly knew about blacks, seem not to have nursed any strong feelings one way or the other about them. I dare say if you’d asked a Roman, he would have agreed that yes! Black Lives Matter!

Constantine’s connection with York is, that he happened to be in that city campaigning against the Picts of what is now Scotland when his father died and the legions proclaimed Constantine Emperor. The reason for his statue being at the Minster is, that he was the first Roman Emperor to embrace Christianity.

Bertrand Russell got a quip out of this. He was appointed Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York in 1940. Before he could take up the position, though, church leaders in the city, Catholic and Protestant both, demanded that the appointment be annulled on the grounds that Russell was “alien and immoral.” He was an atheist and a freethinker, and had expounded his views in books. There was an almighty fuss, and the appointment was annulled at last.

Russell reacted thus:

Old York was the first place where Christianity was the State religion, and it was there that Constantine assumed the purple. Perhaps New York will be the last place to have this honour.

Cute: but he was playing fast and loose with the dates there. It’s true that Constantine was proclaimed Emperor at York, and it’s true that he embraced Christianity. The second thing happened thirty years after the first, though, when Constantine was on his deathbed in present-day Turkey, seventeen hundred miles from York. It was a merely personal conversion, too; Christianity didn’t formally become the state religion of Rome until the Edict of Thessalonica in a.d. 380, forty-three years after Constantine’s death.

As anti-religious quips go, however, it’s not bad; although it doesn’t compare with Russell’s brilliant aphorism on the Ten Commandments. They are, he said, like an examination paper: “Three only to be attempted.”

Back to church

That’s a neat segue to my own church’s reopening on June 21st after thirteen weeks of no services.

I was curious to see how many congregants would show up. Having tasted the delights of lying in bed late Sunday morning, would some portion give up their weekly devotions for good?

I was pleased and encouraged to see that attendance was normal for an ordinary Sunday: around thirty in the pews. That’s probably a thin crowd by Bible Belt megachurch standards; but for suburban New York Protestants, it’s not bad.

Everyone seemed happy to be there, though of course we were all told to practice social distancing. There was a good stirring sermon from a visiting pastor (our regular guy quit in March, pre-pandemic) and it was like old times, except for all the face masks. At this point, I’ll take whatever measure of normality I can get.

Revolutionary esthetics

One thing to hate—one of many—about the woke revolutionaries is the ugliness they generate.

Just look at the graffiti they spray everywhere, ugly in both form and content. The f-word is universal; they can’t speak or spray for long without it. At this point I’d vote for a Constitutional Amendment making public use of the f-word a federal crime, minimum sentence ten years.

Revolutionary movements can turn up some decent esthetics. We giggle now at the Socialist Realism of the Soviets; but as Darren Beattie has pointed out, the creators of that artwork were at least adults with some rigorous training in depiction of the human form (as of course were the sculptors of those fine statues and monuments the woke mob is merrily pulling down).

The esthetic of our current revolution is nothing like that. Visually, it is the formless scrawling of uneducated children; aurally, it is the obscene shrieking of crazed fanatics. Beauty and clarity of speech are counter-revolutionary—not who we are!

Life in Jim Snow America

We are trading in civilization for barbarism, reason for superstition, the prefrontal cortex for the reptilian brain stem. Sometimes the boundary line is plain to see.

Listen to this. An older white guy (WG) was walking his dog, and a bicycle, along a footpath. The louder voice here—recording the event from his smartphone—is a younger black guy (BG) who seems to have thought the white guy was in his way.

BG: … keep on rollin’. I from L.A, bitch. Bes’ keep on rollin’.

WG: [Unintelligible]

BG: I’n give a f***. I’n [unintelligible] You wanna knock my a** up? Knock my a**, I’m right here.

WG: [Unintelligible]

BG: Knock my a** up! Do it right now! Do it right now, bitch!

WG: Why d’you want to do that? Huh? I was way over here. I was giving you all kinds of …

BG: No you wasn’t. You was in the f***in’ way! An’ you jus’ starin’ at me, like, like: “Get the f*** out the way! I don’t wanna see your bitch a**, get the f*** out the way!”

