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Doctor goes postal in Bronx hospital

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He’s 35 years old, so probably still a resident? Considering the crazy hours that they make those young doctors work, it’s surprising this doesn’t happen more often.

The doctor is too old to be coming down with schizophrenia for the first time.

I don’t think that doctors are beta-males. Not once they get into a hospital setting and start working as doctors. They are alpha in the hospital So this can’t be beta-male rage.

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Henry Bello, who happens to be black, was fired in 2015 and since was unable to find another job.

According to the NY Post he’s 45, and not 35 as originally reported, and has a criminal record, for a sort-of sexual assault in 2004 and an arrest in 2009 for reasons unknown.

This sounds like someone who would never have become a doctor in the first place if not for affirmative action.

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http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx-hospital-shooter-emailed-daily-news-2-hours-attack-article-1.3292429

He sent an email to the Daily News 2 hours before his shooting rampage.

It appears that he was a foreign doctor, and by getting fired he lost his opportunity to get licensed in the United States, and he just became an unemployed loser, and thus was bitter.

I assume he was fired for legitimate reasons. No one wants to discriminate against a black guy unless there’s a good reason.

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June 30, 2017 at 4:48 pm

Posted in Crime

No books in Seaside Heights, but plenty in the Hamptons

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Maybe commenter “Maryk” was joking, but doing some searching on Google, I found no bookstores in Seaside Heights or anywhere else on that peninsula, all the way from Island Beach State Park at the south end to Point Pleasant on the north end, no bookstores at all.

In contrast, each of the main shopping areas in the Hamptons—Sag Harbor, East Hampton, and Southampton—has multiple bookstores. Plus there’s also a bookstore in Montauk.

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June 29, 2017 at 4:31 pm

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Safest neighborhood in New York City

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https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/crime-safety-report/ranking

According to DNAinfo.com, the winner for safest neighborhood is “Great Kills & Tottenville” which is the southernmost part of Staten Island. This is also the whitest part of New York City (except for isolated Breezy Point which is too small of a neighborhood to get grouped here by itself, or maybe a few select blocks in Brooklyn that are 100% ultra-Orthodox Jews). And the most pro-Trump. Last summer, you could find a Trump lawn sign on every block.

None of the elites who live in Manhattan would ever choose to live in this part of Staten Island, a cultural wasteland that’s a ridiculously long trip by public transportation to any of the worthwhile areas of the city. The whites who live here speak with a low-class Staten Island accent and tend to have local blue-collar oriented jobs.

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June 29, 2017 at 9:35 am

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New York 1911

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https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/3858

This was filmed in 1911, and just shows various live scenes around New York City.

This is what I learned:

1. Ferries are a popular mode of transportation.
2. Lots of men smoking pipes.
3. No one in 1911 would leave home without wearing a hat.
4. For men, a jacket, white shirt, and tie is a nearly universal outfit. Plus a hat.
5. Women don’t wear pants, only skirts or dresses. Plus a hat.
6. Vehicular traffic is a mix of horse-drawn carriages, motorcars, and trolleys. But no one riding any bicycles.
7. There are no traffic lights, no stop signs, no crosswalks, no lane markings. The streets look like scary chaos.
8. There are elevated trains where today none exist. (well, I already knew that, but it was still cool to see them.)

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June 28, 2017 at 9:36 pm

Posted in New York City

Skills-based hiring

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/28/technology/tech-jobs-skills-college-degree.html

I’m in favor of this, but in the long run, the people hired will become too old to learn new skills (as easily as they did when they were younger), and they will bump into a glass ceiling of career advancement for people without college degrees. So I don’t recommend this for your own children.

Notice that the two employees pictured in the article are white. As predicted by HBD. Affirmative action pushes barely qualified blacks into college, where they then graduate with degrees that ensure they get hired because of a combination of affirmative action and corporate America’s emphasis on degrees, even though they may have no useful skills.

