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Monday, September 29, 2014

Welcome, gentlemen. Do come in.


A few weeks ago, Malcolm Pollack remarked on the appearance of Rudyard Kipling in, of all places, a Roger Cohen column in the New York Times.
The fabric of society frayed. Democracy looked quaint or outmoded beside new authoritarianisms.

…Nobody connected the dots or read Kipling on life’s few certainties: “The Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire / And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire.”

Until it was too late and people could see the Great Unraveling for what it was and what it had wrought.

James Howard Kunstler, fresh off his call for closing the borders, remarks on the late phenomenon of alienated, unvalued young men.
My guess is that they will shift their attention and activity from the mind-slavery of the current Potemkin economy to the very monster we find ourselves fighting overseas: a domestic ISIS-style explosion of wrath wrapped in an extreme ideology of one kind or another replete with savagery and vengeance-seeking. The most dangerous thing that any society can do is invalidate young men. When the explosion of youthful male wrath occurs in the USA, it will come along at exactly the same time as all the other benchmarks of order become unmoored - especially the ones in money and politics - which will shatter the faith of the non-young and the non-male, too. Also, just imagine for a moment the numbers of young men America has trained with military skills the past 20 years. Not all of them will be disabled with PTSD, or mollified with rinky-dink jobs at the Wal-Mart, or lost in the transports of heroin and methedrine.

The authorities will have no way to understand what is happening and we are certain to endure a long season of violence and social chaos as a result. The re-set from that will be an economy and a society that few now yammering will recognize. That society emerging from the ashes of the current matrix of rackets will desperately need young men to rebuild, and there will be plenty of opportunity for them - though it won’t feature fast cars, Kanye West downloads, or bottle service.

Better late than never companeros.

(Matthew 20: ...8 “So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’ 9 And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. 10 But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. 11 And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, 12 saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’ 13 But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”

Just War Doctrine


Juan Cole is horrified.
“Michele Bachmann took the stage at the Values Voters Summit today, and fired up the crowd with shots at President Obama and Hillary Clinton, as well as a firm call for the U.S. to keep killing ISIS terrorists until they surrender...
The Young Turks: “Michele Bachmann’s Frenzied Bloodlust Delights Values Voters”
War against ISIS is entirely justified if people like Juan Cole want continued Muslim immigration. If our borders are to remain open to the Ummah, then radical Islam must be eliminated in its homelands.

We invade the world because we invite the world.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Derek Jeter and Gnosticism

I know, wtf, right? But Sailer spots the connection, and this explains a lot of the persistence in debate in certain areas. Thus, my observation that all I ever do is recycle a few key themes. I was speaking with my dad last night, and he pointed out that when you think about it, mankind just keeps cycling through the first eleven chapters of Genesis.

It's human nature to want some esoteric, arcane knowledge or process to differentiate you from all the rubes. This is Pride, one of the seven deadly sins. Thus, esoteric specialists can demonstrate how billionaire George Steinbrenner was a fool to keep shoveling so much money to Derek Jeter, as he collected four world championships in the process.

Of course, this is not to pooh-pooh data collection but to criticize the idolization of the model constructed from the data. Steinbrenner saw something in Jeter that wouldn't necessarily show up in the spreadsheets. Donald Trump has made the point that he can tell a lot about potential business partners based on how they comport themselves in a round of golf.

My favorite example of gnostic thinking is "climate scientists" who fancy themselves something more than mere meteorologists. When they venture out of their computer labs, they end up trapped in Antarctic sea ice which their models told them did not exist. Then they have to radio actual meteorologists to find out what the weather patterns are so they can determine if their food stores and power supply will last through their taxpayer-funded rescue.

