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From the New York Times:

Simone Biles’s Brother Is Acquitted of Murder Charges

Tevin Biles-Thomas was charged in the fatal shooting of three people at a New Year’s Eve party in 2018. This week, a judge said prosecutors had not presented enough evidence to convict him.

By Eduardo Medina and Alyssa Lukpat
June 16, 2021

Tevin Biles-Thomas, the brother of the Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles, was acquitted of murder charges this week, less than a month after a Cleveland judge declared a mistrial in his case.

Mr. Biles-Thomas, 26, was charged in the fatal shooting of three people at a New Year’s Eve party in Cleveland in 2018. On Tuesday, Judge Joan Synenberg of Common Pleas Court in Cuyahoga County acquitted him, court records show, granting a motion filed by Mr. Biles-Thomas’s defense lawyers arguing that prosecutors had failed to provide enough evidence to justify a guilty verdict.

… Mr. Biles-Thomas’s previous trial ended abruptly on May 25 after jurors told Judge Synenberg that they had mistakenly seen legal briefs among the trial evidence.

It was not immediately clear how the briefs became mixed with the evidence, but they reportedly reflected debate between prosecutors and Mr. Biles-Thomas’s defense lawyers about whether he had acted in self-defense, Cleveland.com reported.

After the second trial adjourned on Tuesday, Judge Synenberg said, the mother of one of the victims, who was “very upset” with the outcome, ran toward Mr. Biles-Thomas, seemingly intent on injuring him. Video footage obtained by WKYC-TV shows the woman being pulled away by security officers in the courtroom. …

Representatives for Ms. Biles, a five-time Olympic medalist, did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office declined to comment.

Mr. Biles-Thomas was arrested in August 2019 and charged with murder, homicide, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and perjury in connection with the shooting at a house party on Dec. 31, 2018, the authorities said.

Three people were killed: DeVaughn Gibson, 23; DelVaunte Johnson, 19; and Toshaun Banks, 21.

The authorities said in a statement at the time of Mr. Biles-Thomas’s arrest that “an uninvited group” had entered the house around 11:30 p.m. the night of the shooting and that “an altercation ensued between the uninvited guests and those who were invited.” Shots were fired, striking “multiple” people, including the three who died, they said.

Jill Leovy, the L.A. Times’ homicide reporter whose book about impunity due to snitches getting stitches in South-Central L.A., Ghettoside (I’m guessing it was originally entitled Ghettocide), pooh-poohed the notion that most black-on-black shootings were the result of Michael Corleone-like organized crime cold-blooded calculations, but instead were due to excitable dumb stuff like “unwelcome party guests.”

Ms. Biles, 24, said on Twitter after her brother’s arrest in 2019 that she was “still having a hard time processing” what had happened.

“My heart aches for everyone involved,” Ms. Biles said. “I ask everyone to please respect my family’s privacy as we deal with our pain.”

In an essay for CNN in 2018, Ms. Biles said that she and her siblings had been removed from her mother’s custody when Ms. Biles was 3. Her mother had a drug addiction.

Ms. Biles is headed to Tokyo to compete in her second Olympic Games next month. Last month she became the first woman to ever execute a Yurchenko double pike, a dangerous move involving a back handspring and two flips in a pike position before landing on her feet.

From ESPN a few days before the judge ordered the acquittal:

Judge asked to order arrest of witnesses in triple slaying involving brother of Simone Biles

Jun 12, 2021
Associated Press

CLEVELAND — Prosecutors in Ohio asked a judge to issue arrest warrants for three witnesses sought in the retrial of the brother of Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles in a deadly 2018 New Year’s Eve party shootout that left three men dead.

Tevin Biles-Thomas is charged in Cuyahoga County with murder, voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault; prosecutors on Tuesday dismissed a perjury count. The U.S. Army soldier’s first trial ended in a mistrial last month, after jurors were inadvertently given legal paperwork related to the case.

Authorities said gunfire broke out at the Cleveland party in 2018 when a group of men arrived uninvited. Nineteen-year-old DelVaunte Johnson, 21-year-old Toshaun Banks and 23-year-old DeVaughn Gibson were killed.

Cleveland.com reported that prosecutors told a judge last week that they have been unable to find the only witness who reported seeing Biles-Thomas fire a weapon. Prosecutors also said they cannot find two other witnesses, including one man who was shot in the head.

It’s almost as if snitches get stitches.

Last month, the judge issued arrest warrants for two witnesses who failed to appear to testify during the first trial; both took the stand later in the day wearing handcuffs, ankle chains and jail uniforms, Cleveland.com reported.

Prosecutors told jurors Thursday that two men got into an altercation and Biles-Thomas pulled a gun and opened fire. Authorities allege that one of the men who had been scuffling returned fire, killing the other, and Biles-Thomas then shot two others and fled. Police never found the guns and found no bullet casings with Biles-Thomas’ DNA.

Defense attorney Joe Patituce told jurors Thursday that Biles-Thomas didn’t fire any shots and was wearing a jacket of a different color than what witnesses described. He also attacked the credibility of a key witness, saying he had gotten “the golden ticket” of leniency in that case and another one after agreeing to implicate the defendant.

All this would weird me out and make me antsy about doing a back handspring and two flips in a pike position.

 
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  1. Seems like Situation Normal, except–remind me–who’s in favor of Defunding the Police again?

  2. Prosecutors also said they cannot find two other witnesses, including one man who was shot in the head.

    I’d have a hunch for them about where that guy is, if they should ask me.

    • Replies: @Spect3r
    @International Jew

    Reminded me of this:
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7473397/California-reporter-tried-reach-deceased-man-unavailable-comment.html

    LOL

    , @Stan d Mute
    @International Jew


    I’d have a hunch for them about where that guy is, if they should ask me.
     
    Lake Erie? Or an abandoned crib in the hood?
  3. DelVaunte Johnson, 21-year-old Toshaun Banks and 23-year-old DeVaughn Gibson were killed.

    Out of how many shots fired? We may have an exception here to Sailer’s Leaded Law.

    • LOL: Bardon Kaldian
    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @International Jew

    He was in the army at the time, a cannon crew member assigned to 3rd Infantry Division, though soldiers don't get much training on the pistol.

    Replies: @Pixo, @Hibernian

  4. Three people were killed: DeVaughn Gibson, 23; DelVaunte Johnson, 19; and Toshaun Banks, 21.

    No White victims? No care.

  5. I don’t think any sports writers want to emphasise the ghetto side of Ms Biles’ upbringing unless in the context of bravery, triumph over hardship etc (which to be fair it is, she did have a rough old “family setting”).

    Anyone know how well they know each other? If they were close and/or grew up together I can definitely see it would affect her (not to mention the Adderall withdrawal effect).

    If they’d never or rarely met, not so likely.

  6. Anon[311] • Disclaimer says:

    There’s a Razib Khan Facing Reality on Quillette, probably that last review we’ll see.

    https://quillette.com/2021/07/29/charles-murrays-facing-reality-a-review/

    Razib also dropped a seven-weeks-early review of Kathryn Paige Harden’s The Genetic Lottery, which sounds like a mash-up of The Bell Curve and The Mismeasure of Man.

    Do genes determine intelligence?
    https://unherd.com/2021/07/do-genes-determine-intelligence/

    The book isn’t due out until late September. I think the email exchange went like this:

    — Dear Princeton University Press PR department: Could you send me a pre-publication review copy of Hardin’s upcoming book? I’ll obey any embargo restrictions.

    — LOL, you punchable Nazi. Sorry. No booky for you.

    — As I said, I’ll agree to the embargo. If I don’t get a copy from you and, hypothetically, a copy were to drop into my hands, I won’t feel obligated to embargo.

    — Eat me, you white-adjacent patriarch!

    — Dear Unherd: Here’s a book review for your consideration. It’s free for you to publish if it goes online within three days. Otherwise I’ll submit it elsewhere.

    • Thanks: YetAnotherAnon, MEH 0910
    • Replies: @res
    @Anon

    Thanks for the commentary. Now I wonder how close you are.

    The timing of the two reviews so close together was interesting.

    Replies: @Anon

    , @Jim Bob Lassiter
    @Anon

    Why is it called "The Genetic Lottery" ? Lottery implies total randomness and I don't think there is a whole lot of randomness in mate pairing for full term births in America. Sure, every now and then there's the random one night stand of a Hunter Biden and some low IQ Arkansas stripper who doesn't believe in abortion (even though she's not Catholic like the Bidens) , but for the most part, pairings resulting in full term births (for better or worse) are not all that random.

    Replies: @res, @Kratoklastes

  7. Well that explains THAT particular mini-propaganda campaign.

    Tangled web.

    • Agree: Old and Grumpy
  8. Except that her brother was just as on-trial-for-murder a few months ago, when Biles was doing stuff that defies the laws of physics.
    I mean, I suppose her brother being falsely, racistly accused of murder is part of the white supremacy that gave her the yips. Maybe we could work with that.
    (Yips makes it understandable, but does it trivialize it? A golfer with the yips NBD, but an Olympic gymnast or a fighter pilot with the yips is a different animal)

    • Replies: @JimDandy
    @Discordiax

    She wasn't allowed to bring her amphetamines to Japan. It's probably hard to perform like someone on speed when you're not on speed.

  9. Great find. Taking it together with being called a “grandma” gymnast, by other gymnasts while in lockdown seclusion would be somewhat disabling. Fortunately the South African female swim star, now the first world record holder at the Tokyo Olympics, Tatiana Schoenmaker, have none of that, of course.

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
    @Johann Theron


    "Fortunately the South African female swim star, now the first world record holder at the Tokyo Olympics, Tatiana Schoenmaker, have none of that, of course."

     

    Her response after her win was the stuff of a true champion. It took her a few moments to comprehend that she had broken the WR and when she did, she broke down in true tears of joy. For once, I enjoyed the hugs girls give each other after a contest as both American gals (2nd and 3rd place) embraced her. Her teammate had to lift her arm in a victory salute, so broken up was she.

    It's so unbelievably refreshing to NOT see someone pumping the air with their fist and giving off that primal scream thing and thumping their chests and pointing their fingers at themselves and whooping and hooting. God bless her for her humility and genuine astonished joy. This is the way white people used to behave before the negroification of our civilization.

    Replies: @Anon

  10. This:

    is related to this:

    The great mass of normies have been not remotely aware of either one. In this case I think that includes Sullivan and Rufo. They are being made aware. Hard to say how that all falls out. Far from a foregone conclusion that defeat is inevitable.

    • Thanks: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Desiderius

    "D.S. Ragsdale" would appear to be a pseudonym of a random crank living in Atlanta. Is there any indication he's ever worked on a Republican congressional staff?

    Replies: @Desiderius, @J.Ross

    , @El Dato
    @Desiderius

    I don't get it but they found Tiny Duck.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @JimDandy

  11. Simone’s older sister is facing hardship of her own. Ashley, 31, is currently behind bars at Jackson Pike Jail in Columbus, Ohio on no bond.

    Ashley was arrested and charged with two counts of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving with a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to yield or stop at sign and probation violation on July 5, 2021, according to online jail records.

    Court records show a warrant was issued days before her arrest on July 1.

    The Olympian’s older sister was on probation from an April 18, 2019 assault arrest.

    A warrant was first issued for her arrest on May 30, 2019 for missing a court hearing in the assault case.

    She was later arrested for the warrant on June 6, 2019.

    She pleaded guilty to the assault charge and was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 155 days suspended and two years probation.

    Ashley was arrested again on February 25, 2021 for breaking probation in the case.

    RadarOnline.com reported Ashley was first charged in 2014 with drug trafficking and possession after a traffic stop for unsafe driving.

    According to the outlet, 90 oxycodone pills and 60 oxymorphone pills were discovered in the car.

    She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 90 days in jail with credit served.

    Then in 2015, she was arrested for operating a vehicle while impaired.

    She was found guilty and sentenced to three days in jail, the outlet reported.

    Simone is estranged from her troubled sibling, as she and her sister Adria went to live with her grandparents in 2003.

    Ashley and their brother Tevin went to live with their aunt in Ohio.

    https://www.the-sun.com/sport/3362156/simone-biles-sister-arrested-dui-before-olympics/

  12. Also related:

    https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/1418367956732547073?s=20

    Enough to make some people legitimately tired of this shit.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Desiderius

    Why not just have good grades?

    Replies: @europeasant

    , @MEH 0910
    @Desiderius

    https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/1420096388285730818

    Replies: @res

    , @Abolish_public_education
    @Desiderius

    The last time I checked (years ago), the cost of congressional staff was one of fastest growing items in the federal budget. They're all a bunch of Monica's.

    One time, during one of those always-theatrical government shutdowns, there was talk of staff furloughs. I called my local GOP congressman to see whether layoffs were really possible. The flunky staffer said yes. I told him how much he, and his fellow sycophants deserved it. He was sobbing.

    One time I called my local GOP assemblyman to complain about a policy issue that directly affected me. Sorry, said a staffer. The official was unavailable to come to the phone, an office appointment was out of the question, getting the guy's public appearance schedule posed a security risk, etc. But perhaps he/staffer could help me.

    He listened silently to my 50 second complaint. Then this unelected bureaucrat proceeded to lecture me about why his boss had taken the [corporate favored] position that I opposed. It all sounded very familiar because it was a rehash of the same, special interest crafted press releases that prompted me to call in the first place. Totally condescending.

    The staffer assured me that, despite my accusations, the assemblyman's vote had nothing to do with the thousands of dollars of campaign contributions he accepted from the industry, each year.

    The schools are NOT underfunded. On average, the worstest schools (inner city), the ones where students are allegedly funding-deprived, receive 50% more per kid than do suburban -- themselves way overfunded -- schools ($30K vs $20K).

    Who's to say, by the way, what is the "correct" amount of school funding? Couldn't it also be true that districts that receive more than the "average" are overfunded?

  13. Something along McInnes point 1

    https://www.takimag.com/article/10_black_things_liberals_just_dont_understand_gavin_mcinnes/

    10 Black Things Liberals Just Don”t Understand

    No matter how posh an American black is, on the other hand, he can summon the ghetto version of himself at the drop of a hat. This is because even if he didn”t come from that world, he has a cousin who does.

    • Thanks: Paul Jolliffe
    • Replies: @AceDeuce
    @Bardon Kaldian


    No matter how posh an American black is, on the other hand, he can summon the ghetto version of himself at the drop of a hat. This is because even if he didn”t come from that world, he has a cousin who does.
     
    The main reason for that is, fundamentally, they're all alike.

    And not in a good way.
    , @Hibernian
    @Bardon Kaldian

    Not so different from respectable white people who have Mob or IRA connections. Don't ask me how I know.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  14. Losing their taste for circusbread?

    The fewer Americans emotionally invested in “our” Olympic athletes, the better.

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
    @Greta Handel

    Whimmed for 3.8 hours so far. Comment #20 (may change) by Harry Baldwin: “1 minute ago”

  15. Speaking of athletes with real mental health problems, I guess people here are too young to remember good old Jimmy Piersall. He even was the subject of a Hollywood movie!

    Lived to a ripe old age, though, and had a normal life post-crazy.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Piersall

  16. “All this would weird me out and make me antsy about doing a back handspring and two flips in a pike position.”

    Well, yeah! Right? I wasn’t aware that her brother was charged with murder. I’d have the yips too.

  17. @Desiderius
    This:

    https://twitter.com/AtlantaLiberal/status/1420964539718320128?s=20

    is related to this:

    https://twitter.com/AlsoACarpenter/status/1420810219391574019?s=20

    The great mass of normies have been not remotely aware of either one. In this case I think that includes Sullivan and Rufo. They are being made aware. Hard to say how that all falls out. Far from a foregone conclusion that defeat is inevitable.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @El Dato

    “D.S. Ragsdale” would appear to be a pseudonym of a random crank living in Atlanta. Is there any indication he’s ever worked on a Republican congressional staff?

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Art Deco

    Pic speaks volumes, but not nearly as loudly as the work product. If you guys don’t want this rep maybe pull your heads out of your asses. I see better than I hear.

    https://twitter.com/julie_kelly2/status/1420835204030246918?s=20

    https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1420959255130161154?s=20

    Replies: @Jack D, @Jonathan Mason, @0, @Art Deco

    , @J.Ross
    @Art Deco

    ... I was just going to say they're young. They're visibly young in the photo. They're likely to be young, plus everything else alleged. Actual conservatism is a reaction to experience, the safe bet would always be that younger people are more likely to be liberal.

  18. “Three people were killed: DeVaughn Gibson, 23; DelVaunte Johnson, 19; and Toshaun Banks, 21.”

    DeVaughn. DelVaunte. Toshaun.

    So much for assimilation.

  19. DelVaunte, Toshaun and DeVaughn. Any info about their race?

    • Replies: @Gary in Gramercy
    @Foreign Expert

    Run.

  20. It is entirely possible that the furore and stress surrounding the trial of her brother for murder might have had some mental and emotional effect on the gymnast.

    She would have known whether he was likely to have possessed a gun or whether he had a tendency to antisocial behavior. She may also have been contributing towards of his defense.

    The issue of the jury being given documents that they should not have had seems like something that needs further investigation to determine responsibility.

    But in general there is such a huge gap between reality and perception in the lives of people who are famous, that one can never really know.

    I have said in comments a few times that it seems to me much more likely that Prince Harry’s mental health problems could be related in part to the fact that he personally was responsible for killing a number of Afghans by shooting them from his helicopter gunship then to the premature death of his mother in an automobile accident.

    However, apart from one article in the guardian in which Prince Harry admitted to having killed Afghans during his military service, the press stays well away from this issue

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @Jonathan Mason

    Jonathan, an Apache crew consists of a pilot and a gunner. Harry was a pilot. I have no idea what his service was like, nor do I really care, but I don’t think he was directly pulling any triggers.

    Replies: @Jonathan Mason

    , @dearieme
    @Jonathan Mason

    Prince Harry’s mental health problems

    Could be, but his mother's family are not cut from the finest cloth. He could simply have inherited his problems.

    Replies: @Art Deco

    , @AndrewR
    @Jonathan Mason

    Perhaps, but a good woman could help him. Meghan, unfortunately, is a malignant narcissist who has Harry wrapped around her finger due to her similarities with Diana (broken family, histrionic personality disorder, etc). When they married she was the same age as Diana was when she died. And of course Meghan is older than Harry, if only by three years.

    Of course, being controlled by women kind of runs in the family. David aka Edward VIII aka the Duke of Windsor is the quintessential example, but Charles doesn't seem to wear the pants in his marriage either. He certainly doesn't love Camilla for her looks.

    Replies: @Inquiring Mind

    , @Libre
    @Jonathan Mason

    Perhaps, maybe he was too young. But as someone who lost a parent somewhat early in life, I can say it can be extremely damaging. Honestly think Id rather shoot Afghans than deal with this, but I probably wouldn't pass any fitness tests.

    , @Art Deco
    @Jonathan Mason

    The smart money says Prince Harry's 'mental health problems' are like other people's: largely iatrogenic.

    Replies: @Mr Mox, @Carroll Price

    , @Joe Stalin
    @Jonathan Mason


    I have said in comments a few times that it seems to me much more likely that Prince Harry’s mental health problems could be related in part to the fact that he personally was responsible for killing a number of Afghans by shooting them from his helicopter gunship then to the premature death of his mother in an automobile accident.

    However, apart from one article in the guardian in which Prince Harry admitted to having killed Afghans during his military service, the press stays well away from this issue
     
    Remember when defeating your opponent was greeted with accolades?

    Yeager flew his first combat mission in February 1944. He quickly discovered he had a natural aptitude for dogfighting because of his superb 20/10 eyesight and his ability to rapidly react while remaining calm. On March 4, he scored his first aerial victory against a German Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter while escorting American bombers in a daylight raid over Germany. The very next day, Yeager’s luck turned when he was shot down near Bordeaux, France.

    Eisenhower’s gamble paid off on October 12, 1944, when Yeager destroyed five Bf 109 fighters in a single engagement. First Lieutenant Yeager later reported how he spotted the German fighters one-and-a-half miles away and attacked them with the sun at his back. Two of the German pilots bailed out immediately when they realized Yeager was in a perfect position to rake their aircraft with machine-gun fire. In Yeager’s after-action report, he explained how he closed on the next German fighter and opened fire from about 600 yards away. Yeager “observed strikes all over the ship, particularly heavy in the cockpit.” Yeager did not bother to pursue the stricken plane because he spotted yet another German fighter. This time Yeager closed to just 100 yards and “took a deflect on shot of about 10°. I gave about a 3 second burst and the whole fuselage split open and blew up after we passed.” Finally, Yeager forced a fifth German pilot to bail out after scoring hits on his plane’s wings and tail section.

    Yeager was subsequently promoted to captain in recognition of his skill and leadership. Then on November 6, 1944, Yeager was leading a flight that encountered several brand new German Me 262 jet fighters near Assen, Germany. Although the German fighters promptly used their superior speed to escape into the clouds, Yeager dropped below the cloud cover and spotted a lone Me 262 preparing to land. Yeager dove upon the jet and scored several hits on his wings, causing the German pilot to crash several hundred feet short of the runway in a wooded area. Later that month, Yeager scored four additional victories against German Fw 190 aircraft on November 27. By the time World War II ended in Europe, Yeager had flown 64 combat missions and was credited with single-handedly destroying 12 enemy aircraft.

    https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/chuck-yeager-fighter-ace-test-pilot

     

    https://www.nationalww2museum.org/sites/default/files/styles/wide_medium/public/2020-12/Cover%20Image%20ChuckYeagerwith%20P-51D%20Glamorous%20Glen%20III%20Courtesyof%20chuckyeager.com_.jpg

    I recall in eigth-grade a Black kid who came from the Deep South to Chicago. I was told he had killed a White kid with a shovel in self-defence in the South. Seemed like a completely normal person.

    Replies: @james wilson, @profnasty

    , @Curle
    @Jonathan Mason

    Being pussy-whipped is now a mental condition?

    , @Art Deco
    @Jonathan Mason

    I have said in comments a few times that it seems to me much more likely that Prince Harry’s mental health problems could be related in part to

    I think a better bet is that they're iatrogenic.

  21. @Desiderius
    This:

    https://twitter.com/AtlantaLiberal/status/1420964539718320128?s=20

    is related to this:

    https://twitter.com/AlsoACarpenter/status/1420810219391574019?s=20

    The great mass of normies have been not remotely aware of either one. In this case I think that includes Sullivan and Rufo. They are being made aware. Hard to say how that all falls out. Far from a foregone conclusion that defeat is inevitable.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @El Dato

    I don’t get it but they found Tiny Duck.

    • Replies: @JimDandy
    @El Dato

    Yeah, I didn't either, but I think the joke is that they are very young and look more like high school student council members than government personnel.

