Tagged: demographic transition
LI The Future of Media Illiteracy
Does the idea of too high a price to pay for achieving one’s biological goals make any sense? In Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, the main character Nora has achieved reproductive success, she has three kids and her husband has just become head of the bank so together they will bring up their kids in the best possible conditions. She nevertheless leaves house, husband, and children to work on her own because she does not want to fail her “duty to herself” any longer. Can a “duty to oneself” be jeopardized by the pursuit of biological goals?
According to biosociologist Brant Wenegrat, “motherhood in societies like ours does predict an increased risk of depressive disorders” (Illness and Power, 1995). Some scholarly confirmation of the playwright’s insight, then, as motherhood and parenting, i.e. biological success itself would lead to increased biological risk, in the shape of dysfunctional conditions for the children raised by a depressive mother. Or is it nonsense? This prediction is not confirmed in the book Darwinian Psychiatry (1998), by McGuire and Troisi, which states that male celibates are the most at risk of depression, precisely because of their biological failure (failed reproductive machines). Two opposite conclusions, then, from scholars of the same school of thought. For McGuire and Troisi women’s mental health is not as dependent on the success of biological reproduction as men’s, whereas for Wenegrat successful biological reproduction tends to affect negatively women’s mental health and not men’s.
Modern work, now, is not an evolved biological media for male competition (contrary to what evolutionary psychologists Tiger and Fox, 1971, claim), as for millenaries slavery was the rule and dominant males did not work (savanna-activity, i.e. hunter-gatherer environment of evolutionary adaptedness EEA-like hunting was aristocrats’ hobby throughout the world in the past of civilization). In this way, and, again, contrary to the views of some EP scholars, modern work goes against biological tendencies. If a duty to oneself exists and, if we take Nora’s example, opposes the mere pursuit of biological goals, then modern work may be the way to fulfill one’s duty to oneself instead of biological goals. Yet in evolutionary terms I see nothing that warrants nor could even possibly warrant this ‘literary’ conclusion.
Gustave Le Bon, in his Psychologie des foules, talks about women who throw acid at their lovers’ face as something frequent in his days. Today, the media talks about this, pointing the finger to men, mostly in Pakistan and other Muslim countries, throwing acid in order to oppress women because those men are Muslims. In fact, EP scholar David Buss also talks of Jamaican women doing the same with their female rivals nowadays. Yet talk about acid attacks these days, and you will find that people associate it with Muslim men. There is a Sherlock Holmes story by Conan Doyle about a woman throwing acid at her lover’s face too, to confirm Le Bon (The Adventure of the Illustrious Client).
Outline for a dystopian sci-fi novel. As a foreign body inside the societies where their communities live, the Lormocks have a perception of their own, the basic idea of which being that their community’s interest only partially overlaps with that of the host societies, which they seek to exploit. They are parasites. Neuroparasites. For a long time our knowledge of parasites was perfunctory; we knew lice and other pest that suction blood and weaken the body, and that’s about all. It took us decades to find out that rabies is a parasite that compels the dog host to bite in order to carry the parasite over to more hosts. Now we have a much broader picture of what parasites are doing: They control their host, sometimes they castrate it, sometimes they do not allow him to take food, they do as they please with their host. As the Lormocks achieve middleman-minority status due to their ingroup solidarity inside societies that they help make atomistic, they endeavor to control the channels of public expression, and of course they use these according to their community’s interest. Sycophancy toward the Lormocks, serving this foreign and parasitic body’s purposes, becomes a sine qua non of individual success –and fitness– in society.
Subliminal advertising: the elephant penis in the living room.
Since the July 2016 failed coup in Turkey, Erdogan has been conducting massive repression in the country. Thousands of civil servants are being sacked and their names published so they will never find jobs again in the country. Intellectuals are also targeted.
272 writers from all over the world have signed a petition against the judicial trials that will open against journalist Ahmet Altan and his brother, economist Mehmet Altan.
Both are accused by the government of having sent subliminal messages on TV about the impending coup. As far as I know, a world premiere! (Le Monde, Sep 21, 2016)
Turkey’s President Erdogan is thus giving support to my research. I am available as an expert at the trial.
“There where similar charges [of the use of subliminal techniques, (like the “rats” in “democrats” in U.S. 2000 campaign trail, if you remember] by Andrés Manuel López Obrador against the right-wing candidate Felipe Calderón in the Mexican presidential elections of 2006, in which the color scheme for a popular soft drink and its publicity mirrored those of Calderón’s party. Opponent saw the similarity as a sneaky way to circumvent campaign spending limits by a corporate supporter of Calderón.” (Charles R. Acland, Swift Viewing: The Popular Life of Subliminal Influence, 2011).
Acland’s aim is to debunk subliminals as just another “urban legend.” Faced with such incredulity, it is really heartening to find support from intellectuals like Eric McLuhan [see Index for Professor Eric McLuhan’s contributions]. The example above shows that the use of non-verbal persuasion techniques is part of the public debate now, as it should be in media-literate constituencies. Information society must not amount to mass manipulation by mass media but to media literacy of the public.
The Age of Empathy (2009) by primatologist Frans de Waal talks of an experiment by Swedish professor Ulf Dimberg : When people are shown visuals of angry faces they tend to frown and of happy faces they tend to smile, and this is true also when the faces are subliminal! De Waal says Dimberg’s results have been met with resistance…
Dimberg, Thunberg, & Elmehed (2000), Unconscious facial reactions to emotional facial expressions. Psychological Science 11: 86-89.
Jacques Castonguay’s book La Psychologie au service du consommateur (1978), said by prefacer Nicolle Forget, the then chair of Canada consumers association, to put the limelight on subliminal advertising (« Il aura eu le mérite aussi de ramener dans l’actualité la question de la publicité subliminale »), is terribly disappointing. Albeit not in denial, Castonguay says Marshall McLuhan and Wilson Bryan Key’s views are “exaggerated,” so the topic is expedited in a couple of pages and he can devote the rest of his book to conveying the nauseating platitudes that business insiders wrote for the public.
