Monday, September 29, 2014
A Jewish Tory MP has resigned from the British government after a newspaper reported that he had sent explicit photographs of himself to an undercover journalist
MP Brooks Newmark quit as Minister for Civil Society following the expose by the Sunday Mirror, which reported that the undercover journalist was posing as a female party activist investigating the inappropriate use of social media by MPs. The male reporter had set up a Twitter account using the alias Sophie Wittmans, used an image of a beautiful blond girl as his profile picture and begun following several MPs. Newmark, 56, thereafter began following her and initiated a private message to her in early July 2014. Eventually, the conversations evolved into flirting and exchanging photos, including "a graphic snap exposing Newmark while wearing a pair of paisley pyjamas." Sophie then sent a naked picture. The Jewish MP then asked her to "resend without your hand in the way and legs parted and I will send something in return. That way we both have a secret.” He added, “Assuming it meets my request and I reciprocate you MUST swear on a stack of Bibles you won’t show pics as I promise not to show pics of you? OK?” The Jewish MP then sent a graphic image of himself to the reporter. Newmark, a father of five, co-founded the group Women2Win, a campaign to elect more Conservative women to the British parliament. The Sunday Mirror reported that when first contacted, Newmark denied knowing Sophie, but that after the allegations were passed on to Downing Street, a spokesman responded that Prime Minister David Cameron had accepted Newmark's resignation.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Immigration lowers the wages of native-born workers and raises the income of their employers and other upper-income natives who derive a disproportionate share of income from capital gains, stock options, and other unearned income derived from higher profits
Immigration helps the rich but hurts poor and middle-class Americans. During the first four years of the Obama "recovery" (2009 to 2013) native-born employment increased by just 197,800 – up by 0.2%, while immigrant employment increased by 2.2 million, an increase of 9.9%. Most jobs created in this "recovery" have gone to immigrants. And those native-born Americans lucky enough to have jobs also face stagnant wages, in part because of competition from low-wage immigrants. Immigration has always increased U.S. poverty rates. Today native-born Americans are the ones being pushed into poverty by the foreign influx.
It's funny when you remember that the New York Times is the newspaper that likes to accuse everyone else of being racist.
On OkCupid, users can rate each other on a 1 to 5 scale. While Asian women are more likely to give Asian men higher ratings, women of other races — black, Latina, white — give Asian men a rating between 1 and 2 stars less than what they usually rate men. Black and Latino men face similar discrimination from women of different respective races, while white men’s ratings remain mostly high among women of all races. And black women are the least desirable racial group to men. Asian, Latino and white men tend to give black women 1 to 1.5 stars less, while black men’s ratings of black women are more consistent with their ratings of all races of women. But women who are Asian and Latina receive higher ratings from all men — in some cases, even more so than white women.
Friday, September 26, 2014
A black Muslim who beheaded a woman and stabbed another worker at an Oklahoma food plant was fired right before the attack
Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, was terminated from his job at Vaughan Foods processing plant just before the rampage in Moore, Oklahoma, just outside Oklahoma City, said Sgt. Jeremy Lewis of the Moore Police Department. After “he was terminated, he drove to the front of the business, running into a vehicle, exited his vehicle, entered the business, where he encountered the first victim, Colleen Hufford, 54, and began assaulting her with a knife. He did kill Colleen and he did sever her head.” A second woman, identified as 43-year-old Traci Johnson, survived the attack, thanks to the intervention of another co-worker — the company’s chief operating officer Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy — who shot and wounded Nolen. Johnson was hospitalized in stable condition with “numerous knife wounds,” according to police. “This off-duty deputy definitely saved Traci’s life,” Lewis said. “This was not going to stop if he didn’t stop it. He’s obviously a hero in this situation. It’s very tragic that someone did lose their life, but it could have gotten a lot worse. This guy was definitely not going to stop. He didn’t stop until he was shot.” Nolen recently had been trying to convert co-workers to Islam, Lewis said. “After conducting interviews with co-workers of Nolen’s, information was obtained that he recently started trying to convert some of his coworkers to the Muslim religion.”
