Charles Murray, Call Your Office

26 12 2017



Big cities possess 2 worlds: one violent, another prosperous

Some of America’s large cities seem to be getting safer and more dangerous at the same time. That’s the conclusion of an Associated Press analysis of homicide data in Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis.

In those cities, killings are becoming concentrated into small areas where people are dying at a pace not seen in years, if ever. Around them, many other neighborhoods are growing more peaceful, even as the total number of homicides rises.

The AP collected 10 years of homicide data from the cities that had the highest homicide rates in 2016. Reporters used spatial analysis to identify clusters of killings and track the changing geographic patterns over time. The neighborhoods enduring the most violence were largely poor and African-American, as were the killers and the victims.

Because I allow myself to think about words like “gentrification,” “Ferguson effect” and “cognitive stratification,” I’m not scratching my brain-damaged head here.


The danger of the more concentrated violence, Hertz said, is that it can become easy for most people to ignore it, and that can intensify the problem. “It can create this sense of ‘Let’s wall it off,’ ” he said.

Alternatively, whenever the important people want us not to care about it, (“It ain’t yo’ problem, crackaz”), it will be all the easier for us to obey.


It’s the Current Year, After All

28 06 2017


Emory University, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and a major children’s hospital in Atlanta, are three institutions that are in the area but not technically in the city of Atlanta.

They all want in.

Thirty years ago, if they were in, they would have been looking for a way to get out.

All because Atlanta had Clayton County as a dumping ground to unload its thug dindus for the sake of the 1996 Summer Olympics and beyond.

2018 Model Year Bafflegab Penetrator XLT

4 05 2017

Washington, D.C.

The URL is in my hopper.  But since AR got to it before I did, I wrote what I intended to be my hot commentary about it there instead of here.

So, I’ll cut-and paste from there to here.


Never fear, QD is here.

That alone would be cause for celebration. But I bought along the 2018 model year Bafflegab Penetrator XLT, the one with the standard leather heated and cooled power seats.

Here’s where they’re trying to pull a fast one over on us:

Many older, working-class blacks are able to remain, because of the District’s progressive affordable housing policies, and they welcome some benefits, such as a decline in crime.

The key to understanding the rhetorical scam is “older, working class.” If “progressive affordable housing policies” meant what one would ordinarily think they mean, they would result in blacks all across the age spectrum being able to stay. But, no. What they really mean by “progressive affordable housing policies” are programs like Bill Clinton’s HOPE VI and (before Trump shut it down) Obama’s AFFH. Which are specifically designed to remove give housing mobility options to young single black women with dependent-age children.

Remember my hypothetical I write here often about the reproductive bottleneck, that a world with 9 women and one man can have a far faster population growth rate than a world with 9 men and one woman. My purpose is to point out that men murdering men won’t result in a self-imposed genocide-level population collapse of the group, as long as fertile women are not homicide victims by and large.

That hypothetical is also applicable to programs like HOPE VI and AFFH.

Getting reproductive-age black women out of cities and into suburbs is therefore the easiest and cleanest way to result in the population crash of the black population in those cities and parts thereof, the parts that developers, gentrifiers, SWPLs, hipsters and the edgy crowd covet. Men who want to procreate with such women will follow them to the suburbs. Their babydaddys, when they get out of prison, will be following them to their new suburban AFFH apartment, not the inner city. The blacks that are left behind are older and ensconced, and are far less likely to commit violent crimes. Plus, if you allow them to stay, and spend their final years where they spent most of their lives, their very presence will serve as diversity tokens for the edgy hipsters who want to fool themselves into thinking they’re living around edgy diversity.

Believe me, if I’ve thought of this angle, then the people that really matter in this society and who have their hands on the policy levers long ago figured this out.


They Keep Coming Back For More

29 03 2017


CNN, on what seems to be my favorite topic.

It’s not that long, so the dive won’t be that deep.  But you’ll still need the scuba gear, because you can’t hold your breath for that long.

The hidden costs of segregation

It’s pretty well established that racial segregation limits access to jobs, education, public services and other resources for people in high-poverty neighborhoods.

The rest of this will make sense if you realize that what is meant by “segregation” here isn’t the kind of de jure legal segregation that was legally jettisoned 53 years ago. What they mean by “segregation” in articles like these, is any large scale urban area (*) concentration of black people, esp. the black undertow.

The Urban Institute, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Planning Council, analyzed data from the 100 most populous metro areas in the 1990, 2000 and 2010 censuses and found that less segregated regions had higher average incomes and educational attainment and lower homicide rates.

