Sunday, November 23, 2014
Fifty years after the cataclysmic riots of the 1960s, rioting is still regarded as virtually a black entitlement
In 2013, there were 6,261 black homicide victims in the United States. The killers of those black homicide victims are overwhelmingly other blacks, resulting in a death rate in inner cities that is ten times higher for blacks than for whites. In 2013, 5,375 blacks were arrested for homicide, compared with 4,396 white and Hispanic homicide suspects combined. Blacks are only 13% of the national population.
In 2013, only 11% of black eighth-graders in California were proficient in math, compared with 42% of whites and 61% of Asians
In that same year, 15% of black eighth-graders were proficient at reading, compared with 44% of whites and 51% of Asians. Black elementary school students in California are chronically truant at nearly four times the state average.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Prosecutors have solved a more than three-decade-old homicide thanks to a DNA hit on an already imprisoned black rapist. Confronted with the fact that his DNA matched evidence found on the scene of the 1981 murder of Carol Novak, Eugene Booker confessed. Police found 35-year-old Novak dead and partially clothed in her living room at about 6:15 a.m. on October 2, 1981. Novak had been stabbed 50 times in her eye, back, abdomen and neck. There were trails of blood throughout the home, prosecutors said, and Novak's dog had been fatally stabbed in the head. Though police recovered a man's blood and semen on the scene, no one was ever charged and the case went cold. In 2013, detectives reopened the case by sending away evidence for DNA analysis. The evidence ended up being a positive match to now-59-year-old Booker, who's currently serving 80 years in prison for multiple sexual assaults and battery. When police interviewed Booker, he denied knowing the victim. Booker claimed that he wasn't familiar with the area where the victim lived and had never been inside the woman's home. But Booker quickly changed his story when police presented the DNA evidence. Booker has been charged with first-degree murder and ordered held without bail.
A top local police official in Mexico has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of 43 college students, authorities said
Investigators apprehended Cesar Nava Gonzalez, the former deputy director of the Cocula police department who had been on the run since the September 2014 disappearance of the students, the federal prosecutor's office said. Nava was called to the neighboring town of Iguala, in Guerrero state, and helped round up the 43 students and hand them over to a drug gang to be massacred, authorities said. The police chief of Iguala still has not been apprehended, authorities said. The Prosecutor General's office has informed families of the missing students about Nava's arrest after massive protests to denounce political corruption and impunity in the case. The 43 missing students went missing September 26, 2014 after they and others traveled in buses about 77 miles from their rural teachers college in Tixtla to Iguala. They went there to protest a speech by the mayor's wife. But a violent clash with police left six people dead, including three other students. Authorities believe that the 43 students were captured by Iguala police and turned over to a gang in cartel territory and then executed in Cocula, 14 miles away. The gang burned the bodies and dumped them in a river, but their corpses have yet to be found, authorities say. So far, authorities have also charged Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca as the "probable mastermind" in the 43 students' disappearance, and he has been charged with six counts of aggravated homicide and one count of attempted homicide, authorities said. In all, at least 75 people have been arrested in connection with the disappearances and the deaths, and the governor of Guerrero has taken a leave of absence amid scorching criticism that he responded too slowly to what's been called one of the most serious human rights abuses in recent Latin American history. Federal authorities say that they heard confessions from drug traffickers indicating that the college students were rounded up on the orders of the Iguala mayor and then delivered to the drug gang to be murdered.
A new study finds that having job authority increases symptoms of depression among women, but decreases them among men
"Women with job authority - the ability to hire, fire, and influence pay - have significantly more symptoms of depression than women without this power," said Tetyana Pudrovska, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and the lead author of the study. "In contrast, men with job authority have fewer symptoms of depression than men without such power." Titled, "Gender, Job Authority, and Depression," the study considers more than 1,300 middle-aged men and 1,500 middle-aged women, who graduated from high schools in Wisconsin. According to Pudrovska, who co-authored the study with Amelia Karraker, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University, women without job authority exhibit slightly more symptoms of depression on average than men without job authority. But among people with the ability to hire, fire, and influence pay, women typically exhibit many more symptoms of depression than men. "What's striking is that women with job authority in our study are advantaged in terms of most characteristics that are strong predictors of positive mental health," said Pudrovska. "These women have more education, higher incomes, more prestigious occupations, and higher levels of job satisfaction and autonomy than women without job authority. Yet, they have worse mental health than lower-status women."
It would seem so. When brain MRIs were done on 90 young adults from University College London, it was found that self-described liberals tended to have more grey matter in the anterior cingulate cortex, whereas self-described conservatives tended to have a larger right amygdala. These results were replicated in a second sample of young adults. The amygdala is used to recognize fearful facial expressions, whereas the anterior cingulate cortex serves to monitor uncertainty and conflict. A study on 82 young American adults came to a similar conclusion. Republicans showed more activity in the right amygdala, and Democrats more activity in the left insula. Unlike the English study, the anterior cingulate cortex didn't differ between the two groups. It would seem, then, that conservatives and liberals are neurologically different.
