Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Choice not triple echo

A reader sent this photoshopped cover of a 1964 book, making it look like an early inspiration for the Alt-Right. Funny.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Rocket scientist from another era

The NY Times reorts:
On July 20, 1969, moments after mission control in Houston had given the Apollo 11 lunar module, Eagle, the O.K. to begin its descent to the moon, a yellow warning light flashed on the cockpit instrument panel.

“Program alarm,” the commander, Neil Armstrong, radioed. “It’s a 1202.”

The alarm appeared to indicate a computer systems overload, raising the specter of a breakdown. With only a few minutes left before touchdown on the moon, Steve Bales, the guidance officer in mission control, had to make a decision: Let the module continue to descend, or abort the mission and send the module rocketing back to the command ship, Columbia.

By intercom, Mr. Bales quickly consulted Jack Garman, a 24-year-old engineer who was overseeing the software support group from a back-room console.

Mr. Garman had painstakingly prepared himself for just this contingency — the possibility of a false alarm.

“So I said,” he remembered, “on this backup room voice loop that no one can hear, ‘As long as it doesn’t reoccur, it’s fine.’”

At 4:18 p.m., with only 30 seconds of fuel remaining for the descent, Mr. Armstrong radioed: “Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed.”

Mr. Garman, whose self-assurance and honed judgment effectively saved mankind’s first lunar landing, died on Tuesday outside Houston. He was 72.
Could this ever happen again? I fear that men like Armstrong and Garman are going extinct.

So what are today's 24-year-olds doing? The Atlantic mag reports:
He told students that one “staggering” statistic stood above the rest. "In 2015, 22 percent of lower-skilled men [those without a college degree] aged 21 to 30 had not worked at all during the prior twelve months,” he said.

"Think about that for a second,” he went on. Twentysomething male high-school grads used to be the most dependable working cohort in America. Today one in five are now essentially idle. ...

So, what are are these young, non-working men doing with their time? Three quarters of their additional leisure time is spent with video games, Hurst’s research has shown. And these young men are happy—or, at least, they self-report higher satisfaction than this age group used to, even when its employment rate was 10 percentage points higher.
Many of these kids are still living with their parents:
Data released recently from the Census Bureau show that 30-year-olds today — as compared to 30-years olds in 1975 — are less likely to have hit many of the milestones that have come to define adulthood. In 1974 three in four 30-year-olds had married, had a child, were not enrolled in school anymore and had lived on their own; in 2015, just one in three could say that....

Millennials are also more likely to be in school in their 30s: 8% were enrolled in school at age 30 in 2015 versus 1% of 30-year-olds in 1975, according to the Census Bureau, which may also delay some of these milestones.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Fired for criticizing BLM

Wonder what it takes to get your career destroyed? For baseball catcher Steve Clevenger, it was these tweets:
“Black people beating whites when a thug got shot holding a gun by a black officer haha shit cracks me up! Keep kneeling for the anthem!

“BLM (Black Lives Matter) is pathetic again! Obama you are pathetic once again! Everyone should be locked behind bars like animals!”

And now his employers want nothing to do with him again.
Okay, I guess MLB baseball is on the side of the cop-killers.

Many genes from out-of-Africa wave

Carl Zimmer reports in the NY Times:
Modern humans evolved in Africa roughly 200,000 years ago. But how did our species go on to populate the rest of the globe?

The question, one of the biggest in studies of human evolution, has intrigued scientists for decades. In a series of extraordinary genetic analyses published on Wednesday, researchers believe they have found an answer.

In the journal Nature, three separate teams of geneticists survey DNA collected from cultures around the globe, many for the first time, and conclude that all non-Africans today trace their ancestry to a single population emerging from Africa between 50,000 and 80,000 years ago.

“I think all three studies are basically saying the same thing,” said Joshua M. Akey of the University of Washington, who wrote a commentary accompanying the new work. “We know there were multiple dispersals out of Africa, but we can trace our ancestry back to a single one.” ...

In the 1980s, a group of paleoanthropologists and geneticists began championing a hypothesis that modern humans emerged only once from Africa, roughly 50,000 years ago. Skeletons and tools discovered at archaeological sites clearly indicated that modern humans lived after that time in Europe, Asia and Australia. ...
I posted before that the Out-of-Africa theory had been falsified, but now I am not so sure.
“The vast majority of their ancestry — if not all of it — is coming from the same out-of-Africa wave as Europeans and Asians,” said Dr. Willerslev.

But on that question, Dr. Metspalu and his colleagues ended up with a somewhat different result.

In Papua New Guinea, Dr. Metspalu and his colleagues found, 98 percent of each person’s DNA can be traced to that single migration from Africa. But the other 2 percent seemed to be much older.

Dr. Metspalu concluded that all people in Papua New Guinea carry a trace of DNA from an earlier wave of Africans who left the continent as long as 140,000 years ago, and then vanished.
As I understand it, the Out-of-Africa theory said that Africans completely displaced others 50k years ago. The previous theory said that humans had multiregional ancestors.

Now we know that Europeans and Asians definitely had ancestors from Neanderthal and other populations that were quite distinct from that out-of-Africa wave.

So maybe the out-of-Africa theory is 98% correct, in terms of nucleotide count. Maybe the multiregional theory is also mostly correct.

I do not trust Zimmer as long as he says things like "Modern humans evolved in Africa roughly 200,000 years ago." No, that theory has also been disproved, as human evolution has been accelerating in the last 10k years. There were no modern humans 200k years ago.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Wishing for a trillion humans

Amazon's Jeff Bezos says, in the newspaper he owns"
“I wish there were a trillion humans in the solar system. Think how cool that would be. You’d have a thousand Einsteins at any given moment — and more. There would be so much dynamism with all of that human intelligence. But you can’t do that with the resources on Earth or the energy on earth. So if you really want to see that kind of dynamic civilization as we expand through the solar system, you have to figure out how to safely move around and use resources that you get in space.”
This is lunacy. We would probably have more Einsteins if we first exterminated 80% of the world population. Not that we need more Einsteins or that we would kill ppl for more Einsteins.

His rockets are great, and may someday be commercially useful for putting satellites in orbit. But colonizing other planets is a sick fantasy.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Do Parents Matter?

An Atlantic mag essay asks:
How Much Do Parents Matter?

“Parents in every culture at a given moment think they’re doing the optimal thing for their kids.” ...

Their response: Parents don’t matter as much as many parents think they do. ...

I’d been working with schizophrenic children, or autistic children, and so on, and the [since-discredited] theory in those days was that these American children who were autistic — their mothers had done that to them. I thought: This is perilous what’s going on with this little child.

I observed a lot more children, and it was the same in every case: that the young mother did not look at the child and did not talk to the child. And yet all around me people were perfectly fine. They were warm, they were humorous, they were engaged. They were not autistic! [I came to] understand that these little children got their socialization and the affection that they needed to grow psychologically from other people. It didn’t have to come from the mother. ...

In general, if you go outside of the Western world, you will find that interdependence is the goal of psychological development rather than independence, which we Westerners emphasize to a huge degree, starting in infancy.
So maybe parenting does not matter in the way that the American textbooks say, but it still matters in other ways. For example, the parents can teach the child to be independent or interdependent.

Here is a recent video interview on Why Spanking Does Not Work | Elizabeth Gershoff and Stefan Molyneux. This claims to be scientific knowledge on parenting, but if you listen carefully, there is nothing scientific at all. There are no controlled studies, so the studies are very limited, and there is no discussion of the limitations. Furthermore, Gershoff seems to make no distinction between research findings and her own personal unsupported opinions. She says that spanking does not work, but her reasoning is mostly ideological, and she cannot cites studies showing that any other method of discipline works any better.

Such is the sad state of parenting research. Experts will claim that a parenting practice damages children while other cultures use the practice all the time with no apparent damage.

Molyneux has posted other interviews on twin studies that show that differences in common parental practices like spanking have no measurable effect on outcomes. And yet he has also posted rants against spanking as being against research. It is also against his philosophical beliefs about an ideal society where no one ever takes an aggressive act against another. He calls it the non-aggression principle.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Not identifying as White

A Jewish journal announces:
Jews will always believe Black Lives matter because Jews do not think of themselves as “White People.” You have but to walk down a street in Tel Aviv to see the multiplicity of Jewish skin colors. You have but to live as a Jew in any time in history, in any country including the United States, to recognize we are not the White People – we were not the White People allowed into certain clubs, schools, neighborhoods for most of American history. We are not the people rallying for “white people’s rights.”
Remember that when you hear Jews badmouth white ppl.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Rejecting Chomsky grammars

SciAm reports:
The idea that we have brains hardwired with a mental template for learning grammar—famously espoused by Noam Chomsky of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—has dominated linguistics for almost half a century. Recently, though, cognitive scientists and linguists have abandoned Chomsky’s “universal grammar” theory in droves because of new research examining many different languages—and the way young children learn to understand and speak the tongues of their communities. That work fails to support Chomsky’s assertions.

