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    From The Guardian: 'White supremacy': popular knitting website Ravelry bans support for Trump Administrators take action to ensure site ‘is inclusive of all’ Stephanie Convery @gingerandhoney Sun 23 Jun 2019 Ravelry is banning users from expressing support for the US president One of the biggest knitting websites in the world, which claims to have more...
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    The single rib stitch is formed by alternating Trump and Pence stitches to the end of each row, and creates a fabric which is stretchy and textured. You will see it in knitting patterns as T1, P1 (Trump one, Pence one), or often if the rib is 2 stitches wide, T2, P2.Apr 9, 2019

    Boy O Boy, wait till the 4chan guys see this.

    At least you are trying weave some some connection between politics and knitting.

    Practicing good manners seems to have become more difficult. It’s easy to get along with a wide range of people if you just don’t talk about politics or religion while you are doing something else of common interest.

    Wouldn’t Ravelry be better off as a business if it just enforced posting rules that encouraged participants to stay on topic?

    I was sitting with the other parents at a LL baseball game a few weeks ago. After the unnecessary National Anthem ritual one parent started off on how she had such mixed feeling about standing for it while Donald Trump was president. I live in a very progressive town that went 80% to 20% for Hillary. She made a safe political statement there. Even so, I could see the grimaces on the faces of the other parents. There were nods of agreement immediately followed by change-the-subject quips.
    “Anybody want something from the snack bar?”, “This umpire is OK, the last one had a wild strike zone.”

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    Good point.

    But the problem arises when knitting groups et al feel/are compelled to start dabbling in the "diversity and inclusion" business. It's then politics galore. At least the Soviets, Nazis, etc were upfront and put a political officer in every business and on every board; now we have this regulatory burden hovering over everyone with punishment randomly swooping in from afar to make you bake a cake, etc which in many ways is much worse.
  • Yesterday, we heard from the New York Times about how awesome it is that Toronto's all-conquering Diverse New People are rejecting Canada's traditional white-bread sport of hockey for basketball. Today, at a victory ceremony for its basketball franchise, Toronto got to enjoy its new vibrant American-style culture: Toronto's official motto, added to the new coat...
  • My spectator sport of choice is baseball. I grew up playing baseball, my boy plays baseball, I coached Little League baseball for 3 years. I gave some pennies and a few nickles into it.

    How do you watch that sport you like? Enjoy it, but try not to look at it vicariously. If Dodgers win a game, the Dodgers won the game, not you the fan.

    Here’s a short read on the topic.

    https://www.mikematheny.com/sites/default/files/docs/MathenyManifesto.pdf

  • From the NYT opinion page: For a different perspective, I met a guy once who went to Westminster, the London "public" (private) school that's on the grounds of Westminster Abbey. According to him, it is Eton/Harrow, but for ric
  • Everyone may not succeed, but at least in theory all of us could.

    Succeed at what? Alfie, for example, has an unusually high skill at arguing with himself. But this has no value to anyone but himself. At 14 I could masturbate 14 times in one day. Is there a Phillip Roth Memorial Award for this feat?

    Competing with others gives you feedback on what you are, and you are not, good at doing in relation to how well others do at the same task.

    I’m pretty good at math, for example. I am also OK with hands-on work (see above). But even with the best efforts of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I don’t write well.

    So I am a good technician. I am not denying the world or myself anything while I make a living doing what I’m naturally good at.

    Telling a kid “You can do anything you set your mind to” is evil advice. I’m gonna guess that most adults who say such nonsense don’t have kids or spend much time with them. The Wokes are gonna eventually but heads with teachers. While teachers are on their on their side now, for financial reasons, this cannot last.

  • That's classic. The only thing better would have been if Will had announced:
  • I’ve been reading George F Will’s columns since the 80s and have mixed reactions to him. Like many conservatives he very good at pointing out the flaws in liberalism but doesn’t do so well at defending conservatism. He’s been posting red flags on this for decades.

    He’s OK with the designated hitter in American League baseball. This take some big strategy decisions out of a close game in favor a fan pleasing home run hitter. The DH rule sucks. But then he doesn’t like the focus on home runs in modern baseball either.

    He was horrified by Jason Richwine’s research on latinos’ lackluster success in America but had no data of his own to rebut it.

    He likes to inform us that California, for example, has long history of producing influential Republican governors but doesn’t seem to grasp that replacing the population of California might have some effect on this trend. California has magic dirt. (Is “magic dirt” a Sailerism? If so, it is the best. It’s better than “Invade the World, Invite the World” for its subtlety. I could safely wear a “Magic Dirt” t-shirt here in CA)

    Ever since Trump called him “overrated” he’s been nuts, at once complaining about Trump’s coarseness and then calling everyone who endorses a Trump policy a lapdog.

    I do hold admiration for Will in regards to the way he treats his son Jon, who is afflicted with Down’s syndrome. Early pregnancy testing and abortion is making the Jon’s of this world disappear without a trace. They are easier to deal with if you have some money, but it’s hard no matter what.

    • Replies: @Lot
    The dirt is magic in one sense: any able-bodied young man can magically see his labor go from 50 cents an hour in India/Honduras to $16+ in the bay area. And rent isn’t that bad if you live dorm style 4 or 6 to a bedroom.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    The DH rule sucks.
     
    It isn't baseball. It's football.

    American football, that is. In association football, as in real baseball, once you're out of the game, you're out of the game.
    , @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan
    Bill James, a real baseball analyst, has been lambasting the DH rule for decades.

    And he's right.

    It's a ridiculous rule.

    They have a position for large, relatively slow guys who are on the team just to hit. It's called "first base." Learn to field a ground ball, Big Papi.
  • I'd like to welcome Speaker Pelosi's House of Representatives to the Official Family of Go-To iSteve Content Generators, along with the New York Times. From today's House resolution, which started out having something to do with Rep. Ilhan Omar but predictably wound up alerting America to the ever-present White Guy Menace. This House resolution is...
  • If I catch any flak I’ll tell people it’s a statute of Simon Bolivar or some other PC conquistador.

    There are many parks and streets in the LA area named after Simon Bolivar. I was working on a municipal pump station located at a park named after him just this Tuesday. I have been working there on and off for about a year now. Not a historian, but while waitin’ on others, I got curious about the park’s handle.

    No, Simon Bolivar will be thrown under the bus too some day soon. He seems to be a full blooded Spanish aristocrat with libertarian political leanings. I do not have room for two statues.

    All parks and streets in the LA area will one day be named after Rigoberta Menchu.

    This will greatly simplify navigation. You will always be where you want to go.

  • Whereas on August 11 and 12, 2017, self-identified neo-Confederates, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klansmen held white supremacist events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they marched on a synagogue under the Nazi swastika, engaged in racist and anti-Semitic demonstrations and committed brutal and deadly violence against peaceful Americans;

    So whatever happened to that Robert E. Lee statue this was all about? Last news I can find is that it was covered with a shroud. A shroud!

    http://www.charlottesville.org/departments-and-services/departments-h-z/procurement-and-risk-management/bids-and-proposals/current-projects

    I don’t see a contract out to remove it, or maybe that’s already been done.

    I don’t want it, but it would be quite a conversation piece on my suburban LA front lawn. I’ve had a hard time getting to know most of my neighbors.

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666

    I don’t want it, but it would be quite a conversation piece on my suburban LA front lawn. I’ve had a hard time getting to know most of my neighbors.
     
    I like the way you think. I am setting up an ebay alert right now in case it hits the market. If you don't outbid me, I am sure I can buy it for a song (although delivery will be a bitch). If I catch any flak I'll tell people it's a statute of Simon Bolivar or some other PC conquistador. Californians would never know the difference anyway.
  • From the Washington Post: To be precise, ethnicity in Miami is a good predictor of where most of your recent ancestors came from (e.g., Cuba or Brooklyn), while race is a good predictor of where most of your distant ancestors came from (e.g., Europe/Mediterranean or West Africa). The latter, race, turns out to correlate more...
  • I have met a handful black Mexican men. I meet them because they are technicians of some sort with whom I work. (Small sample size with the constraint that they have some technical competence.) They are practical, honest, and have a strong work ethic like other Mexican men of the same station.

    They are culturally Mexican and can stay that way in Los Angeles where Mexican culture is pervasive. Afro-Caribbean culture might not be as positive.

  • From the New York Post this afternoon: Like I said last night, this one sounds so absurd that maybe it will turn out to be true, and we'll hear about it endlessly for the next 64 years, like we hear about Emmett Till every week these days. From the Boston Herald:
  • I’ll go with choice ‘D’ out of probability, as in “I stopped by a store near MacArthur Park last night to buy a present for my wife”. Or, “I pulled off the 110 freeway at Gage to get some gas.” How about “I needed to piss so bad after a long drive I pulled into Griffith Park to use the restroom”?

    Sorry, these are LA references, but same thing to anywhere.

  • The Washington Post issues a correction to its influential story that claimed that leftist activist Nathan Phillips fought in the Vietnam War: In defense of Nathan Phillips, he was too young to serve in Vietnam. Also, my impression is that he hasn't exactly claimed to have fought in Vietnam, just to have served in "Vietnam...
  • My pop was a WWII vet. He joined US Army’s Air Corp in late 1944 in preference over getting drafting. He was sent to Yuma Arizona and trained to be a B17 radio operator and technician.
    He was never shipped overseas or saw combat. He was always very honest about this. We had family members and friends of those did go into the meat grinder. He knew he lucked out.

    But I read Unbroken, the story of Louis Zamperini’s survival, a few years ago. Laura Hildebrand describes the aviation technology in gruesome detail. The airplanes were so poorly built that there was a period where there were more lives were lost just test flying and moving them to the war zone than in combat.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    America's WWII death toll from non-combat air crashes was in the tens of thousands, including Carole Lombard and Glenn Miller.
    , @Alden
    I read unbroken, horrible story
    , @Captain Tripps

    The airplanes were so poorly built that there was a period where there were more lives were lost just test flying and moving them to the war zone than in combat.
     
    Calculated trade-off; it was industrial war taken to the logical conclusion. Build airframes "just good enough" to get out the door and into the fight as quickly as possible, so Uncle Sam could bring his resource-rich weight to bear in men and material against enemies who could not scale as quickly. We got better as the war went on and realized it was very costly to train good pilots and lose them just like that.

    Of course, just as applicable to the ground and water combat domains. The Sherman was a mass produced "just-so" tank that did ok in overwhelming numbers against much better German tanks with bigger guns, but at a heavy price in American tankers' lives spent. Also, read about the hard lessons we had to learn about our ship designs and naval combat training in late 1942 as our cruisers kept getting blown out of the water by Japanese Long Lance torpedoes around Guadalcanal; we had a real intelligence deficit about actual Japanese capabilities vs their perceived capabilities, and we lost 4,000+ sailors in 90 days around the island fending off Japanese attempts to push us off. We also rushed the "destroyer escort" design into production, which was basically a fast civ transport vessel with some 5 inch guns and aluminum foil for armor on the topside because we really needed escort ships for all the big carriers coming off the line.
    , @Jack D

    The airplanes were so poorly built that there was a period where there were more lives were lost just test flying and moving them to the war zone than in combat.
     
    Building the massive bomber and fighter fleet that we built in a few short years was an incredible undertaking (one that I doubt that it almost unimaginable today - in the case of the F-35, development started in 1992, first flight was 14 years later and introduction was another decade). The US entered the war with open cockpit biplanes and ended it with pressurized multi-engine bombers and jets. And we were turning these aircraft out by the tens of thousands. And not only did we have to quickly develop and build these things but we had to quickly train thousands of men who had never so much as set foot in an airplane before to fly them. And flying these crude but powerful monsters was no small feat, even if you weren't being shot at. There were a million ways that you could screw up and kill yourself and your crew, especially since there was pressure to fly in bad weather, etc. Or the aircraft could catch on fire or suffer some mechanical failure even if you did everything right. Winning the war was the priority, safety was a lesser consideration. It was just accepted that a lot of people were going to die along the way.
    , @Anonymous
    The B-17 was kind to its crews. It was built like a tank and regularly came home after taking damage that would have destroyed any other aircraft, especially the B-24.

    The B-24 in fact was a death trap. It had long thin wings that were prone to snapping if they took the slightest damage, and getting out of a plane with one wing was usually impossible due to the high G-forces. Guys would just be pinned to the walls until they hit the ground.
    , @AnotherDad

    Laura Hildebrand describes the aviation technology in gruesome detail. The airplanes were so poorly built that there was a period where there were more lives were lost just test flying and moving them to the war zone than in combat.
     
    Disagree. In aircraft, the US did pretty well. Sure, development and production were rushed, and some particular planes had their particular issues, but overall a good job.

    The issue--that people forget today--is that flying is inherently dangerous. People don't perceive that now, because of the incredible engineering and training that has gone into making air transport safe and routine even in bad weather. But even post-War with quality, non-rushed aircraft, crashes were routine. (When I was a kid, American pilots flew a new perfectly functioning 727 into the Ohio river bluff below the Cincinnati airport. Not--I believe--an early attempt to take out Covington Catholic's MAGA-hatted fascists, just pilot inattention/confusion.) During the war, you had massive numbers of brand new pilots with all the vicissitudes of flying--plus people shooting at you. But the aircraft often did well. Early on we lost B-17 aircrews over Europe like crazy. But the planes actually handled battle damage surprisingly well, a number of planes managed to fly back with incredible damage.

