Moi, Buzyn, ministre des matchs de foot
Interview (presque) imaginaire de la ministre Buzyn : « Si le Plan Pauvreté passe après le foot, sachez que c’est parce que, pour les pauvres, rien ne passe avant le foot. »
Après avoir dit des c…ies monstrueuses sur le calendrier du Plan Pauvreté qui « dépend des matchs » de foot, la ministre Buzyn a chialé (littéralement) devant le Premier ministre, et Macron a eu pitié d’elle : elle reste au Gouvernement. Mais ça ne la rend pas moins c…
Dire en public une bêtise pareille, sans se douter, même si cela correspond un tant soit peu à la réalité, de la bêtise qu’on dit, c’est d’une bêtise spectaculaire.
#Buzyn De la société civile à la société civile en passant par la grosse erreur de casting. Si le milieu professionnel spécialisé et les cocktails mondains entre gens qui pensent pareil préparaient à la vie politique, ça se saurait.
Help scientists run for office. (Richard Dawkins)
Yes, like Dr Buzyn, health minister of Frognce, who ends up in tears in the office of the Prime minister after telling the media: “The schedule of the Poverty Plan will depend on the results of the Frognch football team.” Brilliant!
If a specialized career field plus social gatherings where everybody thinks the same were good training for politics, we’d have known for long.
L’inscription du salafisme sur la liste des dérives sectaires a été recommandée par le rapport de la commission d’enquête du Sénat. (via J.-C. Brisard)
République franc-maçonne rime de plus en plus avec islamophobe. Bientôt on pourra bel et bien parler de République franc-mazobe.
Ils sortent le drapeau algérien … des supporters français les frappent. (Islam&Info)
Un lâche attentat a été commis ! Alors que les bons citoyens de ce pays se réjouissaient de la victoire de leur noble équipe de balle-au-pied, des individus abjects ont osé brandir un drapeau étranger au milieu de la liesse nationale! Les bons citoyens ont fait justice.
Aisne : Un homme crie « Allah Akbar » et meurt après avoir été tasé. … Criant « Allah Akbar», l’homme est « allé au contact » des militaires, tapant des poings sur le capot de leur voiture et lançant des projectiles métalliques. (RT)
L’homme qui est mort aux mains de la police
1/ était « armé d’objets métalliques »
2/ a lancé des « projectiles métalliques ».
La police ne peut pas être plus précise ? C’est qu’il n’était pas dangereux.
La description, bien que très vague, est certes inquiétante, à cause de « métallique », mais si vous n’êtes pas fichus de dire de quels objets il s’agit, c’est que vous avez honte de la mort d’un homme qui ne présentait pas de danger. Du genre : tué pour avoir lancé une canette vide !
Il paraît que le cumul des mandats est une exception française. Or la détestation de la classe politique n’est pas du tout une exception française. Donc ne vous faites pas trop d’illusions avec vos réformes à la c…
Read Trotsky’s Revolution Betrayed about Soviet Russia, apply it to a people that eats dogs & live mice and you’ll get an idea of today’s China.
Tunisie : 54 % des scientifiques sont des femmes. (L’Important)
Elles injectent des tas de poisons dans des cochons d’Inde, des souris, des lapins, des hamsters, des chats, etc., les sales putes.
Why do you turn against those who work less than you when they’re the example you can oppose your boss with and you ought to turn against those who work more than you with whose example your boss opposes you?
À propos du saphisme. Dit-on amour saphique ou amour ça fiste ?
Signe de croix de Matuidi vraiment pas nécessaire… C’est quand même mieux de pouvoir communier tous ensemble sans afficher ses croyances. Allez les bleus « vive la République, Vive la France ». (Caroline Fourest, après la victoire de l’équipe de France contre la Croatie en finale.)
Et qui est ce vieux en costume gris crasseux portant kippa qui est venu serrer la main de Didier Deschamps à la fin ? On aurait dit un usurier. Didier Deschamps, qui selon toutes les apparences n’a pas les moyens de se faire soigner les dents, aurait-il des problèmes d’argent ?
An American company with at least one Saudi shareholder is certain to implement an underground Islamophobic anti-Shiite policy. I have my suspicions about you, Twitter.
A gas chamber is a flatulist’s contrivance.
