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August 04, 2020

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Jonathan

Still the King

Alan

on the life and work of Thomas Sowell

For a minute I thought he'd passed away. *whew*

sH2

Ms Mac Donald’s apparently scandalous video… can be viewed in full here.

#HateFacts
#HateLogic

David

#HateFacts
#HateLogic

It’s quite the marshalling of unspeakable information, and does rather suggest that the default media narrative is not merely fanciful and incompetent, but wildly perverse. Something close to an inversion of reality.

In light of which, YouTube’s hair-trigger deletion and subsequent age-restriction takes on an interesting hue.

David

Trespass interruptus.

Via Jeff.

Governor Squid

One occasionally sees "Neighborhood Watch" signs posted along residential streets, but none of them have ever had as profound an impact as a man with a rifle standing guard.

It may be controversial to say "we need more of that," but I'm pretty sure it's safe to say "we're going to see a lot more of that."

ComputerLabRat

Trespass interruptus.

But...isn't the Seattle Police Chief - to whose house they were going to "protest" - isn't she...black????? oops - Black. Don't Black Lives matter to these people?

I'm confused.

Governor Squid

Pretty sure the badge cancels out skin color, along with one's plumbing and whatever thoughts one has about the correctness of said plumbing and one's preferences regarding the plumbing of others. Have you seen the way these gracious protesters have been treating the black cops standing off against them?

[+]

Trespass interruptus.

"We're looking for a friend" LOL

aelfheld
[...] wildly perverse.

Polymorphously so.

David

“We’re looking for a friend” LOL

Yes, it sounds about as convincing as… well, anything ever uttered by any Antifa shitling. And you can’t help but wonder what peace-enhancing items were in those backpacks.

Sam

any Antifa shitling

Something about that pejorative struck my fancy. Then I realized the spanish translation is "cacacito" and I have a new favorite word. Thanks, David!

David

Thanks, David!

And speaking of matters intestinal, the word fart really should have a ‘p’ at the beginning.

Pfart.

Oh come on. You know it makes sense.

Lancastrian Oik

Then I realized the spanish translation is "cacacito" and I have a new favorite word.

A couple of years ago Mrs. Oik and I were in Seville a few days before Christmas. In the streets around the cathedral and the alcazar were many stalls selling figurines and dioramas for the creation of elaborate nativity scenes, which the Spanish love... and we also discovered that they like to include a caganer somewhere in the background, and it was possible to purchase some surprisingly accurate miniatures of inter alia His Holiness The Pope, Barack Obama, Lionel Messi, Beyoncé and Captain America, all portrayed in the act of taking a dump.

Not exactly festive perhaps, but really quite amusing.

Squires

Isn’t it good to know that whatever is going on is nothing to do with “institutional, systemic, structural” racism? Isn’t that good news?

Good news for your enemy is bad news for you. Good news for the USA is bad news for the left.

Joan

HMD: "The biggest determinant of officer behaviour is civilian behaviour"

That.

David

HMD: “The biggest determinant of officer behaviour is civilian behaviour”

That.

At which point, it’s worth recalling the deep, woke wisdom of Scott Eric Kaufman, a pale and self-satisfied Salon editor, who encouraged black suspects to resist arrest and attempts at questioning, on grounds that young black males “shouldn’t have to” comply with lawful instructions from the police. And because resisting arrest, physically and aggressively, resulting in a scuffle and possibly the use of weapons, will improve the situation no end.

Again, note how often lefties give terrible, perverse, potentially life-ruining advice.

Karl

Columbia University is introducing racial segregation in order to "facilitate the development of an antiracist lens"

Do these clowns even hear themselves?

Darleen

The 99 PragerU videos restricted to adults by YouTube are a veritable swamp of vulgar language, violence and disturbing imagery, nudity and sexually suggestive content.

Heh.

Darleen

Oh dear. A comment goes MIA.

David, your spam filter needs some mild correction.

pst314

It's the Proto-Koalas of the Elders of Downunder.

David

Morning, all.

David, your spam filter needs some mild correction.

A light spanking did the trick.

David
I don’t think I am lazy. I’ve… written three novels (one published).

