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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Another vestigial sagittal crest

This is Shannon J. Miles, who is being charged today with having shot that sheriff's deputy in the back at that gas station in Houston yesterday:


From Wikipedia:

A sagittal crest is a ridge of bone running lengthwise along the midline of the top of the skull (at the sagittal suture) of many mammalian and reptilian skulls, among others.

The presence of this ridge of bone indicates that there are exceptionally strong jaw muscles. The sagittal crest serves primarily for attachment of the temporalis muscle, which is one of the main chewing muscles...

Sagittal crests are found in robust great apes, and some early hominids (Paranthropus). Prominent sagittal crests are found among male gorillas and orangutans, and do occur but only rarely in male chimpanzees such as Bili Apes.

The largest sagittal crest ever discovered in the human lineage belongs to the "Black Skull", Paranthropus aethiopicus, the earliest known robust hominid ancestor and the oldest robust australopithecine discovered to date. The prominence of the crest appears to have been an adaptation for the aethiopicus's heavy chewing, and the Black Skull's cheek teeth are correspondingly large. Smaller sagittal crests are also present on the skulls of other Paranthropines, including Paranthropus boisei and Paranthropus robustus.

Here is a picture of that skull: 


Friday, August 28, 2015

Race relations in a nutshell


(Vester Flanagan and Alison Parker, whom he murdered)

A NY Post article today listed some of the examples of behavior by whites which Vester Flanagan deemed racist:

“We would say stuff like, ‘The reporter’s out in the field.’ And [Flanagan] would look at us and say, ‘What are you saying, cotton fields? That’s racist,’ ” [cameraman Trevor] Fair recounted….

Flanagan assumed everything was a jab this race, even when a manager brought in watermelon for all employees.

“Of course, he thought that was racist. He was like, ‘You’re doing that because of me.’ No, the general manager brought in watermelon for the entire news team. He’s like, ‘Nope, this is out for me. You guys are calling me out because I’m black.’ ”

Flanagan even declared that ­7-Eleven was racist because it sold watermelon-flavored Slurpees.


Alison Parker once said within earshot of Flanagan that she would be "swinging by" a certain location and Flanagan evidently complained that that was racist, presumably because he thought she was making a reference to monkeys swinging in trees.

Liberals will dismiss all this as the rantings of a lone loon.

But was Flanagan's thought process rally all that different from the politically correct norm? For example, Janet Napolitano, President of the prestigious University of California, has been training professors to avoid "microaggressions" like describing America as the "land of opportunity," since that implies that people of color fail based on merit.

Other examples of "microaggressions" include such well intentioned comments as describing America as a melting pot; stating that there is only one race, the human race; and using "he" as a generic pronoun for all people.

Or think of the positions that the Black Lives Matter movement takes. Their core belief seems to be that blacks are in constant danger from whites, especially white cops. To this day they still insist, despite all evidence to the contrary, that Michael Brown was an innocent victim. And when someone -- like Democratic Presidential candidate Martin O'Malley -- says that all lives matter, the BLM crowd becomes enraged and demands an apology.

And the mainstream media -- i.e., the respectable media -- continues to push the narrative that blacks are at risk from whites, when the opposite is far more true. (When blacks commit violence, they choose whites as their victims 47.7% of the time, as opposed to whites choosing black victims only 3.9% of the time.)

In this atmosphere, is it all that surprising that a hothouse flower like Vester Flanagan would bloom? Flanagan wasn't so much an anomaly as a result of the agenda pushed by Napolitano and BLM and the NY Times and their ilk. When you goad a borderline personality like Flanagan on with nonstop talk about white racism, eventually he will see nothing but racism.

Of course, when a Vester Flanagan explodes and murders whites, it's never treated as a racial crime. It's only mentioned -- as the White House chose to do yesterday -- as an example of why we need more gun control.

But, more and more people seem to be waking up to the hypocrisy. They realize they're being sold a bill of goods, and are getting sick of it.

