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St. Louis paper holds ignorant black man up to ridicule

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Yeah, liberals love and respect black people. Sure they do. Check out this story from a couple weeks ago. I missed it, but found it on HBD. It’s about a 51 year old black man who finds a “million dollar bill” in a phone booth, believes it’s real, and his two month “odyssey” to find out if it’s real.

Yes, you read that right. A reporter hears about some ignoramus who found a $1 million dollar bill and is trying to determine if it’s authentic. So Todd Frankel, instead of politely explaining to the simpleton that there’s no such thing (without necessarily adding that anyone with an IQ above 70 should know that), writes up a long story about the man’s “hunt for the truth.” Now, granted, the front of the bill does look pretty realistic.
Thanks Kirk Cameron!

But it says RESERVED NOTE instead of FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE, and if you look close it says that the bill is not legal tender. But at first glance, if you lacked the common knowledge that there’s never been any such thing as a $1 million note, and the common sense to understand why that is, it could certainly be deceiving.

Still though, you would think that the back of the bill might have been a slight tip off.
Yeah, this is authentic currency

Here’s what that says:

The million dollar question: Will you go to Heaven when you die? Here’s a quick test. Have you ever told a lie, stolen anything, or used God’s name in vain? Jesus said, “Whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Have you looked with lust? Will you be guilty on Judgment Day? If you have done those things, God sees you as a lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer at heart. The Bible warns that if you are guilty you will end up in Hell. That’s not God’s will. He sent His Son to suffer and die on the cross for you. You broke God’s Law, but Jesus paid your fine. That means He can legally dismiss your case. He can commute your death sentence: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Then He rose from the dead and defeated death. Please, repent (turn from sin) today and trust in Jesus alone, and God will grant you the gift of everlasting life. Then read your Bible daily and obey it.

In other words, it’s a gospel tract. It’s put out by a former child actor who found Jesus, and now wants to share the good news by tricking not very bright people into thinking they’ve just come into a million bucks. Which anyone could have discovered in about 30 seconds on Google. But instead of telling this guy that’s he’s just the latest low IQ victim of former Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron and his zeal for Christ, Frankel pretends to take him seriously. He then ridicules him by writing as if the man’s abysmal ignorance is not only commendable, but puts him right up there with Henry Ford and Thomas Edison.

He had set out to discover the truth of his find. Months trickled by. He kept searching. The answer seemed just out of reach. But he felt he was closing in. You could laugh it off as a quixotic quest — except for the way he went about it. No short cuts. No scams. He moved with deliberation, like a man aware of the stakes.

Deliberation? Yeah, like this guy can even spell the word. Deliberation? You talkin’ ’bout when we rise up and kill all de honkies?

Frankel praises his ignorance as a “restless curiosity about the world”:

The idea of a search suited Rodney, a high school dropout who retains a restless curiosity about the world. He is the type of person who tries piecing together how a new neighborhood gas station makes its money; who wants to know how the Internet is changing people’s lives, yet rarely has sat at a computer; who slips several coins into a charity donation box at a fast-food place, then wonders aloud if his money really goes to a good cause.

Or, as HBD puts it:

I can just imagine him explaining this aspect of his personalilty to the reporter. “I’m jus’ tha type of brutha’ that gotta know. Like this one time I was at Mikeedees and dey had this little box, you know, for da kids? And yea, I gave’em a few pennies but then I akst the cashier you know, be that money really goin’ to da kids? I jus’ gotta know.”

So the “odyssey” begins. Rodney Dukes was convinced the bill was real, and that he was a rich man. His wife tried to tell him it was fake, but he wouldn’t listen. He asked his dad, who thought it was probably legit. He asked some other old men, who knew things, because they “had been around”, and they agreed it sure looked real. He took the bill to a bank teller and asked her about it. The teller, no doubt an affirmative action hire, was clueless. All she knew was that she had never seen one before. He went to the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, but the security guards told him they don’t deal with customers, only other banks. But one of the guards did give him a pamphlet from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. So in June he scraped together some money and mailed it off to the Bureau, registered mail, no doubt insured for a million dollars.

Then he waited. And he waited. And he waited some more. By October he started to get worried at the lack of a response, although he was starting to believe that it was good news, and the people at the Bureau were just taking their time because they couldn’t figure out how a man on the street came into possession of one of these rare bills. But finally he got tired of waiting, and took action. He went to federal court and filed a handwritten lawsuit demanding the return of his million dollar bill. The judge threw the suit out, calling it “incoherent.” So he refiled it, and the judge threw it out again. He filed suit a third time, and it was thrown out again.

Finally, Rodney Dukes has his first sensible idea. He (and evidently the reporter) goes to the library to see what he can find out. He can’t figure out how to use the computers, so a clerk runs some internet searches for him. He finds a story about a fake million dollar bill being deposited at a bank, but it had Grover Cleveland’s picture, and Rodney’s has Rutherford B. Hayes, so no worries. And when the clerk can’t find any reference to the US government ever printing a million buck note, but also can’t find anything that definitely says they never have, Rodney keeps hope alive.

Finally he gets a letter from the Bureau by registered mail. They returned the bill, and informed him that it was worthless play money. But he gives it one last shot. He takes it to a local coin store, where he is again informed that it’s not real. And so the “odyssey” ends, and Rodney Dukes, tireless hunter for truth, has his answer.

And the St. Louis Post Dispatch makes a fool out of him by publishing this long article so the whole city can laugh at him. They also publish a note along with the article:

The Post-Dispatch learned of Rodney Dukes’ efforts to discover whether his $1 million bill was real from federal court filings in late September. Reporter Todd C. Frankel spent more than two months following Dukes on his odyssey. As with any news story, Frankel avoided interfering with the course of events, so that the story could unfold as naturally as possible.

So this reporter spent over two months “following Dukes on his odyssey”? And he refused to spill the beans to this pathetic person because that would violate journalistic ethics or some hogwash like that? What a load of BS. Instead they turn him into the laughing stock of St. Louis. That’s incredible.

No one should make fun of someone because they’re not very bright, but it’s even more cruel to pretend that an ignoramus is a genius. The Rodney Dukes’ of the world have it tough enough already without some reporter yanking their chains just to get a story. This is pathetic and inexcusable.

There’s an article in Rodney Dukes’ “odyssey” alright. Every paper in America should be publishing piece after piece wondering just what kind of future America can look forward to when it’s not only filling up with millions more people like Rodney Duke, but pandering and groveling to them at every opportunity. It’s bad enough that a man as ignorant as Rodney Dukes is allowed to vote, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We’re actively destroying our nation and its institutions in the “odyssey” to raise the millions of Rodney Dukes in America to our level, in the never ending “hunt for equality” that is going to end as fruitlessly as Rodney Dukes’ “hunt for the truth” did.

Steven Crowder is a racist


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No, not the KKK kind; the patronizing, “black peoples’ problems are all white peoples’ fault” kind. He’s also someone who would rather make a complete fool of himself than face reality, because he’s afraid liberals might call him a racist.

If you want to know why the Republican Party is dying, and will soon be extinct, just watch Crowder’s latest video, (at the bottom of this post) which is all about how the once great city of Detroit became a wasteland. Crowder says he had to make the video because all Americans need to see what happened to Detroit, and more importantly, to understand why it happened, before it happens to the entire country.

So far, so good. Certainly, Detroit should be a warning to all of us. But, as you might’ve guessed with a PC neocon like Crowder on the job, things quickly went downhill from there. He makes a complete jackass of himself by blaming everything he can think of, tossing out every “conservative” platitude he’s ever heard, to explain the nightmare Detroit has become.

Except, of course, the people of Detroit. Oh, Lord no. Black people are never responsible for how they live. They don’t create their own situations; life is just something that’s done to them by other people, usually white liberals, in Crowder’s worldview. (If he were a liberal, what happened to Detroit would be white conservatives’ fault.) Blacks are just helpless pawns of forces beyond their control. Because Crowder’s not a racist or anything. He believes we’re all equal, except that blacks have no responsibility or accountability for their own lives.

He starts off by blaming “leftists”, because “every mayor since 1961 has been a liberal.” Hey Steve, here’s a little tip for ya. There are a whole bunch of places in America that are run by “leftists”, and have been for a long, long time. Places like Boston, New York City, Berkeley, San Francisco, Chicago, the states of Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, etc. But none of these places look like Detroit. So blaming “leftists” and “liberal mayors” doesn’t quite cut it. Granted, there are pockets in all of these places that look like Detroit, and guess what else these pockets have in common with Detroit, Steve? That’s right; they’re populated by almost nothing but blacks, that’s what. Yeah, “leftists” destroyed Detroit the same way “leftists” rioted after the Rodney King verdict. Uh-huh, “liberals” are to blame…and Louis Farrakhan heads up the “Liberal” Muslims.

Then he goes on to say that the problem started with the white mayor in 1965, and the white president, LBJ, and the Model Cities program, because it poured hundreds of millions of dollars into Detroit. Normally, pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into an area doesn’t cause it to become a wasteland, but Steven Crowder has an explanation for that, too. See, government money leads to government regulations, and that destroyed Detroit. (This is the same genius who just a few weeks back made a video calling for vouchers for private schools!) Yes, apparently when DC gave hundreds of millions of dollars to Detroit, there were some pretty onerous strings attached. Black people didn’t want to abandon their buildings, turn them into dope dens and whore houses, and burn them down. They were just following the regulations from DC, and you know how crazy those white liberals are.

He then says that even though Detroit schools get more money per pupil than the average American public school, only 28% of them graduate, and “a Detroit student has a higher chance of ending up in prison than graduating high school.” Because, as any good PC neocon will tell you, a life of crime is something that just sorta happens when it comes to black people. They just “end up” in prison, somehow, by “chance.”