Take Buddhism. Basically a personality cult (in the person of the Buddha).
The three following statements cannot be true taken together and studies show that 3/ is consistently true.
1/ The activity and development of the brain’s right hemisphere is not taken into account in IQ tests. (Marshall and Eric McLuhan, Laws of Media: The New Science, 1988)
2/ Asians are right-hemisphere people. (Ibid.)
3/ Asians (Northern Asians) have the highest scores in IQ tests.
Well, they may be true taken together but only if Asians are superior to Westerners even in the skills that are not Asians’ best (left-hemisphere skills), that is, if Asians are superior in everything.
Laws of Media’s ascribing several contemporary art forms to the brain’s right hemisphere, such as atonal music, finds some resistance. These forms appear much too much intellectual (left hemisphere) to me – professors’ experiments rather than art proper. If atonality is an expression of acoustic space (p.52), yet our ears (as evolved) want no part in the business of atonality. “As evolved”: According to evolutionary biology, that is, not since the phonetic alphabet, but in the African savanna. Atonal music is an intellectual, abstract, left-hemisphere business: Left-hemisphere radicalism.
Same with relativity theory. Not that I know to which hemisphere it belongs; but I find it inconsistent with Kant’s transcendental idealism, that is, if time and space are a priori forms of our perception I don’t think it makes sense to say time-space can be distorted by massive objects.
Same with psychoanalysis. It has been exploded. Randy Thornhill, for instance, has concisely demonstrated that an Oedipus complex makes no evolutionary sense at all. “The Oedipus complex proposed by Freud would never have been given any credence if anyone had considered the evolutionary fate of a trait that produced such incestuous desires (Thornhill and Thornhill 1987). Because of the reduced viability of offspring produced by mating of close relatives, close inbreeding is selected against. Thus, Freud postulated as fundamental to human nature a trait that simply cannot exist as an evolved human psychological adaptation.” (Thornhill and Palmer, A Natural History of Rape, 2000)
Same with Copenhagen interpretation. If the idea is that we should get rid of determinism in science, then it makes no sense, by definition. The uncertainty principle only tells us that our perceptual endowment allows us not to perceive all causes and determinations in nature – not that these causes and determinations do not exist in nature.
Electric telephone man
Electric man is discarnate (McLuhan). What about the man who is used to telling his friends: “I don’t use the phone anymore except for emails”?
He is both discarnate and dyslexic.
Email is discarnate nudism because electric man cannot conceal his dyslexia.
Yet we can. Electric man has by now invented the simplified writing system that Eric McLuhan envisioned for our dyslexic times. He has made it almost completely phonetic:
4 => for
2 => to
8 => -ate ex. contempl8
Same process in French: “c’est” becomes just “c” etc.
Some exploration of the fringe: Reverse Speech
First thing first, one interesting thing about Australian David Oates’s reverse speech theory is that it is debunked on Wkpd by the same sort of arguments that are used against subliminal perception, namely “pareidolia, the tendency of the human brain to perceive meaningful patterns in random noise.“
According to this theory, the unconscious mind expresses itself backward in our utterances.
When reading about this, I was reminded of a video I saw a few months ago (now withdrawn). In that speech by Obama, the President at some point says: “Let me express, let me express my faith &c.” Playing the passage backward, the author of the video hears, and convincingly so, for “Let me express, let me express”: “Serve Satan, serve Satan.” A creepy commentary about the President’s faith.
The author says he could not reproduce the same effect when recording himself saying these words, which is confirmed by Oates. Our utterances, when played backward, do not pronounce the same even when we pronounce the same speech. That leads to the question of the origin of pronunciation differences (accents &c). Why do some people never lose their local accent even after living many years in the capital city when others lose it very fast in the same transplant conditions?
The theory is fascinating at any rate. For one thing, it could never be designed nor tested before the invention of audio recording.
But above all, if the unconscious can understand reverse speech (words pronounced backward, as stressed by Bill Key: cf W.B. Key at the 1995 Judas Priest trial), why could it not express itself backward as well? Key’s research helps buttress Oates’s contentions.
Oates wanted to check the truth of evangelists’ assertions that rock music contains reverse satanic messages. He found some intentional reverse messages but also was led to the discovery that reverse speech can carry meaningful messages.
Using Jungian notions, he then says the word “Satan” occurs rather often in reverse speech because it’s embedded in the collective unconscious, and it serves to express negative feelings.
There is a school of thought that sees elaborate clothing as a way to conceal bodily imperfections and thus distort the choice of a mate. A few German racialists (Heinrich Pudor, Richard Ungewitter…) adopted such views, and nudism was considered sound and healthy in some Nazi circles (German Nazi nude photograph magazines are collector’s items today). Scanty clothing, in that view, such as that of contemporary American youth, boys and girls alike, would be close to that philosophy. In the absence of matrimonial intermediaries, who take a careful look at and check the physical condition of the future partners in arranged-marriage societies, people need to check by themselves. In free (as opposed to arranged)-marriage societies, nudism, or close substitutes, is in order.
Global Village’s Pizza Gate
(Posted as comment to a since then withdrawn YouTube video, Nov 2016)
The case is rather strong as here presented, however I don’t see ‘proof’ in the technical sense. Yet it definitely should be sufficient ground for the police to further investigate in that direction.
What is new about the so-called Pizza Gate is that it is a criminal investigation carried out by internauts. Being public, it can’t help being a smear campaign at the same time, and I guess this is the reason why several people involved in this new kind of investigation have been banned or shadowbanned on Twitter after the pizza parlor concerned asked Twitter to do something about it or be held accountable for the smear campaign.
Yet, as good ol’ Marshall McLuhan said, we have entered the ‘global village,’ meaning we really are back to village life. For one thing it means privacy will shrink to nothingness or almost nothing, like in a traditional village. It also means, from what I gather from public Pizza Gate investigation, that ‘villagers’ will take charge of law and order themselves. Remember these ‘investigators’ mainly work on the evidence brought to them – brought to everybody in the village – by WikiLeaks. Advancing a technicality according to which all evidence available in this way is void because the source is a ‘spy,’ a ‘traitor,’ a ‘renegade,’ whatever, as is common and perhaps sound practice in the traditional views of law courts, would seem extremely disconnected with the real world under the circumstances of the global village. And remember, these circumstances are here to stay.