    Two really appalling US weapons failures i know about:

    -- Sticking with the M4 (Sherman) and not rolling out the M26 (Pershing). It was caused by McNair's ideological--war fighting doctrine--opposition, plus Patton's "i'll win because i'm Patton" pomposity. Everyone else--the Germans, Russians, British--were rushing forward in the tank arms race while the US had it's thumb up its ass. The result, when we actually confronted the Germans--with Panthers--in France, was a debacle costing thousands of US tankers. Only because we had complete air superiority, were grinding down their production from the air and their personel was depleted form years of war, did we prevail. (When as the debacle unfolded, the M26 was finally pushed forward and when it arrived it was very effective competitive with the Panther.)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M26_Pershing

    -- The Mark14 torpedo--more specifically the detonator. We went into the war with a torpedo that ran deep and didn't actually fulfill the core torpedo mission of actually ... exploding! The scale of this debacle is un-appreciated. It took submarine skipper after skipper coming back and relaying the same story of torpedos going under ships or hitting with a distinct "thud" and not exploding for the Navy ordinance guys to get moving and fix it. A big part of the blame here though goes to Roosevelt/Democrats. Despite all the depression "pump priming" and his lust to get the US into the war, Roosevelt/Congress hadn't actually funded the Navy's R+D adequately to even do stuff like adequately test their torpedos.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_14_torpedo#Controversy
  • Willie Brown was the speaker of the California Assembly and then when term limited out of that job became mayor of San Francisco. The man is a political prodigy. With the demographics of 2020 he might well have been elected President in, say, 1992. Of course, back then, America could only take Slick Willie, not...
  • Kamala Harris wants to crack down on black parents who allow their kids to be truant.

    https://medium.com/@politicspeach/kamala-harris-career-as-ag-was-built-on-truancy-and-separation-of-black-children-and-families-d5dbcc5fde2f

    If she’s really smart, she’ll stick to her guns on that. That’s not a national policy topic, but the 2020 Dem presidential candidate who holds firm to at least a handful of conservative policies will give Trump some competition.

    Given the political climate here in CA, Newsom didn’t even do that well against Cox on the gubernatorial race.

    London Breed will get as far as LA mayor Eric Garcetti, who is also running – not enough name recognition to even break 1% in national polling. And that with George F! Will writing a slobbering oped endorsement of his candidacy a few week ago.

  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • @slumber_j

    Driving through Van Nuys last week, it was still the same dump.
     
    A subtle and seldom remarked-upon detail about native Los Angelenos' speech patterns is their pronunciation of "Van Nuys."

    While people from anywhere else pronounce it as two recognizably separate words with a tiny caesura between them, in my experience people actually from LA say "Vanneyes."

    Come to think of it, I've never heard anyone but me remark on that: that's how seldom it's remarked upon.

    Here is where the came originated. Two Jewish pioneers, Abe and Isaac, hiked from Beverly Hills to a mountain peak overlooking the San Fernando Valley. Abe says to Isaac, “What to do think of the view?” Isaac replies, “van nuys, van nuys”.

  • From the New York Times: You are not supposed to say "Far East" anymore? I see that the NYT has printed 3 other articles this month containing the suddenly inappropriate "Far East." What about "Middle East?" The New York Times has published 14 articles today alone containing the presumably problematic term "Middle East." Isn't it...
  • @J.Ross
    James Fields has been found guilty on all charges, like other alleged nazis who defended themselves when attacked by police-allowed leftist mobs. The fact that he was not allowed a change of venue suggests he will be able to appeal but long before that I expect him to be murdered in prison. If you find yourself in a traffic-stopping street mob which the police are doing nothing to control, and which starts attacking your car, kill yourself.

    And the Mexican vagrant who murdered Kate Steinle on the San Francisco Pier was acquitted on all charges. He was stressed out or something.

    There may not be an exact moment when the Jim’s and Beckey’s come to know that they are the kulaks in this slow revolution. I am not sure I will know either. Things are still OK for me now.

    Derb likes to call this the situation the ‘cold civil war’. But it smells to me more like a revolution. Between the two , I’d prefer the former. My prayer is that the enthusiasm for a civil war or revolution will be conducted with Nerf balls, and, with some time for reflection, fade with the passing time.

    A prayer is a serious thought.

    • Replies: @Sean

    And the Mexican vagrant who murdered Kate Steinle on the San Francisco Pier was acquitted on all charges
     
    That is an excellent point.
    , @Ragno

    My prayer is that the enthusiasm for a civil war or revolution will be conducted with Nerf balls, and, with some time for reflection, fade with the passing time.

    A prayer is a serious thought.
     
    Whatever a man prays for, he prays for a miracle. Every prayer reduces to this: Great God, grant me that two and two not be four. - Ivan Turgenev
  • Here's a very interesting new paper that takes Cavalli-Sforza's old techniques for measuring genetic distance of one population (racial group) from another and applies them to measuring how far apart different countries are in culture and psychology, using Americans and Chinese as well-studied benchmarks. Beyond WEIRD Psychology: Measuring and Mapping Scales of Cultural and Psychological...
  • I don’t grok this paper. I’ll grant that most of this is over my head.

    Here’s my complaint: if I were to measure how nationalistic someone is, for example, I will first ask if he has served in his country’s military. That’s an objective question with an answer that can be potentiality checked. If I were to ask him ask him what he thinks about serving in the military I will get noise with some possible signal. Goddamit, I’m gonna find a -122 dbm signal in there somewhere.

    Sorry ’bout the geeky radio technology analogy, but you’re gonna need -110 dbm to even get a link. No amount of highfalutin statistical analysis will fix this. The -110 dbm threshold has been stable on commercial applications for about 20 years now. Radio engineers have been milking more out of it, but not crossing it. Perhaps some military applications are cutting the edge by a few more dB, but still, I am skeptical that it’s by leaps and bounds like social scientists wish were so.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    I would assume that a lot of what these kind of surveys pick up rather than actual national differences in behavior is national differences in how you think you are supposed to answer the question.
  • From my new movie review in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • @Twinkie
    My favorite Coen bros. film remains “Burn after Reading.” I almost cried from too much laughter - almost every character is a direct hit. It has no equal in portraying D.C. except perhaps the tv show “Veep.”

    Brad Pitt was pitch perfect in “Burn Without Reading”. I am not much into movies acting so his role kinda stood out to me. He plays a happy-go-lucky jock who ends up in the middle of something he does not understand (actually none of the other movie characters do either). The facial and physical expression he puts on while in the closet during his last scene in the movie stuck with me. Billy Budd.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    jJ, Watch Guy Ritchie's British gangster movie "Snatch." Pitt is outstanding as a gypsy bare knuckle fighter.
  • From the New York Times: Also STDs. Limited prescriptions of what constitutes a “normal” pelvis or birthing process might lead doctors to perform unnecessary interventions — like induced labor, cesarean sections or the use of forceps — which can further exacerbate harm, said Lia Betti, an anthr
  • @Buzz Mohawk
    C-section births have become so common that one wonders what effect that will have on evolution. Will women become more narrow hipped?

    For a long time, like many men, I preferred slim women who tended to have narrow hips. (I was a sucker for little Audrey Hepburn types.) Among the ones who had children, a little, horizontal scar right above the Delta of Venus was common.

    I brought one of those women to meet my father, a wiser man, and he whispered to me, "she's very pretty, but women are supposed to have hips."

    Buzz,

    Off hand, I don’t see much of a correlation between hip width and C-section births. There are a billion Chinese after all, and most haven’t had access to modern surgery until recently.

    My first GF was of Irish descent. After some examination I could tell she would need a C-section. She was of normal girth, not Audrey Hepburn thin. I was right, it turned out.

    I can’t find a link to it now, but Cecil Adams was asked the question “How do I find the sex of cat?” To which he replied, “You pick it up and examine it.”

    • Replies: @Anon

    My first GF was of Irish descent. After some examination I could tell she would need a C-section. She was of normal girth, not Audrey Hepburn thin. I was right, it turned out.
     
    How could you tell she would need a C-Section?
    , @Buzz Mohawk
    That's interesting. Maybe it has something to do with Chinese vs. American women tending to have those different pelvis types mentioned: Platypelloid vs. Android. Perhaps a narrow Platypelloid pelvis can better pass a baby head than a narrow Android pelvis can. (If it sounds like I know what I'm talking about, I don't.)
  • Angela Merkel announced Monday that she would not stay on as German chancellor past 2021, which would be her 16th year in office. She may well not make it until 2021 if her ramshackle coalition government falls apart. From the New York Times: The rather short first take article doesn't mention the events of August-September...
  • Bowie wrote two song about Germany, AFIK: Heroes and Where are we Now.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Heroes has been covered by a lot of people but the best was probably this one:

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

    Robert Fripp is often frippery, in the normal sense of the term,

    frip·per·y
    /ˈfrip(ə)rē/
    noun
    noun: frippery; plural noun: fripperies

    showy or unnecessary ornament in architecture, dress, or language.
    synonyms: ostentation, showiness, embellishment, adornment, ornamentation, ornament, decoration, trimming, gilding, prettification, gingerbread; More
    finery, frou-frou;
    informalbells and whistles
    "a functional building with not a hint of frippery"
    a tawdry or frivolous thing.
    synonyms: trinket, bauble, knickknack, gewgaw, gimcrack, bibelot, ornament, novelty, trifle, kickshaw, tchotchke; archaicgaud
    "roadside shops full of fripperies"

     
    but here, he does a transcendent job.

    Blondie’s 1980 live recording of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ was released a as a bonus track on ‘Eat To The Beat’ in the 2001 re-issue of the Blondie back catalogue. The recording first surfaced on the 12″ of ‘Atomic’ after Deborah and the boys performed the song at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on January 12th 1980. This particular performance is notable for a rare live guest appearance by guitarist Robert Fripp who also played on the original version. Although unavailable on a Blondie release since that original 12″, the song was available on the excellent, if hard-to-find, ‘David Bowie Songbook’ CD. ‘Eat To The Beat’ is scheduled for a September 11th release.
     
    Fripp and Harry were at the time wanting to make a (what we would now call a) reboot of Godard's Alphaville. That didn't happen for various reasons, some rumored to involve Fripp marrying Toyah Wilcox, who put the kibosh on Fripp's involvement.


    Fripp went on to his Guitar Craft workshops and cult, in which he cheekily propounds what he calls "New Standard Tuning", which is the guitar tuned in fifths with one fourth or major third because you can't tune a six string guitar in straight fifths with any normal string set and have it maintain any kind of intonation unless you go to a fanned fret or multiscale configuration. (That's why pianos have much shorter treble than bass strings.) He has worked with entire guitar orchestras , much like the banjo or mandolin orchestras of the 1890-1930 period, with not much commercial success.

    His work with Bowie was his commercial zenith by far. C and D were huge Bowie fans and this is a one night performance in which they fully equal and maybe eclipse bowie at his own game.

    Live video of this appears to be unobtanium.
  • What do you think of the idea of Trump issuing an executive order abolishing birthright citizenship? Of course, birthright citizenship is a massive scam: here's my 2011 article translating a Chinese birth tourism ad listing seven ways you are being ripped off by random foreigners. It's certainly less Constitutionally absurd than Obama's plot to issue...
  • My wife’s parent live in a home in a suburb east of LA. It’s a poor neighborhood with a mix of apartment buildings and 2 bedroom bungalows with add-ons. So the next door neighbor decided to add a second floor her bungalow and use the house for a Chinese anchor baby factory. The neighbors were not happy about this. The constant comings and goings, the ambulances, and the unpermitted construction had them calling City Hall and the sheriff a on regular basis. They complained for about 5 years before any law enforcement action was taken and it was shut down.

    The neighborhood is all immigrants, some with dubious citizenship, I suspect, but they still hated the anchor baby chaos. That’s just my little anecdote, not data. But it points out how unpopular the anchor baby scam can be even in places where you might expect it would be OK.

  • From Heavy, which is usually a good source of fast facts on the latest Bad Guy in the news: Cesar Sayoc was not actually a Chippendale's male stripper, he worked for a knockoff copycat firm often sued by the venerable male stripper revue. (Getting off topic here, what does either furniture or cartoon chipmunks have...
  • @Anonymous

    I mean to be only half snarky. Who has a china cabinet in his home these days? My mom and aunts did. We don’t.
     
    Why don't you?

    We have a long living room / dining area combination. What old furniture we have is usually pushed into the corner so I can throw wiffle balls to my 10 yo baseball player and so he can play nerf football with his buddies.

    I grew up enjoying some dining room Christmas and Thanksgiving Day meals with my folk, but I’d rather have kids monkeying around in the house any Wednesday afternoon when that’s the practical choice.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Thank you
  • @Jonathan Mason

    Wikipedia says:

    “in 1976 … a nightclub … name was suggested … as the Club had Chippendale style furniture.”
     
    This is true, but there is also a sense in which the name stuck because it fitted perfectly.

    Thomas Chippendale was born a few miles downstream from me along the River Wharfe in Otley, Yorkshire, and was a carpenter and interior designer who was the Steve Jobs of his day. His designs were adopted all over the world and are still made today, mostly in a rather debased fashion, but still recognizable as Chippendale.

    Here is a chair of his design:

    https://foter.com/photos/pi/227/lot-296-chippendale-style-mahogany-corner-chair-with-interlaced-splat-back-cabriole-legs-carved-knees-and-ball-and-claw-feet-27-wide-22.jpg

    Note the ball-and-claw feet at the front, which involved skilled hand-carving, the curved cabriolet legs llike those of a bulldog that added muscular strength and stability, and the elegance of the Chinese lattice motifs in the carving of the back splats.

    Stuff from China was a big deal in Chippendale's time, what with willow pattern China crockery being all the rage and if you wanted an alternative name for a troupe of male strippers Wedgwood would immediately spring to mind. (The Chinese style of decor was known as Chinoiserie, if you want to be technical.)

    So Chippendale gave the ladies what they wanted in their dining rooms and bedrooms.

