Politico: Jackson troubles shine light on a fact of Washington life: Sleeping pills

From Politico:

Ronny Jackson, the White House physician who is battling to save his nomination to be the secretary of veterans affairs, regularly handed out the sleep drug Ambien and the alertness drug Provigil to West Wing officials traveling on overseas flights.

Jackson’s nomination has inadvertently exposed the widespread use of sleep and alertness drugs among government officials from the White House and State Department to the Pentagon and Congress itself…

Medical experts sounded the same warnings about Provigil, which was hailed by many as a miracle drug for its ability to keep people awake without many of the side effects, like jitteriness, of other substances like caffeine…

Schwartz said use of Provigil to help people stay awake in stressful situations or after long travel is not an FDA-approved use. Doctors can legally prescribe medicines for unapproved uses, but she said there aren’t a lot of studies to inform physicians and patients of the benefits and safety risks of using Provigil in these situations…

Provigil has addiction potential, so caution should be taken in prescribing it, she added. Because it’s a stimulant, doctors also need to carefully consider whether patients have heart problems or anxiety — conditions that could be exacerbated by use of the drug.

This is an ignorant article by Politico. Here’s a smarter piece by Wikipedia on modafinil (provigil):

The addiction and dependence liabilities of modafinil are very low.[1][2][26] It shares biochemical mechanisms with addictive stimulant drugs, and some studies have reported it to have similar mood-elevating properties, although to a lesser degree.[26] Monkeys will self-administer modafinil if they have previously been trained to self-administer cocaine.[26] Although modafinil does not produce reinforcing effects in mice at doses that are equivalent to those used therapeutically in humans, it does do so at higher doses.[27][28] In accordance, although very rare, case reports of modafinil abuse exist…

Modafinil has been described as an “atypical” DAT inhibitor, and shows a profile of effects that is very different from those of other dopaminergic stimulants.[49][50] For instance, modafinil produces wakefulness reportedly without the need for compensatory sleep, and shows a relatively low, if any,[51] potential for abuse.[46][49][50] Aside from modafinil, examples of other atypical DAT inhibitors include vanoxerine and benztropine, which have a relatively low abuse potential similarly to modafinil.

… “[the] neurochemical effects [of modafinil] and anatomical pattern of brain area activation differ from typical psychostimulants and are consistent with its beneficial effects on cognitive performance processes such as attention, learning, and memory”,[51] and a study found that modafinil-induced increased locomotor activity in animals was dependent on histamine release and could be abolished by depletion of neuronal histamine, whereas those of methylphenidate were not and could not be.

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I Get Mail

* I resolved to return to 12-step today, a much-needed development I have been mulling for several months. (I used to attend AA but gave up giving up.) I have a lot in common with many in the alt-right, despite being a patrilineal Jew. My social and financial capital is extremely limited; I have spent many years procrastinating and avoiding; and I was already marginalised and interested in fringe ideas from the outset. You are right to emphasise the dangers of the red pill: in some ways the alt-right made me even more marginalised and, coupled with a fondness for alcohol, I put myself in a few situations where my readiness to talk about our ideas nearly got me in trouble. My brother, whom I previously got on very well with, has all but disowned me (and I have barely even spoken about the alt-right with him. He can simply sense a dangerous change.)

In other ways, however, the alt-right has been positive. For the first time ever I feel in touch with reality; I think my delusions are fewer; I have been forced to face up to the future and my culpability in failing to build an adequate life for myself. I began saving money for the first time, and while my professional life is still very unsatisfying, I am more positive about my ability to effect some change. Whether I will ever get there I don’t know but I have at least accepted I have a duty to try. I haven’t wanted to try before, not really. Life was too much of a struggle – I preferred dreaming/drinking.

I found the recent stream (‘Under Earning’) highly enjoyable. It was notable that the presence of the older man triggered many under-earning responses in the young Australian. He became needlessly confrontational in a way that illustrated the point you were making. I don’t think he was aware of that though. Rodney, to his credit, handled him very well.