The level of tax imposed on bachelors is indecent. I can’t even keep a mistress. One has to be a married man for that.
The beautiful people of adverts
Facial symmetry is more attractive than asymmetry and high-status people are more symmetric than poor people in general. Advertisers just pick attractive people (and usually airbrush the model according to systematic, technical rules): Turns out we associate these models with wealthy people.
Asymmetry can be due to adverse environmental conditions during development (deprivation) and betrays a less healthy phenotype –”wealth is health”– but the answer is not to torture our natural biases by trying to impose other, silly tastes on us, that would have us prefer crippled, perhaps sterile (in the case of obesity) persons.
Beauty is largely objective and a marker of health. Make all people healthier rather than trying, out of a misconceived sense of justice, to force unnatural tastes on people.
The beauty world of advertising systematically creates “supernormal stimuli” to which the real world can only be unequal. This is the true definition of the problem.
One result of behavioral science is that masturbation conditioning is particularly efficient. It even works with high psychotics – the least conditionable of all.
French journalists had once agreed they would make no news with politicians’ private lives. It shows they wanted no place for morality concerns in the public debate, which is an unjustified prerogative the journalists bestowed on themselves. This will not last, however. There have already been news on President Hollande’s affair with a B-rated actress a few years ago. They made news of it and the president’s popularity plummeted at once. Morality concerns ought not to be ignored.
What’s the point of writing and publishing books, as literacy has ended? This thought brings me solace.
Also, in the literacy age, there was a public: It was made up by publishing houses and the press. Now the public has disappeared and thought is free.
Counter-culture is an ego trip now. Bad form. We’re the village.
The global village is already something real. Internet social networks are the village. The whole world on a “timeline” (Twitter jargon)! (English as single medium, all other languages due to be discarded?)
Thought becomes aphoristic: Think about the aphoristic-minded world of Twitter users whose every tweet cannot exceed 140 signs (280 now)! Literary heroes disappear. Academic scholars look awkward; the littlest rascal in the world can make fun of them and their ponderous knowledge in retweets as public as the original tweets. Journalists are corrected and insulted in front of their devoted readers. Comedians prove less funny than their followers. Actresses are less beautiful than their fans. Politicians receive sound advice from the administered herd.
We’ve all become sayers of sayings, each of us expresses the village wisdom. It’s tribal, deindividualized, exactly as predicted by McLuhan Marshall and Eric.
With the decline of the Gutenberg Galaxy, the written word is sheer lip service. It says whatever anybody wants to hear, upholds consensus. If the medium is the message, then the message is not even between the lines. It’s in quite another galaxy where literacy has no relevant use as such, only as distraction.
Libertarians defend personal liberty against the law but they seem to have nothing to say about personal liberty against mind control by big business, which has become a huge (muted) issue with the advent of scientific marketing. Against this control I see no other shield than the law, like Prohibition was a shield against the liquor industry’s endeavor to “break down sales resistance” by advertising and PR. The fake-news media opposed the Prohibition and contributed mightily to its inadequate enforcement (cf Upton Sinclair, The Wet Parade).
Mensa and GMAT
My correspondence from when I wanted to be a Mensa member without taking their tests.
Dear Sir or Madam, (to firstname.lastname@example.org)
On Mensa Website, qualifying score for the GMAT is “95% or above.”
At a second and last attempt after a crash course in 2004, I got 710 / 94%. My mother tongue is French and before taking my first GMAT test I only practiced English at school. Then, I took a second test after a few months in U.S.
Do you think that people having English as mother tongue are advantaged in the GMAT, or not at all? In case of a yes, shouldn’t the qualifying score for nonnative English speakers be adapted?
Given the time, and thus reflex, factor involved in the test, it seems English fluency (the test language) is important, which puts nonnative speakers at a disadvantage, although per se this fluency does not appear to be relevant to what Mensa membership is about. (July 5, 2017)
Thank you for the email. Unfortunately, the only way we have to evaluate evidence that is sent in is based on the test publisher’s normative data. To be honest, I am not certain how the GMAC calculates the scores on the exam so I cannot speak to whether or not they make those kinds of allowances. We accept the 95th percentile on the exam based on the fact that their norms are somewhat skewed by the population that takes the exam. The population that attends graduate school is not necessarily a representation of the general population so we allow for more than just the typical top 2 percent.
(T. B., Mensa manager for membership and admissions, July 7, 2017)
Thank you very much for your reply.
Do you estimate that top 5% of graduate students population is an inclusive or rather restrictive approximation of top 2% of general population?
According to one source,
“Factors such as native vs non-native English speakers, US vs non-US, white vs non-white, etc – generally don’t affect one’s score too much. In terms of covariance analysis, the variation between these subgroups was always less than 1/4 standard deviation.”
I think we know the variation goes against nonnative speakers. In case you’d estimate the 95th percentile is not large already, would you be willing to take this variation into account too?
Now, according to Lawrence Rudner, GMAC’s chief psychometrician,
“Yes, the GMAT test is administered in English and is designed for programs that teach in English. But the required English skill level is much less than what students will need in the classroom. The exam requires just enough English to allow us to adequately and comprehensively assess Verbal reasoning, Quantitative reasoning and Integrated Reasoning skills.” (link)
That the test only requires “just enough English” doesn’t preclude a variation factor between native and nonnative speakers, due to mental reflexes ingrained in native vs nonnative speakers and more consequential in time-constrained tests than in classroom attendance. Such a variation may justify Mensa to accept a tolerance margin for its admissions based on GMAT scores in the case of nonnative speakers.
