The Impact of Immigration

Here is a chart of the absolute number of immigrants admitted to the United States as permanent residents for the years 1820–2017 according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Yearbook of Immigration Statistics 2017.  (Click on these charts to expand to full resolution.)

U.S. Immigration: 1820–2017... [Read More]


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Thanks, Google Chrome — I Wanted to Spend Friday Night Troubleshooting

I’ll just be brief here. I have had a recurring issue for a LONG time, wherein my wifi connection drops and will not come back. I am using time-honored troubleshooting methodology such as powering everything down from the keyboard to the wall, and then powering up from the wall to the keyboard; re-booting three times (language warning), and periodically staring at the resource monitor while swearing and pulping a potato in each hand.

First the web goes dark with sites not loading (not resolving, technically), and then the whole machine gets bogged down.  Even after shutting down Chrome, it still has tens of processes sucking up processor power, RAM, network, or a combination.  Sometimes quitting Chrome will help, but usually not.  I found a culprit that I’m not used to seeing, taking up fifteen percent of CPU while everything else (including habitual offenders like Skype, Chrome, and of course System, which pays its own way no problem) each had less than one percent.  This new thing is called “software_reporter_tool.exe”, and I smelled a rat!... [Read More]


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The King is Probably Dead

The King is probably dead! Long live the King!

My beloved early 2013 HP Envy, which has literally been through a war zone, will give up the ghost at some point. I have already replaced it twice (three times if you count re-incarnation), once with an HP tablet-hinge-PC thing which black screens occasionally, so I never moved aboard, and once with this magnificent Microsoft Surface 5, which brings me to you today. I have run this machine as a power traveler, never intending for it to become the one-and-only. It is my main machine, but I don’t have any games or novelty software. This one hosts Scrivener writing, a Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) version of Ubunyu (text-only, which is the goal), and some goodies such as PuTTY and FileZilla. The old HP has my Oracle VirtualBoxen, some DosBoxen, World of Tanks (a huge install with the potential to be full of whatever spyware or malware might come through), Audacity, a huge variety of toy-and-project software, and what seems like every browser known to man. It also hosts a ton of media.... [Read More]


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How do we know Mitt Romney really lost the 2012 election?

I say that because watching the last few days I’ve noticed that the left has gotten really brazen about stuffing ballot boxes. Kind of like they’ve got a lot of practice at it, and they aren’t worried about getting caught or facing consequences if they do.

And why should they? The GOP candidate can be counted on to just go away quietly, conceding, and no one ever tells rank-and-file Republicans that election results might be phony.... [Read More]


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Why I am grateful for the Reformation and Martin Luther

We have just had a big thread about the Catholic Church and it has brought something into focus for me. I do not believe the modern world would have happened without the Reformation. The Catholic Church supported Monarchy, centralized control, and a few men accumulating power.

As conservatives we talk about Scottish and French Enlightenments. Well, one was in a Catholic country and one was not. We know how they turned out. Northern Europe, with its Protestant Work Ethic has long been less corrupt in function that Southern, Catholic, Europe. Capitalism as we understand it was born in Northern Europe, with the Dutch, and later spread to England. Would a Catholic England have taken it up?... [Read More]


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Do Video Productions Give Flickering Insight into Modern Russia?

My wife, a great video fan, largely selects our programming from among DirecTV (soon to be shed due to high cost and emerging streaming alternatives), Netflix and Prime Video. For years, BBC has been a go-to source, usually via Prime. Alas, she is someone who usually multi-tasks with her laptop while watching TV, which has ruled out watching foreign language videos with English subtitles. Until about a week ago…

…when she discovered several Russian language video series, which came as an enormous surprise. Each consists of 8 – 10 episodes of around 50 minutes. First came Ekaterina: The Rise of Catherine the Great. Then we watched Rasputin. We are now into Sophia – the story Sophia Palaiologina, daughter of the brother of the last Byzantine emperor, who had been defeated by Ottoman Turks. Sophia was taken under Papal protection to Rome, where she was raised (ostensibly Catholic despite her having been Eastern Orthodox as a young child) and later offered by Pope Sixtus IV in marriage to Ivan III of Muscovy. This was a cynical attempt to capture the Orthodox Prince to Roman Catholicism, and much intrigue is on display in several dimensions.... [Read More]


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New York Mag: break up the United States

Even lily white liberals of the blue check bubble cities are starting to notice that we’re not a country so much as countries bound together by current law. As the years have gone by, I’ve become more and more a believer in the idea that once a country gets too big, it simply cannot be unified, that factionalism will multiply to the point that the various peoples simply have nothing in common.  I think I have more in common with a rural shop worker in some Czech or Polish backwoods town than I do with a creepy porn lawyer working in Los Angeles. Even our cultural betters are starting to say that “this arranged marriage isn’t working anymore”.

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Amy Wax on the State of the Academy

You may recall that Amy Wax, professor at U. Penn law school, got herself in some trouble last year for stating some hate facts. She brings us up to date on her interactions with the university administration and the academy in general. She concludes with an exhortation to “de-fund the Ivies.” She and Heather Mac Donald will be coauthoring an article on that subject.

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Gender-Queer Drag Queen Says Quantum Mechanics Explains Unlimited Genders

Reporter Megan Fox found an interesting hook for discussing my recent physics publication.

“Atomic physics kind of backed off from the Newtonian assumption of an objective reality to describe how atomic physics works,” said Schantz. “Physicists were operating under the assumption that there was no such thing as cause and effect. There is a strong desire in philosophy to undercut reality. Much like Plato’s allegory of the cave, they want to say all we have is a distorted version of reality and we cannot know what is real. You can see it in physics, that it has fallen out of favor to question how we know what we know. Instead we get propagandizing.”... [Read More]


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Knowledge Base: Verse, Line Breaks, and White Space

When including poetry or other kinds of text in which line breaks are significant, you’ll want to keep WordPress from flowing the text from line to line based upon the width of the window, but instead place the line breaks yourself.  Simply pressing the “Enter” key at the end of each line, however, makes each line its own paragraph, which adds white space between the lines and looks ugly.  For example, here is one of my favourite Dorothy Parker poems formatted this way.

Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,... [Read More]


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