Sunday, February 19, 2017

Wealth correlates with intelligence

Searching for data on the relationship between wealth and intelligence almost inextricably leads to a study by a guy out of Ohio State saying that there isn't one. He used the National Longitudinal Study of Youth (NLSY), the same one Murray and Herrnstein used for The Bell Curve.

It's not my intention to cast aspersions on what he found. The GSS, however, offers an alternative finding. The following table shows the average IQ as estimated from mean wordsum results converted to IQ scores assuming a white average of 100 and a standard deviation of 15 by wealth category. To allow wealth formation to have occurred and to avoid racial confounding, results are restricted to non-Hispanic whites aged 35-70 years old (n = 824):

Less than $100k98.2

The differences aren't huge but they clearly exist. The correlation between wordsum scores and income in the GSS is 50% stronger than it is between wordsum scores and wealth (r-values of .27 and .18, respectively), a result I admittedly found surprising. I'd assumed that if anything wealth would correlate more strongly with income, the lottery winner who is broke a decade later or the former NBA player who is similarly so a decade after his career ends as salient examples of why.

On the other hand, a lot of wealth comes from inheritance. Income is primarily a function of an individual's capabilities while wealth is more a function of the capabilities of his family.

The consequences of regression to the mean are blunted in the case of wealth but not so much in the case of income. A sharp guy with modest parents may earn a lot but having not started with much--while also shouldering a financial burden on behalf of his family--never accumulates that many assets. And the modest son with rich parents may not be able to command much of a salary, but affluence will still roll downhill to him.

GSS variables used: BORN(1), RACECEN1(1), WEALTH(1-5,6-8,9,10-15), AGE(35-70), CONINC

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Transsexuality is a mental disorder

Larry Wilmore, who despite fully embracing his blackety-black victimhood passes the brown paper bag test, asserts that gays are no more mentally disordered than straights are, a claim Milo Yiannopolous disputes:

The percentages of people, by sexual orientation, who suffered from "stress", depression" or "problems with emotions" in the last month:


Milo is right, Wilmore is wrong.

The GSS only began asking about sexual orientation in 2008, so all responses (n = 3,238) are from that year onward, well into the era of gays being celebrated as quasi-sacred objects rather than condemned as buggers.

The survey doesn't inquire about trannies, who are also discussed in the full video clip above, but it's likely that, from best to worst mental health, the ordering goes heterosexuals, followed by bisexuals, then homosexuals, and finally to trannies, the large majority of whom presumably have poor mental health.

GSS variables used: MNTLHLTH(0,1-30), SEXORNT

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Alt-Right rising, con't

Support for Trump's immigration approach--continuing insistence on an impending wall, travel restrictions from eight mostly Muslim countries, targeted raids and deportations--among white male millennials (n = 719):

If we group the three approves and the three disapproves and compare the two amalgamated categories, ignoring "don't know", we get 61.9% in approval, 38.1% in disapproval.

That's a solid majority of young white men who are willing to be called Nazis, racists, white supremacists, and all the rest. They are willing to defy millennial white women, who disapprove of Trump's immigration policies 46.0%-54.0% (n = 1,014), a sizable, vociferous minority of whom "strongly disapprove" (37.9%). They're willing to take positions that, if expressed in the corporate world, could cost them their careers.

We may yet save Western civilization.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Midwestern Nice meets the exotic Other

and finds out firsthand that the National Question is about more than just economic expediency (recorded from my smartphone, forgiveness please):

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

No victims, only volunteers

With street violence now a feature of the landscape anywhere Trump supporters gather for a public event, it's well past time we adopt the mindset that there are no victims, only volunteers. We know the nature of our opposition. To put ourselves in positions to be concussed, maced, or have our ribs broken is to be reckless fools.

The Cathedral's latest tactic is to tell law enforcement to stand down, allowing the violent rabble to enjoy open season on us, as happened in Chicago, San Jose, and Berkeley. Anarcho-tyranny is such that bona fide items of self-defense like guns and knives carry with them significant legal risks. That doesn't mean we have to be lambs lead to slaughter, though.

I recently purchased a Brutus Bulldog "keychain" that threads the needle perfectly. It gets around brass knuckle restrictions (knuckles are illegal in most of the places that firearms are prohibited). They're inconspicuous so as not to draw the attention of black bloc swarms like someone in a MAGA hat carrying a metal pipe would be. They're affordable for everyone ($10-$15), easy to use even for those without any hand-to-hand training, and are brutally damaging without being lethal.

Ricky Vaughn toyed with the idea of forming free speech protection units at high-profile events like Milo's, Spencer's, or McInnes'. Agnostic laid out how easy it would be to make these effective. It's time to make it happen.