If the variation is not “too much,” “less than 1/4 standard deviation,” as I understand the phrasing it is not altogether negligible inside the scope considered (the above tolerance margin). (July 11, 2017)
At this time, we do not take anything additional in to consideration for the GMAT. The 95th percentile score is the minimum we will accept. (T. B., July 12)
Thank you, T. I guess I’ll have to take the tests at Mensa France, then.
Yet I am curious how you get from “the population is somewhat skewed” to “2% translates into 5%”. Does the data support this? What does GMAC say about it? (July 12)
No more from T. Let’s ask GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council):
Dear Sir or Madam, (to email@example.com)
Mensa International is an “organization open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test.“
People who score at the 95th percentile or higher on GMAT are, however, entitled to join in, and the reason is:
“We accept the 95th percentile on the exam based on the fact that their norms are somewhat skewed by the population that takes the exam. The population that attends graduate school is not necessarily a representation of the general population so we allow for more than just the typical top 2 percent.” (Email from T. B., manager of membership and admissions, Mensa USA)
According to your knowledge, does the data support this translation “98th=>95th”?
I took a GMAT test in 2004 and scored 710 / 94%. I asked Mensa if they took into consideration a tolerance margin for nonnative English speakers and they said they did not, so I have been asking them the exact same question as I am asking here, currently waiting for their answer. It is, however, my understanding that Mr B.’s phrasing above rather hints at a “guesstimate” on their part, a rule of thumb that should justify them to show some flexibility.
No answer. Between those who refuse considering a pinch of pliancy with their rule-of-thumb regulations and those who coldly disregard emails, talk of psychorigids!
Aristotle’s “prime mover” (as God) has been given the coup de grâce by Kant, with the latter’s antinomies, according to which it is beyond human reason to determine whether the world is finite or infinite, has begun or has been eternal. Each of both opposite conclusions on these two antinomies (there are four in the Critique of Pure Reason) is a contradiction in itself+. This being because our mental apparatus does not describe the thing-in-itself (which, presumably, could not have contradictions in itself without ceasing to exist). I find it a sound position to hold, with Kant, that no rational proof of God’s existence is to be expected in such conditions. The one proof would be the moral law, if it could be ascertained that it’s something true and not derived from the laws of nature (which, for Kant, is the case indeed, so in no way Kant can be called an atheist).
+Monotheisms answer one of these antinomies with a created world, and a prime mover, whereas Hinduism and Buddhism answer with an uncreated world, and both are convinced their position is rational.
There’s a passage in Uncle Tom’s Cabin where a ruthless slaveholder defends his practice and monstrous unconcern for the well-being of his slaves (his practice being to exploit them to the utmost, calculating that it would lead the slaves to death, and to new expense from buying slaves, after a few years and inscribing this computation as a mere data in his books) with the words: “This is a free country.“
You may find the same kind of situation elsewhere. I once scorned the Jesuits of Paraguay because they made their wooden statues ‘speak’ to the Indians through clever contrivances, but it makes no doubt in my mind that their Socialist form of government with Indians was much more humanitarian than the lay encomiendas of the time. Yet the encomenderos defended their prerogatives as the heritage of communal liberties, while the Jesuits were, before the king turned against them, the arm of central monarchy. For a long time, in the Middle Ages, government authority and coercion were grounded by theologians on the original sin and the resulting wicked nature of man.
Contra EP (Evolutionary Psychology)
Several studies seeking to verify Devendra Singh’s result on a universal preference for waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) of .7 could not confirm it. One was carried out in Peru and another in Tanzania among hunter-gatherers, whom EP claim are behavioral copies of our Pleistocene ancestors (although behavior of different groups of contemporary hunter-gatherers can vary greatly on many essential counts).
In Adapting Minds (2006), David Buller shows convincingly that most of the main EP studies are based on sloppy reading of the data. For instance, Daly and Wilson (The Truth about Cinderella, 1998) amalgamate physical and sexual abuse (!), yet obviously sexual abuse by a stepfather is no confirmation whatever of their view that stepparents tend to be hostile to stepchildren because the latter are only an evolutionary cost to them. Reading the data attentively in fact disproves their view. Buller presents the alternative hypothesis that marriage offers mating opportunities rather than paternity certainty; in such a case evolution would not have selected an averse feeling toward stepchildren, which Daly & Wilson’s data do not even show. Buller also says social workers have a bias against stepparents when they fill child death certificates. So the data D&W examined, mostly from social services, in fact is biased against stepparents, and even then these data do not show the overrepresentation of abusive stepparents D&W claim to have found. Most likely, now, their work has reinforced, if possible, the social workers’ bias, and I have done the same here on my blog, as I followed on D&W’s steps, taking their conclusions with no grain of salt.
I might as well let Buller talk.
On anecdotal evidence from infanticide among mammals:
“the discussion of infanticide-as-adaptation turns to be nothing but a red herring in the end. … Daly and Wilson state the record straight … ‘Human beings are not like langurs or lions,’ they inform us. ‘We know that sexually selected infanticide is not a human adaptation because men, unlike male langurs and lions, do not routinely, efficiently dispose of their predecessors’ young. … Child abuse must therefore be considered a non-adaptive or maladaptive byproduct of the evolved psyche’s functional organization, rather than an adaptation in its own right. … All told, we see little reason to imagine that the average reproductive benefits of killing stepchildren would ever have outweighed the average costs enough to select for specifically infanticidal inclinations.’” (p.411)
On mating as paternity opportunity:
“if a male can secure paternity opportunities from a female by providing care to her children, even if those children are the offspring of another male, the male enhances his chances of having children of his own and thereby transmitting his genes to future generations. So, another male’s child can make a contribution to a male’s fitness via the opportunities for paternity provided by that child’s mother in exchange for parental care provided to the child. The possibility of such fitness payoffs, however, means that we should not expect male psychology to be so unconditionally averse to investing in unrelated children.” (p.390) (Paternal care is primarily a mating effort and second a parenting effort: p.393)
One of Satoshi Kanazawa’s main claims, and all the other EPs (hippies?) with him, is that high-status men have more sex partners than low-status men. Yet Kinsey has shown the exact opposite in his famous, pioneering surveys. Something happened in the mean time?
