Diary: February 2018

Every time I write one of these, I say I will make it a regular feature. That never happens for some reason. The “collection of small items” has been a staple of magazine writing for generations because it is easy to produce and popular with readers. It works well for blogs like this, as it lets the blogger address all of the small items that don’t warrant a longer post. For some reason I have not developed the habit. My mind is aglow with whirling, transient nodes of thought careening thru a cosmic vapor of invention…..

Looking at the server logs, I was surprised to see continued growth in traffic. January of 2018 saw a 9% increase in traffic versus January 2017. February, on the other hand, has been a little flat, relative to last year, but February has always been the slowest month for some reason. July is the second slowest month and that makes sense. July is the biggest vacation month in the US. Even adjusting for the lost days, February has been the slowest month for this site since I started. I have no answer for it.

I’ve always assumed there is an upper limit to one man blogs. I could be wrong about it, but that’s my hunch. The reason is there is only so much anyone has to say about the world. Eventually, even the most expansive writer starts to repeat certain themes. Read anyone long enough and you notice it. Of course, some writers limit themselves to one topic, so they hit that point quickly. I have not read Robert Stacy McCain in a long time, as he said everything about blue-haired cat ladies that needed to be said….

The podcast is steadily ticking up in traffic. The funny thing about it is the growth has followed the same pattern as the blog. Obviously, I do nothing to promote myself. I don’t have a rich uncle bankrolling this operation. That means people discover this site and the podcast mostly through bad fortune. Word of mouth growth seems to follow a pattern. At first there is slow growth, then it takes off, but plateaus for a while, and then another period of rapid growth. That’s what’s happening with the podcast.

People have suggested I try some promotion, but I don’t know anything about promoting a podcast and I’m not all that interested in learning. Self-promotion is not something that comes naturally to me. A guy like Mike Cernovich is a natural self-promoter, despite the fact he has nothing to offer the world. Even though he is a nullity, he can attract a crowd, thus proving the power of marketing. That and the world has never been short of stupid people willing to give an mendacious clown like Cernovich an audience…

I got a few e-mails asking my thoughts on the Florida shooting. I’m in the John Derbyshire camp on this one. There is a reason these things happen, but it has nothing to do with any of the reasons we see the loonies shouting about on television. This time the Progressive nutters have enlisted a group of child actors, but the Left has been exploiting children this way since forever. This time it feels new, only because it has been a while since the last “what about the children” stunt, but otherwise it is the same show.

My hunch here is that “school shooter” has become a thing for the same reason “going postal” was a thing once. In a mass media society, certain things gain currency simply because they travel well on the mass medium. School shootings make for good TV and good scream show fodder. If you are a troubled kid seeking attention, the world is showing you the path. Eventually, some new nut will come along and do something else to be famous and that will be the thing everyone puzzles over for a while.

I will note that mass shootings adhere to Moynihan’s Law of the Canadian border. Someone plotted these events on a map and it is quite clear. The more diversity, the more likely you are to have these types of incidents. That’s not surprising. A mentally unstable person in a land of strangers is not going to get much help and they are going to feel even more alienated. It’s also why crime is higher in more diverse parts of the country, but it is a small prize for you to pay so Tyler Cowen can have kebabs on Wednesday…

Speaking of diversity, this story on the best states was amusing. Our Progressive rulers try very hard to make these things look empirical, but in the end, they prefer to live where there are not a lot of non-whites. Iowa is the fifth whitest state in the country and its non-white population is packed into well defined areas. Look at the whole list and that pattern is clear. The one exception is West Virginia, but Lefty hates hillbillies almost as much as he hates black people. Hill country will never be gentrified…

I got banned from Twitter last week for calling Piers Morgan a bad name. It is a seven day ban that expires on Friday. This is the second time this has happened and both times it was for directing unpleasant thoughts at a famous person. The first time I got zapped was for saying something mean about Dale Earnhardt Jr., believe it or not. From what I gather, the quickest way to get tossed from social media is to insult a famous person. You can promise to murder a member of the hoi polloi, but don’t dare insult a rich or famous person.

This is a trend we are seeing all over. The other day, some hockey fans were thrown out of the arena for being mean to one of the players. Heckling the players has been a tradition at hockey games since forever, but now feelings, especially the feelings of rich and famous people, count for everything. I suspect we are not too far from this becoming law. We will see rich people acquitted for killing a staffer, because they will contend the staffer insulted them in some way. Insulting a rich person will become a serious crime.

