Black Lies Matter

On this lovely Juneteenth day, I’d like to celebrate how far-sighted and prescient Mr. Booker T. Washington was. Over a hundred years ago, in his 1911 book My Larger Education, he perfectly described the situation today with Black Lives Matter and other related movements:

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“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

His claim is echoed by our own modern genius, Thomas Sowell, who said:

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Racism is not dead, but it is on life support — kept alive by politicians, race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as “racists.”

Finally, here’s Muhammad Ali Junior on the BLM:

The legendary boxer and activist stood up against racism throughout his life, but Muhammad Ali Jr. says his dad would have been sickened by how the protests have turned to violence and looting after the death of George Floyd.

“Don’t bust up s–t, don’t trash the place,” he told The Post. “You can peacefully protest.

‘‘My father would have said, ‘They ain’t nothing but devils.’ My father said, ‘all lives matter.’ I don’t think he’d agree.

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Of the BLM movement, Ali Jr., a Muslim like his father, said: “I think it’s racist.”

“It’s not just black lives matter, white lives matter, Chinese lives matter, all lives matter, everybody’s life matters. God loves everyone — he never singled anyone out. Killing is wrong no matter who it is,” Ali said during an hour-long interview with The Post.

In the light of those Juneteenth quotes, let me review the current state of play.

In 2018, there were over 600,000 violent incidents between black people and white people. [1] That’s far too many, obviously, but humanoids of all flavors are not uniformly peaceful. However, here’s the relevant part:

In nine out of ten of those 600,000+ incidents, black people were the offenders and white people were the victims of the violence.

Let me run that past you again so you can take it in. In 2018, the latest year for which we have records, in over 600,000 violent black|white incidents:

• Nine out of ten victims were white.

• Nine out of ten offenders were black

In other words, while there is indeed racism in America, the BLM-claimed and widely believed epidemic of violence against black people is not true in the slightest. There are no masses of white people out there roaming the nights and hunting down black people. There’s no concerted white effort to harm black people.

In fact, the exact opposite is true. There is a verifiable, factual epidemic of black violence against white people.

Note that I’m not complaining about that fact. I’m not giving any “poor me”. I’m just stating what is true.

So no, I’m not taking a knee to the BLM. First off, they endorse and practice violence. They include violent thugs who chant “Pigs in a blanket, fry’em like bacon”. They ambushed and killed policemen. They support rioting and arson.

Second, they are incurably racist, as Muhammad Ali Jr. pointed out above.

But more to the current point, the entire BLM movement is built around a lie. The lie that the BLM is built on is the false claim that there is an epidemic of white violence against black people.

Not only is that a lie, but it is a total inversion of the truth—there is an epidemic of black violence against white people.

And it’s not just an epidemic of black violence against white people. There’s an epidemic of black violence against everyone, including black people. For example, black men are only about 7% of the population … but they commit almost half of all murders. And most of those murdered by black men? Other black people.

Now, please be clear. I understand the variety of historical and social reasons for the black|white disparity in violence and hatred, including the current support of black violence by Democrat leaders. And not just tacit support of violence either—they’re putting up $ to bail out people committing violence. Like I said, Booker T. could see the future with very penetrating eyes. There are a lot of people whose very jobs and income depend on the existence of racial hatred, and they’re pushing it hard, they’ll pay good money to keep us at each others’ throats.

Also, please be clear that I’m not putting any racial group, white, black, or other, up or down above anyone else. Not my style. Plus my friends and relatives of all colors would beat me to a pulp if I tried. Plus my grandma’s ghost would haunt me forever. She grew up in the 1890s in the swamps of Louisiana in the only white family in a large area, surrounded by people she later described as “blacks, Creoles, and Redbone Indians”. Those were the playmates of her childhood and the friends of both her youth and her later days.

She knew, and she taught her children and her seven grandchildren, that the Declaration of Independence was 100% true—all people are indeed created equal. It was never a question in our household. With her children in her own home in the 1920s and 1930s, my grandmother would never allow anyone to utter the n-word. Even back then she hated and spoke out strongly against racism in any form, she was a force of nature … ahead of her time? Yeah, more than half a century ahead of her time. And since I grew up with her ruling our household, those were our ironclad rules in the 1950s as well.

