Category Archives: Ilana Mercer

Flu Effects And Future Plans

Healthcare, Ilana Mercer, IlanaMercer.com

Boring. Seven weeks after first contracting a virulent strain of flu that waylaid me for this long, I thought I was finally well enough to resume running. Yesterday, I covered my usual 3.5 miles and felt just dandy. The next day (today), the ribcage seized up in pain.

I would not have ordinarily visited the doctor, but since this pox has lasted so long, I went. It turns out that, as a result of coughing so long and so hard (and so long ago), I have Costochondritis.

Has anyone heard of “Costochondritis”? It has nothing to do with that shopping Eden, Costco. Rather, it’s torn or inflamed interstitial tissue “at the junction of the rib and its cartilage.”

More drugs, physical inaction and weight gain. I’ll have to make up for this by working on the new book, pain permitting.

On a happier note, thanks to a remarkably generous donor who came through today, I should be able to resume work on a special feature you’ll love, once I recover fully. Funds permitting, an app. too is in the works. Last year, Barely a Blog was made mobile-friendly. Make sure you upload the BAB icon to your mobile phone.

And stay tuned.


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UPDATED: Cite Your Sources, Creep!

Ethics, Etiquette, Ilana Mercer, Morality, Paleoconservatism, Race, Reason

I receive the Taki Magazine newsletter in my In-Box.

I often click on it for a quick once-over.

With some exceptions, speed reading is the mode reserved for the stuff. With exceptions like Sailer, of course (Pat Buchanan is read on WND), the reason for this was touched upon in a Feb. 15, Facebook, thread with a Fred Reed fan.

While I too think “Fred Reed rocks,” information-rich work is my preference. I love Reed for his audacity, but riffing does not do it for me. I need information.

Unless I learn something substantive in the process, I’m not interested in other people’s opinions. I have too many of my own. :)

As I was skimming a riff by a character called Jim Goad (one of whose light-reading posts I was decent enough to reference in a January post of my own; naturally I cite my sources)—I came across a remarkably familiar line on a rather obscure matter of logic, also the only analytical part in this riff of a column.

This character was motivating (dah) against an “egalitarian … fallacy, which roughly runs thusly.” And Goad writes:

Differences within any group are greater than those between groups.

The familiar part of the Goad column was this:

“Against every known rule of logic,” he notes,” “this statement is always used as some blanket proof of equality.” Goad promises to “carefully dismantle this super-dumb time bomb.” He continues:

Here’s why the statement is deceptive: Differences between highs and lows WITHIN a group do not discount or magically wash away differences between group AVERAGES.

High and low did I search Barely A Blog, but was unable to locate the familiar point of logic made on BAB so long ago. Finally, it came to me: I would have alluded to inter-group differences. Yes! I found what I was after using the “inter” prefix in the BAB search window.

The post is “The Kindness Of (Caucasian) Strangers (On Brotherly Love).” It’s dated 01.31.10. My identical line of reasoning about this obscure matter is as follows, verbatim:

… no; we’re not all the same. A common liberal refrain (I would like to see what Steve Sailer has said in this regard) is that differences between individuals are statistically more significant than those between cultural, ethnic, and racial groups. I don’t see why the fact of inter-individual differences would nullify inter-group variance. That’s liberal logic for you. [ILANA MERCER]

Moreover, I have never heard of the formal fallacy Goad cites to label his inquiry. However, on perusing the Wikipedia entry, I found empirical refutations but no analytical ones–no allusion was made to the deduction that appears in the Mercer post titled “The Kindness Of (Caucasian) Strangers (On Brotherly Love).”

Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but unacknowledged, lifting someone’s ideas without attribution is disgusting—it tells me all I need to know about a person.

Alas, borrowing of this nature is mostly impossible to prove. This is why passing off the often-idiosyncratic ideas or references of others as their own is “par for the course” in these circles. Nevertheless, shame we shall when we come across this lowly practice.

About the natural law, Sir William Blackstone noted that it should include such precepts as that human beings should live honestly, hurt nobody, and render everyone their due (in Conway, 2004). Clearly, this is an instinct alien to some.

