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New York Times reports that Trump is successfully moving the Overton window

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Those aren’t exactly the words used by the article, but here is what was written:

In fact, some analysts saw the remarks as fitting a pattern of crude, dehumanizing and racist language to describe migrants and asylum seekers that has steadily edged its way into the mainstream. Coming from the White House, such words may be taken by some as a broader signal that racism is now an acceptable part of political discourse.

“What we see now is a conscious policy to reintroduce language that was previously not acceptable in debate,” said Gerald Knaus, the director of the European Stability Initiative, a Berlin-based research organization that has played a leading role in forming recent European migration policy.

I disagree with the use of the word “racism,” but for liberals like the guy writing the article there is no difference between “racism” and sane observations of reality. Furthermore Trump is not smart enough for this to be part of a 4D chess-master strategy so “conscious” is also the wrong word, he’s just talking like the construction workers he hung out with in the 1950s or early 1960s when he went to work with his father, because that’s who he is.

But the point here is that the Overton window is being moved. Trump is the greatest president of my lifetime despite being a Mr. Magoo who can’t manage the White House.

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CNN is non-stop talking about the “shithole” incident. As if a President using a swear word in what was supposed to be a private meeting is the most important event to happen in the last decade. Didn’t they watch House of Cards? That’s how politicians talk in private.

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January 13, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Biology

The alt-right’s Asian fetish???

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I don’t have a strong opinion about this op-ed, written by an angry Asian-American woman. But readers may find it interesting.

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January 7, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Biology

Gay genes found!

To this, as an HBD blogger, I say duh! But strangely, every time the topic comes up, there are commenters who insist that gayness isn’t genetic.

I’ve also previously written that there must be some sort of benefit from gay genes that outweigh the obvious survival disadvantage of not being interested in sex with women, otherwise the genes would have be culled out of the gene pool long ago. For example, gays dominate in certain activities (such as theater), and I assume the gay genes make them better at those activities.

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December 8, 2017 at EST am

Innate ability vs. the benefit of financially well-off parents

Read this NY Times op-ed by David Leonhardt.

The chart that shows patents per 1000 for those who had top 5% math scores as 3rd graders, broken down by parental income, shows the very huge advantage of having rich well-off parents. This is something that a lot of people in the HBD-sphere, as well as the libertarian types, have been in denial about.

Even dumb kids (bottom 25%) have a chance of getting into a good STEM career track if their parents are in the top quintile, but practically a zero percent chance if their parents are in the bottom three quintiles.

More needs to be said about the breakdowns by race and sex. We need to remember that people will NOT have any opportunity to have their names on patents unless they major in STEM and go into a STEM career.

Girls and boys do equally well in math until girls reach puberty, at which time the boys zoom ahead. I have always believed (as do some of the best people who study this topic) that the biological impact of puberty on girls stunts the development of the mathematical parts of their brain. So this means that girls who are in the top 5% when they are in the 3rd grade will probably NOT be in the top 5% when they are in high school. And thus they are less likely to major in math-heavy STEM in college and beyond. I also have the theory that girls simply find STEM boring.

We see that Asians, who love STEM, file the most patents. It’s possible that the rare black kid who scores in the top 5% in math sees better opportunities in non-STEM fields because of affirmative action, and that’s why there is lower than expected black representation.

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In case it’s not absolutely clear, having your name on a patent does NOT mean you’re an Einstein or an Edison, it means that you have a job at a big corporation that files a lot of patents. Sure, it’s a much better job than working at Walmart or in fast food, or for that matter most crappy office jobs, but as a value creation job it will top out probably near $200K/year (although you could very easily have your name on a patent and only have a 5-figure job) and never make the real money that value transference people in investment banking and venture capital are making.

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fortaleza84 writes in a comment:

It’s difficult to measure what the study is trying to measure, but it’s clear just from simple observation that if you want to hit it big, it helps a lot to be from a wealthy family. If you are from a wealthy family, you can take risks that others cannot afford to take.

This doesn’t seem clear to a lot of libertarian and HBD commenters.

Regarding what the study thinks its measuring, the people involved may stupidly not realize a name on a patent only means that you have a certain type of STEM job, and not that you are some kind of great inventor.

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December 5, 2017 at EST am

Posted in Biology

The state of HBD

Yesterday, a commenter referred to the above-linked article at an online magazine called Quillette. This online magazine is apparently an alt-right publication that tries to be intellectual (and not full of “it’s the Joos fault” stuff) and features fully thought-out articles rather than blog posts.

HBD, that is “human biodiversity,” is a term coined by Steve Sailer, who is the most important figure in HBD. While there have been many people doing scientific research, Steve Sailer can be credited with creating an entire internet community of HBD believers. Prior to Sailer’s internet blog (as well as the old Gene Expression blog), there was no safe space for people to discuss HBD.

Note that, for the purpose of this blog post, HBD means that intelligence is a genetically determined trait and that different races have different average levels of intelligence. Which is a common sense, because how could humans have evolved to be more intelligent if intelligence isn’t genetic?

In the early days of online discussion of HBD, we were mostly devoted to proving its truth and just being able to write about a topic that was taboo outside of a small corner of the internet.

Trying to prove the truth of HBD is something that I have mostly given up on. And I don’t wish to speak for Steve Sailer, but he too seems to have moved away from being an HBD blogger to being an alt-right blogger. I guess there is only so much you can write about it.