And now? Now, I hold two seemingly-contradictory but in fact complementary views at the same time:

• Having worked and traveled in a number of countries on every continent, the US is the least racist country I know of, and

• There’s still too much racism in the US and still plenty of work to do.

So I’m not denying that US racism exists. It does. Not like when I was a kid, for sure, back when black and white people couldn’t marry … but racism still exists and I’m well aware of that.

Instead, I’m just making a simple point:

At a time in history when white people are the victims in nine out of ten violent black/white incidents, the BLM doesn’t get to play the “VICTIM OF RACIST VIOLENCE” card any more!

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Because that’s a BLM-supported black lie … and black lies matter. Their lie is spreading divisiveness and hatred where there should be none. There is real work to be done in the US, and the BLM moves people apart rather than together by falsely claiming that white people are out to do violence to black people. Not true, folks. Black lives matter to me and to millions and millions of white people, and the violence statistics prove that clearly.

So, on this Juneteenth, a day for being thankful for our freedom, my very best wishes to my friends of all colors. Me, I only care about one color—red.

Yep, red. If you bleed any color but red, I get real nervous. I ascribe my fear of green-blooded creatures to reading too much science fiction as a boy, but my fear is real whatever the source … for example, here’s an unretouched photo of US scientists, maybe in Area 51 … or not … extracting blue-colored blood from a brood of imprisoned alien creatures …

blue bloods horseshoe crab

From the photo, you can see why I’m only color-conscious about red … blue colored blood is weird.

And to close the color circle, let me return to the Juneteenth Declaration:

The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.

We’re getting close to the perfection of that ancient promise of absolute equality, dear friends. Not as fast as we might like, and it doesn’t help that the BLM Movement and the Democrat party are both doing their utmost to spread and maintain hatred between the races, but we’re getting there …

w.

PS—And no, the police aren’t systemically out to kill black people either. White cops are no more likely to be violent against black people than are black cops. The problem is police brutality, period.

And if you are getting arrested, your odds of your being killed by the police are greater if you are white … see my posts When Arrests Go Bad and Making The Shortlist for the evidence. Other studies have shown the same.

Are there still racist white cops? Absolutely, just as there are racist black cops, and just as there are racist white, black, and every other kind of people in any profession you can name. Haters are gonna hate, and hating people who are different is an ancient human idocy.

I can’t just describe a problem without proposing at least one thing to improve the situation. In that regard, when we find racist or more commonly simply brutal cops, we should have a standard procedure to revoke their credentials nationwide and blacklist them so they can never again work in any police force. That one change alone would be a huge improvement to our current situation, where bad cops just move to another state.

But is there “systemic racism”? That’s what most of the George Floyd protestorioters are claiming. So let’s start at the logical place, and consider the George Floyd case itself. He was killed by police in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Police Chief and the Deputy Police Chief are both black … are we to believe that the Police Chief and his Deputy are victims of systemic racism in the Minneapolis police force?

Didn’t think so … see here for more on the lack of systemic racism.

PPS—Yeah, yeah, I know those aren’t actually aliens … or not … still, their blue blood is mondo bizarro.

REFERENCES

[1] National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), 2018. US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Table 14

74 thoughts on “Black Lies Matter

  1. Thank you Willis for a very thoughtful and provocative post. It is very relevant to those of us living in South Africa, with our renowned institutionalized racist heritage. In trying to move above and beyond this sad history, goodwill actually abounds across this nation. Regrettably, some opportunists see benefits in perpetuating that history into the present, through demonising the descendants of those long since passed with the sins of their forefathers. This new racism detracts from an otherwise rather cheerful and hopeful population seeking only to build a new nation and better lives for their children. As you say, ‘All Lives Matter’. Amen to that. Siyabonga (we thank you).

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  2. Wonderful, Willis.

    Here in New Zealand, the race-baiting pandemic unfortunately is thriving. Yesterday, John Tamihere, the joint leader of the Maori Party stated that all Pakeha are “asymptomatic racists”.

