DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

We have seen the future, and it sucks.

Bienvenue au Canada!

11th August 2017

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Haitian illegal aliens in the United States whose Temporary Protected Status (TPS) amnesty is set to expire are streaming north into Canada. The Times reports that almost 800 “asylum seekers” crossed into Quebec in June (though not all were Haitian), about 1,500 in July, and more than 200 each day now. Montreal’s Olympic Stadium is filling up with them, and the Canadian army is expanding a refugee camp it set up at the border.

Well, bon voyage. Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.

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Stanford Students To Examine ‘Abolishing Whiteness’

11th August 2017

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And then there was Leland Stanford, after whom this once-University was named: He was pretty white.

“We will survey the field of whiteness studies, scholarship on the intersection of race, class, and geography, and writings on whiteness in the United States by contemporary public thinkers, to critically interrogate the terms used to describe whiteness and white identities,” the course description reads.

‘Whiteness studies’?

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Pro-Hillary TV Personality Suggests Military Coup to Depose Trump

11th August 2017

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Chelsea Handler suggested on Friday that U.S. generals should carry out a military coup to replace President Trump, who she called “our idiot-in-chief.”

“To all the generals surrounding our idiot-in-chief…the longer U wait to remove him, the longer UR name will appear negatively in history,” the TV personality wrote on Twitter.

Funny how these people who think that Trump is the New Hitler are sounding an awful lot like, well, Hitler.

Funny how these ‘Democrats’ don’t seem all that fond of, well, democracy.

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NY Mag: Blonde Hair a ‘Dog Whistle of Whiteness’

11th August 2017

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If you hear the ‘dog whistle’, that means you’re the dog.

Here’s Amy Larocca:

I think there’s a little Blonde Envy going on here.

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If You See Something, Say Something

11th August 2017

Sarah Hoyt is not afraid t ask the hard questions.

Asking simple questions like “If men and women are exactly alike, what does a company gain from increasing diversity?” pokes a huge hole in political correctness, and makes it impossible for them to hold these contradictory ideas in their heads in peace.  If they tell you it’s because little Suzie who wants to be a programmer is being discriminated against, ask why we should instead discriminate against little Bobby, who wants to be a programmer, if they’re both exactly alike in any thing but sexual organs.  We’re not hiring them have sex, are we?  If we must have affirmative action, wouldn’t it be better to pick those people who grew up in poor conditions or something, and ignore other characteristics?

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Leftism as Crypto-Fascism: The Google Paradigm

11th August 2017

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I am writing about Google’s firing of Damore for daring to speak the truth because it is of a piece with the left’s political modus operandi:

  • Fixate on an objective, regardless of its lack of feasibility (e.g. proportional representation of various demographic groups — but not Asians or Jews — in STEM fields), lack validity (e.g., the demonstrated inaccuracy of climate models that lean heavily on the effects of atmospheric CO2); or consequences (e.g., high failure rates among under-qualified “minorities”, lower standards that affect the quality of output and even endanger lives, the futile use of expensive “renewable” energy sources in place of carbon-based fuels).
  • Insist that attainment of the objective will advance liberty, equality, fraternity, or prosperity.
  • Demand punishment for those who question the objective, thereby suppressing liberty; fostering false equality; engendering resentments that undermine fraternity; and diminishing prosperity.

What happened to James Damore is what happens where leftists control the machinery of the state. (Be mindful that Hitler was a leftist, as I explain and document in “Leftism“.)

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Psycho Politics

11th August 2017

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As liberal demographic, political, and social policies have been entrenched, classical liberals, steering the course of modern social evolution from a position modestly to the left of the old monarchical and ecclesiastical establishment, eventually became libertarians, railing ineffectually against the plunge into socialist tyranny from the position of a stranded, alienated, and derided outer right. Throughout the whole of this process, liberalism has consisted – almost without exception – of white men. These have typically been white men in denial, admittedly. Across the entire sweep of world history there has never been a population group more neglectful of its own privileges. And thus they destroyed themselves.

Anyone who has reached the “Oh, my God, the stereotypes!” stage with this is onto something. That has been a central part of the learning process. All the stereotypes are true (basically). That’s science, too, if it helps, though it rarely does. Unless inflated, or dogmatized, beyond the range of usefulness as broad epistemological heuristics, stereotypes have vastly greater reliability than – for instance – ideologically-motivated cognitive commitments. What’s more, classical liberals used to know that. It’s a Burkean expectation.

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Sundar Pichai Should Resign as Google’s C.E.O.

11th August 2017

Political Correctness that is too much even for David Brooks. How weird is that?