« La société s’appauvrit de la perte d’un travailleur ; elle s’enrichit de celle d’un oisif. La mort d’un riche est un bienfait. » Auguste Blanqui
Il n’y a plus qu’une issue pour Benalla : le coup d’État. Benalla Président ! (Me contacter pour les détails opérationnels) #BenallaGate
L’affaire Benalla montée par les poulets opposés au projet de réforme de la sécurité de l’Élysée ? C’est la théorie de cet article, qui titre, vengeur : Des poulets « qui le paieront cher ». Colonel Sanders, à l’aide !
Post-scriptum. J’ai trouvé l’article dans le tweet d’un député également questeur de l’Assemblée nationale, qui appelle ces poulets des Torquemada et dit : « Plus dure sera la chute. » Les poulets sont prévenus : vont-ils finir à la broche ?
Je veux dire solennellement aux poulets et gendarmes que la solution n’est pas dans une commission d’enquête parlementaire (toujours le même cinéma : je sors j’entre je ris je chiale) mais entre leurs mains s’ils sont assez progressistes. Ça s’est déjà vu : Pérou (Gobierno Revolucionario de la Fuerza Armada), Panama (General Omar Torrijos, Líder Máximo de la Revolución Panameña)…
In newspaper Le Monde in date of July 22 one sees, from the testimony of the men of the PSIG (peloton de surveillance et d’intervention de la gendarmerie), how Arnaud Beltrame behaved like a madman, although they dare not say it quite so openly. Arnaud Beltrame went with the PSIG inside the store by surprise (they had discussed it and he wasn’t asked to go), then he disrupted the officer’s talking with Lakdim, then he said to the PSIG “Shut up, I negociate, beat it!” The men were like “WTF!!!”
And while the “pensée-unique” scenario unfolded immediately (origin: media or politicians?), that Arnaud Beltrame was a hero to be emulated by his colleagues, people who openly said otherwise were ignored, when their stance didn’t call derogatory comments upon their heads.
Si le parlement veut rendre le pays ingouvernable, il faudra lancer un appel aux éléments progressistes de notre armée pour liquider ces institutions bourgeoises et former un gouvernement populaire.
Loi ELAN comme donner un nouvel élan. Loi PACTE comme recréer le pacte de confiance. Plus c’est con, plus ils sont contents d’eux. À quand une loi « libéralisme et sécurité » pour une société d’ordre dynamique et ouverte, dite loi SODO ?
Après les sans-dents de Hollande, « Qu’ils viennent me chercher » sous-entendu les sans-couilles de Macron.
According to Ralph Richard Banks in Is Marriage for White People? (2011), Black-American women don’t find Black men with their levels of education and must either marry lower educated Black men or abstain from marrying or, as the book advocates, marry white educated men but U.S. society has a bias agains this.
It boils down to this: When twice as many Black women as Black men turn lawyers, half of these female lawyers will have to marry Black plumbers or white lawyers, but as there are barriers to both they remain single.
Twitter is limiting the visibility of prominent Republicans in search results. (VICE)
Well, as these same prominent Republicans are used to say: “Private business, you know.”
How do you like your own medicine now, mofos? Don’t bother answering, as Twitter won’t send a notification anyway.
The entire framing of capitalism vs. socialism needs to change. Most people realize that our current system needs to evolve to account for the destruction of middle-class jobs and ongoing automation + devaluation of labor. The challenge is evolving to the New Capitalism. (Andrew Yang)
The production machine could have shrinked the workday to a couple of hours 100 years ago already, and you’ll find these estimates commented in decades-old Socialist literature; only, they stressed, the capitalist class wouldn’t have it, as it won’t have it today and will never have it as long as it is the capitalist class. Automation, big deal, really! Depletion of industry and service jobs will offer the capitalist class a magnificent opportunity to crowd their palaces with throngs of valets and handmaids and prostitutes and juggler dwarves…
Vote par empreinte digitale au Mali (!)
Oui, l’électeur trempe son doigt dans une encre, puis appose son empreinte sur le bulletin de vote. (Ashley Leïla MAIGA)
Vous pouvez économiser sur les isoloirs, vu que vous laissez votre signature sur le bulletin de vote ! Qu’il y ait un isoloir ou pas, si vous votez avec une empreinte digitale, c’est comme de voter en signant son nom !
À l’attention de U.S. Embassy Mali : Le tweet ci-joint montre que les Maliens votent en laissant leur empreinte digitale sur le bulletin de vote. C’est comme s’ils devaient signer leur nom. Quid du principe du vote secret pour éviter les pressions ?