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Why The Rise In Jewish Private Schooling In Los Angeles?

Steve Sailer writes: A number of years ago during a Boy Scout event, I was surprised to find in my neighborhood a quite large Jewish private elementary school that had so many students that it had 23 Cub Scouts moving up to join the Boy Scouts in one year. This wasn’t an Orthodox school, just normal Jews who went to public school when were were kids before busing came to LAUSD in 1978.

The school is hidden away behind large hedges. The huge increase in Jewish private schools in Los Angeles over the last 40 years is almost never discussed in the mass media.

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White nationalist Chris Cantwell, known for role in Charlottesville riots, arrested in Leesburg

Christopher Cantwell blogs:

You may have heard I was recently featured on Warski Live. The video was taken down immediately after the stream, which I did not hold against them since the show airs from Canada and YouTube censorship has been out of control.

What I did hold against them, was when Warski went on Kumite the next day and completely misled his sizeable audience about what had happened.

I have attached an audio recording to this blog post illustrating the deception.

UPDATE: Andy Warski continues his deceptions

Warski completely misrepresented my complaint on a recent stream. I explicitly said I had no problem with them removing the episode from YouTube, but he pretends this is the complaint anyway. I am not making a “free speech” complaint here. I am complaining that he lied on Kumite by claiming I was plotting a literal murder of a specific individual based on his ethnicity, when I had explicitly stated that what I talked about was fictional and hyperbolic.

Oh, and for those of you who have asked, they have not offered me a penny of the thousands of dollars in Super Chats which they repeatedly remarked were the highest ever in the history of the channel.

From Loudon Times Mirror:

Christopher Charles Cantwell, a self-described white nationalist and alt-right activist, was arrested on March 31 in Leesburg for public swearing and intoxication, according to the Leesburg Police Department.

Leesburg police officers observed Cantwell trying to cross the street in the 500 block of Market Street, according to LPD spokesman Sam Shenouda.

“When they made contact with him, he did show signs of drunkenness. He smelled of alcohol, couldn’t keep his balance,” Shenouda told the Times-Mirror. “At that point, we’re responsible for the person’s safety, so he was taken into custody and held until sober.”

Cantwell was later released on his own recognizance.

Cantwell is originally from New Hampshire. Shenouda told the Times-Mirror there was no further investigation as to what he was doing in Leesburg.

Shenouda also told the Times-Mirror that Cantwell was not investigated in relation to KKK literature that has been distributed throughout Loudoun County over the past year.

Additionally, Cantwell’s arrest was not listed in the LDP’s weekly arrest reports. Shenouda said Wednesday he was looking into why Cantwell was not included in the reports.

NBC 29 in Charlottesville first reported the Leesburg arrest in a story about Cantwell’s legal troubles in Albermarle County. Cantwell is currently out on bond after he was arrested for illegal use of tear gas in Albermarle County during a torch-lit white nationalist rally at the University of Virginia on Aug. 11, 2017.

After Albermarle officials announced they had warrants out for Cantwell’s arrest after the Charlottesville riots last August, Cantwell posted a video to YouTube, where he choked back tears and shared a phone number that he said the authorities could use to contact him. The video went viral, earning him the nickname “Crying Nazi.”

Cantwell was featured in a Peabody Award winning Vice News report on the Unite the Right rally. In it, Cantwell tells Vice reporter Elle Reeve that he “got into the racial stuff” and “the radical agenda” after Trayvon Martin was killed.

“Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and all these things happen, every single case it’s some little black [expletive] behaving like a savage,” Cantwell told Reeve. “Whatever problems I might have with my fellow white people, they generally are not inclined to such behavior and you got to take that into consideration when you’re thinking about how to organize your society.”

A friend says:

Luke did you see the drama that was on cantwell’s show? Cantwell has been attacking people left and right…Attacked Ricky, then Warski, and Anglin, and now this.”

“Suggestion — nobody with a criminal record is allowed to step in front of a camera and represent the AltRight, White Nationalism, anything like that. Cantwell has a record from before Charlottesville. Did some time, even. There’s plenty of things you can never, ever, do again if you’ve got a record. One of them should be right wing activism.”