There are many actors in the whole Google/diversity drama, but I’d say the one who’s behaved the worst is the C.E.O., Sundar Pichai.

A high bar.

What we have is a legitimate tension. Damore is describing a truth on one level; his sensible critics are describing a different truth, one that exists on another level. He is championing scientific research; they are championing gender equality. It takes a little subtlety to harmonize these strands, but it’s doable.

Everybody gets his own truth and a participation trophy. That’s the Social Justice Warrior way.

Of course subtlety is in hibernation in modern America. The third player in the drama is Google’s diversity officer, Danielle Brown. She didn’t wrestle with any of the evidence behind Damore’s memo. She just wrote his views “advanced incorrect assumptions about gender.” This is ideology obliterating reason.

Let’s put her in the cell next to Pichai. Can’t discriminate on the basis of sex, you know.

I would refuse to work for any company that had a ‘diversity officer’.

The mob that hounded Damore was like the mobs we’ve seen on a lot of college campuses. We all have our theories about why these moral crazes are suddenly so common. I’d say that radical uncertainty about morality, meaning and life in general is producing intense anxiety. Some people embrace moral absolutism in a desperate effort to find solid ground. They feel a rare and comforting sense of moral certainty when they are purging an evil person who has violated one of their sacred taboos.

Proglodyte Puritanism is all about burning heretics, not about anything productive.

Regardless which weakness applies, this episode suggests he should seek a nonleadership position. We are at a moment when mobs on the left and the right ignore evidence and destroy scapegoats. That’s when we need good leaders most.

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Google’s Apparent Violation of Cal. Lab. Code § 1101 et seq.

11th August 2017

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Free speech — it’s not just a good idea; it’s the law.

California Labor Code § 1102 requires that “no employer shall coerce or influence or attempt to coerce or influence his employees through or by means of threat of discharge or loss of employment to adopt or follow or refrain from adopting or following any particular course or line of political action or political activity.” Furthermore, the “whistleblower” provisions at §1102.5 prohibit employers from adopting rules preventing disclosure of, or retaliating against an employee for having disclosed, “information … to a person with authority over the employee, or another employee who has authority to investigate, discover or correct the violation … if the employee has reasonable cause to believe that the information discloses a violation of state or federal statute, or a violation of or noncompliance with a local, state, or federal rule or regulation, regardless of whether disclosing the information is part of the employee’s job duties.”

The CTRL-Left steps on its own … well, you know.

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Thought for the Day

11th August 2017

Art Advice

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The Kekulé Problem

11th August 2017

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A logical place to begin would be to define what the unconscious is in the first place. To do this we have to set aside the jargon of modern psychology and get back to biology. The unconscious is a biological system before it is anything else. To put it as pithily as possibly—and as accurately—the unconscious is a machine for operating an animal.

All animals have an unconscious. If they didnt they would be plants. We may sometimes credit ours with duties it doesnt actually perform. Systems at a certain level of necessity may require their own mechanics of governance. Breathing, for instance, is not controlled by the unconscious but by the pons and the medulla oblongata, two systems located in the brainstem. Except of course in the case of cetaceans, who have to breathe when they come up for air. An autonomous system wouldnt work here. The first dolphin anesthetized on an operating table simply died. (How do they sleep? With half of their brain alternately.) But the duties of the unconscious are beyond counting. Everything from scratching an itch to solving math problems.

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The Power of the Scribe

11th August 2017

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Spiritual faith has long been shaped by the lettering on a religion’s sacred texts. This is particularly the case with Judaism, so we visited three Hebrew scribes—in Jerusalem, New York City, and the liberal enclave of Berkeley, California—to understand why such laborious traditions continue.

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ISLAMOCOPIA FRIDAY: What’s New in the Religion of Peace

11th August 2017

ALGERIA: Insufficiently Anti-Semitic

Turkey’s New Morality Police

Syria’s female soldiers prepare to take on Isis in battle for Raqqa

Jihadist BUSTED After Trying To Crowdsource Attack On US Airbase

Human trafficking and slavery affecting ‘every large town and city in UK’

Police Know Exactly Who Rammed His BMW Into Soldiers In Paris  ‘Algerian man’

18 people convicted after girls and young women groomed, drugged and raped in Newcastle

Police paid convicted child rapist almost £10,000 to spy on ‘sex parties’ as part of Newcastle grooming investigation

Feminists Insist The Internet Is Not A Safe Space In Pakistan, Where Women Still Get Stoned To Death

German Authorities Arrest Syrian Man For War Crimes, ISIS Membership

Democratic Congressman Hangs Hijab-Clad Statue of Liberty Painting in Office

Paris: Man shot and arrested on motorway after suspected terror attack on French soldiers

Iraq to hang 27 Isis members over role in massacre of army recruits at Camp Speicher

Muslim convert ‘snitched on’ by pregnant wife when he tried to join Isis

Paris attack: Six French soldiers injured after being ‘deliberately’ hit by BMW in suspected terror attack

Refugees face kidnap, torture, rape and slavery in Libyan ‘living hell’, Oxfam report says  They could always go back where they came from. Just a thought.

