Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy Black Friday

Agnostic's post from a couple of weeks ago got me wondering at what point Black Friday became a bigger deal than the holiday it follows (or used to follow--it now tends to start on said holiday, or even before the holiday begins).

Well, Google Trends provides a powerful picture of the transition. Here is a comparative graph of search volumes for the term "thanksgiving" and the phrase "black friday", extending back a decade in time:

Notice that over the ten-year period, up to this point more total searches have included Thanksgiving than have included Black Friday, but it is only a matter of time before the latter overtakes the former. On an annual basis, Black Friday took the lead in 2010, and the yearly gap has widened steadily since then.

If there is any better single illustration of how consumerism has come to dominate the American socio-cultural landscape, I'd like--in a masochistic sort of way--to see it.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Rapacious repetition

The DOJ's statistics show that the absurd assertion that 1-in-5 or even 1-in-4 college women have been raped is, well, absurd. The actual figure is closer to 1-in-125*, although it is almost certainly less common still than that, as this rate is arrived at by presuming that 100% of all reported college campus rapes legitimately occurred. When it comes to the veracity of rape allegations, however, the estimated rate of false accusations covers a frustratingly large range, from 2% on the low end to as high as 90% on the upper end.

So, here's an assertion that we could irresponsibly make if we wanted to cherry pick what we are desiring to advocate: 3-in-5 rape allegations are BS! Irresponsible though it would be, it would still have more empirical grounding--that is to say, at least some tenuous, sandy grounding at all--than the bogus 1-in-5 factoid that gets so recklessly tossed around by Professional Feminists. Occasionally, sometimes, often, much, and conceivably even most of the time, then, the victim who suffers when a rape accusation is made is a man. Increasingly, the effective standard isn't innocent until proven guilty. Hell, it's not even guilty until proven innocent. It's guilty because accused, period. Even if a falsely accused man eventually exonerates himself and clears his name in the legal arena, his reputation is often forever tarnished.

There is no rape epidemic in the US. To the contrary, rape rates have dropped substantially over the last few decades, in line with the broader trend in steadily decreasing violent crime. The NCVS found a rape rate of 2.4 per 1,000 people aged 12 and older in 1980. Today that rate has fallen to 0.4 per 1,000 people. There is, however, a potentially budding epidemic of false accusations of rape, enabled by culturally Marxist academia, an embarrassingly credulous, standardless, derelict media establishment, and the narcissistic desires of many women to be coddled as victims regardless of the collateral damage satisfying these desires causes other people to suffer.

* The latest data from the US DOJ shows 10,237 reported completed rapes of college women aged 18-24 out of a population of 5,130,004. Multiplying the 10,237 by 4 and dividing it by the 5.1 million total female college population yields the 1-in-125 figure. See table 1 for details.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Mexico beats Argentina by slim margin despite Slim factor

A few points worth remarking on from a Pew report gauging public opinion on the subjects of inequality, optimal economic systems, and the like in a host of countries:

- Of the 44 countries where the survey was conducted, residents of only one, Argentina, have a less favorable view of "a free market economy" than Mexicans do. While I'd naively guess a Peronist history would push people towards free market principles rather than away from them, Carlos Slim provides a ringing endorsement of capitalism rivaling that of Russia's rapacious post-Soviet oligarchy, so I guess it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Yet more indisputable evidence that Mexicans are "natural conservatives".

- From the forthcoming book 2041, who controls the future controls the present; who controls the present controls the past. Europe and its diaspora are in the past. Rather than being exceptional, the US is merely a step or two behind the Old Continent. Prepare to be controlled by the overlords of the future. We collectively see the writing on the wall:

- Across the 44 countries surveyed, there is no statistically significant relationship (.14, p-value = .37) between the expressed concern among residents about economic inequality in their countries and the actual amount of inequality, as measured by the gini coefficient, in those same countries. Environment obviously isn't everything. Human populations are culturally and biologically different from one another, and those differences have consequences.

