oh, honestly!

boingboing gushes:

“Inside the Bronx high school [Bronx High School of Science] that produced seven Nobel-winning physicists—despite having sub-standard physics education while most of them were in school. According to this article, what the Bronx High School of Science lacked in specific-subject resources, it made up by creating an engaging environment that got kids excited about science, in general, both in and out of the classroom.”

never mind that 6 of the 7 are/were ashkenazi jews!:

Leon N. Cooper
Sheldon L. Glashow
Steven Weinberg
Melvin Schwartz
Russell A. Hulse (not jewish)
H. David Politzer
Roy J. Glauber


the pc-left is so clueless.

see also “bronx physics.” and here.

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repeal the 19th amendment!

at least for these chicks:

Perfect storm for GOP: Obama base stays home, white voters defect

“… Following patterns evident in Obama’s approval rating, the only segment of the white electorate that didn’t collapse for Democrats were college-educated white women. But even they tilted slightly toward the GOP….”


guess they’re still having those wet dreams.

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paranormal cr*p

wtf is this all about?:

“The numbers also showed that different types of paranormal entities appeal to different demographics. Women, for instance, are most likely to believe they live in haunted houses. College graduates are most likely to have out-of-body experiences. Unmarried white men are most likely to believe in UFOs.”

so, swms are into … what? … spaceships? anal probes? na’vi chicks? the thought of boldly going where no man has gone before?

people who believe in haunted houses or ufos/aliens are, to my mind, in the same category as people who believe astrology is something real … flakey! and we know from the gss that those people are not very bright (wordsum scores serve as a proxy for iq in case ya didn’t know that already):

but college grads are most likely to have out-of-body experiences? i presume they’re talking here about those “near-death” experiences, where a person feels like they’re floating above their body, rather than just gettin’ high. being college grads they can’t be that dumb so sheer stupidity can’t be the explanation.

autoscopic experiences seem to occur when there’s a disconnect between sensory experiences (related to the body) and the cognitive processing of those experiences (see here and here and here).

dunno why these should be the paranormal experience of “choice” for college grads. does it have to do with smarter people being more self-aware? and, therefore, they take more notice of funny, neurological discrepancies?


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here’s a t-shirt for sale @ richarddawkins.net:

ridiculous! that’s like saying “wolves are all north americans” or “marsupials are all chinese.”

come on, dick. don’t insult our intelligence like that!

update: we may all be descendants of africans people who came from africa, but we’re not all africans. duh!

update 10/13: glad to see i’m not the only one irritated by the “we are all africans” slogan. so is peter frost over @evo and proud (so i feel i’m in good company!). he posted back in april (via commenter mk over @gnxp):

“In the same interview, Stringer went on to say that our species is so young that differences among humans can only be skin-deep:

“Since so little time has passed since they [modern humans] decamped from Africa, dispersing to the far regions of the world — 100,000 years being a mere paleontological moment — ‘only slight differences, if any, in intellect and innate behavior are likely to have evolved between modern human populations.’ We are ‘all Africans under our skin.’

“Uh, 100,000 years is not a mere paleontological moment. A population can undergo significant physical and genetic change in as little as eight generations. In fact, many animal species go back only to the last ice age (25,000-10,000 BP). Evolutionary change is due primarily to the intensity of natural selection and only secondarily to the passage of time. Indeed, the faster such change has occurred, the more important it must be, since it is being driven by intense natural selection and not by adaptively neutral processes like genetic drift or founder effects.

“I can forgive journalists for not knowing the above. I find it harder to forgive Chris Stringer, who is fully aware of how fast natural selection can operate. There is no point in winning a debate if you inflict a lot of collateral damage in the process….”

read the whole post here.

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sins of the father…

people just have to stop apologizing for what OTHER people did IN THE PAST:

“US apologizes for infecting Guatemalans with syphilis in 1940s study – October 02, 2010”

i mean, no one can apologize for what someone else has done — unless they’ve been an accessory somehow. but that’s not possible if something was done in the past, now, is it?!


if there absolutely has to be some apologizing for this (and, let me be clear on this, THERE SHOULDN’T BE ANY APOLOGIES AT ALL FOR THIS, except possibly from the people who actually did this, if they’re still around), then i hope — i hope — the guatemalan gov’t has apologized to its own people as well, ’cause obviously they (or, rather, their counterparts of sixty some-odd years ago) were involved, too.

