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An Unusual Observation about Ongoing Coronavirus Outbreak in China

February 8, 2020 18 comments

As mentioned in the previous post on this topic, it is my opinion that the coronavirus outbreak in China is far more hype than reality. To be clear, I am not denying that a bit over 700 people are dead from this particular outbreak at the time of writing this post. Then again, a few thousand people die from influenza and its many complications in USA every single year- in a ‘good’ year. My point is that we should look at the actual evidence to make decisions and prognostications rather than let racism and stupidity make them. With that in mind, here is an odd feature of this current outbreak which sorta validates my initial assessment. It began with an observation about the prognosis of 2019-nCov infections outside China.

As some of you might have heard there are over a couple of hundred confirmed infections of this specific virus outside China, but only one death- thus far. So what is going on? Why is the death rate of patients outside China less than 1%? After posing this question on twitter, I got an interesting reply in the form of an attached table- based on available data from two days ago. Have a look at highlighted row- specifically the low death rate of patients in China (0.21 %) outside Wuhan and the province of Hubei. Note that this rate is rather close to that of cases outside China (0.39%). So, what is going on? Why does the fatality rate for this outbreak drop depending on your distance from Wuhan (4.11%), even in the province of Hubei (0.81%)?

Now let us consider and go through a few hypothesis which might provide an explanation for this unusual pattern. But before we do that, let me say something that is obvious but has to be stated for the benefit of delusional white racists. The numbers provided by Chinese government seem to be as accurate as those which would be provided by the american government under similar circumstances. This is bolstered by the fact that this outbreak seems to noticeably less deadly (on a percentage basis) than SARS. Let me remind you that SARS killed 43 people or almost 20% of the people who got infected in Canada and almost all nations with more than 10 cases ended up with mortality rates over 10%. On to the hypotheses..

1] Are people of Chinese ancestry more susceptible to infection by 2019-nCov and die from it? While the overwhelming majority of those infected and dead, so far, are of Chinese ancestry, the significantly lower death rates outside city of Wuhan (but still in Hubei) suggest that ethnicity and race are unlikely to be an important factor. Also, the majority of 2019-nCov cases outside China (to date) have occurred in travelers of Chinese ancestry from China. In other words, there is no real evidence that people of Chinese ancestry are somehow more susceptible to infection by 2019-nCov or die from it. They were just at the wrong place at a bad time.

2] The virus strain inside Wuhan is different, and more lethal, than the one outside that city? While its certainly possible that more than one strain of 2019-nCov is in circulation, the evidence we have so far suggests that all known isolates are extremely similar and have jumped into human hosts very recently. Having said that, it is common for RNA-based viruses such as Coronaviruses to mutate from more lethal strains into less lethal ones which spread more easily. Need I remind you that some species of coronaviruses are among the many which cause the common cold. In other words, it is possible – but there is a much more likely explanation.

3] In my opinion, the most likely explanation is as follows: there are far more milder infections in Wuhan than have been acknowledged. Imagine that only 1 in 10 or 20 patients have symptoms bad enough to seek medical attention. Now this will result in a 10-20 fold concentration of the worst cases in hospitals. If the infection has a death rate of 0.5%. and only the most ill 10% seek medical attention, the recorded mortality rate at hospitals will immediately jump from 0.5% to 5%. It is therefore likely that, over the next few weeks, we will find out that majority of infections caused by 2019-nCov are mild or asymptomatic and only a small percentage get ill enough to seek medical attention. Not sure if this soothes existing worries, creates new ones or both.

What do you think? Comments?

Some Initial Thoughts about the Recent Coronavirus Outbreak in China

January 31, 2020 12 comments

More than one commentator on my previous post wanted me to write something about the recent Coronavirus outbreak in China, especially regarding how bad it really is or might become in the near future. Since useful and concrete information about this outbreak has been overshadowed by a lot of racist mental projections in the declining west, I thought it was a good idea to write down my initial thoughts about the situation. FYI, one of my degrees is in microbiology. So let us talk about about this outbreak, starting with what we know for sure about the virus in question.