The research suggests a radically different view, in which learning of a child’s first language does not rely on an innate grammar module. Instead the new research shows that young children use various types of thinking that may not be specific to language at all—such as the ability to classify the world into categories (people or objects, for instance) and to understand the relations among things. These capabilities, coupled with a unique hu­­­man ability to grasp what others intend to communicate, allow language to happen. The new findings indicate that if researchers truly want to understand how children, and others, learn languages, they need to look outside of Chomsky’s theory for guidance.
This may be true, except that Chomsky's theory was never widely accepted.

My experience is that there is nothing innate about grammars. Kids have no great leaps in ability or understanding, as you might expect if they already had a Chomsky grammar that did not need to be learned. They have to tediously learn ever aspect of grammar one concept at a time.
A key flaw in Chomsky’s theories is that when applied to language learning, they stipulate that young children come equipped with the capacity to form sentences using abstract grammatical rules. (The precise ones depend on which version of the theory is in­­voked.) Yet much research now shows that language acquisition does not take place this way. Rather young children begin by learning simple grammatical patterns; then, gradually, they intuit the rules behind them bit by bit.
Yes, that is my experience.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Math is racist

A new book titled Weapons of Math Destruction has gotten a lot of publicity, and here is a representative excerpt:
Algorithms are being used to determine how much we pay for insurance (more if your credit score is low, even if your driving record is clean), or what the terms of our loans will be, or what kind of political messaging we’ll receive. There are algorithms that find out the weather forecast and only then decide on the work schedule of thousands of people, laying waste to their ability to plan for childcare and schooling, never mind a second job.

Their popularity relies on the notion they are objective, but the algorithms that power the data economy are based on choices made by fallible human beings. And, while some of them were made with good intentions, the algorithms encode human prejudice, misunderstanding, and bias into automatic systems that increasingly manage our lives. Like gods, these mathematical models are opaque, their workings invisible to all but the highest priests in their domain: mathematicians and computer scientists. Their verdicts, even when wrong or harmful, are beyond dispute or appeal. And they tend to punish the poor and the oppressed in our society, while making the rich richer.
No, credit scores do not punish the poor. Lots of poor ppl have higher credit scores than rich ppl. You can get a high credit score by paying your bills, borrowing money, and making the necessary timely payments.

Credits scores allow me and millions of others to easily buy things online, and when traveling. There is no easier alternative. Vendors are eager to sell me things, but just want some assurance that they will get paid.

Math is racist in the same sense that the truth is racist.

This book is leftist nonsense. It does not deserve the good reviews it has. See rare negative review for how bad it is.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Colleges against microinvalidations

The NY Times reports:
Some graduates have curtailed donations, and students have suggested that diversity training smacks of some sort of Communist re-education program. ...

Her two-hour presentation on Aug. 27 aimed to help students identify microaggressions and to teach them how to intervene when they observe one. Microaggressions can be verbal, nonverbal or environmental, she said.

“What’s an environmental microaggression?” Ms. Marlowe asked the auditorium of about 525 new students. She gave an example. “On your first day of class, you enter the chemistry building and all of the pictures on the wall are scientists who are white and male,” she said. “If you’re a female, or you just don’t identify as a white male, that space automatically shows that you’re not represented.”

But Ms. Martinez, a sophomore transfer student, also realized that she, too, was guilty of microaggressions, because she frequently uses the phrase “you guys,” she said. “This helped me see that I’m a microaggressor, too.”

The presentation elicited a lively question-and-answer session, during which students asked about the N word, discrimination against white people and men, and the definition of “Asian.”

Ms. Marlowe said she questioned the validity of the concept of reverse racism, arguing that racism is a system in which a dominant race benefits from the oppression of others. ...

A nonverbal microaggression could be when a white woman clutches her purse as a black or Latino person approaches.

Another subset of microaggression is known as the microinvalidation, which includes comments suggesting that race plays a minor role in life’s outcomes, like “Everyone can succeed in this society if they work hard enough.” ...

But Ms. Martinez, a sophomore transfer student, also realized that she, too, was guilty of microaggressions, because she frequently uses the phrase “you guys,” she said. “This helped me see that I’m a microaggressor, too.” ...

Ms. Marlowe said she questioned the validity of the concept of reverse racism, arguing that racism is a system in which a dominant race benefits from the oppression of others.
Besides blaming white males, a new book blames math and big data for doing objective number crunching:
In a new book, "Weapons of Math Destruction," Cathy O'Neil details all the ways that math is essentially being used for evil (my word, not hers).

From targeted advertising and insurance to education and policing, O'Neil looks at how algorithms and big data are targeting the poor, reinforcing racism and amplifying inequality.

These "WMDs," as she calls them, have three key features: They are opaque, scalable and unfair.
There is a longer review on SciAm. See also her blog, and this book excerpt.

See also this negative review:
The remaining chapters all follow the same pattern. Unbalanced and inaccurate summary of a popular news account, made up facts and distorted quotes, uneven speculation about mathematical models, and strong but unsupported conclusions.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Democrats started the demographic war

(((David Brooks))) of the NY Times writes:
Once, I seem to recall, we had philosophical and ideological differences. Once, politics was a debate between liberals and conservatives, between different views of government, different views on values and America’s role in the world.

But this year, it seems, everything has been stripped down to the bone. Politics is dividing along crude identity lines — along race and class. Are you a native-born white or are you an outsider? Are you one of the people or one of the elites?

Politics is no longer about argument or discussion; it’s about trying to put your opponents into the box of the untouchables.

Donald Trump didn’t invent this game, ...

Human beings are too complicated to be defined by skin color, income or citizenship status. Those who try to reduce politics to these identities do real violence to national life.
I agree with this. Over the past couple of decades, the Democrat Party has increasing on crude identity politics for votes. They get their votes by identity appeals to non-whites, non-Christians, and low-info voters.

I have posted about this many times, long before Trump announced that he was running for President.

With Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the Democrats do not even hide it anymore. They celebrate blacks killing white cops. Clinton even talks openly about White Genocide, as if it were a good thing.

Clinton did not win the nomination based on her competence, trustworthiness, experience, or policies. She got it by making promises to super-rich donors and to anti-white voters.

One of Clinton's top advisors is Huma Abedin, who is closely associated with Islamic jihad against the West, besides being married to a famous New York Jewish weirdo.

Yes, when Democrats give preference to non-citizens over citizens, they do violence to national life. Their policies are unsustainable.

Where I differ from Brooks and other anti-white-Christian elites is that they regard destroy national identity a good thing, if the country is mostly White Christian.

It only takes one side to start a war. The Democrats started this Demographic war. Trump just happens to be the only Republican willing and able to fight back.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Trying to shut down trolls

The Wash. Free Beacon reports:
The National Science Foundation is spending roughly half a million dollars to combat “online trolling.”

A joint project by Northwestern and Northeastern universities is examining how to create “trolling-free environments” on the Internet. The researchers define online trolls as those who try to influence public opinion by boosting “misleading” and “inauthentic comments.”
When the authorities are lying to us, there is a fine line between trolling and telling the truth.

The Russian have their own anti-trolling police:
The basis for the prosecution was a particular passage in a pro-Ukrainian-nationalist article that Luzgin reposted:
The Communists and Germany jointly attacked Poland, beginning World War II on September 1, 1939.
The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, of course, did provide for a partition of Poland between the USSR and Nazi Germany, and the Soviets did indeed invade Poland on Sept. 17, 1939, implementing that partition.
The press reports emphasize
that the blogger was shut down for telling the truth.

Why is that surprising? No one cares about trolls who are telling obvious lies. The authorities are most eager to shut down those telling dangerous or embarrassing truths. It is much more important to censor the truth.

China is always wanting to censor something with the same initials or birth year as Taylor Swift.

If the subject matter is forbidden, then you can bet that there is at least a grain of truth.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Microsoft owns you 12 hours a day

Here is more evidence that the robots are seizing control:
Note that Windows 10 doesn’t let you configure an Active hours timeframe that’s longer than 12 hours. If you do try that, you’ll get a message telling you that “Active hours can be set between 1 and 12 hours”.
I don't want to pick on Microsoft, as Apple, Facebook, Google, Comcast, and Verizon are worse.

