Things I should have blogged

I’m back from vacation and then a work trip. Expect a flurry of posts over the next couple days (hopefully). Here are some of the quick things you should have read over the last week or two:

You can buy an over-the-counter paternity test. Faster, please!

I blogged a bit about the firing of teachers in DC and the subsequent reinstatement of some of those teachers (with back pay, naturally). The Washington Examiner reports on what got the reinstated teachers fired in the first place:

Another teacher who was reinstated had "excessive absences and latenesses, including 24 tardies and 20 days of absences after returning from two months of sick leave for an injury," her principal wrote. "After the initial sick leave, most of these absences were call-ins on Mondays and Fridays."

Yet another teacher’s lesson plans were "always sketchy or nonexistent," according to his principal. "He has had an excessive failure rate at every marking period and has not provided any interventions for his struggling students."

One principal reported a teacher for "sending mass e-mails rebuking her supervisors to the entire staff."

We’ve replaced the aristocracy of old with an entitled bureaucracy. I suspect the results will not be pretty.

Tunisia invaded Italy while I was gone, and Italy apologized: "It seems that not all that long ago, nations would have gone to war over an event like this – and there can be little doubt that Italy could do Tunisia some serious damage."

I agree with Ferdinand, but I really hope the movie is good. I still have a soft spot for Ayn Rand, even though I haven’t been an Objectivist in a long time.

I am not a believer.

Ilkka points to some teacher blogs. This is one area where my disagreements with libertarians are sharpest. It’s not hard to find a libertarian suggesting that the purpose of the modern public education system is to turn students into obedient workers. However, all evidence indicates that modern public eduction is characterized most distinctly by the total lack of order and obedience.


This article insinuates that it’s racist to assume that middle-easterners don’t have a genetic pre-disposition for democracy. Here is a complete list of successful middle eastern democracies: "". If the cause is not genetic, surely you’d expect that list to contain one country – even if only for a brief period of time?

The Singularity will be lame.

Frost is doing a better job of reviewing The Four-hour Body than I did – he’s reviewing by doing.

This comment that Half Sigma dug up really blew my mind:

Whites are lazier in Portland because they can be. It’s one of the few places were living in a city and not being very rich is not an invitation to get beaten, robbed, raped and killed by the indigenous urban population.

Hail to You shows yet again that demography is destiny.

Laura Wood notes the plight of a French reactionary.

Matthew Yglesias states, "that patronage is the practical alternative to bureaucratic civil service rules." This is ridiculous. If the relationship between the Democratic Party and the civil service is not patronage, then nothing is. It’s amazing that one of the most prominent pundits for the Democratic Party doesn’t even understand how the Party obtains votes.

Borepatch on the Iron Law of Bureaucracy.

Isegoria on weaponizing the poor.

Happy President’s Day!

Heh: "I was shopping at the Trader Joe’s in Towson, Maryland (a 87% white suburb located directly to the north of Baltimore City) today when I began to look around in fear and disbelief as I took in the lily white nature of the employees. Was I at a clandestine KKK meeting?"


3 Responses to Things I should have blogged

  1. RS says:

    That France free speech thing is truly incredible.

    Foseti, you haven’t addressed this that much, if I’m not mistaken: how are within-agency disagreements over policy resolved? You say that the politically-appointed top honchos of a agency don’t know that much and usually have to accept what the expert career peoples in the agency tell them should happen. Since the career people are basically un-firable, what gives a certain person the power (in fact, not in theory or de jure) to exert a relatively greater overall influence over the law that an agency writes, compared to other persons in the agency? What happens when two fairly authoritative persons disagree about what laws should be written? Do they just use a process of informal consensus and implicit dominance/subordination to mostly avoid putting out contradictory laws?

  2. RS says:

    > Whites are lazier in Portland because they can be. It’s one of the few places were living in a city and not being very rich is not an invitation to get beaten, robbed, raped and killed by the indigenous urban population.

    So… the obvious question is, how do white minorities cope, outside Portland – specifically, how do those who cannot afford segregation-by-expensive-house keep lower-class non-whites away?

    Obviously, everything and anything in Brazil is of some interest for predicting possible future events in the US.

    This paper on race in Brazil is interesting. It sounds like – reading between the lines, of course – the elites have attempted to breed Africans with Euro-Amerind mestizos in hopes of reducing the total amount of violence. It also sounds like there is a large amount of de facto segregation – when blacks move into a poor white zone, the poor whites seek to discourage them through mild penalties such as expressing not-so-subtle superior attitudes, and refusing to socialize with them.

    I’m sure there’s a degree of this soft, officially illegal enforcement of segregation in poor white USA neighborhoods as well. And we can be sure that it will increase. At present the overall amount of segregation in Brazil is said to be a bit less than in the US, but most of the segregation in the US is done by choice or by the expensive house method, not by superior attitude and social rejection.

    Only 7% of Brazilians are very highly African. It sounds like most of them, if not almost all, live in shanties that are police no-go zones. 43% are Pardos, ie Euro-Amerind-African mixes.

    Here’s the analysis:

    Genomic ancestry of non-related individuals in Rio de Janeiro
    Colour N Amer Afric Euro
    White 107 6.7% 6.9% 86.4%
    Pardo 119 8.3% 23.6% 68.1%
    Black 109 7.3% 50.9% 41.8%

    To repeat, the population shares are
    48% white
    43% pardo
    7.5% black.

  3. Handle says:

    As to Isegoria’s post – yes, this is just the Moldbug’s caste-alliance analysis. I quote:

    Early in UR I suggested a five-caste taxonomy of American society, and described the conflict of American politics as a struggle of three of these castes (Brahmins, Dalits, Helots) against the other two (Optimates, Vaisyas). For those whose time is short, Brahmins are intellectuals, Dalits are what Marx called the lumpenproletariat, and Helots are unskilled laborers. Optimates are the old “upper-crust” aristocracy, and Vaisyas are the petty bourgeoisie.

    To which, it seems obvious to me anyway, if your going to be a dissident heretic Brahmin (in this terminology, we could say “B*”), and you’ve got to defend against the weaponization of the D’s and H’s by the Orthodox B’s, and since there are hardly any O’s left around, then what’s your only practical strategy?

    Weaponize the V’s. Weaponize the Middle Class. B*-V vs. B-D-H.

    Of course, I seem to remember that the last time the world had a B*V movement that was formally undemocratic but practically relief on populist support – well … that didn’t end too well for them. But mostly that’s because they were 1. Evil Fanatics, and 2. Had to contend with the U.S. We don’t have those problems.

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