Sitting and typing, and staring into space for extended periods, is now, it seems, a form of exercise. A method of weight loss.

svh

Sitting and typing, and staring into space for extended periods, is now, it seems, a form of exercise.

"Clare Allan spent 10 years in a mental health institution"

https://www.timworstall.com/2020/08/seriously-guardian-seriously/

David

“Clare Allan spent 10 years in a mental health institution”

So, writing for the Guardian is a step up, then.

I was being slightly mischievous, above, and the reference to writing is presumably intended to prove great mental fortitude. But proudly citing a famously sedentary activity in an attempt to argue that weight loss is near impossible is a little odd. And the inevitable boilerplate about “income inequality” does rather sound like a convenient displacement of the kind sometimes favoured by overweight people, not least in the pages of the Guardian. Sort of, ‘I’m incredibly complicated and the world doesn’t meet my ideological expectations, therefore, obviously, I’m going to be fat, and stay fat forever, or at least until the socialist revolution.’

And meanwhile, Doritos!

[ Added: ]

And the fact that some people earn more than others for doing different things seems less likely to be a cause of eternal fatness than being the kind of person who blames this humdrum fact of life as the cause of their fatness. I mean, the attitude doesn’t bode well.

Nikw211
    Shaming people (lowering their self-esteem) strikes me as ... ineffective ... Indeed, it is highly likely to have the opposite effect.

Referendum and Election results in 2016 would appear to agree.

The 2006 Clare Allan wrote this:

    [F]or me: mental illness is not an identity. Nor is it something I wish to celebrate.

She wrote just before The Guardian signed her up to be their mental health columnist. It feels like there's a lesson in there somewhere.

    Telling people locked in an addictive relationship with food to just eat less, is like telling someone with mental health issues to pull themselves together, or a heroin addict to just stop shooting up. It isn’t helpful.

Well, it's somewhat on the blunt side to be sure, but it is ultimately true. Stopping shooting up is actually what you're going to have to do to leave heroin addition behind; finding cathartic ways of managing what seems like overwhelming and unmanageable mental stress, 'pulling oneself together', is pretty much what's required; and, yes, ultimately eating fewer calories while burning more of them results in weight loss over time.

David

Well, it’s somewhat on the blunt side to be sure, but it is ultimately true.

Ah yes, but practical advice, which is generally humdrum, makes the person in question feel much less special, much less fascinating. You can see the problem. And so, acknowledging the issue in straightforward terms – and thereby drawing attention to an obvious course of action – “isn’t helpful,” you see. We must not jeopardise “self-esteem” by implying the existence of agency, of things one might do. Especially if those things are fairly boring and unglamorous. Weight loss, we’re told, is deep and mysterious, all but unknowable, and is to be achieved, if at all, via “empathy” – oh, and by ending “income inequality.”

So, no fixed date.

WTP

practical advice, which is generally humdrum, makes the person in question feel much less special

It's not about the nail.
https://youtu.be/-4EDhdAHrOg

Alice

So, no fixed date.

LOL. That.

Squires

Ah yes, but practical advice, which is generally humdrum, makes the person in question feel much less special...

My father once convinced an intelligent young woman who worked for him to stop dating the sort of self-centered manipulators that fit her “imprint”. Her intelligence, as is usual in such cases, made the task more challenging, not less. She could speak freely of her father, and of every male she’d had a lasting amorous relationship with, in ways that made it screamingly obvious to any objective listener that the lot of them had been manipulators who’d exerted a crippling and entrapping influence on her life. This was never obvious to her, armored as her senses were in rationalizations that came as readily as long-practiced mantras. Which is what they were.

He is the only person I have ever personally known who succeeded in such an endeavor.

He did it by tricking her into dating a young man who turned out to be perfect for her.

Adam

...just stop shooting up...

That's like telling someone that 2+2=4. Everyone knows, or should know, that 4 is just one of an infinite number of possibilities for 2+2.

In fact, the next Mars probe will use values of 7.3 - 9.2 as the solution in all calculations. This range was chosen by 4th graders in the Primary School for Math, Science, Social Justice, and Gender Studies. The probe is predicted to be somewhere between the Moon and Mars by April 2024 - May 2025, or self-destruct on launch. Either way, it's a total win-win for NASA and the children.

QED

David

LOL. That.