1] The Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) behind this outbreak is fairly close in its sequence to one which caused the SARS outbreak in 2003. And yes, it is closer to some known bat coronaviruses, but not others. Also, both SARS and 2019-nCoV almost certainly jumped from bats to human hosts. The odd thing, though, is that most bat species in Wuhan are currently hibernating and the initial outbreak occurred at a seafood market, suggesting that another mammalian species acted as an intermediate host between bats and humans.. perhaps a sick cat, dog etc.

2] Initial sequence analysis of virus samples from multiple patients and comparing them to each other strongly suggests that the jump from bats to humans occurred very recently, mostly likely within the past 2-3 months. Interestingly it seems to bind to the same human protein (for entry into cells) as the coronavirus which caused SARS. Given the fairly high similarity in sequence, same protein used for entry into cells and similar clinical disease produced by 2019-nCov and SARS we can make an educated guess that many other characteristic (infectivity etc) are also similar. Think of 2019-nCOV as a sibling or cousin of SARS.

3] It therefore follows that 2019-nCov is likely to be similar in its infectivity to the one which caused SARS in 2003. While some preliminary analysis by western scientists pretend that the former is more infectious than the later, everything we know about viruses tells us that they are very similar viruses which use the same protein to gain entry into human cells. I do not expect 2019-nCov to be significantly harder to control than SARS. The key word is ‘harder’ as 2019-nCov might end up infecting more people than SARS- but ease of control will be similar.

4] So far, the percentages of 2019-nCov infections ending in death is around 10%, and is similar to what we saw over the entirety of SARS outbreak. It is well known that viral strains which cause severe infections and high rates of mortality evolve into ones that cause mild infections and low rates of mortality because the former burn themselves out due to lack of new hosts. We can therefore expect the mortality and morbidity rates due to this virus to drop over the course of time due to better quarantine (corrals more aggressive strains) and treatment (lower mortality). Some of you might have noticed that the increase in number of deaths is now far slower than the number of confirmed infections- which is a good sign.

5] It is highly unlikely that 2019-nCov was developed by China as a biological weapon for the simple reason that biological weapons are, for the lack of better words, stupid and dangerous. See.. unlike nuclear weapons (which China posses), biological weapons cannot be controlled once unleashed and are likely to kill as many on your side as the other side. This is especially so, if there is no readily available vaccine or decent drugs to treat that infection. Furthermore, modern scientific techniques allow us to track back their creation to a degree that was unimaginable in even as late as the 1980s. Being greedy is not the same as being stupid.

6] Most hype about 2019-nCov has a lot to do with the increasingly rapid decline of the dying west. To make matters worse, it is now obvious that the western system of corporation-controlled capitalism is vastly inferior to the Chinese system of state-controlled and directed “capitalism”. In case you think otherwise, tell me how people similar to Trump (fraudulent right-wing populists) are increasingly getting elected in western countries. Every white idiot (and non-white idiot from subservient countries) expressing public alarm about 2019-nCov outbreak is subconsciously or consciously driven to do so because of a combination of racism and the unspoken recognition that their own system is in terminal decline with no realistic hope of recovery.

7] To be clear, I am not minimizing the potential problems this outbreak could cause. Having said that, the Chinese system is probably the most capable of actually stopping such an outbreak. As mentioned above, having a state-controlled system of governance not beholden to corporations and other short-sighted moneyed interests allows you to get things done and devote resources in ways that are impossible for corporation-controlled “democracies” such as USA, not to mention semi-functional anarchies such as India. You can be certain that Chinese government will things done, regardless of the financial cost and suppression of worthless “human rights”.

What do you think? Comments?

Overview on Inter-Racial Relationships Over the Past Twenty Years: 2

December 4, 2019 29 comments

In the previous post of this series, I pointed out that changes in the racial demography of western countries has had little effect on patterns of inter-racial dating and relationships. In many larger cities, the percentage of non-whites among the 25-and-under age group has already crossed the halfway mark. Yet, the percentage of inter-racial relationships (adjusted for population numbers) has hardly budged from levels seen twenty years ago. Also, the patterns of such relationships has not changed over the same timespan. While the comments section in my previous post is full of ‘explanations’ for this state of affairs, it is clear that too many are not willing to accept the most obvious and logical explanation aka majority of whites still deluding themselves into thinking they are somehow inherently special.

