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From Nature:

EDITORIAL
28 July 2021

The lack of people of colour in science images must be fixed

Archives, libraries, photo agencies and publishers need to do better to reflect science’s true past and present.

Whoever thought that the words “do better” would become a tell for a proto-Stalinoid mindset?


Unlike many other Black scientists from history, high-quality images of agricultural scientist George Washington Carver — shown here with students at the Tuskegee Institution in Alabama — are readily available. Credit: Bettmann/Getty

Last month, Nature published a Comment article on how researchers and communities helped each other during a water crisis in Flint, Michigan. While sourcing pictures for the article, Nature’s photo editor discovered that there are few images available of the people involved, many of whom are Black.

Recently, we also needed an image of the physicist Elmer Imes, who, in 1918, became only the second African American to be awarded a PhD in physics in the United States. His doctoral work provided early evidence of the quantum behaviour of molecules. But university archives that Nature contacted did not have a copy of his photograph. Commercial photography agencies also had nothing. Low-resolution, grainy images do exist, but, shockingly, even the US Library of Congress in Washington DC — which holds images of many important scientists from the nation’s history — does not have a photograph. However, such images are available for a number of notable white scientists from Imes’s time.

Like Einstein. Why are there more photos available of Einstein than of Imes? Racism, that’s why!

iSteve commenter Paperback Writer found a picture of Dr. Imes, and adds “Actually, his work sounds pretty nifty: ‘The work provided the first accurate determination of the distances between atoms in molecules, expanded the range of applicability of quantum theory, and provided evidence for the existence of two isotopes of chlorine.'”

Perhaps Nature is complaining that there is no super high-quality photo of Imes like Yousuf Karsh’s famous photo of Einstein?

Also, Nature needs colour photos of long-dead people of colour scientists.

This is far from an isolated case. Nature often illustrates articles reporting on communities and countries that are under-represented in science using generic images, in part because universities, national libraries and commercial photo agencies hold relatively few images of people from such communities.

In other words, the agencies that gin up generic photos make sure to feature a ton of black scientists.

Although we do our best to work with generic images in such situations, they tend to be less compelling than pictures showing real scientists doing real research. When we do use photographs of the researchers themselves, this can boost the impact of the article — attracting greater social media attention, for example — which, in turn, can benefit those individuals and their work.

Are they saying that black scientists don’t like to have their picture taken? Or that there are still more white male than black female scientists doing work worthy of being publicized and therefore Steps Must Be Taken?

Systemic racism and science’s diversity deficit extend to images, creating a distorted and exclusionary picture of science’s past and present. This is an issue that needs attention, and there are several potential ways to rectify it.

… A second and related problem — the lack of high-quality historical images, particularly of people of colour — is also not insurmountable. For example, such images might be available in university records or archives, and, if not, these institutions will often know how to find such images or will have access to ways of improving the quality of the images they do have. National libraries need to work with universities to identify and publish images of notable researchers.

Arguably the most difficult, although no less important, task will be to bring about change in the commercial photography agencies. These agencies are a crucial source of images for media organizations. At Nature, we use them all the time, and credit them next to the images. But, more often than not, our searches for photos of particular Black scientists and scientists of other marginalized ethnicities yield negative results, and we are compelled to fall back on generic images of people modelling a generic scene, instead of photos of the scientists themselves. In some cases, photos do exist, but are incorrectly captioned or are not tagged with appropriate keywords, meaning they cannot be found.

… Universities, libraries, publishers and photo agencies — the organizations that hold the keys to so much of the world’s photography — must all take steps to diversify our imagery. Science’s historical record will remain incomplete while it is missing pictures of people who have contributed to discovery and invention. Such efforts are also essential to make research more welcoming for people from under-represented communities, and to ensure that future generations of researchers reflect those that science has often failed to attract in the past.

C’mon, Nature, stop beating around the bush and say what you really want: Photoshopping diversity into old photos of scientists.

Stalin mostly had colleagues he’d had shot airbrushed out:

But we have the tools to now Photoshop the Good People in!

Pretty soon, due to Do Betterism, old photos of the 1962 Nobel Prize ceremony will have James D. Watson and Francis Crick Photoshopped out and the late Rosalind Franklin and the Hidden Figures lady Photoshopped in.

Update: A reader sends me this much-improved archive photo:

 
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  1. Universities, libraries, publishers and photo agencies — the organizations that hold the keys to so much of the world’s photography — must all take steps to diversify our imagery.

    Given that imagery in the media is now running about 80% POC, this can only mean that more white people should be featured. That’s what they mean, right?

    Criminals are about 100% white, judging from their representation. Should we start there? I’m worried about stereotype threat.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Charon

    Could we possibly coulourise come of the criminal characters in those burglar alarm commercials and CSI SUV Texarkana, as Hollywood has done with some of the old Black (OK, and White) movies? Can we also get a spell-checker that can correct that olde British stupid misspelling thing?*

    .

    * Canadians, Aussies, and Kiwis, you are part of the problem too!

  2. Science’s historical record will remain incomplete while it is missing pictures of people who have contributed to discovery and invention.

    What contributions are those? Peanut butter, then decades of nothing, then the Super Soaker, and then more nothing.

    • Replies: @additionalMike
    @Batman

    Don't forget the Traffic Light! Without it, reckless honkies would still be careening through intersections willy-nilly, causing mayhem on the roads.

    Replies: @Charon, @Reg Cæsar, @Pericles, @Escher

    , @Stan d Mute
    @Batman


    What contributions are those?
     
    How to ethnically cleanse and depopulate the richest city in the world circa 1950? Nobody in the world had ever seen anything like Detriot. But it’s taken the negroes just half a century to turn it into the Congo.
    , @AndrewR
    @Batman

    The Super Soaker was a vital part of my childhood. How else could I soak my friends in my piss at high pressure?

    , @Neuday
    @Batman

    Grinding a nut into a paste is not an invention, and to claim it is only underscores the dearth of negro scientific accomplishment. Might as well say a Black invented the toothpick.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Jack D

  3. Unlike many other Black scientists from history, high-quality images of agricultural scientist George Washington Carver — shown here with students at the Tuskegee Institution in Alabama — are readily available. Credit: Bettmann/Getty

    Did “agricultural scientist George Washington Carver” discover or invent even one thing of any importance?

    As far as I can tell, George Washington Carver achieved fame as a great scientist without actually doing anything significant, whether scientifically or commercially.

    • Replies: @C. Van Carter
    @Calvin Hobbes

    He invented the peanut, according to one of my grade school teachers.

    Replies: @Prester John

    , @Nicholas Stix
    @Calvin Hobbes

    The Myth of George Washington Carver
    https://nicholasstixuncensored.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-myth-of-george-washington-carver.html

    , @AndrewR
    @Calvin Hobbes

    He added more value to the world than Ibram X Kendi, whom Stalin probably would have had liquidated for spreading racial hatred amongst the people.

    , @Prester John
    @Calvin Hobbes

    When I was a kiddie I was taught that Carver discovered a bunch of things that could be done with peanuts.

    Or...something.

    Did he invent the peanut butter and jelly sandwich on white (!) bread? Can't remember now.

    , @keypusher
    @Calvin Hobbes

    When I was in elementary school nearly 50 years ago, I thought the two greatest scientists of all time were Einstein and George Washington Carver, because they were the only ones who were the subject of entire books in the school library.

    One of the really tiresome things about the current moment is the constant repetition of the idea that no one was flogging Diversity until the day before yesterday.

    , @JMcG
    @Calvin Hobbes

    Well, there was that time he made a phonograph needle out of a peanut.

  4. Anon[375] • Disclaimer says:

    I always thought the fight against racism/sexism/other -was necessary because PoC and women etc. were being denied the opportunity to achieve great things because of the oppressive straight white male patriarchy.

    How can blacks have been horribly oppressed while simultaneously playing a pivotal role in the development of western science?

    • Replies: @DextersLabRat
    @Anon

    The new party line is that they were always there contributing and being the REAL geniuses responsible for everything, but the evil pasty white males took all the credit thanks to their evil white male privilege and that's the only reason the overwhelming number of inventions, discoveries, etc. in the past and all the evidence of them (including the historical photographs this article is bitching about) were by white males and featured white males.

    Otherwise, you'd be able to say "wait a second, the Western world did not have or need any racial diversity to become the greatest civilization in the history of mankind and push the world into the future, why would it need it now?".

  5. Pretty soon, due to Do Betterism, old photos of the 1962 Nobel Prize ceremony will have James D. Watson and Francis Crick Photoshopped out and the late Rosalind Franklin and the Hidden Figures lady Photoshopped in.

    This is really why liberals hate the internet. Not the technology but the open nature of it.

    SFGate once ran an article on what an awful person William Shockley was even though he invented the transistor.

    In the corresponding thread there were a lot of points on how the left hasn’t actually debunked any of his social theories.

    The thread was deleted.

    • Thanks: Bubba
    • Replies: @Morris Applebaum IV
    @John Johnson

    I recall an interview of William Shockley by William F. Buckley, sometime in the 1970s. Buckley sincerely believed that Shockley was an evil racist. He completely bought in to the blank slate mentality, but at least was somewhat understandable back then. I fail to see how anyone can still believe that now, but I know quite a few sincere people who do.

    Replies: @res, @JMcG

  6. There goes Sweden.

    https://www.economist.com/europe/2021/07/24/sweden-is-being-shot-up

    In late May a throng of a hundred or so young men, most of them from African or Middle Eastern minorities, started fighting in a square in Hjallbo, a suburb of Gothenburg, Sweden’s second city. Members of rival gangs seem to have started the scrap over the theft of a moped. Two days later a man in a nearby grocery shop was shot in the back of the head, thought to be as an act of revenge for the gangland battle. Then a policeman in Biskopsgarden, another suburb of the city, was shot dead. A few days after that a man was murdered in a barber’s shop in Frolunda, yet another suburb. To add to this litany of recent criminal violence, two young children were lucky to survive last week after being caught in the crossfire of yet another gang shoot-out, this time in Visattra, on the edge of Stockholm, the capital.

    In the past 15 years, Sweden has had Europe’s highest rate of death by shooting, according to a recent report by the country’s National Council for Crime Prevention. Analysing data on 22 European countries provided by Eurostat and the un’s World Health Organisation, Klara Hradilova-Selin, a researcher at the council, reckoned that Sweden came second after Croatia between 2014 and 2017. But by 2018 preliminary data suggested that Sweden had risen to the top spot. Most of the victims are men between 20 and 29. Sweden’s rate of homicide by shooting is two-and-a-half times the European average.

    Such violence is invariably fuelled by illegal drugs and ill-feeling between jobless, marginalised young men and the police. Recent immigrants, many of them Somali, have failed to integrate. The Syrian migrant crisis of 2015 has led to more ghettoisation. In Hjallbo 70% of residents were born abroad. Many of them, especially young men, scrape by on welfare benefits and the black market. Shooting has become a common way for gangs to settle their differences.

    Some analysts also blame excessive centralisation in the past decade for the falling number of police serving on the streets of Sweden’s grimmer suburbs, despite higher police numbers overall. In some districts where immigrants are prominent, community policing has broken down, letting lethal gangs take over. In 1980 Gothenburg’s police solved 80% of all murders. Nowadays the figure is a dismal 20%.

    If Covid doesn’t get you, the local Somalians might.

    Oh well.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Johnny, maybe the police don't want to solve these crimes. Maybe they are content with the community thinning the herd.

    , @Altai
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Much like the US, the violence is confined to specific places and communities which ordinary Swedes can and do easily avoid. Private schools are increasing in number and exist purely to allow for this class/ethnic segregation.

    Malmo and Gothenburg may start to experience white flight to the larger, sprawling and due to it's geography providing lots of natural barriers, more easily segregated Stockholm as living conditions of a certain type become more of a premium. But the latitude difference would be no joke.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123

    , @NickG
    @JohnnyWalker123


    In the past 15 years, Sweden has had Europe’s highest rate of death by shooting, according to a recent report by the country’s National Council for Crime Prevention.
     
    One of the collateral benefits that comes from being a 'moral superpower'.
  7. Let’s just get to what they really want.

    Nature: Nature must be fixed.

  8. Never-ending search for whine fodder is becoming more and more granular.

  9. Now, there are black scientists & other black prominent rational public figures in the US and elsewhere. They should be the first to say NO to this lunacy.

    But, they are conspicuously silent.

    Qui tacet consentire videtur,

    • Replies: @Mike Tre
    @Bardon Kaldian

    "Now, there are black scientists & other black prominent rational public figures in the US and elsewhere. They should be the first to say NO to this lunacy."

    After he was elected, one of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington's inner circle was heard saying "WE in charge now!"

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @Bardon Kaldian

    To be fair to them, who's gonna want to hear it, Bardon? If they are real scientists, they've got real work to do and have neither the time or inclination to bring this up to woke journal editors who don't want to hear it. For a black politician to come out as fair, well, he'd be called a lot of names, such as good old Uncle Tom on the SCOTUS there, whatever his real name is. (He's the best justice on there, you gotta admit.)

  10. We have reached full unreality. Where the semblance of something is more real than whether that thing had happened before. This is what did that poor Biles girl in. The Libtards had projected so much on to her that she, the autonomous being, no longer existed. The Apotheosis of Simone. The LIbtards droned on and on about her being the greatest gymnast ever. And black(!) at that! Take that white Supremacists! She’s black!

    And then she failed. Double faulted. “What went wrong?” her handlers urgently whispered. And she cracked. She could handle the stress of being a superb athlete but to be an icon, the embodiment of all the frustrated hopes of her Libtard handlers was too much. If she were to score anything less than a perfect 10 then it would have to be because she was black. It couldn’t be because she wasn’t always the greatest gymnast ever–they’d already sewn that one up. So they left her with no place she could go and regroup. The Legend was more real than the scared little girl priming herself before her next vault.

    (By the way, from watching her floor routine I would say that she is a superb tumbler, but her hand and arm gestures looked forced and mechanical. She’s not particularly graceful, which is not aided by the “perky ass little girl strut” that all the gymnasts are currently affecting. Good grief, even the male coach walks that way.)

    Libtards never look ahead and ask what is to become of their current darling whom they are grooming for the role of repudiation-of-white-supremacy when that person discovers that they are being used. What happens to the token recipient of a MacArthur grant when they are defrocked through their own ineptitude? Aha, I guess this doesn’t happen because the entire effort is to prevent that from ever happening. To continue to spin false webs of illusion that feedback misinformation into the system so that a reckoning is never allowed to occur. To ferret out old faded photos of black scientists or lab technicians or janitors in white lab coats in order to promote the illusion that these people were instrumental in a process to which they were barely incidental. What a waste of effort. A sign of an unserious culture.

    • Thanks: Je Suis Omar Mateen
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @ThreeCranes

    Total shame on Simone. If she was going to withdraw like that and crumble like that, we should have sent a different girl. She took someone else's spot. Unsat.

    As far as the walk, it has to do with physique. Shawn Johnson had similar physique to Biles and similar walk.

    Replies: @ThreeCranes

    , @Charon
    @ThreeCranes


    We have reached full unreality.
     
    Which of course has been the plan all along. The (MSM) of the past several decades has been, more than anything else, a grand experiment in brainwashing tens of millions of people. Then hundreds of millions. It's gone swimmingly.

    Hand it to our (overlords). They saw first and best how this could be done, and they had a specific purpose in mind. A "tireless minority, keen to set bushfires" and motivated by an eternal race-hatred.

    This firm hand on the real levers of power shows that one doesn't need raw numbers in order to dominate and direct a society.

  11. • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @JohnnyWalker123

    He's not Jewish. The Israelis let him train in their facility. He competes for....

    ....Mongolia.

    I don't know why.

    Replies: @Anonymous

  12. @Bardon Kaldian
    Now, there are black scientists & other black prominent rational public figures in the US and elsewhere. They should be the first to say NO to this lunacy.

    But, they are conspicuously silent.

    Qui tacet consentire videtur,

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Achmed E. Newman

    “Now, there are black scientists & other black prominent rational public figures in the US and elsewhere. They should be the first to say NO to this lunacy.”

    After he was elected, one of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington’s inner circle was heard saying “WE in charge now!”

  13. We need to get them to copy the Soviet style. You cannot really call the Soviet Stalinist images “photographs”. They all have a cartoonish look. Unlike today’s computer generated imagery, you take one look and you know the whole thing is a fraud. Nobody pretended it was history, they were meant to be icons. I wouldn’t mind their photoshopping if it was Soviet style.

  14. @JohnnyWalker123
    There goes Sweden.

    https://www.economist.com/europe/2021/07/24/sweden-is-being-shot-up

    In late May a throng of a hundred or so young men, most of them from African or Middle Eastern minorities, started fighting in a square in Hjallbo, a suburb of Gothenburg, Sweden’s second city. Members of rival gangs seem to have started the scrap over the theft of a moped. Two days later a man in a nearby grocery shop was shot in the back of the head, thought to be as an act of revenge for the gangland battle. Then a policeman in Biskopsgarden, another suburb of the city, was shot dead. A few days after that a man was murdered in a barber’s shop in Frolunda, yet another suburb. To add to this litany of recent criminal violence, two young children were lucky to survive last week after being caught in the crossfire of yet another gang shoot-out, this time in Visattra, on the edge of Stockholm, the capital.

    In the past 15 years, Sweden has had Europe’s highest rate of death by shooting, according to a recent report by the country’s National Council for Crime Prevention. Analysing data on 22 European countries provided by Eurostat and the un’s World Health Organisation, Klara Hradilova-Selin, a researcher at the council, reckoned that Sweden came second after Croatia between 2014 and 2017. But by 2018 preliminary data suggested that Sweden had risen to the top spot. Most of the victims are men between 20 and 29. Sweden’s rate of homicide by shooting is two-and-a-half times the European average.

    Such violence is invariably fuelled by illegal drugs and ill-feeling between jobless, marginalised young men and the police. Recent immigrants, many of them Somali, have failed to integrate. The Syrian migrant crisis of 2015 has led to more ghettoisation. In Hjallbo 70% of residents were born abroad. Many of them, especially young men, scrape by on welfare benefits and the black market. Shooting has become a common way for gangs to settle their differences.

    Some analysts also blame excessive centralisation in the past decade for the falling number of police serving on the streets of Sweden’s grimmer suburbs, despite higher police numbers overall. In some districts where immigrants are prominent, community policing has broken down, letting lethal gangs take over. In 1980 Gothenburg’s police solved 80% of all murders. Nowadays the figure is a dismal 20%.
     
