Notes in the fading of society [quotage]

Judgy clued me into this blog. It is about losing your kids, and not knowing where they are: in this person’s situation the ex has relocated to Australia and I have some cynical advice for him: cut her off. She is no longer in your country or jurisdiction, she has left the rules of your society (the blogger is from the USA) so be silent and wait.

For children know which parent is sane, and you are prevented from intervening. Yes, it is unjust, but if you expect justice in this society you are the foolish person in the room.

Let’s change gears for a few minutes. Ask any good Cop about his top fears and undoubtedly at least one will be having a girlfriend/wife get mad at you and file a restraining order against you. Since OJ, this just rots for men everywhere. Woman wants something from man. Man refuses. Woman calls Police and says man “Scared” her or “threatened” her or “Hit” her. Marks, no marks… hell the man doesn’t even have to be in the same County and guess what? Man gets arrested, woman gets restraining order. When the man is a cop, his gun (and job) go out the window, he is suspended and is wrong until he can prove the negative… that he didn’t do anything. This tactic is generally used as a ploy to secure a good size of your soon to be ex husband’s Police Pension or get more parenting time/child support.

I already mentioned earlier that Trish attempted to get a restraining order on me in an attempt to prevent me from enforcing the court’s orders and to gain the benefits noted above with negative results. What’s the next best thing? Have your girlfriend file a restraining order.

I got caught up in this one.

You aren’t paranoid if they are really out to get you. It really is a conspiracy if two or more people plan to do something illegal to you. The two of them got together, crafted wording that would barely pass the court and whala, ex parte restraining order against me. No injury. No witnessed threats. Just her word. TRO on Joe

Never had to do that. But I live with a stormy sea (the Cook Strait) between myself and my ex-wife. One of the few good things about the split is I collect less stuff. Over keeping can be destructive. Unfortunately, this is probably not a joke. I have had to unload too many loads of saved clippings from houses before. If you have not processed it and got rid of it within a few weeks then — it is time to go. That includes magazines, newspapers and saved Twitter screenshots.

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Although the idea of literally eating something the same shape as my appendage is not appealing, the irony of Ghey bakers refusing to bake an Christian theme cake while Christian bakers are ordered to bake a ghey one….

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Frances Paretto is usually worth reading, and he comments about the current state of the US corporate (feminist) paradigm:


These passive-aggressive expressions of contempt for men
– to say nothing of the contempt they express for business realities, the facts, and the truth – are now endemic. You can find them in bunches in virtually every periodical published in America. But surprisingly, that’s a sign of better days to come.

We’re witnessing a feminist “Battle of the Bulge.” They know that their real influence is dwindling rapidly, and that their numbers are dwindling still faster. So they’re putting on “one last big push,” through the media organs that have been their most effective weapons. And they’re gaining…approximately nothing from it.

Consider the “marriage strike.” Consider the declining male enrollment in colleges and universities. Consider the aridity of the social environment, particularly on those aforementioned colleges and universities. Consider the explosion of masculinist sentiment, at outlets such as MGTOW and The Return of Kings. And consider the ubiquity of female complaints about “how hard it is to find a good man.”

The “last man standing” in the gender wars will not be the feminists.

As I said above, this society is unjust. But this will not continue, and when justice rolls down like a river the current currency of offence will be worth less than the ruble, even in its currently collapsed state.

The axiom of fools, who would murder and make children cry.

I think I first heard this when Ken McLeod quoted Ian M Banks: two of the best Scottish SF writers of the now dying generation. (Stross, shut up. You are my age, and you were born in England. We have just begun to die).

The polite version is that you should hate anyone who considers the death of another as just the cost of doing business. Particularly if you are thinking of ideologues. No I am not going to apologise for the language here. I don’t think The culture would work, because Banks and do not share a Hobbsean veiw of humanity, but I share his sense of injustice. Something that the current crop of fools that call themselves progressives have lost.

“Fuck every cause that ends in murder and children crying” — Iain Banks, 1954-2013
….
Iain’s more conventional literary works were generally delightful, edgy and fully engaged with the world in which he set them: his palpable outrage at inequity and iniquity shone through the page. But in his science fiction he achieved something more: something, I think, that the genre rarely manages to do. He was intensely political, and he infused his science fiction with a conviction that a future was possible in which people could live better — he brought to the task an an angry, compassionate, humane voice that single-handedly drowned out the privileged nerd chorus of the technocrat/libertarian fringe and in doing so managed to write a far-future space operatic universe that sane human beings would actually want to live in (if only it existed).

There is one problem with this, and that is the libertarians and technocrats do not want to murder anyone and leave anyone crying. You cannot say that about the left.


