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Post By Steve Sailer on 10/19/2019
Watching the 1984 movie version of Bizet’s Carmen starring Placido Domingo is probably the easiest way to give opera a try. I never saw the late Luciano Pavarotti live, so Domingo is the biggest opera star I’ve ever seen — in Chicago Lyric’s productions of Carmen and Saint-Saens’ Samson and Delilah. As a singer, he was a natural baritone forcing his way up to tenor roles, but unlike a lot of opera...
Article By Lance Welton on 10/19/2019

Extinction Rebellion (XR) members, overwhelmingly young, university-educated and white, recently splashed fake blood on New York’s Charging Bull Sculpture.

They began a global “Day of Disobedience” shutting down the center of Berlin (although their camp kept itself warm with a diesel generator) [Extinction Rebellion mocked for ‘trying to hide’ diesel generator in protest camp, by Naomi Adedokun, Express, October 10, 2019,. They wrought particular chaos in London, shutting down the City Airport, occupying Smithfield Market and generally creating havoc, leading to 1000 arrests (although eating at McDonalds [‘McHypocrites’ criticised for ordering McDonald’s during Extinction Rebellion protest, by Joe Roberts & Lucy Middleton, Metro, October 8, 2019,].) When police refused to act, livid London commuters dragged an activist off the roof of a subway train he was holding up [MIND THE SCRAP, by Holly Christodoulou, The Sun, October 17th, 2019,].

But what kind of people are behind this “rebellion?

Article By John Derbyshire on 10/18/2019

In my podcast this week, I’ve got comments on various kinds of lunacy going on (appointing illegal aliens to state policy-making boards in Gavin Newsom’s California, closing, and presumably emptying onto the streets, a prison in De Blasio’s New York) and general sense that the world is going nuts. But, trying to look on the bight side, there ae signs of resistance to the general lunacy.

I very much enjoyed this news item from the literary world. The actual literary item here is a novel, title Make Your Home Among Strangers. It came out three or four years ago. I regret to say I have not read it, so I can't pass any literary judgment on it.

The author of this novel is a young lady named Jennine Capo Crucet. The book's Amazon page tells us she, quote, "was born to Cuban parents and raised in Miami, Florida,"  and is a graduate of Cornell University. From one of her columns at the New York Times it seems she went to Cornell in 1999 [Did I Choose the Wrong College? April 28, 2018]

As I said, I haven't read the novel and don't plan to. From the reviews quoted on that Amazon page, I gather that it concerns a Cuban-American girl, raised in Miami, entering a high-ranking northeastern university in 1999, struggling with issues of race and class.

So apparently Ms. Crucet [Email her/Tweet her] didn't perform any very strenuous stretching of her imagination when writing the book. It's autobiographical.

Post By Steve Sailer on 10/18/2019
  Homicides are “cleared” by the police when the case is no longer open and unsolved. Homicide clearance rates should be increasing over time due to improved technology such as DNA, video, and cell phones as tracking devices. For most groups in America, this has been somewhat true over time. But clearance rates for homicides with black victims have dropped from over 80% in the mid-1970s to unde...
Post By Steve Sailer on 10/18/2019
From the New York Times “news” section: Defiant Zuckerberg Says Facebook Won’t Police Political Speech In an address at Georgetown University, the Facebook chief executive called for more free speech — not less — as his company has been assailed for allowing lies and falsehoods to appear. By Cecilia Kang and Mike Isaac, Oct. 17, 2019 [Comment at Unz.com]...
Post By Steve Sailer on 10/18/2019
From [Anti]Scientific American: How Can We Curb the Spread of Scientific Racism? A new book examines the insidious effects of scientific investigations into race By John Horgan on October 17, 2019 A dozen years ago I flew to Europe to speak at a conference on science’s limits. The meeting’s organizer greeted me with a tirade about James Watson, co-discoverer of the double helix, who had just stat...
Post By Steve Sailer on 10/18/2019
From Unsilenced Science, how scoring high on the SAT college admissions test has gotten much easier over time. (It would be even nicer if the two axes were held constant on these graphs over, but I shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth.) The easier scoring of admissions tests makes it easier for elite universities to let in lots of legacies, jocks, and Jared Kushner-type donor’s rich kids witho...
Radio derb By John Derbyshire on 10/18/2019
00m37s  The world gone nuts.  (It's not just me.) 05m43s  White people not all pussies.  (Adventures in literature.) 12m32s  Democrats debate.  (My question for Joe Biden.) 20m14s  The Uighurs are doomed.  (ChiCom imperialism triumphant.) 27m20s  Niger's fertility: a theory.  (Needs advice from President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov.) 29m57s  Slime mold in the news.  (A billion years of practce.) 3...
Letter By VDARE.com Reader on 10/18/2019
Re: James Fulford's blog post Charlize Theron's Great-Great-Uncle Was A Heroic Boer War Commando From Reginald De Chantillon [Email him] James Fulford wrote about Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro saying Columbus Day was more important than Indigenous Peoples Day. In his post, he referenced how the Wounded Knee "Massacre" was a response to an earlier real massacre of American settlers by the Sioux India...
Post By James Kirkpatrick on 10/18/2019
American conservatives have been portraying themselves as champions of the working man at least since Richard Nixon put on that hard hat. Yet I've always thought American conservatives gave patriotic American workers an impossible choice. On the one hand, the New Left radicals were (and are) openly promising to destroy the country and dismantle the culture. Though phony progressives often say worki...
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By Lance Welton on 10/19/2019