Well, it does resemble an elaborately rationalised attempt at denial and procrastination. Sort of, “Yes, but is there a method of losing weight that doesn’t involve effort and which won’t inconvenience me in any way? What if we try socialism?” And if someone’s a bit chunky and they want to boost their self-esteem, the obvious way to do that is to shed a few pounds, thereby looking better, feeling better, and having a sense of accomplishment.

On the other hand, you could displace all that resentment at being fat onto a much grander project – say, “undoing Western civilisation.”

WTP

OK, something I've just learned from my personal life that may be relevant here in regard to weight loss/gain and such. As I have been Covid-retired since March from my career as a software developer (I jump in and out of the word "engineer" as appropriate...going with 'developer' today, but whatevs...) I have been doing a lot of handyman and light carpentry/construction work at our cabin/retreat. Since I'm not in the general rat-race groove and such, I have also given up my moderately light workouts of swimming 1000 yards (< 30 minutes) a day. I am quite certain that muscle-wise I am burning more calories per day doing this sort of physical work today vs my swimming in the past. So I was expecting that my hunger/desire for calories would increase and I would need to watch my weight even more. What has actually happened however, is that I don't have the hunger cravings that I used to have when doing desk work. I have a theory that this is because the ratio of cycles my brain is going through relative to the amount of physical work that I'm doing (BC/PW) has gone down. According to my theory, evolutionally/biologically a relatively brain-evolved species might see significant use of BC as an indication of physical conflict, either in battle or against nature and thus kick off the "feed me" mechanism in order for the subject to have plenty of energy stored for the physical conflict. In modern environments the BC functionality is increasing while the PW variable is decreasing.

Now consider our large swaths of useless individuals wasting their lives on "education". Put aside the quality factor of the BC and consider that these creatures do spend a tremendous amount of brain cycles constipating on why their lives suck, who is to blame, having to build and/or learn ridiculous, complicated social justice theories that are constantly changing due to their failure, processing the fear that they hold for ever thinking a bad thought, and doing nothing physical about it, then constipating some more. Supposing my theory has some validity, is it any wonder they have weight issues. Just a (long) thought.

BTW, if my theory is some sort of already known/studied phenomena I'd be curious to know if it has a name and/or any validity.

aelfheld
Pfart.

The late Florence King was wont to refer to the puerile as 'phartlings'.

WTP

Worked with a British gentleman years ago. Phil (or perhaps Paul?) Hart. The juvenile in me never got over smirking a little whenever I saw his username on an issue or email. As I recall, he was quite good natured about it. Of course, what choice did he have? Now if he had been a woman or some minority of some sort...

Uma Thurmond's Feet

WTP: That's a fascinating theory and I would like to subscribe ... nah, it's just a fascinating theory. I'd love to know, too, if it has a name.

I have a theory, too, and it is mine. Supposedly, research has shown that poor people are generally unhappy, and they get happier as they earn more money. Up to a certain level. Supposedly, in the U.S., it's about $70,000 a year. This is enough to live comfortably, eat decent food, afford internet and cable and even set something aside in savings.

Above that income level, and happiness plateaus. Higher than that, and it declines somewhat, probably due to the person being in a higher stress job (CEO, fashion model, Instagram influencer) that requires more effort to stay on top.

Transfer that pattern to the whole of society. During the '50s and early '60s, when the U.S. middle class had expanded dramatically (thanks to the rest of the industrial world destroying itself, see 1939-1945), it seems that was the era of greatest contentment (disregarding worries over the atom bomb, Russia, Red Scare, etc.). There were subsequent bubbles of happiness that followed, thanks probably to inventions spurring economic improvements, particular the computer revolution.

Now, we seem to have a huge cohort of people (formerly called elites, since renamed "the comfy class"), who have enough parental money to spend on government-financed art projects, living in expensive cities, writing poetry no one wants to read and agitating for "change." Even though they don't work for their income, they have plenty of money and luxuries and hence are feeling the same kind of anxieties as people who work intensely for a living.

Hence, societal breakdown.