It is hard to teach new tricks to an old dog, especially when those old tricks have became part of its identity. So in this part, we will talk about how this behavior manifests itself in tragically comic ways. I am sure you must have heard about how data from dating apps and sites consistently shows that almost all women in the declining west want men who look like models. While I am not denying this fact, few of these studies talk about what women will settle for. This is a very important, but often ignored, issue since most women do not get their super-hot guy.. even for a one-night stand. So what kind of guy do these women end up with once they fail to get their model guy? More tellingly, a shlubby white guy is still far more likely to end up in a relationship with a women (white or Asian) than a non-white guy without major cosmetic issues.

Do you see what I am getting at? If patterns in interracial relationships had actually changed over past twenty years, we would have start to see as many average non-white men in interracial relationships as their female equivalents. However, this is not the case even in the so-called “LIEbral” coastal regions of this continent. A few (MikeCA?) might want you to believe that this has something to do with these men eschewing such relationships for some esoteric “cultural” reasons. But is that really so? Are men of any ethnicity and ancestry that different from each other? Men want pussy, preferably not ugly but are quite willing to overlook mediocrity in women. Most men will settle for a ‘5’ if they don’t have better options- unless she is a horrible person.

But what makes this lack of change in patterns of inter-racial dating even more hilarious is how all of this is brushed aside our age of fake “wokeness” and “diversity”. You are far more likely to hear, read and see some story of a “non-binary drag clown” reading LGBTQ-heavy stories to 6-year old children in a public library than about the lack of change in patterns of interracial dating over past two decades- though the later has a far larger sociological relevance than the former. Heck.. a male feminist (white, of course) who cuts his junk to stimulate bleeding like a woman and labels himself non-binary gets far more media coverage than an issue which has infinitely greater relevance to the future of that society. Why do non-issues represented by attention-whores (almost always white) get so much traction in the lamestream media and on internet.

While I have much more to say about this sub-topic in upcoming parts of this series, we will now move on another related issue. Have any of you wondered what will happen to societies which cannot address this problem? Once again, some of you (MikeCA?) might want to believe that lack of interracial dating and relationships will have no worthwhile effect on those societies. My opinions, as you all know, are rather different. Having read enough history, I have yet to come across examples of societies which had taboos against inter-ethnic and inter-group relationships and still remained functional over any significant period of time. In fact, I wrote a whole series about how the caste or jati system in India was so damaging to that society. To make another long story short, societies with seriously siloed patterns of marriage and relationships are highly fragmented and dysfunctional because of the complete lack of a shared identity.

Racial siloing of relationships “worked” in the west between the 1960-1990s because, during that period, non-whites in those countries were an absolute minority who could be ignored to bullied to accept the status quo. But as we know, the racial composition of people in younger age-groups is now rather different from what it was- even in the 1990s. Now tell me something, why would non-whites whose relationship and dating pool is restricted to their co-ethnics give a shit about the fate of the societies they lived in- even if they were born in them. And this is not a trivial question.. especially as idiots such as Trump are increasing the level of racial polarization.

To be clear, I am not predicting a series of increasingly violent confrontations- though that does remain a possibility. It is however very likely that such racial siloing will create increasingly dysfunctional societies centered around racial identity politics in which not much gets done and everybody pretends to be polite to each other while planning to screw other those who not part of their group. Think of how things work (or don’t work) In India and replace ‘jati’ with race. The funny thing is you are actually starting to see the beginnings of this phenomenon in places like coastal California and New York. Then again, people deserve what they get especially when they have worked so hard to (often unintentionally) ensure that outcome.

What do you think? Comments?

Overview on Inter-Racial Relationships Over the Past Twenty Years: 1

November 24, 2019 59 comments

Longtime readers might remember that some of my earliest posts were about why I began using escorts. In those and other related posts, I also touched on how racism against non-white men in the area of dating was an important contributor to my decision of choosing the paid route. A few of you might also remember that the events in question occurred during the late 1990s and very early 2000s, when I was in my early to mid 20s. Which leads to an interesting question.. has the general situation and realities surrounding inter-racial dating in western countries changed for the “better” over past twenty years? Are many of the issues I wrote about in the past less common in 2019, than they were in say.. 1998 or 1999? Or are things no better than before?