The remarkable thing to me is that no one complains about this stuff anymore. Ppl have gotten used to taking orders from machines. It is just normal to beg permission to use your own desktop computer for 12 hours max, and then be put back at the mercy of autonomous bots that seek to alter your behavior.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Anglin defines the Alt Right

Andrew Anglin writes A Normie’s Guide to the Alt-Right, on his hugely popular web site:
Following condemnations by Hillary Clinton, everyone in the world is now trying to define exactly what the Alt-Right is. Most of them are getting it wrong.

The short story is that although the term could refer to a lot of different people saying a lot of different things, the people that it is being used to refer to by the media – Trump-supporting White racial advocates who engage in trolling an other activism on the internet – are the core of the movement, with any other groups and figures being peripheral.

The core concept of the movement, upon which all else is based, is that Whites are undergoing an extermination, via mass immigration into White countries which was enabled by a corrosive liberal ideology of White self-hatred, and that the Jews are at the center of this agenda.

The Alt-Right is a “mass movement” in the truest possible sense of the term, a type of mass-movement that could only exist on the internet, where everyone’s voice is as loud as they are able to make it. ...

Roughly four years ago, a new type of White nationalist movement began to form on the internet. This was mostly made-up of young people who were formulating ideas with minimal influence from prior White nationalist movements. ...

The defining value of the movement and the foundation of its ideology is that the Jews are fundamentally opposed to the White race and Western civilization and so must be confronted and ultimately removed from White societies completely.

Jews are behind all of the things which we are against, the diametric opposite of everything that we stand for. In a very real sense, defeating and physically removing the Jews will solve every other problem. None of this would be happening if it were not for the Jews.

It is now fully-documented that Jews are behind mass-immigration, feminism, the news media and Hollywood, pornography, the global banking system, global communism, the homosexual political agenda, the wars in the Middle East and virtually everything else the Alt-Right is opposed to. This is, to a shocking extent, simply admitted by the Jews themselves. ...

The Alt-Right celebrates the greatness of our ancestors and the glory of our historical achievements. Rejecting revisionist arguments by modern social scientists which portray Whites as having wrought evil on the planet, we view Whites as the creators and maintainers of Western civilization. ...

“Normie” is a term used to refer to individuals who have not yet joined the Alt-Right, remaining trapped in the mental-prison of the Jewish system. These people are viewed as being incapable of objectively processing information, and will instead revert to programmed slogans whenever they are presented with ideas that conflict with their synthetic value system. ...

If Trump loses, we are going to have an opportunity to very vocally blame the Jews for his loss, which will serve our purposes nearly as much as a Trump win. ...

If Trump loses, we are going to have an opportunity to very vocally blame the Jews for his loss, which will serve our purposes nearly as much as a Trump win.
He is a troll himself, so you cannot take everything he says literally.

In particular, he seems to overstate hostility to the Jews, as he despises characters like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as much as the Jews. Many ppl on the Alt Right think that the Jews are just a distraction from the big issues. Indeed, most of the mainstream press articles about the Alt Right do not even mention the Jews.

Here is the Alt Right summarized in a poster.

Update: Garrison Keillor is already arguing in the Wash. Post that Trump has already lost because the Jews in the news media do not like him.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

How we say it matters to dogs

The NY Times reports:
“Both what we say and how we say it matters to dogs,” said Attila Andics, a research fellow at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. ...

As with people’s brains, parts of dogs’ left hemisphere react to meaning and parts of the right hemisphere to intonation — the emotional content of a sound. And, perhaps most interesting to dog owners, only a word of praise said in a positive tone really made the reward system of a dog’s brain light up.
I do not think this will surprise any dog owners.
In terms of evolution of language, the results suggest that the capacity to process meaning and emotion in different parts of the brain and tie them together is not uniquely human. This ability had already evolved in non-primates long before humans began to talk.
This does not follow. Dogs only evolved in the last 15k years or so, long after humans learned to talk. Maybe dogs learned to understand speech from humans.

It is sometimes claimed that autistic kids do not understand the emotional content of speech, but this has been repeatedly shown to be false. The current SciAm cites 3 recent studies:
Yet the voice, too, can provide emotional cues, and several recent studies indicate that when listening to voices, people with autism can actually recognize feelings and other traits of humanness as well as — or even better than — neurotypical people do.
The problems typically occur when the neurotypical speaker wants to convey feelings that are contrary to what she is verbally saying. Then the autistic person is unsure about the intent, and usually chooses the verbal meaning. A dog might choose the non-verbal meaning.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Libertarians very weak on parental rights

The USA has a two-party system, and other parties just make an amusing sideshow. They allow factions to discuss changes that the major parties are afraid to discuss, or that are politically infeasible.

Here is one:
Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party presidential candidate, has made a commitment to fight for fathers’ rights. He is aware of provisions in the Social Security Act that financially reward the States to go after the income of non-custodial parents, who are in most cases, fathers. Johnson says he will work to change this situation, not by interfering with States’s rights to conduct Family Court hearings, but by keeping the Federal government entirely out of that process.

In an interview with a fathers’ rights group, Gary Johnson stated that he is a strong supporter of the rights of fathers. He wants to do away with Federal anti-family incentives that impinge on decisions in domestic cases. He does not want to interfere with the right of the state judges to make rulings in state court, but he thinks the process would be much more fair if the Federal government did not offer incentives for the breakup of the family.
I am surprised that any Libertarian would talk about "States’s rights". States do not have rights, under most libertarian views.

He should be credited for sticking up for fathers in this way, but this problem is a small fraction of how the family courts and other family policies deprive fathers and mothers of their liberties. Almost all of it is anti-libertarian.

The Libertarian Party does not seem very libertarian to me.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Clinton is the warmonger

The biggest problem with Hillary Clinton is not her emails or her corrupt foundation. It is her disastrous warmongering in the Middle East.

Antiwar.com writes:
As Gail Sheehy pointed out in her biography of Hillary, it was Mrs. Clinton who hectored her husband into bowing to a chorus of neoconservative and liberal interventionist voices and finally giving the order to bomb the former Yugoslavia. Traveling to Kosovo when Serbs in the northern part of the country were demanding some form of local autonomy to stave off violent attacks by Kosovar ultra-nationalists, Mrs. Clinton reassured her hosts that the US would stand behind Pristina: “For me, my family and my fellow Americans this is more than a foreign policy issue, it is personal.” She then physically embraced Kosovo President and Mafia chieftain Hacim Thaci – who has since been credibly accused by the Council of Europe of stealing human organs from Serb victims and selling them on the black market.

Hillary owns Kosovo – she is not only personally responsible for its evolution from a province of the former Yugoslavia into a Mafia state, she is also the mother of the policy that made its very existence possible and which she carried into her years as Secretary of State under Barack Obama.

As the “Arab Spring” threatened to topple regimes throughout the Middle East, Mrs. Clinton decided to get on board the revolutionary choo-choo train and hitch her wagon to “moderate” Islamists who seemed like the wave of the future. She dumped Egyptian despot Hosni Mubarak, whom she had previously described as a friend of the family, and supported the Muslim Brotherhood’s bid for power. In Libya, she sided with Islamist rebels out to overthrow Moammar Ghaddafi, celebrating his gruesome death by declaring “We came, we saw, he died.” And in Syria, she plotted with Gen. David Petraeus to get around President Obama’s reluctance to step into the Syrian quagmire by arming Syrian rebels allied with al-Qaeda and other terrorist gangs.

The Clintonian legacy of enabling Islamist terrorists extends to present day Kosovo, where the New York Times has revealed an extensive network of ISIS-affiliated madrassas – indoctrination centers – funded by the Saudis, the Qataris, and the Kuwaitis.
How many countries have been made worse by her policies? Directly, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, etc. Indirectly, much of Europe.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Main challenge to our way of life

The NY Times complains about Russia, and its English language tv, RT:
The claims were alarming: If Sweden, a non-NATO member, signed the deal, the alliance would stockpile secret nuclear weapons on Swedish soil; NATO could attack Russia from Sweden without government approval; NATO soldiers, immune from prosecution, could rape Swedish women without fear of criminal charges.

They were all false, but the disinformation had begun spilling into the traditional news media, ...

numerous analysts and experts in American and European intelligence ... noting that preventing NATO expansion is a centerpiece of the foreign policy of President Vladimir V. Putin, who invaded Georgia in 2008 largely to forestall that possibility. ...

RT, she said, wants to provide “a perspective otherwise missing from the mainstream media echo chamber.”

