Wrong on Immigration. Wrong on Abortion.

Immigration: Four Things The Home Countries Could Do,” by Don Reid, Business Week, 15 May 2006, pg 20, http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_20/c3984029.htm.

A letter to the editor of Business Week that is shockingly wrong. I normally don’t comment on letters to editors, but this is so wrong in both its ends and means it deserves special attention, in the sense that a train wreck does:

“The best immigration reform” (Outside Shot, Apr. 24) repeats a frequent refrain that the countries of immigrants should institute policies that reduce the need for citizens to go elsewhere to find jobs. If it were easy, they probably would.

One thing that could be done today that would show results within 5 to 10 years would be to have the native countries of immigrants reduce their rates of population growth.

Population growth is something that individual countries can manage. The U.S. should not bear the consequences because they refuse.

Wrong on ends. Immigration helps the United States. It doesn’t only encourage small government. It promotes economic growth, by matching willing workers with eager employers. What little harm immigration causes is easily offset by immigration’s economic gains. Calling on emigrant countries to stem the flow of immigration is like calling on Japan to stem the tide of stylish, affordable automobiles. It’s poorly designed protection for a very small number of Americans, at the expense of everyone, when the real issue is a request for a welfare subsidy.

Wrong on means. The letter doesn’t explicitly use the term, but ‘population control’ tends to be a codeword for “abortion.” It’s schemes like this (killing off surgically reducing the future generations of nations we don’t want to deal with) that gives the West a very bad name. And the leadership of traditional communities stupid enough to embrace this sort of plan often find themselves politically terminated.

Support immigration. Support life. Support People. Oppose government control schemes.

Visualizing Critt’s New Game

As I earlier mentioned, Critt Jarvis of Connecting in Conversation has released version .05 of his new game. His pdf version looks like:

critts_new_game_old

I wanted to understand how he was looking at it, so I redrew it in three different ways. Read more to see different interpretations.


First, I I defined everything in the diagram as an object. This means that the outer pentagrams are directly connected to “Relationships,” “Logistics,” and “Boundary.” In turn, relationships are connected to “People” while “Boundary” is connected to an implicit “Outside World.”

critts_new_game_0
Next, I assumed that “Logistics” is not some all encompassing entity, but connected two neighboring pentagons. This is possible but non obvious.

critts_new_game_1

Last, I assumed that “Relationships” are actually relations, so that the outer pentagons connect directly to “People.”

critts_new_game_2

That same simplification, but keeping logistics as an object connecting all the outer pentagons together, is:

critts_new_game_3

Alternatively, “Logistics” touches boundary in Critt’s version, so maybe the game is better mapped:

critts_new_game_4

Of course, I may be wrong on all of these. Am I getting close, Critt? Or barking up the wrong tree?

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The Enemy of Fingertip-Feeling and Resilience

White Men Can’t Help It,” by Michael Orey, Business Week, 15 May 2006, pg 54, http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_20/b3984081.htm

One can only hope…,” by Leonard Powers, Business Week, 5 June 2006, pg 17, http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_23/c3987014.htm

“Sociology is the Mississippi of the Social Sciences. No matter how bad your field it, sociology is always worse.”
– Overheard

This post isn’t about racism, though it could be:

Enter the magician. Sociologist William T. Bielby is the leading courtroom proponent of a simple but powerful theory: “unconscious bias.” He contends that white men will inevitably slight women and minorities because they just can’t help themselves. So he tries to convince judges that no evidence of overt discrimination — no smoking gun memo, for instance — is needed to prove a case. As Allen G. King, an employment defense attorney at the Dallas office of Littler Mendelson, puts it: “I just have to leave you to your own devices, and because you are a white male,” you will discriminate.


Nor is it about babbling academics, though it could be:

One can only hope the courts will soon realize that “unconscious bias” theory is a silly amalgamation of junk science and psychobabble whose sole objective is to profit at the expense of the innocent.