À l’attention de MOE UE Mali 2018 : Le tweet joint montre que les Maliens votent en appliquant un doigt encré sur le bulletin, c’est-à-dire en laissant une empreinte digitale, ce qui revient à signer le bulletin ! Quid du principe du vote secret pour éviter les pressions ?
To UN & UN MISNUSMA: Ballots for the election work with voters stamping one finger on it, that is, leaving their fingerprints, which is the same as signing the ballot! What about the secret-ballot principle to prevent pressures?
Your absence of reply, U.S. Embassy, is proof to me that you don’t care about democracy in Mali, as you fail to deal with the issue of secret ballot. Your aims are others, I think you didn’t “give” financial help for the election but rather you bought the ballots with voters’ fingerprints, as a population-control tool.
This is not an election but a population-control experiment. Asking voters to vote by leaving their fingerprint on the ballot is a darn joke and you all [UN, MOE EU…] must be clowns not to see it.
Faudrait quand même être fortiche pour passer au scan tous les bulletins de vote et les comparer aux empreintes lors NINA+++. Le Mali est bien loin des moyens de la NSA. + les bulletins ne bougent pas. + vote électronique encore plus suspect à mon avis. (efomba)
Précisément, les États-Unis ont fait un « don » au Mali pour l’élection, ce qui veut peut-être dire que c’est la NSA qui récupère les bulletins et revend ensuite les analyses au gouvernement malien… #bigdata
+++NINA : Numéro d’identification nationale. La carte d’identité au Mali comporte l’empreinte digitale de la personne. Par conséquent, l’empreinte de chaque électeur est enregistrée dans un fichier national et les recoupements à partir de bulletins de vote marqués d’une empreinte digitale sont donc a priori possibles techniquement.
(La question du vote électronique est pertinente. Si, dans les pays où ce vote existe, les autorités peuvent identifier l’électeur à partir de son adresse IP ou de tout autre marqueur électronique, la problématique est alors exactement la même.)
+ poser empreinte pour voter n’est pas obligatoire, en ce qui me concerne j’ai signé le bulletin, ce qui est autorisé. (efomba)
Une signature au stylo permet également d’être identifié !
Signer d’une croix permet d’être reconnu ? (efomba)
Une croix, non. Si c’est permis et n’invalide pas le bulletin, je conseille fortement aux Maliens de faire ce choix, plutôt que l’empreinte digitale. Vraiment.
Je suis tout de même un peu étonné par cette possibilité car si quelqu’un dessine sur le bulletin, je ne sais pas, une fleur ou la tête à toto, dans la case d’un candidat, le bulletin est-il valide ?
Les cas d’invalidation d’un bulletin, autre que nul, sont rares et encadrés par la loi électorale (insultant, choix imprécis par ex à cheval entre 2 candidats…). Une croix, ou danss votre exemple une fleur, ne sont pas vraiment insultants, je pense. (efomba)
Avec un taux d’alphabétisation parmi les plus bas au monde (38,7 % selon le rapport 2015 de l’Unesco), on s’attendrait à ce que les règles pour voter au Mali soient simples, mais il semblerait qu’elles soient au contraire relativement complexes…
Extreme Cases of Elephantiasis
Left: Anonymous woman. Right: Israeli female soldiers.
(Their ridiculous boots make these Israeli female thugs, already rather elephantine without them, look as if suffering from elephantiasis.)
“Whoever directly or otherwise puts forward the slogan of Jewish national culture is the enemy of the proletariat, the defender of the old and caste element in Jewry, the tool of the rabbis and of the bourgeoisie.” Lenin 1913
In mondo film Faces of Death (1978) film director John A. Schwartz (a Jew) presents as documentary the shootage of people eating a live monkey’s brain in a place where belly dance is performed, thus maliciously equating Middle Eastern culture with barbarity. It wasn’t documentary at all, as was revealed later (much later), and such “culinary” traditions have never been reported in the Middle East (there are rumors that it existed in China). Later Spielberg pictured Indians eating (dead) monkey brains. Hollywood is xenophobic and malicious.