Abdulwahab Hafidah: 11 gang members found guilty of chasing down and killing 18-year-old in Manchester

Manchester Airport pipe bomb: Nadeem Muhammad guilty of plot to endanger life after explosive found in hand luggage

Afghanistan’s Own Vice President Is Fomenting Insurrection  My, what a surprise.

Bangladeshi Man Charged With Attempting To Kill US Service Member In Support Of ISIS

Malaysian atheist group under investigation over alleged Muslim apostate members

Tunisian fishermen prevent anti-immigrant ship C-Star docking in North African coast  When did ‘Tunisian’ become a race?

German Isis bride’s capture footage emerges as she now faces death penalty in Iraq

Spike in number of Syrian teens marrying as child brides in Jordan

ISIS And The Taliban Team Up In Afghanistan

Families ‘Donate’ Kids To Jihadis To Become Suicide Bombers

Germany: More Dangerous Than Mongolia, But Not as Bad as Gambia

Dozens of civilians killed in ‘brutal, inhumane way’ in Afghanistan  Sounds like jihad to me….

Slaughterhouse Jive

Duke of Marlborough converted to Islam in prison to be given ‘more food’

Israel has stripped citizenship from an Arab Israeli for the first time ever

Isis unit in Syria ‘training British jihadis’ to launch wave of attacks on UK targets  Still room at Gitmo, guys.

Israel to shut Al Jazeera offices and revoke journalists’ credentials

Eiffel Tower Evacuated After Knife-Wielding Man Shouts ‘Allahu Akbar’

Migrant Throws Stones at a Restaurant in Florence. Italians Take Action.

Isis: 2,000 fighters using Raqqa’s civilians as human shields as US-led coalition makes significant gains in Syria

Inside the Saudi town that’s been under siege for three months by its own government

Isis: UN study finds foreign fighters in Syria ‘lack basic understanding of Islam’

Al Jazeera: The Terrorist Propaganda Network

Syrian-Palestinian web developer and cyberactivist Bassel Khartabil “executed”

Isis leaders begin forcibly conscripting Syrian civilians in unprecedented move

Isis recruiter who acted as ‘ambassador’ to UK is jailed after sending jihadis to Syria

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Google Cancels Meeting on Diversity, Citing Safety Concerns

10th August 2017

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I guess they don’t want any more female employees having a meltdown.

UPDATE: Google cancels all-hands meeting due to employee worries of online harassment

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has canceled the company’s much anticipated meeting to talk about gender issues today. The move came after some of its employees expressed concern over online harassment they had begun to receive after their questions and names have been published outside the company on a variety of largely alt-right sites.

“We had hoped to have a frank, open discussion today as we always do to bring us together and move forward. But our Dory questions appeared externally this afternoon, and on some websites Googlers are now being named personally,” wrote Pichai to employees. “Googlers are writing in, concerned about their safety and worried they may be ‘outed’ publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall.”

Welcome to our world, Sundar. You can dish it out, but you can’t take it.

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Democrats Bring the H8: Anti-Trump Nutjob Arrested for Murder of GOP Committeeman Neighbor

10th August 2017

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A man described by neighbors as “quarrelsome” and who placed large anti-Trump signs in his yard is in police custody for the murder of his next-door neighbor – a GOP committeeman.

Police in West Goshen Township, PA, charged Clayton Carter, 51, in the shooting death of his next-door neighbor, G. Brooks Jennings in the early morning hours on Tuesday, according to ABC Philadelphia.

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Tebow Homers for Ailing Boy, Wins Over Previously Skeptical Media

10th August 2017

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A few games ago, Tebow was waiting for his turn at bat when Seth Bosch, a 10-year-old boy with a tumor behind his right eye, walked down to the edge of the stands to see his hero close up. Tebow came over to shake hands, the youngster was overcome with emotion and went crying back to his family.

Like Babe Ruth, who was known for visiting for sick children in the hospital and then swatting home runs for them, Tebow soon blasted a pitch out of the ball park. The blast electrified the stadium in St. Lucie, Fla.

