DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

We have seen the future, and it sucks.

Archive for the 'Axis of Drivel.' Category

The inmates are in charge of the asylum.

‘Watchdog Groups’ Say 2016 Hopefuls Dodging Rules

1st April 2015

Read it.

As the 2016 election nears, contenders in both parties have been hiring staffers, traveling to early-nominating stats and feverishly raising money. Their operations can look to some like campaigns—but they aren’t subject to any of the restrictions that would otherwise apply.

That’s the subject of complaints filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission by two campaign-finance watchdog groups, who allege that four potential contenders—former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker—are violating federal campaign finance laws.

How does one get to be a ‘watchdog group’? Apparently, coming up with an impressive-sounding name and reciting it to a reporter is sufficient. How about the more accurate ‘political stalking groups’?

The fact that three of the four are Republicans will not have been lost on the astute reader. Nor will the fact that Hillary Clinton has neither complied with this vague law nor been criticized by any of these so-called ‘watchdog groups’ for not doing so. Coincidence? I think not.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on ‘Watchdog Groups’ Say 2016 Hopefuls Dodging Rules

Woman Poses as Lawyer, Makes Partner at Firm

30th March 2015

Read it.

That’s like saying ‘Man Poses as Doctor, Saves Lives’. If she can do the job well enough to make partner in a law firm, she is in fact a lawyer, and a damned good one, no matter what the government sas.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Woman Poses as Lawyer, Makes Partner at Firm

Tech Titans Blast New Anti-Gay Law In Indiana

30th March 2015

Read it.

A good example of how far The Narrative has penetrated even sites nominally devoted to tech subjects, such as TechCrunch; needless to say, there isn’t a shred of tech angle to it.

Notice the Crustian bases touched in the first three paragraphs, just to make sure you know who’s on the side of the righteous:

It’s hard to believe, after how far the gay rights movement has come, that we’re still doing this. But here we are.

Translation: Let’s all stamp our feet and make the bitter beer face because there are still people who don’t embrace our political agenda.

Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law a bill that allows private businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian consumers, according to CNN. The “Restoration of Religious Freedom Act” is meant to allow businesses and corporations to cite “religious beliefs” as a defense, should they be sued by a private party for discrimination.

CNN, of course, is an utterly unimpeachable authority as to What Things Mean and Why They Happened. OF COURSE the law was deliberately crafted to discriminate against one of our politically fashionable groups; what other possible motivation could there be?

This of course means that Gov. Pence and the state of Indiana are prioritizing the religious beliefs of a company or corporation (after all, corporations are people!) over the basic human rights of a gay person.

So getting a cake made for your ‘wedding’ and having it held wherever you want to is a ‘basic human right’, but freedom of religion is not. Glad that we cleared that up. The U.S. Constitution? A scrap of paper — feel free to ignore it.

Fortunately, this gives me a perfect excuse to drop TechCrunch from my RSS feed, which has too many tech sites on it as it is. Thanks, guys.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Tech Titans Blast New Anti-Gay Law In Indiana

‘The Rape Epidemic on Campus Does Not Exist’

29th March 2015

Heather MacDonald points out some inconvenient truth.

The most common statistic thrown out these days by President Obama, Vice President Biden, on down is that one in five women will be the victims of sexual assault during their college careers.

Detroit is America’s most violent city.  Its violent crime rate for all four violent felonies—that’s rape, murder, aggravated assault, and robbery—is 2%.  Its rape rate is 0.05%.  A 20% crime rate for any crime, much less one as serious as rape, is virtually unheard of.  Not even in Africa’s most brutal civil wars has anything been experienced in human history like a 20% crime rate.  And yet despite a rape rate that is allegedly 400 times that of Detroit’s, sophisticated, highly educated baby boomer mothers are beating down the doors of campuses to try to get their daughters in.

The frenzy of college admissions begins earlier and earlier each year.  Here in Manhattan, parents are paying $200 an hour for tutoring for prekindergarten, all in the hope of getting their little darlings into Harvard 14 years later.

The White House Council on Women and Girls says that the survivors—and be sure to use the word survivors—of sexual assault on campus suffer lifetimes of post-traumatic stress syndrome, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts.  What are we seeing in fact?  Girls graduate at 23% higher rates than men on campus, and go on to lead highly lucrative careers.  If the rape epidemic was going on as claimed, we wouldn’t merely have rape administration Title IX bureaucracy sprouting up on campuses because there would be no more campuses.  You would have had a massive exodus of girls from college campuses years ago, and a demand to create actually safe environments for student learning.  Why hasn’t that happened?  Because the campus rape epidemic does not exist.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on ‘The Rape Epidemic on Campus Does Not Exist’

John Doerr, Haven Monahan, and Now Amanda Knox: Great White Defendant Privilege in Action

29th March 2015

Steve Sailer points out the incongruity. (Which is in a box in the corner, with the ambiguity, which has not yet put on weight.)

It turns out that the real killer was … the black street criminal. What kind of Law & Order episode would that be? Dick Wolf made a fortune putting on countless “Law & Order” episodes in which the killer turned out not to be the Rudy Guede-like thug, like most of the time in real life, but actually an affluent white person. Life would be so much more entertaining if well-to-do, good-looking white people like Amanda Knox, Haven Monahan, and John Doer were going around murdering, raping, and discriminating all the time.