WG: You’re walking on the street like this …

BG: Yeah, cause move! You in the f***in’ way! People gotta walk here. Stupid a**!

WG: Are you kidding me?

BG: Yeah, I’m kiddin you. I’ll knock your f***in’ a** up! [Unintelligible] there’s gonna be some trouble!

WG: You’re pretty violent.

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BG: Yeah, I am violent. Thass … I’m a f***in’ fighter, I’m a f***in’ f***in’ boxer an’ s**t. You got here I’m a f***in’ [unintelligible]. You wanna step over, you say you gonna knock my a** up, I wish yo’ a** would! Cause I’ll jab yo’ a** in the f***in’ throat an’ the f***in’ nose, so you’ll be bloody all over the f***in’ place.

WG: [Unintelligible]

BG: [Unintelligible] me if you want, li’l bitch.

Just another everyday encounter in Jim Snow America. If that white guy’s house hasn’t been burned down yet, Black Lives Matter are off their game.

But again, the thing that gets my attention is the crudeness and ugliness of the black guy’s diction and vocabulary. This is not the speech of a rational human being; this is the barking of a wild animal.

Cultural appropriation conundrums

Watching TV—yeah, I still do that—I sometimes catch a commercial for Shriners Hospitals for children—for children, that is, with various kinds of disabilities. The commercials are well-made and appealing, and these hospitals seem to be doing great things on behalf of unfortunate kids.

I have no argument with any of that. God bless the Shriners for their good works; send them a donation if you can.

One thing I wonder about, though. Some of the hospital orderlies in those commercials are shown wearing a fez. That’s a Shriners thing, apparently, and has been since 1872.

How is this not cultural appropriation? The fez was the standard headgear of the later Ottoman Empire; so much so that when Atatürk took over post-WW1 Turkey with a strong program of Europeanization and de-Ottomanization, he banned public wearing of the fez. At least 13 people were executed for protesting the ban.

One of the most interesting figures opposing the “Hat Law” was Iskilipli Mehmed Âtif Hodja, an Islamic scholar who made a name for himself in Istanbul’s Darü’l-fünun Divinity School. In an influential pamphlet, “The Imitation of the West and the Hat,” he argued that it was absurd for Muslims to try to dress like Westerners. Mehmed Âtif’s pamphlet was seen as particularly toxic by state officials who gave orders to detain the scholar immediately. In December 1925 he was arrested and sent to an Independence Tribunal. During his inquisition, Mehmed Âtif was pressured to repent for his views and at the end of his two-day long trial he was sentenced to death by hanging.

Turkey’s Glorious Hat Revolution, by Kaya Genç, LA Reveiw Of Books, November 11, 2013

Given this rather fraught cultural history behind the fez, how are the Shriners still getting away with it?

Or … wait a minute: Maybe Atatürk’s Hat Law, his imposing European dress on his subjects, maybe that was the act of cultural appropriation. Perhaps the Shriners’ continuing attachment to the fez could be seen as taking a stand for Ottoman cultural authenticity!

I’m too much a deep-in-the-bone reactionary to figure this stuff out. If anyone more woke can enlighten me, I’ll appreciate it.

Cowboy fiction

Another casualty in the current Down With the Four Olds! frenzy is movie actor John Wayne. The airport named after him in southern California should be renamed, says an editorial in the Los Angles Times, in order to “help Orange County confront its racist past.” Wayne’s offense is some opinions about race he uttered aloud in a 1971 interview with Playboy magazine.

The Great and the Good (although not, at least as of June 29th, President Trump) are piling on. The probability has to be that the Duke will soon be unpersoned, or at least unairported.

Paul Kersey has a summary of Wayne’s thoughtcrimes, with a link to the full Playboy interview, over at AmRen. The opinions Wayne expressed were commonplace at the time, shared by tens of millions of his fellow Americans. Probably they are still widespread, although nowadays you will lose your job if you voice them out loud. Sample: “I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility.”

