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Oh, yes, they call them “refugees”, but they are invaders.

They will not enter Europe and adopt European ways. They will not adopt the values of religious freedom. No, they will demand that Europe change to accommodate them. They will demand that pork not be served in schools. Then they will demand that no students be allowed to bring pork for lunch. They will demand that they be allowed to operate under Sharia law.

In short, everything they claim to be running from is what they will demand Europe change to. They are not fleeing their problems, they are bringing their problems to Europe.

Shocking moment desperate father throws himself, his wife and baby onto rail tracks in Hungary after realising their ‘train to Austria’ is actually taking them to a refugee camp

Refugees threaten Europe’s Christian roots, says Hungary’s Orban

As this video explains, the fertility rate in occidental countries is below maintenance level:

Why? Why is the fertility rate so low? Why do Whites in America have the lowest fertility rate of all races and ethnicities? Feminism.

That’s right — the “career before kids” selfishness of feminism is destroying western civilization.

Weasley Panic

Well, the stock market dropped 3% Thursday and Friday, and sure enough, S&P500 futures were trading down over the weekend. The market opened lower this morning, and immediately dropped. All the panic orders placed over the weekend. In short order, the major U.S. stock indices were down more than 5%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average had dropped over 1000 points from Friday’s closing price.

Now, as I write, not so much. The DJIA has regained over 850 points, and is down less than 1% from Friday’s close.

I am now in my 50′s. I hope I can retire early — perhaps at 60. Yet still, I am fully invested in the stock market, and that is where my 401(k) contributions go. I do not buy and sell on hype or panic. I just buy. (I will admit that my portfolio is in desperate need of re-balancing, but that’s another topic.)

The fact is that, long term, stock prices driven by only two forcing functions: inflation and profit. But even ten years from retirement, I’m still investing long-term, because I plan to live long-term! That means stocks.

And market volatility, rather than being a Bad Thing, is actually a Good Thing for those of us in the “accumulation” phase. With a 401(k), one is dollar-cost-averaging into the market, so higher volatility around the long-term forcing functions increases long-term profits.

Just one more example of how those whose actions are driven by facts and logic make money from people whose actions are driven by their emotions.

Hillary Clinton, trying to out-socialism socialist Bernie Sanders, has announced a new plan for taxpayers to pay for someone else’s kids college.

She calls it “The New College Compact”.  Here are the highlights:

  • “No student should have to borrow money to pay for tuition at a public college or university.”
  • “Schools will have to control their costs and show more accountability to their students.  No more 42% increases over ten years (way above the rate of inflation of anything else).”
  • States will have to meet their obligation to invest in higher education.
  • The federal government will increase its investment in education and will not profit any longer off of student loans.
  • And everyone, everyone who already has student debt will be able to refinance it at lower rates.
  • We’re going to make community college free.

The upshot is, every one of those things, even not profiting off student loans, the States can do already. The fact is that the State legislatures choose not to do it.

Georgia has Hope Scholarships, which provide free in-state tuition to all Georgia High School students with a B average or better. The federal government has the same revenue source the States do — We the People.

One other point she made, that if one gets a loan to attend a private college, then repayments would be limited to 10% of your income and would have a fixed term — even if you do not pay it off!

Well, that’s nice. Would you give a loan to someone for a course of study that might not land them a good-paying job?

Then she hits the colleges with the same hammer: “We will make sure colleges and universities have more skin in the game. If they load students up with debt for programs that don’t lead to good-paying jobs, students and taxpayers should not be the only ones holding the bag.  The colleges deserve a certain amount of the responsibility and they will have to fulfill it.”

Well, there goes the History Department — and the Drama Department, and the Music Department, and the Philosophy Department, and the Dance Department, and several others I cannot think of right now.

This will turn our colleges and universities into nothing more than glorified trade schools. You can major in Mathematics, Computers, and Engineering. If you want to study anything else, be an Education major and learn to teach it.

One of the unspoken truths about race in this country is that the average IQ for Blacks is about 15 points lower than for Whites. (The standard Gaussian curve does not fit perfectly, of course, but it is a good enough fit for about 95% of both groups.)

Current studies suggest somewhere between 50% and 70% heritability for IQ — meaning that about 50-70% of one’s IQ depends on the IQ of your parents. There is, naturally, some environmental factors — such as whether your parents read to you as a child, and your home life in general.

There are structural problem for Blacks in our society today. Minimum Wage laws price many Black youths out of the labor market, so they can never reach that bottom rung of the economic ladder and start their climb. The democrat-run inner-city schools are a joke. Our criminal justice system is not race-blind. (The jury should never know the name, sex, or race of the accused. Justice really should be blind.) These government-imposed problems prevent Black men from attaining the ability to support a family. But the God-given biological drive to reproduce is still there — so they do. But the government will take away benefits from a woman who marries the father of her children. So the government makes the “spread your seed far and wide” strategy better for many Blacks (from a propagation of one’s genes perspective) than a “keep your eggs in one nest and guard it vigilantly” strategy. This, of course, perpetuates some of the problems of the Black community.

