Other bell curves

[Written while still in Africa but was too scared to post it until I was out]

The very word ‘bell curve’ is triggering to those who try desperately hard to pretend they don’t know what it means or all that it implies.  You can still say, ‘curve of normal distribution’, but you can’t say ‘bell curve’ in polite society anymore, even if you’re just talking about heights or something like that.

This sin, of course, emerges from the eponymous book by Charles Murry and Richard J. Herrnstein, which was mostly about the increasingly divergent life outcomes of high and low IQ people in the United States, but which also had a single chapter about racial differences in IQ.  Guess which chapter caused all the hysteria.

For the record, here it is: the most controversial graph in the world. Read More

Word from the Dark Side – villains, Chinese police cars in Australia, and dark female athletes

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Rob says you have to be the villain in someone’s life.  Just accept it.

Audacious Epigone is excellent at digging out interesting conclusions from data sets.  Here, he shows that in the US, native-born whites, blacks, Hispanics and especially Amerindians, are much less enthusiastic about immigration than their same-race, foreign-born counterparts.  Obviously there are not many foreign born Native Americans so that column is excluded.  And I like the colour scheme Audacious uses for his graphs.

Fake Chinese police cars spotted in Perth and Adelaide, Australia, apparently to intimidate Hong Kong protesters.  Soon they’ll be real.

This is a bizarre story even by current year standards.  A Read More

Adventures in communism – paranoia

Part one of this series is here.

[Written in Africa]

Sometimes the water goes off.  Quite a lot of the time, actually.  So one thinks, how did our tank run out so quickly?  Did someone steal it?  Did our landlady deliberately leave a tap on in her apartment to annoy us?  Did someone hold a grudge against us and use their connections at the water ministry to ensure our area received none?  Did the laundry downstairs turn off our tap when we were being filled?  Is the government just trying to test us all, in order to see who loses their temper and protests, so that they know who to arrest?

In any normal country these questions would be absurd.  It makes you think of crazy old Greek neighbours in Brunswick who’ve been feuding over poisoned lemon trees and sabotaged lawnmowers since 1973.

But this is not a normal country.  In this country, Read More

The Dostoevsky Orbiter

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Book review of The Insulted and Humiliated by Fyodor Dostoevsky

It has been said before that modern red pill knowledge used to simply be common sense.  Thus, the beta orbiter Vanya in The Insulted and Humiliated is not indicated to be so with flashing neon lights and blaring sirens.  Rather, nineteenth century readers were just expected to know, and I guess they did.

Vanya, a promising writer, loves Natasha, but unfortunately she elopes with Alyosha, the good looking but idiotic son of the evil Prince Valkovsky.  Many other machinations further complicate the issue.  Vanya continues to orbit Natasha as she carefully pulls her life, and that of her family, to pieces.  It is painful reading.  Natasha’s all like:

And how I’ve missed you, Vanya, how I’ve missed you!  Vanya, listen, if I love Alyosha madly, insanely, yet perhaps I love you even more as a friend.

Gag!  Eww!

And commanding him to get the dirt on Alyosha’s new love interest: Read More

Modern ostracism

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In some remote Papuan tribes, the ultimate punishment was to be banished.  So terrible was the fear of leaving everything familiar behind, people were pretty well behaved.  They only ate guys from the other tribe.

The Vikings also had this punishment.  If a notable was guilty of murder, the council at the Thing might order him to sail away and never come back.

In some societies ostracism was internal.  That is, the banished person Read More

Word from the Dark Side – sugar daddies, the military industrial complex and sex addicts in Asia

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I sit on the fence regarding global warming, especially its most pernicious claimed effects.  I used to be a believer, but when I was a kid, by 2019 we were supposed to be under water or in some sort of post-apocalyptic nightmarescape.  All that’s happened is everyone got fat and there’s a brain-sucking virus stealing our young women called Instagram.  In any case, I found this article about research from Finland and Japan interesting.  It suggests that a lot of it might be galactic cosmic rays.

There’s a big boom in Read More

Adventures in communism – communications

Part one of this series is here.

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[Written in Africa]

Newcomers very quickly learn a vital lesson: our phone calls are monitored.  If you criticize the government you may find the line suddenly goes dead.  Do it too often and you may find that you have trouble getting permits to travel outside the city.  Or you may get deported.  One has to train one’s family overseas not to discuss certain issue over the phone.

