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The New York Times hates boys

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Instead of there being any outrage at all that girls (defined as up to the 8th grade) outperform boys by three-quarters of a grade level in English and language arts, this article is obsessed about a much smaller outperformance by boys in math, and only for boys from “richer families.”

The anti-male explanation is that richer families enforce gender roles more than poorer families. Apparently the people who wrote the article think it’s a problem that girls don’t outperform boys at all subjects and at all levels of family wealth.

The Lion explanation is that boys from poorer families don’t have the patience to perform up to their natural level in math, and boys from richer families have more patience to learn, a combination of better role modelling from their parents, and possibly medicinal in nature because they are more likely to be taking Ritalin.

The Lion will also point out that boys skyrocket past girls in math ability after the 8th grade, and my explanation is that girls enter puberty before boys and puberty suppresses the growth of the brain’s math ability. Or there’s some similar explanation involving hormones and biological differences between the sexes. However, the stereotype is that nerdy-looking boys do well in math, and not the early-maturing more masculine boys whose bodies are full of testosterone.

Actually, even before puberty, we can see that boys do better than girls in the sense that, given girls greater propensity for following instructions and doing their homework like good little girls, they would also outperform boys on math tests if there was equal inherent math ability.

I am reminded of an English nursery rhyme from the early 1800s:

What are little boys made of?
What are little boys made of?
Frogs and snails,
And puppy-dogs’ tails;
That’s what little boys are made of.

What are little girls made of?
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice,
And all that’s nice;
That’s what little girls are made of.

Behavior differences between boys and girls have long been observed!

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 13, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Education

Reverse Flynn Effect!

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https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/dumb-and-dumber-why-we-re-getting-less-intelligent-80k3bl83v?shareToken=71d4d4f9088c8598f2c12d53b074039f

The IQ scores of young people have begun to fall after rising steadily since the Second World War, according to the first authoritative study of the phenomenon.

The decline, which is equivalent to at least seven points per generation, is thought to have started with the cohort born in 1975, who reached adulthood in the early Nineties.

I was always of the belief that the notion that people were getting smarter is bogus. People are doing better on IQ tests because they are being trained to take timed multiple-choice tests with tricky questions, whereas in earlier generation such a test was novel and unexpected. This doesn’t mean that people are smarter in general.

But finally we see that the effects of dysgenic breeding (low-IQ people having more children than high-IQ people) are showing up in IQ testing, as was always predicted by the genetic model of intelligence.

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This is actually old news, there was a study published in 2015.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 12, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Biology

Lion analysis of North Korea summit

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This is what Trump and Kim agreed to:

1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.

2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

So in other words, Kim has signed onto the narrative that in exchange for “peace” there needs to be a “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

And then, today, in a symbolic gesture of peace, Trump called off military exercises with South Korea. This is just a gesture, it would be very easy for the United States to restart military exercises.

Much harder to restart are sanctions, once lifted, and notably there has not yet been any move on lifting sanctions.

This is much better than Obama’s crappy deal with Iran. In exchange for lifting sanctions and unfreezing of Iranian assets, Iran only had to agree to cease certain nuclear activities until the year 2031 (well short of “complete denuclearization”), after which Iran can start them up again, and in the meantime Iran is allowed to continue to fund Shiite terrorists throughout the Middle East. And that’s a case where Obama held all the military leverage, the United States could have taken over Iran as easily as we took over Iraq.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 12, 2018 at EDT am

Fakestream media going on anti-Trump rampage

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The title of the blog post says it. For example, the Washington Post “Analysis” headline on their homepage right now reads: “After a slap at allies, Trump showers North Korea’s authoritarian leader with flattery.”

A headline on the CNN homepage reads: “Trump says he trusts North Korean dictator, but vague promises mirror past agreements.” And Trump-hating Christiane Amanpour says she found Trump “giving away more than having got” with little concrete plans on which to move forward.

Does anyone doubt that if Obama had a summit with North Korea, the same fakestream journalists would be showering him with praise?

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To be fair to the New York Times, their coverage isn’t as biased.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 12, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in International

Anthony Bourdain photo

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At Takashi, an expensive Japanese/Korean restaurant in Manhattan. Anthony Bourdain’s wife, Ottavia Busia, shows off her impressive bicep, while the daughter looks embarrassed [or maybe not embarrassed but imitating a popular dance moving called “dabbing”]. Anthony has a dour look on his face, in contrast with his smiling wife and daughter.