- Speaking of income inequality, East Asia doesn't care much about it. The median percentage across countries sans East Asia identifying the "gap between the rich and the poor" as a big problem is over 60%. It's 55% in South Korea, 28% in Japan, and 42% in China. As the center of international power appears to be shifting towards the Orient, it's a happy coincidence that the American mainstream right and culturally Marxist left both don't care much about it, either!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Even segregated isolationism is too much to ask for

Reading Steve Sailer's movie review of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes, I expected a mindless, gory, action-packed allegorical illustration of oppressive white America on the receiving end of righteous reprisals administered by the recently liberated non-whites, a la Django Unchained, with a laconic existence among the wildlife of the redwood forests thrown in for tranquil good measure.

With that in mind, I was pleased by the insinuated realities of social dynamics in contemporary America. While the sequel wasn't as thoughtful or layered as the movie that preceded it, Steve's criticisms might be a bit exaggerated. He writes:
In Muir Woods [the surviving humans] discover a vast colony of intelligent apes building a civilization out of sharpened sticks. Chimps, gorillas, and orangutans live as one.
Chimp and bonobo, which is which?
I counted a single orangutan and one or possibly two gorillas, compared to hundreds and hundreds of chimpanzees. The orangutan was the same kindred spirit from the first movie, with no indication that a decade on he had contact with any other orangutans, let alone a family. The presumption is that once he's gone, there will be no orangutan representation at all among the chimp colony. The same appears to be the case for the gorilla (or two). Koba, Caesar's vicious and fearless Mark Antony, is, bizarrely, a bonobo, though the vast majority of viewers are not going to notice as much since it's difficult for a non-specialist to pick up on the subtle morphological differences between chimpanzees and bonobos.

It's a colony of chimps, not a multicultural colony of great apes. The surviving San Franciscans, in contrast, appear to be more NAM-diverse than the actual city of San Francisco was at the time of civilizational collapse following the spread of the "simian flu".

Each of the primary protagonists, Malcolm on the human side and Caesar on the chimp side, show a mutual appreciation for the concerns the other has and for the society he represents. They express a genuine hope for coexistence (although only of a segregated, not integrated, coexistence). If all the members of their respective species had similar personality profiles, perhaps such coexistence would be possible. Despite their best efforts, however, they are powerless to overcome the broader primate natures of the species they represent. Their quixotic attempts at reconciliation flounder catastrophically.

The aspirations Malcolm and Caesar have for their respective species aren't for chimps and humans to hold hands and sing kumbaya. The goal is far less ambitious: Separate, mutually exclusive sovereignties where the only social mixing permitted is for the maintenance of crucial infrastructure (the dam). Further, among the upper echelons of human power, racial diversity is quite workable. The bureaucrats scheming in Turtle Bay feel closer to the other bureaucrats they scheme with than they do with the commoners from the countries they putatively represent.

Unlike our starry-eyed (or recklessly cynical, take your pick) elites, however, Malcolm and Caesar are sagacious enough to realize the limits of their feeble abilities to remake their species into something each is not, and so as the movie ends the two sides prepare for the inevitable destructive dysfunction that a polyglot mishmash of peoples (or primates, as it were) leads to.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Diversity is also an empty lost-and-found bucket

Way back when, an intellectual giant of our time--nay, THE intellectual giant of our time--kindly described a post I'd put together as "an elegant little regression analysis". It would become standard fare for this audacious amateur, and should continue to be to this day.

In that spirit, then, a few correlations with the percentage of respondents by state in a Gallup poll (via TWCS) asking "If you lost a wallet or purse that contained two hundred dollars, and it was found by a neighbor, do you think it would be returned with the money in it, or not?" who answered in the affirmative:

By estimated average IQ from NAEP scores: +.78 (p-value = .000000000031)
By Ice People population percentage: +.72 (p-value = .0000000034)

It would be crass, of course, to show these same results in their inverse, so you'll just have to use your imagination--or at least a little algebra--if you're the kind of miscreant who is interested in them.

