Lion of the Blogosphere

Return to a hunter-gatherer way of life?

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October 3, 2015 at 12:08 pm

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White socks: how you know you’re old

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When I was a kid, wearing anything but white socks with sneakers was laughed at and mocked.

Today the exact opposite is true.

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Sneakers also used to be white: to match the socks, I guess. I can’t even find white sneakers anymore. Last sneakers I bought, I had to settle for gray with orange trim; it was the least loud sneaker I could find.

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October 3, 2015 at 11:51 am

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Release the manifesto

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Posted by a commenter:

Is it just me or is anyone else INFURIATED with the (apparently) new police/media conspiracy to “filter” essential details of these killers’ backgrounds and self-descriptions of the motivations behind their actions?

The authorities in Virginia REFUSE to release the 23-page “manifesto” (suicide note) of the wacko ex-TV reporter who killed his former co-workers. Note as well that ABC, which was originally sent the material and duly turned it over to police, also REFUSES to release it publicly. Now, we have another “manifesto” (suicide note) left behind at the community college shooting scene in Oregon. All the news organizations refer to it in passing, but I haven’t heard a single one of them demanding its release.

What am I missing here? Are these documents not essential to understanding what demons drove the perpetrators of these outrages to their acts? With highly developed skills at textual deconstructions and interpretation available everywhere today, do these sources not represent a wealth of information for study, consideration, and debate? Instead, we have intensely ideological pundits and ‘experts’ pontificating and reporters digging through various internet ravings and former neighbors’ recollections in order to construct “portraits” of these disturbed individuals that serve only to support their chosen social narratives. All is speculation, conflation, and obfuscation.

Let’s have the raw data, please. Then, we’ll analyze it ourselves and form our own conclusions. What an absolute outrage that these materials are withheld from the “free” American public!

Advice to future mass murderers: post your manifestos online so people can read them.

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October 3, 2015 at 11:34 am

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The beta uprising

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First I ever heard about it. (Hat tip to “destructure.”)

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October 3, 2015 at 9:31 am

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Classic beta-male rage

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From the latest NY Times article:

For investigators searching for his path to mass murder, he left behind a typewritten manifesto at the scene and a string of on-line postings that showed he had become increasingly interested in other high-profile shootings, angry at not having a girlfriend and bitter at a world that he believed was working against him.

Angry about not having a girlfriend, a classic case of beta-male rage (although in a three-way alpha-beta-omega classification system, it would be omega-male rage).

And there’s further confirmation that Chris Harper-Mercer had Asperger’s Syndrome (or that at least his mother thought he had that):

[Chris’ mother] apparently contributed to online forums dealing with health issues. In one exchange, a writer who appears to be Ms. Harper offered assistance to the mother of a child with Asperger’s syndrome, saying, “I’m a nurse and also have an Aspergers kid.”

The article also says he wore the same outfit every day (aspies like routine) and that he would spend hours talking about guns if someone was willing to listen (aspies will talk endlessly about their special interests).

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October 2, 2015 at 10:23 pm

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What did the Pope know and when did he know it?

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CBS Chicago says:

The questions of what did the Pope know and when did he know continue being debated in newspaper headlines, blog posts and on twitter feeds.

You’d think they were talking about some horrible atrocity rather than a brief meeting with someone who spent five days in jail.

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October 2, 2015 at 9:48 am

Posted in Religion

Chris Harper Mercer

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NY Times article has absolutely nothing about him being black. But neighbors said he was extremely shy and anti-social. And also, that he didn’t like loud noises, which is a possible indicator of Asperger’s syndrome. I think this all adds up to beta-male rage.

There is more information in the British newspaper, The Telegraph, where we find out about the father, Mr. Mercer, and the fact that the half-black Chris Harper Mercer may have been a neo-Nazi sympathizer, and that he has a British passport.

Only the Daily Beast told us that his mother is black and his father is white.

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I suspect that the media will drop this story very soon, because they can’t fit the gunman into any of their standard narratives.

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LA Times writes about the Switzer Learning Center where Chris Harper Mercer attended high school:

Mercer was among five students listed in the graduating class at Switzer Learning Center, according to a special graduation section published by the Torrance-based newspaper, the Daily Breeze, in 2009.

The Switzer Learning Center, also in Torrance, teaches students with special needs, emotional disturbances, autism, Asperger’s syndrome and other issues. According to its website, the school “has a long history of working with children who have been unsuccessful in traditional classrooms because they need the special attention and encouragement that only a school like Switzer can provide.”

Elliot Rodger also attended a special school, although I don’t think that Elliot had Asperger’s syndrome. Social phobia does not equal Asperger’s syndrome.

This also reminds me of Adam Lanza because in both cases the mother took the son to the shooting range. (“Neighbors at a sprawling apartment complex in Torrance said they thought it was odd when a few years ago they saw Chris Harper Mercer and his mother carrying black cases that the neighbors suspected held firearms.”) Perhaps if you have a kid with behavioral problems, taking him to the shooting range is a bad idea?

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October 2, 2015 at 9:40 am

Posted in Crime

Oregon shooting anti-Christian hate crime?

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According to the highly regarded New York Post.

Will liberals call this a hate crime, or can Christians only be perpetrators of hate crimes, never the victims?

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OK, the shooter, Chris Harper-Mercer, has a black mother (who’s a nurse) and a white father (who was never in his life). He’s an introverted nerdy person who’s into conservative politics except he’s an atheist who dislikes religion.

Could be beta-male rage. I’m not sure.

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October 1, 2015 at 9:10 pm

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Is obesity “epidemic” genetic?

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Here’s a really interesting article in the Atlantic about a new study on obesity:

The authors examined the dietary data of 36,400 Americans between 1971 and 2008 and the physical activity data of 14,419 people between 1988 and 2006. They grouped the data sets together by the amount of food and activity, age, and BMI.

They found a very surprising correlation: A given person, in 2006, eating the same amount of calories, taking in the same quantities of macronutrients like protein and fat, and exercising the same amount as a person of the same age did in 1988 would have a BMI that was about 2.3 points higher. In other words, people today are about 10 percent heavier than people were in the 1980s, even if they follow the exact same diet and exercise plans.

That’s a huge increase in BMI, with no explanation based on diet or exercise.

I have always suspected that people are getting genetically fatter because heavier people have more children than skinny people, plus there’s also dysgenic immigration. A recent study showed yet again that married people weigh more than single people, even though married people ate healthier food. Skinny people are more likely to remain single and childless.

Unfortunately, I can’t read the study itself because it’s behind a paywall.

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October 1, 2015 at 9:02 pm

Jeb Bush on Trump’s tax plan

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Jeb Bush has been saying that his tax plan is better than Trump’s plan because it doesn’t add as much to the budget deficit.

Trump basically steals Jeb’s tax-cuts-for-the-rich tax plan, puts it on steroids by increasing the amount of the tax cuts, and now Jeb has to say that Trump is cutting too much tax while Jeb himself is cutting just the right amount of tax.

I think that Bernie Sanders has the best tax plan of any candidate. Too bad we can’t join Bernie Sanders’ tax plan to Donald Trump’s immigration plan.

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September 30, 2015 at 7:50 pm

Posted in Politics, Taxes


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