And, more than anything else, it's that false narrative that actually causes anti-gay and anti-black feelings. It's like having a roommate with a narcissistic personality: you don't end up resenting him because of his annoying little habits so much as because of his overwhelming hypocrisy.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What will the upshot of these murders be?


Vester Lee Flanagan, a gay, black, former reporter for a local TV station in Roanoke, Virginia, gunned down two white employees of that station in a murder which he recorded and posted to Facebook. Flanagan, who worked professionally under the name Bryce Williams, sent a 23-page manifesto to ABC News in which he said:

“What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them. As for Dylann Roof? You (deleted)! You want a race war (deleted)? BRING IT THEN YOU WHITE …(deleted)!!!”

This makes Flanagan pretty much the black equivalent of Dylann Roof, the Charleston shooter. He only killed two people, as opposed to the nine whom Roof killed. But in his manifesto Flanagan expressed admiration for Virginia Tech mass murderer Seung-Hui Cho and also the Columbine killers for their prolific numbers. 

And his motivation was the same as Roof's: race war. 

Roof's shootings remained on the front page of the New York Times, in one form or other, for roughly ten days. As a results of his mass murder, six states banned the confederate flag, and so did a number of corporations. President Obama flew to South Carolina to attend the funerals of the victims and delivered a eulogy. There was much talk of the scourge of white racism and how terrible it is when blacks are the victims of white violence. 

Will President Obama attend the funerals of the newswoman and cameraman who were killed in Roanoke? 

Will rivers of ink be spilled bemoaning the scourge of black-on-white violence? 

Will the NY Times keep this story on the front page for more than a week? 

Will there be calls for the banishment of some symbol of black nationalism?

Rhetorical questions, obviously. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

A murderer from Central Casting

You may have read of the Louisiana state trooper who was shot and killed yesterday after stopping to help a stranded motorist. From the AP article:

Senior Trooper Steven Vincent, 43, died Monday, a day after an apparently stranded motorist shot him in the head and then stood over him to tell him he was going to die soon, state police said.

Authorities plan to charge Kevin Daigle with first-degree murder in the trooper’s slaying. Vincent had been trying to help a man whose pickup truck was stuck sideways in a ditch, Col. Mike Edmonson said.


Killing someone who is only trying to help you is a particularly vile form of murder. And standing above him to tell him he's about to die is about the most vicious form of gloating imaginable.

Now it turns out that Daigle is also suspected of having murdered his roommate right before killing Vincent. This would, technically, make him a serial killer. 

I was struck by this photograph of Kevin Daigle taken after he was in custody:


He really looks evil. There's not only no remorse in that expression, there actually seems to be a look of triumph. He's looking straight into the camera lens as if daring us to do something about it. His eyebrows have a somewhat devilish arch. And he has those thin lips I keep seeing on Caucasian sociopaths.

I was surprised to read that Daigle is only 54.   

And I was glad to read that Louisiana has the death penalty. Hopefully he'll never get to be as old as he already looks. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Larger questions raised by the King incident

Why would a Caucasian willingly give up his "white privilege" in order to masquerade as a black person?

What privileges does being black convey?

What would the reaction be if there were college scholarships (like the one Oprah provided for King at Morehouse) which were de facto made available only to whites?

(Speaking of traditionally black colleges like Morehouse, how is it possible for them to provide a worthwhile education to their students without the marvelous benefits of diversity?)

What does it say about the Black Lives Matter movement that it would attract a sociopathic con artist like King, and that he fooled so many within its ranks?

What type of person enjoys posing as a victim when he is not one? What type of organization does the same?

What does it say about the Daily Kos that he blogs there?

When someone tries to stir up racial resentment and animosity by claiming to have been attacked by a "racist mob of rednecks" when in fact that did not occur, is that not a racially-motivated hate crime in and of itself?

Why are such hoaxes never prosecuted as such?