    There is something very masculine about working in wood and words like 'wood', 'woodie' and 'pecker' have masculine connotations. Carpenters are also known as 'chippies', so possibly there is an additional connection with the Chippendale name.

    https://welovescrumpygraphics.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/wedgwood-etruria-willow-pattern-10-decorative-plate-1614-p.jpg

    So with the name Chippendales you get to coopt a globally recognized brand name associated with masculinity and elegance without breaking any copyright laws.

    Is that plate microwavable?

    I mean to be only half snarky. Who has a china cabinet in his home these days? My mom and aunts did. We don’t. How about a dining room? I sometimes wonder about iSteve and Derb blogging from the bedroom closet or attic. Manspread in the dining room for god’s sake. She’ll get used to it in about 10 years.

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    I mean to be only half snarky. Who has a china cabinet in his home these days? My mom and aunts did. We don’t.
     
    Why don't you?
    , @SporadicMyrmidon
    I just checked, and the bottom says: "MICROWAVE & DISHWASHER SAFE".
    I have eaten off this plate while sitting on a barren floor in an attic apartment.
    Life can be very strange.
  • There was a fun controversial play in last night's baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros in the American League championship series involving two of the best and shortest players in baseball. The Astros' Jose Altuve, last year's MVP, hit a long flyball that was coming down in the stands. The...
  • My son plays PONY league baseball. One of the game fields is a popular hang out for the homeless. So this kid knocks the ball over the right fielder’s head. A solid triple, but one of the vagrants picked the ball up and threw it back to right fielder. The batter had to stop at second.

    The umpire let it go. Every baseball field has it’s own unique character. Do you really want rigorous law enforcement on the perimeter of every baseball field? It so, every field should have the exactly the same dimensions, wall heights, and no plant for the ball to get stuck in.

    I don’t think fans should participate in the game, but baseball would loose some of its charm were to be regulated like football.

  • Tariq Nasheed is right. From the Washington Post in 2011:
  • I knew this half-assed electrician guy back in the 90’s who claimed he was a full-blooded Comanche. He would travel to Germany and do a war dance with his troop in front of the German gals. The gals would be all legs-spread after that. Tall tales I thought at thought at the time, but now I don’t have any reason to doubt him.

    According to S. C. Gwynne’s Empire of the Summer Moon a full-blooded Comanche would be a very rare find. The Comanche race were visually distinct from other Amerinds They were short and long-torsoed. They were chased out of the northern regions by the Sioux, Black Hawks, and other taller tribes.

    When the Comanche settled in Texas they took up a mounted (they learned to tame horses) nomadic life style. Their woman-folk had a difficult time bringing a baby to term with this bumpy chaos so the men went hunting for other tribe’s children, Cynthia Ann Parker being the most famous.

    So anyway, if your looking at some lovely Nordic woman with a sparkle of lust and have lost your patience, tell her your a Comanche. She can’t prove you wrong.

    • Replies: @DuanDiRen
    Empire of the Summer Moon was fantastic. Cannot recommend it too highly, just a great read.
    , @YetAnotherAnon
    I remember in the 1970s and 80s a LOT of hippy/alternative girls were really big on Native American culture and lore (not the scalping bits, obviously). Even biker girls. Not at all surprised your dancing friend would clean up.
    , @Olorin
    As I've noted in the past, this household's lovely daughters have their several DNA ancestry results in their hope chests...along with lots of family history...and will expect the same of their husbands.

    They aren't being raised to be sluts who hold their ancestors' legacy cheaply.

    But sounds you hung with a different sort of female. And male.
  • From CNN: Senator Warren had her DNA analyzed not by the usual commercial testing services but by a Stanford professor, Carlos Bustamante, who writes: If I'm doing the arithmetic correctly, eight generations is 1/256th or 0.4% Native American. Eight generations ago would be a single great-great-great-great-great-great grandparent. Am I doing the math right, or is...
  • From Steve:
    If I’m doing the arithmetic correctly, eight generations is 1/256th or 0.4% Native American.

    1/256th is probably noise. My 23andme DNA sequence test came back 1/512th Neanderthal. I believe that’s common for Europeans. East Asian DNA tests are often closer to 1/256th Neanderthal.

    To humor Derb for a moment: Long live the ice people alliance!

  • From the New York Times today: I wrote in VDARE in 2009: No states have been added to the Union in a half century. But the issue dominated American politics in the 40 years preceding the Civil War. And it's likely to emerge again. The Democrats have solid reasons to promote Washington D.C. and/or Puerto...
  • The average age of a US senator is 62 meaning they were born, on average, in 1956, when the US was 90% white. Currently, 90 of the 100 US senators are white. Non whites are younger than whites. Does Mr. Leonhardt think that there are not enough Hispanic teenagers in the senate?

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    Hispanics are not necessarily "non-white."

    Anyway, the entire target audience for this article lacks either the basic numeracy needed to grasp your point, or the honesty needed to admit it and it's logical implications. The vast majority likely lack both.
    , @notanon
    yes - that's the deliberate dishonesty in this type of argument
  • So far, the FBI report demanded by the Democrats and Jeff Flake hasn't leaked, But the Democratic Senators who have been shown it didn't seem to see much they could use in it. So they are reduced to demanding the investigation be lengthened and widened.
  • @Anonym
    Someone uploaded it to youtube finally!

    https://youtu.be/4Nvo-zxrVuk

    Do not spike the football. Do not dance in the end zone.

    jJay’s untested, but succinct, definitions of liberals and conservatives:

    A liberal thinks he’s going to win soon.

    A conservative thinks the game goes on forever.

    • Replies: @Scotty Lundegaard
    "a liberal thinks he's going to win soon.
    a conservative thinks the game goes on forever."

    I just popped my fourth beer of this friday afternoon, so my judgement may be clouded, but I think that's pretty frickin' clever.
  • @The Last Real Calvinist
    If it's Amy Coney Barrett nominated to replace Ginsberg, it's going to be another bloodbath.

    The theme will be separation of church and state, because Barrett is not only a devout Roman Catholic, but belongs to a charismatic parachurch group called 'People of Praise' that advocates male headship/women as 'handmaidens'. It has the potential to be even more bitter than this one.

    I could do without a hard-core mystic on the SCOTUS but I am interested on what the Dem’s 11th hour play on Barrett’s nomination would be. I doubt alcoholic, frat boy, rapist will work on her.

    Barrett was Trump’s trump card, which he held, in this deal. The poker analogy doesn’t work well because he turned over all his cards at the start. But I think Trump had a “go ahead and raise me if you dare” poker strategy in mind with the Barrett card face up and unplayed on the table.

    • Replies: @Coemgen

    I am interested on what the Dem’s 11th hour play on Barrett’s nomination would be.
     
    The Democrats and "the media" will characterize her as a whore.
    , @Anonymous
    What evidence is there that Trump thinks that consciously strategically about anything?
  • The ex-boyfriend who wrote the letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee swearing that Ford helped couch her BFF on how to pass a lie detector test for an FBI job is a heavy-hitter Coldwell banker real-estate agent.

    He has since pulled his Internet presence. He dealt mostly with Malibu property. I am sure you are aware of that, Steve. That, more than the SCOTUS confirmation drama, is in your wheelhouse. Take your time, but I am looking forward to a post on this.

    • Replies: @Thirdtwin
    "Take your time, but I am looking forward to a post on this."

    I second the motion. The ex-BF needs to stay offline, lest they find child porn onto his computer. Although maybe the McLean connection is so obvious now that destroying his credibility would be pointless.
  • Just asking ...
  • I attended a Roman Catholic high school in a tony Philadelphia suburb a couple grade levels behind Bret. This is the late 70’s early ’80s I’m talking about. Though not invited often, I did attend some unsupervised beer parties among rich kids who attended the private schools. My buddy went to Friend’s Central, that’s how I got in. The RC prep school kids were there too. They all knew each other or of each other some how.

    Here’s why I believe Bret Kavanaugh: there are some RC kids who would go these parties, hang out in the kitchen table for an hour playing quarters, and leave. They just wanted to part of their classmates’ social scene, without judgement, for old time’s sake. They wouldn’t hang around for any debauchery. Brets were not typical, but they were not rare either. There really are straight-laced Roman Catholic adolescents.

    I, on the other hand, wanted to stay. And then, one time, I smoked from a floor-bong beside the swimming pool. Now I just post on iSteve, but only lightly and occasionally.

    • Replies: @Bel Riose
    What were the girls like?
  • @Dr. X

    Did Any New Evidence Emerge at Today's Hearing?
     
    Yes.

    Ford has the mental capacity -- and voice -- of a child.

    Ford has the mental capacity — and voice — of a child.

    Ford is a smart, patient, front-line soldier for the Resistance.

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    I see no contradiction.

    There are many smart children, although to be fair fewer patient ones.
    , @tyrone
    Soldier? no, democrat operative is more like it .
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

     
    That alone has ominous erotic overtones. You're reported.

    I'd say "Put that in your hookah and vape it", but that would be taken as racist, wouldn't it?
  • From USA Today: She then said she flew to the Mid-Atlantic region in August (when she did the polygraph), which she does annually to see her family. San Francis
  • @Steve Sailer
    John Madden is afraid to fly.

    I am afraid of flying to Philadelphia. Tahiti, not so much. I seem to share Ford’s phobia. Madden’s afraid to fly anywhere.

  • I hope I am not repeating a comment I made earlier that seemed to get swallowed up.

    Christine Blasey was on her high school diving team. She moved across the country to take up surfing, a 90% guy sport, and hung there with them. This is a tough gal. She’s afraid to get on an airplane? If so, it’s not for fear of heights or getting smashed to the ocean bottom by a wall of water and having to hold her breath until the wave passes. Try it!

    Christine (Dr. Ford) is a college professor. She should be very accustomed to speaking to an audience. She’s a psychology professor, no less. Would a psychology expert let a minor traumatic experience from decades ago fester unresolved?

    There were several comments here and elsewhere predicting Ford would not show or calling her a snowflake (like Derb did). Want to rethink that?

    I listened to her testimony this morning on the radio. She was very believable, to me at least. But her nervous, victim demeanor does not square with her other known characteristics and experiences.

    Academy Award?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    John Madden is afraid to fly.
    , @PhysicistDave
    jJay wrote:

    Christine (Dr. Ford) is a college professor.
     
    Well...

    As I pointed out on an earlier thread, "Palo Alto University" is not a real university. A real university has courses on things like history, literature, economics, math, physics, etc.

    But, if you want a bachelor’s degree from PAU, the way it works is:

    Palo Alto University’s undergraduate programs are designed for transfer students who wish to complete their psychology or business degree at an institution focused on psychology and the intersection of psychology and social action and psychology and business…. PAU enables students to complete their degree in just two years
     
    You do your real university courses somewhere else, and then you transfer to PAU and just spend two years at PAU!

    But, the really damning fact is that PAU lists among its “campus addresses,” as its supposed Cupertino campus:

    DeAnza College Campus
    21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
    Cupertino, CA 95014
     
    Anyone who has lived in the Palo Alto area for a number of years, as I did, knows that De Anza is simply the local public two-year community college!

    Up until 2009, PAU called itself the “Pacific Graduate School of Psychology.” But, I suppose, they decided they could pull in some more bucks by pretending to have an undergrad program (although their undergrad program is largely at the local community college!), hence they started pretending to be a "university."

    Perusing their website is very revealing: Any real campus at all? How do their "classes" work? How much money do their "professors" rake in per hour via this scheme?

    Inquiring minds ought to want to know.

    And, this is where Christine Ford is a “professor.”

    So many ways to make money in America… if you lack a conscience.
  • From the NYT: Here's the academic paper. So, what happens is that there aren't all that many interesting findings of cross-country links. Here's one: People in Cook County (Chicago), IL have a lot of Facebook ties to relatives in the Mississippi Delta, due to the Great Migration of Mississippi blacks up
  • @gunner29

    In case you haven’t noticed the Wymyn’s Auxiliary League, in cooperation with the police, has shut down most local watering holes. Mrs. jJay would think that’s for best, but she wouldn’t like me if I were the type to readily agreed with her.
     
    Your 'femail' doesn't want you having any male friends. It figures that you having nobody outside of her gives her power over you; everything has to pass thru her.

    My ex tried that, I told her she should be a travel agent, since she was so good at arranging guilt trips.

    This was over me going to the mountains, with my neighbor and his two teenage sons, to ride our dirt bikes over the weekend. I told her on Wednesday we were going and she could join us. I bought her a nice trail bike for xmas, so she/it could join us. But she wanted to play games...

    After I divorced the b, I found out the married guys wives wouldn't allow them to be around me....the womyn figured men were like womyn and trashed everybodies marriage. But we don't. Guys understand if you trash his womyn, he'll bail from you.

    I like my wife.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    I like my wife.
     
    The Promise Keepers' bumper sticker "I ♥ My Wife" would fit right next to "I Zip My Fly, Too."
  • Do I have any friends now? Probably not. I had several solid friends when I was 11 and 12 yo, fewer when I was a teenager and young adult, but not so much since. There was peak friend time. Now I just have some acquaintances with common interests. I moved away from the town I grew up in, so that plays a part.

    The last male-male friendship I had was 20 years ago and that was a local barfly one. In case you haven’t noticed the Wymyn’s Auxiliary League, in cooperation with the police, has shut down most local watering holes. Mrs. jJay would think that’s for best, but she wouldn’t like me if I were the type to readily agreed with her.

    I’m digressing. To point, the excellent word ‘friend’ has been cheapened.

    • Replies: @gunner29

    In case you haven’t noticed the Wymyn’s Auxiliary League, in cooperation with the police, has shut down most local watering holes. Mrs. jJay would think that’s for best, but she wouldn’t like me if I were the type to readily agreed with her.
     
    Your 'femail' doesn't want you having any male friends. It figures that you having nobody outside of her gives her power over you; everything has to pass thru her.