It’s not open to debate, that eating a live non-human monkey’s brain was a culinary delicacy in China. The screaming of the monkey was part of the entertainment of it. (William Snow Hume)
I thought so, yet my last internet check of it reads: “It is unclear whether monkey brains have ever been served in a restaurant or whether the practice itself is an urban legend” (Wkpd: Monkey brains) and this for dead brain! They add: “Initial confusion over a translated term for the edible mushroom hericium may have played a part in the belief, as this mushroom is called hóu tóu gū (simplified: 猴头菇; traditional: 猴頭菇; lit. “monkey head mushroom”) in Chinese.” Mushrooms can scream, apparently…
Anyway, as this article shows (graphic content), the habit of eating live animals is something real in China: fish, snakes, living duck embryos, mice (“three squeaks” delicacy)… As to live monkeys, “The dish was banned in China.“
Uyghurs in Cannibal China
Uyghurs must escape this hell of a country named China before it’s too late! Links:
“Dogs being boiled alive and conscious in China”
“Fully conscious pet dog has all four legs severed before being skinned”
Cat Meat Restaurants (China) from Google Images.
“Eight animals eaten alive in China”: fish, snakes, live duck embryos, mice (“three squeaks” delicacy), live monkey’s brain, you name it. (Not mentioned: live squid, I saw it on TV).
“Abuses against animals in traditional Chinese medicine markets in Southern China”
They are going to eat the Uyghurs alive! Stop it!
Palestine-East Turkestan/Uyghurstan: Zios & Chinks 2 sides of the same coin, postcolonial colonialism relying on diasporas that bribe national legislatures into positions favorable to their colonialism.
Cannibalisme chinois en Afrique
Le président chinois poursuit sa visite en Afrique. Après Dakar, Kigali. Au centre de ces déplacements : le renforcement des liens économiques. (Le journal Afrique, TV5 Monde)
Les Chinois veulent manger des Africains, c’est pour ça qu’ils viennent, mais ne leur vendez pas, s’il vous plaît !
Les Chinois veulent manger des Africains car ils sont convaincus que leur chair noire est succulente et possède des vertus régénératives et toniques. Prenez garde au cannibalisme chinois ! Ils veulent ouvrir des restaurants secrets !
Si le cannibalisme s’est maintenu plus longtemps en Afrique, c’est tout simplement parce que la viande est meilleure. Les Chinois l’ont compris !
Et si on se servait du capitalisme pour combattre l’exclusion ? (Aurélie Lavaud et Irène Soulages, HEC 2015)
Ce n’est pas toi qui te sert du capitalisme mais le capitalisme qui se sert de toi (et crée l’exclusion). Lao-Tchoum
Grosse érection aujourd’hui, à l’occasion de la Journée de la femme.
J’ai regardé hier The Commuter/The Passenger avec Liam Neeson et j’ai calculé qu’à la place du personnage je serais mort cinquante et une fois.
« Les grèves ont coûté beaucoup d’argent. » « Elles viennent un peu impacter la croissance », dit B. Griveaux (porte-parole du gouvernement). (BFMTV)
B. Griveaux vient d’apprendre ce qu’est la grève. Quelle belle école, le gouvernement ! Continuez de faire les cons et nous ne priverons pas de faire la grève.
Le travail des femmes a réduit la mobilité du travail car un travailleur au chômage ne peut désormais quitter son lieu de résidence pour se rendre là où on lui fait une offre, que si sa conjointe (ou vice-versa) accepte de partir chercher un nouveau travail là-bas.
When you look for hashtag #Fredericton on Twitter to know more about the circumstances of Fredericton shooting, you learn nothing but that people afterwards made a human chain in sign of #FrederictonStrong. Well-meaning idiots make TV necessary for one’s information.
Freedom Here and There (#saudicanada)
The Saudis are absolutely right to stress that Ernst Zundel was a political prisoner in Canada (and Germany). And it is out of fear of possible state repression that Westerners are reluctant to say that depriving a “Holocaust denier and Nazi sympathizer” of his freedom is an act of political repression.
To the #saudicanada discussion. Situation in Canada is that one may be deprived of his/her freedom for:
-claiming land for indigenous populations;
-denying the existence of gas chambers for the extermination of jews in WW2.
(according to pro-Saudi account Beauty of Queen)
Friends are calling me out of concern, so stop: Violation of my academic freedom is real and is an ongoing civil matter, but it cannot result in jail whatsoever and I have never been jailed. (Denis Rancourt)
I invite Saudi and other media to get acquainted with the way the University of Western Ontario dealt with Dr Wilson Bryan Key after he published his books on subliminal advertising. A shame.