So what if polygamy were legal?

If polygamy were legal, many Black women might choose to marry a successful (intelligent) Black man who already has a wife or two. Than man could be having children with younger wives well into his 60′s and 70′s. Not only would this propagate his better genes, but those children would grow up in a better household than they would as the children of less intelligent men in single-parent households.

Furthermore, the less-intelligent men would not be reproducing with those women. Win-win.

Over time, we might see that IQ gap close considerably.

Many statements have been called “racist” — that term is used by the left to condemn anything they don’t like, and to shut down conversation.  Progs do not like real conversation, because they cannot argue with facts and logic.  Thus, they resort to emotional accusations such as “racism” or “sexism”.

So what is “racism”?

Resorting to our trusty Merriam-Webster Dictionary, we get these definitions:

1: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race

2: racial prejudice or discrimination

So let us take the joke from Judy Moses, wife of Israeli Minister of the Interior, Silvan Shalom: “Do u know what Obama Coffee is? Black and weak.”

Is that racist? Obviously not. It shows no indication that 0bama is inferior because of his race (definition #1), nor does it show any racial prejudice or discrimination (definition #2). Her joke simply mentions that 0bama is Black. Thus, those who think the joke is racist must think that it is his race which causes 0bama to be weak, and therefore they are the racists, not she.

It is no different than saying, “Do u know what Biden Chocolate is? White and tasteless.”

It simple mentions his skin color, but does not imply that he is tasteless because he is White.

According to the race-baiters, any negative mention of race is racist. For instance, noting that the average Black IQ is about 15 points (about 1σ) below that of Whites is considered racist. But it does not fit either definition. If the difference were more like 2σ or 3σ, then it could be considered to be a “primary determinant”. But it is not. It is simply a fact.

Stating facts is not racist. Racism comes when those facts are used against individuals. For instance, a resume from someone with a typically Black name will receive fewer call-backs than a similar resume from someone with a typically Anglo-Saxon name. That is taking the properties of a population (averages, medians, standard deviations), and making assumptions about individuals. The is prejudice — pre-judging an individual based on the properties of the population to which he belongs.

That is what racism really is. Treating Blacks as if they need quotas and special dispensations to have a chance at a good life, is racist. Treating everyone as individuals, even if that means that a higher percentage of Blacks fail than Whites, is not.

To have an real, honest conversation about race and racism, we have to be able to speak the truth, and we need to stop calling racists the people who speak that truth.

Only when we get to that point can we look for underlying causes. WHY does the Black population have an average IQ one standard deviation below that of Whites? WHY is there more crime in the Black community? Then we can truly move to Dr. King’s great society, in which a man is judged by the content of his character.

Until the 1970′s, more men than women attended college.  Now, not only do more women than men attend college, but more women than men earn Bachelor’s (Bachelorette’s?)  degrees and Master’s (Mistress’s?) degrees.

Back in those halcyon days, educated men worked with less educated women.  Those women might be particularly intelligent, or they might not.  Personality and beauty reigned over intellect.  A young, beautiful, sweet girl could marry an educated man for whom she worked as a secretary, or whom she met in the grocery store or at church.

Now, college-educated men meet their wives either in college or at work.  As such, we are selection sorting by intellect.  Educated men marry educated women, and uneducated men marry uneducated women.  This stratifies society by broadening the IQ curve — more intelligent couples have more intelligent children, and less intelligent people have less intelligent children.

Such selection sorting by intellect necessarily increases the income inequality, as the intellectual inequality increases.

Exacerbating this trend is the fact that less-educated women (who tend, naturally, to be less intelligent) have more children, earlier in life, than do those with more education.  In fact, according to that study, college-educated women average fewer than two children over their lifetimes.  They are not even at replacement rate.  Meanwhile, women with only a high-school education are having an average of 2.7 children over their lifetimes.

Further exaggerating this stratification is that less-educated have those children at younger ages. Let’s figure that women with only a high school education have an average of 2.7 children, at an average age of 25, and that college-educated women have 1.8 children at an average age of 33.  By the age of 100, a less-educated woman will have 53 great-great-grandchildren (from 16 great-great-grand-parents).  The educated woman, however, will have about six great-grandchildren (from eight great-grandparents).

The less-educated (generally less intelligent) people increase, while the more-educated (generally more intelligent) people decrease.

So by more widespread education of women, we have greater stratification because of the selection sorting by education level (a proxy for intellect), and we have a demographic shift toward fewer intelligent offspring.