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October 26, 2008

Political Linkage

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Anna Schwartz thinks that there are good reasons to let large firms fail. (Link thanks to Marginal Revolution.)

* The Rawness demonstrates how to handle a condescending European.

* Arnold Kling isn't impressed by the macroeconomists. "Macroeconomics can tell us nothing useful about the current policy environment," he writes. "All we know for sure about what is taking place is that there has been a massive shift of power to Washington, with much more likely ahead."

* The rich may like McCain, but the super-rich will be voting for Obama.

* Those glossy and iconic new buildings in Dubai are being built on the backs of near-slave laborers.

* Bryan Appleyard meets with art critic John Berger, who is now 82 years old. Berger, a hard-core lefty, was a very big deal when Friedrich von Blowhard and I were back in college in the mid-'70s. Interesting to learn that Berger's still a true believer. Some people just can't let go of the dream, I guess.

* Richard Ebeling writes a nice appreciation of a personal fave of mine, the German economist Wilhelm Ropke.

* Modern Forager interviews Jennifer McLagan, author of "Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient." Nice quote: "All good chefs know the power of butter to add and carry flavour in a dish as well as deliver great mouth feel."

* Steve Sailer points out that by 2006 more than 40% of first-time homebuyers in California were making their purchase with no money down.

* And -- because politics is at best an unfortunate necessity while art can be a longlasting joy -- here's my music video find for the day: A sweetly cheery track by the brilliant Congolese soukous star Diblo Dibala. Listen to that guitar!

Learn a bit about Diblo Dibala here. Here's another hard-to-resist track.



posted by Michael at October 26, 2008


I enjoyed that video very much, both for the music and for its pretty young black women dancers. I liked the pleasure they so evidently took in their dancing. And the fact that no one could accuse them of looking either fat or unfeminine, a suggestion about black women I've encountered in too many commentators here.

I don't think there's anything wrong with being attracted to people of one particular colour, but I do think it's foolish to make sweeping generalizations like "black women are unfeminine".


Posted by: alias clio on October 27, 2008 1:03 PM

Aren't you confusing here and Roissy's?

Posted by: PatrickH on October 27, 2008 5:50 PM


You should keep in mind the distinction between African and African-AMERICAN.

There is also a distinction between feminity in one's sensuality versus one's interpersonal demeanor.

Will we be seeing some alterations in Clio's caucasianosity? :)

Posted by: Tupac Chopra on October 27, 2008 5:50 PM

And...anyone who says black women are unfeminine because they do tend to be higher T than white women, simply fails to appreciated the beauty of black women, in particular a certain prominent and mobile part of their anatomy, in beautiful black action in this video.

There's a joy to so much African music. A guitar player of great skill named Alpha Amadou Diallo (a real alpha, if you're lurking his work, you might learn something!) based in TO plays in a way that reminds me of the exquisite guitar in the video.

Thanks for posting it Michael. I need the refreshment of the fun side of 2Bs every now and then.

Posted by: PatrickH on October 27, 2008 5:56 PM

When Europeans make remarks about racist Australia, I simply advise them always to bring an umbrella down under. Should there be the slightest spit of rain on the streets of Sydney, hundreds of dark-skinned people will not suddenly appear to offer you a flimsy brolley for six euros, as they might do on the streets of Rome or Paris.

Dark-skinned people don't stand in the rain in Sydney. One might sell you an umbrella...if he owns an umbrella shop. In that case, you will have to go to him.

By the way, guys: in the unlikely event of a Veep Palin, all you Americans who'll be just too embarrassed to tell a European where you're from, there is a solution.

Posted by: Robert Townshend on October 27, 2008 6:59 PM

Scroll up from Bernanke Is Fighting The Last War to The Days Of Prosperity Are Over, by Arthur Laffer (he of the Laffer Curve). His article will freeze your soul. Instead of letting the markets do their work of punishing wrong economic decisions, Paulson, Bernanke & Co. have insured that we will enter a long and deep recession. Laffer argues convincingly that this is a certainty. Truly chilling.

Posted by: ricpic on October 27, 2008 8:35 PM

On several occasions a number of commentators here have proclaimed that they don't find black women attractive. And they made no distinction between African and African-American women, either. The comments usually occured in the context of discussing the traits in women that men find attractive, with several people stating that the reason pretty white women are universal objects of desire is that they are simply more attractive, and esp. more feminine, than black women - in an absolute, universal way.

I've seen this sort of discussion show up at Roissy's blog, but it has certainly appeared here as well.


Posted by: Alias Clio on October 28, 2008 12:43 AM

Black women are higher in T, and are less feminine in appearance, and definitely less feminine in behavior -- at the club I go to, black girls get into fist-fights more often than white *guys*. And these are guys who are in their prime years of violent tendencies -- like 17 and 18.

The average black American woman is taller than the average Vietnamese man -- and probably has a bigger phallus. Since race differences evolve faster than sex differences, there are a billion other examples like this.

What the hell this has to do with who I'm attracted to, I don't know. I dig black girls, and they dig me. I probably would have trouble finding one girly enough for me to date, but that's different from sheer attraction.

Half-black / half-white girls, though -- ah, now that's more like it. Just the right amount of insecurity from their white parent, and just the right amount of aggressiveness from their black parent. Plus they look hot: caramel skin, straight dark hair, large eyes and lips, wide hips and a motor-booty in back. Mmmm!

I'm thinking of the singer Mya, who gets mega-bonus points for not being a race radical like Alicia Keys (who has a man-face anyways).

Posted by: agnostic on October 28, 2008 12:48 AM

Hey Clio, white women ARE more attractive than black women. Sue me.

Posted by: ricpic on October 28, 2008 6:46 AM

I enjoyed Sundays machine gun links. I resisted the temptation to steal "how to deal with condescending Europeans" for my Facebook. I enjoyed his Europe articles. It was cool how he didn't bring up the fact that he was an African-American until the very end of his story. My favorite chuckle thou came from you in your John "hard-core lefty" Berger intro in which you concluded - "Some people just can't let go of the dream.." It brought to mind Tim Hardin's Zen-like song "Hang on to a Dream".

Over and out. mg

Posted by: mike gimble on October 28, 2008 11:26 AM

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