This is September 2016, a few days after the NY Post reported that they had separated.

MORE THOUGHTS

Ottavia was previously a groupie to an Irish rock band and then a chef. Not a great chef, maybe a top 10% chef, but a top 10% chef is still a nobody. Then she met the rich and famous Anthony Bourdain who was 22 years older. So their marriage is a classic case of a wealthy and famous older man being able to marry a much younger woman who would never have given him the time of day were it not for his fame and wealth.

After she gave birth, then she got into fitness and jiu-jitsu and MMA. It’s actually a very common path into fitness and weightlifting for women, they do it in response to giving birth. I know this from browsing around Instagram. You can learn a lot from Instagram.

There is a line of thinking in the comments that I will try to elucidate a little better: After Ottavia joins this MMA and bodybuilding culture, she hangs out with a lot of men in the gym who are ‘roided up monsters who physically put Anthony Bourdain to shame, and even though he was in great shape for a chef in his early 60s, he was nothing compared to the type of guys in the MMA gyms. And thus Ottavia came to see him as less manly.

Anthony tries to get into jiu-jitsu to make his wife happy and so the jiu-jitsu could be a family thing (the daughter is also training in it), but I guess it wasn’t enough.

Some commenters, think that Bourdain is not really an alpha, but a greater beta who accidentally became rich and famous and thus alpha on account of his new status, but still deep-down is not alpha. I’m not sure I buy that.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 11, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Obituary

Would you eat a burger at IHOb?

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https://www.npr.org/2018/06/11/618844977/ihop-becomes-ihob-the-international-house-of-burgers

Why not? They are probably better than the burgers at crappy diners in Staten Island.

And by the way, it was just a publicity stunt, they aren’t really changing the name of the entire chain, just a few token locations.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 11, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Business

OK to hate men, but not OK to hate women

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An op-ed in the Washington Post:

Seen in this indisputably true context, it seems logical to hate men. I can’t lie, I’ve always had a soft spot for the radical feminist smackdown, for naming the problem in no uncertain terms. I’ve rankled at the “but we don’t hate men” protestations of generations of would-be feminists and found the “men are not the problem, this system is” obfuscation too precious by half.

So at the same time that the fakestream media is attacking any sort of “misogyny,” for example men complaining that they can’t get any sex is “misogynist” and they should be fired from their jobs, but it’s OK for major newspaper to print an op-ed endorsing hatred of men, and the person writing it actually got paid for her opinion!

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 10, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Males and Females

Best way to avoid suicide is to be black

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https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6714a6.htm

Readers have been giving out bad advice on avoiding suicide. The best way to avoid suicide is to be black. Whites are almost THREE TIMES as likely to commit suicide as blacks, and the white suicide rate keeps going up too.

If suicide is genetic, and whites have a suicide gene, then there’s nothing that can be done about that. But if it’s cultural, then maybe listening to rap music and eating fried chicken can ward off suicidal thoughts.

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A good question to ask on a liberal site would be: “Hey, if it sucks so much to be black, and it’s so great to be white and have white privilege, why are whites almost THREE TIMES as likely to commit suicide as blacks?”

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 8, 2018 at EDT pm

Trump has second-highest “own party” approval rating since Truman

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https://www.axios.com/trump-rakes-in-party-approval-at-500-da-1528033342-a9a1cdf2-e25f-4af8-b282-2a011d081369.html

87%.

When we hear about Trump’s low approval ratings, it means that Democrats hate him, not his own party. Normally, some people from the other party approve of a President, but the fakestream media has been successful in its mission to divide the country so that the vast majority of Democratic voters hate him.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 8, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Politics

Anthony Bourdain commits suicide

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https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/08/us/anthony-bourdain-obit/index.html

Second time this week that a famous successful person commits suicide. He left behind an 11-year-old daughter.

In case you don’t know who he is, he’s a chef who turned into a CNN reporter who had a successful travel/culinary series, or something like that, I never watched the series. It’s obviously a SWPL show, because nothing excites a SWPL more than international travel to exotic places where regular tourists never go, and eating “authentic” foreign food. The series is going to be removed from Netflix on June 16th, so better start watching quickly!

What’s the point of going on when you have a boring pointless cubicle job when a rich successful famous person like Anthony Bourdain or Kate Spade doesn’t even see any purpose to going on?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 8, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in News

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