In fact, all this BS about high-status males being like gorillas males in gorilla harems is an atrocious regression of Western scholarship. A few decades ago, Darwinians used to talk of the “fertility of the unfit” (that’s the title of a book). There’s a Darwinian contradiction in terms in such a phrase (fertility, of course, means high fertility here), wich a Darwinian could not fail to see and yet they (eugenicists) fully endorsed the paradox. They saw something to which EP boys, with their gorilla model, are blind. What they saw, and what solves the contradiction, is homogamy. Call it unfitness homogamy, if you like.
The EP view of “powerful and famous” males is based on primatology and misleading.
1/ From the longitudinal Stanford Marshmallow experiment, we know that children high on self-restraint have high status later in life. How does it square with having more sex partners than people low on self-restraint?
2/ Polygamy tends to be in the form of serial marriage (powerful and famous men tend to have as a matter of fact several spouses serially, but the number of their affairs is gossip and, as a matter of fact again, unknown). (A view held, among others, by Robert Wright.)
3/ Traditional types of philanderers now make the news as rapists, à la Harvey Weinstein.
4/ Even the highest rates of cuckoldry known (30% in some working-class compounds –number of children whose biological father is another man unbeknownst to the man at home) do not support the view that high-status males have greater access to females. In fact, all these 30% “bastards” may have been sired by working-class neighbors for all we know. Also, Buller relevantly points that in countries where dowry exists the fact that wealthy men have more wives hardly supports the idea that this is a female preference.
The Fertility of the Unfit, 1903, by Dr. William Chapple (New Zealand)
First thing to take into account is the unprecedented fact of demographic transition. Unknown in nature, human populations have started declining as goods became more widely available (whereas in nature populations decline due to adverse environmental factors). This is seen as a confirmation of the moral restraint check on fertility posited by Malthus beside the two “natural” checks, vice and misery. Quotes:
“A rapid and continuous decline in the birth-rate of Northern and Western Europe, in contravention of all known biological and economic laws, has filled demographists with amazement.“
Whereas: “The tendency in the races of history has been to over-population, or to population beyond the food supply“
“The very qualities, therefore, that make the social unit a law-abiding and useful citizen, who could and should raise the best progeny for the State, also enable him to limit his family, or escape the responsibility of family life altogether; while, on the other hand, the very qualities which make a man a social burden, a criminal, a pauper, or a drunkard –improvidence and defective inhibition– ensure that his fertility will be unrestrained, except by the checks of biological law.“
“If moral restraint with the consequent limitations of families is the peculiar characteristic of the best people in the state, and the absence of this characteristic expressing itself in normal fertility is peculiar to the worst people of the state, the future of the race may be divined“
“Vice and misery are more active checks amongst the very poor, and abortion is practised to a very considerable extent, but the appalling fact remains, that the birth-rate of the unfit goes on undisturbed, while the introduction of higher checks amongst the normal classes has led to a marked decline.“
&, as another way of phrasing the above: “The defectives are more fertile than any other classes because of the very defect that makes them a danger to society. The defective restraint that allows them to commit offences against person and property, also allows their provocative impulse unrestrained activity.“
Please note that the phenomenon, also described as “rise of the Criminal,” predates mass immigration.
Chapple also alludes to homogamy among the unfit “which their circumstances necessitate.“
Last but not least, Chapple discusses mechanical contraceptives and considers that the least invasive technique is tubo-ligature, far preferable than vasectomy, as the latter “unsexes” males, leading to atrophy of the testes and impotence after some years. Ironically, today it is vasectomy that is more widespread (1 Englishman out of 5 is vasectomized, mark you). I have no doubt these vasectomies are practised on law-abiding citizens, according to their own will, as a moral restraint check on their fertility.
A consequence of demographic transition may be that marriage as paternity opportunity is now weak and that abuse of stepchildren has increased as a result (not as evolutionary adaptation)! Stepparent violence, if it’d be the result of demographic transition (stepparenting two kids from another bed entails a significant probability that the stepfather will have no kid of his own in a society characterized by the demographic transition, whereas it would have been no obstacle to siring a lot of children in the past), would be neither the result of evolutionary ADAPTATION nor, as in Daly & Wilson, a BYPRODUCT of evolution, a so-called “spandrel.”
Mister Bluskye and Chryselephant Man (Tweetantho 9)
Warning: The section about Stephen Paddock and the Las Vegas shooting contains graphic material.
In my teens horror films would show children being afraid but not children being mutilated, like 5-year old Georgie in It (2017) by Andy Muschietti. Pushing the envelope. I try hard but I can’t think of a horror classic depicting such “child gore.” If you know of examples, please let me know.
[Some critics have negatively reviewed the film, which would not be scary enough for them. I don’t really know what a scary movie is because I haven’t seen any since I was fifteen years old or something like that+++. But I have kept watching horror movies once in a while and I’m surprised none of these critics seem to notice that child gore – a child being dismembered on the screen – is something unusual. (I haven’t read all critics, though, so again let me know.)]
+++[I know my joke, the underlying assumption that if the film doesn’t scare the critics some other films must scare them, is rather flat. Of course, what they mean is that a film will or will not scare your girlfriend, as you must select a film that will scare her to watch with her in order to put her in the right emotional state.]
When U.S. wanted a Canal and Colombia refused their conditions, U.S. created Panama from a Colombian province with the help of a few local politicos who called themselves nationalists. Think of it for a moment: Panamanian nationalists… Sardines and the Shark.
Climate change has been real for at least several hundreds of centuries: It explains the existence of Sahara in regions where according to cave paintings were green meadows in former times, and why now Spain’s a desert for the most part (cf Ignacio Olagüe).
Get ready for the bots tweeting endless lists of #280characters hashtags => Conspiracy of the Bots
All the village idiots this side of the Pyreneans [in French territory] will want to join the great medieval state of Catalunya la vella, of course. Not that I care. You may be smart mercachifles on your side but on this side they’re backward cagots. Care for them. Good riddance.