Economics is another area where very bright people get bored with axiomatic things like the supply-demand curve or capital and the structure of production. Genius-level people find this the intellectual equivalent of ditch-digging (which has its own science, as any ditch digger who's had to be pulled out from under a collapsed ditch wall can tell you). So they develop a "macro" field of economics with models that supposedly will have society running like a top. Of course, when they venture out in the real world their models fail appallingly. Long Term Capital Management nearly brought down Wall Street long before Goldman Sachs and AIG. The best and brightest American economists nearly killed post-Soviet Russia, and we came close to the Great Reset when the quants forgot to account for the fact that housing values can plateau, and also decline.

It's quaint to recall Gary Larson's great Far Side cartoons with the archetypal "scientists" peering through microscopes and telescopes, or in pith helmets in the jungle. (Actually, a lot of the humor was in how quaint it seemed even circa 1980 - 1995.) Currently, a lot of science consists in running computer models. Field work can actually be dangerous, which was a big complaint from the subject of a recent post:
I still love rocks and I still dream of the ancient Aegean seas, but for the better part of my career I’ve sealed myself into a locked laboratory, a small well-lit world that I can control. I still do fieldwork, but I do it in “safe” countries like Canada and Ireland — where similar things still happen. Where would I have ended up had I been the first person to report the isotope chemistry of the aquifers that underlie the ancient city of Hierapolis? I’ll never know, because I’ll never go back. I’ll take my chances elsewhere and let my male colleagues study the travertine deposits of the Menderes River Valley. I will continue to do everything right, and it will continue to keep me inadequately safe.

(Note that what is apparently out of the question is marrying a male colleague, who can do field work with her and protect her from harmful sexual encounters with strangers.)

As I've observed (repeatedly), the whole climate change alarum is rather distant from what people used to call "environmentalism." Things like eliminating particulate and heavy metal pollution, solid waste management, flora and fauna preservation aren't consistent with globalism and require some politically incorrect thinking about human r-selected reproductive practices. So the environmentalists tiptoed away from all these real world problems to focus on things with ambiguous metrics like "climate" and "sea levels." (As opposed to "weather" and "erosion.")

I certainly agree that it can't be good for anywhere or anybody to be burning so many fossil fuels, like the acres of idling cars on concrete highways, headed for reflective heat generators in the form of huge steel and glass buildings. I can drive two hours and see that brown smudge in the air above Atlanta and the temperature difference from city to rural to realize something non-normative is going on. But whereas an "environmentalist" used to be making these real world observations and calling for something tangible, now he's sitting in front of a computer trying to craft arguments for government to subsidize energy sources that are way too diffuse to have much utility. Or worse, arguing for some complicated rent-seeking scheme.

"Gnosticism" infects a lot of areas, like the magic thinking that concludes The Gap is because we're not getting black children away from their taciturn parents early enough--instead of thinking about things like how to get iodine and vitamin D into poor people's diets, and laying out some really clear rules for high-risk groups. Or that AIDS has everything to do with a runaway-freight-train of a virus that could Kill Us All, and nothing to do with practices that put intolerable loads on human immune systems. Or what Haitians really need are nice white people handing out canned goods instead of building them a sewage system and putting the Haitian equivalent of Paul Kagame in charge of it.

But the root of it all, it seems, is Pride.

UPDATE: John Derbyshire, on exactamundo, all-fours point:
Professor Thompson—she teaches math at the University of California, Davis—proceeds to apply that careful scrutiny at 3,500-word length. She concludes:

To summarize, the paper “Groups of diverse problem solvers can outperform groups of high-ability problem solvers” contains a theorem that has neither mathematical content nor real-world applications, and a contrived computer simulation that illustrates the well-known fact that random algorithms are often effective. What the paper emphatically does not contain is information that can be applied to any real-world situation involving actual people.

Predictable as the effing tides.

Monday, September 22, 2014

How to increase the incidence of rape on college campuses


Order fraternities to keep women in houses with lots of drunk young men.

Wesleyan orders fraternities to become coed

Eventually though, these fraternities will become safe places for women. That is, they will become sororities, filled with women and their gay friends.