Next up is one of his favorite targets — the “oh so powerful teacher’s unions” who have “failed the students.” Yes, the teacher’s unions, and rules about student teacher ratios and opposition to “merit based pay” have turned Detroit into an urban jungle. And, one more time, like some sort of idiot savant, Crowder again blames the lack of vouchers for the nightmare that Detroit has become. Just two minutes ago he told us that government money and all the strings that are attached to it are bad for cities, but somehow government funding is just terrific for private schools. He’ll say anything, no matter how idiotic or contradictory, rather than face the fact that Detroit is the way it is because that’s how blacks live when left to their own devices.

The next part is a real doozy. In a thirteen minute video on the ruins of Detroit, Crowder spends over four minutes blaming the United Auto Workers union. It was their greed and the Obama bailouts that that played a huge role in the destruction of Detroit, according to him. This whole video is incredibly ignorant, but this part really takes the cake. Evidently Crowder thinks that all these abandoned and rotted out buildings that make Detroit look like a war zone just fell apart in the last couple years, after the automakers started talking about bankruptcy, and then got bailouts from DC. (Well, most of the buildings, that is. He’ll grant that a few collapsed in 1965-1970 under the white mayor, and the teacher’s unions have been going around torching some, too.)

As anyone with half a brain knows, these ruins have been around for a long, long time. Detroit was a hell hole even when the automakers were raking in money hand over fist selling SUVs in the 1990s, and for decades before that. And Steve, why don’t you head out to Camden, NJ or East St. Louis, IL, and do a report about those cities? Because they look a lot like Detroit, only smaller, and they’ve never been part of the auto industry. What’s up with that, Steve? And you know something else? Very few places in the world have vouchers or “school choice”, and yet students in those places still manage to thrive. Many of them are in Europe, others in Asia. How do these nations rank so well in education if it’s all about “school choice”, Steve? Come to think of it, aren’t you always going on about the massive socialism in Europe, and what a huge tax burden Europeans face? Well if government spending and onerous taxes destroyed Detroit, why doesn’t Sweden look like that? Or Norway? Or France? At the end of the video, you blame “government bureaucrats” for destroying what used to be considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Aren’t European nations famous for their massive bureaucracy? So tell us again why Europe doesn’t look like Detroit — they’ve been “leftist” and “liberal” from way before 1965.

Crowder is not only ignorant; he’s flat out dishonest. Unbelievably, outrageously dishonest. He babbles on about government bureaucrats and teacher’s unions turning Detroit into a wasteland, and spends an incredible third of his video trying to blame the UAW. And the entire time, he never even mentions the black riots of 1943 which led to the first great wave of whites fleeing the city, nor the black riots of 1967, which finally pushed the remaining whites over the edge, and were the final nail in the coffin of Detroit. Nor does he mention the Great Migration, which was the beginning of the end for Detroit. He can’t talk about these things, because he’s a good little PC neoconservative, who believes there are no real differences between whites and blacks. So he can’t even mention the elephant in the burned out living room — when Detroit was the richest city in America, and one of the grandest in the world, it was a white city, and when it became a black city, it turned into hell on earth. Just like East St. Louis. And Camden, NJ. And South Central Los Angeles. And Haiti, etc., etc.

Watch the video, and see for yourself just how spineless, brainless and irrelevant contemporary conservatism has become. The Republican Party and its mindless cheerleaders like Steven Crowder don’t have much of a future at all. Pretty much everything in America is coming down to race, and these cowards not only won’t talk about it, they make fools of themselves lying about it.

Good riddance.

If black kids fail their teachers should go to jail


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Parents in Detroit are calling for their kids’ teachers to be imprisoned for their low test scores. And, frankly, it’s hard to argue with their logic if you believe that there are no differences in average intelligence between the races. We’ve tried everything we know how to do, no matter how costly or ridiculous, and the black/white achievement gap just keeps on chugging along like the Energizer bunny, even when adjusted for income, family status, etc. Everyone swears up and down that black kids are just as smart as white kids, but the average black kid graduates from high school 4 grade levels behind the average white kid. If we’re all equal, this can only be the result of some criminal mischief. Even “conservative” Newt Gingrich says that closing the Achievement Gap is THE civil rights issue of the 21st century. If that’s true, then why shouldn’t teachers go to jail if their black students do poorly in school, as it’s a violation of their civil rights?

Detroit parents want DPS teachers, officials jailed over low test scores

Bobb asking for 100,000 volunteer hours to help children with reading

Santiago Esparza / The Detroit News

Detroit — Impassioned parents demanded jail time for educators and district officials Saturday following the release of test scores that showed fourth- and eighth-graders had the worst math scores in the nation.

City students took the National Assessment of Educational Progress test this year, and 69 percent of fourth-graders scored below the basic level in math and 77 percent of eighth-graders scored below basic.

The Detroit scores on the progress test were the lowest in its 40-year history. The sample of students included 900 of Detroit’s 6,000 fourth-graders and 1,000 of the district’s 6,000 eighth-graders.

Sharlonda Buckman, CEO of the Detroit Parent Network, called for jailing and civil lawsuits against anyone in the city’s educational system that is not doing his or her share to help properly educate children.

“Somebody needs to go to jail,” she said in a tearful address to 500 parents gathered Saturday for the organization’s annual breakfast forum. “Somebody needs to pay for this. Somebody needs to go to jail, and it shouldn’t be the kids.”

Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb told the crowd the test scores weren’t the result of children who were incompetent or parents who didn’t care. He blamed the scores on the district not doing its job.

“This is an abysmal failure,” Bobb said. “It is not the fault of our kids individually, and it is not the fault of our kids collectively. It is not the kids’ fault. It is the adults’ fault. It is a failure of leadership.”

The scores were so low that DPS parent Tonya Allen said she thinks students could have stayed home and done just as badly on the tests.

“No other city in the history of this test has done this bad,” said Allen, a founding member of the 7-year-old network. “They could have took this test in French and done just as bad.”

Celia Huerta, also a DPS parent, said the scores show how much work is needed in the schools.

“I am hoping and praying there will be investments in the schools, but I am not seeing it,” she said. “Our kids are smart, the problem is the way they are being taught.”

Bobb said he is going to announce a new reading initiative Monday in which he will be calling for 100,000 volunteer hours to help children with reading. Reading was one of the reasons cited for the low math scores.

This is what we get for 50 years of telling blacks that their problems are all white people’s fault.

And are there really 100,000 adults in Detroit who could serve as reading tutors?

Are there even 100,000 people in Detroit who are functionally literate?

The latest Great Black Hope for conservatives


Ah, politically correct conservatives…they may be dumb, but they’re persistent. They hate themselves for being white, and they hate even more the fact that their movement is entirely white, so they’re always desperately searching for a black hero to get behind to prove they’re not racist. A few months ago, it was Harry Alford. He was being called a hero and praised to the sky by conservatives, and they were expressing the hope that he would run for office.

Readers of this blog know that didn’t turn out too well.

But the true mark of a PC conservative is that they never, ever learn, and just keep coming back for more. The Tea Parties were about 99.999999% white affairs, but black buffoon Lloyd Marcus became the public face of the protests, simply because he’s black. Political jungle fever seems to be an incurable condition. Just as in Tom Wolfe’s great novel, Bonfire of the Vanities, the DA was always searching for The Great White Defendant to prove he wasn’t a racist, neocons and GOP cheerleaders are always looking for the The Great Colored Conservative to prove they’re not racists, no matter how many times they make fools of themselves.

Now they’ve got another one, and they’re once again wetting their pants with anticipation that this time, He Might Really Be The One. The latest Black Messiah whom PC conservatives think will part the blue sea, cause millions of black and brown people to start voting GOP, and lead them into the Promised Land is Allen West. A former Army Officer (can anyone say Affirmative Action?) who has had never held any sort of public office, West is now running for Congress. And before he’s even been elected or served a day in Congress, the PC conservatives are already hoping he’ll one day be president.

America’s Party

America’s Party

By Patrick J. Buchanan

For Democrats like Harry Reid, who called them evil-mongers,” and Nancy Pelosi, who called them “un-American,” the NBC News poll must have hit like a sucker punch at a Georgetown wine-and-cheese.

The Tea Party movement, those folks rallying against spending last spring and Obamacare in the summer town halls, are viewed more favorably than the Democratic Party.

Forty-one percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party movement, to 35 percent for Obama’s party. Only 24 percent view Tea Party activists unfavorably, while 45 percent hold a negative view of the Democrats.

While Tea Party types played a role in the GOP’s comeback—helping take down Gov. Jon Corzine in New Jersey and turning a John McCain deficit of 6 points in the Old Dominion into a 17-point victory for Bob McDonnell—the movement is no subsidiary of the GOP. For it played a major role in routing liberal Republican “Dede” Scozzafava in New York’s 23rd and came within a point of electing a third-party conservative.

As Congressional elections are 10 months off, though primaries begin in the spring, where do Tea Party types find the battles to keep them in fighting trim? Copenhagen may have provided an answer.

While Obama came home with a nothing-burger, Hillary stole the show. Without authorization of Congress, she committed the United States to lead a campaign to transfer, beginning in 2020, $100 billion a year “to address climate change needs in developing countries.” The fund would start at $10 billion and grow by 1,000 percent in a decade.

The $100-billion-a-year global fund sprang from the fertile mind of Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

By 2020, U.S. citizens, whose nation is careening toward default, will be borrowing tens of billions more every year from China, if Beijing is still willing to lend to us, so we can ship those tens of billions off to the sump holes of the Third World.

The arrogance of power here astonishes.

Not only does Hillary’s commitment represent a doubling of U.S. foreign aid, she declared at Copenhagen that climate change—known as global warming before a blizzard brought Obama winging home early—is “undeniable.”

Now, undeniably, there is climate change. But we call it spring, summer, fall and winter. As for global warming and cooling, that has been going on for millennia. Not so long ago, we exited what is known as the “little ice age.” Over the 20th century, the official rise in global temperature was seven-tenths of one degree Celsius.