    Hmmm…. What do we call someone who applies a negative attribute to a any particular race of people?

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  3. Some of the most openly racist people I’ve come across have all been a color other than white. Not saying there isn’t racist whites, there are, but at least in general they know better than to voice their opinions when in public. The most disturbing thing is I’ve been told by those of different colors that they can’t be racist because they have no power. I’ve also heard this stated by some talking heads on the news. W.T.F? You can’t be a racist if you have no power to act on your racism? That there is some twisted logic.

    To support Willis’s assertion that the US is pretty darn good when it comes to racism compared to the rest of the world. I’ve worked with several international companies and workers from outside the US don’t even bother and try to hide their racist beliefs. Heck one was sued and settled out of court after telling recruiters to not send them anymore job resumes from blacks or women.

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  4. Willis,
    WRT the blue blood: Horseshoe crab blood has some cells which are extremely sensitive to and will coagulate crab blood if they contact bacterial endotoxin. The FDA requires that many pharmaceuticals be routinely tested for endotoxins; that is where the horseshoe crab blood goes. I know a commercial fisherman who pretty much only targets horseshoe crabs for that application, and he seems to make a reasonable living doing just that.

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  5. We should clarify issues of fact regarding the death of George Floyd whose death prompted multi city protests, riots and looting. He died of a multi cocktail (a cornucopia) drug overdose and was presided over at the time by Minneapolis cops. The officer’s knee to the neck region caused no evidence of asphyxiation, although carotid artery pressure in this region of the neck may have lead to cardiac slowing (carotid artery compression) leading to ventricular escape (eventual heart beat 45 BPM still comparable with normal life). Mr. Floyd already had heart vulnerabilities as he had heart enlargement possibly from prior drug injuries or untreated hypertension etc. Mr. Floyd’s coronavirus status was positive, he was infected. The cannabinoils are of the designer variety.

    Autopsy results:

    George Floyd 20-3700
    No life-threatening injuries identified
    A. No facial, oral mucosal, or conjunctival petechiae
    B. No injuries of anterior muscles of neck or laryngeal
    structures
    C. No scalp soft tissue, skull, or brain injuries
    D. No chest wall soft tissue injuries, rib fractures (other than a single rib fracture from CPR), vertebral column injuries, or visceral injuries
    E. Incision and subcutaneous dissection of posterior and lateral neck, shoulders, back, flanks, and buttocks negative for occult trauma
    IV. Viral testing (Minnesota Department of Health, postmortem nasal swab collected 5/26/2020): positive for 2019-nCoV RNA by PCR
    V. Hemoglobin S quantitation (postmortem femoral blood, HHC Laboratory): 38%
    VI. Toxicology
    A. Blood drug and novel psychoactive substances screens:
    1. Fentanyl 11 ng/mL
    2. Norfentanyl 5.6 ng/mL
    3. 4-ANPP 0.65 ng/mL
    4. Methamphetamine 19 ng/mL
    5. 11-Hydroxy Delta-9 THC 1.2 ng/mL;
    Delta-9 Carboxy THC 42 ng/mL; Delta-9 THC 2.9 ng/mL
    6. Cotinine positive
    7. Caffeine positive
    C. Urine drug screen: presumptive positive for cannabinoids, amphetamines, and fentanyl/metabolite
    D. Urine drug screen confirmation: morphine (free) 86 ng/mL
    C. Urine drug screen: presumptive positive for cannabinoids, amphetamines, and fentanyl/metabolite
    D. Urine drug screen confirmation: morphine (free) 86 ng/mL cannabidiol along with evidence of the “street” origin for the fentanyl.

    There is no resurrecting Mr. Floyd from the dead and any effort to ascribe bad behavior to the arresting cops will play out in the courts, and, in this case, optics rule the day.

    It is apparent that “science” ie, in the evidence of an autopsy, does not matter when a lynching mob is in full throat.

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  6. WRT young black men: They are by far the most violent easily identifiable group in the country, and violent toward everyone, regardless of race. (Maybe paranoid psychopaths as a group are more violent, but not so easy to identify.). Black people know that, white people know that, hispanic people know that, police everywhere know that; really, everyone knows that. The political disagreement seems to me mostly about whether or not the young black men who become involved in violence and crimes of property are responsible for their own actions. Many people refuse to blame those young black men for criminal acts, and insist that slavery 150 years ago excuses their criminality today. Sorry, but I find that simply bonkers.