As Bob Wallace puts it, what women enter, men leave.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Allow me to translate

Science's sexual assault problem, via Vox Popoli.
I was a promising graduate student. I landed a position as a professor before I even started to write my dissertation. While I prepared to start my new job, I decided that I would begin by studying the brine that bleeds sideways within the rocks that underlie the inner Aegean region of Turkey. I dreamed of an ocean of hot water underneath Denizli Province, an ocean that occasionally sloshes out onto the surface to form ice-blue thermal springs. I had seen photographs, but I wanted to be there, to take samples and make measurements, to make it “my” field site. I was trying to find an intellectual home.

I was careful to do everything right. I started out modestly and cautiously, in the summer of 1996, with simple reconnaissance. I booked a spot within a chaperoned group tour and stayed in prearranged hotel rooms and ate bland meals with the 10 or so elderly Australian tourists who were my travel companions. We rode in an air-conditioned bus for days while I stared out the window and scribbled notes about the roads and cataloged photos of the landscape. I covered my head with a scarf and averted my eyes toward the sidewalk.

And then, one day in the Mediterranean resort town of Antalya, instead of going to the marketplace with the group, I sat in a cafe to study some maps. It was broad daylight when I began walking back to the hotel, and a stranger pulled me into a stairwell — and then did some other things. Perhaps an hour later I staggered out with his blood under my fingernails. I cannot describe what happened in a way you will understand, because I still do not understand it myself. I have been trying to understand it for almost 20 years.

As I said, allow me to translate:


Eighteen years ago, Dr. A. Hope Jahren was the 20-something, globe-trotting grad student getting picked up for rough sex by exotic strangers in Turkey. Now, at age 45, she realizes that everybody's looking straight through her--like she's invisible or something--to the latest grad-student hottie to saunter into the department. So suddenly, after 18 years of silence!, Dr. Jahren drops the bombshell that she was RAPED, yes, RAVISHED in her virginal bloom without her consent, lo those long years ago.

Therefore, we obviously and urgently need to keep all of Dr. Jahren's rapacious male colleagues in the present from sleeping with all these new, young, female grad students.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The U.S. Democratic Rainbow Warrior Army


Is there anything it can't do?

US to commit up to 3,000 troops to fight Ebola in Africa, from The Vault.
WASHINGTON — Under pressure to do more to confront the EBOLA sweeping across West Africa, President Obama on Tuesday is to announce an expansion of military resources to combat this deadly attack on liberal democratic values, administration officials said.

The president will go beyond the 25 anti-EBOLA missile batteries that Pentagon officials have already established in Liberia, one of the three West African countries ravaged by EBOLA.

Mr. Obama will offer help to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia in the construction of as many as 17 missile silos in the region, with about 1,700 unit-yields of anti-EBOLA nuclear megatonnage per warhead. The silos will be fed by direct conveyors from Martin Marietta facilities in Seattle, Washington, powered by micro-credit and killer whale farts in LEED-certified plants, lovingly attended by immigrant labor.

Senior administration officials said Monday night that the Department of Defense would open a joint command operation in Monrovia, Liberia, to coordinate the international effort to rip off EBOLA's head and shit down its neck. The military will also spawn 10,000 orcs to construct siege machines, trebouchets and catapults to rain down over 500 pounds of Greek fire per minute to deal with the crisis.

"We will bomb EBOLA into the dirt, then we will bomb the dirt, then we will decompose the dirt into its constituent elements, then we will form the elemental slurry into clay balls which we shall load on to rockets and fire into the heart of the Sun," said Obama, severing the head of an EBOLA minion and displaying it to the delighted hoots and gibberings of his Cabinet members.


Obama, in blood-crazed frenzy, severs head of EBOLA minion

Just kidding. Click through the links and read the actual New York Times article. And yes, that's really the name of the head of the Liberian matriarchy.

All of the media's effusive coverage is a polite way to leave unsaid that West Africa is so lawless and barbaric that we have to send 3,000 troops along to protect the medical professionals attempting to rescue Africa from its enormous disease load. You're welcome.

UPDATE: Eight dead in attack on Ebola team in Guinea.