    My ex tried that, I told her she should be a travel agent, since she was so good at arranging guilt trips.

    This was over me going to the mountains, with my neighbor and his two teenage sons, to ride our dirt bikes over the weekend. I told her on Wednesday we were going and she could join us. I bought her a nice trail bike for xmas, so she/it could join us. But she wanted to play games...

    After I divorced the b, I found out the married guys wives wouldn't allow them to be around me....the womyn figured men were like womyn and trashed everybodies marriage. But we don't. Guys understand if you trash his womyn, he'll bail from you.
  • From The Express: One of my earlier lessons that the respectable press is not always infallible came in 1973, when in response to the energy crisis, Time Magazine editorialized that it was obvious that we should go to year round daylight savings time to save energy. And Congress indeed immediately switched to year round daylight...
  • The kids in many towns throughout the US would not be able to play Little League baseball during the spring without DST. Not unless the town installed lights for all the baseball fields. Same is probably true for soccer. But I don’t care about soccer.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Right. Standard time is very hard on after school practice if you don't have expensive lights.
  • From the Financial Times: Africa cannot count on a demographic dividend Population growth will not necessarily translate into rising living standards DAVID PILLING Add to myFT David Pilling AUGUST 16, 2018 ... If you asked people to identify the most important trends shaping the world, many would name climate change, the rise of China, the...
  • “Bangladesh has brought its fertility rate down close to replacement.”

    I spent a couple of months in Bangladesh 10 years ago on some IMF boondoggle.

    Dhaka sucks, even when staying in a 4 star hotel. I was relieved to go out into the country side a few times. It’s a 3 hour grind of a drive to get out of Dhaka. Then there’s the plush wetlands. And banana trees. Sweet, small bananas, not the South American one’s. They are everywhere. Rural Bangladeshis are more likely to die of constipation than famine.

    Never been to Africa. My shallow knowledge of it leads me to think it’s not as fertile.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Nigeria is a little bit like Bangladesh in having a bunch of big rivers bringing fertile soil.

    Much of the rest of Africa has mediocre soil. Rwanda and Burundi have fertile volcanic soil, but they are kind of unusual.

    But Africa is really big. Nigeria is something like six times bigger than Bangladesh, with similar populations. You don't need super high quality soil like Bangladesh if you have so much of it.
  • From The Guardian: I thought legalizing marijuana in California was supposed to reduce violence in Mexico? The Baja California border is only a few hours drive from the 20 million people of Southern California, so it could be an immensely profitable tourist and second home area, especially because rich people along California's coast connive like...
  • @Justice Duvall
    You can purchase relatively affordable beach-adjacent property in Oxnard.

    Oxnard and its environs may be the last Slum By The Sea (as parts of Santa Monica were called as late as the '80s).

    Port Hueneme has the least expensive beach-adjacent home property in SoCal, AFIK. It’s all condos though. You can get an ocean view condo there for < 500k.

    Oxnard does not have many condos near the beach. I bought one a few years ago, but it's a street away from the beach. The beach-front homes there are in the 1.5M and up range.

    Neither Port Hueneme nor Oxnard are white (or asian) family-friendly though, as Lot noted. PH is very mexican. You will have to send your kids to a dominantly mexican elementary school there. The neighborhood elementary schools in Oxnard are better in that regard, but after elementary school they will go to a mexican dominated middle school and high school.

    Near the beach or not, much of the value in SoCal real estate correlates with how many mexican kids are in the local public schools. There's not much social friction between whites and mexicans in CA until it's time to send your kids to a public school.

    Parents look at school ratings on aggregate when choosing a place to live, not the ethnic breakdown. It could be that whites and asians do just fine in majority mexican schools, but they don't like the optics of having their kids getting segregated (on average!) into the advanced classes. And not segregating kids based on their academic ability is a PC pitfall that even unnerves liberal whites.

  • The Democrats' Coalition of the Margins just can't stop themselves from clawing each other's eyes out: Fortunately, Spike Lee's BlacKKKlansman is premiering this weekend to provide some more KKKrazy Glue to hold together the Democrats' Coalition of the Fringes by offering an object of hate for Democrats everywhere to unite around: the KKK Menace. Author...
  • @jJay
    Agree. My "Agree" button doesn't light up. "Fringe" is the less academic-sounding word. Steve does well at avoiding academic jargon.

    Sorry, I got booted before I finished…

    OTOH, marginalize is a popular academic word that fringe isn’t suited for. Maybe Steve is tinkering with ‘margin’ as a little prank.

  • @Ghost of Bull Moose
    Fringes is better because it suggests a thinning out.

    Agree. My “Agree” button doesn’t light up. “Fringe” is the less academic-sounding word. Steve does well at avoiding academic jargon.

    • Replies: @jJay
    Sorry, I got booted before I finished...


    OTOH, marginalize is a popular academic word that fringe isn't suited for. Maybe Steve is tinkering with 'margin' as a little prank.
    , @Steve Sailer
    But perhaps the better strategy is to agree with the word choice of the academic mindset that dominates the Democratic Party?

    My observation is close to inevitably true, so the question is how to get it in front of more people so they say, "Oh ... yeah! Of course that's true. Why didn't anybody ever tell me that before?"
  • @Mr. Blank
    I also liked how the article blandly throws out this bit about

    these so-called pillars of whiteness: assumptions that prop up racist beliefs without our realizing it. Such ideologies include individualism, or the distinctly white-American dream that one writes one’s own destiny, and objectivity, the confidence that one can free oneself entirely from bias.
     
    "Individualism" and "objectivity" are honky "ideologies." Of course, the opposite of an individual who thinks objectively is a raging mob. So that's...what we should strive for? Huh?

    I wonder if these people ever bother to really think about this crap, or if they just string trendy words together to come up with new ways of explaining "white = bad." It reminds me of Theodore Dalrymple's explanation of the purpose of propaganda.

    Mr. Blank,

    Individualism regards man—every man—as an independent, sovereign entity who possesses an inalienable right to his own life, a right derived from his nature as a rational being. Individualism holds that a civilized society, or any form of association, cooperation or peaceful coexistence among men, can be achieved only on the basis of the recognition of individual rights—and that a group, as such, has no rights other than the individual rights of its members.

    Written by another homely woman. Ayn Rand is among the grateful dead.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Ayn Rand is among the grateful dead.
     
    Whaaaa? Was that before Donna Godchaux? If she wrote any songs the way she wrote novels, I don't think even those 3 1/2 hour shows woulda' cut it.

    Nope, I don't need a woke woman. I'd go for one with rings on her fingers and bells on her shoes, and Scarlet Begonias wrapped up in her curls...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eZsNPlifSQ

    "Well I ain't often right,
    but I've never been wrong.
    It seldom turns out
    like it does in this song"


    "Once in a while
    you get shown the light
    in the strangest of places,
    if you look at it right."


    (Nope, not Jerry's best lead on this by any means.)
  • If I hadn't heard that conspiracies were impossible, I'd theorize that Apple, Facebook, and Google conspired together against him.
  • Youtube banned Colin Flaherty a couple month ago. I might have read that here first but don’t remember who posted it. But Thanks to whoever alerted me to this. His channel was taken away along with any money he could make. At that time I looked up “Colin Flaherty” and got just one on-topic video of a black guy defending Flaherty’s ability to post on Youtube.

    There are several Colin Flaherty videos up again on Youtube, but not on a channel, of course.

    I don’t mean to compare Flaherty to Jones, but I am interested in the thought process at Youtube. Jordan Peterson has asserted the Youtube is primarily a male domain. Not sure where he gets that data but it sounds reasonable. Could be that men like watching controversial content and Youtube gets screwed if they don’t present it.

    • Replies: @Anon
    Truth Undeniable Truth is posting new Colin vids from Minds.com, it is getting popular again so will likely be deplatformed soon.
  • The World Economic Forum is the organization that puts on the annual Davos Confab of the Insufferable. Personally, I don't think Lagos will ever have 88.3 million residents. I'm reminded of the fine 1986 book about Mexico by the NYT's Mexico City correspondent Alan Riding, Distant Neighbors. Riding took it as a given that Greater...
  • Personally, I don’t think Lagos will ever have 88.3 million residents.

    That would be well over twice the population of Tokyo but with very few Japanese residents. So that’s a safe bet.

    But Lagos has a pleasant climate for Africa. It’s about 85 deg F year round there. Not San Francisco, but OK. It too has a deep water port. With someone else’s money and my enthusiasm we could invest in some real estate there.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    I strongly doubt that it has a 'pleasant climate'.
  • Something seasonal, from my new column in Taki's Magazine: Surfer Privilege by Steve Sailer July 11, 2018 How high of a standard of living did young baby boomers enjoy, especially those of us fortunate to grow up on the then lightly populated West Coast? That question kept coming to mind while reading the acclaimed 2015...
  • From the Beach Boys:

    You’d catch ’em surfin’ at Del Mar
    Ventura County line
    Santa Cruz and Trestle
    Australia’s Narabine
    All over Manhattan
    And down Doheny Way

    Haggerties and Swamies
    Pacific Palisades
    San Anofree and Sunset
    Redondo Beach L. A.
    All over La Jolla
    At Waimia Bay

    Several of those beaches are in Los Angeles county and you’d have a hard time finding parking there on a summer afternoon these days. Ventura county is still fairly open but the water is noticeably colder north of Zuma.

    I can’t surf. And I have tried and failed. I just learned to snow board last winter at 57 yo. It worked. I even did some tricks after a few days practice. But the learning curve to surfing is too steep for me. My natural athletic ability is just average. On the HBD theme here, I suggest surfing is sport that requires a pre-wired genetic athletic ability that is a standard deviation or so above the mean. Sample of 1, so take with a grain of salt.

  • From The Tablet: Lehmann, editor of Quillette, finds the to-do over cultural appropriation to be fairly baffling. But I think it's more understandable as resentment that you don't get a check in the mail for use of your group's intellectual property rights. Congress treats the heirs of individual creators very nicely: while F. Scott Fitzgerald's...
  • How about real property rights?

    I was working on a family ranch in Santa Ynez this morning. The lead ranchero, Alturo, quipped about the owner’s son driving his sports car along the unpaved roads at all hours while daughter kept the dust down on her excursions. Alturo knew he was blessed to be where he was. He also knew the grandchildren (or perhaps great grandchildren) of the pioneer who established the ranch have uncalloused hands. The Law and property rights will not be enough to keep the ownership of this ranch within the family for long.

  • Following in the lucrative footsteps of ominously entitled enterprises such as Blackstone, BlackRock, Blackwater, and Black Cube, I'm announcing my new brace of investment funds: BlackBox, Black Spot, Black Art, Black Op, BlackDeath, Black Flag, Black Ice, Black Swan, Black Mark, and the flagship vehicle, Black Hole. Our motto: Just send your money to Black...
  • jJay says:

    Shouldn’t the sun people be white and the ice people be black? I remember going to a summer afternoon Philly’s game decades ago as a kid wearing a black t-shirt. I was roasting hot. It was jersey give-away day so about half way through the game I swapped my black shirt for the red and white one. Aaah, it was the next best thing to diving in a swimming pool. It’s the only thing I remember about the game.

    Why are polar bears white? It’s not like they have to worry about being eaten. Blending into the surroundings would help them sneak up on prey though. But for humans? Could it be that the pale skinned mutations were hunted and driven from Africa. Albino killing still seems to be a thang there. I’m just spit balling here, but light skin might not be an environmental adaptation. It could be just a matter of some critical mass of mutants fleeing their predators.

    Tiny Duck and Whiskey will be around to explain that the predators were right all along and your womenfolk were just dragged north by their hair when they really just wanted to settle down with a Black Big Man and his 50 other wives.

    • Replies: @Stumpy Pepys
    Polar bears have... Black Skin
    , @Lurker
    Polar bears being white - possibly because white surfaces radiate the least heat. So it's insulation. It also reflects the most light but Im guessing thats not an issue for the bears.

    The SR-71 Blackbird aircraft was black because it radiated the most heat.
  • Is there a sense in which South Asians, with their obsession with caste, value diversity for the sake of diversity more than do Europeans? There's a sense in which "Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains," "All men are created equal" or "Workers of the world, unite!" are extremely European ideas. Down...
  • I am not seeing any cast sorting among Indian immigrants to California. I’ve heard Indian and Pakistani immigrants fondly reminiscing about the old country even though they would be enemies back there. There is still a certain charm about immigrating to US. With 7 billion people on earth and 5 billion of them dirt poor, 1 or 2 billion of them cannot move here and keep the charm.

    We need to hold our space. Somewhat related, I was playing baseball yesterday while the Mexicans were trying to play soccer on the same field. I had to heard them off the field while trying to be as polite as possible. It took about 20 minutes and my broken Spanish didn’t help, but I the job got done. I don’t want to have to do that.

  • The Wonderlic is a 12 minute 50 question IQ test used by various employers, including the National Football League ever since Tom Landry, famous coach of the Dallas Cowboys, decided it would be useful to know IQs of potential draft selections. From Sporting News: Typically, a score of 21 equates to a 100 IQ, with...
  • I am a bit confused here. I own a small engineering business. If I were to give IQ tests to potential employees I would have to spend all my time swatting lawyers away. Perhaps that’s not so. Does the NFL have some special exemption for this type of pre-employment screening?

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
    Nothing illegal in administering the Wonderlic test (or variants) to potential hires. They administer the Wonderlic test (again, and variants) to previous hires before promotions, schools, continuing education and the like. The have to know you pack the intellectual gear to handle new assignments and education. I don't see anything racist about that, it's insane and destructive to look at it that way. Business has it bad enough with the crappy education systems and the product that results. Not every-damned-thing is racist.
    , @ScarletNumber
    Well I would imagine the NFL has the money to defend itself from lawsuits. Also, one could argue that the entire concept of an NFL draft violates anti-trust laws.
    , @keypusher
    Fair question. I assume the answer is that the clubs are not demonstrably making employment decisions based on the Wonderlic.

