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Gene Appears to Increase IQ and Memory

11th June 2014

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I predict that it will be discovered that NAMs have less of this gene than Europeans and Asians, shortly followed by lynching of Denal Dubal and a demand for reparations by Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and 90% of the Democrat Party.

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The Biter Bit: Protesters at Laney College Disrupt Commencement Speech by Janet Napolitano

31st May 2014

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Must have gotten their signals crossed or something. It’s so hard finding good help these days….

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A Reparations Plan That Makes Sense

26th May 2014

Jim Goad sees behind the curtain.

After endlessly bemoaning the fact that blacks haven’t reached economic parity with whites in America, he writes:

In the contest of upward mobility, Barack and Michelle Obama have won. But they’ve won by being twice as good—and enduring twice as much.

I’d like to believe that, but first I’d have to see Barack Obama’s school records while ignoring the fact that he was raised by relatively affluent whites.

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Teacher: White ‘Privilege’ Makes Common Core Necessary

22nd May 2014

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It’s not a joke, they really believe this stuff.

Kimberly Morin of Manchester Political Buzz Examiner reports that teacher David Pook, who claims to have “helped write the standards,” said during a recent Common Core debate at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, New Hampshire, that Common Core was necessary because of “white privilege.”

From Wiktionary: “From Old French privilege, from Latin privilegium (“an ordinance or law against or in favor of an individual”), from privus (“private”) + l?x, legis (“law”).”

So where is the private law in favor of white people? It actually runs the other way, but of course nobody dares speak of ‘black privilege”.

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Rihanna: ““I Was Bullied At School For Being White”

21st May 2014

Steve Sailer reveals the awful truth, just in case you don’t read the Barbados Free Press regularly, which I’m sure you do.

A college roommate of one of my sons said, “Here in America, everybody calls me black, while back home in Jamaica, everybody calls me white.”

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The Biter Bit: SEIU Petitions Media Matters for Unionization

21st May 2014

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“Even though Media Matters advocates for card check and other pro-union policies, they have fought tooth and nail against a union in their own office. It’s time for them to stop their hypocritical opposition and start respecting their own principles,” the petition reads. “It hurts the legitimacy of the progressive movement when organizations like Media Matters ‘talk the talk’ but don’t ‘walk the walk.’”

 

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Eric Holder Isn’t Black: Just Ask His Mom

21st May 2014

Steve Sailer pulls the curtain back on some inconvenient truth.

It’s quite interesting how Americans find Eric Holder’s ancestry invisible to them. Most of Eric Holder ancestors weren’t black. His recent ancestors were middle class mulattos in Barbados who carefully avoided marriage to blacks. (See the last chapter of Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers” for a description of how people who look like Gladwell and Holder were bred.) Holder grew up in a middle class West Indian enclave in NYC that tried (and in Holder’s case succeeded) keeping out black American influence.

As some people only smoke or drink ‘socially’, so Eric Holder is only black ‘politically’.

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The Last Acceptable Prejudice?

17th May 2014

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On the faculty discussion board, a staff member posted a complaint about a student walking around barefoot in a building. A response is what set off the larger discussion:

One professor wrote: “My approach would be to assure this student that going barefoot is not against the rules because the assumption is that by the time they reach college, students are expected to understand why wearing shoes is expected on campus. If s/he disrespects his or her peers and the college community enough to (un)dress like a hillbilly here, I would say, then s/he should be prepared to be dismissed as one, in whatever pursuits s/he favors, in the preference of someone more attuned to proper decorum and respectful behavior.”

A professor who was troubled by that response forwarded the comment to the Appalachian studies email list with the question: “Colleagues, if you read the following on your institutional discussion board in reference to a complaint about a barefoot student, how would you respond to the professor?” The responses came quickly. Many were furious that a faculty member would feel free to to talk about “hillbilly” behavior in this way.

One suggested response was: “Spit on their car.”

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The Biter Bit: Environmentalists Have ‘Substantially Worse than Average’ Carbon Footprints

16th May 2014

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People who are worried about climate change emit far more carbon dioxide in their daily lives than the average American, according to data gathered by a new app that can track one’s carbon footprint.

Ian Monroe, the chief executive of Oroeco, told Grist that his app, which syncs social media data and online shopping habits to estimate users’ daily carbon emissions, reveals environmentalists to be some of the biggest “carbon polluters.”

