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The bamboo ceiling

unam writes in a comment:

there seems to be a lot of anti-asian stuff floating around here. Hate to break the bubble for you guys, but if you look at the ivy;s and all the top schools, its like 20-25% asian. These guys might be employees for the first 10 or 15 years, but then the cream of the crop will shoot through like for every other group. So you will most likely than not be working under an asian guy/gal. Don’t kid yourself and pretend otherwise. The writing is on the wall.

It’s unfortunate that there is so much anti-Asian stuff floating around here. I need to be a little more discriminating when approving comments.

However, with respect to East Asians, I don’t see them moving up the corporate ladder. East Asians are underrepresented in corporate management positions relative to their dominance in top schools. Asians have the wrongful notion that high quality work is rewarded, but that’s not the case. Corporate America promotes extroverted people who are good at networking and schmoozing with their bosses. East Asians are too introverted to get promoted, and there’s no affirmative action to help them along. There’s a bamboo ceiling and the ceiling is pretty darn low to the ground.

On the other hand, I do see Indians being promoted, especially in IT departments, but even outside of IT. Unlike introverted East Asians, Indians (also considered “Asians” by the U.S. Census) are almost as extroverted as white Americans. They also have a lack of creativity and love of bureaucracy that corporate America seems to like very much, at least for middle management positions.

Once an Indian gets promoted to a position where they have the power to hire more people, they tend to hire mostly Indians.

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December 28, 2015 at 2:42 PM

“Screwed”

[David] Axelrod [the chief strategist for Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns and a CNN contributor] said of Trump. “He’s the voice for alienated, non-college-educated voters who feel they have been fundamentally screwed.”

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/28/politics/trump-media-king/

Doesn’t Axelrod know that “screwed” is sexual-based slang which means the person just received sexual intercourse in a bad way?

Why is it OK for Axelrod to say “screwed” but not OK for Trump to say “schlonged?”

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December 28, 2015 at 10:16 AM

Posted in Politics

Sucks

Reading the following at an online news site:

In February Dick Costolo, Twitter’s former chief executive, admitted in an internal email that the company “sucked” at dealing with trolls.

reminded me of my previous blog posts about the word “schlonged.”

The word “sucks” was commonly used among kids my age when I was growing up. As far as I can tell, I am of the correct age for when this word became commonly used slang among kids and teenagers. Mr. Costolo is four years older than me.

Based on doing some online research and applying some hunches to that, I suspect that “sucks” being a synonym for “bad” was in use for several decades before I was born, but back then the people who used the word understood that it was vulgar. Back then, there was probably a perception that the only kind of woman who would suck a man’s penis would probably be a very skanky prostitute, and that’s why “sucks” became a synonym for “bad.” That was before the sexual revolution of the 1960s and before Monica Lewinsky made blow jobs an activity appropriate even for the Oval Office.

I don’t remember when kids started using the word “sucks.” It seems like it was always part of my vocabulary. It probably became popular in the late 1970s. I had no clue that the word had any sexual connotation. Back then, I couldn’t even imagine that a girl would voluntarily do something like that. I was embarrassingly old when I used the word in the presence of a guy who was about ten years older than me and he said it was vulgar because it was a reference to oral sex, and I was completely flabbergasted.

But as we see, “sucks” has now become established slang that can be safely used, even by the CEO of a major corporation.

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There’s a point about Trump in there, which is that I can easily understand how Trump could have the word “shlonged” as part of his vocabulary and not be consciously aware that it refers to a man’s penis.

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December 27, 2015 at 2:09 PM

Posted in Uncategorized

The real truth about “schlonged”

Thanks to Jason Malloy (who hasn’t commented here in a long time, welcome back!) I read this article in Forward explaining that “schlonged” was a commonly used word in Queens at the time when Trump grew up. The writer of the article reports:

Anyone who grew up “in a certain era (say 1945 to 1965) and in a certain region (Queens and adjoining Long Island)” recalls “schlonged” as “a commonly used phrased, most often used in a sports context, which meant getting clobbered or beaten.”

Moreover, “at least from the youthful memories of our witnesses,” the word “could be used without the users having a strong conscious sense of any sexual meaning behind it.”

. . .

I should note, by the way, that kids I knew from the Bronx used “schlonged” the same way we did. Mostly when talking about what their Yankees did to our Mets. That’s how we talked. Even the goyish kids.

Just as I always suspected, Trump was using a word that was part of his vocabulary based on growing up in Queens without thinking much about it.

Incidentally, Neal Conan, the guy who used the word “schlonged” at NPR (and wrote an apology, what a liberal scumbag), was born in 1949 and is thus a similar age to Trump (born only three years after Trump) and according to this biography also grew up in New York City (although he was born in Lebanon).

So we see that the media has used this as just another excuse to attack Trump for innocently using a word that was commonly innocently used in New York City when Trump was a kid.

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December 26, 2015 at 6:02 PM

Posted in New York City, Politics

Education and HBD in the NY Times

1. In a high school in Greenville, South Carolina, the percent of students graduating from high school is rising. But it turns out, their performance on standardized tests is simultaneously falling. “Only one in 10 Berea students were ready for college-level work in reading, and about one in 14 were ready for entry-level college math.” The value of a high school diploma as a mechanism for certifying that the holder has some minimum level of ability becomes worthless if everyone is given a high school diploma.