At first, like everyone else, you are ignorant
. Then you find your impetus that makes you ask why. People come to this from all different vectors: gender relations, academia, politics, whatever. You start asking why and keep asking why and eventually you uncover truth. A lot of it. You take the next step: argument. You argue in favor of the precious truth you unearthed and the precious civilizations it could build. But when you find a person to whom all reason is ignored, all rational inquiry met with defensive snark, I suggest you take another stride in mental framework: Pity.

When viewing from a higher plane, you see the level of agency that most people operate with does not accommodate the acceptance of wide swaths of truth. The honest pursuit of truth first requires humility. For many, the slice of humble pie that it would require is too large, the psychological cost of accepting their own diminished status in the face of the truth is too great. There are certain things that they just can never accept. When they rebel against a traditional arrangement that would allow them some semblance of dignity and instead flail comically trying to claim power in a world that they could never reasonably have any, it is time for pity.

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But the trouble is not that people are illogical and as foolish. It is that they cause damage, and people suffer. This can occur on in the conservatives and the progressives, and generally happens when one tries to make people better.

Which is God’s job, not ours.

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An obvious example, butit makes the point.

To radical feminists, who have been the driving force behind many tectonic societal shifts in recent decades, that’s a sign of success: they want to tear down the institutions and power structures that underpin society, never mind the fall-out. Nihilistic destruction is part of their road map.

But, for the rest of us, the sight of society breaking down, and ordinary men and women being driven into separate but equal misery, thanks to a small but highly organised group of agitators, is distressing. Particularly because, as increasing numbers of social observers are noticing, an entire generation of young people—mostly men—are being left behind in the wreckage of this social engineering project.

But this means people must be compelled away from choosing to love, to have children, to building a life together: to embracing wifedom and husbandry. We must not find joy in helping the other and healing the broken, but instead of breaking others, so we can remain nicely unoffended in our isolated, atomized lives.

Pity them, for they murder and make children cry. And the one good thing about Gamergate is that they are being called on this. They are building their own hell: let us tell them there is another way but not force them to join us, and make our assemblies more unrighteous than they need to be.

The Ms. magazine death spiral.

I could be a member of the elite: I have the requisite certifications, apart from a doctorate. I could be on the correct committees. However, I prefer to have a spine. I find the elite bubble too small, to restrictive, and the recent concern about the New Republic (circulation 50 000) makes this blogger (circulation 4000 a month[1]) a little suspicious.

If I want culture, and I do, I tend to listen to the Concert Programme (on the radio, not via the internet) or search by composer on spotify. If I want reviews, I read the spectator.

If you follow a journalist on Twitter or subscribe to any of the nation’s more progressive periodicals in your RSS feed, you might be inclined to believe there was no other news of note besides a maelstrom of change at The New Republic and the subsequent resignation en masse of most of the editors on the iconic liberal policy and cultural magazine’s masthead.

For days, the talk of the journalism with a capital J circles and the Washington and New York twitterati has been laser-focused on the implications of upheaval at this century-old institution, owned since 2012 by gay Facebook wunderkind Chris Hughes, who is now the target of much criticism. And he is hitting back.

On Thursday, two top editors were either pushed out or resigned, and the magazine ‘s CEO, Guy Vidra, subsequently announced that the December issue now in the works for next week would be shelved and that only 10 issues would be published a year instead of 20. In addition, the magazine announced plans to move from Washington, D.C., to New York City.

But this small thing is spinning people out. They do not understand the economics of magazines: they sell eyeballs to advertisers. The subscription only system only works for samizdata, scholarly journals (and there id does not work that well) and among the true believers. And if the New Republic becomes some SJW house journal it will die.

Having recently read Martin van Creveld’s The Land of Blood and Honey, I suspect there will be some fairly serious cultural clashes in the future between American Jews, who believe they are the center of the Jewish world, and the Israelis, who understandably feel very differently. Those who see “Israeli” and “Jew” as being entirely synonymous really don’t know what they’re talking about; the amusing thing is that Israelis tend to speak more dismissively of American Jews than most Americans would dare.

One important difference that I see is that Israelis are heading rapidly towards a homogenous ethno-cultural state, while American Jews are terrified of Israeli people’s “heartbreaking” embrace of nationalism because they know they are no more a part of the American ethno-cultural state than Israel’s Arab citizens are part of Israel’s, and they have no more desire to move to Israel than the average Israeli Arab has in moving to Egypt or Syria.