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You Can’t Max This Out

10th May 2014

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Panera CEO Supports Raising Minimum Wage, Replacing Cashiers With Computers

9th May 2014

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And that tells you everything you need to know about the ‘minimum wage’.

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Union-backed Liberal Attack Site Stymies Employee Efforts to Unionize

30th April 2014

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“The actions of Media Matters executives have placed employees in the impossible position of continuing to produce content espousing pro-labor values for an employer who is challenging our right to unionize,” the statement says. “Not only is management subjecting Media Matters employees to arduous NLRB procedures, the actions of their attorneys indicate Media Matters executives object so tenaciously to our union that they appear willing to prevent employees from ever having the opportunity to vote on the matter.”

And that really tells you all you need to know about the American Left.

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Okla. Inmate Dies of Heart Attack After Botched Execution

30th April 2014

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A botched execution that used a new drug combination left an Oklahoma inmate writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney Tuesday, leading prison officials to halt the proceedings before the inmate’s eventual death from a heart attack.

Hanging always works.

Given the nature of the ‘victim‘ here, I can’t muster much sympathy. Perhaps shooting him and burying him alive would have been an appropriate method.

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CA Asian Dem: Latino, Black Lawmakers ‘Targeted’ Me ‘Because of My Race’ for Opposing Affirmative Action

27th April 2014

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A California Democrat of Japanese descent said he was targeted by black and Latino Democrats because he opposed a bill that would have attempted to re-institute affirmative action in the state.

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Card Check for Thee, Not Me

22nd April 2014

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Despite huge donations from the Service Employees International Union and numerous blog posts advocating for unionization in other industries, Media Matters for America is actively resisting allowing its workers to join the union.

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Mechanics of the Race-Hustle Game

18th April 2014

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Want to run down the rabbit hole of race in the US? Read Doug Glanville’s essay on when he was racially profiled in his driveway. Kafka would be proud of the ludicrous response to a simple police officer’s question by Glanville’s social circle and the community. Glanville steps outside to shovel his driveway and a cop asks him if he is shoveling to make some money, unaware Glanville lives there. The progressive horror follows. Let us review the theater of the absurd.

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Light and Dark: The Racial Biases That Remain in Photography

18th April 2014

According to NPR.

[Photographer Jean Luc Godard] was commissioned to [do a short film] for the Mozambique government, and what was fascinating about Godard’s position is that he felt that the film was inherently racist and said so. His experience with the film stock — and Kodak film stock was more than what we just put inside our cameras — it’s also the film stock that was likely used in motion picture making. So for him to recognize that there’s a lack of variety and nuance or complexity in dark brown or dark skin images is very telling.

I am not making this up.

I think it matters because we’re talking about a saturation of images of darker skinned people that somehow we’ve accepted in our popular culture that kind of diminishes our humanity, and we’re in an era where we’re seeing a wider representation of black and brown life, particularly in American life.

Theme song: Poor Poor Pitiful Me.

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RadFems vs. Trannies: Will Feminists Let ‘Gender Queers’ Boss Them Around?

13th April 2014

The Other McCain is on the case.

The ongoing conflict between radical feminists and transgender activists, which I first noticed in January and revisited last night in the context of the Dana McCallum rape case, has escaped the notice of mainstream liberal journalism. Liberals tacitly side with the transgenders in pretending that the radfems — a/k/a TERFs (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists) — have no legitimate grievance.

What the TERFs perceive is that male-to-female transgenders are cynically seeking to usurp and co-opt the “feminist” label for their own advantage, thus shunting aside biological women and demoting them to second-class status within their own movement.

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MSNBC Host: The IRS ‘Were The Ones That Have Been Actually Targeted’

11th April 2014

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MSNBC host Alex Wagner attempted to argue that the IRS was actually the victim of the recent investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups that were seeking 501(c)(4) status.

Is there a more thoroughgoing Voice of the Crust than MSNBC?

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Rutgers Rage Against Rice — Why Do Liberals Have So Much Hate for Black Conservatives?

10th March 2014

Juan Williams, Voice of the Crust, has a brief moment of consciousness.

Yes, apparently the first African-American woman to serve as National Security Adviser and the nation’s Secretary of State doesn’t have what it takes to be honored by Rutgers.

Rice holds a Ph.D. in political science. She has taught college for decades. She was Provost of Stanford University. She worked her way up from a working-class family in the segregated South to the highest echelon of world power and politics.