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June 28, 2017 at 9:19 am

Posted in Uncategorized

Supreme Court and travel ban

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This has confused a lot of the MSM. My take on this is that it’s a loss for Trump. 6 of 9 justices agreed that the lower courts were correct to issue an injunction against enforcement of the travel ban, they just think that injunction was a little bit too broad, in a way that in reality has no practical impact.

The majority also hinted that the case will be moot when it’s time to decide it on its merits, so this is likely to be the final say, unless Trump issues a longer-lasting travel ban.

The correct ruling would be that desired by the three dissenters, Thomas, Alito, and Gorsuch. The lower courts should have been slapped down for unprecedented rulings granting constitutional rights to non-citizens who are residents of foreign countries and for not giving Trump the same deference given to Obama.

This ruling does demonstrate one huge benefit of a Trump presidency: Justice Gorsuch. Without Trump, Hillary Clinton would be president and she would have appointed an extreme liberal to the court. With Trump, we got a true conservative.

I have previously given Roberts the benefit of the doubt, but today I take away that benefit and pronounce Roberts as not a true conservative. Maybe he was once, but has decided to join the Dark Side so that the MSM doesn’t call him a “racist.”

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June 26, 2017 at 4:13 pm

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Maternal mortality rate

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I was reading an article that as being critical of the United States because our maternal mortality rate is higher than for other developed nations.

https://mchb.hrsa.gov/whusa10/hstat/mh/pages/237mm.html

If you look at the charts on the above-linked web page, you will see the culprits.

1. American women are getting pregnant at too late of an age. Maternal mortality rates increases significantly above the age of 35. No doubt that fertility treatments, which often results in multiple pregnancy, is surely to blame. Mother Nature wants women to have babies before they turn 30. Women are literally killing themselves by focusing on their career and waiting until their late 30s before trying to get pregnant.

2. Blacks have a much higher maternal mortality rate than any other race. I believe this is an HBD thing.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2223.html

The link above shows maternal mortality rate by country. (And yes, the United States is quite a bit higher than many other developed countries.) Is there any majority-black countries that have a lower maternal mortality rate than blacks in the United States? There is only one, Barbados, clocking in at 27.

Barbados is an island with a tiny population (less than 300,000) and a relatively high GDP per capita because of tourism. Barbados must have unusually excellent first-world-quality maternal healthcare for a majority black country. The Bahamas, which has an even higher GDP per capita, has a third-world maternal mortality rate of 80.

Here is a list of countries by GDP per capita:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)_per_capita

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June 26, 2017 at 9:57 am

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Yes, traditional Republican policies are anti-working class.

Commenter “map” writes:

And exactly what policies do Democrats support that would actually benefit the people who voted for Trump? The offshore outsourcing and mass immigration? The gender and race quotas and affirmative action? The bankrupt states? The terrible schools? The massive increase in healthcare premiums? The destruction of entire cities and neighborhoods? The massive increase in crime?

Fact is that traditional Republican policies are anti-working class. Republicans have always been against unions. Against the minimum wage. In favor of big tax cuts for the rich.

And on the issue of healthcare, Republicans HATE the idea that any government money should help working class Americans obtain healthcare. Whatever the faults of Obamacare, Republicans don’t want to fix it, they want to nuke the whole thing and go back to pre-Obamacare when only the non-working class got government subsidized healthcare in the form of Medicaid, Medicare, and EMTALA.

Now on the issue of immigration, yes, massive immigration is very harmful to working-class Americans who have to compete for jobs against the immigrants.

It should be pointed out there’s a big faction within the Republican Party, the Bush/McCain/Koch Brothers/Big Corporations faction, that is just as much as pro-immigration as the most liberal Democrat.

However, liberals honestly don’t believe that immigration is hurting working class Americans. It goes against their religion to believe that. It’s racist to oppose immigration and virtuous to support it, so they believe that it can’t possibly be bad for anyone to support virtuous behavior.