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word iv

from thomas ligotti, horror writer (via boingboing):

“Everyone preaches to the converted. If I didn’t believe my thoughts were superior to and truer than the thoughts of people who disagree with me, then I would think something else. And I would think that was superior and truer. Even some scientists who can be almost conclusively demonstrated to be wrong still cling to their erroneous views. This is one of the running themes of The Conspiracy against the Human Race. Truth works within a very tiny, often self-reflexive framework. Three of a kind always beats two pair. Someone believes God exists because a book tells them he does; they believe the book is true because lots of people have told them that it’s the word of God. Plus they like what the book says–that’s the most important thing. If they didn’t like it, they wouldn’t believe it…. The essay [The Conspiracy against the Human Race] is essentially about how humans can’t handle unpleasant realities and what those realities are. But we’re predisposed not to think about those things in a way that will affect how we live, or to think about them at all in most cases.”

parenting FAIL

this woman makes me so mad i could almost spit. in her face. almost. from gov via parapundit:

“Michelle’s Frustration”

“Integration: Michelle Hviid [poss irony moment: does her surname mean white?], 37, achieved nationwide fame four years ago when she created ‘Michelle’s Mission’ — an integration project to encourage immigrants and native Danes to have dinner together. Now she is deeply frustrated at living in Nørrebro, one of North West Copenhagen’s ghetto areas.

“This spring was the third time Michelle Hviid’s 12-year old son Benjamin was attacked by a gang of immigrant boys.

“He and a friend were on their way home from school and were walking up Nørrebrogade [major thoroughfare] when 12-14 immigrant boys began circling them. Benjamin had seen a couple of the boys previously at a Tae Kwon Do club.

“The group of immigrant boys managed to separate Benjamin and his friend so that each boy was surrounded by 6-7 immigrants. They started pushing the two Danish boys between them as if they were balls in a game. Slowly the boys were forced out onto the street. The traffic stopped and Benjamin made eye contact with some of the cyclists and drivers, silently pleading for help while being pushed around. No one came to his aid.

“His friend was hit and kicked so severely that he ended up at the hospital emergency room. Benjamin escaped onto a bus, but his assailants followed. He had to jump off the bus and seek refuge in a shop before anyone helped him.

“Crumbling faith

“Benjamin has been attacked twice before by different immigrant boys in Nørrebro — the first time he was 10 years old, the second he was 11. In both cases the attackers were local immigrant boys. Now he takes a massive detour to avoid certain streets when riding his bike to and from school.

“His mother, Michelle Hviid, lives with her husband and children on Thoravej in Copenhagen’s North West where they own their own apartment close to several ghetto areas. She is deeply frustrated about the attacks on her son. It has caused her faith in integration to crumble.

“In 2006 she sought to make a contribution towards integration by trying to get 1,500 Danes and 1,500 immigrants together to share a meal. Danmarks Radio [State TV] ran five programs covering ‘Michelle’s Mission’, which created a lot of attention.

“It proved easy to get Danes to take part but only 513 immigrants turned up.

“Attacked in Kindergarten

“Michelle Hviid’s faith in better integration also compelled her to enrol her three-year old daughter in the local kindergarten. It is situated close to some of the residential areas of Nørrebro which have been designated ghetto areas. But now she has withdrawn her daughter from this kindergarten.

“‘The staff were competent, but it seemed they were operating in pure survival mode with far too many children from low-income, disadvantaged and violent families — both Danes and immigrants. I don’t think my daughter learned or sang a single song during the year she spent at that kindergarten. My frustration peaked when one of the mothers attacked a teacher. My daughter witnessed the other teachers’ intervention to stop the attack, and she experienced the adults being very violent. I removed my daughter immediately and kept her at home until we could be offered an alternative placement.’

“Only a day later Michelle was offered a place for her daughter in another kindergarten for children from Nørrebro. Here the children are picked up by bus and taken to the Deer Park [a large recreational park] north of Copenhagen — an offer which the family is very grateful for.”

jesus h. christ.


i understand that the game is to demonstrate how moral you are by being the most politcally correct kid on the block (as steve sailer calls it – the great white status struggle), but most pc people get away with all their moralizing sheenanigans while living in the most white-bread neighborhood they can find! and no one notices. really.

so, michelle hviid, MOVE ALREADY!! for your children’s sakes!! you have started to see that there is a BIG problem here and that integration is a LOT harder than just inviting everyone over for dinner and then getting them all to hold hands and sing kumbaya.

your children are NOT going to thank you for their sh*tty childhood … if they survive to adulthood, that is.

there was another such clueless woman (+ husband – what’s wrong with these husbands anyway?! they need to take charge and get their families out of these situations!) only in norway who made it to the halls of youtube earlier this year – but she had remained more clueless than her counterpart in denmark. watch the whole thing (there’s more than one part) – if your blood-pressure can stand it:

these women should be ashamed of themselves. this is child abuse, pure and simple. and all for very, very selfish reasons (i.e. just to prove to everyone else how they, themselves, are soooo moral). sacrificing their kids on the altar of political correctness.

question: is there something particularly wrong with scandinavian women? i mean, wtf???

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