    If Covid doesn't get you, the local Somalians might.

    Oh well.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @Altai, @NickG

    Johnny, maybe the police don’t want to solve these crimes. Maybe they are content with the community thinning the herd.

    • LOL: Triteleia Laxa
  15. agricultural scientist George Washington Carver

    the Hidden Figures lady

    What do these two have in common? Both were celebrated/thanked contemporaneously in excess of their actual contributions.

    John Glenn said he wouldn’t get on board if the lady didn’t do the computing. (Glenn the budding politician). Carver was more of a hype man than a scientist.

    Today, the two are celebrated 1,000,000 times more loudly than they were in their own time, (when, remember they were over-celebrated).

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @dvorak

    George Washington Carver was a big deal when I was in elementary school, 1964-1972.

    Replies: @Morris Applebaum IV

    , @Jim Don Bob
    @dvorak


    John Glenn said he wouldn’t get on board if the lady didn’t do the computing.
     
    There is no evidence JG ever said anything like this. The movie makers invented the quote after he was dead.
    , @Mr. Anon
    @dvorak


    John Glenn said he wouldn’t get on board if the lady didn’t do the computing.
     
    When and where did he say that?
    , @Mr. Anon
    @dvorak


    John Glenn said he wouldn’t get on board if the lady didn’t do the computing. (Glenn the budding politician)./blockquote>

    Is there actually any evidence for this story? It get's repeated a lot now. Is it true? Did John Glenn ever mention this while he was alive? Did he mention it in his biography?
     

     
  16. The movie “Hidden Figures” distorts history. The real reason women were used as “human computers” was much more interesting. Many companies or government agencies found back then that men couldn’t do repetitive, delicate, tedious work very well. Women did have those skills, so the early electronics-assembly industry and space programs hired them by the thousands, to do that work. Before software and computers, humans had to do tens of thousands of calculations to calculate the orbital mechanics and attitude burns for space vehicles. It required step-by-step computation of a state-space model, every small increment of time, rather than finding the solution through some globalizing Hamiltonian/Lagrangian, because an orbit has many frictional forces, uneven gravitational forces, etc. Men simply can’t do those tedious calculations very long, without making mistakes. Too much testosterone or something. Our minds evolved to take down a deer, not weave cloth. So, those black women were employed to crunch numbers. Those state-space models approximated the differential equations with fixed numerical procedures, so they just followed this repetetive procedure, over and over. Of course, everyone would eventually try to find a short cut in this numerical approximation and one of the black women found it, co-publishing a paper. As computers became available, many of them shifted work to entering software code or data onto cards through “card or key punchers” and feeding them into card readers. This manual work was done by “tech aides.” The screenplay writers don’t seem to realize these “hidden figure” women were the equivalent of factory workers, doing repetitive work, in engineering work areas and in electronics assembly.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @ruralguy

    Right. The smartest one Katherine Johnson got real good at it and made some contributions. It's a nice story about somebody coming a long way in life through hard work and brains, but our culture is so crazy lately that it totally misinterprets the history.

    Replies: @War for Blair Mountain, @War for Blair Mountain

    , @Wilkey
    @ruralguy


    The real reason women were used as “human computers” was much more interesting. Many companies or government agencies found back then that men couldn’t do repetitive, delicate, tedious work very well. Women did have those skills...
     
    I'm not sure how much truth there is to it, but years ago I read the same thing about fireworks manufacturers, as well. Fireworks makers prefer to hire women because men don't have the temperaments to stick with something tedious for long periods of time. When you're making fireworks, the consequences of failure can make your whole manufacturing facility go BOOM.
  17. true past and present.

    That’s pretty chilling and insane statement. And it’s not even a signed opinion piece, it’s ostensibly the official line of Nature.

    It should be pointed out that though they enable it either through approval or cowed silence, the day to day operation of the Nature website is run by ‘science journalists’ and not real scientists. 100% of credentialed ‘science journalists’ are SJWs and 90% are women under 35.

    • Agree: Polistra
  18. ‘The lack of people of colour in science images must be fixed

    ‘Archives, libraries, photo agencies and publishers need to do better to reflect science’s true past and present.’

    Would you stop reposting Babylon Bee headlines? This is getting old.

  19. @Anon
    I always thought the fight against racism/sexism/other -was necessary because PoC and women etc. were being denied the opportunity to achieve great things because of the oppressive straight white male patriarchy.

    How can blacks have been horribly oppressed while simultaneously playing a pivotal role in the development of western science?

    Replies: @DextersLabRat

    The new party line is that they were always there contributing and being the REAL geniuses responsible for everything, but the evil pasty white males took all the credit thanks to their evil white male privilege and that’s the only reason the overwhelming number of inventions, discoveries, etc. in the past and all the evidence of them (including the historical photographs this article is bitching about) were by white males and featured white males.

    Otherwise, you’d be able to say “wait a second, the Western world did not have or need any racial diversity to become the greatest civilization in the history of mankind and push the world into the future, why would it need it now?”.

  20. @Calvin Hobbes

    Unlike many other Black scientists from history, high-quality images of agricultural scientist George Washington Carver — shown here with students at the Tuskegee Institution in Alabama — are readily available. Credit: Bettmann/Getty
     
    Did “agricultural scientist George Washington Carver” discover or invent even one thing of any importance?

    As far as I can tell, George Washington Carver achieved fame as a great scientist without actually doing anything significant, whether scientifically or commercially.

    Replies: @C. Van Carter, @Nicholas Stix, @AndrewR, @Prester John, @keypusher, @JMcG

    He invented the peanut, according to one of my grade school teachers.

    • Replies: @Prester John
    @C. Van Carter

    I remember Carver being connected with peanuts and something about how he discovered many uses for peanuts. Which in the scheme of things is something of an accomplishment I guess, even if he wasn't in the same league with Mendel, Linnaeus etal.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @MEH 0910

  21. George Ime had a bit of Prince in him when he was young.

    Nicely conked hair.

    Both his parents graduated from Oberlin College, of the bakery riots and Lena Dunham.

    • Replies: @Anon55uu
    @Anon

    Oberlin College baseball also a pioneer of the infield shift.

    https://www.mlb.com/news/featured/oberlin-college-baseball-team-and-the-infield-shift

    Replies: @kaganovitch

  22. Alas, there are no photographs of Yakub, the greatest black scientist of all time, possibly because he lived 6,600 years ago.

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
    @C. Van Carter

    https://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/database/cast/worf2.jpg

  23. You can see a picture of Dr. Imes ri’cheer:

    https://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/200811/physicshistory.cfm

    Actually, his work sounds pretty nifty: “The work provided the first accurate determination of the distances between atoms in molecules, expanded the range of applicability of quantum theory, and provided evidence for the existence of two isotopes of chlorine.”

  24. @JohnnyWalker123
    https://twitter.com/FactsRational/status/1420408320553193474

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    He’s not Jewish. The Israelis let him train in their facility. He competes for….

    ….Mongolia.

    I don’t know why.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Paperback Writer

    Hmm, wild Olympics side dramas… Just part of life’s rich pageant I suppose. I still laugh about Sailer’s casual assertion some years ago that biennial Medalpaloozas are a “highbrow” tradition that all sophisticated white professionals follow closely out of immaculate educatedness (several obviously Middle-Kingdom commenters rushed to agree w/ that)

    Replies: @Stan d Mute

  25. @JohnnyWalker123
    There goes Sweden.

    https://www.economist.com/europe/2021/07/24/sweden-is-being-shot-up

    In late May a throng of a hundred or so young men, most of them from African or Middle Eastern minorities, started fighting in a square in Hjallbo, a suburb of Gothenburg, Sweden’s second city. Members of rival gangs seem to have started the scrap over the theft of a moped. Two days later a man in a nearby grocery shop was shot in the back of the head, thought to be as an act of revenge for the gangland battle. Then a policeman in Biskopsgarden, another suburb of the city, was shot dead. A few days after that a man was murdered in a barber’s shop in Frolunda, yet another suburb. To add to this litany of recent criminal violence, two young children were lucky to survive last week after being caught in the crossfire of yet another gang shoot-out, this time in Visattra, on the edge of Stockholm, the capital.

    In the past 15 years, Sweden has had Europe’s highest rate of death by shooting, according to a recent report by the country’s National Council for Crime Prevention. Analysing data on 22 European countries provided by Eurostat and the un’s World Health Organisation, Klara Hradilova-Selin, a researcher at the council, reckoned that Sweden came second after Croatia between 2014 and 2017. But by 2018 preliminary data suggested that Sweden had risen to the top spot. Most of the victims are men between 20 and 29. Sweden’s rate of homicide by shooting is two-and-a-half times the European average.

    Such violence is invariably fuelled by illegal drugs and ill-feeling between jobless, marginalised young men and the police. Recent immigrants, many of them Somali, have failed to integrate. The Syrian migrant crisis of 2015 has led to more ghettoisation. In Hjallbo 70% of residents were born abroad. Many of them, especially young men, scrape by on welfare benefits and the black market. Shooting has become a common way for gangs to settle their differences.

    Some analysts also blame excessive centralisation in the past decade for the falling number of police serving on the streets of Sweden’s grimmer suburbs, despite higher police numbers overall. In some districts where immigrants are prominent, community policing has broken down, letting lethal gangs take over. In 1980 Gothenburg’s police solved 80% of all murders. Nowadays the figure is a dismal 20%.
     
    If Covid doesn't get you, the local Somalians might.

    Oh well.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @Altai, @NickG

    Much like the US, the violence is confined to specific places and communities which ordinary Swedes can and do easily avoid. Private schools are increasing in number and exist purely to allow for this class/ethnic segregation.

    Malmo and Gothenburg may start to experience white flight to the larger, sprawling and due to it’s geography providing lots of natural barriers, more easily segregated Stockholm as living conditions of a certain type become more of a premium. But the latitude difference would be no joke.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    @Altai

    What percent of the population do Muslims constitute in Greater Gothenburg and Greater Stockholm respectively?

  26. Funny you should mention Einstein. That name seems to crop up a lot when something physics-related happens. Wonder why.

    • Agree: Gordo
    • Replies: @Pericles
    @Paperback Writer

    Did you know Einstein merely stole the work of his more talented BLAQQ cousin, whom he then married to shut her up? BLAQQ voices were silenced by WHITE PATRIARCHS but, Elsa Einstein, history will remember you. Finally Nature can tell the true story.

    Replies: @El Dato

  27. @ruralguy
    The movie "Hidden Figures" distorts history. The real reason women were used as "human computers" was much more interesting. Many companies or government agencies found back then that men couldn't do repetitive, delicate, tedious work very well. Women did have those skills, so the early electronics-assembly industry and space programs hired them by the thousands, to do that work. Before software and computers, humans had to do tens of thousands of calculations to calculate the orbital mechanics and attitude burns for space vehicles. It required step-by-step computation of a state-space model, every small increment of time, rather than finding the solution through some globalizing Hamiltonian/Lagrangian, because an orbit has many frictional forces, uneven gravitational forces, etc. Men simply can't do those tedious calculations very long, without making mistakes. Too much testosterone or something. Our minds evolved to take down a deer, not weave cloth. So, those black women were employed to crunch numbers. Those state-space models approximated the differential equations with fixed numerical procedures, so they just followed this repetetive procedure, over and over. Of course, everyone would eventually try to find a short cut in this numerical approximation and one of the black women found it, co-publishing a paper. As computers became available, many of them shifted work to entering software code or data onto cards through "card or key punchers" and feeding them into card readers. This manual work was done by "tech aides." The screenplay writers don't seem to realize these "hidden figure" women were the equivalent of factory workers, doing repetitive work, in engineering work areas and in electronics assembly.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Wilkey

    Right. The smartest one Katherine Johnson got real good at it and made some contributions. It’s a nice story about somebody coming a long way in life through hard work and brains, but our culture is so crazy lately that it totally misinterprets the history.

    • Replies: @War for Blair Mountain
    @Steve Sailer

    Steve

    Can you tell me what Katherine Johnson’s contributions were?

    Replies: @El Dato

    , @War for Blair Mountain
    @Steve Sailer

    I read Mike Gray’s book ANGLE OF ATTACK about the history of Harrison Storm and the history of the US Space Program…. No mention of math-engineering genius Katherine Johnson-very odd when you consider that Mike Gray was heavily involved in the Civil Rights Movement..

    Amazon has gazillions of books on Space Flight Dynamics for Engineers and Physicts I’ll betcha that there is not one chapter devoted to equations of Katherine Johnson…nor will here name be mentioned in any of the indexes of these books…

  28. @dvorak

    agricultural scientist George Washington Carver
     

    the Hidden Figures lady
     
    What do these two have in common? Both were celebrated/thanked contemporaneously in excess of their actual contributions.

    John Glenn said he wouldn't get on board if the lady didn't do the computing. (Glenn the budding politician). Carver was more of a hype man than a scientist.

    Today, the two are celebrated 1,000,000 times more loudly than they were in their own time, (when, remember they were over-celebrated).

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Jim Don Bob, @Mr. Anon, @Mr. Anon

    George Washington Carver was a big deal when I was in elementary school, 1964-1972.

    • Replies: @Morris Applebaum IV
    @Steve Sailer

    He was on a commemorative US half dollar from 1951-1954. His story and accomplishments were extraordinary. It also goes to show how a majority of Whites in the 50s and 60s were eager for Blacks to succeed.

    Carver aside, it seems that agricultural scientists are greatly underappreciated.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @res, @gcochran

  29. @C. Van Carter
    Alas, there are no photographs of Yakub, the greatest black scientist of all time, possibly because he lived 6,600 years ago.

    https://www.seekpng.com/png/detail/179-1791334_post-yakub-big-headed-scientist.png

    Replies: @Stan Adams

  30. @Batman

    Science’s historical record will remain incomplete while it is missing pictures of people who have contributed to discovery and invention.
     
    What contributions are those? Peanut butter, then decades of nothing, then the Super Soaker, and then more nothing.

    Replies: @additionalMike, @Stan d Mute, @AndrewR, @Neuday

    Don’t forget the Traffic Light! Without it, reckless honkies would still be careening through intersections willy-nilly, causing mayhem on the roads.

    • Replies: @Charon
    @additionalMike

    Ironically, guess who's most notorious for ignoring traffic lights. Along with all other traffic laws. Ahem, all other laws.

    Replies: @kaganovitch

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @additionalMike


    Don’t forget the Traffic Light! Without it, reckless honkies would still be careening through intersections willy-nilly, causing mayhem on the roads.
     
    Change "reckless" to "prudent" and "causing" to "averting", and you have Rio.
    , @Pericles
    @additionalMike

    Traffic lights were invented to make it easier to rob whitey when he stops.

    https://www.dw.com/en/european-towns-remove-traffic-signs-to-make-streets-safer/a-2143663

    , @Escher
    @additionalMike


    Don’t forget the Traffic Light! Without it, reckless honkies would still be careening through intersections willy-nilly, causing mayhem on the roads.
     
    Honkies be honking, Bruthas be chillin’
  31. @John Johnson
    Pretty soon, due to Do Betterism, old photos of the 1962 Nobel Prize ceremony will have James D. Watson and Francis Crick Photoshopped out and the late Rosalind Franklin and the Hidden Figures lady Photoshopped in.

    This is really why liberals hate the internet. Not the technology but the open nature of it.

    SFGate once ran an article on what an awful person William Shockley was even though he invented the transistor.

    In the corresponding thread there were a lot of points on how the left hasn't actually debunked any of his social theories.

    The thread was deleted.

    Replies: @Morris Applebaum IV

    I recall an interview of William Shockley by William F. Buckley, sometime in the 1970s. Buckley sincerely believed that Shockley was an evil racist. He completely bought in to the blank slate mentality, but at least was somewhat understandable back then. I fail to see how anyone can still believe that now, but I know quite a few sincere people who do.

    • Replies: @res
    @Morris Applebaum IV

    This?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JOIqkh2ms8

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Bubba, @AndrewR

    , @JMcG
    @Morris Applebaum IV

    Shockley has a couple of climbing routes named after him in the Gunks of New York State. The Gunks is a climbing area near New Paltz. He climbed there back in the last century. Actually, I wonder if he’s been memory-holed there yet.

  32. Somewhat off-topic, but I think both of those Soviet photos are fake. Yezhov was pasted into the one on the left, possibly along with Stalin (or at least his head) and maybe the other two as well. Then they airbrushed him out of the one on the right. Take a good look at the one on the left: Yezhov’s got a weird hunched-up body, looks like he was drawn with pencil entire; everybody’s got a weird halo around them; Stalin is obviously posing for a photograph, but he’s the only one looking at the camera. Compare the background to the foreground and see which looks more real. And then there’s Stalin’s spooky “hidden hand” gesture…

    I’m not sure why someone would go to all this trouble; I can only guess either Trotskyites or a western intelligence agency, to make the USSR look bad. I’d be curious when and where the story of his disappearing from that picture first appeared, and whether anybody actually checked the other details of his arrest and execution. It all supposedly happened in secret anyway. (If Time magazine knew about it in 1948, they were keeping quiet.)

    In fact, let’s go full schizo: did Yezhov ever exist, or was he created by Stalin as a patsy for his purges? Most of these pictures are either fake-looking photos or drawings. Didn’t the Soviet press get a single good clean photograph of this high-ranking politician? Or did the KGB get rid of every such picture in every copy of Pravda, including the ones held in the files of foreign intelligence agencies?

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Barack Obama's secret Unz account

    I’m not sure why someone would go to all this trouble; I can only guess either Trotskyites or a western intelligence agency, to make the USSR look bad.

    The Soviets under Stalin did that all the time and it is well documented.
    https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/stalin-photo-manipulation-1922-1953/

    In fact, let’s go full schizo: did Yezhov ever exist, or was he created by Stalin as a patsy for his purges?

    Yezhov was very real and very evil. He was actually a Soviet before Stalin took over and served in the Red Army.

    His mock trial was witnessed by numerous high level Communists.

    Interestingly he was only 4.5 feet tall and was nicknamed The Poison Dwarf. Some of the most sadistic Communists were very short or weird looking (see Beria).

    Replies: @Barack Obama's secret Unz account, @Jack D

    , @Charlotte
    @Barack Obama's secret Unz account

    I think you’re right: the distances between people and even their respective sizes seem slightly off, like they weren’t originally part of the same composition.

  33. @Charon

    Universities, libraries, publishers and photo agencies — the organizations that hold the keys to so much of the world’s photography — must all take steps to diversify our imagery.
     
