Venture Startups and Disruptive Innovations


Some nations and cities are friendlier to businesses, and encourage startups. Venture capital is drawn to such nations and cities. The map above and the table below provide a general overview of the most business-friendly places.

Venture capitalists expect to obtain returns equivalent to 10X their investment, over the first five years of a successful startup. To that end, they typically take an active role in how startups are run and how funding is disbursed.

The map below shows the world’s leading centers for venture-capital investment globally. The largest dots, indicating the largest levels of venture capital investment, are located in the East and West Coasts of the United States, Western Europe, and around the mega-cities of China and India. The U.S. is the world’s dominant center for venture capital, accounting for nearly 70 percent (68.6 percent) of total global venture capital, followed by Asia and Europe with roughly 14 percent each (14.4 percent for Asia and 13.5 percent for Europe). __ https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/01/global-startup-cities-venture-capital/429255/

The 2016 table below shows the top 20 global cities by venture capital investment.

Source for table below: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/01/global-startup-cities-venture-capital/429255/
Venture-Capital Investment by City

Rank Metro Venture Capital Investment (millions) Share of Global Venture Capital Investment
1 San Francisco $6,471 15.4%
2 San Jose $4,175 9.9%
3 Boston $3,144 7.5%
4 New York $2,106 5.0%
5 Los Angeles $1,450 3.4%
6 San Diego $1,410 3.3%
7 London $842 2.0%
8 Washington $835 2.0%
9 Beijing $758 1.8%
10 Seattle $727 1.7%
11 Chicago $688 1.6%
12 Toronto $628 1.5%
13 Austin $626 1.5%
14 Shanghai $510 1.2%
15 Mumbai $497 1.2%
16 Paris $449 1.1%
17 Bangalore $419 1.0%
18 Philadelphia $413 1.0%
19 Phoenix $325 0.8%
20 Moscow $318 0.8%
Top 20 Total $26,790 63.6%
Total – All Metros $42,121 100.0%

The Election of US President Trump Signaled an Upswing in Investment

Just as analysts at the Al Fin Global Economic Institutes had predicted, the election of Donald Trump as US President in November 2016 sent a signal to investors that the US government sabotage of business conditions under Obama was coming to an end.

Following 4 straight quarters of decreasing investment, investors poured a record-breaking $5 billion dollars into enterprise technology startups in the first quarter of 2017 alone – a nearly 80% increase from the previous quarter – across a record number of 237 deals. __ https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/17/breaking-records-enterprise-fundings-are-up-nearly-80-in-q1-2017/

Disruptive Innovation Comes from Venture Startups

It is no accident that so much innovation originates in North America. Encouraging venture startups is the best way of setting the stage for future innovations.

Tech billionaires such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Paul Allen, Peter Thiel, Bill Gates, and the founders of Google, are driving innovations in space launch and development, advanced nuclear fission and fusion, artificial intelligence, robotics, and other potentially disruptive innovations. By re-investing their profits from past successes, they push the boundaries of what is possible in the quest for even greater successes.

We Desperately Need Investments in Rational Education

Perhaps the most disruptive innovation that could be achieved is the development of ways to optimise each person’s ability to set goals and achieve them, from a very early age onward throughout their lives. To this point, few high-profile billionaires have expressed a serious interest in pursuing such innovations. The closest I have seen is Jordan Peterson’s self-authoring and self-testing products. In addition, Peterson has expressed an interest in creating an online university based upon principles of genuine education and growth — as opposed to the current university systems that are built upon indoctrination and brainwashing.

But Jordan Peterson is not a billionaire, of course. He is only a clinical psychologist, research scientist, professor, author, public speaker, corporate consultant, software developer, and family man. Imagine, though, if he could obtain the backing of an actual billionaire to pursue the goal of building a positive system of education and purpose-building.

Most Billionaires Would Rather Build Intelligent Robots

No matter. It will only take a relatively small investment to create a groundswell of purposeful individuals willing to break away from the mainstream in the pursuit of a more expansive and abundant human future.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too late for a Dangerous Childhood © .

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Sprucing Up Your Brain With Potent Psychedelics

This figure shows the effects of three psychedelics and one control (VEH) on cortical neurons.

… A new study, published June 12 in the journal Cell Reports, found psychedelics, specifically DOI, DMT, and LSD, can change brain cells in rats and flies, making neurons more likely to branch out and connect with one another. The work supports the theory that psychedelics could help to fight depression, anxiety, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

… “One of the hallmarks of depression is that the neurites in the prefrontal cortex — a key brain region that regulates emotion, mood, and anxiety — those neurites tend to shrivel up,” says Olson. These brain changes also appear in cases of anxiety, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder. __
https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/cp-pdp060718.php

Psychedelics are not the most popular drugs for treating depression, but as we better understand how they promote the growth of new dendrites and synapses, we should be better able to develop safer and more effective antidepressants to accomplish the same effect.

More from Cell 12 June 2018:

Neuropsychiatric diseases, including mood and anxiety disorders, are some of the leading causes of disability worldwide and place an enormous economic burden on society (Gustavsson et al., 2011, Whiteford et al., 2013). Approximately one-third of patients will not respond to current antidepressant drugs, and those who do will usually require at least 2–4 weeks of treatment before they experience any beneficial effects (Rush et al., 2006). Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and addiction share common neural circuitry (Arnsten, 2009, Russo et al., 2009, Peters et al., 2010, Russo and Nestler, 2013) and have high comorbidity (Kelly and Daley, 2013).

… Atrophy of neurons in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) plays a key role in the pathophysiology of depression and related disorders. The ability to promote both structural and functional plasticity in the PFC has been hypothesized to underlie the fast-acting antidepressant properties of the dissociative anesthetic ketamine. Here, we report that, like ketamine, serotonergic psychedelics are capable of robustly increasing neuritogenesis and/or spinogenesis both in vitro and in vivo. These changes in neuronal structure are accompanied by increased synapse number and function, as measured by fluorescence microscopy and electrophysiology. The structural changes induced by psychedelics appear to result from stimulation of the TrkB, mTOR, and 5-HT2A signaling pathways and could possibly explain the clinical effectiveness of these compounds. Our results underscore the therapeutic potential of psychedelics and, importantly, identify several lead scaffolds for medicinal chemistry efforts focused on developing plasticity-promoting compounds as safe, effective, and fast-acting treatments for depression and related disorders.

__ Psychedelics Promote Structural and Functional Neural Plasticity https://www.cell.com/cell-reports/fulltext/S2211-1247(18)30755-1

The neuroplasticity described in the 12 June 2018 paper in Cell consists of “neuritogenesis,” or the growth of dendrites and synaptic buttons — providing a denser connectivity between neurons.

Another form of neuroplasticity which may take place under some conditions is “neurogenesis,” or the growth of stem cells which develop into neurons. In adults, this may occur in the hippocampus and along the ventricular lining of the brain.

The hippocampus is the region of the medial temporal lobes thought to play a prominent role in the retention of long term memories. More on hippocampal (DG: dentate gyrus) neurogenesis:

… Here we assessed whole autopsy hippocampi from healthy human individuals ranging from 14 to 79 years of age. We found similar numbers of intermediate neural progenitors and thousands of immature neurons in the DG, comparable numbers of glia and mature granule neurons, and equivalent DG volume across ages. Nevertheless, older individuals have less angiogenesis and neuroplasticity and a smaller quiescent progenitor pool in anterior-mid DG, with no changes in posterior DG. Thus, healthy older subjects without cognitive impairment, neuropsychiatric disease, or treatment display preserved neurogenesis. __ https://www.cell.com/cell-stem-cell/fulltext/S1934-5909(18)30121-8

It is possible that some psychedelic mixtures may stimulate the transition of neural stem cells into functioning neurons:

When grown with ayahuasca compounds, the stem cells in the neurospheres also began to differentiate (change their properties) to resemble neurons more effectively than under control conditions. This means that the stem cells started to lose their stem-cell-like properties, and started making proteins that are found in adult neurons.

Overall, it seems that exposing neural stem cells to harmine, THH, and harmaline encourages them to grow and change into new neurons more effectively than under control conditions.

__ https://thepsychedelicscientist.com/2018/04/15/ayahuasca-neurogenesis/

This is All Very Controversial

Many neuroscientists still doubt that adult human brains can generate new neurons past adolescence. Proving that psychedelics can promote the growth of new neurons in the brain (eg hippocampus) will take some time, and perhaps a somewhat different perspective on neuropharmaceutical ethics than is dominant at this time.

It is less controversial to pursue the use of ketamine derivatives to promote new “branching” of existing neurons. But ketamine does not seem to be as effective at neuritogenesis as LSD, DMT, or psilocybin. In other words, some old prejudices may need to fall in order to achieve a better solution to an age-old scourge of the human spirit.

Here at the Al Fin Institutes of Neuroscience, we prefer the use of occasional treatments for chronic ailments over the everyday medication of persons. As people age, their ailments may tend to accumulate — as do the number of treatments required. Many persons may take as many as 10 to 20 medication doses per day. The use of psychedelics or psychedelic analogs for treating depression would likely be of an intermittent nature, rather than daily, and would help to cut down on the total daily dosage regimen.

We Actually Prefer to Avoid Medication Altogether

If possible, the avoidance of pharmaceuticals is best. Electromagnetic or photic approaches to treating depression are preferred, as are other alternatives such as advanced neurofeedback, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioural therapies.

Still, some people have experienced relief from depression lasting 6 months or longer from a single psychedelic experience, if well designed and overseen.

We have barely begun to understand all the productive approaches to functional neuroplasticity in the treatment of neurologic and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Renewed scientific interest in the use of psychedelics to treat disorders of the spirit can be seen as a positive sign.

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How Can We Explain the Coming European Idiocracy?

This post is a follow-on to yesterday’s article on the recent PNAS finding of a “reverse Flynn Effect” in Norway. IQs appear to be similarly falling in France, the Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, and elsewhere in Europe.

Yesterday we looked at the recent paper in PNAS by Bernt Bratsberg and Ole Rogeberg which reveals a significant generational drop in IQ in Norwegian male cohorts — a “reverse Flynn effect.” Other researchers have found similar results in the UK and in several European nations. An IQ decline of roughly 7 IQ points per generation was seen by Bratsberg & Rogeberg in Norway.

More:

Instead of getting smarter, humans have started getting dumber.

The study by the team consisted of analyzing IQ test results from young men entering Norway’s national service (compulsory military duty) during the years 1970 to 2009. In all, 730,000 test results were accounted for. In studying the data, the researchers found that scores declined by an average of seven points per generation, a clear reversal of test results going back approximately 70 years. __ Source

PNAS paper abstract:

Population intelligence quotients increased throughout the 20th century—a phenomenon known as the Flynn effect—although recent years have seen a slowdown or reversal of this trend in several countries. To distinguish between the large set of proposed explanations, we categorize hypothesized causal factors by whether they accommodate the existence of within-family Flynn effects. Using administrative register data and cognitive ability scores from military conscription data covering three decades of Norwegian birth cohorts (1962–1991), we show that the observed Flynn effect, its turning point, and subsequent decline can all be fully recovered from within-family variation. The analysis controls for all factors shared by siblings and finds no evidence for prominent causal hypotheses of the decline implicating genes and environmental factors that vary between, but not within, families. __ PNAS

We know that previous research from the UK had already discovered the problem:

The drop has been calculated to be between 2.5 and 4.3 points every ten years, according to two British studies. __ Decline in IQ Ongoing

The causes for this IQ decline in European populations will certainly be multi-factorial. Despite what is claimed in the abstract, one of the many factors involved is apt to be genetic or epigenetic in nature. Mating and procreative choices within the indigenous Euro populations have a distinct genetic component — even though the authors and editors of the PNAS paper above would consider those effects to be entirely cultural and environmental.

Adding the Dysgenic Effect from Immigration Makes it Worse

Lower IQ immigrants coming to Europe from Africa and the middle east can only add to the depressant effect on average IQ levels in European populations. The combination of both internal and external causes for declines in average IQs speed the coming of idiocracy in government, economy, scientific development, and the maintaining of high tech critical infrastructures.

Given the close correlation between national average IQ and GDP, economic prosperity for the future of Europe depends upon the honest addressing of this problem.

For a period of time — perhaps several decades — the residual effect of the “smart fraction” of indigenous Europeans and more gifted immigrants may well carry the economic prosperity and technological infrastructure on its backs. Eventually the combination of declining aptitude and increasingly bad governance will tip the balance toward rapid decline and collapse — unless precautions are taken.

First, Identify the Causes of the “Dumbing Down” Effect

The “reverse Flynn Effect” phenomenon is still new, and has barely been comprehended by most cognitive researchers. Teasing out all the genuine effects from confounders and artifacts will take time. Then, finding the causal agents for these genuine effects will likewise take time. Finally, finding effective counter-measures that are politically acceptable to the increasingly “dumbed down” populations will take time and political capital.

Bad government can destroy everything far more quickly than any dysgenic effect. But a combination of bad government and a dumbed down population — a far more likely outcome of the processes mentioned above — is especially pernicious, since it is likely to lead to bloody insurgencies, civil wars, and serial revolutions leading to long term decline.

Which Brings Us to the “Islands of Competence” Concept

Islands of competence are reasonably well-functioning high tech jurisdictions that exist in a sea of badly governed incompetence and idiocracy. Competence Islands can only exist by a careful maintenance of boundaries and constant internal training at all levels — to fend off the surrounding entropy. Trade with the outside can be maintained, but must be to the advantage of the competent party, without any undue altruism.

Each generational cohort must be carefully trained to optimise its skills and talents — as well as resilience and creativity — in the face of unstable and high entropy surrounding conditions.

Science and technology can continue their development within islands of competence, even while progress is largely shut down in the surrounding socialist dysgenic idiocracies.

Take Care of Your Own Corner

While university students are being taught to solve the world’s problems according to an already discredited cookbook of bloody revolution into utopia — the people who will have to build structures of resilience and anti-fragility that can withstand the coming waves of entropy — will need to ignore most of the outside noise and set about their building.

Think along the lines of parallel infrastructures at the same time as you consider ways to make existing infrastructures more anti-fragile.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood © .

More:

Review of literature on “negative Flynn Effect” (PDF) reveals scientific documentation of IQ declines in Finland, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, France, and other nations.

More on recent PNAS paper: http://www.theweek.co.uk/94224/why-iq-levels-are-falling

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Dumb and Dumber: Flynn Effect Retreats in Earnest

Why Are Children Now Less Intelligent?

“Take 14-year-olds in Britain. What 25% could do back in 1994, now only 5% can do,” Shayer added, citing maths and science tests.

__ Why IQ Levels Are Falling

Multiple studies have demonstrated a reversal of the so-called “Flynn Effect”, with the result that youngsters in the west are growing less intelligent on IQ tests, rather than more.

The following extended excerpt is from an article in The Times (UK), providing more detail.

… Now that [the Flynn effect] appears be going backwards. The IQ scores of young Britons born after 1975 are declining roughly as quickly as they used to rise. Why? __ Times UK

Dumb and dumber: why we’re getting less intelligent

Oliver Moody, Science Correspondent

June 12 2018, 12:01am, The Times

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.

… The turning point marks the end of a well-known but poorly understood trend known as the Flynn effect, in which average IQs have risen by about three points a decade for the past 60 or 70 years.

