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Mass shooting of Asian men in Fresno, CA

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Bunch of Asians were having a party, someone shot at them, at least 4 dead, 6 wounded. Only men were killed, the womenfolk were inside the house.

Articles don’t say what kind of Asians. (Chinese? Japanese? Indians?) No clue as to who might have done it. Asian gang violence? An Hispanic who hates Asians? (It’s in a heavily Hispanic neighborhood.)

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Could be a gang war between the Hmong gang Menace of Destruction and a Hispanic gang.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 18, 2019 at EST am

Posted in Crime

Mike Bloomberg’s greatest accomplishment

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Kyle Smith writes in the New York Post:

Bloomberg doesn’t get enough credit for this — as far as I can tell, he gets no credit whatsoever for this — but he is probably more responsible than any other human being on Earth for getting people off cigarettes and consequently saving untold numbers of lives. When Bloomberg banned smoking in bars and restaurants in 2003, everyone thought it would kill New York City social life. New York would stay home and drink boxed Chablis and eat Lean Cuisines! Every restaurant manager and barmaid in the city pleaded with him not to destroy their business.

Instead, they got to breathe fresh air. They got to take a shower the next morning without setting off the smoke detector. And everyone kept going out to eat and drink. Some smokers learned to go outside when they wanted a ciggie, grudgingly admitting that this was better for everyone than stinking up every pub, and it helped them reduce their consumption. Others simply gave up and quit, especially when Bloomberg drove up the price of a pack of Marlboros to approximately the level of a Toyota Celica.

Truly, it was the positive results of the ban on cigarette smoking that cured be of dogmatic libertarianism. The government stepped in with a regulation. Libertarians said only bad things could come of any government regulation. But the opposite happened. The government regulation worked, and everyone benefited from it. I personally benefited from it. Now, when I go out, I don’t come home with my clothes reeking of stale cigarette smoke.

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November 17, 2019 at EST pm

Posted in Libertarianism

Nathan Berhow

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Allegedly, the school shooter had no indications of beta male rage. He allegedly had a girlfriend, and they say he wasn’t bullied.

But, I’m suspicious. He LOOKS very beta. Maybe the “girlfriend” is actually a friend who happens to be a girl. Maybe he was bullied, but no one wants to admit it.

Or maybe, it was schizophrenia.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 15, 2019 at EST pm

Posted in Crime

Deval Patrick failed the bar exam two times

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Carr: Deval Patrick falls way short of the bar

Deval Patrick (who was the black governor of Massachusetts and is now running for President) failed the bar exam two times. Despite going to Harvard Law School. Obviously a massive affirmative action admit.

I went to a crappy state school, but not only did I pass the bar exam on the first attempt, I passed with a very high score relative to what I needed to merely pass it.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 15, 2019 at EST am

Posted in Biology, Politics

Mass shooting at Los Angeles area high school

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I assume it’s beta-male rage, but will update when more is known.

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Shooter is an Asian male, so almost definitely beta-male rage. Beta-male rage shooters are disproportionately Asian. Elliot Rodger, Seung-Hui Cho, and now this guy.

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The Asian male used a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol. Not an assault rifle.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 14, 2019 at EST pm

Posted in Crime

Dungeons and Dragons in the NY Times

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The world’s most important newspaper features the world’s most important table-top fantasy role playing game! For the second time this year.

The emphasis of today’s article is how many minorities and gays are playing the game. They could have used a photo of the most popular D&D show, Critical Role, and in fact the article does quote the Dungeon Master of Critical Role, Matt Mercer, but Critical Role is all white people, so the NY Times decided to use a photograph of the only D&D show cast that features mostly minorities.

Jeremy Crawford is not just the lead rules designer for Dungeons & Dragons, but he is also gay! (Which is something I never knew until today. Not that there’s anything wrong with being gay.) To quote the article, “Your adventuring party might contain a lesbian elf wizard, a brown-skinned dwarf fighter and a nonbinary half-orc rogue.” Gary Gygax is probably turning over in his grave.

I guess the point of the article is that D&D is now cool because lesbians, gays, and black people play the game.

It should be noted that the author of the article is freelancer who specializes in writing about Dungeons and Dragons, so the article was probably pre-written and tweaked for what the New York Times asked him to say about the game.

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A commenter at the NY Times writes:

I’m a library media specialist in a K-8 school. I have a group of middle schoolers that come in the morning to play. They display cooperation and camaraderie. They’re perfectly behaved which isn’t always the case with middle schoolers!

The comment implies that D&D causes the good behavior, a classic example of how one of our society’s biggest problems is that so many people have so little insight into the direction of cause and effect. I’m sure it’s that well-behaved kids are more interested in D&D rather than D&D causing good behavior. D&D would simply bore the heck out of poorly-behaved kids.