    Given that imagery in the media is now running about 80% POC, this can only mean that more white people should be featured. That's what they mean, right?

    Criminals are about 100% white, judging from their representation. Should we start there? I'm worried about stereotype threat.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Could we possibly coulourise come of the criminal characters in those burglar alarm commercials and CSI SUV Texarkana, as Hollywood has done with some of the old Black (OK, and White) movies? Can we also get a spell-checker that can correct that olde British stupid misspelling thing?*

    .

    * Canadians, Aussies, and Kiwis, you are part of the problem too!

  34. @Bardon Kaldian
    Now, there are black scientists & other black prominent rational public figures in the US and elsewhere. They should be the first to say NO to this lunacy.

    But, they are conspicuously silent.

    Qui tacet consentire videtur,

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Achmed E. Newman

    To be fair to them, who’s gonna want to hear it, Bardon? If they are real scientists, they’ve got real work to do and have neither the time or inclination to bring this up to woke journal editors who don’t want to hear it. For a black politician to come out as fair, well, he’d be called a lot of names, such as good old Uncle Tom on the SCOTUS there, whatever his real name is. (He’s the best justice on there, you gotta admit.)

  35. I do not understand the accusatory tone of Nature’s article. They could have published this anytime since Johnson got civil rights legislation passed in the 1960s. It’s the suddenly woke pointing fingers at the nonwoke. There simply was discrimination in education and jobs in earlier days. What you mostly could find would be pictures of blacks teaching science and math to other blacks and pictures of black MDs. A lot of those pictures that still exist I expect are in the attics of their relatives. Why didn’t Nature put out the word for black families to help out in this project? I think they would be happy to know there was interest and would share their photos.

    As for today, I think Americans in science and math who are not stars have real problems competing against cheap immigrant labor that companies and nonprofits including colleges and research institutes are always begging for. When is Nature going to call for the preferential hiring of Americans? That is what it will take to get the black descendants of American slaves into STEM jobs instead of Jamaicans and Nigerians. Or is Nature satisfied if they can find more pictures of blacks in these jobs even if they are not the descendants of American slaves?

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @notsaying

    Because Nature doesn't want pictures of blacks teaching science and math to other blacks.

    Nature is looking for the black Nobel prize winners who have been mysterious invisibled out of history (the "true past").

    Why? To create an impression of "high diversity" [i.e. highly visible presence of blacks] in science. Why? To attract more "underrepresented minorities" [i.e. blacks] who need to be encouraged (bamboozled?) to enter science careers. Why? Because this will magically cure black dysfunction by a trickle-down effect or possibly Sheldrake Radiation. However, one can, safely say that if it hasn't worked well in the last 50 years, it's not going to work well in the next 10 (after which we will be dead due to Gobal Warming anyway, or so I hear).


    "Such efforts are also essential to make research more welcoming for people from under-represented communities [i.e. blacks], and to ensure that future generations of researchers reflect those that science has often failed to attract in the past."
     
    I don't know what that phrase means but they will mostly be speaking da Asian, mon!

    Here is MIT press on this:

    https://mitpress.mit.edu/blog/our-commitment-black-voices

    The MIT Press asserts that Black lives matter and that Black voices must be heard. We strongly support the struggle for racial justice. As a publisher of research and scholarship with a pronounced STEM focus, functioning as part of a system that has long contributed to white supremacy and misogyny [i.e. MIT Press admits to be basically Nazi but somehow escapes the Nürnberg trials; lucky lucky!], we must interrogate our role as gatekeepers and curators, and commit to amplifying Black and marginalized voices.

    At this time we will accelerate our ongoing work to:

    - Create an inclusive publishing process for authors of color
    - Recruit proposals from BIPOC authors in all of the fields in which we publish
    - Promote and publicize the work of BIPOC authors in a way that avoids tokenization
    - Develop and publish books by BIPOC authors in all of our series, including the Essential Knowledge series
    - Support our staff, board members, and collaborators to create a more actively anti-racist organization

     

    Quanta Magazine makes heroic efforts to be diverse, but even they are hitting limits.

    Talking of which, some people have really special hardware going for them:

    Proof Assistant Makes Jump to Big-League Math

    That project includes a particularly important, difficult proof that Scholze worked out himself during a consuming week in July 2019. It establishes that an area of math called real functional analysis still works if you replace topological spaces with condensed sets.

    Scholze began the proof on a Monday. He worked entirely in his head, barely writing anything down, let alone using a computer. By Thursday afternoon he’d nearly figured it out, save one piece that he just couldn’t get right. He was also feeling the strain of the intense concentration required to hold such a complicated argument in his active memory. So that night he unwound with some friends at a bar. He paid for it the next morning, Friday.

    “I was completely hungover,” said Scholze.

    But he also knew that he wouldn’t have time to work over the weekend, making Friday his best chance to finish the proof. The thought of losing touch with everything he’d built up in his mind over the past week, then having to start again fresh on Monday, was more than he wanted to consider.

    “I didn’t think I’d have the mental capacity to rebuild this in my head again,” said Scholze.

    So he powered through and finished the proof. But afterward, he wasn’t certain that what he had done was correct. The reason was more than the hazy circumstances in which he’d cleared the final hurdle. The proof was so complicated Scholze knew it was possible he had missed something.

     

    How is this even possible?

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

  36. The horror: In a(n) historically white country, the photographs of the past contain mostly white people!!11!!

  37. But we have the tools to now Photoshop the Good People in!

    We had better get busy. The next step is renaming. Some suggestions:

    La’Sir Isaaquan Noooton

    D’Albert (click click) (wheeze) He-the-eye-stine

    Tommy da’gun Son of Ed

    Jamal Whassupson

    D-D-Dick Im so fine-man

  38. Illegal immigration is spiking to extreme and unprecedented levels.

    It’s projected that 1.7 million illegals will be apprehended crossing the US-Mexico border in the fiscal year 2021. This statistic does NOT include those who aren’t caught. This will be the LARGEST number ever recorded in ANY year. Even larger than the year 1986 and the year 2000.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-07-21/illegal-border-crossings-are-surging-along-with-the-u-s-economy

    View post on imgur.com

    As jobs go unfilled in America, single adults are driving an increase in illegal crossings. Some are trying multiple times.

    Now border apprehensions could surpass the peaks of 1986 and 2000

    They’re mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean. Only a few are from elsewhere.

    View post on imgur.com

    There has also been a big increase in unauthorized Southwest border crossings by people from places other than Mexico and the Northern Triangle, enabled in part by the Mexico’s lack of pandemic-related restrictions on incoming travel. Some have come from far afield — since October, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports encounters with 3,520 Romanians, 1,407 Indians and 1,211 Russians along the Southwest border — but most are from elsewhere in Latin America or the Caribbean.

    These illegals are then released into America.

    Our president was told his resumption of “catch and release” would trigger a surge of illegal migration, but he proceeded forward with his plan. His executive order on this was issued in February 2021.

    https://thehill.com/opinion/immigration/538313-catch-and-release-is-back-with-added-problems

    The executive order also rescinds the Trump memorandum that ended “catch and release.”

    Catch and release is the Obama-era practice of apprehending aliens who have made an illegal border crossing and then releasing them if they promise to return for a hearing.

    This might not be a problem if there were some way to keep track of the aliens after they are released, but there isn’t. They are free to go anywhere they want to go, and there are too many of them.

    And it takes a long time to schedule hearings for them. The average wait for a hearing is 869 days.

    • Replies: @Grahamsno(G64)
    @JohnnyWalker123

    OMG, it's horrifying what the fuck is wrong with you white people how can you tolerate this shit? Don't give me those stale excuses about Jews & Liberals as if you people don't have agency, you have a trillion dollar military with its 13 carrier groups and 'full spectrum dominance' and yet you can't control your southern borders. I presume that the border states are Republican so what is stopping them from declaring an emergency and sending their national guards to hold the goddamn line? Why isn't anyone doing it?

    Replies: @Goddard

  39. @Steve Sailer
    @dvorak

    George Washington Carver was a big deal when I was in elementary school, 1964-1972.

    Replies: @Morris Applebaum IV

    He was on a commemorative US half dollar from 1951-1954. His story and accomplishments were extraordinary. It also goes to show how a majority of Whites in the 50s and 60s were eager for Blacks to succeed.

    Carver aside, it seems that agricultural scientists are greatly underappreciated.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Morris Applebaum IV

    Right, Norman Borlaug is the only other one you hear about.

    Medical innovators are rarely feted these days either. For example, I've been following Jared Diamond for 25 years and I only found out a couple of years ago that his father (Louis Diamond?) invented a medical technique that has been said to have saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of babies by now.

    Replies: @kaganovitch

    , @res
    @Morris Applebaum IV

    Thanks. Both George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington were on that coin.
    https://www.usmint.gov/coins/coin-medal-programs/commemorative-coins/george-washington-carver-booker-t-washington-half

    This page has more details and some interesting background.
    https://earlycommemorativecoins.com/1951-1954-george-washington-carver-half-dollar/

    , @gcochran
    @Morris Applebaum IV

    He didn't do much.

  40. @Morris Applebaum IV
    @Steve Sailer

    He was on a commemorative US half dollar from 1951-1954. His story and accomplishments were extraordinary. It also goes to show how a majority of Whites in the 50s and 60s were eager for Blacks to succeed.

    Carver aside, it seems that agricultural scientists are greatly underappreciated.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @res, @gcochran

    Right, Norman Borlaug is the only other one you hear about.

    Medical innovators are rarely feted these days either. For example, I’ve been following Jared Diamond for 25 years and I only found out a couple of years ago that his father (Louis Diamond?) invented a medical technique that has been said to have saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of babies by now.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    @Steve Sailer

    For example, I’ve been following Jared Diamond for 25 years and I only found out a couple of years ago that his father (Louis Diamond?) invented a medical technique that has been said to have saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of babies by now.

    Yes, but if he was Jewish you can bet everyone would have heard of him by now.

  41. It’s got to be difficult for non-whites in science (or any field with competitive cognitive demands). We all grew up knowing that other whites were responsible for virtually every scientific advancement, every engineering achievement, and we had even landed our men on the moon.

    Contrast with the negro experience where your people have done absolutely nothing of historical note. Where your people weren’t even significant in their own manumission. Where there is no evidence that any of your ancestors had seen a wheel before whitey came. It’s got to be a blow to the ego, no?

    What always astonishes me is that the public at large never rose in masse and asked why anyone thought that cavemen would be able to function in Vienna (back when it was still possible to quarantine the “uncontacted” tribes of savages). What possessed the people then to conclude that Stone Age primitives were a good fit for Western Civilization?

    Then I remember. Sunday School taught me that the Jewish God made us all exactly the same. And surely the Jewish God would never lie.

  42. This is OT, but a real education.

    • Replies: @Pericles
    @Stan d Mute

    New York elites are kicking themselves.

  43. @Batman

    Science’s historical record will remain incomplete while it is missing pictures of people who have contributed to discovery and invention.
     
    What contributions are those? Peanut butter, then decades of nothing, then the Super Soaker, and then more nothing.

    Replies: @additionalMike, @Stan d Mute, @AndrewR, @Neuday

    What contributions are those?

    How to ethnically cleanse and depopulate the richest city in the world circa 1950? Nobody in the world had ever seen anything like Detriot. But it’s taken the negroes just half a century to turn it into the Congo.

    • Agree: J
  44. Anonymous[141] • Disclaimer says:
    @ThreeCranes
    We have reached full unreality. Where the semblance of something is more real than whether that thing had happened before. This is what did that poor Biles girl in. The Libtards had projected so much on to her that she, the autonomous being, no longer existed. The Apotheosis of Simone. The LIbtards droned on and on about her being the greatest gymnast ever. And black(!) at that! Take that white Supremacists! She's black!

    And then she failed. Double faulted. "What went wrong?" her handlers urgently whispered. And she cracked. She could handle the stress of being a superb athlete but to be an icon, the embodiment of all the frustrated hopes of her Libtard handlers was too much. If she were to score anything less than a perfect 10 then it would have to be because she was black. It couldn't be because she wasn't always the greatest gymnast ever--they'd already sewn that one up. So they left her with no place she could go and regroup. The Legend was more real than the scared little girl priming herself before her next vault.

    (By the way, from watching her floor routine I would say that she is a superb tumbler, but her hand and arm gestures looked forced and mechanical. She's not particularly graceful, which is not aided by the "perky ass little girl strut" that all the gymnasts are currently affecting. Good grief, even the male coach walks that way.)

    Libtards never look ahead and ask what is to become of their current darling whom they are grooming for the role of repudiation-of-white-supremacy when that person discovers that they are being used. What happens to the token recipient of a MacArthur grant when they are defrocked through their own ineptitude? Aha, I guess this doesn't happen because the entire effort is to prevent that from ever happening. To continue to spin false webs of illusion that feedback misinformation into the system so that a reckoning is never allowed to occur. To ferret out old faded photos of black scientists or lab technicians or janitors in white lab coats in order to promote the illusion that these people were instrumental in a process to which they were barely incidental. What a waste of effort. A sign of an unserious culture.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Charon

    Total shame on Simone. If she was going to withdraw like that and crumble like that, we should have sent a different girl. She took someone else’s spot. Unsat.

    As far as the walk, it has to do with physique. Shawn Johnson had similar physique to Biles and similar walk.

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
    @Anonymous

    I completely agree with you on her selfishness for not having made this decision before she took a spot on the team. Of course, this is never mentioned on the MSM--that she was a media hog for as long as it suited her.

    Last night the bleached blonde talking head on (((NBC))) spun the entire thing as Simone's incredible courage in putting her health and mental welfare above sacrificing herself to satisfy the craving of the American people for a flawless diamond of a gymnast. Huh? Who cared? Who cared about Simone Biles before NBC and the like shoved her in our faces and made her the icon of America's Olympic effort? Those lying bastards. The American people had nothing to say about or to do with her being raised to the status of Goddess. Fact of the matter is, not only were we innocent of her apotheosis, but we were instructed--literally conditioned--by our (((betters))) to bow down and worship her.

    I'm glad the whole thing blew up in their faces. Now they're trotting out Phelps to put a gentile white face on whole "athlete struggling to bear up under the expectations of the insatiable American public for a hero" thing. Bastards. When all along it is they who use the prospect of a shower of gold medals to hype the whole thing and goose TV ratings.

    It is apparent that (((NBC))) has handed the running and presentation of this Olympics over to women. From the tone of the presentation, it is evident that women are making many of the decisions on how to present the sporting events to the TV viewing public. The storyline presented is the product of a woman's sensibilities and mind. And of course, that means featuring the struggle of black, women and minority athletes for recognition and fair representation on the American team. So, the Hawaiian surfer gal who won Gold is queried by the bleached blond announcer about equal pay and what a struggle women have in gaining recognition in sports--this while the announcers and we the spectators are supposed to be celebrating the joy of the athlete in having won top honors. These bastards will insert their downer agenda at the most inopportune moment. Not only do they not let a crisis go to waste, but so too must a victory celebration become the bearer of their propaganda. They piggyback their insidious message atop ecstatic emotions in an operation of classical conditioning that would make Pavlov proud. Evil geniuses.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

  45. By 2030, the Rump State of America (consisting of the BosNyWash corridor and perhaps the archpelago island of Chicagoland) will outlaw any depiction of any founder as white.

    And the National Anthem will be the overture from Hamilton!

    Those who object to this as not being “truth” (as if truth is objective, comrade!) will be reeducated in Tolerance & Diversity Camps. After mandatory vaccination.

  46. What I find amusing is the deliberate loading of female scientists and blacks on NOVA. I remember one episode on something involving space sciences and thinking to myself isn’t that deliberately misleading the audience as to the actual breakdown?

  47. @Morris Applebaum IV
    @John Johnson

    I recall an interview of William Shockley by William F. Buckley, sometime in the 1970s. Buckley sincerely believed that Shockley was an evil racist. He completely bought in to the blank slate mentality, but at least was somewhat understandable back then. I fail to see how anyone can still believe that now, but I know quite a few sincere people who do.

    Replies: @res, @JMcG

    This?

    • Thanks: Morris Applebaum IV
    • Replies: @Stan d Mute
    @res

    Hey Res, did you post your video as an educational warning against the pedantic dweebs that have been rationalizing the dispossession of the American people?

    If so, I strongly encourage all to carefully examine the mannerisms and speech of the Buckley. Look for it in your daily life. Know it when you see it and act accordingly. In our lifetime, this is about as crystallized as Treason gets.

    , @Bubba
    @res

    Thank you very, very much!

    , @AndrewR
    @res

    Buckley was so pretentious, my god

  48. @ThreeCranes
    We have reached full unreality. Where the semblance of something is more real than whether that thing had happened before. This is what did that poor Biles girl in. The Libtards had projected so much on to her that she, the autonomous being, no longer existed. The Apotheosis of Simone. The LIbtards droned on and on about her being the greatest gymnast ever. And black(!) at that! Take that white Supremacists! She's black!

    And then she failed. Double faulted. "What went wrong?" her handlers urgently whispered. And she cracked. She could handle the stress of being a superb athlete but to be an icon, the embodiment of all the frustrated hopes of her Libtard handlers was too much. If she were to score anything less than a perfect 10 then it would have to be because she was black. It couldn't be because she wasn't always the greatest gymnast ever--they'd already sewn that one up. So they left her with no place she could go and regroup. The Legend was more real than the scared little girl priming herself before her next vault.

    (By the way, from watching her floor routine I would say that she is a superb tumbler, but her hand and arm gestures looked forced and mechanical. She's not particularly graceful, which is not aided by the "perky ass little girl strut" that all the gymnasts are currently affecting. Good grief, even the male coach walks that way.)

    Libtards never look ahead and ask what is to become of their current darling whom they are grooming for the role of repudiation-of-white-supremacy when that person discovers that they are being used. What happens to the token recipient of a MacArthur grant when they are defrocked through their own ineptitude? Aha, I guess this doesn't happen because the entire effort is to prevent that from ever happening. To continue to spin false webs of illusion that feedback misinformation into the system so that a reckoning is never allowed to occur. To ferret out old faded photos of black scientists or lab technicians or janitors in white lab coats in order to promote the illusion that these people were instrumental in a process to which they were barely incidental. What a waste of effort. A sign of an unserious culture.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Charon

    We have reached full unreality.