    Cyrus Mehri, a civil rights attorney, has been pushing an alternative test for the usual reasons. The Wonderlic no doubt shows the standard racial gaps.

    Today, the NFL continues to ask potential draftees to take the Wonderlic, although the test now has company. In 2013, the league introduced the Player Assessment Tool, which was developed by attorney Cyrus Mehri, whose report led to the implementation of the NFL’s Rooney Rule, and psychology professor Harold Goldstein. Louis Bien of SB Nation recently reported that the PAT is a 50-minute exam that examines a player’s football smarts, psychological attributes, learning style and motivational cues. “Players are not given a numeric score, unlike on the Wonderlic, so technically there is no way to do poorly on it,” Bien wrote.

    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-a-multiple-choice-test-became-a-fixture-of-the-nfl-draft/

    From another story:

    The PAT — titled as such, Mehri says, because it should be considered in the final stages of evaluation, as an extra point attempt follows a touchdown — is a 60-minute computer-based test. Of similar tests that Goldstein designed for other industries, Mehri says the PAT most resembles one developed for firefighters.

    In other words, it's another product of the disparate-impact industry.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2013/02/17/nfl-combine-aptitude-test/1926409/
  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: ... Since 1929, anthropologists have assured us that race is just a social construct, that ancient peoples made pots not war, that Aryan conquests in India and Europe were Nazi delusions, that the caste system was imposed on the egalitarian Indians by British colonialists, and many other agreeable...
  • I am just a lay person reading the news and few technical articles on the subject of racial differences. Wouldn’t it be just astounding that humans who migrated away from each other in groups 40k years ago end up with different skin colors, different average heights and builds, different hair, different muscle makeup, and different susceptibility to diseases end up scoring exactly the same on IQ tests?

    When I watch sports like basketball and football I notice that the black athletes exhibit a level of realtime intelligence and alertness, beyond their physical ability, that athletes of other races do not. What a terrible thing to say.

    Indians are winning all the spelling contests and East Asians are killing on the math. The horror!

    The professional baseball season is starting. Why are there so many Mestizos on the rosters?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    "Why are there so many Mestizos on the rosters?"

    There aren't that many plain mestizos in major league baseball although there are some. There are more triracial pardos and biracial mulattos.
  • The National Geographic Race issue looks like it will be a treasure chest of iSteve material. For example: Oh, boy, Samuel Morton again. Ms. Kolbert undoubtedly cribbed Morton from the late Stephen Jay Gould's 37 year old bestseller The Mismeasure of Man, even though a 2011 replication of Morton's study showed Gould was more biased...
  • @Twinkie

    The result came back last weekend. 99.9% northwestern European. Just like I knew as a child by looking in the mirror. There’s a curious <0.1% east Asian in the results. Is that from Genghis Khan's army?
     
    That's not that unusual.

    Northwestern Europeans often have some fraction of Scandinavian genes, which in turn was intermixed a bit with the Finns (especially Swedes). Finns have some small Siberian genetic input (something like 5-15% I think). So, a lot of people with British, German, and Swedish ancestry end up having tiny fractions (usually around 1% or less) of something like Yakut or generic East Asian genes.

    That kinda makes sense. I was actually a bit surprised that I had zilch in the way of southern European genetic ancestry. My thick black hair must be Neanderthal. I rung up high on that genetic test.

    • Replies: @Twinkie

    That kinda makes sense. I was actually a bit surprised that I had zilch in the way of southern European genetic ancestry. My thick black hair must be Neanderthal. I rung up high on that genetic test.
     
    You should be cautious about assigning particular origins for your phenotypical traits. These traits are pretty widespread in many populations. And even when they are not expressed physically "lie dormant" recessively in many peoples.

    For example, I have 99.9% East Asian markers and 0.1% Native American markers. I have strands of red/copper facial hair. When I grew my beard out while staying in a certain part of the world (per the local style AND my co-workers at the time) and put sun glasses on, people I assumed I was something other than East Asian, because of my full beard and its color!

    23andme's report states that, although I have 99.9% East Asian markers, I am several times more likely than the average East Asian 23andme test subject to have lighter hair color and lighter eye color. One of my children have GREEN eyes (my wife has 99.9% Northern European, that is English-German-Swedish, markers and has green eyes). The same child is also red-headed.
  • Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyou's long crusade to expose Elizabeth Holmes' Silicon Valley blood-testing start-up Theranos as a fake-it-until-you-make it hoax resulted today in the SEC imposing a ten year ban on Holmes and a $500,000 fine for "massive fraud." A little noticed aspect of the story is that Holmes was a true believer...
  • @Steve Sailer
    Steve Jobs' adoptive parents (German and Armenian) and biological parents (German and Syrian) were similarly ethnically, although his adoptive parents were high school dropouts while his bio parents were postgrads. I think his biological father was the nephew of a Syrian foreign minister.

    My adoptive parents were of almost the exact same ethnic makeup as me. ( I posted my 23andme results here). The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary made that placement decision in 1960.

    Nikolas Cruz is white. George Zimmerman is not. Some dissident right commentary on the Parkland shooting have botched this. I’m looking at you, Derb.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    I wouldn't be so eager to claim Cruz for the white team. His half brother is (half) black. His mother is apparently some kind of crack whore who would sleep with random strangers so probably no one knows who his real father is. National Geographic gives us photographic proof that the union of a black man and a white woman can produce both a white and a black child in the same pregnancy, so who knows what Cruz's actual race is.
    , @Anonymous
    The simple fact is that leftists are to some degree right when they claim that race is "socially constructed". Of course they are not 100% right. That is obvious. Almost everyone here agrees on that. But they are still right to some degree, and their error lies simply in the suggestion that because they are not completely wrong, they must be completely right.

    Most readers here are going to judge Nikolas Cruz and George Zimmerman in ways that are at least partially shaped by cultural and social considerations, even if they also strive to take a look at their biological origins. I see no problem with this. The problem comes when people seek to dismiss biology completely.
  • From Wikipedia, the Early Life section on Steve Jobs:

    By the time he was ten, Jobs was deeply involved in electronics and befriended many of the engineers who lived in the neighborhood.

    same on Elizabeth Holmes:

    After the end of her freshman year [in college], Holmes worked in a lab at the Genome Institute of Singapore on testing for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) through the collection of blood samples with syringes

    .

    Both Jobs and Holmes have some creds on being tinkerers. That’s what I’d expect. But Holmes didn’t start tinkering until she was about 20 years old. And not on workbench in the garage. Do we really want 10 year old geniuses tinkering with biological technology in the garage? But then again, no one start play baseball at age 20 and makes it to the majors. Correct if I’m wrong. I probably am.

  • The National Geographic Race issue looks like it will be a treasure chest of iSteve material. For example: Oh, boy, Samuel Morton again. Ms. Kolbert undoubtedly cribbed Morton from the late Stephen Jay Gould's 37 year old bestseller The Mismeasure of Man, even though a 2011 replication of Morton's study showed Gould was more biased...
  • I got a 23andme kit for Christmas. A friend bought for me. She knew I was adopted at birth and that I might be interested in the results. I opened an email account on protonmail and used that for 23andme’s account. I make up a nonsense name for my account with no signal of my race (Filipino would have been the closest guess based on the name. Those folk have wierd names). I followed the instructions on the box.

    The result came back last weekend. 99.9% northwestern European. Just like I knew as a child by looking in the mirror. There’s a curious <0.1% east Asian in the results. Is that from Genghis Khan's army?

    There is 0% percent African, but the results do point out the source migration point from Africa for both my mother and father. So yeah, I'm 100% African.

    • Replies: @Jack D

    There’s a curious <0.1% east Asian in the results.
     
    After 23 and me accounts for all the known DNA they randomly throw in an origin for the rest. If you are already 20% this and 10% that Heinz 57 varieties you might not even notice. But when you are 99 and 44/100ths% pure it sticks out. A Lithuanian Jewish friend came back as 99% Ashkenazi and 1% Polynesian. Ain't no Tahitians in the ghetto.
    , @Twinkie

    The result came back last weekend. 99.9% northwestern European. Just like I knew as a child by looking in the mirror. There’s a curious <0.1% east Asian in the results. Is that from Genghis Khan's army?
     
    That's not that unusual.

    Northwestern Europeans often have some fraction of Scandinavian genes, which in turn was intermixed a bit with the Finns (especially Swedes). Finns have some small Siberian genetic input (something like 5-15% I think). So, a lot of people with British, German, and Swedish ancestry end up having tiny fractions (usually around 1% or less) of something like Yakut or generic East Asian genes.
  • From Vox: How democracies die, explained The problems in American democracy run far deeper than Trump. By Ezra [email protected] Feb 2, 2018, 8:10am EST ... Making our present moment yet more combustible is a deep transformation of our political coalitions: The nonwhite share of the Democratic vote rose from 7 percent in the 1950s to...
  • If the definition of “real Americans” is restricted to those who are native-born, English-speaking, white, and Christian,…

    SELECT COUNT(*) FROM voters WHERE native_born = TRUE AND english_speaking = TRUE AND religion = “CHRISTIAN” WHERE year = 1984 AS republican_voter_count_1984

    Again where year = 2016 AS republican_voter_count_2016

    My SQL is probably sloppy, but

    answer (TRUE, as Ezra correctly reports) = republican_voter_count_1984 > republican_voter_count_2016

    by that query.

    I am pessimistic about my future and those of my kind, but Ezra is wildly optimistic about his. Audacious Epigone’s database queries don’t show the “CHRISTIAN” constraint to be as important as Ezra assumes it is. The only Christian demographic that votes overwhelmingly R is Mormons. Mormons are bit an oddity.

    Roman Catholics Christians (they are Christians too) have always leaned D, enough to cancel out Evangelicals. Even if Trump had lost (and that would have been by a small margin) the CHRISTIAN constraint doesn’t explain what’s going on.

    • Replies: @ben tillman

    I am pessimistic about my future and those of my kind, but Ezra is wildly optimistic about his. Audacious Epigone’s database queries don’t show the “CHRISTIAN” constraint to be as important as Ezra assumes it is. The only Christian demographic that votes overwhelmingly R is Mormons. Mormons are bit an oddity.
     
    They're also not Christian.
  • Apparently, Senator Elizabeth Warren isn't the only blonde Cherokee. Here's a recent Cherokee Tribal Youth Council: The more you subsidize something, the more you get of it.
  • The only American Indian I know lives up north of Santa Barbara. He’s a hapa: half Chumash and half Mexican with an interesting life story. I don’t talk politics outside of internet forums. Neither does he, but for one outburst. He voted for Donald Trump.

  • My brain is too old and tired for all the Spy vs. Spy stuff involving (theoretically) Russia, so I hear there is a Memo and it's being released, so give us your opinions in the comments.
  • Memo is a fax-age word short for memorandum. “I didn’t get the memo on that” was a joke then, but not now.

    I know it’s hard, but we all need to keep up.

    • Replies: @guest
    We all know what the word "memo" means, thanks.
    , @TTSSYF
    It pre-dates faxing.
  • One reason Democrats have become so enthusiastic about importing more Muslims into the U.S. is because their former favorite immigrant group, the Hispanics, seem to lack the fire in the belly to crush the white guy's party the way Democrats had imagined they would. For example, the the decade-long depopulation of Puerto Rico was supposed...
  • @Buffalo Joe
    California will be the state that succumbs to Hispanics. Soon, by law, when you apply for a drivers license, regardless of whether you are a citizen or not, they don't ask, you will be automatically registered to vote. Again, whether you are a citizen or not!

    California will be the state that succumbs to Hispanics. Soon…

    I get your snark, but where did all the CA white working class people go when they were displaced? Colorado and Oregon, popular destinations for the white CA dispora, turned blue shortly thereafter.

    I don’t have an answer to that. You’d think placing your hand over the hot stove once would be enough, but it isn’t.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    jJay, I may not have stated my point strongly enough. A new law in California automatically registers an applicant to vote when they apply for a drivers license. No questions allowed about citizenship.
  • There has been a lot of talk about bias and discrimination in artificial intelligence systems, such as last year's NYT op-ed: Now, obviously, much of this represents rage at intelligence in general, whether artificial or natural, along with the growing bias against white guys. But AI is interesting because it encourages people to think twice...
  • For example, consider teo (two) prisoners with identical criminal records, but one is black and one is Asian. Indeed, assume the crime they are in prison for is identical: they were playing pool in a bar and got annoyed by another guy flirting with a girl they liked, so they shoved the guy, then, when he cursed back, they grabbed a pool cue and hit the guy over the head, knocking him out but not permanently injuring him. Neither offender appears to be a gang member or a professional criminal. They’re just hot-tempered dumb guys who do seriously bad things now and then.

    I squandered the last half of the 199o’s and my own late 30’s drinking and playing pool in dive bars. Few regrets. This is a bad movie script. The first rule of bar life is that no one calls the cops. Two or three cop calls in a row and the bar owner’s liquor license will be revoked. Bartender have strong social IQs. They will give any customer a first drink and maybe a second. Come the third, not so easy. This situation was very improbable back then.

    So this is 2018 last time I checked. It is very hard to find a bar with an active pool table anymore. So now we have a pool table, an Asian, a flirty girl, a white guy, a black guy, and some pool stick clubbing. Really?

  • Here is a graph of countries with ratios of high skilled emigrants to total emigrants created by somebody calling himself Jonatan P from German Institute for Employment Research data. Haiti is third from the top behind Barbados and Antigua. This helps explain why Haitian diaspora communities have a fairly decent reputation while Haiti itself is...
  • @nebulafox
    It'd be more moral, sure, but that's not really the concern of the United States government. Rather, America's priority should be to screw foreign governments before foreign governments screw us. We have our interests, and no one else is going to look out for them.

