Merry Christmas!

Just a quick update. As a few of y’all loyal readers – who have been exceedingly patient with my lack of writing lately – reminded me… it’s probably not well to have the Fart Heard ‘Round the World as my last post of the year. I wanted to thank all of you for sticking with me through a difficult and busy year. Over the course of the last year, I’ve gotten involved in two venture capital opportunities, done about a dozen major projects around the house, dropped around 25 lbs and started at the gym pumping iron, had my first short story published in Tom Kratman’s anthology (which was awesome!), and managed to kickstart my conversion process to Catholicism (which will be official in Easter of next year, assuming all goes as I’ve been instructed).

In short, it’s been a busy year, and my poor readers have borne the brunt of it. Nonetheless, it’s been a great year even so, and I hope 2020 brings even more – albeit, one of my resolutions for next year involves writing here as well as finishing my first full-length novel. Anyway, I’ve been rambling again. I wanted to wish all of you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year – and, a few of you who are Jewish – a Happy Hanukkah. May next year be bright and full of opportunity, and I hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday with your family and friends.

I sincerely appreciate each and every one of you.

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

Inbreeding Trouble

The concept of inbreeding dangers is well known in biology – the more often the family tree intertwines, the greater the dangers of congenital birth defects – those defects that are in the genes.

Most of us carry some defective genes – we might only be aware of the dominant ones. Recessive genes, as they only represent when the other parent also passes one on, may ‘hide’ for generations.

Those recessive traits will naturally turn up more often when both parents share common ancestors. Such was a problem with many of the ruling families of Europe in the mid- to late-20th century. As the number of royal families dwindled, their heirs had fewer choices for partners.

Marriage outside of the extended family? This led to less stability in the power elite, who had less of a stake in supporting the monarchies.

The same dynamic comes into play with some cultures that limit their breeding pool to extended family members. In some parts of the world (most notably with Muslim cultures, Arabic or not), marriage with even relatively close family members is encouraged – cousins, uncles, etc.

What has this led to?

Astounding levels of genetic diseases among these families.

I don’t see this changing much soon. The practice, as mentioned above, also increase group/familial cohesion, and keeps the money (bride-price) in the family. Other than forcing genetic testing on prospective spouses before issuing a visa (unlikely in the current climate of Western Countries, and likely to lead to cheating on the tests), I don’t see this changing in the near future.

My suggestion? A complete ban on immigration for a generation or two. It’s the solution that finally began to get the Sicilians to marry outside of the gene pool. 

By 1930, more than two-thirds of immigrants had applied for citizenship and almost all reported they could speak some English. A third of first-generation immigrants who arrived unmarried and more than half of second-generation immigrants wed spouses from outside their cultural group.

The Immigration Act of 1924 virtually shut down Italian immigration (among other groups), and led to their assimilation through intermarriage to other groups.

If a person chooses to marry someone from “the Old Country”?

Fine. You can either live apart until such time as that person qualifies for NON-family visa status, or – my preference – go to that country and live there – permanently. No, your citizen status should NOT transfer to your children, as you will be subject to the laws of your spouse’s country. Naturally, those serving in the US military are exempt.

Add on a provision that no person who has been naturalized may themselves sponsor another immigrant, and you’ll go a long way towards reducing chain migration.

Is this a sign that I’m anti-Non-Whites?

Nah.

In America, at this time, we have a lot of indigenous citizens who, as far as I am concerned, get first call on any charitable or government assistance to reach economic independence. Americans First.

The Roots of Helpless Behavior

This article by AP highlights the extreme case of Zimbabwe, where the collapse of the society, along with a drought, have brought the country to a near-standstill.

What I found interesting was the passivity of the people, who line up at the public wells, waiting hours for their ration of water. They are angry at the government, who they believe should supply the water – somehow.

Claudius Madondo, chairman of the residents association controlling the line, said nearby wells were no longer functioning, forcing the rationing. Some of the people waiting heckled him.

“Nothing is working in this country, how do we survive?” Hatineyi Kamwanda, another resident, said. “We can’t even use the toilets, the children are not going to school because of this and now we fear cholera is going to hit us again.

“The president should treat us as human beings, we voted for him.”

The idea that a vote should translate into favored treatment is common to many of the Impoverished Helpless.

Bloomberg blames government mismanagement, that makes a normal drought situation worse – MUCH worse.

Zimbabwe is in the grip of a nationwide drought that’s depleted dams, cut output by hydropower plants, caused harvests to fail and prompted the government to appeal for $464 million in aid to stave off famine. It’s disastrous for a nation whose economy has been driven to the brink of collapse by two decades of mismanagement, meaning the authorities can’t afford to effect repairs, let alone extend water access to a burgeoning urban population.

For more detail on the post-Mugabe era, see this link.

Naturally, blaming corrupt government is NOT a tactic that will further Leftist aims. So, what else can they do?

Blame Climate Change.

“Climate change does not see boundaries or borders,” said Tich Zinyemba, head of the public weather service at Zimbabwe’s Meteorological Service Department. “Some of the things which we are seeing now such as prolonged droughts, dry spells are as a result of climate change.”

This paper on the historic droughts provides more background, but still is heavily reliant on government intervention and top-down projects.

Few of the available sources have alternative remedies to begging, demanding, and pleading with 1st world countries to pony up the dough to get Zimbabwe out of the rut it’s in. What is NOT generally considered is the effect that intervention at the “boots on the ground” level might have.

In drier areas, scanty rainfall for a few years can kill vegetation permanently and poor land-practices only make it worse.

Heritage has some figures about the problems of the country, but few solutions.

Surprisingly, the most thorough treatment of Zimbabwe’s condition, both past and present, is Brittanica. A surprise to me was this stat:

Zimbabwe has one of the highest literacy rates in Africa, with nine-tenths of the population being able to read.

Keep in mind, what 3rd world countries consider literate can mean something as basic as: can write own name. I’m not kidding about that; when I was in college, I had opportunities to talk with many non-Americans. In that process, I learned about the vast differences between official statistics and reality in many parts of the world.

But, Brittanica has (somewhat buried near the bottom of the entry) acknowledged the impact of dispossessing the landowning White population.

…a law was passed in 2002 that allowed Mugabe to pursue an aggressive program of confiscating their farms, forcing more than half of the country’s white farmers to relinquish their property and rendering tens of thousands of black farmworkers homeless and unemployed. As was the case in the 1990s, property was often claimed by politically connected individuals with little or no farming experience rather than by the landless peasant farmers or war veterans who were supposed to benefit from the redistribution program. The government’s lack of forethought in forcing out the white farmers and not replacing them with experienced farmworkers contributed to a significant decline in agricultural productivity; this, as well as drought, led to severe food shortages.

Perhaps his most famous piece on that subject, is Let Africa Sink.
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