The Russian Reaction

In January 2015, Ron Unz invited me to join The Unz Review, where I blogged until moving to Substack in October 2021. The commenting community around my old blog there remains active at The Unz Review as of 2023.

The Triple A’s of Homicide: Agriculture, Alcohol, and Alphas

The commentator T. Greer, who incidentally has a wonderful blog of his own, writes in response to my Charlie Hebdo post: “And because of the critical import of IQ to virtually all aspects of human behavior, it explains a whole host of other domains – crime, unemployment, etc. – in which Muslim immigrants continue to […]

Je m’en fous de Charlie Hebdo

A couple of Islamist terrorists, the brothers Kouachi, murdered a bunch of cartoonists. Another terrorist, Coulibaly, went on a rampage. All three ended up taking hostages. Counter-terrorists win! Within minutes, everyone had become an expert on Charlie Hebdo’s work, and the typical and inevitably dreary debate began. Some said Charlie’s cartoons were clearly, stridently Islamophobic, and that […]

Genetics, IQ, and Convergence

In a new paper at the (conveniently open) journal The Winnower (h/t @whyvert), building on his earlier work, geneticist Davide Piffer has tried to calculate the genotypic IQs of various world populations, and how they compare to measured phenotypic IQ: Piffer, David – Estimating the genotypic intelligence of populations and assessing the impact of socioeconomic factors and […]

Russian Reaction

So who are you and why should I read you? I am a businessman, journalist, and talentless PhotoShopper based in the SF Bay Area. My blogging career began in 2008, when I perceived an increasingly absurd discrepancy between the doom-mongering rhetoric of the Western media towards Russia, which painted it as a “weak,” “dying,” and “finished” country in […]