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By John Derbyshire on 08/06/2022

JOHN DERBYSHIRE: “Civil Rights”? After Breonna Taylor, SESAME STREET Lynchings—I SPIT ON THEM

[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com]

Sesame Place is a Philadelphia  amusement park for kids themed on the TV show Sesame Street. One of its features is that local teenagers desperate for a few dollars dress up as characters in the TV show—encase themselves in what must be stifling hot Muppet outfits, and parade past the kids and parents.

Well, a few days ago in this parade, two little black girls visiting the park reached out to hug one of the dressed-up characters, a Sesame Street regular named Rosita.  To their chagrin, Rosita (quite possibly inadvertently) rebuffed their advances and went right on marching, notwithstanding she had just previously paused to high-five some white kids.

National outrage of course ensued. I don’t think any police stations or car dealerships were torched, but things got pretty bad. Lawsuits are of course under way [Sesame Place Amusement Park Sued For Racial Discrimination, by Marc Griffin, Vibe, August 6, 2022].

The family of the little black girls (and their lawyers) are looking for $25 million.

It was left to TakiMag’s anonymous “The Week That Perished” columnist David Cole—I suspect it was he—to point out what, so far as I am aware, no one else noticed.

This Rosita character, who so shamefully disrespected the little black girls, is Sesame Street’s first bilingual Muppet. She’s supposed to be Mexican.

I’ll let David Cole wrap it up from there:

With that, Sesame Street provided its first useful lesson in fifty years.

Yes, black Americans, the Rositas marching through our open borders don’t like you, don’t want to deal with you, and in the end will render you irrelevant.

These days, that’s a way more important lesson than counting to five cookies.

Which brings me to “Civil Rights.”

I don’t know about you, reader, but I’m at the stage now where, when I hear the phrase “civil rights,“ I reach for my Mossberg.

 

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By John Derbyshire on 08/06/2022

JOHN DERBYSHIRE: “Civil Rights”? After Breonna Taylor, SESAME STREET Lynchings—I SPIT ON THEM

[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com]

Sesame Place is a Philadelphia  amusement park for kids themed on the TV show Sesame Street. One of its features is that local teenagers desperate for a few dollars dress up as characters in the TV show—encase themselves in what must be stifling hot Muppet outfits, and parade past the kids and parents.

Well, a few days ago in this parade, two little black girls visiting the park reached out to hug one of the dressed-up characters, a Sesame Street regular named Rosita.  To their chagrin, Rosita (quite possibly inadvertently) rebuffed their advances and went right on marching, notwithstanding she had just previously paused to high-five some white kids.

National outrage of course ensued. I don’t think any police stations or car dealerships were torched, but things got pretty bad. Lawsuits are of course under way [Sesame Place Amusement Park Sued For Racial Discrimination, by Marc Griffin, Vibe, August 6, 2022].

The family of the little black girls (and their lawyers) are looking for $25 million.

It was left to TakiMag’s anonymous “The Week That Perished” columnist David Cole—I suspect it was he—to point out what, so far as I am aware, no one else noticed.

This Rosita character, who so shamefully disrespected the little black girls, is Sesame Street’s first bilingual Muppet. She’s supposed to be Mexican.

I’ll let David Cole wrap it up from there:

With that, Sesame Street provided its first useful lesson in fifty years.

Yes, black Americans, the Rositas marching through our open borders don’t like you, don’t want to deal with you, and in the end will render you irrelevant.

These days, that’s a way more important lesson than counting to five cookies.

Which brings me to “Civil Rights.”

I don’t know about you, reader, but I’m at the stage now where, when I hear the phrase “civil rights,“ I reach for my Mossberg.

 

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By Edward Dutton on 08/05/2022

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VDARE.com readers know Emil Kirkegaard, the Danish independent scholar who writes about intelligence. He and I recently collaborated on a study about testicle size and testosterone levels relative to race, so he is obviously unafraid to follow the science where it leads. But his courage did not serve him well in late July when he was scheduled to speak at the annual conference of the International Society for Intelligence Research in Vienna, Austria. Kirkegaard has presented at ISIR many times, but that was before the Woke Reformation tightened its hold on science. The keynote speaker, Abdel Abdellaoui [Tweet him], a genetics researcher at  the University of Amsterdam, threatened to boycott the conference if Kirkegaard spoke. Kirkegaard was summarily uninvited. The affair is another example of what’s been happening to scientists who venture into forbidden territory, not least race and IQ. But worse, it proves that the Woke Left can scare one generally sound scientist into attacking another.

