Friday, June 29, 2007

Times are changing.


This voter routing of the Senate kinda reminds me of a dog that rediscovers a taste for raw meat. The voters have been powerless for so long, between an unresponsive government, an extremely biased media and last but not least a dickhead majority in the Supreme Court.


Now, having tasted blood - maybe we will begin to see all sorts of things... a repeal of Griggs Vs. Duke Power et al even?

Thursday, June 28, 2007

S1639 Dead in Senate.


Open Borders crowd loses again!

The winds of change are blowing in American Politics.

My own view on this is no one should have to subsidize someone else. Frankly, if Mexicans come to work illegally - they pay no taxes, and get free education and free medicine. Plus Crime factored in - makes for net 'leecher' status. (Yes, Im against the current redistributionist politics within natives as well).

I suppose I lean towards GNXP's "Cognitive Elitism"(one discussion of which here), though if we were talking in terms of a continuum rather than a dichotomy, Im closer to a "Cognitive Averagist".

Probably will expand in a future post.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

S1639 Amnesty won the first Cloture Vote.

Inspection Time, IQ and Flynn

Inspection Time (IT) is when the testee is asked to do a very simple task. Usually they keep their finger on a button, surrounded by other buttons with lights above them. One of the lights lights up, and their job is to press the button under the light to deactivate it.

The Flynn effect is the rise in IQ scores over the last few decades within age groups (cross-sectional, not longitudinal). Im no expert on the Flynn effect, and the experts are of course divided - how much of this is genuine disagreement and how much is the usual liberal fudging and setting of impossible standards for non-environmental viewpoints, I dont know.

Recently it was reported that the Flynn effect seems to have reached its zenith in modern Industrialized countries. But IT scores are pretty stable

The thing is IQ and Inspection Time are inversely correlated. The faster you press that lil button, the higher your IQ tends to be. The correlation is about -.40

So, we could reasonably assume that IT tests are measuring biologically (in part at least) what IQ tests measure academically and less directly.

This makes me wonder about many of the recent IQ tests being administered, particularly on backward groups. See here for tests done on the Roma Gypsies.

Why arent they taking an IT test at the same time?
Granted, IT is supposed to be static therefore such readings can be taken later, but a little more data to buttress conclusions never hurt.

And why arent we comparing IT from groups which presumably have had the Flynn effect work on them - say Lower class American Blacks, and comparing these results to other groups where the flynn effect has not ended, indeed in some cases where it plausibly hasnt even started?

Monday, June 25, 2007

Modern Day Irritants.




Hispanics.

Normally I have not had much contact with them, so could not comment, save to point to some third party information regarding crime and such.

But the thing is, I enjoy playing FPS games online. They provide for nearly free, what just a decade ago would have been entertainment that people would shell out generously for. My favourite is Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. A free game, that you can get with a mere google search.

The oddest thing is when I play on servers that are mostly Spanish. I have to be very very careful not to speak a word of english. The moment I do, invariably, some low iq dickhead calls a kickvote on me and spams the server with the one word phrase "Gringo". Just as invariably, I get kicked within 20 seconds. Never mind that Im non-white, nevermind that it simply doesnt matter what is the color of your skin or what language you speak when you are playing an online game where you will never see your teammates for real.

Being a 'gringo' is enough for them to feel I shouldnt be there. No logic, no rationality, worse, no conception that it certainly wasnt any hispanics that created the game, or that all the canned TeamCommands are *in english*

Why the hate? Why the ethnocentrism? And why, oh why, are these intolerant losers flooding into the West?



P.S Aside from the rant, the game is probably the most strategic FPS on the market today, despite some dated graphics.

Tetris

Cuteeeeeeeeee!!!

Watermelons, anyone?




Its hot these days. Care for some cool juicy SQUARE watermelons?

More Fred.

I do believe Fred Reeds' latest column is his angriest one yet.

Usually he alternates between what he really thinks, and obfuscation when it comes to 'things we all know to be true but dont state out loud'. And then rounds it off with a balanced summary. 'Balanced' being, once again, at least a hat-tip to what has become so pervasive - the air that we breathe so to speak - liberalism.