    , @JimDandy
    @El Dato

    Scratch that--the significance is that they work in the inner-circles of government and aren't masked or social distancing.

  22. @Desiderius
    Also related:

    https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/1418367956732547073?s=20

    Enough to make some people legitimately tired of this shit.

    Replies: @El Dato, @MEH 0910, @Abolish_public_education

    Why not just have good grades?

    • Replies: @europeasant
    @El Dato

    "Why not just have good grades?"

    Grades are very subjective. There are schools in the ghetto where the valedictorian (highest grade point average) in the school scores 21 on the ACT test. An ACT score of 21 in some white schools would be in the lower 25th percentile.

  23. @Jonathan Mason
    It is entirely possible that the furore and stress surrounding the trial of her brother for murder might have had some mental and emotional effect on the gymnast.

    She would have known whether he was likely to have possessed a gun or whether he had a tendency to antisocial behavior. She may also have been contributing towards of his defense.

    The issue of the jury being given documents that they should not have had seems like something that needs further investigation to determine responsibility.

    But in general there is such a huge gap between reality and perception in the lives of people who are famous, that one can never really know.

    I have said in comments a few times that it seems to me much more likely that Prince Harry's mental health problems could be related in part to the fact that he personally was responsible for killing a number of Afghans by shooting them from his helicopter gunship then to the premature death of his mother in an automobile accident.

    However, apart from one article in the guardian in which Prince Harry admitted to having killed Afghans during his military service, the press stays well away from this issue

    Replies: @JMcG, @dearieme, @AndrewR, @Libre, @Art Deco, @Joe Stalin, @Curle, @Art Deco

    Jonathan, an Apache crew consists of a pilot and a gunner. Harry was a pilot. I have no idea what his service was like, nor do I really care, but I don’t think he was directly pulling any triggers.

    • Agree: Kylie
    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
    @JMcG

    What is the source of your information? I am no expert in military helicopters, but several internet sources say that the Apache helicopter has twin pilots who are both also gunners.


    https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2013/jan/22/afghanistan-taliban-response-prince-harry

    Replies: @anon

  24. I’m not convinced. There are so many black athletes from the ghetto that having a close family member accused of murder while competing in an important event is probably a pretty common thing. And yet one never hears of black athletes crumbling under pressure because of it.

    • Agree: ThreeCranes
    • Replies: @Charlotte
    @Spangel226

    On the other hand, many black athletes compete in sports filled with other black athletes. Gymnastics is not very black-I doubt that any of Biles’ teammates have brothers with murder trials and sisters in jail. It’s probably rather isolating.

    , @ThreeCranes
    @Spangel226

    Agree. I heard today that her score on the vault was third from the bottom. She quit because she couldn't handle not being on top. "If I'm not number one, color me gone."

    , @Curle
    @Spangel226

    “ There are so many black athletes from the ghetto”

    Olympians?

  25. @Jonathan Mason
    It is entirely possible that the furore and stress surrounding the trial of her brother for murder might have had some mental and emotional effect on the gymnast.

    She would have known whether he was likely to have possessed a gun or whether he had a tendency to antisocial behavior. She may also have been contributing towards of his defense.

    The issue of the jury being given documents that they should not have had seems like something that needs further investigation to determine responsibility.

    But in general there is such a huge gap between reality and perception in the lives of people who are famous, that one can never really know.

    I have said in comments a few times that it seems to me much more likely that Prince Harry's mental health problems could be related in part to the fact that he personally was responsible for killing a number of Afghans by shooting them from his helicopter gunship then to the premature death of his mother in an automobile accident.

    However, apart from one article in the guardian in which Prince Harry admitted to having killed Afghans during his military service, the press stays well away from this issue

    Replies: @JMcG, @dearieme, @AndrewR, @Libre, @Art Deco, @Joe Stalin, @Curle, @Art Deco

    Prince Harry’s mental health problems

    Could be, but his mother’s family are not cut from the finest cloth. He could simply have inherited his problems.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @dearieme

    Grandmother erratic. Uncle's domestic lives recall the aphorism that good judgment comes from experience, which comes from bad judgement. Grandfather's problems normal range. Aunts sensible as far as anyone can tell. Mother a head case. Mother also the only one in her family demonstrably thick. If you average it out, looks about like anyone's family. Note, was largely raised by a pair of nannies, both of whom have uninjured reputations.

    Replies: @Ralph L

  26. “Prosecutors told jurors Thursday that two men got into an altercation and Biles-Thomas pulled a gun and opened fire. Authorities allege that one of the men who had been scuffling returned fire, killing the other, and Biles-Thomas then shot two others and fled.”

    Sounds twistie to me.

  27. It isn’t clear if B-T or the dead were uninvited, quite the social faux pas, and why is he hyphenated and not Simone?

    Looks like the judge is heavily botoxed. She barely moves her upper lip when speaking.

    • Replies: @Dr. Dre
    @Ralph L

    Lived in CLE 20 yrs ago. There was a Judge Roger Synenberg. Wonder if the current one is related. I seem to remember he ran as a Republican.

    , @Ed Case
    @Ralph L

    If they're not reporting Biles-Thomas as an invited guest, then is it fair to assume he was uninvited?
    Sounds like the guy who was shot in the head , now missing, who could identify B-T, was also the shot scuffler.

  28. @Jonathan Mason
    It is entirely possible that the furore and stress surrounding the trial of her brother for murder might have had some mental and emotional effect on the gymnast.

    She would have known whether he was likely to have possessed a gun or whether he had a tendency to antisocial behavior. She may also have been contributing towards of his defense.

    The issue of the jury being given documents that they should not have had seems like something that needs further investigation to determine responsibility.

    But in general there is such a huge gap between reality and perception in the lives of people who are famous, that one can never really know.

    I have said in comments a few times that it seems to me much more likely that Prince Harry's mental health problems could be related in part to the fact that he personally was responsible for killing a number of Afghans by shooting them from his helicopter gunship then to the premature death of his mother in an automobile accident.

    However, apart from one article in the guardian in which Prince Harry admitted to having killed Afghans during his military service, the press stays well away from this issue

    Replies: @JMcG, @dearieme, @AndrewR, @Libre, @Art Deco, @Joe Stalin, @Curle, @Art Deco

    Perhaps, but a good woman could help him. Meghan, unfortunately, is a malignant narcissist who has Harry wrapped around her finger due to her similarities with Diana (broken family, histrionic personality disorder, etc). When they married she was the same age as Diana was when she died. And of course Meghan is older than Harry, if only by three years.

    Of course, being controlled by women kind of runs in the family. David aka Edward VIII aka the Duke of Windsor is the quintessential example, but Charles doesn’t seem to wear the pants in his marriage either. He certainly doesn’t love Camilla for her looks.

    • Replies: @Inquiring Mind
    @AndrewR

    Why doesn't Prime Minister Johnson rise to the occasion and Defend the Realm by 1) sending the SAS commandos to take Harry and his offspring back to London, holding Harry in the Tower of London for until a proper life partner is identified and 2) annul the marriage by Act of Parliament?

    What, are you telling me there are no attractive women in England who will do this for Queen and Country?

    Staging this "operation" on US soil might be problematic -- the Prime Minister should have acted when they were in Canada, but still, I think that given the slow reaction time of both the US President and the Governor of California, I think they can still pull this off.

    Replies: @Jonathan Mason

  29. @Art Deco
    @Desiderius

    "D.S. Ragsdale" would appear to be a pseudonym of a random crank living in Atlanta. Is there any indication he's ever worked on a Republican congressional staff?

    Replies: @Desiderius, @J.Ross

    Pic speaks volumes, but not nearly as loudly as the work product. If you guys don’t want this rep maybe pull your heads out of your asses. I see better than I hear.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Desiderius

    A cigar. OMG. Get me my fainting couch, stat! To what level of depravity have our young people sunk? Next thing you know, they will be listening to that depraved Negro jass music.

    https://youtu.be/Z0MamujVn5E

    Replies: @Desiderius, @onebelowall

    , @Jonathan Mason
    @Desiderius

    Yes I am sure that the prisoners from the January 6th revolt are being kept in the Black Hole of Calcutta, and that the desires of politicians to review prison conditions have nothing to do with political grandstanding and playing to the baser instincts of the base.

    Replies: @Desiderius, @J.Ross, @Hibernian, @Spect3r, @sayless

    , @0
    @Desiderius

    why the hell does matt gaetz center the "movement". He's a complete moron, and I'm not even talking about the investigations--that's bad too... yeah he's a creep.

    There is no hope until we have admirable leadership. Nobody can really get behind this very impotent "America First" movement with matt gaetz at the center. to be honest it kind of ruins the whole thing.

    , @Art Deco
    @Desiderius

    Pic speaks volumes, but not nearly as loudly as the work product. If you guys don’t want this rep maybe pull your heads out of your asses. I see better than I hear.

    It's a bunch of young office workers in a hallway. It doesn't 'speak volumes'. The persons responsible for the 'work product' are the politicians who employ them.

    A dear friend is recently retired as a congressional aide. Congress is atrociously inefficient and the people who work there put in long hours to get very little done. In his case, this amounted to about 3,000 hours a year. There may be a bias in favor of hiring the young because they don't have families and the can take the hours better. I don't mind having young people as congressional aides as long as it's an interlude in their life and not a career. One exception would be if their work as a congressional aide was an odd venue in a larger technical-professional field. (My friend was a lawyer).

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

  30. Slightly off topic:

    Matt Boling was burned out by the indoor track season….Eventually, this caught up with the mulatto Terrence Laird also. Sprinting is about peaking at the right time+‘performance enhancing drugs. Nobody runs a 9.75 100m unless they are on performance enhancing drugs.

    • Agree: Ron Mexico
  31. My co-worker has had 2 nephews shot to death in the last 2 years. Her brother died from fentanyl overdose 2 weeks ago. All this family disfunction can wear on a body!

  32. DeVaughan, DelVaunte and Toshaun, Ebonic names at their most inventive !

  33. @Desiderius
    @Art Deco

    Pic speaks volumes, but not nearly as loudly as the work product. If you guys don’t want this rep maybe pull your heads out of your asses. I see better than I hear.

    https://twitter.com/julie_kelly2/status/1420835204030246918?s=20

    https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1420959255130161154?s=20

    Replies: @Jack D, @Jonathan Mason, @0, @Art Deco

    A cigar. OMG. Get me my fainting couch, stat! To what level of depravity have our young people sunk? Next thing you know, they will be listening to that depraved Negro jass music.

    • LOL: El Dato
    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Jack D

    You want to be ruled by the people in that hallway you go right ahead and nominate them.

    I prefer fathers.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @Jack D

    , @onebelowall
    @Jack D

    Or they might become Teddy Boys and listen to stuff like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI4nRD-DRpk

  34. @Desiderius
    @Art Deco

    Pic speaks volumes, but not nearly as loudly as the work product. If you guys don’t want this rep maybe pull your heads out of your asses. I see better than I hear.

    https://twitter.com/julie_kelly2/status/1420835204030246918?s=20

    https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1420959255130161154?s=20

    Replies: @Jack D, @Jonathan Mason, @0, @Art Deco

    Yes I am sure that the prisoners from the January 6th revolt are being kept in the Black Hole of Calcutta, and that the desires of politicians to review prison conditions have nothing to do with political grandstanding and playing to the baser instincts of the base.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Jonathan Mason

    There are none so blind.

    Replies: @res

    , @J.Ross
    @Jonathan Mason

    The baser base instincts, in this case as in the election, being minimal institutional transparency? What exactly is the danger in letting a congresscritter ask a warden questions? Is it more dangerous or less dangerous than obeying a judge's order to not throw out court-mandated election observers?

    Replies: @Jonathan Mason

    , @Hibernian
    @Jonathan Mason

    Adversarial politics like adversarial criminal justice leads to better results than the dictatorial kind of system depressingly common in many parts of the world. Being British you surely know this, although we Americans took it further than you; that was the main issue 1776-83. Now the likes of Nancy Pelosi are destroying everything we all worked, and some fought and died, for.

    , @Spect3r
    @Jonathan Mason

    Even if their interest is political (and i agree that at least a large portion of it will be), the fact remains that this is a serious matter.

    , @sayless
    @Jonathan Mason

    Well I'd ask my congressmen to take an interest in these political prisoners being held without bail in solitary confinement, which is psychological torture,

    but their names are Schumer and Gillibrand, and they couldn't care less.

    Am happy if anyone in congress is concerned about them.

  35. Why Is Nobody, Other Than My Commenters, Suggesting That Simone Biles Was Stressed by Her Brother’s Recent Triple Murder Trial?

    C’mon Steve, that’s an easy one. They don’t want to remind us that what for everyone else is six degrees (or more) of separation, in The Communitay it’s maybe a degree and a half, and in Simone’s case, not even that.

  36. Thanks to Naomi Osaka’s tantrum a couple of months ago, (black, female) athletes no longer have to speak to the media if they don’t feel like it and thanks to Biles’ refusal to compete a couple days ago, (black, female) athletes no longer have to compete if they don’t feel like it.

    All with the blessing of the media, and Steve apparently. No complaints from me, I want to see it all collapse.

    • Replies: @Abolish_public_education
    @Johnny Smoggins

    As I recall, Steve Carleton was forevermore pilloried by sportswriters due his justifiable refusal to talk to them.

  37. Sunisa Lee wins Olympic gold medal in gymnastics.

    https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/31911389/sunisa-lee-wins-gold-us-gymnastics-all-tokyo-olympics

    Win win win!

    Meanwhile the real symbolic holy race war heats up. Men’s 400m hurdles. Benjamin won his heat and this showdown may be the biggest race since Jesse Owens Berlin 1936.

    https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/athletics-warholm-benjamin-stay-track-400m-hurdles-showdown-2021-07-30/

    How many patriotic Americans are going to be rooting for the Norwegian runner and pharmacists versus the American runner and pharmacists?

    • Agree: Ron Mexico
  38. @Desiderius
    Also related:

    https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/1418367956732547073?s=20

    Enough to make some people legitimately tired of this shit.

    Replies: @El Dato, @MEH 0910, @Abolish_public_education

    • Thanks: Desiderius
    • Replies: @res
    @MEH 0910

    Thanks to you and Desiderius. I'm not a fan of resolving my links through social media sites, so here are direct links to the pages being discussed.

    Atlantic article.
    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/07/why-university-california-dropping-sat/619522/

    Bleemer rebuttal letter (which has two pages beyond the screen capture).
    http://zacharybleemer.com/wp-content/uploads/Articles/Letter%20to%20the%20Atlantic%2C%20July%202021.pdf

    28 page document referenced in the addendum to the Bleemer letter.
    https://edpolicyinca.org/sites/default/files/2020-04/uc_regents_admissions_analysis.pdf

    Pages 10-19 of that are a good overview of UC eligibility requirements (e.g. see the Figure 1 Venn diagram). More on that after the MORE.

    That document was largely a response to this 228 page report from January 2020
    Report of the UC Academic Council Standardized Testing Task Force (STTF)
    https://senate.universityofcalifornia.edu/_files/underreview/sttf-report.pdf

    I wonder how this will play out. What caused the Atlantic to weigh in here? They seem to have gotten off to a poor start. Will they continue to pursue their point or back off now?

    This is OT (hopefully Steve posts on it, it seems to be in his wheelhouse) so for the rest.



    Here is an explanation of that Figure 1. In short, Entitled to Review (ETR aka "UC Eligible") is required with a few exceptions (would like to hear more about that), while Eligible in the Local Context (ELC) and Statewide Index (SI) are partially overlapping subsets of ETR.


    Figure 1 shows how the different eligibility concepts relate to each other (the circles are proportional in size to the number of applicants in 2018); the requirements for each category are as follows:
    ● Entitled to Review (ETR): California students are ETR if they complete a specific set of 15 courses (the “a–g requirements”) with sufficiently high grades and take the SAT or ACT. With few exceptions, students cannot be admitted to a UC campus without meeting these requirements. “UC eligible” is essentially synonymous with “Entitled to Review” (ETR), as discussed below.7
    ● Eligible in the Local Context (ELC): Students who have a GPA that places them in the top 9 percent of their high school class and meet the ETR requirements are considered “Eligible in the Local Context” (ELC), assuming their high school participates in the program (most do). The requirement that students be ETR means that they must take the SAT or ACT to qualify for ELC, though their score does not affect ELC.
    ● Statewide Index (SI): Students who rank in the top 9 percent on the Statewide Index—which combines high school GPA (HS GPA) and SAT/ACT scores—and meet the ETR requirements are “Statewide Index eligible.”
     
    My sense is they are loudly protesting about some details (which are important to get right of course) but ignoring the salient point: how much actual impact do the SAT/ACT scores have on admissions decisions across the UC system? And how is that impacting the people (e.g. low income, underrepresented minorities) they are claiming to help by eliminating the SAT? Are there students gaining admission to campuses other than Merced largely because of their SAT scores? Are any of them URMs?

    I found this excerpt from page 22 of that 28 page report very interesting (emphasis in original).

    Gaps in SAT scores between students from advantaged and disadvantaged families are larger than those in other admissions criteria— such as high school grades—and, indeed, are the source of much of the SAT’s predictive validity. That is, the SAT appears to be a strong predictor of student success because students from disadvantaged backgrounds are less prepared to succeed, and the SAT is a very effective measure of student advantage.
     
    They expand on that argument, but I don't find it compelling (though it is worth trying to get to the root of their point). Footnote 18 has a list of their sources.

    18 I found this in a study of UC data from the mid-1990s (Rothstein, 2004). The analysis that the UCOP Office of Institutional Research did to support the STTF report confirms that it is still true. This UCOP analysis is reproduced as Appendix I of the STTF report; within that, Appendix C indicates that the predictive validity of the SAT is much smaller within demographic groups than it is when these factors are not controlled, but the HS GPA’s validity is much more robust. See also the tables in Appendix II of the STTF report, which report similar results.
     
    One thing I am curious about is how much restriction of range is imposed on SAT scores (and the outcome variables) by subsetting in ways which separate dis/advantaged groups. This seems like a possibly important point which I do not see anyone addressing. It would be easy to look for by giving distribution information for both the predictive and outcome variables for each subset in the model coefficient tables. The only mentions of range restriction I see in these documents are on page 92 of the STTF report and page 8 of the 28 page response.

    I think these quotes give a flavor of the overall argument in the pp. 20-27 portion of that document.

    a process that maximizes prediction can lead to highly inequitable admissions rules.
    ...
    eliminating the SAT would increase diversity among admitted students.
     
    Depending on which definition of inequitable you use. It is clear the priority here is "diversity!" rather than a capable student body.

    I do think Rothstein included a bit of a truth bomb here.

    The report answers this by noting that SAT gaps between students of different races or other demographic groups are roughly the same among UC applicants as among admitted students. This is a meaningless comparison at best, and likely misleading. In most settings, one expects that a race-blind admissions rule will lead to smaller gaps among admitted students than among applicants, so the fact that it does not do so at the UC is worrisome.
     
    Indeed. Perhaps the admissions process is not as race-blind as claimed?!

    Perhaps worth including some links to Richard Rothstein's other work to give an idea where he is coming from.
    A Wider Lens on the Black-White Achievement Gap
    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/003172170408600204
    Which is adapted from a chapter in
    Class and Schools
    Using Social, Economic, and Educational Reform to Close the Black–White Achievement Gap
    https://www.epi.org/publication/books_class_and_schools/

    And let's not even talk about using freshman GPA as a primary measure (Idiots! All of them! Though I suppose if that is the best data you have... And they do look at other measures elsewhere: non-retention rate, non-graduation rate, and graduation GPA). Try correcting that for difficulty of classes (including between campus differences) and see if the SAT results make more or less difference. I wonder how much of that 70-80% unexplained variance we see in the STTF Report Appendix C models that would account for.

    Replies: @Desiderius

  39. Her brother was arrested, charged, and 1rst tried some time ago. If he did it, he got away with it. Where’s the stress? Perhaps she actually didn’t want him free? Out of sight, out of mind kind of thing. Personally my guess is her quitting was due to her meds being considered performance enhancing, and her cold turkey didn’t work in one way or another.

  40. Look on the bright side. Biles got rid of three and, due to the witnesses silence, will probably be offed soon enough which would not have happened if he was convicted.

  41. @Jonathan Mason
    @Desiderius

    Yes I am sure that the prisoners from the January 6th revolt are being kept in the Black Hole of Calcutta, and that the desires of politicians to review prison conditions have nothing to do with political grandstanding and playing to the baser instincts of the base.

    Replies: @Desiderius, @J.Ross, @Hibernian, @Spect3r, @sayless

    There are none so blind.

    • Replies: @res
    @Desiderius


    There are none so blind.
     
    Not sure who is blindest.
    1. Those who choose not to see.
    2. Those who try to prevent others from seeing.
    3. Those who pay attention to 2.

    Any bets on which category Jonathan Mason falls into here?

    Replies: @Desiderius, @Reg Cæsar

  42. Here’s an interesting bit: Biles’ first prosecution ended in mistrial because jurors were mistakenly given legal briefs between his defense and prosecutors which “included a debate between prosecutors and defense attorneys over whether Biles-Thomas might have acted in self-defense.”

    https://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/2021/05/judge-in-cleveland-declares-mistrial-in-murder-trial-of-simone-biles-brother-after-jury-mistakenly-gets-legal-briefs.html

    Obviously not an admission that he shot anyone, but if 12/12 jurors said it affected their view of the case to the point of mistrial, there must have been some there there.

    Also: did she foot the bill for his defense—either directly or indirectly?

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @edkpyros

    Biles spent 3 months in jail before his bail was reduced from 10% of $1M to 10% of $100k, so sis apparently didn't bail him out.

    Regarding Sailer's Law of Mass Shootings, Biles intentionally shot Johnson, who had grabbed his cousin Gibson. However, he ALSO shot Cousin Gibson (presumably by mistake) AND he also keeled Banks (possibly a bystander) and wounded another woman. So the Law holds.

    Self-defense was incompatible with the notion, pushed at the 2nd trial, that he dindu nuffin - that it was someone else or at least that there was insufficient proof that it was him.

    It seems like the police work here was rather pathetic. It's understandable that at a large party (BTW, who in his right mind rents their AirBNB to these parties? You get your house back full of bullet holes and blood.) nobody saw nuffin but what about ballistics? Tying Biles to the murder weapon? Powder residue on his hands? Making your whole case out of eyewitness testimony is very weak.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

  43. Well, at least she didn’t bring a weapon to the games.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @The Alarmist

    Gun-fu at the Olympics?