John

Uma. An alternative view could be that they have no real anxieties in their lives and certainly don’t need to hold down “a proper job” to maintain them. Lacking any genuine purpose they are instead consumed by the need to be seen as somehow oppressed. With few exceptions they are unable to find a compelling reason to justify it. The only outlet is therefore to latch on to the perceived persecution of others and by far the easiest route is currently via antifa/blm (as the various LGBTWXYZ groupings do not readily lend themselves to street rioting and attacking the police, vital activities in the lead-in to an election). I believe a large number of those white millennials in their designer black camouflage gear fit perfectly into your cohort.

Governor Squid

Working hard and achieving a goal gives one a sense of accomplishment. It could be a physical goal like building a piece of furniture or a retaining wall, or something more cerebral like finishing a novel or a software application. Maybe it's the culmination of a years-long effort, like seeing your kid make Eagle Scout.

But when your 'accomplishment' is a Master's thesis consisting of meaningless word salad, or a sixth-place medal in the regional semifinals of the pronoun identification Olympics, or posting a page from your adult coloring book on your Instagram, you don't get the same feeling. (Nor should you!)

So what do you do if you lack skills, talent, and work ethic, but still have a healthy sense of ambition and a hungry ego? I suspect that you're going to cast about for something else that makes you feel a sense of accomplishment, preferably without having to do any hard work or suffer much inconvenience. Why not a loud demonstration asserting that all your well-adjusted and successful peers are actually monsters, while you are a holy warrior in a righteous cause?

Darleen

Some times a worm is just a worm, other times it's wormegedon.

WTP

Some times a worm is just a worm, other times it's wormegedon

So there was this post on FB recently showing a line of ducks crossing the road holding up several cars in traffic during a snow storm. Having seen a similar story months earlier, I (shamefully) reused the joke I made back then, something to wit, "Ducks are a**holes. Like they couldn't fly across the street". Well. Three angry faces and a comment response telling me that I was the asshole...which itself got several "likes".

Farnsworth M Muldoon

That's like telling someone that 2+2=4. Everyone knows, or should know, that 4 is just one of an infinite number of possibilities for 2+2.

Right you are.

asiaseen

Right you are.

Just wow! How does Dr. Rochelle Gutierrez deal with the mechanics of daily life? Can she check, for instance, a restaurant bill?

Given that the concept of mathematics is originally Babylonian it may be stretching a point (or two)to claim it is white western colonisation. Still, as the Babylonians were neither Black, Latinx nor Hispanical they must, in woke eyes, be white.

A minor point, Dr G can't get woke maths right. The example of two factories with 2 and a half machines/lines each combining to make 2+2=5 is actually 1+1=5

Col. Milquetoast

https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/2012/05/26/book-review-intellectuals-and-society-by-thomas-sowell/

Here is the aforementioned review on Sowell. It is what you would expect from someone who would use “easy for a rich white man to say” as an argument . One curious line was “Despite crime statistics being fairly uniform between black-majority American cities and white-majority ones, black men form 40% of the prison population” Amazing that while looking up those statistics that he didn’t see any about who was committing crimes.

It took 4 and a half years before someone pointed out that Sowell isn’t a rich white man and then another 11 months for the line to be humiliatingly removed.

David

Amazing that while looking up those statistics that he didn’t see any about who was committing crimes.

Well, in Mr Byrne’s review, there’s an air of condescension and a kind of pissy indignation - which would fit with Sowell’s argument that leftists generally have an ego-stake in their beliefs, to which social status is attached. They are personally elevated, at least among their peers, by believing that, for instance, the criminal justice system is obviously, fundamentally and irretrievably racist, and are therefore disinclined to search out explanations that might undermine their statusful conceit. Instead, we get a quip about prisoners and slavery. And the aforementioned dismissal of Sowell as being too white to know how things really are.

The third item here seems somewhat relevant.

Jonathan

An interesting dig into the origins of Robin DiAngelo; author of 'White Fragility'.

From Steve Sailer's summary of the article:

Little is known about the life of DiAngelo before she graduated from the U. of Seattle when she was evidently 34 in 1991. But between her own statements and those of her husband, who publishes a garrulous, rather likable blog about his life, she appears to have grown up in a Catholic blue-collar broken home on the edge of poverty. She may have spent her 20s doing the hippie travel thing. At some point in the early 1990s, she got hired by the state of Washington to train government employees in diversity awareness or whatever the jargon was back then. She was very shocked that some white employees spoke back to her unsububmissively and even complained — out loud — about affirmative action.

via Steve Sailer

David

From Steve Sailer’s summary of the article

She gives me the impression of being a 110 IQ person who has, over grinding years of delivering boring workshops on diversity, learned how to manipulate the emotions of 100 IQ women.