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  7. Booker T Washington was a giant of a man whose advocacy was for: self improvement through education. To that end, during his time, he garnered the support of the current industrialists of the day (1880 to 1915) to build 5000 schools in the South and support Historically Black Colleges and Universities for “Negros” of the day. In Washington’s waning influence from his academic base at Tuskegee University, he was supplanted by a seductive counter message. WEB Dubois articulated a “short cut” to Negro progress with a message of blaming white people for all of Black people’s troubles while advocating reparations; ie, free money.

    We are living that advocacy today. One can only look back and see what has since transpired and what needs to be resurrected: self-improvement through education.

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  8. The Minneapolis Police Chief and the Deputy Police Chief are both black … are we to believe that the Police Chief and his Deputy are victims of systemic racism in the Minneapolis police force?

    Yes they were. They won a lawsuit that alleged they were denied promotions.

    Personally I get the feeling BLM is overwhelmingly about police brutality. This is a real problem in Minneapolis. Personnel experience from 40 years ago, and I believe they have not reformed. I live outside the city now.

    I forget the exact numbers but it is something like 2800 complaints and 20 or30 sustained. And then to really twist the knife everything not sustained is secret so you can not track individual Officers

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    • Dean Skallman June 20, 2020 at 4:22 pm

      The Minneapolis Police Chief and the Deputy Police Chief are both black … are we to believe that the Police Chief and his Deputy are victims of systemic racism in the Minneapolis police force?

      Yes they were. They won a lawsuit that alleged they were denied promotions.

      Thanks, Dean. Since they won the lawsuit, I’d describe them as victors rather than victims, no? …

      Personally I get the feeling BLM is overwhelmingly about police brutality. This is a real problem in Minneapolis.

      I wish BLM were about that, because as you correctly point out, it’s a real problem. And not just in Minneapolis.

      But when BLM members kill cops, support rioting, chant about “frying the pigs”, and are openly racist, it’s hard to believe they’re against brutality …

      Regards,

      w.

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        Was 4 winners of a few hundred thousand each and they got their promotions but I do not think the lawsuit changed The overall culture of the department so beat cops are still suffering racism. As well as the guys on the street

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        • Minneapolis found a solution outside the box: No more Police Chief, no more Deputy Police Chief, no more Police. Any violence from now on won’t be a police violence. Isn’t the City Council full of geniuses? Just like Seattle, San Francisco, and other progressive cities?

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      • Willis: “Thanks, Dean. Since they won the lawsuit, I’d describe them as victors rather than victims, no? …”
        Spot on. They were victors. But let’s admit that they were victors in a fight that they shouldn’t have had to get involved in, right? They shouldn’t have had to sue anyone.
        In any case thank you for your article, it s enlightening, as always.

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    • Looking at their performance since being placed in their current positions it is clear they were not promoted because they did not deserve to be. By their performance it is clear they should both be fired and the court ruling vacated, they have made the entire situation worse and continue to throw buckets of gasoline on the fire.

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  9. I wonder how many schools in America even teach about Booker T Washington today. I remember reading his and other black Americans words in junior high school in the early ’70s in Pearl River County MS. If we were to sit down a randomly selected 1000 people under 30 and quiz them how many could even identify 10 prominent black persons from American history? These problems are based far less in lack of education than in miseducation. Far too many politically driven activists profit from twisting our educational system to their ends, THAT has got to be changed, and widely exposed. People should be angry and that anger should fall 100% on the actual guilty parties in all this.

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  10. Hi Willis – that blue blood is blue because the oxygen carrier is a protein called Hemocyanin. Hemocyanin has copper instead of iron. Our lab worked with it for years, to figure out how the oxygen bound to the copper. We got ours from keyhole limpets. Mollusks and arthropods have Hemocyanin.