But according to the Rutgers faculty council, all of that is negated by her service in President George W. Bush’s administration.

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ObamaCare Will Hasten Income Inequality, Union Report Says

10th March 2014

Heh.

Although it defends the intent behind the Affordable Care Act, the report, entitled “The Irony of ObamaCare: Making inequality worse,” concludes that the law will transfer a billion dollars in wealth to insurance companies, uneven the playing field in the market, force employers to cut back on hours and result in pay decreases, Ralston Reports said.

“The promise of Obamacare was the right one and the hope for extending healthcare coverage to the un-and under-insured a step in the right direction,” the report says. “Yet the unintended consequences will hit the average, hard-working American where it hurts: in the wallet.”

Be careful whom you vote for; you just might get him.

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Time: Chinese Woman Says Calling Amy Chua Racist Is Racist

9th March 2014

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‘You’re a racist!’ ‘No, you’re a racist!’

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L.A. Gang Members Join Fighting in Syria

3rd March 2014

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Gang members from Los Angeles have travelled to Syria to fight along pro-regime forces seeking to keep embattled President Bashar al-Assad in power, according to a Middle East media monitoring organization.

Two men who identify as L.A.-based gang members were recently filmed fighting against anti-Assad forces in Syria, according to video posted by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

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Keystone: Environmentalists Suddenly Rediscover Property Rights

1st March 2014

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Beyond that, we should enjoy the irony of environmentalists suddenly discovering property rights after cheering on every erosion of property rights in favor of unlimited government regulatory power for decades.  In fact Steyer will lose his legal challenges because of precedents over 100 years old for projects like Keystone—the same precedents that determined the outcome of the now-infamous Kelo case in 2004. See, for example, Strickley v. Highland Boy Gold Mining Company from 1906, or Dayton Minnig v. Sewall, a Nevada Supreme Court case from around the same time.  Both held that it was in fact okay to take private property from A to give to B if B’s private enterprise had some kind of public benefit.  Not to mention Berman v. Parker in 1954, which argued that private property could be taken because “The concept of the public welfare is broad and inclusive.”  Well, that’s nice.  (See also the 1981 Michigan case, Poletown Neighborhood Council v. City of Detroit.)

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Spike Lee’s Amazing Rant Against Gentrification: ‘We Been Here!’

26th February 2014

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Nah. You can’t do that. You can’t just come in the neighborhood and start bogarting and say, like you’re motherfuckin’ Columbus and kill off the Native Americans. Or what they do in Brazil, what they did to the indigenous people. You have to come with respect. There’s a code. There’s people.

Now imagine his reaction (and that of the Usual Suspects) to white people who expressed similar sentiments about black people moving into their neighborhood.

Yeah. They name streets after people like that: ONE WAY.

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‘Battleground Texas’ Fires Blank at Critics

26th February 2014

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The Obama campaign offshoot known as Battleground Texas, which was caught on hidden camera by James O’Keefe allegedly violating state law by encouraging volunteers to copy voters’ private telephone numbers from registration forms into their get-out-the-vote database, has doubled down on the practice, claiming that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott himself sanctioned their conduct in his previously issued legal opinions.

According to Jay Root of the Texas Tribune, Battleground Texas–which is attempting to “turn Texas blue” in helping Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis–now claims that telephone numbers on voter registration forms are “public information.” The group’s lawyer, Graham Wilson, cites Abbott–Davis’s GOP opponent–declaring in 2010 that Dallas County “may not withhold the telephone numbers” from a requestor.

Yet Abbott’s opinion clearly applies only to the county itself. There is also a world of difference between copying telephone numbers directly from voter registration forms–in apparent direct violation of Texas state statute–on the one hand, and filing a formal request through the relevant public authorities, on the other (see below).

Wilson tries to dodge that argument, claiming that a separate opinion from the Texas secretary of state allows volunteers to “copy the relevant information from the application in writing just as you would be able to do if you went to the registrar’s office and pulled a copy of the original application.” The key phrase, however, is “relevant information.” State law does not, apparently, bar copying the name and address from a registration form. It does, however, single out telephone numbers–which Wilson apparently does not try to deny.

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Facebook’s Next Goal: Bring (Almost) Free, High Quality Education to Rwanda

25th February 2014

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Because God knows that EVERYBODY in the United States has free, high quality education, so we need to air-drop money on an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT continent.