And why does the mainstream media never ask these questions?

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Sociopath alert: Shaun King


Shaun King has been dubbed "Dolezal II" by a number of outlets this past week for having perpetrated a similar scam.

What kind of person keeps up a long-running subterfuge like that? A brief glimpse into King's life, and his own words, as reported in this CNN article, tell you all you need to know: he is indeed a sociopath. A few excerpts (in italics):

"I refuse to speak in detail about the nature of my mother's past, or her sexual partners, and I am gravely embarrassed to even be saying this now, but I have been told for most of my life that the white man on my birth certificate is not my biological father and that my actual biological father is a light-skinned black man," he said.

Have you ever heard the expression, "He's the type of guy who'd throw his own mother under the bus"? Meet Shaun King. King is essentially trying to maintain his scam here by calling his own mother a whore.

Note that he says he "refuse[s] to speak in detail about the nature of my mother's past" -- what a gentleman! Also note that he claims to be "gravely embarrassed." Except that sociopaths don't feel embarrassment.

Shaun King's statement is even less credible given that he looks just like "the white man on my birth certificate," Jeffery Wayne King:


If in fact Jeffery Wayne King were not his biological father, that would be a remarkable coincidence.

"It is horrifying to me that my most personal information, for the most nefarious reasons, has been forced out into the open and that my private past and pain have been used as jokes and fodder to discredit me and the greater movement for justice in America," King wrote [on his blog at the Daily Kos].

But the one who "forced" this "personal" and "private" information out into the open in the first place was King himself, by claiming to be black.

Wrapping oneself in the flag is typical sociopathy. King tries to imply here that those who have exposed him as white are trying to discredit the movement for "justice" in America. This is a time-tested technique for trying to deflect attention from oneself.

King later Tweeted, "This attack isn't about me so much, but is about derailing Black Lives Matter and the movement against police brutality."

Translation: if you claim King is white, you are supporting police brutality.

CNN's Don Lemon exchanged text messages with King on Wednesday night and asked him directly whether he was black or white.

"Initially, he did not answer but later referred to himself as biracial," Lemon said. "But then when I asked him if that's what it shows on his birth certificate I did not hear back from him. No answer on that."


It takes a little while to get your lies together, which is why sociopaths are often slow to answer personal questions.

In one of a series of tweets Wednesday, King said, "First off, the key facts about my biological relatives are all wrong. They tried, but my family, like many of yours, is one big mess."

After all, all families are just big, complicated aggregations of imperfect humanity, are they not? So why should his be any different?

He also compared his situation to President Obama's "birther" controversy. "In essence, what is happening to me now, is like conservatives demanding Obama's long form birth certificate," he tweeted.

Yet another tactic from the sociopathic playbook is equating oneself to someone perceived (by some) as noble and exalted. In other words: Don't you even see? I'm another Barack Obama!

(Note to Shaun: next time, aim for Nelson Mandela.)

On Thursday, King wrote: "Never have I once identified myself as white. Not on forms, not for convenience or privilege, and not for fun and games, have I ever identified myself as white. I was never a white guy pretending to be black. Not once, ever, did it occur to me that I was being phony or fraudulent or fake."

This sort of overemphasis is also typical of liars: Never…once…not…not…not…ever….never..not once, ever. And it wasn't enough to say that it never occurred to him that he was being phony. He had to say that it never occurred to him that he was phony OR fraudulent OR fake. (What's the diff?)

King is not only innocent, he is, like OJ Simpson, absolutely, 100 percent, not guilty.

And, since we already know King is lying about his race, for him to say it never occurred to him that he was lying is simply another lie. In any case, describing his own feelings, falsely or not, would hardly constitute proof of his veracity.

Another charge against King is that he lied about being the victim of a hate crime 20 years ago when he was a high school student in Versailles, Kentucky.

