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Asians asserting themselves in California

I think it’s extremely significant that a bill to bring affirmative action and race-conscious admissions back to University of California system was blocked by Chinese-American legislators and strong opposition from Chinese-American and other Asian voters.

This is extremely significant for two reasons:

1. Asian-Americans now realize that affirmative action is bad for Asians. I don’t think they realized this a decade ago, but they realize it now.

2. Democratic Party is a coalition of minorities and special interest groups controlled by a liberal white elite. I have always predicted that at some time in the future, the minority groups would become more assertive. I admit that I assumed that it would be Hispanic votes who would be the first to assert themselves, but it turns out that Asian-Americans are the first to revolt.

This change of attitude by Asian Americans is going to be very mind-blowing for liberal white elites. Asian-Americans, unlike liberal whites, don’t feel any guilt about black slavery, and in fact may come to actively dislike them and see them as too stupid and lazy to take advantage of what America offers them, the way Asians are able to take advantage. This type of “racist” thinking from a minority will cause cognitive dissonance for liberal white elites.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 19, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Posted in Biology, Politics

Woman commits suicide

Reason appears to be that one day she discovered her boyfriend was 21 years older than her, short and ugly.

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Today the NY Times reported that 150,000 have died from war in Syria, and there are also 239 passengers still missing from Flight 370, so please excuse me that I am not all worked up because one aging model, whose only claim to fame is that her boyfriend is famous, decided to voluntarily kill herself.

Maybe this woman would have been happier if she had settled down with a nice beta-male computer programmer instead of chasing after alpha rock stars.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 18, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Posted in News

Another MSM journalist reading my blog

Jeff Wise from Slate believes the plane is in Asia. He must have been reading my blog.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 17, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Posted in News

More evidence that it sucks to be an old software engineer

64-year-old Dorian Nakamoto explained his bad career situation, as reported by the NY Times:

In his statement, Mr. Nakamoto said he had not had a steady job for a decade, and tried to fill in a gap in his résumé that Newsweek had suggested was the period during which he invented Bitcoin.

“I have not been able to find steady work as an engineer or programmer for 10 years,” he said. “I have worked as a laborer, polltaker, and substitute teacher. I discontinued my Internet service in 2013 due to severe financial distress. I am trying to recover from prostate surgery in October 2012 and a stroke I suffered in October of 2013.”

I feel bad for the guy. That’s what happens to STEM people when they become older. They become obsolete with out-of-date “skills.” Companies would rather hire a young H-1B from India than an older American.

And remember that this is a guy who Newsweek thinks is smart enough to have invented bitcoin! Imagine how hard it is for a regular computer-programmer/engineer type.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Crimea

If the people who live there overwhelmingly don’t want to be part of Ukraine, I don’t see why they shouldn’t be allowed to secede.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 17, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Posted in International

The Indian Ocean

Indian-Ocean

This is a map of the Indian Ocean, courtesy of Google Earth.

This map demonstrates why the the people who hijacked Flight 370 didn’t take it in that direction. There’s absolutely nothing there. The only reason to fly the plane in that direction is to take it to a watery grave that might never be found because of the vastness of the Indian Ocean. It makes a lot more sense to me that the plane was hijacked because someone wanted a plane. Or alternatively, someone wanted its passengers or cargo. Neither goal would be accomplished by flying into the Indian Ocean.

This map also demonstrates how physical globes of the kind I had when I was a kid are now obsolete. Google Earth is a hundred times more useful and informative.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 16, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Posted in News, Technology

The future of capital

This week in the NY Times, Eduardo Porter wrote an Economic Scene column in which he reviewed Thomas Piketty’s new book Capital in the Twenty-First Century/.

Piketty’s argument appears to be that the growth of the middle class in the 20th century was a one-time phenomenon that is now being reversed, and we are returning to a future of the very rich and the very poor. And the reason is that the return on capital is higher than the growth rate, which means the rich get richer faster than the poor get richer, and because in many ways the economy is a zero-sum game, getting richer less-fast really means getting poorer.

Piketty has also talked about the rise of the “supermanager.” Unfortunately I don’t have a copy of his book, but it sounds to me like Piketty has discovered some of my economic theories.

I have previously written about value transference, and it’s unfortunate that published economists refuse to pick up my language because it helps to explain things a lot better. Capital can be described as anything that allows value to be transferred from the creators of value to the owners of the capital. In the conventional 19th century understanding of capital, the way Karl Marx understood things, ownership of a factory allowed the value created by the factory workers to be transferred to the owner of the factory.