  44. @Jack D
    @Desiderius

    A cigar. OMG. Get me my fainting couch, stat! To what level of depravity have our young people sunk? Next thing you know, they will be listening to that depraved Negro jass music.

    https://youtu.be/Z0MamujVn5E

    Replies: @Desiderius, @onebelowall

    You want to be ruled by the people in that hallway you go right ahead and nominate them.

    I prefer fathers.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Desiderius

    You're not being ruled by the people in that hallway, you're ruled by their bosses.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @J.Ross, @Desiderius

    , @Jack D
    @Desiderius

    Other than being young (too young to hold office - these are not our rulers but our ruler's foot soldiers, and foot soldiers are always shockingly young) what exactly is wrong with those kids in the hallway? They look like a clean cut bunch to me and probably in 10 or 15 years some of them will in fact be fathers and have enough maturity to run for office.

  45. Steve, because your commenters are racist, lol! What about the theory that she can’t compete without Adderall and that she couldn’t get away with drugs in Tokyo?

  46. So the brother is a garden variety ghetto thug. Wonderful.

    Why the hyphenated surname? Is that a new ghetto fad to help keep the baby daddies straight?

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
    @Anon

    Different baby names goes way back. In the sixties as fifth grader I asked our teacher, in all innocence why some black brothers and sisters in our school had different last names. He said, some people just choose to do it that way and that satisfied me.

  47. Sorry, but names….

    A judge has thrown out murder charges in the case involving Tevin Biles-Thomas, the brother of Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. … Authorities say gunfire broke out at the New Years Eve party killing DelVaunte Johnson, 19, Toshaun Banks, 21, and DeVaughn Gibson, 23.

    • Replies: @PaceLaw
    @Bardon Kaldian

    Yeah, the names do say it all, right? It is rather interesting that large portions of the black community decided around the mid-1960s to reject efforts at assimilation, and instead chose to embrace a more separate and distinct culture. For many blacks, gone are the days of trying to blend in with the dominant culture by giving your son a name like Thomas Banks, but instead they go with names like Toshaun Banks. The ever-so creative names that the black community comes up with is truly mind boggling.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Anon

  48. @Desiderius
    @Jonathan Mason

    There are none so blind.

    Replies: @res

    There are none so blind.

    Not sure who is blindest.
    1. Those who choose not to see.
    2. Those who try to prevent others from seeing.
    3. Those who pay attention to 2.

    Any bets on which category Jonathan Mason falls into here?

    • Agree: bomag
    • Thanks: sayless
    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @res

    They’ve weaponized the Boomer inability to wrap their minds around the enormity of the problem and the brazenness of the perps. Plus Mason is a Brit expat so is triply insulated.

    https://twitter.com/julie_kelly2/status/1420775348527058951?s=20

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @res


    Not sure who is blindest.
    1. Those who choose not to see.
    2. Those who try to prevent others from seeing...


    Any bets on which category Jonathan Mason falls into here?
     

    Ecuador is farther from the center of Earth than anywhere else on the surface. The sight lines from Chimborazo should leave his vision unimpeded.

    On the other hand, his neighbors once elected a leader with a toothbrush mustache. Not a good sign.


    https://www.eluniverso.com/resizer/6ae-teSDGBVuTA3taq_xeDtaN_w=/1174x658/smart/filters:quality(70)/cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/eluniverso/SDYDYGCXQBHS3FQIVTA36B64MY.jpg

  49. From what I’ve read they are supposedly estranged and haven’t seen each other in many years after having been adopted into two different extended family homes as children.

    So that and given that she comes from a family with enough siblings, 3 (I’m not sure who many adoptive ones she has if any) that she might be emotionally detached from such proceedings. Though he did kill his cousin which may or may not also be her cousin.

    • Agree: PaceLaw
    • Replies: @Gaspar DeLaFunk
    @Altai

    I saw a picture of her hugging him. Not sure when taken,but she was fully grown. That was the first time I ever heard of her.

  50. 0 says:
    @Desiderius
    @Art Deco

    Pic speaks volumes, but not nearly as loudly as the work product. If you guys don’t want this rep maybe pull your heads out of your asses. I see better than I hear.

    https://twitter.com/julie_kelly2/status/1420835204030246918?s=20

    https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1420959255130161154?s=20

    Replies: @Jack D, @Jonathan Mason, @0, @Art Deco

    why the hell does matt gaetz center the “movement”. He’s a complete moron, and I’m not even talking about the investigations–that’s bad too… yeah he’s a creep.

    There is no hope until we have admirable leadership. Nobody can really get behind this very impotent “America First” movement with matt gaetz at the center. to be honest it kind of ruins the whole thing.

  51. @International Jew

    DelVaunte Johnson, 21-year-old Toshaun Banks and 23-year-old DeVaughn Gibson were killed.
     
    Out of how many shots fired? We may have an exception here to Sailer's Leaded Law.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin

    He was in the army at the time, a cannon crew member assigned to 3rd Infantry Division, though soldiers don’t get much training on the pistol.

    • Replies: @Pixo
    @Harry Baldwin

    He learned you don’t hold a pistol sideways, an affection that’s probably saved more than a thousand lives by now.

    https://pics.me.me/hey-chief-can-i-hold-my-gun-sideways-it-looks-2965941.png

    , @Hibernian
    @Harry Baldwin


    ...soldiers don’t get much training on the pistol.
     
    Usually none, at least courtesy of Uncle Sam, unless you're an Officer, MP, Tanker, or Sergeant Major. I was told there were some other case by case exceptions to the rule.

    Replies: @Paul Mendez

  52. @Art Deco
    @Desiderius

    "D.S. Ragsdale" would appear to be a pseudonym of a random crank living in Atlanta. Is there any indication he's ever worked on a Republican congressional staff?

    Replies: @Desiderius, @J.Ross

    … I was just going to say they’re young. They’re visibly young in the photo. They’re likely to be young, plus everything else alleged. Actual conservatism is a reaction to experience, the safe bet would always be that younger people are more likely to be liberal.

  53. @Jonathan Mason
    It is entirely possible that the furore and stress surrounding the trial of her brother for murder might have had some mental and emotional effect on the gymnast.

    She would have known whether he was likely to have possessed a gun or whether he had a tendency to antisocial behavior. She may also have been contributing towards of his defense.

    The issue of the jury being given documents that they should not have had seems like something that needs further investigation to determine responsibility.

    But in general there is such a huge gap between reality and perception in the lives of people who are famous, that one can never really know.

    I have said in comments a few times that it seems to me much more likely that Prince Harry's mental health problems could be related in part to the fact that he personally was responsible for killing a number of Afghans by shooting them from his helicopter gunship then to the premature death of his mother in an automobile accident.

    However, apart from one article in the guardian in which Prince Harry admitted to having killed Afghans during his military service, the press stays well away from this issue

    Replies: @JMcG, @dearieme, @AndrewR, @Libre, @Art Deco, @Joe Stalin, @Curle, @Art Deco

    Perhaps, maybe he was too young. But as someone who lost a parent somewhat early in life, I can say it can be extremely damaging. Honestly think Id rather shoot Afghans than deal with this, but I probably wouldn’t pass any fitness tests.

  54. @Jonathan Mason
    @Desiderius

    Yes I am sure that the prisoners from the January 6th revolt are being kept in the Black Hole of Calcutta, and that the desires of politicians to review prison conditions have nothing to do with political grandstanding and playing to the baser instincts of the base.

    Replies: @Desiderius, @J.Ross, @Hibernian, @Spect3r, @sayless

    The baser base instincts, in this case as in the election, being minimal institutional transparency? What exactly is the danger in letting a congresscritter ask a warden questions? Is it more dangerous or less dangerous than obeying a judge’s order to not throw out court-mandated election observers?

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
    @J.Ross

    I am sure that the Congress critters could send questions to the warden of any particular prison by email.

    It just seems to me that the Congress critters in question might be trying to grandstand, rather than seeking to educate themselves about the correctional system in the United States.

    Prison reform is certainly a worthy objective, but there are ways of going about it, and there are ways of going about it.

    Anyway, you don't want any unnecessary visitors going into a prison during a pandemic, especially ones who have demonstrated incapacity to comply with common sense precautions.

  55. Three people were killed: DeVaughn Gibson, 23; DelVaunte Johnson, 19; and Toshaun Banks, 21.

    Based on these names, no non-black should care a whit.

  56. @Greta Handel
    Losing their taste for circusbread?

    The fewer Americans emotionally invested in “our” Olympic athletes, the better.

    Replies: @Greta Handel

    Whimmed for 3.8 hours so far. Comment #20 (may change) by Harry Baldwin: “1 minute ago”

  57. @Desiderius
    Also related:

    https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/1418367956732547073?s=20

    Enough to make some people legitimately tired of this shit.

    Replies: @El Dato, @MEH 0910, @Abolish_public_education

    The last time I checked (years ago), the cost of congressional staff was one of fastest growing items in the federal budget. They’re all a bunch of Monica’s.

    One time, during one of those always-theatrical government shutdowns, there was talk of staff furloughs. I called my local GOP congressman to see whether layoffs were really possible. The flunky staffer said yes. I told him how much he, and his fellow sycophants deserved it. He was sobbing.

    One time I called my local GOP assemblyman to complain about a policy issue that directly affected me. Sorry, said a staffer. The official was unavailable to come to the phone, an office appointment was out of the question, getting the guy’s public appearance schedule posed a security risk, etc. But perhaps he/staffer could help me.

    He listened silently to my 50 second complaint. Then this unelected bureaucrat proceeded to lecture me about why his boss had taken the [corporate favored] position that I opposed. It all sounded very familiar because it was a rehash of the same, special interest crafted press releases that prompted me to call in the first place. Totally condescending.

    The staffer assured me that, despite my accusations, the assemblyman’s vote had nothing to do with the thousands of dollars of campaign contributions he accepted from the industry, each year.

    [MORE]

    The schools are NOT underfunded. On average, the worstest schools (inner city), the ones where students are allegedly funding-deprived, receive 50% more per kid than do suburban — themselves way overfunded — schools ($30K vs $20K).

    Who’s to say, by the way, what is the “correct” amount of school funding? Couldn’t it also be true that districts that receive more than the “average” are overfunded?

  58. It’s not only Americans who are losing interest in watching the Olympics.
    The four big countries – China, Japan, USA, and Russia – are vacuuming
    up medals so thoroughly there is little left for everybody else. But the BIG 4
    represent only 2 billion people, leaving the remaining 6 billion frustrated
    and bored. Even Germany is having problems winning medals these days.
    Of course, it was the big entry of China at the 2008 Beijing Olympics that
    ruined things for everybody else. I don’t deny them the right to participate but
    at 1.4 billion people they have an unfair advantage over the rest of us.
    “Size is the root of all evil,” as the Austrian economist Leopold Kohr,
    the author of The Overdeveloped Nations, used to say.

    The best solution is to simply kill the Olympics, there are too many televised
    sports as it is. The second best is to BOYCOTT THE OLYMPICS. After
    all, Boycotting Hollywood appears to be working. Who needs Hollywood
    when there is now a plethora of excellent vlogs that are much more
    interesting than anything Hollywood has to offer.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Anon 2


    Even Germany is having problems winning medals these days.
     
    You'd think a big-time DDR fan like Merkel would have brought back DDR-style PED programs.
    , @BluEidDvl
    @Anon 2

    Agreed. It’s probably only going to get worst also. As China grows richer by the day, their cadre of talent in both athletics & coaching will grow exponentially. By the 2032 Olympics, if it continues like this it’ll be China, then everyone else. Germany used to be such a powerhouse in international athletics but German women it seems have decided to no longer have children?. With a birth rate now of a paltry 1.3 for ethnically German women & the average age in Germany now being 50+, means there are just not enough of the critical 18-30 years of age demographic to compete on the world stage.. 🤔

    , @Carroll Price
    @Anon 2

    Better nutrition produces better athletes.

  59. @Jonathan Mason
    It is entirely possible that the furore and stress surrounding the trial of her brother for murder might have had some mental and emotional effect on the gymnast.

    She would have known whether he was likely to have possessed a gun or whether he had a tendency to antisocial behavior. She may also have been contributing towards of his defense.

    The issue of the jury being given documents that they should not have had seems like something that needs further investigation to determine responsibility.

    But in general there is such a huge gap between reality and perception in the lives of people who are famous, that one can never really know.

    I have said in comments a few times that it seems to me much more likely that Prince Harry's mental health problems could be related in part to the fact that he personally was responsible for killing a number of Afghans by shooting them from his helicopter gunship then to the premature death of his mother in an automobile accident.

    However, apart from one article in the guardian in which Prince Harry admitted to having killed Afghans during his military service, the press stays well away from this issue

    Replies: @JMcG, @dearieme, @AndrewR, @Libre, @Art Deco, @Joe Stalin, @Curle, @Art Deco

    The smart money says Prince Harry’s ‘mental health problems’ are like other people’s: largely iatrogenic.

    • Replies: @Mr Mox
    @Art Deco

    The smart money says Prince Harry’s ‘mental health problems’ are like other people’s: largely iatrogenic.

    Coming to a screen near you...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGxOken3-lc&t=114s&ab_channel=HBOMax

    , @Carroll Price
    @Art Deco

    He got it honest. His mama had serious mental problems.

  60. @Jonathan Mason
    It is entirely possible that the furore and stress surrounding the trial of her brother for murder might have had some mental and emotional effect on the gymnast.

    She would have known whether he was likely to have possessed a gun or whether he had a tendency to antisocial behavior. She may also have been contributing towards of his defense.

    The issue of the jury being given documents that they should not have had seems like something that needs further investigation to determine responsibility.

    But in general there is such a huge gap between reality and perception in the lives of people who are famous, that one can never really know.

    I have said in comments a few times that it seems to me much more likely that Prince Harry's mental health problems could be related in part to the fact that he personally was responsible for killing a number of Afghans by shooting them from his helicopter gunship then to the premature death of his mother in an automobile accident.

    However, apart from one article in the guardian in which Prince Harry admitted to having killed Afghans during his military service, the press stays well away from this issue

    Replies: @JMcG, @dearieme, @AndrewR, @Libre, @Art Deco, @Joe Stalin, @Curle, @Art Deco

    I have said in comments a few times that it seems to me much more likely that Prince Harry’s mental health problems could be related in part to the fact that he personally was responsible for killing a number of Afghans by shooting them from his helicopter gunship then to the premature death of his mother in an automobile accident.

    However, apart from one article in the guardian in which Prince Harry admitted to having killed Afghans during his military service, the press stays well away from this issue

    Remember when defeating your opponent was greeted with accolades?

    Yeager flew his first combat mission in February 1944. He quickly discovered he had a natural aptitude for dogfighting because of his superb 20/10 eyesight and his ability to rapidly react while remaining calm. On March 4, he scored his first aerial victory against a German Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter while escorting American bombers in a daylight raid over Germany. The very next day, Yeager’s luck turned when he was shot down near Bordeaux, France.

    Eisenhower’s gamble paid off on October 12, 1944, when Yeager destroyed five Bf 109 fighters in a single engagement. First Lieutenant Yeager later reported how he spotted the German fighters one-and-a-half miles away and attacked them with the sun at his back. Two of the German pilots bailed out immediately when they realized Yeager was in a perfect position to rake their aircraft with machine-gun fire. In Yeager’s after-action report, he explained how he closed on the next German fighter and opened fire from about 600 yards away. Yeager “observed strikes all over the ship, particularly heavy in the cockpit.” Yeager did not bother to pursue the stricken plane because he spotted yet another German fighter. This time Yeager closed to just 100 yards and “took a deflect on shot of about 10°. I gave about a 3 second burst and the whole fuselage split open and blew up after we passed.” Finally, Yeager forced a fifth German pilot to bail out after scoring hits on his plane’s wings and tail section.

    Yeager was subsequently promoted to captain in recognition of his skill and leadership. Then on November 6, 1944, Yeager was leading a flight that encountered several brand new German Me 262 jet fighters near Assen, Germany. Although the German fighters promptly used their superior speed to escape into the clouds, Yeager dropped below the cloud cover and spotted a lone Me 262 preparing to land. Yeager dove upon the jet and scored several hits on his wings, causing the German pilot to crash several hundred feet short of the runway in a wooded area. Later that month, Yeager scored four additional victories against German Fw 190 aircraft on November 27. By the time World War II ended in Europe, Yeager had flown 64 combat missions and was credited with single-handedly destroying 12 enemy aircraft.

    https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/chuck-yeager-fighter-ace-test-pilot

    I recall in eigth-grade a Black kid who came from the Deep South to Chicago. I was told he had killed a White kid with a shovel in self-defence in the South. Seemed like a completely normal person.

    • Replies: @james wilson
    @Joe Stalin

    Those who knew Yeager well said he was the worst shot and the best pilot they knew, and knew of. That informed his strategy in attacking the enemy.

    , @profnasty
    @Joe Stalin

    Hooray for the Bad Guy.

  61. res says:
    @MEH 0910
    @Desiderius

    https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/1420096388285730818

    Replies: @res

    Thanks to you and Desiderius. I’m not a fan of resolving my links through social media sites, so here are direct links to the pages being discussed.

    Atlantic article.
    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/07/why-university-california-dropping-sat/619522/

    Bleemer rebuttal letter (which has two pages beyond the screen capture).
    http://zacharybleemer.com/wp-content/uploads/Articles/Letter%20to%20the%20Atlantic%2C%20July%202021.pdf

    28 page document referenced in the addendum to the Bleemer letter.
    https://edpolicyinca.org/sites/default/files/2020-04/uc_regents_admissions_analysis.pdf

    Pages 10-19 of that are a good overview of UC eligibility requirements (e.g. see the Figure 1 Venn diagram). More on that after the MORE.

    That document was largely a response to this 228 page report from January 2020
    Report of the UC Academic Council Standardized Testing Task Force (STTF)
    https://senate.universityofcalifornia.edu/_files/underreview/sttf-report.pdf

    I wonder how this will play out. What caused the Atlantic to weigh in here? They seem to have gotten off to a poor start. Will they continue to pursue their point or back off now?

    This is OT (hopefully Steve posts on it, it seems to be in his wheelhouse) so for the rest.

    [MORE]

    Here is an explanation of that Figure 1. In short, Entitled to Review (ETR aka “UC Eligible”) is required with a few exceptions (would like to hear more about that), while Eligible in the Local Context (ELC) and Statewide Index (SI) are partially overlapping subsets of ETR.

    Figure 1 shows how the different eligibility concepts relate to each other (the circles are proportional in size to the number of applicants in 2018); the requirements for each category are as follows:
    ● Entitled to Review (ETR): California students are ETR if they complete a specific set of 15 courses (the “a–g requirements”) with sufficiently high grades and take the SAT or ACT. With few exceptions, students cannot be admitted to a UC campus without meeting these requirements. “UC eligible” is essentially synonymous with “Entitled to Review” (ETR), as discussed below.7
    ● Eligible in the Local Context (ELC): Students who have a GPA that places them in the top 9 percent of their high school class and meet the ETR requirements are considered “Eligible in the Local Context” (ELC), assuming their high school participates in the program (most do). The requirement that students be ETR means that they must take the SAT or ACT to qualify for ELC, though their score does not affect ELC.
    ● Statewide Index (SI): Students who rank in the top 9 percent on the Statewide Index—which combines high school GPA (HS GPA) and SAT/ACT scores—and meet the ETR requirements are “Statewide Index eligible.”

    My sense is they are loudly protesting about some details (which are important to get right of course) but ignoring the salient point: how much actual impact do the SAT/ACT scores have on admissions decisions across the UC system? And how is that impacting the people (e.g. low income, underrepresented minorities) they are claiming to help by eliminating the SAT? Are there students gaining admission to campuses other than Merced largely because of their SAT scores? Are any of them URMs?

    I found this excerpt from page 22 of that 28 page report very interesting (emphasis in original).

    Gaps in SAT scores between students from advantaged and disadvantaged families are larger than those in other admissions criteria— such as high school grades—and, indeed, are the source of much of the SAT’s predictive validity. That is, the SAT appears to be a strong predictor of student success because students from disadvantaged backgrounds are less prepared to succeed, and the SAT is a very effective measure of student advantage.

    They expand on that argument, but I don’t find it compelling (though it is worth trying to get to the root of their point). Footnote 18 has a list of their sources.

    18 I found this in a study of UC data from the mid-1990s (Rothstein, 2004). The analysis that the UCOP Office of Institutional Research did to support the STTF report confirms that it is still true. This UCOP analysis is reproduced as Appendix I of the STTF report; within that, Appendix C indicates that the predictive validity of the SAT is much smaller within demographic groups than it is when these factors are not controlled, but the HS GPA’s validity is much more robust. See also the tables in Appendix II of the STTF report, which report similar results.

    One thing I am curious about is how much restriction of range is imposed on SAT scores (and the outcome variables) by subsetting in ways which separate dis/advantaged groups. This seems like a possibly important point which I do not see anyone addressing. It would be easy to look for by giving distribution information for both the predictive and outcome variables for each subset in the model coefficient tables. The only mentions of range restriction I see in these documents are on page 92 of the STTF report and page 8 of the 28 page response.

    I think these quotes give a flavor of the overall argument in the pp. 20-27 portion of that document.

    a process that maximizes prediction can lead to highly inequitable admissions rules.

    eliminating the SAT would increase diversity among admitted students.

    Depending on which definition of inequitable you use. It is clear the priority here is “diversity!” rather than a capable student body.

    I do think Rothstein included a bit of a truth bomb here.

    The report answers this by noting that SAT gaps between students of different races or other demographic groups are roughly the same among UC applicants as among admitted students. This is a meaningless comparison at best, and likely misleading. In most settings, one expects that a race-blind admissions rule will lead to smaller gaps among admitted students than among applicants, so the fact that it does not do so at the UC is worrisome.

    Indeed. Perhaps the admissions process is not as race-blind as claimed?!

    Perhaps worth including some links to Richard Rothstein’s other work to give an idea where he is coming from.
    A Wider Lens on the Black-White Achievement Gap
    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/003172170408600204
    Which is adapted from a chapter in
    Class and Schools
    Using Social, Economic, and Educational Reform to Close the Black–White Achievement Gap
    https://www.epi.org/publication/books_class_and_schools/

    And let’s not even talk about using freshman GPA as a primary measure (Idiots! All of them! Though I suppose if that is the best data you have… And they do look at other measures elsewhere: non-retention rate, non-graduation rate, and graduation GPA). Try correcting that for difficulty of classes (including between campus differences) and see if the SAT results make more or less difference. I wonder how much of that 70-80% unexplained variance we see in the STTF Report Appendix C models that would account for.

    • Agree: Desiderius
    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @res

    I'm just glad that the people with the wherewithal to do something about it are finally at least aware that something needs doing.