So, we need a new term: Great White Defendant Privilege. The definition of Great White Defendant Privilege is that when the wheels of the justice system finally get done grinding, it often turns out that the Great White Defendant tried and convicted in the press didn’t actually do it (or, as in the case of the Night of Broken Glass fraternity gang rape at UVA, didn’t actually exist), and the justice system lets them go just because they are innocent (or nonexistent).

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on John Doerr, Haven Monahan, and Now Amanda Knox: Great White Defendant Privilege in Action

The CIA Doesn’t Know Why Muslims Join ISIS

29th March 2015

Read it.

Almost one year ago to the day, however, at the same Council of Foreign Relations gathering, Brennan did explain what makes Muslims from all around the world join the Islamic jihad (then under the rubric of “Al-Qaeda”). After assuring all in attendance that al-Qaeda’s ideology is “a perverse and very corrupt interpretation of the Qur’an”; that “al-Qaeda has hijacked” Islam; that “they have really distorted the teachings of Muhammad”—Brennan still confirmed that, even so “that ideology, that agenda of al-Qaeda has gained resonance and following in many parts of the world.”

When asked why such a “perverse and very corrupt” understanding of Islam—one that has “distorted the teachings of Muhammad”—so resonates among Muslims, the CIA responded by saying that it was being “fed a lot of times by, you know, political repression, by economic, you know, disenfranchisement, by, you know, lack of education and ignorance, so there—there are a number of phenomena right now that I think are fueling the fires of, you know, this ideology.”

 

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on The CIA Doesn’t Know Why Muslims Join ISIS

Rick Perry, American Caudillo

28th March 2015

Read it.

I guess it’s the Atlantic‘s turn to start the inevitable round of ‘journalistic’ hit-jobs on any Republican candidate to the right of Hillary Clinton. The subhed tells the tale:

The former Texas governor turned a constitutionally weak office into a source of tremendous informal power.

He can’t get around the fact that the office is ‘constitutionally weak’, so Perry can’t be a real ‘caudillo’ (he’d have used ‘fuehrer’ if he’d thought he could get away with it, but he dimly perceived that everybody would just laugh at that one), but Perry has to be somehow painted as a ‘caudillo’, so he’s going after Perry’s ‘informal’ power. (How dare you have informal power, you fascist!)

Being a Voice of the Crust means that sometimes you can just phone it in. (I want Richard Parker’s job. I want a job where you don’t have to think in order to be paid for writing.)

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Rick Perry, American Caudillo

Dem Resolution Warns Global Warming Could Force Women Into Prostitution

28th March 2015

Read it.

But I thought Democrats were opposed to discrimination against sex workers? Look, either prostitution is a bad thing or it isn’t; I wish these guys would make up their minds.

I can see the headline: GLOBAL WARMING MEANS WE”RE ALL GOING TO DIE. WOMEN AND MINORITIES HARDEST HIT.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Dem Resolution Warns Global Warming Could Force Women Into Prostitution

The 13 Words You Can’t Write About Hillary Clinton Anymore

27th March 2015

Read it.

The Washington Post reveals what the new Party Line will be.

So these words are now off the table: “polarizing,” “calculating,” “disingenuous,” “insincere,” “ambitious,” “inevitable,” “entitled,” “over-confident,” “secretive,” “will do anything to win,” “represents the past,” and “out of touch.”

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | 1 Comment »

Was There Anything Unusual About Miami’s Economy in 1980-84?

25th March 2015

Steve Sailer does an entertaining fisking of Yet Another NYT Thumbsucker.

In “Debunking the Myth of the Job-Stealing Immigrant” in the new NYT Magazine, we see another tribute to the golden oldie study by economist David Card that because wages in Miami didn’t fall relative to four other cities from 1980 to 1984 despite the Mariel Boatlift of May 1980 increasing Miami’s supply of labor, ergo that proves that the law of supply and demand doesn’t apply to immigration.

But, was ceteris truly paribus in Miami in 1980-84 relative to Card’s control group of other American cities? Or was there anything else boosting the economy of Miami from 1980 to 1984 that wasn’t happening on the same scale elsewhere?

To research this apparently extremely obscure topic in economic history, I spent a half hour on Youtube. I’ve interleaved some video evidence regarding the unique source of Miami’s early 1980s prosperity above and below.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Was There Anything Unusual About Miami’s Economy in 1980-84?

Global Warming Is Now Slowing Down the Circulation of the Oceans — With Potentially Dire Consequences

25th March 2015

Read it.

Washington Post. The sky is falling. Women and minorities hardest hit. *Yawn*

If you’re going to phone it in, it might as well be a bomb scare.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Global Warming Is Now Slowing Down the Circulation of the Oceans — With Potentially Dire Consequences

Hillary Lectures Reporters, Gets Standing Ovation

24th March 2015

Read it.

Hillary Clinton told a crowd of journalists that she wants a new beginning in her relations with the press. Then, to prove her sincerity she entertained questions for 20 minutes.

Just kidding. Clinton did talk of a new beginning, but she took no questions, according to the National Journal.

The assemblage of hard-nosed reporters was clearly put off by Clinton’s unwillingness to take questions. Accordingly, Clinton received only polite applause when she finished her remarks.

Just kidding. Charmed by Clinton’s one-liners (almost certainly written by someone else), the journalists gave her a standing ovation.