“This is the most convincing evidence yet of a reversal of the Flynn effect,” Stuart Ritchie, a psychologist at the University of Edinburgh who was not involved in the research, said. “If you assume their model is correct, the results are impressive, and pretty worrying.”

There had been signs that IQ scores might have fallen since the turn of the millennium. Two British studies suggested that the decline was between 2.5 and 4.3 points per decade. This has not been widely accepted owing to the limited research to date. A study has now shown, however, that Norwegian men’s IQs are measurably lower today than the scores of their fathers at the same age.

Ole Rogeberg and Bernt Bratsberg, of the Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research in Oslo, analysed the scores from a standardised IQ test of more than 730,000 men who reported for national service between 1970 and 2009. The research appears in the journal PNAS.

The vast majority of young Norwegian men are required to perform national service and take a standardised IQ test when they join up.

The results, published in the journal PNAS, show that those born in 1991 scored about five points lower than those born in 1975, and three points lower than those born in 1962.

The reasons behind the Flynn effect and its apparent reversal are disputed. Scientists have put the rise in IQ down to better teaching, nutrition, healthcare and even artificial lighting.

Some academics suggest the recent fall could be down to genetics. Their argument is, crudely, that less intelligent people have more babies, and so over time the gains are cancelled out by the spread of genes linked to low-intelligence….

“Intelligence researchers make a distinction between fluid and crystallised intelligence,” he said. “Crystallised intelligence is stuff you have been taught and trained in, and fluid intelligence is your ability to see new patterns and use logic to solve novel problems.”

Robin Morris, professor of neuropsychology at King’s College London, said IQ scores probably had hit a ceiling in the west, but there was not yet any reason to be unduly concerned.

… Now that [the Flynn effect] appears be going backwards. The IQ scores of young Britons born after 1975 are declining roughly as quickly as they used to rise. Why?

… is it just that the digital age demands from young people a new kind of intelligence that IQ tests designed half a century ago are not very good at capturing? Nobody knows. This is only the beginning of what will be a vicious and protracted debate.

End of excerpt from The Times

Abstract of new PNAS paper by Bratsberg and Rogeberg

Comment: The author of the above piece in The Times appears too eager to rule out all possible explanations for this trend for fear of being seen as politically incorrect. Fortunately, real science looks beyond PC boundaries and questions inconvenient dogmas. Journalists cannot typically be trusted on matters of science. They have neither the training nor the integrity for the task, it seems.

This matter is far too important for the human race at large to be swept under the rug. Every possible explanation must be carefully examined and tested.

The findings have been replicated in the UK and now have been extended to Norway. These results seem to support the long-term decline in “reaction times” found by Jensen and others.

The Genius Famine by Bruce Charlton and Edward Dutton describes the modern dearth of high IQ geniuses and has some suggestions for how to reverse the decline.

Stupid and unaccomplished people in high places — such as government, media, academia, foundations, corporate human resources departments, etc. — can do untold damage to the future of the human enterprise.

The modern left seems to make a fetish of low intelligence, diverting scarce resources away from competent and productive enterprises toward groups and collectives bent on squandering the human capital of the world.

The first step toward finding a remedy to this planned murder of human genius and potential from the left, is to shine a bright light on exactly what is happening. With exposure of the true nature of the problem, genuine solutions should present themselves.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood © .

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Russia: Who Will Pick Up the Pieces?

Nature abhors a vacuum, and a country that occupies 11% of the planetary mass while producing roughly 1.2% of its GDP is the very definition of vacuum.

__ Source

If current trends continue, Yury Krupnov says, Russians will be condemned to “disappear from history” with the population of their country declining to only 50 percent of what it is today by the end of this century and changing in its ethnic composition to the point where it will not be Russia anymore.
__ https://www.business-gazeta.ru/article/385156 (Russian) __ quoted in WOE2

The population of ethnic Russians is shrinking alarmingly, to the point that there will not be enough Russians left to defend the huge land mass from interlopers on all sides.

Putin has had roughly 20 years to reform Russia’s Tsaresque thugocracy, to make Russia a decent place to live and raise a family — and he squandered all of it. Rather than reforming and diversifying Russia’s economy, Putin divvied it up between loyal cronies, guaranteeing that Russia would lose the global technology race. As a result, Russia’s economy is just as dependent on its oil & gas resources as it was in the 1990s.

Big countries, big nations do not disappear; they do, however, become the vassals of more powerful and dynamic forces, often for many centuries

… the Russian Empire, the USSR, or the Russian Federation, is now officially dead. It is fresh road kill, carrion, ready to be creatively destructed, plundered, by whoever can get to her riches first. The extremities, the low hanging fruit, have already fallen, as they should, to their rightful masters. Eastern Europe, the Baltics, are in Western hands. Vast swaths of southern Siberia, with their magnificent but soon to be clear cut virgin forests now belong to China. __ Choosing the Liege Lord

Russia cannot keep up with SpaceX in the commercial space business, she cannot keep pace with China in the global weapons trade, and without western foreign oil services companies Russia could not sustain its oil & gas production which underpins its entire economy. On its own, Russia is competitive only in terms of electronic warfare, propaganda, organised crime, and human trafficking.


The number of ethnic Russian women of child-bearing years has fallen off a cliff, although even those who remain are not too keen on marrying Russian men and having Russian babies. And who can blame them?

Other than in its largest cities, Russia is “hollowing out” of people — particularly of ethnic Russians. China is moving its people into the vacuum that is resulting, particularly in the Far East. But using its growing Central Asian launching pad, China is likely to take over more of Russia’s fertile farmland in the South — and there is very little that Putin or anyone else can do about it, short of nuking the only “friend” of substance that Russia has left.

Russia’s best people have either left already or are making preparations.

Before long, the only people left in Russia will be the ones for whom there is no use in the more advanced nations to the west and southeast. This is entirely Putin’s fault, for squandering the last 20 years on mere power games.

Western nations are in a bad spot, certainly, due to suicidal government policies of immigration and globalisation.

Western politicians at the highest levels are no different… They play to win, but mostly they play to reach an outcome that would allow them to bamboozle their constituents into believing that they had won, thus reelecting them or whomever they wish to be elected. These leaders negotiate to generate outcomes that are at best acceptable for their countries, while at the same time optimizing the outcomes that reinforce their status as a supranational group of jet-setters who are above the laws of any country both while in office and for their entire lives thereafter. __ https://tsarizm.com/analysis/2018/06/10/the-hi-tech-traditionalist-the-g6-will-be-brought-to-heel-it-will-be-fun-to-watch/

Effects of globalisation on western workers:

While the forces of globalization battered America’s middle class, they largely benefited the country’s emerging urban professional elite—managers, consultants, lawyers, and investment bankers enriched by booming international investment and by the cheapening of imports. And as multinational corporations and their bosses gained political clout, the interests of the middle class faded.

Two decades of complacency among US leaders gave companies in Asia and other emerging export bases time to create world-class factories and robust supply chains. __ Quartz

Until US President Trump was elected, no one in the rich countries of the west (outside of Germany) seemed to act as if manufacturing mattered. Now Germany has chosen suicide by immigration and energy starvation, leaving the US with its newfound energy riches and a born again interest in manufacturing and more equitable trade policies.

In other words, Putin’s choice is stark: mend relations with the US while reforming Russia’s economy, or double down on a China that seems destined to steal “hollow” Russia blind.

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Why Do Blacks Destroy Almost Everything They Inherit?

Is it really true that African blacks leave a trail of violence, poverty, and destruction wherever in the world they go? And if it is true, why?

no one will talk about the painful fact that most African and Caribbean nations have either failed or are about to collapse. __ Source

From South Africa to Zimbabwe to Jamaica to Detroit to much of London, African blacks are destroying their inheritances for the lack of ability to manage and maintain complex infrastructures. Why does this happen?

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelethini “History will judge black people harshly as they have failed to build on the successes of the Afrikaners,” he said, before continuing to explain that “black people loved to use matches to burn down infrastructure” built by the white government. Source

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelethini
“History will judge black people harshly as they have failed to build on the successes of the Afrikaners,” he said, before continuing to explain that “black people loved to use matches to burn down infrastructure” built by the white government.
Source

King of the Zulus, Goodwill Zwelethini, despairs of how South African blacks have done nothing but destroy the once impressive infrastructure built by white South African immigrants and their descendants. But on the larger world stage, no one will talk about how there are almost no successful black-led countries in the entire world.

Black People Shame Themselves

it is no surprise that in the absence of any healthy black nation — in the midst of chaos, senseless wars, corrupted religiosity, violence, and economic collapse — African and Caribbean people leave home en masse. They beg on the streets of Greece, prostitute in the red-light zones of the Netherlands, and make up 40 percent of the migrants flocking to Europe. As they turn up in these countries, helpless, unwanted, starved, or maimed, they are treated like dogs. … Everywhere from Ukraine to India, nearly every day, black indignity, black helplessness, stares us in the face. And all we do, we who hold the platform can do, is scream “racism!” and court the sympathy of others. __ Chigozi Obioma in Foreign Policy

Why is it that Africans can never seem to rule themselves, or build a successful nation — or even a city? When blacks emigrate to the west they bring their dysfunction, poverty, underachievement, violence, and angry victimhood with them.

More than 2/3 s of the world’s poorest nations are located in sub Saharan Africa or are populated by people of African descent. Africa and African-populated nations are at the forefront of global corruption, violence, poverty, instability — and fertility.

Economic Success Correlates With National Average IQ More at VDare

Economic Success Correlates With National Average IQ
More at VDare

Blacks who get jobs thanks to Affirmative Action, almost never carry out their duties with the same level of competence as the whites who came before them. I see this day after day, repeating itself thousands of times over – and not just in South Africa today. This has been going on in lots of other African countries. And it is clear that the problem is not with white people – the problem is with the blacks themselves. But how many black people are willing to admit it?

Source

Blacks of African descent have little or no basis for pride or sense of achievement. As long as they beg, harangue, and demand that others do everything for them, this will continue to be the case.

“As soon as we have problems, we ask someone else to take care of them for us,” Isaac continued. “We ask the Europeans. We ask the Americans. We ask the Chinese. We will run this train into the ground, and then we will tell the Chinese we need another one. This is not development.” I thought of the wreckage by the tracks. In China, there is no such thing as metallic waste. Armies of migrant workers scour the countryside with hammers and chisels, collecting and selling every scrap to the insatiable smelters that feed the country’s industries. Here, by contrast, was a land without industry. __ Atlantic

Power outages were not a problem before majority rule swept over South Africa like a dysfunctional flood. But now they are commonplace, like over most of the rest of the devastated dark continent.

White rule in South Africa ended in 1994. It was about ten years later that power outages began, which eventually reached crisis proportions. The principle reason for this is simply lack of maintenance on the generating equipment. Maintenance is future-oriented, and the Zulu entry in the dictionary for it is ondla, which means: “1. Nourish, rear; bring up; 2. Keep an eye on; watch (your crop).” In short, there is no such thing as maintenance in Zulu thought, and it would be hard to argue that this is wholly unrelated to the fact that when people throughout Africa say “nothing works,” it is only [a slight] exaggeration.
__ How Africans Differ from Westerners

The article linked above describes how Africans typically have no concept of obligation, or maintenance. Lacking the concepts, they are never expected to follow through with the necessary work required to keep machinery working, to show up to work on time, or to support a family. These same failures one sees in native Africans have somehow transplanted themselves into African immigrants in Europe, North America, and elsewhere. More

Average IQs in sub Saharan African blacks range between 60 and 80, depending on the methods of measurement. The most repeatable estimates centre on an average IQ of 70 to 75 for African blacks. Whether this low level of average intelligence is mostly due to inheritance or to environmental factors remains to be completely proven. This cannot be done for reasons of political correctness. But measurements of the African diaspora to western countries suggests that black African average IQs will remain at least 1 standard deviation below those of Europeans and East Asians, regardless of the quality of education, nutrition, and intellectual enrichment provided.

IQ Distributions

IQ Distributions

Average intelligence tells us much less than the distributions at the upper and lower ends of the curve. It is at the upper end of the IQ curve where one finds Nobel Prize winners and the great innovators and managers in their fields. As you can see from the curve above, one finds almost no black Africans at extreme upper levels of IQ, and very few diaspora blacks. It is at the lower end of the IQ curve where one finds those unable to cope with ordinary mental challenge and responsibility. African populations have high numbers of these, who tend to burden social systems and law enforcement agencies to the breaking point.

Without sufficient numbers of bright innovators, planners, managers, scientists, engineers, medical leaders, technologists, craftsmen, law enforcement detectives and forensic specialists, and mid-level professionals etc., black majority countries (and cities) don’t stand a chance to transcend the natural levels of crime, corruption, violence, underachievement, dysfunctional lifestyles, and low intelligence that plague populations of African descent wherever they may go to live.

At the same time, being overburdened by large numbers of dependent — but very fertile — adults reduces productivity and increases poverty to untenable levels.

In truth, Africans have little hope that things will change for the better, on their own. African hopes generally rest on outsiders, from the Chinese to the Indians to the Europeans and so on.

On the scales of violence, intelligence, corruption, rule of law, disease rates, life expectancy, poverty, and almost any other measure of nation against nation, black African states show themselves in a bad light.

Special Note:

Personality traits such as impulse control and conscientiousness may be better predictors of neglect and decline than any measures of ethnicity or nationality. If these traits vary statistically between members of various ethnicities and different nationalities, they may in fact be responsible for much of the statistical difference in achievement, violence, savings, and decline that is seen between various countries and various population groups within any given country.

As we get better at measuring different personality traits (and executive functions) reliably, it will be easier to stratify out particular subgroups from the larger groups, and perhaps trace evolutionary lineages of traits (extracting genotype from phenotype).

Doing the same thing for IQ — which can be measured far more reliably at this time — would be similarly helpful, if it were not so politically incorrect as to make such a project almost impossible at this time. Political correctness is the enemy of truth, and thus the enemy of the future.

More on South Africa:

South Africa is experiencing an electric power shortage, a water shortage, a jobs shortage, and a population boom — despite the exodus of large numbers of former citizens of European derivation. A population boom of people with average IQs of roughly 72 means that the ability of South Africans in the future to solve their critical technological infrastructure problems will be strained even further.

Without a high average-IQ population, a nation needs a large number of high-IQ “market dominant minorities” in order to run its critical technological infrastructure — food, power, transportation, health care, education, etc. South Africa’s corrupt ANC government has made a point of forcing the high-IQ populations out of the country — worsening the multiple infrastructure crises. The experiences of countries such as Zimbabwe and South Africa should be instructive to the nations of Europe which have opened their doors to large numbers of low IQ immigrants.

More:

Black Africa is not the only part of the world that is squandering its inheritance and destroying its conquests, of course.

Sadly, the once-proud Russian people are likewise losing hope:

“There are no hopes,” says Alexei Levinson, the lead researcher of the Levada Center. “If there are hopes, they are meaningless, not so different from despair. Social conscience is equally — and simultaneously — ready to feel both.”

The future is perceived as “murky, deformed, inspiring fear,” wrote Denis Volkov, also from the Levada Center, in the Vedomosti newspaper on Aug. 8. One might take that thought a step further: In today’s Russia, there is only one thing that unites — or, to put it more accurately — fragments the whole nation. It is the lack of any vision of the future, shared by everyone, with no exception. __ No Hope in Russia

Africa and Russia are both marred by corrupt dictatorial rule, crippling brain drain, and a failure to live up to grand hopes.