So how come the CIA isn't offering me and my friends in this corner of the Internet lucrative contracts for our prognostications?

Monday, September 15, 2014

What then?


As the US assembles its multi-national coalition to wage war on the Dar-al-Islam, now would seem to be a good time to ask, what then? As in, once we've bombed what I will henceforth refer to as ISIS into the dirt, and put occupying troops on the ground, what then?

Or, if we are not going to put occupying troops on the ground, once we've bombed ISIS into the dirt and the survivors are left to poke around in the rubble, what then?

Commenter Cataline Sergius at Vox Popoli calls this Schrodinger's War:
This is a war caught up in quantum entanglement. It has both objectives and non-objectives. A desired end-state and no way to measure that end state. A state of war and non-war simultaneously.

It does however have a goal.

It is particularly important to Obama that the box containing it, isn't supposed to be opened for three years.

This adjunct law professor and community activist, just two and one-half years away from the lecture/book tour circuit where he'll earn millions, is about to be Commander-in-Chief of military operations in the Middle Eastern theater. I do not expect combat operations to begin until an overwhelming force has been assembled, just as I do not expect the Obama administration to change course until this force has been assembled, even if it requires the US commit 100,000 troops. And, it follows, Obama and the US Congress will secure military victory by any means necessary.

So, after ISIS is defeated--as they will surely be--what then?

Who will police what's left of Syria and Iraq at that point? Who will provide food, shelter, potable water and sewage to millions of Middle Easterners whose infrastructure has been destroyed?

Do we really expect the Sunnis currently paying tribute to ISIS to unite behind pluralistic governments of "Syria" and "Iraq"? (Do these states still exist?)

Who gets to be the government of what's left of these places? How do we choose them? Where do we draw the borders? Do we carve out an Assad-ruled coastal region? Who gets Aleppo? Does Kurdistan get legal recognition?

Any members of the Obama administration reading this, feel free to chime in.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Great Mesopotamian War


It's lasted twenty-four years; arguably an entire century.

For the fifth time in my adult life, the US will engage in combat operations in the Middle East. We are doing this because the corrupt meatballs who rule the Arabian peninsula are terrified, and because the jihadists will be coming home, this time with live-fire experience. As the lonely voices of Pat Buchanan and Steve Sailer have pointed out for two decades, we invite the world, so we must invade the world. ISIS is not actually a threat to the US per se. It is a threat to the US government's open borders policy, because a few instances of jihadists setting off IED's in shopping malls and the US Congress, under threat of complete electoral eviction, will be adopting the immigration policy of Israel. Therefore, ISIS must be destroyed.

I also suspect this is actually a pretext to bomb Damascus and its resident Assad family into the dirt, as long desired by the Saud and Thani clans.

Also in play are the semi-conscious motivations of President Peace Prize, who I think would love nothing more than to honor the memory of his father as an openly devout Sunni Muslim.



What are we up to now--four proposed wars on this guy's watch? If the Nobel committee were so desperate for a tall, articulate, African head of state who stopped bloodshed, I'd nominate Paul Kagame.


In what number of possible realities is this latest intervention supposed to work out? I doubt Americans have the stomach for another decade of young infantrymen patrolling crowded Middle Eastern cities surrounded by people who hate them. So I'm guessing the plan is to bomb the shit out of the place and hope we can pay enough rival Syrians and Iraqis to supply the boots on the ground. (They haven't stepped up so far, so I tend to doubt it.) The infrastructure of the region will be totally destroyed, and it will take about a week of footage of Syrian and Iraqi children hunting for rats and begging cameramen for food before the foreign aid starts rolling in. There will be more refugees, more corruption, more seething resentment. In sum, more of every bad thing we can imagine and no way out.