Ya gotta have heart.

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#MarchOnGoogle

10th August 2017

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August 19th. Be there or be square.

Perhaps I need a new Category: Sauce for the Goose, wherein proglodytes get whapped with their own sticks.

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POLL: How Are You Commemorating National Lazy Day?

10th August 2017

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I’m on it.

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Disney’s ABC News Had to Fork Over a Full Year’s Profit Over ‘Pink Slime’ Story

10th August 2017

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One of the dependable tools of totalitarians is the smear-phrase, an invented nickname created as a stick to use to beat their opponents. ‘Black market’ is a famous one, along with ‘price gouging’, ‘profiteering’, ‘frankenfood’, ‘microagression’, ‘intersectionality’, and that most venerable of all smear-phrases, ‘capitalism’. Since people’s thoughts are constrained by the language they use, these brain-reprogrammings are successful to the extent that even people on the other side of the issue feel compelled to use them.

In this case, however, the mob was unsuccessful.

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Writing Conference Canceled Because Of Too Many White People

10th August 2017

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And we can’t have that, can we?

 

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Survey: Most Google Employees Disagreed With Decision To Fire Memo Writer

10th August 2017

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Most Google employees disagree with the company’s decision to fire the employee behind a memo on diversity, a survey released Wednesday shows.

Blind, an anonymous corporate networking app, surveyed its users from over 4,000 different companies on their thoughts regarding Google’s firing of software engineer James Damore, according to Business Insider. At Google, 56 percent of the 441 employees surveyed opposed their company’s decision to fire Damore.

Blind also reported employee opinions across other tech companies, which seem to support the fired software engineer.

A majority of Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon employees surveyed also opposed Google’s decision by margins of 57-43, 56-44, and 54-46, respectively. Nearly two-thirds of Uber’s employees surveyed also opposed the choice to terminate Damore.

Lyft, LinkedIn, and Apple, however, all favored Google’s decision by margins of 65-35, 53-47, and 51-49, respectively.

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The Media Lied About the Leaked Google Memo

10th August 2017

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Of course they did. But you knew that.

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Jon Ossoff To Join Panel On How Dems Can Win 2018

10th August 2017

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That’s the Democrat way to victory: Take advice from losers.

Put Hillary in charge, she’s the biggest loser of them all.

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Is College Education Worth It?

10th August 2017

Walter Williams, a Real Economist, turns over a rock.

The fact of business is that colleges admit a far greater number of students than those who test as being college-ready. Why should students be admitted to college when they are not capable of academic performance at the college level? Admitting such students gets the nation’s high schools off the hook. The nation’s high schools can continue to deliver grossly fraudulent education — namely, issue diplomas that attest that students can read, write and compute at a 12th-grade level when they may not be able to perform at even an eighth- or ninth-grade level.

You say, “Hold it, Williams. No college would admit a student who couldn’t perform at an eighth- or ninth-grade level.” During a recent University of North Carolina scandal, a learning specialist hired to help athletes found that during the period from 2004 to 2012, 60 percent of the 183 members of the football and basketball teams read between fourth- and eighth-grade levels. About 10 percent read below a third-grade level. These were students with high-school diplomas and admitted to UNC. And it’s not likely that UNC is the only university engaging in such gross fraud.

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Freeberg Does the Google Memo

10th August 2017

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Well, the engineer WENT THERE. No, he did not say the chicks are naturally unqualified or under-qualified to do engineering work. You might have heard that. You can see from looking at the document yourself that it’s a deliberate lie. There are many others being told. Anyway, what he did say is what people who’ve looked into it awhile, by which I mean more than a few minutes, know already. The chicks just don’t wanna do it. Figuring this out is not hard, since the alternative would have to be, there’s a huge glut of chicks wanting engineering jobs and their applications are being ritually blocked or turned away at some point in the pipeline. Well, where’s the glut? And where’s the blockage? Can you imagine the job of hiding such a restrictive device, in this climate…or being the device, the manager who says “no chicks on my team”?

ThoughtCrime exists even when you don’t see any. Emmanuel Goldstein is out there somewhere corrupting you even when you don’t know it.

About the most offensive thing the guy actually did say was where he said women are, on average, more emotional. It’s true, but I try to avoid saying things like that because we live in an age wherein men are acting more like women. Nevertheless, even this was given some strong backing by real-life events when it emerged that female employees at Google were skipping work because they were so traumatized by his memo. Those who defend the firing, point to this “trauma” done to the fairer sex within Google’s workforce, as evidence that the company made the right decision. Had they taken no action, so the argument goes, the female employees could have sued due to the hostile work environment.