–Push Fashísts back the other side of the Pyreneans! Wait… they’re Catalógs there too. Si, Perpinyi la vella! A nóstros! Grosso Catalunya!
Nothing can justify the brutality of the Spanish gov against Catalans trying to vote. I call for global condemnation. (Birgitta Jonsdonttir, Icelander ‘poetician’)
You should write a poemician about it.
Small nations are like small towns: stuffy. With a bigger parasite strata of politicos – more politicos per citizens. (One figure: about 1 French out of 100 is an elected representative, and it’s not even a small country, expect for, as to now, her influence.)
[After Oct 1st Las Vegas Shooting] According to some, now any mass shooter is a terrorist, whatever their motivation. Pic: Terrorists Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold #Columbine
Mass shootings in U.S. started as freshman rage, ain’t it so?
This deranged terrorist disrupted, traumatized, and terrorized the lives of thousands of people. Killed dozens! Call it what it is.
MDT (Mentally Deranged Terrorism)?
Okay, you’ll have to listen to the pundits this time and rename the classic Texas Chainsaw Terrorism.
If Las Vegas shooter used banned weapons, taking his case to call for a ban on weapons is kiddish.
Reference French newspaper Le Monde this afternoon, with date Oct 3d, on p.12, “Las Vegas Shooting: at least 2 dead” Bravo! [real figure, already circulating on the Web at that hour, was 58+] Next body count by Le Monde in about 24 hours.
[10-15 days later] Las Vegas death toll’s still 59. Only one died with some delay, a couple of days after the shooting. 59. Seems like psychological marketing: $5.99.
The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer which the NRA [National Rifle Association] wants to meake easier to get. (Hillary Clinton)
Can you put a silencer on an automatic machine gun? [A sarcastic question]
Yes, but they are not effective with sustained fire. (Mag dump after mag dump) (Mr Tr.)
Am I correct to infer that if Stephen Paddock had put a silencer on his automatic gun he wouldn’t have made as many casualties, because if he had wanted his silencer to be effective while shooting he couldn’t have made sustained fire on the crowd? In other words, is it true that if Stephen Paddock had put a silencer on his machine gun he would have made more deaths, or is it a preposterous assumption?
I think he would have done poorly because, to begin with, the crowd would have fled by contagion with the first bodies falling down. The crowd didn’t flee “at the sound of gunshots”: people thought they were crackers [as several witnesses said]. Falling bodies and contagion made the crowd flee.
He would have ran the risk of the silencer overheating and possibly melting from the fully automatic fire. (Mr R.I.)
Thank you. Is it correct to infer that HRC has no clue what she’s talking about?
CBS executive fired for saying on Facebook “I’m actually not even sympathetic [with Las Vegas victims] because country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”
If she ends up with a better position in another society of the same group, it will be a promotion, actually.
Pictures of Stephen Paddock’s body in his Las Vegas hotel room
The corpse has a foot under a gun (elevated by a bipod). How can one fall under a gun? Did the body fall and then slide?
Did he shoot himself with this machine gun having bipod?
I’m really intrigued by the position of the gun above his left foot. For one, it has to be the weapon he killed himself with (as he can’t have fallen under it), but I try to figure how Stephen Paddock could fall on his back in one direction and the gun could fall on its bipod in the opposite direction. On the other hand, it is unlikely to use an automatic gun with bipod spread out to kill oneself.
So, was he sitting when he killed himself? If he was sitting and only his back fell, he must have been sitting with legs stretched, like the corpse. It is unlikely to sit on the floor like that. If he was sitting on the floor cross-legged, his body would be cross-legged: rigor mortis doesn’t automatically straighten the body. If he was sitting on his bottom with soles on the ground and knees up, post-mortem position would be with bowed spread legs, not stretched legs.
Or did he shoot himself while already laying down? He shot himself in the mouth (picture). This is instant death, no time to stretch the arm again, if he was laying down already.
On this death photography, from which I understand he shot himself in the mouth, we see his shoulders and his chest, and clearly both arms lie along the body. Stephen Paddock was not laying down when he shot himself in the mouth: there’s no hand near his mouth.
We also see the handgun on this picture [a user tells me it was ascertained this is the handgun he used to kill himself]. It confirms that he couldn’t be laying down, as the gun would be stuck in his mouth or lying near his face. Besides, it confirms that his having been sitting is unlikely, because the gun and the hand that handled it fell apart as if after a body-size fall.
All in all, I think the machine gun above his foot has been put there in order to take a pic with spin: Gun Manic Covered With His Guns. In order to further gun control. And if the crime scene has been thus faked, then the most likely responsible for this are the police. Would it be correct to assume that, if asked, U.S. law enforcement would want to end the right to bear arms?
It is important not to give a gun-bearing monopoly to the retards of law enforcement and the military. #RightToBearArms
Any organization, anybody may use crisis actors, even when an event is no false flag, just to give a mediatized event some spin. #DIY (Do It Yourself)
Twitter’s freedom of expression has been on an inexorable decline. It is enslaved to its US jurisdiction and politics. Although it is substantially better than Facebook that is a very low standard indeed. (Julian Assange)
Facebook could have been the Global Village and Suckerberg et al made it a monopoly of turd.
Paris, capital of la France, is so romantic you’ll have to vomit at the end of the day.
An Illuminati (Illuminato?) is an ass who, because of being ritually anal-ysed, will head a stuffy bureau six years rather than five. In fact, it’s more four years rather than three. But if the anal-ysing went particularly smoothly, it could be up to seven years in the garbage collecting bureau.
It is the demographic transition that increased the fit man’s burden, as falling birth rates are caused by self-restraint. Unseen in nature, human populations have declined as goods increased. (In nature populations decline due to adverse environments.) The demographic transition resulted from the choice of those endowed with self-restraint (remember that as laws were being passed against child labor, children went from asset to liability), and then appeared a fertility gap. And all this (and the attendant “rise of the criminal”) was long before mass immigration. The rise in criminality predates immigration; and as eugenics was rejected, are new migrants really worse than the autochtonous unfit?