    Which of course has been the plan all along. The (MSM) of the past several decades has been, more than anything else, a grand experiment in brainwashing tens of millions of people. Then hundreds of millions. It’s gone swimmingly.

    Hand it to our (overlords). They saw first and best how this could be done, and they had a specific purpose in mind. A “tireless minority, keen to set bushfires” and motivated by an eternal race-hatred.

    This firm hand on the real levers of power shows that one doesn’t need raw numbers in order to dominate and direct a society.

    • Agree: ThreeCranes
  49. @Morris Applebaum IV
    @Steve Sailer

    He was on a commemorative US half dollar from 1951-1954. His story and accomplishments were extraordinary. It also goes to show how a majority of Whites in the 50s and 60s were eager for Blacks to succeed.

    Carver aside, it seems that agricultural scientists are greatly underappreciated.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @res, @gcochran

    Thanks. Both George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington were on that coin.
    https://www.usmint.gov/coins/coin-medal-programs/commemorative-coins/george-washington-carver-booker-t-washington-half

    This page has more details and some interesting background.
    https://earlycommemorativecoins.com/1951-1954-george-washington-carver-half-dollar/

  50. Anonymous[911] • Disclaimer says:
    @Paperback Writer
    @JohnnyWalker123

    He's not Jewish. The Israelis let him train in their facility. He competes for....

    ....Mongolia.

    I don't know why.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Hmm, wild Olympics side dramas… Just part of life’s rich pageant I suppose. I still laugh about Sailer’s casual assertion some years ago that biennial Medalpaloozas are a “highbrow” tradition that all sophisticated white professionals follow closely out of immaculate educatedness (several obviously Middle-Kingdom commenters rushed to agree w/ that)

    • Replies: @Stan d Mute
    @Anonymous


    Medalpaloozas are a “highbrow” tradition that all sophisticated white professionals follow closely out of immaculate educatedness
     
    So the Wokelympics are just another version of Plaques for Blacks?
  51. @additionalMike
    @Batman

    Don't forget the Traffic Light! Without it, reckless honkies would still be careening through intersections willy-nilly, causing mayhem on the roads.

    Replies: @Charon, @Reg Cæsar, @Pericles, @Escher

    Ironically, guess who’s most notorious for ignoring traffic lights. Along with all other traffic laws. Ahem, all other laws.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    @Charon

    Ironically, guess who’s most notorious for ignoring traffic lights.

    It's the equivalent of the Black mother telling her rowdy child " I brought you into dis world an' I can take you right out agin".

  52. @Steve Sailer
    @Morris Applebaum IV

    Right, Norman Borlaug is the only other one you hear about.

    Medical innovators are rarely feted these days either. For example, I've been following Jared Diamond for 25 years and I only found out a couple of years ago that his father (Louis Diamond?) invented a medical technique that has been said to have saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of babies by now.

    Replies: @kaganovitch

    For example, I’ve been following Jared Diamond for 25 years and I only found out a couple of years ago that his father (Louis Diamond?) invented a medical technique that has been said to have saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of babies by now.

    Yes, but if he was Jewish you can bet everyone would have heard of him by now.

  53. @Charon
    @additionalMike

    Ironically, guess who's most notorious for ignoring traffic lights. Along with all other traffic laws. Ahem, all other laws.

    Replies: @kaganovitch

    Ironically, guess who’s most notorious for ignoring traffic lights.

    It’s the equivalent of the Black mother telling her rowdy child ” I brought you into dis world an’ I can take you right out agin”.

  54. @res
    @Morris Applebaum IV

    This?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JOIqkh2ms8

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Bubba, @AndrewR

    Hey Res, did you post your video as an educational warning against the pedantic dweebs that have been rationalizing the dispossession of the American people?

    If so, I strongly encourage all to carefully examine the mannerisms and speech of the Buckley. Look for it in your daily life. Know it when you see it and act accordingly. In our lifetime, this is about as crystallized as Treason gets.

  55. @Anonymous
    @Paperback Writer

    Hmm, wild Olympics side dramas… Just part of life’s rich pageant I suppose. I still laugh about Sailer’s casual assertion some years ago that biennial Medalpaloozas are a “highbrow” tradition that all sophisticated white professionals follow closely out of immaculate educatedness (several obviously Middle-Kingdom commenters rushed to agree w/ that)

    Replies: @Stan d Mute

    Medalpaloozas are a “highbrow” tradition that all sophisticated white professionals follow closely out of immaculate educatedness

    So the Wokelympics are just another version of Plaques for Blacks?

  56. @ruralguy
    The movie "Hidden Figures" distorts history. The real reason women were used as "human computers" was much more interesting. Many companies or government agencies found back then that men couldn't do repetitive, delicate, tedious work very well. Women did have those skills, so the early electronics-assembly industry and space programs hired them by the thousands, to do that work. Before software and computers, humans had to do tens of thousands of calculations to calculate the orbital mechanics and attitude burns for space vehicles. It required step-by-step computation of a state-space model, every small increment of time, rather than finding the solution through some globalizing Hamiltonian/Lagrangian, because an orbit has many frictional forces, uneven gravitational forces, etc. Men simply can't do those tedious calculations very long, without making mistakes. Too much testosterone or something. Our minds evolved to take down a deer, not weave cloth. So, those black women were employed to crunch numbers. Those state-space models approximated the differential equations with fixed numerical procedures, so they just followed this repetetive procedure, over and over. Of course, everyone would eventually try to find a short cut in this numerical approximation and one of the black women found it, co-publishing a paper. As computers became available, many of them shifted work to entering software code or data onto cards through "card or key punchers" and feeding them into card readers. This manual work was done by "tech aides." The screenplay writers don't seem to realize these "hidden figure" women were the equivalent of factory workers, doing repetitive work, in engineering work areas and in electronics assembly.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Wilkey

    The real reason women were used as “human computers” was much more interesting. Many companies or government agencies found back then that men couldn’t do repetitive, delicate, tedious work very well. Women did have those skills…

    I’m not sure how much truth there is to it, but years ago I read the same thing about fireworks manufacturers, as well. Fireworks makers prefer to hire women because men don’t have the temperaments to stick with something tedious for long periods of time. When you’re making fireworks, the consequences of failure can make your whole manufacturing facility go BOOM.

  57. @res
    @Morris Applebaum IV

    This?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JOIqkh2ms8

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Bubba, @AndrewR

    Thank you very, very much!

  58. @Calvin Hobbes

    Unlike many other Black scientists from history, high-quality images of agricultural scientist George Washington Carver — shown here with students at the Tuskegee Institution in Alabama — are readily available. Credit: Bettmann/Getty
     
    Did “agricultural scientist George Washington Carver” discover or invent even one thing of any importance?

    As far as I can tell, George Washington Carver achieved fame as a great scientist without actually doing anything significant, whether scientifically or commercially.

    Replies: @C. Van Carter, @Nicholas Stix, @AndrewR, @Prester John, @keypusher, @JMcG

    • Thanks: Calvin Hobbes
  59. @Barack Obama's secret Unz account
    Somewhat off-topic, but I think both of those Soviet photos are fake. Yezhov was pasted into the one on the left, possibly along with Stalin (or at least his head) and maybe the other two as well. Then they airbrushed him out of the one on the right. Take a good look at the one on the left: Yezhov's got a weird hunched-up body, looks like he was drawn with pencil entire; everybody's got a weird halo around them; Stalin is obviously posing for a photograph, but he's the only one looking at the camera. Compare the background to the foreground and see which looks more real. And then there's Stalin's spooky "hidden hand" gesture...

    I'm not sure why someone would go to all this trouble; I can only guess either Trotskyites or a western intelligence agency, to make the USSR look bad. I'd be curious when and where the story of his disappearing from that picture first appeared, and whether anybody actually checked the other details of his arrest and execution. It all supposedly happened in secret anyway. (If Time magazine knew about it in 1948, they were keeping quiet.)

    In fact, let's go full schizo: did Yezhov ever exist, or was he created by Stalin as a patsy for his purges? Most of these pictures are either fake-looking photos or drawings. Didn't the Soviet press get a single good clean photograph of this high-ranking politician? Or did the KGB get rid of every such picture in every copy of Pravda, including the ones held in the files of foreign intelligence agencies?

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Charlotte

    I’m not sure why someone would go to all this trouble; I can only guess either Trotskyites or a western intelligence agency, to make the USSR look bad.

    The Soviets under Stalin did that all the time and it is well documented.
    https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/stalin-photo-manipulation-1922-1953/

    In fact, let’s go full schizo: did Yezhov ever exist, or was he created by Stalin as a patsy for his purges?

    Yezhov was very real and very evil. He was actually a Soviet before Stalin took over and served in the Red Army.

    His mock trial was witnessed by numerous high level Communists.

    Interestingly he was only 4.5 feet tall and was nicknamed The Poison Dwarf. Some of the most sadistic Communists were very short or weird looking (see Beria).

    • Replies: @Barack Obama's secret Unz account
    @John Johnson

    That the Soviets manipulated photographs does not preclude others from doing the same, especially when they are also documented to have done so.

    The motive attributed to Stalin here doesn't make a tremendous amount of sense. If he wishes to write Yezhov out of history, why not simply suppress the photograph? There are lots of other photos of Stalin in existence, so it's not clear why it should've been necessary to retain this one sans Yezhov. If it's a famous photograph, then the public will remember that Yezhov used to be in it; if it's not a famous photograph, then who will even notice if it's suppressed? The existence of the doctored photograph gives proof to the lie when compared to the original, which has to be suppressed in either case. It's an additional effort and an additional risk for no additional benefit.

    But showing these two pictures side by side, one ostensibly doctored, is an effective way to portray Stalin as a tyrant. (That he actually was a tyrant is irrelevant.) Meanwhile I've not yet seen a photograph of Yezhov that doesn't look like it was drawn with a pencil. It's bizarre.

    Replies: @Mr Mox, @J.Ross, @Jack D

    , @Jack D
    @John Johnson


    did Yezhov ever exist, or was he created by Stalin as a patsy for his purges?
     
    Maybe Yezhov was real and Stalin never existed? Maybe he was our Emanuel Goldstein? Maybe the whole USSR never existed and was imagined by the CIA in order to create a Cold War enemy that we could unite around.

    You're right that is full schizo. The USSR was real and it was evil and it was not something just ginned up by the CIA. Stalin was real, Yezhov was real. These murderers were all too real - we only WISH that they had never existed.

    Here is a naturalistic photo of Yezhov with his wife and daughter (the 3 on the left):

    http://www.globaldomainsnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/black-mark-what-was-depicted-as-a-statue-that-sent-nikolai-yezhov-to-his-wife.jpg

    According to legend, Yezhov's wife committed suicide after Yezhov sent a pre-arranged signal to her that he was being purged, in order to spare herself the torture of NKVD interrogation (which would be followed by death anyway). The signal was a statuette of a dwarf (Yezhov was only 4' something in height).
  60. This is far from an isolated case. Nature often illustrates articles reporting on communities and countries that are under-represented in science using generic images….

    Translation: prestigious science journal Nature illustrates some of its articles with fake images.

    Now, why is it that people are beginning to lose trust in scientific institutions again?

    • Agree: J
    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Mr. Anon

    https://i.postimg.cc/k4DRsnL5/miles-kenneth-dyson.jpg

    "We know about you because your image was found in numerous future editions of Nature. You are currently building General Artificial Intelligence for Cyberdyne Systems Inc."

    "What? .... I'm a high school teacher."

  61. @additionalMike
    @Batman

    Don't forget the Traffic Light! Without it, reckless honkies would still be careening through intersections willy-nilly, causing mayhem on the roads.

    Replies: @Charon, @Reg Cæsar, @Pericles, @Escher

    Don’t forget the Traffic Light! Without it, reckless honkies would still be careening through intersections willy-nilly, causing mayhem on the roads.

    Change “reckless” to “prudent” and “causing” to “averting”, and you have Rio.

  62. It is painfully racist that the pictures of the Black members of the ‘The Martians” are still suppressed.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Martians_(scientists)

  63. Like most blacks who accomplished something important that scientist looks fairly white.

  64. @Mr. Anon

    This is far from an isolated case. Nature often illustrates articles reporting on communities and countries that are under-represented in science using generic images....
     
    Translation: prestigious science journal Nature illustrates some of its articles with fake images.

    Now, why is it that people are beginning to lose trust in scientific institutions again?

    Replies: @El Dato


    “We know about you because your image was found in numerous future editions of Nature. You are currently building General Artificial Intelligence for Cyberdyne Systems Inc.”

    “What? …. I’m a high school teacher.”

  65. @Morris Applebaum IV
    @Steve Sailer

    He was on a commemorative US half dollar from 1951-1954. His story and accomplishments were extraordinary. It also goes to show how a majority of Whites in the 50s and 60s were eager for Blacks to succeed.

    Carver aside, it seems that agricultural scientists are greatly underappreciated.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @res, @gcochran

    He didn’t do much.

  66. @notsaying
    I do not understand the accusatory tone of Nature's article. They could have published this anytime since Johnson got civil rights legislation passed in the 1960s. It's the suddenly woke pointing fingers at the nonwoke. There simply was discrimination in education and jobs in earlier days. What you mostly could find would be pictures of blacks teaching science and math to other blacks and pictures of black MDs. A lot of those pictures that still exist I expect are in the attics of their relatives. Why didn't Nature put out the word for black families to help out in this project? I think they would be happy to know there was interest and would share their photos.

    As for today, I think Americans in science and math who are not stars have real problems competing against cheap immigrant labor that companies and nonprofits including colleges and research institutes are always begging for. When is Nature going to call for the preferential hiring of Americans? That is what it will take to get the black descendants of American slaves into STEM jobs instead of Jamaicans and Nigerians. Or is Nature satisfied if they can find more pictures of blacks in these jobs even if they are not the descendants of American slaves?

    Replies: @El Dato

    Because Nature doesn’t want pictures of blacks teaching science and math to other blacks.

    Nature is looking for the black Nobel prize winners who have been mysterious invisibled out of history (the “true past”).

    Why? To create an impression of “high diversity” [i.e. highly visible presence of blacks] in science. Why? To attract more “underrepresented minorities” [i.e. blacks] who need to be encouraged (bamboozled?) to enter science careers. Why? Because this will magically cure black dysfunction by a trickle-down effect or possibly Sheldrake Radiation. However, one can, safely say that if it hasn’t worked well in the last 50 years, it’s not going to work well in the next 10 (after which we will be dead due to Gobal Warming anyway, or so I hear).

    “Such efforts are also essential to make research more welcoming for people from under-represented communities [i.e. blacks], and to ensure that future generations of researchers reflect those that science has often failed to attract in the past.”

    I don’t know what that phrase means but they will mostly be speaking da Asian, mon!

    Here is MIT press on this:

    https://mitpress.mit.edu/blog/our-commitment-black-voices

    The MIT Press asserts that Black lives matter and that Black voices must be heard. We strongly support the struggle for racial justice. As a publisher of research and scholarship with a pronounced STEM focus, functioning as part of a system that has long contributed to white supremacy and misogyny [i.e. MIT Press admits to be basically Nazi but somehow escapes the Nürnberg trials; lucky lucky!], we must interrogate our role as gatekeepers and curators, and commit to amplifying Black and marginalized voices.

    At this time we will accelerate our ongoing work to:

    – Create an inclusive publishing process for authors of color
    – Recruit proposals from BIPOC authors in all of the fields in which we publish
    – Promote and publicize the work of BIPOC authors in a way that avoids tokenization
    – Develop and publish books by BIPOC authors in all of our series, including the Essential Knowledge series
    – Support our staff, board members, and collaborators to create a more actively anti-racist organization

    Quanta Magazine makes heroic efforts to be diverse, but even they are hitting limits.

    Talking of which, some people have really special hardware going for them:

    Proof Assistant Makes Jump to Big-League Math

    That project includes a particularly important, difficult proof that Scholze worked out himself during a consuming week in July 2019. It establishes that an area of math called real functional analysis still works if you replace topological spaces with condensed sets.

    Scholze began the proof on a Monday. He worked entirely in his head, barely writing anything down, let alone using a computer. By Thursday afternoon he’d nearly figured it out, save one piece that he just couldn’t get right. He was also feeling the strain of the intense concentration required to hold such a complicated argument in his active memory. So that night he unwound with some friends at a bar. He paid for it the next morning, Friday.

    “I was completely hungover,” said Scholze.

    But he also knew that he wouldn’t have time to work over the weekend, making Friday his best chance to finish the proof. The thought of losing touch with everything he’d built up in his mind over the past week, then having to start again fresh on Monday, was more than he wanted to consider.

    “I didn’t think I’d have the mental capacity to rebuild this in my head again,” said Scholze.

    So he powered through and finished the proof. But afterward, he wasn’t certain that what he had done was correct. The reason was more than the hazy circumstances in which he’d cleared the final hurdle. The proof was so complicated Scholze knew it was possible he had missed something.

    How is this even possible?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @El Dato

    I'm presuming that Peter Scholze of the U. of Bonn doesn't have Black Girl Magic, so how did he prove a difficult math theorem? What have German mathematicians ever accomplished?

    Replies: @War for Blair Mountain

  67. @Batman

    Science’s historical record will remain incomplete while it is missing pictures of people who have contributed to discovery and invention.
     
    What contributions are those? Peanut butter, then decades of nothing, then the Super Soaker, and then more nothing.

    Replies: @additionalMike, @Stan d Mute, @AndrewR, @Neuday

    The Super Soaker was a vital part of my childhood. How else could I soak my friends in my piss at high pressure?

  68. @Paperback Writer
    Funny you should mention Einstein. That name seems to crop up a lot when something physics-related happens. Wonder why.

    https://twitter.com/Telegraph/status/1420458525571129350?s=20

    Replies: @Pericles

    Did you know Einstein merely stole the work of his more talented BLAQQ cousin, whom he then married to shut her up? BLAQQ voices were silenced by WHITE PATRIARCHS but, Elsa Einstein, history will remember you. Finally Nature can tell the true story.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Pericles

    Some Serbs actually pretend that Einstein got his ideas from Milena. In this world, there is something for everyone.

    Actually he didn't have an idea but just took the Lorentz equation seriously for his first round, and then Minkowski made the idea elegant.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

  69. @Calvin Hobbes

    Unlike many other Black scientists from history, high-quality images of agricultural scientist George Washington Carver — shown here with students at the Tuskegee Institution in Alabama — are readily available. Credit: Bettmann/Getty
     
    Did “agricultural scientist George Washington Carver” discover or invent even one thing of any importance?