I have previously explained that human capital has become more important for becoming wealthy than conventional transferable capital. For example, an investment banker or CEO may make 10 million dollars per year, but neither can pass the job of CEO or investment banker to their children. At least not directly. What they can do is make sure their children go to elite schools like Harvard and use additional influence to help their children get into high-paying career tracks.

It’s possible that conventional transferable capital will become more important in the robot economy of the future, because a supply a infinite robot labor will make scarce natural resources the most valuable link in the supply chain. That’s why I recommend investing in natural resources, and my favorite is oil and natural gas because those resources should peak before other natural resources and will become the first major supply constraint to the robot economy.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 16, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Posted in Economics

Plane is somewhere on Asian continent

Today’s Wall Street Journal article sheds more clarity on why investigators are looking both north and south for Flight 370.

Now that I understand that investigators think the southern route is more likely because they think that the northern route would have taken the plane over too much radar to remain undetected, I am pretty sure the investigators are wrong about that.

There’s nothing in the southern direction but empty ocean. The only reason to fly that way would be to commit suicide by flying into the ocean. Therefore, the plane took the northern route, a direction in which there are many places to land a plane and lot of jihadist Muslims.

As far as the plane not being noticed by any radar, the Malaysian government didn’t notice anything amiss until days later, and only because they were specifically looking a missing airplane. Investigators are underestimating both the creativity of the hijackers and the ineptitude of radar operators in crappy third world countries.

The Daily Mail explains:

Radar coverage of the area where flight MH370 went missing is patchy and often not even switched on, according to aviation experts.

It has emerged today that civilian systems do not cover large swatches of the areas the plane could have gone, and that military systems are often left off to save money.

Air Vice Marshal Michael Harwood, a former RAF pilot, said: ‘Too many movies and Predator [drone] feeds from Afghanistan have suckered people into thinking we know everything and see everything.
‘You get what you pay for. And the world, by and large, does not pay.’

Air traffic control teams rely transponders signals to track planes- but investigators believe that the device was intentionally switched off on the missing aircraft.

Military systems, meanwhile, are often limited, switched off , or routinely ignore aircraft they do not think are suspicious.

A Rear Admiral in the Indian armed forces, which are aiding search efforts over the Andaman Islands, said: ‘It’s possible that the military radars were switched off as we operate on an “as required” basis.’

I assure you the plane has landed safely somewhere. Safely for the equipment, anyway. Who can say what the hijackers did with the passengers?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 16, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Posted in News

Is Flight 370 in Indonesia?

According to the NY Daily News, “the final satellite transmission from the missing airliner has been traced to the Indian Ocean off Australia, far from where searchers have focused their probe.”

There’s nothing further in that direction, and I doubt the plane landed in Australia, a country that has its act together and wouldn’t allow pirates or terrorists to operate.

Thus the only logical place to find the missing plane is in Indonesia, a poor Islamic country with a weak central government where there are lawless islands controlled by Islamic militants. The plane must have circled back and landed there after the hijackers disabled the satellite communications.

No wonder why the United States has been so hush-hush about this data. How embarrassing for Obama, who grew up a Muslim in Indonesia.

The U.S. Navy ships being moved to the Indian Ocean for the stated purpose of searching for wreckage are probably really there for a military strike against the Islamic militant group who stole the plane.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Posted in News

Another Flight 370 post

Authorities have finally agreed that the plane was intentionally diverted and someone who knew how to fly a plane was still piloting it for some time after contact was lost.

I think authorities need to give up on the idea that the plane crashed somewhere and devote all of their resources to treating this as an act of piracy or terrorism. There is no evidence of a plane crash; there is only evidence of a missing airplane. If someone just wanted to crash the plane, they wouldn’t have bothered with all the secrecy and turning off the transponder and other communications devices. And I don’t think that someone would go through all of that effort if he didn’t know how or where to land the plane. Every day, hundreds of thousands of planes land all over the world, I don’t see why it’s so hard to believe that the stolen Boeing 777 didn’t also land somewhere. You don’t even need an official airport, you just need a one-mile straight stretch of highway.

Malaysian authorizes haven’t even searched the pilots’ homes yet. That’s pretty inept. The most likely hijacker is one of the pilots themselves. They should be the number one target of the investigation.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Posted in News

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