You know nothing of a part until you know its relationship to the whole. Now, what do you know of the whole of things?
Without terrorist attack or mass shooting the news is boring…
The only good politician is a dead politician.
The Federalist said: Workers will have no time for politics but that’s ok because industrialists will represent them in Congress. United States of America: 250 years of BS.
Netanyahu orders to begin preparations for withdrawing from UNESCO along with U.S. (Press TV)
Proud to have worked at UNESCO. (Their conditions for temporary positions are shameful, though.)
Question is whether Israel knew there was an anti-Israel bias in UNESCO before U.S. left UNESCO because of an anti-Israel bias…
Given the tremendous 1990s figures for abortion in U.S., it seems the country knows of no other contraceptive.
Rose McGowan was suspended temporarily from Twitter because Dorsey wanted to show her his suspenders.
Who’s the most raped actress in Hollywood?
This is a prime example of how you are being complicit in RAPE CULTURE. DO NOT GIVE RAPISTS A PLATFORM. Damn you. (Rose McGowan about NBC Boston)
Before Rose opened my eyes, I thought all rapists were poor. Please shut my eyes again quick, NBC!
Politicos are a scourge. Don’t waste my time with your muppets. I’m acquainted with a far loftier breed of men. (Yes, muppets can be a scourge. Like pest.)
When sex orgies with underaged girls happen in Annie Hall (1977) by Woody Allen, spectacled buffoons [and the French en masse] say it’s cool. In Annie Hall a friend invites the character played by Woody Allen to a sex orgy with underaged girls; he says no sorry (like he feels tired). But he expresses no sort of disapproval at sex orgies with underaged girls he’s invited to. The fact that Woody Allen is now warning against a “witch hunt” shows the passage wasn’t meant as a denunciation, but rather the contrary.
In Tetris game as you combine bricks they disappear. In Tetris thinking as you combine words it results in nothingness.
I’m reading about subversive masterpieces every other day in the papers. But the system’s doing fine, thank you.
Newspapers’ websites stink. Often as you get there a window pops up “Subscribe to our &c” with two choices: OK or Cancel. Now Cancel would normally refer to your last step, that is, opening the page, not to the pop-up window, for which you’re not responsible. The trick is that many people will click on OK in order not to close the page (cancel their step), although they don’t want to subscribe. They have no reason to think that Cancel means to close the window rather than to close the page, because they called the page and not the window. The trick designers want you to think that you won’t be able to read the page you want to read if you don’t click on OK (Subscribe), by telling you to cancel the pop-up window you didn’t call in the first place.
A Saudi in Hollywood: starlet set to feature in Tom Clancy TV series. (KAWA News)
Next rape victim. Saudis be proud!
The insane policy of putting a nation back to toil after decades of entitlement via oil rent will drive Saudi Arabia into chaos.
Saudi Arabia has an advantage for entering postwork economy due to her oil rent-based extreme welfare. She must now go on full automated mode. Yet Saudization intends to replace Western expats by Saudis rather than by bots…
Western expats lent Saudi Arabia expertise. In order for the Saudis to move forward without them there has to be expertise. (Press TV)
There exist bots called expert systems. My motto for Saudi Arabia is: From oil rent to robot rent. The West lacks audacity and the ethos.
A poem by Harvey Weinstein the serial rapist: A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a
Chauvin et Jingo sont dans un bateau. Qui c’est qui rame ? C’est Chauvin.
Unwanted sexual advance? But OK if wanted? So men should be telepathic?
Ask guidance to God. He’ll tell you if this is rapable stuff or not.
Niger is a country whose name dangerously looks like the N-word. Don’t obliterate Niger from the world.
To be honest, if ISIS/Daesh blew up some Oscars ceremony some day, I wouldn’t send my prayers. Just to tell you how honest I can be. I only wish Daesh would warn Crystal the Monkey not to attend the ceremony.
As actresses start speaking up I’m afraid Weinstein will rape Crystal the Monkey, who can’t talk. Save her!
In France there’s a taboo on religion statistics, so there’s actually no way to get an idea of the number of conversions to Islam. Mosques certainly have figures. So the Islamic institutions in France know the number of converts, while the French state has no clue.
Story of the Fake Gay
-Why don’t you have a girlfriend?
-Uh… I’m gay.
-Oh, okay, I thought it was no girl wanted to go out with you.
Eight EU countries tell Israel to pay up after destroying solar panels donated to Bedouin village.
European Union is the main financier of the infrastructure systematically destroyed by Israel in Palestine. It’s not the first time she asks for her money back. EU’s been asking for her money back for decades! The situation is ludicrous. She pays, Israel blows it up, she pays, Israel blows it up, she pays… Meanwhile, European tax payers pay for infrastructure on ever smaller pieces of land, until there will be no more Palestine! And, make no mistake, the end of Palestine is only the beginning of the Zio madmen’s hubristic expansion.
If you think that by creeping before the Zionists you make them better men, you’re badly mistaken.
Chelsea Clinton: I Left the Church When I Was 6 Because It Opposed Abortion.
I left the Church when I was 4 because I preferred reading Kant.
I left the Church when I was 3 because they had no porn magazines.
The calling of the white race is the call of the wild: a wilderness of white fangs. High-IQ, undemocratic, socialist yellow race knows it.
The Left, in democracies’ politics, will always multiply regulations, being forever unable to implement any.
Richard Branson announces creation of a space center in Saudi Arabia. Because it’s a polygamous country?
Richard Branson (could have said): “I want to work with the Saudis because they’re progressive and polygamous.”
I work & to my human brothers on welfare, from the bottom of my loving heart I say: Stay where you are! Full automation now!
For any hashtag whatever, latest tweets are always more fun than top tweets. Always.
[When you click on a hashtag on Twitter, it forwards you to the tweets using that hashtag. You can choose to see the ‘top’ tweets with the hashtag, those having elicited most responses (retweets, likes, replies), or the ‘latest’ tweets.]