In her remarks, Clinton offered the reporters tough love, or something. She called on them to focus on “serious” and “substantive” journalism going forward.

Translation: Don’t burden my presidential campaign by discussing anything that goes to my character or integrity.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Hillary Lectures Reporters, Gets Standing Ovation

The New York Times Should Seriously Consider Not Writing About Science Anymore

24th March 2015

Read it.

Enter The New York Times. America’s so-called “newspaper of record,” the once proud Gray Lady, has seen better days. Its circulation is dwarfed by that of its crosstown rival, The Wall Street Journal. Founded merely 33 years ago, USA Today’s circulation and influence has skyrocketed. And The Economist, a weekly British newspaper, has grown to become perhaps the most influential print publication in the world.

What has gone so wrong for the NYT? Many things are to blame. The paper’s leftish editorial page is out of step with a large portion of the American public. A high-profile scandal, in which journalist Jayson Blair was caught fabricating articles, damaged its credibility. The biggest factor, however, is the rise of credible challengers — both print and digital — that simply do better journalism. There is little incentive to spend money to read the NYT when superior news coverage (and more sensible editorializing) can be found elsewhere.

The NYT’s science coverage is particularly galling. While the paper does employ a staff of decent journalists (including several excellent writers, such as Carl Zimmer and John Tierney), its overall science coverage is trite. Other outlets cover the same stories (and many more), in ways that are both more in-depth and more interesting. (They are also usually free to read.) Worst of all, too much of NYT’s science journalism is egregiously wrong.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on The New York Times Should Seriously Consider Not Writing About Science Anymore

$1 Billion TSA Behavioral Screening Program Slammed as Ineffective “Junk Science”

24th March 2015

Read it.

The claim arose in a lawsuit (pdf) filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has tried unsuccessfully to get the TSA to release documents on its SPOT (Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques) [pdf]) program through the Freedom of Information Act.

SPOT, whose techniques were first used in 2003 and formalized in 2007, uses “highly questionable” screening techniques, according to the ACLU complaint, while being “discriminatory, ineffective, pseudo-scientific, and wasteful of taxpayer money.” TSA has spent at least $1 billion on SPOT.

The ACLU, of course, would be opposed to any screening program that treats, oh, say, young Middle Eastern males differently from white grannys from Iowa. (Although I’m fully prepared to believe that anything run by the TSA is based on junk science; I’d just like the analysis to come from a credible source.)

‘Behavioral screening’ is the method that Israelis use for their airline, so obviously it doesn’t work worth a darn — look at all those Israeli airline planes being hijacked and blown up.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on $1 Billion TSA Behavioral Screening Program Slammed as Ineffective “Junk Science”

Media Disappointed Black Man in Mississippi Wasn’t Lynched

21st March 2015

Steve Sailer does the news behind the news.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Media Disappointed Black Man in Mississippi Wasn’t Lynched

“If you replace ‘men’ with ‘Jews,’ a huge percentage of Tumblr becomes Nazi propaganda.”

20th March 2015

The Other McCain documents the derangement.

The phenomenon of “Tumblr Feminism” really has to be seen to be believed. In the 1950s, women with mental illness were treated with psychoanalysis, tranquilizers or electroshock therapy. Now, all the crazy women just log on and post their deranged gibberish on Tumblr, where thousands of other crazy women tell them how awesome they are.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on “If you replace ‘men’ with ‘Jews,’ a huge percentage of Tumblr becomes Nazi propaganda.”

Thomas Friedman Asks “Should We Be Arming ISIS?” Better Q: Why Are We Reading Thomas Friedman?

20th March 2015

Nick Gillespie isn’t afraid to ask the easy questions.

What is it that Don Draper tells Peggy in that episode of Mad Men when she gives birth to an unintended baby? Something like “Don’t look back, there’s nothing for you there. Keep moving forward.”

I thought of that moment while reading Thomas Friedman’s column about the Islamic State and the Middle East in The New York Times.

Oddly, Friedman is absolutely uninterested in pausing for a second and asking his assistants to rummage through his own archives. There, he would find voluminous words from the man himself pushing for the very courses of action he now tut-tuts.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Thomas Friedman Asks “Should We Be Arming ISIS?” Better Q: Why Are We Reading Thomas Friedman?

Google and Tech’s Elite Are Living in a Parallel Universe

17th March 2015

The Guardian is a dependable source of ‘progressive’ drivel.

The gap between the richly rewarded few of tech firms and banks and the rest of us is growing wider. Blame the digital revolution.

Note the assumption: gap between the ‘richly rewarded few’ and ‘the rest of us’ is a Bad Thing, and Something Is To Blame. Nothing ever happens without the activities of a villain, or villains; a very animistic point of view. The fact that ‘the rest of us’ live incomparably better lives because of that same digital revolution is of no importance; one speck of shit in the wine makes it shit all the way down.

Someone once observed that the difference between Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher was that whereas Thatcher believed that she was always right, Blair believed not only that he was right but also that he was good. Visitors to the big technology companies in California come away with the feeling that they have been talking to tech-savvy analogues of Blair. They are fired with a zealous conviction that they are doing great stuff for the world, and proud of the fact that they work insanely hard in the furtherance of that goal. The fact that they are richly rewarded for their dedication is, one is given to believe, incidental.