The above article was first posted here in 2016. It is re-posted in slightly modified form.

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Lord of the Flies: World Without Men

William Golding’s 1954 novel Lord of the Flies is a glimpse into how quickly a world of boys — without men to guide their development — can degenerate into unbelievable savagery. It is one of those books which should be required reading for all educated persons. Set as a hypothetical result of a plane crash near a deserted island, in reality the plot of this novel is played out in gang infested ghettos, barrios, impoverished banlieues, and in prisons across both developed and undeveloped worlds.

Lord of the Flies full text PDF read online or download

Lord of the Flies in Public Education

Modern government schools can resemble prison environments — particularly schools with student populations largely derived from groups with high illegitimacy rates. No fathers at home — and increasingly no male role models at school — creates a perfect environment for Lord of the Flies savagery to emerge. In many school districts, riots and gang fights are relatively common — although under-reported.

The connection between fatherlessness and school shootings has been commented upon recently, suggesting that the lack of a male role model is just as much to blame for a murderous state of mind as the use of psychiatric medications.

… one common and largely unremarked thread tying together most of the school shooters that have struck the nation in the last year is that they came from homes marked by divorce or an absent father. From shootings at MIT (i.e., the Tsarnaev brothers) to the University of Central Florida to the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga., nearly every shooting over the last year in Wikipedia’s “list of U.S. school attacks” involved a young man whose parents divorced or never married in the first place. __ https://ifstudies.org/blog/school-shootings-fathers-divorce-family-structure

Without a stable male role model, young boys look to their peers, to cultural icons, and to “local heroes” who may achieve their notoriety and success outside the limits of legal activity. The code of ethics which boys are likely to adopt under these circumstances can be remarkably similar to the code of ethics practised by prison inmates in the yard. Without exposure to more mature and wise male influence, there will be no competing codes of ethics to act as barriers to the descent into the hells of ghettos or prisons (or inner city government schools).

If the boys are additionally under the influence of their mothers’ boyfriends who may physically or mentally abuse them, they may exhibit symptoms that lead family or authorities to send them to mental health professionals, who often put them on psychiatric medications. And unless these potent drugs are given appropriately under close supervision, serious behavioural problems may emerge from the influence of the drugs themselves.

CCHR International’s investigation into school violence reveals that at least 36 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 172 wounded and 80 killed (in other school shootings, information about their drug use was never made public—neither confirming or refuting if they were under the influence of prescribed drugs or undergone other behavioral therapy.)[2] At least 27 international drug regulatory agency warnings have been issued on psychiatric drugs being linked to mania, violence, hostility, aggression, psychosis, and homicidal ideation (thoughts or fantasies of homicide that can be planned). __ https://www.cchrint.org/2018/02/20/school-shootings-mental-health-watchdog-says-psychotropic-drug-use-by-school-shooters-merits-federal-investigation/

The Taliban and ISIL Exhibit Similar Savagery

Troubled boys and young men can easily become cannon fodder for violent and destructive groups — including religious groups. Any strong emotions that sway the human mind and heart can prod boys to take part in group violence. Hamas in Gaza is a textbook example of young boys and men soaking in the swamp of nonstop hatred and appeal to group violence.

Fraternities and Armed Forces

Anyplace where boys and young men practise hazing can become a Lord of the Flies environment. Mild hazing is common in certain initiation proceedings for boys’ clubs and fraternities, but in some militaries such as in Russia, hazing can often become deadly. When young men from violent backgrounds are put in the same place as weaker and more vulnerable boys and men, it can be difficult to distinguish hazing from torture.

At Evergreen State College and many other institutions of “higher learning,” episodes of “Lord of the Flies” type encounters between undisciplined adult-sized children and clueless faculty and staff of universities, should frighten intelligent people when considering the future of higher education in North America.

Graduates of Politically Correct Schools Carry Lord of the Flies Thinking With Them

When social justice snowflakes and antifa thugs move on to society at large, they take their hyper-sheltered groupthinking exclusionary ways with them. If they go on to occupy positions of authority over others, they are likely to do untold harm by acting out the mob-like mentality of the group in order to punish anyone seen as an outsider or an “other.”

The Culturing of Wise and Mature Masculinity is the Cure

The cure for masculinity gone amok is not to feminise boys and men. The cure is to inculcate practises of wise and mature masculinity in place of the wild and immature masculinity that leads to savagery when unchecked.

In Golding’s story of Lord of the Flies, the nightmarish adventure ended for the boys when they were rescued by men, and order was restored. Such a happy ending rarely occurs in juvenile detention centres, neighborhood gangs, prisons, or public schools. Inmates and members of dysfunctional groups and institutions, if they graduate, will graduate into similarly dysfunctional neighborhoods and settings which shaped their bad habits from the beginning.

Women Can Be Just As Bad

But women typically use men and institutions to commit their violence for them. The cure for women who go too far in groupthink and mob violence by proxy, is wise and mature men and women who make and enforce rules that punish false accusations and that allow free thought and speech in public places under penalty of substantive punishment to those who infringe on such freedoms.

Since such wise and mature men and women are in rather short supply these days, one must often seek out particular settings and locations which provide microcosms of wisdom and maturity within which the young may mature and grow disciplined, and adults may function in cooperation and harmony with each other, for the most part.

Such places may need help being constructed and maintained.

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Vibranium Asteroid Disappears Over Wakanda

Warning: The following is a work of plagiaristic satire. Read at your own risk!

According to the mainstream narrative, the asteroid “disintegrated” over southern Africa. But our overseas correspondents report that it actually disappeared under mysterious circumstances in tightly controlled Wakandan airspace.

Here is what the mainstream media is saying:

The [vibranium] asteroid, dubbed 2018 LA, was discovered out near the moon’s orbit early Saturday morning, aiming straight for Earth. NASA reported the latest episode Sunday night.

Asteroid trackers at NASA and elsewhere quickly determined the rock — about 6 feet across — was too small to pose any danger. It burned up in the Saturday evening sky over [Wakanda], eight hours after first being noticed. __ NYPost

But we know that vibranium does not burn up during re-entry. It is made of far tougher stuff than that. According to our correspondents, what was seen was a routine shipment of vibranium to Wakanda — from the moon!

Wakanda Begins Selling Vibranium to China

Ever since the existence of Wakanda was confirmed in “The Black Panther” movie, global powers have been scrambling to obtain rights to the previously unknown power-packed material known as vibranium. China seems to be the first nation to win vibranium rights, and plans to use the material to replace its highly polluting coal power plants.

Replacing the electricity generation provided by 1 gigawatt of coal in China would require the installation of 2.3 GW of wind or 4.5 GW of solar. Vibranium, on the other hand, is on par with coal when it comes to capacity factor, making it a more efficient use of capital for time-constrained direct replacement of coal-fired power in the grid and industrial base. And that’s exactly what China is doing. __ Motley Fool

Vibranium would be a much better energy source than unreliable wind or solar. China is smart to choose the more reliable source of power.

Meanwhile, the US is Sticking to Fossil Fuels and Nuclear

According to US President Trump, fossil fuels and nuclear are tried and true energy sources, unlike vibranium — “which we first heard about from a comic book, for God’s sake!” Trump went on to congratulate China on its new vibranium franchise, but stated that the US has plenty of fossil fuels and uranium.

Supporting the president’s claims, US oil production just keeps on rising:

U.S. crude oil output rose above 10 million bbl/d late last year for the first time since the 1970s, overtaking top oil exporter Saudi Arabia, but it still lags behind top producer Russia, which pumps just below 11 million bbl/d. __ Oil&Gas Investor

Can Vibranium Save China?

China is beginning to experience something of a “debt avalanche.” The People’s Bank of China is beginning to get spooked by all of the bad debt flying around, and is starting to take measures to deal with extreme financial fallout.

The power of vibranium may just barely balance the extreme economic risk of outlandish toxic debt that China currently labours under. Vibranium is still poorly understood outside of Wakanda, but is said to hold mystical powers of national vitality and rejuvenation. Dictator-for-life Xi seems confident that all will be well with the Middle Kingdom.

Watch for More Asteroids Over Wakanda

If more asteroids are routed from lunar orbit to Wakandan airspace, we may see larger sales of vibranium on global markets. If so, it may prove the salvation of several other economically distressed nations — including Russia, Venezuela, Cuba, and Haiti.

And can we dare wish that humanity can be saved from climate change by this mysterious material from a previously cloaked nation in Africa? We can only hope.

Notice: The above is a work of satire. Selected words in the excerpted links were changed to suit the satirical theme.

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What Has US President Donald Trump Been Doing These 500 Days?

60 of Trump’s Accomplishments so Far:

Taken from an article in the Washington Examiner:

500 DAYS: In his first 500 days in office President Donald J. Trump has achieved results domestically and internationally for the American people.

  • Since taking office, President Trump has strengthened American leadership, security, prosperity, and accountability.
  • After 500 days, the results are clear: the American economy is stronger, American workers are experiencing more opportunities, confidence is soaring, and business is booming.
  • President Trump has re-asserted American leadership on the world stage, secured vital investments in our military, and stood up against threats to our national security.

President Trump has put the American people first and made government more accountable.

AMERICA’S ECONOMY IS STRONGER: The American economy is stronger today and American workers are better off thanks to President Trump’s pro-growth agenda.

Nearly 3 million jobs have been created since President Trump took office.

304,000 manufacturing jobs have been created since President Trump took office, and manufacturing employment stands at its highest level since December 2008.

337,000 construction jobs have been created since President Trump took office, and construction employment stands at its highest level since June 2008.

Under President Trump, the unemployment rate has dropped to 3.8, the lowest rate since April 2000, and job openings have reached 6.6 million, the highest level recorded.

67 percent of Americans believe now is a good time to find a quality job, according to Gallup.

Only under President Trump have more than 50 percent of Americans believed it is a good time to find a quality job since Gallup began asking the question 17 years ago.

President Trump prioritized job training and workforce development to empower workers to seize more opportunities, signing an Executive Order to expand apprenticeship opportunities.

President Trump has restored confidence in the American economy, with confidence among both consumers and businesses reaching historic highs.

Consumer confidence in current conditions has reached a 17-year high, according to the Conference Board.

Optimism among manufacturers has hit record highs under President Trump, according to the National Association of Manufacturers.

Small business optimism has sustained record-high levels under President Trump according to the National Federation of Independent Business.

President Trump signed the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, cutting taxes for American families and making American business more competitive.

American families received $3.2 trillion in gross tax cuts and saw the child tax credit double.

The top corporate tax rate was lowered from 35 percent to 21 percent so American businesses could be more competitive.

President Trump has rolled back unnecessary job-killing regulations beyond expectations.

In 2017, President Trump far exceeded his promise to eliminate regulations at a two-to-one ratio, issuing 22 deregulatory actions for every new regulatory action.

The Administration rolled back rules and regulations harming farmers and energy producers, such as the Waters of the United States Rule and the Clean Power Plan.

Regional and community banks and credit unions got relief after President Trump signed legislation reducing harmful requirements imposed by the Dodd-Frank Act.

Since taking office, President Trump has advanced free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals that protect American workers, ending decades of destructive trade policies.

Days after taking office, the President withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and agreement.

President Trump’s Administration is working to defend American intellectual property from China’s unfair practices through a range of actions.

The President improved the KORUS trade agreement with the Republic of Korea, which will allow more U.S. automobile exports to South Korea with lower tariffs and increase U.S. pharmaceutical access to South Korea.

American agriculture has gained access to new markets under President Trump.

AMERICA IS WINNING ON THE WORLD STAGE: President Trump has re-asserted American leadership on the world stage and is achieving results for the American people.

President Trump followed through on his promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

President Trump ordered an end to United States participation in the horrible Iran deal and immediately began the process of re-imposing sanctions that had been lifted or waived.

The President has taken action to confront aggression by Iran and its proxies.

The Department of the Treasury has issued a range of sanctions targeting Iranian activities and entities, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force.

Under President Trump, the United States has led an unprecedented global campaign to achieve the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

President Trump’s leadership has contributed to the return of 17 Americans held overseas.

In May 2018 alone, Venezuela released one American and North Korea released three Americans who came home to the United States.

The President has secured historic increases in defense funding in order to rebuild our Nation’s military with the resources they need, after years of harmful sequester.

President Trump signed legislation to provide $700 billion in defense spending for fiscal year (FY) 2018 and $716 billion for FY 2019.

The United States has worked with international allies to decimate ISIS.

President Trump ordered strikes against Syria in response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons in April 2017 and April 2018.

The Trump Administration has imposed a range of sanctions on the Maduro dictatorship in Venezuela, including sanctions targeting Maduro and other senior government officials.

AMERICA’S COMMUNITIES ARE SAFER AND MORE SECURE: President Trump has worked to secure our borders, enforce our immigration laws, and protect the safety and security of American communities.

Despite limited resources and obstruction from Congress, President Trump has worked to take control of our border and enforce our immigration laws.

President Trump has called on Congress to provide the resources needed to secure our borders and close loopholes that prevent immigration laws from being fully enforced.

President Trump authorized the deployment of the National Guard to help secure our borders.

President Trump’s Administration has carried out immigration enforcement efforts based on the rule of law.

From the start of President Trump’s Administration to the end of FY 2017, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) made 110,568 arrests of illegal aliens.

Arrests made in this timeframe represented a 42 percent increase from the same timeframe in FY 2016.

Of the 110,568 arrests made, 92 percent had a criminal conviction, pending criminal charge, were an ICE fugitive, or had a reinstated final order of removal.

President Trump has made clear that his Administration will continue to combat the threat of MS-13 in order to protect communities from the horrendous violence the gang has spread.

In 2017, the Department of Justice worked with partners in Central America to file criminal charges against more than 4,000 members of MS-13.

The Trump Administration has cracked down on the import and distribution of illegal drugs in order to stop them from reaching our communities and causing even more devastation.

As of April 2018, U.S. Border Patrol has seized 284 pounds of fentanyl in FY 2018, already surpassing the total of 181 pounds seized in FY 2017.

The President has launched a nationwide effort to fight the opioid crisis, which has devastated communities across America.

The President’s Opioid Initiative seeks to reduce drug demand, cut off the flow of illicit drugs, and save lives by expanding treatment opportunities.

President Trump signed an omnibus spending bill which provides nearly $4 billion to address the opioid epidemic.

The bill included $1 billion for grants focused on the hardest hit States and Tribes and provided funding for a public-private research partnership on pain and addiction.

AMERICA’S GOVERNMENT IS MORE ACCOUNTABLE: Since taking office, President Trump has worked to ensure government is more accountable to the American people.

President Trump has confirmed the most circuit court judges of any President in their first year, and secured Justice Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the United States Supreme Court.

President Trump has signed legislation to bring more accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs and provide our veterans with more choice in the care they receive.

President Trump signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, improving processes for addressing misconduct.

President Trump signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act into law, authorizing $2.1 billion in additional funds for the Veterans Choice Program.

President Trump successfully eliminated the penalty for Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate.

The President’s Administration is seeking to provide more affordable health coverage and broader access to affordable alternatives to Obamacare plans.

President Trump has released a blueprint to lower drug prices for Americans.

President Trump has ensured that the religious liberties and conscience of Americans are protected and respected by the Federal government.

President Trump signed an Executive Order to protect the free speech and religious liberties of groups such as the Little Sisters of the Poor.

The Department of Justice issued guidance to all executive agencies on protecting religious liberty in federal programs.