UPDATE (3/2): As my dear (most original) friend professor Walter Block once said to me, when we first met (2000?), “You are a natural praxeologist.” I’m sure I make a lot of mistakes, but this method comes naturally. Mercer columns tend to consist in logical deductions. Other than in similar circles, this is not a common style/habit. (We stand on the shoulders of the brilliant David Gordon.) When you see your reasoning, it’s like seeing an image of your offspring. Others might say, “All babies look the same,” but you know that bundle is yours.


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UPDATE II: Influenza (Glacial Recovery)

Healthcare, Ilana Mercer

I’ve been waylaid by the nastiest flu I’ve ever had. I’m still incapacitated and largely voiceless. Not since the 1980s, when there was a deadly influenza outbreak in Johannesburg, have I been this ill with flu.

The thing had me beached in bed for days burning up, shaking, drenched in sweat, forced to change bedclothes twice a night; ribs, throat and upper chest on fire because wracked by a persistent, tubercular cough.

This is the first time I’ve been able to sit upright at my PC, other than to crawl here yesterday to tell my editor at WND I’d not be filing this week.

My husband brought this virulent flu strain back from work. I unequivocally hate whoever passed it on to him since it is often the case of “not washing your hands often, not covering your cough and not staying home when you’re sick.” Come to think of it, he passed it on to me …

He was not affected as severely. It’s not that he was not pretty ill, it’s just that it has affected me way worse.

Posting on the blog as well as the weekly WND column will resume as soon as I’m on the mend.

UPDATE I (2/8): Thanks to Wyatt and all others on Facebook for their encouragement. I need to hear that this too will pass. Currently I still fear going to bed at night b/c of the coughing. My ribs feel broken. My voice is gone. Recovery is still a long way off.

UPDATE II (2/12): I’m into my second week of this debilitating flu. Thanks to those who keep asking. Yes, it’s hard to believe it but I’m still pretty ill. Recovery is glacial. I’m at the end of my tether. I suppose improvement is measured in my changing bedclothes only once a night (because drenched in sweat), and coughing for only 2 hours each night. The days are more bearable than the nights.

I’m exhausted.


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‘Into The Cannibal’s Pot’ In University Libraries

Education, English, Ilana Mercer, Political Correctness, South-Africa

It transpires that intellectually curious and honest academics are having some luck in their efforts to increase the chances of students being exposed to solid facts and serious analysis pertaining to South Africa.
A very nice professional who wishes to remain anonymous—he works behind enemy lines in academia—has been kind enough to forward me a list of “the [university] libraries that have ["Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa"] and have reported that they have it to WorldCat.” The gentleman informs me that, “Most books are purchased via standing orders for major publishers, or approval plans, so books not acquired in that way get bought when someone, usually a faculty member, requests that they be purchased.”
You know what this means? Academics can place orders for the book and thus increase the chances that students are not bamboozled by idiots (such as my co-panelist on the Cross-Talk TV show).

Let me know how it goes. I’ll be sure to mention any successful outcomes.

Location  Library  Local Holdings   
US, AK ANCHORAGE PUB LIBR XYZ  

US, CA ALIBRIS ALBRS  
US, CA STANFORD UNIV LIBR STF  

US, CO DENVER PUB LIBR DPL  
US, CO LAFAYETTE PUB LIBR FIU  
US, CO PUEBLO CITY CNTY LIBR DIST   

US, DC LIBRARY OF CONGRESS DLC  

US, FL AVE MARIA UNIV AVMAR  

US, IA DORDT COL Local Holdings Availa…   
US, IA JOHNSTON PUB LIBR JUH  

US, IL WARREN NEWPORT PUB LIBR DIST IHZ  

US, KY HENDERSON CNTY PUB LIBR DIST KG6  

US, MA MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH MYG  

US, MI UNIV OF MICHIGAN LIBR EYM  

US, MO KANSAS CITY PUB LIBR KCP  

US, NH YBP LIBRARY SERVICES YDX  

US, NJ PRINCETON UNIV PUL  

US, NY CORNELL UNIV Local Holdings Availa… COO  
US, NY MID-YORK LIBR SYST ZTM  
US, NY SUNY AT ALBANY NAM  