The very short answer to those questions is as follows: the general situation surrounding inter-racial dating in the west has not changed much over the past twenty years. Indeed, in some ways things have gotten worse than they used to be in the past. But why does it matter enough for me to write another series about the topic? Well.. the simple answer is that those twenty years have also seen a large shift in racial composition of said countries, especially in the younger age groups. But first a bit of background. Over those decades, I have lived in two cities, one with a population of over a million and another with over four million. While the larger city already had a significant non-white population by mid 1990s, the smaller one was extra-white as late as 1999.

Today, things are rather different. The larger city has been majority non-white for well over a decade and white kids are the minority. But more interestingly, the schools and universities in even the smaller city went from being really white to almost 50% non-white during that period. In fact, the majority of students attending primary schools in many parts of that city are non-white. But what does any of this have to do with inter-racial dating? Well.. it comes down to a conversation I had with someone over 15 years ago. At that time, I said something to the effect that disparities in rates of inter-racial dating were due to whites believing themselves to be magically “better” or more “desirable” that others. The other person maintained that it was due to lack of familiarity. I then said that time alone could show who was correct.

It turns out that my cynical take on the topic was correct. See.. if the other person’s theory was right, a large increase in the number of non-white kids attending schools and universities would increase familiarity with whites translating into higher rates of inter-racial dating. So have the rates on inter-racial relationships in the 20-something age group changed significantly between 1999 and 2019? The simple answer is.. a big fucking NO! Some of you might counter by saying that the number of inter-racial couples have increased over past two decades. And to that, I say.. sure. But the percentage of inter-racial couples has remained static and even decreased over that timespan. More importantly, patterns of inter-racial dating have remained static over that period.

Asian male- white female (AM-WF) couples are still the most uncommon type while White male – Asian Female (WM-AF) are the most common type of inter-racial couples. In almost all black male – white female (BM-WF) couples, which is the 2nd most common type, the woman is invariably overweight, plain-looking or older. Similarly in almost every brown male- white female (BrM-WF) couple, the woman is invariably plain-looking and in it for the money. So what is going on? Why are the patterns on inter-racial dating in 2019 almost identical to those of 1999. Why didn’t the large changes in ethnic composition of schools and universities not lead to increased familiarity?

Maybe, it was never about lack of familiarity. Indeed, that excuse was eerily reminiscent of how certain older black people believed that the racial discrimination they faced could be overcome by showing whites that they were a conservative and hard-working aka black respectability politics. Turns out, systemic racism against black people had nothing to do with their behavior and actions and everything to do with their skin color. Who could have known? Similarly, racism against non-whites (especially men) in the sphere of dating had nothing to do with lack of familiarity and everything to do with the ego and self-delusions of a group that is now in a terminal demographic spin. But why take my word for it, have a look at other related patterns.

As many of you know, the premium on being white has gone down a lot since 1999. That group is now the one with increasing mortality and morbidity due to drug overdose, alcoholism and higher rates of suicide. Even outside this continent, whites are not doing well- to put it mildly. Between these issues and higher rates of unemployment due to outsourcing, lower fertility per woman etc, it is not an exaggeration to say that we all know which group doesn’t have an especially bright future. And yet, the attitudes of your average (or median) white man or woman towards inter-racial dating have not changed, even in the younger age groups who have some awareness that their future is not bright. What is going on..

Some of you might counter that by saying that inter-racial relationships are far more accepted by younger white demographics. My counter argument is.. sure, that is what they say but is the belief reflected in their own behavior. It is very easy to support an idea if you don’t have to follow it up with actions. In the next part, I will show you how his hilarious denial manifests itself in popular culture. And ya.. I am fine with the situation, because this slow-motion disaster is following the path I had predicted (and hoped for). If a group wants to take their delusions to their collective demographic graves.. I say, let them do it. In fact, they should be encouraged.

What do you think? Comments?

Anthropogenic Climate Change is a Form of Secular Apocalypticism: 5

August 1, 2019 5 comments

In the previous post of this series, I made the observation that belief in anthropogenic climate change has considerable similarities with Christianity, especially its catholic variant. I would do so far as to say that belief in man-made climate change is the secular version of Catholicism. And this raises the inevitable question- why hasn’t the urge to believe in a secular version of religious beliefs taken other forms? Well.. actually, they have and belief in man-made climate change is simply the latest secular religion to have arisen from the ruins of traditional religious beliefs. To understand what I am talking about, let us briefly explore the nature of belief or more precisely, what separates belief from reason.