Source of 60 Point List Above

Remember: Every day of Trump is a day without Hillary. And that alone is a reason to smile! Every other dividend is just icing on the cake. As for the tweets, they’re child’s play to ignore altogether. Let the haters hate, and everyone else attend to his own business.

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Behold Venezuela! Bernie Sanders Country

Bernie Sanders and the American Dream

Remember when Bernie Sanders said that the “American Dream” was more likely to be found in countries like Venezuela, than in the US? We are beginning to get a clearer picture of what Sanders must have meant when he said “the American Dream.” Perhaps this is what Sanders dreams of and wishes for:

This collapsing socialist state is suffering one of the most dramatic outflows of human talent in modern history, with Aquiles Nazoa offering a glimpse into what happens when a nation begins to empty out. Vast gaps in Venezuela’s labor market are causing a breakdown in daily life, and robbing this nation of its future. The exodus is broad and deep — an outflow of doctors, engineers, oil workers, bus drivers and electricians.

… Think of Venezuela like one big factory where the societal assembly line no longer works — partly because there are fewer and fewer people to run it.

During the first five months of the year, roughly 400,000 Venezuelans have fled the country, following 1.8 million who left over the last two years, according to the Central University of Venezuela. Yet even those numbers may not fully capture the scope of the exodus. Aid workers dealing with the crisis in bordering nations say an average of 4,600 Venezuelans a day have been leaving since Jan. 1 — putting the outflow during this year alone at nearly 700,000.

The Venezuelans are running from a nation broken by failed socialist policies, mismanagement, corruption and lower global oil prices — the country’s principal source of cash.

“It’s not just about a few doctors leaving anymore,” said Tomas Páez, a migration expert at the Central University of Venezuela. “It’s about [understaffed] hospitals closing down whole floors.” __ WaPo 3June2018

What other countries does Bernie Sanders admire, besides Venezuela? What about Nicaragua?

NICARAGUA IS moving from national crisis to potential national catastrophe. Six weeks ago, protests erupted in the capital, Managua, and other major towns, against the stifling 11-year regime of President Daniel Ortega. Mr. Ortega’s police and paramilitary gangs used force and violence, including live ammunition fired at civilians, to put down the demonstrations…

It is clear Mr. Ortega has long since lost most of the popular support he may have once enjoyed, first as a leader of the 1979 Sandinista revolution and later when he made a political comeback and won the presidency in 2006. He has ruled through a series of corrupt bargains with the Catholic Church hierarchy and the leaders of the Nicaraguan private sector, which have turned a blind eye to his systematic co-optation of the judiciary, army, police and legislature in return for promises of stability and economic growth. Inevitably, this has ended in abuse of power and political instability. __ WaPo 3June2018

Well then, what about Cuba? Surely Cuba is the workers’ paradise of equality and contentment that Bernie Sanders offers to his followers.

Bound by a socialist straitjacket, Cuba produces little else that other countries or its own people want to buy. Farming, for example, is constrained by the absence of markets for land, machinery and other inputs, by government-set prices, which are often below the market price, and by bad transport. Cuba imports 80% of its food.

Paying for it is becoming harder. In July the economy minister, Ricardo Cabrisas, told the national assembly that the financial squeeze would reduce imports by $1.5bn in 2017. __ https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2017/09/30/clueless-on-cubas-economy?

According to Sanders, we should be seeing oppressed Americans fleeing a brutal Trump administration to live in the socialist paradises of Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba. But I have seen no sign of such a pattern of migration. What gives, Bernie?

People are certainly migrating. Not only poor people, but rich people as well. Where are the rich people migrating to, and from?

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

Most people who had the cash to get out of Bernie’s paradises have long since left. The only rich people left are those who run the governments — or who are closely related to their socialist rulers in some way. The daughter of Hugo Chavez is said to have inherited roughly $4 billion from her father — I wonder where he got it?

Meanwhile, back in the USA people must struggle with a capitalist economy that — under Trump — seems to be providing too many jobs. Very sad, people seem to be going back to work voluntarily, a brainwashed proletariat that would prefer to work and get paid than sit at home and dream of foods that are no longer available.

Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua Were Once Much Better Off

The uniform poverty of socialism is given lip service by many leftist intellectuals in rich countries. The “equality of deprivation” is seen by the left as nobler somehow, than the inequality under an opportunity culture that runs on capitalism.

But they do not move themselves and their families to such places as these. Living under conditions of chronic shortages is somewhat different than heaping euphemistic praise upon these socialist paradises.

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The Coming Doom of the “Y” Chromosome and Human Males

Human Male Karyotype
Y Chromosome Highlighted
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y_chromosome

Although the Y chromosome’s role in sex determination is clear, research has shown that it is undergoing rapid evolutionary deterioration. Many generations ago the Y chromosome was large, and contained as many genes as the X chromosome. Now it is a fraction of its past size and contains fewer than 80 functional genes. This has led to debates and concerns over the years regarding the Y chromosome’s eventual destiny. Many speculate that the Y chromosome has become superfluous and could completely decay within the next 10 million years. ___ Uncertain Fate of Y Chromosome

I need not paint in graphic detail the fate of the human race should the essential functions of Y chromosome genes continue to be degraded to a significant degree.

By one estimate, the human Y chromosome has lost 1,393 of its 1,438 original genes over the course of its existence, and linear extrapolation of this 1,393-gene loss over 300 million years gives a rate of genetic loss of 4.6 genes per million years.[21] Continued loss of genes at the rate of 4.6 genes per million years would result in a Y chromosome with no functional genes – that is the Y chromosome would lose complete function – within the next 10 million years, or half that time with the current age estimate of 160 million years.[16][22]

__ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y_chromosome

We have seen many reports describing a decline in human sperm quality and quantity across the world.
More:

Sperm counts — measured by sperm concentration or total sperm count — declined by 1.4% per year on average among men from North America, Europe and Australia between 1973 and 2011, a new study published in the journal Human Reproductive Health found. Overall, sperm counts fell between 50% and 60% over those 38 years, with no evidence of a leveling off in recent years. This significant decline in male reproductive health “has serious implications beyond fertility concerns,” it concluded. The researchers analyzed samples from nearly 43,000 men from 185 studies.

Similar scientific reports describing declines in male testosterone production have been filed.
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“This population-level decline in testosterone concentrations in men is not explained fully by the usual suspects: increasing BMI and prevalence of obesity, certain other co-morbid conditions or decreasing incidence of smoking. Although the analysis by Travison et al did reveal significant age-related increases in adiposity and medication use and a welcome decline in smoking, the age-matched decline in testosterone concentrations persisted even after adjusting for these variables,” Shalender Bhasin, MD, of the section of endocrinology, diabetes, and nutrition, Boston University School of Medicine, wrote in an accompanying editorial.

As more genes are lost from the Y chromosome over time, it is likely that some of these lost genes will have played a significant role in supporting traditional male behaviours and functions — without which the future of the human collective will be compromised.

Other Signs of Male Decline

If a young woman cares about the health and longevity of her prospective child, she may wish to bypass her contemporaries and seek out an older man — with longer telomeres — to father her child:

… an individual’s telomeres lengthened not only with their father’s age at their birth, but also with their paternal grandfather’s age at their father’s birth. This shows the effect is amplified over the generations – the paternal grandfather’s age is associated with longer telomeres in his grandchildren.

The increase per year of a man’s delay in reproduction roughly equalled the amount of annual telomere shortening observed in middle-age adults.

The findings published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggest delayed paternal reproduction can lead to cumulative, multi-generational increases in telomere length in descendants – which could promote long life.

Telomeres have been called the “chromosomal clock” because they seem to be central to biological ageing. Longer telomeres are a sign of being biologically younger and healthier. __ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/9325945/Children-of-older-fathers-are-more-likely-to-live-longer.html

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The above findings by Professor Christopher Kuzawa at Northwestern U. are interesting, and have many distinctly different possible explanations. But I suspect that one of the reasons that these older fathers (and older grandfathers) yielded children with longer telomeres, may be that these men were born earlier in the process of the long decline of the Y chromosome.

More in depth look at the phenomenon of older fathers and longer telomeres — this article helps to explain some of the mystery, and lays much of the blame at the feet of a female germline-controlled ongoing decline in human telomere length.

Without the ability to recombine during meiosis, the Y chromosome is unable to expose individual alleles to natural selection. Deleterious alleles are allowed to “hitchhike” with beneficial neighbors, thus propagating maladapted alleles in to the next generation. Conversely, advantageous alleles may be selected against if they are surrounded by harmful alleles (background selection). Due to this inability to sort through its gene content, the Y chromosome is particularly prone to the accumulation of “junk” DNA. Massive accumulations of retrotransposable elements are scattered throughout the Y.[16] The random insertion of DNA segments often disrupts encoded gene sequences and renders them nonfunctional. However, the Y chromosome has no way of weeding out these “jumping genes”. Without the ability to isolate alleles, selection cannot effectively act upon them. __ Wikipedia “Y Chromosome”

The Y chromosome is subject to damage from internal processes as well as from external processes — including environmental toxicity or nutritional deprivation. Since it has no good way to eliminate bad gene sequences, the damage is cumulative over time.

This suggests that society may wish to begin banking human sperm from suitable males, on a significant scale. More research on long-term human sperm storage is needed to assure viability over a long time scale. While the use of donor sperm from an earlier stage in the decline of the Y chromosome cannot possibly erase damage that has already occurred — in both the male and female germlines — it can sidestep some of the problems and allow more time for better solutions.

Fortunately, we do have some time. If only we could step away from the die-off tendencies of our leftist overlords and face the future objectively without all the PC censorship and postmodernist nonsense.

More:

Why young women should seek out older men to father their children — for the good of the species!

The Y Chromosome

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Rapastinel, AGN-241751, AV-101, Esketamine Wonder Cures?

A Better Cure for Depression?


Ketamine analogs are getting a very close look

After nearly four decades of dispensing the same mediocre medications to patients with depression, pharmaceutical companies are jazzed about several new drug candidates inspired by the club drug ketamine. __ Source

Psychedelics — including ketamine — have been studied as a treatment for depression for many years.

The anaesthetic ketamine has been found useful in the treatment of resistant depression which does not respond well to conventional antidepressant treatments. But ketamine is given by injection and is often associated with distressing hallucinations, so drug companies are working on ketamine-analog drugs that do not induce hallucinations and that can be more easily administered by individuals at home.

Johnson & Johnson is pursuing esketamine, the chemical mirror image of the drug, in a nasal spray formula.

… Allergan’s new oral pill depression drug candidate is known only as AGN-241751.

… In the past, the drugmaker [Allergan] has worked on medications designed to treat migraines, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s; depression is the latest arm of that research focus.

Nicholson also believes that the interest he’s seeing in ketamine-inspired drugs could be the breakthrough needed to stir-up renewed interest among drugmakers in the neuroscience field… __ http://www.businessinsider.com/depression-medication-treatment-ketamine-like-drugs-2018-5

The Broader Field of Psychedelic Therapy

In contrast to conventional psychiatric medication which is taken by the patient regularly or as-needed, in psychedelic therapy, patients remain in an extended psychotherapy session during the acute activity of the drug and spend the night at the facility. In the sessions with the drug, therapists are nondirective and support the patient in exploring their inner experience. Patients participate in psychotherapy before the drug psychotherapy sessions to prepare them and after the drug psychotherapy to help them integrate their experiences with the drug.[1]

According to one Canadian study conducted in the early years of the 1960s, the greatest interest to the psychiatrist was the fact that LSD allowed for the “illusional perception (‘reperception’) of the patient’s original family figures (e.g. father, mother, parent surrogates and helpers, older siblings, grandparents and the like)”, typically experienced as distortions of the psychiatrist’s face, body or activity. In technical terms, this was called “perceptualizing the transference”.[2] __ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychedelic_therapy

Use of broad spectrum psychedelics — such as psilocybin, LSD, and mescaline — is a more profound approach to psychotherapy than the use of ketamine or ketamine analogs for depression. It is also more dangerous, and requires a higher level of caution and care by therapists before, during, and after the therapy itself. In my opinion such therapy is most useful for people with terminal cancer, or others who are experiencing existential crises of various types.

The main benefits from psychedelic therapy are the various insights into new ways of viewing the person’s reality. Such insights can be liberating from many of the painful mental limitations and endless loops of psychic torture that persons in existential crisis commonly experience.

Ultimately, it may be necessary to give psychedelic therapies to the government officials who are in charge of drug policy, in order for them to achieve the insights they need to administer their responsibilities more wisely. 😉

A 2012 Al Fin Potpourri article looking at another ketamine analog for treating depression

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Jordan Peterson is Still Evolving

Attempts to Take Peterson Down Make Him Stronger

Public attacks in the media against Jordan Peterson have become more frequent and are taking on a level of viciousness seldom leveled against mild-mannered scholars of psychology and human archetypes. Oddly, Peterson does not seem to be falling down, retreating, or disintegrating in the face of these high profile assaults. Why not?

Anti-fragility is a postulated antithesis to fragility where high-impact events or shocks can be beneficial. Anti-fragility is a concept developed by professor, former trader and former hedge fund manager Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Taleb coined the term “anti-fragility” because he thought the existing words used to describe the opposite of “fragility,” such as “robustness,” were inaccurate. Anti-fragility goes beyond robustness; it means that something does not merely withstand a shock but actually improves because of it. __ More at Investopaedia

In fact, each high-profile attack against Peterson brings him to the attention of larger numbers of people. Of the people who take the trouble to look into what Peterson is really saying, a large proportion become defenders of the professor against what are clearly egregiously unfair and deceptive attacks.

Peterson Keeps Touring the World Promoting Books and Ideas

Peterson is in the middle of a tour that spans both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. More cities are being added all the time. Rather than retreating in the face of attacks from insecure personalities in media and academia, Peterson is taking his ideas to ever more cities of North America, Europe, and beyond.

Even Worse, Peterson is Learning and Growing

This is the worst nightmare of the post-modern left: An accomplished child of academia who uses the tools of new media, old media, and personal appearances to expose the tyranny and hypocrisy of the established academic and media order.

Peterson spent 20 years writing “Maps of Meaning,” and placed an entire lecture series online for free viewing to all. In fact, several versions of the Maps of Meaning lectures are freely available on YouTube for comparison. Between 1995 and 2017, the Maps of Meaning lectures show remarkable stability of content, suggesting that perhaps Peterson had settled on a fixed — though complex — message, and was likely to remain fixed.

The subsequent publication of 12 Rules for Life provides a clarification and extension of many of the ideas contained in Maps of Meaning, in a more generally accessible form.

It was Peterson’s world tour promoting his newer book — combined with many controversial media interviews — which alerted entrenched ideological interests that Peterson may actually constitute a nascent but genuine threat to their strong grip of control over the broad spectrum of cultural information sources. Accentuating the threat was the background noise from Peterson’s opposition to Canada’s Bill C16, and the positive reaction to Peterson’s interviews on popular podcasts by Dave Rubin, Joe Rogan, and others.

But what is truly frightening to the dictatorial elites who run governments, universities, media conglomerates, foundations, activist groups, and other cultural power blocks, is the public interaction of voices involving Jordan Peterson combined with Jonathan Haidt, Richard Haier, Brett Weinstein, Sam Harris, Eric Weinstein, Camille Paglia, Christina Hoff Sommers, Steven Pinker, and several other outspoken advocates of the free interchange of ideas in the face of widespread censorship.

