Candlemas, Groundhog’s Day, and news items that will surprise no one who has read this blog for any length of time

When you think of February 2nd, you think of Groundhog’s Day:

Unless you’re trying to be a hardcore traditionalist, in which case you’ve trained yourself to shout “Candlemas!” whenever anyone mentions February 2nd.

My long-time readers will not be surprised by any of these current events, but I suppose I will give my editorial spin on each of them:

Steve Sailer explains the nature of offense.

It’s almost as if being aggressive pays off better than being polite these days, as long as you can rationalize your hostility as being the fault of those you are defeating due to your certified victimhood.

But woe to any outsider who questions victimhood. Now, that is always obscene and will not be tolerated.



Boys at a Salvation Army children’s home in Australia were “rented out” to paedophiles who entered their dormitories at night, a royal commission into child sexual abuse has heard.
One boy was sent by a superintendent, Captain Lawrence Wilson, to the home of a husband and wife, who sexually abused him. The couple were in Salvation Army uniforms

Some of the worst abuses emerged this week during hearings into four Salvation Army homes between 1966 and 1977, where majors allegedly sodomised boys aged six to 17 with a garden hose and savagely beat them until they bled.
Captain Wilson, described by counsel assisting the commission as “the most serious offender” in Sydney, was eventually charged with 19 offences involving buggery and assault but was tried and acquitted in 1997. He died in 2008.


3. The Fourth Amendment to the USA Constitution is a fading memory.

Driver after driver told investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer officers searched inside their pants while they were stopped for minor traffic violations. In several cases, the invasive searches targeted passengers who were riding in the car.


Harvard economist is pulling megabucks out of Bank of America:

Let me explain: Currently, I receive zero dollars in interest on my $1,000,000. The reason I had the money in Bank of America was to keep it safe. However, the potential cost to keeping my money in Bank of America is that the bank may be unwilling or unable to return my money.

They will not be able to return my money if:
• Many other depositors like you get in line before me. …
• Some of the investments of Bank of America go bust.


Three important bankers showed up dead and the police are calling it suicide. But not everyone trusts that claim.

If the stock market were already crashing then it would be simple to blame the dismally sad rash of dead bankers in the last week on that – certainly that was reflected in 1929. However, for the third time in the last week, a senior financial executive has died in what appears to be a suicide. As Bloomberg reports, following the deaths of a JPMorgan senior manager (Tuesday) and a Deutsche Bank executive (Sunday), Russell Investments’ Chief Economist (and former Fed economist) Mike Dueker was found dead at the side of a highway in Washington State. Police said the death appeared to be a suicide.

And of course, these three dead banksters remind us of various other inconvenient people who suddenly became conveniently dead.


Six Illinois governors have been charged with crimes during or after their governorships; four were convicted, and of those, one (Blagojevich) was the first to be impeached and removed from office.


Scientists publish paper arguing that GMOs cause cancer; journal yanks paper. Ah, the objectivity of science never ceases to astound.


8. Israel committed 22189 serious violations of international law in Palestine during 2013.


9. It turns out that rich, politically-connected foreigners have been bribing Ukrainians to riot! You don’t look shocked. That doesn’t look like your shocked face.

The mechanisms of interference are in some regards different to those of 2004. The protests are supported directly by Brussels and Berlin (with EU officials actively involved) rather than by Washington…


Leftism is so very self-contradictory that even the leftists are starting to notice:


Transnational progressivism focuses on groups rather than individuals, which means that the individual who doesn’t toe the line of the group is an outcast. Isn’t this just the infamous 1950s conformism all over again?

• People are either privileged or marginalized, the implication being that they have to be one or the other but not both. This entails that no one who is marginalized can possibly be privileged in any way, which is ludicrous. Some people from the Third World had high status within their countries, men will have been more privileged than women, and so on.

• Proportional representation in the professions doesn’t allow for individual interests, inclinations, and even histories. And no one who pushes for this is bothered that whites are badly represented in basketball or that Asians are even worse represented.

• Changing institutions in the West so that they reflect every group’s distinct worldview might be impossible and anyway would be counterproductive. How would we accommodate the views of both Sunnis and Shi’ites, given that they hate each other?


State crime labs have a perverse incentive to distort the truth, or to lie outright. You don’t look shocked. That doesn’t look like your shocked face.



Nigeria is doing a brisk petroleum trade with the PRC.