From Chris Cantwell:

Just over a year ago, we had Simon Roche on the pogrom to discuss his efforts to build an emergency plan initiative to prepare a Protestant Christian South African Minority for a coming violent revolution. Even back then, he had good reason to fear such a conflict. The leader of the EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters) party there has said “We are not calling for the slaughter of white people‚ at least for now… The rightful owners of the land are black people. No white person is a rightful owner of the land here in SA and whole of the African continent”.

Things in that part of the world have only gotten worse since. A movement to strip white landowners of their property without compensation, parading as “land reform,” is gaining steam by the day. Murders and rapes of white South Africans by blacks is becoming normalized. Things have gotten so bad that Australia considered granting priority refugee status to white South Africans, but that was predictably called racist. Some persecuted minorities are more minor than others, it seems.

So Simon got to work raising money for his cause. He traveled around the United States and spoke to people like me, Jared Taylor, Mike Cernovich, Alex Jones, Stefan Molyneux, and others. Some of you probably gave him money.

Some people think that probably wasn’t such a great idea.

Simon contacted me to say that his reputation was under assault, and asked if I’d provide him with a platform to clear the air. Having been the target of liars myself a few times, I sympathized with his plight, and invited him to join us for this Friday’s show.

When I announced that he would be on the show via Gab.ai, an alarming number of you alerted me to suspicions of his motives, character, and even his ethnicity.

Is Simon a Jew? Has Suidlanders been ripping off donors? Are his dealings legal? Is this money helping white South Africans, or just fueling his lifestyle?

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Jordan Peterson Revisits The JQ

The Canadian psychology professor writes:

Jews are genuinely over-represented in positions of authority, competence and influence. New York Jews, in particular, snap up a disproportionate number of Nobel prizes (see this Times of Israel article), and Jews are disproportionately eligible for admission at elite universities, where they, along with Asians, tend to be discriminated against (see this Newsweek article). It’s possible that we should be happy about this, rather than annoyed: is the fact that smart people are working hard for our mutual advancement really something to feel upset? What, exactly, is the preferable alternative? In any case, the radical/identity-politics right wingers regard such accomplishment as evidence of a conspiracy. It hardly needs to be said that although conspiracies do occasionally occur, conspiracy theories are the lowest form of intellectual enterprise. Is there another, more credible explanation? Yes. Three well-documented factors in fact appear to be at play:

a) The significantly higher than average IQ of Ashkenazi Jews (see this article in the Economist for a credible layman’s analysis; for a scientific take (one of many) see Gregory Cochran’s work: abstract and full paper). Consider that IQ is the most powerful single determinant of long-term socioeconomic success and influence (my lab has published on this issue). Consider also that the effect of a mean or average difference in IQ is dramatically increased at the tails of the distribution, so that a 10-15 point difference produces increasingly large inequalities in group representation in proportion to the degree that a given job requires higher general cognitive ability. This means that proportional Jewish over-representation increases as the demand for IQ increases. Simply put: if a very complex job or role requires an IQ of 145, three standard deviations above the mean and characteristic of less than one percent of the general population, then a group with a higher average IQ will be exceptionally over-represented in such enterprises.

b) The relationship between IQ and Big Five trait Openness to Experience. Openness to Experience is one of the five cardinal personality traits (Wikipedia will fill you in rapidly if you need more info). Openness to Experience has often been considered the reflection of general cognitive ability or intelligence in personality. It’s what you are referring to when you describe someone as thoughtful, smart, artistic or philosophical. People with high IQs tend overwhelmingly to be higher in trait Openness to Experience (particularly in the Openness to Experience aspect of Intellect (Dr. Colin DeYoung’s lab spearheaded a paper on this issue).

c) The relationship between Openness to Experience and political liberalism: Political affiliation is importantly associated with personality. Conservatives/right-wingers tend to be high in Conscientiousness (particularly in the Conscientiousness aspect of Orderliness) and low in Openness to Experience while liberals/left-wingers tend to have the reverse pattern (low Conscientiousness (particularly aspect Orderliness) and high Openness to Experience. The story is somewhat more complicated than that (which we also reviewed), but that covers the basics.