Particularly threatening to the established order is the concept that science and truth are based upon objective evidence and logic. If that idea is allowed to survive and thrive in the public and academic spheres, the present tyranny of postmodern neomarxist intolerants will indeed be under dire threat. Hence the violent media reaction against Peterson by journalists and academics — two groups with the most to lose by a return to logical argument and evidence-based investigation.

Peterson Has Made Mistakes, But is Learning From Them

No one can move from relative obscurity to the pinnacle of fame over a period of mere months and not be a bit unsettled by the experience. But throughout the process, Peterson has kept to a grueling schedule of public lectures, media interviews, personal skype interviews with patrons, podcasts, interviews with significant thinkers, the production of new videos and lectures, work on commercial software products promoting self-knowledge and self-help, and many other projects that remain relatively behind the scenes.

Sometimes the stress shows through in portions of particular interviews, debates, public lectures, tweets, etc. How could it not? Consider how you yourself would be coping under the same level of pressures.

But if you observe Peterson closely — in his appearances both public and online — you will observe the return to equanimity and a growth of insight and personal strength which can only lead to improved ways of connecting with his current and future audiences.

Peterson’s attackers behave as if they are on the verge of knocking down the Peterson of yesterday or today. But they do not actually understand yesterday’s or today’s Peterson. And they certainly do not understand the Peterson of tomorrow.

It is not Just Jordan Peterson Who Spells Their Doom

As mentioned above, the conjunction of voices dedicated to open debate should be far more worrying to today’s Stalins of media and academia than the voice of Jordan Peterson alone.

It took about 40 years to create the Jordan Peterson we see today. But Peterson put his time to good use as a researcher, a teacher, a scholar, an entrepreneur, a father and husband, and a public figure. He has learned a lot, and has a lot he can pass on.

Peterson has planted many seeds, and at least some of them will sprout and grow — perhaps to exceed in effect anything that Peterson has done. That is a scary thought to his attackers, should they be able to think that far.

Peterson has more books to write, many more video lectures to archive, and many more public appearances, interviews, debates, and conversations to partake in. And every one of those has the potential to yield intellectual offspring of great potency.

Again, it is not individual voices that will have the greatest effect in the long run. It is the growing chorus of intellectual and spiritual offspring and fellow travelers that will find its voice and its power to move the world.

More:

Fascist overlords: Be afraid, be very afraid.

He is the scourge of simplistic, pernicious pieties, including: bias and social oppression as the presumed causes of inequality of outcome, equality of outcome as an unquestioningly desirable and enforced goal, identity as a subjective choice and the sexes as the same, patriarchy, white privilege, implicit bias, safe spaces, affirmative rights, postmodernism, nihilism, neo-Marxism, and identity politics.

As Peterson gets better known, he seems to find fewer and fewer on the left who will debate him.

And be very worried too

The Left has never been called to account for the atrocities done in the extreme of their name: Marxism. As Peterson points out, professors can, with impunity, profess their love for Marxism… Even as a failed ideology, marred by the blood of millions, Marxism persists as an acceptable belief system. The precepts of envy, power, and ultimately, violence continue unchecked and ignored.

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Dawn of a New Space Age

Elon Musk is planning to build a city of one million humans on Mars over the next few decades. Jeff Bezos wants to put between one million and one trillion humans into space to live and work. Robert Zubrin has plans to build a permanent manned moon base within four years from now.

Brian Wang’s Nextbigfuture website is one of the main internet boosters for futuristic science and technology — and has produced a video describing how humans of the free world might proceed to build a human future in space:

More on the Dawn of a True Space Age

More from Next Big Future on Jeff Bezos’ space dreams, and the near term moon base plans of Robert Zubrin.

How to Pay for All of This

Cislunar Econosphere of Ken Murphy
http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2027/1

The only way to sustain a long-term human migration off-planet is to make sure the effort pays for itself. SpaceX is putting a fleet of thousands of communications satellites into low earth orbit (LEO) which when complete should earn its backers over $1 trillion per year, every year. Zubrin’s project to build a moon colony to turn lunar water resources into commercial rocket fuel could likewise turn into a highly profitable venture. The mining of near Earth asteroids for fuel and materials is another space enterprise sector which could turn into a $trillion per year business. Elon Musk may be dreaming of Mars, but his SpaceX rocket fleets will be instrumental in building the “cis-lunar economy” which will help to pay for the fledging of the human race from its Earth nest.

On one level, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Robert Zubrin, and other space visionaries might be considered “kooks” for aiming so high. But how else can a race of barely evolved monkeys begin to move some of its eggs out of the Earth basket — a basket that has been overturned by massive disasters from space and on Earth multiple times in past history?

Trying to make humans into space colonists and interplanetary/interstellar travelers, is not an easy goal — and if left to governments would probably never get done in a million years. But if left to profit-seeking capitalists who also happen to be possessed by a visionary bent, it just might happen.

Thanks to Brian Wang of Nextbigfuture.com for helping to keep the spark alive on this and many other fronts.

More:

Cislunar economy Part I

Cislunar economy Part II

Clearing bureaucratic hurdles to space

Update: ArsTechnica report on contemporary commercial rockets

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The Attempted Honour Killing of Jordan B. Peterson

In some traditions, fathers are expected to murder any offspring who have brought dishonour upon the family. This homicidal tradition comes to light most commonly when a Muslim father murders a daughter who has been indiscreet in a sexual way. When the behavior of a child casts a shadow over the reputation of the family, fathers in such traditions feel justified in taking the life of the child. He gave the child life, so he considers it right that he be the one to take it away if necessary.

In the tradition of modern academic cultures, a professor may take on a graduate student, a postdoc, or a junior professor, and become something of a father figure to the younger scholar. In that setting, the mentor – or father figure – may feel responsible for the behaviour of his charge. If the “father” feels that his “child” has dishonoured the academic family in any way, he may feel justified in figuratively “murdering” his charge, putting him down to satisfy a matter of honour.

Jordan Peterson’s Mentor at the University of Toronto

In the 1990s Jordan Peterson was recruited as a professor by the psychology department at the University of Toronto. One senior professor in the department, Bernard Schiff, claims to have taken Peterson under his wing, soothing the feathers of jealous nestlings in the department and making the path clear for Peterson to follow a somewhat unconventional path as professor, active clinician, researcher, scholar of a deeply philosophical depth psychology, author, entrepreneur, corporate consultant, and local media celebrity on Ontario public television.

Peterson’s unconventional career path, his uncommon energy, his sheer output of well-cited research papers, and his personal charm all made him the object of both admiration and resentment by his “siblings” in the Department of Psychology. But his unconventionality also made him something of a feather in the cap of the man who claimed to be his academic father and mentor. But presumably only for as long as Peterson knew his place, maintained proper respect (and subservience), and did not do anything to dishonour the “father” or the academic family in the department.

He joined us in the summer of 1998. Because I liked him, and also because I had put myself on the line for him, I took him under my wing. I made sure he went up for promotion to associate professor the following year, as the hiring committee had promised, and I went to the dean to get him a raise when the department chairperson would not.

When he was renovating his house I invited his family to live with mine. For five months, they occupied the third floor of our large house. We had meals together in the evening and long, colourful conversations. There, away from campus, I saw a man who was devoted to his wife and his children, who were lovely and gentle and for whom I still feel affection. He was attentive and thoughtful, stern and kind, playful and warm….

On campus, he was as interesting as I had expected him to be. His research on alcoholism, and then personality, was solid, but his consuming intellectual interests lay elsewhere.

… In 2001, three years after Jordan arrived, I took early retirement and left the university. I stayed in touch with Jordan and his family, and while our contacts might have been infrequent, they were always familial and affectionate. __ Bernard Schiff as MacBeth

Having established his legitimacy as the academic father of his academic son, Jordan, Schiff proceeds to explain his reasons for turning on Peterson, and to the attack which he assumes will take Peterson down and restore honor to the family.

Jordan’s first high-profile public battle, and for many people their introduction to the man, followed his declaration that he would not comply with Bill C-16, an amendment to the Canadian Human Rights Act extending its protections to include gender identity and expression. He would refuse to refer to students using gender neutral pronouns. He then upped the stakes by claiming that, for this transgression, he could be sent to jail.

I have a trans daughter, but that was hardly an issue compared to what I felt was a betrayal of my trust and confidence in him. It was an abuse of the trust that comes with his professorial position, which I had fought for, to have misrepresented gender science by dismissing the evidence that the relationship of gender to biology is not absolute and to have made the claim that he could be jailed when, at worst, he could be fined [ed.: although he could also be subsequently jailed if he refused to pay the fine — an implicit admission of “guilt”.]__ Bernard Schiff

Making a Personal Disagreement into a Public Backstabbing

It is clear from the article excerpted above that Schiff holds a strong sense of anger and personal resentment toward Jordan Peterson. Schiff proceeds to paint Jordan Peterson as a Hitleresque demagogue and a public menace.

What I am seeing now is a darker, angrier Jordan than the man I knew. In Karen Heller’s recent profile in the Washington Post he is candid about his long history of depression. Depression is an awful illness. It is a cognitive disorder that casts a dark shadow over everything. His view of life, as nasty and brutish, may very well not be an idea, but a description of his experience, which became for him the truth. But this next statement, from Heller’s article, is heartbreaking: “You have an evil heart — like the person next to you,” she quotes him as telling a sold-out crowd. “Kids are not innately good — and neither are you.” This from the loving and attentive father I knew? That makes no sense at all. __ Schiff Creating a Frame

When a former friend and elderly retired academic chooses to air his personal animosities toward a colleague in public – with the clear intent to permanently damage the former friend’s reputation – some deep and usually concealed undercurrents of disturbed emotion have been unleashed with savage intent, in full public view.

This is not the act of a wise father who wishes to reconcile with an errant son and reach a quiet, private accommodation and meeting of the minds. This is the act of what seems to be a disturbed individual who is using his privileged position as former guide, mentor, and family friend to have gotten close enough to sink the knife into a vulnerable place, in the public square.

Schiff states that he feels betrayed by Peterson’s stance against Canada’s Bill C16 – the mandated speech law – which could ultimately have the effect of jailing a person who was unwilling to follow the capricious whims of mentally troubled persons of uncertain gender. Schiff has a trans child in real life, you see, and takes Peterson’s stand of conscience against compelled speech as a personal affront and betrayal. That is unfortunate, and seems to be part of Schiff’s motivation to attack Peterson publicly. Another strong motivation appears to be a deep philosophical and political divide between the two men, which Schiff is apparently unable to surmount or forgive.

How Should Peterson Respond to the Public Backstabbing?

Quietly, and largely behind the scenes. If Schiff represents his early acts of kindness and benevolence toward Peterson in an accurate manner, then Peterson owes him a debt. One does not react in such circumstances toward an old friend to whom one is indebted in the same way one would act toward an impertinent stranger or mere acquaintance who mounts public attacks of a personal nature.

It is important to know that such attacks – by strangers or by close friends – cannot negate Peterson’s achievements, or take him down. Peterson is the only one who can take himself down, in the eyes of his rapidly growing crowd of admirers and fellow travelers in the deep traditions of free speech and purposeful living.

Envy and resentment are common among the past friends and acquaintances of anyone who achieves any level of success or public acclaim whatsoever. Anyone who takes the advantages life has given him, and works long hard hours to good effect, is at risk of being attacked from behind by people who may have been nursing secret resentments for some time.

Once a person achieves momentum in the path of personal fulfillment, it is best not to be sidetracked by personal attacks, no matter who the attacker may be. Personal debts should be acknowledged, but each individual must pursue his own path and follow his own conscience.

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Can Women Really Think?

Clearly, yes, women can really think. But on a statistical basis at the highest levels where progress is made, can elite women perform at the same levels as elite men?

Only 48 of 900 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to women, and only one prestigious Fields Medal in mathematics has gone to a woman over the past century. In an extensive study of Human Accomplishment between the years 800 BC and 1950 CE, Charles Murray found that only a tiny fraction of human excellence in the arts and sciences over that time span was accomplished by a woman.

There is reason to suspect that the brains of women — on a statistical basis — may be different than the brains of men.

The author of the article below is describing a huge recent multi-modal study comparing the brains of adult males with the brains of adult females, by Stuart Ritchie at the University of Edinburgh.

… Ritchie et al – who studied more than 5,000 subjects, don’t forget – confirmed the positive association between total brain volume and intelligence. The men in their sample scored, on average, fractionally higher than the women on a test of verbal-numerical reasoning and recorded slightly faster processing speeds on another test. After extensive statistical analysis, they concluded that the modest sex differences in verbal-numerical reasoning were almost entirely due to differences in brain volumetric and surface area measures and the differences in reaction time were partly due to the same. __ http://quillette.com/2018/05/24/cant-woman-like-man/

Ritchie also confirmed the greater variability in male intelligence compared to female intelligence.

Below is an excerpt from and the link to Ritchie’s full article PDF as first published online in 2017:

Males showed larger brain volume across all cortical subregions. The sex differences were statistically significant in every subregion, ranging in size from small (d = −0.24 in the right temporal pole) to large (d = −1.03 in the right insula); the mean d-value across all subregions was −0.67 (p adj-values < 9.00×10-13). Even larger differences, all favouring males, were observed for surface area; these ranged from moderate (d = −0.43 in the left caudal anterior cingulate) to large (d = −1.20 in the left superior frontal region). The mean d-value across all subregions was −0.83 (all p adj-values < 2.00×10-36). __ https://www.biorxiv.org/content/biorxiv/early/2017/04/04/123729.full.pdf

Ritchie and his group found that the brains of women were different statistically than the brains of men on a gross anatomical basis for the whole brain and for subregions of the brain, different on the basis of connectivity within and between hemispheres and subregions, and different on the basis of network functionality — which would almost certainly follow from the statistical differences in the first two areas.

One of the most striking findings of the Ritchie study was the “stronger” default mode network, on average, in female brains. Researchers have found that women tend to ruminate on emotionally laden topics to a far greater extent — on average — than do males. Such rumination would utilise the default mode network.

Some of the findings of the Ritchie study above can be compared to findings from an earlier meta-analysis by Amber Ruigrok and Professors John Suckling and Simon Baron-Cohen in the Cambridge Department of Psychiatry, in a 2014 study published in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews:

On average, males had larger absolute volumes than females in the intracranial space (12%; >14,000 brains), total brain (11%; 2,523 brains), cerebrum (10%; 1,851 brains), grey matter (9%; 7,934 brains), white matter (13%; 7,515 brains), regions filled with cerebrospinal fluid (11.5%; 4,484 brains), and cerebellum (9%; 1,842 brains). Looking more closely, differences in volume between the sexes were located in several regions. These included parts of the limbic system, and the language system.

Specifically, males on average had larger volumes and higher tissue densities in the left amygdala, hippocampus, insular cortex, putamen; higher densities in the right VI lobe of the cerebellum and in the left claustrum; and larger volumes in the bilateral anterior parahippocampal gyri, posterior cingulate gyri, precuneus, temporal poles, and cerebellum, areas in the left posterior and anterior cingulate gyri, and in the right amygdala, hippocampus, and putamen. __ https://stanmed.stanford.edu/2017spring/how-mens-and-womens-brains-are-different.html

The more recent Ritchie study was original, looking at over 5,000 adult humans. The slightly earlier Baron-Cohen study on the other hand, was a meta-study that looked at multiple research studies over more than a twenty-year time span.

