Friday, December 7, 2018

Shady Genetics


Read this.  Emphasis added.
We talked with Morgan, who works for one of the major ancestry testing companies…“I only know of two times somebody wanted to be tested for being another ethnicity because they didn’t like that ethnicity. Both times, [they were] white people not wanting to believe they had black ancestors.” The first of these made an offhand remark that, “‘I’m hoping it will show people I’m not black.’ And not as a joke. He was serious.” The second customer was even less subtle: “He caught himself from saying the N-bomb. He said, ‘I want to know if any of my family are ni- black.'”
On the one hand, I find these stories of Bunker Syndrome customers hard to believe, but I suppose anything is possible.  On the other hand, you know, the ultimate purpose of a business is to provide a product to customers, not to mock those customers in an interview.
Morgan and his colleagues were caught between a rock and a really-want-to-mess-with-racists place. 
Excuse me, ”Morgan,” but get  off your high horse of mewling pathetic SJW-style conformist moral posturing, and try to understand that your role as an employee of a business is not to “mess with” your customers.  If this self-righteous turd believes what he does is so correct, why not name the company he works for?  After all, what’s wrong with “messing with” “racists?”  Be proud!  Own it. Name the company please, so all potential customers know what they are getting into.  Full disclosure of business practices and all that.
It would’ve been fun to throw a “10 percent West African” in there, but then they might have a pissed-off, dangerous person at their office, waving a gun. 
And that, to “Morgan,” is the only reason not to invent results out of thin air – his fears for his personal safety. With attitudes like this extant within testing companies, what confidence can we have in the scientific integrity of the results?  They may not add “10%” findings, but what about putting their thumb on the scale to “adjust” results?  Oh wait…
“Since we couldn’t do anything to the results (and we wanted to), what we did was add ‘[less than] 1 percent’ to each African category of ethnicity. 
So they do exactly that.
That way we weren’t lying, and they would both be wondering how much under a percentage point was. We always try to round to the nearest number because we sometimes hear about percentage points, but for them, we leave it open to whether it’s a one or a zero.”
So, essentially they admit that ~ 1% is statistically equivalent to zero.  That goes along with previous admissions that ~9% admixture levels are close to the threshold at which one can have any confidence that such “admixture” is “real” – and that’s not even getting into the issue of parental populations.
It’s a compromise that’s elegant in its passive-aggressive simplicity. 
Yes, real “elegant” and all.  Once again – since they are so proud of their elegant simplicity, can they simply – and elegantly – name the company that “Morgan” works for?  Inquiring minds want to know.
And it got a result. “The near-N-bomber wrote to us asking what that meant, and we wrote back that it meant it was under 1 percent. And we were not saying zero. Unless they got another test, that was going to bother them. 
Yes, indeed, bothering your customers is what running a business is all about, right?
Maybe they weren’t 100 percent Caucasian. I mean, they were, according to the results, but this way it leaves it open, and they’ll always be wondering.”
We are wondering what company “Morgan” works for. Why be shy?  Tell us, “Morgan.”