It might be countered, however, that what is being insinuated here is misleading. What about poverty and criminal activity? How do these things correlate with the rate of expected wallet return?

By Supplemental Poverty Measure*: -.83 (p-value = .00000000000016)
By murder rate: -.73 (p-value = .000000002)

Is it that intelligent Ice People avoid crime and poverty while Sun People embrace them? That sounds pretty racist. Perhaps instead a dearth of crime and poverty actually turns Sun People into Ice People, ancestry and all, while an abundance of crime and poverty turns Ice People into Sun People? So many unanswered questions, so much to ponder!

Parenthetically, political orientation isn't nearly as informative as proximity to the Canadian border is. The correlation between the percentage of a state's population that voted for Obama in 2012 and the belief that a lost wallet would be returned by a neighbor is an inverse but quite modest and statistically insignificant .17 (p-value = .251).

* A superior measure of genuine impoverishment than the traditional Census definition that only takes income into account.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Give them an inch, and...

In several exchanges I've had over the last couple of weeks about the putative issue of black oppression by white society, specifically white police forces, it's inevitably argued that there is so much structural racism against blacks that just focusing on the expression of black frustration (ie, riots and looting) misses the point. It's like blaming an abused child (blacks?) for behavioral issues instead of blaming his parents (whites?). The paternalism inherent in this sort of framing--and its long and storied pedigree to boot--is something one can have some fun with if he's so inclined, but I'm not.

Instead, let's travel down this path to see where it takes us. As the story goes, we've made lots of progress since the sixties but half a century on we still have plenty of work to do. Parenthetically, "progress" here refers to racial equality. It is measured relatively, not absolutely. It's better for blacks to get one half mark better and whites to remain in place than it is for blacks and whites to each get one full mark better.

Okay, but where do the consequences of said progress show up? On measures of family stability? On propensity to abstain from engaging in criminal activity? On intelligence tests? On measures of affluence?

Five decades ago, the Moynihan report found that one-in-four black children were born out of wedlock. Today that figure is now greater than two-in-three. Rather than closing over the last five decades, the black-to-white imprisonment rate ratios have actually widened over that same period of time (and that's even with most Hispanics being lumped in with whites; which is more of a factor in recent white numbers than it is in white numbers from the past when Hispanics comprised a smaller percentage of the total population). The one standard deviation gap on IQ tests that separates black and white mean scores from one another has remained so consistent over time that La Griffe du Lion calls it The Fundamental Constant of Sociology. The wealth gap between median black and white households is currently the largest that has ever been measured.

On all these fronts, the disparities appear as incorrigible as ever. Does that mean that all the putative progress has had no appreciable effect on realized outcomes, save for getting a guy like Barack Obama, whose upbringing was far cushier than that enjoyed by hundreds of millions of Americans across the racial spectrum, elected president?

Or is there something Malthusian in play here? Is increasing white deference towards blacks negated by a corresponding increase in poor black behavior like that recently and saliently illustrated by Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and their sympathizers? While blacks are over eight times as likely to engage in violent crime as non-Hispanic whites are, they are less than four times as likely to be shot and killed by police in so doing or when being arrested for so doing. In other words, given their relative criminal propensities, white criminals are more than twice as likely to be killed by police as black criminals are.

This is an extreme illustration of the broader tendency for blacks to be treated less, not more, harshly by police than whites are. This trend will presumably only continue to accentuate as more and more white cops realize, like Darren Wilson and Edward Flynn have, that policing urban blacks is not only thankless but positively injurious not only to one's physical worth but also to his reputation and good moral standing. Reclinating back to the bit about paternalism, the kid who has a tendency to be unruly needs a stricter eye kept on him than the mild-mannered kid does. As a society, the US is doing the opposite--loosening the reigns on the at-risk populations and tightening the grips on the better behaved groups.