John Wayne’s particular case aside, the figure he personified—the cowboy of the old West—is offensive to Progressive sensibilities all by itself for its shameless whiteness and toxic masculinity. All the more reason for us dissidents to celebrate it any way we can.

If it’s cowboy movies you want, Criterion has a good selection.

I’m more of a book person than a movie person, so I’ve been doing my bit for the cowboy cause by reading Jack Schaefer’s 1963 novel Monte Walsh in a good sturdy paperback edition from the University of New Mexico Press, gifted to me by a friend. (Thanks, pal!)

The novel’s structure is plain and straightforward in the true cowboy spirit: nineteen episodes in chronological order about the life of the title character, a cowboy born in 1856. It’s beautifully done, by a natural writer. At month’s end I am in the penultimate episode. The tone of the story is turning elegiac as modernity creeps over the western ranges, automobiles appear, and cowboy skills, cowboy lifestyle, cowboy culture are slipping into irrelevance.

I didn’t recognize the author’s name. Then, reading the book’s back cover, I saw that Schaefer also wrote Shane, from which a movie was made in 1953. I saw that movie the following year at the BAOR base where my brother was stationed in Düsseldorf, Germany. I can’t truthfully say I remember much about the movie, only that I enjoyed it at the time, and that my two-years-older sister developed a crush on Alan Ladd.

So now I’ve had two encounters with Jack Schaefer, 66 years apart. Life closes round on itself in circles …

Math Corner

I mentioned Bertrand Russell back there. Here is what he had to say about math in 1919.

Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty—a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show.

Here, by way of contrast, is part of an interview with Lily Khadjavi, editor of the 2019 book Mathematics for Social Justice: Resources for the College Classroom. The full interview is in the June/July 2020 issue of Focus, newsmagazine of the Mathematical Association of America.

Mathematics often has this aura of objectivity (accompanied by a good dose of irrelevance to the daily concerns of people), around it, and I think many mathematicians really like this. But then we also like to remind people that whatever we do today might someday be useful, so they should keep supporting our “useless” mathematics. I think we need to be a bit more upfront about our obligations as mathematicians.

Most of our immediate impact on this world as academic mathematicians is through our teaching. And our students are concerned about a lot of things going on in the world right now. We like to think that we value truth. And the truth is that math does play a role in many social issues. We do our students a great disservice if we do not teach that.

I really don’t like the 21st century very much.

For distraction, here is something from the 17th.

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Antoine Gombaud was a French gent of that era, and a gambler. Knowing that the chance of getting a six on one roll of a die is one-sixth, he figured that the chance of getting a six on four rolls is four times one-sixth, which is two-thirds. Betting even money that he’d get a six in four rolls would therefore be a nice little earner.

So it proved. Gombaud’s math was actually wrong; but it was wrong in the right direction, so to speak, and he came out ahead.

Thus encouraged, he cooked up a new game. The chance of getting a pair of sixes on a roll of two dice is, he figured (correctly) one-thirty-sixth. On twenty-four rolls of a dice pair, therefore, the chance of getting at least one pair of sixes should be twenty-four times one-thirty-sixth—two-thirds again!

Gombaud’s math was wrong again; but this time it was wrong in the wrong direction. Betting evens on this new game, he couldn’t stay ahead.

He grumbled about this in 1654 to Blaise Pascal, a real first-rank mathematician. Pascal kicked it around in some correspondence with Pierre Fermat, another of the same. Out of their correspondence emerged foundations for the modern Theory of Probability.

A nice bit of mathematical folklore. But where did Gombaud go wrong in his math?

(Republished from VDare by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. One thing nags at me, though. If the true conflict here is among under-employed, over-educated elites, why do the protestors all come across as so durn stupid?

    Oh, come now, Mr. Derbyshire! Have you spent much time on a university campus lately? There’s a lot less “this is library” and a whole lot more 140-character tweets about “offensive”, than back in our day(s).

