18 February 2019

[Perrin Lovett] - The Details is in the Decline: The Fall of the American IQ

We’ve known for some time that general intelligence is declining, at a rapid and alarming pace, in America and across much of the West. I mentioned it, here, earlier this year. This issue is important, critical to the survival (or death) of civilized society and is directly related to my other option for this week’s column - President Trump’s failure to arrest unchecked migration into the United States.

A new book, At Our Wits’ End, Dutton and Woodley, Imprint Academic, Exeter, UK, 2018, sheds damning light on the reversal of the “Flynn Effect” and what the precipitous decline in national IQs means for us and for our children’s future (it ain’t good).

Picture by Amazon.

One of the five major causes of the lowering average intelligence is: “Western elites are now deliberately sponsoring the colonization of our nations by vast numbers of low-IQ persons from Africa, Asia and Latin America.” The other causes are mind-boggling but this one touches on the invasion and Forty-Five’s failure to halt it.

In 1960, five years before the disastrous Celler-Kennedy Nationalization Act, some 85% of immigrants to America came from Europe, home to both Western civilization and to higher than world average IQs. In 2015, fifty years after the disaster, Euros account for only 13% of our new arrivals. The great majority of the others do indeed come from places with much lower than normative average intelligence, the exception being some immigrants from East Asia.

Picture from NCSL/Migration Policy Institute.

Some relative numbers, partly covered by me, back in January:

  • Test normative average IQ (Wechsler/Stanford Binet): 100 (not the “average” IQ)
  • World Average: 86 (the average IQ)
  • US average: 95
  • UK average: 100
  • German average: 100
  • Japan: 105
  • Mexico: 86
  • India: 81
  • Nigeria: 70
  • Somalia: 68
  • Haiti: 67

In 1960, America tended to rank closer to various Western European (and East Asian) nations, at or above the norm. Today, we drift dangerously toward the average of Central America, Mexico, and the World. This may, just may, have something to do with the shift away from welcoming new Americans of standard Western intelligence to accepting new Amerikans from places where they have no written language and, in a few cases, no concept of enumeration (really).

It’s not all the fault of the migrants. The book points out that smarter heritage Americans are having fewer, if any, children, thus contributing to the decline. Heritage Americans of … duller bent are still maintaining their replacement levels and continuing their part in inflating the low-average or below average population.

This home trend is part of, though not completely explained by, the decline in American education - the curriculum is dumbed down because the students are dumbed down, and visa versa.

I just downloaded the Kindle edition of At Our Wits’ End. Thus, I’ve only now made a cursory exploration of the text. Yet, I can already tell this very work would be a very difficult read for those functionally illiterate and innumerate. The average modern American high school (maybe college) graduate would wrestle with this partial passage:

“... Correlations are scaled from -1 to 1 -- these being perfect correlations (i.e. where 100% of the change in the second variable is predicted by the first). A correlation of 0 indicates no association between the variables. So, 0.7 is a very strong positive correlation indicating that the variables share almost 50% of the variance in common. …”

- Location 140, Kindle edition. (Quoted here for brief purposes of educational discussion).

So, what does this change mean for our children and the future of the nation (if any)? The authors open by noting that America has not been back to the moon since 1972 simply because we can no longer make the trip. We’re collectively too stupid. A sobering thought but one worth considering.

Rises and declines in intelligence have happened before and have been historically extrapolated for correlation to modern means. For instance, the average IQ in Victorian England was probably around 110-115. The average in Plato’s Athens was likely around 125. These ups and downs work in concert.

The ancient Athenians, and the later Romans, gave us things like Western civilization, law, and math. These perhaps trivial developments were later used by the following English to devise phenomena we now know as the industrial revolution and a place called America. The Americans, in their turn, gave the world nuclear power and a man on the moon.