    We should attract the Iranian physicist who'd otherwise be working on the bomb program in his native country or that Russian computer genius who is interested in making a crypto startup who'd otherwise be working as a hacker for criminal groups back in Russia or that Chinese biotech startup founder who'd otherwise be working for the BGI out in Shenzhen. But the 10 millionth H2B web dev coolie or half-literate campensino illegal who makes another greedy employer more fat with cash? Hell no. America has 350 million people. We have plenty of coders, never mind underemployed teenagers and working class citizens. So, if some spoiled-rotten CEO or employer has to fork out a fair wage to get an American for day-to-day jobs, boo-hoo for him. Hopefully, Trump sees that undermining societal stability isn't worth gaining the admiration of the Norquist crowd, unlike Republicans before him.

    Automation is coming. We will have less jobs in the future, not more. Thus, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, et all are handling their migration policies as a rule much wiser than Western Europe is, on that and on so many other grounds.

    Automation is coming. We will have less jobs in the future, not more.

    nebulafox:

    This is had become meme that doesn’t hold up well to scrutiny. Yes, in the future, robots will do most of our work. What’s your timeframe here? We have the electronics and software capability to build the robot’s brain but not the devil-in-the-details mechanical expertise to do it.

    If you old enough to remember The Jetsons cartoon show it was filled with wonderful automation gadgets. This show came out in the 1960 during the space race. Apollo 11 was a mechanical engineering masterpiece, the primitive computers were critical to mission’s success, but not the star of the show.

    There are still no practical flying cars and living in space is still sci-fi. Instead, all the smart kids gravitated to electronics, computer science, telecommunications, and more recently, genetics. Mechanical engineering and materials science are not sexy fields of study.

    The Japanese and Koreans are pressing forward on the mechanical side of technology and ahead of us by a decade or so. But still, it’s a very slow process. It may not be amenable to quantum leaps forward like electronics and the like have seen. Your great grandchildren will have fully functional robot servants, your children and grandchildren, not so likely.

    /wetblanket

  • How about almost no immigration for a while? Derbyshire has a helpful exception list.

    Sell this as a quality of life plan for all Americans.. Do you want to help the environment, keep your commute time to work low, allow the recent flood of immigrants assimilate, and give American families a chance to have their own children? It not necessary to manage immigration in terms of human capital. Even with the soundest reasoning, that’s another who-whom trainwreck, coming from the right this time.

    • Replies: @utu

    How about almost no immigration for a while?
     
    Absolutely. Moratorium on immigration should be a part of a political program. I am really surprised that people do not talk about it and do not demand it. They were bamboozled by business into believing in the necessity of immigration.

    This goes in right direction but not far enough

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=DDjzoyGp7rA
  • Best Picture nominees: Call Me By Your Name Darkest Hour Dunkirk Get Out Lady Bird Phantom Thread The Post The Shape of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Of the six Best Picture nominees I've seen, I'd rank Dunkirk first, with other 5 (Get Out, Phantom Thread, The Post, Shape of Water, Three Billboards) all...
  • @Jonathan Mason

    “The Diary of Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul”. It went right to streaming. It’s pitch perfect 12yo boy humor and much better than the other Wimpy Kid movies.
     
    I saw the first half of this with my kids, but we left because we were all bored. The only reason the m0vie is probably good for 12-year-old boys was that it appeared to be scripted and directed by 12-year-old boys.

    We quite enjoyed The Greatest Showman, a musical very loosely based on part of the career of PT Barnum. Like most movies these days it was full of political correction and the plot was nonsense, but the production values and camerawork were good and the song and dance numbers impressive. There was also a good fire scene. Zac Efron, however, has gotten rather fat.

    So you walked out on the Long Haul because it’s not a musical. God only knows 12yo boys prefer musicals over fart jokes.

  • Rob, you are a political leader in the whitest town in Southern California, Malibu: It's 88.8% white, but California is only 37.7% white. You constantly battle against development, such as your successful 2014 referendum to ban construction of a Whole Foods in Malibu. You, personally, have played a major role in keeping Malibu extraordinarily unbrown...
  • On a technical note, Malibu is unincorporated. So is Montecito, recently in the news. If you live on the east side of the country you might not understand this. Malibu is located in the County of Los Angeles but not in the City of Los Angeles. Malibu is patrolled by LA county sheriffs. State troopers confine their services to the proximity of Highway 1.

    From a libertarian perspective, the best place to live in Southern California is Silver Strand on the south side of Oxnard. There is no entrance for State cops. And county cops don’t go there without a warrant or 911 call. It’s very expensive.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    What does that mean, “no entrance for state cops.” Just try denying them entry.
  • Best Picture nominees: Call Me By Your Name Darkest Hour Dunkirk Get Out Lady Bird Phantom Thread The Post The Shape of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Of the six Best Picture nominees I've seen, I'd rank Dunkirk first, with other 5 (Get Out, Phantom Thread, The Post, Shape of Water, Three Billboards) all...
  • “The Diary of Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul”. It went right to streaming. It’s pitch perfect 12yo boy humor and much better than the other Wimpy Kid movies. The Long Haul avoids the ‘coming of age’ problem: noticing girls. That subject has been beaten to death. It’s well written and mostly well acted with fart jokes across a low-budget vacation story line.

    I thought is was refreshing for the absence of any political message. These days you are supposed to be politically woke at age 8 and stay at home with your mom and dad until you are 26. There is no room for normal 12 yo boys in that situation.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason

    “The Diary of Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul”. It went right to streaming. It’s pitch perfect 12yo boy humor and much better than the other Wimpy Kid movies.
     
    I saw the first half of this with my kids, but we left because we were all bored. The only reason the m0vie is probably good for 12-year-old boys was that it appeared to be scripted and directed by 12-year-old boys.

    We quite enjoyed The Greatest Showman, a musical very loosely based on part of the career of PT Barnum. Like most movies these days it was full of political correction and the plot was nonsense, but the production values and camerawork were good and the song and dance numbers impressive. There was also a good fire scene. Zac Efron, however, has gotten rather fat.
    , @MBlanc46
    It doesn’t appear that there’s room for normal 12 year old boys in any situation in the 21st century West.
  • From the New York Times: White House Immigration Demands Imperil Bipartisan Talks By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and MICHAEL TACKETT JAN. 5, 2018 WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday presented Congress with an expansive list of hard-line immigration measures, including an $18 billion request to build a wall at the Mexican border, that President Trump...
  • I am not so keen on the wall. THE WALL. I am OK with Mexican men freely coming north for a few months each year to pick fruit and a replace roof-tops. They can go back to Mexico in the off season and enjoy the company of their friends and family. Mexico is OK. Ask Fred Reed about it. This is the way is was for 200 years.

    Granted, some Mexicans will stay even with the freedom to come and go, but I don’t think we’d be overwhelmed by that like California was in the 1990s.

    One of the regular commentators over at Reason.com was in-house lawyer who represented a hospital in Tucson, AZ. He noted that is was SOP to blanket every new mother from Mexico with every possible government handout. No one wants to nip that in the bud. Let’s build a wall instead.

    My own son was born in a private hospital in Los Angeles. I will never forget this. The nurses could not find an English language birth certificate form. I filled out a Spanish one instead.

    • Replies: @jocke
    Last time I went to Harbor General Hospital here in So. Cal. for an unexpected problem, it was 6 am in the morning, and the Emergency room had a line of emergency patients going out the door, down the sidewalk, and into the parking lot.

    I noticed I was the only white guy in line. Mostly hispanics, and some Samoans. I noticed not a lot of people were speaking English. Liberals don't seem to care about the unchecked misery that unmitigated immigration creates, let alone the heavy price we pay. They like to try to normalize Hell. And that's why so many of them are simply horrible people.
    , @SFG
    I can actually read Spanish, and I'd be offended.
  • From Haaretz: Here's Yehuda blowing the shofar with his little son looking on. By the way, a lot of Kenya is pretty nice due to altitude. Looks like plenty of rainfall, and both father and son are wearing quilted jackets, so this must be at a considerable elevation. Kenyan citizen Yehuda Kimani, 31, had obtained...
  • Way OT:

    I always enjoy reading Steve’s movie reviews even though I don’t like watching movies that much myself. Mrs. jJay does like movies though. For domestic tranquility we see a few movies each year.

    We saw ‘Ferdinand’ this weekend. The wife got a good kick out of it, I didn’t fall asleep. That’s a successful date. I suggested the movie based on Steve’s review. She also wants to see “The Shape of Water”. She has read several reviews of this movie declaring it to be excellent. I have read only Steve’s.

    We got in a very minor spat about this. She wanted to see just one negative review. I couldn’t find it. Why’s that? I purchased a new Windows 10 PC and used the native Edge browser with the Bing search engine to find “Steve Sailer movie review the shape of water”.

    Try this search with Bing and then with Google.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    "Google image search 'white scientists' or 'European scientists'" is like two years old but yeah. In fact ten years ago there was an activist site called Screwgle, which documented Google reversing the political meanings of searches (so Vietnam war apologist vets were transmogrified into anti-war activists!) but it got shut down.
    , @J.Ross
    Hmm, not working for me (meaning it's working properly). Have they mended their ways?
  • On Volokh in 2009, Todd Zywicki suggests: Apparently, you have to have a totally great name like Learned Hand, Henry Friendly, or John Minor Wisdom to be a famous judge not on the Supreme Court. Kenesaw Mountain Landis isn't bad either. Rose Bird? Bork is a fine verb. Judge Joseph Force Crater is still slightly...
  • Baseball is a wellspring of weird American names:

    http://www.bleacherreport.com/articles/924869-25-funniest-names-in-baseball-history

    Dusty Baker should be on that list.

  • From Google: From Bing: From DuckDuckGo: The good news is that Google's Boxed Warning from the Anti-Criticism League probably doesn't much matter because if you type in "unz review" (instead of "what is the unz review") you'll get the, you know, Unz Review as the first choice and the ADL's warning about the Unz Review...
  • After the James Dunsmore fiasco I made a point of using the Brave browser and other search engines, like Bing. I would love to tell you all that this experiment was an astounding success.

    Well, it didn’t kill me! The Google Chrome browser and related search engine is better. The raw quality of Google’s software is just astounding. It’s like a Toyota pick-up truck or a Kalashnikov rifle that often sell for more used than the original sticker price-

    Google, made in America, warts and all.

    • Agree: (((Owen)))
  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: The Threat to Jewish Prosperity by Steve Sailer December 13, 2017 There’s actually a sane, quite reasonable explanation for why so much of the media’s embarrassing levels of Trump Trauma and Putin Psychosis stem from Jewish paranoia. In the latest of an endless series of incidents, the national...
  • Steve and the commentariat here know who the Jews are, but most Americans don’t. The wife and I chat about the news regularly. We keep it light. So when the groping scandal came up I mentioned that most the accused are, curiously, Jews. She had no clue about this. But I don’t think she would have guessed as much if they all had names like Marvin Finkelstein. This is commonplace.

    I am somewhat woke on this, but didn’t know until I looked it up, that Dinah Shore and Goldie Hawn were/are Jews. You can play the game here:

    http://www.jewornotjew.com

    I have a German last name. Most Americans with my last name are Jews. I am not. I usually get some ‘Happy Hanakkahs’ this time of year. OK, whatever, and Happy Hanakkah to you all too.

    If and when the shit hits the fan, Jews will be white. The angry, POC, pitch fork wielding mobs, will not know the difference.

    • Replies: @Discard
    We have some similar experiences. The only people I've ever met who share my name, known family aside, are Jews. I wound up on the Democratic Party's computerized Jewish voter list, and what a difference it made in the campaign literature I got. I was red pilled before there was a red pill. It wasn't pretty. I'm not really an anti-Semite, but I am mistrustful.
  • And then they came for Harold Ford Jr., a quasi-black politician, VIP, and MSNBC commenter. From the NYT: Basically, we are seeing a culling of the extraverted ethnicities, the "not shy" boys (to quote Spy magazine's 1989 assessment of director James Toback's one good trait), such as Jews and blacks. Who is going to be...
  • How Many Black Male Democrat Bigshots Will be Left When This Is Over?

    Doesn’t mater. The Democratic party is salting the earth behind their own foot steps to make way for Kamala Harris. Barack Obama rev 1.1.

    • Replies: @Lurker
    From an Alinskyite perspective, wouldnt she guarantee Democrat defeat?
  • From USNWR: In Los Angeles, the economy is booming with all sorts skyscrapers going up near the old skid row downtown near the Staples Center. Presumably, panhandling is paying well, but not so well as to afford rents, which are very high in LA now. Many of the swelling mob of the homeless have gotten...
  • @SF
    In the Sacramento area, I get the impression that most homeless are non-Hispanic white.

    My observation is that non-Hispanic whites make up the vast majority of the ‘homeless’ throughout California.

    Ventura, where the fires are raging, is bounded by two river beds. There have been homeless encampments there for as long as I know (since the mid 1980’s), boom or bust. It seems to be a lifestyle preference for some of my cousins. They don’t panhandle. I suppose they get food ABT cards and other government handouts though. There’s always a line of men at the methadone clinic on Thompson Blvd in the early morning, but not a long one.

    I am in Oxnard now, just down breeze of Ventura. The smoke is unreal.

  • There was a racist hate crime in Denver last week, for which the Mayor blamed the victim. But now the Mayor is being blamed for not blaming other potential victims enough. Of course, nobody is calling it a hate crime for the usual Who? Whom? reasons. Judging from one afternoon I spent there in July,...
  • @Yan Shen
    So whites, blacks, and Hispanics once again obsess over race and over each another. In other news, the uh sky is blue...