    As far as I can tell, George Washington Carver achieved fame as a great scientist without actually doing anything significant, whether scientifically or commercially.

    Replies: @C. Van Carter, @Nicholas Stix, @AndrewR, @Prester John, @keypusher, @JMcG

    He added more value to the world than Ibram X Kendi, whom Stalin probably would have had liquidated for spreading racial hatred amongst the people.

  70. @additionalMike
    @Batman

    Don't forget the Traffic Light! Without it, reckless honkies would still be careening through intersections willy-nilly, causing mayhem on the roads.

    Replies: @Charon, @Reg Cæsar, @Pericles, @Escher

    Traffic lights were invented to make it easier to rob whitey when he stops.

    https://www.dw.com/en/european-towns-remove-traffic-signs-to-make-streets-safer/a-2143663

  71. @res
    @Morris Applebaum IV

    This?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JOIqkh2ms8

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Bubba, @AndrewR

    Buckley was so pretentious, my god

  72. @Stan d Mute
    This is OT, but a real education.



    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/07/26/the-german-experiment-that-placed-foster-children-with-pedophiles

    A glimpse of our glorious pedophile future.

    Replies: @Pericles

    New York elites are kicking themselves.

  73. @John Johnson
    @Barack Obama's secret Unz account

    I’m not sure why someone would go to all this trouble; I can only guess either Trotskyites or a western intelligence agency, to make the USSR look bad.

    The Soviets under Stalin did that all the time and it is well documented.
    https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/stalin-photo-manipulation-1922-1953/

    In fact, let’s go full schizo: did Yezhov ever exist, or was he created by Stalin as a patsy for his purges?

    Yezhov was very real and very evil. He was actually a Soviet before Stalin took over and served in the Red Army.

    His mock trial was witnessed by numerous high level Communists.

    Interestingly he was only 4.5 feet tall and was nicknamed The Poison Dwarf. Some of the most sadistic Communists were very short or weird looking (see Beria).

    Replies: @Barack Obama's secret Unz account, @Jack D

    That the Soviets manipulated photographs does not preclude others from doing the same, especially when they are also documented to have done so.

    The motive attributed to Stalin here doesn’t make a tremendous amount of sense. If he wishes to write Yezhov out of history, why not simply suppress the photograph? There are lots of other photos of Stalin in existence, so it’s not clear why it should’ve been necessary to retain this one sans Yezhov. If it’s a famous photograph, then the public will remember that Yezhov used to be in it; if it’s not a famous photograph, then who will even notice if it’s suppressed? The existence of the doctored photograph gives proof to the lie when compared to the original, which has to be suppressed in either case. It’s an additional effort and an additional risk for no additional benefit.

    But showing these two pictures side by side, one ostensibly doctored, is an effective way to portray Stalin as a tyrant. (That he actually was a tyrant is irrelevant.) Meanwhile I’ve not yet seen a photograph of Yezhov that doesn’t look like it was drawn with a pencil. It’s bizarre.

    • Replies: @Mr Mox
    @Barack Obama's secret Unz account

    But showing these two pictures side by side, one ostensibly doctored, is an effective way to portray Stalin as a tyrant. (That he actually was a tyrant is irrelevant.)

    It could be Stalin's way of saying "Remember, I can make you disappear!"

    Replies: @Barack Obama's secret Unz account

    , @J.Ross
    @Barack Obama's secret Unz account

    Hilariously clumsy photo manipulation was a fashionable art of the time. Among the various used books I have come across but not bought is a compilation of German interwar photographic propaganda (dead bodies cut and pasted onto Hitler, etc). Early Soviets were also crazy about huge 2-D wooden silhouettes in public places.

    , @Jack D
    @Barack Obama's secret Unz account

    As to why Stalin did this, read Orwell's 1984.

    It's difficult to get inside the head of a dictator, but this article gives a fairly lucid account of what and how it was done:

    https://www.history.com/news/josef-stalin-great-purge-photo-retouching

    You point out how stupid and pointless the whole exercise was but it wasn't the biggest stupidity in Stalinist life, not by a long shot. Perhaps as Darymple theorizes, making people do really stupid stuff is intentional - you are made to feel your own humiliation and powerlessness as you are forced to participate in what everyone knows is a lie. If you participate, you have sold your soul to the devil and no longer feel as if you have moral standing to complain about the system. If you REFUSE to participate, you'll lose everything, maybe even your life. Unz commenters who appear under pseudonyms (most of us) are familiar with this quandry at perhaps a lower level of fear - nowadays if you make your true feelings about publicly accepted pieties known you might lose your job but they won't take you away and put you in a labor camp yet. Yet.

    Not only were the images of the purged eliminated from public sources such as the Soviet Encyclopedia but even the families of the purged cut their images out of their private family albums out of fear. Unless you have lived in a totalitarian society you have no concept of the pee-in-your pants fear that people live in after they have seen their colleagues and family members taken away and murdered - people will do anything in the hope that it will spare their asses for one more day.


    Meanwhile I’ve not yet seen a photograph of Yezhov that doesn’t look like it was drawn with a pencil. It’s bizarre.
     
    It was very typical Soviet (and before that Russian) practice to heavily retouch photographic images when they were reproduced in books, newspapers, etc. That was the accepted and popular style of Soviet photo reproduction. I suspect it had to do with the (poor) quality of Soviet film emulsions and printing technology so that an unretouched photo would not have printed well but it was probably also in part culturally driven.

    Replies: @kaganovitch, @Barack Obama's secret Unz account, @nebulafox

  74. @El Dato
    @notsaying

    Because Nature doesn't want pictures of blacks teaching science and math to other blacks.

    Nature is looking for the black Nobel prize winners who have been mysterious invisibled out of history (the "true past").

    Why? To create an impression of "high diversity" [i.e. highly visible presence of blacks] in science. Why? To attract more "underrepresented minorities" [i.e. blacks] who need to be encouraged (bamboozled?) to enter science careers. Why? Because this will magically cure black dysfunction by a trickle-down effect or possibly Sheldrake Radiation. However, one can, safely say that if it hasn't worked well in the last 50 years, it's not going to work well in the next 10 (after which we will be dead due to Gobal Warming anyway, or so I hear).


    "Such efforts are also essential to make research more welcoming for people from under-represented communities [i.e. blacks], and to ensure that future generations of researchers reflect those that science has often failed to attract in the past."
     
    I don't know what that phrase means but they will mostly be speaking da Asian, mon!

    Here is MIT press on this:

    https://mitpress.mit.edu/blog/our-commitment-black-voices

    The MIT Press asserts that Black lives matter and that Black voices must be heard. We strongly support the struggle for racial justice. As a publisher of research and scholarship with a pronounced STEM focus, functioning as part of a system that has long contributed to white supremacy and misogyny [i.e. MIT Press admits to be basically Nazi but somehow escapes the Nürnberg trials; lucky lucky!], we must interrogate our role as gatekeepers and curators, and commit to amplifying Black and marginalized voices.

    At this time we will accelerate our ongoing work to:

    - Create an inclusive publishing process for authors of color
    - Recruit proposals from BIPOC authors in all of the fields in which we publish
    - Promote and publicize the work of BIPOC authors in a way that avoids tokenization
    - Develop and publish books by BIPOC authors in all of our series, including the Essential Knowledge series
    - Support our staff, board members, and collaborators to create a more actively anti-racist organization

     

    Quanta Magazine makes heroic efforts to be diverse, but even they are hitting limits.

    Talking of which, some people have really special hardware going for them:

    Proof Assistant Makes Jump to Big-League Math

    That project includes a particularly important, difficult proof that Scholze worked out himself during a consuming week in July 2019. It establishes that an area of math called real functional analysis still works if you replace topological spaces with condensed sets.

    Scholze began the proof on a Monday. He worked entirely in his head, barely writing anything down, let alone using a computer. By Thursday afternoon he’d nearly figured it out, save one piece that he just couldn’t get right. He was also feeling the strain of the intense concentration required to hold such a complicated argument in his active memory. So that night he unwound with some friends at a bar. He paid for it the next morning, Friday.

    “I was completely hungover,” said Scholze.

    But he also knew that he wouldn’t have time to work over the weekend, making Friday his best chance to finish the proof. The thought of losing touch with everything he’d built up in his mind over the past week, then having to start again fresh on Monday, was more than he wanted to consider.

    “I didn’t think I’d have the mental capacity to rebuild this in my head again,” said Scholze.

    So he powered through and finished the proof. But afterward, he wasn’t certain that what he had done was correct. The reason was more than the hazy circumstances in which he’d cleared the final hurdle. The proof was so complicated Scholze knew it was possible he had missed something.

     

    How is this even possible?

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    I’m presuming that Peter Scholze of the U. of Bonn doesn’t have Black Girl Magic, so how did he prove a difficult math theorem? What have German mathematicians ever accomplished?

    • Replies: @War for Blair Mountain
    @Steve Sailer

    Anyone who has-had a PhD in mathematics on the Planet Earth can trace their mathematical geneaology back to the Bernoulli Brothers…onto Euler and Gauss…Go ask Comrade Derbyshire about this…a fact he is surely well aware of…

    I very surprised and disappointed that you Steve and your readers didn’t tear into the fabrications of HIGHER NUMBERS…..it was such an easy target. Paul Kersey did a good job of doing this..but there is a whole lot he missed….

    HIGHER NUMBERS was a direct attack on White Males…

  75. Kind of gives a new meaning to “colorizing” old photos.

    BTW, who’s the White guy standing next to Professor Kendi?

  76. @JohnnyWalker123
    Illegal immigration is spiking to extreme and unprecedented levels.

    It's projected that 1.7 million illegals will be apprehended crossing the US-Mexico border in the fiscal year 2021. This statistic does NOT include those who aren't caught. This will be the LARGEST number ever recorded in ANY year. Even larger than the year 1986 and the year 2000.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-07-21/illegal-border-crossings-are-surging-along-with-the-u-s-economy

    https://imgur.com/a/2Fo87wR

    As jobs go unfilled in America, single adults are driving an increase in illegal crossings. Some are trying multiple times.

     


    Now border apprehensions could surpass the peaks of 1986 and 2000

     

    They're mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean. Only a few are from elsewhere.

    https://imgur.com/a/xC7jg3B

    There has also been a big increase in unauthorized Southwest border crossings by people from places other than Mexico and the Northern Triangle, enabled in part by the Mexico’s lack of pandemic-related restrictions on incoming travel. Some have come from far afield — since October, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports encounters with 3,520 Romanians, 1,407 Indians and 1,211 Russians along the Southwest border — but most are from elsewhere in Latin America or the Caribbean.

     

    These illegals are then released into America.

    Our president was told his resumption of "catch and release" would trigger a surge of illegal migration, but he proceeded forward with his plan. His executive order on this was issued in February 2021.

    https://thehill.com/opinion/immigration/538313-catch-and-release-is-back-with-added-problems

    The executive order also rescinds the Trump memorandum that ended “catch and release.”

    Catch and release is the Obama-era practice of apprehending aliens who have made an illegal border crossing and then releasing them if they promise to return for a hearing.

    This might not be a problem if there were some way to keep track of the aliens after they are released, but there isn’t. They are free to go anywhere they want to go, and there are too many of them.

    And it takes a long time to schedule hearings for them. The average wait for a hearing is 869 days.
     
    https://twitter.com/TuckerCarlson/status/1420553114529107970

    Replies: @Grahamsno(G64)

    OMG, it’s horrifying what the fuck is wrong with you white people how can you tolerate this shit? Don’t give me those stale excuses about Jews & Liberals as if you people don’t have agency, you have a trillion dollar military with its 13 carrier groups and ‘full spectrum dominance’ and yet you can’t control your southern borders. I presume that the border states are Republican so what is stopping them from declaring an emergency and sending their national guards to hold the goddamn line? Why isn’t anyone doing it?

    • Replies: @Goddard
    @Grahamsno(G64)


    [W]hat the fuck is wrong with you white people how can you tolerate this shit?
     
    We tolerate it because we are possibly the biggest bunch of suckers who ever lived. We’re just a nice bunch of libertarians, you see, too individualistic to join together and act in our racial interest.
  77. Solvay Conference 1927, more brains than you could shake a stick at, all Whites and Jews, the sole woman is of course Marie Curie. You can see why they are jealous.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Gordo

    Annotated photo here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solvay_Conference

    https://i.postimg.cc/3N7q50Z9/Solvay-Conference-1927.png

    The conference series actually continues to this day.

    , @MEH 0910
    @Gordo

    I see Olivia Newton-John's grandfather, sitting between de Broglie and Bohr.

  78. @Anonymous
    @ThreeCranes

    Total shame on Simone. If she was going to withdraw like that and crumble like that, we should have sent a different girl. She took someone else's spot. Unsat.

    As far as the walk, it has to do with physique. Shawn Johnson had similar physique to Biles and similar walk.

    Replies: @ThreeCranes

    I completely agree with you on her selfishness for not having made this decision before she took a spot on the team. Of course, this is never mentioned on the MSM–that she was a media hog for as long as it suited her.

    Last night the bleached blonde talking head on (((NBC))) spun the entire thing as Simone’s incredible courage in putting her health and mental welfare above sacrificing herself to satisfy the craving of the American people for a flawless diamond of a gymnast. Huh? Who cared? Who cared about Simone Biles before NBC and the like shoved her in our faces and made her the icon of America’s Olympic effort? Those lying bastards. The American people had nothing to say about or to do with her being raised to the status of Goddess. Fact of the matter is, not only were we innocent of her apotheosis, but we were instructed–literally conditioned–by our (((betters))) to bow down and worship her.

    I’m glad the whole thing blew up in their faces. Now they’re trotting out Phelps to put a gentile white face on whole “athlete struggling to bear up under the expectations of the insatiable American public for a hero” thing. Bastards. When all along it is they who use the prospect of a shower of gold medals to hype the whole thing and goose TV ratings.

    It is apparent that (((NBC))) has handed the running and presentation of this Olympics over to women. From the tone of the presentation, it is evident that women are making many of the decisions on how to present the sporting events to the TV viewing public. The storyline presented is the product of a woman’s sensibilities and mind. And of course, that means featuring the struggle of black, women and minority athletes for recognition and fair representation on the American team. So, the Hawaiian surfer gal who won Gold is queried by the bleached blond announcer about equal pay and what a struggle women have in gaining recognition in sports–this while the announcers and we the spectators are supposed to be celebrating the joy of the athlete in having won top honors. These bastards will insert their downer agenda at the most inopportune moment. Not only do they not let a crisis go to waste, but so too must a victory celebration become the bearer of their propaganda. They piggyback their insidious message atop ecstatic emotions in an operation of classical conditioning that would make Pavlov proud. Evil geniuses.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @ThreeCranes

    NBC has aimed their Olympics broadcasts at the female audience since the last century. They're good at it. Advertisers like women.

    And I doubt if there are enough men in the U.S. anymore who are interested in advanced technical Tony Romo-level analyses of the many obscure Olympic sports. Guys used to be interested in a wide variety of sports back during the days of Wide World of Sports and Sports Illustrated, but nowadays it's the five big team sports plus golf and tennis. And it's mostly just football, which isn't in the Olympics.

    So, the broadcasts are aimed at moms who drove their kids to sports practices who don't much care about sports but can be persuaded to care about the people in the sports. This year, however, they are deprived of their old go-to favorite of shots of the nervous parents in the stands watching their beloved child in his or her big moment.

    Anyway, I think NBC's well-honed strategy of sentimentalizing the Olympics for moms is reasonable.

  79. @Anon
    George Ime had a bit of Prince in him when he was young.

    https://aaregistry.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/George-Imes-300x273.png

    Nicely conked hair.

    Both his parents graduated from Oberlin College, of the bakery riots and Lena Dunham.

    Replies: @Anon55uu

    Oberlin College baseball also a pioneer of the infield shift.

    https://www.mlb.com/news/featured/oberlin-college-baseball-team-and-the-infield-shift

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    @Anon55uu

    Oberlin College baseball also a pioneer of the infield shift.

    Oberlin seems to have a hand in most revolting modern developments, don't they?

  80. @Steve Sailer
    @ruralguy

    Right. The smartest one Katherine Johnson got real good at it and made some contributions. It's a nice story about somebody coming a long way in life through hard work and brains, but our culture is so crazy lately that it totally misinterprets the history.

    Replies: @War for Blair Mountain, @War for Blair Mountain

    Steve

    Can you tell me what Katherine Johnson’s contributions were?

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @War for Blair Mountain

    "trajectory analysis" -> setting up the trajectory equations and solving them (i.e. not doing Runge-Kutta integration by hand). Good technical work, but even I can understand it.

    https://www.nasa.gov/content/katherine-johnson-biography

    Like so:

    https://i.postimg.cc/QtY4FYg9/NASA-Technical-Note-D-233.png

    Go Kerbals!

    Replies: @War for Blair Mountain

  81. @Barack Obama's secret Unz account
    @John Johnson

    That the Soviets manipulated photographs does not preclude others from doing the same, especially when they are also documented to have done so.

    The motive attributed to Stalin here doesn't make a tremendous amount of sense. If he wishes to write Yezhov out of history, why not simply suppress the photograph? There are lots of other photos of Stalin in existence, so it's not clear why it should've been necessary to retain this one sans Yezhov. If it's a famous photograph, then the public will remember that Yezhov used to be in it; if it's not a famous photograph, then who will even notice if it's suppressed? The existence of the doctored photograph gives proof to the lie when compared to the original, which has to be suppressed in either case. It's an additional effort and an additional risk for no additional benefit.

    But showing these two pictures side by side, one ostensibly doctored, is an effective way to portray Stalin as a tyrant. (That he actually was a tyrant is irrelevant.) Meanwhile I've not yet seen a photograph of Yezhov that doesn't look like it was drawn with a pencil. It's bizarre.

    Replies: @Mr Mox, @J.Ross, @Jack D

    But showing these two pictures side by side, one ostensibly doctored, is an effective way to portray Stalin as a tyrant. (That he actually was a tyrant is irrelevant.)

    It could be Stalin’s way of saying “Remember, I can make you disappear!”