Extinction Rebellion (XR) members, overwhelmingly young, university-educated and white, recently splashed fake blood on New York’s Charging Bull Sculpture.

They began a global “Day of Disobedience” shutting down the center of Berlin (although their camp kept itself warm with a diesel generator) [Extinction Rebellion mocked for ‘trying to hide’ diesel generator in protest camp, by Naomi Adedokun, Express, October 10, 2019,. They wrought particular chaos in London, shutting down the City Airport, occupying Smithfield Market and generally creating havoc, leading to 1000 arrests (although eating at McDonalds [‘McHypocrites’ criticised for ordering McDonald’s during Extinction Rebellion protest, by Joe Roberts & Lucy Middleton, Metro, October 8, 2019,].) When police refused to act, livid London commuters dragged an activist off the roof of a subway train he was holding up [MIND THE SCRAP, by Holly Christodoulou, The Sun, October 17th, 2019,].

But what kind of people are behind this “rebellion?

By John Derbyshire on 10/18/2019

In my podcast this week, I’ve got comments on various kinds of lunacy going on (appointing illegal aliens to state policy-making boards in Gavin Newsom’s California, closing, and presumably emptying onto the streets, a prison in De Blasio’s New York) and general sense that the world is going nuts. But, trying to look on the bight side, there ae signs of resistance to the general lunacy.

I very much enjoyed this news item from the literary world. The actual literary item here is a novel, title Make Your Home Among Strangers. It came out three or four years ago. I regret to say I have not read it, so I can't pass any literary judgment on it.

The author of this novel is a young lady named Jennine Capo Crucet. The book's Amazon page tells us she, quote, "was born to Cuban parents and raised in Miami, Florida,"  and is a graduate of Cornell University. From one of her columns at the New York Times it seems she went to Cornell in 1999 [Did I Choose the Wrong College? April 28, 2018]

As I said, I haven't read the novel and don't plan to. From the reviews quoted on that Amazon page, I gather that it concerns a Cuban-American girl, raised in Miami, entering a high-ranking northeastern university in 1999, struggling with issues of race and class.

So apparently Ms. Crucet [Email her/Tweet her] didn't perform any very strenuous stretching of her imagination when writing the book. It's autobiographical.

By Allan Wall on 10/17/2019

Spain’s “Hannibal Lecter,” An African illegal, Dies In Prison. Why Was He In Spain?

https://s4.eestatic.com/2016/10/31/reportajes/perfiles/Carceles-Presos_de_ETA-Presos-Violencia-Instituciones_Penitenciarias-Perfiles_167246333_118372103_1024x576.jpgFabrizio Joao Silva, the “Hannibal Lecter” of the Spanish prison system, died in his cell on October 9 after an apparent fall. He was 36.

Silva didn’t eat human flesh, as did the cinematic Hannibal Lecter. Rather, his reputation for Lecter-like violence arose from his vicious attacks on prisoners and jail authorities.