    Did anyone ever adequately explain why non-Asian Americans seem so fascinated by race? My guess is that East Asians aren't particularly interested in race for the same reasons that they're less interested in politics or religion compared to other ethnic groups.

    Did anyone ever adequately explain why non-Asian Americans seem so fascinated by race?

    You are implying that Asians above it all?

    Let me turn that question around. My wife is Chinese. I am white/European. We met during a technical support phone call. I was single, I liked her right away, and wanted to meet her. A few years, a few phone calls later, and some luck, I met her in person.

    Until then, I did not know she was Chinese. If anything, I expected her to be Irish. She remembered important little details of previous conversations. She had an Irish memory.

    Northern Europeans and East Asians (the Ice People as Derb would say) have a lot in common with each other in the way they think.

    But, in the political domain, East Asians do vote sometimes, and when they do it is for communists by a nearly 2:1 ratio. If you want to shout out for your tribe. you should be thoroughly embarrassed by that.

  • “Happily gentrifying the neighborhood since 2014,”

    I am not sure why white-repulsed liberals would object to gentrification. Renovated urban lofts are an excellent place to corral white people so they don’t have children- or just one child with the weight of private school tuition to bear. Their long-term strategy here seems to be flawed here.

  • Teen Vogue got a lot of appreciative buzz last year by being so much more woke about overweight lesbian body shaming issues than you'd expect from a magazine aimed at affluent fashion-crazy tweens who are listed in their middle school yearbooks as Most Likely to Develop Anorexia. But then it turned out that this wasn't...
  • Umm, Steve, the middle image of HRC wearing the olive pants suit is a tad risque, on my right. Half of her is happy to see me.

  • From the frontscreen of NYTimes.com: The unstated problem with the Democrats' Coalition of the Fringes strategy is that the only common denominator they've been able to think of to hold their fringes together is by stoking hatred of the cishet white man, such as in all the nationally publicized Hate Hoaxes. In turn, that hate...
  • @Mr. Blank
    Guess I'm crossing Montana off my list of possible bolt-hole states. I'm down to Wyoming and Alaska. After that I'll need to start looking abroad.

    Mr. Blank,

    I have looked at Wyoming too. Go to Zillow and check out the real estate prices in and around Jackson Hole. It might as well be coastal California. From City-Data.com Jackson Hole residents voted Democrat over Republican by an almost 2:1 margin in the 2016 election.

    Wyoming is staying red, at least partly,because the native ranchers won’t sell to developers that will allow Jackson Hole to expand much. That my guess, anyway. I’d like to hear from someone with closer to situation though.

    • Replies: @bomag
    Jackson Hole's popularity is from the spectacular view of the Grand Tetons. It is largely anomalous from the rest of the state price wise; but in general, anything in sight of a scenic mountain or stream brings prices in excess of ag's earning power; those parts are trending towards a "boutique" mentality with SWPL sensibilities and all that.
    , @Marty T
    That's just one town. Wyoming was the most pro Trump state in the 2016 election. And just because one town in Montana elected a refugee, again, there are many towns in the state.

    I think conservatives should colonize Maine which is moving our way politically.
  • In the 1960s, Lenny Bruce was the martyred saint of the rising upstarts undermining the old social order. In the 2010s the winners of the 1960s struggles don't see anything at all funny about a play moving Bruce to the present. From Inside Higher Education: Is Lenny Bruce Too Much for Brandeis to Handle? Play...
  • @Anon
    OT: sorry just read about the Pittsburgh "Kneelers" - NFL never will return to what it was.

    Tao Te Ching "Rulers should not do clever things, because it strikes a resonant chord in the people"

    This chord lopped 2 0s off the Kneelers market value.

    OT: sorry just read about the Pittsburgh “Kneelers”

    I assistant couch a little league baseball (fallball) team. I left the game for moment to take a piss and when I returned all the player were taking a knee. That’s because someone got hurt and the rule is all the fielders take a knee until the hurt player gets back up. So I say, “What’s up, did someone play the National Anthem?”. That went over like a lead balloon. And it was my son, the catcher, who got hurt.

    Tough crowd these days.

    • LOL: TomSchmidt
  • Or maybe Lenny Bruce, despite all we’ve heard about his genius over the last half century, just isn’t funny?

    I don’t get Lenny Bruce. But I’m not sure if that’s because he was never funny or I just didn’t live in the time period for me to get the context of his humor. I still get Sam Kinison. I still get Jimmy Kimmel in black-face making fun of Karl Malone. And how does Kimmel get a pass on that? Just by being a vocal lefty?

  • From the New York Times, yet another article on a study we already discussed: Why Stanford Researchers Tried to Create a ‘Gaydar’ Machine By HEATHER MURPHY OCT. 9, 2017 Michal Kosinski felt he had good reason to teach a machine to detect sexual orientation. An Israeli start-up had started hawking a service that predicted terrorist...
  • Is being gay the same as being homosexual?

    George Michael and Aaron Hernandez were homosexuals. But were they gay?

    Some pics for gaydar AI machine:

    https://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.RoOPZDt799Nj3V55jpCkqwDHEs&w=199&h=300&c=7&qlt=90&o=4&dpr=1.25&pid=1.7

    https://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=A84966c0b83489608a05d8c9166745204&w=136&h=165&c=7&qlt=90&o=4&dpr=1.25&pid=1.7

    David Bowie was gay, but not homosexual.

  • From the New York Times: Clearly, doctor, like stoop farm laborer, is one of those jobs Americans just won't do anymore. The shortage of American doctors couldn't have anything to do with cartel behavior by powerful interest groups.
  • American medical school applicants are usually required to have done some oversees service work in addition to meeting the academic qualifications. Why? Their parents, or the students themselves, have to foot the bill for part of this travel, adding even more to the cost of becoming a doctor.

    I have read elsewhere that medical schools are leaning toward applicants with liberal arts degrees over science degrees. My eldest wanted to be a doctor. Her adviser told her to switch majors from a BS in biology to a BA in biology with a bunch of crap classes that didn’t help her prep for her MCATs.

    There were a lot of sane, apolitical, comments at the NYT on this article, but no consensus on what to do. Some comments even brought up the turpitude of harvesting the rest of the world’s doctors away from their home countries.

    • Replies: @Olorin

    I have read elsewhere that medical schools are leaning toward applicants with liberal arts degrees over science degrees. My eldest wanted to be a doctor. Her adviser told her to switch majors from a BS in biology to a BA in biology with a bunch of crap classes that didn’t help her prep for her MCATs.
     
    Back in the 1980s I think it was, Bryn Mawr was (one of?) the first to pioneer the idea of the "nontraditional pre-med student." It looked IIRC as you say--lib arts degrees taking the MCAT with tons of coaching from mommy's/daddy's paid test-taking coaches.

    A friend of mine was referred to an orthopedic clinic for assessment for a joint replacement after living too many years with the painful toll of physical labor on his hips. He sent me an e-mail with the name of the physician he was assigned to by the clinic. Asked me whether I knew him. I didn't but used Duck Fu to see what I could learn.

    The guy was a newish black hire with a bachelor's degree in economics, a master's in something something studies, and an MD from a second-tier medical school. Friend asked what I thought. My read was that this guy was taught just enough to qualify him to saw joints out of Medicare patients using high tech tools that complete most of the procedure for him and let the billing clear. Whether the procedure goes well for the patient isn't the point--cashectomy of elders and the fed programs that support them is. If something goes wrong? Why heck, just bring them in for a "revision."

    Friend said, "I wondered about that. I went over to the clinic just to look around, and this guy's photo was in the main lobby, the atrium, the lobby of the ortho unit, and the web site and on all the handouts on the tabletops. They're really pushing him."

    I recommended someone from my alma mater at that same clinic. Who confided to the friend that "we are hiring people who aren't really surgeons." That entire part of that (Pugetopolis) city, by the way, is being developed into elderghetto hives for retired California escapees. Kind of a mobile goldrush where the mother lode is in bodies.

    And FWIW, Jeff Bezos hopes to be the tip top controller of everybody's medical records in the future. Search on

    Amazon skunkworks 1492
  • From the Hollywood Reporter: Do you kinda get the impression that Michelle sees the world largely in terms of colorful clothes? Looking at the world primarily in terms of fashion is not the worst way to go through life, but it is pretty funny when you finally notice it.  
  • Blacks, on average, are more attracted to the color purple, than Whites, on average. There, I said it.

    Everyone knows this. I did a quick search for an academic paper that studied this phenomenon but came up empty. We need more research in this area. It’s an innocent difference in preference with a possible HBD cause.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrian_purple
    , @denjae
    More research ????

    Maybe check to see what your girlfriend is reading.

    With-it femmes have been buying books and articles about "winter spring summer fall" "color analysis" for at least the past 40 years to select clothing based on the colors of their skin and hair.

    Guys sometimes get the message from a bud who finally says, "Hey Joe, trash that brown plaid suit."
  • From USA Today: From a human interest / celebrity / world-historical standpoint, of course, the single most interesting question about a membership in Trump's golf clubs is whether former President and husband of the 2016 failed candidate Bill Clinton is still one. Retired NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason tweeted out a picture of President Clinton's locker...
  • I’m spit-balling here about what Trump should do, at least once, during his 2020 re-election campaign.

    Play a round of golf at a local Charmin’ Charlie’s. Just about every population 10k town has a sandy golf course with no caddies or carts. There is an army of red-pilled American assholes (whites, blacks, and browns) who get along with each other just fine there.

  • In 2017, I keep hearing the name Linda Sarsour. But I had never heard of before. Why is she famous now? Well, Linda herself has a good insight into why she's now the face of pro-Islam feminism (or whatever her gig is): But now she's no longer an ordinary white girl, she's a hijab-wearing Diverse...
  • I attended a Roman Catholic grade school in the 1960’s that was staffed by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. They dressed similarly to the sisters in The Sound of Music.

    So… what’s the difference between a 1966 RC nun in a habit and a 2017 Muslim woman in a hijab?

    I don’t think it’s the wardrobe. I do not recall a nun advocating that secular law should be replaced by Cannon law or that her habit was a political-fashion statement. The nuns were, however, absurdly keen on sentence diagrams.

    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/diagrams2/one_pager1.htm

  • A couple of years ago I told Ron Unz I thought iSteve could eventually pull in a million pageviews in a single month, and we've finally done it. A million is a big number. Thanks. Part of this is simply blogging a lot: a record monthly total of 190 posts so far in the first...
  • @Henry's Cat
    Quit bragging, and answer a question I've asked before: how many unique visitors for this period?

    Mr. Cat,

    I doubt Steve would have any way to measure how many unique visitors look at his blog each month. I understand that Steve (or more likely Ron) could keep track of the number of unique IP address that hit the site, but no more. DHCP and VPN services throw a wrench into any precise measurement of unique users, in opposite directions. Perhaps there’s a strong hand-waving statistical correlation between unique IP address and unique users. Anyway, the more the better, for sure.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    I never look at unique IP addresses.
  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • The stock price of GOOG has gone up, not down, since the James Dalmore memo. Hysteresis?

    I’d like to see GOOG tank, get a spanking, and re-organize. But it didn’t happen.

    I am not keen on having the feds regulate Google/Alphabet as some have suggested. Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit) has been on that warpath.

    Here’s what I suggest:

    Use another search engine and browser ordinarily or from time to time. Yes, Google is better for now. But that won’t stop you from dinging them. Ding, ding, ding. Little things add up. Legacy americans don’t own convenience stores any more because this is a game of pennies.

    Play the game of pennies!

    I w

  • Imagine if AT&T had done with its monopoly what Facebook and Google are allowed to do…

    Apples and Orangutans. Not to say Google and such should be regulated but..

    Look at your local residential electrical pole carefully. (It is more of an electrical pole than a telephone pole). There are three wires (no more, no less) at the top of the pole and few more down about 10 feet. The three wires at the top are 3-phase electrical conduits. They carry a least 480 VAC, but it’s probably more. (Yeah, some places double and triple them up, but I referring to most residential poles) The higher the line voltage the thinner the wires need to be. The pole mounted transformers bring it down to 240 VAC for your home’s lighting panel. The wires below are TELCO wires. The poles cannot support the weight of an infinite number of wires. Sorry ’bout the distraction, but here’s what I’m getting to: there are natural monopolies or quasi-monopolies that come about with that constraint. Facebook and Google are not wire-bound carriers. Another argument is required to make the case that they should be regulated.

  • From Bloomberg: This it totally different from the headlines in the past about how Japanese needed more immigrants because it wasn't booming. Immigrants -- what can't they cure?
  • Japan needs someone to replace Kenta Maeda, one the five starting pitchers for the awesome 2017 LA Dodgers, while he is living here with his family and translator. What’s the soft nationalism view of baseball players moving around the world. It’s not uncommon for american ball players to move out for a few seasons to play in Japan or Korea. Kenta’s certainly not taking a job an american would not or could not do. But same goes the other way around.

  • From Slate:
  • @Jenner Ickham Errican
    “Feet” and “inches” are mere social constructs, who’s to say how long they really are in any given situation?

    From Jenner:

    “Feet” and “inches” are mere social constructs, who’s to say how long they really are in any given situation?

    That’s an interesting little joke. A modern inch is defined to be exactly 2.54 cm, no rounding. It is a social construct, of sorts, among scientists and engineers.

  • The physical world does not care what your opinion of it is, Chandra.

    Ayn Rand, another smart gal, explains:

    http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/primacy_of_existence_vs_primacy_of_consciousness.html

    I’m spitballing way outside my league here, but HBD even denies that consciousness (what you think and the way you go about it) is separate from the immutable physical world.

  • From my review of the movie Detroit in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing
  • Some of those whites moved to California in the late 70’s and early 80’s. CA was attractive then because it mostly avoided the recessions. They would get a bit upset when I pronounced it Dee’-Troit.