    • Replies: @Barack Obama's secret Unz account
    @Mr Mox

    Yeah maybe. But I think the giant statues and the huge banners with his face on it kind of send the message

  82. @JohnnyWalker123
    There goes Sweden.

    https://www.economist.com/europe/2021/07/24/sweden-is-being-shot-up

    In late May a throng of a hundred or so young men, most of them from African or Middle Eastern minorities, started fighting in a square in Hjallbo, a suburb of Gothenburg, Sweden’s second city. Members of rival gangs seem to have started the scrap over the theft of a moped. Two days later a man in a nearby grocery shop was shot in the back of the head, thought to be as an act of revenge for the gangland battle. Then a policeman in Biskopsgarden, another suburb of the city, was shot dead. A few days after that a man was murdered in a barber’s shop in Frolunda, yet another suburb. To add to this litany of recent criminal violence, two young children were lucky to survive last week after being caught in the crossfire of yet another gang shoot-out, this time in Visattra, on the edge of Stockholm, the capital.

    In the past 15 years, Sweden has had Europe’s highest rate of death by shooting, according to a recent report by the country’s National Council for Crime Prevention. Analysing data on 22 European countries provided by Eurostat and the un’s World Health Organisation, Klara Hradilova-Selin, a researcher at the council, reckoned that Sweden came second after Croatia between 2014 and 2017. But by 2018 preliminary data suggested that Sweden had risen to the top spot. Most of the victims are men between 20 and 29. Sweden’s rate of homicide by shooting is two-and-a-half times the European average.

    Such violence is invariably fuelled by illegal drugs and ill-feeling between jobless, marginalised young men and the police. Recent immigrants, many of them Somali, have failed to integrate. The Syrian migrant crisis of 2015 has led to more ghettoisation. In Hjallbo 70% of residents were born abroad. Many of them, especially young men, scrape by on welfare benefits and the black market. Shooting has become a common way for gangs to settle their differences.

    Some analysts also blame excessive centralisation in the past decade for the falling number of police serving on the streets of Sweden’s grimmer suburbs, despite higher police numbers overall. In some districts where immigrants are prominent, community policing has broken down, letting lethal gangs take over. In 1980 Gothenburg’s police solved 80% of all murders. Nowadays the figure is a dismal 20%.
     
    If Covid doesn't get you, the local Somalians might.

    Oh well.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @Altai, @NickG

    In the past 15 years, Sweden has had Europe’s highest rate of death by shooting, according to a recent report by the country’s National Council for Crime Prevention.

    One of the collateral benefits that comes from being a ‘moral superpower’.

  83. Perhaps Nature could just apply blackface to scientists of yore in old photos. Feynman, Bohr, Heisenberg, Rutherford, etc. – they could just be depicted as black. Hell, why not give Einstein a set of grills and show him throwing up gang signs and fanning Benjamins yo.

    • LOL: InnerCynic
    • Replies: @Fox
    @Mr. Anon

    That's a brilliant idea. Why not go all the way and falsify not only the record but also the images by coloring in the faces and perhaps add a few negroid features in the countenances! I suppose "Asian features" are not currently on the mind of the Nature staff, even as they are also not strongly represented in these early photos of scientific accomplishers.


    That science rags such as Nature feel that they have to jump on the Social Engineering bandwagon only hastens the arrival of their irrelevance. Libraries, institutions and other subscribers might cancel their subscriptions or not renew them in an effort to quietly "deplatform" the arrogant smear finks. In science it is considered an accomplishment to have a publication in the magazine Nature, but why should that be? An accomplishment is an accomplishment and does not need the approval of some bloated bestowers of favors. I hope that this point of view will become a common one in science. The belief that a "paper in Nature (or Science or whatever)" will convey prestige has to be overcome. If it makes the money font flow more easily, then it only proves that "science" is not really Science but a silly game for favorites. Quite degrading, as a matter of fact, this hunt for prestige, and an emarrassment.
    I assume that it won't be too long and all the important publications in the sciences are coming from Asia, especially China. Chemical patents from the West are becoming quite rare, while China is extremely active in that realm. The West has done itself in by always acting "smart", but in reality, it has acted like a coward and churl without self-respect and regard for the future. To be smart and clever is not enough. The West has proven to be imbecilic and incapable of maintaining its path. In this West, a breed of people has emerged that has penetrated every stratum of society and dedicated to a morality of inanity, with an emotional and angry, increasingly violent response to disagreement and a cold, suicidal disregard of the welfare of the people around them. Platitudes, self-aggrandizing public presences, a pathological need of approval by a money- and entitlement-bestowing "elite" characterize these mouthpieces of someone else's agenda.

    It's quite an embarrassment.

    The first relevant steps towards this inglorious demise were taken on June 28, 1919, when the German signature under the "Treaty of Versailles" was forcibly secured. Ever since then the self-emasculation of the world of white peoples has gained momentum. People like Lloyd George, Clemenceau, Wilson, Churchill and again Churchill and Roosevelt 15 years on are the chief perpetrators in bringing about this turn of events. They put the settings on the world machine which produced the current state of clownish self-abasement. They brought meaninglessness into the minds of white people and that's what I am seeing at work in the otherwise absurd events.
    Asians, blacks, and Eastern Europeans have not been subject to this influence and they can go ahead towards a sunny future, untouched by suicidal rot.
    Whether blacks will be carried along by non-white races, once the madcaps in the white world have accomplished its downfall, is a question the answer of which the future will tell, but I have a hunch that it will not be like that. The blacks can of course prove that they are all they are made out to be. But that is up to them.

  84. @Steve Sailer
    @ruralguy

    Right. The smartest one Katherine Johnson got real good at it and made some contributions. It's a nice story about somebody coming a long way in life through hard work and brains, but our culture is so crazy lately that it totally misinterprets the history.

    Replies: @War for Blair Mountain, @War for Blair Mountain

    I read Mike Gray’s book ANGLE OF ATTACK about the history of Harrison Storm and the history of the US Space Program…. No mention of math-engineering genius Katherine Johnson-very odd when you consider that Mike Gray was heavily involved in the Civil Rights Movement..

    Amazon has gazillions of books on Space Flight Dynamics for Engineers and Physicts I’ll betcha that there is not one chapter devoted to equations of Katherine Johnson…nor will here name be mentioned in any of the indexes of these books…

  85. @Altai
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Much like the US, the violence is confined to specific places and communities which ordinary Swedes can and do easily avoid. Private schools are increasing in number and exist purely to allow for this class/ethnic segregation.

    Malmo and Gothenburg may start to experience white flight to the larger, sprawling and due to it's geography providing lots of natural barriers, more easily segregated Stockholm as living conditions of a certain type become more of a premium. But the latitude difference would be no joke.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123

    What percent of the population do Muslims constitute in Greater Gothenburg and Greater Stockholm respectively?

  86. @Batman

    Science’s historical record will remain incomplete while it is missing pictures of people who have contributed to discovery and invention.
     
    What contributions are those? Peanut butter, then decades of nothing, then the Super Soaker, and then more nothing.

    Replies: @additionalMike, @Stan d Mute, @AndrewR, @Neuday

    Grinding a nut into a paste is not an invention, and to claim it is only underscores the dearth of negro scientific accomplishment. Might as well say a Black invented the toothpick.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Neuday

    Peanuts are highly notorious food for children. I wonder if an element of this is encouraging black children to eat peanut butter over other less healthy spreads.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    , @Jack D
    @Neuday

    Peanut butter WAS an invention but it wasn't invented by a black guy. It was invented by a white Canadian named Marcellus Gilmore Edson.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3b/US306727_Manufacture_of_Peanut_Candy.png

    The patentable invention was the use of heated grindstones. If you try grinding up cold peanuts between cold grindstones, you will get something like peanut flour instead of peanut paste. The grindstones and the nuts tend to heat themselves up thru friction so even if you are shooting for peanut flour you are will get peanut paste (aka peanut butter) eventually anyway but using warm peanuts and warm grindstones guaranties that you get a paste and not a flour.

    Edson envisioned that the main use for his paste would be to mix it with a lot of sugar to make a candy, similar to the inside of a Butterfingers candy bar. It didn't occur to him that it would be used straight as a sandwich spread.

    George Washington Carver supposedly invented hundreds of uses for the peanut but peanut butter was not one of them. Most of these uses ( such as insulation, paper, wall board, wood stains, soap, shaving cream and skin lotion) were not practical or economical and are no longer in use if they ever were.

    Replies: @Sick of Orcs

  87. Starting immediately, all black and white photos are to be remade in black and black!

    • LOL: Bubba
  88. @Steve Sailer
    @El Dato

    I'm presuming that Peter Scholze of the U. of Bonn doesn't have Black Girl Magic, so how did he prove a difficult math theorem? What have German mathematicians ever accomplished?

    Replies: @War for Blair Mountain

    Anyone who has-had a PhD in mathematics on the Planet Earth can trace their mathematical geneaology back to the Bernoulli Brothers…onto Euler and Gauss…Go ask Comrade Derbyshire about this…a fact he is surely well aware of…

    I very surprised and disappointed that you Steve and your readers didn’t tear into the fabrications of HIGHER NUMBERS…..it was such an easy target. Paul Kersey did a good job of doing this..but there is a whole lot he missed….

    HIGHER NUMBERS was a direct attack on White Males…

  89. @additionalMike
    @Batman

    Don't forget the Traffic Light! Without it, reckless honkies would still be careening through intersections willy-nilly, causing mayhem on the roads.

    Replies: @Charon, @Reg Cæsar, @Pericles, @Escher

    Don’t forget the Traffic Light! Without it, reckless honkies would still be careening through intersections willy-nilly, causing mayhem on the roads.

    Honkies be honking, Bruthas be chillin’

  90. Anonymous[103] • Disclaimer says:
    @Neuday
    @Batman

    Grinding a nut into a paste is not an invention, and to claim it is only underscores the dearth of negro scientific accomplishment. Might as well say a Black invented the toothpick.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Jack D

    Peanuts are highly notorious food for children. I wonder if an element of this is encouraging black children to eat peanut butter over other less healthy spreads.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Anonymous

    "notorious" should be "nutritious" Dunno how that happened.

    If the Cult of Carver encourages black kids to spread peanut butter on their bread instead of something less healthy, then it's not all bad.

  91. I found a random college freshman’s essay on Rosalind Franklin, where the author had set out to prove that Franklin was robbed, but concluded that she couldn’t be included in with Watson and Crick because the big deal was right there before her eyes and she couldn’t grasp it. Had the men clued her in it still wouldn’t be her discovering it, that would still be them doing it and then telling her.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @J.Ross

    The 1978 Nobel in Physics went to two great experimental radio astronomers, Penzias and Wilson, for discovering universal background radiation, not to the theoretical physicist who explained to them that they'd just discovered the proof of how the universe began.

    So, Nobels can go either way.

    Rosalind Franklin wasn't eligible anyway because she died before the Nobel was awarded. If she had lived, would she have deserved to share it with Watson and Crick more than Maurice Wilkins did? Good question.

    Replies: @res

  92. @Barack Obama's secret Unz account
    @John Johnson

    That the Soviets manipulated photographs does not preclude others from doing the same, especially when they are also documented to have done so.

    The motive attributed to Stalin here doesn't make a tremendous amount of sense. If he wishes to write Yezhov out of history, why not simply suppress the photograph? There are lots of other photos of Stalin in existence, so it's not clear why it should've been necessary to retain this one sans Yezhov. If it's a famous photograph, then the public will remember that Yezhov used to be in it; if it's not a famous photograph, then who will even notice if it's suppressed? The existence of the doctored photograph gives proof to the lie when compared to the original, which has to be suppressed in either case. It's an additional effort and an additional risk for no additional benefit.

    But showing these two pictures side by side, one ostensibly doctored, is an effective way to portray Stalin as a tyrant. (That he actually was a tyrant is irrelevant.) Meanwhile I've not yet seen a photograph of Yezhov that doesn't look like it was drawn with a pencil. It's bizarre.

    Replies: @Mr Mox, @J.Ross, @Jack D

    Hilariously clumsy photo manipulation was a fashionable art of the time. Among the various used books I have come across but not bought is a compilation of German interwar photographic propaganda (dead bodies cut and pasted onto Hitler, etc). Early Soviets were also crazy about huge 2-D wooden silhouettes in public places.

  93. @dvorak

    agricultural scientist George Washington Carver
     

    the Hidden Figures lady
     
    What do these two have in common? Both were celebrated/thanked contemporaneously in excess of their actual contributions.

    John Glenn said he wouldn't get on board if the lady didn't do the computing. (Glenn the budding politician). Carver was more of a hype man than a scientist.

    Today, the two are celebrated 1,000,000 times more loudly than they were in their own time, (when, remember they were over-celebrated).

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Jim Don Bob, @Mr. Anon, @Mr. Anon

    John Glenn said he wouldn’t get on board if the lady didn’t do the computing.

    There is no evidence JG ever said anything like this. The movie makers invented the quote after he was dead.

  94. @Neuday
    @Batman

    Grinding a nut into a paste is not an invention, and to claim it is only underscores the dearth of negro scientific accomplishment. Might as well say a Black invented the toothpick.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Jack D

    Peanut butter WAS an invention but it wasn’t invented by a black guy. It was invented by a white Canadian named Marcellus Gilmore Edson.

    The patentable invention was the use of heated grindstones. If you try grinding up cold peanuts between cold grindstones, you will get something like peanut flour instead of peanut paste. The grindstones and the nuts tend to heat themselves up thru friction so even if you are shooting for peanut flour you are will get peanut paste (aka peanut butter) eventually anyway but using warm peanuts and warm grindstones guaranties that you get a paste and not a flour.

    Edson envisioned that the main use for his paste would be to mix it with a lot of sugar to make a candy, similar to the inside of a Butterfingers candy bar. It didn’t occur to him that it would be used straight as a sandwich spread.

    George Washington Carver supposedly invented hundreds of uses for the peanut but peanut butter was not one of them. Most of these uses ( such as insulation, paper, wall board, wood stains, soap, shaving cream and skin lotion) were not practical or economical and are no longer in use if they ever were.

    • Replies: @Sick of Orcs
    @Jack D

    "Peanut butter actually dates back to Aztec times. The Aztecs mashed roasted peanuts into a paste..."

  95. @Barack Obama's secret Unz account
    @John Johnson

    That the Soviets manipulated photographs does not preclude others from doing the same, especially when they are also documented to have done so.

    The motive attributed to Stalin here doesn't make a tremendous amount of sense. If he wishes to write Yezhov out of history, why not simply suppress the photograph? There are lots of other photos of Stalin in existence, so it's not clear why it should've been necessary to retain this one sans Yezhov. If it's a famous photograph, then the public will remember that Yezhov used to be in it; if it's not a famous photograph, then who will even notice if it's suppressed? The existence of the doctored photograph gives proof to the lie when compared to the original, which has to be suppressed in either case. It's an additional effort and an additional risk for no additional benefit.

    But showing these two pictures side by side, one ostensibly doctored, is an effective way to portray Stalin as a tyrant. (That he actually was a tyrant is irrelevant.) Meanwhile I've not yet seen a photograph of Yezhov that doesn't look like it was drawn with a pencil. It's bizarre.

    Replies: @Mr Mox, @J.Ross, @Jack D

    As to why Stalin did this, read Orwell’s 1984.

    It’s difficult to get inside the head of a dictator, but this article gives a fairly lucid account of what and how it was done:

    https://www.history.com/news/josef-stalin-great-purge-photo-retouching

    You point out how stupid and pointless the whole exercise was but it wasn’t the biggest stupidity in Stalinist life, not by a long shot. Perhaps as Darymple theorizes, making people do really stupid stuff is intentional – you are made to feel your own humiliation and powerlessness as you are forced to participate in what everyone knows is a lie. If you participate, you have sold your soul to the devil and no longer feel as if you have moral standing to complain about the system. If you REFUSE to participate, you’ll lose everything, maybe even your life. Unz commenters who appear under pseudonyms (most of us) are familiar with this quandry at perhaps a lower level of fear – nowadays if you make your true feelings about publicly accepted pieties known you might lose your job but they won’t take you away and put you in a labor camp yet. Yet.

    Not only were the images of the purged eliminated from public sources such as the Soviet Encyclopedia but even the families of the purged cut their images out of their private family albums out of fear. Unless you have lived in a totalitarian society you have no concept of the pee-in-your pants fear that people live in after they have seen their colleagues and family members taken away and murdered – people will do anything in the hope that it will spare their asses for one more day.

    Meanwhile I’ve not yet seen a photograph of Yezhov that doesn’t look like it was drawn with a pencil. It’s bizarre.

    It was very typical Soviet (and before that Russian) practice to heavily retouch photographic images when they were reproduced in books, newspapers, etc. That was the accepted and popular style of Soviet photo reproduction. I suspect it had to do with the (poor) quality of Soviet film emulsions and printing technology so that an unretouched photo would not have printed well but it was probably also in part culturally driven.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    @Jack D

    I suspect it had to do with the (poor) quality of Soviet film emulsions and printing technology so that an unretouched photo would not have printed well but it was probably also in part culturally driven.

    That's indeed what i was told by an old Soviet photographer (He worked for the State in some bureau of other) who had moved to the USA and set up a small studio in Boro Park. I think he said the paper was worse too.

    , @Barack Obama's secret Unz account
    @Jack D

    No offence mate but that sounds like a bunch of commie gobbledigook

    , @nebulafox
    @Jack D

    Stalin did what he did because he believed in his ideology, and deeply so. It's really that simple.

    There were people in the Soviet hierarchy who didn't take Marxism seriously: Beria advocated restoring private property and having a more normal relationship with the US. This is less shocking than it sounds. As head of the secret police, he had access to the outside world in a way most Soviets didn't, and understood that they were unlikely to win a long term contest of attrition with the US. And as a likely clinical sociopath, he was genuinely unattached to ideology.

    Stalin, whatever else he was, was not that. He deeply believed in his mission. It manifested very differently from Lenin or Trotsky, but he still did.

    Replies: @JMcG

  96. @War for Blair Mountain
    @Steve Sailer

    Steve

    Can you tell me what Katherine Johnson’s contributions were?

    Replies: @El Dato

    “trajectory analysis” -> setting up the trajectory equations and solving them (i.e. not doing Runge-Kutta integration by hand). Good technical work, but even I can understand it.

    https://www.nasa.gov/content/katherine-johnson-biography

    Like so:

    Go Kerbals!

    • Replies: @War for Blair Mountain
    @El Dato

    El Dato

    Looks like a run-of-the-mill homework problem for a space dynamics-celestial mechanics course. Nothing impressive. Go to a University with a respectable collection of space dynamics- celestial mechanics books:page after page with terrifying special functions calculations by White-European Men…

  97. @dvorak

    agricultural scientist George Washington Carver
     

    the Hidden Figures lady
     
    What do these two have in common? Both were celebrated/thanked contemporaneously in excess of their actual contributions.