    What does being “educated” have to do with one’s level of stupidity these days?

  2. Mr. Derbyshire, you know this is gonna continue until I get through your always enjoyable monthly political diary.

    I know you’ve been here a while, as evidenced by your fairly good job on the translation of that short, uhh, film clip. However, I can’t see how any music-loving real American could leave out Steely Dan here? What, too soon?

    No I’m never gonna do it
    without the fez on, oh no.
    That’s what I am, please understand.
    I wanna be your holy man.

    See what I mean, they just don’t write songs like this today …

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
  3. songbird says:

    It’s funny how John Wayne’s comment is considered so offensive, when it is formulated in an essentially bank-slatist way, evoking education.

  4. Charlotte says:

    As westerns go, I am very partial to Ralph Cotton’s The Life and Times of Jeston Nash series, which begins midway through the Civil War. The first novel actually contains both the beginning and the end of the series; the other five take place between the events described in While Angels Dance. They were hard to find, but are in print again. The main character is a fictional cousin of Jesse James, a farm boy turned accidental outlaw who becomes a Confederate bushwhacker, horse thief, and bagman for the James gang. Cotton is a pretty fine writer when he tries, and all six of the novels, which don’t need to be read in order, are quite good. Killers of Man and Powder River are my favorites, though. Cotton has a knack for memorable dialogue, and sense of life’s absurdity and pathos that elevates his work well above a simple adventure novel, though these are definitely that, too.

    • Thanks: Achmed E. Newman
  5. I’ll admit I suffer from a mental block here, though. I simply can’t connect with the narrative about blacks being oppressed by White Privilege.

    If America was truly a nation of systematic, institutional oppression of blacks and persons of colour, would it have any, much less perennial problems with them?

  6. R.C. says:

    This is not the speech of a rational human being; this is the barking of a wild animal.

    Well thought. Well presented.
    As re, ” But where did Gombaud go wrong in his math?” Answer: At the very beginning.
    R.C.

  7. https://www.amren.com/news/2020/07/what-if-we-treated-confederate-symbols-the-way-we-treated-the-defeated-nazis/

    But if anything was ‘nazi-like’ or ‘holocaust-like’ about American History, it was the ‘genocide’ of the American Indians. And that was spearheaded more by the North than the South. So, erase the American Flag and all those who pushed for Manifest Destiny, the lebensraum of Americanism. Another thing that was Nazi-like was the Zionist ‘genocide’ of Palestinians, and that was done with the support of the US. So, erase all Stars of David and Israeli flags as ‘hate symbols’.

    • Replies: @Feryl
    , @syonredux
  8. How much of what’s been happening is random trouble-making by young people with not much prospect of well-paid employment and way too much time on their hands? As opposed to deliberately staged, managed, or encouraged by organizations trying to influence the November election?

    Seen from afar, it looks like 100.001:1 (100.001 domestic / 1 foreign).

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  9. SafeNow says:

    “the crudeness and ugliness of the black guy’s diction and vocabulary. This is not the speech of a rational human being; this is the barking of a wild animal.”

    I tried ”barking” once, and it worked, while other methods failed. This was on a group tour to Silk Road countries. Whenever the tour bus pulled-up to the night’s hotel, the luggage was unloaded to the curb. The luggage was immediately seized by local opportunists, waiting for us to arrive at the luggage, and accompany the opportunist while he carried the luggage into the hotel, and then demanded his tip. I preferred to carry my own suitcase (long story) but verbal methods failed, and a tug-of-war failed. Our group was especially easy pickings, given our background. Although a very decent fellow, I instinctively tried the following. During the tug-of-war, I loudly shouted “Yuff! Yuff! Yuff!” again and again. The opportunist always released the suitcase, apparently surmising that I was even crazier and cruder than he was, and possibly dangerous.

    Much has been written lately that White civilization is failing because of one trait: Decency. Can it be that it is time to bark?