A tad catty, perhaps, but the general idea isn’t too implausible.

WTP

Yes... 1990's diversity training. Who would have thought 25 years ago that letting these people acquire more and more influence over our society would lead to the problems we see today?...THIS guy. Kneel, bitches. You asked for it.

David

For those who care about such things, tomorrow’s Ephemera has been compiled and should materialise just after midnight, UK time.

[ Wipes sweat from brow. ]

pst314

"Amazing that while looking up those statistics that he didn’t see any about who was committing crimes."

No surprise: His academic specialty involves pulling opinions out of his ass rather than doing actual honest research:

"Aidan Byrne is a Senior Lecturer in English and Media/Cultural Studies at Wolverhampton University. He specialises in masculinity in interwar Welsh and political fiction..."

sH2

'Gallup: More than 80% of black Americans want same or more police presence in neighborhood... Just 19% said they would like to see police spend less time in their community'

https://disrn.com/news/gallup-over-80-of-black-americans-want-same-or-more-police-presence-in-neighborhood

pst314

Just 19% said they would like to see police spend less time in their community

How many of that 19% are criminals?

WTP

How many of that 19% are criminals?

Well if 1/3 of black men have felony convictions...?

https://www.sentencingproject.org/news/5593/

asiaseen

He specialises in masculinity in interwar Welsh and political fiction...

I guess he has a lot of spare time in that case.

asiaseen

www.sentencingproject.org/news/5593/

Very carefully avoiding any mention of crime statistics by race

Joan

Clap for the NHS!

https://twitter.com/_AndreaUrbanFoX/status/1291381944434008064

aelfheld
How does Dr. Rochelle Gutierrez deal with the mechanics of daily life?

By not applying her ludicrous ideas to her own affairs - it's a given she doesn't apply her arithmetic theories to, say, her pay packet.

Captain Nemo

Our betters pontificate. Firebombing a police car is apparently an accidental "moment of madness":

https://twitter.com/Richard_Spoor/status/1290976662721527809

David

Firebombing a police car is apparently an accidental “moment of madness”

But hush, we mustn’t judge. Who here among us hasn’t chosen to join a racist rioting mob, bent on terrorising entire neighbourhoods, while, quite coincidentally, carrying a Molotov cocktail, and with more Molotov cocktails stashed in your car?

Darleen

The Mao-Maoing of another campus.

The feedback was so unhinged that a casual observer might wonder whether they mistakenly thought the book was written by a Klansman, or endorsed the Klan. The comments on the event's announcement page—as well as statements by student government officials—make it abundantly clear this is not the case. They know exactly what the book's point of view is.

"The last thing we need to do is allow someone who is even reflecting on the hatred of their ancestors to speak about white supremacy, even if their efforts come from a place of accountability," one student wrote on Instagram.

"There is nothing that a book on white supremacy written by the descendant of a Klansman can do to promote or influence an anti-racism atmosphere," wrote another.

Governor Squid

Very carefully avoiding any mention of crime statistics by race.

Never mind that the statistics don't support much of anything, beyond the government's tendency to make *everything* a felony. From the article:

The researchers found that the percentage of black men with a felony conviction increased from 13% in 1980 to 33% in 2010 (compared to 5% and 13% for all adult men during these periods, respectively).

So black men had a felony rate 158% higher than the baseline in 1980, but racist policing since then meant that by 2010, black men had a felony rate 153% higher than the baseline.

That's a hell of a trend they've stumbled on!

WTP

Heh...I just grabbed that link as a random reference in regard to pst314's question How many of that 19% are criminals?. Meh...Call it confirmation bias if it fits...either way, in the ballpark. Whatever the "justifications" or excuses.

pst314

How many of that 19% are criminals?

Allow me to change my question to "are criminals or are related to criminals or have friends who are criminals?" :-)

WTP

"are criminals or are related to criminals or have friends who are criminals?"