Irony of ironies: Tony Blair and those who write for the Guardian share the same syndrome. And there’s the real rub: Those who write for the Guardian, I suspect, are not as richly rewarded for their dedication as the geeks of Silicon Valley, AND IT BURNNNNNS!.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Google and Tech’s Elite Are Living in a Parallel Universe

Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?

16th March 2015

Read it.

For half a century, memories of the Holocaust limited anti-Semitism on the Continent. That period has ended—the recent fatal attacks in Paris and Copenhagen are merely the latest examples of rising violence against Jews.

Since this is the Atlantic, of course, a Voice of the Crust, a ritual spit against Emmanuel Goldstein is required:

Renewed vitriol among right-wing fascists and new threats from radicalized Islamists have created a crisis, confronting Jews with an agonizing choice.

Sorry, but I don’t see any right-wing fascists (oxymoron) threatening Jews in Europe; it’s the ANTIFA (anti-fascist ‘progressive’ street thugs) and (wait for it) militant Muslims that are causing the problems.

I’d say it’s time for the Jews of Europe to lock & load and dish out a little of what they’ve been taking. But that’s me.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?

Welcome to “Libertarian Island”: How These One Percenters Are Creating a Dystopian Nightmare

16th March 2015

Read it.

There are few Voices more Crustian than Salon, and obviously the idea of a place where people can be free from interference from, well, the sort of people who write for Salon quite naturally fills them with horror.

Of course, such people have to be subjected to the Two Minute Hate, so they set up the shot with the crack about ‘One Percenters’, as if the people who underwrite Salon were ordinary middle class folks:

Salon has been unprofitable through its entire history. Since 2007, the company has been dependent on ongoing cash injections from board Chairman John Warnock and William Hambrecht, father of former Salon CEO Elizabeth Hambrecht. During the nine months ended December 31, 2012, these cash contributions amounted to $3.4 million, compared to revenue in the same period of $2.7 million.

Warnock is one of the founders of Adobe, and I doubt that he worries about where his next Aston-Martin is going to come from. Hambrecht, after Princeton, went on to help launch Netscape and Amazon; another fellow with a well-padded investment account.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Welcome to “Libertarian Island”: How These One Percenters Are Creating a Dystopian Nightmare

Lindsey Graham: ‘I would literally use the military to keep [Congress in session]…until we restore these defense cuts’

12th March 2015

Read it.

That’s why nobody takes seriously Lindsay Graham, who appears to be striving to be the Joe Biden of the Republican establishment.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Lindsey Graham: ‘I would literally use the military to keep [Congress in session]…until we restore these defense cuts’

Obama Tackles College Debt by Announcing a ‘Student Aid Bill of Rights’

11th March 2015

Read it.

It is none of Obama’s business, either as an individual or as President, what rights students have with regard to financial aid.

The original Bill of Rights delineated areas in which individuals were protected from government, not areas in which government got to mandate that they get Free Stuff.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Obama Tackles College Debt by Announcing a ‘Student Aid Bill of Rights’

Eight Ways You Are Killing the Environment That You Probably Didn’t Even Realize

11th March 2015

Read it.

All this on top of the racism that you don’t realize you have, and it really sucks to be you.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Eight Ways You Are Killing the Environment That You Probably Didn’t Even Realize

End the Ethanol Rip-Off

11th March 2015

Read it.

Well, there’s a surprise: The New York Times coming out against a government subsidy that chiefly benefits people who don’t read the New York Times. Stop the presses….

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on End the Ethanol Rip-Off

The Growing Risk of Suicide in Rural America

10th March 2015

Read it.

In rural America, where there are more guns, fewer people, and fewer doctors than in the urban U.S., young people are at particular risk of suicide.

Whereas in big city slums, where there are a lot more people, a lot more doctors, and just as many guns (just not legal ones), young people are particularly at risk of homicide. But that’s not part of the Crustian Narrative, so you won’t find any mention of it in the Atlantic.

“Suicide is in many ways the oft-ignored part of gun tragedy in America, the part that few talk about, especially those who resist any efforts to decrease access to guns,” writes Frederick Rivara, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington, in an editorial accompanying the study. He points out that 86 percent of suicide attempts using guns end in death, compared to 2 percent of attempts using drugs.

Don’t you just love that phrase, ‘gun tragedy in America’? I guess a gun is like the One Ring of Power, inevitably corrupting anyone who falls within it’s baleful influence. Wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that the government is rapidly making the Land of Opportunity into the Land of Poverty and Dependency, oh no….

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on The Growing Risk of Suicide in Rural America

A Better World, Run by Women

9th March 2015

Read it.

Written by a man, of course.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on A Better World, Run by Women

Nonwhites Can’t Be Racist Cuz My Teacher Told Me So

9th March 2015

Jim Goad points & laughs.

Although it was released over three years ago, there were audible sounds of indigestion online recently at the discovery of a textbook called Is Everyone Really Equal?: An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education. The book is intended for all students of high school age and above. From a cursory glance of the book’s advertising materials, it appears to be roughly as full of shit as its title would imply.

But sensible citizens such as you and I realize that the voodoo term “racism” is purely a social construct and thus has no innate meaning. That’s why different groups are always fighting one another to define it. The ability to define words is the root of cultural power. In my lifetime, the word’s definition has expanded with the ravenousness of a malignant tumor. Nowadays, everything white is racist. Even pointing that out is racist. And it’s racist of me for making fun of the fact that pointing this out is racist. And every word I keep saying from hereon out merely compounds the racism.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Nonwhites Can’t Be Racist Cuz My Teacher Told Me So

Jonathan Gruber: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

8th March 2015

Steve Hayward remarks on the latest by the architect of the Obamacare exchanges fiasco.