Moscow’s targeting of the West with disinformation dates to a Cold War program the Soviets called “active measures.”
So reckless NATO expansionism really did cause the Asian country of Georgia to get invaded? Do Americans know that?

It appears to me that RT really does provide a missing perspective.

A leftist NY professor writes an LA Times op-ed:
The main challenge to our way of life today now comes not from the radical left, but the Alt-Right. ...

The Alt-Right supports the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants and protectionist trade policies. It opposes feminism, diversity, gay rights, globalism, gun control and civil rights. ...

Alt-Right leaders, unlike Neo-Nazis or KKK supporters, are intellectually and rhetorically sophisticated. ...

“Do you really believe that a future Afro-Hispanic-Caribbean-Asiatic America will be anything like the America your ancestors built?” White nationalism is more important than inalienable rights because “Even when they violate your principles, white people build good societies. Even when they abide by your principles, non-whites usually don’t.” ...

The Alt-Right is the first explicitly anti-American political movement to attach itself to a major-party presidential candidate since 1948, when Communists supported the Progressive, former Vice President Henry Wallace. All schools of American political thought — and especially mainstream conservatives — must reject this dangerous ideology.
I think he means that it is dangerous because it threatens to expose the lies being told by our elite leaders.

Communism killed millions of ppl, and oppressed its own citizens. Who has ever been hurt by the Alt-Right?

I wonder what he means by "our way of life". He does not dispute that white people build good societies, and non-whites usually don’t. He does not say whether he identifies as white, but he presumably draws a big salary from the govt college in order to teach impressionable students lies about whites are the cause of all evil.

The Alt-Right certainly does threaten to expose his lies.

A study finds:
‘If you try to control people’s thoughts and behavior, they rebel’

According to a recent study published in the Harvard Business Review, mandatory diversity training programs in corporations not only fail to achieve their goals, they also have a negative impact on the hiring of females and underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.
Makes sense to me. The more ppl learn about diversity, the more they hate it.

Vox Popoli writes:
"Judeo-Christian" is another false construct, not even as old as "the melting pot" or "a nation of immigrants". From Wikipedia: ...

Anyone who is using the term "Judeo-Christian" is referencing, consciously or not, left-wing anti-Christian agitprop. There are no historical "Judeo-Christian" values; to the extent there is overlap they are Christian values.

Note that "Judeo-Christian" in its post-1940s revisionist usage is a part of the same program as the 1965 Hart-Celler Act. It was adopted specifically to redefine America and destroy the historical fact of America having been founded as a de facto Christian nation.
Maybe I should stop using those terms.

Christians do commonly study the Old Testament, aka Jewish Bible. So I thought that Judeo-Christian was just a non-politcal term for ppl following the Bible.

But according to this and Wikipedia, it is political, like melting pot and nation of immigrants.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Getting hysterical about the Alt Right

Wired mag is hysterical about an ethnic group that might be communicating with each other online:
Where white supremacists once gathered around a burning cross, now they gather on 4chan, in white power Reddit forums, and hashtags like #WhiteGenocide, and in the comments section for media outlets like Breitbart. Where the Ku Klux Klan had its own nomenclature, alt-righters have developed their own social media slang and portmanteaus, like “cuckservative,” a combination of the words “cuckold” and “conservative.” It’s a racially tinged and sexually charged term, Potok says, that refers to white men allowing black men to have sex with their wives. They even have their own unifying symbols, like the “echo,” three enclosed parentheses used to single out Jewish names, and Pepe the Frog, a meme now commonly used by the alt-right.

What’s more, Daniels says, the Internet lets white supremacists around the world unite, no matter where they live or what specific grievance is stoking their bigotry. “It makes an explicitly racist white identity possible across national boundaries,” she says. In that way, these white nationalists have created their own nation with its own rules of entry, its own values, and its own language. It’s just that this nation lives online.
Cuckservatives are ppl like Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, and nobody is claiming that they let black men have sex with their wives, as far as I know.

I haven't found any white supremacist sites, but I have found lots that are no longer intimidated by such name-calling. They do not mind say that they are proud of their culture and who they are. And they have contempt for leftists like Potok and for cuckservatives.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Carbon tax on white kids

I mentioned this anti-birth professor on NPR radio, and here is a Wash. Times story:
Climate-change activists are mobilizing to cut the birthrate, arguing that richer nations should discourage people having children in order to protect them from the ravages of global warming and reduce emissions.

Travis Rieder, assistant director of the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University, told NPR that bringing down global fertility by half a child per woman “could be the thing that saves us.”

“Here’s a provocative thought: Maybe we should protect our kids by not having them,” said Mr. Rieder, who has one child.

He proposed procreation disincentives such as government tax breaks for poor people and tax penalties for rich people, a kind of “carbon tax on kids.”

Poor nations would be cut slack “because they’re still developing, and because their per capita emissions are a sliver of the developed world’s. Plus, it just doesn’t look good for rich, Western nations to tell people in poor ones not to have kids,” NPR said.

His paper, “Population Engineering and the Fight Against Climate Change,” written with two Georgetown University professors, is scheduled to be published in October.

Their work coincides with that of Conceivable Future, a New Hampshire-based nonprofit founded on the premise that “the climate crisis is a reproductive crisis.”
He argues for using psychological manipulation to pressure western white ppl into not having kids, while it would be unethical to discourage Third World peasants from having as many babies as they can.

In short, he seeks policies that will exterminate white ppl.

He and his fellow leftist professors are brainwashing a whole generation of students with this nonsense.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Alt Right hits prime time

CBS News reports:
Hillary Clinton will address Donald Trump and his campaign’s embrace of the “alt-right” political movement in a speech on Thursday, according to a Clinton campaign official.

“This “alt-right” brand is embracing extremism and presenting a divisive and dystopian view of America which should concern all Americans, regardless of party,” the official said.
This is getting interesting. Until recently, the alt-right was a fringe movement that could be dismissed by calling them neo-nazis.

Now, the mainstream news media is suddenly writing articles attacking them, such as this Wash. Post article:
“The single biggest issue of the 21st century is whether the First World has the will to resist being inundated by the Third World,” said Steve Sailer, an influential writer for VDare and Taki’s Magazine. “If we do preserve our borders, the Third World will figure out how to control its own fertility like everybody else has. If we don’t, though, we’ll become Rio with worse weather and scenery. But [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel’s [mistake] last year of letting in a million Muslim mob shows how badly the ideology of borderlessness has warped the judgment of the ruling class.”

Now Hillary Clinton is joining in. The alt-right will be called racist, ignorant, xenophobic, and white-supremacist. Curiously, these articles do not emphasize anti-semitism, as that is usually part of calling someone a Nazi.

I can only assume that the Jews in the news media have decided that they cannot plausibly accuse Trump of being anti-Jewish. Or that they do not want to draw attention to arguments about Jewish influence on society.

I would have advised Clinton to avoid the issue. She risks turning the election into a referendum on whether white ppl are good guys or bad guys. If you believe that whites are the cause of all the evil in the world, you will vote for Clinton. If you believe that white influence is overwhelmingly positive, you will vote against her.

I do believe Sailer is correct that the big issue of the coming decades is whether the Third World inundates the First. The trend is in that direction, unless the USA and Europe finds the will to limit immigration.

Will ppl watch Clinton's speech, and decide that the USA should be re-populated with brown ppl, and anyone who disagrees is an evil Nazi racist? I doubt it, but we shall see.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Complaining that math is elitist

Historian Michael J. Barany writes in SciAm:
Most people never become mathematicians, but everyone has a stake in mathematics. Almost since the dawn of human civilization, societies have vested special authority in mathematical experts. The question of how and why the public should support elite mathematics remains as pertinent as ever, and in the last five centuries (especially the last two) it has been joined by the related question of what mathematics most members of the public should know.

Why does mathematics matter to society at large? Listen to mathematicians, policymakers, and educators and the answer seems unanimous: mathematics is everywhere, therefore everyone should care about it. ...

Imagining math to be everywhere makes it all too easy to ignore the very real politics of who gets to be part of the mathematical elite that really count — for technology, security, and economics, for the last war and the next one. Instead, if we see that this kind of mathematics has historically been built by and for the very few, we are called to ask who gets to be part of that few and what are the responsibilities that come with their expertise. We have to recognize that elite mathematics today, while much more inclusive than it was one or five or fifty centuries ago, remains a discipline that vests special authority in those who, by virtue of gender, race, and class, are often already among our society’s most powerful. If math were really everywhere, it would already belong to everyone equally. But when it comes to accessing and supporting math, there is much work to be done. Math isn’t everywhere.
Mathematical knowledge is available to everyone, more or less equally. It is taught in every school. Books and videos at every level are freely available on the web.