Noah Carl, now an “exiled researcher” and “moderate conservative,” as he bills himself, just explained what happened on his Substack.

Kirkegaard was supposed to deliver a paper titled Neuroscience of intelligence in the ABCD study—which, not insignificantly, conference organizers had accepted after Kirkegaard submitted it beforehand.

But that didn’t matter. When the cry that “Kirkegaard Is A Racist!” went up, the organizers ducked into the bushes. Carl writes:

[T]en days before the conference was due to start, Abdel Abdellaoui (the keynote speaker) announced on Twitter that he was boycotting the conference in protest at Kirkegaard’ s participation. He claimed not only that Kirkegaard is “racist,” but

 

By Peter Brimelow on 08/04/2022


[Research by Edwin S. Rubenstein]

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According to the widely cited Survey of Employers, the economy added back 372,000 jobs in June. Average hourly earnings rose a 5.1% year-over-year [Y-O-Y], a level that in most years would translate to large real income gains. Unfortunately, with the latest CPI inflation running at 9.1%, Y-O-Y, average incomes are still falling behind in real, inflation-adjusted, dollars.

[Scorching inflation hits 9.1%, highest since 1981, by Courtenay Brown, Axios, July 13, 2022]

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By F. Roger Devlin on 08/03/2022

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Before 1800, only about half of children survived to adulthood. Those who did tended to be those with the fewest harmful genetic mutations. Then, within the course of a few generations, childhood mortality fell beneath one percent in most advanced countries. This meant that Darwinian natural selection ceased to operate. Children with harmful mutations began surviving to adulthood and passing on their unfavorable traits to offspring, a phenomenon known as “dysgenic fertility.” Since about 84 percent of the human genome relates to brain development, increased mutational load means that people began to think and behave in maladaptive ways. Compounding the problem, such people influence those around them, who might still be genetically healthy, to behave in similarly maladaptive ways. These are the “Spiteful Mutants” of Dutton’s title. Their behavior is “spiteful” because it damages others without bringing any advantage to themselves.

Dutton’s book focuses on two broad areas in which increased mutational load might give rise to maladaptive behavior: religion and sex. He proposes that the rise of sexual confusion and quasi-religious “social justice” movements such as Black Lives Matter are the action of Spiteful Mutants. Plenty of commentators have criticized such cultural trends. But Dutton’s evolutionary approach might explain why they are appearing in our society now and what must be done to fight back effectively. For at bottom the struggle could be as much biological as political.

Natural selection favors religious belief

By Michelle Malkin on 08/02/2022

Earlier, by Ann Coulter: America’s Most Gullible Journalist, Nicholas Kristof: ‘Visit Portland!’

Maybe there‘s a small glimmer of hope for the Left Coast after all. First, San Francisco voters recalled George Soros–funded district attorney and crime-enabler Chesa Boudin. Now, even liberal Oregonians have kicked an East Coast media elitist to the curb and slapped “return to sender“ on the carefully crafted package of Nicholas Kristof‘s self-serving phony baloney.

Last October, the 63-year-old Nicholas Kristof [Email him] left his prestigious perch at the New York Times after nearly four decades to run for governor in the Beaver State, where he lived on a Yamhill farm from age 12 through high school graduation, a long, long, time ago. By February, his four-month fantasy stint as a Pacific Northwest political savior had come to a humiliating end when both state officials and the Supreme Court called bull on his preposterous claim of state residency. Last week, New York Nicky and the Times announced he was leaving Yamhill (or as I call it, Shamhill) and going back home—his real home—safely enveloped in the Grey Lady‘s bubble, protected from truth and accountability.