    It’s well-known in certain circles that green Vulcan blood, of course, contains Chromoglobanin, which has a Cr(II) ion at its center. 🙂

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  11. Bravo!
    We are individuals. The sooner we start realizing this and acting accordingly, the sooner this nonesense will go away. However, it takes critical thinking to fully comprehend this concept. I’m not holding my breath. There are way too many reaping rewards by keeping the race card relevant. Frederick Fouglas, Booker T. Washington, and MLK were way ahead of their times.

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  12. Interesting that you picked the image of horseshoe crabs with their blue blood. That’s what BLM claims about blacks who become police. Their no longer black but blue. In other words if your not with them then you’re not black no matter what your skin color or heritage. That includes Sowell, Thomas, Sen. Scott and even Booker T.

    One thing that surprised me when I was in Basic Training was that the worst racial problems weren’t black and white, but black and brown.

    Identity progressives have promoted the lie that cops and whites are killing blacks at some insane rate while the numbers show that the reverse is true. Of course when you look at the crime rate in the black community why would you expect them to admit that their the ones committing crimes when they can turn it back on the ones that are trying to stop them? Simple political judo. Just as Democrats condemn Republicans for the things that they themselves are guilty of such as spying on Congress and reporters, and conspiring with Russians to influence the election (Steele Dossier).

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  13. Willis: Thanks for getting the truth out. I was beginning to wonder if anyone else could see the truth behind the idiocy out there. No one seems to want to challenge these things and get called a racist. What is really sad is that our schools promote and even teach this racist fascism instead of critical thinking and debate. believe it or not, TRUTH MATTERS.

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  14. I can’t just describe a problem without proposing at least one thing to improve the situation. In that regard, when we find racist or more commonly simply brutal cops, we should have a standard procedure to revoke their credentials nationwide and blacklist them so they can never again work in any police force. That one change alone would be a huge improvement to our current situation, where bad cops just move to another state.

    A very solid step.

    But try getting that past the police unions.

    Though it must be said, try getting anything like that past any civil service union. Minneapolis had a case of a housing inspector caught on tape trying to extort sex from a single mother – and still kept his job.

    Under Minnesota law, all civil service firings must go through arbitration.

    A better law would explicitly ban unions from disputing terminations based on criminal behavior.

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  15. #AsFakeAsJessySmolletCase
    In the morning news: A car with BLM banner is vandalized. On closer examination the car looks like 20-30 years old american sedan (Saturn?).My first thought: this is the kind of a car anybody would like to let go quite easily, so why not insurance scam? They interviewed the guy and I started to doubt he has any insurance. Drum roll: the neigbours have set FundMe page.

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  16. Black Lies Matter! Seems that Bubba Wallass (a.k.a. Bubba Smellit) has never been bass fishing. The notorious “hangman’s noose” appears to be a fisherman’s knot used to make a loop in the end of fishing line to attach a wobbling type lure such as a ‘Redfin’ or similar type lure. It’s used to allow the lure to wobble with minimum effect from the line. So now the FBI and NASCAR have a lead on the so-called “racist”! Investigate all the bass fishermen in NASCAR! That will narrow it down. LOL

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    • I may have some misspelling above but I was careful not to refer to a ‘Rebel’ fishing lure so I only mentioned a ‘Redfin’.

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        • I do know a little about knots. I was raised by a sea scout, was a boy scout, served in the USN and am a fisherman. I use loop knots when fishing so I’ve experimented with a bunch of different types to see which works best for me. While some looked similar none had that number of twists. Yes you can use that number but why when fewer works just as well and you spend more time getting your line wet instead of fiddling with knots. Putting more twists in a rope is more likely than fishing line but how many of us fish with rope? Wasn’t that your assertion that it’s some NASCAR bass fisherman that did it?

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        • Putting a sliding loop(noose) on the end of a rope you are going to pull is something an idiot would do, so apparently he knows just enough to hurt himself. Thats typical.

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        • And while you’re learning to tie knots and understand the bite, get yourself some 3/16 – 1/4 inch braided cord and learn to tie a hangman’s knot. Now grab it by the coils and give a pull. MAGIC! The noose is gone! Now for extra credit in your little lesson add a bend and a bite to your next ‘noose’ and New MAGIC! You can pull on the loop or the coils and it doesn’t disappear! It works good as on smaller size cord the loop coils are much more comfortable on the hands and just makes a better looking knot if you are not just looking for something to bitch about.