UPDATE: Malcolm Pollack weighs in. Malcolm links in turn to another assessment, wherein the authors put a great deal of stock in the supposed soothing balm of pluralistic democracy.* Stable countries are formed around market-dominant majorities. Multiculturalism is actually premised on the opposite: the ethnic or creedal majority is required to accommodate itself to the minority. Ruling minorities are overthrown, as we see in Syria or Iraq, or the multicultural polity devolves into its constituent nations, as with Rome, Austro-Hungary, the Soviet Union and Britain.

* - This sentence is a correction. Malcolm shares my view of Western liberal democracy. Wise man, that Malcolm. And doubtless, stunningly handsome.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Mister Russell

He mad.

Remember Jason Russell? He was a Christian activist who lobbied for armed intervention against Ugandan strongman Joseph Kony. More on Jason in a bit.


The Kakistocracy has been documenting just how worried this whole Islamic-militancy-thing has got our leaders. After all, enough incidents like Israel experienced from 2000 to 2005, and native-born mobs react to a quiescent government by chasing Muslims into the ocean and telling them to swim home. And the Djinn will be truly out of the lamp at that point, because the government will have lost legitimacy. High profile politicians will find themselves evicted, literally, from their offices and lots of government employee-pensions get abolished with a stroke of the new leadership's pen. Or it's full-scale coups and drumhead trials, as will probably happen in Europe.

Like Kak, I too wonder if a grim realization is beginning to nag at people, even as they nonetheless feel compelled to continue going through the motions.
How many staunch advocates realize that the philosophy underpinning their purple-faced apoplexy is almost entirely driven by externalities? That if the rails of acceptability were shifted suddenly from 10-20 on the left to 70-80 on the right, they’d abandon their cherished liberal ideals with the enthusiasm of a straight man who just felt a bulge in the crotch of his make-out partner.

It is true that most people are idiots. And most are also cowards. That’s why he who controls the narrative, controls. People will generally espouse not what they believe, but what they are permitted to believe. And this is why we have a mainstream political spectrum that ranges from liberal all the way to neocon. That these two groups, who agree on practically every fundamental of society, manage to summon the energy for even lethargic combat is a testament to the power of propaganda. That simple preservation of our civilization and its people is a topic unfit for discourse is a better testament still...

...I wonder how many mainstreamers–liberals even–sometimes take a surreptitious peek under the skirt of our lewd philosophy. I like to think a few of the semi-lucid ones are beginning to see the hideosity they’ve brought home from the bar. Not that an inchoate awareness or even rapid sobriety will cease their forward “progress.”

It will continue for now because it may do no other. As we have discussed previously, madness has its own momentum and traces a common route. Race replacement has been cheered for years as the only acceptable opinion in the West. And who dares stop applauding first? Richard the Lionhearted Lowry?

Even if there were sober men of the ascendant left who realized the enormity of their mistake, what may they do now but continue clapping? It’s possible some may even be sweating along with their betrayed countrymen…a horrified rictus where the smirk used to reside. And still they continue clanging palms like an organ grinder’s monkey. From their perspective, what else is permitted?

And from our good friend's routine eloquence, these words are what grabbed me: "madness" and "horrified rictus."

From my last post, we see two responses to our society's hysterical embrace of the other:

1. Madness in the ennervated gazes of Adriana Ford-Thompson and Pippa Bacca. They have lost their minds, like poor, brainwashed Winston Smith.



2. Here's the terrified Amy Biehl and her parents, gazing into the abyss as their limbic systems scream at their cerebrums that they are in danger and need to leave quickly:



And now, back to Mister Russell, so capably diagnosed by an anonymous AltRight author two years ago:
As people we learn to moderate our vulnerability to horror and madness by drawing boundaries around ourselves. The more prudently and conservatively we give our love and our faith, the more protected from madness we become. The more liberally we empathize or otherwise identify with strange peoples, the more heartrending their fates or their atrocities become. This is because our litmus for sanity is different than theirs. When we “go native” in Africa, we go mad, because we are not psychologically prepared for the horror that alien humanity manifests.

