This is a first-rate introduction to the biological basis for intelligence. It is so good it is astonishing that Cambridge University Press had the courage to publish it. For half a century, serious investigation of the genetics of intelligence has been virtually taboo, and a few scientists quietly wrote heretical articles for obscure journals.
The Neuroscience of Intelligence brings the latest findings out of obscurity, and bluntly lays out the facts: The human mind is not a blank slate; intelligence is biological; it varies in people for reasons that are overwhelmingly genetic; there is no known environmental intervention—including breast feeding and enriched home environment—that raises IQ; we are beginning to understand the biological mechanisms of intelligence, and before long we should be able to change genes and the brain itself in order to raise intelligence.
The author, Richard J. Haier of UC Irvine, has more than 40 years of research experience in intelligence, and is frustrated by the unwillingness of academics and policy makers to understand or talk about intelligence. He points out that intelligence is central to every social problem—crime, poverty, bad schools, drug addiction—and that the usual liberal panaceas are rubbish. In what amounts to a revolutionary proposal, he argues that until policy makers recognize that low intelligence is impervious to every one of their pet schemes, progress is impossible.
I recently had a friend try to convince me that my career would suffer if I did not learn to use the corporate-speak buzzword vocabulary that has become all too common at converged corporations. (Note that this herd mentality is clearly dominated by the females in mid-level positions) My reply, of course, is I’m doing quite well thanks and that there are plenty of talentless hacks who can parrot the correct phrases but who are demonstrably unable to actually do any useful work. So for those of you who would enjoy a bit of entertainment at the expense of today’s corporate HR departments ( one of the banes of modern culture in itself ) here is a corporate-speak generator with which to have some fun.
Breitbart has a great three-part article taking a close look at the cesspool of the left-wing Hollywood elite and the company town they run. The story delves into the way that the town has come to be dominated by American hating communists and how regular Americans have had it and are starting to really fight back. And it’s not just the incredible fall-off at the box office, but real guerilla tactics that have put the Masters of the Universe on notice that they are no longer out of reach of patriotic citizens who have had it with their bullshit.
Tinseltown Travelogue is a three-part series exploring Hollywood’s stunning hypocrisy and institutionalized bigotry. This story, months in the making, comes on the heels of the explosive New York Times exposé of alleged sexual misconduct over decades by Tinseltown’s most celebrated producer, Harvey Weinstein, and further unmasks an industry in the midst of an ethical unraveling. Instead of confronting Hollywood’s biggest “open secret” of systemic moral decay, Tinseltown’s elite have chosen to exhibit disdain for everyday Americans through brutal mockery and relentless attacks on their beliefs. Wrapped in scandal and historic box office lows, something brand new is happening to Hollywood…it appears Americans have had enough. This is a Tinseltown intervention.
Pajama Media brings us this article describing how Google sent a threatening letter to a conservative site demanding that they pull one of their articles, or Google would cut off their Google generated ad revenue. This kind of activity is a direct violation of the Sherman Anti-trust Act. Google should be broken up by the government right now to put a stop to this sort of blackmail activity and to send a clear warning to other leftist corporations that anti-trust violations will not be tolerated.
On Tuesday evening, Google sent a conservative website an ultimatum: remove one of your articles, or lose the ability to make ad revenue on your website. The website was strong-armed into removing the content, and then warned that the page was “just an example and that the same violations may exist on other pages of this website.”
“Yesterday morning, we received a very bizarre letter from Google issuing us an ultimatum,” Shane Trejo, media relations director of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Michigan, wrote on The Liberty Conservative. “Either we were to remove a particular article or see all of our ad revenues choked off in an instant. This is the newest method that Big Brother is using to enforce thought control.”
The ultimatum came in the form of an email from Google’s ad placement service AdSense. The email specifically listed an article on The Liberty Conservative’s site, stating that the article violated AdSense’s policies.
Here is an interesting video from Red Ice TV that makes the argument that whites are when seen in a global context, the true minority population on the planet. For while the world population is over seven billion, only about 750 million of those people are descended from European stock. Everyone else is what we have tended to call “minority.”
John Nolte at Breitbart has written a lively essay on the declining fortunes and influence of the Legacy Media and how they are reacting to their accelerating loss of power. And reacting to it they are. Nolte begins by pointing out that the entire establishment was on deck in the 2016 election in order to stop Donald Trump from winning the election. There was no effort that they did not make in the service of their goal of getting Felonia von Pantsuit over the finish line.