What happens next, after the move to the West coast, is (if the Free Republic follows Ms Magazine, as it seems to be doing) is that the frequency of publication will, again, reduce


In 1998, Gloria Steinem and other investors
created Liberty Media (not the cable/satellite conglomerate of the same name) and brought the magazine under independent ownership. It remained ad-free and won several awards, including an Utne award for social commentary. With Liberty Media facing bankruptcy in November 2001, the Feminist Majority Foundation purchased the magazine, dismissed Gillespie and staff, and moved editorial headquarters from New York to Los Angeles. Formerly bimonthly, the magazine has since published quarterly.

In the Spring 2002 issue commemorating the magazine’s 30th year, Gloria Steinem and Feminist Majority president Eleanor Smeal noted the magazine’s increased ability to “share research and resources, expand investigative journalism, and bring its readers the personal experience that has always been the source of the women’s health movement.”

SImply put, the liberal magazine model — the generalist magazine — is almost dead. There are exceptions:L the two most successful are the Economist and the Spectator. Both have literate writers. Both are not politically correct. And both have target audiences; businessmen for one, literate traditionalists for the other. However, of the tow, I prefer the Spectator. Any magazine that will hire the people who actively oppose them and give them columns (to provide intelligence about the enemy) has still got a place in this world.

But the magazines or organs of the Social Justice Warriros are of less relevance thanthan Pravda [2].

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1. And just past 2000 posts.
2. I have a proof reader called Will S. He found a series of typos: the wordpress spellchecker missed it, as did I.

Notes from OZ, and debt.

This is the second trip to Australia in a row: in the last two weeks I have spent as much time flying to and from Australia or in Australia as I have spent at home. And this trip in Adelaide the signs of a depression are there. Shops are closed. There are more buskers. There are more discount shops where they ought not to be, and the conversation at the meeting was how little dollars were available to fund research.

The coffee shop owner, when he found I was from the South Island, commented that Australians are moving to New Zealand to be involved in the rebuild of Christchurch, for there are jobs going in there. Then he recounted that two car manufacturers are closing in Adelaide, and like Dunedin it is becoming a university town.


Treasurer Joe Hockey warned Australians
they face falling living standards without tough reform after official ­figures showed the economy suffered its worst income shock since the ­financial crisis five years ago.

Speaking after September quarter national accounts confirmed individuals, businesses and the government are in the grip of an “income recession” caused by plunging commodity prices and stagnant wages, Mr Hockey said “we can’t take [another] decade of growth for granted”.

He reinforced the Reserve Bank of Australia’s attempt this week to put renewed downward pressure on the dollar, saying global capital inflows were keeping the currency too high for Australian businesses.

“We need the Aussie dollar to come down, that’s a fundamental point,” he told The Australian Financial Review.

“A lower dollar would cushion the impact of the falling terms of trade.”

The remarks echo Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens’ statement on Tuesday that a lower dollar is now “needed”, which – if the currency doesn’t decline – could suggest cuts in the official interest rate are more likely.

Well, the reason the income for Australia is down is because the Chinese cannot buy any more coal, bauxite or iron ore: their economy is cracking. In the meantime, the USA remains in what is effectively a depression. Given the current union rules, this makes it very hard for younger people to get a start within the economy.

Now, you may consider that it’s hypocritical that I comment on this. I’m not an Australian, I have tenure, and I live in a university town — with a university that can still attract foreign students (Top 250 in the world and fairly cheap).

True. I choose to live in a bubble, in a town which is affordable: I choose not to live in a big city. And I can support my sons through university.

Despite a divorce. But most parents cannot. So, for what it is worth, here is some advice.

  • Stay away from debt. The exception in NZ, where student loans ae interest-free, but you will still have to pay them back. If you have to go to school (because you are going to get into medical school or engineering school) try to get someone else to pay for it. Parents if they can. The Government or Army maybe:  you will be bonded, but you will be given responsibility.  If you get a degree, it should be in something where you can make a living: if you love music, your ability to teach music is more important than your PhD in musicology.
  • Get a trade. Avoid university. Particularly if you are a man, and particularly if you have other options. A trade is a far better option for 80 — 90% of the population. There are about one in twenty who are natural scholars — I happen to be one of them. But even then, I completed a fairly long apprenticeship style training in a medical specaility before getting an advanced research degree.
  • Do not get that credit card. Now, I have cards, but I generally discipline myself to pay them off every month. If you cannot do this, freeze them — literally make a popiscle and put them inside them. This is not a time for debtd.
  • Have more than one job. Ideally, one of these should be working for yourself. Again I don’t do that: I work for a university that contracts my time to a hospital. You do not know which job will fail.
  • Stay healthy and fit. You do not need a gym: you need a coach, a floor, and limited equipment to remain fit. Keep fairly skinny — it is far better to be thin and wear clean, cheap clothes than be fat and wear expensive ones. (As a fat man, I know that almost all my clothing options are expensive, and getting thin is hard work. Far better not to get fat).
  • Limit eating out. Home cooked food is generally healtheir, cheaper and quicker to make.
  • Do not panic. Most collapses lead to a breakdown in morals and social cohension, a loss of official jobs, and a lowering of the standard of living. People continue to live. Even after a big disaster you do not need food and water for months: the issues are much more sanitation and power.