Jason Russell has, at least momentarily, gone mad. And he has probably been unstable for a long time. Russell’s problem is likely multifold, but central to any pathology the man has is his inability to reconcile reality to his conception of reality. For “Mister Russell,” Africans are Whites who don’t yet have coffee shops or grief counselors because of a few evil men (and, likely, White racism).

To Russell’s eye, Jacob is just one of thousands of ordinary children trapped in hell and tormented by a devil. It is an unbearable vision for the young filmmaker because he views Africans empathetically. But Russell’s is a view askew because Jacob is not White. Jacob is an organic part of a different world. A world that fits him even as it puts him at risk. A world he made before he was born.

It seems that not all White liberals are disingenuous after all. Some, the literally crazy ones, are entirely genuine.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Economists make astounding discovery

Importing poverty increases inequality. (Via Marginal Revolution).
Given current patterns of immigration to the United States, Washington faces an enormous policy challenge. Two in five of all immigrants to the United States are from Mexico and Central America. Latinos now constitute 22 percent of all children in the United States; by 2050, they are expected to be 39 percent. But the social status of Latinos, even those born in the United States, is persistently low.

This perhaps shouldn't be a surprise, given that migrants from Mexico and Central America tend to be negatively selected from their home populations: they are often the people who found themselves in such desperate economic circumstances at home that they preferred to live as illegal immigrants in the United States. (Latinos constitute nearly half of the foreign born in the United States, but four in five of illegal migrants.) The effects have been dire: there can be no doubt that immigration is widening social inequality in the United States.

Consider the table below, which shows educational attainment of 25–34-year-olds in the United States in 2009. Descendants of Latino immigrants are dropping out of high school at rates far in excess of the domestic population and the descendants of other immigrant groups; similarly, the Latino population is much less likely than those other groups to complete higher education. Educational attainment in all societies is a strong predictor of future social status, and the prediction here for the Latino population is not good.

Of course, Clark cannot bring himself to mouth the dread word, "I.Q." but that's why he's published in Foreign Affairs and Steve Sailer is not. Thus, given the human capital we're importing, lots of such people from crowded, destitute places can only mean the same lowered wages and increased competition for housing, education, green space, public utilities, etc. as in the originating country. Wages stagnate, goods and services get more scarce. Profits are captured at the top, costs are socialized downward, and the bottom finds socio-economic break-out increasingly difficult.

In sum, immigration means the developing-world (i.e., those regions which are perenially "developing" yet never ultimately developed) conditions are simply replicated here. The US is literally engineering its own decline into Third World status.

And, once again, we have been over this before. My question is, if the Council of Foreign Relations has figured this out; if prominent academic economists like Tyler Cowen have figured this out, then why aren't they shouting it from all their high profile outlets? The same tsunami is going to drown them and theirs too, after all. Are they insane, or just evil?

Friday, September 5, 2014

The tax on existence, and Uber

Scott Sumner (via Marginal Revolution) is worried about bipartisan intellectual decay because, among other things, conservatives now argue against the "carbon tax," which economists like Sumner espouse as the "market solution" for global climatewarmingchange. I'll support such a tax when somebody can address the following (OK - I'm cheating. I mean, "...to my satisfaction"):

Animals, dead things, forest fires, volcanoes, etc., have been producing carbon dioxide for over 4 billion years, and the Earth has turned into this singular blue planet instead of the planet Venus. Life on earth would actually be impossible without CO2, so the carbon that imposes a cost that theoretically should be paid is extraordinary or excess in some amount. What is that amount?

If we are able to calculate it to that degree of precision, then we could just weigh certain activities on some metric and declare them illegal, like we do murder or dumping raw sewage in rivers. We could ban SUV’s, or tell Al Gore to use video-conferencing instead of burning kerosene to fly to sustainability conferences.