Which is, of course, offensive only when it’s said by men. When women say it, it’s a feature, not a bug.

From whence arises this expectation that a workplace should be comfortable? And if it isn’t, you can sue? Oh yeah right. Lawyers.

As a lawyer, I can bears witness to this. Lawyers are paid to game the system, which is why I’ve never practiced law — I’d have had to spend too much time washing my hands.

Mr. Damore’s memo is called “Google’s ideological echo chamber”…and, he was fired for writing it. His own sacking proves the truth of what he wrote, because he got fired for saying the wrong things. Nevermind whether I like it or not, or you like it or not…it’s simply unworkable.

And that’s the bottom line.

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Political Peroxide: Blonde Privilege

10th August 2017

The Politics of Blondness.

Fox News and Donald Trump have given blonde hair a new chapter: Now, blonde is the color of the right, for whom whiteness has become a hallmark. Over the past decade or so, as inclusiveness became the hallmark of Obama-era liberals, the left found feminist icons in Rachel Maddow, Samantha Power, and Michelle Obama, who make no apologies for their failure to fit traditional ideals. But #MAGA, Fox News America is a place where all the classic signifiers of privilege and wealth work on overdrive: country-club-issue blue blazers with brass buttons and khaki pants, and above all else, for women, that yellow-blonde, carefully tended hair — a dog whistle of whiteness, an unspoken declaration of values, a wink-wink to the power of racial privilege and to the 1980s vibe that pervades a movement led by a man who still believes in the guilt of the Central Park Five. During that Republican Preppy Handbook era, when Dynasty and Dallas were on TV, the type of conspicuous ostentation that would lead a real-estate developer to sheath his entire apartment in gold leaf was actually in vogue. Look at the movies: Jake’s girlfriend in Sixteen Candles with the lush swoop of thick, blonde locks that ended up stuck in a door (losing the boyfriend to a redhead of all things meant, literally, losing that luscious hair). Johnny, the villain of the Karate Kid films, had a decisive swoosh of blond hair that obscured his headband. We knew, the moment we saw that hair, that small, ethnic Daniel was up against more than another teenager, he was up against privilege itself.

I am not making this up.

The chief defect of Identity Politics is that it makes people into units of a group rather than individuals, and hence interchangeable. This is a relic of tribal politics rearing its ugly head. Taken to its logical extreme, in such places as Pakistan and Nigeria, it means that if somebody from group X has offended you, it is enough to punish some other unit from that group; no need to find the actual perpetrator. ‘They all look alike to me.’

Of course, if somebody did this trick with a Fashionable Minority, I’m sure this chick would be the first to go ballistic. It’s all about The Evils of Being White.

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Thought for the Day

10th August 2017

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Google’s War Over the Sexes

10th August 2017

Ross Douthat sums it up.

At the same time, there was a sense in which Damore had to be fired, precisely because of the intertwined realities that he described. Silicon Valley is a very male environment, a land of nerd kings and brogrammers whose deepest beliefs tend to be the sort that men come up with when they don’t have very many women around — arch-libertarian, irreligious, utopian in a mechanistic style.

But the internet industry is also part of a wider elite culture that is trending in the opposite direction, becoming more feminized and feminist, and inclined to view male-dominated enclaves with great suspicion. So Silicon Valley’s leaders use corporate wokeness, diversity initiatives and progressive virtue signaling as a kind of self-protection, a way of promising that they’re mostly men but they’re the good kind of men, so that discrimination lawsuits and antitrust actions and other forms of regulation are less attractive to their critics.

I strongly suspect that more than a few Silicon Valley higher-ups agreed with the broad themes of Damore’s memo. But just as tech titans accept some censorship and oppression as the price of doing business in China, they accept performative progressivism as the price of having nice campuses in the most liberal state in the union and recruiting their employees from its most elite and liberal schools. And for questioning that political performance while defending the disproportionate maleness that makes it necessary, the Google memo-writer simply had to go.

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‘Racist’ FaceApp Photo Filters Encouraged Users to Black Up

10th August 2017

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If you ‘identify’ as black even though all of your ancestors are white, hey, there’s an app for that.

Not Invented Here: An app to turn black people white. (After all, why give up that treasured victim status? Status that can be traded for valuable prizes, after all.)

‘Black up’ is, of course, a military term that I’m sure not one in a thousand of the people reading the article will recognize.

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Stop Equating “Science” With Truth

10th August 2017

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (I am not making this up) delivers a hiding to your lying eyes.

It’s 2017, and people are still debating whether or not women are intellectually inferior to men, and whether we are entitled to a workplace that isn’t toxic to people simply based on their gender and sex.

