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Death-Wish

Some acts of national-demographic self-mortification stretch the imagination beyond its breaking point:

The Minneapolis–St. Paul area has one of the world’s largest Somali populations outside Mogadishu, with more than 80,000 residents believed to have originated from Somalia.

Seriously: Why?

September 24, 2013admin 32 Comments »
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Out West (yet again)

Whatever the prejudices you might harbor against Urumqi Internet connections in second rate hotels, they’re probably over-generous. I’ve been effectively de-twitterized by sheer technological crappitude rather than anything more sinister, but this channel seems to be (barely) OK. (Annoyingly, they provide a computer in the room, which locks everything into chronic dysfunction.) So apologies for the deteriorated state of communications over the next few days.

The main objective of this trip is to explore Xinjiang’s Buddhist heritage, which is so vast and rich that even some superficial scratching should turn up some interesting stuff. The main current of Buddhist influence into China passed this way, hybridizing wildly with other cultures in one of the world’s great mixing zones. After arriving off the steps, the Uyghurs were Buddhist for centuries, before Islam got a grip around the turning point of the first millennium (I’ll try to fill in some dates with greater precision later on). 

Updates as events, energy, and time permit.

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September 22, 2013admin 2 Comments »
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Reaction Points (#7)

It’s been a long time since one of these. Abandoning it seemed a good idea because Foseti and NBS were providing such a rich diet of reactionary and miscellaneous links (there’s also Free Northerner, among others). Now it’s got to the point that I’m drowning in unused reaction points, so the safety valve has been forced open again, for floating odds and ends.

At Handle’s place, are Jews and antisemites caught in a “bad equilibrium”? (From Alrenous in the comments: “The British conquer the entire world, twice, and people are still scared of the Joos.”). In addition, this fished-up piece on the muscular liberal push beyond boutique multiculturalism is an impressive catch.

Jim sees “chaos coming. Power will fall into the street, hot, radioactive, dangerous, and desired, to be picked up first by one group, then another, each new pair of hands slippery with the blood of innocents, after the fashion of the Arab spring.” (Anti-entryism isn’t exit, but a different problem altogether.)

Spandrell has been going microscopic (here,and here), which got Scharlach playing with the zoom control (here, here, and here … so far).

Bryan Caplan revisits Galton’s controversial plan to liberate Africa from Africans.

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September 18, 2013admin 23 Comments »
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@Outsideness

Now twittering.

Because cognitive micro-fragmentation needs all the help it can get …

September 12, 2013admin 17 Comments »
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Quote notes (#25)

Ace calmly brings a sense of proportion to a racialized IP controversy:

… let’s all take a deep breath: While Robin Thicke may have ripped off a single Marvin Gaye song, it’s not as if he dug up Marvin Gaye’s corpse, raped it, videotaped himself raping Marvin Gaye’s corpse, and then sold that rape-tape to the world and became a millionaire.

 

August 31, 2013admin 3 Comments »
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T-Shirt slogans (#1)

A new series begins, triggered by Dennis Mangan (on Syria):

No blood for democracy.

August 30, 2013admin 6 Comments »
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Poor Choices

Don’t miss Christopher Orlet’s succinct observations on the subject, which sum to the conclusion: “We know what it takes to be successful in America. What we can never know is how to make people want to be successful.”

(Kevin Williamson has complementary points to make, at another scale.)

August 29, 2013admin 10 Comments »
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Handleshaus

Worth waiting for, even without the triple word-play.

(Perhaps the master of the house could assist with a categorization problem: Is this long-awaited arrival a neoreactionary blog?)

August 26, 2013admin 13 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#5)

This is pretty much a naked attempt to divert attention from this blog’s temporary impact with a rotary neural de-cultivator. (But that’s not a serious challenge for you guys, is it?)

August 26, 2013admin 18 Comments »
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Ningbo

Some time fragmentation is wholly predictable until Wednesday, in Ningbo (Zhejiang), due to an end of summer family break with berserk offspring. That was to have been compounded by computer crisis until the excellent IT guy at the hotel here sorted out what had seemed an insoluble connectivity problem. We’re at a beautiful Park Hyatt out at the edge of the town, done out in an aesthetic that mixes Jiangnan elements with the company’s cosmopolitan minimalism (rough textures, earth tones, and intricate landscaping seem to be consistent themes.) Our explorations of the city isn’t likely to amount to much, but there are a couple of cool things to report on over the  next couple of days. My expectation is something like the Hong Kong activity slump, but on heavy tranquillizers, so I’m throwing in a Chaos Patch to keep the wolves at the door.

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August 26, 2013admin No Comments »
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