The evidence in favor of HBD is so compelling, but despite that there has been absolutely no acceptance of HBD outside of our corner of the internet, and perhaps the opposite has happened, the deniers have dug in deeper and are working harder than ever to purge the “racists.” Because those who believe HBD simply because they see that it’s true are nevertheless considered evil racists by SJWs. But I cannot stop believing in HBD any more than Galileo could stop believing that the earth revolves around the Sun. How can you stop believing what’s obviously true?

In the past, I used to entertain people who threw a study at me that allegedly disproved HBD. But always, after reading it, it was obvious that the study proved nothing and was full of flaws or misinterpretation. Nevertheless, the deniers continue with their same tired denials based on dubious or wrongly-interpreted studies.

So now, basically, I assume that the people who read my blog believe in HBD, and don’t bother trying to prove it all the time. Deniers are going to deny, you can’t stop it.

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November 28, 2017 at EST pm

Posted in Biology

The Australian outback and aboriginals

If you want to live far away from people, but don’t like the cold, then the place for you is the Australian outback, which is among the least populated non-arctic places on the planet.

For starters, Australia has approximately the same land area as the United States, but only one-tenth the population. And then, nearly all of the population of Australia is on the east coast, leaving the rest of the continent pretty much deserted.

But you will find aboriginal Australians in the outback, because that was originally their natural habitat. The aboriginal Australians are very interesting from an HBD perspective. They have the lowest IQ of any humans. Blacks in America may be one standard deviation less intelligent than whites, but the aboriginal Australians are at least one standard deviation below American blacks! They are tiny in number (less than half a million) but make up 30% of Australia’s prison population. My impression (from the other side of the world, so it may be a wrong impression) is that they are less violent than American blacks, except when they get drunk, which they do quite a bit. Otherwise, they are recalcitrant with respect to becoming productive citizens despite a huge amount of money spent by the white population of Australia to help them better themselves. They’d rather spend their lives stealing stuff from whites, getting drunk, and fighting with each other while they’re drunk. Of course, as believers of HBD, we know that the aboriginals are genetically incapable of becoming business executives and computer programmers (or whatever else SJWs think they are supposed to be doing instead of living off welfare).

Anyway, there aren’t that many aboriginals to ruin the outback, so it’s still a great place to get away from civilization, except that Australia has strict immigration policies and you can’t just move there.

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November 27, 2017 at EST pm

Posted in Biology

DoJ investigation of Harvard

And here’s the statute in question (which was Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964):

42 USC § 2000d Prohibition against exclusion from participation in, denial of benefits of, and discrimination under federally assisted programs on ground of race, color, or national origin

No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Of course Harvard discriminates against Asians! Assuming you define discrimination based on inputs and not on outputs. Liberal SJW types would say that there’s no discrimination against Asians, because look how overrepresented they are relative to their percent of the U.S. population.

Kudos to the Jeff Sessions Department of Justice for pursuing this, although at this point it’s not clear to what extent they are going to do anything besides ask for documents which, so far, Harvard has refused to provide. Harvard does seem worried.

Jeff Sessions is the best AG in modern memory, and the biggest success of the Trump administration (along with Neil Gorsuch and conservative judicial appointments).

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November 27, 2017 at EST pm

Posted in Biology, Politics

Handwritten notes better for learning than laptops

New York Times article about research that showed that students who brought laptops to class learned less and had worse grades than student who were only took pen and paper.

I’ve heard about such research before. And I assumed that the benefit of hand note-taking is that it’s slower, which forces the student to think about what was said in order to condense it into something short enough to write down. When taking notes with a computer, it’s easy to fall into trap of just transcribing what was said without thinking about it.

As I’ve previously theorized, there are three main ways of learning: by reasoning, by rote memorization, and by mimicking. The first way, learning by reasoning, is the type of learning that is highly correlated with IQ, or with what Jensen and Cattell and those guys called g. Hand note-taking enhances learning by reasoning by forcing the note-taker to think about what was said. And because people in school are thinking about what’s said at lectures in order to take notes, it’s one of the reasons why people with higher IQ tend to learn more in college and get better grades.

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November 24, 2017 at EST pm

Black women get into fight at mall

When I read the news report that “two women” got into a “brawl” at a mall in Alabama, I assumed it would be two black women.

Sure enough, I was right!

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November 24, 2017 at EST am

Posted in Biology

Raymond B. Cattell quote from 1984

“Societies in the past that have become too pluralistic, like India, and the old Mediterranean countries like the Roman Empire, didn’t perceive the danger to moral standards that arose from having too many differing moral standards, too many differing religions, too many differing cultures. On the other hand, there are advantages to a country in having some diversity, in that each can be used as an experiment to see in which direction the group as a whole might advantageously go. I think that there’s a happy medium on this matter of diversity, and it has probably been overshot in the U.S. at the present. Alienation is now quite severe, and it’s partly due to wholesale, unchecked immigration. Few politicians seem willing to confront the issue. I think it might not be a bad idea to remove the inscription from the Statue of Liberty which calls for the ‘wretched refuse’ of the other countries to migrate here. This is not what you want to build a nation of.”

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I agree with the above, and it’s the main reason I hate Democrats, even though Democrats may be more right than Republicans on issues like healthcare and taxes. Unchecked immigration and moral decline and lack of national unity are what’s going to destroy our nation.

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November 17, 2017 at EST pm

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