  62. @Desiderius
    @Art Deco

    Pic speaks volumes, but not nearly as loudly as the work product. If you guys don’t want this rep maybe pull your heads out of your asses. I see better than I hear.

    https://twitter.com/julie_kelly2/status/1420835204030246918?s=20

    https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1420959255130161154?s=20

    Replies: @Jack D, @Jonathan Mason, @0, @Art Deco

    Pic speaks volumes, but not nearly as loudly as the work product. If you guys don’t want this rep maybe pull your heads out of your asses. I see better than I hear.

    It’s a bunch of young office workers in a hallway. It doesn’t ‘speak volumes’. The persons responsible for the ‘work product’ are the politicians who employ them.

    A dear friend is recently retired as a congressional aide. Congress is atrociously inefficient and the people who work there put in long hours to get very little done. In his case, this amounted to about 3,000 hours a year. There may be a bias in favor of hiring the young because they don’t have families and the can take the hours better. I don’t mind having young people as congressional aides as long as it’s an interlude in their life and not a career. One exception would be if their work as a congressional aide was an odd venue in a larger technical-professional field. (My friend was a lawyer).

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @Art Deco

    JFK said that Washington was a combination of Northern charm and Southern efficiency.

  63. @Desiderius
    @Jack D

    You want to be ruled by the people in that hallway you go right ahead and nominate them.

    I prefer fathers.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @Jack D

    You’re not being ruled by the people in that hallway, you’re ruled by their bosses.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    @Art Deco


    You’re not being ruled by the people in that hallway, you’re ruled by their bosses.
     
    Almost, Art, Almost:

    You’re not being ruled by the people in that hallway, you’re ruled by their owners.
    , @J.Ross
    @Art Deco

    Given the vaccines not working and the masks coming back and the fed repo news and the Justice depatrment threatening to sue Texas if Texas enforces US Code and our collapsing military, are you sure it's not, like, a dartboard, or a trained pigeon selecting cards?

    , @Desiderius
    @Art Deco

    They're the filter to how their bosses see the world.

    Or more to the point don't.

    Replies: @Art Deco

  64. Shots were fired, striking “multiple” people, including the three who died, they said.

    Bullets emanated from the gun and found their way to the victims.

    • LOL: fish
  65. The NBC announcer with the beard and ears and butterfly gold medals was asked about olympics pressure. He said he could “talk for an hour about the pressure” but I doubt most people these days can really talk for an hour about anything, not even their occupation or serious hobby. (Fauci answered questions about virus science with “it’s just common sense.”) Anyway, Phelps said Biles needed a support network. Of course she already had one. And you don’t have to be Biles to have one; schools and colleges are loaded with psychologists, deans, and coaches. They are just waiting there in their offices, eager to help with anything — what’s the problem, son — I can’t get a date for the prom — oh my let’s talk about it.

  66. Abe says:

    Biles bails out of Tokyo. Shooting of Toshaun a tocsin? Regardless, brother’s humor flips from black to sunny yellow as jury doubts this Thomas guilty. So far as the law of the land be concerned, vaunted vaulter sibling had reasonable cause to shoot ‘Vaunte and ‘Vaughn. Lady Justice has dropped her mike, and in no uncertain terms spit De is the ones who started it.

    • LOL: InnerCynic
  67. @Art Deco
    @Desiderius

    Pic speaks volumes, but not nearly as loudly as the work product. If you guys don’t want this rep maybe pull your heads out of your asses. I see better than I hear.

    It's a bunch of young office workers in a hallway. It doesn't 'speak volumes'. The persons responsible for the 'work product' are the politicians who employ them.

    A dear friend is recently retired as a congressional aide. Congress is atrociously inefficient and the people who work there put in long hours to get very little done. In his case, this amounted to about 3,000 hours a year. There may be a bias in favor of hiring the young because they don't have families and the can take the hours better. I don't mind having young people as congressional aides as long as it's an interlude in their life and not a career. One exception would be if their work as a congressional aide was an odd venue in a larger technical-professional field. (My friend was a lawyer).

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    JFK said that Washington was a combination of Northern charm and Southern efficiency.

  68. @Art Deco
    @Desiderius

    You're not being ruled by the people in that hallway, you're ruled by their bosses.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @J.Ross, @Desiderius

    You’re not being ruled by the people in that hallway, you’re ruled by their bosses.

    Almost, Art, Almost:

    You’re not being ruled by the people in that hallway, you’re ruled by their owners.

  69. Insanely off-topic,

    I find it quite fascinating that no one seems to mind that the Japanese like to LARP as Occidentals…

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @syonredux

    That's where the thirstiest johns are.

  70. Why? Well, personally, I don’t care about the olympics or gymnastics, so I don’t normally follow anything about gymnasts.

    Why is corporate media not? Well, I guess they are paid and motivated to promote stories celebrating the black race, and not print negative stuff, like that?

  71. It was so much easier for black athletes in Jackie Robinson’s day, the era of Jim Crow.

  72. I’ve been waiting for one of the cynical old farts who loiter here to raise the obvious question: Was Ms Biles’ limber flexibility in any way induced by dodging bullets at home in her younger days?

    • LOL: Spect3r
  73. @Altai
    From what I've read they are supposedly estranged and haven't seen each other in many years after having been adopted into two different extended family homes as children.

    So that and given that she comes from a family with enough siblings, 3 (I'm not sure who many adoptive ones she has if any) that she might be emotionally detached from such proceedings. Though he did kill his cousin which may or may not also be her cousin.

    Replies: @Gaspar DeLaFunk

    I saw a picture of her hugging him. Not sure when taken,but she was fully grown. That was the first time I ever heard of her.

  74. @res
    @Desiderius


    There are none so blind.
     
    Not sure who is blindest.
    1. Those who choose not to see.
    2. Those who try to prevent others from seeing.
    3. Those who pay attention to 2.

    Any bets on which category Jonathan Mason falls into here?

    Replies: @Desiderius, @Reg Cæsar

    They’ve weaponized the Boomer inability to wrap their minds around the enormity of the problem and the brazenness of the perps. Plus Mason is a Brit expat so is triply insulated.

  75. Nothing taints credibility more than having ‘witnesses’ testifying while wearing handcuffs anchored to a waist restraint. Biles-Thomas’ trial is now over and done. Ms. Biles removed herself from competition. Whatever her reason I say we back off now. My opinion.

  76. @Anon 2
    It’s not only Americans who are losing interest in watching the Olympics.
    The four big countries - China, Japan, USA, and Russia - are vacuuming
    up medals so thoroughly there is little left for everybody else. But the BIG 4
    represent only 2 billion people, leaving the remaining 6 billion frustrated
    and bored. Even Germany is having problems winning medals these days.
    Of course, it was the big entry of China at the 2008 Beijing Olympics that
    ruined things for everybody else. I don’t deny them the right to participate but
    at 1.4 billion people they have an unfair advantage over the rest of us.
    “Size is the root of all evil,” as the Austrian economist Leopold Kohr,
    the author of The Overdeveloped Nations, used to say.

    The best solution is to simply kill the Olympics, there are too many televised
    sports as it is. The second best is to BOYCOTT THE OLYMPICS. After
    all, Boycotting Hollywood appears to be working. Who needs Hollywood
    when there is now a plethora of excellent vlogs that are much more
    interesting than anything Hollywood has to offer.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard, @BluEidDvl, @Carroll Price

    Even Germany is having problems winning medals these days.

    You’d think a big-time DDR fan like Merkel would have brought back DDR-style PED programs.

  77. I join all the other good people, and I support Simone Biles withdrawing from the Olympics.

  78. @Bardon Kaldian
    Sorry, but names....

    A judge has thrown out murder charges in the case involving Tevin Biles-Thomas, the brother of Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. ... Authorities say gunfire broke out at the New Years Eve party killing DelVaunte Johnson, 19, Toshaun Banks, 21, and DeVaughn Gibson, 23.

    Replies: @PaceLaw

    Yeah, the names do say it all, right? It is rather interesting that large portions of the black community decided around the mid-1960s to reject efforts at assimilation, and instead chose to embrace a more separate and distinct culture. For many blacks, gone are the days of trying to blend in with the dominant culture by giving your son a name like Thomas Banks, but instead they go with names like Toshaun Banks. The ever-so creative names that the black community comes up with is truly mind boggling.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @PaceLaw

    Tevin isn't bad: "It's spelled like Kevin, but with a T."

    , @Anon
    @PaceLaw


    The ever-so creative names that the black community comes up with is truly mind boggling.
     
    They don't hold a candle to Utah Mormon names. The original settlers only had a few surnames among them, so Mormons had to get creative with given names.

    The original:

    http://utahbabynamer.blogspot.com/2017/06/front-page.html

    And another guy made a helpful baby naming app based on the original site's data and some AI:

    https://www.utahbabynamer.com

    A third source of wild names, after black and Mormon names, are Hong Kong Chinese "English middle names," like Rimsky Yuen, York Chow, Moses Chan, and Hacken Lee.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong_name

    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/10/hong-kong-loves-weird-english-names/263103/

    https://myhongkonghusband.com/2016/05/19/千奇百怪的英文名-funny-english-names-in-asia/

    Replies: @Paul Mendez

  79. “Why Is Nobody, Other Than My Commenters, Suggesting That Simone Biles Was Stressed by Her Brother’s Recent Triple Murder Trial?”

    Maybe because pretty much everybody except most of your commenters knows that in the black community, this generally isn’t nearly as big a deal as it would be elsewhere.

    Also, according to her Wikipedia entry, she and this brother were adopted into different, though related, households when she was about six years old.

    The misguided and anachronistic gallantry with which so many here respond to females generally both astonishes and dismays me.

    • Replies: @3g4me
    @Kylie

    @ 78 Kylie: Ran out of 'agree' buttons. Thank you; excellent comment. I think it's a function of a majority of Sailer's commentariat being older than 50 as well as classical liberals. They are astonishingly naive regarding more than a few social issues.

  80. @Harry Baldwin
    @International Jew

    He was in the army at the time, a cannon crew member assigned to 3rd Infantry Division, though soldiers don't get much training on the pistol.

    Replies: @Pixo, @Hibernian

    He learned you don’t hold a pistol sideways, an affection that’s probably saved more than a thousand lives by now.

  81. @Anon
    There's a Razib Khan Facing Reality on Quillette, probably that last review we'll see.

    https://quillette.com/2021/07/29/charles-murrays-facing-reality-a-review/

    Razib also dropped a seven-weeks-early review of Kathryn Paige Harden's The Genetic Lottery, which sounds like a mash-up of The Bell Curve and The Mismeasure of Man.

    Do genes determine intelligence?
    https://unherd.com/2021/07/do-genes-determine-intelligence/

    The book isn't due out until late September. I think the email exchange went like this:

    -- Dear Princeton University Press PR department: Could you send me a pre-publication review copy of Hardin's upcoming book? I'll obey any embargo restrictions.

    -- LOL, you punchable Nazi. Sorry. No booky for you.

    -- As I said, I'll agree to the embargo. If I don't get a copy from you and, hypothetically, a copy were to drop into my hands, I won't feel obligated to embargo.

    -- Eat me, you white-adjacent patriarch!

    -- Dear Unherd: Here's a book review for your consideration. It's free for you to publish if it goes online within three days. Otherwise I'll submit it elsewhere.

    https://www.amazon.com/Genetic-Lottery-Matters-Social-Equality/dp/0691190801/

    Replies: @res, @Jim Bob Lassiter

    Thanks for the commentary. Now I wonder how close you are.

    The timing of the two reviews so close together was interesting.

    • Replies: @Anon
    @res

    There's an exchange somewhere that I cannot find right now, on Twitter or in the comments to a blog post, where Hardin kind of nervously responds to the review, and Matt Yglesias comments, "We're already doing reviews for September releases?"

    As the review says, both Khan and Hardin live in Austin and seem to know each other. I wonder if Hardin herself is the source of Khan's advance readers copy? But given Khan's status as a public intellectual in the field, he might have just been mailed one from a fan who had it ("Ihe publisher sent me a copy of Paige Hardin's new book ... if you'd like it, give me a mailing address ... please don't mention my name ...").

    Khan may have been shocked by the lack of Facing Reality reviews and decided to mix things up a bit with a super-early review of Hardin's book. Norms are for mainstream media. He now has the chance to review it again when it is released. And a third time a month after that.

    The book as reviewed sounds like an infuriating mix of solid genetic information bundled with an incoherent 50-50 combination of race realism and race fantasy. I hesitate to buy it because it seems like it would be so infuriating to read. But on the other hand, Hardin's progressive, assortatively mated, Jewish academic credentials may make this book less ignorable than Murray's. In fact, a review of her book might almost require the encapsulation of a mini-review of Murray's book.

  82. Excellent headline for today’s topic.

    I was skimming my WSJ yesterday featuring two long articles about S. Biles apparent Olympic meltdown.

    iSteve’s prior Biles articles on this topic largely featured the non “brother” info on her possible “mental health problems.”

    I don’t know if this trial and outcome affected her or not. However in true Soviet style journalism the supposed business paper of record and it’s two fawning articles about Biles failed to cite this trial or her murderous brother’s behavior.

    Can’t taint the Narrative, even the the Journal. In ClownWorld, only rehashing stories about “pressure” (like that’s new) or irrelevant info on imprisoned doctor Larry Nasser (for molesting other female symnasts, not Biles) gets mentioned.

    Her brother’s triple murder charges were dropped due to unwilling or unreachable eye witnesses, the old Snitches Get Stitches problem. Yet zero mention of this.

    If Biles wasn’t a black female, would possible relevant facts like this (i.e. causes for “pressure” or mental health) be totally omitted? No, the Comrades have designated her a modern Saint so nothing bad is allowed. Instead “we” are to blame for her problems, evidently.

    No one is disputing her achievements. She isn’t “her brother’s keeper” either. But today nothing written about someone black (Black!) can be fully trusted. iSteve readers excepted.

    • Replies: @PaceLaw
    @Muggles

    Well said Muggles. The increasing lack of trust that many of us have in today’s mainstream media has to damn-near be at an all-time high. Apparently no critical observation or commentary of the Wakandan Princess Simone Biles is appropriate these days; only congratulatory remarks are allowed!!! After all, who would want to interfere with her black (Black!!!) girl magic? It’s just best to keep her thugged out brother under wraps, even when he acts out so outrageously (3 dead bodies!!! Wtf?!??).

  83. anon[276] • Disclaimer says:

    >It’s almost as if snitches get stitches.

    Steve, it’s not always as simple as that. Sometimes it’s the baddies that get killed (from a witness’s POV, the community’s POV, and in a cosmic justice sense, as well) but the cops get someone in an interview room and after 6 hours of haranguing and threats, intimidate him into identifying a shooter.

    After that witness goes home and is not under all the pressure, he reconsiders: “Man, that’s f***** up, I’m not gonna put Joe in prison for that. He doesn’t deserve that; he didn’t cause that”.

    This is the same kind of injustice that is caused by school zero tolerance policies for fighting. A kid who does no wrong and doesn’t ask for a situation gets viciously punished for defending himself against gang member bullies.

    The law can be a very blunt scalpel.

    Another screwed up variant: the cops bribe (with reduced prison time) a genuine bad guy into breaking the code and testifying (for the sake of argument, truthfully testifying) against a non-bad guy who acted in self defense (but who was maybe a half-second too quick on the gun draw for the Law’s taste).

    So now a menace to the community gets reduced prison time on very serious charges while the non-career criminal goes to prison for a situation that wasn’t of his own making. Where’s the justice in that?!?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @anon

    Sounds plausible. Biles' brother was in the Army, while the dead guys sound like real low-lifes.

    For an opposite case, in which law enforcement agreed with the community on who was the good guy and who had it coming, read up on the Marvin Harrison story involving Peyton Manning's favorite receiver.

  84. @Ralph L
    It isn't clear if B-T or the dead were uninvited, quite the social faux pas, and why is he hyphenated and not Simone?

    Looks like the judge is heavily botoxed. She barely moves her upper lip when speaking.

    Replies: @Dr. Dre, @Ed Case

    Lived in CLE 20 yrs ago. There was a Judge Roger Synenberg. Wonder if the current one is related. I seem to remember he ran as a Republican.

  85. @Foreign Expert
    DelVaunte, Toshaun and DeVaughn. Any info about their race?

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy

    Run.

  86. Anonymous[194] • Disclaimer says:

    I’d just like to take this moment, as a landlord, to point out that Biles crazy-ass family extends to why landlords prefer not to rent to black people.

    The typical liberal bent might be, “why wouldn’t you want to rent to Simone Biles, an Olympic athlete, with plenty of money? It’s because you’re racist against BLACKS! That’s why!”

    No.

    I’m betting against the shittious culture she most likely subscribes to, empowered by white liberals with no common black friends who romanticize their shitty, narcissist behavior that is exclusive to that culture.

    I’m certain there are non-feral blacks, and there certainly are blacks who are functional within a modern western society. But the chances of their bringing relatives into the mix who aren’t, I’d say would be at least around 75%.

    Not worth the risk for the headaches, and potential income loss.

    Btw, I think Biles folded her cards not so much because of her feral relatives, or her ghettonian background, but more because she was allegedly stripped of her concentration-enhancing drugs by the Japanese before the event. The Japanese were right to adjust her. Focus-enhancing drugs isn’t fair, and shouldn’t be allowed. I understand pitchers aren’t allowed to use them in professional baseball, for good reason. Not only do they give an unfair advantage, long-term use of powerful drugs like Ritalin and Adderall have shown to produce brain damage, and bizarre mood swings are a given:

    https://www.pbinstitute.com/adderall/brain-damage/

    Bottom line, Biles may have the physicality and talent to be an Olympic contender, but she lacks the mental toughness, which is why she uses these stimulants to force her way into an Olympic position she is fundamentally unqualified for.

    Those who “helped” to force her way into the Olympics should be ashamed, as should she.

    She knew what she was doing.

    Congratulations to the Japanese for calling her and her shitty “team” out on it.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Anonymous

    Lots of American baseball players used amphetamines after WWII, when the military handed them out in great numbers.

    Replies: @Farenheit, @Paul Mendez, @bruce county

    , @MarkinLA
    @Anonymous

    You mean like these tenants?

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/florida-man-beaten-coma-neighbors-lower-music

  87. Whew! We’d gone seven or eight posts without Biles and were having to slum with the likes of the unattractive hafu who poses as “Japanese”, some–BLM-adjacent?–arsonist sailor, and an old dead lefty Jewish Nobel Prize winner for our HBD anecdotes.

    Finally … back to the people who really matter, who make the world spin on its axis–Black women.

    And finally we are talking about their real problem–black men.

  88. >Judge Synenberg

    Sentencing defendants to quietly listen to criticisms from victims or to repeat their name five thousand times while staring into a mirror?

  89. @JMcG
    @Jonathan Mason

    Jonathan, an Apache crew consists of a pilot and a gunner. Harry was a pilot. I have no idea what his service was like, nor do I really care, but I don’t think he was directly pulling any triggers.

    Replies: @Jonathan Mason

    What is the source of your information? I am no expert in military helicopters, but several internet sources say that the Apache helicopter has twin pilots who are both also gunners.

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2013/jan/22/afghanistan-taliban-response-prince-harry

    • Replies: @anon
    @Jonathan Mason

    What is the source of your information?

    Unintentional irony is the bestest irony.

    lol

  90. Biles’ brother shot three home invaders? Good for him!

    • LOL: Daniel H
  91. @Art Deco
    @Desiderius

    You're not being ruled by the people in that hallway, you're ruled by their bosses.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @J.Ross, @Desiderius

    Given the vaccines not working and the masks coming back and the fed repo news and the Justice depatrment threatening to sue Texas if Texas enforces US Code and our collapsing military, are you sure it’s not, like, a dartboard, or a trained pigeon selecting cards?

  92. @Joe Stalin
    @Jonathan Mason


    I have said in comments a few times that it seems to me much more likely that Prince Harry’s mental health problems could be related in part to the fact that he personally was responsible for killing a number of Afghans by shooting them from his helicopter gunship then to the premature death of his mother in an automobile accident.

    However, apart from one article in the guardian in which Prince Harry admitted to having killed Afghans during his military service, the press stays well away from this issue
     
    Remember when defeating your opponent was greeted with accolades?

    Yeager flew his first combat mission in February 1944. He quickly discovered he had a natural aptitude for dogfighting because of his superb 20/10 eyesight and his ability to rapidly react while remaining calm. On March 4, he scored his first aerial victory against a German Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter while escorting American bombers in a daylight raid over Germany. The very next day, Yeager’s luck turned when he was shot down near Bordeaux, France.

    Eisenhower’s gamble paid off on October 12, 1944, when Yeager destroyed five Bf 109 fighters in a single engagement. First Lieutenant Yeager later reported how he spotted the German fighters one-and-a-half miles away and attacked them with the sun at his back. Two of the German pilots bailed out immediately when they realized Yeager was in a perfect position to rake their aircraft with machine-gun fire. In Yeager’s after-action report, he explained how he closed on the next German fighter and opened fire from about 600 yards away. Yeager “observed strikes all over the ship, particularly heavy in the cockpit.” Yeager did not bother to pursue the stricken plane because he spotted yet another German fighter. This time Yeager closed to just 100 yards and “took a deflect on shot of about 10°. I gave about a 3 second burst and the whole fuselage split open and blew up after we passed.” Finally, Yeager forced a fifth German pilot to bail out after scoring hits on his plane’s wings and tail section.

    Yeager was subsequently promoted to captain in recognition of his skill and leadership. Then on November 6, 1944, Yeager was leading a flight that encountered several brand new German Me 262 jet fighters near Assen, Germany. Although the German fighters promptly used their superior speed to escape into the clouds, Yeager dropped below the cloud cover and spotted a lone Me 262 preparing to land. Yeager dove upon the jet and scored several hits on his wings, causing the German pilot to crash several hundred feet short of the runway in a wooded area. Later that month, Yeager scored four additional victories against German Fw 190 aircraft on November 27. By the time World War II ended in Europe, Yeager had flown 64 combat missions and was credited with single-handedly destroying 12 enemy aircraft.

    https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/chuck-yeager-fighter-ace-test-pilot

     

    https://www.nationalww2museum.org/sites/default/files/styles/wide_medium/public/2020-12/Cover%20Image%20ChuckYeagerwith%20P-51D%20Glamorous%20Glen%20III%20Courtesyof%20chuckyeager.com_.jpg

    I recall in eigth-grade a Black kid who came from the Deep South to Chicago. I was told he had killed a White kid with a shovel in self-defence in the South. Seemed like a completely normal person.

    Replies: @james wilson, @profnasty

    Those who knew Yeager well said he was the worst shot and the best pilot they knew, and knew of. That informed his strategy in attacking the enemy.