The best schools are a couple of years ahead of the worst schools, but almost everyone has a chance to get a first class math education.

Talent is not distributed equally, of course. Most ppl have difficulty with the simplest math arguments.

Universities are filled with scholars whose main object is to dream up kooky theories for blaming straight white Xian men. Barany is an example.

We need more math competence, not less.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Blaming Trump for Olympic results

Sometimes I think that the Trump haters are just morons.

Consider this:
The games can be read as something of a physical rejoinder to Trump. “The performance of immigrants and children of immigrants in the Olympics really contradicts Trump in two ways,” Roger Pielke, Jr., a University of Colorado political scientist with an upcoming book on sports, told me in an email. “One is that America is already great (look at the medal count!) and the second is that immigration is a big factor in what makes America great in sports (and business, and culture).” ...

“The success of these athletes should be read as a stinging rebuke of the sophomoric stereotypes and dime-store xenophobia that all too often clog up political discourse around immigration,” Jules Boykoff, a Pacific University professor who explores the intersection of sports and politics, told me an email. “Given the choice between knee-jerk Trumpism and the elegant excellence of these athletes,” he added, “I side with the athletes every time.”
So what are they saying? That the USA should import all the best athletes so we can win more medals? Or that we do not need more athletes because of our already great medal count?

Of all the arguments for increasing immigration, increasing Olympic medals is surely one of the worst. We could make Jamaica our 51st state, and get more sprinting medals, but why would that be a good thing? Who would be better off?

In case you are going to say that Trump hates all immigrants, do you even realize that his wife is an immigrant?
Here is another silly attack:
Trump landed in the top 20 percent across the board on psychopathy traits, with a total score that placed him between Idi Amin and Adolf Hitler.

To read more of Kevin Dutton’s analysis and to see how all 42 Presidents preceding Barack Obama scored in psychopathy, see the Sept/Oct issue of Scientific American Mind, available on newsstands and on Scientific American.com.
This is just politics masquerading as science.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Time complains about trolling

Joel Stein writes the current Time mag cover story:
Trolling has become the main tool of the alt-right, an Internet-grown reactionary movement that works for men’s rights and against immigration and may have used the computer from Weird Science to fabricate Donald Trump. Not only does Trump share their attitudes, but he’s got mad trolling skills: he doxxed Republican primary opponent Senator Lindsey Graham by giving out his cell-phone number on TV and indirectly got his Twitter followers to attack GOP political strategist Cheri Jacobus so severely that her lawyers sent him a cease-and-desist order.

The alt-right’s favorite insult is to call men who don’t hate feminism “cucks,” as in “cuckold.” Republicans who don’t like Trump are “cuckservatives.” Men who don’t see how feminists are secretly controlling them haven’t “taken the red pill,” a reference to the truth-revealing drug in The Matrix. They derisively call their adversaries “social-justice warriors” and believe that liberal interest groups purposely exploit their weakness to gain pity, which allows them to control the levers of power. Trolling is the alt-right’s version of political activism, and its ranks view any attempt to take it away as a denial of democracy.
Joel Stein says "I'm a straight white male" in the article, but he is Jewish. He has done some trolling on his own, such as this 2010 Time mag article:
I am very much in favor of immigration everywhere in the U.S. except Edison, N.J. The mostly white suburban town I left when I graduated from high school in 1989 — the town that was called Menlo Park when Thomas Alva Edison set up shop there and was later renamed in his honor — has become home to one of the biggest Indian communities in the U.S., as familiar to people in India as how to instruct stupid Americans to reboot their Internet routers.

My town is totally unfamiliar to me. The Pizza Hut where my busboy friends stole pies for our drunken parties is now an Indian sweets shop with a completely inappropriate roof. The A&P I shoplifted from is now an Indian grocery. The multiplex where we snuck into R-rated movies now shows only Bollywood films and serves samosas. The Italian restaurant that my friends stole cash from as waiters is now Moghul, one of the most famous Indian restaurants in the country. There is an entire generation of white children in Edison who have nowhere to learn crime.
(See pictures of Thomas Edison's Menlo Park.)

I never knew how a bunch of people half a world away chose a random town in New Jersey to populate. Were they from some Indian state that got made fun of by all the other Indian states and didn't want to give up that feeling? Are the malls in India that bad? Did we accidentally keep numbering our parkway exits all the way to Mumbai? ...

I called James W. Hughes, policy-school dean at Rutgers University, who explained that Lyndon Johnson's 1965 immigration law raised immigration caps for non-European countries. LBJ apparently had some weird relationship with Asians in which he liked both inviting them over and going over to Asia to kill them. ...

Eventually, there were enough Indians in Edison to change the culture. At which point my townsfolk started calling the new Edisonians "dot heads." One kid I knew in high school drove down an Indian-dense street yelling for its residents to "go home to India." In retrospect, I question just how good our schools were if "dot heads" was the best racist insult we could come up with for a group of people whose gods have multiple arms and an elephant nose.
This humorous article would get him respect from the alt right, except that his employers are dead serious about changing the culture and destroying Americanism. He and Time had to apologize for suggesting that there might be anything wrong with destroying a white American culture.

Internet trolling is the logical consequence of free speech, modern communication networks, and an establishment that attempts to suppress certain truths and extinguish certain cultures.

To me, the real offensive ones are those who constantly badmouthing white Christian males, and name-calling with terms like racist, sexist, Nazi, etc. I see this everyday from Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, universities, Hollywood, NY Times, other news media, and Trump haters. If the alt right name-calling increases to being as much as 1% of the liberal name-calling, that would be great.

Sites like the Daily Stormer figure that leftists are going to call them Nazis anyway, so they as might as well embrace the term and use it annoy the leftist name-callers.

Most of the hatred is for immigration restrictions, but a recent poll shows that an overwhelming majority seems to agree with Trump's immigration proposals.

Meanwhile, I expect liberals to cite the Time article as evidence that the alt right should be censored.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Talent is not equally distributed

NY Times columnist David Brooks writes:
Moreover, America doesn’t win because we have better athletes (talent must be distributed equally). America does well because it has such great systems for preparing athletes. Medals are won by institutions as much as by individuals. The Germans have a great system for training kayakers, equestrians and throwers — the discus or javelin.
Steve Sailer responds:
Why do people say things like “talent must be distributed equally” when all the evidence of our eyes from watching the Olympics is that talent is not distributed equally? Instead, talent is distributed in complex patterns by nature, which are in turn made even more complex by nurture.

For example, Jamaica has seven medals with the sprint relays still to come, while all of South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka) so far has only one bronze in any sport. Yet, South Asia has about 500 times more people than Jamaica.
Brooks regularly relies on social science research, so he ought to know better.

So why does Brooks say such silly things?

The obvious explanations are that he is ignorant, or that he has some ideological purpose. It is hard to see how someone as well-educated as Brooks could be so ignorant, or even how anyone watching the Olympics could think that talent is distributed equally.

Brooks comes from an ethnic group that teaches that they are better than everyone else, but that no other group should be allowed such feelings. They are consumed with identity politics, and they promote themselves by promoting equality and diversity in everyone else.

Speaking of the Olympics, Ryan Lochte is getting a bad rap. He really was robbed at gunpoint. A Brazilian security guard pointed a gun at him and demanded that he pay money. In the USA, that is armed robbery. Even assuming that there was something improper or unlawful about Lochte wanting to use a gas station restroom, he was not threatening anyone, and USA law would not permit a guard using a gun to extract money as compensation.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Tolerant Moslem is heretical

A public radio program had a long interview with a Moslem attacking Trump:
Donald Trump said this week he was ready to get vicious in the war with what he called radical Islam. ...

Qasim Rashid rejects the label “moderate Muslim.” ...

Rashid is also North America spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. ...

Rashid acknowledges other schools of Islam are less tolerant, but says that highlights “the need to work together. Rather than fighting fire with more fire, water is what puts out fire, not more fire."

The Ahmadiyyas are seen as a heretical sect by mainstream branches of Islam.
Rashid denies that there is any such thing as extreme or radical Islam, and says that the real dangerous extremists are the white ppl.

And this is supposed to be an example of a tolerant Moslem, and a reason to vote against Trump!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The supposed birth rate disaster

TheWeek.com reports:
The new birth rate numbers are out, and they're a disaster. There are now only 59.6 births per 1,000 women, the lowest rate ever recorded in the United States. ...