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          • Thank You, eyesonu! You are the first person to correctly disassemble this BS about a “handman’s noose” at Talledega.

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  17. Just to put a bow on this, Bubba Smollet got all got up in his woke moment and it is biting him in the a$$. We keep seeing these fake hate crimes, and people keep falling for it. People are stupid, especially when they be woke.

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  18. My boot laces were tangled up this morning and I’m sure they looked like a noose. When I buttered my toast there in clear view was ELVIS! There was bird shit on my windshield and you guessed it, it was again an image of Elvis. I just wish he would keep his ass off my windshield. Elvis is everywhere, you just need to look for it!

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    • Yes, the “lagging indicator” is it is the flu, not some super plague designed to wipe out humanity. And yes, the more people who are tested the more people are shown to have it. Did you ever look at the Averaged Annual Mortality Rate For United States? Or do you still claim that is not “data”?

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  19. Who trains the police in the tactic of kneeling on someone’s neck & head? I’ve done martial arts for most of my life and have studied Judo, Aikido and Karate and never have I seen that. It is being taught to the police in the USA by Israeli and ex-Israeli military. It is effective in preventing someone from moving while on the ground but if you can’t hog tie someone in 30 seconds then you need some rodeo cowboys instructing you. One cop restrain and one duck tape the feet and cuff the guy if he isn’t already. Simple. So why is that not taught? Why do the other 3 just stand around? I’ll cut some slack to the 2 who were fresh out of the academy but come on 8+ minutes?

    Anything beyond 30 seconds is just sadistic.

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    • “Who trains the police in the tactic of kneeling on someone’s neck & head?” That would be television and movies. All the training I ever received in handling prisoners never included it. Now, unarmed hand-to-hand combat? F**king right. Put the knee/foot into the side of the neck, even back of neck, until they stop moving and that problem is now immobile.

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  20. I can see the media headlines now: “Rodeo cops chase and lasso suspect with noose and hog-tie him after throwing him/her to ground. They treat the public like livestock!”. But it has a good ring to it!

    As far as your claim the other officers standing around, they appeared to be restraining his legs and midsection. Was the poor restrained individual violent to receive this treatment? Maybe they should also carry ice cream cones in their pocket to cool a heated encounter!

    I’ll shit my pants when I see cops on patrol with duct tape and a lasso. Head ‘up up and move ‘um out, rawhide!

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    • To further my comment above to TR M. Picture this: 10 man team of cops use new tactic in confronting rioters. 4 with whips to round ‘um up, 1 with a lasso to catch as many as possible per throw, and the other 5 for hog-tieing!

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      • I was taught by US Army when you are engaged with large, destructive rioting crowds you fix bayonets and you put their a$$es on the ground, second line secures them and you keep aggressively moving forward till there are no more rioters. Look at the result of not doing so is.

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        • Unarmed combat is a totally different situation. If someone is on their stomach with hands already cuffed behind their back can’t be totally immobilised in less than 30 seconds I seriously question the tools and training provided. I used tape as an example. I’m sure the police have ankle cuffs or other leg restraints.

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          • Cops are not unarmed, fighting with one is done at your own risk. Now cops are being restricted from using the training and tools they have, all because a tiny minority of them are abusive and injure/kill people in custody. This is already not ending well and it is going to get worse.

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      • “Whether we want to own up to it or not, the welfare state has done what Jim Crow, gross discrimination and poverty could not have done. It has contributed to the breakdown of the black family structure and has helped establish a set of values alien to traditional values of high moral standards, hard work and achievement” – Walter E. Williams

        So it is hopeless? No. Lots of blacks know the problem and some even FIXED it until they were stopped.

        https://www.unz.com/article/how-farrakhan-solved-the-crime-drug-problem/?highlight=dope+busters

        I don’t agree with a lot of what Farrakhan says but he nailed it with both words and action in the late 80s on the black on black violence.

