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Iceland and Utah

Utah’s economy is still doing relatively well, owing to our status as the only place in the country where people build homes that also has water and soil and less than 45 minute drives between subdivisions and minimalls. It helps that the predominant religion maintains that being stupid is not only stupid, but also sinful. However, we do share one thing with Iceland: a counterfactual inbreeding meme:

5. “Icelanders are among the most inbred human beings on earth — geneticists often use them for research.”

Now this is insulting. Icelanders’ DNA shows their roots to be a healthy mix between Nordic Y chromosomes and X chromosomes from the British Isles. The reason genetic-research company deCODE uses Icelandic genes for its research is not because the codes are so homogeneous, but because the population has kept excellent genealogical records dating back thousands of years.

Heh… my bio major friends have to destroy the Utah version of this rumor on a daily basis. The best part is that Pioneer stock Mormons are actually one of the more genetically diverse populations of white Americans, owing to frequent intermarriage between first generation immigrants, due to a shared religious identity which effectively negated ethnic tensions. Only in the twentieth century was the same commonplace outside of Mormondom.

[Daily Intel]

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Better Pot Policy

Kleiman explores marijuana decriminalization:

I’m not a big fan of legalization on the alcohol model; a legal pot industry, like the legal booze and gambling industries, would depend for the bulk of its sales on excessive use, which would provide a strong incentive for the marketing effort to aim at creating and maintaining addiction. So I continue to favor a “grow your own” policy, under which it would be legal to grow, possess, and use cannabis and to give it away, but illegal to sell it. Of course there would be sales, and law enforcement agencies would properly mostly ignore those sales. But there wouldn’t be billboards.

My stoner friend suggested precisely the same thing several months ago.

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The Silver Lining

As the New Great Depression deepens, some good indicators from the twitternets:

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hipster zeitgeist

Carles captures the spirit of the times:

Are yall scared about ‘getting older’ and ‘losing ur swagger’?
What r u doing 2 deal with ‘growin up’ or r u ‘just gonna die young or live 4ever’?

I’m pretty sure I’ll die before I’m forty. Sure, I eat well and don’t do drugs or alco-pops, but for some reason I woke up with heartburn this morning. I’m hoping I die at 29 so I can be like Percy Bysshe Shelley, only without the free luvs (gross).

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Mah Fave Quotez

“Let others complain that the times are wicked. I complain that they are paltry; for they are without passion.”
-Kierkegaard

“In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.'”
-George Orwell

“After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.”
-Spock

“The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony.”
-Susan Sontag

“I don’t might straight people so long as they act gay in public.”
-Nate Davis

“An artificial appropriation of different styles from different eras, the hipster represents the end of Western civilization – a culture lost in the superficiality of its past and unable to create any new meaning.”
-Douglas Haddow (ostensibly not a hipster)

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Facebook is five, but will it survive until puberty?

The internets are buzzing with the purely numerological news-item that Face-book is now five years auld. Apparently, Mark Zuckerberg’s days are numbered and “the toughest challenge is yet to come.” Observe:

However, the next five years look a lot tougher for Facebook. The honeymoon period is well and truly over, and there is anecdotal evidence, at least, that “Facebook fatigue” is setting in with some users. The greatest difficulty the website faces is “user stickiness” – remaining sufficiently dynamic, interesting and relevant to retain its members.

It’s easy– get rid of those boorish prudes from high school who never log on, and when they do, it’s only to post pictures of the prudish escapades they are getting themselves into in Provo or Logan or wherever the hell they are. Then get rid of “poking” and hire Farhad Manjoo to fix everything, because he is the uber-geek.

[Telegraph]

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A gem from Wikipedia

From the article on Wonkette:

Under [Ana Marie Cox’s] tenure, Wonkette became known for its sharp, sarcastic, intelligent voice, and for its mixture of heady political discourse with repeated references to gin and anal sex.

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White folks won’t become a minority anytime soon

Jeff Jacoby points out the twisted statistics people are using to show that the evil white people who rule our land will soon be only a plurality:

Whites today account for nearly 80 percent of the US population. In 2050, they’ll constitute 74 percent – still a very hefty majority.

So what explains the persistent drumbeat about the impending white minority? A statistical distortion: the exclusion of Hispanic whites. If only non-Hispanic whites are counted, the white population today amounts to 66 percent of the total, and will hit around 46 percent by 2050.

So basically, whites will only be a minority if you use David Duke’s definition of “white.” The money quote:

For generations, “whites” have been hearing that they are about to be engulfed by unassimilable foreign races, and for centuries those “races” have eventually become – white!

It turns out I’m only a quarter white, due to an unfortunate infusion of inferior Celtic, Hebraic, and Scandinavian genes.

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Corinthian leather

As I am currently being subjected, against my own will, to the Red Hot Chili Peppers (it’s only fair, as I’ve been blasting good music all day) I am remembering the glorious past:

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Livni is a baddass

From the Sunday Times:

The [ex-]frontrunner to become Israel’s next prime minister, Tzipi Livni, was a Paris agent for Mossad, Israel’s overseas intelligence agency, in the early 1980s when it ran a series of missions to kill Palestinian terrorists in European capitals, according to former colleagues.

They say Livni, now foreign minister, was on active service when Mamoun Meraish, a senior official in the Palestine Liberation Organisation, was shot dead by a Mossad hit squad in Athens on August 21, 1983. She was not directly involved in the killing, in which two young men on a motorcycle drew alongside Meraish’s car and opened fire, but her role in Mossad remains secret.

Shortly afterwards Livni resigned and returned to Israel to complete her law studies, citing the pressures of the job.

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