Well, no, actually. People are debating how much to tar and feather the straw man of ‘women intellectually inferior to men’, which nobody actually believes any more, but it’s such a useful straw man than it’s perennially resurrected for the Two-Minute Hate.

Note the forced distinction between ‘gender and sex’, and the focus on whether women have a workplace that isn’t toxic and to hell with whether men have the same. Men and women are absolutely identical and besides women are superior in SO many ways.

To make a tedious story short, she has a problem with science because it doesn’t square with her Diversitarian religious beliefs. Poor baby. I am especially struck by her treatment of ‘the invention of whiteness and the invention of race’, as if these were constructed surreptitiously in a lab in the basement of the Koch brothers mansion and then foisted on an unsuspecting proletariat, women and minorities hardest hit etc. etc.

This woman is a ‘philosopher of science’ (how can you be a ‘philosopher’ of a field that you despise?) and alleged ‘particle physicist’ (not sure I believe that) at a state university. Your tax dollars at work (or, in this case, at random).

Apparently science is just another instance of White Privilege. Who knew?

UPDATE: Liberals Are For Science—Until They’re Not

Steven Hayward weighs in on the subject.

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Inflatable Donald Trump Chicken Rules the Roost in Washington

10th August 2017

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This is the sort of I-won’t-grow-up antic that journalists find irresistible (when it’s for their side) or reprehensible (when it’s not).

I suspect that ‘arrested adolescence’ is the chief characteristic of our time.

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A Question of Merit

10th August 2017

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Re the Google ThoughtCrime Memo:

The hysterical, fact-free overreaction, paired with a weak attempt at a scientific pushback using cherry-pickings from a complicated literature, is familiar to anyone who has followed the debate on race and IQ. Mostly, it is an attempt to silence people who notice the reality of group differences at all, regardless of their origin. (Damore himself that sex differences spring from a mix of both environmental and genetic sources.) But this kind of cultural pressure creates an enormous incentive to generate a weak empirical literature for what might be termed “progressive science.”

Progressive science is the academic wing of blank-slatist ideologues, providing a patina of scholarly respectability for their ideas. The principal objective of their research is to discover the oppressive mechanisms that generate unwelcome group differences and outline policies that might correct them. Favorite “discoveries” include items like stereotype threat or implicit bias while proposed correctives might comprise grit, growth mindset, and sensitivity seminars. This literature typically relies on tiny, underpowered, and poorly designed studies in social psychology. Thus Gaussian noise is weaponized for political purposes. Even when an idea like stereotype threat is killed by careful meta-analysis, it can be resurrected over and over again.

For academics, this sort of research can result in lucrative book deals, fawning interviews on NPR, and viral TED Talks. On the other side, Democratic politicians find it useful to cite research like implicit bias, even when it is scientifically unreliable, to create a sort of disembodied racism that must be psychologically cleansed (for a six figure consulting fee). That these results have all fallen in the reproducibility crisis stands in contrast to the success of behavioral genetics, where the high heritability of traits like intelligence has been affirmed. The media is attracted to any hint that contemporary first world social hierarchies are generated by “systemic” forces and repulsed by any science showing they are not.

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Crop Rot Fever, Part MLXVIII

10th August 2017

Steve Sailer points to some inconvenient truth.

I’ve been trying to make a joke out of all the Crops Rotting in the Fields scare headlines for over a decade now, but I don’t think I’m making much progress.

I pointed out back in 2006 that you could bring back slavery and the whip and there’d still be enough crops rotting in the fields somewhere each year for the growers’ PR flacks to churn out the same press releases.

My evolutionary psychology just-so story for why this is such a perennial shtick that apparently never grows old is that agricultural peoples under Malthusian conditions must have evolved to be highly triggered by the news that some of the harvest won’t be gotten in. I bet hunter-gatherers don’t give a damn about crop rot headlines.

Nope, we really don’t, as long as our grapes come from Chile and our corn-on-the-cob from next door.

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Google Memo Author James Damore: ‘The Whole Culture Tries to Silence Any Dissenting View’

10th August 2017

Read it. And watch the video interview.

Perhaps this case will ‘start a conversation’ (the thing that proglodytes always claim to want but never do) about the ravages of the Diversitarian religion in modern life.

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Czech Republic Takes Legal Action Against EU’s Attempt to Restrict Gun Rights

9th August 2017

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The Czech Republic took legal action Friday against the European Union’s plans to restrict gun ownership in member states.