The more productive people you have in your society, the healthier your country's economy. ...

The fewer young, productive people you have to pay for entitlements for old, unproductive people, the steeper the bill for the entire society becomes. This basic problem is strangling Europe's economies. And while the United States is among the least bad of the bunch, it is still headed in the wrong direction. ...

There is no reason for the United States to have a weak birth rate — and it is a national emergency that it does.

Yet no one seems worried. And that might be the biggest worry of all.
No. Expanding the population just to pay welfare to the old people is foolish, and not sustainable.

The USA population is rapidly increasing from immigration. There is no shortage of ppl. That is why no one is worried about not having enuf ppl.

We have been able to increase GDP by importing labor, but that has not made us better off.

Some companies profit from unsustainable population growth. For example, Facebook wants a billion users for every product, because it can make $10 per year per user on each one. Likewise, Google wants a billion users for each of its products. Market analysts regularly trash Twitter because of doubt that it can ever get to a billion users.

Cult of Mac reports:
Google dubbed its new operating system “Fuchsia.” Unlike Android and Chrome, it doesn’t use the Linux kernel at all. The GitHub page discovered by AndroidPolice simply teases “Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System).”
What more do you need to know about Google? It wants to put "Pink + Purple" controlling every device. And it is doing everything it can to stop Donald Trump.

Economic growth sounds great, until you discover where that the extra money is going. It is not going to the American middle class.

Claiming that we have a shortage of ppl is just an excuse to coerce us to accepting more immigration and to globalize our economy. Third World populations will be exploding for the foreseeable future.

Update: NPR radio reports:
Standing before several dozen students in a college classroom, Travis Rieder tries to convince them not to have children. Or at least not too many.

He's at James Madison University in southwest Virginia to talk about a "small-family ethic" — to question the assumptions of a society that sees having children as good, throws parties for expecting parents, and in which parents then pressure their kids to "give them grandchildren."

Why question such assumptions? The prospect of climate catastrophe. ...

Adding to that challenge, the world is expected to add several billion people in the next few decades, each one producing more emissions.
If he or anyone else feels so strongly about it, then the logical conclusion would be to freeze all immigration into the USA and Europe, deport all recent immigrants, and stop supplying technology to the Third World.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Brexit has been good for stocks

Lion blog writes:
June 23: 6338.10 Last close before Brexit vote.

June 27: 5982.10 Low after Brexit vote. Commetentators in mainstream media saying “see, Brexit destroyed the United Kingdom’s economy, you stupid voters are getting what you deserve.”

August 15: 6941.19 Today. Up 10% since June 23, up 16% since June 27. Maybe the stupid voters were right and mainstream media commentators were actually the stupid people?
Yes, I am concluding more and more that the globalists are systematically lying to us.

They all said that Brexit would be an economic catastrophe, and gloated afterwords about how Brexit had destroyed a trillion dollars of market capitalization.

They say similar things about immigration and trade deals. They are ideologically committed to be against Britain or any other country being independent and self-sufficient.

Sometimes I think that immigration, trade deals, and foreign wars are all designed with the main purpose of destroying middle class wealth.

With all the economic and technological progress of the last 50 years, you would think that all middle class American ppl would be wealthy by now. Instead, they are mostly in debt.

The supposed experts in the news media were against Brexit, and now they are against Donald Trump. Do you believe them?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Voodoo psychos attack Trumpism

A SciAm blog writes:
Can Psychiatry Turn Itself around?

The public is deeply skeptical about the profession—but given the problems of addiction, depression and other forms of mental illness, we need it more than ever

Psychiatry needs help.

Mental health has become a national issue, as growing numbers of mentally ill people have filled our streets and our jails. Yet the public remains deeply skeptical of psychiatrists, our doctors best equipped to care for these patients.

In a 2012 Gallup poll, 70 percent of Americans surveyed felt that medical doctors have "high" or "very high" standards of honesty and ethics. By comparison, just 41 percent attributed the same traits to psychiatrists, though psychiatrists are in fact medical doctors. That Gallup even separated psychiatry from the rest of medicine in the survey says a great deal about perceptions of the field.

Despite recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, many still view the work of psychiatrists as a kind of pseudoscience, somewhere between neuroscience and voodoo.
Most of psychiatry is voodoo, from Freud to the DSM-5.

For proof, just read this NY Times story:
In the midst of a deeply divisive presidential campaign, more than 1,000 psychiatrists declared the Republican candidate unfit for the office, citing severe personality defects, including paranoia, a grandiose manner and a Godlike self-image. One doctor called him “a dangerous lunatic.”

The year was 1964, and after losing in a landslide, the candidate, Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona, sued the publisher of Fact magazine, which had published the survey, winning $75,000 in damages.

But doctors attacked the survey, too, for its unsupported clinical language and obvious partisanship. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association adopted what became known as the Goldwater Rule, declaring it unethical for any psychiatrist to diagnose a public figure’s condition “unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement.
Is there any doubt today, that LBJ was the dangerous lunatic, and Goldwater was the voice of reason? LBJ was one of the most crooked, distructive, and dishonest presidents we have ever had.
Enter Donald J. Trump.

The 2016 Republican nominee’s incendiary, stream-of-consciousness pronouncements have strained that agreement to the breaking point, exposing divisions in the field over whether such restraint is appropriate today.

Psychiatrists and psychologists have publicly flouted the Goldwater Rule, tagging Mr. Trump with an assortment of personality problems, including grandiosity, a lack of empathy, and “malignant narcissism.” The clinical insults are flying so thick that earlier this month, the psychiatric association posted a reminder that breaking the Goldwater Rule “is irresponsible, potentially stigmatizing, and definitely unethical.”

Putting a psychiatric label on a candidate they oppose can be a “seemingly irresistible tool for some in the field,” said Dr. Paul Appelbaum, a professor of psychiatry, medicine and law at Columbia University who disapproves of the practice. “This year, perhaps more than most, they’re persuaded they’re saving the nation from a terrible fate.”

William Doherty, a psychologist at the University of Minnesota, believes exactly that. In June, Dr. Doherty posted an online manifesto against “Trumpism” that has been signed by more than 2,200 mental health specialists.

“Yes, for me this is an exception,” Dr. Doherty said. “What we have here is a threat to democracy itself.”
The field is dominated by leftist/effeminate/anti-American/Jewish creeps.

Among the complaints about Trumpism is that it "promotes hyper-masculinity"! Sometimes I think that these shrinks want all men to be castrated.

Polizette reports:
In a Freudian slip, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee appeared to inadvertently admit Thursday that Democratic policies are inherently harmful to white Americans.

While speaking to a group of black Baptists in New Orleans, Tim Kaine seemed to suggest that in order to achieve “equity” between the races, white people need to willingly submit themselves to a state of repression similar to what black Americans have experienced.

“I’ve never been treated badly in life because of my skin color or my gender,” Kaine said. “I think the burden is on those of us who are in the majority — Caucasians. We have to put ourselves in a place where we are the minority.”
A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote to make Caucasians a minority. The Democrat Party is all about creating a race war, and nearly all of the support for Clinton comes from anti-whites and anti-Christians.

Yes, Kaine is white, but he attends a black church, speaks Mexican Spanish, and has made a career out of being a self-hating white. Maybe the shrinks should have a new diagnosis for self-hating whites and cucks.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Stop the American melting pot

Forward.com, a Jewish mag using the slogan "News that Matters to American Jews", writes:
There’s a piece of the “alt-right” puzzle of bigotry you need to know more about: “human biodiversity.” ...

These writers are, for the most part, long on “evidence” and short on policy: ... However, at least in the blogs and forums I examined, there was little discussion of what to do with the data of “human biodiversity.”
That sums up a huge difference between the alt-right and the Jewish left on this issue. The alt-right focuses on the facts, and figures that reasonable ppl will come to reasonable conclusions, once the facts are established.

The Left is long on policy and short on evidence. They push their policy objectives, without regard to the evidence.

The article credits Steve Sailer for the term, but he credits an anthropology book.

Forward just objects to the alt-right discussing race. Its own site is filled with all sorts of opinions about race, mostly promoting Jewish racial theories.

Funny that she objects to the word "diversity". Today's white-hating college professors insist on it:
Students enrolled in Art Appreciation at the University of Florida risk losing credit on assignments if they use the phrase “melting pot” in class.

Professor Pamela Brekka told Campus Reform that she has reprimanded students for using the term in the past, and even withheld credit from those who used the phrase on assignments, because in her opinion, “melting pot” is a term that “signals a Euro-White Colonial standard, point blank, period.”