When I was much, much younger, perhaps fueled by images of the soaring space shuttle and that “one small step for man,” I dared to dream that the 21st century might see a man on Mars. Other solar systems seemed within reach - then. Now, having witnessed the slide and walking through the remains each day, I wonder if we’ll escape the century with functioning utilities and a commonly spoken language. Some days, I have my doubts.

What to do? Well … as I’ve hinted at previously, there’s always Eastern Europe. Here at home, we’re on our own - last chance Trump having apparently caved, not building a wall and not draining a swamp.

We could, family by family, start to separate from a system designed to foster stupidity. We could encourage the breeding of the brighter bulbs. Turn off the teevee. Reject the mass mediocrity of government education. Of course, there’s the ever so important task of voting in those ever so important future elections! To that end,

Yours Truly and TPC PROUDLY Endorse Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho for Prezidint of U.S.E.!!!


Apologies to Mike Judge and 20th Century Fox.

17 February 2019

[Bess Tuggle] - Memoirs of Surviving Children: A Very Lovely Date

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, I went on one of the best dates of my life.

My date was a very handsome young man - blond hair, steel blue eyes and was dressed to the nines.  He looked very dapper in navy blue dress pants, a matching suit jacket and a bright pink dress shirt buttoned all the way up.  This snazzy outfit was complemented by white tennis shoes.

He met me at the door and was a perfect gentleman.  I might have been a little underdressed in comparison, but he didn’t seem to mind.

I didn’t open a single door for myself all day.  Chivalry isn’t dead!  He was a true Southern Gentleman.

We spent the day at the High Museum in Atlanta.  If you’ve never been, it’s worth the trip.  His preferences tended toward statues and paintings; mine towards antique furniture.  It really didn’t matter, though.  We took it ALL in – read all the plaques, discussed different pieces of art, their origins, the beauty…  

There was one break where we hit the snack shop.  I had a glass of wine, he had a soda and we both had a wonderful piece of cheesecake. 

At the end of the day we were pretty tired, especially after getting lost several times.  When you go to the High take bread crumbs, so you can leave a trail to find your way back.    

That same handsome young man has asked me out on another date to the same place – when he gets his DD-214 (military discharge from active duty Marines).  Thing 3 isn’t 6 anymore, so he refuses to wear a pink, button-down shirt.  Purple and yellow aren’t out of the question though.  

Not sure about the tennis shoes.  

- Bess Tuggle

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[MB McCart] - TPC Real Politick: McKelvey a Lone Bright Light & Voice of Reason on the Covington Council



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Covington East Ward Councilman, Josh McKelvey


As this publication wrote about a few weeks ago, it seems as if there is a certain level of discord & dissonance in the home city. A lot of different folks are unhappy about a lot of different things, and in the case of at least some of these issues - very rightly so.




The TPC readership knows that your semi-esteemed Editor - Yours Truly - is plugged into the local scene of #COV Real Politick as much as anyone, and a lot of those readers know that I'm a particularly big fan of Covington Council East Ward Councilman, Josh McKelvey. I sometimes think that some people think I try to help build him up, and perhaps occasionally this is true, but anyone could read this article at fellow newssite, The Newton Citizen, and see that McKelvey is indeed walking the walk in addition to talking the talk. 


Here is what he had to say on the record regarding the hot-button issue of multifamily zoning:

“We need to look at putting a hold on multifamily, another moratorium like we did before, until we can identify what areas of town can handle it,” he said. “What we’re seeing are a massive amount of applications coming in and if you talk to public safety, they say this can create a key change in the city of Covington. It can bring in a bunch of people, and we’re not ready to handle it with our infrastructure and all that. When I hear that from public safety, I’m like, all right, let’s take a look at this and maybe put the brakes on for just a second. For example, we have 55 and older (apartments) coming in. Maybe we say they would work well over here, but not over there. Maybe we have a conversation about fine tuning our ordinances for multifamily.”

Now, this fella speaks my language! Well done, Mr. Councilman. 


