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When scientists get matching tattoos

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Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 16, 2018 at 7:53 PM

Posted in Proles, Science

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  1. The kids don’t have tattoos. Girls associate tattoos facial hair with graying hipsters. Pot smoking used to be cool in Finland still 10 years ago, but now it’s for graying hipsters giggling at old seth rogen movies.

    tail of pancreas

    November 16, 2018 at 8:13 PM

    • Big pants, crew cut, slight stubble, and no tattoos are in now. I’ve been telling people this for YEARS!! Throw in a checked flannel for bonus points.

      Young girls are the worst people to decide what is cool because they are all a bunch of brainwashed little followers. Oh what a world we live in, when the least cool people decide what is cool… I’d rather have a conversation with the lefty Seth Rogen watching pot smokers. At least they might say ONE thing that wasn’t completely pre-programmed.

      Fact Checker

      November 17, 2018 at 3:45 AM

  2. None of the tattoos match and at least two have the null tattoo.


    November 16, 2018 at 8:18 PM

  3. But, I think you had already figured that out.


    November 16, 2018 at 8:19 PM

  4. When did smart people get so dumb?


    November 16, 2018 at 9:10 PM

    • Most smart people have always been “dumb”. I’ve repeatedly argued that having a high IQ often doesn’t translate into good judgement because even smart people are irrational about issues that touch on beliefs, values, emotions, etc. (Read Thinking Fast and Slow.) In addition, people are influenced by social considerations like peer pressure, social acceptance, status, etc. And smarter people tend to run in circles that are particularly affected by such things.

      Smart people also tend to be richer which insulates them from the negative consequences of their actions. In other words, they lack the direct and immediate feedback that would make less intelligent and less successful people ‘wise up’. Do you think they’d have the same beliefs and opinions if they had to live with the fallout? Of course not. And I’m not just talking about being exempt from the policies they support because they can afford private schools and gated communities. I’m also referring to alcohol, drugs, promiscuity and other potentially self-destructive behavior. Being smart provides some immunity from the negative consequences. They’re able to do it and get away with it (not wreck their lives) because ‘smart’ people have more self-control. Even though those things are very risky and foolish.


      November 16, 2018 at 10:33 PM

      • My smart and professionally daughter is stupid on certain subjects. Certain topics are not mentioned in her circles. There is a prevailing zeitgeist and it’s relentlessly politically correct. She became successful by working very hard. Combine that with two children and she has zero spare time. She’s not doing anything self destructive AFAIK, but reciting the PC line is self destructive in its own way.

        Think of all the bad political decisions the elite crowd make because they’re so PC.

        In the US, I gather that everyone knows about problems with blacks. But we don’t even have that signal in Canada … yet. The elite idiot running the country is importing them just as fast as he can.

        My less successful son has seen the seamier side of life, He was red-pilled during Gamergate (because he has time to play the games).

        Frau Katze

        November 17, 2018 at 4:20 AM

      • Boy is that ever true! My “dumb” father was a lot smarter about life than my “smart” mother’s family! He had been through certain harsh realities, they had not – and he had a mind to learn, and they did not.


        November 17, 2018 at 3:00 PM

      • I tried responding to destructure on the Bill de Blasio post about 5 times and it wouldn’t go through. Is there something wonky about the comments? Or did you reject them?


        November 17, 2018 at 5:58 PM

      • “He had been through certain harsh realities,”

        This is a much underappreciated feature of the softness of modern life. My dad was a firm believer in learning things the hard way initially (not using calculators for learning math for instance) because he thought you learned more and better doing things the primitive way first. College classmates from 1980s whiteopian West Coast hometowns (Palo Alto, Scottsdale, Bellevue) who moved to 1980s D.C. had a real awakening to race realism that their friends who remained in whiteopia did not receive.

        There seemed to be a greater appreciation in the past for people with broad experience. Less so now.


        November 17, 2018 at 6:17 PM

      • @Gothamette Perhaps we’ve both seen the “elite echo chamber” at work.

        I’m happy for my daughter that she’s successful (evidently the years of single parenting, with my ex rarely seen, had no bad effect, exactly as Steven Pinker said was so).