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  10. @SafeNow

    Much has been written lately that White civilization is failing because of one trait: Decency. Can it be that it is time to bark?

    I’m white – and I know how to bark, I have to say/admit if you want me to, but not in the metaphorical way you are aiming at. I even once made it happen that a poor dog in a Berlin back-yard had been shouted at for misbehavior (=barking) because the owner (yelling down from a third or fourth-floor window thought that my barking came from his own poor dog!

    It’s also quite interesting at times to get dogs confused over the question that there definitely had been a dog barking but no dog could be found – puzzling! – When they look puzzled I love to laugh at them! – Then it happens at times, that they do – – – – bark at me! – – – – Ultimate fun!

  11. botazefa says:
    @SafeNow

    Much has been written lately that White civilization is failing because of one trait: Decency. Can it be that it is time to bark?

    I’ve always been partial to the ‘crazy middle age man’ routine.

    So, to answer your question, Tadpoles! Tadpoles is the winner!

  12. Currahee says:

    So, Mr. D. You have returned to Christ? Is your pastor a homosexual BLM enthusiast?

  13. lloyd says: • Website
    @SafeNow

    That is interesting. I have heard non whites in colonial times considered whites resembled and smelt like dogs. That recalls to me the song from an Indian saying. “Mad dogs and English man.” a white person instinctively reacts to being called a dog, similarly to a coloured person being called a monkey. Maybe in both cases, an unconscious identification. In Chinese cuture, the supreme folk hero is Monkey. I note the black guy in video above called again and again the white guy a bitch. If the white guy had then called the black guy a monkey, all hell would have broken loose, and the white guy would have been lucky to escape with his life. The wolf is the superior genetic version of the dog, and is an idealisation in white culture. I have sometimes speculated black sports people who used to get monkey chants directed at them, should have retaliated by barking back at the crowd. That would have stopped them, I mean the monkey chants.

  14. lloyd says: • Website

    The Africans familiar to the Romans were the Berbers. Their appearance was a more swarthy Mediterranean. Some were quite white. They had their own urban civilisation. They are still around in present North Africa. Terence the comic poet is counted among them and moved in the literary elite circles in Rome. The sub Saharan Africans the Classical civilisations were prejudiced against for their black colour and perceived ugliness. The Roman poet as an example of the poorest slave owner, had him owning a slave from the bottom of the slave market. His description of her would not pass the scrutiny of Zuckerberg’s classics professor sister. I agree the Romans did not practise segregation nor racial ideology against colour.

  15. SafeNow says:

    I recently read a study that sought to find the psychological characteristics of Caucasian men that prompted Asian women to marry them. The results: (1) “Rationality“; and (2) “Egalitarian knighthood.” (Yes, the Wife of Bath’s Tale; Chaucer knew everything.) Certainly Mr. Derb is rational. I would guess he is an Egalitarian Knight. In any event, as I have posted before, our many Asian immigrants here in California have offset, although only partially, the unraveling that has been caused by the zillions who migrated from the South, as the latter are not as fastidious, conscientious, industrious, proficient, or smart.

  16. Exile says:

    Blaming China for any significant portion of the BLM riots is Boomercon-bait. China has a much better case to make re: U.S. covert action in Hong Kong than we do over anything that’s happened in 2020.

    Derb, the Covid chaos and BLM are the fault of a sick and decadent American system that is losing its basic competency (and any sense of ethics or norms). Blaming external enemies for everything that happens here is a vastly outdated mindset.

    As your fellow paleocon Pat Buchanan reminds us in his better writings, the Cold War ended 30 years ago. Please stop helping the fake & gay kosher sandwich “two party” system by promoting this kabuki. Please help make the lives of young people in America today by pointing the finger at the domestic devils who are really responsible for the mess we and much of the world are in.

    • Agree: Daniel H, El Dato
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  17. anon[284] • Disclaimer says:

    But where did Gombaud go wrong in his math?

    Well, when he predicted that you’d have a 117% chance of rolling a 6 if you rolled a 6-sided die seven times in a row.