(I had this guy‘s number back in 2009, when I exposed how Kristof deceived readers about an Oregon cavernous hemangioma patient named John Brodniak and falsely claimed that he wasn‘t insured or being treated in order to transform him into a poster child for Obamacare—when, in fact, he was on Medicaid and had been under the care of top neurologists at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland for nearly a month before Kristof published his propaganda in the New York Times. More recently, Kristof‘s sloppy promotion of fake sex-trafficking victims and violent water-carrying for Portland rioters was flagged by Ann Coulter. Fellow Fishwrap of Record prize-winning fabulist Walter Duranty would be proud.)

No matter how hard Kristof‘s high-priced campaign lawyers tried, they couldn‘t cover the stench of their privileged client‘s woke manure. In Lefty-Land, men can identify as women, women can identify as furries, and hate crime hoaxers can identify as victims until the cows come home. But in the real world, even in liberal Oregon, you can‘t identify as a state resident unless you actually are one—no matter how much you sincerely or insincerely “consider“ yourself one in your bleeding heart or calculating mind.

Naturally, Kristof‘s smarty-pants attorneys invoked the “racism“ card to try to delegitimize the state constitutional prohibition on non-residents running for state office. But you simply can‘t run for governor in Oregon if you haven‘t been a resident for three years. Kristof was required to have lived in the state since November 2019. But he left Oregon for the hallowed halls of Harvard and Oxford before joining the New York Times in 1984. Kristof voted in New York in 2020, maintained his primary home and work addresses in New York, did not have an Oregon driver‘s license, and only began spending time publicly at a family farm in Yamhill County when he was drumming up picture-perfect campaign buzz from his press cronies (while studiously avoiding the few journalists asking hard questions).

The entire Kristof family posed as apple cider and pinot noir entrepreneurs to boost their delicate-handed patriarch‘s “family farmer“ image. But one truth-seeking outlet, the Oregon Capital Chronicle, reported that paperwork for Kristof Farms LLC listed Kristof‘s wife, fellow former NYT journalist Sheryl WuDunn, as the sole member of the company—and that the firm appeared to have no state records of any employees.

“For 20 years living, working, raising his kids, holding a driver‘s license, filing taxes

By Hank Johnson on 08/02/2022

Earlier: Grieving Mom Calls Out Massachusetts Sanctuary Mayors for Violating Federal Law

Immigration Patriots might soon earn a victory over the political Establishment in Massachusetts, one of the Bluest states in America. Led by Republican state committeewoman and Angel Mom Maureen Maloney, a group called Fair and Secure MA is gathering signatures to put a “veto referendum” on November’s ballot to stop illegal aliens from getting driver’s licenses [Ballot battle over immigrant licenses gets underway, by Christian Wade, Eagle-Tribune, June 28, 2022]. There’s precedent: a similar grass-roots revolt  passed Ron Unz’s English-only ballot measure with more than 61 percent of the vote in 2002, incidentally elevating Mitt Romney to the governor’s mansion. (Not that he learned anything, but still…)

The group needs 40,000 signatures, due to election officials by August 24, to overturn a bill the Massachusetts General Court, the Bay State’s legislature, passed in early June to put illegals behind the wheel. (The group has a list of places where residents can physically sign.) The bill passed over liberal GOP governor Charlie Baker’s veto. Even a handful of Democrats opposed the idea [With Senate override vote, driver‘s license bill becomes law, by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press, June 10, 2022]. If Fair and Secure can’t prevail in the referendum, illegals will begin driving on July 1, 2023.

Proponents of providing illegals with driver‘s licenses make a few arguments in favor of the policy. They argue that it would make it easier for illegals to get to work, result in fewer hit-and-run accidents, encourage more illegals to get car insurance and raise revenue for the state because of licensing and registration fees [Sheriffs and district attorneys offer support for driver’s license bill, by Aryan Rai, Daily Hampshire Gazette, April 14, 2022].

These arguments are weak. States should not encourage illegal immigrants to participate in their workforce, because flooding the labor pool with low-wage workers undercuts American workers. Also, the idea that states should appease illegal immigrants so they don‘t illegally drive, crash into someone, and take off is absurd. What‘s needed to deter illegal immigrants from driving is deportation for breaking the law. The point is that these people are not authorized to be here. States shouldn‘t accommodate them.

And the point about raising revenue for the state is also

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