That smells like 1986 amnesty redux.
Hmmm… Time will tell…
It’s not your imagination. People are really getting dumber.
Over the weekend I started a draft on a similar subject, something I noticed. Here and now, I finish it with a few changes. Those were brought about by several stories which surfaced yesterday, which largely validated what I was suspecting all along.
Three takes on the same issue:
The Week: Why IQ levels are falling
Daily Mail: Young people really ARE getting more stupid:
Young people’s IQ scores have started to deteriorate after climbing steadily since Wold War Two, a new study has found.
The fall, which equates to about seven points per generation, is believed to have begun with those born in 1975, according to the first authoritative study of the phenomenon.
“Wold” War Two is likely a plain, old error and not an example of the point…
It’s true. But it’s not technology causing the trend. It’s not the fish or lack thereof. And it is not some nebulous social “force.” There are three causes:
1) Smarter people are having fewer children, passing on fewer genes. This has particularly dire consequences for the West. This works in conjunction with the other two.
2) Lower-IQ peoples are increasing in number, passing on their genes.
3) Modern Western immigration is geared toward the importation of non-Western peoples from countries with populations known to correspond with number two, immediately above.
What prompted my drafting earlier is immaterial. Last fall I reported on the various national IQs and the world average (86). Then, I wrote:
“I’m a little surprised the USA came in as high as it did. I would not be surprised if that number (and the global average) slips a little with each coming decade and/or generation. …”
Back then I had it in my head that the US was somewhere in the mid-90’s, I’d have settled for 95 (and this wasn’t via random guessing). 98 is just too high. More likely, it’s around 94.5. It’s not that big of a difference but, as its a point on a downward trend, it’s especially troublesome.
Last year I quipped: “98 will have trouble returning to the moon. 86 will not go the first time. 72 might have trouble finding the thing with a telescope.” This principle applies to all areas of society. Space travel is one thing. Running water, indoor plumbing, electricity, gasoline refinement, and relative judicial stability are others.
It’s become a vicious cycle – and yes, 1975 would be about the time it should have started manifesting itself. A crazed and deteriorating culture drives brighter people to work longer and harder while embracing the selfish and the trivial and delaying or foregoing starting families. They pay taxes to support the others, who keep having children. This is, obviously, not sustainable. Those on the right tail of the curve are increasingly squeezed by those in the shifting middle.
And, societally, it’s the middle, the average that really counts. If you’re reading this and understanding it, you’re above average. Surely you have noticed the decline of late during your interactions with the masses. It’s real. And it’s a real problem.
Others have noticed as well. Vox Day on the subject yesterday:
By the way – related good news here: Youtube assigns “related” channels to a particular creator. How? I’m not exactly sure. Regardless, I now have three related channels:
Vox appeared last night. It’s an honor to be algorithmically included in his and Stefan’s company. Banshee Moon was a prepper-esque channel. Now it’s more a bikini lifestyle channel – which I am also proud to associate with…
Note: the decline in the schools does not really factor into the general lowering. It fits with the general decline, however. Children with less base intelligence have less need for real education.
Solutions? You tell me. My head hurts.
Today’s Prepper News Weekly, with a cool interview about Bee Keeping (we aim to please around here…):
Many thanks to Mr. Michael Rigdon, a really cool and dangerous man.
In other news! I just embarked on my most unusual and ambitious venture yet. I applied for a part in an upcoming Clint Eastwood movie. Everyone knows my acting skills (as demonstrated in so many low-budget YT vids) and my deep love of film and popular culture… Heck, it’s Eastwood. When I’m famous, you can say you doubted it….
See, this is a “serious” headshot. Selfie. Shaggy.
Y’all have a good Friday!
First, limping along with the news at FP:
And, a welcome of sorts to the wonderful readers over at The Piedmont Chronicles:
A few remain hidden but the YT editor tells me that last one is No. 100. Wow…
Tom Selleck is hawking reverse mortgages, equity loans aimed at seniors. He says older Americans are woefully under-saved (they are) and the solution is a loan on the equity! Why not?! These things have been around a while. And all that while I’ve thought the smelled funny.
Without much research, my gut reaction is that this is a terrible idea. It might be helpful to some at times, but it looks like, feels like the end of the debt-ification game. Literally, the banksters grab up the last of the assets, issuing new debt in its place. Cannot be a good idea for the economy as a whole: ownership only by the financial elite only benefits the financial elite. Beware.
A video to round out (or make) an unintentional trio of academic stories today. Please watch:
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The videos are getting easier and more fun to create. Thanks to all that are signing on. With you good folks, the FP diehards, and our new TPC friends, this thing could take off. Stefan, check that rear view mirror!
More to come.
Maybe not too good … but free!
First, if you’ve been following FP News, know that the news has moved:
It moved to the new and improved main FP site:
And, while I was making short videos, I finally got around to a real intro for my YT channel (which you should subscribe to…):
Market research tells us more and more people like watching rather than reading. Thus, the emphasis this year on YT. Seems to be working. Thanks.
That’s all for now. Only for now…
The YouTube shooting yesterday ended as well as it might have: several injuries but only one fatality – that of the crazed gunwoman.
I think all of my speculation may have been partly accurate. And then some – some crazy. This shooter may just be the most whacked out I’ve heard of, at least recently.
Gun control crowd, olive branch on this one: let’s cool the usual and just observe the odd reality that was. All else, play along here.
Let’s see what we have here… The strange thing is that, if one looks around thoroughly, one may just find something one agrees with, kind of. The rest? Yikes! And as with
most so many all of these types of cases, the shooter was known to authorities.
A pictorial guide to nuttery:
We’ve lost an icon, a first…
Mmmmkay, little truth there…
Serious as a gunshot…
Dime. They’re telling you they love you…
Cultural misunderstandings? BTW: I understand why YT might cut all of her videos.
A few drinks and maybe… Oh, not now, no…
There we go! That’s scary crazy without the gun!
Please leave YouTube alone. They’re not perfect but this isn’t the answer. I have a channel there – vested bias on my part.
No puns or platitudes or sarcasm was necessary for this one – no need. Just wow!
Y’all cool it and watch the Masters.
“Another law enforcement source confirms to ABC7 News reporter Dan Noyes that the shooter is a white, adult female wearing a dark top and head scarf.”
Almost all such shooters are initially reported as “white” though not usually female. Head scarf? Odd.
Is this the Digital Jihad ISIS called for?
Could it be a distraught woman who had too much of the SJW policies of big tech?
Could it be the SJWs of big tech?
Though they may get the blame this is probably not Dana Loesch and the NRA.
UPDATE: Or it could be DV. Reports have it a woman entered YTHQ, shot her boyfriend, and then killed herself. Thank God for VAWA. Probably closed case but developments possible…