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Friday, April 6. 2018
Whole grain wheat no better than other, plus other bread myths
Systematic Review Shows How to Maintain Sexual Desire in a long Relationship
Basically, look good and make it fun
Poll: Majority of millennials are in debt, hitting pause on major life events. Credit card debt — rather than student loans — is the most prevalent type of debt among the group.
They need to read Peterson. Get your life in order, bucko.
Is 2018 The Year of Jordan Peterson?
Elite students are highly conscientious but know little
And often lack spontaneous curiosity and passions
Why Students at Carleton University Are Trying to Have a Statue of Gandhi Removed
Uh oh– analysis of GHCN climate stations shows there is no statistically significant warming – or cooling
Climate Alarmists May Inherit the Wind. They likened a courtroom ‘tutorial’ to the Scopes Monkey Trial. But their side got schooled.
Banning semi-auto firearms? There are alternatives.
I am more comfortable with revolvers anyway. But what about shotguns?
Scott Adams: The fake gun control debate
Kids Who Want Lots Of Government For Other People Upset About Government For Themselves
THE MEDIA'S DEAFENING SILENCE ON THE YOUTUBE SHOOTER. A vegan animal rights activist doesn't fit the agenda.
As the man said, "Wrong bad guy."
Nasim Aghdam Had Been Interviewed by Police After Father Warned She Might Go to YouTube
Let's talk about The Atlantic firing Kevin D. Williamson — immediately after hiring him.
Michael Barone: How genetic science is undercutting the case for racial quotas
Yes, East Asians have the highest average IQs
MacDonald: Reject the Diversity Mandate
Why Do Leftists Think So Poorly of Blacks?
‘Chappaquiddick’ is a long-overdue dismantling of the Kennedy myth
A long line of charming, privileged sociopaths
Attempted Mexican invasion kills DACA
How Trump beat the left at its own game with the caravan to our border
That caravan was organized and paid for by a California pro-illegal immigration group
Powerline: WHY WE HATE THE MEDIA, CHAPTER 12,784
‘BUFFY’ CREATOR JOSS WHEDON WISHES DEATH FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP
If he were more honest, he'd wish for death for Trump voters
Nancy Pelosi Vows Democrats Will Raise Taxes if They Take Back the House
Why the FBI Is Dodging Nunes
Merkel Under Pressure Over Germany’s Imported Stabbing Epidemic
THE HEAVY PRICE OF ISRAELI GENEROSITY. No good deed extended to Palestinians goes unpunished.
Recipients of charity commonly resent their benefactors. It's about ego. Gratitude is rare in humans.
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While grain wheat no better than other, plus other bread myths
Check the labels. Plain white bread is often lower in carbs and calories than the supposedly healthier whole-grain choices because the brown color and caramelization are created by adding more sugars. Wraps often have a lot more calories because of they have more fats and higher carb density.
"The Lost Palestinian cause"
The Arabs that call themselves Palestinians have created their own problems. In the years since Israel became a country Israel has made the desert bloom and created opportunities for Israeli citizens to prosper. While the "Palestinians" have been given the same opportunity and literally trillions of dollars they have wasted it all on buying weapons and trying to destroy Israel. Just imagine what the Palestinians could have done if they had put their energy and all that money into making a home for themselves. What a waste of charity by the rest of the world.
How fast you digest bread is different for the different kinds. Slow is better.
I think that it would be true that a slow digestion of carbs is better for someone with the specific illness of diabetes. I think for the rest of the population it makes exactly zero difference.
The problem with forced/mandated diversity and affirmative action quotas is that it will and does put incompetent people in positions of power and influence. This negatively affects the confidence we have in people who qualify for this racial/gender appointment to positions that competent people have to earn. If you are referred to a doctor, a specialist who happens to be one of those who is qualified for racial/gender quotas does it concern you? Is your doctor competent or entitled? Are they capable or chosen by genetics in some foolish attempt at statistical equality based on race and gender. Would you go under the knife of a surgeon who made it into and through medical school because of the color of their skin? Should you do it anyway just to show your support of diversity?
Competence is more important than diversity. Competence is measurable and performance based. But it seems like there's a real drive to put diversity ahead of competence, and that's bad for any organization that needs competence to survive.
It all started with something so simple and reasonable: don't refuse to let people even train for a job on the ground that you just knew, without checking, that someone of that sex, religion, or ethnicity couldn't learn the job. Let them enroll and see how they do. No problem! Hysteria averted! But instead it inexorably morphed into an insistence that we graduate the same number of students from every identity group, without regard to competence. Now we not only have incompetent professionals with meaningless degrees, but the whole idea of being fair and blind to irrelevant sex, religion, or ethnicity is being discredited. Idjits.
I disagree that it morphed slowly. Affirmative action inevitably leading to outcomes based on quotas was one of the main arguments against implementing such policies in the first place, and the reason proponents, including those on the SC, pinky-swore that was not the objective.
What you say may be true about the activists who got AA policies implemented, but I'm talking about the social attitudes. People who supported AA, who voted for candidates of that stripe, etc., tended to talk about the fairness of getting people into the front door to be given a chance to perform. "You don't want to return to the days when Jews and women couldn't get into XYZ University or ABC Corp., right?" You can still get a lot of support for that approach, including from me, because I'm glad I wasn't denied entrance to university. Once AA turned into disparate-impact arguments, everything went completely crazy. I can remember arguing with my law partners about our hiring practices. We're going to go out of our way to avoid hiring people just because they look like us, check, got that, makes sense not to blind ourselves to ability in an unfamiliar package. But once they get here, they're going to be held to the usual standards, right? Whoa, hold on, there, you troglodyte. That's not how AA works, apparently. But, I'd say, you'll devalue the performance of every woman, black, Jew, etc., who excels here if you give everyone the idea you're grading on a curve. Shut up, they explained.