        They were so successful in stopping the black on black violence that Secretary of HUD, Henry Cisneros, tried to hire them to provide security at all the HUD developments.

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  21. Hello Willis,

    I am very sorry for the off-topic (you can delete if you want after you read this), but as I know that you like to write from time to time about climate, I wonder if you would like to have a look at the recent discussion that I am having in Skeptical Science (not censored yet, let’s cross fingers) about an article that they wrote in 2010 comparing the evolution of temperatures and the scenarios that Hansen predicted in 1988, in which they claim that we should compare to Scenario B, and that there is quite a good agreement.
    https://www.skepticalscience.com/argument.php?p=2&t=57&&a=277#comments
    The exchange begins in comment 52. Through the conversation I have made interesting discoveries, which is why discussions on climate matters should never be censored, you always learn from the opponent, and even when you don’t, they force you to look deeper into issues and that can make you discover new things by yourself.
    My main discovery has been that the original article’s claim that CH4 increases have been lower than what Hansen expected in Scenario B is now completely wrong. Not only they are bigger than Scenario B, they are actually twice as big as the predicted in Scenario A. So it is fine if they continue to update the comparison between the scenarios and the observed temperatures, but they need to update also the scenario whose emissions we are closest to currently. This would now be Scenario A, not B. And the observed warming, even by GISS measurements and adjustments, is just slightly higher than half of what Hansen expected in that Scenario.
    I do not mean to tell you what to write about, but I think it is interesting. They cannot update one thing (the comparison between observed temperatures and predicted temperatures) without updating the other (which scenario’s predictions we should be comparing to, based on the data of the evolution of concentrations since 2010).
    Best regards.

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    • Hello,
      Nevermind, the issue does not exist. I was mislead by an errata in Hansen’s paper. He describes a methane change in his Scenario A which is 10 times lower than what he actually uses.

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  22. Several posters have identified education as the key factor in equalising outcomes for the black community.
    Unfortunately this is where there is a clear example of systemic racism. The funding for predominately black schools is almost 20% lower than for those that are predominately white.
    And due to the persistence of the segregation in housing imposed in the past, the school districts are often significantly segregated.

    “In contrast to European and Asian nations that fund schools centrally and equally, the wealthiest 10 percent of U.S. school districts spend nearly 10 times more than the poorest 10 percent, and spending ratios of 3 to 1 are common within states. Despite stark differences in funding, teacher quality, curriculum, and class sizes, the prevailing view is that if students do not achieve, it is their own fault. If we are ever to get beyond the problem of the color line, we must confront and address these inequalities.”
    https://www.brookings.edu/articles/unequal-opportunity-race-and-education/

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    • Spending more money won’t make any of them smarter since they are being forced to accept substandard education that leaves ALL American students appreciably stupider than when they started school. MONEY IS NOT THE ANSWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Real education, reading, writing and arithmetic is the answer. Until 50 years ago education in America worked, in the intervening years it has been systematically destroyed. And please? Brookings Institute? What a f**king joke.

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    • izen July 5, 2020 at 8:30 am

      Several posters have identified education as the key factor in equalising outcomes for the black community.
      Unfortunately this is where there is a clear example of systemic racism. The funding for predominately black schools is almost 20% lower than for those that are predominately white.

      Thanks, izen. School funding in poor districts of any color is less than school funding where Speaker Pelosi lives. But that’s an issue of economic class and clout, not race. Rich black or white districts get more funding, and poor black or white districts get less.

      Not racism. Class struggle, maybe.

      Or maybe it’s just the scholastic example of what we see in other fields, that rich districts have better streets and better street lights and better police forces and better public libraries and fewer potholes than in poor districts.

      Shocking, huh? But no, still not “systemic racism”.

      My best regards to you, and as a mostly self-educated man, I can only agree with you totally that education is the key.

      w.

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    • most private schools cost significantly less than what is spent on public schools, even in poor areas.

      allow students to take 1/2 the money allocated for them at public schools and use it as a voucher for private schools, much of the time this will completely pay for the private schools. This would let families that want out of the public schools get out, and the fact that they only take 1/2 the funding with them would increase the per-student funding for those who remain (which covers issues where the public schools are required to pay for accommodations for special needs that make some students cost considerably more than average)

      The problem is less the money than the culture (at the schools and at home) here there is not much value placed on an education.