So, what’s the story? No conspiracy. Get it? No conspiracy. Jewish people are over-represented in positions of competence and authority because, as a group, they have a higher mean IQ. The effect of this group difference (approximately the difference between the typical high school student and the typical state college student) is magnified for occupations/interests that require high general cognitive ability. Equal over-representation may also occur in political movements associated with the left, because high IQ is associated with Openness to Experience, which is in turn associated with liberal/left-leaning political proclivities.

There is no evidence whatsoever that Ashkenazi Jews are over-represented in any occupations/interests for reasons other than intelligence and the associated effects of intelligence on personality and political belief. Thus, no conspiratorial claims based on ethnic identity need to be given credence.

Readers interested in such issues may also be interested in a broader recent critique of the idea of Jewish conspiracy: Judaism as a Group Evolutionary Strategy: A Critical Analysis of Kevin MacDonald’s Theory

Update April 24 2018: A recent critic attempted to take my argument apart arithmetically:

He stated: Different ethnic groups act in a nepotistic manner at differing levels. Some do so more than others.

Your argument is essentially that identity politics does matter not. But it does to Jews, who’s religion and ethnic identity are especially important to them. They even base their whole identity around their victimization in the past by gentiles (Romen Empire, Christians, the Holocaust). Yet, you’re trying to tell us those who play into identity politics are losers? That’s the first problem I’m seeing because even Jews don’t believe that.

Second, if Jews are high IQ, and that means they are more likely to be in positions of power, that would explain their prevalence. Yet, there are VASTLY more white gentiles that have equal or higher IQs than your average Jews. We can do simple math to prove this. If there are 6 million Jews in the United States with an average IQ of 115 (so 3 million are 115+) and there are 200+ million white gentiles with an average IQ of 105 IQ (so roughly 30% are 115+ IQ). So 200 million x .30 gives us 60,000,000 whites with an IQ of 115+. So, we would think, if all things being equal, then that whites would proportionally represented in positions of power commensurate with their IQ and numbers. Jews should, according to the idea that IQ leads to representation in positions of power, should be 5% or so of millionaires (3 million Jews / 60 million gentiles at 115+). But this is not the case. Jews make up a disproportionate number of millionaires and billionaires (40% according to Forbes) according to the IQ theory Jordan B. Peterson is utilizing.

What explains this? Ethnic nepotism, i.e. identity politics. Jews priviliege others Jews with access to power, money, and positions to perpetuate Jewish influence in America.

Yet, Jordan Peterson is telling us there is no idea of Jewish power in America. That’s simply not true when we all know the world runs on money, and no one knows this better than the Jews. That’s why our foreign policy has been about securing Israel’s security. That’s why our politicians get money from AIPAC. Why we send billions to Isarel every year. Why our relationship with the Muslim world has declined because of this one-sided affair.

Here’s my response:

Your cutoff for high IQ is far too low. Try 145 (the figure I cite for serious intellectual advantage) and see how that works. That’s three standard deviations above the general population of mean of 100, not the 115 (one standard deviation) you used. One standard deviation above the average is helpful — it puts you in college — but it’s nothing compared to three standard deviations (in part because of the operation of the Pareto principle).

Three standard deviations advantage for the general population puts an individual at 99.9%. That’s .001 of the population, so .001 X 200,000,000 (using your figures) = 200,000 “white gentiles” with an IQ of 145 or more.

Two standard deviations advantage for the Jewish population (with an estimated mean IQ of 115) means an IQ above 97.7% of the Jewish population. That’s .023 of the population, so .023 X 6.000,000 = 138,000

138,000/(200,000+138,000) = 138,000/338,000 = 40.8% of the 145+ IQ population is Jewish. And you said “40% of millionaires and billionaires are Jewish.”

Isn’t it something how those figures dovetail?

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