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April 08, 2003


Well, I scored an internship at a venture cap firm in San Francisco. So, I don't know how much I'll be around, I need to impress so that I can get a job somewhere by fall, when my savings will run out. (I don't want to have to sell my stocks).

I'd just like to point out some of "Silverrights" problems.

1) S/He claims that the "millions of white" meth users are not "scrutinized" because of their race. I suppose s/he has never heard any "white trash" "cracker" or other jokes about skanky white-trash meth addicts. I suppose s/he advocates throwing the users into prison like ......wait, users usually AREN'T thrown in prison...the DEALERS/TRAFFICKERS are (you can argue about definition of amounts used it "intent to distribute" charges, but that's the whole point--the small-time users aren't jailed or aren't jailed for a long time). Who are the dealers/traffickers (at least in CA, where I live)? Sorry to be politically incorrect, but they're mainly Mexicans. No, I don't think that's due to their race. I think you have a market, (legal or illegal) and people move to fill it.

2) His/Her "rubbish" argument about Mr. Chin is just that....rubbish. A primary problem with people's understanding of genetics and traits stems from assigning certain INDIVIDUAL traits to a person's genetic background. At that level of granularity, it can't be done (with a few exceptions). Of course, there are plenty of high-SAT scoring African-descended Americans. However, there aren't nearly the same number, even when controlled for income, of high SAT-scoring blacks as there are whites or East+South Asians.

3) As for criminality in general, it's clear that blacks commit proportionately more crimes than whites and Asians. That's a fact. Period. The pertinent question is why. I differ from some of my blogmates here in ascribing most of the blame to the huge number of fatherless young black men, the main cause of that being, in my opinion the highly destructive effects of welfare (again, economics matter, as much as our Marxist friend over at SilverRights would like to ignore them).

Anyhow. just some venting. I don't know how much I'll be posting, as I need to get up to speed on these business plans to look over, proffer opinions on how many millions to throw at them and the like. Which is much more rewarding than arguing with a religiously fanatic Leftist/Marxist. (who doesn't have comments at his/her site--indicative of the depths of his/her Maoism).

Posted by david at 09:53 AM


Posted by: nietzsche at April 8, 2003 10:09 AM

Yeah, I hope the internship leads to even better things. :)

Posted by: Jason Malloy at April 8, 2003 10:50 AM

yo, man, that is phat.

btw, i am open to any explanations group differences. i think genetic ones are valid-but cultural ones are crucial too. in fact, the two are hard to separate and initial biological differences that are minor are often amplified by environmental differences....

Posted by: razib at April 8, 2003 01:28 PM

Silvernights says:

"This is, of course, what we saw previously with our specimen, Alpha Male. Bigots take a behavior of an individual and claim it is a trait of some group the individual belongs to. Chin, the Afro-Asian billionaire must be a successful businessman because of his Asian ancestry and a good athlete because of his African ancestry, according to the Gene Expressors"

I found it interesting in light of recent statistics reported on this site and a few others indicating that in the US, East Asian Males and Black females weren't "hooking up".

As to:
"take a behavior of an individual and claim it is a trait of some group the individual belongs to."

I never did such a thing. I just found his story and background interesting. Seeing as this is a site that is interested in Human Biodiversity, I thought Mr. Chin would be an interesting topic. If she had actually read the article she would have found out this concerning his parents:

"Lee-Chinís parents led hectic lives, opening a modest store, Super Plus, which has since grown into Jamaicaís largest grocery chain. His mother held down jobs as a bookkeeper at a hotel owned by grocery-king Galen Westonís brother, Grainger, and as an Avon saleslady; she also hawked subscriptions to Readerís Digest. Before opening his own convenience store, his father sold Singer sewing machines and worked as a grocery clerk. Lee-Chin helped out, routinely making an early-morning 100-kilometre trek to Kingston by bus to fulfill Avon orders for his mom, and working after school in the family store."

To me, a person can make the case from this single example that Mr. Chin's success came solely from observing his parent's hard work and from working in their store.

I don't believe I have ever assigned an individual trait to a person's genetic background, although if I had indeed stated that, I am clearly wrong. Again, I found his story interesting from a HBD point of view.

Posted by: the alpha male at April 8, 2003 01:31 PM


Posted by: Tora at April 8, 2003 01:52 PM

Hey Tora, seriously, what's Islam's idea on VC? I would think it'd be ok, because it supports real work.

Just curious. I've been seeing more and more articles on the attempt to turn Malaysia into the center of "Islamic banking." I think it's rather interesting how the ban on usury is being circumvented.


Posted by: David at April 8, 2003 03:20 PM

Good for you, man. Enjoy San Francisco.

Posted by: duende at April 8, 2003 04:11 PM

hope you enjoy san fran, used to live there myself.

Posted by: scott at April 8, 2003 05:05 PM

dude-you used to live there??? i thought you were from watts bro....

Posted by: razib at April 8, 2003 05:11 PM

Good for you. have fun in SF.

Posted by: -R at April 8, 2003 07:19 PM

i think dave is a UC-berkely man, he knows SF....

Posted by: razib at April 8, 2003 07:21 PM