King said he was beaten by a "racist mob of rednecks" so badly that he missed almost two years of school while recovering from fractures to his face and ribs as well as severe injuries to his spine. A Forbes magazine profile called it "one of the first registered hate crimes" in Kentucky history.

"In March of 1995, it all boiled over and a racist mob of nearly a dozen students beat me severely, first punching me from all sides, then, when I cradled into a fetal position on the ground they stomped me mercilessly, some with steel-toed boots, for about 20 seconds," wrote King.

"I had fractures in my face and ribs, but most badly damaged was my spine. I ended up having three spinal surgeries and missed 20 months of school over it. My entire family endured this deeply painful time in my life ranging from the surgeries, the brutal recovery, physical therapy, and professional counseling. It was rougher than my words will ever do justice."

The Blaze disputes King's claims, citing police reports and witness statements that describe his injuries as minor and the incident as a fight between him and another person, not a beat down from a racist mob. The Blaze also reported that the FBI didn't have any record of hate crime incidents reported in Versailles in 1995.


According to the Blaze report, the detective assigned to the case said that witnesses reported that King threatened to break a female student's neck if she didn't repay him the $8 he felt she owed him, and shoved her against a wall. The girl's ex-boyfriend then defended her and got into a fight with King, which resulted in "minor" injuries to King.

Falsely claiming to be a victim is of course another typical sociopathic behavior. And it's exactly the kind of hoax you'd expect from someone who wrongly labels his own mother a whore.

You needn't be part of "a racist mob of rednecks" to recognize that Shaun King is a sociopath. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Gorilla muscle

I stumbled across this picture of a gorilla yesterday --


-- and was struck by how much his musculature resembled a man on steroids. From time to time, usually in connection with various athletes, I've pointed out that the most common steroid signatures for men are (A) the emphasis they bring to the definition between the pectoral muscles, (B) humped, convex trapezius muscles (the ones running from the shoulders to the neck), and (C) notably convex deltoids, especially for Caucasians (who generally don't get them otherwise). Other signs include convex but well defined stomach muscles.

Here is are two more indicative photos of gorillas:



If you Google-image "before and after steroids" you'll get a lot of pictures like these:




Both men show the typical transformation.

Here is a picture of what is supposed to be a gorilla without hair:


It looks as if the artist anthropomorphized a bit here, since the pectorals and hands and feet look more human than gorilla, and the forearms are too short. But it's still striking how much the gorilla resembles a bodybuilder on steroids.

(What would happen if you put a gorilla on steroids?)

It seems that men who go on steroids want to get in touch with their inner gorilla. Or, at least, their outer gorilla.

Can't say I blame them.

But it all looks more natural -- and therefore more magnificent -- on a gorilla. The humans, with their store-bought muscles, mostly just look silly.

Monday, August 17, 2015

My testosterone level

I had my first checkup in four years a week ago. I asked the doctor if he could get my testosterone number along with the usual set of statistics when they analyzed my blood sample.

A few days ago my doctor reported back that my testosterone level was 502 nano grams per deciliter, or, as he put it, "perfectly normal."

I then looked it up and found that the average healthy adult male ranges from 270 to 1070, but that after the age of 30, testosterone tends to decline roughly 1% per year.

I had, of course, secretly been hoping that my number would come in above average, so was a little disappointed to be so middle of the road. I suppose I can still hope that they caught me on a day when I was at low ebb (levels do fluctuate).

Then again, maybe they caught me at high tide.

But, the doctor confirmed what I had always suspected: I am merely average.

In any case, that finding confirms that this is in fact not a ballsy blog, merely an honest one.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Prehistoric (?) Man, Part III

I should make clear, I'm no expert on human evolution. I don't know which branches of the family tree contributed to the current gene pool, and which turned out to be dead ends. I'm merely an interested layman trying to learn about it.

But the more I read, the more it becomes apparent that the experts don't really know all that much, either. Virtually every major aspect of human evolution is still a subject of debate. For instance, we now know that all non-sub-Saharan peoples average between 1 and 4% Neanderthal genes. But why did the Neanderthals disappear? Were they killed by the Cro Magnons or simply absorbed into their gene pool?