Rather, it’s about a disastrous movement growing in corporate America in response to these threats:

The key flaw that Bielby typically finds in the companies he testifies against is that they give managers too much discretion and let them rely on too many subjective factors in hiring, promotion, and pay. In that kind of unfettered atmosphere, he says, all people (not just white men) unknowingly revert to stereotypes in making decisions. “The tendency to invoke gender stereotypes in making judgments about people is rapid and automatic,” Bielby wrote in a 2003 report on Wal-Mart that was filed with the court. “As a result, people are often unaware of how stereotypes affect their perceptions and behavior,” including “individuals whose personal beliefs are relatively free of prejudice.”

Bielby faulted Wal-Mart for the way it identifies candidates for management positions that often require a move. Without a “systematic mechanism” for determining who might be interested, he wrote in his report, managers may automatically assume women don’t want jobs that require them to relocate.

Job postings are one way around this problem. But Bielby, citing deposition testimony of Wal-Mart executives, noted that store managers had authority to bypass the retailer’s posting system and “informally approach” candidates. That can result in what he calls “tap-on-the-shoulder” promotions, typically favoring men. In its appeal, Wal-Mart says Bielby’s testimony is unscientific and unreliable.

The good Dr. Biebly is attacking the use of fingertip-feeling in business. Fingertip-feeling, or as Erwin Rommel called it, “fingerspitzengefuhl” is an intuitive feeling that is critical to success. It lies halfway between automaticity and comprehension, and following fingertip-feeling is important to success in nearly every field.

During the Vietnam War, the US Army widely abandoned fingertip-feeling and adapted a more systematic approach to complex operations. The alternative, the Zero Defect Policy championed by Secretary of Defense Robert Macnamara, was described as a “cancer” by generals and was partially responsible for losing us the war.

Yet, despite the great similarities between war and business, men like Bielby would mandate, through the Courts, the abandonment of fingertip-feeling by corporate firms. Indeed, he and his allies have already made substantial progress here. And it may be disastrous.

American companies have historically been resilient and adaptive, but this court-mandate would make this much, much harder. Call is “maldevelopment in a box.” It cherrypicks the best of the American system, throws it into the manure pile, and gives us whatever courts decide instead.

Utterly sickening, and utterly typical of the Leftist Courts.

Synthesizing the Gap: Convergent Thinking and Mapping Our World

In my study, Redefining the Gap, I contrasted Tom Barnett’s model of an Old Core – New Core – Gap model with a rival world of an AfroIslamic – Not-AfroIslamic, and found my alternative to be generally better. However, with ZenPundit and Enterprise Resilience Blog talking about horizontal thinking, I decided to apply something similar to my Redefinition of the Gap. The results are here, and discussion is below the fold:

Nation Brutal Nasty Poor Solitary Short IV
OCNCG -0.164 0.469 0.733 0.6441 0.43 0.655
AfroIslam 0.049 0.595 0.337 0.3142 0.63 0.667
SyntheticTPMB -0.089 0.622 0.676 0.5994 0.60 0.781
SyntheticXP -0.092 0.614 0.675 0.6024 0.62 0.784
SyntheticBoth -0.091 0.619 0.677 0.6023 0.61 0.785

Best=Green; Good=Blue; Fair=Yellow; Acceptable=White; Worst=Red


Tom Barnett’s model carefully delineated the Old Core from the New Core, while mine zeroed in on the worst of the Gap. One might draw a simple matrix of the focus of our models, of which mine was slightly better overall in measuring predicting Hobbesian conditions.

I thus created two Synthesis — one a “SynthesisTPMB” which completely adopted Barnett’s list of Old Core and New Core countries, but then separated his “Gap” into the AfroIslamic Gaps and the “Seam” (countries he labeled as Gap but which were neither African nor Islamic). A second Synthesis, “SynthesisXP,” accepted by definition of the Gap as all African or Islamic states, the Seam as all remaining Barnettian Gap states as Seam, and the rest of the world either New Core or Old Core, depending on Barnett’s breakdown.