People are wailing about the “hottest decade” in history. But who would have noticed if the Chicken Littles had not told us we are all burning up and we must act now to save the planet?

How do we save the planet? By giving them power and money.

Hillary’s hundred billion a year is just the tip of the iceberg, and this iceberg is not melting. We are at the beginning of the biggest con in history.

Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency made an “endangerment finding” that carbon dioxide, the food of plants and trees, is a dangerous pollutant. Under the Clean Air Act of 1970, this gives EPA power to shut down the U.S. economy, though EPA head Lisa Jackson says the ruling will apply only to 10,000 utilities, refineries and large manufacturers that emit more than 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide every year.

Congress has done nothing to reverse this usurpation of power.

Strict enforcement of this finding would make America a pasture and guarantee China’s future as the first industrial power, the factory for mankind. What is the purpose of this preposterous EPA finding?

It is the EPA nightstick to club into line U.S. companies that are fighting the Gore-Kerry-Obama cap-and-trade bill stalled in the Senate, which represents another huge transfer of wealth and power from the private sector to Beltway bureaucrats.

What the Obamaites are saying to industrial America is: Back off your opposition to cap-and-trade, or the EPA shuts you down.

The Tea Party irregulars have it in their power to stop the New World Order crowd cold. All they need do is stop cap-and-trade in the Senate for 10 months, until November, and block Hillary’s $100 billion fund from ever seeing the light of day.

If the Tea Party activists can hold the line, they can, next fall, send Congress a message it will not soon forget about getting off this Acela to globalism and getting back to putting America first.

In Europe, democracy is dead. French and Dutch voted to kill the EU constitution. The EU rechristened it the Lisbon Treaty. The Irish voted no. They were forced to vote again. The British detest it, but Gordon Brown has denied them a vote.

The West is disappearing into a New World Order, and against globalism, the Tea Party folks may represent our last best hope.

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Patrick J. Buchanan needs no introduction to VDARE.COM readers; his book State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America, can be ordered from Amazon.com. His latest book is Churchill, Hitler, and “The Unnecessary War”: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World, reviewed here by Paul Craig Roberts.

Americans Are Hell-Bent on Tyranny

Americans Are Hell-Bent on Tyranny

By Paul Craig Roberts

Obama’s dwindling band of true believers has taken heart that their man has finally delivered on one of his many promises—the closing of the Guantanamo prison. But the prison is not being closed. It is being moved to Illinois, if the Republicans permit.

In truth, Obama has handed his supporters another defeat. Closing Guantanamo meant ceasing to hold people in violation of our legal principles of habeas corpus and due process and ceasing to torture them in violation of US and international laws.

All Obama would be doing would be moving 100 people, against whom the US government is unable to bring a case, from the prison in Guantanamo to a prison in Thomson, Illinois.

Are the residents of Thomson despondent that the US government has chosen their town as the site on which to continue its blatant violation of US legal principles? No, the residents are happy. It means jobs.

The hapless prisoners had a better chance of obtaining release from Guantanamo. Now the prisoners are up against two US senators, a US representative, a mayor, and a state governor who have a vested interest in the prisoners’ permanent detention in order to protect the new prison jobs in the hamlet devastated by unemployment.

Neither the public nor the media have ever shown any interest in how the detainees came to be incarcerated. Most of the detainees were unprotected people who were captured by Afghan war lords and sold to the Americans as “terrorists” in order to collect a proffered bounty. It was enough for the public and the media that the Defense Secretary at the time, Donald Rumsfeld, declared the Guantanamo detainees to be the “780 most dangerous people on earth.”

The vast majority have been released after years of abuse. The 100 who are slated to be removed to Illinois have apparently been so badly abused that the US government is afraid to release them because of the testimony the prisoners could give to human rights organizations and foreign media about their mistreatment.

Our British allies are showing more moral conscience than Americans are able to muster. Former PM Tony Blair, who provided cover for President Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq, is being damned for his crimes by UK officialdom testifying before the Chilcot Inquiry.

The London Times on December 14 summed up the case against Blair in a headline: “Intoxicated by Power, Blair Tricked Us Into War.” Two days later the British First Post declared: “War Crime Case Against Tony Blair Now Rock-solid.” In an unguarded moment Blair let it slip that he favored a conspiracy for war regardless of the validity of the excuse [weapons of mass destruction] used to justify the invasion.

The movement to bring Blair to trial as a war criminal is gathering steam. Writing in the First Post Neil Clark reported: “There is widespread contempt for a man [Blair] who has made millions [his reward from the Bush regime] while Iraqis die in their hundreds of thousands due to the havoc unleashed by the illegal invasion, and who, with breathtaking arrogance, seems to regard himself as above the rules of international law.” Clark notes that the West’s practice of shipping Serbian and African leaders off to the War Crimes Tribunal, while exempting itself, is wearing thin.

In the US, of course, there is no such attempt to hold to account Bush, Cheney, Condi Rice, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and the large number of war criminals that comprised the Bush Regime. Indeed, Obama, whom Republicans love to hate, has gone out of his way to protect the Bush cohort from being held accountable.

Here in Great Moral America we only hold accountable celebrities and politicians for their sexual indiscretions. Tiger Woods is paying a bigger price for his girlfriends than Bush or Cheney will ever pay for the deaths and ruined lives of millions of people. The consulting company, Accenture Plc, which based its marketing program on Tiger Woods, has removed Woods from its Web site. Gillette announced that the company is dropping Woods from its print and broadcast ads. AT&T says it is re-evaluating the company’s relationship with Woods.

Apparently, Americans regard sexual infidelity as far more serious than invading countries on the basis of false charges and deception, invasions that have caused the deaths and displacement of millions of innocent people. Remember, the House impeached President Clinton not for his war crimes in Serbia, but for lying about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

Americans are more upset by Tiger Woods’ sexual affairs than they are by the Bush and Obama administrations’ destruction of US civil liberty. Americans don’t seem to mind that “their” government for the last 8 years has resorted to the detention practices of 1,000 years ago—simply grab a person and throw him into a dungeon forever without bringing charges and obtaining a conviction.

According to polls, Americans support torture, a violation of both US and international law, and Americans don’t mind that their government violates the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and spies on them without obtaining warrants from a court. Apparently, the brave citizens of the “sole remaining superpower” are so afraid of terrorists that they are content to give up liberty for safety, an impossible feat.

With stunning insouciance, Americans have given up the rule of law that protected their liberty. The silence of law schools and bar associations indicates that the age of liberty has passed. In short, the American people support tyranny. And that’s where they are headed.

Paul Craig Roberts [email him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term.  He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal.  He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider’s Account of Policymaking in Washington;  Alienation and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter Brimelow’s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.

Liberals Are Mentally Ill

Liberals Are Mentally Ill

The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness
by Lyle H. Rossiter Jr. M.D.

Just when liberal-leftists thought it was finally Their Time to lead center-right America, kicking and screaming, into a stifling socialist Utopia, a veteran and acclaimed forensic psychiatrist is making a powerful case that the hope-and-change ideology motivating them is actually a mental disorder.

For more than 40 years, Dr. Lyle Rossiter has diagnosed and treated over 1,500 patients as a board-certified clinical psychiatrist and examined more than 2,700 civil and criminal cases, both state and federal, as a board-certified forensic psychiatrist retained by numerous public offices, courts and private attorneys. He received his medical and psychiatric training at the University of Chicago.

Rossiter explains with great clarity why the kind of liberalism being displayed by Barack Hussein Obama and his Jewish cohorts can only be understood as a psychological disorder.

“Based on strikingly irrational beliefs and emotions, modern liberals relentlessly undermine the most important principles on which our freedoms were founded,” says Rossiter. “Like spoiled, angry children, they rebel against the normal responsibilities of adulthood and demand that a parental government meet their needs from cradle to grave.

“A social scientist who understands human nature will not dismiss the vital roles of free choice, voluntary cooperation and moral integrity – as liberals do,” he says. “A political leader who understands human nature will not ignore individual differences in talent, drive, personal appeal and work ethic, and then try to impose economic and social equality on the population – as liberals do.

“And a legislator who understands human nature will not create an environment of rules which overregulates and overtaxes the nation’s citizens, corrupts their character and reduces them to wards of the state..as liberals do.”

Dr. Rossiter says the liberal agenda preys on weakness and feelings of inferiority in the population by:

*Creating and reinforcing perceptions of victimization;

*Satisfying infantile claims to entitlement, indulgence and compensation;

*Augmenting primitive feelings of envy;

*Rejecting the sovereignty of the individual, subordinating him to the will of the government.

“The roots of liberalism – and its associated madness – can be clearly identified by understanding how children develop from infancy to adulthood and how distorted development produces the irrational beliefs of the liberal mind,” he says.

“When the modern liberal mind whines about imaginary victims, rages against imaginary villains, and seeks above all else to run the lives of persons competent to run their own lives, the neurosis of the liberal mind becomes painfully obvious.”

(Article contributed by the Lone Haranguer)

The Virus by Bushite Fury

What will our country be like as the nigger population increases to unmanageable proportions? The Virus by Bushite Fury is a free online novel exclusively offered by Niggermania.

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The Virus
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How in the hell had things gone so bad so quickly, Aaron Winters thought as he listened to the distant gunfire and watched the smoke rising only a few blocks away. Their own neighborhood was silent, he was almost the only person in the entire block, everyone else had left the previous evening and that morning.

Aaron was a former programmer and now a website designer, age 35, happily married with a Wife and two children. 5 years ago they’d finally been able to put a deposit down on their house in a good area, she’d gotten an office job and he worked largely from home, occasionally traveling to other states on contract work. Life was good and looking brighter all the time, until the economic downturn began after the Middle East wars ended. Now, their house was worth cents in the dollar, their savings were almost gone, unemployment was rife.