Likewise, no one is really sure whether Homo erectus originated in Africa and then migrated elsewhere, or whether he evolved in Asia and then migrated back to Africa. There are also differing opinions on whether Homo erectus is in fact the same species as Homo ergaster. If so, then it seems much more likely that Homo erectus was a direct ancestor of Homo heidelbergensis, Neanderthals, and Homo sapiens (us).

But, no one knows for sure.

A more emotionally-tinged topic seems to be, how long ago did the current races separate? Was it closer to 50,000, or 200,000 years ago? The debate continues.

In any case, I don't even know enough to have an opinion. All I can do is look at the forensic reconstructions from the skulls of primitive man and marvel at the directions evolution has taken us. Sometimes, I also marvel at how much similarity "primitive" man has to modern day humans.

A few examples of the latter:

An artist's reconstruction of a Neanderthal:


American singer, pianist, comedian, and actor Jimmy Durante:


Here is an actual life mask of Durante's face:


Another artist's conception of Neanderthal man --


-- who looks like a cross between professional wrestler Triple H --


-- and Beach Boy Dennis Wilson:


Another conception of Neanderthal --


-- who resembles Javier Bardem:


A Neanderthal --


-- who somehow looks like John Amos:


A Neanderthal --


-- who looks like Charlton Heston:



This Neanderthal --


-- could be a slightly more grown up version of the Feral Boy from Road Warrior:



And this Neanderthal --


-- bears a passing resemblance to actor Robert Forster:



Even earlier species of Homo look a little like modern people. This Homo erectus --


-- does not look all that different from a modern day Australian aborigine:


Other early humans call to mind various recent celebrities. This Homo ergaster --


-- has the same vestigial sagittal crest as actor Michael Clarke Duncan:


This Homo ergaster --


-- has a sneer not unlike Gary Coleman's:



And this Homo erectus --


-- calls to mind Patrick Ewing:


This Homo erectus --


-- bears a resemblance to Pablo Picasso:


This Homo erectus --


-- looks a little like Don Cheadle:



And this picture of a modern human with a Homo erectus looks --


-- a little like two boxers facing off while receiving their instructions at the start of a match. (Somehow you just know the guy on the left is going to lose.)

The official line is that all of these early precursors to mankind have disappeared. But is it really that clear?

It doesn't seem entirely coincidental that most of the Neanderthals call to mind various whites, whereas the representations of Homo ergaster and Homo erectus make one think mostly of various blacks.

The more I look at these pictures, the more I see the current racial tensions as not so much as the Jets vs. the Sharks from West Side Story, but as Neanderthals vs. Cro Magnons, Part II. It's happening in slow motion; but that's how evolution always appears to those undergoing it.

(One wonders if the Neanderthals ever had a leader, like Bill Clinton, who said he looked forward to the day when his type was in the minority.)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Two serial killers in one


Commenter "Runner Katy" recently alerted me to the above woman, 68-year-old Tamara Samsonova, who evidently murdered 14 people and is thought to have eaten some of them.

Women serial killers are extremely rare. The most famous is probably Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute who killed several of her johns in order to rob them. There have been a couple of female landladies who killed their tenants in order to be able to cash their pension checks. And a few women have been given the label after accompanying their serial killer husbands or boyfriends.

But a woman who is a lone serial killer without a financial motive is almost unheard of. From what's known so far, Tamara Samsonova seems to be one such, and has admitted as much in her diary. She started at a relatively advanced age, too, which is also extremely rare.

Samsonova seems to have incorporated elements from a couple other infamous serial killers' playbooks into her modus operandi.

Many of Samsonova's victims had their lungs removed from their bodies; she is thought to have eaten those, and possibly other body parts -- just like Jeffrey Dahmer.