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  23. @-WE
    “Rich black or white districts get more funding, and poor black or white districts get less. Not racism. Class struggle, maybe.”

    In the US, for historical reasons the two are less distinct than in many other modern societies.

    @-“Or maybe it’s just the scholastic example of what we see in other fields, that rich districts have better streets and better street lights and better police forces and better public libraries and fewer potholes than in poor districts. Shocking, huh? But no, still not “systemic racism”.

    I suspect Americans don’t realise just how shocking that is to people in other modern societies. Most of the rest of the developed world accepts without question that the basic public infrastructure of education, roads, police, water, power etc are equally distributed. When there are examples of rich areas getting better facilities it is regarded as a prima facie case of corruption, or at least a failure in proper governance.

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    • umm, what world are you living in?

      travel the world and you will see huge differences in infrastructure everywhere. There is no nation of any noticeable size that has the same infrastructure everywhere (there may be a few tiny countries where they are essentially one city that may, but I’d bet that even there, some neighborhoods have more than others)

      Infrastructure is not a national thing, it’s usually built by the community that uses it, and richer communities can fund more infrastructure than less rich communities.

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    • izen July 5, 2020 at 6:36 pm

      “Or maybe it’s just the scholastic example of what we see in other fields, that rich districts have better streets and better street lights and better police forces and better public libraries and fewer potholes than in poor districts. Shocking, huh? But no, still not “systemic racism”.

      I suspect Americans don’t realise just how shocking that is to people in other modern societies. Most of the rest of the developed world accepts without question that the basic public infrastructure of education, roads, police, water, power etc are equally distributed.

      Say what? The roads, phone service, sanitation and other services in the richer part of EVERY country I’ve ever been to have been better provided and better maintained than in some poor area out in the sticks.

      Where is this mystical egalitarian society you refer to?

      w.

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  24. @-davidlang
    “most private schools cost significantly less than what is spent on public schools, even in poor areas.”

    The data I can find has the average cost of private schools in the US was $10,740 in 2011-2012 and $12,382 this year.
    The average for the US public schools for 2016 which seems to be the latest gov data is $11,762 average cost.
    However that average is skewed, with a few States spending double that, and more than half spending less.

    Most private schools (~70%) in the US are religious schools, about 50% Catholic. So they are subsidised by the church ‘tithe’.
    And you risk having your child indoctrinated at an impressionable age with a Bronze age theology.
    At least the Catholics recognise the reality of evolution and our common ancestry with apes.

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    • “Average” is distorted by some very very expensive schools. look for median.

      Church schools have to pay their own way, they get far less of a subsidy than you think.

      personally, I’d rather have people indoctrinated by the classic religious schools than by the current Marxist public schools. But it should be up to the parents to decide what type of school to send their kids to.

      break the lock-in that prevents parents from having a say in what school their kid goes to (other than by moving to a different neighborhood) and let them move the kids away from bad schools.

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  25. @-davidlang
    “Infrastructure is not a national thing, it’s usually built by the community that uses it, and richer communities can fund more infrastructure than less rich communities.”

    In most of Europe infrastructure IS a national thing. The standards for roads, housing. water management, police, education and healthcare are regulated by central government.
    In the case of education in many western nations funding for poorer areas is actually greater than in richer areas because the greater difficulties that people face are recognised and an attempt is made to compensate for that out of a sense of fairness.
    Rather like handicapped parking places in car parks.

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    • Steven Mosher July 5, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      woo hoo texas rulz

      asking for help from the military

      New York: 166 deaths / 100,000

      New Jersey: 171 deaths / 100,000

      Texas: 9 deaths / 100,000

      Yeah, those rubes in Texas, what do they know?

      w.

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      • Beat me to it. I have an appointment with my ENT specialist to get an open prescript for HCQ. Let freedom ring, God Bless America! I see now that the claim is Tampa hospitals are in collapse, guess better call down to my brother and find out what the facts are, although, he is in Clearwater so I guess his “data” won’t be acceptable. ;}

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