There is a cycle in the economy: we go from periods of plenty to periods of poverty about every seven to ten years. The trick is to live within your means regardless of income. One needs to be particularly aware of the emotional spending — including Christmas, and particularly when times are hard.

They have been such in NZ: at present they are not. But my country relies on there being enough people in the world who want milk, meat, wool and Middle-Earth. And we are still poorer, when doing well, than Australia in recession.

Horatius was no Socail Justice Warrior.

Ken White (Popehat) is writing verse. This is a bad sign.

XXVII

Then out spake prim Horatius,
The Censor of the Gate:
“To every persyn upon this earth
Butthurt cometh soon or late.
And how can we do better
When facing fearful speech,
Than shut down all discussion,
And stop the crimethink’s reach?

XXVIII

“As for the tender mother
Who knits a woolen toy,
Best send the cops to brace her
Although it gives her joy,
It matters not what we think,
We privileged with some sense,
Call the cops if anyone
May somehow take offense.

This is, naturally, a pastiche of Thomas Babington’s Poem… which I will quote but a portion of.

Then out spake brave Horatius,
The Captain of the gate:
“To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late. 220
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds
For the ashes of his fathers
And the temples of his gods,

“And for the tender mother 225
Who dandled him to rest,
And for the wife who nurses
His baby at her breast,
And for the holy maidens
Who feed the eternal flame,— 230
To save them from false Sextus
That wrought the deed of shame?

“Hew down the bridge, Sir Consul,
With all the speed ye may;
I, with two more to help me, 235
Will hold the foe in play.
In yon strait path a thousand
May well be stopped by three:
Now who will stand on either hand,
And keep the bridge with me?” 240

Then out spake Spurius Lartius,—
A Ramnian proud was he:
“Lo, I will stand at thy right hand,
And keep the bridge with thee.”
And out spake strong Herminius,— 245
Of Titian blood was he:
“I will abide on thy left side,
And keep the bridge with thee.”

“Horatius,” quoth the Consul,
“As thou sayest so let it be,” 250
And straight against that great array
Went forth the dauntless three.
For Romans in Rome’s quarrel
Spared neither land nor gold,
Nor son nor wife, nor limb nor life, 255
In the brave days of old.

Then none was for a party—
Then all were for the state;
Then the great man helped the poor,
And the poor man loved the great; 260
Then lands were fairly portioned!
Then spoils were fairly sold:
The Romans were like brothers
In the brave days of old.

How we have fallen, when the Pagans would shame us. For the SJW morons shatter the unity of our tribe, and cause division within the nation. For the lack of offense. They critique the very rough men who, by standing against our enemies, allow the very freedom to speech they trample on.

This used to be taught to every schoolboy, so in times of trial they would consider they were facing fearful odds for home, hearth, and family. WIthout such training, men have no spine, and requesting leadership is an impossibility. A return to a more stable society, which understands what is in the riches of our literature and art, would help.

But this is not what the elite currently advise.

The turning of the worm.

This world is wonderful, and every day there are more cool and creative things done. We should celebrate them, but instead we moan and complain because they do not fit entirely within our world view. This is most apparent in social media, such as Twitter, where the SJW are now censoring streams because their world view is fading, as the cycle turns, and the next generational shift is upon us.
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Grerp does not say very much, but when she speaks it is generally a good idea to listen. She is talking in part about the SJW warfare, and how it has backfired on the clickbait merchants, particularly Gawker, that deliberately inflame the internet in the hope that you will go to their site and see all the advertisements while your ears are tickled with the latest scandal, the latest false outrage.

People who are active online should know that it’s not a safe place, and it’s not only unsafe in the sense that there are pedophiles waiting to talk to kids in chatrooms. It’s unsafe in the sense that everything is archived and can be called up to use as a weapon in any future conflict. And there are apparently thousands of mean or mentally unstable people waiting impatiently for the right opportunity to do just that.

What is Twitter? If you consider the hundreds of millions of people every day who tweet things via this medium – most of it is nothing but air. It’s the equivalent of bar conversations, only every conversation is public, not in the sense that it’s being “heard” in real time, but that it’s recorded, and can be played back, minus any context at any future date.