As un-American as this sounds, it is the norm in human societies. For most of human history, vexing someone in the ruling class was a good way to end up in the dungeon or on the scaffold. That is, to a great degree, the motivation behind the crack downs on speech in America. It’s not that the alt-right is spreading heresy or subversion. It’s that what they say makes the cat ladies sad. It’s why the people in charge are so viscous about this stuff. Hell hath no fury like a cat lady scorned…

The other day, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the administration on DACA. This is a standard thing the court does to try and force the lower courts to act properly. In other words, it is a process thing that sucks for the plaintiffs, but is good for the courts. The media trumpeted this a massive setback for Trump in his efforts to end the DACA program. Every news site, even Drudge, presented it as the beginning of the end for Trump, even though it is nothing of the sort.

It is, though, another reminder of the staggering dishonestly of our media. If the Washington Post printed my name on their front page, I’m getting my birth certificate out, assuming I have been wrong about my name for fifty years. I don’t even trust the date printed on news stories anymore. I suspect I’m not alone in now assuming all news is fake news. This can’t be a good thing. Maybe it will fix itself in time, but I suspect a big part of what troubles our society is just the endless lying of the people in charge…

Finally, it is easy to look around at the world and get depressed. Most days, the bad news outweighs the good news by a factor of ten. We are ruled by suicidal lunatics. Further, time is running out on doing something about it. One more click of the ratchet and future generations will be living in the rubble of our society. To use a sportsball analogy, it is the late innings and the olde towne team is behind. But, it is not all bad news. This post by Audacious Epigone is a good reminder that the good guys are making up ground.

Maybe it is too late. Maybe all of us are doing nothing more than leaving a record so the robot historians will know that not all of us were mad. Until that is clear though, it is important to keep fighting. Maybe this thing can be turned around in time to leave a better world for those who come after us. Slowly, white Americans are waking up to what faces them. In that regard, the momentum is on our side. We just have to keep chipping away at it and maybe one day the lunatics will be sent back to their asylums…

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Karl McHungus
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Karl McHungus

History will have its way, regardless of what you and I may or may not do.

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Our boy Steve Sailer makes some observations about Steven Pinker’s new book, Enlightenment Now. He is kind of on board that many things are getting better, you know, technology, less plane crashes better smart phones. All the things if you are strictly a materialist that matter.

Yeah, if you set the parameters of your observations to your liking and leaving out things like social environments, quality of family life, type of work, debt etc., things might not look so good.

No country for old men.

Matrix
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Matrix

Your blog has become a sort of therapy as it gives me a chance to relay teaching stories to your readers. These stories are harbingers of the future. I see it very clearly now. As I have reflected on it, teaching was self-serving as it is an excuse to keep learning new knowledge and get paid for it! What the heck, maybe help some snot-nosed kid along the way. My style was to needle kids a little to create relationships. No problem for 30 years, with nary a complaint. Now, forget about it as the sensitivity of our little nose-miners… Read more »

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“Talk low. Talk slow. And don’t say too much.” – John Wayne I teach as well, but in the private sector. It’s the parents driving this sort of thing, not the kids. The parents weaponize their kids at home, fill them up with things to be on alert for at school, and the kids have a built-in attention getting device. Fortunately, in my line of work, I can just cut them loose if I smell a bad situation coming. But it’s getting tougher because parents are pretty vindictive, and will become customer terrorists, so I have to be careful. I’ve… Read more »

Karl McHungus
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Karl McHungus

When my boys were little I would tell them “you can stop crying, or I will give you something to cry about”. Funny enough, they never once chose to keep on crying.

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My son did a “superman” fall when we were running down a steep trail section on a popular trail here. Tore up both his knees pretty bad, still has the scar on his one elbow. Cut his chin. He cried a bit, that just effing hurts, and I told him, “Wait until you get to tell the girls at school on Monday HOW you did that bombing down a trail at 9,500 feet jumping over rocks and you hit a rock and flew through the air.” Got him laughing. Props to the people coming UP the trail…they all were high… Read more »

Dan S
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With mass migration, I think we’ve started to make some pushback. America and Europe at least are now aware that demographic assault is upon them. People were aware for several years now, but the feeling was that nothing could be done. Trump has been a game changer as the lower classes actually stood up for themselves. I may also add that Russia has now become a rallying point due to their resistance to the cloud people trend. Countries that refuse to suicide themselves with the Muslims are allying with Russia (Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland), along with Trump. I forsee the… Read more »

Andy Texan
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The commie progs have done a 180 on Russia due to the their gut feelings that the Russians are not on-board the anti-white train.

