Verdict, For Now

25 09 2016

Mount Vernon, Washington

The mall shooter turns out to be a Turk.

The few articles I read makes him out to be the equivalent of a white beta male rage nutbar shooter who happens to be Turkish, rather than an Allah-u-Akbar type.  So, for now, and unless we get evidence otherwise, I’m shutting off my senses to this story.

Eight Thousand Nine Hundred and Thirteen Days of Unrequited Advice

23 09 2016


Re Instapundit.

I need just two words:

Reginald Denny.

Why Lamestream Conservatism Is Dying

22 09 2016

Leesburg, Virginia

Mark Levin, on his show yesterday, was like:  Forget about black riots, we might get to add words to a piece of paper!

Don’t Get Too Excited

21 09 2016

Pasadena, California

My bet is all that will happen is that they will announce scientific proof (or close to it) that Europa has a subsurface ocean of liquid water.  Nothing about life.

The reason why that by itself is important is because even though it is assumed that Europa has a subsurface liquid water ocean, and that speculation first started churning about 25 years ago, that has never been completely proven, and another credible possibility is that what is under there is water ice that undergoes a convection heat transfer.

If Monday does bring us hard proof of liquid, then it will probably both put the proposed cryobot lander and explorer both back on NASA’s to-do list and bump it up in priority.  It would be a nuclear powered corkscrew that digs through the surface layer ice, dips into the ocean, and looks around for life.

Why I’m #NRx

20 09 2016

Washington, D.C.

Because Article 1 Section 1 turned out to be a practical joke.

All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

Open Letter to Jody Allard’s Teenage Sons

19 09 2016


Um, yeah.

If you are her teenage sons and are reading this, show your mother the Vanderbilt football rape case.

Then watch her brain blue screen.

I Heart This Theory

19 09 2016


Vox Day:

Remember the lesson of the Excluded: “The probability of entering and remaining in an intellectually elite profession such as Physician, Judge, Professor, Scientist, Corporate Executive, etc. increases with IQ to about 133. It then falls about 1/3 by 140. By 150 IQ the probability has fallen by 97%! In other words, a significant percentage of people with IQs over 140 are being systematically and, most likely inappropriately, excluded from the population that addresses the biggest problems of our time or who are responsible for assuring the efficient operation of social, scientific, political and economic institutions.”

Or as Taleb puts it: “Beware the semi-erudite who thinks he is an erudite. He fails to naturally detect sophistry. The IYI pathologizes others for doing things he doesn’t understand without ever realizing it is his understanding that may be limited.”

I have advanced a similar theory of my own formulation in this space and elsewhere in the recent past — That the sweet spot for the elected political class is a 115-130 IQ.  They need to be smart enough to understand the sometimes weedy and convoluted nature of the work, but if they’re much smarter, the natural arrogance that very high IQ individuals inevitably exhibit will be off-putting to voters, and they’d never win public office.

I think what is at work in Vox Day’s theory about 133 being the nexus of the organized professional intellectual elite is that as you climb into the 140s and 150s, those people think the two-faced system is beneath them, or they get frustrated with it.