Well....depending on one's situation, having "friends" or relatives who are criminals might put police in even more demand. YMMV, as they say. I mean...just look around THIS place...

David

I mean...just look around THIS place...

Er, I’ll have you know this is a respectable establishment, all shipshape and above board.

[ From the cellar, sounds of exertion, as if something heavy were being dragged across the floor. A muffled scream. ]

WTP

A muffled scream. ]

Keep it down. The Gimp's sleeping. You don't wanna wake him up now, do ya?

Daniel Ream

I jump in and out of the word "engineer" as appropriate

Around here whether you're allowed to call yourself a software engineer depends entirely on whether the Professional Engineering licensing body feels like being pissy that day.

I have a theory, too, and it is mine.

Does it involve a brontosaurus?

Supposedly, research has shown that poor people are generally unhappy, and they get happier as they earn more money. Up to a certain level.

Oh, yes, this is quite well known. A friend of mine does organizational psych. When it comes to employee motivating factors, there are two kinds: motivating factors (the more X you have, the more motivated) and hygiene factors (a lack of X is demotivating, but once enough X is present, more X doesn't make a difference).

It turns out that for most people salary is a hygiene factor. Underpaying someone will demotivate them, but once they feel they're being paid "enough", paying them more won't increasingly motivate them.

Ray

So what do you do if you lack skills, talent, and work ethic, but still have a healthy sense of ambition and a hungry ego?

Politics. I mean, isn't it obvious?

TomJ

On exercise and appetite: yes,it's been studied.

WTP

On exercise and appetite: yes,it's been studied.

Well my point wasn't about exercise itself, it is the combination of brain cycles and exercise. In fact, my personal experience was that previously I was doing too much exercise. A dozen years ago, maybe more, when I was first struggling with weigh gain and discussing this with my doctor he asked how much exercise I was getting. At the time I was working out, swimming mostly, usually twice a day. I'd get in about 2500 yards swimming in the morning before work, then put in another 2500-3000 yards at lunch. He said it was no wonder that I was hungry all the time because I was "excercizing more than the cave man". Now not that I believed that literally and I kind of put it aside, though I did lighten up a bit to just one workout per day because I did believe it wasn't helping in regard to appetite. So again, now that I'm using my brain more in proportion to my body in a historical evolutionary physiological context, I find my ravenous appetite is much more under control. I'm currently eating about the same, maybe a little bit more but the hunger cravings are nowhere near what they used to be sitting at a desk all day, getting increasingly hungry as 11:00 AM or 5:00 PM rolled around.

WTP

Around here whether you're allowed to call yourself a software engineer depends entirely on whether the Professional Engineering licensing body feels like being pissy that day.

Not that I blame them entirely, but it is more than a bit pissy, true. Mostly because the ones making the biggest stink are likely crappy engineers who never actually developed anything, just stood around complaining how this or that "isn't right". But I digress...My thing is...so my father was a civil engineer from just after the war until the late 1960's. Even when he went into real estate he did it always with the mind of an engineer (along with the mind of a combat infantry veteran). After he retired and I was in the thick of my SW career we would discuss how the two disciplines differed yet were the same. Until the day he died, I never considered myself an engineer. That only came after I went to work for a "major government defense contractor" where everyone used the term. When I thought of "software engineering" I mostly did so in the context of systems engineering. I used to say software is never truly "engineered", it is developed over cycles. This was also a good bit before Agile became a thing. In fact, I advocated for Agile style development for years before I ever heard of it. I used to call it "circular" or "Spirograph" (if your familiar with the childhood...mmm...toy?) process. Sigh...but did anyone listen? Nooooo.....C'est la vie as the Frenchies say.

WTP

but once they feel they're being paid "enough", paying them more won't increasingly motivate them.

Tend to agree with this but only in a psychology lab or similar (think government) context. I think there is another factor in real-world terms. If/when people do get paid more than they expect, this is usually a factor of a very successful project or company that excites people to be more productive. But I think that's a factor of success and morale not pay. If the company or project is doing shitty and you try to keep people around by paying them too much, I do think it is counter productive. At least among true professionals. And I do include hard-working blue collar people with some control/input in how they do their jobs in the context of "true professionals".

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