Lonah Salpeter, Israeli athlete of Kenyan origin, after winning gold medal on 10,000m, is the first athlete in history to lose a race for failing to count the laps and stopping one lap before the end, at the 5,000m race. #Berlin #EuropeanChampionship2018
“Snickers Bites” for French market adds the translation of bites (=bouchées) and not a single gazabo in 33 billion dollars annual sales Mars company realized that bites bouchées means “stopped-up dicks” in French… #marketing #whataretheypaidfor?
Quand le géant de la restauration Mc Donald’s (27,5 milliards de dollars de chiffre d’affaires annuel) fait de la pub à la TV canadienne, ça donne « chocolat fondan »…
Quand le géant Inditex (18 milliards d’euros de chiffre d’affaires annuel, devant H&M), propriétaire des magasins Bershka, fait des soldes en France, ça donne « Premiére Dèmarque »… M***! Payez-vous des gens qui savent écrire, quoi !
Alors celle-là je ne vais pas la rater : le supergéant Google aux 110+ milliards de dollars de chiffre d’affaires annuel vous fait sa pub : « Inscrivez-vous maintenant et bénéficier de etc. » Payez-vous des gens qui savent écrire !
Publicité de Google sur le site de Le Monde : faites un effort, quand même. #orthographe (Rupert Barrow)
Ils n’ont pas assez d’argent !
Faute d’orthographe sur les voitures de police au Mexique ! (Polícía! estatal) (Photo août 2018, source : le journal mexicain Reforma)
Starbucks => Sturb X
for wankers only
Anarchists drop IEDs here and there in Italy with little damage, but for a #GenoaBridgeCollapse you don’t need anarchists, you only need capitalists.
Monsanto, which got massive product placement in film Treurgrond (2015) by Darrell Roodt has just been fined 289M dollars by a U.S. court for a terminally ill man’s cancer. A farmer. How many Boers and their workers suffer from Monsanto’s glyphosate? Just asking. As an aside, if you wish. [The film deals with farm murders in today’s South Africa, a phenomenon often described as the racially motivated targetting of White farmers by Black gangs.]
Monsanto is bad publicity for the Boers.
“Delights of Islam… I fell in love with veiled eyes.” Timothy Leary, High Priest, 1968.
Turn on, Tune in, Drop out.
Explain to me how come, after the previous generation’s #LSD craze, millions and millions of Westerners turning on with lysergic acid, the Western world is still as cramped as ever, even more so.
Koevoet South-African counter-insurgency unit in South-West Africa during the Border War (Grensoorlog) – When dumb Israelis show you Arabs in their army so, they say, Israel isn’t an apartheid state… #rubbish
The Federal Islamic Republic of the Comoros (1978-1989) supported the Union of South Africa allowing her to foil the international arms embargo through Comoros and to use the archipelago as a logistic base for military operations in Mozambique and Angola. #BobDenard
Somalia: 2 Al-Shabaab fighters killed by U.S. military in an airstrike in the north of Kismayo. (ESISC)
2 Al-Shabaab fighters killed by U.S. hillbilitary.
Ich sage: Es reicht! Wie viele Opfer soll diese Asylpolitik noch kosten? #Offenburg (Alice Weidel, AfD)
Mannn musss nichtt mit Messssern Scheisss treibben! #Offenburg
And now, ladies and gentlement, top European country for homicide is… RUSSIA! the fondling of European Islamophobes and other rightwingers! 15,561 intentional homicides in 2016, 43 per day, 10.82/100.000 inhabitants! #Putin (Wkpd List of countries by intentional homicide rate)
Big Brother is a control freak.
Imran et Bushra
Imran Khan’s wife number three. It’s like we’ve gone back to the Middle Ages! (Seema Goswami)
French colonialist occupation propaganda in Algeria had the same discourse exactly [about the veil].
“Islamic veil is oppression of women.” Position of French authorities #NiqabBan 👎 #BigBrother
Bushra Bibi: “Prior to her marriage with Imran Khan, she had been his spiritual mentor (murshid).” (Wkpd) He married his oppressed mentor!
Shaivist sadhus of India celebrate Imran Khan’s election in Pakistan and the niqab of First Lady Bushra Bibi with amazing feats of penis yoga!
Is it true, as petty-bourgeois scholars claim, that common sense believes in freewill? No, the proletariat doesn’t believe in free will. Psychologists as a whole are not even able to aptly describe the content of common sense, in front of which they so vehemently posit their own science. Proletarians have never believed in free will.