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Google Behind ‘Deforestation’ Monitoring Website

24th February 2014

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Google, in an effort to aid environmentalists worried about deforestation, now has a website, an online forest monitoring system, that tracks deforestation in real time around the world. Called Global Forest Watch, it uses curated maps with in-depth reporting regarding forests around the world.

Too bad they won’t think of doing the same for individual liberty — that would be a map I’d be interested in — but, then, individual liberty has never been a priority with the ‘progressives’ at Google; and we live in a world in which more people appear to be concerned about the disappearance of trees than in the disappearance of freedom.

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Heathrow Airport Security Confiscates Mini Gun From ‘Toy Story’ Woody Doll

13th February 2014

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I am not making this up.

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Amy Chua’s Dangerous Ideas

9th February 2014

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Some people are better than others? Burn the witch!

As it happens, Canada is an excellent laboratory for the authors’ theories. And the Toronto District School Board, with its 250,000 students – one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the world – offers the perfect natural experiment. The TDSB conducts detailed demographic analyses of its students and their performance. The data strongly confirm the group differences described in The Triple Package. (My thanks to education consultant Paul Bennett, whose excellent blog, Educhatter, led me to this trove of information.)

The first surprise in these data – for those who haven’t hung around a Toronto schoolyard lately – is that only 29 per cent of the TDSB’s students are white. The next largest ethnic groups are South Asian (24 per cent), East Asian (15 per cent), and black (12 per cent). About three-quarters of the kids were born in Canada, but only a fifth of the students have two Canadian-born parents. More than two-thirds are from immigrant families with both parents born outside Canada.

The second surprise is that there is almost no link between academic success and family income among immigrant groups. More than half of all East Asian students (Chinese, Hong Kong and Korean) come from families that make less than $50,000 a year. But they blow the other kids away. Between 85 per cent and 89 per cent of them score at levels 3 and 4 in Grade 6 math. The school board average is just 60 per cent. Most South Asian students do well too, even though 70 per cent of them come from homes with incomes of less than $50,000 a year.

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Latest SWPL Worry: Microaggression

7th February 2014

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“When you try to bring the issue of microaggressions to the attention of people who are completely unaware that they have delivered a microaggression, they get defensive and deny it and tend to say that you’re being paranoid or you’re being oversensitive,” Sue tells me. “Many microaggressions are so subtle that neither target nor perpetrator may entirely understand what is going on.”

The very fact that you don’t know you have a problem is indicative of how bad a problem you’ve got. Or something like that.

According to Sue, there are many types of microaggressions, based on race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or any other factor that can make a group “socially marginalized.” These microaggressions can be expressed verbally (as with the white and Asian students), nonverbally (as with a woman clutching her purse when a black man walks by), and environmentally (as with an educational curriculum containing few books by female authors).

Originally coined in the 1970s by Chester Pierce, an African-American psychiatrist at Harvard, the term “microaggression” has made a comeback in recent years. “It has become one of the most researched areas in the professional literature of psychology,” Sue says. “It’s now going into popular literature as well.”

Don’t laugh — tenure doesn’t grow on trees, you know.

Racial minorities in particular have taken to the concept of microaggression because, Sue says, the taxonomy of his research “provided a language for how people of color could describe the experiences that they’ve had with well-intentioned white people unaware that they were delivering insulting putdowns.”

In other words, it’s Yet Another Way To Be A Victim, as if there weren’t enough already.

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Time: Chinese Woman Says Calling Amy Chua Racist Is Racist

6th February 2014

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And try to keep up….

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The Zimmerman Instagram

31st January 2014

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Palestinian Workers Back Scarlett Johansson’s Opposition to SodaStream Boycott

31st January 2014

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American actress Scarlett Johansson has been criticized as naïve and irresponsible for endorsing SodaStream, an Israeli company that operates a factory in the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim – to the detriment of Palestinian rights, say critics.

But those most familiar with the factory – Palestinians who work there – largely side with Ms. Johansson.

“Before boycotting, they should think of the workers who are going to suffer,” says a young man shivering in the pre-dawn darkness in Azzariah, a West Bank town cut off from work opportunities in Jerusalem by the concrete Israeli separation wall. Previously, he earned 20 shekels ($6) a day plucking and cleaning chickens; now he makes nearly 10 times that at SodaStream, which also provides transportation, breakfast, and lunch.

There, there, little brown brothers, the rich white people of the First World know far better what’s good for you than you do.