    John Glenn said he wouldn't get on board if the lady didn't do the computing. (Glenn the budding politician). Carver was more of a hype man than a scientist.

    Today, the two are celebrated 1,000,000 times more loudly than they were in their own time, (when, remember they were over-celebrated).

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Jim Don Bob, @Mr. Anon, @Mr. Anon

    John Glenn said he wouldn’t get on board if the lady didn’t do the computing.

    When and where did he say that?

  98. @Pericles
    @Paperback Writer

    Did you know Einstein merely stole the work of his more talented BLAQQ cousin, whom he then married to shut her up? BLAQQ voices were silenced by WHITE PATRIARCHS but, Elsa Einstein, history will remember you. Finally Nature can tell the true story.

    Replies: @El Dato

    Some Serbs actually pretend that Einstein got his ideas from Milena. In this world, there is something for everyone.

    Actually he didn’t have an idea but just took the Lorentz equation seriously for his first round, and then Minkowski made the idea elegant.

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @El Dato

    (((Minkowski))).

    You lose with him as well.

    Einstein came up with relativity, special & general. The other guys just did the mop up work.

    Perhaps you'd like to explain the field equations to us.

  99. @Grahamsno(G64)
    @JohnnyWalker123

    OMG, it's horrifying what the fuck is wrong with you white people how can you tolerate this shit? Don't give me those stale excuses about Jews & Liberals as if you people don't have agency, you have a trillion dollar military with its 13 carrier groups and 'full spectrum dominance' and yet you can't control your southern borders. I presume that the border states are Republican so what is stopping them from declaring an emergency and sending their national guards to hold the goddamn line? Why isn't anyone doing it?

    Replies: @Goddard

    [W]hat the fuck is wrong with you white people how can you tolerate this shit?

    We tolerate it because we are possibly the biggest bunch of suckers who ever lived. We’re just a nice bunch of libertarians, you see, too individualistic to join together and act in our racial interest.

  100. I think it’s an outrage that it’s so difficult to find high resolution full color Matthew Brady photos. Clearly some kind of conspiracy afoot.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Sollipsist

    Interestingly, it is said that the most photographed American of the 19th Century was Frederick Douglass:

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/frederick-douglass-always-ready-his-close-n517391

  101. @Jack D
    @Neuday

    Peanut butter WAS an invention but it wasn't invented by a black guy. It was invented by a white Canadian named Marcellus Gilmore Edson.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3b/US306727_Manufacture_of_Peanut_Candy.png

    The patentable invention was the use of heated grindstones. If you try grinding up cold peanuts between cold grindstones, you will get something like peanut flour instead of peanut paste. The grindstones and the nuts tend to heat themselves up thru friction so even if you are shooting for peanut flour you are will get peanut paste (aka peanut butter) eventually anyway but using warm peanuts and warm grindstones guaranties that you get a paste and not a flour.

    Edson envisioned that the main use for his paste would be to mix it with a lot of sugar to make a candy, similar to the inside of a Butterfingers candy bar. It didn't occur to him that it would be used straight as a sandwich spread.

    George Washington Carver supposedly invented hundreds of uses for the peanut but peanut butter was not one of them. Most of these uses ( such as insulation, paper, wall board, wood stains, soap, shaving cream and skin lotion) were not practical or economical and are no longer in use if they ever were.

    Replies: @Sick of Orcs

    “Peanut butter actually dates back to Aztec times. The Aztecs mashed roasted peanuts into a paste…”

  102. @Gordo
    Solvay Conference 1927, more brains than you could shake a stick at, all Whites and Jews, the sole woman is of course Marie Curie. You can see why they are jealous.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6e/Solvay_conference_1927.jpg

    Replies: @El Dato, @MEH 0910

    Annotated photo here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solvay_Conference

    The conference series actually continues to this day.

  103. @Barack Obama's secret Unz account
    Somewhat off-topic, but I think both of those Soviet photos are fake. Yezhov was pasted into the one on the left, possibly along with Stalin (or at least his head) and maybe the other two as well. Then they airbrushed him out of the one on the right. Take a good look at the one on the left: Yezhov's got a weird hunched-up body, looks like he was drawn with pencil entire; everybody's got a weird halo around them; Stalin is obviously posing for a photograph, but he's the only one looking at the camera. Compare the background to the foreground and see which looks more real. And then there's Stalin's spooky "hidden hand" gesture...

    I'm not sure why someone would go to all this trouble; I can only guess either Trotskyites or a western intelligence agency, to make the USSR look bad. I'd be curious when and where the story of his disappearing from that picture first appeared, and whether anybody actually checked the other details of his arrest and execution. It all supposedly happened in secret anyway. (If Time magazine knew about it in 1948, they were keeping quiet.)

    In fact, let's go full schizo: did Yezhov ever exist, or was he created by Stalin as a patsy for his purges? Most of these pictures are either fake-looking photos or drawings. Didn't the Soviet press get a single good clean photograph of this high-ranking politician? Or did the KGB get rid of every such picture in every copy of Pravda, including the ones held in the files of foreign intelligence agencies?

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Charlotte

    I think you’re right: the distances between people and even their respective sizes seem slightly off, like they weren’t originally part of the same composition.

  104. This is being approached from the wrong direction. Instead of putting blacks into historic photographs, we can just add some homeless White people into the background of Wakanda footage. Viola! An accurate recreation of our “true” past.

    • LOL: El Dato
  105. @Sollipsist
    I think it's an outrage that it's so difficult to find high resolution full color Matthew Brady photos. Clearly some kind of conspiracy afoot.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    Interestingly, it is said that the most photographed American of the 19th Century was Frederick Douglass:

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/frederick-douglass-always-ready-his-close-n517391

    • Thanks: Sollipsist
  106. @J.Ross
    I found a random college freshman's essay on Rosalind Franklin, where the author had set out to prove that Franklin was robbed, but concluded that she couldn't be included in with Watson and Crick because the big deal was right there before her eyes and she couldn't grasp it. Had the men clued her in it still wouldn't be her discovering it, that would still be them doing it and then telling her.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    The 1978 Nobel in Physics went to two great experimental radio astronomers, Penzias and Wilson, for discovering universal background radiation, not to the theoretical physicist who explained to them that they’d just discovered the proof of how the universe began.

    So, Nobels can go either way.

    Rosalind Franklin wasn’t eligible anyway because she died before the Nobel was awarded. If she had lived, would she have deserved to share it with Watson and Crick more than Maurice Wilkins did? Good question.

    • Replies: @res
    @Steve Sailer


    The 1978 Nobel in Physics went to two great experimental radio astronomers, Penzias and Wilson, for discovering universal background radiation, not to the theoretical physicist who explained to them that they’d just discovered the proof of how the universe began.
     
    It seems a little weirder than that looking back now. Penzias and Wilson shared the 1978 Nobel with a Russian who did something unrelated. Then Jim Peebles (who I think is one of your theoretical physicists) won the 2019 Physics Nobel for vague reasons (actually contra Nobel policy which is supposed to be for something specific). Wikipedia's version is after the MORE.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_of_cosmic_microwave_background_radiation#History

    There is a version here which reads a lot like what you said.
    https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/jim-peebles-richly-deserved-his-nobel-prize/

    I wonder why they shared the 1978 Nobel with an unrelated third person rather than including Peebles.


    When Penzias and Wilson reduced their data they found a low, steady, mysterious noise that persisted in their receiver. This residual noise was 100 times more intense than they had expected, was evenly spread over the sky, and was present day and night. They were certain that the radiation they detected on a wavelength of 7.35 centimeters did not come from the Earth, the Sun, or our galaxy. After thoroughly checking their equipment, removing some pigeons nesting in the antenna and cleaning out the accumulated droppings, the noise remained. Both concluded that this noise was coming from outside our own galaxy—although they were not aware of any radio source that would account for it.

    At that same time, Robert H. Dicke, Jim Peebles, and David Wilkinson, astrophysicists at Princeton University just 60 km (37 mi) away, were preparing to search for microwave radiation in this region of the spectrum. Dicke and his colleagues reasoned that the Big Bang must have scattered not only the matter that condensed into galaxies but also must have released a tremendous blast of radiation. With the proper instrumentation, this radiation should be detectable, albeit as microwaves, due to a massive redshift.

    When his friend Bernard F. Burke, a professor of physics at MIT, told Penzias about a preprint paper he had seen by Jim Peebles on the possibility of finding radiation left over from an explosion that filled the universe at the beginning of its existence, Penzias and Wilson began to realize the significance of what they believed was a new discovery. The characteristics of the radiation detected by Penzias and Wilson fit exactly the radiation predicted by Robert H. Dicke and his colleagues at Princeton University. Penzias called Dicke at Princeton, who immediately sent him a copy of the still-unpublished Peebles paper. Penzias read the paper and called Dicke again and invited him to Bell Labs to look at the horn antenna and listen to the background noise. Dicke, Peebles, Wilkinson and P. G. Roll interpreted this radiation as a signature of the Big Bang.

    To avoid potential conflict, they decided to publish their results jointly. Two notes were rushed to the Astrophysical Journal Letters. In the first, Dicke and his associates outlined the importance of cosmic background radiation as substantiation of the Big Bang Theory.[4] In a second note, jointly signed by Penzias and Wilson titled, "A Measurement of Excess Antenna Temperature at 4080 Megacycles per Second," they reported the existence of a 3.5 K residual background noise, remaining after accounting for a sky absorption component of 2.3 K and a 0.9 K instrumental component, and attributed a "possible explanation" as that given by Dicke in his companion letter.[3]

    In 1978, Penzias and Wilson were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for their joint detection. They shared the prize with Pyotr Kapitsa, who won it for unrelated work.[citation needed] In 2019, Jim Peebles was also awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics, “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology”.[citation needed]
     
  107. @Calvin Hobbes

    Unlike many other Black scientists from history, high-quality images of agricultural scientist George Washington Carver — shown here with students at the Tuskegee Institution in Alabama — are readily available. Credit: Bettmann/Getty
     
    Did “agricultural scientist George Washington Carver” discover or invent even one thing of any importance?

    As far as I can tell, George Washington Carver achieved fame as a great scientist without actually doing anything significant, whether scientifically or commercially.

    Replies: @C. Van Carter, @Nicholas Stix, @AndrewR, @Prester John, @keypusher, @JMcG

    When I was a kiddie I was taught that Carver discovered a bunch of things that could be done with peanuts.

    Or…something.

    Did he invent the peanut butter and jelly sandwich on white (!) bread? Can’t remember now.

  108. I dunno, some of the Jewish fellows like Ehrenfest look noticeably more swarthy than the Brits like Richardson. Couldn’t we just photoshop the picture a little bit and count them as Black?

    If we compare Ehrenfest with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, I think Ehrenfest looks more black.

  109. @C. Van Carter
    @Calvin Hobbes

    He invented the peanut, according to one of my grade school teachers.

    Replies: @Prester John

    I remember Carver being connected with peanuts and something about how he discovered many uses for peanuts. Which in the scheme of things is something of an accomplishment I guess, even if he wasn’t in the same league with Mendel, Linnaeus etal.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Prester John

    When geneticist and Vice President Henry Wallace was growing up, he was a neighbor and friend of the grown-up George Washington Carver. He greatly admired Carver.

    , @MEH 0910
    @Prester John

    Here's where I first learned about George Washington Carver:

    https://cuislandora.wrlc.org/islandora/object/cuislandora%3A25787#page/1/mode/1up

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasure_Chest_(comics)
    http://www.1faith1hope1love.org/news/a-lost-treasure/
    https://cuislandora.wrlc.org/islandora/object/cuislandora%3A9584
    https://cuislandora.wrlc.org/islandora/object/cuislandora%3A9584?page=1

  110. @Prester John
    @C. Van Carter

    I remember Carver being connected with peanuts and something about how he discovered many uses for peanuts. Which in the scheme of things is something of an accomplishment I guess, even if he wasn't in the same league with Mendel, Linnaeus etal.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @MEH 0910

    When geneticist and Vice President Henry Wallace was growing up, he was a neighbor and friend of the grown-up George Washington Carver. He greatly admired Carver.

  111. @John Johnson
    @Barack Obama's secret Unz account

    I’m not sure why someone would go to all this trouble; I can only guess either Trotskyites or a western intelligence agency, to make the USSR look bad.

    The Soviets under Stalin did that all the time and it is well documented.
    https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/stalin-photo-manipulation-1922-1953/

    In fact, let’s go full schizo: did Yezhov ever exist, or was he created by Stalin as a patsy for his purges?

    Yezhov was very real and very evil. He was actually a Soviet before Stalin took over and served in the Red Army.

    His mock trial was witnessed by numerous high level Communists.

    Interestingly he was only 4.5 feet tall and was nicknamed The Poison Dwarf. Some of the most sadistic Communists were very short or weird looking (see Beria).

    Replies: @Barack Obama's secret Unz account, @Jack D

    did Yezhov ever exist, or was he created by Stalin as a patsy for his purges?

    Maybe Yezhov was real and Stalin never existed? Maybe he was our Emanuel Goldstein? Maybe the whole USSR never existed and was imagined by the CIA in order to create a Cold War enemy that we could unite around.

    You’re right that is full schizo. The USSR was real and it was evil and it was not something just ginned up by the CIA. Stalin was real, Yezhov was real. These murderers were all too real – we only WISH that they had never existed.

    Here is a naturalistic photo of Yezhov with his wife and daughter (the 3 on the left):

    According to legend, Yezhov’s wife committed suicide after Yezhov sent a pre-arranged signal to her that he was being purged, in order to spare herself the torture of NKVD interrogation (which would be followed by death anyway). The signal was a statuette of a dwarf (Yezhov was only 4′ something in height).

    • Thanks: Johann Ricke
  112. @dvorak

    agricultural scientist George Washington Carver
     

    the Hidden Figures lady
     
    What do these two have in common? Both were celebrated/thanked contemporaneously in excess of their actual contributions.

    John Glenn said he wouldn't get on board if the lady didn't do the computing. (Glenn the budding politician). Carver was more of a hype man than a scientist.

    Today, the two are celebrated 1,000,000 times more loudly than they were in their own time, (when, remember they were over-celebrated).

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Jim Don Bob, @Mr. Anon, @Mr. Anon

    John Glenn said he wouldn’t get on board if the lady didn’t do the computing. (Glenn the budding politician)./blockquote>

    Is there actually any evidence for this story? It get’s repeated a lot now. Is it true? Did John Glenn ever mention this while he was alive? Did he mention it in his biography?

  113. @El Dato
    @War for Blair Mountain

    "trajectory analysis" -> setting up the trajectory equations and solving them (i.e. not doing Runge-Kutta integration by hand). Good technical work, but even I can understand it.

    https://www.nasa.gov/content/katherine-johnson-biography

    Like so:

    https://i.postimg.cc/QtY4FYg9/NASA-Technical-Note-D-233.png

    Go Kerbals!

    Replies: @War for Blair Mountain

    El Dato

    Looks like a run-of-the-mill homework problem for a space dynamics-celestial mechanics course. Nothing impressive. Go to a University with a respectable collection of space dynamics- celestial mechanics books:page after page with terrifying special functions calculations by White-European Men…

  114. @Gordo
    Solvay Conference 1927, more brains than you could shake a stick at, all Whites and Jews, the sole woman is of course Marie Curie. You can see why they are jealous.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6e/Solvay_conference_1927.jpg

    Replies: @El Dato, @MEH 0910

    I see Olivia Newton-John’s grandfather, sitting between de Broglie and Bohr.

    • Thanks: Gordo
  115. Anonymous[517] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    @Neuday

    Peanuts are highly notorious food for children. I wonder if an element of this is encouraging black children to eat peanut butter over other less healthy spreads.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    “notorious” should be “nutritious” Dunno how that happened.

    If the Cult of Carver encourages black kids to spread peanut butter on their bread instead of something less healthy, then it’s not all bad.

  116. @Prester John
    @C. Van Carter

    I remember Carver being connected with peanuts and something about how he discovered many uses for peanuts. Which in the scheme of things is something of an accomplishment I guess, even if he wasn't in the same league with Mendel, Linnaeus etal.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @MEH 0910

  117. Fox says:
    @Mr. Anon
    Perhaps Nature could just apply blackface to scientists of yore in old photos. Feynman, Bohr, Heisenberg, Rutherford, etc. - they could just be depicted as black. Hell, why not give Einstein a set of grills and show him throwing up gang signs and fanning Benjamins yo.

    Replies: @Fox

    That’s a brilliant idea. Why not go all the way and falsify not only the record but also the images by coloring in the faces and perhaps add a few negroid features in the countenances! I suppose “Asian features” are not currently on the mind of the Nature staff, even as they are also not strongly represented in these early photos of scientific accomplishers.

    [MORE]

    That science rags such as Nature feel that they have to jump on the Social Engineering bandwagon only hastens the arrival of their irrelevance. Libraries, institutions and other subscribers might cancel their subscriptions or not renew them in an effort to quietly “deplatform” the arrogant smear finks. In science it is considered an accomplishment to have a publication in the magazine Nature, but why should that be? An accomplishment is an accomplishment and does not need the approval of some bloated bestowers of favors. I hope that this point of view will become a common one in science. The belief that a “paper in Nature (or Science or whatever)” will convey prestige has to be overcome. If it makes the money font flow more easily, then it only proves that “science” is not really Science but a silly game for favorites. Quite degrading, as a matter of fact, this hunt for prestige, and an emarrassment.
    I assume that it won’t be too long and all the important publications in the sciences are coming from Asia, especially China. Chemical patents from the West are becoming quite rare, while China is extremely active in that realm. The West has done itself in by always acting “smart”, but in reality, it has acted like a coward and churl without self-respect and regard for the future. To be smart and clever is not enough. The West has proven to be imbecilic and incapable of maintaining its path. In this West, a breed of people has emerged that has penetrated every stratum of society and dedicated to a morality of inanity, with an emotional and angry, increasingly violent response to disagreement and a cold, suicidal disregard of the welfare of the people around them. Platitudes, self-aggrandizing public presences, a pathological need of approval by a money- and entitlement-bestowing “elite” characterize these mouthpieces of someone else’s agenda.

    It’s quite an embarrassment.