When I see the Twitter blue badge (verified accounts) a warning light turns on in my brain “Caution: Boring.”
The Blue Badge of Garbage
The French can’t write their own language. So much misspelling… Why don’t they shift to English once and for good?
The French highjack #NewYorkAttack hashtag. Why not #attaqueàNew-York, you a***s? Stop flooding the world with your misspelled tweets. (Misspelled in French. Hashtag is English but they tweet in French.)
Terror attacks will probably delay mass conversion of the West to Islam by a couple of years.
Europe is reclaiming her Islamic heritage: Al-Andalus, Emirate of Sicily, Greece, Balkans, Central Europe…
In French a wanker is a do-nothing. But to wank also means to do, like in “What the hell is he wanking?” (Mais qu’est-ce qu’il branle?) “He wanks nothing” (Il branle rien) means “He’s a do-nothing.”
Pour expulser Serge Thion (1942-2017), le CNRS invoqua le devoir de réserve des fonctionnaires. L’opposer à un chercheur, un historien, quelle indignité !
1/Scott Ostrem [The Walmart shooter, Nov 1] only wanted to go shopping. But the cashier was very mean. Automation now!
2/Why would a guy with a perfectly good job at a roofing company snap? (Orange Meditation)
Scott Ostrem the roofer. Makes perfect sense now.
3/My thoughts go out to Mr Bluskye, Thornton, whose roof has remained unfinished because of truant roofer Scott Ostrem.
Paris will ban all gas- and diesel-fueled cars by 2030, citing concerns about smog and climate change. (Yale Environment 360)
Municipal elections are every 6 years. No municipal majority can make plans beyond 6 years. It’s just politico trash talk.
Donald Trump names Jerome H. Powell as his pick to succeed Janet Yellen as head of the Federal Reserve.
Jerome, good, like the major-domo in film Purple Rain. Singer says “Jerome” and Jerome dumps the slut in the trash can. So funny!
To minorities who are sick of being called racist names in the street: If that can reassure you, I get abused every single time I go out. Sometimes the abusers are minorities. Sometimes females. Surely sometimes gay too.
The Matrix being a cult film for anti-establishment Americans, is it fair to say that these people are Hollywood cultists?
“Opinions=my own.” A useful phrase for those who have no opinions whatsoever.
Captain America is a queer like all nylon-dressed va-va-voom superheroes.
Stop yawning, America, and get some sleep. It’s more important than you think. –Cranky, sleep-deprived America got some advice from experts at a Harvard School of Public Health Forum. (Harvard University)
This is the kind of news my institutional employer will never read. And I mean never. (& they’re not even in a conspirationist bubble.)
As #ROSEARMY in some corners raises new stories of satanic ritual abuse: Can Hollywood rape stories be false memories induced by hypnotherapists? #ROSEARMY ‘d better prepare its pitch: sooner or later the public will be told all this was but mass hysteria.
There are two ways to get rid of independent minds: starve them to death or work them to death.
Why didn’t I, Rose McGowan, Rosanna Arquette, Annabella Sciorra spoke up earlier? We were followed by ex-Mossad agents. Isn’t that terrifying? Very. (Asia Argento commenting The New Yorker’s paper: Harvey Weinstein hired private investigators, including ex-Mossad agents, to track actresses and journalists)
Mossad’s pronounced in French same as “maussade,” which means peevish. I think their reputation suffers from this ridiculous name, in France.
They all have guns in Cuba. At least that was so in the 70s according to Ernesto Cardenal. Today I don’t know, but why would it be different ? There’s no gun control [in the sense given to it by its advocates in U.S.] in Socialist Cuba. To say it’s Socialist regimes which disarm their citizens is wrong.
Cardenal says all the people in Cuba shoot their guns during carnival or “Day of the National Rebellion.” Quote: “Y uno, dirigiéndose a mí: – Además, debes saber esto: aquí toda la gente tiene armas. Éste es el primer gobierno del mundo que le dio armas al pueblo y le enseñó a manejarlas. … Se comenta el hecho de que en Cuba las armas las tiene el pueblo. Con esas armas toda la gente está disparando tiros al aire esta noche [26 de Julio]. Si no se levantan contra la Revolución es porque no quieren, no porque no pueden.” (Ernesto Cardenal, En Cuba, Ediciones Carlos Lohlé, 1972, pp.321 & 327-8)
All with the gang
If you think you like your job I can understand you don’t want to go to prison. But otherwise?
Prison, for me, would be bed and boarding and time to write books.
In the grinder of managerial economy job means prison and prison means bed and boarding and time to read. Think about it.
1/ C’était il y a cinq ans. On n’était pas encore mariés.
2/ Son nom est Monica Lewinsky. Elle a agressé un président des Etats-Unis avec des fellations à genoux. En plus c’est vrai qu’elle ressemble à un porc. Vous faites la différence entre un mâle et une femelle, vous, quand vous voyez un cochon ?
Tellement traumatisé qu’il lui a introduit un cigare dans le vagin.
Un autre acte odieux de Monica : impossible d’allumer le cigare (50$) après ça.
[A hashtag campaign for awareness of sexual harassment and sexual abuse in the wake of Rose McGowan’s denunciations of Hollywood]
40-42 million prostitutes in the world, about half of them slaves plain and simple, and you need a #MeToo hashtag?
My name’s Hillary. For the sake of me, stop tweeting #MeToo: I’ve forgiven Bill. Everything.
#MeToo but… I have forgiven Bill. #HillaryForPrison
This lady [a Quebecois user I quote] says men must stop covering each other. But who’s the first to cover their dirty husbands if not their despicable wives?
It was in the Oval Office. Impossible to light that $50 cigar after the assault. #HisHighnessToo
God having a Chosen People. It doesn’t make sense.
God dwelt in the Tabernacle and you had to jingle some little bells before coming in. Lest He’d mistake you for a burglar?
‘Hardworking’ people who talk. Why don’t they just shut up and work harder?
Bots’ judgment on me.
GIF made from La Casa 3 (Ghosthouse) by Umberto Lenzi