Shrugger
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Shrugger

I’m betting that it is too late. I don’t like Bertrand Russell much, but I do like this quote: “Most people would rather die than think; many do.”

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Question for Z-man:

Have you found any news aggregators that lean right or at least are not lefty and cover some of the goings-on in the right-o-sphere?

I have hit Drudge for many years, but noticed a few years back he got lazy and does not update as much. And since Trump became a candidate Drudge has become pouty and pissy about Trump, any nationalist sentiment, and any hint of social conservatism/traditionalism. I’ve about had enough and check Drudge at most once a day.

Tax Slave
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DLS
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DLS

Here is my Drudge replacement: https://thelibertydaily.com/

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He’s got a crush on Ryan Seacrest today. Like anybody even watches the Oscars anymore…sheesh.

Drake
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Drake

Derb is right of course. Shooting up a school is the new way to get famous. It didn’t take off much after Columbine. I wonder if Beslan gave it some momentum?

If the media didn’t want repeats, we wouldn’t know the shooters’ names, or many of the details without extensive research. I personally avoid the news for at least a week after these things – but it must be a ratings bonanza based on the dedicated coverage. That it can be twisted to help their leftist agenda is a bonus. (or maybe vice versa)

Drake
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Drake

The local New Jersey news channel had a bunch of stories this morning about kids under investigation for talking about guns and / or school shootings. With the theater of school evacuations, police investigations, and breathless reporting.

Of course kids talk about the news! And of course some of them even think to mimic the biggest story about a kid. You assholes in the media made it happen.

Zeroth Tollrants
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Zeroth Tollrants

We’ve had 5 kids arrested in our county since this shooting, for “making threats” whatever that means. They’ve now taken to announcing on the radio, (I don’t watch tv), every news break that parents need to be watching their kids social media 24/7 because making threats to do harm is a felony punishable up to 5 yrs.

As I was writing this, the news just cut in and announced that a teacher w/a gun has barricaded themselves in a classroom and a shot has been fired in Dalton, GA.
Dandy.

Dutch
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Dutch

I wish I had a nickel for every event and occurance that marked “the beginning of the end” for Trump.

I am not sure he, or the rest of us, can turn anything around for the long run. But there has been a lot of flipping over of rocks to show the rot that lies underneath. There must be some value in that.

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TomA

Do not despair at all the bad news. Lots of good things are happening in the shadows. Although the probability of reversing course via a grassroots movement is low, that doesn’t mean we are lost. It just means that we may have to take a different road to get there. The Left is strong now because it is feeding off the wealth of others. Change that and they will starve.

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Dan S

I’m a millennial who was 17 when the Columbine school shooting happened in 1999. I can give some first account insight into why this is happening. I had the privilege of going first to high school in NYC before my parents got rich and moved us to a NJ suburb. The high school there was one of the top ten in all of New Jersey. In NYC, I was the nerdy type who was constantly picked on because of my nerdiness. After learning karate though, I was able to fight back against my bullies physically. While I was suspended once,… Read more »

TomA
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When you let boys be boys (e.g. small scale transient physical scuffles), then the hormonal pressure of male adolescence is released in lots of small vents. When you prevent this natural activity from occurring, the pressure builds until the kettle explodes. This is an important example of the stupidity epidemic problem that we are facing.

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The feminization aside, scale is a problem in US schools too. One thing I noticed when first introduced to the American public education system (bear in mind this was in a wealthy and plurality Jewish suburb) was the sheer scaling involved. In Europe or Israel I was accustomed to seeing village sized schools with a hundred or two tops in their total body. Americans even in choice districts had to contend with numbers an order of magnitude higher. The Dunbar number comes into effect here quite rapidly. Nobody could possibly know even most of their age cohort or even designation.… Read more »

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I had a very similar experience. I was lucky that after four years of the crap you describe, I had the opportunity to go to a very tough Catholic high school with the kids I left behind in the old neighborhood and elsewhere in eastern LA County. The order that taught us gave us two to three hours of homework every night and six to ten hours every weekend. If you weren’t in interscholastic sports, you had an hour of intramural sports every day and bloody lips and bruises were common.