  93. @Anon 2
    It’s not only Americans who are losing interest in watching the Olympics.
    The four big countries - China, Japan, USA, and Russia - are vacuuming
    up medals so thoroughly there is little left for everybody else. But the BIG 4
    represent only 2 billion people, leaving the remaining 6 billion frustrated
    and bored. Even Germany is having problems winning medals these days.
    Of course, it was the big entry of China at the 2008 Beijing Olympics that
    ruined things for everybody else. I don’t deny them the right to participate but
    at 1.4 billion people they have an unfair advantage over the rest of us.
    “Size is the root of all evil,” as the Austrian economist Leopold Kohr,
    the author of The Overdeveloped Nations, used to say.

    The best solution is to simply kill the Olympics, there are too many televised
    sports as it is. The second best is to BOYCOTT THE OLYMPICS. After
    all, Boycotting Hollywood appears to be working. Who needs Hollywood
    when there is now a plethora of excellent vlogs that are much more
    interesting than anything Hollywood has to offer.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard, @BluEidDvl, @Carroll Price

    Agreed. It’s probably only going to get worst also. As China grows richer by the day, their cadre of talent in both athletics & coaching will grow exponentially. By the 2032 Olympics, if it continues like this it’ll be China, then everyone else. Germany used to be such a powerhouse in international athletics but German women it seems have decided to no longer have children?. With a birth rate now of a paltry 1.3 for ethnically German women & the average age in Germany now being 50+, means there are just not enough of the critical 18-30 years of age demographic to compete on the world stage.. 🤔

  94. I like to think this group–Sailer commenters–can do more than just observe and bitch, but offer solutions.

    I have an idea to generate to both speed law enforcement and generate more peace in the “black community”:

    An “Invited Party Guest” app / protocol:

    — Owner/renter of a residence using the app would have the ability to issue “invited party guest” to anyone invited. Including–phone app–doing so on the spur of the moment.

    — App would have a “check invite” function where you could just bring your phone near another persons and it would signal you whether they were carrying a legit invite (for that place and time) or not.

    Then the protocol.

    — Any black male between say 15-40, who is an “uninvited party guest” if shot/killed, is just assumed by law enforcement to be responsible for their fate. Haul off the bodies, no need for witnesses, police investigations, DAs, trials, jails. “Do-oh, no invite! DeShawn load up the stiff. We’re done here.”

    This would radically up the incentive to *not* be an “uninvited party guest”, streamline, simplify and reduce costs in our criminal justice system, and–longer term–apply eugenic selection pressure against the dumbest, most aggressive, highest time-preference blacks.

    Blacks could beta test, then could be extended across other ethnicities voluntarily or as necessary.

    • Replies: @anon
    @AnotherDad

    I like to think this group–Sailer commenters–can do more than just observe and bitch, but offer solutions.

    Good idea.

    I have an idea to generate to both speed law enforcement and generate more peace in the “black community”:An “Invited Party Guest” app / protocol:

    The first step to solving a problem is an accurate problem statement.

    Try again?

    , @Morton's toes
    @AnotherDad

    You must have read a different article than I did. The one I saw had the corpses non-crashers and the shooters were the crashers.

    At the Orinda AirBnB Halloween massacre it was a mix--shooters and corpses non- and crasher. That one had the fine spectacle of all kinds of crying and whatnot over one of the dead guys and it turned out on further investigation he was the one who had actually started the gun fight. Still no prosecutions and the street justice vendetta workers will have to take care of it.

  95. @Johnny Smoggins
    Thanks to Naomi Osaka's tantrum a couple of months ago, (black, female) athletes no longer have to speak to the media if they don't feel like it and thanks to Biles' refusal to compete a couple days ago, (black, female) athletes no longer have to compete if they don't feel like it.

    All with the blessing of the media, and Steve apparently. No complaints from me, I want to see it all collapse.

    Replies: @Abolish_public_education

    As I recall, Steve Carleton was forevermore pilloried by sportswriters due his justifiable refusal to talk to them.

  96. Covid Disinformation Centers today announced the Prick doesn’t work and y’alls gotta diaper up forever.

    Told ya!

    Any Covimbeciles here wanna confess to buyers remorse?

    • Agree: JR Ewing
  97. Both the scuffling and the extended bleeps brought only one thing to mind:

    JERRY! JERRY! JERRY!

  98. It’s simple: Biles dreaded returning to work:

    Why most Black office workers are dreading the return to offices

    A new poll says 97 percent of Black knowledge workers are not ready to return to offices riddled with racial microaggressions, discrimination and glass ceilings.

    The anxiety that engulfed Sandra McPherson surprised her. After working from home for more than a year because of the pandemic, she received an email notifying her an office-return date had been set, and, in an instant, she said she “felt tense. It was immediate. I had felt like that before — when I was about to skydive in Arizona.”

    She said her parachute provided relief and even exhilaration. The prospect of returning to the office, however, did not feel as liberating.

    Part of that was the comfort and convenience of working from home. There was also avoiding Los Angeles’ notorious traffic, dispensing with work attire and negotiating office politics.

    “But that wasn’t what made me feel like I couldn’t breathe when I read the email,” said McPherson, who works in website development and maintenance. “It was the snide remarks, almost always about race. I loved my job, what I did, but as one of three Black people in an office of about maybe 80, there was always something from my white colleagues that made me feel uncomfortable or offended me.

    “Some of it was intentional. Most of it was. A little of it was just sort of unconscious. All of it just wears on you. I was really upset.”

    • Replies: @fish
    @Change that Matters

    “It was the snide remarks, almost always about race. I loved my job, what I did, but as one of three Black people in an office of about maybe 80, there was always something from my white colleagues that made me feel uncomfortable or offended me.

    “Some of it was intentional. Most of it was. A little of it was just sort of unconscious. All of it just wears on you. I was really upset.”



    .....and there it is.....her Golden Ticket.

  99. @The Alarmist
    Well, at least she didn’t bring a weapon to the games.

    Replies: @El Dato

    Gun-fu at the Olympics?

  100. @Jonathan Mason
    @JMcG

    What is the source of your information? I am no expert in military helicopters, but several internet sources say that the Apache helicopter has twin pilots who are both also gunners.


    https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2013/jan/22/afghanistan-taliban-response-prince-harry

    Replies: @anon

    What is the source of your information?

    Unintentional irony is the bestest irony.

    lol

  101. anon[375] • Disclaimer says:
    @AnotherDad
    I like to think this group--Sailer commenters--can do more than just observe and bitch, but offer solutions.

    I have an idea to generate to both speed law enforcement and generate more peace in the "black community":

    An "Invited Party Guest" app / protocol:

    -- Owner/renter of a residence using the app would have the ability to issue "invited party guest" to anyone invited. Including--phone app--doing so on the spur of the moment.

    -- App would have a "check invite" function where you could just bring your phone near another persons and it would signal you whether they were carrying a legit invite (for that place and time) or not.

    Then the protocol.

    -- Any black male between say 15-40, who is an "uninvited party guest" if shot/killed, is just assumed by law enforcement to be responsible for their fate. Haul off the bodies, no need for witnesses, police investigations, DAs, trials, jails. "Do-oh, no invite! DeShawn load up the stiff. We're done here."

    This would radically up the incentive to *not* be an "uninvited party guest", streamline, simplify and reduce costs in our criminal justice system, and--longer term--apply eugenic selection pressure against the dumbest, most aggressive, highest time-preference blacks.


    Blacks could beta test, then could be extended across other ethnicities voluntarily or as necessary.

    Replies: @anon, @Morton's toes

    I like to think this group–Sailer commenters–can do more than just observe and bitch, but offer solutions.

    Good idea.

    I have an idea to generate to both speed law enforcement and generate more peace in the “black community”:An “Invited Party Guest” app / protocol:

    The first step to solving a problem is an accurate problem statement.

    Try again?

  102. @res
    @MEH 0910

    Thanks to you and Desiderius. I'm not a fan of resolving my links through social media sites, so here are direct links to the pages being discussed.

    Atlantic article.
    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/07/why-university-california-dropping-sat/619522/

    Bleemer rebuttal letter (which has two pages beyond the screen capture).
    http://zacharybleemer.com/wp-content/uploads/Articles/Letter%20to%20the%20Atlantic%2C%20July%202021.pdf

    28 page document referenced in the addendum to the Bleemer letter.
    https://edpolicyinca.org/sites/default/files/2020-04/uc_regents_admissions_analysis.pdf

    Pages 10-19 of that are a good overview of UC eligibility requirements (e.g. see the Figure 1 Venn diagram). More on that after the MORE.

    That document was largely a response to this 228 page report from January 2020
    Report of the UC Academic Council Standardized Testing Task Force (STTF)
    https://senate.universityofcalifornia.edu/_files/underreview/sttf-report.pdf

    I wonder how this will play out. What caused the Atlantic to weigh in here? They seem to have gotten off to a poor start. Will they continue to pursue their point or back off now?

    This is OT (hopefully Steve posts on it, it seems to be in his wheelhouse) so for the rest.



    Here is an explanation of that Figure 1. In short, Entitled to Review (ETR aka "UC Eligible") is required with a few exceptions (would like to hear more about that), while Eligible in the Local Context (ELC) and Statewide Index (SI) are partially overlapping subsets of ETR.


    Figure 1 shows how the different eligibility concepts relate to each other (the circles are proportional in size to the number of applicants in 2018); the requirements for each category are as follows:
    ● Entitled to Review (ETR): California students are ETR if they complete a specific set of 15 courses (the “a–g requirements”) with sufficiently high grades and take the SAT or ACT. With few exceptions, students cannot be admitted to a UC campus without meeting these requirements. “UC eligible” is essentially synonymous with “Entitled to Review” (ETR), as discussed below.7
    ● Eligible in the Local Context (ELC): Students who have a GPA that places them in the top 9 percent of their high school class and meet the ETR requirements are considered “Eligible in the Local Context” (ELC), assuming their high school participates in the program (most do). The requirement that students be ETR means that they must take the SAT or ACT to qualify for ELC, though their score does not affect ELC.
    ● Statewide Index (SI): Students who rank in the top 9 percent on the Statewide Index—which combines high school GPA (HS GPA) and SAT/ACT scores—and meet the ETR requirements are “Statewide Index eligible.”
     
    My sense is they are loudly protesting about some details (which are important to get right of course) but ignoring the salient point: how much actual impact do the SAT/ACT scores have on admissions decisions across the UC system? And how is that impacting the people (e.g. low income, underrepresented minorities) they are claiming to help by eliminating the SAT? Are there students gaining admission to campuses other than Merced largely because of their SAT scores? Are any of them URMs?

    I found this excerpt from page 22 of that 28 page report very interesting (emphasis in original).

    Gaps in SAT scores between students from advantaged and disadvantaged families are larger than those in other admissions criteria— such as high school grades—and, indeed, are the source of much of the SAT’s predictive validity. That is, the SAT appears to be a strong predictor of student success because students from disadvantaged backgrounds are less prepared to succeed, and the SAT is a very effective measure of student advantage.
     
    They expand on that argument, but I don't find it compelling (though it is worth trying to get to the root of their point). Footnote 18 has a list of their sources.

    18 I found this in a study of UC data from the mid-1990s (Rothstein, 2004). The analysis that the UCOP Office of Institutional Research did to support the STTF report confirms that it is still true. This UCOP analysis is reproduced as Appendix I of the STTF report; within that, Appendix C indicates that the predictive validity of the SAT is much smaller within demographic groups than it is when these factors are not controlled, but the HS GPA’s validity is much more robust. See also the tables in Appendix II of the STTF report, which report similar results.
     
    One thing I am curious about is how much restriction of range is imposed on SAT scores (and the outcome variables) by subsetting in ways which separate dis/advantaged groups. This seems like a possibly important point which I do not see anyone addressing. It would be easy to look for by giving distribution information for both the predictive and outcome variables for each subset in the model coefficient tables. The only mentions of range restriction I see in these documents are on page 92 of the STTF report and page 8 of the 28 page response.

    I think these quotes give a flavor of the overall argument in the pp. 20-27 portion of that document.

    a process that maximizes prediction can lead to highly inequitable admissions rules.
    ...
    eliminating the SAT would increase diversity among admitted students.
     
    Depending on which definition of inequitable you use. It is clear the priority here is "diversity!" rather than a capable student body.

    I do think Rothstein included a bit of a truth bomb here.

    The report answers this by noting that SAT gaps between students of different races or other demographic groups are roughly the same among UC applicants as among admitted students. This is a meaningless comparison at best, and likely misleading. In most settings, one expects that a race-blind admissions rule will lead to smaller gaps among admitted students than among applicants, so the fact that it does not do so at the UC is worrisome.
     
    Indeed. Perhaps the admissions process is not as race-blind as claimed?!

    Perhaps worth including some links to Richard Rothstein's other work to give an idea where he is coming from.
    A Wider Lens on the Black-White Achievement Gap
    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/003172170408600204
    Which is adapted from a chapter in
    Class and Schools
    Using Social, Economic, and Educational Reform to Close the Black–White Achievement Gap
    https://www.epi.org/publication/books_class_and_schools/

    And let's not even talk about using freshman GPA as a primary measure (Idiots! All of them! Though I suppose if that is the best data you have... And they do look at other measures elsewhere: non-retention rate, non-graduation rate, and graduation GPA). Try correcting that for difficulty of classes (including between campus differences) and see if the SAT results make more or less difference. I wonder how much of that 70-80% unexplained variance we see in the STTF Report Appendix C models that would account for.

    Replies: @Desiderius

    I’m just glad that the people with the wherewithal to do something about it are finally at least aware that something needs doing.

  103. @syonredux
    Insanely off-topic,

    I find it quite fascinating that no one seems to mind that the Japanese like to LARP as Occidentals...


    https://static.hentai-cosplays.com/upload/20160915/26/26457/4.jpg

    Replies: @Desiderius

    That’s where the thirstiest johns are.

  104. @Spangel226
    I’m not convinced. There are so many black athletes from the ghetto that having a close family member accused of murder while competing in an important event is probably a pretty common thing. And yet one never hears of black athletes crumbling under pressure because of it.

    Replies: @Charlotte, @ThreeCranes, @Curle

    On the other hand, many black athletes compete in sports filled with other black athletes. Gymnastics is not very black-I doubt that any of Biles’ teammates have brothers with murder trials and sisters in jail. It’s probably rather isolating.

  105. @Art Deco
    @Desiderius

    You're not being ruled by the people in that hallway, you're ruled by their bosses.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @J.Ross, @Desiderius

    They’re the filter to how their bosses see the world.

    Or more to the point don’t.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Desiderius

    If their bosses are relying on the young adults in their offices to understand their constituents, their bosses are stupid.

    Replies: @bomag

  106. @Discordiax
    Except that her brother was just as on-trial-for-murder a few months ago, when Biles was doing stuff that defies the laws of physics.
    I mean, I suppose her brother being falsely, racistly accused of murder is part of the white supremacy that gave her the yips. Maybe we could work with that.
    (Yips makes it understandable, but does it trivialize it? A golfer with the yips NBD, but an Olympic gymnast or a fighter pilot with the yips is a different animal)

    Replies: @JimDandy

    She wasn’t allowed to bring her amphetamines to Japan. It’s probably hard to perform like someone on speed when you’re not on speed.

  107. @Anonymous
    I’d just like to take this moment, as a landlord, to point out that Biles crazy-ass family extends to why landlords prefer not to rent to black people.

    The typical liberal bent might be, "why wouldn’t you want to rent to Simone Biles, an Olympic athlete, with plenty of money? It's because you’re racist against BLACKS! That's why!"

    No.

    I’m betting against the shittious culture she most likely subscribes to, empowered by white liberals with no common black friends who romanticize their shitty, narcissist behavior that is exclusive to that culture.

    I'm certain there are non-feral blacks, and there certainly are blacks who are functional within a modern western society. But the chances of their bringing relatives into the mix who aren’t, I’d say would be at least around 75%.

    Not worth the risk for the headaches, and potential income loss.

    Btw, I think Biles folded her cards not so much because of her feral relatives, or her ghettonian background, but more because she was allegedly stripped of her concentration-enhancing drugs by the Japanese before the event. The Japanese were right to adjust her. Focus-enhancing drugs isn’t fair, and shouldn’t be allowed. I understand pitchers aren’t allowed to use them in professional baseball, for good reason. Not only do they give an unfair advantage, long-term use of powerful drugs like Ritalin and Adderall have shown to produce brain damage, and bizarre mood swings are a given:

    https://www.pbinstitute.com/adderall/brain-damage/

    Bottom line, Biles may have the physicality and talent to be an Olympic contender, but she lacks the mental toughness, which is why she uses these stimulants to force her way into an Olympic position she is fundamentally unqualified for.

    Those who "helped" to force her way into the Olympics should be ashamed, as should she.

    She knew what she was doing.

    Congratulations to the Japanese for calling her and her shitty "team" out on it.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @MarkinLA

    Lots of American baseball players used amphetamines after WWII, when the military handed them out in great numbers.

    • Replies: @Farenheit
    @Steve Sailer

    Let's not forget chewing tobacco, which will get you way more amped up then regular smokes. Baseball outlawed those 10-15 years ago, if memory serves.

    , @Paul Mendez
    @Steve Sailer

    Germany, Japan, Great Britain, the US and I’m sure other nations handed out “pep pills” liberally during the WW2. Speed was subsequently a popular post-war drug, and often legal.

    Meth was to the Yakuza what bootleg booze was to the Mafia.

    The original Hell’s Angels were supposedly fighter pilots who came back addicted to operating loud, fast, dangerous vehicles while on speed.

    Replies: @JimDandy

    , @bruce county
    @Steve Sailer

    Would that be the caches of Pervatin they Shanghaied from the Jerrys??

  108. Why is his name Biles-Thomas? Did he get gay married?

    • Replies: @Anon
    @Paperback Writer

    Maybe "Thomas" was the great aunt's name?


    Simone Biles and her three siblings were taken in by family members early in their lives because of their mother’s addiction to drugs and alcohol. Simone and sister Adria, the two youngest siblings, were adopted by their grandfather and lived in Texas, while Tevin and Ashley were adopted by their great-aunt and lived in Cleveland.
     
  109. @AnotherDad
    I like to think this group--Sailer commenters--can do more than just observe and bitch, but offer solutions.

    I have an idea to generate to both speed law enforcement and generate more peace in the "black community":

    An "Invited Party Guest" app / protocol:

    -- Owner/renter of a residence using the app would have the ability to issue "invited party guest" to anyone invited. Including--phone app--doing so on the spur of the moment.

    -- App would have a "check invite" function where you could just bring your phone near another persons and it would signal you whether they were carrying a legit invite (for that place and time) or not.

    Then the protocol.

    -- Any black male between say 15-40, who is an "uninvited party guest" if shot/killed, is just assumed by law enforcement to be responsible for their fate. Haul off the bodies, no need for witnesses, police investigations, DAs, trials, jails. "Do-oh, no invite! DeShawn load up the stiff. We're done here."

    This would radically up the incentive to *not* be an "uninvited party guest", streamline, simplify and reduce costs in our criminal justice system, and--longer term--apply eugenic selection pressure against the dumbest, most aggressive, highest time-preference blacks.


    Blacks could beta test, then could be extended across other ethnicities voluntarily or as necessary.

    Replies: @anon, @Morton's toes

    You must have read a different article than I did. The one I saw had the corpses non-crashers and the shooters were the crashers.

    At the Orinda AirBnB Halloween massacre it was a mix–shooters and corpses non- and crasher. That one had the fine spectacle of all kinds of crying and whatnot over one of the dead guys and it turned out on further investigation he was the one who had actually started the gun fight. Still no prosecutions and the street justice vendetta workers will have to take care of it.

  110. @anon
    >It’s almost as if snitches get stitches.

    Steve, it's not always as simple as that. Sometimes it's the baddies that get killed (from a witness's POV, the community's POV, and in a cosmic justice sense, as well) but the cops get someone in an interview room and after 6 hours of haranguing and threats, intimidate him into identifying a shooter.

    After that witness goes home and is not under all the pressure, he reconsiders: "Man, that's f***** up, I'm not gonna put Joe in prison for that. He doesn't deserve that; he didn't cause that".

    This is the same kind of injustice that is caused by school zero tolerance policies for fighting. A kid who does no wrong and doesn't ask for a situation gets viciously punished for defending himself against gang member bullies.

    The law can be a very blunt scalpel.

    Another screwed up variant: the cops bribe (with reduced prison time) a genuine bad guy into breaking the code and testifying (for the sake of argument, truthfully testifying) against a non-bad guy who acted in self defense (but who was maybe a half-second too quick on the gun draw for the Law's taste).

    So now a menace to the community gets reduced prison time on very serious charges while the non-career criminal goes to prison for a situation that wasn't of his own making. Where's the justice in that?!?

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    Sounds plausible. Biles’ brother was in the Army, while the dead guys sound like real low-lifes.

    For an opposite case, in which law enforcement agreed with the community on who was the good guy and who had it coming, read up on the Marvin Harrison story involving Peyton Manning’s favorite receiver.

  111. @dearieme
    @Jonathan Mason

    Prince Harry’s mental health problems

    Could be, but his mother's family are not cut from the finest cloth. He could simply have inherited his problems.

    Replies: @Art Deco

    Grandmother erratic. Uncle’s domestic lives recall the aphorism that good judgment comes from experience, which comes from bad judgement. Grandfather’s problems normal range. Aunts sensible as far as anyone can tell. Mother a head case. Mother also the only one in her family demonstrably thick. If you average it out, looks about like anyone’s family. Note, was largely raised by a pair of nannies, both of whom have uninjured reputations.

    • Replies: @Ralph L
    @Art Deco

    One of Harry's aunts had an eating disorder before Diana did. Earl Spencer's first wife was obviously anorexic when they married and is still scrawny. He didn't go to his eldest daughter's wedding last week to a man older than he is.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  112. @Desiderius
    @Art Deco

    They're the filter to how their bosses see the world.

    Or more to the point don't.

    Replies: @Art Deco

    If their bosses are relying on the young adults in their offices to understand their constituents, their bosses are stupid.

    • Replies: @bomag
    @Art Deco

    Well, they are not particularly stupid, but they operate in a system that lets stupidity flourish.

    "Personnel is policy" largely holds. The intern influence is not zero.

  113. @PaceLaw
    @Bardon Kaldian

    Yeah, the names do say it all, right? It is rather interesting that large portions of the black community decided around the mid-1960s to reject efforts at assimilation, and instead chose to embrace a more separate and distinct culture. For many blacks, gone are the days of trying to blend in with the dominant culture by giving your son a name like Thomas Banks, but instead they go with names like Toshaun Banks. The ever-so creative names that the black community comes up with is truly mind boggling.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Anon

    Tevin isn’t bad: “It’s spelled like Kevin, but with a T.”