I see the same cognitive dissonance on the right. Whenever I point out the benefits of abortion in reducing the birthrate of the poorest and thus most-crime-prone Americans, they go crazy and refuse to believe it. They insist on believing that every woman who has an abortion is like Juno, a young white girl from a middle-class or better family. Juno is a fictional movie! The reality is that the typical woman who has an abortion is a poor unmarried black or Hispanic woman who already has children. The last people you want to have more children. There is no better government money spent than the money spent on providing free abortions and free birth control for poor people. Every dollar spent on abortion and birth control for poor women saves at least ten dollars, if not a hundred dollars, on welfare, education, and law enforcement for the children those poor women would otherwise have had.

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Commenter “Peter Akuleyev” writes:

Republicans are committed to the idea that taxes are evil, always and everywhere, much the way Democrats are committed to the idea that immigration is good, always and everywhere. Life is simpler if you just adopt an absolute ideological position and never question it.

“Stealth” writes:

A friend of mine works for the telephone company and makes a good salary, at least for a man living in a rural area. His compensation would be far lower if he weren’t a union member.

Of course one can say that Stealth’s story is a cherry-picked anecdote, but so many commenters on alt-right blogs lose sight of the fact that really some working class white men are helped a lot by being in unions.

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June 25, 2017 at 12:16 pm

Posted in Politics

A rare inside look at the TOOS

Must-read NY Times article about twenty-something TOOS.

24-year-old Toby Milstein, despite being an heiress of a billionaire family, has a regular job in “business development” for a tech startup. This demonstrates, once again, how the topmost elite aspire to self-actualize by having careers, even though they have no need to earn money. Toby’s eventual inheritance may actually be more than the entire value of the company she’s working for.

And check out her Instagram.

The article also demonstrates a lot of other stuff I’ve written about the TOOS.

1. They are Democrats. Notice the Instagram post from DC where she mentions how “uplifting” it was when Obama was inaugurated the second time, and how she implies that the inauguration of Trump is the opposite. In fact, the article calls her a “social justice warrior princess.” Why do Republicans insist on trying to lower the estate tax so that these rich brats who support the other party can inherit even more money? All of the evidence is that NONE of those rich brats care enough about their inheritance being taxed to ever vote for a Republican.

2. They go to the best schools. Yale and Barnard are mentioned in the article.

3. They’re main hobby is philanthropy. “The Milstein siblings have been cutting a dash on the city’s junior philanthropy circuit recently, making sizable donations to institutions like the NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and serving as Young Fellows of the Frick Collection.”

4. These days, the TOOS aren’t so much out of side as they are hiding in plain site. Probably, the people who work at the tech startup are mostly unaware that Toby is TOOS. They just wonder how she managed to already be a “Director” at the age of 24.

And the unexpected:

1. They live with their parents. The ultimate goal for the less wealthy is to show they have “made it” by not living with their parents. But not for the TOOS.

2. They believe in the supernatural and hold séances at their apartment in The Dakota.

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A commenter asked, “what’s TOOS?”

That’s the top-out-of-sight class described in Paul Fussell’s book. Here I wrote a good post about that class.

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June 25, 2017 at 9:33 am

Posted in Wealth

A Party of Snobs

Investigative reporter Robert Parry (who leans Democratic but appears to be a lot more cognizant of reality than most journalists) writes:

From conversations that I’ve had with some Trump voters in recent weeks, I was struck by how they viewed the Democratic Party as snobbish, elitist and looking down its nose at “average Americans.” And in conversations with some Clinton voters, I found confirmation for that view in the open disdain that the Clinton backers expressed toward the stupidity of anyone who voted for Trump. In other words, the Trump voters were not wrong to feel “dissed.”

It seems the Republicans – and Trump in particular – have done a better job in presenting themselves to these Middle Americans as respecting their opinions and representing their fears, even though the policies being pushed by Trump and the GOP still favor the rich and will do little good – and significant harm – to the middle and working classes.

By contrast, many of Hillary Clinton’s domestic proposals might well have benefited average Americans but she alienated many of them by telling a group of her supporters that half of Trump’s backers belonged in a “basket of deplorables.” Although she later reduced the percentage, she had committed a cardinal political sin: she had put the liberal disdain for millions of Americans into words – and easily remembered words at that.

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June 24, 2017 at 10:33 am

Posted in Politics

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