        But I believe about 50% of the child’s grown behaviour is attributed to culture. I was a working mom who even (barely) managed to buy a house on the cheap side of town, but I was miles from “elite”. The older she gets the more elite and PC she gets. Predictable.

        My son was typical of boys in one way: he was slower to mature. This left a few years to act like an idiot. He’s finally grown up (at age 40) with a wife and two kids but he works at a blue collar trade. He’s just a lot more savvy about life.

        Frau Katze

        November 17, 2018 at 9:53 PM

      • “My “dumb” father was a lot smarter about life than my “smart” mother’s family!”

        Same here. Observing this trend among my own relatives is part of what brought it to my attention.


        November 18, 2018 at 12:56 AM

      • “Gothamette Perhaps we’ve both seen the “elite echo chamber” at work.”

        It’s stench is in my nostrils. For life.

        The thing is, o certain discrete issues I agree with the lefties and the elite. I was and continue to be, except for a weird interlude where I was sort of a neocon, against Vietnam. I’ve always been in favor of extending universal Health Care. But in most respects, I hate the elites and their unfounded opinions.

        Another example would be this Andrew Anglin free speech thing. I’m completely in favor of disciplining him but the lawyer who is representing him is the LGBT rights specialist at the splc. I cannot stand these people. I was looking on this lawyer’s Twitter feed and it’s full of all sorts of s*** about the gender binary and so on. but that is life as an adult. Sometimes you have to work with people that you just disagree with on everything else.

        By the way 🦁,I made two comments which somehow got lost, responding to d structure on the Free speech issue. I’m a too lazy to reconstruct them, but briefly, there is a difference between ranting about abstract groups, which is free speech, and specifically calling upon your followers to threaten and harads an individual and his or her family.


        November 18, 2018 at 8:16 AM

      • “but briefly, there is a difference between ranting about abstract groups, which is free speech, and specifically calling upon your followers to threaten and harads an individual and his or her family.”

        I was wondering what your unpublished comment was about. As I wrote, I’m fine with the ruling provided it’s applied equally. The left — both politicians as well as media pundits — have been inciting their followers to harass people for a while now. First, there’s the harassment of congressman any time they go to a restaurant. There have been mobs gathering outside Tucker Carlson’s home threatening his family. And, of course, the doxxing that’s been going on for years. Where they harass someone’s employer trying to get them fired. Will the courts apply this ruling equally? I’ll believe it when I see it.

        It is ironic that SPLC lawyers got involved in this case on Anglin’s side. But perhaps not surprising since, as I’ve just explained, going after people personally is the left’s specialty. So the last thing they want is for that kind of harassment to be outlawed.

        As for this case, specifically, I believe there was more to it. I must stress that I really don’t keep up with those people. But I recall watching a youtube documentary about it several years ago. I believe this was before Anglin got involved. The jewish woman actually started it. She and Spencer’s mother both lived in the same small rural town. When the jewish woman found out that Spencer’s mother lived there she and some of the people in the town started harassing her. Spencer frequently visited his mother. But he never engaged in any actions where his mother lived, And his mother has never commented or done anything. She was simply being harassed for who her son was. What Anglin did was a backlash against what they did to Spencer’s mother.

        Like I said, I’m fine with the ruling as long as it’s applied equally, If Anglin can’t harass that woman then she shouldn’t be allowed to harass Spencer’s mother and the leftists have to stop all their harassment campaigns as well. Personally, I’m opposed to any harassment. But it needs to be applied without a double standard.


        November 18, 2018 at 12:52 PM

      • Well, I attempted three times to respond, and three times my responses got chewed up by the WordPress gods, or perhaps Lion? — dunno – so I’m finished with it. All I’ll say is I don’t think that you’re representing the issue correctly.

        Anyone can rail at abstract groups, “the Jews,” “the blacks,” “The Catholic Church,” whatever, but when you call out your troops against an individual – that’s not free speech, that’s harassment.