Certainly Gruber’s suggestion of taxation of body weight to solve the ‘obesity epidemic’ is ludicrous, but it illustrates the way statists thing: Every problem that the intellectual clerisy thinks is a problem is properly a subject for government action, and taxation is not just a means for getting necssary government revenue but a tool of social manipulation to coerce the Great Stupidity of the Unenlightened to do things The Right Way.

People who express such proclivities ought to be debarred from government service.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Jonathan Gruber: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Beyond the Pale

5th March 2015

Charlotte Allen explores White Privilege and its enemies.

White privilege?—?what’s that? It was a question I was asked several times by the non-White Privilege hotel guests whom I encountered in the DoubleTree’s elevators and stairwells, since I was required by conference rules to wear at all times my official badge, conspicuously hand-lettered and yellow-highlighted “PRESS” by me. I always answered the question as honestly as I could, drawing on the four days’ worth of White Privilege keynote speeches and workshops I attended over a long, wet, April weekend near the airport. “It’s where you learn that white people oppress everybody else,” I said. This seemed fair enough. WPC14’s own website declares that “the WPC has become a venue for fostering difficult and critical dialogues around white supremacy, white privilege, diversity, multicultural education and leadership, social & economic justice, and the intersecting systems of privilege and oppression.”

Seldom difficult, always critical. Next….

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Beyond the Pale

The Mumbo-Jumbo of ‘Middle-Class Economics’

3rd March 2015

Read it.

In the “Economic Report of the President” released on Feb. 19, the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers defines “middle class economics” primarily by the average income of the bottom 90%. “Average income for the bottom 90 percent of households,” according to the ERP, “functions as a decent proxy for the median household’s income growth.”

This is absurd: The average income for the bottom 90% is not a decent proxy for the median nor even a decent measure of household income. It is instead a roughly fabricated estimate of pretax “market income” reported on tax returns that falls below some threshold for the top 10% ($114,290 in 2013). But this dodgy number does serve as the basis for CEA Chairman Jason Furman ’s assertion a day later on the Vox blog that the U.S. has suffered a “40-year stagnation in incomes for the middle class and those working to get into the middle class.”

The measure has become popular on the left. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) recently asked an AFL-CIO conference, “Since 1980, guess how much of the growth in income the [bottom] 90% got? Nothing. None. Zero.” NPR displayed the same bottom 90% data and stretched it even further, claiming that “after 1980, only the top 1% saw their incomes rise.”

The source cited in the ERP for the claims about stagnating average incomes is the World Top Incomes Database. The U.S. data come from economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez, the same source cited by Sen. Warren and NPR.

Hey, if there isn’t a problem, they won’t get any support for ‘fixing’ it. The technical term for that is ‘tendentious’. Not to mention ‘partisan’.

Amazingly, these same statistics also show there has been no increase for the “bottom” 90% since 1968. Measured in 2013 dollars, average income of the bottom 90% was supposedly $32,730 in 1968, $32,887 in 1980, $35,326 in 2007 and $32,341 in 2013.

This is totally inconsistent with the data the Bureau of Economic Analysis uses to calculate GDP. For example, real personal consumption per person has tripled since 1968 and doubled since 1980, according to the BEA. Are all those shopping malls, big box stores, car dealers and restaurants catering to only the top 10%? The question answers itself.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on The Mumbo-Jumbo of ‘Middle-Class Economics’

The Last Climate Science Witch Hunt

28th February 2015

Read it.

It must be getting cold in the climate science greenhouse, so cold the denizens have taken to hunting witches and burning them to keep their theories of climate change alive. The science is said to be settled, with 97% of the world’s thousands of scientists allegedly in agreement that the world is on the brink of a man-made global warming catastrophe. But 97% isn’t enough, apparently. Despite their claim to an overpowering position, the climate establishment and activists have been forced to begin a public purge of the half dozen U.S. scientists who hold different views.

In what is clearly a coordinated effort, the hunt for the hides of a few climate skeptics began last weekend when The New York Times climate beat reporter, Justin Gillis, co-wrote an attack on Wei-Hock (Willie) Soon, a sceptical scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The Times charged Mr. Soon with having “accepted more than $1.2 million in money from the fossil-fuel industry.”

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on The Last Climate Science Witch Hunt

Lawyers Demand Bomb Brother Dzhokhar be Freed Because Blacks Tend to Show Up Late for Jury Duty

27th February 2015

Steve Sailer connects the dots.

For example, a statistician hired by the defense found that the reordering of prospective jurors, on average, pushed the number of black jurors back 43 positions in the order of selection and moved potential white jurors up by three positions. Prospective jurors who live in Boston were pushed back 25 positions, and those under 30 moved back 13 slots, the defense said.

The statistician, comparing the reordered jurors to their original order, found there were no prospective black jurors among the first 94 people in the new order. He said there would have been five potential black jurors if the court had kept the jurors in their original order. …

Well, then. Of course, the relevance of that to this case (Is Tsernaev ‘virtually black’ by some calculus?) is neither explained nor justified.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Lawyers Demand Bomb Brother Dzhokhar be Freed Because Blacks Tend to Show Up Late for Jury Duty

The Smearing of Willie Soon

25th February 2015

Read it.