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Dan; You, Issac & Tom A have just opened my eyes. I had no idea that school had recently become so awful for the average boy.* I guess I was lucky that I did HS in the ’60s (it was, as is usual in all ages, both good and bad stuff at the time) and so I was originally baffled by the discussions of the conditions today. My kids in school in the ’80’s were girls. So I had little exposure then. I really sorrow about what was lost. I pray that something like my earlier situation could be restored,… Read more »

Dan S
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Dan S

This actually in many ways was the schooling I had in the 80’s and early 90’s in working class NYC. Maybe it’s still true in working class areas today, but I have no way of knowing. The clue might be to look at where all the school shootings are occurring. They almost always happen in rich suburbs and never working class areas. One reason is community; you still find a stronger sense of community in a working class area than in a suburban environment. Suburbs are basically an anomaly that arose after WW2 to accommodate returning GI’s and people who… Read more »

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The frequency of school shootings parallels the massive growth in child psychiatry and resulting issuance of prescription psychotropic medicines.

Just like you’re right to ask if a mass shooter outside of a school is an Islamic terrorist, you’re right to ask if a mass shooter inside of a school is on SSRIs and seeing a child psychiatrist.

Bunny
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Bunny

Agreed, but doesn’t that present a chicken/egg conundrum? Which came first, the crazy or the meds?

Issac
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Issac

The crazy used to be confined to asylums and the death penalty removed criminally insane genes from the population as well. Cruz biological mother was apparently a junky. It seems likely he was sired by a violent criminal. The Vegas shooter’s father was a career criminal. School environment not withstanding, the western States have done a masterful job of ensuring the proliferation of bad seed. Progressives denial of biology and hatred of guns makes perfect sense when you realize they are the party of defective people rallied to defend the interests of wealthy elites. Crazy came first. SSRIs were simply… Read more »

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No, because the crazy came first. The pharma industry and psychologists/psychiatrists realized that they FIRST had to create a low of new “disorders”. Once you have a massive expansion of the diagnostics, you can offer a suite of drugs to treat them.

Numerous studies have shown that the statistical presentation of ADHD is about 5% in the population, but more than 5% of children are on the meds.

Old surfer
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The schools, teachers and doctors are all responsible. Media too for that matter. The diagnosis of adhd is relatively recent, as is the prescription of ritalin and ssri drugs. The kids are not crazy, just bored. Give them drugs and you can make them crazy. When I was having a hard time sitting still it got treated with extra laps around the track, not a prescription for speed or heavy downers.

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I know a couple who have their kid doped up on adderall. I’d characterize them as overachieving “A” students. Their kid is a reverting to the mean B- student. He’s not getting any sleep, skinny as a rail and just looks like he’s beyond exhausted. If his folks would just be honest with themselves, they’d back off and let him pursue a trade or join the service. But he’s got to go to college and join the managerial class, right?

It will not end well.

Rod1963
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Rod1963

Time is indeed running out, for a peaceful resolution. Eventually I see it ending in bloodshed when the whites are pushed into a corner and there is no alternative but respond in kind to the white lunatics who rule over us and their henchmen in the government and in business. The thing is the progs aren’t going to stop with their identity politics and demonizing whitey. In fact it will get worse, it always does when you have what amounts to a lead up to ethnic cleansing. Historically violence, death and expulsion are the end products of this sort of… Read more »

A.B. Prosper
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A.B. Prosper

They’ve already shot at us, c.f Las Vegas, c.f the attack on Representative Scalise and the other Republicans the only oddity is the guys were in their 60’s who did this, an older more capable generation the younger people don’t have the guts or skill even todays Communist fold under pressure most of the time They’ll count on the Government, aka Mommy to do it all for them what will trigger a backlash in the US Is unknown to me, we’ve allowed 50 million immigrants without a peep and allowed our culture to be destroyed and replaced by a repulsive… Read more »

XMan
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XMan

“kebabs on Wednesday”
Great line!

Glen Filthie
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Glen Filthie

Have faith, boys. Americans are not Euros. They’ve never been invaded before, they don’t like losers and they sure as hell don’t like losing. Losing was popular with baby boomers back in the 60’s but now? It’s getting old. Everyone knows the media slobs are full of shite, and you can get the truth just by reflecting on the lies they tell and reading between the lines. Media slobs haven’t picked up on the fact that the average man is smarter than they are, and lying to him probably isn’t going to work. Hanging a few lefties and vibrants should… Read more »

billrla
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I see no signs of Americans awakening to anything.

rapscallion
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rapscallion

“It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.”

Voltaire

Malicious Moniker
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Malicious Moniker

DITTO!!!

Christopher Hunt
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Christopher Hunt

You use your tongue purtier than a twenty dollar whore.