Crime and Culture

As is his wont, Snaphanen finds something quite interesting (scroll down to the “Kriminalitet er kulturel” section). Original text below the fold.

Note, translating the terms “udsat” or “udsatte områder” is a bit difficult. The books I have from the 70s either define it simply as “exposed”, possibly “exposed to danger”, (Gyldendals Røde Ordbog Dansk-Engelsk) or don’t define the word at all (Politikens Nudansk Ordbog). The website, Den Danske Ordbog defines the word as being in a situation that carries some risk for undesirable effects, disagreeable aspects (“som er i en situation som indebærer risiko for uønskede påvirkninger, ubehageligheder el.lign.“). Google Translate uses “exposed” but also “vulnerable”. This indicates that the word that the word taken on new life of late and, as seen in the usage below, strongly hints that it is now intended to be muddled in meaning.

Crime is cultural.

The only ones in vulnerable areas are the Europeans.

Patrik Engellau draws attention to a five year old Norwegian study that contradicts every single one of the Swedish Marxist politicians. And no, immigrant crime has little to do with living in vulnerable areas in Sweden. They are only exposed to danger from the culture they brought with them and the Swedish politicians’ almost criminal mass-import of violence and crime. The word “exposed” (ie, “udsatte”) is a term invented by politicians to serve as a way of redirecting blame and attention from their own mistakes.

I’ve translated (attempted to translate the Swedish of) Patrik Engellau’s comments in the paragraphs below (you will need to go to this site to see the graphics).

Serendipitously, that is, by the luck of finding something good that I did not know I was looking for, I stumbled across a five-year-old Norwegian scientific criminological study by the researchers Skardhamar and Aaltonen which shows that what determines a migrant’s degree of criminality compared to the indigenous population is not, as Morgan Johansson [the present Swedish minister of the Home Affairs] and Stefan Löfven [the present Swedish Prime Minister] believe, the living conditions in vulnerable areas of the immigrated-to country regardless of the criminal patterns in the country of origin [I think this is correct].

Specifically, this scientific study suggests that people from different countries of origin exhibit similar criminal behavior regardless of the country to which they migrate, which would mean that they are not affected by conditions in the immigrant country but bring their criminal behavior in their baggage. Study the following diagram and I will try to explain:

The researchers have measured the tendency for violent crimes in migrants from different countries as well as the indigenous population in Finland and Norway. This tendency is compared between the countries of origin and ranked (the numbers 1 to 25 on the shoulders for a total of 25 nationalities). For example, Somalis are ranked 25th in Finland, while North Americans are ranked 5th.

The striking thing about the chart – and what motivates the conclusions I initially drew – is that different nationalities of origin exhibit essentially the same criminal behavior in both Finland and Norway. The closer the observation is to the diagonal line – which shows that the tendency for violent crimes for a certain kind of immigrant is the same regardless of whether the ports in Finland or Norway are concerned – the clearer the pattern becomes.

The migrants in the box to the left show less crime than Finns and Norwegians.

The longer I study the chart, the more bizarre the Justice and Prime Minister’s theory seems to be that the blame for the crime falls in the areas of exclusion, not the nationality of the criminals.

As bonus material, you get here the same kind of account of criminal theft:

According to the researchers, the fact that Sweden gets so high in Finland is due to the presence of a large number of Swedish Finnish-speaking Roma [the generic name for gypsies or, as they say in the UK, pikies]

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Self-defense?

If you were living in the UK and wondered, what with the rising crime rates there, [a]re there any legal self defence products that I can buy?

Short answer, no. Nothing.

Let’s start out with “[t]he only fully legal self defence product at the moment is a rape alarm”. That’s it. The only tool to use when being assaulted, robbed, or raped. It is termed a self-defense product, but I don’t see there being much defense provided.

In fact, actual self-defense is right out.

You must not get a product which is made or adapted to cause a person injury. Possession of such a product in public (and in private in specific circumstances) is against the law.

It is acceptable to use a spray bottle with colored dyes (not pepper sprays) as long as the spray-ee is not harmed in any way.

But in truth, the authors, the police in the UK, are so terrified and/or in agreement with their utterly diabolical court system that they conclude:

The above advice is given in good faith, you must make your own decision and this website cannot be held responsible for the consequences of the possession, use or misuse of any self defence product

It is your duty as a citizen to accept your fate.

Update (20191207): Babylon Bee puts the capper on this as only they could: Narwhal Tusk Surrender Bins Installed Throughout The UK.

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The Essence of Gammatude

Vox has in the past written, complained even, about gammas (basic info about the socio-sexual hierarchy here or here) whom he has had to deal with on his site. My impression is that they are all eventually banned from commenting there because they are just that annoying.

For me, the gamma-thing, well, I just didn’t get it. I mean, I understand the behavior and I enjoy some of the characterizations of gammas (the “wall of text” is very good), but there never seemed to be any relevance to anything I might encounter. Until I read this. For some reason, this post catalyzed a eureka-like moment.