A blockbuster peer-reviewed paper in the Science Bulletin, authored by Christopher Monckton, Matt Briggs, David Legates and Wei-Hock (“Willie”) Soon, is roiling the global warming Left. The paper identifies flaws in the computer models that predict major global warming–which shouldn’t be a surprise, since the models’ predictions have flopped. It concludes that due to mathematical errors, the models overstate the impact of CO2 on the climate by a factor of three times.

So far, global warming Leftists haven’t been able to find any technical flaws in the Science Bulletin paper, which you can download here. So, naturally, they have resorted to smearing its authors. Greenpeace focused on Dr. Soon, an astrophysicist who works part time for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Greenpeace served a Freedom of Information Act request on the Smithsonian, a public entity, for documents relating to funding of Dr. Soon’s projects. Greenpeace claims that these documents show that Dr. Soon’s projects received funding from Southern Company Services that was not disclosed in certain papers that Dr. Soon published.

The New York Times, having been fed the documents by Greenpeace, eagerly took up the cudgels for global warming Leftists, publishing a supposed expose under the headline, “Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher.” The Times and its fellows on the Left argue that Dr. Soon should have disclosed certain corporate funding with respect to past projects–not, however, the recent paper that the Left seeks to discredit.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on The Smearing of Willie Soon

Planned Alan Turing Memorial Dorkwad-Gaywad Alliance Craters as Slate’s Gay Avengers Turn on “Imitation Game” Writer for Claiming Straight Weird Kids Are Victims Too

24th February 2015

Steve Sailer reports on the fundamental connectedness of all things.

I’m serious about the intent of the movie being to engineer a nerd-gay alliance. The screenwriter of The Imitation Game, Graham Moore, is the son of Democratic political operative Susan Sher, who was Mrs. Obama’s chief-of-staff and is now a bagwoman fundraiser for the Obama Library, so Moore has a good Chicago political head on his shoulders. The screenwriter comes more from the nerd side of the divide (Moore is apparently an effeminate heterosexual). His first book, The Sherlockian, was an updated Sherlock Holmes mystery; and his movie minimizes the gay stuff (which would have to have been about an aging toff with a taste for teenage rough trade) in favor of Benedict Cumberbatch doing his Sherlock-as-supercilious-nerd impression again.

So, everything was working according to Moore’s plan to build Clintonian bridges between the geeks and the gays until the screenwriter got up to give his Oscar acceptance speech. But he implied that being a “weird” kid in high school, like he was, is comparable in victimism Pokemon points to being a gay kid in high school, and all hell broke loose with the Designated Gay Avengers at Slate.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Planned Alan Turing Memorial Dorkwad-Gaywad Alliance Craters as Slate’s Gay Avengers Turn on “Imitation Game” Writer for Claiming Straight Weird Kids Are Victims Too

Vanderbilt Law Professor Under Fire For Anti-Israel Rant

23rd February 2015

Read it.

A Vanderbilt law professor is facing backlash from the pro-Israel community after launching a campaign to shut down a rally supporting the Jewish state and opposing global terrorism, according to emails obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The rally, scheduled to take place this weekend in Nashville, is being organized by Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN), a pro-Israel organization that fights anti-Semitism.

After the group sent out an announcement about the event, Vanderbilt law professor Edward Rubin responded with a scathing email to rally organizers letting them know that he is an “an opponent of Israel” and “not a member of an international Jewish conspiracy,” according to a copy of the message sent by Rubin from his official Vanderbilt address.

In the message, Rubin lashes out at Israel and vows to shut down the pro-Israel rally by contacting the local mayor’s office.

“I want to let you know that I have become an opponent of Israel,” Rubin writes. “The reason is that Israel’s Prime Minister has chosen to inject himself into American politics as a supporter of the Republican Party and a lackey of [billionaire] Sheldon Adelson.”

“He is thus acting in opposition to everything I believe in: social justice, environmental protection, and basic human rights,” says Rubin, who describes himself in the message as “a strongly Jewish-identified American, and the son-in-law of an Auschwitz survivor.”

“I have always regarded Israel as important, but I am not a member of an international Jewish conspiracy: I am an American. Israel is trying to destroy my country, I no longer care about its welfare. I am a law professor, and I will contact the Mayor’s Office on Monday to see if there is any way that your demonstration can be prevented.”

I think I’m right, therefore you may not speak. That certainly doesn’t fit my definition of ‘an American’. Perhaps he needs to study up on the subject.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Vanderbilt Law Professor Under Fire For Anti-Israel Rant

We Are Marie Harf

19th February 2015

Kevin Williamson shoots a large fish in a small barrel.

The secular imagination is, as an instrument for understanding human action at large, a very limited tool, and one that is entirely inadequate for understanding the cultural phenomenon that the West currently finds itself confronting, which is Islam — not extremism, not radicalism, not terrorism, but Islam itself, a religion that both is embedded in a culture and serves as the foundation in which other cultures, ideologies, and social tendencies are embedded. This is not to say, as some of our more energetic culture warriors would have it, that Islam itself is the enemy, and categorically incompatible with liberal values, but only to recognize that Islam carries radical Islam within it, and that the jihadist element making war on all opportune fronts — not only on the West — is not an alien force appended to Islam but an organic part of the whole.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on We Are Marie Harf

If Inequality Is Such a Growing Concern, Why Are No Americans Taking to the Streets?