        “It is ironic that SPLC lawyers got involved in this case on Anglin’s side. But perhaps not surprising since, as I’ve just explained, going after people personally is the left’s specialty. So the last thing they want is for that kind of harassment to be outlawed.”

        No they didn’t. They are taking Gersh’s case.

        “The jewish woman actually started it. …. She was simply being harassed for who her son was. What Anglin did was a backlash against what they did to Spencer’s mother.”

        This is bullshit. Gersh and Spencer had words, were in a tiff over business, and no one really knows who started what, but Gersh didn’t threaten Spencer or her husband or kid. Gersh was threatened, her husband was threatened, her kid was threatened. People called them up and threatened to stuff them in ovens and left recordings of gunshots on their voicemail.


        November 18, 2018 at 2:56 PM

      • None of your comments are in the spam folder or deleted by me. Although I did find some comments by “Red Pill Aspie” that I unspammed.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        November 18, 2018 at 3:07 PM

      • That is very strange, lion. Perhaps the name Andrew A***** set off some warning bells in the system or am I being paranoid?


        November 18, 2018 at 7:23 PM

      • “No they didn’t. They are taking Gersh’s case.”

        Then they’re being hypocritical for complaining about others doing what they themselves do.

        “This is bullshit. Gersh and Spencer had words, were in a tiff over business, and no one really knows who started what, but Gersh didn’t threaten Spencer or her husband or kid.”

        That’s not true.

        View at


        November 18, 2018 at 9:15 PM

      • Leon — At first, I though you had deleted my link to Sherry Spencer’s article describing the situation. Then I realized the article itself has been deleted. Her account is still there. As well as her responses to a couple of comments.But no article. It seems odd that the article would be removed the day after I posted the link. What do you think happened?


        November 20, 2018 at 5:52 AM

    • This blog entry is almost 10 years old. It was passed around a lot at the time. It may have even come up at the now defunct half sigma. It sheds light on why high IQ professional specialists aren’t necessarily “smart” when it comes to typical day to day decision making, especially within a diverse group.

      Clever Sillies

      Curt Kobeen

      November 17, 2018 at 8:51 AM

      • Last time I read his blog Charleton seemed to have gone off the deep end with an Mormon enthusiasm. An enthusiasm that seemed to prove his point

        “These can be seen as specific examples of the general phenomenon of ‘clever sillies’ whereby intelligent people with high levels of technical ability are seen (by the majority of the rest of the population) as having foolish ideas and behaviours outside the realm of their professional expertise.”

        Is he still obsessed with The Book of Mormon?


        November 17, 2018 at 6:24 PM

      • @Curt Kobeen Interesting article. I would agree with most of it. But my daughter inherited an out-going, extroverted personality from my side of the family. But that’s still of no help if she only associates with other elites.

        However, I do think she would quickly learn that all is not so rosy as the elite say if some relevant life experience befell her.

        I think the situation is much worse in Canada than the US. The whole country was a whiteopia in those days. There was a Chinese minority on the west coast (where we lived) but they were completely assimilated.

        I notice that my sister is even more pessimistic than me. She’s dealing with a lot of foreign students. I think this has affected her thinking. I worked as a computer programmer, an occupation with lots of whites and Chinese. None of the Chinese I worked with gave me any reason to think ill of Chinese in general. My sister thinks I’m a bit naive.

        I remained a confirmed leftist until I began studying culture and history in my spare time after 9/11. The Internet was growing quickly, so I quickly learned the error of my line of thinking. But I was 50 on 9/11 so it took me a while. I didn’t have enough spare time to study until the kids moved out, which was also conveniently around 9/11.

        Without 9/11 and the Internet I might still be a leftist.

        Frau Katze

        November 17, 2018 at 10:34 PM

  5. Looks like the three at the back may just have henna tattoos made of plant dye, which comes off after a few days or weeks.


    November 16, 2018 at 9:22 PM

  6. OT but deserving of a separate Lion post:

    How long until Alexandria Ocasio-Cortz dumps her beta boyfriend?

    She will have the highest sexual market value of any female member of Congress. Wealthy and powerful men will importune her daily. Her BF, a “consultant” and “writer,” doesn’t stand a chance.