One can visualize these syntheses as a coming together process:

tdaxp_tpmb_analogy_0

Comparing these two new syntheses with the original models studied (Barnett’s “OCNCG” model of the Old Core, New Core, and Gap, with my model of an AfroIslamic Gap and an “everybody else” Core), only one of the synthesized models (the one closer to Barnett) was “best” at any of the Hobbesian variables used. It had a positive correlation of .622 with Nastiness, and the synthesis closer to mine was second with .614. But interestingly, both synthesize were better than either Barnett’s Gap model or my Gap model overall. This is because that, while his and mine were better at some specifics, we were also were on other specifics.

Last, I synthesized the syntheses, and created the best solution.

tdaxp_tpmb_analogy_1

In practical terms, the only difference Between the two earlier syntheses was how to treat South Africa. Barnett defines the Republic as New Core, thus rating a “2″ on the 3-0 scale used, 3 being the best. However, I defined the RSA as part of the AfroIslamic Gap, thus rating only a “1.” A reasonable compromise would be to define any state that’s “Core” in one model and “Gap” in the other as part of the Seam, thus cutting the difference and giving Suid-Afrika a score of “2.”

This final synthesis shines bright. In every Hobbesian measure it is 2nd or 3rd most predictive, but overall it is the first, with a correlation of .785.

Support Freedom. Support the Gas Tax

Sakhalin Island: Journey To Extreme Oil ,” by Stanley Reed, Business Week, 15 May 2006, pg 74, http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_20/b3984008.htm.

You’re Working for Chavez Now,” by Stanley Reed with Stephen Ixer, Business Week, 15 May 2006, pg 77, http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_20/b3984012.htm.

Five Secretive Sisters,” by Stanley Reed, Business Week, 12 June 2006, pg 96, http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_24/b3988121.htm.

Oil flow to be affected if U.S. makes wrong step: Khamenei,” Xinhua, 4 June 2006, http://english.people.com.cn/200606/04/eng20060604_271024.html.

I recently had a fascinating and quixotic discussion with Federalist X of Amendment Nine over the need for (and likely popularity of) a national gas tax. More timely articles indicating we are too dependent on foreign oil — and the kleptocrats who control that oil:

The current policy gives a large voice to revolutionary socialists like Hugo Chavez

What’s it like to do business in the global capital of oil nationalism? Most international oil executives in Caracas don’t want to speak on the record about the tricky game of dealing with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. But one executive confides that this has been a brutal year. The low point came on Mar. 31 when he was required to attend a ceremony at the Miraflores presidential palace, where Chávez took pleasure in bringing representatives of the world’s oil elite — companies such as Chevron (CVX ), Royal YPF Dutch Shell (RDSA ), BP (BP ), and Repsol (REP ) — to heel. The occasion: the signing of documents that gave the state control over much of Big Oil’s existing production in Venezuela. “It left a bad taste in my mouth,” says the executive, adding that his child caught sight of him on TV and remarked to a friend: “My dad is angry. I’d better not go home.”
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The ceremony was another sign that the global oil companies are taking a beating from national governments in many parts of the globe. Venezuela opened 32 so-called marginal fields to international companies in the 1990s, contracting out operations to Chevron Corp., Royal Dutch Shell PLC, and others, which got a per-barrel fee depending on volume and price over a 20-year term. The companies poured an estimated $12 billion into these fields, increasing production by some 400,000 barrels a day with no capital expenditure by the government. But because these operating contracts were pegged to the oil price, Chávez condemned them as concessions in disguise — an illegal violation of the country’s sovereignty.

Like revolutionary socialists? Oppose the gas tax.

The current policy gives a large voice to reactionary kleptocrats like Vladimir Putin

Anton Chekhov, who visited in 1890, described the island, then a penal colony, as a hellish place. Even today Sakhalin is a remote, sparsely populated area whose few towns are dominated by shabby Soviet-era apartment blocks and patrolled by packs of semi-wild dogs.