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Self-Esteem Über Alles

28th January 2014

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It was axiomatically assumed that intellectually talented black high-school students abound but that top colleges ignore them. Furthermore, these potential college graduates were allegedly often clueless regarding the admission process. Particularly odious according to the president were standardized tests such as the ACT and SAT that impede access to top schools. (In the civil-rights lingo, when blacks cannot pass a test, it is “a barrier.”) The president called for doubling of the National College Advising Corps where recent college graduates help students in “underserved” high schools complete the college admission process. He also advocated hiring new advisers and subsidizing college prep classes routinely available to rich white and Asian students.

Meanwhile, the University of Michigan also witnessed another ritualistic we-need-more-diplomas event. Here agitated black students were outraged that blacks comprised 14% of the state’s population but only 5% of the student body. So on the High Holy Day of Martin Luther King’s birthday, the activists granted the university seven days to respond to seven demands or face “physical actions” by Monday, January 27, 2014. Demands included emergency scholarships for black students unable to concentrate as a result of the school’s hostile racial climate, inexpensive on-campus housing for blacks, and doubling black enrollment to 10%. No mention was made of the state law that bars the university from using race in college admissions.

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Recent Surge in HIV Rates Amongst Heterosexuals in the UK Caused by “Female Sex Tourism” Say Experts

28th January 2014

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UK infections have increased from 1,950 in 2001 to over 4,000 in 2011, more than double. Then in 2012, a worrying 6390. It is estimated that in 2013 this number was close to 8000. However the number of new diagnoses among people born in Africa has dropped from 35 per cent of total diagnoses in 2011, to 29 per cent in 2012 and Research from Taylor Nelson Sofres Healthcare, the TNSH shows that 54% of all HIV infections in the UK are from heterosexual sex.

So why a sudden increase in HIV prevalence amongst white British heterosexuals?  The vast majority of heterosexual women diagnosed with HIV in the UK are infected abroad and David Sykes of HIVNow UK believes it is largely due to female sex tourism “The numbers of western women travelling to lesser developed countries to have sex with the local men has risen dramatically in the past few years.”

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The Indignity of Food Stamps

22nd January 2014

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A liberal but poor journalist lives off food stamps for a week so she can write an article about the experience.

She discovers that organic food, cage-free meet, cold-pressed juice, artisanal coffee beans and locally made cheese are unaffordable on food stamps.

What would we do without these articles written by liberal journalists who try to slum it for a while?

The Upper Crust doesn’t like having to live like the Lower Crust. Quelle domage….

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‘Why I hate being a black man’

21st January 2014

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Every time I sit on a crowded street car, bus, or subway train in Toronto, I know I will have an empty seat next to me. It’s like a broken record. Sometimes I don’t mind having the extra space, but other times I feel awkward, uncomfortable, and annoyed.

I know I have good hygiene, I dress appropriately, and I mind my own business. However, recently, I finally became cognizant of why people might fear being around me or in close proximity to me: I am a black male. Although Canadian society presents the façade of multiculturalism the truth is Canada has a serious problem with the issue of race.

Not a mention of the way the black ‘brand’ is being devalued by assholes. If people don’t know you, they play the odds — and the odds are that a black male is not somebody you’d want to sit next to.

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Beyond the Gauzy Worship: What the Left Got Wrong on Mandela

20th January 2014

John Fund pulls back the curtain.

It won’t happen, but it’s time for many on the left to acknowledge they too made errors regarding South Africa. We now have evidence that the late Nelson Mandela — prior to his release from prison in 1993 — was indeed a member of the central committee of the South African Communist Party, and his belief in rigid Marxist ideology wasn’t just part of an alliance of convenience for his African National Congress. A copy of the first draft of Mandela’s autobiography — written while he was in prison on Robben Island in the 1970s — surfaced just after his death last month and confirms that conservative fears about the ANC’s goals and methods were fully justified. The eye-opening article by South African journalist Rian Malan appeared in Britain’s Spectator magazine.

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Storybook Plutocracy

20th January 2014

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Let’s list some of them. There are the “Greats”: Paul Krugman’s The Great Unraveling, David Stockman’s The Great Deformation, Niall Ferguson’s The Great Degeneration, Timothy Noah’s The Great Divergence, Robert Scheer’s The Great American Stickup, and Tyler Cowen’s The Great Stagnation, which should probably be included despite the author’s ultimate optimism.