That we’re talking about a tax that, inescapably, consumers and not producers will actually pay suggests this is not really about eliminating “excess” carbon. Just like requiring producers to pay a minimum wage does not actually eliminate the phenomenon of the "working poor."
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Also at Marginal Revolution, above, is a link to an economists dissection of Uber, which is basically a yuppified gypsy cab that lets customers hire an under-employed liberal arts major instead of a sketchy Somalian to ferry them from the airport to the hotel. (True story: I once deposed a Somalian plaintiff and her husband and had to get a Somalian translator who spoke the plaintiff's dialect for the deposition. The translator entered the conference room and warmly greeted the plaintiff's husband, whom he knew from the cab business.)

The hilariously-named Uber is, for some reason, the darling of the chattering class. Turns out that busting your hump for well over 40 hrs/wk, and assuming no hiccups along the way (bad wreck, faulty transmission, psycho passenger), you make about $10-12/hr hawking your car as a gypsy cab. About average for a taxi driver, but maybe better than Barnes & Noble or Starbucks are paying English majors. I don't know.

Uber's constant regulatory and court battle against municipalities and traditional taxi companies ends in one of two ways: everybody has to get a taxi medallion or nobody has to get a taxi medallion. Uber's investors are idiots.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fighting them over there


So we can fight them over here.

More than 100 Americans fighting with Islamic State, Hagel says.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that more than 100 Americans are fighting with Islamic State militants, the first time the Pentagon chief has put a number on U.S. citizens aiding the terrorists.


Hagel cited the Americans aiding the jihadists to illustrate the threat that the Islamic State poses to the United States.

"We are aware of over 100 U.S. citizens who have U.S. passports who are fighting in the Middle East with ISIL forces," Hagel told CNN, using the U.S. government's preferred acronym for the Islamic State. "There may be more. We don't know."

U.S. intelligence officials have said that as many as 300 Americans may have joined forces with the Islamic State. They are among thousands of Westerners believed to be fighting alongside the militants.

Time to start revoking citizenships? Deportations? Border controls? What are you, some kind of hateful bigot?

The US government is all over this one:

Hagel made his remarks during an interview at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. He said extending the bombing campaign to Syria, the terror group's hub, is among a number of military options he and other national security leaders are considering,

Hagel urged Congress to approve Obama's request for $500 million to equip and train moderate Syrian rebels who are combating both the Islamic State fighters and Syrian forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Like the great Enoch Powell said, we must be mad, literally mad. Whom the gods would destroy, ...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

My last post


Rotherham, via iSteve.

The victims were trashy, teenaged girls estranged from their fathers. Girls estranged from their fathers have low self-esteem. They are easy marks for smooth-talking exotics who don't share Western delusions about women.

(Other victims/enablers of smooth-talking, murderous exotics):





This will only end with lynch mobs. Because otherwise, it won't end. Government will make some noises, and the Pakistani subculture will go to ground. The government of Britain, like most Western governments, no longer exists to maintain order. It exists to maintain disorder.

The West either slides into a global mean of casual brutality and corruption, or lynch mobs terrorize non-Westerners into commandeering leaky boats headed in the other direction.


Because again, folks, the alternative is the immigrants' homelands. This is not your great-grandparents' Ellis Island. Actually, not even Ellis Island was your great-grandparents' Ellis Island.

This piece really does capture it all:

1. Feminism, and hatred of biological fathers
2. Dystopic and dysgenic welfare
3. Anti-white embrace of the Other
4. Anarcho-tyranny

I'm kidding of course about this being "my last post." But I really could just cut and paste this, over and over.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The personal is the political

Tyler Cowen is the only academic economist I follow, so maybe this is unique to him. But I do wonder if a lot of economic debate is fueled by "free market" (i.e., American) economists having their advice rebuffed by the particular objects of the economists' ire.

Putin, for example, famously rolled back the post-Soviet privatization schemes which were implemented under the tutelage of Jeffrey Sachs and others with whom Tyler is professionally and personally familiar. Consequently, Putin comes in for regular drubbing at Marginal Revolution.

There is a similar pre-occupation with New Zealand and its stubborn refusal to collapse into poverty despite not transforming itself into Hong Kong.