19th February 2015

Read it.

Maybe because nobody cares about it other than Voices of the Crust like Slate? That’s just a guess, you understand.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on If Inequality Is Such a Growing Concern, Why Are No Americans Taking to the Streets?

Eric Holder: Fox News Invented Islamic Radicalism!

18th February 2015

Read it.

There is a recurrent fantasy within the Obama administration that they could get away with anything, if only that damn Fox News would shut up.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Eric Holder: Fox News Invented Islamic Radicalism!

New York Times Corrects Scott Walker Column

18th February 2015

Read it.

In hindsight, perhaps the headline “Scott Walker Needs An Eraser” wasn’t the best idea.

In a recent column about the Wisconsin governor, a conservative Republican, New York Times columnist Gail Collins wrote that Walker had cut state aid to education, causing teacher layoffs in 2010. But Walker didn’t take office until 2011.

Whoops.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on New York Times Corrects Scott Walker Column

Slate: “Why St. Louis Should Move to Illinois”

18th February 2015

Steve Sailer goes a-fisking.

Earlier this month I reposted an observation I made way back in 2004 that gun control is about white urban liberals trying to signal to white rural conservatives that they want their help in disarming dangerous urban minorities, but without ever mentioning the word “black” and with lots of denouncing of the white conservatives as the real threat.

Here’s a Slate article that appears to be picking up on that argument by saying that St. Louis needs to be rescued from the evil white conservatives of Missouri.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Slate: “Why St. Louis Should Move to Illinois”

The New York Times’ Laughable Climate Change Coverage

18th February 2015

Read it.

Since it is so cold and miserable outside, I’ve been spending some time indoors, curled up in front of the computer watching comedy. No, not the 40th anniversary program of Saturday Night Live, but The New York Times newspaper coverage of climate change, which in this context is bitterly humorous.

There was the February 9, 2014, Times article headlined “The End of Snow,” which ran on the front page of the paper’s Sunday Review section, and which the ever-shrewd Matt Drudge remembered, and linked from his Drudge Report site, amid the snowmaggeddon roughly a year later. “In the Northeast, more than half of the 103 ski resorts may no longer be viable in 30 years because of warmer winters,” the article warned. “It’s easy to blame the big oil companies and the billions of dollars they spend on influencing the media and popular opinion. But the real reason is a lack of knowledge. I know, because I, too, was ignorant until I began researching the issue for a book on the future of snow…. This is no longer a scientific debate. It is scientific fact.”

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on The New York Times’ Laughable Climate Change Coverage

What Actually Causes American Fear of Islam and Muslims?

17th February 2015

Read it.

Hm. That’s a puzzler. Perhaps because they shoot people, cut their heads off, and blow them up? That’s just a guess, you understand.

An ambitious 81-page document, Fear, Inc. 2.0: The Islamophobia Network’s Efforts to Manufacture Hate in America, just appeared from the Center for American Progress, a liberal Democratic organization. Unlike its first iteration, in which a group with a $40-million annual budget and deep ties to big business had the nerve to claim that seven much smaller institutions were overpowering the country through their financial clout, this one looks at what the alleged “Islamophobia network” actually does.

I have never understood why the Left is so eager to serve as a Fifth Column for the jihad. Perhaps they think that thereby their heads will be cut off last?

The report, written by Matthew Duss, Yasmine Taeb, Ken Gude, and Ken Sofer, makes for interesting reading. Its premise is that critics of Islamism (1) are really anti-Islamic and (2) have single-handedly distorted a the fundamental American value, namely a “basic respect for the rights of minority groups throughout the country.” According to the CAP study, “the views of anti-Muslim actors stand in stark contrast to the values of most Americans.”

That could have something to do with the fact that Muslim actors stand in stark contrast to the values of most Americans, and indeed of civilized people everywhere.

By dint of hard work, however, “a well-funded, well-organized fringe movement can push discriminatory policies against a segment of American society by intentionally spreading lies while taking advantage of moments of public anxiety and fear.” This effort “takes many shapes and forms”: a general climate, cynical political efforts, and institutional policies. Despite some setbacks, continues the CAP narrative, the network’s efforts “continue to erode America’s core values of religious pluralism, civil rights, and social inclusion.”

So now we’re talking about the Democrats? They’ve lost me.

Another way of putting it: the United States hosts about as many Buddhists and Hindus combined as it does Muslims. Yet, when did Buddhists or Hindus try to change the existing order or engage in violence on behalf of their faiths? Who ever hears about them? Who fears them?

Indeed.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on What Actually Causes American Fear of Islam and Muslims?

Can Students Have Too Much Tech?

17th February 2015

Read it.

Yet another thumbsucker from the New York Times. Distinguishing characteristics:

1. Tongue-bath for Obama’s socialist/fascist ‘domestic program’. (As if Obama’s ‘program’ were anything other than the standard Democrat ‘Vote for us and we’ll give you free stuff’.) That’s the first paragraph.

2. First priority is equality, not quality, in education. (Either ‘everybody can’t have one so nobody ought to have one’ or ‘everybody can’t afford one so the government ought to provide everybody with one'; ‘progressives’ don’t care which one you pick, so long as you stick to one of those two choices.) That’s the second paragraph.