The 600-mile-long strip of mountains and forests off Russia’s Far East is as good a vantage point as any to see the international oil industry’s future and the challenges it faces. Big Oil is having to place ever bigger bets to get the reserves it needs. As a result immense new landmarks — drilling platforms, pipelines, and liquefied natural gas facilities — are rising through the mists of this forbidding island. An estimated 45 billion barrels of oil equivalent lie beneath the icy seas off its shores, a figure rivaling what remains in the U.S. or Europe. But developing those resources is proving lengthy, difficult, and expensive. Cost overruns have been huge, and no one knows if the Russians will end up controlling the assets now being built. “This is a frontier project like the North Sea or Alaska [was],” says Ian Craig, CEO of Sakhalin Energy Investment Co. “The industry doesn’t know how to do everything” here yet.

Dislike those pesky “Orange Revolutions” that bring freedom to countries? Oppose the gas tax.

The current policy gives a large voice to the worst of the Afroislamic Gap:

Marcel, a researcher at London’s venerable Chatham House think tank, focuses on five of the most important NOCs, including Abu Dhabi National Oil, Kuwait Petroleum, and Algeria’s Sonatrach, along with the two previously mentioned. These companies alone account for about 50% of world oil reserves and 25% of production. The author seems sympathetic to the NOCs’ point of view, and she may be a bit uncritical about some of their assertions, such as Saudi Arabia‘s possibly over-optimistic pronouncements about its production capacity. But Marcel, assisted by former BP adviser John Mitchell, delves into everything from their corporate cultures to their financial systems, international strategies, and the evolution of partnerships between the NOCs and global oil companies. She also delineates some of the snags Western oil companies face in this politically charged region.

Support the oppression of religious minorities? Oppose the gas tax.

Believe that, gosh darn it, there are just too few nuclear weapons in the hands of unstable Islamic Republics?

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that if the United States makes a “wrong step” over Iran, oil flow in the region would be affected.

“If you (Washington) make a wrong step over Iran, energy flow in the region will certainly be endangered,” Khamenei said in a speech broadcast on state television.

“You (Washington) will be unable to secure the energy flow in this region,” he stressed.

Then oppose the gas tax.

Support liberty, freedom, and/or America? Want an America that relies on its ingenuity and innovation, not the Saudi royal family? Then support the gas tax.

Perl Code for Posting Images of China

From the Forbidden City to the ER, the beautiful Fragrant Hills to the mucous Pacific Ocean, I photoblogged the Chinese People’s Republic in series whose most popular posts was on breakfast cereals (*sigh*).

The most time-consuming and tedious part of the posts was actually creating the web page. By then I had already selected, cropped, and resized the images to display on tdaxp, and the prospect of creating all the img and href tags was tiring. So I worked smarter, not harder, and wrote a perl script to do the work for me.

The process reminded me of similar work at Animation Factory, whose online UI I wrote.

The code for the script, which uses the Image::Size module, is below. (Code for my other recent series, Redefining the Gap, is also available).

use Image::Size 'html_imgsize';

$link = "http://foo.bar.com/images"; # online folder goes here
$folder = "C:/foo/bar/images"; # local folder goes here
$r_n = {};
$r_h = {};
$m_n = {};
$m_h = {};

getimgs($folder);

foreach $key (sort keys %m_n) {
$rn = $r_n{$key};
$mn = $m_n{$key};
$mh = $m_h{$key};

#print $key . " name " . $r_n{$key} . " reg height " . $r_h{$key} . " med height " .$m_h{$key} . "n";

print "<a href="$link/$rn"&rt;<img src="$link/$mn" $mh border="0" / &rt;</a&rt;nn";
}

sub getimgs {
my $folder = shift(@_);

opendir(IMGS,$folder) || die "Couldn't open $folder: $!";
@files = readdir(IMGS);
closedir(IMGS);

foreach $file (@files) {
if ($file =~ m/.jpg/i) {
if ($file =~ m/_md.jpg/i) {
$base = $file;
$base =~ s/_md.jpg//i;