But I find the process of this fascinating. It is like watching a horror movie: it is horrible and fascinating all at the same time. The children of the elite, told that nothing matters but their feelings, are finding that this does not work. And when people argue back, they cannot handle it. The irony is that I was reading apologetics earlier this evening, and that is nothing but logic, reason, appealing to facts, and not digging into the morass that is postmodern thought.


My only sensible theory at this point
is that there’s a massive wave of cognitive dissonance running through the special entitled ones. After years of the rest of us being polite and not calling them out on either their stupidity or their assumption that the rest of the world should conform to their idea of how things should be, we’ve had enough and we’re telling them to stop. Worse, we’re telling them where they can put their entitled belief (Slice. Sideways, and without lube).

They, who have been taught that all that matters is the feels and that logic and facts are the tools of the patriarchy – and as a result lack the ability to realize that without those “tools of the patriarchy” most of their world simply goes away. The computers: they run on logic. All the technology we take for granted: built on observation, logic and experiment – have no way to handle being smacked in the face with anything that doesn’t support their worldview.

To some extent I pity them. This has to be hellishly traumatizing for them. But at the same time, their nonsensical beliefs are destroying everything I value, so I can’t be merciful. That’s my choice, and my penance. I just hope I won’t have to go to the blood in the streets level to defeat them.

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But these people have to be confronted for their own sake. We all make our own hell, bu making one out of snobbery, priggishness and sheer hatred is horrid, and all should be spared that. (And I assume Zanax is some form of zombie benzodiazepine)

The SJWs say they stand for equality. Only they don’t. That’s a smoke screen. They are champions of diversity, provided that everyone is diverse in exactly the same approved manner. At their core they are petty, vengeful, tyrannical thought police, who simply can’t abide someone sinning. They’re an unholy cross between puritans and communists, with a heavy dose of Zanax, and severe self-esteem issues.

Social Justice Warriors are control freaks. Nothing more. Their bizarre antics have given true feminists a bad name. Their mad accusations of racism against anything and everything causes real racism to get lost in the background noise. By accusing well meaning, good intentioned individuals of horrible crimes, they legitimize and empower the real criminals.

Gamergate, and the loss of sponsorship of the most snarky sites, is the start of the turn. Expect more. The next turning will not be progressive. And being like the SJW will be increasingly bad for your health: if you follow them the mad will consider you a fool, for they recollect what it is to be sane, and you have thrown it away.

I like Morlocks (concerning a shirt).

I really have to thank my Papist friends for clueing me into this. Julian O’Dea, who has been watching the comment land, and Elisabeth Scalia, who takes the SJWs down with her usual verve.


Anyone who knows (and loves) techno/science geeks knows a couple of things:

  1. They are generally sweet-natured people who are preoccupied with techno/science geeky thoughts.
  2. Because they are preoccupied with such thoughts, they are neither fussy, nor vain. Food is merely fuel, and clothes are mere bodily covering. They generally are not thinking about what they are eating, or wearing.
  3. A comet scientist who has just helped to land a probe on to a comet is unlikely think think, “oh, I’m going to be interviewed, so I’d better take off this inappropriate-but-geeky shirt full of sexy-women-with-guns on it, which was designed by a female friend.”
  4. Because techno/science geeks are sweet-natured, if a tweeting malcontent urinates on a great moment for science because she doesn’t like the inappropriate-but-geeky shirt, they will quickly and — unfortunately — tearfully apologize for giving offense.
  5. Because techno/science geeks rarely-unto-never set out to demand attention, declare victimhood for themselves or deliberately offend their fellow humans, they don’t really understand that there are some people in the world who live to take umbrage, find things to be offended about, and make people cry.

Yes, and the SJW forget that almost everything they eat, use or do is supported, made, or maintained by geeky men. Farm Geeks, Industrial manufacturing geeks, systems administrators. The people the Eloi cannot bear. Morlocks.

But I like Morlocks. All of them, including the ones who wear Hawaiian shirts, shorts, socks and sandals. Provided I don’t have to share their dress sense.


I for one am ecstatic that society
doesn’t depend on the PC crowd for advancement or we’d still be living in caves using stone knives and naked (wearing bear skins, after all, would not be PC). And if anyone is stupid enough to pay attention to your and your ilk’s whining, we may find ourselves back in caves.

As a Woman With A STEM Career–if a guy’s shirt puts you off “science”, that just means you weren’t really interested in doing it in the first place.

Those who can, do; those who can’t, complain about the clothing those who can happen to be wearing when they manage to do what those who can’t don’t.

Do not be an Eloi, and do not be like them. Do something significant instead.

Avoid tertiary education if possible.