In the previous post of this series, I made the point that you almost never meet people who deny the existence of gravity, electricity or microbial theory of infectious diseases- and the reason for that is very straightforward. Every major part of our current theories about these examples and many more can be tested very easily and in a reproducible manner. You do not have to believe a priest.. I mean “credentialed expert” to appreciate that gravity exists or electricity flows through the wires in your home, workplace or vehicle. Similarly, you do not have to believe anybody as a precondition for taking an antibiotic to kill microbes and cure some infection. More importantly, we can understand why things did not work, if they didn’t as expected.

For example, a light not turning on after flicking the switch is due to power failure, mechanical issues with switch/ wiring or the light source suffering a malfunction. It is trivial to identify and fix the problem and the theory remains internally self-consistent. Similarly, a prescribed antibiotic not working is always due to either incorrect identification of microorganism, development of resistance or the drug being unable to reach certain tissues. Each of these situations can be tested for and addressed with alternative strategies while maintaining internal self-consistency of hypothesis. This is not the case with religious-type belief systems.

Consider for example, answers to questions such as why innocent or “good” people suffer or die while assholes thrive. Depending on the religion, you will get vastly different and contradictory answers. Even worse, they are based in a mutually incompatible worldviews. Contrast that to the measurement of electric voltage and current, speed, distance, weight etc. Even if two people are using entirely different instruments and units for making their measurement, their answers have identical patterns. 110 hp is always more than 100 hp and 82 kW is always more than 74.6 kW.

Then there is the issue of attribution or cause and effect. Almost nobody is going to make claims that electromagnetic fields caused by household wiring will affect.. say.. the efficacy of antibiotics prescribed for a sore throat. In contrast to that, believers in traditional and secular religions keep inventing new connections and conditionalities to explain phenomenon which could not otherwise be explained by their worldview. Sometimes they make up connections to bolster their own faith in dogma. This is especially common for believers in secular religions such as capitalism and “man-made climate change”, who will often concoct non-existent connections between events or simply fabricate them. But that, still, does not answer why “man-made climate change” has become a popular secular religion among certain sections of society in western countries.

To better understand what makes this secular religion popular among certain segments of the population in western countries, you have to travel back in history to the 1970s. This was the decade when environmentalism first became something more just good public policy. Most people tend to remember that decade for its sexual liberation, hilariously bad fashions, disco music and “stagflation”. However that decade is much for important for another reason. Plainly stated, it was the first decade in over a century when the white west started to realize that its dominance over the rest of world was destined to fade and die out. But what would make people start thinking like that, even if it was at a subconscious level?

The simple answer is.. a series of global events and changes which continue to this day. There was the defeat of USA in Vietnam, 1973 oil crisis, China acquiring thermonuclear weapons and ICBMs, the almost total decolonization of Africa, growth of Japanese automobile and electronic industries and many other events which signaled that western domination of world was coming to an end. The 1970s also saw the end of the three decades of high economic growth throughout the west. But so what.. some may say. How does this translate into the start of public support for environmentalism. Surely there were other reasons for this change in attitudes.

Well.. that is partially correct. Post-WW2 increase in living standards of average people all over the west did make many of them unwilling to accept previously “normal” levels of environmental damage around the areas where they lived and worked. To understand what I am saying, have a look at candid photographs of any western cities prior to 1945. The short version is that even cities in North America, were much uglier, dirtier and polluted that today. European cities were way worse. Indeed, many cities with heavy industry had levels of pollution which make equivalent cities in China today seem much cleaner by comparison.

Most rules and regulations passed in first three decades after WW2 were about reducing or eliminating real and harmful pollution such as dumping the chemical industry waste products iton local water bodies, eliminating use of coal as domestic heating fuel, removing lead compounds from paint and gasoline, banning carcinogenic dyes and especially problematic chemicals used in agriculture etc. In other words, most environmental laws and regulations passed until mid-1970s addressed real and quantifiable problems. Then something started changing..