  114. Anon[190] • Disclaimer says:
    @res
    @Anon

    Thanks for the commentary. Now I wonder how close you are.

    The timing of the two reviews so close together was interesting.

    Replies: @Anon

    There’s an exchange somewhere that I cannot find right now, on Twitter or in the comments to a blog post, where Hardin kind of nervously responds to the review, and Matt Yglesias comments, “We’re already doing reviews for September releases?”

    As the review says, both Khan and Hardin live in Austin and seem to know each other. I wonder if Hardin herself is the source of Khan’s advance readers copy? But given Khan’s status as a public intellectual in the field, he might have just been mailed one from a fan who had it (“Ihe publisher sent me a copy of Paige Hardin’s new book … if you’d like it, give me a mailing address … please don’t mention my name …”).

    Khan may have been shocked by the lack of Facing Reality reviews and decided to mix things up a bit with a super-early review of Hardin’s book. Norms are for mainstream media. He now has the chance to review it again when it is released. And a third time a month after that.

    The book as reviewed sounds like an infuriating mix of solid genetic information bundled with an incoherent 50-50 combination of race realism and race fantasy. I hesitate to buy it because it seems like it would be so infuriating to read. But on the other hand, Hardin’s progressive, assortatively mated, Jewish academic credentials may make this book less ignorable than Murray’s. In fact, a review of her book might almost require the encapsulation of a mini-review of Murray’s book.

  115. @AndrewR
    @Jonathan Mason

    Perhaps, but a good woman could help him. Meghan, unfortunately, is a malignant narcissist who has Harry wrapped around her finger due to her similarities with Diana (broken family, histrionic personality disorder, etc). When they married she was the same age as Diana was when she died. And of course Meghan is older than Harry, if only by three years.

    Of course, being controlled by women kind of runs in the family. David aka Edward VIII aka the Duke of Windsor is the quintessential example, but Charles doesn't seem to wear the pants in his marriage either. He certainly doesn't love Camilla for her looks.

    Replies: @Inquiring Mind

    Why doesn’t Prime Minister Johnson rise to the occasion and Defend the Realm by 1) sending the SAS commandos to take Harry and his offspring back to London, holding Harry in the Tower of London for until a proper life partner is identified and 2) annul the marriage by Act of Parliament?

    What, are you telling me there are no attractive women in England who will do this for Queen and Country?

    Staging this “operation” on US soil might be problematic — the Prime Minister should have acted when they were in Canada, but still, I think that given the slow reaction time of both the US President and the Governor of California, I think they can still pull this off.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
    @Inquiring Mind

    In earlier times it was certainly not that unusual for the younger brother to be locked up in the Tower of London and/or be beheaded before they could set up a rival court.

    The royal family might certainly want to take a look at this pretender to the throne with the view to dealing with him in traditional manner.

    I imagine that when the queen dies, he will probably have to return to Britain for the coronation of his father, and this would be an excellent opportunity to impound this traitorous princeling and his spawn pending further action.

    Putting him on trial for treason seems quite reasonable, although I suspect that the death penalty for this offense no longer exists in the UK.

  116. Anon[190] • Disclaimer says:
    @PaceLaw
    @Bardon Kaldian

    Yeah, the names do say it all, right? It is rather interesting that large portions of the black community decided around the mid-1960s to reject efforts at assimilation, and instead chose to embrace a more separate and distinct culture. For many blacks, gone are the days of trying to blend in with the dominant culture by giving your son a name like Thomas Banks, but instead they go with names like Toshaun Banks. The ever-so creative names that the black community comes up with is truly mind boggling.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Anon

    The ever-so creative names that the black community comes up with is truly mind boggling.

    They don’t hold a candle to Utah Mormon names. The original settlers only had a few surnames among them, so Mormons had to get creative with given names.

    The original:

    http://utahbabynamer.blogspot.com/2017/06/front-page.html

    And another guy made a helpful baby naming app based on the original site’s data and some AI:

    https://www.utahbabynamer.com

    A third source of wild names, after black and Mormon names, are Hong Kong Chinese “English middle names,” like Rimsky Yuen, York Chow, Moses Chan, and Hacken Lee.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong_name

    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/10/hong-kong-loves-weird-english-names/263103/

    https://myhongkonghusband.com/2016/05/19/千奇百怪的英文名-funny-english-names-in-asia/

    • Thanks: PaceLaw
    • Replies: @Paul Mendez
    @Anon

    US Southerners can come up with some doozies, too.

    I worked with a guy from Georgia who went by “Trex.” That was short for Trexel. He had three brothers: Rexel, Hexel and Drexel.

    The best part was that he was Trexel the 3rd!

    Replies: @Anon

  117. Anon[422] • Disclaimer says:
    @Paperback Writer
    Why is his name Biles-Thomas? Did he get gay married?

    Replies: @Anon

    Maybe “Thomas” was the great aunt’s name?

    Simone Biles and her three siblings were taken in by family members early in their lives because of their mother’s addiction to drugs and alcohol. Simone and sister Adria, the two youngest siblings, were adopted by their grandfather and lived in Texas, while Tevin and Ashley were adopted by their great-aunt and lived in Cleveland.

  118. @Muggles
    Excellent headline for today's topic.

    I was skimming my WSJ yesterday featuring two long articles about S. Biles apparent Olympic meltdown.

    iSteve's prior Biles articles on this topic largely featured the non "brother" info on her possible "mental health problems."

    I don't know if this trial and outcome affected her or not. However in true Soviet style journalism the supposed business paper of record and it's two fawning articles about Biles failed to cite this trial or her murderous brother's behavior.

    Can't taint the Narrative, even the the Journal. In ClownWorld, only rehashing stories about "pressure" (like that's new) or irrelevant info on imprisoned doctor Larry Nasser (for molesting other female symnasts, not Biles) gets mentioned.

    Her brother's triple murder charges were dropped due to unwilling or unreachable eye witnesses, the old Snitches Get Stitches problem. Yet zero mention of this.

    If Biles wasn't a black female, would possible relevant facts like this (i.e. causes for "pressure" or mental health) be totally omitted? No, the Comrades have designated her a modern Saint so nothing bad is allowed. Instead "we" are to blame for her problems, evidently.

    No one is disputing her achievements. She isn't "her brother's keeper" either. But today nothing written about someone black (Black!) can be fully trusted. iSteve readers excepted.

    Replies: @PaceLaw

    Well said Muggles. The increasing lack of trust that many of us have in today’s mainstream media has to damn-near be at an all-time high. Apparently no critical observation or commentary of the Wakandan Princess Simone Biles is appropriate these days; only congratulatory remarks are allowed!!! After all, who would want to interfere with her black (Black!!!) girl magic? It’s just best to keep her thugged out brother under wraps, even when he acts out so outrageously (3 dead bodies!!! Wtf?!??).

  119. @Johann Theron
    Great find. Taking it together with being called a "grandma" gymnast, by other gymnasts while in lockdown seclusion would be somewhat disabling. Fortunately the South African female swim star, now the first world record holder at the Tokyo Olympics, Tatiana Schoenmaker, have none of that, of course.

    Replies: @ThreeCranes

    “Fortunately the South African female swim star, now the first world record holder at the Tokyo Olympics, Tatiana Schoenmaker, have none of that, of course.”

    Her response after her win was the stuff of a true champion. It took her a few moments to comprehend that she had broken the WR and when she did, she broke down in true tears of joy. For once, I enjoyed the hugs girls give each other after a contest as both American gals (2nd and 3rd place) embraced her. Her teammate had to lift her arm in a victory salute, so broken up was she.

    It’s so unbelievably refreshing to NOT see someone pumping the air with their fist and giving off that primal scream thing and thumping their chests and pointing their fingers at themselves and whooping and hooting. God bless her for her humility and genuine astonished joy. This is the way white people used to behave before the negroification of our civilization.

    • Agree: Bubba, AceDeuce
    • Replies: @Anon
    @ThreeCranes

    Humbleness and joy are Christian virtues. Perhaps whites were Christian, and so were humble and grateful and joyful.

  120. @El Dato
    @Desiderius

    I don't get it but they found Tiny Duck.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @JimDandy

    Yeah, I didn’t either, but I think the joke is that they are very young and look more like high school student council members than government personnel.

  121. the uninvited guests

    Oxymoron alert!

    Last month she became the first woman to ever execute a Yurchenko double pike, a dangerous move involving a back handspring and two flips in a pike position before landing on her feet.

    It’s almost as if snitches get stitches…

    All this would weird me out and make me antsy about doing a back handspring and two flips in a pike position.

    It’s almost as if aerials get burials– in both siblings’ cases.

    Nineteen-year-old DelVaunte Johnson, 21-year-old Toshaun Banks and 23-year-old DeVaughn Gibson were killed.

    No wonder. He couldn’t tell them apart. Had to get ’em all!

    Tevin Biles-Thomas = Most enviable hits.

    pooh-poohed the notion that most black-on-black shootings were the result of Michael Corleone-like organized crime cold-blooded calculations…

    Most.

    Yesterday I took our boys on a fun (and instructive) tour of riot damage in Minneapolis and of our old, mostly safe, neighborhood across the river. I showed them the old Pittsburgh Steelers bar which had been replaced by an Ethiopian restaurant about 16 years ago. Right before our wedding, a bunch of young white men held a celebration there, perhaps a bachelor’s party. Thinking nothing of it, one of them had invited a black friend from way on the other side of town. He wasn’t a problem.

    No, it was his enemies from the East Side, who tracked him down and killed him then and there.

    “Hey, kids… wanna hear about what took place at Grandpa’s bachelor party?” Naturally, we told my new in-laws nothing about what just happened two blocks from where their daughter was about to move.

    BTW, the Ethiopians are still there and doing fine. The second-scariest incident happened when the city bus I was riding barreled past the place just as a car full of Africans backed out– yes, backed out– into traffic, and our driver had to stop on a dime to avoid fatalities and perhaps an explosion. We were all thrown and, IIRC, had to fill out a transit incident card.

    (This story fits the bad-driver thread as well.)

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Reg Cæsar


    We were all thrown and, IIRC, had to fill out a transit incident card.
     
    In Philly, whenever there was a SEPTA bus crash, 50 people would file injury lawsuits even though there were only 20 people on the bus. Finally they got cameras on the buses so that they could prove that you weren't on the bus. I assume that the "incident cards" exist for the same reason. No ticky, no laundry.
  122. @Spangel226
    I’m not convinced. There are so many black athletes from the ghetto that having a close family member accused of murder while competing in an important event is probably a pretty common thing. And yet one never hears of black athletes crumbling under pressure because of it.

    Replies: @Charlotte, @ThreeCranes, @Curle

    Agree. I heard today that her score on the vault was third from the bottom. She quit because she couldn’t handle not being on top. “If I’m not number one, color me gone.”

  123. @Steve Sailer
    @Anonymous

    Lots of American baseball players used amphetamines after WWII, when the military handed them out in great numbers.

    Replies: @Farenheit, @Paul Mendez, @bruce county

    Let’s not forget chewing tobacco, which will get you way more amped up then regular smokes. Baseball outlawed those 10-15 years ago, if memory serves.

  124. The trouble with the “I’m backing out to preserve my mental health” excuse is that it leaves the listener puzzled and thinking the worst.

    The latest report is that Ben Stokes, a world famous cricketer who was born in New Zealand but plays for England is taking a hiatus from cricket to “take care of my mental health.”

    Inevitably one is going to start thinking about what kind of mental health problem he has. Based on his past history it might have something to do with excessive alcohol consumption, but one cannot be sure of that.

    When a person is backing out so as to take care of their mental health, one assumes that they are actually taking care of a mental illness, but a mental illness is quite different from a physical illness, and cannot be cured by surgery or antibiotics.

    What we are really talking about is some kind of existential crisis.

    • Replies: @jay ritchie
    @Jonathan Mason

    "The latest report is that Ben Stokes, a world famous cricketer who was born in New Zealand but plays for England is taking a hiatus from cricket to “take care of my mental health.”

    Inevitably one is going to start thinking about what kind of mental health problem he has. Based on his past history it might have something to do with excessive alcohol consumption, but one cannot be sure of that."

    He also has a finger injury which seemed to be pretty serious and was rushed back to support TV viewing figures when the first choice 15 were locked up for some covid scare. From recollection his father died in NZ recently and he had trouble getting back there to see him.

    I've wondered how much this is a problem of a global world. Stokes seems to have stayed in the UK when his family returned (he moved as his dad was a professional rugby player) as its way easier to earn a living playing cricket and for his position was easier to get into the England team. Would he have had an easier entry to adult life being with him family?

    Cricket has a terrible number of suicides once men have retired from the sport. Almost all batsmen. Does Steve have any statistics to compare sports?

    Replies: @Jonathan Mason

  125. @Anon
    So the brother is a garden variety ghetto thug. Wonderful.

    Why the hyphenated surname? Is that a new ghetto fad to help keep the baby daddies straight?

    Replies: @ThreeCranes

    Different baby names goes way back. In the sixties as fifth grader I asked our teacher, in all innocence why some black brothers and sisters in our school had different last names. He said, some people just choose to do it that way and that satisfied me.

  126. @Art Deco
    @dearieme

    Grandmother erratic. Uncle's domestic lives recall the aphorism that good judgment comes from experience, which comes from bad judgement. Grandfather's problems normal range. Aunts sensible as far as anyone can tell. Mother a head case. Mother also the only one in her family demonstrably thick. If you average it out, looks about like anyone's family. Note, was largely raised by a pair of nannies, both of whom have uninjured reputations.

    Replies: @Ralph L

    One of Harry’s aunts had an eating disorder before Diana did. Earl Spencer’s first wife was obviously anorexic when they married and is still scrawny. He didn’t go to his eldest daughter’s wedding last week to a man older than he is.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Ralph L


    Earl Spencer’s first wife was obviously anorexic when they married and is still scrawny.
     
    They still use the traditional anorectic in the UK, don't they? Canadian Anne Murray used that form when discussing her daughter's problems with the press in the 90s.

    American medicine has gotten so tabloid in recent decades. This is a sign, just as our ubiquitous misuse of tuition is a sign of the sheer greed of academia.

  127. @Anonymous
    I’d just like to take this moment, as a landlord, to point out that Biles crazy-ass family extends to why landlords prefer not to rent to black people.

    The typical liberal bent might be, "why wouldn’t you want to rent to Simone Biles, an Olympic athlete, with plenty of money? It's because you’re racist against BLACKS! That's why!"

    No.

    I’m betting against the shittious culture she most likely subscribes to, empowered by white liberals with no common black friends who romanticize their shitty, narcissist behavior that is exclusive to that culture.

    I'm certain there are non-feral blacks, and there certainly are blacks who are functional within a modern western society. But the chances of their bringing relatives into the mix who aren’t, I’d say would be at least around 75%.

    Not worth the risk for the headaches, and potential income loss.

    Btw, I think Biles folded her cards not so much because of her feral relatives, or her ghettonian background, but more because she was allegedly stripped of her concentration-enhancing drugs by the Japanese before the event. The Japanese were right to adjust her. Focus-enhancing drugs isn’t fair, and shouldn’t be allowed. I understand pitchers aren’t allowed to use them in professional baseball, for good reason. Not only do they give an unfair advantage, long-term use of powerful drugs like Ritalin and Adderall have shown to produce brain damage, and bizarre mood swings are a given:

    https://www.pbinstitute.com/adderall/brain-damage/

    Bottom line, Biles may have the physicality and talent to be an Olympic contender, but she lacks the mental toughness, which is why she uses these stimulants to force her way into an Olympic position she is fundamentally unqualified for.

    Those who "helped" to force her way into the Olympics should be ashamed, as should she.

    She knew what she was doing.

    Congratulations to the Japanese for calling her and her shitty "team" out on it.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @MarkinLA

  128. @Bardon Kaldian
    Something along McInnes point 1

    https://www.takimag.com/article/10_black_things_liberals_just_dont_understand_gavin_mcinnes/

    10 Black Things Liberals Just Don”t Understand

    No matter how posh an American black is, on the other hand, he can summon the ghetto version of himself at the drop of a hat. This is because even if he didn”t come from that world, he has a cousin who does.

    Replies: @AceDeuce, @Hibernian

    No matter how posh an American black is, on the other hand, he can summon the ghetto version of himself at the drop of a hat. This is because even if he didn”t come from that world, he has a cousin who does.

    The main reason for that is, fundamentally, they’re all alike.

    And not in a good way.

  129. @Jonathan Mason
    The trouble with the "I'm backing out to preserve my mental health" excuse is that it leaves the listener puzzled and thinking the worst.

    The latest report is that Ben Stokes, a world famous cricketer who was born in New Zealand but plays for England is taking a hiatus from cricket to "take care of my mental health."

    Inevitably one is going to start thinking about what kind of mental health problem he has. Based on his past history it might have something to do with excessive alcohol consumption, but one cannot be sure of that.

    When a person is backing out so as to take care of their mental health, one assumes that they are actually taking care of a mental illness, but a mental illness is quite different from a physical illness, and cannot be cured by surgery or antibiotics.

    What we are really talking about is some kind of existential crisis.

    Replies: @jay ritchie

    “The latest report is that Ben Stokes, a world famous cricketer who was born in New Zealand but plays for England is taking a hiatus from cricket to “take care of my mental health.”

    Inevitably one is going to start thinking about what kind of mental health problem he has. Based on his past history it might have something to do with excessive alcohol consumption, but one cannot be sure of that.”

    He also has a finger injury which seemed to be pretty serious and was rushed back to support TV viewing figures when the first choice 15 were locked up for some covid scare. From recollection his father died in NZ recently and he had trouble getting back there to see him.

    I’ve wondered how much this is a problem of a global world. Stokes seems to have stayed in the UK when his family returned (he moved as his dad was a professional rugby player) as its way easier to earn a living playing cricket and for his position was easier to get into the England team. Would he have had an easier entry to adult life being with him family?

    Cricket has a terrible number of suicides once men have retired from the sport. Almost all batsmen. Does Steve have any statistics to compare sports?

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
    @jay ritchie

    Once many years ago I had a patient who had made a very serious attempt to commit suicide who was a former professional soccer player in England.

    He was not internationally known, but he was a prolific goal scorer and was very celebrated in his hometown of Rotherham, England (yes!).

    Like many professional football players, his career was ended prematurely because of injuries.

    He told me that he had become very depressed because his life was not the same as it had been.

    It must be a huge change from having your name in the newspapers every single day and being a local celebrity to being just a former soccer player.

    He had actually switched careers and become a high school math teacher.

    He was probably atypical, but a very high proportion of professional cricket and soccer players are heavy drinkers, and like rock or jazz musicians, they spend many nights away from home on the road or internationally and looking for entertainment in strange cities, so perhaps it is not a strange thing that many become suicidal later in life after the thrill has gone and they are expected to settle down to a plain life in suburbia.

    It is so long ago now that I do not remember what happened to my client in the long run. I think he may have eventually successfully overdosed on sleeping pills, but perhaps my memory is playing tricks on me.

  130. @Jack D
    @Desiderius

    A cigar. OMG. Get me my fainting couch, stat! To what level of depravity have our young people sunk? Next thing you know, they will be listening to that depraved Negro jass music.

    https://youtu.be/Z0MamujVn5E

    Replies: @Desiderius, @onebelowall

    Or they might become Teddy Boys and listen to stuff like this:

  131. [MORE]

    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
    @Desiderius

    And everybody has forgotten that hundreds of millions of doses of flu vaccine that were purchased by Euromutt governments in 2009/10.

    Huxley was right: 99.5% of humanity are imbeciles.

    That's why the political class knows that they can behave as if the entire system has no memory.

    There is no excuse to have fallen for the same bullshit just because 10 years have passed, and it's intensely disappointing that iSteve has fallen hook, line, sinker, rod and half the angler's arm.

    From 2010: Channel 4 on the 'swine flu' scandal (actually just more RICO-style behaviour by Big Pharma) =>...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs-DBOFWCpc

  132. @Steve Sailer
    @Anonymous

    Lots of American baseball players used amphetamines after WWII, when the military handed them out in great numbers.

    Replies: @Farenheit, @Paul Mendez, @bruce county

    Germany, Japan, Great Britain, the US and I’m sure other nations handed out “pep pills” liberally during the WW2. Speed was subsequently a popular post-war drug, and often legal.

    Meth was to the Yakuza what bootleg booze was to the Mafia.

    The original Hell’s Angels were supposedly fighter pilots who came back addicted to operating loud, fast, dangerous vehicles while on speed.

    • Replies: @JimDandy
    @Paul Mendez

    The Pissed Off Bastards and... Boozefighters.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boozefighters

  133. @Anon
    @PaceLaw


    The ever-so creative names that the black community comes up with is truly mind boggling.
     
    They don't hold a candle to Utah Mormon names. The original settlers only had a few surnames among them, so Mormons had to get creative with given names.

    The original:

    http://utahbabynamer.blogspot.com/2017/06/front-page.html

    And another guy made a helpful baby naming app based on the original site's data and some AI:

    https://www.utahbabynamer.com

    A third source of wild names, after black and Mormon names, are Hong Kong Chinese "English middle names," like Rimsky Yuen, York Chow, Moses Chan, and Hacken Lee.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong_name

    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/10/hong-kong-loves-weird-english-names/263103/

    https://myhongkonghusband.com/2016/05/19/千奇百怪的英文名-funny-english-names-in-asia/

    Replies: @Paul Mendez

    US Southerners can come up with some doozies, too.

    I worked with a guy from Georgia who went by “Trex.” That was short for Trexel. He had three brothers: Rexel, Hexel and Drexel.

    The best part was that he was Trexel the 3rd!

    • Replies: @Anon
    @Paul Mendez


    US Southerners can come up with some doozies, too.
     
    I wonder what accounts for that?

    There are a lot of similarities between blacks and Ssoutherners because, well, blacks are Southerners by ancestry. My mom is from Georgia, and although her accent had faded, it would reappear when she got on the phone with her sister. And she loved to stop by soul food joints if we found them, even though we were far from the South.

    Things like "y'all" are just Southern. A lot of "black language" stuff, to the probable annoyance of Northern black Ivy League students, is just Southerner dialect. Except that I think only white Southerners called Brazil nuts n-wordtoes.

    So maybe strange names are not so much black as pan-racial Southern? Or would it be pan-racial poor Southern? But how would you unconfound for the possibility that the uppityification of non-poor white speech might have happened more recently, and even their ancestors had oddball names? A researcher has probably looked into this.