    I’m fascinated by the story, because calculating the odds for a pair of dice is exactly the same problem as calculating the odds for a single die rolled twice in a row. But according to the story, Gombaud figured the pair correctly while being badly confused about the sequence. Is this actually something that happened?

  18. @Dieter Kief

    Oh, you Europeans and your damn dots in instead of commas for multiples of thousands! Then you go and use the comma instead of a decimal point. Where do you people get off? Is this some scheme like that damn metric system to throw everybody else’s calculations off, so’s you can get the contracts for those circular particle accelerators and stuff?

    (At least you people make correct use of your colons, which is right where you can shove your damned metric system.)

    OK, rant over, and you know I’m joking, Dieter, right? Dieter??

    .

    PS: Mr. Derbyshire, are you assimilated enough to use dots for decimals points and commas to separate multiples of 1,000? Have you been rehabilitated?

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  19. Feryl says: • Website
    @Priss Factor

    But the feather Indians are stoic Asiatics, so they are very poor choices for any movement that wants to seem….Vibrant, compelling, etc. Sub-Saharan blacks are the loudest, albeit often entertaining, racial group. That’s why they’ve dominated racial “narratives” that our various gate keepers (be they Left, Right, or whatever) permit. The Sixties did give some of the spotlight to the American Indian Movement, but that was pretty short-lived. By the late 80’s, blacks were the only “minority” that seemed to exist in American pop-culture (whereas the 1970’s had Bruce Lee and part Asian Tommy Chong as cultural icons, and in 70’s sitcoms we had Asian Pat Morita on Happy Days, and another Asian (Jack Soo) on Barney Miller). That’s been the case ever since, even though Hispanics and to a lesser extent, Asians, have demographically exploded over the last 20-30 years in America.

  20. The math problem is easily figurable by considering the probability of not getting the six on each roll – 5/6. So the probability of not getting a 6 on 4 rolls would be (5/6)^4 = 625/1296 = 0.48. So the probability of a 6 turning up in one of those 4 rolls is therefore 1.00 – 0.48 = 0.52 – or better than even odds.

    Likewise, for the double-sixes with 2 dice: (35/36)^4 = 0.89. So the probability of getting a double-sixes in 4 rolls is only 0.11. It’d take about 25 rolls for favorable odds for that one (ln(1/2)/ln(35/36)).

    • Replies: @blake121666
  21. Russell and Alfred North Whitehead’s fever dreams for a Principia based on mathematics was dashed by 1930, by Kurt Goedel.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  22. Derb,

    Serious question: Given the rising tide of anti-white, anti-conservative violence, why do you and other conservatives such as Ann Coulter still live in the leftist, high-tax s-hole of New York state? You could move anywhere – there are lots of nice conservative areas. Sean Hannity says he is getting out (probably to Florida) as soon as his current Fox contract expires.

    When the s*** hits the fan (and it is obviously starting now), your family may be in danger from the thugs. They are doxing any prominent conservatives they can find. It is easy to find personal information on-line about anyone (they have shown up at Tucker Carlson’s home and Mitch McConnel’s home). Ann has said she has a home in the city and also one in the eqally s-holelarian California. I don’t get it; how can you stand living among morons?

    By the way, for years Neil Gorsuch lived right outside Boulder, Colorado – one of the most elitist leftist towns in the country. The nuts at the Federalist Society apparently didn’t consider that when pushing him to Trump. His recent stupid pro-LGBT ruling is a direct reflection of that. Sorry, but examples like this have me distrusting people who say they are conservative, but live in lefty twit-central.

    All the conservatives like you living in these deep-blue areas is perplexing to me, just as I don’t get how conservatives are now shocked, shocked that two generations of idiots have been produced by the lefty-unionized public education system they have supported. School choice (vouchers and charter schools) should have been a major plank of the Republican platform since the 1970s. And at the same time wealthy conservativs and libertarians (such as multi-millionaire Rush Limbaugh) should have funded their own independent private school systems and universities (as well as news outlets). Only recently has Trump been promoting “school choice.” If the schools produce fools, why are we suprised when the fools riot?