In the post. Vox refers to someone else, the Kurgan, and his encounters with gammas:

I mean… I’m not exactly what you’d call a very hopeful and optimistic character when it comes to the expectations of rationality from other humans but it’s truly a wonder to behold to what lengths people will avoid the plain facts in front of them in order to keep believing some absurd concept or outright lie they became invested in.

To which Vox adds:

One cannot understand the core concept of gamma without grasping that the gamma male’s absolute priority is maintaining the integrity of his delusion bubble. Now, every man is capable of being similarly stubborn and stupid about any idea to which he is emotionally attached, but what separates the gamma pattern of behavior from those of other male behaviors is the way that the gamma applies this instinctive response to everything, especially anything that has the potential to threaten his precious self-esteem.

And then I started thinking about all the lefty commenters on the various sites I visit. Which quickly moved to the Democrat’s as well as the mainstream media’s craven obsession with destroying Trump regardless of the basis or the consequences. It really seems as if gammas are not simply annoying but actually dangerous.

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Does Welfare Cause Terrorism?

Back when it was still possible for the left to accept actual diversity in thought, Mickey Kaus used to write for Slate (it’s a bit more complicated than this, but…). Anyway, within months of 9/11, December 17, 2001, to be exact, Kaus write a piece from which I stole the title, Does Welfare Cause Terrorism?. Let’s start here:

The point isn’t simply that many terrorists take advantage of Western welfare states, the same way they take advantage of Western freedoms and Western technology. The point is that extreme anti-social terrorist ideologies (radical Islam, in particular) seem to breed in “oppositional” cultures supported by various government welfare benefits.

And then lay it all out:

In fact, there’s a good argument that “welfare benefits + ethnic antagonism” is the universal recipe for an underclass with an angry, oppositional culture. The social logic is simple: Ethnic differences make it easy for those outside of, for example, French Arab neighborhoods to discriminate against those inside, and easy for those inside to resent the mainstream culture around them. Meanwhile, relatively generous welfare benefits enable those in the ethnic ghetto to stay there, stay unemployed, and seethe. Without government subsidies, they would have to overcome the prejudice against them and integrate into the mainstream working culture. Work, in this sense, is anti-terrorist medicine. (And if you work all day, there’s less time to dream up ways and reasons to kill infidels.)

And with this pretty convincing theory already presented some 19 years ago, Sweden, France, Germany, etc have literally no excuse for where they find themselves now.

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A Total Loser

I usually don’t like to copy-n-paste an entire article, but it difficult not to do so with this one from the Amercian Thinker. It is a bulls-eye from beginning to end, but also quite short. The text below describes our almost-president to a T:

[Hillary Clinton] is a loser – not just a sore loser, but a total loser. She is incredibly incompetent, fundamentally dishonest, and criminally corrupt, and these are her good qualities. In addition, she is bereft of a trace of integrity or character, has absolutely no judgment, and is devoid of people skills (she’s very easy to dislike and distrust and thereby become a member of her deplorables). The 2016 race was hers to lose, and by failing to listen to advice on where to campaign, she managed to do just that – lose! Thank God – a Hillary Clinton presidency would be the last nail in America’s coffin.

We could go through the litany of Hillary Clinton’s failures – Cattlegate, Whitewater, Travelgate, Filegate, her clumsy and opaque handling of the health care assignment her husband handed her, her tour of duty in the U.S. Senate, or her stint at the State Department, starting with her failure to get the Russian word for “reset” correct and ending with her dereliction of duty in the case of Benghazi (which produced four dead Americans, including her “friend” Ambassador Christopher Stevens), which, on testifying before Congress, she fobbed off with “what difference, at this point, does it make?”

Bismarck was right

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A Replacement Religion

Snaphanen finds a video of a Swedish choir of congregants in the Church of Climate singing about their Joan of Arc, Greta Thunberg. NB, it is not parody. Note also that you should watch it with the sound off; the song is in Swedish but it has ear-worm qualities that will make it difficult to forget.

Snaphanen wrote (original below the fold):

I wrote yesterday that The Climate is more of a “replacement religion” than in all other countries which would lead one to wonder if it wasn’t a mistake to de-Christian-ize Sweden so brutally. When it was complete, the craziness abruptly broke out for real.

Then discusses the video:

I have looked around to see if it (the video) is a mean parody but it isn’t. There is a Club Choir (Klubbkören). The replacement-psalm is no parody. One would think that Sweden had more pressing problems that to search for a new false god. How can one blame the politicians for being nuts when the people that elect them are also. [...]

The complete text (referenced above from yesterday):

The Climate is more of a “replacement religion” than in all other countries which would lead one to wonder if it wasn’t a mistake to de-Christian-ize Sweden so brutally. When it was complete, the craziness abruptly broke out for real. Watch The Mark Steyn Show Climate Change Forum. Towards the end of the video, the marriage between Social Democrats and their reliable Islamic voters is made obvious.

The party cannot disappear fast enough and the new Muslim party will contribute to that. The leaders of the party had not seen this coming even though they are employed to do so. [...]