The course itself, entitled Art Appreciation: American Diversity and Global Arts, fulfills UF’s general education requirements for both the “Diversity” category, which requires three credits for graduation, and the “Humanities” category, which requires nine credits.
Right-wing professors do not dictate use of terminology like this.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Atomic bombs ended WWII

An essay argues:
The Real Reason America Used Nuclear Weapons Against Japan. It Was Not To End the War Or Save Lives.

Like all Americans, I was taught that the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to end WWII and save both American and Japanese lives.

But most of the top American military officials at the time said otherwise.

The U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey group, assigned by President Truman to study the air attacks on Japan, produced a report in July of 1946 that concluded (52-56):
Based on a detailed investigation of all the facts and supported by the testimony of the surviving Japanese leaders involved, it is the Survey’s opinion that certainly prior to 31 December 1945 and in all probability prior to 1 November 1945, Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war, and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated.
The quote apparently refers to a conditional surrender, and the surrender might have been to Russia.

With the benefit of hindsight, I do not doubt that the war could have been won more quickly and easily if different decisions had been made. And that the USA could have won the war without the atomic bomb.

There were also American officials who hated the Germans and wanted to nuke them, but liked the Commies and did not want to do anything hostile to Russia. Maybe they even wanted Russia to take Japan.

All these quotes confirm that dropping the atomic bomb on Japan did end the war, and it did save lives. If it saved Japan from being absorbed into the Communist empire, that is also a good thing.

These arguments about Truman's "real reason" are dubious. When Truman became President, he did not even know anything about the Manhattan Project. Meanwhile the Russians knew so much about it, they were already cloning it.

The harms from the bombs have been greatly exaggerated:
The detonation of atomic bombs over the two Japanese cities in August 1945 led to the death of 200,000 people in the immediate aftermath while also flattening homes and monuments up to three miles from the centre of the blasts.

Yet the long term impacts of the nuclear weapons on those who survived the blasts may not be as severe as many believed, a review of scientific evidence has found. ...

The radiation flung out by the nuclear explosions has been feared to have increased the cancer rates in survivors and their children.

But 71 years after the bombs were dropped, bringing the Second World War to an end, one scientist has found our perception of cancer rates and birth defects as a result of the radiation are greatly exaggerated in the public sphere.
Ppl also argue that the USA would have won the war without relocating the Japanese nationals away from the west coast. With benefit of hindsight, I do not doubt that there is a long list of things that the USA could have skipped and still won.

In the case of the atomic bombs, it shortened the war by at least 3 months, and maybe much more.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Trump or game over

Lion Blog writes:
Game over if Hillary wins

Let’s go back to 2012. Mitt Romney lost. But it was NOT game over for Republicans. They maintained dominance in Congress, they blocked Obama from granting statutory amnesty to illegal aliens, not much changed in four years.

Now, a lot of #NeverTrumpers think that the same thing will happen again, and they can run a “true conservative” candidate in 2020. Assuming Republican primary voters will select a “true conservative.” Even if Mitt Romney can be considered a “true conservative,” in 2008 voters selected John McCain (a very moderate pro-amnesty Republican who made deals with Democrats) and of course this year they selected Donald Trump. Primary voters NEVER selected a conservative firebrand like Ted Cruz. George W. Bush was very conservative on Christian issues, but under his presidency we saw massive increases in government spending and government debt, stupid wars in the Middle East that in the long run accomplished no useful goal, and he supported the amnesty bill. The Republican primary process is not capable of selecting a great candidate. Trump is the best we are going to get.

(1) It’s hard to see how the Supreme Court remains conservative or even moderate after Hillary gets to select at least one liberal justice to replace Scalia, ...

(2) Republicans will be utterly demoralized and there will be forces saying that the key to the Republican future is to agree to amnesty for Hispanics who are “natural conservatives” and will start voting Republican if only Republicans weren’t so hostile to immigration.
. He is Jewish, but obviously disagrees with all the Jewish Trump haters.

He is right about this. Hispanics are not natural conservatives. I think that the Karl Rove theory is that Hispanics are Catholics, Catholics and Republicans are anti-abortion, so Hispanics will vote Republican. But this analysis is wrong. American Catholics are not even particularly Republican. Hispanics have very high illegitimacy rates, and thus are not particularly Catholic. Opinion surveys of Hispanics show them to be closer to liberal Democrats. And then there is the identity politics of the Democrats, which is to cater to those who hate white ppl.

Trump certainly has exposed a lot of traitors within the Republicans. A lot of Republican politicians have succeeded by promising conservatives things and not delivering, and sometimes actively working for immigration that will destroy American conservatism.

Dilbert writes:
The mainstream media knows they are smarter than Donald Trump. ...

The reality of Trump’s clever persuasion is crystal-clear to anyone who thinks Trump is smart. Trump was clearly joking about the “founder” part to get people squawking, and it worked. Total success. Brilliant technique.

Now the media has a big problem. They can’t admit that they were extraordinarily dumb in this situation and Trump was brilliant. That reality is invisible to them because it doesn’t fit their worldview.

So…cognitive dissonance happens.

This is a textbook set-up for cognitive dissonance. The facts we observe (Trump is smart, the media is gullible) is opposite of the media’s worldview in which they are smart and Trump is uninformed. So what do they do?

They act as if Trump is the dumb one in this situation. Because that fits their worldview.

And…they … fact-check his claim.

Meanwhile, the unhypnotized laugh themselves into a stupor watching this spectacle of cognitive dissonance. Humor aside, it is a marvelous and incredible thing to behold. ...

Oh, and Trump hates babies, and he also wants a 2nd amendment supporter to assassinate his opponent. As long as the media is being dumbasses, they might as well fact-check that stuff too.

I have never been so entertained.
Yes, it is funny to see fact-checkers rush to the Democrats' defense, and argue that Obama and Clinton do not actually carry ISIS membership cards in their wallets.

Friday, August 12, 2016

All sorts of Muslims

EricMargolis.com writes:
Trump simply does not understand that there are all sorts of Muslims. There is no common Muslim identity or common interest, any more than there is a Christian, Hindu or Buddhist one. What has a Muslim in Indonesia have in common with a Moroccan Muslim? Nothing, save a vague attachment to the Muslim faith. In the Mideast, Muslim Sunni are almost at war with Shia Muslims. In South Asia, there is fierce enmity between different schools of Islam. Wahabis from Arabia are at scimitars drawn with easier-going Sufis from Asia.

In short, one cannot generalize about Muslims. The reason that America’s three million Muslims have no political clout is because they are so fragmented in faith, history, and culture. Disunity, tribalism, and localism are the curses of the Muslim world.

This is Understanding the Outside World 101. Alas, Trump and most Americans do not.
Did Trump ever say that all Muslims were the same?

Funny how he can say that "one cannot generalize about Muslims", and then procede to generalize about Muslims.

I am all in favor of distinguishing the good Muslims from the bad Muslims around the world, but Trump is running for President of the USA, not theology professor.

It is funny also how Margolis can point to fierce differences among schools of Islam, but then deny differences among the Muslim, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist worlds.

Christians and Muslims have very much opposing world views. For the most part, Christians can tolerate Muslims and others, but Muslims cannot tolerate Christians. That is the first thing that an American President needs to know.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

ISIS wants Hillary Clinton elected

I just heard some supposed experts on NPR Radio say that Donald Trump is the President that ISIS wants, because he portrays Islamic terrorism as the enemy.

This is the opposite of the truth.

Radical Islam wants to take over the world, but they know they can never win with either persuasion or military power. So they are following this plan:

1. Get the West's attention by terrorist attacks.
2. Bait USA and Europe into wars to depose the secular govts in Islamic countries.
3. Get popular uprisings to force militant Islamic control of Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, etc.
4. Create a humanitarian crisis, and flood Europe with Islamic migrants and refugees.
5. Under the guise of religious tolerance, replace European cathedrals with mosques.
6. Continue, depending the West lacking the will to defend its culture and borders.

The policies of Bill Clinton, G.W. Bush, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the Trump-haters at the Pentagon and State Dept. have directly abetted this strategy. They have been suckered into fighting wars in behalf of Moslems. They have deposed the secular leaders of Islamic countries, and allowed Islamic radicals to take over. They have imported millions of Moslems into the USA. They have made excuses for Islamic terrorists, and denied that Islam has anything to do with the terrorism. They use NATO and trade threats to deter Europe from defending its borders. They deny that they have any responsibility to protect the USA and Europe from Islamification.