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
  23. syonredux says:
    @Priss Factor

    So, erase the American Flag and all those who pushed for Manifest Destiny, the lebensraum of Americanism.

    That is what is going to happen next. First the soft targets (Confederates), then the demolition of the historic American nation and its symbols. It will be interesting to see which gets toppled first, the Washington Monument or the Jefferson Memorial…..Given the sentiments on display at my campus, I’m putting my money on Jefferson getting the chop. The Woke really, really hate Thomas Jefferson….

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  24. @blake121666

    Oh gheez, I misremembered what you stated: 24 rolls of the dice pair for double sixes.

    The odds of no double sixes after 24 rolls would be (35/36)^24 = 0.51. So the odds of getting a double-six in those 24 rolls would be 0.49 – less than even odds.

    If he had added one more roll he’d be over the break-even mark (just barely at 0.506 odds)!

  25. MEH 0910 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Steely Dan – The Fez | REACTION

  26. @Achmed E. Newman

    Achmed – you haven’t been quite awake yet you hadn’t really opened your eyes – at least that’s my explanation for a major omission of yours since you did not COMPLAIN about my use of the double-dot – – – – – hehe’!

    Here’s the gentle Irish giant Rory Gallagher from – Deuce!

  27. @Fran Macadam

    Russell and Alfred North Whitehead’s fever dreams for a Principia based on mathematics was dashed by 1930, by Kurt Goedel.

    I agree, but wouldn’t it be more accurate this way: Betrand Russel’s and A.N. Whitehead’s hope for a new kind of mathematics – based on principias****?

    **** Principias meaning. something solid nobody could – or even had to – criticise any longer?

    (Just askin’.)

  28. Anonymous[341] • Disclaimer says:

    I have this image in mind of the [ChiCom] Politburo gathering of an evening to binge-watch the latest riot coverage, chuckling and passing around the after-dinner mints and maotai … If the CCP doesn’t have people in place here helping the rioters, whoever’s in charge of ChiCom undercover special ops in North America isn’t doing his job.

    LOL, no!

    The Jews have so much control over the US MSM and its street that there’s simply no way that an outside, non-jewed party, could enter those spaces unnoticed. Maybe a couple of observers but any real action would be like attempting to clandestinely deal drugs in an area where literally every street corner is 24/7 patrolled by dealers from an opposing gang.

  29. Ahhh, this was a quintessential derb diary. A symphony that touched all sides of the mind and soul! Where can you find this sort of entertainment in the mainstream conservative publications?

    • Agree: botazefa, FLgeezer
  30. reezy says:
    @Exile

    Not to mention, there’s an already more established source of funding for the BLM thugs, George Soros and his Open Society.

  31. Regarding the stupid antifa and blms: the author confuses stupid or genetically low iq with ignorant. The two are correlated, but not necessarily, especially with the current state of the educational system, which is part of the motive behind dumbing down the educational system to begin with. Also, the would-be elites are not the foot soldiers on the ground, but the organizers behind the scenes who may in fact be too smart to let themselves be filmed doing public mayhem.

  32. @syonredux

    No, it won’t happen because Jews rule the US, and Jews are all for Mass-Immigration. So, Jews cannot allow American Indian Narrative to loom too large.
    Jews push Negro Cult to push Jungle Fever & Jungle Faith on whites. And they push Immigration-Diversity to play divide and rule over goyim.

    If anything, it was anti-immigrationist whites in the late 19th century and 2oth century who began to change the Narrative of American Indians from red savages to Noble Warriors who fought bravely and honorably. But Hollywood preferred the eliminationist narrative of most Westerns because they were for more immigration. While anti-immigrationist whites were beginning to feel more sympathy for Indians, pro-immigrationist Jews and others were pushing the anti-Indian narrative.