Crime was the only growth industry.

He’d just returned from shopping before the nightly shooting started. As usual the emergency services didn’t respond, the only time they were seen these days was when they cleared the Bodies and Car wrecks from the roads each morning. They never entered the burned buildings; they would have been shot down if they had. After 3pm they disappeared completely and weren’t seen again until after dawn the next day. You could forget about receiving help from them if you needed it, you were on your own, they only grudgingly answered calls, and the answer was invariably “we’re too busy to attend”.

Several months before, he’d gotten his wife Barbara and two Children, Cassandra and William, out of the area to a safe place in the Country, where the Predators never went. He’d only returned to their house to take a few remaining mementos of their previous lives and shop for needed items, constantly on the watch for people hanging around traffic lights, stop signs and doorways whenever he did so.

The ultimate purpose of a Government was to protect its people from Invasion and Attack, and the US Government was deliberately allowing both, he thought as he sat on the balcony of their house for the last time. But in a few hours, all going well, things were going to abruptly change…

The US as it was known was winding down, deluged in a morass of economic and criminal decay, subtly dying a little more each day. The population had been slowly introduced to the changes which were destroying them, exactly like the proverbial Frog in hot water, unaware as the temperature slowly rose around it until it was too late. The same thing had happened all around the World but the population had by and large been inured to the changes and refused to take notice as one nation after another was destroyed, either from within or by invasion as necessary. Large parts of all cities and most suburbs had become absolute no-go areas law abiding citizens steered clear of. Taxes had risen sharply and pushed businesses under, all to pay for foreign wars. In response, President Bush had instituted economic ‘reforms’ consisting of borrowing like never before, which the country and the entire world were now paying for.

-Snip

www.niggermania.com is a website devoted to making fun of, well, niggers: Blacks that have completely failed to become part of greater society except as a poor, criminal burden. The moderators of niggermania take the position that they are not hateful, because they deem niggers less than human and regard them as wild animals, unable to live up to “human” standards. They wonder aloud why society tolerates them, albeit humorously.

The Virus is a free online novella written by “Bushite Fury”. It’s about Aaron Winters, a White Man and former computer programmer angry at the destruction of American values at the hands of the Bush government and political correctness, the former because Bush (assuming it’s George W.) has invaded Syria and made foreign relations even worse, and the latter for allowing gangs of Blacks to terrorize the cities.

With the government taking over and fully monitoring all of the internet and other communications and the media complicit in censoring all “intolerant” news, Winters knows it’s only a matter of time before there’s no chance for any kind of resistance, especially with gangs on the edge of taking over his once-nice neighborhood. He and his neighbors hatch plans to escape.

Winters packs up his family and builds a hidden cabin in a national park, where he and his wife and two small children exercise, read and above all, learn to survive, hunting, fishing, tracking, etc. The prose during these parts goes down like flat soda, but adequately explains what would be a tremendously difficult process in a believable way. Dialogue and other elements of storytelling are raw and unpolished.

The virus of the title refers not only to the decay of society by unseen (or unacknowledged) forces but a computer virus that Winters builds in secret to unleash on the government as revenge.

Author Fury is at his best when explaining the destructive results of America turning its back on its history and allowing segments of the population to literally get away with murder in the name of “tolerance”. The tragedy of our times is that questioning the forces overtly and covertly destroying America are found in sophomoric yet honest efforts like this, instead of being front page news and debated everywhere from park benches to the halls of Congress.

Curiously (or not) the word ‘nigger’ is nowhere to be found in the text of The Virus, nor is any direct mention made of the “real” enemy, The Jews. Fury also prefers the pagan religions to Christianity, an odd choice.


An eleven-year-old prodigy peers into the future, looking at the condition of racial and ethnic polarization at mid-century

2048

An eleven-year-old prodigy peers into the future, looking at the condition of racial and ethnic polarization at mid-century. From the single assumption that earning ability is distributed differently among racial and ethnic groups, Prodigy develops a formalism to describe intergroup polarization. From this analysis a pair of limiting laws emerge: Prodigy’s Laws I and II.


Mentor. Welcome Prodigy. It’s good to see you again. Please come in. Have a cookie and tell me what you’ve been doing.

Prodigy. Thank you, Mentor. I have been toying with the idea of becoming a doomsayer. I believe I could make a living that way and support my researches.

Mentor. Something like Einstein in the patent office?

Prodigy. Yes, but more lucrative.

Mentor. What put you on to this?

Prodigy. While visiting Aunt Patricia, I read the 1968 best seller, The Population Bomb. In it, Paul Ehrlich predicted the starvation of 65 million Americans between 1980 and 1989. He subsequently won a $345,000 MacArthur “genius” award, and more recently a $250,000 prize from the Heinz Foundation for his writings on population and nuclear war. With more than a few IQ points on Ehrlich, I should be able to do at least that well. Of course, I would want my predictions to be correct.

Mentor. Do you have anything specific in mind?

Prodigy. Well yes. In a private communication, Jim Boyd expressed some concern about demographic trends in the US. He pointed out that by mid-century the non-Hispanic white population will have dropped to near 50 percent with Latinos and (to a lesser extent) Asians taking up the slack. Jim suggests, that such a population mix might be destabilizing. High-IQ, high-paying jobs in law, medicine and engineering, for example, would be concentrated among whites and Asians, as now. However, blacks and Latinos with larger combined numbers would have destabilizing political clout.

Mentor. Somehow that doesn’t seem pessimistic enough to merit a MacArthur or Heinz award. Bill Joy, writing in the April edition of Wired, says that self-replicating technology could wipe out humanity in a few decades. Now that’s doomsaying!

Prodigy. Let me show you some mid-century population projections anyway.


Year Hispanics Non-Hispanic
Whites Blacks Amer. Indians etc. Asians
1999 11.49% 71.85% 12.14% 0.74% 3.76%
2048 23.86% 52.32% 13.62% 0.84% 9.37%

Mentor. What happened to 2050? Last I looked you had ten fingers.

Prodigy. Because Asians, including many Chinese, are projected to make impressive population gains, I thought it prudent to choose a year of the dragon. According to the projection, Latinos will grow to about 24 percent of the population. Combined with blacks, they will be pushing 40 percent. That represents a lot of clout for traditional have-not groups.

Mentor. Permit me a brief digression. Look at the points on this graph.

Can you predict where the next point will fall?

Prodigy. It might help it you told me what the points represent?

Mentor. They represent the charge density, measured by x-ray scattering, along a line through a crystal.

Prodigy. Knowing you, Mentor, I smell a rat. The points fall more or less on a line, so you expect me to place a point that extends it, like this.

However, the microscopic properties of a crystal are periodic, so without more information I will respectfully decline to place the point.

Mentor. Good! Here are the same points, including the new one you declined to add, superimposed upon a plot of the experimental charge density.

Prodigy. Ha! The rat is exposed. Curiously, the points look squiggly now. Did you move them?

Mentor. No, it’s an optical illusion that we can explore another time. For now, what can you say about extrapolation?

Prodigy. People are eager to extrapolate. I had that impulse just a moment ago, but I exercised restraint. We love to look at small regions in space or time and extrapolate our observations beyond their range of validity. Knowing the local structure about a point in a crystal, we can predict the structure many atoms or molecules away. The crystal’s periodicity guides us. Without that model, extrapolation would be a dangerous enterprise. I think it was you, Mentor, who said that extrapolation is a reflection of the ego, and the bigger the ego the bolder the claim.

Mentor. Even models may not be enough. Some have so many parameters to plug in, that they become virtually useless. During the Gulf War in 1991, the TV personality and astronomer, Carl Sagan, predicted that burning oil wells in Kuwait would blacken the sky causing the monsoons to fail and bring about mass starvation in southern Asia. He did a worst-case calculation and passed it off as reasonable. Global warming “experts” do much the same thing now.

Prodigy. Where do you stand on global warming?

Mentor. I remain agnostic. The issue has been so politicized that it is near-impossible to get a balanced picture. My cursory examination of the technical literature indicates that there is plenty of credible dissent. Let’s keep that topic open for future discussion.

Prodigy. If I go into the futurist business, I promise to be circumspect.

Mentor. Well then let’s look at your population estimates. Where did they come from?

Prodigy. Demographers at the Census Bureau produced them. Their predictions, which extend to 2100, can be found on the Census Bureau website.

Mentor. Talk about ego. A change in the world health profile, a small war or two, political realignments, or any of countless unforeseen events could render a hundred year prediction useless. It’s a waste of taxpayer money.

Prodigy. I should do a calculation to see if such waste can affect my inheritance.

Mentor. Perhaps another time. Tell me, what do the demographers see for the total US population at the end of the century?

Prodigy. Close to 600 million.

Mentor. Do you see that as a problem?

Prodigy. Not even close. We can comfortably sustain many times that number. The problem I see has not so much to do with quantity as with quality.

Mentor. Well then, Prodigy, what specifically have you in mind for your venture into futurism?

Prodigy. I want to keep focused on Jim Boyd’s concerns. When economic polarization develops along racial and color lines, it becomes singularly conspicuous and volatile. Affirmative action can ameliorate up to a point, but it also worsens tensions by breeding resentment.

Mentor. Might it not help to develop a measure of polarization that could be expressed as a function of the population mix?

Prodigy. I have developed such a function, which I will unveil shortly. But first allow me a few observations. Economic polarization is usually defined in terms of income or asset differences between haves and havenots. In the US the haves are whites and Asians; the havenots are blacks and browns. Unlike comparing rich with poor, not all whites and Asians do well and not all blacks and browns do poorly. Consequently, I decided to look at these two groups in terms of their statistical properties.