The high school in the article is 38% white, 30% black and 28% Hispanic. The white students probably have parents who are too poor or too unconcerned about their children’s wellbeing to move to a better school district.

2. The West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District in New Jersey has the exact opposite problem. Too many Asian students. The students are 65% Asian.

A white parent told the NY Times, “My son was in fourth grade and told me, ‘I’m not going to amount to anything because I have nothing to put on my résumé.’” The district is trying to make the schools less stressful, and the Asian parents are complaining about that, saying that the whites are trying to “hold their children back.”

Asian parents just don’t understand the benefits of self-actualization.

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December 26, 2015 at 5:47 PM

Posted in Economics

The Hill making fun of Jeb Bush?

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) — who has seen his support plunge amid Trump’s rise — predicted at a private Dallas fundraiser in mid-November that Trump would falter by the next GOP debate.
“Come December 15, Trump will be in decline,” Bush reportedly said.

But on the eve of Christmas, Trump still tops the Republican field by 17 points, even as Bush lags behind in the single digits.

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/264162-its-a-very-trump-christmas

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December 24, 2015 at 5:47 PM

Posted in Politics

Shooting in mall in Charlotte, NC

Sounds like typical NAM violence so this story will disappear by tomorrow.

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December 24, 2015 at 3:53 PM

Posted in Crime

The guy from NPR apologizes for saying “schlonged”

Neither Trump nor I are Yiddish-speaking Jews, though we both grew up and lived in New York City, where we learned and delighted in colorful language. As my arguments with Goodwin suggest, I like to push the envelope in what is sometimes referred to as polite company. Like on the radio.

But since my previous use of this word has apparently provided Donald Trump a veneer of respectability for yet another in a disturbingly long series of nasty, hateful diatribes, I apologize.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-1223-conan-schlonged-20151223-story.html

Translation: “Everything I say is only about pushing the envelope, because I’m a good guy, a liberal, but Trump is an evil racist.”

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December 24, 2015 at 12:19 PM

Posted in Uncategorized

LGBT superheroes?

According to the NY Times superhero comic books are full of gay and lesbian characters, as well as religious (a Muslim superheroine?) and ethnic diversity. Allegedly, this helps to sell more comic books?

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December 24, 2015 at 10:13 AM

Posted in Books

Review: The Empire Strikes Back

Leia kisses Luke. Perhaps to spite Han, but nevertheless it’s a pretty hot kiss. I think “Yuck! Incest!” But that kiss happened before Lucas decided that Leia was going to be Luke’s sister.

There are those who think this is the best of the Star Wars movies, and also the most adult. I, for one, like the first movie better because it has a very tight and coherent plot, whereas the plot in Empire Strikes Back is more of a disconnected sequence of action scenes with an unresolved ending (the Rebels suffered a significant loss when their base on the ice planet was destroyed, Han has been captured, and Luke has not finished his Jedi training).

The banter between Solo and Leia is great. I even laughed out loud when they are finally kissing each other and then C3PO interrupts them. Every scene in this movie with Harrison Ford is just incredibly fun to watch, but then they cut away to the more boring story-line featuring the acting non-talent of Mark Hamill and the pseudo-Eastern philosophy of the muppet Yoda.

And I am still annoyed by the revelation that Darth Vader is Luke’s father, because it was pretty clear from watching the first movie that there was no such intent. Ben calls Darth Vader “Darth” when they meet in the Death Star; he says it with the fondness he had for an old pupil he knew as “Darth” and not as a title for an evil Jedi.

Compared to the first movie, there are more action scenes, more spaceships on the screen at the same time, and better special effects. Lucas had a bigger budget and more special effects experience, and it shows. When this movie was filmed, the concept of the big-budget fast and furious action movie didn’t exist. Empire is the template for all of those movies that followed.

The Force is a lot stronger in this movie. In the first movie it’s only good for lightsaber dueling, sneaking some droids into a spaceport, and Vader used it once to choke one of his subordinates, but that’s about it. In this movie, Vader uses the Force to kill a succession of admirals who fail him and he demonstrates how the Force makes him invincible to blasters (which I guess makes sense because it explains why Jedi fight with lightsabers). The Force is also good for telekinesis. Yoda is even able to levitate Luke’s crashed X-wing fighter. And Luke is able to use the Force to telepathically get a message to Princess Leia to come pick him up because he’s hanging from the bottom of the cloud city.

Compared to the hot girl who kicks ass in the J.J. Abrams reboot, Luke doesn’t kick anyone’s ass in this movie. He starts the movie being knocked out by an abominable snowman and needing Han to rescue him. And at the end of the movie, despite having some training by Yoda, he is thoroughly schlonged by Vader. The fight only takes as long as it does because Vader is toying with him because he hopes to convert Luke to the Dark Side. Together, he says they can “bring order to the Galaxy,” which doesn’t really sound that evil.

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December 23, 2015 at 4:33 PM

Posted in Movies

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