The Republicans at least got bipartisan, UN, and public support for their invasions. The Democrats never got approval for their pro-Moslem invasions of Bosnia, Kosovo, Libya, Syria, and other Islamic countries.

Hillary Clinton claims the credit for killing Libyan dictator Khaddafi, and making Libya the transit point for African migrants into Europe. She also advocates war to depose Assad in Syria, which would let ISIS take over and send more refugees into Turkey.

Trump is the first and only Presidential candidate to stand firmly against all of this. He is the only one to declare that American presidential policies should advance American interests first, and the only one to object to importing millions of Moslems from pro-terrorist areas.

The Trump-haters do not want to admit that their policies have been failures. Their policies have been much worse than failures. Not only have they failed to improve the Mideast countries that they were ostensibly trying to help, they have wasted trillions of dollars and advanced an Islamic invasion of Europe.

Instead of trying to defend their horrible policies, I see that the Trump-haters are once again claiming that Trump means something other than what he actually said.

As before, the interpretation is bizarre, is not implied, and does not even make any sense. Killing the President would not reverse a Supreme Court decision.

I think that it is correct that the 2A advocates would not give up and concede defeat, just because they got an adverse Supreme Court decision. Until the ruling of about 10 years ago (DC v Heller), a lot of them probably assumed that the Court would go against them. Their tools have been primarily educating the public with the facts about guns and gun use, and writing letters to legislators.

Ask yourself: Why is Trump hated so much? Is it because he wants to put America First? Because he agrees with how all the court of final authority have interpreted the Constitution on guns for 220 years, but now hangs by a 4-4 thread? Is it because he does not want an Islamic invasion of the USA?

Yes, these are some of the reasons he is hated.

Update: I posted this before hearing that Trump accused Obama and Clinton of being founders of ISIS. I do think that Al Qaeda and ISIS have advanced their goals greatly during the Obama administration, with the huge assistance of Obama and Clinton. We would have been much better off if Obama and Clinton had done nothing.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Experts giving bad advice

Nature mag reports on a new book:
Yet, as Alison Gopnik notes in her deeply researched book The Gardener and the Carpenter, the word parenting became common only in the 1970s, rising in popularity as traditional sources of wisdom about child-rearing — large extended families, for example — fell away. Gopnik, a developmental psychologist (or as she describes herself, “a bubbe at Berkeley, a grandmother who runs a cognitive science laboratory”), argues that the message of this massive modern industry is misguided.

It assumes that the 'right' parenting techniques or expertise will sculpt your child into a successful adult. But using a scheme to shape material into a product is the modus operandi of a carpenter, whose job it is to make the chair steady or the door true. There is very little empirical evidence, Gopnik says, that “small variations” in what parents do (such as whether they sleep-train) “have reliable and predictable long-term effects on who those children become”. Raising and caring for children is more like tending a garden: it involves “a lot of exhausted digging and wallowing in manure” to create a safe, nurturing space in which innovation, adaptability and resilience can thrive. ...

She also cites a number of studies on play, which is so crucial to human development that children engaged in it even in Nazi concentration camps.
There is indeed very little empirical evidence that any parenting practices are any better than any other.

Gopnik has her own parenting advice anyway. It is not clear that any evidence supports her advice either.

I don't get the comment on Nazi concentration camps. What else were kids going to do there? Why does that show that playing is crucial?

The jacket flap says:
Caring deeply about our children is part of what makes us human. Yet the thing we call "parenting" is a surprisingly new invention. In the past thirty years, the concept of parenting and the multibillion-dollar industry surrounding it have transformed child care into obsessive, controlling, goal-oriented labor intended to create a particular kind of child and thereby a particular kind of adult. In The Gardener and the Carpenter, the pioneering developmental psychologist and philosopher Alison Gopnik argues that the familiar twenty-first-century picture of parents and children is profoundly wrong - it's not just based on bad science, it's also bad for kids and parents.

Drawing on the study of human evolution and on her own cutting-edge scientific research into how children learn, Gopnik shows that although caring for children is immensely important, the goal shouldn't be to shape them so they turn out a certain way. Children are designed to be messy and unpredictable, playful and imaginative, and very different both from their parents and from one another. The variability and flexibility of childhood allow them to innovate, create, and survive in an unpredictable world. "Parenting" won't make children learn - rather, caring parents let children learn by creating a secure, loving environment.
She appears to be sloppy about what the science says, and what her personal opinion about parenting is. When she says "the goal shouldn't be to shape them", that is her opinion, not science.

Don't gardeners try to grow particular kinds of plants?

Parents do seem more possessive and controlling than ever. A friend told me that he had to attend his kid's college orientation, as the college had scheduled several of the events for the parents!

The USA feds recently dropped their recommendation to floss teeth, after a journal demanded the supporting evidence and they could not find any.

The dentists say that flossing is worthwhile, and the only reason they cannot prove it is that it would be unethical to do a controlled study. That is, they would refuse to tell the control group not to floss, for fear that they would all get tooth decay.

I conclude from this that experts are always giving us worthless advice with no scientific backing. Sometimes I think that the sort of ppl who become dentists are the ones who enjoy lecturing on the merits of flossing, and watching them descend into pitiful low self-esteem.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Wanting a symbol of White Christian hatred

A Yahoo Sports (((reporter))) writes:
The selection of Michael Phelps, as decided by athlete vote, is certainly a good one. He is the greatest Olympian of all time, ...

But the choice of flag bearer is an opportunity to say, “This is who we are.” Everyone around the world knows Phelps is who we are. But not everyone knows the stories of some of the other candidates, and why they are so meaningful. Not everyone knows the story of Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Muhammad, raised by a police officer and a teacher, is a fencer who went to Duke, where she got degrees in African and African-American Studies and International Relations. She is also a devout Muslim. She will become the first American Olympian woman to compete in a hijab.
No, this is not "who we are". We are not a Mohammedan country that makes women wear hijabs.

Today, a degree in African or African-American studies is a degree in hating white ppl. To most ppl around the world, Islam stands for killing infidels more than anything else.

The author is obviously a Christian hater. He probably hates Moslems also, and would never live in a Moslem country or have anything to do with Moslems. But if promoting a Moslem helps his anti-Christian agenda, that is more important.

It would make more sense to honor someone from the Klu Klux Klan.

You are going to say that I should not treat Miss Muhammad with the hijab as a terrorist, because she may not believe in terrorism. Surveys show that a majority of American Moslems say that they do not believe in terrorism. Yes, I know that. But this Yahoo author wants to pick her as a symbol.

What does she symbolize besides terrorism and killing infidels? The author wants her to symbolize an American trend toward hating white ppl, hating Christians, and importing millions of ppl with anti-American values.

Phelps is a fine choice, but he is not the greatest Olympian. His famous performance of 8 gold medals was nearly identical to what Mark Spitz did. Phelps got one more medal, but it was in a new event that Spitz probably would have also won if he had a chance. The main difference is that Spitz was banned for doing endorsements, and Phelps was not.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Alumni disgusted with colleges

The NY Times reports:
A backlash from alumni is an unexpected aftershock of the campus disruptions of the last academic year. Although fund-raisers are still gauging the extent of the effect on philanthropy, some colleges — particularly small, elite liberal arts institutions — have reported a decline in donations, accompanied by a laundry list of complaints.

Alumni from a range of generations say they are baffled by today’s college culture. Among their laments: Students are too wrapped up in racial and identity politics. They are allowed to take too many frivolous courses. They have repudiated the heroes and traditions of the past by judging them by today’s standards rather than in the context of their times. Fraternities are being unfairly maligned, and men are being demonized by sexual assault investigations. And university administrations have been too meek in addressing protesters whose messages have seemed to fly in the face of free speech.
Unexpected? Why give money to people who seem to be opposed to much of what is great about Western Civilization?

Usually ppl donating to colleges want to advance civilization, not thwart it.

Then there is the matter of how the college spend the money their receive. Look at who they admit, and who they reject, and at who gets a free ride and who pays the big bucks. It is not a social or economic model that I would want to endorse.

Inside Higher Ed reports:
Many colleges have adopted affirmative consent policies in recent years to help combat sexual assault. But some research suggests that the policies are far removed from how students actually request and receive consent.
In fairness, those policies were partially forced by the Obama administration.

Update: Here is an example of bad college behavior:
DePaul University has denied a request to have conservative commentator Ben Shapiro give a speech at the university, citing security concerns.
For Ben Shapiro? He does not even have any extreme views, as far as I know. He is very Jewish and I think he is a Trump-hater. These universities let commies speak, but not anti-commies.