3. First concern is how technology affects politically-fashionable ‘disadvantaged middle-school students’, not anybody from a more, say, productive stratum of society. That’s the third and fourth paragraphs.

4. Highest concern is for ‘weaker students’ (and, if you aren’t hip to the jive, this is spelled out: ‘boys, African-Americans’ — and that’s the only positive word about boys, if you can so characterize it, that you’ll find in the New York Times the day). That’s the fifth paragraph.

5. Supreme objective is not to draw any conclusions. ‘We don’t know why this is, but we can speculate.’ Okay, I’ll speculate: Who thought it was a good idea to give kids whose priorities, according to all the available evidence, never include ‘learning how to read or do math’ (acting White, don’t you know) an appliance that provided a universe of distractions that don’t depend on knowing how to read or do math?

6. Fill up with a lot of alarmism about the impact of technology on modern life. (Sky is falling. Film at 11.)

There you go. Now you know the formula for getting published in the New York Times. Go forth and lead us all to the Great Socialist Promised Land.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Can Students Have Too Much Tech?

Why Are So Many Americans in Prison?

7th February 2015

Slate is not afraid to ask the ‘progressive’ questions.

Maybe because they’re criminals? That’s just a guess, you understand.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Why Are So Many Americans in Prison?

Professor: ‘We may have a black president, but it’s white people running the show’

5th February 2015

Read it.

Apparently Obama is an unconscious white supremacist. Who knew?

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Professor: ‘We may have a black president, but it’s white people running the show’

Google Gets My Data, I Get Search and Email and That. Help help, I’m Being REPRESSED!

5th February 2015

Tim Worstall at The Register discovers that, yes, government employees are pretty much all socialists.

“Whenever regulators gather to discuss market failures…”

The subject under discussion is the ownership of data and EULAs and all that stuff that so excites a certain sort of techno-pessimist. And that’s what leads to the spraying: the assumption being made that people who are trading something they don’t value much for something they value more is a market failure.

To an economist this is what markets do: people don’t seem to value that data, that information, about who they are, where they are or what they do – or not very much. They certainly don’t seem to value it as much as the things they get by allowing access to it: the Facebooks, Googles and so on of this world.

That’s not the usual definition of a market failure, that’s the efficient working of a market. The data, the thing being valued, is moving from a place where it isn’t highly valued to one where it is more valued. Moving something from a lower valued use to a higher is the very definition of wealth creation.

The piece he’s sputtering about appeared in The Guardian, which is pretty much all socialists too. Funny how that works.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Google Gets My Data, I Get Search and Email and That. Help help, I’m Being REPRESSED!

The Left Realizes Too Late That Political Correctness Is a Virus

1st February 2015

Read it.

There are few things in life as exquisitely pleasurable as watching the terminally silly fight among themselves, and, for those of us who have turned the practice into a spectator sport of sorts, this week certainly did not disappoint. On Tuesday, New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait decided that he was tired of watching people he dislikes use the tactics on which he himself likes to rely, and, with 4,700 words of deliciously biting criticism, set off something of a firestorm. “The language police are perverting liberalism!” griped Chait. “The new political correctness has bludgeoned even many of its own supporters into despondent silence.” And then, right on cue, came those knocks at the door.

Nothing gets hammered down so quickly as a Voice of the Crust who gets off message.

It was, as one might expect, drearily predictable and depressingly stupid — just one more blood-stained grudge match between the Judean People’s Front, the People’s Front of Judea, and, when he can be bothered to show up, the Popular Front as well. I loved every minute.

Pass the popcorn.

“Answer not a fool according to his folly,” the King James Bible suggests, “lest thou also be like unto him.”

Well. There is it.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on The Left Realizes Too Late That Political Correctness Is a Virus

With a Few Bits of Data, Researchers Identify ‘Anonymous’ People

1st February 2015

Read it.

Even when real names and other personal information are stripped from big data sets, it is often possible to use just a few pieces of the information to identify a specific person, according to a study to be published Friday in the journal Science.

In the study, titled “Unique in the Shopping Mall: On the Reidentifiability of Credit Card Metadata,” a group of data scientists analyzed credit card transactions made by 1.1 million people in 10,000 stores over a three-month period. The data set contained details including the date of each transaction, amount charged and name of the store.

Sky is falling. Film at 11. Women & minorities hardest hit.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on With a Few Bits of Data, Researchers Identify ‘Anonymous’ People

Does Public Radio Sound Too ‘White’? NPR Itself Tries to Find The Answer.

31st January 2015

Read it.

Of course it does; because it is — and they’re the only ones who care.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Does Public Radio Sound Too ‘White’? NPR Itself Tries to Find The Answer.

Science Discovers the Parable

31st January 2015

Read it.

President Obama’s recent State of the Union address began like many speeches: with an anecdotal story. In recounting the hardships of mother Rebekah Erler, Obama gave the nation a narrative of how government can help a normal middle-class family. Erler had gone through what many ordinary parents faced after the 2008 financial crisis: loss of a housing industry-dependent job and the rising day-to-day costs of raising a family. She was invited to the SOTU, and as she sat next to the First Lady, her story begged for empathy. Camera shots of her grateful visage complemented the orator-in-chief.

It was nice except for one crucial detail: Erler is a former field organizer for the Democrats. This wasn’t the touching story of an average American sharing her trials with the country; it was a political stunt used to help the party of government dependency.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off on Science Discovers the Parable