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NY Times election map!

Link to map

The NY Times has a really cool 2016 election map.

For starters, you can identify the Jewish parts of New York City by the red:

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 26, 2018 at 10:27 AM

Posted in Politics

The destruction of the career of a Jewish doctor

Some unnamed doxxer spend six months investigating him, his crimes are having Facebook friends with “white supremacists” and writing comments under a pseudonym on sites like VDare and Counter Currents.

The hospital in the Bronx where he works fired him.

And they say that we have freedom of speech in the United States? I don’t think we do anymore. Russia is more free.

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Reminder for commenters:

1. Always use a pseudonym, and one that doesn’t resemble your real name or anything else about your real life.

2. Use a different pseudonym on different sites to make it harder to track you.

3. Don’t reveal too much personal information in comments.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 25, 2018 at 8:08 AM

What the Democrats taught me in the 1990s

You don’t abandon your guy just because he lied about sex.

(I tried to explain to my Democratic friend that Clinton didn’t just lie about sex, he committed perjury by lying about sex while under oath, but he didn’t care, and neither did any other Democrats.)

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 25, 2018 at 7:06 AM

Posted in Politics

Podcast recommendations?

I listened the first two episodes of Alice Isn’t Dead, but couldn’t get into it.

Started listening to Hello From the Magic Tavern, but it was TOO FUNNY and I was barely able to contain my laughter, which is a problem if you are listening at work. I had to stop listening.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 24, 2018 at 2:42 PM

Posted in Podcasts and radio

Free Maria Butina

So she gave some speeches at NRA meetings. And she also talked to her friends back in Russia.

I thought this was a free country and even people here on visas had freedom of speech and freedom of association. I am sure that there are huge numbers of Canadians and Mexicans in the country who have the same level of involvement in U.S. organizations.

Is this sudden arrest and indictment done to promote the Deep State’s Russia narrative?

How would the U.S. feel if a U.S. citizen were imprisoned in a foreign country because they gave a speech to some group that was unpopular with that country’s government? We would be screaming about how it’s anti-Democratic and that she should be immediately released.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 24, 2018 at 1:24 PM

Posted in International, News

The black billionaire who believes in IQ tests

Robert Smith, the richest black person in America (richer than Oprah Winfrey) takes over software and technology companies, and he’s a strong believer in IQ testing.

Applicants to Vista companies, from the entry to the senior-executive levels, are subjected to a timed standardized test.

Testing, Smith says, helps his companies find talented people—people the competition has overlooked because their résumé lacked certain credentials or because of the inherent biases of managers. Smith describes Vista as a pure meritocracy, where high performers succeed regardless of their background, race, or gender. He likes to tell rags-to-riches stories: senior employees who began as a mail-room worker, a roofer, a shelf stocker.

And then the article presents this bogus counterevidence:

Another reason the mid-century vogue for testing came to an end: The tests just weren’t effective. William Whyte once persuaded a group of corporate presidents to take some of the assessments popular at the time. None of the executives scored high enough to be hired by their own company.

That naively assumes the executives were the best people, rather than incompetents who were good at office politics (or even backstabbing people to get to the top).

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Some additional info from the Wall Street Journal:

Former employees say cost cutting is critical to Vista’s model. Some of the companies Vista takes over are located in markets with a high cost of living, such as Southern California or New York City. To tamp down wages and other costs, Vista will relocate part or all of the company to a less-expensive city such as Dallas. Many employees won’t make the move, allowing Vista to hire cheaper replacements. Vista often keeps a company’s headquarters in place and encourages it to expand in lower-cost markets.

Most of the people Vista hires score highly on the cognitive test. Often they are young employees with less-impressive credentials or experience. These HPELs, as they are known, may have gone to state universities and be willing to do a job for $75,000 that an Ivy League graduate in a high-cost market would demand twice as much for.

Vista takes the tests very seriously, using proctors or observing test-takers by video to make sure no one cheats. The test’s purpose, says an executive at a former Vista portfolio company, is to “level the playing field” among employees. The executive says he told a manager who was upset about having to take it that all of his subordinates would be doing so as well.

Former employees say low scorers aren’t fired, but they are less likely to be promoted.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 24, 2018 at 10:51 AM

Are Nikon camera engineers self-hating Japanese?

A Nature article about sexist and racist AI claims that Nikon cameras are racist against Asians:

Software designed to warn people using Nikon cameras when the person they are photographing seems to be blinking tends to interpret Asians as always blinking.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 24, 2018 at 9:05 AM

Posted in Technology

The shooter in Toronto was Faisal Hussein

Faisal Hussain: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Could be Islamic beta-male rage combined with schizophrenia, like a Muslim low-IQ James Holmes.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 23, 2018 at 6:55 PM

Posted in Crime

Interview with Peter Thiel

German news site interviews gay billionaire Trump supporter Peter Thiel. Worth reading.

He mentions IQ tests (secret believer in HBD?) and groupthink.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 23, 2018 at 3:56 PM

Posted in News

The Bright Sessions

I can’t believe I listened to the whole thing. The premise is that Doctor Bright is a psychotherapist for “atypicals,” in other words people with paranormal powers including time-travel, mind reading, and mind control. It started out good, but then went in a lot of things I didn’t like.

1. Too much gay stuff. First a way too detailed blossoming of high school student Caleb’s gay relationship with another high school student. And Caleb has the most boring superpower (feeling other people’s emotions), his arc was entirely about the gay stuff. Yuck!

Then all of the other characters in the show also turn out to be lesbian, gay or bisexual. Are there any normal heterosexual people with superpowers?

2. Damien started out as the most interesting character, then became just some weirdo with a Fatal-Attraction-like homosexual crush on one of the other characters.

3. Sam (voice-acted by Lauren Shippen) has the ability of time travel, which should have opened up a lot of opportunities for very interesting storylines, but the show ignored all of those possibilities. I wanted to hear more about her time-travel trips, but instead just a lot of her mooning over Doctor Bright’s brother.

4. The actress who does the vice of Ellie Wadsworth, evil director of the mysterious “A.M.,” sounds black. I looked her up on the internet, and my suspicion was confirmed, she’s black. But her nephew is voice-acted by a white actor.

Of course, in a podcast, theoretically it shouldn’t matter what people look like on the outside, but what they sound like is extremely important. Doctor Bright doesn’t sound Japanese to me, so it doesn’t matter that she’s voice-acted by a Japanese woman while her brother is voice-acted by a white man.

Would it be “racist” to admit that sounding black contributed to making her an unsympathetic character? (Which she was supposed to be. And no pun intended, but the moral issues were way too black and white. A better show would make you at least want to consider that Ellie was right about things and Doctor Bright was wrong.)

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 23, 2018 at 3:16 PM

Posted in Podcasts and radio

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