Councilman McKelvey


And according to my sources, there was at least one West Ward representative that would have voted for this as well but apparently no one else would, OED & "Staff" having advised against it & all, making it a moot point as at least three votes would've been needed for it to have a chance. So...

Question. 


Do OED & "Staff" run our city? Do they make all the decisions? Well, gee whiz, I kind of thought that's what the Council was there for. But Covington is not alone is this situation - numerous governing boards, commissions & councils, at all levels of government, continue to cede more & more power & decision making to un-elected bureaucrats & administrators. And frankly, I think that's a problem.

And this is without even touching the subject of how our top-notch Citizen-comprised Planning Commission continues to get ignored over & over again. It'd be one thing if they were incompetent & wrong, but they are not. These folks know what they're doing & are aware of the potential legalities and time & time again make sound & legal-challenge-withstanding decisions just to see "Staff" go against them every, single time & then see the Council side with "Staff" almost every, single time. Like one person told me, "why the hell are we even here...why even hold meetings anymore?"

Fair point...

Dear Readers, I, and many others, think there's a better way of doing things in our beloved home city, and so does East Ward Councilman Josh McKelvey.

With the current dynamics of this governmental entity, the upcoming municipal elections will be all-too-vital to the long-term path to prosperity that this wonderful city & most of her wonderful Citizens are striving for.

And that's a memo & moment from...

-
M.B. McCart, TPC Ed. 

As always, we appreciate you reading. Til next time...



16 February 2019

[Ellis Millsaps] - Chapter Three: Once in Grace

Son of a Preacher Man: a Rock & Roll Cowboy Grows Up Southern Baptist

Ch 3: Once in Grace

A piece by Ellis Millsaps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


Whenever there's a blank on a form for religious affiliation I always say Zen Baptist, and indeed I am a member of the Lebanon Baptist Church in Fannin County Georgia where at fourteen I transferred my membership along with my parents from the Holly Springs Baptist Church.  Granted I've only attended that church for a few funerals since I left High School, but I will be a member until I die.
                                                                                                                                
In fact, except for weddings, funerals & special events, I rarely visit any church. Church largely bores me and I'm not excited about rubbing shoulders with many of the congregants, but there are certain aspects of the Baptist Church of which I approve wholeheartedly as opposed to other denominations.


First, Baptists have no church hierarchy. This appeals to my libertarian instincts. Churches may contribute to the Southern Baptist convention for educational and missionary causes (Southern Baptists used to be commonly called Missionary Baptist), but the convention has no say so over how individual churches conduct their business.  Each congregation hires and fires its own minister, i.e., they hold auditions for a new one or make the old one want to leave.


Baptists believe in full immersion baptism.  About this I say hell yeah. Why do something halfway? It's a beautiful ritual,  and one entered into voluntarily as opposed to shaking water on an unwitting baby's head.  Also, although this point is debated by sprinkling apologists, the New Testament tells us that’s how it's done.  Look it up. It represents symbolically Christ's descent into the grave and resurrection.


Finally, and most importantly, Baptists believe ”once in Grace, always in Grace.” This, I learned at an early age, is the primary difference between Baptists and Methodists and most other denominations which believe in  “falling from grace,” that you've got one foot in heaven after your sprinkling, but you have to toe the line to stay in the flock.


Baptists believe that until one reaches the “age of conviction” you're cool on that score, but once you reach that point you're in danger of hellfire until you publicly confess your faith. (Romans 10:9) This means that from that point in my life at the age of seven my name is in the Lamb's Book of Life no matter what.                                                                                            

That's a really liberating proposition.

  -  Ellis Millsaps

Ellis is a recovering Attorney but has worn many hats over the years: father, bus boy, stand-up comedian, novelist, wiffle ball player, rock'n'roll band manager, and at one time wrote a popular and funny column for The Covington News. A Fannin Co. mountain boy originally, Mr. Millsaps now stays at the mill village of Porterdale by way of 20 years in Mansfield. Usually funny and at times irreverent and subversive, he leans left in his political philosophy but can always be counted on for a pretty darn good write-up. The Chronicles are proud to have him involved... 
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15 February 2019

[TPC Album Review] - The Bitteroots Turn It Up to 11; More Hard-Edged Sound Seems to Suit Group

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Decatur-based band, The Bitteroots, are about to publicly release their latest offering, "Derailer" , on March 15th; however, for yours truly - TPC Ed. MB McCart - the release party happened a week or so ago & I've got something to say about it...