The examples of extreme scrutiny given to alleged white perpetrators on the one hand and the dismissive apologies for (or total ignoring of) black offenders are constantly being generated. Even fresher than the Michael Brown and Gilbert Collar incidents are the cases of faux rape at the University of Virginia and the far less publicized but more substantiated potentially real rape case at William Patterson University. Fortunately someone is cataloging these things because it's easy the newest one to wash strained memories of older ones down the memory hole.

If bad black behavior is always blamed on whites--more precisely, on heterosexual, traditionalist, middle-class male goys of European descent--to the extent that societal pressure is going to influence behavior, it is going to tend to prod blacks into behaving ever more pathologically while simultaneously browbeating ever more supine whites into not doing anything--ANYTHING!--that might, however implausibly, be even indirectly associated with possibly having something to do with an action (or even thought) that casts black in anything other than the best possible light.

While it's easy to see that this situation is inherently unstable over the long term, it's beyond my powers of prognostication to say how it'll shake out in the end. Explicit separatism is still a long way from being anything other than a political non-starter, but de facto separatism continues unabated. Of course, the groups claiming to suffer from alleged structural injustices do everything they can to live in municipalities run by the purveyors of those same injustices, so maybe white flight just goes on and on into the foreseeable future, while slowly but surely the numbers of places consumed by blight continues to increase. There's a lot of ruin in a nation. The US is a big country, after all.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Most importantly, she's the mother of your children

From one of Heartiste's best posts (and that's saying a lot), on why a man should avoid marrying a woman aged 30 or older:
If you marry an under-30 woman, the day will come, ostensibly, that she’ll be your over-30 wife. But you’ll have something that chagrined men who married women on the cusp of sagging cups don’t have: Years of very fond, very monopolized, very supple memories. If you maritally snag a 21-year-old minx and occupy her sugar walls for the next ten years, the spermatomically bonded cervix-splattered glue of all those splendid tumbles of passion accrue into something larger than the sum of your individuated speckles.
It's as close to celebrating the benefits of monogamy as one should ever hope to get from the silver tongue. In its focus on carnality, however, it misses a piece of the marital equation that is of crucial importance to many men of this primate species with a rather unusual trait in the animal kingdom: Paternal investment. Like so many other behaviors that carry with them evolutionary benefits, the underlying biological drive is expressed a uniquely pleasurable part of a man's human experience. As cliched as it may sound, there really is no feeling in the world like rocking your son to sleep after he has collapsed into your lap.

Marry a woman in her thirties or forties, and there's a good chance the two of you won't have any kids together (even worse if she's bringing offspring from a previous relationship into the mix and you're not). As she wilts, sags, and tires over the years, well, that fat, flat shadow of her former self is all you're left with. Marry her in her teens or early twenties, though, and not only do you get to accrue all the benefits Heartiste discusses, but the two of you have ample time to create a brood together. The feelings you have for your children (assuming an average or high level of desire for paternal nurturing--this doesn't apply so much to men on the lower end of that spectrum) will splash all over her, too. She is the only person on the planet who has a stronger attachment to your children than you do. Your love for them will perpetually reinforce the attachment you have to her as the bond is weathered relentlessly by the passage of time and its nasty companion, senescence.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

It's raining Venus and Mars out there

Steve Sailer asks "Why do felines strike us as more feminine than canines?"

A few things that come to mind follow. These are just impressions from a human point of view and are not at all intended to answer Steve's other question about "sex hormones and receptors"!

- "Feminine feline" or "feline femininity" are elegant-sounding alliterations. Nothing to compare on the canine side.

- (Most) dogs are physically bigger than (most) cats.

- Dogs are more emotionally direct than cats are. They make no effort to conceal how they feel. Cats, in contrast, may feel one thing but show another.