    My going theory on black names was the same as Mormon names (and Korean given names in Korea): the paucity of surnames: Williams, Johnson, Smith, Jones, Brown, Jackson, Davis, Thomas, Washington, etc. But that wouldn't have been true of poor, white Southerners. And blacks have been changing their surnames to crazy pseudo-African names for quite a while.

    But, hmmm, here's a list of common Texas names, and when you remove the Spanish-derived names, it looks a lot like the greatest hits of black surnames. I wish I could find a list of common names in a more deep South state.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_common_surnames_in_North_America#Texas_(Texan)
  134. @Inquiring Mind
    @AndrewR

    Why doesn't Prime Minister Johnson rise to the occasion and Defend the Realm by 1) sending the SAS commandos to take Harry and his offspring back to London, holding Harry in the Tower of London for until a proper life partner is identified and 2) annul the marriage by Act of Parliament?

    What, are you telling me there are no attractive women in England who will do this for Queen and Country?

    Staging this "operation" on US soil might be problematic -- the Prime Minister should have acted when they were in Canada, but still, I think that given the slow reaction time of both the US President and the Governor of California, I think they can still pull this off.

    Replies: @Jonathan Mason

    In earlier times it was certainly not that unusual for the younger brother to be locked up in the Tower of London and/or be beheaded before they could set up a rival court.

    The royal family might certainly want to take a look at this pretender to the throne with the view to dealing with him in traditional manner.

    I imagine that when the queen dies, he will probably have to return to Britain for the coronation of his father, and this would be an excellent opportunity to impound this traitorous princeling and his spawn pending further action.

    Putting him on trial for treason seems quite reasonable, although I suspect that the death penalty for this offense no longer exists in the UK.

  135. @Art Deco
    @Desiderius

    If their bosses are relying on the young adults in their offices to understand their constituents, their bosses are stupid.

    Replies: @bomag

    Well, they are not particularly stupid, but they operate in a system that lets stupidity flourish.

    “Personnel is policy” largely holds. The intern influence is not zero.

  136. @Paul Mendez
    @Steve Sailer

    Germany, Japan, Great Britain, the US and I’m sure other nations handed out “pep pills” liberally during the WW2. Speed was subsequently a popular post-war drug, and often legal.

    Meth was to the Yakuza what bootleg booze was to the Mafia.

    The original Hell’s Angels were supposedly fighter pilots who came back addicted to operating loud, fast, dangerous vehicles while on speed.

    Replies: @JimDandy

    The Pissed Off Bastards and… Boozefighters.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boozefighters

  137. @Change that Matters
    It's simple: Biles dreaded returning to work:

    Why most Black office workers are dreading the return to offices

    A new poll says 97 percent of Black knowledge workers are not ready to return to offices riddled with racial microaggressions, discrimination and glass ceilings.

    The anxiety that engulfed Sandra McPherson surprised her. After working from home for more than a year because of the pandemic, she received an email notifying her an office-return date had been set, and, in an instant, she said she “felt tense. It was immediate. I had felt like that before — when I was about to skydive in Arizona.”

    She said her parachute provided relief and even exhilaration. The prospect of returning to the office, however, did not feel as liberating.

    Part of that was the comfort and convenience of working from home. There was also avoiding Los Angeles’ notorious traffic, dispensing with work attire and negotiating office politics.

    “But that wasn’t what made me feel like I couldn’t breathe when I read the email,” said McPherson, who works in website development and maintenance. “It was the snide remarks, almost always about race. I loved my job, what I did, but as one of three Black people in an office of about maybe 80, there was always something from my white colleagues that made me feel uncomfortable or offended me.

    “Some of it was intentional. Most of it was. A little of it was just sort of unconscious. All of it just wears on you. I was really upset.”

    Replies: @fish

    “It was the snide remarks, almost always about race. I loved my job, what I did, but as one of three Black people in an office of about maybe 80, there was always something from my white colleagues that made me feel uncomfortable or offended me.

    “Some of it was intentional. Most of it was. A little of it was just sort of unconscious. All of it just wears on you. I was really upset.”

    …..and there it is…..her Golden Ticket.

    • Agree: Change that Matters
  138. @Kylie
    "Why Is Nobody, Other Than My Commenters, Suggesting That Simone Biles Was Stressed by Her Brother's Recent Triple Murder Trial?"

    Maybe because pretty much everybody except most of your commenters knows that in the black community, this generally isn't nearly as big a deal as it would be elsewhere.

    Also, according to her Wikipedia entry, she and this brother were adopted into different, though related, households when she was about six years old.

    The misguided and anachronistic gallantry with which so many here respond to females generally both astonishes and dismays me.

    Replies: @3g4me

    @ 78 Kylie: Ran out of ‘agree’ buttons. Thank you; excellent comment. I think it’s a function of a majority of Sailer’s commentariat being older than 50 as well as classical liberals. They are astonishingly naive regarding more than a few social issues.

    • Thanks: Kylie
  139. @ThreeCranes
    @Johann Theron


    "Fortunately the South African female swim star, now the first world record holder at the Tokyo Olympics, Tatiana Schoenmaker, have none of that, of course."

     

    Her response after her win was the stuff of a true champion. It took her a few moments to comprehend that she had broken the WR and when she did, she broke down in true tears of joy. For once, I enjoyed the hugs girls give each other after a contest as both American gals (2nd and 3rd place) embraced her. Her teammate had to lift her arm in a victory salute, so broken up was she.

    It's so unbelievably refreshing to NOT see someone pumping the air with their fist and giving off that primal scream thing and thumping their chests and pointing their fingers at themselves and whooping and hooting. God bless her for her humility and genuine astonished joy. This is the way white people used to behave before the negroification of our civilization.

    Replies: @Anon

    Humbleness and joy are Christian virtues. Perhaps whites were Christian, and so were humble and grateful and joyful.

  140. I’m a cynic. She may have weighed the cost/benefit. If she stayed in and was injured, she would not be able to compete again losing millions in endorsements. If she retreated to fight another day, she would weather the tweet storm and reap the millions in future endorsements.
    Supporting the team does not pay. Every wide receiver in football has shown this for the past 30 years.

  141. Anon[422] • Disclaimer says:
    @Paul Mendez
    @Anon

    US Southerners can come up with some doozies, too.

    I worked with a guy from Georgia who went by “Trex.” That was short for Trexel. He had three brothers: Rexel, Hexel and Drexel.

    The best part was that he was Trexel the 3rd!

    Replies: @Anon

    US Southerners can come up with some doozies, too.

    I wonder what accounts for that?

    There are a lot of similarities between blacks and Ssoutherners because, well, blacks are Southerners by ancestry. My mom is from Georgia, and although her accent had faded, it would reappear when she got on the phone with her sister. And she loved to stop by soul food joints if we found them, even though we were far from the South.

    Things like “y’all” are just Southern. A lot of “black language” stuff, to the probable annoyance of Northern black Ivy League students, is just Southerner dialect. Except that I think only white Southerners called Brazil nuts n-wordtoes.

    So maybe strange names are not so much black as pan-racial Southern? Or would it be pan-racial poor Southern? But how would you unconfound for the possibility that the uppityification of non-poor white speech might have happened more recently, and even their ancestors had oddball names? A researcher has probably looked into this.

    My going theory on black names was the same as Mormon names (and Korean given names in Korea): the paucity of surnames: Williams, Johnson, Smith, Jones, Brown, Jackson, Davis, Thomas, Washington, etc. But that wouldn’t have been true of poor, white Southerners. And blacks have been changing their surnames to crazy pseudo-African names for quite a while.

    But, hmmm, here’s a list of common Texas names, and when you remove the Spanish-derived names, it looks a lot like the greatest hits of black surnames. I wish I could find a list of common names in a more deep South state.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_common_surnames_in_North_America#Texas_(Texan)

  142. • Replies: @Paul Mendez
    @Desiderius

    With all due respect

    You need to get a life

    Or at least a hobby

    I mean this in a nice way

    Replies: @Desiderius

  143. @Bardon Kaldian
    Something along McInnes point 1

    https://www.takimag.com/article/10_black_things_liberals_just_dont_understand_gavin_mcinnes/

    10 Black Things Liberals Just Don”t Understand

    No matter how posh an American black is, on the other hand, he can summon the ghetto version of himself at the drop of a hat. This is because even if he didn”t come from that world, he has a cousin who does.

    Replies: @AceDeuce, @Hibernian

    Not so different from respectable white people who have Mob or IRA connections. Don’t ask me how I know.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Hibernian


    Not so different from respectable white people who have Mob or IRA connections. Don’t ask me how I know.
     
    Don't have to. Your screen name speaks volumes.



    https://assets.alcatrazcruises.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Featured-blog-post.jpg

    Replies: @Hibernian

  144. @Jonathan Mason
    @Desiderius

    Yes I am sure that the prisoners from the January 6th revolt are being kept in the Black Hole of Calcutta, and that the desires of politicians to review prison conditions have nothing to do with political grandstanding and playing to the baser instincts of the base.

    Replies: @Desiderius, @J.Ross, @Hibernian, @Spect3r, @sayless

    Adversarial politics like adversarial criminal justice leads to better results than the dictatorial kind of system depressingly common in many parts of the world. Being British you surely know this, although we Americans took it further than you; that was the main issue 1776-83. Now the likes of Nancy Pelosi are destroying everything we all worked, and some fought and died, for.

  145. @Harry Baldwin
    @International Jew

    He was in the army at the time, a cannon crew member assigned to 3rd Infantry Division, though soldiers don't get much training on the pistol.

    Replies: @Pixo, @Hibernian

    …soldiers don’t get much training on the pistol.

    Usually none, at least courtesy of Uncle Sam, unless you’re an Officer, MP, Tanker, or Sergeant Major. I was told there were some other case by case exceptions to the rule.

    • Replies: @Paul Mendez
    @Hibernian

    During the height of the “Surge” in Iraq, a few vet fathers paid instructors who used my gun club’s 200 yd range to train their Army sons/daughters to run their M4s before they were deployed to the Sandbox.

    They thought Army infantry were just bait to get the insurgents to show themselves so they could be whacked with mortars/artillery/air strikes. They were concerned their children were not being trained to fight.

  146. Is China not doing as well in the Olympics because of more stringent doping detection?

  147. @Desiderius
    https://twitter.com/Brandon28594982/status/1421106926817988611?s=20

    One follower.

    Get in on the ground floor.

    Replies: @Paul Mendez

    With all due respect

    You need to get a life

    Or at least a hobby

    I mean this in a nice way

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Paul Mendez

    Nice isn’t cutting it Paul.

  148. @Hibernian
    @Harry Baldwin


    ...soldiers don’t get much training on the pistol.
     
    Usually none, at least courtesy of Uncle Sam, unless you're an Officer, MP, Tanker, or Sergeant Major. I was told there were some other case by case exceptions to the rule.

    Replies: @Paul Mendez

    During the height of the “Surge” in Iraq, a few vet fathers paid instructors who used my gun club’s 200 yd range to train their Army sons/daughters to run their M4s before they were deployed to the Sandbox.

    They thought Army infantry were just bait to get the insurgents to show themselves so they could be whacked with mortars/artillery/air strikes. They were concerned their children were not being trained to fight.

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
  149. Join, or die.

  150. “My heart aches for everyone involved,’ Ms. Biles said. ‘I ask everyone to please respect my family’s privacy as we deal with our pain.’”

    She was talking as if she, her brother, and their family were the vics. When your brother stands charged with mass murder, you don’t get to talk that way. (Three are enough for me.)

  151. @Ralph L
    @Art Deco

    One of Harry's aunts had an eating disorder before Diana did. Earl Spencer's first wife was obviously anorexic when they married and is still scrawny. He didn't go to his eldest daughter's wedding last week to a man older than he is.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Earl Spencer’s first wife was obviously anorexic when they married and is still scrawny.

    They still use the traditional anorectic in the UK, don’t they? Canadian Anne Murray used that form when discussing her daughter’s problems with the press in the 90s.

    American medicine has gotten so tabloid in recent decades. This is a sign, just as our ubiquitous misuse of tuition is a sign of the sheer greed of academia.

  152. @res
    @Desiderius


    There are none so blind.
     
    Not sure who is blindest.
    1. Those who choose not to see.
    2. Those who try to prevent others from seeing.
    3. Those who pay attention to 2.

    Any bets on which category Jonathan Mason falls into here?

    Replies: @Desiderius, @Reg Cæsar

    Not sure who is blindest.
    1. Those who choose not to see.
    2. Those who try to prevent others from seeing…

    Any bets on which category Jonathan Mason falls into here?

    Ecuador is farther from the center of Earth than anywhere else on the surface. The sight lines from Chimborazo should leave his vision unimpeded.

    On the other hand, his neighbors once elected a leader with a toothbrush mustache. Not a good sign.

  153. @Hibernian
    @Bardon Kaldian

    Not so different from respectable white people who have Mob or IRA connections. Don't ask me how I know.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Not so different from respectable white people who have Mob or IRA connections. Don’t ask me how I know.

    Don’t have to. Your screen name speaks volumes.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    @Reg Cæsar

    Willie Sutton?

  154. @Ralph L
    It isn't clear if B-T or the dead were uninvited, quite the social faux pas, and why is he hyphenated and not Simone?

    Looks like the judge is heavily botoxed. She barely moves her upper lip when speaking.

    Replies: @Dr. Dre, @Ed Case

    If they’re not reporting Biles-Thomas as an invited guest, then is it fair to assume he was uninvited?
    Sounds like the guy who was shot in the head , now missing, who could identify B-T, was also the shot scuffler.

  155. meh. I stopped reading once there was a person involved named “Tevin.”

    Imagine if every single time you time you tried in good faith to engage me, I shrieked back at you in a weird mechanical robot-voice from sci-fi movies in the 1950s, and I insisted on wearing a fruit-salad dish on my head, and all my children were named things like :Zxargox– Nine Thousand”, and yet I kept on insisting in a VERY loud voice, that I was an American just like you.

    Does this sort of thing sound at all familiar, ShauH’nee–kwa:?

    Yeah, I’m getting a wee bit “exhausted” too.

  156. @Paul Mendez
    @Desiderius

    With all due respect

    You need to get a life

    Or at least a hobby

    I mean this in a nice way

    Replies: @Desiderius

    Nice isn’t cutting it Paul.

  157. This is where nice gets you:

    Do better.

  158. This is what joining (instead of dying) looks like:

    Do it.

  159. @International Jew

    Prosecutors also said they cannot find two other witnesses, including one man who was shot in the head.
     
    I'd have a hunch for them about where that guy is, if they should ask me.

    Replies: @Spect3r, @Stan d Mute

  160. @Art Deco
    @Jonathan Mason

    The smart money says Prince Harry's 'mental health problems' are like other people's: largely iatrogenic.

    Replies: @Mr Mox, @Carroll Price

    The smart money says Prince Harry’s ‘mental health problems’ are like other people’s: largely iatrogenic.

    Coming to a screen near you…

  161. @Jonathan Mason
    @Desiderius

    Yes I am sure that the prisoners from the January 6th revolt are being kept in the Black Hole of Calcutta, and that the desires of politicians to review prison conditions have nothing to do with political grandstanding and playing to the baser instincts of the base.

    Replies: @Desiderius, @J.Ross, @Hibernian, @Spect3r, @sayless

    Even if their interest is political (and i agree that at least a large portion of it will be), the fact remains that this is a serious matter.

  162. @J.Ross
    @Jonathan Mason

    The baser base instincts, in this case as in the election, being minimal institutional transparency? What exactly is the danger in letting a congresscritter ask a warden questions? Is it more dangerous or less dangerous than obeying a judge's order to not throw out court-mandated election observers?

    Replies: @Jonathan Mason

    I am sure that the Congress critters could send questions to the warden of any particular prison by email.

    It just seems to me that the Congress critters in question might be trying to grandstand, rather than seeking to educate themselves about the correctional system in the United States.

    Prison reform is certainly a worthy objective, but there are ways of going about it, and there are ways of going about it.

    Anyway, you don’t want any unnecessary visitors going into a prison during a pandemic, especially ones who have demonstrated incapacity to comply with common sense precautions.

  163. @edkpyros
    Here's an interesting bit: Biles' first prosecution ended in mistrial because jurors were mistakenly given legal briefs between his defense and prosecutors which "included a debate between prosecutors and defense attorneys over whether Biles-Thomas might have acted in self-defense."

    https://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/2021/05/judge-in-cleveland-declares-mistrial-in-murder-trial-of-simone-biles-brother-after-jury-mistakenly-gets-legal-briefs.html

    Obviously not an admission that he shot anyone, but if 12/12 jurors said it affected their view of the case to the point of mistrial, there must have been some there there.

    Also: did she foot the bill for his defense—either directly or indirectly?

    Replies: @Jack D

    Biles spent 3 months in jail before his bail was reduced from 10% of $1M to 10% of $100k, so sis apparently didn’t bail him out.

    Regarding Sailer’s Law of Mass Shootings, Biles intentionally shot Johnson, who had grabbed his cousin Gibson. However, he ALSO shot Cousin Gibson (presumably by mistake) AND he also keeled Banks (possibly a bystander) and wounded another woman. So the Law holds.

    Self-defense was incompatible with the notion, pushed at the 2nd trial, that he dindu nuffin – that it was someone else or at least that there was insufficient proof that it was him.

    It seems like the police work here was rather pathetic. It’s understandable that at a large party (BTW, who in his right mind rents their AirBNB to these parties? You get your house back full of bullet holes and blood.) nobody saw nuffin but what about ballistics? Tying Biles to the murder weapon? Powder residue on his hands? Making your whole case out of eyewitness testimony is very weak.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    @Jack D

    "who in his right mind rents their AirBNB to these parties?"

    You tell the owner that you and your old mum are renting for a family reunion. And if they turn you down, you claim racism.

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/apr/27/airbnb-government-housing-test-black-discrimination

    https://www.airbnb.co.uk/resources/hosting-homes/a/a-new-way-were-fighting-discrimination-on-airbnb-201

    https://fortune.com/2016/09/15/airbnb-racism-black/

    I just wonder what kind of idiot lets out their flat on New Year's Eve?


    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/machete-thugs-trash-flat-rented-out-on-airbnb-over-new-year-s-eve-a3438601.html

  164. @jay ritchie
    @Jonathan Mason

    "The latest report is that Ben Stokes, a world famous cricketer who was born in New Zealand but plays for England is taking a hiatus from cricket to “take care of my mental health.”

    Inevitably one is going to start thinking about what kind of mental health problem he has. Based on his past history it might have something to do with excessive alcohol consumption, but one cannot be sure of that."

    He also has a finger injury which seemed to be pretty serious and was rushed back to support TV viewing figures when the first choice 15 were locked up for some covid scare. From recollection his father died in NZ recently and he had trouble getting back there to see him.

    I've wondered how much this is a problem of a global world. Stokes seems to have stayed in the UK when his family returned (he moved as his dad was a professional rugby player) as its way easier to earn a living playing cricket and for his position was easier to get into the England team. Would he have had an easier entry to adult life being with him family?

    Cricket has a terrible number of suicides once men have retired from the sport. Almost all batsmen. Does Steve have any statistics to compare sports?

    Replies: @Jonathan Mason

    Once many years ago I had a patient who had made a very serious attempt to commit suicide who was a former professional soccer player in England.

    He was not internationally known, but he was a prolific goal scorer and was very celebrated in his hometown of Rotherham, England (yes!).

    Like many professional football players, his career was ended prematurely because of injuries.

    He told me that he had become very depressed because his life was not the same as it had been.

    It must be a huge change from having your name in the newspapers every single day and being a local celebrity to being just a former soccer player.

    He had actually switched careers and become a high school math teacher.

    He was probably atypical, but a very high proportion of professional cricket and soccer players are heavy drinkers, and like rock or jazz musicians, they spend many nights away from home on the road or internationally and looking for entertainment in strange cities, so perhaps it is not a strange thing that many become suicidal later in life after the thrill has gone and they are expected to settle down to a plain life in suburbia.

    It is so long ago now that I do not remember what happened to my client in the long run. I think he may have eventually successfully overdosed on sleeping pills, but perhaps my memory is playing tricks on me.

  165. @Reg Cæsar

    the uninvited guests
     
    Oxymoron alert!


    Last month she became the first woman to ever execute a Yurchenko double pike, a dangerous move involving a back handspring and two flips in a pike position before landing on her feet.
     
    It’s almost as if snitches get stitches...

    All this would weird me out and make me antsy about doing a back handspring and two flips in a pike position.

     

    It's almost as if aerials get burials-- in both siblings' cases.


    https://www.acrodanceteachersassociation.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/6-1024.jpg

    https://mpng.subpng.com/20180408/cye/kisspng-aerials-telecommunications-tower-radio-mobile-phon-antenna-5acad6f2068e76.5153331115232427380269.jpg


    Nineteen-year-old DelVaunte Johnson, 21-year-old Toshaun Banks and 23-year-old DeVaughn Gibson were killed.
     
    No wonder. He couldn't tell them apart. Had to get 'em all!

    Tevin Biles-Thomas = Most enviable hits.


    pooh-poohed the notion that most black-on-black shootings were the result of Michael Corleone-like organized crime cold-blooded calculations...
     
    Most.

    Yesterday I took our boys on a fun (and instructive) tour of riot damage in Minneapolis and of our old, mostly safe, neighborhood across the river. I showed them the old Pittsburgh Steelers bar which had been replaced by an Ethiopian restaurant about 16 years ago. Right before our wedding, a bunch of young white men held a celebration there, perhaps a bachelor's party. Thinking nothing of it, one of them had invited a black friend from way on the other side of town. He wasn't a problem.

    No, it was his enemies from the East Side, who tracked him down and killed him then and there.

    "Hey, kids... wanna hear about what took place at Grandpa's bachelor party?" Naturally, we told my new in-laws nothing about what just happened two blocks from where their daughter was about to move.

    BTW, the Ethiopians are still there and doing fine. The second-scariest incident happened when the city bus I was riding barreled past the place just as a car full of Africans backed out-- yes, backed out-- into traffic, and our driver had to stop on a dime to avoid fatalities and perhaps an explosion. We were all thrown and, IIRC, had to fill out a transit incident card.

    (This story fits the bad-driver thread as well.)

    Replies: @Jack D

    We were all thrown and, IIRC, had to fill out a transit incident card.

    In Philly, whenever there was a SEPTA bus crash, 50 people would file injury lawsuits even though there were only 20 people on the bus. Finally they got cameras on the buses so that they could prove that you weren’t on the bus. I assume that the “incident cards” exist for the same reason. No ticky, no laundry.

  166. Then again, Ronnie Lot had part of his pinky finger amputated so he would not miss a playoff game, and Brett Favre had one of his best games ever the day after his father died, but what do men know about setting aside personal issues to perform at the highest possible level?

