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Two cannibals are eating a clown and one says to the other, “Does this taste funny to you?”

March 3, 2018 | 26 Comments

Insanity & Doom Update XXIV

A very special update to our Insanity & Doom series, the time focusing on Google’s social justice warriors.

Google doesn’t like white people, especially white men. Not all whites: American whites. How curious. You can have some fun proving this to yourself, following the links below, or by typing in the search terms yourself.

When you do a Google search for classes of people, like artists or scientists, they sometimes list a row of headshots across the top of the main Google page, with clickable links. Sometimes you have to click the Images links if you want to see faces. Below I list the headshot if they have it, or give the link to the Images if not.

You might expect search result rankings to be in the order of prominence or importance or accomplishments, or perhaps even by time. Alas, no. Google seems to have another algorithm in mind. Before you get exercised and start throwing the silly “r-word” about, I say God bless every one of the people shown.

Try the following searches. Your results might vary a bit.

American inventors (a well known classic). Contrast it with Chinese inventors or, say, French inventors, or even Canadian inventors.

American scientists. Try the same contrasts here and below.

American doctors

American artists

American astronomers.

American mathematicians.

American architects. Oops!

American chemists. Another oops. Not shown, because the “oops” gives it away. Same with American philosophers.

White couples. Another classic, with the results showing a dearth of the term searched for. Contrast with Black couples or Asian couples or whatever else. Then jump to white couple with children.

Now people at Google say that when searching for, say, white couple it will also match images tagged with words like black and white couple. Might be possible. But if that’s so, why doesn’t black couple also match black and white couple? Seems the same images ought to show. Black and white couples produces a lots of images of couples in black and white (sans color, I mean).

Another well known one: European history people. I saw one explanation that trolls are going through marking the images you see as “European”. Maybe so. But they’d have to be awfully busy, because the results go on for pages. And it doesn’t work for, say, French history people nor for many other European countries. British history people is a partial hit, which might indicate the real interest in non-whites in Britain.

As far as Google shadow-banning and censoring sites aligned with Reality and Tradition, that’s already well known. E.g. “Google Preaches ‘Net Neutrality,’ Then Censors Conservative Videos?“, “Google’s New Fact-Check Feature Almost Exclusively Targets Conservative Sites“.
Heck, even socialists complain of Google’s censorship.

So prevalent are these stories that I am able to find them using Google’s own search engine!

What to do? Besides the obvious alternatives, just laugh at them. For unless the government steps in and makes Google official policy, these kinds of things self correct—because of the laughter.

February 14, 2018 | 15 Comments

Time To Fast: I’m Giving Up The Internet For Lent

Our friend Jay Richards, editor of The Stream, has an excellent on-going series on fasting. In Part II, he discusses how our Lord fasted for forty days.

By fasted Richards does not mean the “two small meals and one large one” that the practice has currently become, but not eating. Forty days is a long time to go without food, is it not?

Then, after the fast, “the tempter came and said to Him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.'” (Matthew 4:2) Satan’s taunt to make bread from stones only make sense if Jesus was feeling the hunger of his all-too-human body.

Notice that Satan appealed to Jesus’ hunger, but not to His thirst. We can assume that Jesus drank water because, without a miracle, no one could survive without water for forty days and nights. But, believe it or not, a healthy person can fast from food for forty days. He just needs enough energy stored as fat on his body. There are 3,500 calories in a pound of fat. So, thirty pounds of extra fat would be enough — not all that much for a well-fed man — as long as his body was able to access the fat stores. (That’s the kicker. I’ll explain how to make that happen without torture in later installments.)

Why fast? “Jesus’ example helps put shorter fasts in perspective. It also gives us one of the best reasons we should fast: to prepare for spiritual battle. If it’s good enough for Jesus, it should be good enough for us.”

I’m not sure I have thirty pounds of extra fat to spare, but I do have a boatload of brain blubber that I would not miss. And there is no end to spiritual battle.

So, in the same manner that Jesus fasted from food for forty days, I shall be giving up the Internet from today until 2 April, the day after Easter (I shall still have “water”; wanton surfing and the like are out).

I have lots of posts scheduled to go, and new ones will make their way to the proper place. Of material, I have scads, more than enough to make it through a mere forty days. As for email, well, I’m already running about three years behind. A few extra weeks won’t matter.