Meaning that the metro areas with the least prevalent concentrations of the black undertow are metro areas where the people tend to make more money, go to school longer and murder each other less.  Because, who could have ever guessed?

Regions with more segregation between blacks and whites are more economically segregated, the study found. The relationship is weaker when measuring Latino-white segregation.

“Weaker” because Latinos tend to be less obnoxious than blacks.

In regions where there is a high level of economic segregation, access to education, jobs, housing and public services is largely concentrated in the areas where high-income people live, and far away from where low-income people live.

Meanwhile, where the “low-income people” live, there is a high concentration of TV sets tuned to the station that shows the Maury Povich Show.  You are NOT the father!

Any more brain busters?

Places with greater segregation between low- and high-income people also tend to have greater income inequality on the whole.

The more low-income people you have, the greater the Gini coefficient will be.  That’s not a discovery, that’s math.

What does an economically segregated region look like? Take for example New York City, which tops the list. People living in affluent neighborhoods reap the benefits of good schools, low crime rates and access to public services, while those priced out of those areas may have to travel farther for access to services, work or school — if they can afford the trip at all. The result is uneven distribution of wealth, which keeps poor neighborhoods poor and limits potential spillover effects of affluence.

The whole irony is that all of this is nothing more than an advertisement for HOPE/AFFH, which will only serve to move “those priced out of those areas” even further away from all those “benefits” that “people in affluent neighborhoods reap.”

In general, however, blacks and whites tend to be more segregated from one another than Latinos and whites.

Already addressed that.

Whites tend to benefit most from high degrees of racial segregation, according to the study. They earn higher wages, complete college at higher rates and get higher-status jobs.

Not being close to the black undertow is good for white people.

When levels of segregation are high in a region, black residents tend to suffer most, the report found.

While being close to the black undertow or within the black undertow is bad for black people.

Good to know.

Higher levels of economic segregation are associated with lower median and per capita income for blacks. Additionally, higher levels of racial segregation are associated with lower incomes and lower educational attainment for blacks.

Blacks within in and part of the black undertow don’t make much money and don’t go to school that much.

Really?  You don’t say.

The effects add up. Higher levels of black-white segregation are associated with lower levels of educational attainment for blacks and whites and lower levels of safety for all area residents.

Meaning that blacks within the black undertow victimize blacks within the black undertow and sometimes also leave the ghetto to victimize whites.

Using Chicago as a case study, the report’s authors argue reducing racial and economic segregation to the median level could increase black per capita income and educational attainment and lower the homicide rate.

What it will really do is to de-undertow the south side so that white liberals can live there and be close to the heart of Chicago.  As far as the black people?  It won’t make a difference for them.


All that’s really going on here is the media’s deliberately confusing use of the emotionally loaded term “segregation” to refer to any large widespread swath of underclass blacks in an urban area is designed to keep enough people politically jazzed for HOPE/AFFH or whatever it will be called when we have our next Democrat President.

(*) – The strange part is that I never seem to read the problems of “segregation” among black people in the black belt rural South.  Then again, no white liberals want to take over Holmes County, Mississippi.

House Moving Party

27 02 2017

St. Louis Place

The preservationist mindset is a good thing.

Too bad we weren’t so strident about preservationism many decades ago when we were allowing these neighborhoods’ demographics to transition from first world to third world.

It is written about the house’s new real estate that it’s close to residential edifices that rival Lafayette Square.  Problem is, its houses might, but its population demographics don’t.

Decoder Ring, Activate

2 01 2017

Washington, D.C.

NYT, ever the cheerleader for urban gentrification, and its inevitable and necessary displacement of blacks, now complains that one such gentrifying city, Washington, D.C., is too expensive for single black mothers of relatively limited income.

Ordinarily, you’d think the NYT is just chasing its tail, but your ever-lovin’ blogmeister, with his decoder ring, is about to tell you what this article really saying, or rather, demanding:

That Trump and Ben Carson not halt AFFH.

Cities of the World, Unite!

17 10 2016

Quito, Ecuador

Because we’re not paying enough attention to the world’s major cities; they are at a competitive disadvantage because only 99% of the world’s major media are based in the world’s major cities.

What this does prove is that a given political elite of one of the world’s noted cities has more in common with another elite of another such city on the other side of the world than he has with someone who lives in the suburbs of his own city.

Also, I wonder if there’s some relationship between this conference happening in Ecuador and Julian Assange’s internet suddenly being cut off.