Perhaps my favorite band in all of Georgia, The Bitteroots have found a new gear, literally & figuratively.

These master purveyors of Jam Rock, Funk & Fusion have decided to let their hair down a bit & inject a little more ROCK into the mix, and that's turned out to be a very good thing. This album hits all the spots, and those points in between.

Let's break it down...

Per usual, FrontLady Laura Dees is simply magnificent! Her searing vocals are the key to this band's formula, and there's simply no denying it. 




She's Magnificent!  


But of course the kick-out-the-jams machine of a rhythm section that is the two founders of the group- Bill Taylor, bass; Mike Davis, drums - is as key to their marvelous sound as anything else, but Derron Nuhfer's sax, though...

As always, it is the ace in the hole. So what of new guy & guitar slinger PJ Poellnitz? In addition to having a great Rock'n'Roll name, Homeslice is on point! Really, though. He's quite proficient, and with some serious soul.

Track #1 - "No Demands" - is as good a track as the band has ever put out. The perfect opener, at first it gives you this ZZ Top meets Lenny Kravitz mash-up vibe, but then very quickly blazes its own path & bowls you over w/ its chorus. PJ throws in a quick, jam-up solo towards the latter part of the song, basically saying "Ola" to his new audience, & doing so in an utmost impressive manner.

Moving on, the record's second track just didn't grab me...at first, but then Laura & Derron do that voodoo that only they can do, as does the song's hook & new guy's octave runs.

At this point, "No Place to Go," the record's third piece, is my fave. It's pure gold. Killer tune! And just right in terms of the album flow, a lost art that this band is mindful of.

The remaining numbers all certainly belong in terms of sound & caliber, in this writer's estimation, though maybe none grabbed me like any of the front 3, well, except for "Souvenirs." Man! Good tune. The chorus is pure Pop-Rock magic, as are the verses, and the instrumentation, especially the kick-ass guitar solo. Ditto on the sax, too. Good, good stuff...

So as to get a point of reference, I recently broker out my Bitteroots collection.  EPs & albums like "Under the Big Sky," "Central of Georgia" & their fan-favorite live album from 120 Tavern & I can honestly tell you the following:

The Bitteroots are like America, constantly striving for that more perfect union, one sweet jam at a time, and that's a great thing, and so is this band! 
The new material is excellent & is definitely on par, with a slight adjustment in style, as their classics. 




In their own words:

We are thrilled to announce our sixth album, “Derailer,” will be released March 15 through all digital download and streaming services (Spotify, iTunes, etc.) and will be available on CD at all of our live shows starting in March. The band will also be hosting a live online listening party at 9 p.m. Feb. 28 on Decatur FM, playing tracks from “Derailer” and discussing its upcoming release. We can’t wait to get this album out into the world to share it with everyone! Special thanks to Derron Nuhfer at Sarlaac Mastering & Music Production for producing, engineering, mixing and mastering this project.#thebitteroots #derailer #decaturga #decaturfm#newmusic #originalmusic #localmusic The Bitteroots #spotify


This thing drops on March 15th, so make sure you're ready! Visit & like the band's Facebook page to stay in the loop. 


Well done, Bitteroots, well done! 

- MB McCart 






14 February 2019

Past Piedmont Chronicles: Happy Valentine's Day - An Ode to Murder & Sex

*Ed. note: originally ran @ TPC 2/14/18


Happy Valentine's Day from TPC




The origins of Valentine's, like almost all holidays, has its roots in old-world pagan celebrations.

