Category Archives: Big Media

BBC’s “Ancient Roman diversity” meme is proof we are living in a dark age.

https://medium.com/incerto/something-is-broken-in-the-uk-intellectual-sphere-7efc9a1f154a

Representativeness heuristic. The picture was portrayed as representative (playing on the representativeness/availability heuristic in the minds of children). Some people backtracked later by saying it is was not common but not impossible, which is where I shout “BS!”
Anecdotal vs Statistical. The backup is mostly anecdotal from cherry picked stories. We find nothing beyond traces of sub-Saharan genes in areas where Roman legions were located (France, Gaul, and even Spain, where most of it came much later from the Arab trade). Show the picture to a French or Italian person and tell him “this is the typical…” and wait for the insults.
Fuzzy classification. Even the researchers who deal with physical remains miss the point that people from North Africa looked no different from Spaniards, S. Italians, and Greeks. Punics/Phoenicians we now know, looked Canaanite, just like Southern Europeans. Berbers looked like mountain berbers today. So representing “diversity” should focus on the difference between locals and Romans (Northern European vs Mediterranean), not within Romans (in other words, Butter vs Olive Oil ). It would be like mixing English and Spaniards/S. Italians, which makes sense. But it doesn’t work: Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Sicily are in the EU, so the other needs to be something else. (Contradicts the anti-Brexit… African is not a phenotype, but some rough geographic delimitation)
The reclassification “when it fits” is nothing short of fabrication.
The UK political correctness mob. Britain perfected the scholar with “f*** you money”, but today’s typical U.K. academic is a wuss, with a renewable 5 year contract, and, like the middle class, in a state of insecurity and constant fear of being caught breaking rules. They are very vulnerable to the slightest accusation (recall the Tim Hunt affair where a Nobel winner was summarily fired because of a confusing joke, with no chance of explaining what he meant). So there is a set system to terrorize people who divert via public flogging or even burning at the stake: for instance David Colquhoun, a morally depraved man who serves as attack dog to terrorize people and raise mobs can only exist in the U.K. Like an inquisitor, he accuses you of sorcery and now all bets are off. He makes sure nobody reads your papers. He did it to Tim Hunt & others.
My Case: In my case “feminists” were upset that I could disagree with a woman (I should not treat a woman as I would a man, yet they manage to find no contradiction.) So they used the excuse that I call Mary Beard Ms Beard simply because I will never call a historian with a PhD “Doctor”, particulary if the person, like Ms Beard has shown evidence of being a BS vendor (I only call medical doctors doctors). That was sufficient to trigger the inquisition (they could not use my contradicting a woman as official grounds for that). But note that I can’t be affected by what IYIs (intellectuals like idiots) in the UK or elsewhere think; neither my book sales, nor my business activities seem to be affected by IYIs. Actually, my book sales increase upon attacks by IYIs.
I am certain that had I called Mary Beard “Professor Doctor Beard”, they would have found something else that was “chauvinist”, perhaps the length of my sentences, etc.
The US. We believe here in America in freedom of expression far more than in other fuzzier notions such as justice, equity, etc. Freedom is vastly more robust than other notions and shields us from inquisitors such as David Colquhoun. Europe and Canada are in trouble.

Girl, 14, Steals Bucket Of Halloween Candy, Then Hits Woman Who Scolds Her

Read this headline, and then read the article. You could fit an entire civilization in the gap between the reality and the MSM’s packaging.

And what the hell are “mostly minor crimes”?

Two Murders and three cases of Jay Walking can be “mostly minor crimes”.

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20161101/hyde-park/teen-14-steals-bucket-of-halloween-candy-then-hits-woman-who-scolds-her

HYDE PARK — Police now say teens were involved in more serious crimes than egg throwing and fighting when 500 gathered in Hyde Park for Halloween, according to new reports released Tuesday afternoon.

Police reported groups of teens involved in robberies and beatings Monday evening, largely far away from the mass gathering of an estimated 500 teens near 53rd Street and Lake Park Avenue for a social media-fueled “Halloween Purge” of egg throwing, fighting and other mischief.

A 14-year-old girl was arrested for misdemeanor battery at 7 p.m. Monday night on the 4900 block of South Dorchester Avenue for stealing an entire bucket of Halloween candy and hitting a 44-year-old woman in the back of the head when she demanded the teen return the candy, police said.

The woman reported swelling, but denied medical attention, according to police.

The woman’s husband, who asked not to be identified, said two girls stormed onto their porch.

“I don’t know that they were trying to get into the house, but they were headed towards the door with some speed,” the husband said.

He said he blocked the doorway, they stopped short for a second, and then knocked over two kids and grabbed the candy and whatever else they could off their porch and ran off.

He said when his wife ran down from the porch to confront them about taking the candy and when she turned back around, the 14-year-old girl hit her in the back of the head.

He said police showed up “literally instantly” and caught the two girls.

He said his wife is shaken up, but doing OK. He said their 2-year-old seems unfazed, but is worried about how their 9-year-old and 8-year-old friend who were also pushed over will process the incident.

He said the girls were part of a group of 50-70 kids that suddenly showed up on the block, jumping on cars and causing mischief, and then just as quickly left when the police arrived.

“It was like something out of a movie, it was surreal,” the husband said. “All of sudden there was this huge number of kids on the street.”

He said none of the kids came back after the police arrived.

Later in the evening a woman was beaten and robbed by a group of five people.

At 10:30 p.m., the group went up to a woman in the alley on the 1300 block of East 55th Street and punched her and took her cell phone and keys, according to University of Chicago police.

The woman was taken to the emergency room for treatment. Police did not provide information on her condition.

Police did not provide a description of the group, but neighbors said the group was mostly teenagers.

A group of five people again robbed two people at 10:45 p.m. on the 6000 block of South University Avenue taking their cellphones and a pair of glasses, according to university police.

University police said they tracked down the group and arrested two for robbery and recovered the stolen cell phone.

Police said early Tuesday that 10 teens were arrested between 9-10 p.m. on the 5200 block of Lake Park Avenue for mostly minor crimes, including reckless and disorderly conduct.