    The first relevant steps towards this inglorious demise were taken on June 28, 1919, when the German signature under the “Treaty of Versailles” was forcibly secured. Ever since then the self-emasculation of the world of white peoples has gained momentum. People like Lloyd George, Clemenceau, Wilson, Churchill and again Churchill and Roosevelt 15 years on are the chief perpetrators in bringing about this turn of events. They put the settings on the world machine which produced the current state of clownish self-abasement. They brought meaninglessness into the minds of white people and that’s what I am seeing at work in the otherwise absurd events.
    Asians, blacks, and Eastern Europeans have not been subject to this influence and they can go ahead towards a sunny future, untouched by suicidal rot.
    Whether blacks will be carried along by non-white races, once the madcaps in the white world have accomplished its downfall, is a question the answer of which the future will tell, but I have a hunch that it will not be like that. The blacks can of course prove that they are all they are made out to be. But that is up to them.

  118. @Anon55uu
    @Anon

    Oberlin College baseball also a pioneer of the infield shift.

    https://www.mlb.com/news/featured/oberlin-college-baseball-team-and-the-infield-shift

    Replies: @kaganovitch

    Oberlin College baseball also a pioneer of the infield shift.

    Oberlin seems to have a hand in most revolting modern developments, don’t they?

  119. @Jack D
    @Barack Obama's secret Unz account

    As to why Stalin did this, read Orwell's 1984.

    It's difficult to get inside the head of a dictator, but this article gives a fairly lucid account of what and how it was done:

    https://www.history.com/news/josef-stalin-great-purge-photo-retouching

    You point out how stupid and pointless the whole exercise was but it wasn't the biggest stupidity in Stalinist life, not by a long shot. Perhaps as Darymple theorizes, making people do really stupid stuff is intentional - you are made to feel your own humiliation and powerlessness as you are forced to participate in what everyone knows is a lie. If you participate, you have sold your soul to the devil and no longer feel as if you have moral standing to complain about the system. If you REFUSE to participate, you'll lose everything, maybe even your life. Unz commenters who appear under pseudonyms (most of us) are familiar with this quandry at perhaps a lower level of fear - nowadays if you make your true feelings about publicly accepted pieties known you might lose your job but they won't take you away and put you in a labor camp yet. Yet.

    Not only were the images of the purged eliminated from public sources such as the Soviet Encyclopedia but even the families of the purged cut their images out of their private family albums out of fear. Unless you have lived in a totalitarian society you have no concept of the pee-in-your pants fear that people live in after they have seen their colleagues and family members taken away and murdered - people will do anything in the hope that it will spare their asses for one more day.


    Meanwhile I’ve not yet seen a photograph of Yezhov that doesn’t look like it was drawn with a pencil. It’s bizarre.
     
    It was very typical Soviet (and before that Russian) practice to heavily retouch photographic images when they were reproduced in books, newspapers, etc. That was the accepted and popular style of Soviet photo reproduction. I suspect it had to do with the (poor) quality of Soviet film emulsions and printing technology so that an unretouched photo would not have printed well but it was probably also in part culturally driven.

    Replies: @kaganovitch, @Barack Obama's secret Unz account, @nebulafox

    I suspect it had to do with the (poor) quality of Soviet film emulsions and printing technology so that an unretouched photo would not have printed well but it was probably also in part culturally driven.

    That’s indeed what i was told by an old Soviet photographer (He worked for the State in some bureau of other) who had moved to the USA and set up a small studio in Boro Park. I think he said the paper was worse too.

  120. @Mr Mox
    @Barack Obama's secret Unz account

    But showing these two pictures side by side, one ostensibly doctored, is an effective way to portray Stalin as a tyrant. (That he actually was a tyrant is irrelevant.)

    It could be Stalin's way of saying "Remember, I can make you disappear!"

    Replies: @Barack Obama's secret Unz account

    Yeah maybe. But I think the giant statues and the huge banners with his face on it kind of send the message

  121. @Jack D
    @Barack Obama's secret Unz account

    As to why Stalin did this, read Orwell's 1984.

    It's difficult to get inside the head of a dictator, but this article gives a fairly lucid account of what and how it was done:

    https://www.history.com/news/josef-stalin-great-purge-photo-retouching

    You point out how stupid and pointless the whole exercise was but it wasn't the biggest stupidity in Stalinist life, not by a long shot. Perhaps as Darymple theorizes, making people do really stupid stuff is intentional - you are made to feel your own humiliation and powerlessness as you are forced to participate in what everyone knows is a lie. If you participate, you have sold your soul to the devil and no longer feel as if you have moral standing to complain about the system. If you REFUSE to participate, you'll lose everything, maybe even your life. Unz commenters who appear under pseudonyms (most of us) are familiar with this quandry at perhaps a lower level of fear - nowadays if you make your true feelings about publicly accepted pieties known you might lose your job but they won't take you away and put you in a labor camp yet. Yet.

    Not only were the images of the purged eliminated from public sources such as the Soviet Encyclopedia but even the families of the purged cut their images out of their private family albums out of fear. Unless you have lived in a totalitarian society you have no concept of the pee-in-your pants fear that people live in after they have seen their colleagues and family members taken away and murdered - people will do anything in the hope that it will spare their asses for one more day.


    Meanwhile I’ve not yet seen a photograph of Yezhov that doesn’t look like it was drawn with a pencil. It’s bizarre.
     
    It was very typical Soviet (and before that Russian) practice to heavily retouch photographic images when they were reproduced in books, newspapers, etc. That was the accepted and popular style of Soviet photo reproduction. I suspect it had to do with the (poor) quality of Soviet film emulsions and printing technology so that an unretouched photo would not have printed well but it was probably also in part culturally driven.

    Replies: @kaganovitch, @Barack Obama's secret Unz account, @nebulafox

    No offence mate but that sounds like a bunch of commie gobbledigook

  122. @ThreeCranes
    @Anonymous

    I completely agree with you on her selfishness for not having made this decision before she took a spot on the team. Of course, this is never mentioned on the MSM--that she was a media hog for as long as it suited her.

    Last night the bleached blonde talking head on (((NBC))) spun the entire thing as Simone's incredible courage in putting her health and mental welfare above sacrificing herself to satisfy the craving of the American people for a flawless diamond of a gymnast. Huh? Who cared? Who cared about Simone Biles before NBC and the like shoved her in our faces and made her the icon of America's Olympic effort? Those lying bastards. The American people had nothing to say about or to do with her being raised to the status of Goddess. Fact of the matter is, not only were we innocent of her apotheosis, but we were instructed--literally conditioned--by our (((betters))) to bow down and worship her.

    I'm glad the whole thing blew up in their faces. Now they're trotting out Phelps to put a gentile white face on whole "athlete struggling to bear up under the expectations of the insatiable American public for a hero" thing. Bastards. When all along it is they who use the prospect of a shower of gold medals to hype the whole thing and goose TV ratings.

    It is apparent that (((NBC))) has handed the running and presentation of this Olympics over to women. From the tone of the presentation, it is evident that women are making many of the decisions on how to present the sporting events to the TV viewing public. The storyline presented is the product of a woman's sensibilities and mind. And of course, that means featuring the struggle of black, women and minority athletes for recognition and fair representation on the American team. So, the Hawaiian surfer gal who won Gold is queried by the bleached blond announcer about equal pay and what a struggle women have in gaining recognition in sports--this while the announcers and we the spectators are supposed to be celebrating the joy of the athlete in having won top honors. These bastards will insert their downer agenda at the most inopportune moment. Not only do they not let a crisis go to waste, but so too must a victory celebration become the bearer of their propaganda. They piggyback their insidious message atop ecstatic emotions in an operation of classical conditioning that would make Pavlov proud. Evil geniuses.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    NBC has aimed their Olympics broadcasts at the female audience since the last century. They’re good at it. Advertisers like women.

    And I doubt if there are enough men in the U.S. anymore who are interested in advanced technical Tony Romo-level analyses of the many obscure Olympic sports. Guys used to be interested in a wide variety of sports back during the days of Wide World of Sports and Sports Illustrated, but nowadays it’s the five big team sports plus golf and tennis. And it’s mostly just football, which isn’t in the Olympics.

    So, the broadcasts are aimed at moms who drove their kids to sports practices who don’t much care about sports but can be persuaded to care about the people in the sports. This year, however, they are deprived of their old go-to favorite of shots of the nervous parents in the stands watching their beloved child in his or her big moment.

    Anyway, I think NBC’s well-honed strategy of sentimentalizing the Olympics for moms is reasonable.

  123. @Jack D
    @Barack Obama's secret Unz account

    As to why Stalin did this, read Orwell's 1984.

    It's difficult to get inside the head of a dictator, but this article gives a fairly lucid account of what and how it was done:

    https://www.history.com/news/josef-stalin-great-purge-photo-retouching

    You point out how stupid and pointless the whole exercise was but it wasn't the biggest stupidity in Stalinist life, not by a long shot. Perhaps as Darymple theorizes, making people do really stupid stuff is intentional - you are made to feel your own humiliation and powerlessness as you are forced to participate in what everyone knows is a lie. If you participate, you have sold your soul to the devil and no longer feel as if you have moral standing to complain about the system. If you REFUSE to participate, you'll lose everything, maybe even your life. Unz commenters who appear under pseudonyms (most of us) are familiar with this quandry at perhaps a lower level of fear - nowadays if you make your true feelings about publicly accepted pieties known you might lose your job but they won't take you away and put you in a labor camp yet. Yet.

    Not only were the images of the purged eliminated from public sources such as the Soviet Encyclopedia but even the families of the purged cut their images out of their private family albums out of fear. Unless you have lived in a totalitarian society you have no concept of the pee-in-your pants fear that people live in after they have seen their colleagues and family members taken away and murdered - people will do anything in the hope that it will spare their asses for one more day.


    Meanwhile I’ve not yet seen a photograph of Yezhov that doesn’t look like it was drawn with a pencil. It’s bizarre.
     
    It was very typical Soviet (and before that Russian) practice to heavily retouch photographic images when they were reproduced in books, newspapers, etc. That was the accepted and popular style of Soviet photo reproduction. I suspect it had to do with the (poor) quality of Soviet film emulsions and printing technology so that an unretouched photo would not have printed well but it was probably also in part culturally driven.

    Replies: @kaganovitch, @Barack Obama's secret Unz account, @nebulafox

    Stalin did what he did because he believed in his ideology, and deeply so. It’s really that simple.

    There were people in the Soviet hierarchy who didn’t take Marxism seriously: Beria advocated restoring private property and having a more normal relationship with the US. This is less shocking than it sounds. As head of the secret police, he had access to the outside world in a way most Soviets didn’t, and understood that they were unlikely to win a long term contest of attrition with the US. And as a likely clinical sociopath, he was genuinely unattached to ideology.

    Stalin, whatever else he was, was not that. He deeply believed in his mission. It manifested very differently from Lenin or Trotsky, but he still did.

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @nebulafox

    I’ve never read anything that convinced me that Stalin believed in anything other than his desire to rule. If there is a good book that goes deeper than that, I’d sincerely like to know about it.

    Replies: @gandydancer

  124. @El Dato
    @Pericles

    Some Serbs actually pretend that Einstein got his ideas from Milena. In this world, there is something for everyone.

    Actually he didn't have an idea but just took the Lorentz equation seriously for his first round, and then Minkowski made the idea elegant.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    (((Minkowski))).

    You lose with him as well.

    Einstein came up with relativity, special & general. The other guys just did the mop up work.

    Perhaps you’d like to explain the field equations to us.

  125. @Calvin Hobbes

    Unlike many other Black scientists from history, high-quality images of agricultural scientist George Washington Carver — shown here with students at the Tuskegee Institution in Alabama — are readily available. Credit: Bettmann/Getty
     
    Did “agricultural scientist George Washington Carver” discover or invent even one thing of any importance?

    As far as I can tell, George Washington Carver achieved fame as a great scientist without actually doing anything significant, whether scientifically or commercially.

    Replies: @C. Van Carter, @Nicholas Stix, @AndrewR, @Prester John, @keypusher, @JMcG

    When I was in elementary school nearly 50 years ago, I thought the two greatest scientists of all time were Einstein and George Washington Carver, because they were the only ones who were the subject of entire books in the school library.

    One of the really tiresome things about the current moment is the constant repetition of the idea that no one was flogging Diversity until the day before yesterday.

  126. res says:
    @Steve Sailer
    @J.Ross

    The 1978 Nobel in Physics went to two great experimental radio astronomers, Penzias and Wilson, for discovering universal background radiation, not to the theoretical physicist who explained to them that they'd just discovered the proof of how the universe began.

    So, Nobels can go either way.

    Rosalind Franklin wasn't eligible anyway because she died before the Nobel was awarded. If she had lived, would she have deserved to share it with Watson and Crick more than Maurice Wilkins did? Good question.

    Replies: @res

    The 1978 Nobel in Physics went to two great experimental radio astronomers, Penzias and Wilson, for discovering universal background radiation, not to the theoretical physicist who explained to them that they’d just discovered the proof of how the universe began.

    It seems a little weirder than that looking back now. Penzias and Wilson shared the 1978 Nobel with a Russian who did something unrelated. Then Jim Peebles (who I think is one of your theoretical physicists) won the 2019 Physics Nobel for vague reasons (actually contra Nobel policy which is supposed to be for something specific). Wikipedia’s version is after the MORE.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_of_cosmic_microwave_background_radiation#History

    There is a version here which reads a lot like what you said.
    https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/jim-peebles-richly-deserved-his-nobel-prize/

    I wonder why they shared the 1978 Nobel with an unrelated third person rather than including Peebles.

    [MORE]

    When Penzias and Wilson reduced their data they found a low, steady, mysterious noise that persisted in their receiver. This residual noise was 100 times more intense than they had expected, was evenly spread over the sky, and was present day and night. They were certain that the radiation they detected on a wavelength of 7.35 centimeters did not come from the Earth, the Sun, or our galaxy. After thoroughly checking their equipment, removing some pigeons nesting in the antenna and cleaning out the accumulated droppings, the noise remained. Both concluded that this noise was coming from outside our own galaxy—although they were not aware of any radio source that would account for it.

    At that same time, Robert H. Dicke, Jim Peebles, and David Wilkinson, astrophysicists at Princeton University just 60 km (37 mi) away, were preparing to search for microwave radiation in this region of the spectrum. Dicke and his colleagues reasoned that the Big Bang must have scattered not only the matter that condensed into galaxies but also must have released a tremendous blast of radiation. With the proper instrumentation, this radiation should be detectable, albeit as microwaves, due to a massive redshift.

    When his friend Bernard F. Burke, a professor of physics at MIT, told Penzias about a preprint paper he had seen by Jim Peebles on the possibility of finding radiation left over from an explosion that filled the universe at the beginning of its existence, Penzias and Wilson began to realize the significance of what they believed was a new discovery. The characteristics of the radiation detected by Penzias and Wilson fit exactly the radiation predicted by Robert H. Dicke and his colleagues at Princeton University. Penzias called Dicke at Princeton, who immediately sent him a copy of the still-unpublished Peebles paper. Penzias read the paper and called Dicke again and invited him to Bell Labs to look at the horn antenna and listen to the background noise. Dicke, Peebles, Wilkinson and P. G. Roll interpreted this radiation as a signature of the Big Bang.

    To avoid potential conflict, they decided to publish their results jointly. Two notes were rushed to the Astrophysical Journal Letters. In the first, Dicke and his associates outlined the importance of cosmic background radiation as substantiation of the Big Bang Theory.[4] In a second note, jointly signed by Penzias and Wilson titled, “A Measurement of Excess Antenna Temperature at 4080 Megacycles per Second,” they reported the existence of a 3.5 K residual background noise, remaining after accounting for a sky absorption component of 2.3 K and a 0.9 K instrumental component, and attributed a “possible explanation” as that given by Dicke in his companion letter.[3]

    In 1978, Penzias and Wilson were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for their joint detection. They shared the prize with Pyotr Kapitsa, who won it for unrelated work.[citation needed] In 2019, Jim Peebles was also awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics, “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology”.[citation needed]

  127. @Calvin Hobbes

    Unlike many other Black scientists from history, high-quality images of agricultural scientist George Washington Carver — shown here with students at the Tuskegee Institution in Alabama — are readily available. Credit: Bettmann/Getty
     
    Did “agricultural scientist George Washington Carver” discover or invent even one thing of any importance?

    As far as I can tell, George Washington Carver achieved fame as a great scientist without actually doing anything significant, whether scientifically or commercially.

    Replies: @C. Van Carter, @Nicholas Stix, @AndrewR, @Prester John, @keypusher, @JMcG

    Well, there was that time he made a phonograph needle out of a peanut.

  128. @Morris Applebaum IV
    @John Johnson

    I recall an interview of William Shockley by William F. Buckley, sometime in the 1970s. Buckley sincerely believed that Shockley was an evil racist. He completely bought in to the blank slate mentality, but at least was somewhat understandable back then. I fail to see how anyone can still believe that now, but I know quite a few sincere people who do.

    Replies: @res, @JMcG

    Shockley has a couple of climbing routes named after him in the Gunks of New York State. The Gunks is a climbing area near New Paltz. He climbed there back in the last century. Actually, I wonder if he’s been memory-holed there yet.

  129. @nebulafox
    @Jack D

    Stalin did what he did because he believed in his ideology, and deeply so. It's really that simple.

    There were people in the Soviet hierarchy who didn't take Marxism seriously: Beria advocated restoring private property and having a more normal relationship with the US. This is less shocking than it sounds. As head of the secret police, he had access to the outside world in a way most Soviets didn't, and understood that they were unlikely to win a long term contest of attrition with the US. And as a likely clinical sociopath, he was genuinely unattached to ideology.

    Stalin, whatever else he was, was not that. He deeply believed in his mission. It manifested very differently from Lenin or Trotsky, but he still did.

    Replies: @JMcG

    I’ve never read anything that convinced me that Stalin believed in anything other than his desire to rule. If there is a good book that goes deeper than that, I’d sincerely like to know about it.

    • Replies: @gandydancer
    @JMcG


    I’ve never read anything that convinced me that Stalin believed in anything other than his desire to rule.
     
    What, exactly, would convince you that Stalin believed in Communism? And what evidence do you have that he didn't?
  130. @JMcG
    @nebulafox

    I’ve never read anything that convinced me that Stalin believed in anything other than his desire to rule. If there is a good book that goes deeper than that, I’d sincerely like to know about it.

    Replies: @gandydancer

    I’ve never read anything that convinced me that Stalin believed in anything other than his desire to rule.

    What, exactly, would convince you that Stalin believed in Communism? And what evidence do you have that he didn’t?

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