$m_n{$base} = $file;
$m_h{$base} = html_imgsize("$folder/$file");

#print "MD file is $file base $basen";

} else {
$base = $file;
$base =~ s/.jpg//i;

$r_n{$base} = $file;
#$r_h{$base} = html_imgsize("$folder/$file");

#print "Reg file is $file base $basen";

}

}

}

}

Oglala Sioux Indian Tribe Bans Abortion, Suspends Pro-Abortion President

Tribal Council Outlaws Abortion,” by Nestor Ramos, Argus Leader, 31 May 2006, http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060531/NEWS/605310319/1001 (from Sibby Online).

Some may remember that slightly after South Dakota passed her ban on abortions, the world media jumped in to trash the Coyote and Pheasant State.

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Even a prominent South Dakotan, Oglala Sioux President Cecilia Fire Thunder, announced that her reservation would soon offer abortions free from state laws.

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But her people protested. They would have none of it:

The Oglala Sioux tribal council banned all abortions on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and suspended President Cecelia Fire Thunder on Tuesday, charging that she solicited donations on behalf of the tribe for a proposed abortion clinic without the council’s approval.

“It was unauthorized political activity,” said Will Peters, a tribal council representative from the Pine Ridge district. “It’s just a matter of failing to communicate not only with the governing body but with the people that she was elected to serve.”

This must be the greatest humiliation for a South Dakota liberal since George McGovern. Or Tom Daschle. Or at least Jim Abourezk.

Global Guerrillas is 3GW (and not Global)

Purpleslog recently hosted a great discussion on the Global Guerrilla Concept. (For the uninitiated, GG is a theory of war popularized at the Global Guerrillas and John Robb blogs.) Purpleslog himself commented:

They certainly don’t have same goals or 4GW. GG operations are not designed to send 4GW messages like “you can’t win this, you shouldn’t even try”.

The GG are in a way light infantry forces with additional special skills and tactics operating in a specific unique environment.

I usually shorthand to myself 3GW as WW1 Stormtroopers, WW2 Patton/Rommel armored/mechanized maneuver forces, Israel boldness and initiative in the 1967 War or the newer high tech version NCW/EBO.

Is there a reason a Light Infantry variant of 3GW could not appear?

GG is a 3GW variant.

Curtis Gale Weeks of Phatic Communion also chimed in:

I still maintain, (and would link my prior considerations, if they weren’t so spread out), that Robb’s GG theory makes a very, very big mistake in assuming that no “common motivation” would be behind the GG. My argument against his leap of faith, in this case, would be related to 1) the mistake people make when assuming that the different items being compared in metaphor are identical, when in fact they are not, or 2) mistaking patterns seen via horizontal thinking for real “observable” entities when in fact it is a mish-mash, a mix-and-match.

This “emergence” of GG — call it a phenomenon — is more of a description of a developing environment or milieu than any sort of coherent movement. The name “Global Guerrillas” is therefore misleading, because it implies (to me at least) a commonality between all the different groups which emerge: they are “global” in operation–when in fact, they would most likely be local. If they are not local in a confined geographical sense, they would be local in following limited areas of “ungoverned space” or “ungoverned pathways.” As soon as any combination of groups begin to form factions to have a global reach, they would cease having “no common motivation.”

I have previously written on Global Guerrillas and 3GW, as well as an order-of-magnitude improvement over 3GW, 4GW.

Famous Dates of Conspiracy Theories (Possible 5GW Events)

5GW, or SecretWar, is a form of warfare that attacks an enemy’s observation capability. In a recent post, Purpeslog wrote (emphasis and link mine):

A 5GW operation will create conditions and contingencies to avoid detection by hiding among the crazies. I can see where parts of an operation might purposely be exposed and then linked with false information and crazy theories to discourage real investigation. All of this is aimed at the observation part of the OODA loop of the opponent.

In that vein, Adam of The Metropolis Times has just finished his series on conspiracy politics. On that note, six (possibly 5GW) dates that will live in history