    Anti-immigrationist whites believed that whites did create a great nation and also that the savage Indians had to be conquered and replaced. But they still respected the Indians as proud warriors who fought for blood and soil. So, to some degree, they were seeing themselves as the New Indians IF ENDLESS IMMIGRATION were to take over America. They too would be pushed off the land.

    It’s too bad that American Indians turned out to be a rather stolid and quiet people. Had they been more like Jews, Italians, or Greeks in personality, they would have never stopped talking. They would have pushed and pushed to stop further more immigration and promote an Americanism that is essentially a fusion of American Indian and White narratives. “Okay, you pale face beat us and built a rich nation, but we were here first, so you gotta hear us out and end immigration and keep this country for us two peoples, Indians and whites.” With whites having the power but with Indians having good deal of moral authority, the US might essentially been a White-Indian enterprise. But Indians just hit the bottle, hunkered down, and played dumb. Those who don’t talk don’t shape the future.

    So, even though the only ‘holocaust’ that should be honored in the US is the ‘genocide’ of the American Indians, it was the chutzpah Jews who erected the Holocaust Museum in the Mall despite the fact that Shoah didn’t happen in the US and was not done by Americans.

    Therefore, the future of America wasn’t a White-Indian partnership with whites in lead but Jewish-White partnership with Jews in lead(and with nothing but contempt for whitey).

    • Replies: @syonredux
  33. Dan Hayes says:
    @Hank Reardon

    More important than where Gorsuch lived (or lives) was with whom he was/is living with! Mrs Alito and Mrs Thomas are living proofs of this dictum!

  34. syonredux says:
    @Priss Factor

    No, it won’t happen because Jews rule the US, and Jews are all for Mass-Immigration. So, Jews cannot allow American Indian Narrative to loom too large.

    Nah. You’re forgetting how this is done. Settlers (I.e., the people who fought the Amerinds and settled the West) are bad but immigrants are good. So, stuff like the Jefferson Memorial has gotta go, but the Statue of Immigration gets to stay.

    As for the BIPOC noticing that Israel has settlers, that’s where you apply the old carrot-and-stick one-two. Good BIPOC who stay on message (White cis-het Christians are the enemy) get the carrot (invites to fancy dinners, cushy affirmative action jobs, big money grants from foundations, etc), but uppity BIPOC (ones who start talking about touchy Jewish-related topics) get the stick. So far it’s worked pretty well. Look at Spike Lee. He’s learned his lesson and now makes movies where heroic Jews work side-by-side with Blacks to smash the Klan.

  35. Truth3 says:

    US Grant’s statue had to come down because he kicked the Jews out of Western Tennessee in Mr. Lincoln’s War.

  36. jcuz says:

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/us-population-growth-has-been-driven-exclusively-by-minorities/ar-BB16kTl6

    “If the data are confirmed by the 2020 census that’s underway, the decade after 2010 would be the first one since the first population count was taken in 1790 that the White population didn’t grow..”

    Doesn’t this say it all? No self-confidence, no reproduction … no one to blame but ourselves.

  37. Please explain. I thought Derbyshire was an atheist. What’s he doing in church?

    • Replies: @silviosilver
  38. …A nice bit of mathematical folklore. But where did Gombaud go wrong in his math?’

    I’m still waiting for a decent answer to this…

    I expressed the problem back in high school when I submitted a test question for extra credit that went, ‘If a die is rolled six times, what are the odds one will roll at least one six?’

    Fairly obviously, one has to look at the odds of not rolling the six any of the times — but why, I’m not sure.

  39. @Leon Haller

    Faking it while enjoying the cultural benefits? It can feel good to reconnect with your culture even if you’re not a true believer, so why not? That’s what I do on the few occasions I can bother to attend.

  40. Forbes says:

    Clint Eastwood’s 1985 Pale Rider is an excellent retelling of the Shane story line, and the highest grossing Western of the 1980s.

    • Replies: @Truth
  41. Truth says:
    @Forbes

    It’s going to end up being the highest grossing film of the 20’s also.

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