This is really more a matter of omission, as Austrian economists for example don't get around to explaining why Japan isn't re-doing the Weimar Republic right now, or why spontaneous, voluntarist order didn't break out in post-Katrina New Orleans, or in Libya and Syria.

Another senseless, random killing


While the nation continues to mourn the slaughter of Michael Brown, another one of those senseless, random killings happened just off the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.
CHAPEL HILL — One of two men accused of killing UNC-Chapel Hill professor Feng Liu was in between drug rehab programs and was scheduled to meet with his pretrial-release manager the day of the fatal attack.

The other had just been released from a roughly three-week stay in the Wake County Detention Center.

Troy Arrington, 27, of Chapel Hill, is one of two men charged with murder in Liu’s death. The 59-year-old research professor was hit in the head with a rock and robbed during a midday walk Wednesday near campus. He died the next day at UNC Hospitals.

In addition to first-degree murder, Arrington and Derick Davis II, 23, of Durham, also are charged with armed robbery, assault and common-law robbery. Both are being held without bail in the Orange County jail.

Davis, who also is charged with possession of stolen goods, has multiple convictions for felony breaking and entering and larceny, dating to 2007, in Durham County, according to state Department of Public Safety records. He was released from supervised probation on June 30, records show.

At the time, Davis was serving a short sentence in Wake County for shoplifting. He was released from the Wake County Detention Center on July 22.

Arrington has convictions on drug, assault and firearm-related charges. He was on pretrial release, pending an August court date in Durham on breaking and entering, larceny and other charges. Along with those charges he was accused of being a habitual felon – someone who has been found guilty of at least three separate felony crimes. The designation can mean tougher prison sentences for future convictions.

And, on cue, the town's public servants set land speed records, racing to the microphones to tell us just how inexplicable, totally random, we-never-woulda-guessed-it this all is.
The community continues to wrestle with the news of Liu’s death. The internationally known scientist had been a research professor at UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy since 2005, and colleagues said he often took walks in the residential neighborhood near campus.

The case drew comparisons to the 2008 kidnapping, robbery and murder of Eve Carson, a popular UNC-CH student body president. Two Durham men who were supposed to be under the watch of the state probation office were convicted of her murder.

Laurence Lovette, one of those men, is on trial this week in Durham, accused of robbing and killing Abhijit Mahato, a Duke University graduate student found shot to death inside his apartment in January 2008.

Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt spoke with UNC-CH Chancellor Carol Folt on Thursday and said they will meet “early next week.”

“We talked a lot about the need for us to work closely together,” he said. “I honestly don’t know what that answer is [I do.], but whatever the answer is, it’s going to require the town and university working together.”

Chapel Hill police have been doing outreach in the Cameron-McCauley and Westwood neighborhoods area, Kleinschmidt said. With suspects in custody, the mayor said he wants to see what the town, police and perhaps the schools can do to help the community now.

“It’s that randomness that makes it so unsettling,” Kleinschmidt said. “For example, how do we talk to kids about this? I’ve talked to our staff about how can we tap our expertise. Those are the kinds of things we need to be focusing on now.”
"Randomness" - Is there anything it can't explain? Haven't we seen it trotted out perenially to sucker succor the family and friends of yet another talented, positive individual receiving a death sentence at the hands of inferiors? Why yes, I think we have.

Those of us with minds not so exquisitely tuned to the perception of randomness might say that Chapel Hill has a rather strikingly non-random problem from the residents of two neighborhoods very familiar to law enforcement. And from there, one might build a scatter-plot distribution that reveals how non-random this problem is across the country, providing baffled economists with a hypothesis on why the market prices different neighbors differently.

It's also notable what sort of language gets deployed depending on the circumstances. When Michael Brown or some other Son That Obama Never Had gets shot in yet another case involving impulsiveness and physical aggression, the killing is "deliberate" and "part of a larger pattern." When a thug snuffs out the life of a complete stranger who commits the mistake of his or her life in failing to heed the Talk, it's always "random," "senseless," and "something--we don't know what--must be done."