The European Parliament passed a new directive to limit access to semi-automatic weapons earlier this year in response to terrorism. The Czech Republic has simultaneously moved to make guns more accessible for the very same the reason.

 

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Democrats Bring the H8: White Men Can’t Apply for These $10,000 Journalism Grants

9th August 2017

Read it.

‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.’

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Transgender Grads Get $20,000 Each After Bathroom Dispute

9th August 2017

Read it.

There’s gold in them thar ills.

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Thought for the Day

9th August 2017

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No, the Google Manifesto Isn’t Sexist or Anti-Diversity. It’s Science.

9th August 2017

Debra Soh points out some inconvenient truth.

Titled Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber, Mr. Damore called out the current PC culture, saying the gender gap in Google’s diversity was not due to discrimination, but inherent differences in what men and women find interesting. Danielle Brown, Google’s newly appointed vice-president for diversity, integrity and governance, accused the memo of advancing “incorrect assumptions about gender,” and Mr. Damore confirmed last night he was fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.”

Despite how it’s been portrayed, the memo was fair and factually accurate. Scientific studies have confirmed sex differences in the brain that lead to differences in our interests and behaviour.

Many people, including a former Google employee, have attempted to refute the memo’s points, alleging that they contradict the latest research.

I’d love to know what “research done […] for decades” he’s referring to, because thousands of studies would suggest otherwise. A single study, published in 2015, did claim that male and female brains existed along a “mosaic” and that it isn’t possible to differentiate them by sex, but this has been refuted by four – yes, four – academic studies since.

This includes a study that analyzed the exact same brain data from the original study and found that the sex of a given brain could be correctly identified with 69-per-cent to 77-per-cent accuracy.

Of course, differences exist at the individual level, and this doesn’t mean environment plays no role in shaping us. But to claim that there are no differences between the sexes when looking at group averages, or that culture has greater influence than biology, simply isn’t true.

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FAKE NEWS: 4 Things The Google Manifesto DOESN’T Say That The Media Claim It Says

9th August 2017

Read it.

On Monday evening, news broke of a memo regarding Google’s Leftist bias and their perverse attempts to impose diversity quotas at the company. The memo, by an unnamed employee, drew quick fire from the management structure; on Tuesday evening, the employee, unmasked as James Damore, was fired.

There was just one problem: there was nothing wrong with the memo.

As I wrote yesterday, the memo essentially made three contentions: first, that Google had a Leftist bias which prevented them from hearing other viewpoints; second, that part of the discrepancy in employment between men and women at Google could be attributable to group differences between men and women; and third, that Google could try to make employment easier for women in general through a series of non-illegal means.

But that’s not what you’re hearing from Google and the media. Instead, you’re hearing them deliberately misrepresent the nature of the memo, cast aspersions at the author, and pretend that he said things he clearly and openly dismissed in the memo itself.

It’s all about the Narrative, Larry.

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Extra Crispr

9th August 2017

ZMan connects the dots.

The old gag about race is that race is a social construct until you need a bone marrow transplant. Not a lot of people have that talk with their doctor, but imagine a world where everyone has a genetic realism talk with their dog breeder. When you know Rover had a known defect in his breed fixed by a vet at the canine gene clinic, talking about biological reality gets a lot easier.

As people come to accept the reality of gene editing, even if it is just to make better dog breeds, it is much more difficult to maintain the mythologies of the blank slate.  Once people come to accept that things like IQ and personality traits are determined by our genes, the blank slate is finished. Even if people don’t accept genetic determinism, they will accept testing for IQ and personality traits to fill engineering positions. In other words, strides in genetics will restore a more sober understanding of the human condition.

This is the negation of the core belief of our ruling elite, but it is telling that our rulers seem to be going in the opposite direction. As science makes clear the realities of human biology, our rulers scream ever louder to the contrary. Instead of simply ignoring the new information, they are waging pogroms too root out anyone not fully committed to their biological denialism. Every week were treated to some new scandal where a heretic is brought forth and punished for acknowledging reality.

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The Trillion-Dollar Question

9th August 2017

Steve Sailer follows the money.

Amusingly, the liberal elites who financed Obama’s reelection in 2012 had no idea that Obama’s turnout strategy of unifying his ungainly coalition of the fringes by ginning up hatred against cishet white males would rebound against them in the ensuing years.

Once the president was reelected, however, the real Obama could safely come out. Just as I had predicted in my 2008 book America’s Half-Blood Prince: Barack Obama’s “Story of Race and Inheritance” Obama’s first term was pretty sensible and his second term pretty…authentic.

The second Obama administration was free to point its resentful allies at the rich prizes in the tech industry, the entertainment industry, and academia.