Of course the 'things we all know to be true but dont state out loud' refers to Feminism and Race, or more specifically Blacks and their genetic inferiority. Yes folks - GENETIC. Not poor deprivation, not racism, not even Sowell's 'culture'.

I actually do know some blacks (including a few friends), and no they arent smart. Not to mention always living for the moment with a voracious sexual appetite - which they get to exercise courtesy of the Welfare State - after all, without a sucker to pay for their rent and food - they might have to (horrors!) get a minimum wage job or starve. Not very sexy.

Well, back to Fred - this time around, he only did his trademark obfuscation at the end of his article, very little in the beginning or middle. Well worth a read.

Hmmm... maybe I should consider becoming an expat like Fred. I REALLY REALLY dislike the idea of the welfare state. Then again, learning a new language is a tough barrier
to cross.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Addendum

As an addendum to the "Sexual Utopia in Power" post is this amazingly perceptive Fred Reed Article. (You havent read the Sexual Utopia one yet? Why ever not?)

Click here for Fred.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Quotable Quotes

Democracy is Two Wolves and a Lamb Voting on What to have for Lunch. Liberty is a Well-Armed Lamb Contesting the Vote
Ben Franklin

Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.
Milton Friedman

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Remember that a Government Big Enough to Give You Everything You Want is Also Big Enough to Take Away Everything You have

Davy Crockett

The limits of tyrants are proscribed by the endurance of those they oppress.

Fredrick Douglass

Emergencies have Always been the Pretext on which the Safeguards of Individual Liberty have been Eroded

Friedrich Hayek

Treason doth never prosper; what’s the reason?
For if it prospers, not dare call it treason.

John Harington

(Equality) "is related to the direct interests of individuals who are bent on escaping certain inequalities not in their favor, and setting up new inequalities that will be in their favor…”
Vilfredo Pareto

Friday, June 8, 2007

Feminism: The Death of Society.

Theres an essay on the Internet that I recently became aware of. It's on the topic of Male-Female relationships, and female bitchery. "Sexual Utopia in Power"by F Roger Devlin.

In particular, on sexual utopia - and how male and females have different versions of it. Moreover, according to its thesis, female utopia has won out over the last 40-50 years - at least partially because of the male instinct to protect females.

I cannot say I agree with everything it says, but I definitely agree with 80-90%.

Warning: Its fairly long - about 35 pages, but WELL worth the read. You'll be hooked by page 5 at the latest.

Click here to read "Sexual Utopia in Power"

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

The Ant and the Grasshopper.

Funny :)

"IQ will put you in your place" Comment

The above is the title of a paper by Charles Murray, which purported to show that IQ matters when it comes to income independent of upbringing and environmental factors.

The famed recent Zagorsky study didnt deny this, so this has nothing to do with that (apart from being a different more superior form of controlling for environmental factors). But nonetheless if youre interested in the zagorsky study click here (and read the comments for a link too)

In Murray's study, he, rather ingeniously, controlled for environmental effects by looking only at people within the same family. You can google it for the text or just click here for it. (Do read it or you wont understand what Im saying).

What I would like to point out here is this study underestimates the differentials (not earthshattering but what the heck).

The reason is, if One of the siblings had an IQ in the normal range, the sibling outside the normal range would tend to be close to the higher or lower 'normal range' cutoff . This is simply because there is less variation in a family in Iq terms than at the population at large. (I believe Daniel Seligman put the family S.D at 12, while a random choosing of two individuals in the population at large would show an S.D of 17 points).

Now the Earnings figure for the normal range would tend to be accurate, as it is presumably the average of siblings with an IQ closer to 110 and of siblings close to 90 (the two cutoffs for the normal range). But the earnings for the LOWER and HIGHER IQ comparision group will be overstated and understated respectively because the sample individuals used will tend to be closer to the 90 and 110 cutoff because we are dealing with families, not random people.

Just a quibble, but one Ive wanted to scratch for a long time.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Dvorak.

Ive always wondered about our current keyboard layout.

For those not in the know, it goes like this.

How the characters on a keyboard are arranged is deliberately set out to cause typists to slow down (and probably as a minor sideeffect, more hand strain). Why was this done?

Simple. In the early days of the twentieth century, we didnt have electronic word processing. Ergo we made do with manual typewriters. Ask your folks about them if youve never seen one, or search google. Anyway as these machines were mechanical, the keys tended to stick to each other if the typist went too fast.