US, OH AKRON-SUMMIT CNTY PUB LIBR APL  
US, OH SHAWNEE STATE UNIV OSS  
US, OH WORTHINGTON PUB LIBR OWR  

US, PA TEMPLE UNIV TEU  

US, WA PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIV OPV  

CA, AB UNIV OF ALBERTA UAB  

CA, ON COUTTS LIBR SERV CDX  

New Zealand AUCKLAND LIBRS NZAUC  

South Africa DACST-DEPT TRADE & INDUSTRY LIBR
 
US, CO DOUGLAS CNTY LIBR DAD  

US, FL SARASOTA CNTY LIBR SYST FSP  

US, MD JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV JHE  

US, MO OZARKS TECH COMMUN COL TLO  

US,NH YBP LIBRARY SERVICES YDX  

US, WA FORT VANCOUVER REG LIBR YEP  
US, WA NORTH CENT REG LIBR OEI  

Australia LIVING CITY SVC ATNSP  
Australia STONNINGTON LIBR & INFOR SVC ATVLI  
Australia SUTHERLAND SHIRE LIBR ATSSL  

South Africa NATIONAL LIBR OF SOUTH AFRICA
 
Germany UNIVERSITATS BIBLIOTHEK POTSDAM

CA,AB


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Fix News Falters, But Flatters

Conservatism, Ethics, Etiquette, Ilana Mercer, Media

When “‘Obama, Love Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry’” was first published and circulated, Megyn Kelly led her show with the exact reference and column title, even cuing the music from “Love Story.” Did she or her producer have the decency to credit the column? You know the answer to that.

Our editor sent me this comment: “yep, par for the course—still kinda cool though.” He’s right.

Indeed, as documented in “Glenn Beck Awakens To The Color Of Hate Crime (But Fails To Credit Those Who Went Before),” this is not a first for big, conservative media—generally challenged in the originality department. Passing off the often-idiosyncratic ideas or references of others as their own is “par for the course” in these circles.

Personally, I experienced Sean Hannity as a cordial gentleman—disarmingly charming—who was generous on air in his praise for my work and controversial position. (Perhaps the only position I’ve taken that I’ve come to deeply regret, even though it is probably philosophically correct.)

Debbie Schlussel, however, has had a different experience, detailed in “Why is Sean Hannity Deliberately Ripping Me Off?”.


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UPDATE II: Two Birds In Green

Environmentalism & Animal Rights, Family, Ilana Mercer

As some readers already know, this scribe is owned by an Un-Cape Parrot (a genetic relative to the wild Cape Parrot). I’ve had the privilege of experiencing first-hand the intense brilliance of these precious Pois (mine is Poicephalus fuscicollis; the Cape Parrot is Poicephalus robustus). We rescued Oscar-Wood from a cage in a store, where he had languished for 4 years, plucking his feathers down to the pink skin beneath. Oscar-Wood still plucks: Once acquired—and it is only acquired by captive parrots—this neurotic habit, borne of depression and boredom, is hard to extinguish. This is the best the little guy has ever looked.

“Busy Eating. Can’t Talk.” With Oscar-Wood, Nov., 2013

36ILANA Mercer, With Oscar-Wood, Nov, 2013

“Kiss Away. This Walnut Needs All My Attention.” Puckering With The Precious Poi, Nov., 2013

37ILANA Mercer, Puckering With Precious Poi

Related posts:

“Oscar-Wood, Non-Stop Naughty”
“‘Dead Birds Flying’: Help Steve Boyes Help The Cape Parrot”

UPDATE I: From the thread on Facebook:

Oscar-Wood is very smart. The hallmark of intelligence—one of them—is play and exploration. And a plan. Parrots always have a plan. It may not be long term (“time preference,” as Austrian thinkers would term it), but there’s a plan. The other night he decided to attempt to evict wine bottles from the wine rack, for the purpose of playing at nesting where wine is placed. The next morning he rose, and flew straight back to what he was doing before he was put to bed. You can understand why an animal like this constantly caged is a very sad one indeed. Parrots beat dogs many times in smarts. And crows, yes the common crow, is one of the most brilliant animals around, able to use one implement to manipulate another to retrieve treats from a tube.

UPDATE II: Favorite charities: Good Fox Birdie Haven & Zazu’s House Parrot Sanctuary.


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