    You can see him here, in the dismal Bronx 1BR he can afford to provide for her:

    Here’s his LinkedIn, which screams underemployment:

    Plus, she has “one term” written all over her. The NYC Democratic Machine will strike back hard.

    Her best move is to find a sugar daddy before she loses her looks.

    She will kick him to the curb by Memorial Day.

    Justice Duvall

    November 16, 2018 at 9:34 PM

    • Never in ten thousand years would I have imagined that she has a white boyfriend.



      November 16, 2018 at 9:56 PM

      • Why? Latinas are some of the most hypergamous and white-worshiping women around (yes, including a leftist like Ocasio). A Latina with some degree of success and ambition would never be caught dead with men of her own kind; they’re similar to East and Southeast Asian women in that regard.


        November 17, 2018 at 8:35 AM

      • Besides, she no doubt has some white blood herself.


        November 17, 2018 at 5:15 PM

      • I would bet on her being “one and done”. Don’t forget she ran against and BEAT the “machine”, such as whatever is left of it. Her main concern after 2020 re-election should be reapportionment, since NY stands to lose one or two House seats, one of which might be hers after the music stops.


        November 17, 2018 at 5:17 PM

    • If they have a kid will it’s last name by Ocasio-Cortz-Roberts?

      99.9% Fine

      November 16, 2018 at 10:07 PM

    • Few men, wealthy or otherwise, will “importune” her during her time in Congress. No man finds a powerful woman attractive because she is powerful.


      November 16, 2018 at 10:53 PM

      • I’m rooting for the beta-male boyfriend.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        November 16, 2018 at 10:58 PM

      • I’m rooting for him to wise up and find someone who isn’t an ugly mutt.


        November 16, 2018 at 11:53 PM

      • I’m rooting for both of them to go to hell.


        November 17, 2018 at 6:05 PM

    • Is she really pissing off the Democrat machine? She is getting tons of media attention and is a minority and a woman and appeals to the youth vote and all that. She’s like the living avatar of the Democrats’ image of themselves.


      November 16, 2018 at 11:15 PM

      • She’s squawking daily about their corruption, whether it’s Amazon HQ2 or other sweetheart deals.

        Justice Duvall

        November 16, 2018 at 11:59 PM

      • Justice,

        I think the Democratic Party is moving in her direction, that that is where the passion of the kids, the Hollywood shits, and the college professors is. But maybe the old establishment will stop her the way the GOP establishment tried to stop Reagan and Trump, and the Clintons tried to stop Obama.


        November 17, 2018 at 8:57 AM

    • First, that skank is ugly. She gots big teeth like Huma. Second, most men aren’t attracted to “powerful” women. Third, her boyfriend is the one who got her elected. Read his linkedin. It wouldn’t be very good for her political career to dump the guy who got her there.


      November 16, 2018 at 11:44 PM

      • She’s far from ugly. Huma isn’t ugly either.

        Her bf did the heavy lifting but now she’s in DC there will be plenty of people willing and able to help her climb the greasy pole. And many of these guys will be more powerful than current bf and she will start thinking hypergamous thoughts.


        November 17, 2018 at 11:17 AM

      • > First, that skank is ugly. She gots big teeth like Huma.


        November 17, 2018 at 12:42 PM

      • destructure

        November 19, 2018 at 2:43 AM

      • I never said anything about “hitting it”. But I wouldn’t. Even if I thought she was pretty I still wouldn’t “hit it”. It’s called “morality”, Doug.


        November 19, 2018 at 5:40 AM

    • There’s plenty of younger, much prettier gold-diggers in DC. Men with real wealth and power won’t consider her at all. She’ll just be hit on by other desperate betas.


      November 17, 2018 at 12:53 AM

    • The linkedin profile is not that of Cortez’s husband.(Nor does it show “underemployment.”)


      November 17, 2018 at 1:26 AM

    • The Vogue photo tells a lot. He’s really young and commonplace looking.

      Plus he must have a loser job, the place looks pretty small. She’s already complaining that she can’t afford to live in DC.

      I’m not on LinkedIn (I’m retired) and it won’t let me on. You need an account.