Beginning in the mid-1970s, the environmental movement in west was increasingly about ‘conservation’ aka maintaining some mythical status quo. The sharper ones among you might recognize that going back to some mythical utopia which nobody has seen is an important characteristic of many traditional and secular religions. Are you starting to see why slogans such as lowering atmospheric CO2 to 280 ppm (allegedly pre-industrial age levels) has far more in common with “returning to the garden of Eden” or “going back to the gold standard” than anything rooted in science. But wait, there is more.

Another defining feature of religious beliefs is that its leaders and priests hold themselves to very different standards than their followers. Have you noticed that “celebrities” and rich people who express strong support for reducing carbon emissions of others always travel in private airplanes, get chauffeured in limousines and live in huge houses. I mean.. if they seriously believed what they claim to, wouldn’t they change their own lifestyles to better conform to their beliefs. Then again, religion (traditional and secular) has always been the domain of hypocrites and scam artists. There is a reason why fornication by priests in the catholic church was a huge problem until they started the whole chastity scam. From then on, the church started attracting closeted gays and kid-fuckers instead of hypocritical straight men.

Since this post is already over 1000 words, I will stop here. In the next part, we will go into more detail about the quasi-religious dimensions of the modern environmental movement. We will also talk about the large amount of poorly suppressed racial resentment driving this movement.

What do you think? Comments?

Anthropogenic Climate Change is a Form of Secular Apocalypticism: 4

July 21, 2019 13 comments

In the previous two parts (link 1 and link 2) of this series, I wrote about multiple and independent lines of paleontological and geological evidence for Earth being significantly warmer during the period between between 34 to 2.6 million years, even though atmospheric CO2 levels during the relevant geological epochs were about the same as today. This fact is more noteworthy as major continents were fairly close to their current locations during that period, especially between the Mid-Miocene (14 M years ago) and end of Pliocene (2.6 M years ago). Furthermore, solar output during that period was almost identical to what we have today. In other words, changes in the levels of atmospheric CO2 is NOT a good hypothesis for why Earth cooled during the Pleistocene (starting 2.58 M years ago). Changes in ocean circulation due to formation of the Isthmus of Panama around that time provides a far better explanation for global cooling during that period.

While I will get back to more paleontological and geological evidence against prevailing beliefs about anthropogenic climate change in later parts of this series, let us look at this whole issue from a different yet complementary angle. As mentioned in the first post in this series, I would have preferred to start that series by talking about the psychological, religious and yes.. racial reasons why people in certain countries desperately want to believe in the bullshit narrative of anthropogenic climate change. So let me begin this part by talking about the similarities between belief in man-made global warming or “climate change” and Christianity, especially its Catholic variant. As early as 2003, Micheal Crichton openly talked about the considerable similarities between belief in man-made climate change and traditional religions. Heck, he even wrote a novel based on that premise. I am now going to take that idea further, much further.

The first and most obvious red flag that belief in man-made climate change (MCC) is a religion masquerading as science comes from the label its followers use to describe those who refuse to share their belief system. If you label somebody as a “denier” you are talking about a religion or ideology NOT science. Let me explain that point a bit further. Have you ever heard of “gravity deniers” who claim that gravity does not exist? Why not? Ever heard of people who “deny” that antibiotics can cure diseases caused by microorganism sensitive to them? Again.. why not? How people who believe that internal combustion engines, electricity, computers etc are not real? Note that I intentionally choose examples where lay people do not understand the details of how all those things work, and yet.. there are hardly any deniers when it comes to those topics.

It all comes down to whether something can be measured independently and reproducibly. While we cannot see gravity, we can measure it very accurately as well as observe it effects. Effects of antibiotics on microbes can be measured and ascertained in vitro (petri-dish type tests) and in vivo (live animals, including humans). Similarly, you can drive a car, turn on the light and read this article on your computer. In other words, it is not even necessary to convince people about the reality of these things. Now you know why you haven’t met somebody trying to convince you that the sky is blue, ice is cold to touch or fire is hot. It is simply not necessary. But haven’t there been examples throughout history where people used to believe something different from what they do now? And what finally changed their minds?