Ironically, after decades of globalism, there isn’t much left to loot among Trump’s base, so now the lucrative blue-state institutions are in the crosshairs. All these highly Democratic industries have since been getting cannibalized by fellow Democrats in the ongoing meltdown of liberalism, what archaeologists might someday call the Late Obama Age Collapse. We are still watching progressives claw each other’s eyes out as they fail to peacefully divvy up the plunder.

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Against Despair

9th August 2017

Kevin Williamson is shook up.

At the nation’s leading technology company, an engineer has been blacklisted for having unpopular political views, and, rather than recoil from this, the nation’s young people have in no small part celebrated Google’s exercise in suppression. This is a reminder that Mohandas K. Gandhi’s mathematical observation goes both ways. Gandhi famously informed the British authorities that Indian independence was inevitable inasmuch as a few hundred thousand Englishmen could not hope to control a few hundred million Indians if those Indians did not cooperate. The despair-inducing converse of this fact is that tyranny is never really imposed on a population from the outside. The people are almost always collaborators in their own repression: Germans, Russians, Venezuelans, and, in time, Americans.

The Google situation is a particularly maddening example of a strange modern phenomenon — the vulnerable person who is so exquisitely sensitive that he can act simultaneously as hostage and hostage-taker. One Google apologist noted that some of the firm’s employees were so distraught by . . . the discussion of opinions at variance with their own . . . that they stayed home from work. Those kinds of shrill theatrics used to be called “hysteria,” but we’ve all been taught that that is a horribly sexist word, which means that we’ll need a new word to describe women who are so emotionally incontinent that they become non-functional human beings when it is suggested that they are emotionally less continent than maybe they could be.

The engineer in question had argued that Google’s closed corporate culture created an echo chamber marked by ruthlessly enforced conformity. Google proved him right.

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Protected Sea Lions Are Eating Endangered Steelhead Salmon to Extinction

8th August 2017

Read it.

Oh, my sea lions! Oh, my salmon!

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Brussels Police Open Fire at Car During Bomb Scare in Jihadi-Linked Area

8th August 2017

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Brussels police opened fire at a car Tuesday in the neighborhood of Molenbeek after the driver claimed he had explosives packed in the vehicle.

Police chased the suspect after he missed a red light in a German-registered vehicle. He was detained after police fired shots at the wheels of the car to stop his progress. A large area was sealed off as a bomb unit reportedly performed two controlled explosives after the man was arrested.

“When the police arrested him, he claimed to have explosives so not to take any risk, the army has been called in to check,” Ine van Wymersch, a spokeswoman for the Brussels prosecutor, told Reuters.

Police later said reported that no explosives were discovered in the vehicle. The suspect was identified as a an Rwandan citizen who police described as “confused.”

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Damning Climate Report Leaked to the Public to Stop It Being Suppressed by Donald Trump

8th August 2017

Read it.

Except, of course, that it’s been available on a government web site for weeks, and there’s no evidence that Trump has even heard about it, much less gives a shit.

But don’t let us stop you panicking, you seem to enjoy it so much. Women and minorities hardest hit, etc. etc.

I guess Trump is the New Trotsky as well as the New Hitler.

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Meet Bitcoen, the New Jewish Cryptocurrency

8th August 2017

Read it.

I am not making this up.

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Ex-Planned Parenthood Director: We ‘Sold’ Aborted Babies for $200 Each

8th August 2017

Read it.

Hey, parts is parts.

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Democrats Bring the H8: Google Celebrates Diversity and Inclusiveness by … Firing Internal Critic

8th August 2017

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This comes straight from the Someone Left The Irony On Department, as Mad Magazine once wrote. On the one hand, Google insists that “diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company.” On the other, a Google engineer’s memo warns that they have created an ideological “echo chamber” and a “shaming culture,” one which keeps employees silent about the impact of company policies because of the “possibility of being fired.” How did Google rebut this memo? By firing the engineer who wrote it, of course. Bloomberg’s Mark Bergen and Ellen Huet reported on James Damore’s dismissal late last night:

And there it is. The firing is directly contrary to Google’s own policy. ‘All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.’

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Dem Rep Flips After Army Refuses to Rename Confederate Street Names on Base

8th August 2017

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Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke is vowing to fight the U.S. Army’s refusal to change streets named after Confederate generals at a New York base.

The names of the two streets receiving flak from Clarke are Stonewall Jackson Drive and General Lee Avenue, both of which are located at Fort Hamilton and received the names in the first place because Lee and Jackson spent time at the base before the start of the Civil War, The Hill reports.

Good luck with that.

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