Lupercalia, on the Ides of February (15th) was a fertility celebration of the Roman pagans in which they would sacrifice a goat to please the gods in order to continue to have bountiful crops and also virulent personal fertility. There was also a thing involving the goat's bloody hide & slapping women on the butt with it. Later, there would be a blind drawing where men & women were coupled up for the upcoming year. Sometimes this would lead to marriage; sometimes it would not. A lot of sex was involved. They would also sometimes kill dogs.

Those crazy Romans, though... 





So after Christianity became a thing - not unlike Saturnalia with Christmas, or the celebration of Eastra that would later become Easter - the ruling church power elite co-opted the hedonistic pagan celebration and turned into a celebration of Valentine, or Valentinus, or maybe another person, who was possibly a saint, : [*updated, 2/14/19] - who was brutally murdered by The State for marrying the commoners. Later, naturally, the church outlawed the previous, original pagan celebration...

As the years went on, especially in the Middle Ages, the holiday became more of a romantic thing although - again, not unlike Christmas - it didn't really become the big & sometimes expensive celebration similar to what we see now until merchants, peddlers & various purveyors of various things started to hype it up for an opportunity to increase sales volume.

I'm starting to think that some of you reading this may think I'm sounding somewhat cynical in this piece. You're probably right, though I do rather enjoy the holiday. I always enjoy giving my bride a gift or two & doing my time-honored tradition of cooking up a big, fancy semi-gourmet meal on the night of Valentine's. And yes - my wife is a lucky woman! But certainly I'm  a lucky man. 





Happy Valentine's Day! 

Alright for now. Until next time. 

12 February 2019

[Staff Report] - Libertarian Party of Georgia Seeks Support for Ballot Access House Bill 191

State Libertarian Party Building Consensus & Support for Expanding Ballot Access in Georgia; Current Bill in the Gold Dome has Four Sponsors

Atlanta, GA - The Libertarian Party of Georgia has drafted and worked with representatives to officially file a bill aimed at reforming the state's ballot access laws for third and independent parties. Georgia’s laws governing who may appear on election ballots are among the worst in the nation. Republicans and Democrats appear on ballots almost automatically, while independent and minor-party candidates must collect thousands of signatures, petition the state, and pay dearly to earn that access.
To protect Georgian’s rights to have competitive, fair, and free elections, the  bill recommends reducing the number of petition signatures candidates need to be on the ballot, and would give “state registered political bodies” (minor parties) the ability to offer choices to voters without the permission of the two major parties.
In 2016, all 180 members of the Georgia House were up for re-election, but 82% of those members did not have a challenger in the general election. A single-candidate, single party race is not choice, it’s tyranny. Nearly all incumbents who were challenged kept their seats. No third-party candidate in Georgiahas ever cleared the restrictions to appear on the ballot for the U.S. House since Georgia restricted ballot access in  1943,. Georgia also leads the nation in unopposed races, an unwelcome distinction for a state still recovering from a history of election abuses.
Political favoritism and exclusion enshrined in law is an embarrassment, hindering Georgia’s progress and political discourse. 33% of Georgians identify as a Republican and 22% identify as Democrat. The remaining plurality of voters, identify as Independents or belong to a “minor” party.  In other words nearly half of Georgia voters[would?] support candidates who are blocked from appearing on Georgia ballots.
The Libertarian Party of Georgia is offering a solution to Georgia's restricted ballot access laws. Representatives sponsoring the bill include: Dar'shun Kendrick (93rd), David Stover (71st), Valencia Stovall (74th), and Vernon Jones (91st). If passed, ballot access provisions will level the playing field by allowing independents, Greens, Libertarians, and other issue-oriented political bodies the same advantages enjoyed by Republicans and Democrats. You are encouraged to contact your legislative representative and implore them to support House Bill 191 and the proposed protections for Georgia elections. To find out who your representatives are visit this WEBSITE. For more detail on the Libertarian-led coalition to reform ballot access, see this recent news report.

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