As a 25 year media-watcher, I have never seen anything close to the propaganda campaign the national media launched to defeat Donald Trump last year. It was 24/7, it was coordinated across every news outlet, it was all-hands-on-deck. And Trump still won. Which can only mean that the media’s influence has eroded to a point where, despite hurling every kitchen sink available, they suffered a humiliating loss last November.
Before I get into the grit of the nit, it is important to keep in mind that our media is nothing more than the communication branch of the Democrat Party. When you look at everything the media does — the lying, the campaigns of personal destruction, the fake news, the focus on stuff like Melania’s shoes — this explanation is the only one that makes sense. The media is a full-blown leftwing political operation run, for the most part, by former Democrat operatives like Jake Tapper, George Stephanopolous, and Chuck Todd, as well as those related to Democrat operatives.
Donald Trump’s win in November of last year was not just a political earthquake; it was a cultural one as well. For it signaled that not only is the political power of the Democrats and the left on the decline, so too is the power of the Legacy Media. There was a time when the Elite Media Monoculture controlled the content and terms of the debate and nothing got through that wall of power that was not approved by them. But that has all changed because of the digital technology that we all enjoy today.
Computers, tablets, cell phones and the Internet make it possible for people of like mind to find each other and to share their knowledge, understanding, and experience. Through blogs, chat rooms and social media conservatives and others on the right have been able to organize and work together to advance their own ideas and, perhaps even more importantly, to pull back the curtain on the left and show them for who and what they are. Through the Internet, we offer observations and commentary that the Legacy Media does now allow or deign to publish.
And those views have spread far and wide on the right until now virtually every rank-and-file member of the right understands the situation we are in, what we are up against and knows what we have to accomplish to win our country back from the left. There are few on our side who do not understand the goals and tactics of the enemy. And knowing that means that the Legacy Media has lost their power to influence the outcomes of events both political and cultural. As Nolte explains, this decline in the left’s power is the reason they are lashing out to silence the voices on the right using whatever power they still have.
At this point, pretty much every conservative position on abortion, homosexuality, border security, the police, affirmative action, immigration, terrorism, etc., has been labeled as hate speech by the establishment left and many in the media. Moreover, the holding of these beliefs makes you an automatic member of the “alt-right,” which aligns you with white supremacists.
Now that this phase is in place, now that mainstream conservative and Christian beliefs have been toxified as hate, whether they are already aligned with the media or because they have been bullied by the media into joining the cause, the mega-corporations that now control our primary means of communication — the public square that is the Internet — are instituting a wave of censorship.
Hiding behind the media’s absurdly expanded definition of hate (or fake news), America’s Googles,Facebooks, Twitters, advertisers, and Web servers are blacklisting conservatives, banning populists, and outlawing their ideas. People are being disappeared from the public square or, out of fear of being disappeared, they no longer feel comfortable to speak freely.
While this wave of censorship has already caused some short term disruptions, in the end, I don’t think it will succeed in stopping the right. The Internet is so big and so diverse a medium that those on the right will soon find ways to adapt and redeploy their assets. Google, Facebook, and Twitter are big, but they are by no means the entire Internet and their reach only goes so far. The conservative right will quickly adapt and find other venues to get their message out. The Elite Media Monoculture’s attempt to regain power and silence their critics is doomed to fail, just as every socialist experiment in history has done before.
In recent days we have seen the left, in a variety of different situations and contexts, use its power for the purpose of silencing dissenting voices across the Internet. If we had any doubt that modern corporations had been converged into leftist strongholds, at least at the top management level, that doubt has been removed. Companies such as Facebook, YouTube and Google already have a reputation for censoring Wrongthink™ whenever they can do so without negative repercussions. Now we are seeing the same Stalinist tactics used to remove offending thought from the Internet so that we, the rubes out in Fly-Over-Country will not be able to see it.
“This should come as no surprise to anyone paying attention. The Silicon Valley ideological echo chamber is real,” Gab CEO Andrew Torba wrote in an email to Breitbart Tech. “They have chosen to not support a free and open internet.”