Well, here is one recent example. As some of you might remember, throughout the 1980s and well into the mid-1990s, many people did not believe that HIV caused AIDS. So how did that change? To understand that, you have to first acknowledge the two main reasons why many people in those decades were skeptical about HIV causing AIDS. The first, and minor, reason was that killing CD4 cell with HIV outside the body required almost thousand times higher viral concentrations than those measured in people suffering and dying from the disease. It took over two decades to finally understand how HIV causes death of those cells in the body at far lower levels than those required in cell cultures. And yes, the mechanisms are quite different.

But the second, and far more important, reason was that until the development and approval of second generation protease inhibitors and nucleotide analogues in the late 1990s, the prognosis for people with AIDS was really bad. Many of the first nucleoside (not nucleotide) analogues used to treat HIV were pretty toxic and lost efficacy within a year or two. Even the very first protease inhibitors approved for human use in mid-1990s had tons of side-effects and required people to take dozens of pills every single day. The prognosis of AIDS changed only after newer, less toxic and far more effective drugs became available. And guess what, the vast majority of people stopped questioning the link between HIV and AIDS. It was that easy.

Now let us apply the concepts we discussed above to the issue of belief in man-made climate change, beginning with- is it a problem? I mean.. is it really a problem if the global temperature goes up by 2-3 degrees Celsius? Based on paleontological records, the earth was far greener and productive (than today) during the Oligocene, Miocene and Pliocene (34-2.6 M years ago). In other words, a significantly larger fraction of the land surface on Earth would have been suitable for agriculture during those eras than today. More importantly, the increase in global temperature was far more pronounced in areas that are today temperate than in those which are tropical. There is also no evidence that deserts were bigger in those epochs, and considerable evidence to the contrary. To put it another way, a slightly warmer earth = more rain, greenery and much nicer climate at higher latitudes. I, for one, fail to see the problem.

But.. but.. what if it leads to a runaway greenhouse effect on Earth, like on Venus? To be pretty blunt, the sheer amount of CO2 (like 40-50x all known organic carbon) and other greenhouse gases necessary for anything even close to that would require raising the temperature of earth’s surface near the boiling point of water. See.. releasing even a fraction of that much CO2 in the atmosphere requires the inexorable chemical dissociation of carbonate minerals (chalk, limestone etc) which are currently on (or just below) the surface of land and ocean floors. Our planet would cease to inhabitable for any organisms other than some bacteria long before we reached the point of a runaway and planetwide greenhouse effect. Also, we have not reached that point in over 4.6 Billion years. And this has not been for lack of trying.

Earth’s geological history has seen multiple massive basalt flows that ended up covering areas as large as continental USA upto 3-5 miles high and lasting for a couple of million years in some cases. The sheer amount of CO2 and other gases pumped into the atmosphere during those times makes our current attempts seem incredibly puny by comparison. FYI- most volcanic gas is a mixture of H2O (water vapor) and CO2 with a decent amount of SO2. And yes, I know that some of those outflows are connected with mass extinctions. But my point still stands. It took two large basalt flows, one in China and another in Siberia (the later being as large as the continental USA and lasting for over a million years) to cause the largest mass extinction in past 540 million years. And even that was insufficient to cause a runaway greenhouse effect.

In the next part, we will go into the close similarities between Christianity and the secular religion of anthropogenic climate change. I will show you why this religion and its immediate precursor aka environmentalism only started gaining traction in the 1970s. You will see the connection between the terminal demographic decline of whites in the “west” and their eagerness to believe in this religion. You will also see the connection between the relative decline of the “west” in past two decades to the desire among its elites to convince others (especially non-whites) about MCC.

What do you think? Comments?

What the Lasting Hate for OJ Simpson Says about White Americans

June 19, 2019 6 comments

A couple of days ago, I came across some tweets and YouTube videos about how OJ Simpson had started posting again on his dormant Twitter account. For people younger than 25, OJ went from being a successful football player in the 1970s to an actor and public personality in the 1980s and early 1990s. The most relevant part of his career and fame was that it occurred at a time when there were few famous black people. But the real reason he ended up becoming a pop-culture icon has to do with him being accused and acquitted of the murder of his estranged wife and then boyfriend. And ya.. I know he lost the wrongful death Civil Trial, but it does not matter because the losers who sued him cannot touch his NFL pension. He was later arrested and sentenced for a most peculiar trumped up robbery charge in Nevada. The most relevant point of that episode is that he has been released almost two years ago and seems to be enjoying his retirement.