British-born Muslims whose families have lived in the country for several generations are more susceptible to radicalization than recent immigrants, according to new research
A study by the University of London also found that radicalized "British" Muslims tend to be from relatively comfortable, wealthy backgrounds, may have a history of depression and are likely to feel socially isolated. The study asked 600 Muslim men and women in Britain aged 18 to 45 about their lives and views. Their replies were then scored according to the level of sympathy or condemnation they showed towards 16 actions, including the use of suicide bombings. Those who felt the strongest level of hostility towards terrorist actions tended to be frequently in touch with more friends and family members. Recent migrants to Britain were also very hostile. Professor Kamaldeep Bhui, the study's lead author, said: “Migrant groups are much stronger in condemning terrorism. I think the most compelling argument for this is that recent migrants are dealing with a hard struggle and they’ve invested in coming here. They’ve got adversity to deal with and are not in a position where they can indulge some of the ideas of grievance. Whereas people born and brought up here probably take for granted the security and safety where they live and the education and support.” Interestingly, people from poorer backgrounds and who fear their neighborhoods the most are more resistant to radicalization. Those who feel depressed, however, are much more susceptible. Professor Bhui added: “The relationship between radicalization and mental health is complex but we now know depression, alongside poor social networks and isolation, does play a role in vulnerability to radicalization. We spend a great deal of time, effort and money on counter-terrorism – but virtually no attention is given to preventing radicalization before it has a chance to take hold. We must change this approach and stop waiting for terrorism to happen before acting. The violence we’re witnessing in Syria and Iraq are devastating examples of this – whereby seemingly ordinary British citizens have become radicalized enough to leave their lives in the UK and commit themselves to a hopeless future, and in some cases, commit atrocities against innocent people.”
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Police know that African-American Jesse Matthew was with University of Virginia student Hannah Graham before she was reported missing earlier in September 2014. But until recently, they had been careful not to call him a suspect or to file charges more serious than reckless driving. Now, however, the 32-year-old is charged with abduction with intent to defile. Police did not say what led to the charges, but they removed articles of clothing from his apartment during a second search. "Through the investigation we determined there were other items we needed to look for and that's why a second search warrant" was executed, says a police captain. "We might not have known about those items during the first search warrant." Matthew is not in custody, and police have raised the possibility that he left the area in a borrowed car. Graham, 18, has been missing since September 13, 2014. She showed up on surveillance video about 1am in the Downtown Mall — a pedestrian strip in Charlottesville — on foot and apparently lost. Later video showed her inside a bar/restaurant with Matthew. They left soon after he bought alcohol.
Over 500 million people worldwide carry a genetic mutation that disables a common metabolic protein called ALDH2
The mutation, which predominantly occurs in people of East Asian descent, leads to an increased risk of heart disease and poorer outcomes after a heart attack. It also causes facial flushing when carriers drink alcohol. Now researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have learned for the first time specifically how the mutation affects heart health. They did so by comparing heart muscle cells made from induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, from people with the mutation versus those without the mutation. IPS cells are created in the laboratory from specialized adult cells like skin. They are "pluripotent," meaning they can be coaxed to become any cell in the body. "This study is one of the first to show that we can use iPS cells to study ethnic-specific differences among populations," said Joseph Wu, MD, PhD, director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute and professor of cardiovascular medicine and of radiology. "These findings may help us discover new therapeutic paths for heart disease for carriers of this mutation," said Wu. "In the future, I believe we will have banks of iPS cells generated from many different ethnic groups. Drug companies or clinicians can then compare how members of different ethnic groups respond to drugs or diseases, or study how one group might differ from another, or tailor specific drugs to fit particular groups." Wu is working to start a biobank at the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute of iPS cells from about 1,000 people of many different ethnic backgrounds and health histories. "This is one of my main priorities," he said. "For example, in California, we boast one of the most diverse populations on Earth. We'd like to include male and female patients of major representative ethnicities, age ranges and cardiovascular histories. This will allow us to conduct 'clinical trials in a dish' on these cells, a very powerful new approach, to learn which therapies work best for each group. This would help physicians to understand for the first time disease process at a population level through observing these cells as surrogates."