Update (20191130): John Gabriel’s comment Climate Change is not a religion, you wretched sinners referencing someone named Thérèse Rein (apparently a former First Lady of Australia):

Hey @ScottMorrisonMP, Parts of NSW on fire at least in part because your party has blocked, and also not initiated, effective climate change policies. = sins of commission, and sins of omission. Time to repent.

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What kind of asshat would publicly humiliate their own grandfather?

From Driscoll at Instapundit, the story of how some leftist asshole pulled a prank on his grandfather and then crowed about it on the internet. Driscoll writes:

This is an interesting balancing act for Stefanowitz. He believes in the apocalyptic vision of Greta’s handlers enough to humiliate his grandfather on the Internet, but not enough to quit the massive combined carbon footprint of Viacom, Twitter, and Apple, or whatever he used to photograph grandpa and upload it to the Internet. It’s both a nice in-kind contribution to the Trump 2020 campaign, and a reminder that Grandpa Stefanowitz isn’t the hypocrite in his grandson’s personal psychodrama.

Worthwhile to visit the comments to see a picture of the “soyboy asshat”. Which is right in the vicinity of the comment that I borrowed for the title of this post.

Another one of the comments:

I read through some of the tweet thread. He says his grandpa figured out what it actually meant and thought it was funny. Brandon takes that as making it A-OK to have done what he did because everybody just needs to get a sense of humor. But here’s the thing: He didn’t mean it in a “sense of humor” way. He very clearly meant it in a mean-spirited “look at the dumb old man I tricked” way. And I can pretty much guarantee that his grandpa knew that and was deeply, deeply hurt by it but didn’t want to make waves. Because I’ve seen my siblings pull this type of shit with my parents and how it affects them while they’re trying not to appear hurt. Brandon Stefanowitz should be ashamed of himself, but since the left doesn’t actually feel shame, he won’t. That being said, whether he feels bad or not, he’s still a shitty, terrible person. As is every person who laughed about this and thought it was funny. Because no matter what he said, it was not meant in good fun. It was spiteful and hateful. But I guess we can at least give him credit for contributing to DJT’s re-election campaign.

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A Very Dangerous Game

“A 4GW Impeachment?” by William S. Lind from Martin Van Creveld’s website via Vox.

Impeachment could change that. President Trump’s supporters regard his election as proof their voices can be heard, that their interests will be considered in Washington. They know that to virtually all Democrats and some Republicans, they are “unpersons”. Why? Because they are White, male, or non-feminist female, straight, and mostly Christian. They are also struggling economically, which means they are not contributors to politicians’ campaigns. The coastal elites dismiss them as rubes and hicks inhabiting “flyover land”. The Democratic Party, which has embraced the ideology of cultural Marxism, considers them all inherently evil “oppressors” fit only to kiss the feet of blacks, immigrants, gays, feminists, etc., PC’s sainted “victims” groups.

Again, should a Warren win in 2020, President Trump’s supporters will not consider her (or him) a legitimate President. But if the unholy alliance between Democrats and the Deep State succeeds in driving President Trump from office through impeachment or some other means, that will be a very different story. At that point, the message to President Trump’s supporters will be, “Your votes don’t matter, because even if you elect a President, we will drive him from office and reduce you to a silent serfdom. You and your views are entitled to no representation. You are and will remain ‘unpersons.’”

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Nurse Ratched’s Revenge

Stanford professor who changed America with just one study was also a liar. Why are there so many mentally damaged, disabled, retarded, or simply incapacitated on the streets?

His research work was also groundbreaking. In 1973, Rosenhan published the paper “On Being Sane in Insane Places” in the prestigious journal Science, and it was a sensation. The study, in which eight healthy volunteers went undercover as “pseudopatients” in 12 psychiatric hospitals across the country, discovered harrowing conditions that led to national outrage. His findings helped expedite the widespread closure of psychiatric institutions across the country, changing mental-health care in the US forever.

Based on lies.

Meanwhile, I looked for the seven other pseudopatients and spent the next months of my life chasing ghosts. I hunted down rumors, pursuing one dead end after the next. I even hired a private detective, who got no further than I had.

After years of searching, I found only one pseudopatient who participated in the study and whose experience matched that of Rosenhan: Bill Underwood, who’d been a Stanford graduate student at the time.

The only other participant I discovered, Harry Lando, had a vastly different take. Lando had summed up his 19-day hospitalization at the US Public Health Service Hospital in San Francisco in one word: “positive.”

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Aztecs

From Niel Young’s, “Cortez the Killer

And the women all were beautiful
And the men stood
Straight and strong
They offered life in sacrifice
So that others could go on.

Indeed.

‘When the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan was consecrated in 1487 the Aztecs recorded that 84,000 people were slaughtered in four days. That is 21,000 sacrifices per day. I am not even mad about this — I am impressed. They didn’t even kill that many people at Auschwitz on the average day.’ As many reasons as the invading colonialists have to be ashamed, that they wiped a genocidal death cult off the planet is not one of them.

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