And so, they came up with the QWERTY keyboard (named after the first 6 letters on the keyboard). By deliberately making it harder to use the most often used keys, typists were forced to slow down. (Ever wonder why you have to lift your finger to press 'E' when it is the most used letter in the english language?)

This is all as it should be. A technical problem without a solution was solved. Problem is, when we left the days of manual typewriters behind us, we didnt automatically leave behind QWERTY keyboards. Inertia kept it as the standard. Books were in QWERTY, typists were trained in QWERTY etc etc.

Over and above this, I believe, the structure of the American economy has a lot to do with it. Unions and careers tend to be horizontally stratifed. By this, I mean secretaries are not loyal to one company and can job skip to another company like anyone else (unlike the Japanese system which was vertically stratified, the secretary would be beholden to a company union, not a secretary union for example).

No one company has any incentive to implement, pay for training, or train secretaries themselves as whatever training they give them may just end up benefitting someone else when the secretary leaves. But the fact remains that Dvorak layouts are faster.

Now, it IS possible to switch to DVORAK, even in Windows XP.. but it doesnt show up on the keyboard... so thats rather counter-intuitive.



A change is around the corner in this small area of life though. OLED Keyboards are here!. These dont have the characters imprinted on the buttons of the keyboard, but rather each button has a tiny display - so the visual keyboard layout can be switched in an instant (accomodating both QWERTY and DVORAK aficianados).

Think about what this means. Id say in a corporate office, at least 1 in every 4 people is a secretary. And these workers spend a third to half their time typing. Switching them to Dvorak would save the company a lot of money in labour costs over time. It has become a little more feasible for companies to invest in training their secretaries, or giving them a small bonus if they switch to DVORAK, so to speak.

Remember, for anyone NOT familiar with Dvorak, with OLED keyboards, the layout can be switched back to QWERTY with the press of a button - Bingo! Lowered transition costs!

Of course OLED keyboards are new-ish. They cost $1,500 a pop. But Id bet in 5 years or less, that price will drop to $150-200 and in 10 years.. probably $25-$75.

As for me? Im still aiming to become the fastest Two-finger typist in the world!

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Death of the Waitress?

The new Microsoft Surface "table" is quite innovative, at least in presentation. Ive seen things like this before, but Surface seems to be taking it out of the conception stage to the implementation stage.

Surface basically is a touch responsive computer screen on a tabletop. Click here to read about it.

The most prominent thing that comes to mind is the death of the waitress. I figure at least half of all waitressing jobs will disappear within a few years from today. And no more lines at fast food joints. Given that minimum wage (using the Canadian version)
comes to Cdn$1300+ per worker per month... getting a few computer touch screens will be a bargain for the proprietor - even if they were a $2000 a pop (currently projected to sell for $5000-10,000 each, but Im sure the price will drop in a few years).

You order from your table. And get a beep or something when its ready. And finally pay direct from your table via credit/debit card or special refillable "McCards".

Friday, June 1, 2007

Random Blogger Observation


Having read my fair share of blogs, Ive noticed that bloggers fall into 3 distinct patterns when it comes to interacting with their readers.

Without further ado. They are:

1) The Professor
This type of blogger interacts with his reader by giving reasons, judgements, and links. All bloggers do this to some extent, but it is peculiarly salient with the Professors. A good example would be Randall Parker at Parapundit.com. A vague fuzzy subset of this type would be the blogger who doesnt interact with the reader much at all, preferring, for various reasons, to mostly stick to writing main posts. Good examples I guess could be Fred Reed and Steve Sailer.

2) The Diplomat

This type of blogger replies to most comments, and at least once to each commenter. Agree with the commentator or not, the blogger is respectful and acknowledging of what the commentator is saying. In a word, Nice. An example would be The Audacious Epigone.




3) The Warrior

This type of blogger tries to get into a spirited argument with commentators. Usually disagrees, and invites disagreement. This is not to say they are dismissive of commentators, but there is little pussyfooting around, and they tend to shunt the comments section towards their notions, via flat out statements, rather than have a dispassionate organic growth thereof. An example would be LuboŇ° Motl.

I think I fall in the Warrior Section. How about you? :)