Members of racial and ethnic groups, irrespective of individual economic success, very much identify with others of their tribe. They are bonded by primal survival instincts. It is human nature. When blacks and browns look through their “group eyes,” they see whites and Asians as belonging to advantaged tribes. Racial and ethnic self-identification creates resentment even among successful individuals within the group. Success of other groups is seen as inherently unfair, because havenots operate from an equal-outcome perspective. They do not acknowledge inherent group differences, let alone their economic consequences. Alternatively, whites and Asians see jobs obtained by less qualified minorities as unfair, because haves operate from a meritocratic perspective. This difference in perception, stemming from divergent abilities, is at the root of intergroup resentment.

Mentor. Can policies be enacted to reduce intergroup antipathy?

Prodigy. Not the kind I speak of. What I describe is fundamental polarization, arising from inherent group differences. Government sponsored policies like affirmative action can act in behalf of blacks and browns. Employment measures can steer minorities into public sector jobs, creating a minority middle-class. Pressure on the private sector can achieve much the same effect. But none of this gets at the irreducible minimum intergroup resentment.

Resentment is a two-way street. It exists both at the top and bottom. For a given racial/ethnic mix, government or private-sector intervention merely shifts resentment from one group to another. It is as if there were a conservation of resentment principle operating. In a meritocratic culture all the resentment is from the bottom. Chopping away at the meritocratic ideal by introducing equal-outcome components like affirmative action reduces resentment in one group, shifting it to another.

Mentor. Can the level of ill feeling increase beyond the irreducible minimum?

Prodigy. Absolutely. Race hustlers make a living by playing upon these antagonisms. I consider here, however, only the primary antipathy and its offshoot polarization.

To study the effect of racial and ethnic composition on social discord, I developed a measure of intergroup polarization that is independent of government policy. Income and asset differences are inappropriate measures, because they are very much influenced by policies such as affirmative action. My measure of polarization is invariant to political perturbations, being instead intrinsic to the nature of the groups and their relative numbers. In fact, I call it the intrinsic polarization function. It describes the irreducible minimum intergroup polarization.

On the human evolutionary scale, 50 or 100 years mean very little. Some human attributes change so slowly, that on this scale we may regard them as constant. Group-cognitive differences are among them. Having taken so long to shape, they will likely exist 50 years hence in the same form we observe now. Barring widespread intergroup breeding, these differences will persist. Asians and whites will remain as a cognitive elite, with blacks and browns lagging behind by about one standard deviation. Other group properties will likewise resist change. These simple facts allow me to frame the question of polarization in more concrete terms. And, being cautious by nature, I will make no extravagant claims. My foray into futurism will be more like a “what-if” game.

Mentor. And of course you will not contradict any known facts.

Prodigy. Of course. I propose a very simple model based on group-differential ability to earn. For this purpose, the US may be modeled as a two-group nation, blacks and browns in one group, Asians and whites in the other. The groups differ in a property we might call, earning ability. It is distributed differently within each group, the black/brown distribution lagging behind that of whites and Asians.

Mentor. You mentioned time-invariant cognitive differences. Is there a relationship between earning ability and IQ?

Prodigy. We know the two are strongly correlated. In fact, IQ is the biggest single correlate of income. That, however, is not to say that earning ability and IQ distributions are identical. They are not. Athletes and dentists, for example, have high-earning potential, yet at the same time can be dumb as rocks. However, barring profound changes in Western values, earning-ability gaps should remain fairly constant.

Though the distributions of earning ability and IQ differ, the degree of correlation suggests they share some common elements. Intergroup gaps in both distributions should be similar. We know the IQ gap between blacks/browns and whites/Asians is about one standard deviation. Consequently, I assume throughout a one standard deviation earning-ability gap. Ultimately, however, the gap must be regarded as an adjustable parameter, and may be reset when evidence warrants.

Mentor. You mentioned an intrinsic polarization function. Tell me about it.

Prodigy. Within the context of the two-group model, I look at the proportion of blacks and browns in the top-earning quintile (more generally, n-tile). I brought some posters to help me explain. Poster 1 shows a utopian equal-outcome ideal in which the black/brown fraction of the top-income quintile equals the black/brown fraction in the workforce. In Utopia, earning-ability gaps do not exist.

Poster 2 includes also the fraction of blacks and browns in the top-earning quintile that would obtain in a meritocracy, that is, when the quintile is filled in rank order of earning ability. Because of the earning ability gap, the meritocratic top-quintile fraction of blacks and browns, FB, is always less than the corresponding utopian fraction, fB. (See Poster 5 for how to calculate FB.)


I define the intrinsic polarization function, p as the difference between the utopian and meritocratic curves. That is, p = fBFB. The intrinsic polarization function depends only on a population’s racial/ethnic makeup. It arises from deep-rooted group differences and has nothing to do with government or private-sector policy. Poster 3 shows how the function varies with the population mix.


At the population extremes (no blacks/browns and all blacks/browns) the polarization function vanishes. Consequently, there must be a racial/ethnic mix where the difference reaches a maximum. This occurs when the workforce is about 60 percent black/brown. That is the most volatile mix. Further increases in black/brown percentages will see a decrease in polarization.

Mentor. Where are we presently on your curves?

Prodigy. In Poster 4, the 1999 black/brown workforce fraction (about 23 percent) is marked. The 1999 population mix generated significant polarization, the intrinsic polarization function reaching 53 percent of its maximum value.


Circumstances degenerate as the workforce becomes more black and brown. The Census Bureau forecast of a 38 percent black-brown workforce in 2048 is also marked on Poster 4. At that mix, the intrinsic polarization function will have increased to more than 80 percent of its maximum value, a dangerous condition. The level of resentment will be way up. As Jim Boyd suggests, that combination of polarization and political muscle could produce destabilizing unrest.

Mentor. How will the resentment be distributed between the two groups?

Prodigy. My model cannot say. That would depend in large measure upon the existence and vitality of policies promoting concepts like affirmative action, “diversity,” “multiculturalism,” and others I can’t even begin to imagine.

Mentor. Though your analysis is well constructed, Prodigy, your conclusions are not quite as dramatic as the starvation of 65 million Americans in a decade.

Prodigy. That’s the price of circumspection. OK, so I won’t get a MacArthur Award. Actually, my long-term outlook is fairly optimistic. If we can hold on long enough, the world will create so much wealth that economic polarization will become a moot issue. The problem is one of time scale. That is, how long is “long enough?” Meanwhile, let me show you how I evaluated the top-quintile earned fraction, FB, and the intrinsic polarization function, p. Please look at Poster 5.


POSTER 5. CALCULATION OF FB, THE EARNED FRACTION OF BLACKS/BROWNS IN THE TOP QUINTILE, AND p, THE INTRINSIC POLARIZATION FUNCTION.

Suppose a population, N, consists of two groups, the black/brown numbering NB and the white/Asian numbering NW. We wish to fill N/n slots in rank order on some property, x, where 1 < n < N. Let P(x) be the probability density of x in the white/Asian group. Let the probability density of x in the black/brown group be P(x + Δ). That is, the two distributions differ by a translation, Δ, along the x axis. The quantity, Δ, is the difference between the group means. Then, the following relation is satisfied (see Women and Minorities in Science).

Members of the population possessing a value of the property greater than or equal to λ make the cutoff and fill one of the slots. The first term on the left side (5.1) is the number of whites/Asians who fill slots; the second term is the corresponding number of blacks/browns.

Dividing through by N/n, the number of slots in the top n-tile, we get

In (5.2) we have replaced NB/N with fB, the fraction of the general population that is black/brown. The value of λ is determined in practice by numerical solution of (5.2).

The second term on the left side of (5.2) is the earned fraction of blacks/browns in the top n-tile, i.e., FB. The intrinsic polarization function, p = fBFB, is then given by

The functions FB and p were evaluated throughout for Δ = 1 and n = 5, i.e., for the top quintile.


Mentor. Straightforward enough. Is there more?

Prodigy. The intrinsic polarization function and earned fraction of blacks/browns have interesting limiting properties, which I have formulated into a pair of limiting laws. I call them Prodigy’s Laws.

Mentor. Not surprising.

Prodigy. The laws provide considerable simplification in low brown/black populations. They would apply very well in, say, the UK.

Please look at Posters 6 and 7.



As you see, Mentor, both the earned fraction, FB, and the intrinsic polarization function, p, approach asymptotes in the low black/brown population region. Their limiting behavior forms the basis of Prodigy’s laws. I develop them in Poster 8.



POSTER 8

Prodigy’s Laws:

I. If the top n-tile of the combined population of two sub-populations, A and B, is filled in rank order on some property, x, then, in the limit of a small B population, the (earned) fraction, FB, of the top n-tile filled by B’s becomes proportional to the fraction of B’s in the general population. That is, FB CnfB. The proportionality constant, Cn, Prodigy’s constant, is given by , where λn is the solution of . The quantity, P(x), is the distribution function of property x for group A. The distribution function for group B is P(x + Δ).

II. In the limit of a small B population, the polarization function, p = fBFB, becomes proportional to the fraction of B’s in the general population. That is, p (1 – Cn)fB.

Prodigy’s Law I can be obtained by expanding FB (fB ) about zero and dropping quadratic and higher terms,

The quantity FB(0) vanishes, i.e., when the B population is zero, no B can fill a slot. The fraction of B’s who fill the N/n top n-tile slots is given by,

where λ(fB) is the smallest value of x that earns a slot in the n-tile. From (8.2) we can find FB (fB):

To find FB(0), we note that the derivative in (8.3) expands to -P(λ+Δ))(dλ/dfB), both factors of which remain finite as fB0. Thus, the second term inside the brackets vanishes in the limit of fB0. In this limit, the first term in brackets goes to , where λn is the value of λ in an all-A population competing for slots in the top n-tile. That value of λ satisfies the relation: , which also provides a means to compute λn. Thus, FB(0) is given by

and Prodigy’s Law, F(fB) = CnfB, is established. Prodigy’s constant, Cn, is also seen to be F’ (0) or . Values of Cn can be computed from this expression.A few values of Prodigy’s constant are tabulated below, for the case when P(x) is Gaussian and Δ = 1.

n Cn
5 0.16383
10 0.11258
20 0.081726

Prodigy’s Law II follows directly, since p = fBFB (1 – Cn)fB.