    And most have since moved on. The ‘wandering whites’ is a real, measurable demographic entity, I suspect, something the Audacious Epigone could perhaps take a look at.

  • Commenter silviosilver suggests:
  • @Wilkey
    "We shall welcome them in the hills..."

    But not in the hills of Beverly, or the beaches of Malibu and Martha's Vineyard, or the county of Marin. We shall not welcome them at Sidwell Friends, or Phillips Andover. We shall not welcome them in our synagogues or country clubs. We shall not welcome them to date and marry our sons and daughters. (What, do you really think we're that stupid? We're welcoming them into YOUR neighborhoods, into YOUR workplaces, into YOUR houses of worship, into YOUR children's schools and, above all, into YOUR families.

    There are five of these yard signs that I have counted thus far in the suburban Los Angeles neighborhood where I live and take an evening walk:

    https://act.moveon.org/survey/immigrants-and-refugees-are-welcome

    “Refugees and Immigrants are Welcome Here”. The word ‘here’ probably has a different meaning to these home owners than I would take it to mean.

    • Replies: @res
    Maybe you should organize a field trip for some immigrants and refugees ; )
    , @WR
    My goodness. I can't read neither Arabic nor Farsi but I can tell you that Moveon really messed up their yard sign in Spanish. Apart from the weird syntax, they translated "our communities stand tall" word for word. Yet, this is an idiomatic expression in English that doesn't make sense in Spanish. Moreover, there are blatant grammatical errors. The sign should read "“Los refugiados E inmigrantes son bienvenidos aquí. No A la prohibición de musulmanes. No A la muralla en la frontera.” As a native speaker of Spanish I feel their patronizing quite insulting. Can't they get enough money from Soros and other globalist tycoons to produce a decent translation?
    , @Some Economist
    I've seen about a dozen of these very similar signs in Georgetown:
    https://www.welcomeyourneighbors.org

    The Spanish part makes sense if by "neighbor" they mean day laborers who ride old mountain bikes to work on the busy sidewalks on their way in from somewhere near Silver Spring each day.
    , @George Taylor
    If I had the resources I'd love nothing more then to make that happen for them. Put surveillance on the house, have a refugee family on standby, then once they leave the house, bring the refugee family in and change the locks. Oh and no mere Mexican family but full on Islamic Syrian or Somali family or better yet about six Somali male teenagers. One can dream, right?
    , @anon
    These are the signs in the $800k+ neighborhoods near me: https://www.welcomeyourneighbors.org/

    I'd be happy to call them neighbors too, as long as they can afford the mortgage...
    , @AndrewR
    I can't vouch for the Arabic translation but the Castellano one is pretty awful. It clearly was not written by anyone with a strong command of the language, which is pretty inexcusable for a major cultural marxist organization.
  • From the New York Times: Somalis in Minneapolis Shocked and Saddened by Police Shooting By JOHN ELIGON and MITCH SMITH JULY 19, 2017 MINNEAPOLIS — His hiring by the Minneapolis Police Department was hailed by the mayor as “a wonderful sign.” Hundreds of Somalis attended an event at a local mall welcoming him to the...
  • The subject NYT article’s headline goes:

    Somalis in Minneapolis Shocked and Saddened by Police Shooting

    Read that headline again. 10 times, if you have to. Let it sink in.

  • From the San Francisco Chronicle:
  • While the cause of the latest blaze is not known….

    Chinese lightning? Oakland, the land of OJ Simpson, is being purchased, little by little, by Chinese Americans and Chinese nationals. I dare you to rent an apartment in Oakland that doesn’t have a Chinese landlord. Not news, this has been going on for decades.

    • Replies: @Flip
    I thought OJ was from Potrero in SF.
    , @Anon
    If you're just bought a piece of Oakland property and want to gentrify it cheaply, you insure it to the max and then torch it. Collect the payment, have a bulldozer scrape off the rubble, and then rebuild with your fresh, new insurance dollars. Minimum cost to you, maximum benefit. Unless you're caught, of course. However, if the local officials are corrupt and taking kickbacks from you, you're not likely to be caught. The new Chinese owners are probably thrilled about having to deal only with the greedy black officials who are part of the local Democratic political machine, and who cover up for each others' illegal bribe-taking. But if the Feds have moved in, it's because insurers have complained about systematic patterns of fraud, and the fact that they can't get justice from the local officials. Nonetheless, the Chinese may ensure that blacks are gone from Oakland in about a generation.
    , @athEIst
    the Chinese may ensure that blacks are gone from Oakland in about a generation.
    Mexicans can do it faster.
    , @Ivy
    Brazen real estate trend.
  • What I said.
  • @PiltdownMan
    I think this is the closest that iSteve has come to achieving elliptical nirvana.

    It took me about 10 minutes to get the joke and only after reading a few of the on-topic comments.
    I ain’t the brightest candle in the chandelier here. And iSteve doesn’t do standup comedy for a reason.

    There should be a Department of Fantastic Identities to manage and keep the peace on this.

  • The moderating trajectory of Bangladesh's population growth shows that there is a reasonable hope that the African population bomb can be defused. According to the UN Population Division, back in 1950, what are now the countries of Bangladesh (blue line above) and Nigeria (red) were host to 37 million people each. (How accurate are the...
  • I spent a couple of months in Bangladesh 8 years ago, mostly in Dhaka but I went off into the rural areas too.

    Dhaka is just horrible. As for the rural areas, one word: bananas. There were banana trees everywhere I went out there. These are small, sweet bananas, not the South American ones. There were too many bananas to pick. Constipation might be a problem in rural Bangledesh, but not outright starvation. This contrasts with what the people of Niger might meet on the edge of a barren desert.

  • From the AP: Who doesn't want to pour their life savings into the purchase of a house assembled by illegal aliens working 90 to 105 hours per week? My father told me that the government did a study at Lockheed during World War II to discover the optimal long-term number of hours pe
  • There’s a call the bluff problem with Steve’s underlying thesis. It’s like the pick your own damn cotton instead of having the slaves do it. The plantation owners may be wrong and evil but the vacuum left in their in absence will be something to behold.

    You and I could pick strawberries in Oxnard, CA tomorrow morning starting at 6 am. There are still a few whites and blacks who do just that. This is not minimum wage work. A picker with a steady rhythm and strong back can earn $30 to $40 an hour with a bit less skill required than putting up drywall.

    The Mexican immigrants are not here to make minimum wage or a just few dollars more. I am not sure that sinks through.

    • Replies: @jim jones
    I made some money picking strawberries in the North of England while at University, the bloody wasps follow you around all day,
    , @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    "This is not minimum wage work. A picker with a steady rhythm and strong back can earn $30 to $40 an hour with a bit less skill required than putting up drywall."

    I call your bluff. $30-40 an hr jobs ALSO will have benefits, pension, medical, etc. for US workers. ILLEGAL workers, are not required to be paid medical, pension, and competitive wages per union wages in the state. IF the business owner decided to hire only US workers, he'd have to pay competitive wages, benefits, etc. which he doesn't have to by hiring illegals. If it's $30-40 per hr, he's probably paying the illegals $17-19 per hr, and no benefits either.

    What part of 'you can't pay Americans 1950's wages for 2017 work' don't you understand? Americans will do the work, any work out there, but not at 1950's wages for 2017 work.


    "The Mexican immigrants are not here to make minimum wage or a just few dollars more.

    Sure they are. What is considered just a few bucks more goes a lot farther in Mexico.

    You think they're making $30-40 an hr with full benefits/pension/etc? Why would businesses want so many illegals to work in their jobs and pay them the same rate they're requied to pay US born workers? That doesn't make any sense.


    "I am not sure that sinks through."

    What sinks in, is that you actually think that business owners are flouting the immigration laws to bring in illegals to do the work at the same full rate and paid benefits that they're required by law to pay native born US workers. Please, child. That makes no sense at all.

    Why are they going to great lengths to get Congress to increase the number of illegal workers? Maybe, just maybe, because of the great profits and savings (not paying benefits, lower wages, etc) that they get when they don't hire US native born workers.

    What's slowly been dawning on me is that the GOP has been hornswaggling conservatives into going for social issues like abortion, rather than holding them accountable for HB-1 Visas and other types of immigration-related legislation.

    Prolly why GOP doesn't back Trump on immigration the way that they should. Too many sacred cows being gored.
  • From the Wall Street Journal: In other words, people whose main strength is a strong back do worse after age 50 in Germany than people whose main strength is a strong brain. But in
  • Apprenticeship is very popular here in California. Most UC Berkeley engineering majors are picked up in mid February to do apprentice work during the summer. For FREE!

    My wife’s younger daughter keeps bringing them home to meet us. One of her boyfriends got a full tour of Europe as part of the deal.

    There’s a minimum wage problem and other employment regulations in the mix here. They get comp’d instead.

  • Along with black slums, where the homicide rate shot up under the prodding of the outgoing Obama Administration, prime loci of the Late Obama Age Collapse have been college campuses and public schools. The Trump Administration's plan for curing the problems created by the Obama Administration is, apparently, to stop doing the things the Obama...
  • @Waylon 347
    Tiny Duck - please go where I've been.You wouldn't survive pal . Your that dumb.

    I am not the first, nor the last, person at iSteve to wonder about Tiny Duck.

    “Comments are moderated by iSteve, at whim.”

    For the teeming millions of Tiny Ducks out there, why is there only one here?

    Steve loves theatre, but I don’t think TD is his McGuffin.

  • From Twitter Moments: In response, Eric Turkheimer explained in Vox: "Some Things Science Is Just Not Meant to Understand." Thank goodness the NYPD has its own Bee Wrangler and official Police Bee Hive. Tonight, my wife was trying to watch the episode of Black Mirror (the British "digital Twilight Zone") in which a swarm of...
  • While Steve mocks NYC and Manhattan, he lives in LA. Or maybe not. The City of Los Angeles has very peculiar boundaries. You can live at the corner of Raymond Chandler Blvd and Michael Connelly Circle without being within the City limits. The Los Angeles area is filled with small towns and tiny unincorporated areas. But when the bee swarm comes to Steve’s house he’ll get religion! or tool over the Home Depot for some insecticide.

    It’s ant season here in the nearby SGV. So it’s wipe the counter top clean with bleach after each meal time.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Do I live in Los Angeles or Burbank?

    Good question.
  • From Vox: Actually, however, it turns out that the three academics don't agree among themselves. Turkheimer admits: It's probably not a coincidence that the younger academic, Harden, takes a less extremist stance than the two older professors. Dr. Harden will likely be around a lot longer than Turkheimer and Nisbett, so she's more concerned about...
  • Whenever I read something about IQ scores I do a ^F asian.

    Zilch.

  • The New York Times Editorial Board expounds about today's shooting of Republican Congressmen by a Trump-hating lefty: Jeez ... talk about believing your own propaganda ... The paranoid schizophrenic guy who shot poor Rep. Giffords, who somehow has survived, was not motivated by Sarah Palin. That's just plain embarrassing. It's worth noting that the NYT...
  • Trump-hating lefty from Steve’s headline.

    James Hodgkinson’s complaint was not against Trump, specifically, from I could gather thus far. He had read a book from economist Richard Reich that blamed the Great Depression on lowering taxes on the wealthy by Republican presidents during the 1920s. He was also upset that the current Republicans were not funding the ACA.

    We’re looking at a Timothy McVeigh/Anders Breivik type of killer here, not a full-on kook.

    Gore Vidal has a famous interview with McVeigh and Moldbug actually read Breivik’s diary in full. Look those up for yourselves.

    I rarely take exception to our host’s general appraisal of the situation, but in this case I raise a warning sign.

  • Has anybody seen an exit poll from the UK general election showing demographic splits like age, income, and ethnicity? In the comments, Anatoly Karlin points out the Lord Ashcroft Poll, a post-election survey with a sample size of 14k (Tories blue, Labour red, LibDems yellow): The age gap was immense, with Tories getting 59% of...
  • @anony-mouse
    Look at the bright side. Corbyn was offering free everything and he still lost.

    Would a Sanders offering free everything lose in the US?

    HRC went very easy on Sanders in the Democratic primary. The DNC and Debbie Schultz were correct in sidelining him, but the means by which they did they did this has come back to haunt them. Sanders (by some polls) is now America’s most popular national politician.

    Sanders has no identifiable, personal-effort, source of employment during his life other than being a government employee and writing 1970’s kitsch porn from his log cabin in Vermont about the nubile teenage daughter next door.

    Adult bookstores actually stocked smutty books in the early 1970’s along with a peep show. I know what I’m talking about, for better or worse.

  • Audacious Epigone uses mostly GSS data for his full demographic analysis of US voting.

    And AE has to reach back to before the Eric Holder administration to get the full demographic data and try to puzzle it forward.

    Rabbit holes.

  • The prestige of undergraduate colleges largely depends not upon what their students learn in college but upon what their students were before they get to college (e.g., their SAT/ACT admissions test scores. One nonprofit group has sponsored the College Learning Assessment Plus test to do assessments on freshmen and seniors to see if they get...
  • @Autochthon
    Steve Jandali was not an alumnus of Reed College. He was a matriculant and a drop-out (and many other unimpressive things besides).

    Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg did that too, at Harvard.

    There was already a post here at iSteve a couple of years ago (I think) suggesting that high SAT scorers should just go directly to the job market like talented basketball players now do.

    I think this should now apply to kids who aren’t geniuses. One of the most horrendous things the Obama administration did was to kill ITT Tech

    http://itt-tech.info/

    forcing your 90-110 IQ kid to attend college.

    And President Kek should reinstate the civil service exam.

  • Tell us your thoughts.
  • Trump is a center-right president of an historically center-right nation.