I went to the boys prizegiving this week. While the Rector was pontificating (and to avoid my ex, who had travelled from Auckland to be there) I was talking with Kevin[1]. He is, according to the sons, the best English teacher in the school. He is also a fan of C.S. Forrester and David Weber. So we were talking Science Fiction and how he managed to avoid Postmodern English Theory by the skin of his teeth. We then talked about student loans: he has just paid his off.

He has been renting and driving a crappy car. He has no mortgage. But Inland Revenue are off his back, for the loan has gone.

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He is 37. So when Matt Forney says do not go to University unless you are trying to get training in a hard science or engineering, he’s correct. What he forgets to add is that if you get out of the USA you can avoid prerequisites, which mean you never need to deal with professors like this.

Imagine a black man who willingly puts himself in an environment where he’s called the n-word every day and told he’s an inferior, evil person because of the color of his skin. You’d think he was insane, right? Yet men are still choosing to attend universities where their Marxist, leftist, feminist professors preach hatred against men in general and straight white men in particular. To be a man in college is to be blamed for everything that’s wrong with the world, from poverty to colonialism to environmental degradation. If I wanted to be picked on, I’d go see an insult comic.

Not only that, but while your professors and administrators assert themselves as infallible moral authorities, they’re engaging in degeneracy on a level that would make Caligula blush. Beyond professors tearing up political signs they disagree with and helping fabricate “hate crimes,” both they and administrators are complicit in wide-scale academic fraud.

For example, most professors and administrators are well aware that many of their students are going to degree mills and passing in work that is not theirs. They do nothing because if they actually started expelling students for plagiarism (like the college syllabus says they’re supposed to), that would mean fewer tuition dollars for the school and no money to pay their bloated salaries. If you’re too much of a wuss for war, education is a pretty damn good racket.

The only reason to go to college if you have the talent and drive to major in a high-earning, math-centric degree such as computer engineering. Anything else is a waste of your time and money.

He is correct, and I say this as someone who works in a tertiary institution. The rhetoric about male violence, male predation is constant. The amount of practical things done — minimal. The main harm reduction that my university has done is buy up the local pubs and redevelop them. With continual internal assessment in First year, there is no time to drink anyway.

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So what is college? Particularly American College? EW argues that it remains a selector for (moderate) intelligence and conscientiousness, particularly for women.

First, college does screen out the dumb, just less than it used to. Which one reason why employers insist on bachelor’s degrees for entry-level jobs…it is still a proxy, albeit a weak one, for intelligence and conscientiousness. Second, intelligence is heritable–about 50%, if memory serves–thus smart parents have smarter children on the whole. Yes, the IQ of smart peoples’ children will regress toward the mean, but the mean itself will rise over time. Third, intelligent people are more likely to make choices to get married and stay married, which itself confers many benefits to children born of the union, to include greater wealth, success, lower criminality (itself an indicator of higher intelligence) and a greater propensity to get and stay married.

Thus, I submit that the assortative mating theory does have validity, and that it does spawn a cognitive and social elite.

And if you want to be in that elite, to college you should go. What EW misses is that the US system is inefficient. It requires all people get a general education. The Commonwealth, which specialises at Batchelor’s level not Master’s is far more selective. This inefficiency, when combined with compulsory post modern Marxism, encourages women not to breed, or not yet, and may be causing a dysgenic trend for higher IQ women. This would fit with my observation of PhD colleagues: most of them are not that happy, and not that child orientated. Those who are happy and child orientated, interestingly, are married not to fellow PhDs, but tradesmen. (The same applies to female medics. Many of these are marrying men with trades, not fellow medics. My generation tried two medico marriages, and most of these failed, mine included).

Heartiste’s recognition of the relevance of credentialism is similarly perspicacious:

Conflating runaway credentialism with IQ misses the fact that today’s paper pushing woman with a communications degree was yesterday’s equally competent secretary with a high school degree, and perhaps even yesteryear’s farmhand mother with sharp instincts for survival.

Indeed, even many wise men fail to grasp this. Education is a far stronger predictor of female fertility than IQ is. Intelligence and educational attainment are correlated, of course, but once educational attainment is controlled for, there’s very little difference in fertility across the intelligence spectrum. This isn’t just the case at the national level; it’s descriptive power is global in scope.

So, young man, what to do?

Firstly, accept that boys are not good at being faux girls. The education system, until graduate level, rewards those who are neat, diligent, unquestioning and recite back what they are taught. At graduate level, being questioning and a geek helps (I know this for this is how I earn my money.) If you do not have the self discipline to learn despite the biases against you, then do not get tertiary education.