Mentor. Does Prodigy’s constant have any significance?

Prodigy. “Significance” is a bit strong, Mentor. Will you settle for “interpretation?” Prodigy’s constant is the earned top n-tile fraction of blacks and browns in a hypothetical all black/brown population that obeys Prodigy’s Law I over the entire range of population mixes.

Mentor. Yes, I do think “interpretation” is more appropriate. Have you considered the tendency of minorities to cluster geographically in cities?

Prodigy. I am looking into that. Oops, please excuse me, I am late for an appointment with Aunt Patricia. She promised to lend me a copy of Lowell Ponte’s “The Cooling.”

Mentor. I look forward to our next meeting.

Prodigy. Me too. Thanks for the lesson and the cookies.

THE POLITICS OF MENTAL RETARDATION: A TAIL OF THE BELL CURVE

THE POLITICS OF MENTAL RETARDATION:  A TAIL OF THE BELL CURVE

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Political movements have victims, and the cause of diversity is no exception. Whites, Asians and males are all casualties of the diversicrat, but his most deplorable incivility makes victims of the hapless.  If anyone should deny the politicization of mental retardation, let him confront the data presented herein.


The life of a diversicrat is disagreeable. He is surrounded by irritants. Of them, he finds none more unsettling than race, particularly racial differences. He confronts them daily, on the athletic field, in the classroom, in the workplace and on the street. Most prickly are IQ differences. Intelligence, after all, is the hallmark of our species. The diversicrat twists and strains to explain IQ gaps away, abandoning parsimony for convolution. But he does not stop with explication. He is an ideological crusader. And like most crusades, this one has victims. Sadly, they include the ill-starred and hapless mentally retarded. Their wretched malady is secondary to the fact that they are asymmetrically black.

Nature-nurture issues do not concern us here. We ask how, not why. We accept racial IQ incongruities as facts, noting only that efforts to erase them have failed. The average IQ of East Asians (Chinese, Japanese and Koreans) is about 1/3 standard deviation (SD) or about 5 IQ points higher than that of Europeans. Ashkenazic Jews score higher still. Their mean IQ is about 15 IQ points above that of non-Hispanic whites. In the US, the African American with a mean score of 85 is at the bottom of the cognitive deck. He thus finds himself disproportionately represented among the ranks of the retarded. All this is anathema to the diversicrat.

The black-white IQ gap has been studied and analyzed for more than 80 years. It has outlived sweeping attitude changes, from extreme anti-black discrimination to bias against whites, Asians and males. The billion-dollar Head Start budget has not dented it. Though IQ scores have been rising worldwide for decades (the Flynn effect) the cognitive distance between blacks and whites has remained remarkably constant. In fact, the 1 SD black-white IQ gap is as close to a fundamental sociological constant as we come.

When the IQ of non-Hispanic whites is normalized to a mean of 100 and SD of 15, the African American mean falls at about 85 with an SD of about 13.5. The black IQ distribution both lags behind and is narrower than the white. The small difference in width manifests itself significantly at the bell curve extremes, reducing both the numbers of retarded and exceptional blacks.

Figure 1 shows IQ distribution curves for African Americans and non-Hispanic whites. The areas under the curves are normalized to unity, so that the narrower black distribution appears taller. Two standard deviations from each side of the white mean mark IQ boundaries for retardation and giftedness. Outside these borders, in the shaded regions, are the cognitive extremes. There, the areas under the curves represent the fractions of each group who meet IQ criteria for retardation or giftedness. (Most striking is the tiny black representation in the gifted region.) The ratio of areas shows blacks to be 6.1 times more likely than whites to fall below the boundary for retardation, and 53 times less likely to be gifted. So profound are the group differences that they are apparent to the man in the street, who observes a profusion of African Americans at the bottom of the economic and educational ladders, and a scarcity at the top.


Bell Curve Extremes
At the left tail of the IQ distribution we find the mentally deficient. They mostly are unable to cope with the challenges of life. As children, they require specialized educational services. When the bell curve is politicized these poor souls suffer. We will see how the diversicrat, unable to tolerate racial differences in retardation rates, has worked a miracle cure.

The diversicrat’s goal of eliminating racial disparities extends to both tails of the bell curve. On the right he has inflicted less damage. After all, it is more difficult to harm the gifted than the backward. Nevertheless, racial imbalance in programs for gifted and talented students catch his eye. He pressures local school districts to diversify them. Florida’s response is typical. When not enough “disadvantaged minorities” show up in programs for exceptional students, Florida kicks in with Plan B (no kidding — that is what they call it). Plan B makes use of additional criteria such as “leadership potential,” “performance evaluation” and “statements of need.” It is hard to get worked up about gifted and near gifted children. We know in the long run they will turn out well. We focus instead on the left tail of the bell curve where the real damage occurs.


Lourdes Comes to Washington
The diversicrat has a powerful ally in the US Government. Through its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) the Department of Education demands that mentally retarded children be represented in proportion to the racial makeup of the school. OCR regards racial imbalance as discrimination, and thus illegal. Eliminating disparities of race among the ranks of the mentally retarded is among the OCR’s highest priorities. The curves of Figure 1 demonstrate just how difficult OCR’s task is.

The education and psychology communities have responded to OCR pressure by reclassifying mentally retarded children — bureaucracy’s version of a cure. Efforts of the Department of Education have reduced the number of mentally retarded children in public schools from approximately 2.2 percent to less than 1.3 percent. The process took less than two decades. Millions of children of all races have been reclassified. They no longer receive appropriate educational services specifically earmarked for the retarded. Jane Burnette in ERIC Digest #E566 describes the curative secret. “Reducing overrepresentation is a matter of creating a successful school environment for all students and accurately distinguishing disabilities from cultural differences.” Figure 2 shows graphically how a dose of Government medicine rendered almost half the country’s retarded children whole again.


A Brief History of Mental Retardation
As old as man himself, mental retardation defied precise definition until the development of psychometric tools. An early (1910) scheme introduced by the American Association on Mental Deficiency (AAMD) identified levels of retardation by comparing the afflicted at maturity to children at various levels of development. Idiots functioned as 2 year olds, imbeciles between 2 and 7 years, and morons between 7 and 12 years. These terms are now obsolete and considered offensive.

Psychologists recognized fairly early that cognitive deficiency alone does not satisfactorily characterize mental retardation. People with comparably low cognitive capacity often differ in their ability to adapt to the challenges of daily life. A three-part definition of mental retardation evolved to address this issue. It includes childhood onset, cognitive deficiency, and inadequate adaptive behavior. Though this definition preceded the diversicrat, he was quick to use it to his advantage.

With the development of the IQ test by Alfred Binet in 1905, it became possible to quantify intellectual shortcomings. The test dramatically altered methods of diagnosis and classification, and soon became the principal tool for diagnosing mental retardation. By mid-century two of the three criteria for defining mental retardation, cognitive deficiency and age of onset, could be accurately determined, but the assessment of adaptive behavior relied largely on subjective evaluation. Today, the assessment of adaptive behavior still remains fuzzy enough for the diversicrat to work his miracles.

In 1959, AAMD set the IQ threshold for mental retardation at < 85. The civil rights movement of the next decade forced psychologists to rethink this boundary, because half the African American population fell below it. In 1973, responding to this concern, AAMD (by then AAMR) changed the threshold for retardation from IQ < 85 to IQ < 70. The boundary moved south by one standard deviation! The proportion of blacks below the threshold instantly dropped from about 50 percent to 12 percent. Subsequent refinements made it still more difficult to meet the criteria for retardation.

When Binet in 1905 produced the first IQ test, it promised to revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of mental retardation. A half century later it came under attack for reasons Binet could not have imagined. Could any of the pioneer psychometricians have foreseen Larry P. v. Riles (1979), a California class-action suit that focused on IQ testing of young black children? The court held that IQ tests were not valid for African Americans. It banned California from using the tests for placing black students in classes for the “educable mentally retarded” or equivalent categories on the grounds that the tests were biased. After a series of appeals, the district court ruled that no special education related purposes exist for which IQ tests could be administered to black pupils. Though only a California ruling, the case began a political assault on standardized testing that has spread beyond the IQ test to college entrance exams, promotional exams and more.


A Case History of Government Intervention
In 1996, The Office for Civil Rights placed 16 school districts nationwide under review for potential discrimination. The districts were charged with violating the civil rights of minorities, especially African Americans, because blacks were found to be overrepresented in special education programs, especially those for the mentally retarded. Five of the 16 districts were in Maryland. Ironically, Maryland is a very liberal state very much in tune with the goals of the Civil Rights Office. Maryland is also almost 30 percent black. The offending districts included Baltimore, Howard, Harford, Montgomery and Prince Georges counties.

OCR detectives uncovered “discrimination” by looking at school records. The offending data appear in Table 1. The irritant is in the last column. Black children were classified as retarded at 1.5 to 2.2 times the rate of whites. OCR ordered the counties to find a “remedy.”

County Enrollment Percent of
Total
Enrollment
Number
Retarded
Percent
Classified
Retarded
B/W Ratio of
Percent
Classified
Retarded
Baltimore:   Black 23,121 23% 331 1.43% 2.21
White 71,667 72% 463 0.646%
Howard:   Black 5,572 15% 41 0.736% 2.06
White 27,387 76% 98 0.358%
Harford:   Black 4,139 12% 62 1.5% 1.89
White 29,805 84% 236 0.792%
Montgomery:   Black 22,170 19% 117 0.528% 1.75
White 66,569 57% 201 0.302%
Prince Georges:   Black 83,427 70% 374 0.448% 1.52
White 23,766 20% 69 0.290%

Table 1. Retardation rates in the five Maryland counties cited by the Office for Civil Rights. OCR requires retardation rates to be independent of race.