I can’t imagine my 13-year-old nephew being interested in playing D&D. That’s the same nephew who said at Thanksgiving last year, “Even if there were no iPhones, I still wouldn’t read, because reading is BORING.” I have no idea whether he’s considered well-behaved by the staff of his middle school.

At a minimum, playing D&D requires what my 80-year-old Jewish dad would call sitzfleisch, a quality that most boys in middle-school lack.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 14, 2019 at EST am

Posted in Nerdy stuff

Raising the minimum wage helps the low-wage workers

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I’ve been saying so for a long time, and this NY Times article provides proof backing me up.

Simplistic supply-and-demand-curve-based macroeconomics is wrong about a lot of stuff. As I’ve stated over and over again, Michael Porter’s book Competitive Strategy or one of its derivatives, taught at every MBA program, is a much better book for understanding how the economy works than an economics textbook.

Although the economics textbooks do have a term to explain why supply and demand doesn’t work, and it’s called “elasticity of demand.” So if demand for low-wage workers is “inelastic,” then increasing the price of low-wage workers through a government-mandated minimum wage doesn’t cause the demand to become lower by a significant amount, because the demand is “inelastic.”

But if you want to understand why demand is inelastic, then you need to turn to Michael Porter. Compared to workers, businesses have a lot more bargaining power, so although they would hire 10 workers for $12/hour if that were the going rate, they can get away with paying them $7/hour because of their superior bargaining power. The goal of minimum wage laws, therefore, should be to find the correct minimum wage so that workers are getting their fair share of profits without causing unemployment or other disruptions to the market.

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November 13, 2019 at EST am

The whitest cities in America

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10 Whitest Cities In America For 2019

I’m not surprised that cities in eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana and South Dakota are very white. Darker people don’t like cold weather.

Springfield, MO as the second-whitest city is sort of a surprise. It turns out that Missouri, despite being in the South, is a very white state, and Springfield is whiter than the state as a whole. Which is the opposite pattern of most cities which attract a darker population than the less urban areas of the state.

And Scottsdale: I think of Scottsdale as a suburb of Phoenix rather than a “city,” but yes, technically it’s a city. Maricopa County as a whole is less white than Missouri. But the Mexican minorities in Maricopa County seemed pretty well behaved. Mexicans are definitely a better minority to have around than the blacks.

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November 13, 2019 at EST am

Posted in Uncategorized

Cholula Sweet Habanero sauce vs Tabasco Habanero Sauce

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The Cholula stuff has to be the mildest habanero sauce ever. I don’t even think it’s as hot as Tabasco’s regular sauce.

But the Tabasco Habanero Sauce, that’s caliente! (Also, it’s thinner and more vinegary than the Cholula which has a more syrupy consistency.)

Strange that the stuff made in Mexico is way milder than the stuff made in the United States. Is Cholula used by real Mexicans, or is it just for gringoes?

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November 12, 2019 at EST pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Democratic lanes

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I think that a lot of media and political pundits incorrectly believe that there are two major Democratic primary “lanes,” a moderate lane and a woke lane. And that Bloomberg competes against Biden in the moderate lane.

As I’ve pointed out time and time again, pundit types overestimate the importance of policy issues to voters. A more correct way of looking at lanes is that there’s a prole lane and a SWPL lane. Biden and Sanders are in the prole lane, and Warren and Buttigieg are in the SWPL lane. Bloomberg is competing in the SWPL lane against Warren and Buttigieg, and primarily against Buttigieg for the share of SWPL voters who want a more moderate Wall-Street-friendly candidate. Unfortunately for both Bloomberg and Buttigieg, there just aren’t enough of those voters for either of those candidates to win.

I suppose that Bloomberg can also win support from voters who want a heterosexual white man, and don’t find Biden or Bernie to be strong candidates. But once again, that’s too small of a percent of Democratic voters for Bloomberg to gain traction. I think that lane has a lot of overlap with the prole lane, and proles are turned off by Bloomberg.

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Doesn’t the Democratic Party have anyone on the bench who’s a heterosexual white male, who can appeal to both proles and SWPLs, and who is under the age of 65? Kind of like a Bill Clinton?

Apparently they do not. And this is because the mainstream media only gives attention to the most extreme and woke Democrats, so no new wave of heterosexual white male Democrats can gain national recognition.

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I think that Anthony Weiner was the last heterosexual white male Democrat under the age of 65 to garner a lot of national media attention, but he couldn’t resist the urge to send pictures of his wiener to girls on the internet (obviously some sort of weird sexual fetish involving semi-anonymous exhibitionism). But damn it, everyone is sending nude photos to each other on the internets (at least that’s what they tell me), it’s not fair that they crucified poor Anthony Weiner for a common thing.

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On the other hand, after refreshing my memory by reading the Daily Mail article with the details of Weiner’s sexting with the 15-year-old girl… ugh, what was he thinking? Being famous, couldn’t he find an 18-year-old model to have sex with?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 11, 2019 at EST am

Posted in Politics

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