Sex Hormones in Utero and in Puberty Shape the Gendered Brain


The anomalies in hormonal secretion patterns portrayed in the graphic above demonstrate the profound influence of the secretion of testosterone and other androgens on brain and body development of fetus, child, and adolescent.

The research study linked below provides copious details:

Hormones and Chromosomes: Shaping Sex Differences in the Brain

An entire issue of the Journal of Neuroscience Research devoted to the topic of Sex Differences in the brain

Brief overview of this field of research

Brief description of an earlier imaging study similar to Ritchie’s

All of This Adds Up to Important Brain Differences

On a statistical level, male and female brains differ on many areas of measure — anatomical and functional. We are learning how important sex hormones are to this differentiation of male and female brains, statistically. And the more intelligent of us are beginning to admit that these differences explain — at least partially — differences in choices and accomplishments between women and men in academia, careers, workplace behaviours, and activity across society, culture, and wealth accumulation.

We are still at a relatively early stage of understanding and documenting these differences — and the reasons for them. But the technology for studying these questions will only get better over time.

Summary: At the elite levels where human progress occurs — in science, maths, technology, philosophy, economics, and across the span of human accomplishment — males produce much more innovation. “Brains of genius” occur far more commonly among the male of the species for many reasons, many of which are related to the testosterone effect on developing brains. An additional effect of testosterone on intelligent males is a strong urge to compete, achieve, and produce tangible results. All of this is an outcome of millions of years of mammalian evolution.

When elite males are placed in an atmosphere of opportunity — such as is seen in many nations of the western world — their advantages are often converted into successful companies and other types of superior achievement. That is probably why many such men migrate from other parts of the world to those particular nations of the west which offer more opportunity.

When leftist political agendas of artificially forced gender equity outcomes are allowed to parasitise the administrative structures of institutions in previously free nations, the entire enterprise begins to turn sour and die.

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Xi Jinping’s Extreme Makeover: Marxism that Really Works!

China’s president-for-life Xi Jinping has turned to “born-again Marxism” in an effort to revise history and to re-shape national consciousness around a more malleable model that suits his purposes.

… Xi and his supporters [are] now trying to use [Marx] to present a different narrative of China’s rise. “They are saying China’s success didn’t come from a change to capitalism,” he said. “It came from a one party-controlled process of developing its economy, lifting people out of poverty, fighting corruption and creating a fairer society — which were among the original Marxist ideals in the 19th century.”

“They are trying to present an alternative development model, not only economically but also with a theoretical and ideological underpinning,” he added.

The Chinese government’s Marxism push comes at a time when they are trying to simultaneously portray themselves as the defenders of capitalism, including in several high-profile speeches by Xi at international economic forums.

___ CNN on Xi’s Born-Again Marxixm

Meanwhile In the Real China

On the level of state propaganda for Chinese consumption, an extreme Marxist makeover of recent history may make a lot of sense. It certainly sells well to party officials who understand which entity butters their bread and allows them to keep their own organs to themselves.

But today’s China is built upon the promise of economic prosperity for all. If Xi is unable to manage China’s increasingly unwieldy economy, unrest is likely to spread from local levels upward — regardless of all of Xi’s precautions.

Piling Credit on top of Credit

Just days after Chinese media reported that an unprecedented number of corporations have defaulted on bonds they owed, the Chinese regime has announced that local governments can issue bonds to repay debts that will mature in 2018—highlighting the enormity of China’s debt problem.

… many of China’s big firms—some of which are publicly listed—have already defaulted on bonds this year, including the state-owned Sichuan Coal Industry Group and Dalian Machine Tool Group; Dandong Port Group, which manages the eponymous port located on the border to North Korea; China City Construction Holding Group, a construction engineering firm; and China Security and Fire Co., a firm specializing in security systems, according to a report by the state-owned newspaper China Securities Journal.

Since the beginning of this year to May 7, 19 firms have defaulted on corporate bonds, according to data from the Chinese finance database Wind.

… The Shanghai edition of the Journal, Shanghai Securities News, reported on May 10 that short-term loans were also in trouble. According to data from Wind, 116 short-term bonds—repayable within a year—have been cancelled or postponed since the beginning of the year… Surprisingly, most of those debtors possessed AA or AA+ ratings. __ Issuing New Dept to Pay Off Old Debt

“The old model of credit-fueled growth can no longer hold.”

The pace of new debt issuance is one component of that, but so are “the complexity, and the fact that the corporate sectors have taken on so much debt, and a lot of this debt is by the state-owned enterprises, and nearly half of the debt is somehow connected to real estate.” ___ CFA Institute

China is Not Alone in the act of Drowning in Bad Debt

The question is whether India can overcome its economic challenges. “There are several,” Wang warned. One of them is the country’s high percentage of non-performing loans. Early in 2018, Reuters reported that India’s bad loans have nearly doubled in the past four years, but the Reserve Bank of India has announced new rules for dealing with defaults that may bring discipline to the banking sector. __ https://blogs.cfainstitute.org/investor/2018/05/18/asia-rising-china-and-india-in-the-next-decade/

Consider that China and India are supposedly the economic global hopes for the 21st century. Both are insufferably corrupt, sinking in rotten debt, and now both nations are flirting with the long-discredited and perpetually failing economic and social system of Marxism.

It’s fine to hope for the future, but your hopes should be built upon rational ideas if possible, not on fantasies that always fail.

Fact check for those who look past the party line:

“The China growth story is not likely a miracle of communist government central planning; it’s a massive credit bubble, almost certainly the largest ever. China’s impressive growth has come overwhelmingly and almost exclusively from unsustainable credit expansion combined with extensive, largely unprofitable domestic infrastructure expansion. In the last two decades, China has seen the largest construction boom in any country ever.

Fixed capital investment is spending on physical assets such as infrastructure, buildings, property, machinery, or technology. While a certain amount of fixed capital investment is unquestionably good for any economy, fixed capital investment in China has reached completely unsustainable levels. It is largely responsible for the surging corporate indebtedness problem in China that we discussed in the previous post. It is also this excessive fixed capital spending, which is creating the illusion of rapid economic growth and high employment in China. __ 90% of Chinas GDP is Fixed Investment

Potemkin facades ultimately fail — as we saw when the USSR collapsed shortly after the fall of the Warsaw Pact.

More:

China’s Bridges to Nowhere and GDP

China’s fake GDP

They have to fake it. The future of CCP control over China depends upon maintaining multiple levels of simultaneous deceit.

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Wind Power’s Limits to Growth

Every technology contains an innate “economy of scale” for the system within which it operates. As seen in the graph below, grid-scale wind energy is beginning to run into inherent limits of applicability in US power grids:

Diverging Curves Display Wind’s Limits
This chart from the Department of Energy (DOE) shows how little electricity is generated by wind, despite its seemingly large installed capacity.

Image Source

The amount of electricity actually produced from the huge investment in wind power is not only very small, it is unreliable and may not be available to meet peak power demand during hot (still) summer days. And during winter storms, wind power may fall off because the winds are too strong. So much for the notion that wind is there for the taking. __ Source

Although installed wind energy capacity is rising in an exponential manner, the actual electrical generation by wind farms is flattening to an oscillating plateau — a marked divergence of the actual from the theoretical. This is not a mystery, and has been predicted by knowledgeable electric power analysts for decades.

Wind and Solar Are Not “Killing” Coal

Wind and solar output are unpredictable, unreliable, chaotically intermittent. To prevent ruinous power blackouts caused by an over-reliance on erratic power sources, it is necessary to build a large backup system of generators that utilise more reliable power sources — coal and gas.

… the inherent variability of solar and wind will perversely “lock-in” fossil fuels…

Why? Basically because power generators will have to build and maintain a parallel set of fossil fuel plants to supply energy to make up for shortfalls in renewable energy when the wind falters and the sun goes down. It’s not quite the same thing as having to pay for and build two separate power generation systems, but it’s closer than most advocates for renewable energy would like to acknowledge. __ Reason

No, it is even worse than that. Governments mandate “the first use” of wind and solar energy when available, and provide massive subsidies to wind and solar projects. As a result of government interference, wholesale prices for energy are driven down below profitable levels. The utilities that operate vital standby generators are forced to watch their expensive plants suffer premature wear and tear, while having to endure artificially depressed compensation for the reliable power they provide — sad compensation for saving power grids from crashing time and again.


Some forms of power production are more resilient than others. In the face of unpredictable circumstances, oil-gas-coal-nuclear are relatively resilient, while wind & solar have negative resilence — high vulnerability. Given that advanced societies base their very existences on affordable, reliable, high quality, resilient sources of electric power, intelligent people should be very sceptical of grid-scale wind and solar energy.

Over the past decade, the world has spent US$ 3.0 trillion on renewable energy, according to the International Energy Agency (Figure 2). For that expenditure, the clean cadre has taken a couple of points of share away from coal, the black stuff that seems to have nine lives (Figure 3). __ Myth of Energy Transition

Grid-scale wind and solar energy were supposed to displace coal and gas power. It is almost impossible for wind/solar advocates to explain why that is not happening in any meaningful sense. The truth is that wind and solar cannot in a million years keep critical “life and death” power grids from collapsing on their own.

Even with unlimited storage, the costs of compensating for the inherent shortcomings of wind and solar would break most utilities, making a total nationalisation — with much higher total costs for power — mandatory.

Energy Returned on Energy Invested

Forbes EROEI for Major Energy Forms
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2015/02/11/eroi-a-tool-to-predict-the-best-energy-mix/#4f3b2636a027
Nuclear Ranks Best on Energy Return for Investment

In the long run, only advanced nuclear power can provide the reliable, high quality, affordable power supplies that developed nations require for their life or death critical infrastructures.

Sure, peak oil is largely a myth, and the climate apocalypse cult is based upon a massive delusion. But humans have better things to do with hydrocarbons than to burn them, and over a time scale of tens of thousands of years and longer, only nuclear power — advanced fission and fusion — can be relied upon to sustain human needs for energy and heat.

Radical green environmentalists of the leftist dieoff persuasion have taken over the energy policies of many western nations — driving up energy costs and undercutting reliability and quality.

Relying upon unreliable energy sources for vital power supplies is the mark of ideological blindness and possession. Smarter people have been warning about the elitist infatuation for energy starvation for decades. Unfortunately, a thorough corruption of government, media, academia, and other cultural institutions prevents most citizens of advanced countries from hearing about and understanding the hazard being foisted upon them by their “betters.”

If you pay attention now, you can begin to make provisions.

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. It is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood ©.

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Support Your Local Brewer

Craft Beers
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American Craft Beer Week 2018: May 14 to May 20

Americans begin celebrating the 2018 American Craft Beer Week today. I am not certain why the celebration is for only one week of the year, but perhaps that will be rectified soon.

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in the US, although wine and distilled spirits are also much appreciated for their medicinal value.

History

Beer and wine were discovered roughly 8,000 years ago, from Egypt to China, Georgia, and Mesopotamia.

Beer was long considered as a food — a type of “liquid bread.” Ancient beers were thicker — almost a gruel — and did not keep long before spoiling, unless somehow provided with extraordinarily high alcohol content. The later use of hops and more sophisticated brewing and storage methods allowed for longer periods of aging, and facilitated the use of beer in trade. For many world travelers to the undeveloped world, bottled beer can be one of the few safe drinks available.

Until recent centuries, scattered communities of humans were never more than a few bad years from starvation. Every bit of “food” that could be consumed or preserved for later use had to be utilised. In years where the grain harvest was too large to be safely stored, excess grain was converted into beer. Wine also became a form of “food storage” for later use, particularly in times of good fruit harvests.

These Days Beer is Appreciated For Itself

As we celebrate the 2018 American Craft Beer Week — today through next Sunday — we should be grateful that we do not currently need to view beer as a hedge against famine. Instead, we can enjoy the creative work of thousands of craft brewers who focus upon creating liquid works of art that bring us great pleasure.

Bringing the Brewing Home

The homebrewing of fine beer is perhaps the best way of honouring the ancient human craft of making beer.

Homebrewing resources

Once you have the equipment, homebrewing is the most economical way to keep a supply of your favourite beers close at hand.

Finally: Do not drink and drive, do not start fights you cannot finish, and do not drive into smoke.

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Donald Trump: Alone Against the Apocalypse?

Fighting Chaos with Chaos?

Stopping Doomsday Single-Handedly?
President Trump’s withdrawal from the bogus Iran nuclear deal, and his determination to denuclearize North Korea, are all the more important due to the fact that even a single nuclear weapon possessed by these rogue states could pose an existential threat to the United States by way of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.

Source

Trump as “Chaos-Master” Faces Down Forces of Doom

From its start, the Trump administration has been plagued by charges of “chaos.” From the revolving door of senior staffers — including two secretaries of state, three national security advisers and two chiefs of staff — to the president’s brash and sometimes boorish personal style, to his politically incorrect taunt-tweeting, Donald Trump has refused to conform to his political opponents’ conventional notions of what constitutes an effective White House operation.

And yet, the economy is humming, hosts of regulations have been rolled back, the unemployment rate is down, job openings are soaring, taxes have been cut and black joblessness is at an all-time low. Prototypes for the wall along the Mexican border are being tested, raids by ICE are rounding up dangerous illegal aliens and the “travel ban” against several Muslim nations was argued last month before the Supreme Court, where the president’s authority over immigration will be upheld.

In foreign affairs, the two Koreas are talking to each other, with a summit between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un slated for June in Singapore, the ISIS “caliphate” has been effectively destroyed and just last week Trump yanked the carpets out from under the Iranian mullahs and canceled the nuclear deal negotiated — but never submitted to the Senate for ratification — by the Obama administration.

In short, this has been the most effective administration since FDR’s first term. __ https://nypost.com/2018/05/12/trumps-chaotic-style-is-starting-to-make-sense/

An Additional 1% of GDP Growth Changes the Chess Board

Risk of “EMP Doomsday” Pushed Back

If Trump had been content to follow Obama’s playbook on nuclear rogues North Korea and Iran, these dire threats from EMP would be growing more and more immediate:

“President Trump’s withdrawal from the bogus Iran nuclear deal, and his determination to denuclearize North Korea, are all the more important because even a single nuclear weapon possessed by these rogue states would pose an existential threat to North America by EMP attack,”

Social Order: Looting requires dusk to dawn curfew. People become refugees as they flee powerless homes. Work force becomes differently employed at scavenging for basics, including water, food, and shelter.

Communications: No TV, radio, or phone service.

Transportation: Gas pumps inoperable. Failure of signal lights and street lights impedes traffic, stops traffic after dark. No mass transit metro service. Airlines stopped.

Water and Food: No running water. Stoves and refrigerators inoperable. People melt snow, boil water, and cook over open fires. Local food supplies exhausted. Most stores close due to blackout.

Energy: Oil and natural gas flows stop.

Emergency Medical: Hospitals operate in dark. Patients on dialysis and other life support threatened. Medications administered and babies born by flashlight.

__ EMP Commission Reports

US President Trump is not being helped by “the deep state” in his efforts to stem doomsday threats. Quite the opposite, in fact:

The Obama administration’s “do nothing” policy on EMP continues at the Department of Energy where the Office of Electric Reliability plans to spend millions endlessly studying EMP in collaboration with the national labs and the electric power industry. Yet these studies are unnecessary. DOD has all the data needed to protect the national grid now, but has ignored the EMP Commission’s recommendation to share EMP data.