Current technical literature still reports mental retardation rates at 2 to 3 percent of the general population The incidence of mental retardation in Maryland’s offending counties is significantly lower than that. The districts had reduced the number of mentally retarded children even before they were cited. They failed, however, to selectively reduce retardation rates.

Irrespective of race, we note significant variation in the rate of retardation from county to county. With populations this big, uniform criteria should produce uniform retardation rates. Harford County, a semi-rural mostly white county, reports about 3 times the rate of retardation as the more cosmopolitan Montgomery County and the predominantly black Prince Georges County. A child in mostly white Baltimore County is about twice as likely to be retarded as his peer in the also mostly white Howard County. These discrepancies were less troublesome to the Department of Education than racial issues.


Ideal Rates of Retardation

Because the data reveal both racial and nonracial disparities, we decided to compare them with a district that closely followed AAMR guidelines. Knowing of no such district, we constructed a hypothetical one — Reference County, USA.

Nationally, about 12 percent of African Americans and 2 percent of non-Hispanic whites have IQs < 70. Not all these people, however, are mentally retarded. Prince Georges County, for example, identified 0.448 percent of its black students and 0.290 percent of its white students as retarded, both numbers well below the number with IQ < 70. A simple calculation shows that only 4 percent of  black children and 15 percent of the white children with IQ < 70 were found to have sufficient adaptive behavior deficits to warrant classifying them retarded. On the surface it appears that PG County discriminated against whites, since white children were found to have adaptive behavior deficits at almost four times the rate of blacks. That, however, is not the case.

Among blacks and whites with comparable cognitive deficits, blacks generally show a better ability to adapt to the rigors of everyday life. The difference is pronounced. Arthur Jensen observed in The g Factor that black pupils with IQ deficiencies often socially integrate well with their brighter peers. They seem quite normal when engaging in non-cerebral activities like play. In contrast, many cognitively impaired white children have difficulty integrating socially and often have physical abnormalities such as flat-footed gaits. Jensen attributes this racial divergence to different etiologies that are transparent to IQ tests.

Two types of mental retardation can be differentiated. Organic retardation is due to a genetic anomaly or brain damage brought about by disease or trauma. Familial retardation results from normal variations in intelligence. Among whites with IQ < 70, between 25 and 50 percent are diagnosed as organic. Since 2 percent of whites have IQ < 70, 0.5 to 1.0 percent of the entire white population is organically retarded. Jensen estimates that of the blacks with IQ < 70, only 12.5 percent are organically retarded. (We estimate the number closer to 16.7 percent.) Thus for blacks, we expect 16.7 percent of the 12 percent with IQs < 70 to have organic etiologies. That is, about 2.0 percent of the black population at large is organically retarded. Following Jensen, if we associate most of nonadaptive behavior with organic retardation, then Reference County should classify about 2.0 percent of black children and 0.5 to 1.0 percent of white children as mentally retarded. Blacks in Reference County will be retarded at 2 to 4 times the rate of whites. Table 2 compares the offending counties to Reference County.

County Percent
Classified
Retarded
B/W Ratio of
Percent
Classified
Retarded
Baltimore:   Black 1.43% 2.21
White 0.646%
Howard:   Black 0.736% 2.06
White 0.358%
Harford:   Black 1.5% 1.89
White 0.792%
Montgomery:   Black 0.528% 1.75
White 0.302%
Prince Georges:   Black 0.448% 1.52
White 0.290%
Reference County:  Black 2.0% 2.0 to 4.0
White 0.5% to 1.0%

Table 2. Rates of mental retardation found in Maryland’s five offending counties compared with the expected rates in Reference County.

From Table 2 we note that the ratio of black to white retarded children is in the expected range for two of the five cited counties, Baltimore and Howard. In two others, Harford and Montgomery, the ratio is only slightly out of bounds. In Prince Georges County the B/W ratio is lower, but still not egregiously so. We safely conclude that the five Maryland school districts did not discriminate against blacks, and that administrators and staff mostly did their jobs conscientiously.

Data in Table 2 also point to a general reluctance to classify any student as retarded, especially if he is black. Only two of the counties, Baltimore and Harford, fell within the expected range for white retardation, 0.5 to 1.0 percent. All of the counties fell below the 2 percent retardation rate expected for blacks. Both sets of numbers reflect the decades-long campaign of the Department of Education to “cure” mental retardation.


Do Rates of Mental Retardation Correlate with Political Philosophy?

Few of any political persuasion know very much about racial differences, but that does not deter them from staking out political positions on race. Liberals and conservatives alike seldom admit (at least publicly) that abilities correlate with race. Still, they tend to come down on different sides of racial issues. Mental retardation has become very much such an issue. We looked for correlations between political philosophy and the tendency to classify children “retarded.”

In 1998, Marylanders were given a clear philosophical choice when they went to the polls to elect a governor. Glendening (the winner) was an archetypal liberal tax and spender. Sauerbrey (the loser) was a classic hard-right conservative, with a record in the State Legislature to back that up. Huge tax cuts were high on her agenda. She decried a social welfare system run amok, condemned a decline in morality, abhorred abortion in any form, criticized gun control measures and attacked environmental regulations that intruded on property owners’ rights. The two candidates agreed on almost nothing. If ever there was a clear philosophical choice, it was in Maryland in 1998.

Because the 1998 election was drawn on such sharp ideological lines, we used election returns for the five counties to come up with a measure of political philosophy. Table 3 compares retardation rates in the five Maryland counties with the percent of the electorate in each county who voted for Sauerbrey. The rank order of retardation rate was identical to the rank order of political conservatism.

County Percent
Classified
Retarded
Percent
Voting for
Sauerbrey
in 1998
Rate of
Retardation
Rank
Political
Conservatism
Rank
Black White
Harford 1.5% 0.792% 71% 1 1
Baltimore 1.43% 0.646% 51% 2 2
Howard 0.736% 0.358% 47% 3 3
Montgomery 0.528% 0.302% 38% 4 4
Prince Georges 0.448% 0.290% 26% 5 5

Table 3. Rates of mental retardation as a function of political conservatism.

The correlation between retardation rate and percent support for Sauerbrey was extraordinary, with correlation coefficients of 0.88 and 0.90 for the black and white rates, respectively. Correlation coefficients this large are almost unheard of in social science. It is a pretty safe bet that right-leaning school districts will find more of their children retarded than their left-leaning counterparts, a fact that leftists have long suspected.

The Sex Gap in Mathematics Revisited: A Theory of Everyone
At the annual meeting of Women Against the Gap, Prodigy unveils a model of mathematical ability that brings together seemingly isolated facts. He demonstrates that there is a single math ability gap between the sexes, biological in origin, and independent of race, culture and geography. Prodigy introduces the theory of Everyone which accounts for all available data. Volume 10, Number 1, December 2008

Why Most Serial Killers Are White Men
Buried under mounds of sociological data, certain quantities hole up waiting to be unearthed. Inconspicuous, they require a bit of digging to expose them. With analytical shovel in hand, La Griffe uncovers criminality distributions for white, black and Hispanic men. He offers two recipes for reducing the black/white incarceration ratio. Volume 9, Number 2, May 2007

Intelligence, Gender and Race
General intelligence, its form and how it is distributed in various populations are among the topics covered in this conversation with Prodigy. A new kind of meta-analysis is unveiled, and with it an assessment of the cognitive gender gap. All this and more when La Griffe du Lion interviews a celebrated whiz kid. Volume 9, Number 1, January 2007

Politics, Imprisonment and Race
An adult black man is seven times as likely as his white counterpart to reside behind bars. Paradoxically, the largest disparities are found in political domains controlled by liberals — the leaders in the struggle for racial justice. By examining how criminal behavior is distributed within the races, the paradox is resolved showing it to be an unintended consequence of liberal benevolence and goodwill. Volume 8, Number 1, April 2006

Sex Differences in Mathematical Aptitude
Mathematics is a man’s game. A gender gap appears early in life, blossoms with the onset of puberty and reaches full bloom by mid-adolescence. It indelibly shapes women’s prospects for doing significant mathematics. In this account of cognitive sex differences, Prodigy shows how sex-differentiated ability in 15 year-olds accounts for the exiguous female representation at the highest levels of mathematical research. A female Fields Medalist is predicted to surface once every 103 years. Volume 7, Number 2, July 2005

Cognitive Decline: The Irreducible Legacy of Open Borders
Cognitive decline, the result of third world immigration, differential fecundity and gene flow, will mark the end of Western ascendancy. Described herein is the path to collapse and the improbable circumstances surrounding its discovery. Volume 7, Number 1, January 2005

Smart Fraction Theory II: Why Asians Lag
Deeply gratified by Mentor’s interest in smart fraction theory, and mindful of his appreciation of its good fit to observation, Prodigy offers a refinement to the theory that, notwithstanding the success of the original, should forever alter the way in which national wealth and IQ are perceived.  Volume 6, Number 2, May 2004

Closing the Racial Learning Gap
An analysis of learning-gap dynamics: Wherein conflicting evidence is reconciled; a recipe for becoming America’s most celebrated education administrator is proposed; and Prodigy comes of age.  Volume 6, Number 1, January 2004

Assessing the Ashkenazic IQ
Prodigy presents a lecture to the Brotherhood of Temple Emanuel at its weekly Sunday morning brunch. Therein he develops a new estimate of the Ashkenazic IQ, tracing Ashkenazic achievement back to its cognitive underpinnings. Both general and mathematical IQ are assessed. The analysis takes into account the fat tail character of IQ distributions.  Volume 5, Number 2, September 2003