Secondly, college costs a lot of money, and graduate school more. So do not waste your time studying something that will not pay. Consider college as trade school for geeks. Unless you are independently wealthy, avoid hobby courses — art, music, literature — and any course that aims to make you a well-rounded individual. Shop around, including internationally: there are top 200 universities in Australia and NZ that are a lot cheaper than some state schools in the USA (and have less required courses). An alternative in the USA is to join the ROTC and get the military to pay: the military do generally treat young people with some respect (because you may have to die to fulfil your oath).

Thirdly, go to work first. There are exceptions to this: getting into medical school in NZ is best done just after leaving school. But if you don’t know what to do, go work on a farm, sling burgers, make cars. You will discover motivation. If you are young and single, go where the jobs are: the oilsands in Canada, the dairy farms in Southland…

Finally go for trades. The university degree is degraded. Plumbing however… remains. Women look for those who can provide as husband material. You will not have as much debt. Your job cannot be outsourced. Yes, it is dirty, physical, technical and hard. And the trades are the last area where the apprenticeship system — which works for men — continues.

Young man and young woman, do not go automatically into debt to be poorly educated. Do not take the default position. You do not need a mortgage before you marry, you do not need to spend your thirties paying your debt down, and you do not want to find yourself disqualified from meeting your dream because the federal bank demands payment.

A university generalist education is a luxury good. Like a supercar. Leave it to the rich, or fools.

On wrath swinging the pendulum.

This is a time of peak progressivism, when the SJW consider that they speak from a position of authority, and they can impose their views on anyone. One can see this in the response within the church: the SJW infiltrate and report on (in this case the Southern Baptist Convention).

And they are still called haters, even when the SJW trumpet that they have the power. Because they do not resile from the word of God, they are haters.

One pities the poor bloody Gay Southern Baptist; dealing with his proclivities in as chaste a life as he can have (just like the frivorced) but unlike the single and divorced straight brothers, being forced into the front line of the culture wars, if he wants this or not. Because the SJW has no underrstanding of any person apart from their label, apart from their place in their neo socialist plantation.

The Convention itself recognizes that its influence over society is waning. Mohler was the first of many to use the phrase “moral minority,” signalling that the days of the “Moral Majority” are over. “The disappearance of cultural Christianity, like a morning mist,” he said in his opening remarks, “is a reminder to us that it was cultural and not Christianity… We are accustomed to ministry from the top side of the culture, not from the underside. We are accustomed to speaking from a position of strength and respect and credibility, and now we’re going to be facing the reality that we are already, in much of America, speaking from a position of a loss of credibility, speaking from the underside, speaking from the wrong side of the moral equation.”

Nevertheless, the reach of the Southern Baptist Convention remains wide, not only among its member churches but among the many independent evangelical churches who might still look to it for guidance. Understanding how these church leaders are discussing LGBT issues is essential to the ongoing work of increasing LGBT acceptance in society, not only under the law, but culturally. In a series of posts, ThinkProgress will take a discerning look at how the ERLC conference revealed the struggle in evangelical Christianity to address LGBT issues and the gap between the love with which they are ministering and the hate they are perceived as reinforcing.

I must admit the self-righteous priggery of the left makes me nauseous. But this is combined with a certain anger at their continual monitoring of what one says and thinks, in case they are offended, hurt, misguided or in any way held to account. it’s not a nice combination, but it has a name, and that is wrath.

One of the things that tens to happen in the political system is that people get really angry when politicians over reach. One saw this with the Bush Administration, and one is now seeing this with the Obama administration. The wiser presidents understand this, and work with all people of goodwill to ensure the republic continues to be guided wisely. (And yes, the parliamentary system is a republic, but a sensible one. Because we do not elect a king, but instead drafted a family, we have generally a king who would have rather stayed in the navy or army, and a much cheaper system).

The less wise retreat into ideology and become perplexed as to why the people no longer trust them. It generally comes down to this: you have interfered overmuch. You have tried to make us better.

And that is not the role of the government. The Church itself is too wise to legislate this, but instead turns to prayer. It takes God to turn a man around.

We have forgotten our Descartes: nothing human is alien to us. W all hold within us desires which harnessed, lead to love, art, beauty and courage… but allowed to rot lead to lust, greed, envy, malice and destruction.

Last night I rewatched Serenity. One of the things that happened in the movie is that the elite doped a populace with “Pax” to make them less aggressive. It had two responses. About one percent of the population became murderous savages, killing and eating all around them. The other 99% lay down and died. Rest became sloth and that was fatal. The hero commented that his sin was wrath.

But the pagan who wrote this missed one point: wrath may be counted among the deadly sins by the clerics, but a sin it is not. There is a time for anger. There is a time for righteous justice.

And when SJWs try to regulate the church, that time is now. We cannot afford to move into the slumber that the elite want us to enter.