      Frau Katze

      November 17, 2018 at 4:27 AM

      • The $174K salary doesn’t really cover an apartment in both DC and NYC at the same time. However, she’s going to be filthy rich at some time int he future when she retires and gets a job on CNN.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        November 17, 2018 at 7:59 AM

      • If she has any sense her boyfriend has already found her some hack to ghost write her a book.


        November 17, 2018 at 8:58 AM

      • “when she retires and gets a job on CNN.”

        When she starts supporting the finance industry and gets a $700k per year gig on the street after leaving Congress.


        November 17, 2018 at 11:20 AM

    • She has looks? Check out the choppers in the photo. Frightening, but I guess when the competition is Nancy Pelosi, she’s not too bad:

      ice hole

      November 17, 2018 at 6:41 AM

      • She’s cute enough.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        November 17, 2018 at 8:00 AM

      • She’s no Claire Lehmann but she’s good-looking.


        November 17, 2018 at 9:18 AM

      • Nancy Pelosi isn’t bad looking at all. You have to take into account her age. And no, I’m not saying this because she’s also a “g-loaded guidette.”

        maryk (the g-loaded guidette)

        November 17, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    • He’s cute, moreso than her. If anyone’s gonna leave it’s more likely to be him. From the article it appears he’s the shy type who underestimated his worth and picked the first woman who smiled at him. But now in DC he might meet women who will actually be interested rather than repelled when he spergs out about the supposed 90% income taxes in the 50s.(In reality almost nobody actually payed them.)


      November 17, 2018 at 1:35 PM

      • You’re right that he is a catch, but so is she. She’s fairly pretty, and clearly has a lot on the ball, regardless of her crazy ideology. You may be underestimating her value.

        Although I have got to give you props, at least you are not calling her “ugly” and talking about her “choppers,” like several bitter jerks on this site.


        November 17, 2018 at 3:10 PM

  7. #nist_so_white


    November 16, 2018 at 9:41 PM

    • Leviticus 19:28 “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the Lord.”


      November 17, 2018 at 11:24 AM

      • “I am the Lord” means “You better listen to me because I’m not some dumb pagan priest, I am the GOD WHO CREATED EVERYTHING!”

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        November 17, 2018 at 1:06 PM

      • The traditional interpretation is: ‘I’m the one who punishes and rewards’.


        November 17, 2018 at 10:34 PM

      • As a kid, whenever I heard “I am the Lord,” at the end of an except from scripture, I assumed he was signing his work. Like when somebody carved “Todd did this,” at the bottom of some scribbles he carved in a tree.


        November 18, 2018 at 2:12 AM

  8. i hope that’s a joke, and the ink washes off.

    i remember in the mishnah somewhere the line “thou shalt not tattoo thyself; i am the lord” is discussed and one rabbi claims it means “tattoos are fine as long as they don’t say ‘i am the lord.'”

    suicide by libertarian overdose.

    November 16, 2018 at 9:45 PM

  9. Boomers (at least me, b. 1951) find tattoos repulsive.

    Frau Katze

    November 16, 2018 at 9:48 PM

    • I am an older gen x and I find them repulsive too. I don’t think there is one person under 40 who finds them repulsive.

      Jay Fink

      November 17, 2018 at 2:30 AM

    • I was born in 1981 and I can’t stand tattoos. I smile ear to ear when I read or hear about tattooed gaijin denied entry to certain establishments, because of their tattoos (and then go cry about it on YouTube). The Japanese have the right idea.


      November 17, 2018 at 8:40 AM

  10. Lmao. When standing on the shoulders of giants is too hard.

    A Dilettante

    November 16, 2018 at 10:00 PM

  11. Girl with nice rump in purple pants shoots powerful rifle. I usually prefer big monster guns in these girls-and-guns videos. This one’s a bit different because while it’s too much for new shooters, given enough time and practice with progressively larger calibers many people could learn to handle a rifle chambered in 308 Winchester. It’s actually the second-best selling centerfire rifle cartridge, behind only the 223 that’s used in AR-14’s. Mostly I’m posting this one because of the rump.