If it seems you are permanently single while everyone else around you is in a relationship, blame your DNA
Scientists have identified a singleton gene, and found that those who have it are 20% more likely to be single than others. It is thought that by lowering levels of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin, the gene makes people less comfortable in close relationships. This could make it harder to form them in the first place - or lead to break-up after break-up. The scientists from Peking University in Beijing tested hair samples from almost 600 Chinese university students to analyse a gene called 5-HTA1, which comes in two different versions. Those with the ‘G’ version were much more likely to be single than those with the ‘C’ version. Some 60% were not in a relationship - compared to 50% of those in the 'C' group. Importantly, the link couldn’t be explained by other factors that influence relationships, including appearance and wealth. The key to the findings seems to be the role of the 5-HTA1 gene in the brain. Those with the ‘G’, or singleton, version make less serotonin, a brain chemical involved in mood and happiness. It was already known that people with the ‘G’ allele, or version, find it more difficult to get close to others. Plus, they are more likely to be neurotic and to suffer from depression. The researchers said: "As pessimism and neuroticism are detrimental to the formation, quality and stability of relationships, this connection between the G allele and psychological disorders might decrease carriers’ dating opportunities or lead to romantic relationship failure."
Thursday, November 20, 2014
A new baby boom of Hispanic, Asian and black children is coming to America - and it will make whites a minority by 2050
The surge is not due to new immigrants coming to the United States - but instead stems from the immigrants who are already here having children, according to Brookings Institution demographer William Frey. His new book, Diversity Explosion, recounts how falling white birth rates and rising birth rates for minorities will change way the United States of America looks - and votes - forever. There are already nearly as many non-white babies being born as white children, according to Census Bureau statistics. It's only a matter of time before minorities children outnumber white ones. The result will be very similar to the Baby Boom after the Second World War - except that this time it will be minority children being born. Between 2000 and 2010, the population of Hispanics in suburbs grew by more than eight million. Major cities added just three million Hispanics. Even among black Americans, the population of suburban dwellers is growing. In the last decade, the population of suburban blacks grew by three million and the population of urban blacks shrank by several hundred thousand.
Wichita police say that a woman was sexually assaulted, hit on the head, and set on fire by a black man in Fairmount Park
According to police, the woman was on the ground, almost in a crawl, barely moving, and naked. The woman was helped by a neighbor – Johnnye Marshall woke up her boyfriend Deon McPherson when she heard somebody scream for help. “What if that was my daughter? I’d want somebody to go in and get her,” McPherson said. “Where there wasn’t blood, there was a burn.” The flames from the fire were about 2 to 4 feet high. McPherson stayed with the woman until firefighters arrived. According to Wichita police Captain Troy Livingston, the woman suffered burns on 55% of her body and is currently in critical condition but has slightly improved. Police are still trying to figure out if this was random or if the woman was targeted. Either way, Livingston called it a “disgusting crime.” Police are currently searching for a suspect but the only information that they have on him is that he is a black male.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
A new study at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, confirms that moderate alcohol consumption can protect against coronary heart disease - but only for the 15% of the population that have a particular genotype
The study included 618 Swedes with coronary heart disease and a control group of 3,000 healthy subjects. The subjects were assigned to various categories based on the amount of alcohol they consumed (ethanol intake). Meanwhile, they were tested in order to identify a particular genotype (CETP TaqIB) that previous studies had found to play a role in the health benefits of alcohol consumption. The results confirm the findings of the earlier studies. Moderate consumption of alcohol helps protect people with the genotype against coronary heart disease. "In other words, moderate drinking has a protective effect among only 15% of the general population," says Professor Dag Thelle, Professor Emeritus at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. Thus, the researchers believe that the advice frequently given about the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption is far too sweeping. "Moderate drinking alone does not have a strong protective effect," says Professor Lauren Lissner, who also participated in the study. "Nor does this particular genotype. But the combination of the two appears to significantly reduce the risk of coronary heart disease." The genotype codes for the Cholesterylester transfer protein (CETP), which affects the "good," cardio-protective HDL cholesterol that helps remove excess lipids from the blood vessels. One hypothesis is that alcohol somehow affects the CETP in a way that benefits HDL cholesterol. A second hypothesis is that alcohol contains healthy, protective antioxidants. The researchers believe that one or both of the hypotheses may prove correct, but the mechanisms by which HDL cholesterol or antioxidants might act remain unknown. "Our study represents a step in the right direction," Professor Thelle says, "but a lot more research is needed. Assuming that we are able to describe these mechanisms, it may be a simple matter one day to perform genetic testing and determine whether someone belongs to the lucky 15%. That would be useful to know when offering advice on healthy alcohol consumption. But the most important thing is to identify new means of using the body's resources to prevent coronary heart disease."
At least 70 police departments scattered from Connecticut to California arrested black people at a rate 10 times higher than people who are not black.