It is time to reform ourselves, cast out the impious, stop trying to be liked, and let our feral show. It is time for wrath aid let that anger push back at the SJW. IT is time to mock them, to confront them, to not be silent: to not let them rule, It is time to take the leadership of the west back, and let the kirk again guide the civil magistrate.

Or it is time to let this civilisation fall, and leave it tor rot.

Reformation day linkage and statistics.

During Kirk today Barry reminded us that today is All Saint’s Day or Reformation Sunday. Regardless of which side of the Tiber you are on, it is a day to recall the generations of faithful witness that have gone before us. This was emphasized when we had a dedication service for a family, with the grandparents, parents, older siblings and parents standing in front of the congregation.

We were reminded that there are no second generation Christians. We prayed that in time the child blessed would walk through the waters of baptism having chosen to accept faith [1].

Last month we have had #gamergate, a move in the lectionary into revelations, and locally one son through his examinations, and this blogger doing his duty to his guild and university

Some blog stats. Google has 9K views in the last 30 days, and last month this was the 25th most seen blog in the NZ rankings. I expect neither to remain as high.

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OK. Around the traps, some good reading:

Dalrock: reminds us that being a single mother is again stigmatized, and why. Let’s say that the haters got all hatey over there, particularly after Cail C. produced advice straight out of the Pauline playbook.

Yes, there are some mothers without husbands through no fault of their own: women who were abandoned by bad men (though in that case they bear some responsibility for choosing that man), women who were raped, and of course widows. It’d be nice to treat them differently from the much more common frivorcee, but it’s hard enough to do that on a personal level, when you know the circumstances. It’s impossible to do it on a societal level, or on the level of government policies.

So in practice, you either shame single motherhood, or you….don’t. That’s why churches now praise all single mothers, and even ridiculously hold the Mother of God up as their representative. The exception soon becomes the rule.

On a personal level, if you know a single mother who was genuinely dealt a bad hand, by all means treat her kindly and help her out — while encouraging her to provide a father for her kids (their own father or a new one if he’s dead).

Now, the fact is that most of the women who are single in the church of my age are divorced. I’m divorced. TL;DR we either encourage women to reconcile with their husbands (the Catholic model) or we make a judgement as to if the divorce is licit (by criteria) and call the erring spouse dead to the church and encourage the innocent party to remarry (the protestant model). If you are going to have the Catholic model, you better have a lot of nunneries — for many women will choose not to reconcile: some of these should never had married in the first place. (You will need a few less monasteries, unless the feminists gut the church, at which point only the gnarly and obnoxious crunchy end of the reformed church will remain in the secular environment. The monastery will again, as it was at the end of the Roman empire, be far more attractive than Babylon, and many will flee the sisterhood to mountains, in the hope they can rebuild the church, as before, from scholarly mancaves).

Cail blogged further on this, and the entire thing is worth reading. An extract.

Those specific exceptions aside, I think there are some things he might be able to do to nudge the operation in a better direction. First, I’d be after the priest/pastor, asking him whether he’s talking to these women about finding new husbands or reconciling with the ones they really still have. Are they temporarily alone and only needing this help for a while until there’s a man in the house again, or is the situation open-ended until she feels lonely? What’s he doing to rectify their feral status? Does he have a policy on single mothers beyond making sure they’re comfortable? If a marriage gets rocky in that church in the future, will the focus be on keeping it together, or will it be on helping the woman escape and survive alone?

Also, are there any elderly or frivorced men in the church who could use some of this help? Not every man has the skills and ability to clean his own gutters and change his own oil, after all. Extending the charity to some men would help shake the idea that it’s all about “vagina = deserving.” For that matter, there might be some young families who could use the help too. Make it about helping people in need, not about helping “single moms.”

There are a lot of single moms out there. Most of them brought it on themselves and their children. They shouldn’t be rewarded for it, and married women shouldn’t be given the impression that they can blow up their marriages and be protected from the consequences. But we do want to encourage repentance and reform, and we don’t want to punish her children for her sins.

What can we do?

Well, we should help those who need it. Some of us don’t: we can pay for help (and I do). Some are victims, and need to be helped up. But we should encourage all to return to normal life as fast as possible. For children, that means two parents: in previous generations the church encouraged widowers to marry widows so that both families would have the economic and emotional stability they needed.

And those who want to be “strong and independent” can move to the bush. Outside society, where the Hobbsean rules of brevity and brutality apply. The rest of us have to live for one another.

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1. I have to be careful here. When my children were small, we had them dedicated, not baptized: we were worshipping with the Bretheren then and the Baptist influence was huge. I now consider this an error: the covenant of baptism is for all ages, including infants. And we do practice infant baptism, for those parents who will take that covenantal relationship.