“The alt tech revolution has begun,” he continued. “We ask developers who believe in our mission of free speech and individual liberty for all to rise up, speak out, and build free speech friendly products against the totalitarianism occurring in the tech industry.”
The social network previously extended a job offer to James Damore, a former Google employee who was fired from the company after he published a viewpoint diversity manifesto.
Gab has also been rejected from the Apple App Store on numerous occasions, with the company citing “objectionable” user content, despite the fact that flagged posts could also be found on social networks such as Twitter, which are readily available on the store.
On Thursday, Gab raised over $1 million in public investments, hitting the maximum amount allowed by regulations.
In an age of social media and the internet as our primary medium of communication, the denial of a platform is effectively the newest form of censorship. The fact that it does not come from the government does not render it less harmful or less a violation of one’s civil rights. If a baker can be required to bake a cake for a gay wedding, the mandarins of Silicon Valley should have no right to censor views of conservatives just because they don’t like them.
Sadly, this attack on the right will likely continue because the left does not know when to stop and because the left has always opted for silencing their opponents rather than having a real debate. The left does not debate anyone really since they believe they are in sole possession of the truth and that all others are not simply mistaken but evil. And one does not deign to debate with such sub-humans as us.
Some might think that I exaggerate when I and others argue that the left is determined to erase our American history and replace it with something that normal patriotic Americans do not recognize. Well, here we see some of the communist/Antifa thugs destroying a piece of that American history.
Over the weekend communist/leftist “antifa” and “black lives matter” agitprop groups staged another violent attack on protesters, this time in the city of Charlottesville, Virginia. The protesters were there to express their displeasure at the prospect of historical monuments and statues, in this case one of General Robert E. Lee, being removed from public view.
The protest groups had applied for permits which were granted and then subsequently revoked, while the antifa and BLM groups apparently were not required to have permits at all and were given effective free rein by the city government and governor, both dominated by Democrats who, it seems, want only the antifa side to be able to advocate their view. Moreover, the police in this situation seem to have been given orders by the state to allow the leftists to attack the protesters at will with no adverse consequences.
The first is of course the left’s desire to erase traditional American history from the books and replace it with a more politically correct version, which is what the protest was originally about.
More and more it is understood among the regular American people that the left is trying very hard to tear down Western Civilization generally and America in particular. One of the ways that the left does this is by rewriting or erasing our history. There are plenty of examples of the left doing this, for example in the old Soviet Union where photographs of people would magically disappear and be replaced by others in which certain offending individuals were no longer present. This methodology is used because if you erase a nation’s history, you can then replace it with one more suited to advancing the leftist agenda. That is why the history of the south, and particularly of the civil war is a target of the left. Robert E. Lee is a large part of that history and so must be removed from the history books. A newer version of America’s history can then be manufactured to replace the old one so as to push along the leftist dream of transforming the country.
And the second is that the violence that is being perpetrated in these incidents has originated primarily from the left and is being directed against those who represent, more or less, traditional America and her values. If the protesters had been Tea Party members, the attacks on them would doubtless have been just as violent and hysterical. We know from experience that any pro-American activism by virtually any group has been met with fervent and violent assaults by the left.
And in the last decade we have seen a troubling rise in violence from the left directed against the majority of regular patriotic Americans who, for the most part, are deeply unhappy with the direction of the country and the cultural and economic rot that has been perpetrated against them by the left in their irrational quest to remake America into some sort of socialist utopia. During the eight years of the Obama administration we saw plenty of rioting and attacks on regular people as well as law enforcement personnel. Since the election of Donald Trump the violence and hysteria against the American people has escalated even more with riots in places like Berkeley, attacks on individuals posted on Facebook and a mass assassination attempt against Republican congressmen at a baseball practice to name just a few.
The left has been ratcheting up their violent attacks on traditional Americans and there is no reason to think that will change anytime soon. We are in a low-level civil war for the future of the country that will be played out an a number of different contexts; social, media, economic, political and cultural.
My view is that traditional America as making a comeback and will eventually win this fight, but it will not be easy and it will not be quick. This is going to be a long process in which we gradually de-legitimize the left and remove any moral standing they have in the eyes of the public. Events such as this one shine a clear light on the actions and motives of the left. And when Americans are given the truth, they have traditionally come to the right conclusions and taken action to correct what’s wrong. This time will be no different.