Before detailing Silva’s rap sheet, though, you should know why he gets notice here: He was an African immigrant from Guinea Bissau, a former Portuguese colony nestled on the West African coast between Senegal and Guinea.

Here’s how Silva helped Spain diversify:

In 2004, Silva raped and murdered a woman, stabbing her 25 times. Ten years later, in another prison, he beat his cellmate to death.

In 2016, at a prison in Cadiz, he attacked five jail officials as they searched him. Having hidden a knife in his shoe:

One received a cut in the jugular, another a broken tooth, the third’s nose was broken, the fourth wound up with a wound in his knee ligaments and the fifth suffered a cut on the arm [Se investiga la muerte de Fabrizio Joao Silva, el 'Hannibal Lecter' de las cárceles españolas que sembró el pánico en ellas (“The Death of Fabrizio Joao Silva, the ‘Hannibal Lecter’ of Spanish Prisons Who Sowed Terror in Them, is Under Investigation”), El Cierre Digital, October 11, 2019].

After another attack, Silva landed in solitary at another prison, where he was fed through a metal door.

You see why they called him Hannibal.

The day he died, Silva had ended an eight-day hunger strike to protest his isolation.

When a guard saw Silva on the floor, he didn’t enter the cell until he’d called reinforcements and handcuffed him to make sure he was dead.

So why was he Spain. How did he enrich his new home or its people? Why does Spain need immigrants from Africa?

The Spanish MSM hasn’t asked those questions, and neither has the patriot Vox party, near as I can tell.

But rank-and-file Spaniards have asked … and answered.

The first comment under the story about Silva in El País [literally “The Country”] is from “Alex Delarge”:

Here they give shelter to foreigners who never should set foot in the European Union and it needs to stop…

[Hallado muerto en su celda el ‘Hannibal Lecter’ de las cárceles españolas (“The ‘Hannibal Lecter’ of the Spanish Prisons Found Dead in his Cell”), by Silvia R. Pontevedra and Oscar Lopez-Fonseca, October 11, 2019]

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Angry Africans In Mexico

Speaking of Africans in places where they don’t belong, a large contingent from the Dark Continent is camped in the city of Tapachula, Mexico. Some have threatened to form a caravan and march to the U.S. border. Others threaten a protest march on Mexico City.

 

By Patrick J. Buchanan on 10/17/2019

Earlier by Patrick J. Buchanan: Is "Invade The World" Over for Good?

“Russia Assumes Mantle of Supreme Power Broker in the Middle East," proclaimed Britain's Telegraph. The article began:

"Russia's status as the undisputed power-broker in the Middle East was cemented as Vladimir Putin continued a triumphant tour of capitals traditionally allied to the US."

"Donald Trump Has Handed Putin the Middle East on a Plate" was the title of a Telegraph column. "Putin Seizes on Trump's Syria Retreat to Cement Middle East Role," said the Financial Times.

The U.S. press parroted the British: Putin is now the new master of the Mideast. And woe is us.

Before concluding that Trump's pullout of the last 1,000 U.S. troops in Syria is America's Dunkirk, some reflection is needed.

By Ann Coulter on 10/16/2019

Pleasemore

Earlier by Ann Coulter: Luckily, Dems Never Have 'Personal, Political' Motives

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/517JVjIDhuL._SY346_.jpgWith all the rancor in politics these days, the CNN/New York Times Democratic debate on Tuesday night delivered a rare moment of comity: Twelve Democrats agreed, apparently without compensation, to appear in a Donald Trump ad.

Other points on which the Democrats came together in peace and harmony:

At least we’re all finally agreed on Obamacare!

Obamacare has given us a system—to quote Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont—“which is dysfunctional, which is cruel, 87 million uninsured, 30,000 people dying every single year, 500,000 people going bankrupt for one reason, they came down with cancer.”

None of the Democrats disagreed with Sanders’ description of health care in American today, although they have slightly different solutions.

I don’t mean to be rude, but I thought Obamacare was supposed to fix health care.

Millions of us were thrown off our health insurance plans by Obamacare, and now I find out that it didn’t even make things better for anyone else. The government intervenes, everything goes to hell, then Democrats cite the hell they created to demand another massive government intervention.

The motto of all socialist schemes should be: “This time, it will be different.”

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