Randoms of the past couple days

Best wishes to EKL.

Sometimes, it’s surprising how little things change:

The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance. — Cicero , 55 B.C.

Jim: "we have now reached Stalinist levels of censorship." It’s not really censorship though. It’s more like thought control.

Crime isn’t falling everywhere.

Deconstructing leftism: "America consists mainly of white people who drive Subarus trying to control the behavior of white people who drive El Caminos."

Chuck: "Of everything that Arnold did wrong in this situation, allowing a man to think that he was the father of a child that wasn’t actually his is the most heinous."

Simon Grey: "The role of politicians in a democracy is to serve the interests of the voters, and the voters appear to be interested in a state that more closely resembles the WWE than a boardroom."

10 Responses to Randoms of the past couple days

  1. Simon Grey says:

    Thanks for the linkage, Foseti

  2. Handle says:

    Isn’t is fascinating that Yale’s home city of New Haven, Connecticut is #4 in terms of violent crime per capita? “The number of murders in the city doubled last year. New Haven has the eighth highest rate of robbery and the fourth highest rate of assault in the U.S. …” Nice.

    Still, I think these indexes suffer from a lack of granularity in the data and arbitrary political borders. Greater St Louis has almost 3 million people – but the actual city has only 12% of the total amount – and yet East St Louis in Illinois is much more dangerous and crime-ridden on average. It’d be like saying “New York” is dangerous but you’re only talking about North of the park. (88% of victims and perpetrators are NAM’s)

    The reality for many large cities, especially inland ones with significant suburbs, is that crime is heavily concentrated in a relatively very small area and segment of the population, and nearly absent by comparison only a short distance away. One really needs neighborhood-level detail to get adequately comparable statistics.

  3. dearieme says:

    55 B.C.: the year of an extravagant attempt to conquer Britain (then called – well, approximately, “Britain”). Since it failed it was rebranded a reconnaissance in force. There was another attempt the next year. As you say, things don’t change a lot.

  4. M.G. Miles says:

    “Stalinist levels of censorship”

    No doubt, and what’s striking is that today ‘free, democratic’ Western Science is slipping voluntarily into Soviet-style Lysenkoist repression, with no government help.

    While in Russia in 2007, a book like this (‘Raciology, the Study of the Hereditary Traits of Peoples’) ends up on the bestseller list:

    As Graf points out, Russia was once the homeland of Lysenkoism; it is now one of the few places in which one can pursue, honestly and rigorously, the study of race.

    And it is in the “land of the free” that scientists like Arthur Jensen and Glayde Whitney are attacked as heretics. (In 1995, Whitney was shunned and condemned for his views on race by the Behavior Genetics Association, a body of which he was, at the time, president (!).)

    The fact that this thought-crime environment has been arrived at not by government mandate, but as the result of our own vaunted ‘free marketplace of ideas,’ is to my mind the sign of a society perhaps in the last stages of terminal illness.

  5. Steve Johnson says:

    Re Cicero:

    You’d almost think it was something about representative government that was inherently flawed.

  6. Kalim Kassam says:

    “Best wishes”? I’m as faithless as you, and yet I pray for his soul!

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