Jaris Hayden, 29, raped a pregnant inmate in his custody before allowing her to escape from the city jail. He has been charged with public servant acceding to corruption, two counts of sexual contact with an inmate, and permitting escape over the incident, which took place in October 2013. The woman, a nurse who was several months pregnant at the time, has filed a lawsuit against Hayden. According to the federal lawsuit, the woman was taken to Ferguson's jail after she was arrested for giving a fake name after being caught driving with expired plates. Hayden told her, "You smell good" before putting her in a cell. After she complained of pains, she was examined by paramedics, who told Hayden that it was his decision whether to release her into their custody. Instead, he raped her in a boiler room, according to the lawsuit, and then let her out of jail through a side door, telling her to run away and tell anybody who asked that police in an adjacent city had picked her up. The lawsuit says that before going to an emergency room, she ran to a restaurant across the street to get a plastic bag for pubic hairs she saved during the encounter, and DNA tests confirmed that they were Hayden's.
Iraq (6,362), Afghanistan (3,111), Pakistan (2,345), Nigeria (1,826), and Syria (1,078) account for more than 80% of terrorist deaths in 2013
The Islamic State (or ISIS or ISIL), the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram are responsible for more than 66% of terrorist deaths. This is why it is not a good idea to live in a country with a large Muslim population.
Police have apprehended a black man wanted for questioning after the death of an Asian stranger who was shoved into the path of a train at a New York City subway station
Kevin Darden was picked up by detectives near his mother's home in the Bronx, according to police, who say that he is a suspect in a separate incident in which a man was pushed to the ground at another subway station and suffered minor injuries earlier in November 2014. Charges are pending in that case. Darden has more than 30 prior arrests, including a pick-pocketing bust earlier in November 2014.
A baby boy born with four arms and four legs has been nicknamed "God Boy" and drawn thousands of excited people to the city of Baruipur in eastern India
The boy's family is overjoyed because the birth defect makes him resemble a Hindu god. "The nurses said he was badly deformed, but I could see this was a sign from God," a relative said. "In fact, this is a miracle, it's God's baby. Indian gods have extra limbs just like this." A police officer struggling to control the curious crowds, however, says that it is "tragic" and that hundreds of people are praying and crying in the streets; some even believe that the birth is a sign of the end of the world. The boy's condition is believed to be the result of a "parasitic twin" attached to him in the womb. "With conjoined twins, you have two living fetuses that are attached either by the head, abdomen, or legs," the chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Hackensack University Medical Center said. But with a parasitic twin, "it's the same principle, except there is a malformation of one of those twins," he says. "As a result, the twin never fully develops and is then partially encased in the living fetus." An eight-limbed girl born in India in 2005 created a similar stir. After a 27-hour operation to sever the twin when she was 2, Lakshmi Tatma was able to walk.
Bad seed: An Indian man who recovered from Ebola back in September 2014 has been quarantined anyway, because though his blood tested negative for the virus, his semen tested positive
Ebola lingers in semen for months after a person has recovered, a Doctors Without Borders coordinator said, "because antibodies produced in the bloodstream don't reach the testicles." Male survivors are told to wear condoms for three months following their recovery; the CDC officially recommends that they abstain from sex for three months. But India will keep this man quarantined until his semen tests negative, according to a statement from the country's Ministry of Health. "This would rule out even the remote possibility of spread of this disease by the sexual route," says the statement. And though at least one virologist isn't aware of a case of Ebola being transmitted sexually, the Marburg virus, which is related to Ebola, was. In 1967, a German man was cured of Marburg and released from the hospital; four months later, he transmitted the virus to his wife. The 26-year-old in this case is India's first Ebola patient. Though he has a medical clearance certificate that would deem him free of the virus in the eyes of WHO and the CDC, the country is concerned that it won't be able to handle an outbreak considering its population density, overburdened government health services, and low hygiene standards.
The Bill Cosby train wreck continues: NBC has canceled plans for a new family comedy with its one-time African-American star
The move comes after yet another rape allegation, this one from actress Janice Dickinson. Cosby was expected to play another "family patriarch" type of role, one that revolved around three married daughters. An NBC spokesperson would say only that it's "no longer under development." The network's move follows a decision by Netflix to scrap its own Cosby project.
Hispanic crime: Police say that they've solved the murders of Miss Honduras and her sister, and the motive is a boyfriend's jealousy
Authorities say that the reigning beauty queen, Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister Sofia, 23, were shot to death by Sofia's boyfriend, Plutarco Ruiz, 26. Ruiz reportedly got angry when he saw Sofia dancing with another man at a party and shot her during the subsequent argument. He then killed Alvarado when she tried to flee the scene, says the director of the Honduras National Police. "They were not very astute about assessing the people around them," the women's mother said. "They were just friendly." The sisters were headed to London for the Miss World competition. Ruiz and a friend accused of helping him bury the bodies near a river have reportedly confessed and remain in custody.