• Obama-holdovers in DOD slow-rolled and sabotaged the EMP Commission, hoodwinking Congress into terminating the EMP Commission in September 2017. That same month North Korea successfully tested an H-Bomb they describe as capable of “super-powerful EMP attack” and released a report accurately describing a Super-EMP nuclear weapon. __ http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/21577

Obama/Clinton Policies Would Leave US as Helpless Hostage

The entire thrust of the Obama/Clinton foreign policy appears directed toward making the enemies of the US stronger, while weakening the US on almost every front. As long as Obama/Clinton holdovers remain active in US government bureaucracies, this malignant force of active and intentional decline will continue.

It is wrong to expect too much from Trump’s first few years, in the face of decades of inbred government-instigated decay and virtual self-sabotage. But given the challenge, Trump’s scorecard of accomplishments so far is impressive.

A President Like No Other

… Trump became president because he outworked and outhustled his competitors, because he saw that most seasoned politicians were split-the-difference 51 percent hedgers—and that the country by 2016 desperately wanted some sort of Samson to tear down the pillars of a complacent if not corrupt establishment, even if they and their deliverer might sometimes be injured in the rubble.

… The country was looking for a third alternative to both free-market economics and neo-socialism, and yet again to both political correctness and the Republican often groveling surrender to it. Or as Black puts it, “Trump’s rise was an expression of sub-revolutionary anger by a wide swath of dissatisfied and mainly not overly prosperous or influential people.” … Trump assumed that even in the age of high techies and billionaire financiers, one can still not build a tower without the muscular labor of welders, cement layers, and glass installers. __ VD Hanson reviews “A President Like No Other”

The deep state is pulling out all stops in an effort to reverse the election of Donald Trump — “by any means necessary.”

To reiterate Trump’s achievements after 16 months in office:

… the economy is humming, hosts of regulations have been rolled back, the unemployment rate is down, job openings are soaring, taxes have been cut and black joblessness is at an all-time low. Prototypes for the wall along the Mexican border are being tested, raids by ICE are rounding up dangerous illegal aliens and the “travel ban” against several Muslim nations was argued last month before the Supreme Court, where the president’s authority over immigration will be upheld.

In foreign affairs, the two Koreas are talking to each other, with a summit between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un slated for June in Singapore, the ISIS “caliphate” has been effectively destroyed and just last week Trump yanked the carpets out from under the Iranian mullahs and canceled the nuclear deal negotiated — but never submitted to the Senate for ratification — by the Obama administration. __ Trumps Chaotic Effectiveness to Date

And that is just a small sample of what can be seen on the surface of things.

Trump Playing Deeper Game Than Media Capable of Comprehending

There is a lot at risk in this high-stakes poker game of national and international one-upmanship. Much more is happening behind the scenes than most members of the public will ever know — much less understand even if they were made more aware.

Why is Trump still standing after being the target of so much fury, hatred, and fear at home and around the world? Perhaps one of the reasons is his having been brought up into a bruising world of business and finance, without having been pampered.

As a boy, Donald Trump thrived at the New York Military Academy as both a star athlete and a student leader. Over summer breaks, Donald worked at his father’s construction sites where he gained a first-hand knowledge of how the building trades operated.

After graduating from the Wharton School of Finance with a degree in economics, Trump set his sites on bigger development projects than his father had ever been involved with — and went on from there.

Trump learned to deal with financial institutions, political entities, and was forced to work around bent personalities in government, labour unions, organised crime, the newspapers, and much more.

Perhaps just as importantly, Trump learned to manage large amounts of debt in an industry that is built on debt. That experience can only serve him well when trying to face down the monstrous debt of the US government — and in understanding the challenges being faced by other national leaders around the world in terms of their economic stressors.

It’s a Chaotic World Out There

The world is full of traps, bogs, and potential dooms. Serious nations need to be led by serious people who have confronted many such traps prior to assuming leadership. Unicorn-boys like Clinton, Bush Jr., and Obama have no business pretending to lead the only global superpower. They have only f’d it up — although to be fair to Obama, he did it intentionally.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too late for a Dangerous Childhood © .

More:

Trump’s “Lizard Wisdom” in NYT

California’s last rational Democrat Party politician warns colleagues against Trump hatred

How Trump is beginning to spook the left (commentary on above two articles)

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Cyborgs and Longevity: Simplification and Redundancy

Simplification, Functionality, and Redundancy

Altering man’s bodily functions to meet the requirements of
extraterrestrial environments would be more logical than providing an earthly environment for him in space . . . Artifact-organism systems which would extend man’s unconscious, self-regulatory controls are one possibility __ By Manfred E. Clynes and Nathan S. Kline
ROCKLAND STATE HOSPITAL, ORANGEBURG, N. Y. (Quoted in Cyborgs, MIT PDF)

Genetic modification of body systems is one approach to promoting longevity — particularly in the face of environments which are inhospitable to humans. But another approach is to replace as much of the biological organism as possible with artifactual replacement parts and systems. Arms and legs are being replaced routinely by prostheses, and we are not far off from prosthetic hearts, kidneys, bladders, and more.

The body performs three primary functions: Providing life support to itself and the brain in the form of nutrients, oxygen, waste disposal, blood circulation etc… providing reproductive functions … and providing mobility and manual dexterity to assist in life support and reproduction.

The challenge to cyborg designers is to design and mass produce cyborg bodies which can provide as many vital functions as necessary for the purpose at hand.

The Brain Comes First

It is clear that if most of the physical body (aside from the brain) can be replaced by prosthetic devices and artifactual systems, the parameters for bio-rejuvenation therapies can be fine tuned and simplified to meet the requirements for the few biological systems that remain — specifically the human brain.

If we think of the rest of the human body as supporting the brain, the problem of regeneration for the body will come to resemble the problem of providing replacement parts for mechanical systems. Note that “replacement parts” and systems for the cyborg body may consist of devices and systems made of either advanced organic or non-organic materials.

The brain will require special treatment in any viable cyborg design meant to provide the individual with a long and “fully functional” lifespan.

System Enhancement and Replacement

Consider the prosthetic devices proposed in the video below. These devices are meant to minimise water loss from the body to just a few ounces a day — drastically reducing human requirements for fresh water intake.

Shenu: Hydrolemic System from takram on Vimeo.

The cyborg-like modifications in the video above are meant to expand the ability of humans to survive in settings where fresh water supplies have been harshly curtailed. Other cyborg modifications are meant to facilitate human migration into outer space.

It is easy to conceptualise cyborg systems which replace most of the natural organ systems of the human body, providing functions of life support — including nutrient supply, oxygen supply, and waste disposal — as well as mobility and manual dexterity. We cannot reach that level all at once, of course. At this time replacement prosthetic devices can only provide some aspects of mobility, manual dexterity, metabolic control, and waste disposal.

Some organ systems in future cyborgs may contain human cells derived from the liver, pancreas, or other organs with specialised biochemical, immunological, and glandular function. But these replacement organs will look nothing like their predecessors — and they will be miniaturised into micro-organs so as to allow distribution of their vital functions in multiple parts of the body.

As the micro-organ concept is incorporated and disseminated more thoroughly, instead of saying that the cyborg body “has a liver” we will say that the cyborg body “is a liver.” Instead of saying it “has a pancreas,” we will say it “is a pancreas.”

A New Age of Robust Redundancy

Newer generations of cyborgs will provide distributed life support and waste disposal for the brain, in layered fashion. In other words, one life support/waste disposal system (made up of micro- or nano-organoids) may fail or be knocked out, but several others will continue to function — until repairs can make the cyborg body entirely whole again.

Remember, it is the brain that counts. As long as the brain receives sufficient support from the cyborg body, it will continue to function and make decisions — and interact with the outside world as needed.

A Brain Must Be Embodied

A large part of our brains as they exist today, deal with the homeostatic control of the body. This involves the interaction of an exquisite system of sensory signals from body to brain, as well as a robust set of motor and autonomic signals from the brain to the body.

Without these signals from the body, the brain would go insane. And without a body to control, much of the brain would alter itself to perform other functions. What other functions? Stay tuned.

Put simply, our brains need input — and lots of it. If for the sake of simplification, life extension, and acquisition of abilities to survive in harsh environments, we unwittingly cut off much of our brain’s input, we will soon discover our mistake and we will have to improvise. But I suspect that from the beginning we will build a multitude of sensors into our cyborg replacement parts, out of necessity for proper functioning as well as out of the need to keep the brain happy.

The body performs many more crucial functions than mentioned above. And it is important that as humans walk down the future paths of cyborg design, genetic enhancement, lab-grown organs for replacement, and many other innovative approaches to enhancing human function and lifespan, that we remember how we evolved the way we did, and why. Open mind, open heart.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too late for a Dangerous Childhood ©.

More:

Androids and Cyborgs: Machine, Body and the Self – Week Five

https://prezi.com/xtka0yrglcwz/bcm325-future-cultures-week-five/?

http://web.mit.edu/digitalapollo/Documents/Chapter1/cyborgs.pdf

https://alfin2400.blogspot.com/2012/06/human-body-re-designed-to-survive-on-1.html

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Jordan Peterson and the Rise of the New Chautauqua

The Return of Public Lectures Useful to the Public

Back in late 19th and early 20th century America, “Chautauqua circuits” of public lectures swept across the states. This was long before radio and television — and a hundred years before the internet and social media. Chautauqua circuits provided education and entertainment of an intellectual nature to the public, in the setting of large tents pitched in open fields. Appealing to a public of that era who were eager to think and learn, Chautaquas competed with circuses, revival meetings, theatrical productions, and music shows with the express intent to educate as well as entertain. And they were wildly popular.

Lectures were the mainstay of the chautauqua. Prior to 1917, lectures dominated the circuit chautauqua programs. The reform speech and the inspirational talk were the two main types of lecture until 1913.[5] Later topics included current events, travel and stories, often with a comedic twist. __ http://en.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/139107

21st Century Millenials Not so Eager to Ponder Difficult Ideas?

In an age of addictive social media, video games, and internet porn, it would seem that today’s youth are not interested in deeper ideas. Or are they? If we can judge by attendance at public lectures by Jordan Peterson or Sam Harris, perhaps modern and jaded Americans (and Australians, Brits, Canadians, Europeans, etc.) have not lost their desire to struggle with deeper ideas.

Consider how the New York Times describes the new phenomenon of the “Intellectual Dark Web:”

Most simply, it is a collection of iconoclastic thinkers, academic renegades and media personalities who are having a rolling conversation — on podcasts, YouTube and Twitter, and in sold-out auditoriums — that sound unlike anything else happening, at least publicly, in the culture right now. Feeling largely locked out of legacy outlets, they are rapidly building their own mass media channels. __ NYT

Along with Jordan Peterson, we find Sam Harris, Bret Weinstein, Heather Heying, Douglas Murray, Christina Hoff Sommers, and many other academics and rogue intellectuals who are roughly grouped as members of the intellectual dark web.

Peterson is touring North America — and parts of the UK, Europe, and Australia — promoting both his book “12 Rules for Life” and his larger sphere of ideas. In addition to income from book sales and public appearances, Peterson’s patrons gift him roughly $80,000 per month to support his work on the internet.

Other members of “the intellectual dark web” are also touring much of the developed world, bringing “heretical ideas” to a public that has been over-saturated in post-modern multicultural political correctness and other popular cults of deception.

The new Chautauqua of both public lectures and internet lectures and conversations is hitting the larger intellectual world in a most uncomfortable place. Clearly, established lords of the intellectual domain do not appreciate being bypassed by these mavericks of free thought and free speech.

The Empire Strikes Back

Across the media, writers in print and producers of multimedia have been taking potshots at Jordan Peterson, Sam Harris, Cristina Hoff Sommers, and other “dark web” speakers in a growing frenzy of reactionary fear. From UK Channel Four to Australia’s 60 Minutes to Vice Media to American NBC and on and on and on — the ruling lords of media and academia have been desperately burning out their gun barrels in an attempt to blow these upstarts to oblivion.

But strangely, in their mindless fury, the reactionaries of the authoritarian left are only making Peterson and the rest more and more famous and appealing. This odd impotence is something they had not counted on, after all this time of being largely uncontradicted on campus, on the internet, television, in print and in public discourse.

Entering a New Age of Public Intellectual Discourse

One of events that dismayed the leftist thought police of media and academia was a recent endorsement by Kanye West of young Candace Owens and her outspoken ideas against political correctness. They understand that if they lose celebrities in rapper culture and black celebrity culture, that they are definitely in trouble in terms of future political control.

The intellectual dark web is only one manifestation of a wind change that has moved across the American landscape over the past few years. Jordan Peterson could have never achieved current levels of public success in the US without the growing levels of disillusionment toward institutions of media, academia, government, activism, etc. during the Clinton, Bush, and Obama years. Those three dismayingly lightweight presidents set the stage for a larger blowback.

For example, US President Donald Trump was not the first choice for most people who ultimately voted for him, but the voting public (not counting people voting illegally) was in no mood to see the country descend further into an Obamaesque or Clintonesque decay. And so they took their chances with a relative unknown rather than to play a hand that would have been a definite loser.

Jordan Peterson Penetrates Deeply Beneath Ideology and Politics

Most of the attacks on Jordan Peterson, Sam Harris, and other mavericks who dare to contradict the PC thought police, centre on their statements which have political implications — or which most strongly oppose the intolerant and authoritarian leftist crusade of intellectual conquest over all public institutions.

But Peterson — and to a lesser extent Harris — penetrates so deeply beneath the superficial layers of politics and ideology, that virtually none of the critics of the left have the foggiest idea what is being discussed.

It is not so much a “blind spot” as it is a cognitive deficit and comprehensive ignorance among leftist “intellectuals” and media personnel so astoundingly broad and deep so as to discredit them for their automatic bias and groupthinking reflexes. These characteristics of the leftist echo choir are not so difficult to observe and note, for most members of the public.

And So the Media and Academia Accelerate Their Own Decline

These predominantly leftist institutions made their choices toward a brittle intolerance toward open debate a number of decades ago, and have only been tightening the nooses around their own necks since making the fateful choice.

How ironic that now that technology is allowing the heretical outcasts and insider mavericks to bypass the gatekeepers and address the public directly, the public is regaining an appreciation for face-to-face public lectures.

If you go down this list of public lecture venues you will see that until recently, most public lectures have taken place on university campuses and inside the auditoriums of institutions such as museums, libraries, and public/private institutions of science.

Because many of the conventional venues for lectures are controlled by leftist-oriented institutions, the new mavericks of free thought and free speech are renting public auditoriums generally used for musical and theatrical performances. Such an approach bypasses the leftist gatekeepers while providing the public with a chance to view and listen to unconventional thinkers and speakers face to face.

Meanwhile on the internet, more and more people are beginning to think about things that would have been unthinkable — simply because professors, administrators, and media outlets would have never allowed the ideas to see the light of day.

Pay attention. What is happening on the intellectual front is analogous to what happens in meteorology when a warm air mass confronts a cold air mass. Make provisions for turbulence. And take every opportunity to make yourselves Dangerous on all levels.

A recent thought-provoking talk by Jordan Peterson at Lafayette College:

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Russians are Celebrating More Putin and Victory Over Nazis

More Years of Putin, More Celebrations of Past Glories

On 9 May, Russians will again celebrate a WWII victory over Nazi Germany. And they will also celebrate yet more years of Putin to come. The two things amount to the same thing, a fixed gaze into past years of Russian empire and glory. And for many Russians, that may be enough to satisfy the soul.