  167. @Desiderius
    @Jack D

    You want to be ruled by the people in that hallway you go right ahead and nominate them.

    I prefer fathers.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @Jack D

    Other than being young (too young to hold office – these are not our rulers but our ruler’s foot soldiers, and foot soldiers are always shockingly young) what exactly is wrong with those kids in the hallway? They look like a clean cut bunch to me and probably in 10 or 15 years some of them will in fact be fathers and have enough maturity to run for office.

  168. @Joe Stalin
    @Jonathan Mason


    I have said in comments a few times that it seems to me much more likely that Prince Harry’s mental health problems could be related in part to the fact that he personally was responsible for killing a number of Afghans by shooting them from his helicopter gunship then to the premature death of his mother in an automobile accident.

    However, apart from one article in the guardian in which Prince Harry admitted to having killed Afghans during his military service, the press stays well away from this issue
     
    Remember when defeating your opponent was greeted with accolades?

    Yeager flew his first combat mission in February 1944. He quickly discovered he had a natural aptitude for dogfighting because of his superb 20/10 eyesight and his ability to rapidly react while remaining calm. On March 4, he scored his first aerial victory against a German Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter while escorting American bombers in a daylight raid over Germany. The very next day, Yeager’s luck turned when he was shot down near Bordeaux, France.

    Eisenhower’s gamble paid off on October 12, 1944, when Yeager destroyed five Bf 109 fighters in a single engagement. First Lieutenant Yeager later reported how he spotted the German fighters one-and-a-half miles away and attacked them with the sun at his back. Two of the German pilots bailed out immediately when they realized Yeager was in a perfect position to rake their aircraft with machine-gun fire. In Yeager’s after-action report, he explained how he closed on the next German fighter and opened fire from about 600 yards away. Yeager “observed strikes all over the ship, particularly heavy in the cockpit.” Yeager did not bother to pursue the stricken plane because he spotted yet another German fighter. This time Yeager closed to just 100 yards and “took a deflect on shot of about 10°. I gave about a 3 second burst and the whole fuselage split open and blew up after we passed.” Finally, Yeager forced a fifth German pilot to bail out after scoring hits on his plane’s wings and tail section.

    Yeager was subsequently promoted to captain in recognition of his skill and leadership. Then on November 6, 1944, Yeager was leading a flight that encountered several brand new German Me 262 jet fighters near Assen, Germany. Although the German fighters promptly used their superior speed to escape into the clouds, Yeager dropped below the cloud cover and spotted a lone Me 262 preparing to land. Yeager dove upon the jet and scored several hits on his wings, causing the German pilot to crash several hundred feet short of the runway in a wooded area. Later that month, Yeager scored four additional victories against German Fw 190 aircraft on November 27. By the time World War II ended in Europe, Yeager had flown 64 combat missions and was credited with single-handedly destroying 12 enemy aircraft.

    https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/chuck-yeager-fighter-ace-test-pilot

     

    https://www.nationalww2museum.org/sites/default/files/styles/wide_medium/public/2020-12/Cover%20Image%20ChuckYeagerwith%20P-51D%20Glamorous%20Glen%20III%20Courtesyof%20chuckyeager.com_.jpg

    I recall in eigth-grade a Black kid who came from the Deep South to Chicago. I was told he had killed a White kid with a shovel in self-defence in the South. Seemed like a completely normal person.

    Replies: @james wilson, @profnasty

    Hooray for the Bad Guy.

  169. @Anon
    There's a Razib Khan Facing Reality on Quillette, probably that last review we'll see.

    https://quillette.com/2021/07/29/charles-murrays-facing-reality-a-review/

    Razib also dropped a seven-weeks-early review of Kathryn Paige Harden's The Genetic Lottery, which sounds like a mash-up of The Bell Curve and The Mismeasure of Man.

    Do genes determine intelligence?
    https://unherd.com/2021/07/do-genes-determine-intelligence/

    The book isn't due out until late September. I think the email exchange went like this:

    -- Dear Princeton University Press PR department: Could you send me a pre-publication review copy of Hardin's upcoming book? I'll obey any embargo restrictions.

    -- LOL, you punchable Nazi. Sorry. No booky for you.

    -- As I said, I'll agree to the embargo. If I don't get a copy from you and, hypothetically, a copy were to drop into my hands, I won't feel obligated to embargo.

    -- Eat me, you white-adjacent patriarch!

    -- Dear Unherd: Here's a book review for your consideration. It's free for you to publish if it goes online within three days. Otherwise I'll submit it elsewhere.

    https://www.amazon.com/Genetic-Lottery-Matters-Social-Equality/dp/0691190801/

    Replies: @res, @Jim Bob Lassiter

    Why is it called “The Genetic Lottery” ? Lottery implies total randomness and I don’t think there is a whole lot of randomness in mate pairing for full term births in America. Sure, every now and then there’s the random one night stand of a Hunter Biden and some low IQ Arkansas stripper who doesn’t believe in abortion (even though she’s not Catholic like the Bidens) , but for the most part, pairings resulting in full term births (for better or worse) are not all that random.

    • Replies: @res
    @Jim Bob Lassiter


    Why is it called “The Genetic Lottery” ?
     
    Because once enough evidence accumulates showing group differences have a significant genetic component it looks like the plan is to come after the more advantaged because of their unearned (or undeserved, etc.) good fortune.
    , @Kratoklastes
    @Jim Bob Lassiter


    Why is it called “The Genetic Lottery”
     
    Marketing. No need to overthink it. Like all marketing, it's just bullshit with an agenda.

    That said: regression to the mean entails that there is no guarantee that two bright people won't have a dull kiddie... and if the kiddie is dull, that's much more important than the SES of the parents.

    So there's a stochastic element as well as 'nature/nurture' (the marketing names for 'genetics/environment').

    The whole of Part I of The Bell Curve lays that out in some detail, with persuasive evidence.

    .

    Perhaps epigenetics will eventually be found to play a role as well - whereby having kids in a contaminated environment (e.g., one full of lead particulates) generates a semi-permanent downregulation of IQ-related gene expression.

    .

    It's an easy sell to convince the masses that smart, rich people's kids get more tickets in life's 'lottery' - it encourages relatively-stupid, relatively-poor people to believe that their dimwit offspring might grow up to go to Davos.

    This encourages them to keep their shoulders to the wheel and noses to the grindstone - to break themselves on the wheel in the (mostly-vain) hope that they can slingshot their offspring into the top income decile.

    It also convinces them to encourage their mostly-stupid kids to take on vast amounts of debt while they waste everyone's time at university.

    All to furnish a big bucket of money that only has one positive feature: it enables smart kids (overwhelmingly the children of smart people) to have full-ride academic scholarships.

    Also, the more midwits in the tax net, the easier to make it look like the smart/rich don't pay all the net taxes.
  170. @International Jew

    Prosecutors also said they cannot find two other witnesses, including one man who was shot in the head.
     
    I'd have a hunch for them about where that guy is, if they should ask me.

    Replies: @Spect3r, @Stan d Mute

    I’d have a hunch for them about where that guy is, if they should ask me.

    Lake Erie? Or an abandoned crib in the hood?

  171. And then there’s Debbie Thomas – Olympian, physician and Black.

    https://www.tampabay.com/sports/olympics/debi-thomas-fall-from-grace/2267041/

    • Replies: @Ralph L
    @CauCasiAnn

    That's a sad story about Debi Thomas. The youth sports track seems to be more damaging than a Tiger Mom.

    9 of the paper's 11 highlighted Olympics stories are about female sports, but perhaps they've sorted based on the Thomas story.

  172. I have nothing negative to say about Simone Biles (but I will say I feel sorry for any pixie princess with a credibly accused murderer brother – yikes!)

    BUT SOMEONE (hint) SHOULD START LOOKING FURTHER INTO THE MOUNTING EVIDENCE THAT SOME ATHLETES APPEAR TO HAVE ACCESS TO A NEW FAMILY OF PEDS THAT EITHER (a) are really helpful to the set of muscles that operate on the highest number of vectors (best example are the muscles of the eyes that allow young people to avoid near-sightedness, but there are similar examples elsewhere throughout the body – the largest in the bowels, the smallest nestled next to a set of nerves in the head) or

    (b) even worse, that overcorrect for the body’s natural desire to experience gravity in 3 dimensions in a coherent, non-differentiated way across all their natural bodily functions (think about it as if you were a trainer who did not care about the long-term health of the person you were training, and were seeking to maximize performance from the point of view of being able to choose which set of muscles you would most like to be dependent on a diminished resistance to what the rest of the athlete’s body tells him 3D gravity is currently doing )- watch Ohtani’s HR swing for a demonstration of something that I hope comes naturally to him, but which is also something millions of second-rank athletes would pay a lot, and sacrifice a lot, to emulate with the right PEDs.

    The “twisties” would be only a mild side effect compared to the intense medical and psychiatric damage such PEDs could do, if unregulated.

    • Replies: @very old statistician
    @very old statistician

    for the record, Steve, I got the idea from you, on a post about Ohtani --- who may or may not be juicing - I like to think he isn't, but I will be long gone by the time we know for sure.

    Babe Ruth wasn't juicing.

    There have been, over the years, a lot of fat Japanese kids who wanted to grow up to be as good as Babe Ruth, and the fact that one out of fifty million finally succeeded does not mean that the one who did it is juicing.

    Replies: @europeasant

  173. @very old statistician
    I have nothing negative to say about Simone Biles (but I will say I feel sorry for any pixie princess with a credibly accused murderer brother - yikes!)

    BUT SOMEONE (hint) SHOULD START LOOKING FURTHER INTO THE MOUNTING EVIDENCE THAT SOME ATHLETES APPEAR TO HAVE ACCESS TO A NEW FAMILY OF PEDS THAT EITHER (a) are really helpful to the set of muscles that operate on the highest number of vectors (best example are the muscles of the eyes that allow young people to avoid near-sightedness, but there are similar examples elsewhere throughout the body - the largest in the bowels, the smallest nestled next to a set of nerves in the head) or

    (b) even worse, that overcorrect for the body's natural desire to experience gravity in 3 dimensions in a coherent, non-differentiated way across all their natural bodily functions (think about it as if you were a trainer who did not care about the long-term health of the person you were training, and were seeking to maximize performance from the point of view of being able to choose which set of muscles you would most like to be dependent on a diminished resistance to what the rest of the athlete's body tells him 3D gravity is currently doing )- watch Ohtani's HR swing for a demonstration of something that I hope comes naturally to him, but which is also something millions of second-rank athletes would pay a lot, and sacrifice a lot, to emulate with the right PEDs.

    The "twisties" would be only a mild side effect compared to the intense medical and psychiatric damage such PEDs could do, if unregulated.

    Replies: @very old statistician

    for the record, Steve, I got the idea from you, on a post about Ohtani — who may or may not be juicing – I like to think he isn’t, but I will be long gone by the time we know for sure.

    Babe Ruth wasn’t juicing.

    There have been, over the years, a lot of fat Japanese kids who wanted to grow up to be as good as Babe Ruth, and the fact that one out of fifty million finally succeeded does not mean that the one who did it is juicing.

    • Replies: @europeasant
    @very old statistician

    Ohtani is a very large man. He is listed at 6' 4"/210. If I were his height I would be proportionally 250 lbs. So he has room to expand.

  174. @CauCasiAnn
    And then there's Debbie Thomas - Olympian, physician and Black.

    https://www.tampabay.com/sports/olympics/debi-thomas-fall-from-grace/2267041/

    Replies: @Ralph L

    That’s a sad story about Debi Thomas. The youth sports track seems to be more damaging than a Tiger Mom.

    9 of the paper’s 11 highlighted Olympics stories are about female sports, but perhaps they’ve sorted based on the Thomas story.

  175. @Jim Bob Lassiter
    @Anon

    Why is it called "The Genetic Lottery" ? Lottery implies total randomness and I don't think there is a whole lot of randomness in mate pairing for full term births in America. Sure, every now and then there's the random one night stand of a Hunter Biden and some low IQ Arkansas stripper who doesn't believe in abortion (even though she's not Catholic like the Bidens) , but for the most part, pairings resulting in full term births (for better or worse) are not all that random.

    Replies: @res, @Kratoklastes

    Why is it called “The Genetic Lottery” ?

    Because once enough evidence accumulates showing group differences have a significant genetic component it looks like the plan is to come after the more advantaged because of their unearned (or undeserved, etc.) good fortune.

  176. @Steve Sailer
    @Anonymous

    Lots of American baseball players used amphetamines after WWII, when the military handed them out in great numbers.

    Replies: @Farenheit, @Paul Mendez, @bruce county

    Would that be the caches of Pervatin they Shanghaied from the Jerrys??

  177. @Desiderius


    https://twitter.com/louisaclary/status/1403676722705408006?s=20

    Replies: @Kratoklastes

    And everybody has forgotten that hundreds of millions of doses of flu vaccine that were purchased by Euromutt governments in 2009/10.

    Huxley was right: 99.5% of humanity are imbeciles.

    That’s why the political class knows that they can behave as if the entire system has no memory.

    There is no excuse to have fallen for the same bullshit just because 10 years have passed, and it’s intensely disappointing that iSteve has fallen hook, line, sinker, rod and half the angler’s arm.

    From 2010: Channel 4 on the ‘swine flu’ scandal (actually just more RICO-style behaviour by Big Pharma) =>…

  178. @Jim Bob Lassiter
    @Anon

    Why is it called "The Genetic Lottery" ? Lottery implies total randomness and I don't think there is a whole lot of randomness in mate pairing for full term births in America. Sure, every now and then there's the random one night stand of a Hunter Biden and some low IQ Arkansas stripper who doesn't believe in abortion (even though she's not Catholic like the Bidens) , but for the most part, pairings resulting in full term births (for better or worse) are not all that random.

    Replies: @res, @Kratoklastes

    Why is it called “The Genetic Lottery”

    Marketing. No need to overthink it. Like all marketing, it’s just bullshit with an agenda.

    That said: regression to the mean entails that there is no guarantee that two bright people won’t have a dull kiddie… and if the kiddie is dull, that’s much more important than the SES of the parents.

    So there’s a stochastic element as well as ‘nature/nurture’ (the marketing names for ‘genetics/environment’).

    The whole of Part I of The Bell Curve lays that out in some detail, with persuasive evidence.

    .

    Perhaps epigenetics will eventually be found to play a role as well – whereby having kids in a contaminated environment (e.g., one full of lead particulates) generates a semi-permanent downregulation of IQ-related gene expression.

    .

    It’s an easy sell to convince the masses that smart, rich people’s kids get more tickets in life’s ‘lottery’ – it encourages relatively-stupid, relatively-poor people to believe that their dimwit offspring might grow up to go to Davos.

    This encourages them to keep their shoulders to the wheel and noses to the grindstone – to break themselves on the wheel in the (mostly-vain) hope that they can slingshot their offspring into the top income decile.

    It also convinces them to encourage their mostly-stupid kids to take on vast amounts of debt while they waste everyone’s time at university.

    All to furnish a big bucket of money that only has one positive feature: it enables smart kids (overwhelmingly the children of smart people) to have full-ride academic scholarships.

    Also, the more midwits in the tax net, the easier to make it look like the smart/rich don’t pay all the net taxes.

  179. @El Dato
    @Desiderius

    I don't get it but they found Tiny Duck.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @JimDandy

    Scratch that–the significance is that they work in the inner-circles of government and aren’t masked or social distancing.

  180. @Jonathan Mason
    It is entirely possible that the furore and stress surrounding the trial of her brother for murder might have had some mental and emotional effect on the gymnast.

    She would have known whether he was likely to have possessed a gun or whether he had a tendency to antisocial behavior. She may also have been contributing towards of his defense.

    The issue of the jury being given documents that they should not have had seems like something that needs further investigation to determine responsibility.

    But in general there is such a huge gap between reality and perception in the lives of people who are famous, that one can never really know.

    I have said in comments a few times that it seems to me much more likely that Prince Harry's mental health problems could be related in part to the fact that he personally was responsible for killing a number of Afghans by shooting them from his helicopter gunship then to the premature death of his mother in an automobile accident.

    However, apart from one article in the guardian in which Prince Harry admitted to having killed Afghans during his military service, the press stays well away from this issue

    Replies: @JMcG, @dearieme, @AndrewR, @Libre, @Art Deco, @Joe Stalin, @Curle, @Art Deco

    Being pussy-whipped is now a mental condition?

  181. @Spangel226
    I’m not convinced. There are so many black athletes from the ghetto that having a close family member accused of murder while competing in an important event is probably a pretty common thing. And yet one never hears of black athletes crumbling under pressure because of it.

    Replies: @Charlotte, @ThreeCranes, @Curle

    “ There are so many black athletes from the ghetto”

    Olympians?

  182. @El Dato
    @Desiderius

    Why not just have good grades?

    Replies: @europeasant

    “Why not just have good grades?”

    Grades are very subjective. There are schools in the ghetto where the valedictorian (highest grade point average) in the school scores 21 on the ACT test. An ACT score of 21 in some white schools would be in the lower 25th percentile.

  183. @very old statistician
    @very old statistician

    for the record, Steve, I got the idea from you, on a post about Ohtani --- who may or may not be juicing - I like to think he isn't, but I will be long gone by the time we know for sure.

    Babe Ruth wasn't juicing.

    There have been, over the years, a lot of fat Japanese kids who wanted to grow up to be as good as Babe Ruth, and the fact that one out of fifty million finally succeeded does not mean that the one who did it is juicing.

    Replies: @europeasant

    Ohtani is a very large man. He is listed at 6′ 4″/210. If I were his height I would be proportionally 250 lbs. So he has room to expand.

  184. @Anon 2
    It’s not only Americans who are losing interest in watching the Olympics.
    The four big countries - China, Japan, USA, and Russia - are vacuuming
    up medals so thoroughly there is little left for everybody else. But the BIG 4
    represent only 2 billion people, leaving the remaining 6 billion frustrated
    and bored. Even Germany is having problems winning medals these days.
    Of course, it was the big entry of China at the 2008 Beijing Olympics that
    ruined things for everybody else. I don’t deny them the right to participate but
    at 1.4 billion people they have an unfair advantage over the rest of us.
    “Size is the root of all evil,” as the Austrian economist Leopold Kohr,
    the author of The Overdeveloped Nations, used to say.

    The best solution is to simply kill the Olympics, there are too many televised
    sports as it is. The second best is to BOYCOTT THE OLYMPICS. After
    all, Boycotting Hollywood appears to be working. Who needs Hollywood
    when there is now a plethora of excellent vlogs that are much more
    interesting than anything Hollywood has to offer.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard, @BluEidDvl, @Carroll Price

    Better nutrition produces better athletes.

  185. @Art Deco
    @Jonathan Mason

    The smart money says Prince Harry's 'mental health problems' are like other people's: largely iatrogenic.

    Replies: @Mr Mox, @Carroll Price

    He got it honest. His mama had serious mental problems.

  186. @Jonathan Mason
    @Desiderius

    Yes I am sure that the prisoners from the January 6th revolt are being kept in the Black Hole of Calcutta, and that the desires of politicians to review prison conditions have nothing to do with political grandstanding and playing to the baser instincts of the base.

    Replies: @Desiderius, @J.Ross, @Hibernian, @Spect3r, @sayless

    Well I’d ask my congressmen to take an interest in these political prisoners being held without bail in solitary confinement, which is psychological torture,

    but their names are Schumer and Gillibrand, and they couldn’t care less.

    Am happy if anyone in congress is concerned about them.

  187. @Jack D
    @edkpyros

    Biles spent 3 months in jail before his bail was reduced from 10% of $1M to 10% of $100k, so sis apparently didn't bail him out.

    Regarding Sailer's Law of Mass Shootings, Biles intentionally shot Johnson, who had grabbed his cousin Gibson. However, he ALSO shot Cousin Gibson (presumably by mistake) AND he also keeled Banks (possibly a bystander) and wounded another woman. So the Law holds.

    Self-defense was incompatible with the notion, pushed at the 2nd trial, that he dindu nuffin - that it was someone else or at least that there was insufficient proof that it was him.

    It seems like the police work here was rather pathetic. It's understandable that at a large party (BTW, who in his right mind rents their AirBNB to these parties? You get your house back full of bullet holes and blood.) nobody saw nuffin but what about ballistics? Tying Biles to the murder weapon? Powder residue on his hands? Making your whole case out of eyewitness testimony is very weak.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

    “who in his right mind rents their AirBNB to these parties?”

    You tell the owner that you and your old mum are renting for a family reunion. And if they turn you down, you claim racism.

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/apr/27/airbnb-government-housing-test-black-discrimination

    https://www.airbnb.co.uk/resources/hosting-homes/a/a-new-way-were-fighting-discrimination-on-airbnb-201

    https://fortune.com/2016/09/15/airbnb-racism-black/

    I just wonder what kind of idiot lets out their flat on New Year’s Eve?

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/machete-thugs-trash-flat-rented-out-on-airbnb-over-new-year-s-eve-a3438601.html

  188. @Reg Cæsar
    @Hibernian


    Not so different from respectable white people who have Mob or IRA connections. Don’t ask me how I know.
     
    Don't have to. Your screen name speaks volumes.



    https://assets.alcatrazcruises.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Featured-blog-post.jpg

    Replies: @Hibernian

    Willie Sutton?

  189. https://nypost.com/2021/08/03/simone-biles-reveals-family-tragedy-after-dramatic-olympic-return/

    Her aunt died. It doesn’t say if that’s her biological or adoptive aunt. She held back on her beam routine a bit and got the bronze.

  190. @Jonathan Mason
    It is entirely possible that the furore and stress surrounding the trial of her brother for murder might have had some mental and emotional effect on the gymnast.

    She would have known whether he was likely to have possessed a gun or whether he had a tendency to antisocial behavior. She may also have been contributing towards of his defense.

    The issue of the jury being given documents that they should not have had seems like something that needs further investigation to determine responsibility.

    But in general there is such a huge gap between reality and perception in the lives of people who are famous, that one can never really know.

    I have said in comments a few times that it seems to me much more likely that Prince Harry's mental health problems could be related in part to the fact that he personally was responsible for killing a number of Afghans by shooting them from his helicopter gunship then to the premature death of his mother in an automobile accident.

    However, apart from one article in the guardian in which Prince Harry admitted to having killed Afghans during his military service, the press stays well away from this issue

    Replies: @JMcG, @dearieme, @AndrewR, @Libre, @Art Deco, @Joe Stalin, @Curle, @Art Deco

    I have said in comments a few times that it seems to me much more likely that Prince Harry’s mental health problems could be related in part to

    I think a better bet is that they’re iatrogenic.

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