There are the “Ages,” such as Jeff Madrick’s Age of Greed, Thomas Edsall’s The Age of Austerity, Sean Wilentz’s The Age of Reagan, and The Age of Turbulence, which gets honorable mention because of the great success enjoyed by its author, Alan Greenspan, in screwing the world. There are the “American” tragedies: The Betrayal of the American Dream, The Looting of America, Third World America, and Why America Failed. There are nightmares of falling, like Freefall and Falling Behind. There are weird echoes from one title to another, for example from James K. Galbraith’s The Predator State to Charles Ferguson’s Predator Nation; from Donald Barlett and James Steele’s America: Who Stole the Dream? to Hedrick Smith’s Who Stole the American Dream?; and (please note that I am not complaining here) from my own What’s the Matter With Kansas? to Joan Walsh’s What’s the Matter With White People?

There is the scream-therapy approach—Beyond Outrage, Greedy Bastards. There is the voice of cool reason: The Shock Doctrine, Winner-Take-All Politics. There are the clever titles—Down the Up Escalator—and the genius titles, like Matt Taibbi’s Griftopia. And there are, finally, the classics of the genre, like Tom Geoghegan’s Which Side Are You On? (from 1991) or Christopher Lasch’s Revolt of the Elites (from 1995) or the granddaddy of all inequality reporting, the New York Times’ Downsizing of America (a high-profile series that ran in the paper of record in 1996).

Two things need to be said about this tsunami of sad. First, that the vast size of it, when compared to the effect that it has had—close to nothing—should perhaps call into question the utility of journalism and argument and maybe even prose itself. The gradual Appalachification of much of the United States has been a well-known phenomenon for 20 years now; it is not difficult to understand why and how it happened; and yet the ship of state sails serenely on in the same political direction as though nothing had changed. We like to remember the muckraking era because of the amazing real-world transformations journalism was able to bring; our grandchildren will remember our era because of the big futile naught accomplished by our prose.

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Transgender Feminist @papierhache Volunteers for Twitter Victimhood

16th January 2014

The Other McCain is on the case.

To summarize briefly, radical lesbian feminists reject the claims of “trans women” to inclusion, and this rejection is denounced by “trans women” as hate. This bizarre controversy is occurring on the extreme fringe of the culture wars, which doesn’t mean that the conflict isn’t taken seriously by the participants. At a radical progressive conference last May in Portland, Oregon, transgender activists attacked two women “in a coordinated assault as they sat at a table which sold feminist books and literature.”

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Convicted Oregon Pimp Sues Nike Over Lack of Shoe Warning Label

12th January 2014

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An Oregon pimp has filed a $100 million lawsuit against Nike, claiming that the shoe manufacturer failed to warn consumers that the shoes could be used as a deadly weapon.

According to the Oregonian newspaper, Sirgiorgio Clardy was found guilty of second-degree assault early last year for using his Nike brand Jordan shoes to stomp the face of a man who was trying to leave a Portland hotel without paying one of Clardy’s prostitutes. The man ultimately needed stitches and plastic surgery to repair the damage Clardy and his shoes had done to him. Clardy was also convicted of compelling prostitution and first-degree robbery in the case.

It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

5th January 2014

Carol of the Great Olde Ones

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The Eco-Friendly Wood in Rebuilt New Orleans Homes Is Now Rotting

4th January 2014

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The ‘green’ in ‘green technology’ refers to what goes from your pocket to theirs.

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Competitive Victimhood Derby

4th January 2014

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So, RadFem 2013 was a conference in London, which resulted in a gigantic controversy because radical feminists insisted on excluding the “transgendered” from their female-only event, and one of the featured speakers, Australian lesbian feminist Professor Sheila Jeffreys, was about to publish a new book, Gender Hurts: A Feminist Analysis of the Politics of Transgenderism, that was deeply offensive to the “T” people represented in the LGBT acronym.

How crazy did that conflict become? At one point in April, the venue tried to cancel the event after discovering that “certain language was used and some statements were made about transgender people that would go against our equalities and diversity policy.” Another RadFem conference organizer, Cathy Brennan of Baltimore, was meanwhile all over Twitter announcing “transwomen are men” and comparing them to MRAs (men’s rights advocates).

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Illinois Law Grounds PETA Drones Meant to Harass Hunters

31st December 2013

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But PETA has another plan for lovers of the wilderness. They want to spy on hunters as self appointed green police trying to trap them in violations. Surprisingly, these “hobbyists” are able to take home their personal drone for only $324.99.

