Abortion and Crime Revisited

There have been some updates supporting the prophylactic effect of abortion on crime, as originally popularized by economist Steven D. Levitt in the 2005 best-seller Freakonomics. Crime fell roughly 20% from 1997-2014 due to legalized abortion; cumulative effect is 45% drop, accounting for much of…

The blackpill files, part 1

This post turned out to be way longer than I expected, so I broke it up. Anti-dem takes on the so-called blackpillers, writing: The reasonable reaction to hearing about all this might have involved public expressions of disappointment. It might have involved legitimate, measured criticism…

The Daily View 6/16/2019

The news cycle is pretty lethargic lately. Barring any new developments in Iran, it’s gonna get even slower. Don’t expect much from Trump until 2020. Unlike economic forecasts, which by comparison are easy, predicting if the US will go to war with Iran is a…

Milo’s bid for relevance

I’m sure many have seen the piece in which Milo exposes Lauren Southern, So this is what Milo has been working on for presumably the past few months when not groveling for attention by appearing with Jordan Peterson, of all people. You can tell just…

The ’90s and now, part 8

But also subversivness plays a role, related to the “weird twitter” phenomenon discussed above, and 4chan ‘meme’ culture. Older people don’t get the jokes, but rather take them literally, and by being outraged, spread the memes to those who who understand. Or the memes can…

The student loan debate revisited

Vox Day put out another video, the focus being on debt: He mentions, as well know, that student loan debt, unlike other forms of consumer debt such as credit card debt or mortgage debt, cannot be discharged in bankruptcy court. However, he fails to realize…

Media narratives are almost always wrong

A useful heuristic I have found is that media narratives are almost always wrong. Whenever there seems to be a consensus by the media, that “such and such will happen” or that “such and such is certain,” such certainty almost falls way short of reality….

Vox Media is probably not going away

I’m sure everyone is aware of the recent YouTube demonetization controversy. Although YouTube has been censoring, terminating, and demonetizing right-wing channels for a long time, YouTube’s practices recently made headlines all over the world after Vox journalist Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) demanded that YouTube disable Steven…

Stock market shrugs off Mexico and China tariffs

It has become the rigueur de jourof of people who pride themselves on appearing smart to others to proudly proclaim that they don’t follow the news, as if that is a habit that only ‘normies’ indulge in, not high-minded internet philosophers who have more pressing…

A deterministic world

There are two conflicting outlooks/views of the state of world, which includes economics and politics: those who see a future of increasing instability and uncertainty, and those such as myself, and Steven Pinker, and others, who envision a future that is increasingly deterministic, peaceful, and…