So what does the entire OJ saga have to do with racism in USA? Well.. a whole fucking lot! One would even argue that the lasting hate which OJ seems to elicit in white people has nothing to do with what he was accused and everything to do with his race. Before we go there, let me clear about something- ya, I think he murdered his estranged white wife and her then boytoy. And you know something else.. he was found innocent by a jury of his peers and duly acquitted of those charges in the criminal case against him. As most of you might remember, in the aftermath of that verdict almost every single black person proclaimed his innocence while every white person said he was guilty. But have you ever wondered, did all those black people really think he was innocent? The short answer is that they did not care if he was guilty. But why not?

To understand the ‘why’ we have to go back a bit in history, more specifically to the so-called “crack epidemic”, resultant gang wars and drive for mass incarceration of blacks by whites in the 1980s and 1990s. But what caused the “crack epidemic” in the first place? Firstly, the 1970s saw the first wave of outsourcing of manufacturing, which for a number of reasons disproportionately hurt black people and neighborhoods. Long story short, this resulted in a large increase in unemployment and rates of poverty in those communities. Second, the CIA decided to make a shitload of money by copying the success of various cocaine smuggling operations and using people living in those now impoverished neighborhoods to sell a more easily absorbed form of that drug. Some might remember that a journalist known as Gary Webb exposed it in 1996.

Anyway.. to make another long story short, all of this resulted in a large increase in gang-related violence in inner cities which then caused suburban dickless wonders to demand politicians get all tough on crime. This was the impetus for all those laws passed during that period which resulted in the extraordinary levels of mass incarceration we see today in USA– a country which imprisons more people (both as a percentage and number) than China or Russia. But how is any of this linked to the OJ Simpson saga? To better understand why almost all black people said he was not guilty, we have to first understand what happened in black communities across the country between 1984 and 1994. The cliff notes version is that white panic about “crack epidemic” caused a huge increase in policing of inner cities, brutalization of often innocent or marginally involved black people, police murdering tons of black people (this was before the age of smartphone cameras) and lots of other shit which finally started the collapse of black respectability politics.

Some of you might also remember the LA riots of 1992. While the beating of Rodney King and subsequent acquittal of all cops involved was immediate cause of those riots, the real reasons are a bit deeper. Here is another person you might want to know about- Daryl Gates. The short version is that this guy, since the mid-1980s was responsible for unprecedented militarization of the LAPD to the point where it was seen as an occupying army by black people living in that city. The most important result of this decade long oppression of black people in the LA area was that they stopped caring about maintaining the veneer of respectability. And that white piece of shit was not alone, as there were many others like him all over the country. The net result was that a majority of blacks under a certain age stopped caring about respectability politics.

But how is this change linked to what black people thought about OJ? The answer is that they had seen so many white assholes in uniforms get away with real murder that they simply did not care if an angry black celebrity killed a couple of people. Yes.. it is that straightforward. The reason why white losers kept harping about OJ is a bit more interesting. See.. a few years ago, I had written a couple of posts about how even truly fucked up people (like Nazis) need to believe that they are good and just human beings. A lot of whites in USA are kinda similar, if substantially less photogenic in appearance. The charade of believing OJ Simpson being guilty and talking about his victims has nothing to do with any genuine concern for them. Instead, it has everything to do with trying to justify continued abuse and oppression of black people.

Think of it as the modern version of how white people tried to steal African land in the 19th century by justifying their actions as civilizing those “inferior heathen savages” aka the “white man’s burden”. Did I mention how they got kicked out of that continent by the early-1970s. Here is another way to look at it.. How many old white losers who talk about the “guilt” of OJ also talk about all those “fine patriotic white men” who killed god-knows-how-many civilians in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan etc? And ya, they still lost all those wars. How many of those dying losers acknowledge that policing in USA has always been about abusing, terrorizing and murdering non-white people rather maintaining general social safety. They don’t seem to acknowledge that black people are human, but are somehow surprised when that favor is partially returned.

Now you know why so many white peoples (specially older ones) still hate OJ Simpson and keep harping about his alleged criminality but simultaneously ignore any news or evidence that people who look like them have done worse things. Isn’t selective ignorance wonderful.

What do you think? Comments?