"Competence is more important than diversity."
Absolutely! And yes, competence can spring from diverse sources, but the emphasis must be on competence.
They don't have quotas, they have goals.
And don't point out another word for goals you are punished for not reaching as it makes them mad.
Many years ago, 1978 or so, I knew a man who worked in a nuclear weapons manufacturing facility. Or more correctly they engineered/machined plutonium to exact dimensions to be used in nuclear bombs. This all took place in a medium sized mid-West city in a basement below the main basement of a federal building. It was secret then but long since closed. This man had a masters in a nuclear science field and when his boss began to talk about retirement he felt confident that he would be able to move into his job. After all he had been sought/recruited to assist in cleaning up nuclear material accidents and had considerable experience in the nuclear weapons field. But when it came time to hire a new administrator his boss told him that they hired a Black women with a degree in biology. Of course he was stunned and questioned this decision by his boss. The boss replied that they were being pushed to have more minorities and that a black woman was a "twofer" and it was a "good thing". But, but, he said, she knows nothing about nuclear science, bombs and radioactivity. Yes the boss replied but don't you see this is a win for the government because this hire counts as two minorities...
Perhaps one's taste for whole grain (or any other) dosen't count in the great quality race, but it is why I choose what ever food that I consume.
Schools - Schools reward conscientiousness over knowledge from the earliest grades, so we shouldn't be surprised when those who A) have that ability or B) want to succeed, do indeed end up showing that by college. Conscientiousness is a good thing, and I have no objection to rewarding it. Yet there are other good things that schools should be in the business of, knowledge being a major one.
Reich and racial differences: He writes, and people keep quoting him, that the social view is unsustainable because science is overwhelming it. This is naive. Jensen put forth this basic information in papers and conferences well before his book came out in 1980. Even conservatives refuse to see it, because they think lack of gumption and absent fathers are the problem.
Northeast Asia: Yes those measured score around 105 on IQ compared to Caucasian 100. I think that may drop back a point or two because there is selection bias in who gets measured in those countries. However, as they don't share our skittishness about racial results and are doing an enormous amount of genetic research, they will shortly know, and implement, improvements. This will start slowly, but I'm worried how quickly it could pick up steam.
China will not have any affirmative action programs.
In spite of the fact that schools exist for the sake of education, there is many a school whose pupils show a peculiar "school helplessness"; that is, they are capable of less initiative in connection with their school tasks than they commonly exhibit in the accomplishment of other tasks. "
How to Study and Teaching How to Study (1909) by F. M. McMurry, Professor of Elementary Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Now most schools train to "school helplessness". It makes the education cartel seem necessary to learn something new rather than just learning on your own. The latter will sooner or later require you to "take a class" to get your certification to do what you already know.
"Elite students are highly conscientious but know little
"And often lack spontaneous curiosity and passions"
Some alive have seen the results of this before:
In the decade preceding the First World War Germany, the country most advanced on the path toward bureaucratic regimentation, witnessed the appearance of a phenomenon hitherto unheard of: the youth movement. Turbulent gangs of untidy boys and girls roamed the country, making much noise and shirking their school lessons. In bombastic words they announced the gospel of a golden age. All preceding generations, they emphasized, were simply idiotic; their incapacity has converted the earth into a hell. But the rising generation is no longer willing to endure gerontocracy, the supremacy of impotent and imbecile senility. Henceforth the brilliant youths will rule. They will destroy everything that is old and useless, they will reject all that was dear to their parents, they will substitute new real and substantial values and ideologies for the antiquated and false ones of capitalist and bourgeois civilization, and they will build a new society of giants and supermen.
The inflated verbiage of these adolescents was only a poor disguise for their lack of any ideas and of any definite program. They had nothing to say but this: We are young and therefore chosen; we are ingenious because we are young; we are the carriers of the future; we are the deadly foes of the rotten bourgeois and Philistines. And if somebody was not afraid to ask them what their plans were, they knew only one answer: Our leaders will solve all problems.
It has always been the task of the new generation to provoke changes. But the characteristic feature of the youth movement was that they had neither new ideas nor plans. They called their action the youth movement precisely because they lacked any program which they could use to give a name to their endeavors. In fact they espoused entirely the program of their parents. They did not oppose the trend toward government omnipotence and bureaucratization. Their revolutionary radicalism was nothing but the impudence of the years between boyhood and manhood; it was a phenomenon of a protracted puberty. It was void of any ideological content.
The chiefs of the youth movement were mentally unbalanced neurotics. Many of them were affected by a morbid sexuality, they were either profligate or homosexual. None of them excelled in any field of activity or contributed anything to human progress. Their names are long since forgotten; the only trace they left were some books and poems preaching sexual perversity. But the bulk of their followers were quite different. They had one aim only: to get a job as soon as possible with the government. Those who were not killed in the wars and revolutions are today pedantic and timid bureaucrats in the innumerable offices of the German Zwangswirtschaft. They are obedient and faithful slaves of Hitler. But they will be no less obedient and faithful handy men of Hitler’s successor, whether he is a German nationalist or a puppet of Stalin.
von Mises, Ludwig (1945). Bureaucracy
Those kids were very, uhm, efficient, 20 years later in their conscientious execution of the plans.
Very interesting quote. Do you know if anyone has done any rigorous comparisons among youth movements of different cultures? I suppose it would be hard to define terms and measure results.