How to Optimize Productivity with a Multiracial Workforce: The Theory of Differential Cutoff
The casual reader, inclined toward meritocratic ideals, may be put off by what follows, wherein a hypothetical wager between two college presidents evolves into a method for optimizing productivity. But be assured that the procedure developed herein adheres strictly to the principles our reader holds dear. Volume 5, Number 1, February 2003

The Effect of Urban Flight on IQ Distribution
A violation of the fundamental law of sociology is unearthed, pointing the way to an appraisal of inner-city and suburban IQs, and the characterization of cognitive discontinuities caused by urban migratory patterns. Volume 4, Number 2, August 2002

The Smart Fraction Theory of IQ and the Wealth of Nations
Prodigy and Mentor propose a theory to explain newly published data relating national IQ to economic development. The theory predicts sigmoid dependence of per capita GDP on mean national IQ. Volume 4, Number 1, March 2002

Dogs, Runners and the Distribution of Human Attributes
With the beauty of Piemontese ladies still fresh upon his memory, whatever good intentions La Griffe might have entertained when he sat down at the keyboard to chronicle therewith the results of his recent musings, his attention was quickly diverted by thoughts of Piemonte in October, of white truffles in Alba and of the hounds that unearth them. From this improbable fusion of reverie and analysis emerged this account of biodiversity among dogs, runners and the tribes from whence they spring. Considered are such diverse questions as how gender differences in aggressiveness compare in men and dogs, and whether a European can ever again win an Olympic medal in distances over 1500m. Volume 3, Number 5, October 2001

Pearbotham’s Law
Amidst a backdrop of legal nuance, where high-stakes testing, adverse impact and mathematical artifact intertwine, Prodigy receives a lesson in race and jurisprudence.
Volume 3, Number 4, July 2001

Racial Disparities in School Discipline
There are among us persons of so refined and delicate a nature that they cannot bear the guilt even of crimes they have not committed. Their shame is so great that they turn their considerable talents to serve the demagogues of bias. In this essay we analyze their efforts to document racial discrimination in school discipline, and humbly offer advice on how to improve their methods.
Volume 3, Number 3, June 2001

Diversity and Excellence: Are They Compatible?
In 1954, a unanimous Supreme Court declared that racially segregated schools were inherently unequal. The Court based its decision on studies showing that “segregated schools damaged the psyches of black children and their motivation to learn.” But do black students really achieve more in racially mixed classrooms? And what of whites? In this essay we examine how racial diversity affects achievement. Along the way we find and resolve a puzzling anomaly.
Volume 3, Number 2, March 2001

The Case of the Uncounted Ballots
In the days following the 2000 presidential election in Florida, million of words were written to analyze the result, but few were necessary. In this issue, Prodigy chronicles a remarkable visit to his friend and mentor, wherein Mentor evaluates the minimum IQ needed to cast a proper ballot for every voting system used in Florida. From these, the true winner is revealed, as is the margin of victory.   Volume 3, Number 1, January 2001

Aggressiveness, Criminality and Sex Drive by Race, Gender and Ethnicity
Certain human qualities share with each other the property of fuzziness. We call them fuzzy variables. Their meaning, though clear by standards of ordinary language, lack predictive precision. To make them quantitative, we introduce a technique we call the method of thresholds. With it, we compare aggressiveness, criminality and sex drive by race, gender and ethnicity. Volume 2, Number 11, December 2000

The Color of Death Row
For those who desire a dispassionate view of death-row justice, let them know that no axe will be ground here, and lest there be any well-intentioned persons who do not perceive the difference between polemic and analysis, style and substance, pomposity and eloquence, let them know that it is always the latter to which we aspire, never the former. For those who endure the stringency of this essay, let them also know they will discover that justice depends on geography, that much of America is fair, and that bias on death row affects mostly whites.  Volume 2, Number 10, October 2000

The Politics of Mental Retardation: A Tail of the Bell Curve
Political movements have victims, and the cause of diversity is no exception. Whites, Asians and males are all casualties of the diversicrat, but his most deplorable incivility makes victims of the hapless.  If anyone should deny the politicization of mental retardation, let him confront the data presented herein.  Volume 2, Number 9, September 2000

IQ Matters Prodigy and his friend Jesse join Mentor to discuss Prodigy’s approaching college choice. Together they solve the mystery of how an otherwise unremarkable college managed to produce eight Nobel Prize winners in 21 years. Prodigy and Jesse come up with novel estimates of the Ashkenazic Jewish IQ.  Volume 2, Number 8, August 2000

Educating a Black Elite Thousands of  blacks in the US have IQ scores above 130, many more above 120. A war is raging over who will hire them and who will educate them. In the corporate board room where the bottom line rules and fear of litigation lurks around every corner, the need to diversify is overriding. It is a cost of doing business. But nowhere is diversity more alive than on the college campus. University faculty are true believers. Diversity on campus is like God at a revival meeting. Academics recruit minorities with the passion of evangelists, but diversity does not come easy. Industry and universities face the same obstacle: the appalling lack of minority talent. In this essay we examine how one university deals with this issue. Volume 2, Number 7, July 2000

The Death of Meritocracy The noise has subsided, and with passions contained we look back at Prop 209 and Hopwood. Our goal: to check for compliance with the law. To help, we developed tests capable of exposing violations in exquisite detail. But when we saw admissions data from the medical schools of the University of California and the Law School at the University of Texas, we found noncompliance so blatant that simple inspection revealed it. Butchering a steer with a scalpel, however, does have its moments. Under Prop 209, the UCLA Medical School admitted 51 blacks and Hispanics in 1997. The chance of that occurring without the use of preferences was 1 in 10364. (There are about 10100 fundamental particles in the universe.) Volume 2, Number 6, June 2000

Analysis of Hate Crime Bias-motivated crime has unique characteristics. As in heterosexual rape, victims and offenders come from different groups. Unlike rape, however, hate crime is reciprocal. Each group can prey upon the other. Though not obvious, these singular aspects incline the data in a unique way. The sizes of victim and offender groups influence victimization rates in a way that is often more significant than intrinsic group bias. Methods are developed for interpreting  hate-crime statistics. They are applied to recent FBI data. Volume 2, Number 5, May 2000

2048 An eleven-year-old prodigy peers into the future, looking at the condition of racial and ethnic polarization at mid-century. From the single assumption that earning ability is distributed differently among racial and ethnic groups, Prodigy develops a formalism to describe intergroup polarization. From this analysis a pair of limiting laws emerge: Prodigy’s Laws I and II. Volume 2, Number 4, April 2000

Standardized Tests: The Interpretation of Racial and Ethnic Gaps The interpretation of standardized test scores is full of traps that news media, politicians and interested citizens commonly fall into. Racial and ethnic gaps, and particularly their trends, are not always what they seem. A perceived gap decrease can really be an increase, and vice versa. In this essay we show how to make sense of test-score data.  Examples are taken from Maryland (MSPAP) and Texas (TAAS) statewide exams, the bar exam and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Exam Part I. A coherent pattern emerges. Volume 2, Number 3, March 2000

Some Thoughts about Jews, IQ and Nobel Laureates A dialogue between an eleven-year-old prodigy and his mentor leads to a conjecture on the achievements of Ashkenazic Jews, and an estimate of the mean IQ of the Nobel laureates.  Volume 2, Number 2, February 2000

Black Athletes: Can Whites Measure Up? One of the under-celebrated sagas of human biodiversity in the last quarter of the twentieth century is the emergence of the black athlete. His primacy is so conspicuous in some sports, that at the highest levels of competition other racial groups are all but invisible. In this essay, La Griffe du Lion analyzes the black-white athletic ability gap and shows how to measure it. We introduce the notion of an athletic quotient or AQ, and estimate black-white AQ gaps. Methods are developed to show how AQ can be used to make predictions ranging from the most probable racial makeup of a high-school basketball team to the probability that a randomly selected white can run faster than a randomly selected black.  Volume 2, Number 1, January 2000

Affirmative Action: The Robin Hood Effect. In this essay La Griffe du Lion models the effect of affirmative action on the income of whites, blacks and Hispanics. It is shown that on average a black worker, between the ages of 25 and 64, earns an extra $9,400 a year because of affirmative action. Hispanics also benefit to the tune of almost $4,000 a year. However, being a zero-sum game, white workers pay an average of about $1,900 annually to foot the bill.  Volume 1, Number 4, December 1999

Crime in the Hood. Violent victimization of whites by blacks is modeled in a racially mixed inner-city neighborhood. Its evolution is traced from the first black to move in, to the last white who moves out. The probability of a white being violently attacked is developed as a function of a neighborhood’s racial composition. It is shown to increase nonlinearly, approaching unity as a neighborhood becomes predominately black.  Volume 1, Number 3, November 1999

The Color of Meritocracy. In a society based on meritocratic principles, a pattern of color will emerge that reflects the distribution of human attributes among racial and ethnic groups. Such patterns have developed in America in professional sports. In other areas, however, we have been more circumspect. In this essay, La Griffe takes a mostly dispassionate look at how to calculate, by race and ethnicity, the outcome of any competition in which group abilities differ. We focus on cognitive differences, saving other group variations for later consideration. Depending on where in the culture wars you stand, the method can be used to test claims of equity or inequity. Illustrations are provided that range from the promotion of police officers to law school admissions.  Volume 1, Number 2, October 1999

Women and Minorities in Science. Prospects for women and minority doctoral scientists in engineering and other math-intensive areas are examined. A calculation of the ethnic-gender profile of this segment of the workforce is made for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Rank ordering on mathematical reasoning ability predicts that women will top off at approximately 27 percent of this market. Similarly, rank ordering predicts almost 99 percent of math-intensive doctoral jobs will go to whites and Asians of primarily Chinese, Japanese, Korean and South Asian descent. Asians will continue to be represented in these fields well beyond their numbers in the general population. A study of the math-intensive academic marketplace predicts that women will top off there at about 22 to 23 percent. Volume 1, Number 1, September 1999