And she claimed she was "tortured" by a maniacal spirit which forced her to perform these gruesome acts -- just like Son of Sam.

To the end, her only concern was for herself. She told the assembled reporters, "I knew you would come….It's such a disgrace for me."

Despite her words, though, she seemed completely unashamed, as is shown by the way she blew kisses to reporters in court. (See video here.)

Despite her commonalities with Dahmer and Son of Sam, as far as is known, Samsonova was not particularly interested in either of them. She was, however, reported to have been obsessed with prolific Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo:


And like Chikatilo, Samsonova had those thin lips I keep seeing with Caucasian serial killers:


(I know it makes no sense, and I can't explain that would be, but I keep seeing it, as I've said several times elsewhere in this blog.)

In a way, Samsonova is scarier than most serial killers simply because you never expect it from a little old lady. It's almost as disconcerting as finding out that an 8-year-old is a serial killer. There's no financial reason for it, and there's no sexual reason for it. All that's left is pure, raw malice, of which there has to be more than the usual amount given the lack of other motivations.

There's simply a hunger -- literally, in Samsonova's case -- to kill.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Prehistoric man, Part II

After putting up that post of July 31st, I can't stop thinking about human evolution and some of our early ancestors. In particular, Neanderthals, Homo heidelbergensis, and Homo erectus, who lived from 1.8 million years ago to just 70,000 years ago.

Neanderthals are thought to have died out a mere 30,000 years ago, and the human genome has been unraveled to the point where it's now apparent that most non-African peoples have between one and four percent Neanderthal ancestry.


Acromegalic men, like Russian boxer Nikolai Valuev (a former two time WBA heavyweight champion), often have an eerily Neanderthal-ish look:


The word "Neanderthal" has been used as an insulting term for someone who is brutish, unintelligent, and boorish. In certain circles, it was used as an epithet for paleoconservatives.


But since it has emerged that all non-Africans do in fact have Neanderthal ancestry, this stigma seems to have abated. The idea that this fellow could have been one's great great grandfather is not entirely without appeal:


If you saw him walking down the street in New York City -- dressed a little differently -- you might just think he was a wrestler from (the country of) Georgia, like Eldar Kurtanidze:


In any case, "Neanderthal" is no longer a dirty word, and Neanderthal ancestry is even a point of pride to some.

It seems likely that sooner or later some well-preserved, analyzable piece of Erectus DNA will be found and we can solve the mystery of how many erectus genes have survived to the present day, and in which populations. If so, it certainly seems possible that Homo Erectus may undergo a similar image makeover, and that people will take pride in their Erectus ancestry.

The term "homo erectus" has long been used as a joke by those who go for obvious puns; there is even a gay dance troupe with that name now. But he should probably be rehabilitated as well. And in the meantime, let's hope his name will not be used as an epithet.

As with Neanderthal man, if you saw these specimens walking down the street in New York City, would you be all that taken aback? Would you think them less than human? Here's Homo heidelbergensis, who lived in Africa, Europe, and western Asia from roughly 800,000 to 200,000 years ago:


(You'd probably think, "Hmm, a funky street preacher.")

Or you might think he was a street fighter, like Kimbo Slice:


Or this fellow, Homo erectus:


("Uh-oh, I hope that homeless guy isn't going to ask me for spare change.")

Or this representation of Homo erectus:


("Wow, he looks like he could be on the Knicks.")

Bear in mind that Homo erectus is supposed to have died out a mere 70,000 years ago,which in the context of roughly four million years of human evolution is a mere blink of an eye. Neanderthal DNA made its way into certain populations; is it not possible that erectus DNA has done the same?

Anyway, the next time some liberal scoffs at conservatives for not believing in evolution, point him this way. Say, "No, no, not at all. I'm conservative and I'm a big believer in evolution. In fact, I find it fascinating, and I think we should study all of our primitive ancestors to see what they can teach us about ourselves. Take a look at these pictures for example….."