Angola might become hostile to Nigeria because Angola is bribed by Western powers. Nigeria and Angola don’t share a border, but war is not impossible.






Parapsychology has been a challenge for the last couple of centuries but it still produces useful studies.

the subconscious has precognition, telepathy and clairvoyance at its disposal, however, we don’t have conscious access to it. Because of that, you cannot merely create the appearance of need through any sort of deception. The subconscious cannot be deceived and because of that, if there is no real need, (regardless of whether a person was fooled or not by the ruse) there will be no consistently strong display of psychic ability.

The test mice all had an obviously strong need, as did Emily’s clients and that was certainly true for the people who avoided the doomed trains and planes. In those situations the psychic ability displayed was both strong and consistent. What’s more, in the case of the Bengston experiments and the accidents, no previous psychic experience or ability was required. This is something that’s predicted by First Sight. Belief is not necessary.

Need based psychic research is very tricky, but what I have seen over and over again is that scientists are very clever people and can undoubtedly find a way to create lab experiments that create genuine need in people and get that typic of psychic response to kick in. Bengston has already done this, so we just need more experiments that create high levels of genuine need that requires psychic ability to attend to.


An old classic about the nature of monogamy:

Spandrell on babies:

So why is the birthrate in the 1.30s? Because 30% of people never marry. The herbivores and their spinster counterparts are legion, and growing. Now making those people have sex, marry and have children is a whole different problem from setting incentives to raise the birthrate. I won’t go there, although most of you might imagine what should be done about them.

Now compare that to a woman 200 years ago, or probably an Afghan today. You have a bunch of siblings, some of whom may die but most of whom will not, and since you starting walking and talking sense you’ve been put to work in the household. Ever since you can remember there have been babies in the household, and as a girl you’ve also taken part in taken care of them. You might have gone to school to learn your letters and numbers but you’re much more familiar with babies than you are pencil and paper.

Then in your teens if you’re in Asia, or your mid twenties in Europe you are married off, and have babies right away, which is what is expected of you. You take care of your babies with some other women helping out, but still you know what do you because you’ve been doing it your whole life. That’s what women do. You’re hard-wired for it and soft-wired too.

Compared to that the modern woman is far more accustomed to writing bullshit papers for school and having fun in her free time than she is about playing with babies 24 hours a day without any real leisure at all. I guess that’s part of the rationale behind the bureaucratic push for expanded daycare worldwide. But the fact that your baby is annoying on occasion doesn’t mean you’re willing to leave it 12 hours a day with some complete bureaucrat stranger who is likely to have some weird theories from her days in university.

Any reasonable calculation to get Japanese (or any industrialized country in a few years) population growing again would need the average married couple to have 4 children. It’s not going to happen. Not even Mormons do that. And yes I know the optimistic evolutionary theory that people who like babies will inherit the earth. I’m sure they will given a 500 year timeframe, and that’s assuming the heritability of “liking babies” is very high. But mid term we’re going to hell before we solve this.

Commenter Redneck01 notes:

Amish had one hell of a fight with progressives over education. They absolutely did not want universal education beyond eight grade, which is to say, beyond age fourteen, beyond female puberty.

That bit about herbivores irks me, because his website apparently won’t allow me to comment. [Have I been banned? My sparkling personality does not always charm everyone with equal persuasiveness…] He wrote: The herbivores and their spinster counterparts are legion, and growing. Now making those people have sex, marry and have children is a whole different problem from setting incentives to raise the birthrate. I won’t go there, although most of you might imagine what should be done about them.

No. I have no idea what spandrell thinks should be done with the bachelors. Perhaps he thinks they should be sentenced to hard labor with no parole until they marry. Perhaps he has some combination of carrots and sticks in mind. Perhaps he hasn’t actually solved the problem, so he refuses to talk about his calculations.

I have some idea how to use anime to solve this problem, though:


First we make lots of wacky romantic comedies like Mikakunin de Shinkoukei or even Sumomomo momomo, wherein the heroine is a teenaged bride who gets married at age 16.

Then we expand the genre to include teenaged-mother stories, wherein the heroine is a 17-year-old wife with a newborn baby.

We keep making teenaged marriage and child-rearing mandatory in anime until a new generation of Japanese people grows up that can’t imagine how to deal with a world wherein women don’t get married at 16; thus the problem will be solved.


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