- Dogs take to physical labor with pleasure. Cats do not.

- Dogs will ejaculate onto or into almost anything. Cats have much more discriminating sexual tastes.

- Dogs will urinate and defecate anywhere. It is only human social convention that puts some (perpetually tenuous) restrictions on this. Cats are quite particular about the what and where of their waste excretions.

- Dogs are opportunistic omnivores, and they'll eat anytime, anywhere. Cats are pickier on both accounts.

- Dogs love wrestling and roughhousing. Once they've grown out of the kitten stage, cats don't.

- Dogs expect and abide a strict social hierarchy. Cats are more egalitarian.

- Dogs are loyal. Cats will abandon a companion at the drop of a hat if a novel one strikes their fancies.

- Dogs guard their territory and they will often fight to maintain it. Cats have no problem letting someone new move in on them, especially if the conqueror provides them with more goodies than the previous patriarch did.

- Dogs verbally and physically announce their presence. Cats are usually discrete.

- Dogs don't spend as much time or effort on preening themselves as cats do.

- Dogs love just about anything involving a ball. Cats don't.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Racism retreats

Writing in the NYT, Charles Blow asserts (via Steve):
Today, too many people are gun-shy about using the word racism, lest they themselves be called race-baiters. So we are witnessing an assault on the concept of racism, an attempt to erase legitimate discussion and grievance by degrading the language: Eliminate the word and you elude the charge.
From Google Trends, the relative search frequency rate for the term "racism" over the last decade:

He has an arguable point. We're even lagging behind a couple other Anglophone diaspora countries.

On the other hand, the relative search volume for "racist" during the same period of time:

I guess we're becoming more individualistic and less group-oriented over time. This isn't going to make Brett Stevens happy, but there it is!

It's not for the NYT's lack of emphasis that the public has taken it's collective eye off the ball, though. The number of articles the paper has run containing the word "racism", in five year intervals, since the turn of the millennium (01/01/2000-12/31/2004, 01/01/2005-12/31/2009, 01/01/2010-12/04/2014):

2000-2005: 1,400
2005-2010: 4,410
2010-2015: 7,540

The Cathedral's role is to instruct us on what we should want to think about, not what we would actually prefer to think about.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

A tale of two tragedies

For accosting a criminal brazenly disregarding the law and then acting in accordance to police training and protocol, a white police officer's fatal act of self defense is immediately regarded as an exhibit of murderous white racism by the major media and its race-hustling and guilt-tripping comrades. Despite any empirical evidence supporting such vicious accusations, those holding the megaphones maintained the false narrative for months, vociferously calling for the innocent officer's blood and a corresponding indictment of middle class white America. That the whole thing was a tendentious, mendacious pile of steaming bullshit matters not to the monsters sitting in prominent 'civil rights' organizations and Manhattan newsrooms.

In contrast, a white man--ahem, excuse me, a "Bosnian" (who had spent most of his life in the US and was indistinguishably assimilated into mainstream American culture as his facebook profile illustrates)--who was the target of a vicious, unprovoked attack by blacks and possibly browns is bludgeoned to death in front of his fiancee. According to witnesses and accompanying video footage, the feral gang shouted "kill the white people" as they tried to kill one white guy and then successfully killed another. Yet less than 24 hours after the attack occurred--in the shadow, both figuratively and literally, of the aforementioned incident no less--Establishment forces were breathlessly asserting that the murder had nothing, NOTHING!, to do with race or ethnicity.

With no evidence of racial animus, or even criminality for that matter, a middle class white guy bravely doing his job becomes public enemy number one. With suggestions of racial malice and very obvious criminal activity of the deadliest sort, the motives of savage 'youths' are instantaneously whitewashed (boo!). Their existence barely registers on the public's radar for paucity of national attention.

The emperor isn't even wearing a loincloth anymore. If you don't think the Establishment despises middle class, conventional white America, you're simply not paying attention.