This is a pity because Read More

Recommend podcasts

I love podcasts, radio and anything like that.  Always have, since I was a little kid and would run to the radio every time they played the Never Ending Story song or the next installment of Wipperginnie, a children’s adventure series that somehow never made it online.

A brain-deadening chore like hanging up the washing becomes a welcome bit of chill time if you’ve something interesting to listen to.  I once became so distracted by an account of an Antifa-related cult that I almost fell off a balcony nine stories to my grisly doom.  My last thought would have been, “What a stupid thing to do . . . but gee, they really are like a cult, for example how they SPLAT”.

I guess I wouldn’t really think splat, I would just splat.

I listen to so many podcasts that usually I’ve already heard everything and get frustrated because I want MOAR.  So please recommend any that you think are good.

To give you an idea, here are some that I enjoy: Read More

Assimilation and Miscegenation

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There’s a favourite saying on the racial right: ‘The only assimilation is miscegenation’.  In other words, immigrants from disparate backgrounds and heritage populations will only truly assimilate, or become a ‘melting pot’, if they are rooting each other and producing little halfie babies that are the physical and cultural embodiment of this mixing.

Without the shagging, immigrant populations will remain separate, distinct and perhaps at loggerheads with the host peoples even centuries hence.

Let’s look at a few societies at various points along this continuum:

US heritage population: most white Americans are Read More

Adventures in communism – religion

Part one of this series is here.

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While I’m not religious, I’ve got some respect for the stuff.  It helps people to do courageous things they’d otherwise be too afraid to do.  Sometimes of course these are courageous bad things, like suicide bombings or driving trucks into us.  In other cases they are good things.  I’m especially impressed by the Quakers who dared to hide Jews from the Nazis.  Many of them got caught and suffered the same fate.  A lot of Quakers died in the Holocaust for this reason.

You’d have to be pretty goddamn brave to Read More

Word from the Dark Side – waskally Ukrainian brides, mind viruses and the cost of virginity (updated)

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In our Brave Woke World, what happens when gays go head to head with Muslims?  What happens is, the ultra-woke chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission twists and turns in hilarious ways as he tries to square the circle.  And then he does this:

Some people gasp at my adage, ‘Never do anything good.’  But it has served me well so far.  Here is an example of a good Samaritan in Australia who’s probably now saying the same thing.

Stop press!  I just found a Read More

Adventures in communism – travel

Part one of this series is here.

How to Travel with a Full-Time Job | HuffPost

[Written in Africa]

It isn’t easy to get here.  Previously you could get a visa on arrival if you came from a country without an embassy, but they scrapped that for reasons unknown.  It helps if someone resident here officially invites you.  Apologies, but by the time you read this I will be unable to so assist you as I will be gone, or detained, or dead.  Whichever, you’re on your own.

All my readers just gnashed their teeth and rent their clothes.

It is especially tricky to get here from the Read More

Chesterton’s fence

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Another of G.K. Chesterton’s pithy little paradoxes that I like is the one about the fence.  To paraphrase: a man sees a fence sitting in a field for no apparent reason.  He laughs.  What a stupid place to put a fence, he says!  If no one even knows why it’s there, let’s tear it down and make life easier for ourselves.

But Chesterton wisely cautions, we should pursue the exact opposite course of action.  If we cannot figure out why the fence is there, we’d best Read More

True Believers

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[Written in Africa]

Some time ago a wrote a post about my joyless life, and commenter Vincent referenced a blog post by some tourists who came here and painted a brighter picture of our existence.

It was the wrong country due to my deliberate misdirection, but it makes no difference.  You’d no doubt find similar posts about the actual country if you went searching, because some visitors really love the place.

We have a term for those kind of people: True Believers.

There used to be lots of True Believers, back during the separatist struggle and, most especially, in the early years of independence.  There was a lot to be positive about.

Unlike so many other African independence movements, this was a genuine Read More

Fosters floppy

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Almost all men have had this experience, but very few talk about it: a fellow takes home a lady, events move in the direction nature intended – and then his member does not.  Despite his growls of protestation, the thing hangs despondently staring at his feet like a petulant teenager at a Smashing Pumpkins concert.

And the things that happen next are also very common: the man Read More