To the nations with working weeks longer than 35 hours, in the name of the world proletariat: You will know the taste of nuclear storm.
Selon Charles Maurras, on peut dire que Dreyfus n’a pas été « condamné parce que juif » mais innocenté parce que juif. [Voir mon billet Dreyfus innocent ?]
Strindberg’s Hollow Earth (Concave Earth) quote [again, see Tw6]
“Att jorden kunde vara konkav, visar sig vid luftsegling, då horisonten följer ballongen, han må stiga aldrig så högt; likaså med hafshorizonten, som alltid är i jämnhöjd med ögat, äfven om man stiger uppåt en höjd å stranden.” (En Blå Bok, 1907) Translation: “That the earth may be concave is shown by balloon flight, as the horizon always follows the balloon no matter how high it goes, and likewise with sea horizon, which remains at eyes’ level even if one steps up a mound on the beach.”
If the man was an idiot, then stop calling him a genius.
Denmark was the first country in the world to legalize pornography in 1969 and now they say niqab is a danger to their culture. Sure, when porn is your culture! #StoptheNiqabBanInDenmark
Niqab is a danger to Denmark’s culture all right because Denmark’s culture is pornography, the vilification of women.
What a brilliant homage to free CUNTries! [This last tweet was in reply to some guy who later, not being able to endure the strength of my reasoning, blocked me after he had wanted to contradict me. I must rephrase his objections from memory as I can’t read his tweets now that he has blocked me. He was saying that porn is legal in all free countries, hence my applauding his homage to free countries.
Then he said that ‘‘most of us’’ do not have a problem with sex and that ‘‘maybe’’ I should consider leaving Europe as I can’t stand women’s emancipation.]
Porn is not sex but sex for money. Don’t you see the difference? You may argue that sex for money is still sex, all right but the question isn’t how people view sex but how they view sex for money. Given your tweet I assume you aren’t familiar with the views of feminism, which is funny for someone claiming to be concerned with women’s condition.
They say Israel has the right to live and defend herself. It is entirely wrong. According to the very compacts of international law, a colonialist state is a barbarity and has no right to live at all.
They say Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. How is it relevant? Britain, France and other colonialist states were democracies and yet they had to stop being colonial powers. Israeli democracy’s colonialism be damned.
Israel somehow continues to exist anyway. (DrBankrupcy)
Even if, coming from Israel, there was such things as purely defensive actions, they would still be criminal offences according to the sacred law of the united nations.
That sounds like a law worth ignoring if someone is Israeli. (DrBankrupcy)
It is a fact that Israel ignores the law of the united nations, which is precisely the reason why this nation is a reprobate. Your small-talk witticisms notwithstanding.
The United Nations cannot enforce its laws, and therefore these laws don’t count for much. Disagree? Ask Crimeans, Syrians, Rohingya etc. (DrBankrupcy)
In the present state of international affairs, still mired in darkness and barbarity, it is up to anybody to draw the consequences of the dictamina of international law, the common law of the united nations, and in the present case it means, among other things, #BDS.
« Paris : agression antisémite sur le pont Alexandre III »
Nos invités répondent à la question : Pourquoi l’empereur Alexandre III était-il antisémite ?
When people go through traumatic events because of someone they may choose the most severe form of punishment as revenge, well then “the most severe form of punishment” should be lifetime imprisonment not taking away someone’s life which I consider to be sacred. (Sultan Al-Qassemi)
Definition of the sacred is that its violation calls the severest form of punishment. As one punishment is severer than lifetime imprisonment, no other punishment than capital punishment is conceivable for homicide if human life is held sacred.
[Which is to tell Mr Al-Qassemi, although I preferred to let him infer it by himself, that I deny he is holding human life sacred, as I deny those so-called lenient penal systems of ours, like the French, hold anything sacred. As a matter of fact, nothing is sacred to them.]
« Je demande des efforts aux Français », déclare Édouard Philippe (Premier ministre) (BFMTV)
Les travailleurs français doivent faire des efforts pour parvenir aux salaires de misère et longues journées de travail, à l’exploitation infâme des travailleurs chinois, sinon les capitalistes français ne peuvent pas faire de profits. Des questions ?
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 in me. 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 consensus. 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.
(Timothy Brookes, 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. (Timothy Brookes, July 12)
Thank you, Timothy. 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 Timothy. 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 Timothy Brooks, 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 Brooks’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.”