This week, Russia will spend millions of dollars to put up yet another WWII victory parade in the Red Square. Tanks will rumble and jets will fly overhead. Nuclear-capable ballistic missiles will slowly crawl past the same old mausoleum with the same old corpse inside. But what about the people watching? Some are clinging to old glory.

… Russia has roughly half the population it had a hundred years ago and in many metrics such as consumer goods production has yet to reach pre-revolutionary levels or levels that were achieved by Stalin’s GULAG slave labor in the 1930’s. [Is it possible that in] all ways that count, Russia is the sole loser of the Second World War[?] __ Source

Economically, Russia is doing worse than both its allies and its enemies of WWII. And much of the reason for that failure rests squarely on the shoulders of president-for-life Vladimir Putin. So what is it that Russians are actually celebrating?

More Years of Putin: What to Expect?

Putin has controlled the Russian state for roughly 20 years now. His first ten years in office were blessed by favorable economic conditions which allowed a broadly based uplift of economic conditions for most Russians. Oil & gas prices were high, and so were the hopes of the Russian people for a better life in a new millenium.

But in his dash for glory Putin tried to cash in on Russia’s accumulated wealth too soon, and the aftermath has not been pretty for the motherland or her people.

Our economic growth in the past decade has averaged less than 1 percent per year. How can we solve these issues of economic stagnation, sanctions and no investment? It looks like he’ll have to get [ex-Finance Minister Alexei] Kudrin, but Kudrin won’t be able to do much anyway because his hands are tied with Putin’s politics. The main problem for Putin is the economy. He can’t get anywhere with foreign policy because everyone already knows what to expect from him. __ MT

Russians are Leaving the Motherland

In dire economic straits, with little hope for the future, those Russians who have the skills and assets to relocate are either making contingency plans to do so, or are actually leaving.

Asylum applications to the USA by Russians spiked by 40% in 2017 from the previous year, and continue the climb that began back in 2012 when Putin ran again for the presidency after a term as prime minister when he exerted control from behind the scenes. Applications for asylum or for visas are just an early step in the process of emigration from Russia. But monitoring applications for residency is one way to gauge the disillusionment of Russians toward their lives at home.

So the best and the brightest, those who have traveled and seen the world, those who have the best ideas and want them to pursue them, just leave Russia.

… It’s not just oppression and insecurity that are driving Russians away from their beloved homeland. Many are worried about getting a good education for their children, unencumbered by Kremlin propaganda. Many fear their personal savings are being stolen, or their businesses could be “appropriated” by false criminal charges, a favored tactic of abusive officials. __ Source

Has Putin Shot His Wad?

For a decade now the military has not been attracting the kind of quality volunteers they had hoped to get and are lowering their standards in order to make their annual quotas. This just fills the ranks with more troublesome people, who cause more of the good troops to get out. In the last few years the military has quietly stopped accepting many volunteers or conscripts from Moslem areas, especially the Caucasus (especially Chechnya and Dagestan). The wisdom of this was made clear when Russian intelligence reported that the most effective Russian Moslems who joined and fought for Islamic terrorist groups were military veterans. In contrast Russian Moslems who had not served in the military were less likely to become Islamic terrorists… Because of higher birthrates among the Moslem populations nearly 15 percent of eligible conscripts are Moslems and that is seen as more of a problem. __ Strategy

In Crimea, east Ukraine, Syria, Moldova, Georgia, and elsewhere in his near abroad, Putin has exposed his declining military to the corrosive forces of actual combat. And time is not on the side of the Russian military.

But worse than the unstoppable decline of Russia’s military are the direct consequences to Russia’s economy from Putin’s international imprudence. His timing was bad — to say the least. And so we see an ongoing decline in critical Russian infrastructures, from education to healthcare to transportation to manufacturing to space industries to the dependency on foreign oil services companies to produce Russia’s oil & gas — the very lifeblood of Russia. And beneath it all is the inexorable demographic decline of Russia — and not only in terms of population numbers and distribution.

Demographics is about far more than population — otherwise why use the word “demographics” at all? Just use population and save a keystroke and the terminal lisp. No, demographics is about the changing numbers, distributions, sub-populations, and many other attributes which reflect upon the quality of the populations involved (age, sex, income, education, iq, etc), as well as time trends that influence all of these numbers and attributes.

More Years of Putin, More Fixation on Past Glories

Putin has little left to offer to the Russian people, other than pageants, parades, and the promise of future suffering in order to pay for the costly diversions from reality of the present and the past.

Meanwhile, to the southeast, Russia’s true enemy (frenemy) is quietly taking over control of the Russian Far East and other parts of Siberia — out of necessity as well as out of a sense of historical justice. As time goes by we will see who is the better magician of misdirection — Mr. Putin or Mr. Xi.

Previous articles:

Problems Russian schoolteachers are facing

A World Without Lace Panties

Millions of Women Lost in Vast Wasteland of Former USSR

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China’s Marshmallow Days

China Economic Blockbuster

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain __ The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Despite appreciable slowing of China’s economic growth rates, the Middle Kingdom is riding a glittering wave of apparent wealth. The dragon maintains its ability to shape the destinies of lesser nations with which it interacts, even to the point of taking possession of significant assets of these smaller countries when they default on “honey loans” meant for infrastructure development.

Last year, with more than $1 billion in debt to China, Sri Lanka handed over a port to companies owned by the Chinese government. Now Djibouti, home to the US military’s main base in Africa, looks about to cede control of another key port to a Beijing-linked company…

Some call this “debt-trap diplomacy“: Offer the honey of cheap infrastructure loans, with the sting of default coming if smaller economies can’t generate enough free cash to pay their interest down. In Sri Lanka, acrimony remains around Hambatota and projects like “the world’s emptiest airport.”

… The Center for Global Development, a non-profit research organization, analyzed debt to China that will be incurred by nations participating in the current Belt and Road investment plan. Eight nations will find themselves vulnerable to above-average debt: Djibouti, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, the Maldives, Mongolia, Montenegro, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. __ China Debt Trap

For smaller and weaker nations, it is a dangerous thing to default on a debt to China. As we have seen in the South China Seas, the Chinese Communist Party is not at all reluctant to claim foreign territories for itself, and then to move immediately to militarise such territories.

Behind the banner of its “Belt and Road” investment plan, China appears to be embarking upon a grand plan of “marshmallow” imperialism. Calling to mind the child psychology experiments where children are offered one marshmallow now, or two marshmallows if they can wait a specified period of time, the third world recipients of Chinese enticement loans seem to want their one marshmallow now — and damn the long term costs to themselves and their progeny.

China Debt Inside and Out

China has pushed out $38 trillion in new debt (primarily to its corporations) that has (and still is), built massive new debt fueled capacity for a collapsing domestic and anemically growing global consumer base…what could go wrong? And now that the consumer base is shrinking, the debt issuance and resultant further build out in new capacity, apartment blocks, shopping malls, etc. etc. is likely set to go into a final mal-investment overdrive. __ https://econimica.blogspot.ch/2018/03/chinas-impending-middle-class-boom-more.html

China’s debt has skyrocketed since the global deflationary crisis of 2007-2009. A collapse of foreign investment and China’s export markets resulted in the need for China’s government to build future GDP growth upon internal credit-based investments — including massive infrastructure buildups. Such an addiction to debt will be harder for China to break than an addiction to heroin would be to break for the looming number of opiate users in China.

More on the China Bubble

Is China Following Japan’s Tragic History?

China is experiencing the exponential growth of a credit/debt bubble which will have unpredictable consequences. But even more consequential than China’s internal debt bubble is the debt bubble that China is exporting to the rest of the world, via its “Belt and Road” initiative and by other means.

When China “takes over” the territory of a formerly sovereign power — whether via debt foreclosure or via other means of persuasion –> intimidation –> coercion — the dragon carries along the threat of military occupation. A long “island chain” of military occupied territories from the South China Sea to Sri Lanka to Greece to Venezuela and Panama would project an impression of global power to many observers.

Similarly, Japan’s Asian and Pacific conquests prior to its conflict with the US in the 1940s, appeared to be vast and irreversible. Australia was almost certain to be next under the Japanese sword, and then India.

What does this have to do with China? China achieved its wealth following “the Japanese model.” It is rapidly building its military strength using western technologies — stolen, bought, pirated, and copied, much like Japan did. It is extending its regional reach via both economic and military imperialism — based upon an ethnic Han Chinese nationalism, in imitation of the Nipponese nationalism used by the Japanese militarists of the past. China — like Japan before it — seems reluctant to threaten Russia outright, although ultimately China will need Russian resources. Whether Chinese bluster in general is aimed toward actual warfare or merely the threat of war to achieve its longer term ends, the result will be the same.

The events that forced Japan to relinquish its historical conquests and dreams of domination were different in many ways than the events which will ultimately force China to once again back away from painful engagement with the outside world. No matter how overextended China’s outside territories and logistical chains become, the greatest weaknesses for China have always been internal. And so they remain.

China will not be overrun by low IQ immigrants — as Germany and Sweden seem determined to be. China’s rot is built in, displayed in its bloody harvest of human organs from political prisoners, its toxic land-air-water-food-medicines-harbours, its massive corruption and misallocation of resources, a fatal lack of openness and equal opportunity, and the core of greed and deceit that drives government at all levels. These are all ticking time bombs, as displayed in an ongoing capital flight, brain drain, and a general attitude of “getting out while the getting is good,” among those with the opportunity to do so.

Internal Pressures Will Drive China’s Cataclysms

China is experiencing an apparent golden age, with daily announcements of grand achievements “any day now” by the CCP military, by China’s scientists, by the space corps, by the grand “Belt and Road” initiative, and by the unstoppable grand expansion of Chinese influence and domination worldwide. Behind the curtain, desperate manipulation is called for, to maintain outward appearances of inevitable progress.

In other words, China’s future is “baked in” by the characters of CCP leadership and by the stratospheric expectations of the Chinese people themselves — constantly driven to greater heights by government propaganda. But not everyone in China is getting with the program, and that will be an ever growing problem for the master class.

Interesting times, mister Xi.

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What’s Holding Blacks Back?

It Feels Good to Be a Victim

blacks, inevitably, suffer from a classic post-colonial inferiority complex. Like insecure people everywhere, they are driven by a private sense of personal inadequacy to seeing imaginary obstacles to their success supposedly planted by others.

… The victimology cult has in turn engendered a cult of black separatism.

__ “Whats Holding Blacks Back (2001 in CityJournal)

Not much has changed over the past 17 years since Columbia University academic John McWhorter penned those words. It seems that blacks are inextricably stuck in this “classic post-colonial inferiority complex” — whatever that is — in perpetuity. Most black celebrity leaders seem content to keep it that way, having profited immensely under the current regime of victimhood.

What has changed significantly is that more and more countries around the world are asking themselves the question: “What’s wrong with black people? Why do they remain on the lower rungs of the ladder wherever in the world they go?”

Fear of a Black Invasion in China

Today’s Chinese feel a bit uncomfortable about the numbers of black people in their midst. Here are a few of their misgivings on the topic:

“Black brothers often travel in droves; they are out at night out on the streets, nightclubs, and remote areas. They engage in drug trafficking, harassment of women, and fighting, which seriously disturbs law and order in Guangzhou… Africans have a high rate of AIDS and the Ebola virus that can be transmitted via body fluids… If their population [keeps growing], China will change from a nation-state to an immigration country, from a yellow country to a black-and-yellow country.”

… The types of discourses you see on social media sites are quite repetitive—black men raping Chinese women, black men having consensual sex with Chinese women and then leaving them, blacks as drug users and thieves destroying Chinese neighborhoods. People are living in a society that is changing rapidly. ‘The blacks’ has become a projection point for all these anxieties in society.” __ QZ.com

Notice the huge growth in migration rates across the Mediterranean.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-24583286

Europe Lies in the Flight Path of African Population Overflow

Of course China is not at all close to being overrun by large numbers of African people. But Europe is something else, since Europe lies directly in the path of migration for an overflowing dark continent.

Without outside help, Africa is already badly overpopulated. Despite that, African fertility rates are sky high. If Africa’s growing surplus of humans is not shipped to more advanced parts of the world — like Europe — conditions in African cities will become more and more unlivable than they are already becoming.

But once this overflow of people — average IQ ~ 75 — arrives in Europe, what can Europe do with them? The world of tomorrow needs people of higher IQ to operate its advanced machinery and maintain its critical infrastructures. Finding productive things for low IQ populations to do is not something that an aging native population of Europe will find at all entertaining or profitable.

What Does the Future Hold for European Crime Rates?


It is clear from the graphic above, that without black crime and incarceration, US crime and incarceration would be much lower — comparable to the lowest of European crime and incarceration rates.

But as the proportion of black Africans living in Europe rises, only a fool would expect crime rates in Europe to remain low. And so Europeans — as they grow ever older and more feeble — will need to learn how to police societies with exponentially rising crime rates. This will be an almost impossible task unless Europeans jettison their born-again religion of political correctness.

What About Brazil?

Brazil inherited large numbers of black people from the Portuguese slavers who developed the Brazilian cane trade. The legacy of black slavery in Brazil is murder rates among the highest in the world.

Brazil was responsible for 10 percent of all murders in the world in 2015. Young Black males accounted for a majority of those deaths. With the number of fatalities surpassing 59,000 that year alone, the homicide rate in the country reached an exorbitant 29 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. __ Source

Young black males make up most victims and perpetrators of Brazil’s ongoing murder epidemic. That sad reciprocity is true wherever in the world large numbers of blacks settle. Young. Black. Males. Murder. Each. Other.

Can Africa Make the Economic Leap Made by Singapore, S. Korea, Japan?

Africa remains poor decades after the end of colonialism. In fact, many African nations — including Zimbabwe and South Africa — have lost considerable ground since the end of colonial rule. Or consider the decline of Liberia, which was begun as a highly subsidised free nation populated by freed American slaves.

The article excerpted below examines the question of how African nations might jump to the level of the first world — straight out of the third world, like Singapore successfully did.

Nineteen out of 23 of the poorest nations in the world are in Africa. Of the 54 African countries, about 19 are represented on the world’s poorest list. __ What Does Africa Need to Grow Rich?

But Singapore had leadership, rule of law, and a population substrate of educated and educable people. Africa lacks all of those things, and has nothing like the foundational institutions that have helped to lift Taiwan.

This is the Challenge

So what is holding blacks back? The refusal by mainstream media, academia, government, foundations, activist groups, and other mainstream institutions to face the reality of black lives as they are actually lived is holding everyone back. Instead of facing reality and dealing with it, these corrupt assholes are using real black people as cannon fodder to advance their own careers and agendas at the expense of black lives.

The pertinent statistics in the two preceding graphics are the numbers of blacks killed by other blacks (esp. by young black males) vs. the vanishingly small number in comparison of blacks killed by whites or by police (of all races).

As soon as mainstream media, academia, government, other cultural institutions, and black leaders themselves stop using young black males as cannon fodder, and start acting as if black lives actually do matter, they can begin getting real about making the lives of black people better.

Follow the logical chain: Government policies –> Large numbers of unwed black mothers –> Most young blacks growing up in poverty without responsible male role models –> High levels of crime of all types, mental illness, illegitimate births, government dependency and incarceration –> Generation after generation after generation of the same . . .

Who is responsible? What needs to change?

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