    November 16, 2018 at 11:01 PM

    • That’s not rump, that’s fat and shooting is boring.


      November 17, 2018 at 12:49 AM

      • I consider it a pleasing rump. Lying face down like that does not bring out the rumpular curves in the same way as standing or bending over, and while the color is nice her jeans do not allow for quite the detail as, for example, leggings, but all that’s okay.

        She does need some more muscular development in her upper arms, however.



        November 17, 2018 at 9:48 PM

    • Not everyone has several rifles chambered in multiple cartridges. So another option would be to shoot reduced 308 loads for a while.


      November 17, 2018 at 7:27 AM

      • Remington and Hornady sell reduced power ammunition for the 308 (and several other calibers), though it can be hard to find. Another option is to use 308 ammunition with light “varmint” bullets. It would have much the same effect as reduced power ammo and is somewhat easier to find.

        A third option for learning to fire powerful rifles is to join a shooting club in your area. Not all areas have clubs of this sort, however. Most shooting clubs have “range days” maybe two or three times a year, when members can fire each others’ rifles. The disadvantage is that it might be possible to fire just a few rounds through each rifle, which may not be enough to create much of a learning curve. Still, it might be enough to let people know what their comfort zones are when it comes to powerful rifles.



        November 17, 2018 at 9:07 AM

  12. I bet the one in the middle doesn’t do much lol. Maybe she is the notetaker for the scientists… 🙂

    Fact Checker

    November 17, 2018 at 3:47 AM

  13. I’m pretty sure lion has already got a tattoo of the blog logo on his arm. Wouldn’t that be prole?


    November 17, 2018 at 4:10 AM

  14. Hope it’s not permanent tattoo. I find tattoos deeply disgusting. In France, you can determine if a beach is posh because there, nobody has any tattoo. Like in “Porto” or “Piana” in Corsica where I go during the summer.

    I’ll be in New York the 3 december for a day … (back from caribbeans)


    November 17, 2018 at 5:09 AM

  15. DARPA PM with Maxwell’s equations as tattoos.

    He had them prior to joining DARPA.


    November 17, 2018 at 5:57 AM

  16. I attended an academic seminar recently. The young woman seated in front of me (a grad student, I guess) had a twisted ladder tattooed onto her forearm which I came to realize was meant to represent a double helix. (It was a genetics seminar).

    I don’t really see how this is going to advance her career, but maybe that wasn’t the point.

    ice hole

    November 17, 2018 at 6:46 AM

    • The funny thing about tattoos is that if you get them in high school or undergrad, they are still with you when you are a grad student.


      November 17, 2018 at 8:03 AM

      • “I love this shirt. It’s my absolute favorite. Hey, you know what? I think I’ll wear it every single day for the rest of my life.”


        November 17, 2018 at 10:31 AM

  17. Science writer Carl Zimmer devoted a book to science tattoos.

    In 2007, Carl Zimmer posed a question on his blog: are scientists hiding tattoos of their science? It turned out that many of them were, and they were willing to share their ink with him and the world. Zimmer has posted hundreds of these images in the years since. In Science Ink, he assembles his favorite images from his blog, along with previously unpublished ones, and writes about the science behind the pictures, and the scientists behind the science. From archaeology to astronomy, from neuroscience to chemistry, Science Ink is a guide to the universe, illustrated on the bodies of scientists.

    MEH 0910

    November 17, 2018 at 8:08 AM

  18. Scientists celebrated the re calibration of an unwieldy unit in the Metric System with permanent ink.
    When asked, people replied, “Metric System? Are we using that?”

    Fortunately, longitudinal studies suggest these poindexters will never reproduce and therefore have no children or grand-children to embarrass with these tattoos.

    • Tattoo joke:

      White tourist in Jamaica goes to use the urinal, looks over and sees the name ‘Wendy’ tattooed on the local fellow’s willie using the adjacent urinal.

      Tourist says “my wife’s name is Wendy too.”

      Local responds: that’s not Wendy it’s ‘Welcome to Jamaica have a nice day!’


      November 18, 2018 at 3:10 AM

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