The most expensive clay pigeon available. Think about it.

 Doug Jeanneret of the U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance asserts that PETA using drones constitutes “hunter harassment.” He added , “Imagine drones running over your duck decoys or near your tree stand. It would certainly interfere with your hunt and break the law. They will definitely be using them against all hunters.”

And, since the hunters all have guns, it’s a problem easily solved. One of the more endearing qualities of ‘progressives’ is that they have this bizarre notion that they’re invulnerable — like Greenpeace harassing Russian oil platforms, reality has a way of pointing out the errors of their worldview.

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Centers for the Study of Inequality and Poverty Reduction

30th December 2013

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The consensus among professors in CSIPRs is that one solution lies in greater access to quality education.  A small number of elite universities enjoy large endowments and annual gifts which enable them to recruit the best (highly-paid) professors and students.  Meanwhile, the vast majority of community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and massive state-financed universities are strapped for money.  State support is declining and many students cannot afford tuition increases.

To the best of my knowledge, no CSIPR in an elite institution has issued a policy paper recommending that some of its university’s endowment and annual gifts, and some of its faculty’s salaries and benefits, be transferred to less wealthy colleges that face the daunting task of educating the majority of America’s future work force.

CSIPRs recommend redistribution of income and wealth for all except for the centers and professors in them.

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

Just as most of those who advocate higher urban density tend to have multiple homes in places like Aspen, those who study (and wring their hands about) ‘income inequality’ tend to be in the upper 10%, income-wise.

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Protest Blockades Google Staff Bus AGAIN – and Apple’s

23rd December 2013

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Guess the proles are getting uppity. It will be amusing to see what the political class in SF decides to do. ‘Oh, my ducats! Oh, my ideology!’

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Adventures of the Anointed: Justine Sacco

23rd December 2013

The Other McCain is on the case.

As Ace accurately observed Friday, Sacco is a liberal, and her joke was actually a self-deprecating reference to white privilege. No one can deny that it was tasteless and, as she says, “insensitive,” but it scarcely justified her public crucifixion. Her apology, while no doubt sincere, is also a signifier: “I get it! I’m a liberal, too!”

But her liberalism (like all liberalism) is misguided, assuming as it does that the problem of AIDS in Africa (or any similar social problem) results from a shortage of caring. This is a species of Magic Thinking: “We could solve this problem, if only we cared enough.” And from this delusion, we get a lot of empty gestures that do nothing to solve problems, but make people feel good about themselves.

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true….

If you think that every problem of black people can be explained by racism, or that every problem of gay people can be explained by homophobia, certain conclusions are inherent in those premises, no matter how you construct your syllogism. One example is the way in which we monitor speech for “proof” that others secretly harbor forbidden sentiments, and immediately pounce upon anything that looks like such “proof,” like Justine’s tweet:

“Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS.
Just kidding. I’m white!”

Twelve words, and let’s get her fired from her job for making a bad joke on Twitter, as if getting her fired will purge the world of racism and thereby end AIDS in Africa.

Erick Erickson is even more sanguine:

The Orcs of Middle Earth had mouths stained with their black blood and bits of flesh stuck between their teeth. They would, over rather petty matters, kill and consume each other. The carnage between them would only cease when an elf, dwarf, hobbit, or human ventured too close.

Unseen by most of the world, the carnage between the evil bands of Mordor played out over the weekend here on actual earth. Some PR representative who should have known better joked on twitter that she was going to Africa and would not have to worry about getting AIDS because she was white. Prior to this, in her twitter timeline, she had railed against the actor Kirk Cameron because he dared express his Christian beliefs.

Just as Mordor descended on Phil Robertson last week, the orcs of the left consumed one of their own. By the time the PR lady got to Africa, she was without a job and her reputation destroyed by her own side.

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Indian-born Prosecutor in Case Against Diplomat Faces Backlash From Home Country

21st December 2013

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But the focus has also turned to Bharara himself, with some Indians effectively accusing him of betraying his own people. This, despite the fact that the purported victim in this case — an allegedly underpaid and overworked housemaid — is also Indian.

Critics stormed Twitter with a string of deeply personal epithets, with many accusing him of being an “Uncle Tom.”

That will come as quite a surprise to the real Uncle Tom.

Public sympathy among Indians has largely gravitated toward the well-connected diplomat.

They’ve had a Crust much longer than the rest of us, so their Undercrust has had longer training.

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