Pax Dickinson: "Voting to fix what’s wrong with America is like drinking whiskey in an attempt to cure your alcoholism." I’d argue that voting is worse. If you’re drinking whiskey, you at least get the benefit of drinking whiskey.
I’ll be impressed when crime hits a 120 year low. If it doesn’t outperform the 1890s, I’m not impressed. For some reason, I suspect that all discussion of crime rates will, forevermore, start in the ’60s. Any time before that "won’t count."
This chart on school performance in New Orleans has been making the rounds on the progressive blogs. However, as all good progressives know, New Orleans isn’t the same since Katrina because many of the black people have been removed from the city. I’m still waiting for someone to tie these two pieces of information together . . . Matthew Yglesias alludes at it, but doesn’t say it. (This is the second HBD-sympathetic post from Matt in last two weeks, what’s going on?)
Ever since bin Laden was killed in Pakistan and everyone was talking about Pakistan’s "deep state," I’ve been wondering how long it would be before people started talking about America’s deep state. This is the first example I’ve seen (though I don’t think they really understand how America’s deep state works).
"The trend is clear and consistent–atheists make the best Gaiaists. As belief in God goes up, adherence to the beliefs of the Gaia Cult go down, with the only real aberration being agnostics’ assigning relatively low priority to protecting the environment."
Ulysses on morality.
Apparently Americans think a lot of people are gay. I’m not so sure this finding is an example of Americans being dumb. I went to a top 15 university and, during our freshman orientation, we were told that 12% of people were gay (it’s necessary to explain this sort of information to freshman at top universities because otherwise these institutions might become hot-beds of anti-homo sentiment). I remember saying that there was no way the number was that high. I was told to be quiet (not for last time during the ensuing four years). I therefore conclude that overestimating the percentage of the population that’s gay is a way of status-signaling. In the future, everyone will believe that everyone is gay.
Is this progress by any standard?
GLP was the first place I saw any significant discussion of the lead/crime issue.
Lots of game bloggers like to criticize Laura Wood, but if they can’t find room to agree with someone who writes stuff like this, then they’re writing only for themselves: "ALL of civilization depends on the father. As goes the father, so goes society. When fatherhood as an institution is strong, when a man governs his commonwealth in obedience and submission to God, order radiates throughout society."
Winterspeak: "The Government doesn’t ‘have’ or ‘not have’ money. It prints money when it spends. It unprints when it taxes. Its goal is to have printed as much as the non-govt sector wants to save." In other words, money is equity to USG.