As an aside, the oldest unanswered email is from Mike B. from 2015 on the putative hot hand in basketball. I’ve got an article on this coming up, Mike! (Yes, of course it’s real.)

I absolutely, 100% have to finish the Fallacies book I’ve been working on. I’m counting on that one to sell tens and tens of copies. An Internet fast, regular readers might recall, was how I finished Uncertainty. (No, I haven’t spoken to any publisher yet about Fallacies. This is a popular book, unlike Uncertainty. Title? Common Fallacies? The Fallacies We Love? I am terrible at titles.)

Some other folks have asked me to lead some papers on evidence and I need to concentrate on them, too.

Blog housekeeping. I’m ratcheting up the spam filters, which means some comments will be sent to a Soviet-style Waiting Area until they can be cleared. Those with profanity are automatically deleted.

As said, forty days is a long time without eating, but not so long giving up a lot of junk I’d be better off without anyway. Just as food is good for you but can be over-indulged in, so too the Internet. Fasting helps beyond the time of fasting.

Best thing I did along these lines was to trade in my old “smart” phone for a flip model (that I never carry) a few years back. I encourage you to do the same. Such freedom! I lived the first two-plus decades of my life without a phone or access to the Internet. I didn’t die.

January 1, 2018 | 30 Comments

Register Your Predictions For 2018

As has been our tradition these many years, it’s time to register our predictions for the coming year. We look at how well we did last year later this week. (As early as tomorrow, depending on the Stream schedule.)

Stretch your minds. Remember that forecasts which are not perceived by the “average” man as difficult receive little weight. Saying there will be a murder in Chicago, says this fictional homme moyen sensuel, is like saying the SPLC will identify a new “hate” group. And thus the guess receives little weight in the standings. Say instead that Hillary pleads guilty to a felony, which no man expects, and receive the Grand Prize. If it happens.

Here are my pearly prognostications. What are yours?

1) I was wrong about China coming to blows with a regional neighbor last year, but I repeat the prediction this year. I do not mean war. I mean armed contretemps.

2) Dennis Rodman completes his “transition”, migrates to North Korea, and guides Rocket Man into choosing seven interesting tattoos. The flunkies who follow Kim Jong-un with notebooks emulate their leader. By July, all North Koreans will sport a lower lip piercing and a tattoo of a nuke launching on their left cheek, and a holocaust of Japan on their right. But since the ink comes from China, a pandemic of various skin diseases will ensue.

3) Bill Nye will “come out”. Seriously.

4) Donald Trump will, at the close of the year, still be President.

5) As in the Stream article, I still predict the “Supreme” Court waffles on mandatory cake-baking for sodomitical celebrations. We saw that the evil (not just wrong: evil) folks on the Oregon Court of Appeals upheld the killing, crushing $135,000 fine for not baking a cake. Say it slow, and think of your bank account when doing so: one-hundred-and-thirty-give-thousand dollars. For not baking a cake. Repeat it. This is a punishment that fits the “crime”? Can even the appalling Anthony Kennedy be happy with it? Or does he wish it higher?

6) I don’t think DSM-VI will appear in 2018, but given (the not-universally loved) DSM-V contains the politically incorrect diagnosis of gender dysphoria, and given things such as Trump’s incorrect decision not to challenge trannies in the military, some prominent group of psychologists or psychiatrists will announce a man believing himself Napoleon must no longer to be considered a mentally “ill.” Did I say Napoleon? I meant woman.

7) Non-statisticians will continue to love p-values more than statisticians. (Because they are magic.) Even though everybody is free to buy the inestimable Uncertainty and learn the Third Way of probability, AI, machine learning, statistics.

8) Poland leaves the EU, or publicly and loudly begins threatening the process. Hungary announces they will be next.

9) The Islamic city-state, or rather Protectorate, Malmö is formed. I jest, but only just. Sweden will, in some official sense, declare certain areas of its once sovereign territory Islamic. The near-daily bombings and routine mayhem will force this upon them. It would happen in France, too, except France is too big, whereas the livable land in Sweden is small.

10) Pope Francis exits.

Only predictions made over the next two weeks will count. And please, please number them and point to the source (if necessary) that can verify them.

December 31, 2017 | 17 Comments

Happy New Year!